After surviving yet another tax season that felt like an endless loop of spreadsheets and calculators, I’m sure you’re ready to take an unplugged vacation! Well, it’s time to step away from the computer and pack your suitcase. Whatever your vacation needs, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 destinations in the US where you can unwind and relax.
1. Asheville, North Carolina
Known for its laid-back vibe and thriving arts scene, Asheville is the perfect destination to balance your mental books and decompress after tax season. Be sure to check out The Bull and Beggar, a restaurant that offers classic French cuisine with a southern flair.
2. Lake Placid, New York
If you’re looking for a place to audit your stress levels and find inner peace, Lake Placid is a must-visit destination. Nestled in the Adirondacks, this picturesque town offers plenty of outdoor activities and breathtaking scenery. Don’t miss The View, a restaurant that lives up to its name with stunning lake views.
3. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Are you in need of some serious R&R (rest and receipts), then head to Carmel-by-the-Sea. This relaxing town on the California coast is famous for its white-sand beaches, fairytale cottages, and stunning scenery. And while you’re there, don’t miss Grasing’s, a restaurant that specializes in fresh, seasonal ingredients.
4. Door County, Wisconsin
This picturesque peninsula in Wisconsin is known for its cherry orchards and stunning shoreline, along with activities and attractions to meet your vacation needs. We recommend stopping at the Waterfront Restaurant and catching the brilliant sunset (seasonal hours).
5. Taos, New Mexico
Take a break from your accounting software and soak up the unique culture of Taos. This southwestern town is famous for its art galleries and breathtaking scenery. We recommend checking out Love Apple, a restaurant that sources most of its ingredients from its own farm.
6. St. Augustine, Florida
With claims of being the oldest city in the US, this historic city is known for its beautiful Spanish colonial architecture and stunning beaches. Don’t miss a stop at The Floridian, a restaurant that offers fresh, local ingredients that are as tasty as a tax refund.
7. Bar Harbor, Maine
If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, head to Bar Harbor and take in the breathtaking scenery of Acadia National Park. After a day of sightseeing, be sure to stop by Ciao, a restaurant that serves up small plates with big flavors, with a New England twist that’s sure to satisfy.
8. Marfa, Texas
This quirky west Texas town is known for its art installations and desert landscapes. But it’s also home to Jett’s Grill, a West Texas dining experience famous for their breakfast burritos and garden patio.
9. Ashland, Oregon
This charming town is known for its world-renowned Shakespeare festival and thriving arts scene. Ranked in the top 10 of the Best Small Art Towns in the US, you can find various restaurants offering creative food and craft cocktails, like Hearsay.
10. Mackinac Island, Michigan
Take a break from the stress of tax season and visit this idyllic island on Lake Huron. Stop by the 1852 Grill Room, a seasonal restaurant that serves up classic American cuisine with a modern twist that’s as refreshing as when you don’t have to remind your clients to send their W2.
Stay Unplugged and In-the-Moment
Before you pack your bags and hit the road, consider what you’ll be coming back to. To enjoy your much-needed time off, make sure you are setting your firm up for an easy return to work. Streamlining your accounting practice management with cloud software like Mango Practice Management can help you keep track of your clients, automate your workflow, and make your job a whole lot easier. Made for accountants, by accountants with features like automatic invoicing, document management, and time tracking, Mango can help you save time, reduce errors, and simplify your accounting practice. And when you simplify how you work, you’ll have more time to plan your next vacation.
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