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5 great vacations for readers

August 3, 2013
The infinity pool at LasVentanas is a perfect place to read and unwind.
The infinity pool at LasVentanas is a perfect place to read and unwind.

The infinity pool at LasVentanas is a perfect place to read and unwind.

If you  are a book lover, these five great vacations for readers are likely to be appealing. Each one is conducive to catching up on the books piled on your nightstand or the ones you’ve downloaded on your e-reader.

In a wonderful post in Salon entitled, Reading Retreats: Paradise for Book Lovers, literary critic Laura Miller explains how reading retreats allow book lovers to unwind and get lost in their books. She mentions that even Bill Gates schedules getaways twice a year to catch up on reading.

Miller’s personal preference for a reading retreat is more social. “The ideal reading retreat to my mind would involve four or five friends renting a big country house for a long weekend (at least three full days),” she writes. “They ought to be people who know each other well enough that they won’t be tempted to spend all their time getting acquainted or catching up. Everyone agrees that the rooms with the comfiest chairs are strict quiet zones.”

If you are a book lover, the five venues below would make for a great vacations for readers. Each one is conducive to catching up on the books piled on your nightstand or the ones you’ve downloaded on your e-reader:

1) The Nines Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

Atrium of The Nines

Atrium of The Nines (Photo Credit: The Nines)

This is a place where you don’t even have to bring your own (books). Located in the downtown area of one of America’s most walkable cities, The Nines is a luxury hotel with a floor-to-ceiling collection of books in the Library Room, curated by the iconic Powell’s Books (the world’s largest Indie bookstore).

Sited on top of a Macy’s Department Store in the landmark Meier & Frank building, the totally refurbished hotel opened in 2008. The inviting library has cozy seating and a custom pool table amidst rich photography and artwork. Another allure: Guests are within walking distance of the four-story Powell’s Books, which fills a city block and boasts more than a million new, used, and out-of-print titles.

ALSO – The boutique Oxford Hotel in downtown Denver has a library and partnership with The Tattered Cover Bookstore.

2) The Library on Oceania Marina

Library on Oceania Marina

Library on Oceania Marina (Credit: Oceania Cruises)

Libraries are commonplace on most cruise ships although some are more enticing than others. On Deck 14 of the new Oceania Marina, launched in February 2011, the “library” is a series of comfortable, carpeted alcoves with oversized leather chairs, and paneled mahogany walls and bookcases – each one reminiscent of a small home library—offering readers a feeling of privacy. More than 2000 books and periodicals fill the shelves, ranging from best-selling mysteries to classics.

There’s also a wonderful collection of travel books so guests can read about the ports they’ll be visiting and other places on their bucket lists. One of the nicest parts of using a cruise library is that you can also take the book to your cabin and snuggle up with it at bedtime.

ALSO – Cunard’s Queen Victoria has a spectacular 6000-book, two story-library with a spiral staircase on Decks 2 and 3 that has two full-time librarians to help you find the perfect book.

3) The Chebeague Island Inn (Chebeague Island, Maine)

A view from the Chebeague Island Inn

A view from the Chebeague Island Inn (Credit: Chebeague Island)

If you’re the type who needs to unplug from technology to focus, the Chebeague Island Inn might be the
perfect place f or reading. Originally built in the 1920s, this tastefully restored, luxury property is situated on an island in Casco Bay — a leisurely ferry or water taxi ride from Portland. The oversized wicker chairs on the wraparound porch offer breathtaking water views between chapters.

The 21-rooms have no TVs or phones (although there’s a wireless connection throughout for those who aren’t able to go cold-turkey). No two rooms are alike but all the beds are made with fine Italian linens; many have ocean views. Homemade snacks are served throughout the day.

4) The Library Hotel (New York)

The Reading Room at the Library Hotel

The Reading Room at the Library Hotel

Located in midtown, only a stone’s throw from the majestic New York City Public Library (at 42nd Street and
Fifth Avenue), this boutique hotel is a mecca for book lovers and one of the most unique themed hotels in the world. Each of the hotel’s ten floors is dedicated to one of the ten Dewey Decimal System categories: social sciences, literature, languages, history, math & science, general knowledge, technology, philosophy, and arts and religion.

Each of the 60 luxury rooms has a collection of books relating to the room’s unique theme. Whether your reading interests lean to astronomy, fairy tales, or erotica, you can hand pick the floor you’ll stay on. Complimentary wine and cheese is served in The Reading Room, making this one of the unforgettable retreats around.

5) Rosewood Las Ventanas al Paraiso (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Las Ventanas al Paraiso (credit: Rosewood Resorts)

Las Ventanas al Paraiso (credit: Rosewood Resorts)

If your vacation fantasy includes traveling to Mexico and reading your favorite author’s latest book on a comfortable lounge beside an infinity pool overlooking the peaceful Sea of Cortez —while you’re sipping a drink served by a pool butler – you may want to take advantage of the “Hot Type” program offered for book lovers at Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos.

This posh resort has arranged with various publishing houses so their guests can read advance copies of best-selling books. The resort also arranges gourmet dinners where guests can meet and speak with authors.

ALSO – Other Rosewood properties offering the Hot Type program include: San Ysidro Ranch (Santa Barbara, CA) CordeValle (San Martin, CA), Rosewood Little Dix Bay (Virgin Gorda, BVI), Rosewood Mayakobá(Riviera Maya, Mexico), Caneel Bay (St. John, USVI), Jumby Bay (Antigua), and King Pacific Lodge (Princess Royal Island, BC, Canada)

And remember to pay it forward: After you’ve read the books you’ve brought from home, leave them for the next book lover at your hotel, resort, or the airport lounge.

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    New Travel Blog | A Traveler's Library
    May 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    […] of her articles caught my attention and made me think of YOU. It is entitled, Five Great Vacations for Readers. I think you’ll agree that this article is right down your alley! Give it a look and tell me […]

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    Pat Monroe
    August 7, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I was there with my kids and my husband. Cabois a great place to vacations. The food and the service was great. Ventanas al Paraiso was a great experience for Us. Thanks for share this info and remind me about it.

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