If you’re looking to take your travels beyond the pages of a book, these five vacations may be right up your alley. Not only are they the perfect places to catch up on your reading list, but also carry with them a special history or feature unique attributes that only true book lovers will appreciate.
The 5 Best Vacations for Book Lovers
- The Library Hotel, New York. From their website, “The Library Hotel concept is inspired by the Dewey Decimal system. Each of the 10 guestroom floors honor one of the 10 categories of the Dewey Decimal System and each of the 60 rooms are uniquely adorned with a collection of books and art exploring a distinctive topic within the category it belongs to.” If you get tired after a long day of exploring the city, unwind in their Reading Room (open 24 hours!) with one of over 6,000 books and complimentary coffee, tea and snacks or in their Writer’s Dan and Poetry Garden.
While you’re in New York, stop by the legendary Strand Bookstore, which features over 18 miles of bookshelves and 2.5 million books.
- Sylvia Beach Hotel, Oregon. With a tagline like “Truly a hotel for book lovers,” this getaway oozes personality and character in every detail. Every room design is different, and inspired by a different author, including Agatha Christie, Mark Twain, Dr. Seuss, J.K. Rowling, Shakespeare and Jules Verne. There is a library, a hotel cat, no TV’s, no radios, no phones and no Wi-Fi in the rooms, truly creating the perfect place to get away.
- The Shire of Montana. You don’t have to be a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien to appreciate the craftsmanship and details that went into designing the Shire House. This adults-only vacation home sits in the Montana wilderness and truly allows one to escape the madness of everyday life into the magic of little fairy tale village.
The creators “spared no expense in bringing out the true nature of what J.R.R. Tolkien had in mind in helping to bring out the “Inner Child” in all who visit. Our most common comment is how soothing, quiet and enchanting the Hobbit house is with everyone stating that we left no detail out in the building of our little Shire.”
- The Nine’s Hotel, Oregon. Located on the top floors of the Portland landmark Meier & Frank Building, this hotel features a contemporary art collection and floor-to-ceiling library of books, curated by the local (and not-to-miss hot spot) Powell’s Books.
- A Reading Retreat. For a unique and personal reading experience, look into a Reading Retreat, like the Castello di Galeazza in rural Italy. This castle features over 3,000 books, extensive gardens and woodlands and a one-of-a-kind visit where all who stay at the retreat help with cooking, gardening and other tasks. Other reading retreats include one offered by The School of Life in London (featuring retreats with specific authors) once a year.
If these aren’t within your budget, all that’s really required is a quiet location, suitcase full of books and no cell phone or Internet to temp you back into the hustle and bustle of everyday life.