With more and more marathons, charity races, triathlons, and muddy obstacle courses spreading to cities all over the globe, running has never been more popular. And that’s no wonder considering it's one of the most affordable and convenient ways to exercise—which makes it ideal for travel.
These days, some stateside hotels are catering to runners by providing route maps, personal trainers—and sometimes even loaner shoes and workout gear. Read on and get packing to one of these 9 hotels for your next runner's high.
Napa's Carneros Inn is the perfect destination for a relaxing wine getaway, but the property also provides a fitness program so you don’t fall too far out of your exercise routine. Opt for a 3.5-mile vineyard run, which begins with outdoor stretching before a trainer leads you to sweeping views of picturesque surrounding vineyards. Afterward, sip on a crisp blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc...after all, you earned it!
Balance inevitable Las Vegas overindulgence with a visit to the Aria Resort’s state-of-the-art fitness studio where you can schedule an art hike with a personal trainer. In between stretching, running, lunging, squatting and plenty of stair-stepping, you'll enjoy a tour of the $40 million fine art collection throughout the surrounding CityCenter, which features sculptures and installations by big name artists like Jenny Holzer and James Turrell. Afterward, head to the spa, which features a red cedar sauna, eucalyptus steam room, hot stone beds, and salt meditation room.
Thanks to a partnership between New Balance and The Westin, you can now pack lighter than ever before. The hotel provides workout gear and running shoes for guests to borrow during their stay—plus maps of 3- to 5- miles routes and a running concierge to lead groups and workout gear.
This Hell’s Kitchen Kimpton Hotel offers a program called Run NYC. Grab a jogging map of the area, which is located one block from the Hudson River, where there are plenty of walking, jogging and cycling paths. They will also send you off with an iPod shuffle loaded with motivating music, earbuds, a heart rate monitor, and a water running belt.
Select Radisson Blu hotels offer BluRoutes, running and cycling circuits which can be downloaded onto a GPS device to serve as a guide for both beginners and experienced runners to navigate the best fitness route for their level. At the same time, it’s a great way to get to know the city, whether that means a jog through the Mall of America, around the Dubai Fountain, or along Amsterdam's famous canals. They are continuously adding more hotels across the globe to the program, so check the map linked above for details on each city.
This luxury resort is located in the lush Willamette Valley wine region (also home to the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon, which happens each summer). The front desk provides maps of the many running loops spread over the 35 rolling and beautiful acres. Post sweat session, relax in the property’s award-winning spa with an arnica-infused joint and muscle rescue massage, hydrotherapy or a personal steam tent.
This past winter, the spa at the JW Marriott Chicago launched a fitness program in partnership with a team of Nike certified personal trainers including an American Ninja Warrior contestant, a lead Nike Pro Master trainer and a nutritionist. In additional to offering six different styles of fitness classes (like pilates, barre and high intensity interval training), they added a marathon training program this past spring to get members and guests on track for their training for the Chicago Marathon in October.
At this beachfront property in Miami Beach, a team of six hotel staff (ranging from the pastry chef to the sales manager!) take turns leading hotel guests on a three mile run on Tuesday at 6:00pm and Fridays at 7:00am. After some ocean-facing stretching and cool down exercises, run club participants are treated to a free strawberry banana smoothie from Essencia Restaurant.
Select Loews Hotels are getting guests off the treadmills to explore new cities via 5K routes designed for each unique location. Jog along the iconic Pike Place Market in Seattle, begin the day with a dash through the lovely Boston Public Garden, run the challenging steps of the Hollywood Bowl, or sprint through the historic French Quarter in New Orleans.
Opening photo by Simone Becchetti