Weekend getaways also offer silent moments in a very hectic life to reconnect with my creativity and seek inspiration. Now those weekends stretch throughout each summer as me, my husband and five-year-old son, Quinn, soak in the small towns with city charm.
Detroit may continue to make headlines as the largest U.S. city to enter bankruptcy, but during our visit -- my first time ever in the Motor City, other than changing planes at the airport -- I found a lot more to catch my interest than economic woes.
Just because fall is setting in and there's little time to relax doesn't mean that you don't have time to get away for a weekend. These five, quick, two-day escapes are all within driving-distance from major cities across the U.S.