High Country: 8 cannabis-infused getaways to take this offseason
Luxury cannabis leader Lord Jones became the industry’s first to form an official partnership with a hotel chain when announcing in 2018 that The Standard would soon stock its line of gumdrops in minibars and lobby boutiques from Los Angeles to New York. Adult-use marijuana is now legal in 11 states and the District of Columbia, and since Standard Hotels set a groundbreaking precedent, the travel industry is following suit with more cannabis-friendly offerings than ever before.
Of course, there are still challenges when it comes to consumption in common areas or in the privacy of your own room’s balcony (like with cigarettes, there are still hefty fines for smoking cannabis inside). But while cities try to navigate implementing social-use regulations, hotels in legal states are known to turn a blind eye to lighting up outside, vaporizing or ingesting edibles—especially those that are now serving up CBD or selling cannabis paraphernalia on-property. Plus, TSA recently stated, “Products that contain hemp-derived CBD oil or are FDA-approved are generally legal & can fly.”
So now that summer in Aspen is finally quieting down, it’s high time to start planning for fall. From picking up a PAX vaporizer poolside at the Dream Hollywood to booking a private dinner through the Thompson Seattle, here are eight cannabis-infused getaways to take this offseason.
The Standard Spa
Treat your feet to the Royal Chill Treatment ($175 for 60 minutes), a massage featuring a refreshing foot bath and cooling scrub, followed by a grounding reflexology ritual. Using Lord Jones’ best-selling High CBD Pain & Wellness Formula and a variety of techniques, including balancing reflexology points, say goodbye to aches and pains so you can put your stilettos back on for another night out in the Magic City. Hotel guests can also find Lord Jones’ Blood Orange CBD Gumdrops (an exclusive flavor created in partnership with The Standard) in the spa boutique and minibars in-room along with smoke-friendly accoutrements in the gift shop like Stonedware Company ceramic pipes, rolling papers, lighters and stash jars. standardhotels.com
Los Angeles, California
PAX Labs, makers of sleek and smart vaporizers, as part of its ongoing initiative with the Dream Hollywood, has devices available for purchase at the hotel in-room and on the rooftop pool patio, The Highlight Room. While the Dream Hollywood doesn’t offer guests cannabis flower or Era pods compatible with PAX on-site, delivery direct to your chaise lounge chair is as easy as a swipe on your iPhone through statewide online ordering service, Eaze. dreamhotels.com
Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa
Napa Valley, California
This laid-back, rustic retreat has recently incorporated CBD into its spa treatment menu, offering two signature treatments. The CBD Soak ($75 for 25 minutes) is a twist on their popular Splish Splash featuring infused bath salts that help to restore the body after a workout, reduce inflammation and relieve stress. The CBD Massage ($145 for 50 minutes) uses a hemp-derived, rich body cream to reboot muscles, skin and aura. calistogamotorlodgeandspa.com
La Quinta Resort & Club
Palm Springs, California
Set beneath the rugged Santa Rosa Mountains, the iconic, Waldorf Astoria-operated resort’s Spa La Quinta has just launched a signature plant-based treatment. The VYBES Calm and Balance CBD Massage ($250 for 50 minutes) starts with a tasting of three flavors of VYBES organic hemp water, such as honey crisp apple basil and burning mandarin, followed by a full-body massage with CBD Care Garden oil and a full pour of your favorite VYBES water after the service. laquintaresort.com
As the Mile High City’s first hotel to implement an official CBD cocktail program on the menu of its in-house restaurant, The Nickel also hosts an ongoing series of CBD workshops and special events. Using CBD-rich turmeric oil from Denver-based hemp company SUPERGOOD sip a sense of calm with The Chill Lebowski (vodka, Ancho Reyes chili liqueur, espresso, honey syrup, Frangelico and egg white) or the Super Limoncello Haze (house-made limoncello, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, cherry bitters, and whipped cream) — both infused with 12 milligrams of CBD. hotelteatro.com
Hotel Saint Cecilia, Austin Motel, and Hotel San José
In all three of Liz Lambert’s Austin-based Bunkhouse hotels, guests can shop from an array of her personally curated CBD product picks. At the Hotel Saint Cecilia, a 14-room, secluded estate, find Lord Jones gumdrops in your minibar and in the lobby shop. At the Austin Motel, grab Dazey tinctures, Recess sparkling water, and The Good Patch by La Mend. Hotel San José, the super cool hideout on South Congress, stocks Bang Candy Co.’s Dream Drops and Dram CBD’s sparkling waters and tinctures. Guests can go next door to Jo’s Coffee to fuel up with a Flora + Fortitude CBD-infused cold brew, too. bunkhousegroup.com
Portland’s original boutique hotel, which earned design accolades from Architectural Digest in 2016, has teamed up with locally-based companies to compile an “Everything But The Weed Kit” for its cannabis-consuming guests. While no cannabis flower or oil is included, a colorful travel pouch is filled with the latest issue of Oregon Leaf, munchies, Jupiter tee shirt, dispensary discount coupons and a Jayne vape pen, lighter and grinder. jupiterhotel.com
As a notable cannabis culinary expert, executive chef Derek Simcik is available to those who have done some research on their own before booking a room at the tony Thompson Seattle (the property does not list information on its website or offer details on-property). Through the concierge, though, Simcik is available for hire to cater a private, elevated dinner party of any size, held in an unaffiliated event space nearby. thompsonhotels.com
Katie Shapiro can be reached at email@example.com and followed on Twitter @bykatieshapiro.
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