By lakes, rivers and oceans – from London to Hawaii

While parts of the United States are still experiencing extreme heat, the search term “lake vacation” is currently trending higher than it has in a year. To cool off, here are eight picks of waterfront escapes by lakes, rivers and seas to beat the heat from Maui to London.

Edge of the lake

Deer path inn –Lake Forest, IL This English-inspired boutique hotel reminiscent of a Tudor mansion sits on Chicago’s North Shore. the inn Picnic in the park package (available until September 30), includes free bike rental for a trip to the shores of Lake Michigan. You receive a personalized picnic basket filled with selected snacks and beverages.

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Aurora Inns – Aurora, New York At this luxury lakefront resort in the Finger Lakes, guests can enjoy water activities on Cayuga Lake or embark on an excursion with the outdoor adventure guide to learn proper paddling skills. Private fishing lessons are led by resident outdoor enthusiasts along the 3.5-mile outdoor trail system or via private fishing charter. Later, relax by a lakeside fire pit with a glass of local wine and gourmet s’mores.

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Riverside

Biltmore Mayfair – London On Grosvenor Square, the hotel offers sumptuous rooms and a prime location. The property offers ultra-luxury private tours of London, including a champagne and canapes cruise aboard a luxury Venetian tender on the River Thames.

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Club Med Quebec -Quebec, Canada This four-season all-inclusive resort is the first Club Med in Canada, one hour from Quebec City in the Massif de Charlevoix region. This waterfront mountain resort offers 360-degree views of the St. Lawrence River from every angle, including destination experiences like kayaking, whale-watching tours, train rides along the water to the charming village of Baie-Saint-Paul and guided hikes along the water through the surrounding mountains.

The expansive wellness area features a 25-metre heated pool and outdoor Jacuzzi, and locally inspired meals are served at one of the resort’s two on-site restaurants, all overlooking the river.

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Rockin’ the river in Fort Worth, TX The summer musical series Rockin’ The River is performed on a waterfront stage on the Trinity River. Spectators can enjoy the show from the shore or while relaxing, beer in hand, in an inner tube in the water. Musical performances by country, rock and roll, and soul bands take place on Saturdays from July through mid-August, with free admission and a $6 rental fee for inner tubes. Each evening ends with a fireworks display overlooking the river and the rooftops of the city.

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ocean side

Wailea Beach Resort –Wailea, Maui Nestled between two of the island’s golden sand beaches, Wailea Beach Resort spans 22 acres and also offers three spectacular pool experiences.

Beyond immersive cultural activities and fitness offerings with a unique Maui twist, you can book private, personalized, candlelit beachfront dining experiences and floating pool cabana dinners, and bespoke picnics under the stars on the shore via the hotel’s partnership with Maui Luxe Picnics.

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The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club – Waikiki, Hawaii As one of Waikiki’s most dog-friendly hotels, there are no additional fees or pet size limits. The hotel offers an exclusive partnership with SUPDog Hawaii, which offers guests and their four-legged friends surf and paddle lessons together, while the hotel’s Surfjack dog, Jack, is ready to share all the best Waikiki dog friendly spots.

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The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village– Cape Coral, Florida With over 400 miles of navigable canals and waterways surrounding the resort, travelers can dive into the property’s many aquatic services with access to private fishing charters, kayaking, paddleboarding and exclusive boat- taxi to Fort Myers beach. The resort’s casual waterfront restaurant, The Nauti Mermaid, makes it easy to visit by land or sea, as there’s a dockside bar with slides. A “Docktails” menu is organized for those who spend time on the water and at the dock.

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