Five Vacation Sites for Bibliophiles

If you love reading as much as I do, vacation is just an 8-letter word for a place read, find new books, and enjoy literary history. Here are 5 great places to get your literature fix.

1. Portland, Oregon – The Nines Hotel

You don’t even have to leave the US for one of the best book-friendly vacations in the world. The Nines Hotel has a library room containing books from the floor to the ceiling. Each volume is hand-picked by Powell’s Books, an icon in independent booksellers. In fact, the four-floor Powell’s Books is just a short walk from the hotel. So when you have perused the library and gotten some reading in, you can also pick through more than 1 million books to find a treasure to take home. Did I mention Powell’s sells many out-of-print books?

2. Oceania Marina – A Book Lover’s Luxury Cruise

Okay, so this requires being both a book lover and a high-roller since cruises leave from London and range from $3,000 to $7,000, but it makes for a nice dream. Imagine being on a luxury cruise liner, immersed by the smell of the mahogany bookshelves, sitting on a comfy leather chair, surround by 2,000+ books. Oh, and while the library is a cozy spot, you’re welcome to take the books back to your cabin to read in bed.

3. Stuttgart, Germany – Stuttgart City Library

It would be tough to complete a list of travel spots for book fans without including one of the world’s most fantastic libraries. First of all, every wall, step, rail, and bookshelf in this enormous 9-story cube is white. Every picture taken inside the library is stunning because the uniform white background is designed to highlight one thing—all of the books. But this isn’t just a huge library with a great collection of books. The reading room is a five-story high upside down pyramid, and there is an after hours “Library for Insomniacs” that is open all night long.

4. Newport, Oregon – Sylvia Beach Hotel

Yes, both US destinations that make the list are in Oregon. This one is a 21-room hotel offering a different author/novel theme for each room. From the decadent Oscar Wilde room with a garden view and roof access to the Earnest Hemmingway room complete with fake animal heads on the wall (why doesn’t brandy pour out of the faucet?), this hotel is designed to have you feel like you are visiting your favorite author while you read with the sounds of the Ocean in the background. Rooms are affordable starting at just $130/night. Some rooms cost a little more, like the Mark Twain room that features Ocean views, a fireplace, a claw-foot tub, a private deck, and the complete works of Twain.

5. Edinburgh, Scotland

UNESCO has named Edinburgh the City of Literature, and for good reason. The appeal here is to both classic and modern bibliophiles. Literature fans will love the history including Sir Aurthur Conan Doyle’s childhood home (complete with a statue of Sherlock Holmes). Modern fantasy readers will want to walk in J.K. Rowling’s footsteps, enjoying the book room at the exclusive Balmoral Hotel where the Harry Potter book series was completed. And make sure you are in town during Scotland’s International Book Festival—the largest of its kind in the world. These are just a few of the most amazing trips for book lovers. Hotels, cruises, libraries, and festivals abound throughout the world for you to enjoy.

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