The Getaway Guide

Whatever shape your summer fantasy takes—lazy days on a Carolina lakefront or an adventurous romp through the Blue Ridge Mountains—these enviable destinations will have you ready to pack your bags

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From the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to verdant river valleys and sugar-white Gulf of Mexico shores, Alabama’s state parks offer a rich experience of the state’s great outdoors. Zipline courses and horseback riding will entice thrill seekers, while those who prefer solid ground can find peace in miles of meandering trails. Whatever suits your taste, summer is the perfect time to take it all in.


Braselton, Georgia

In the North Georgia foothills, Braselton is a European-style community with deep Southern sensibilities. Amid 3,500 lush acres, the Château Élan Winery and Resort is one of the region’s finest stays, and a worthy destination for wine connoisseurs. The town is also home to the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, a motor sports facility that hosts an array of major races.


The Charleston Place, South Carolina

In Charleston, South Carolina, one hotel is as much a local landmark as its postcard surroundings. Since 1986, The Charleston Place has captivated travelers with its sumptuous accommodations, world-class dining, restorative spa, and generous hospitality. This year, a new era begins as the hotel resumes its status as the city’s living room, inspiring connections and stirring the senses.


Columbia, South Carolina

In the heart of the Palmetto State, Columbia is a historic city with a vibrant spirit. With a diverse and growing culinary scene, major attractions like the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina State Museum, and the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, and South Carolina’s only national park, the capital city is ever evolving, making way for new discoveries at every turn. 


Daytona Beach, Florida

Experience world-famous Daytona Beach, an iconic hub of East Central Florida. Whether catching a wave or kicking back on the sand, embarking on a fishing excursion or feasting on the day’s fresh catch, diversions await for every kind of traveler. At day’s end, world-class accommodations offer a peaceful respite—before doing it all again tomorrow. 


Hendersonville, North Carolina

Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Hendersonville, North Carolina, has the perfect mix of big-city energy and small-town charm. While downtown buzzes with boutiques, museums, and restaurants, the countryside is home to hiking trails, waterfalls, and the Hendersonville Cheers! Trail, connecting twenty-three wineries, cideries, breweries, and a meadery.


Lake Murray, South Carolina

From the heart of downtown Columbia to the banks of the Broad, Saluda, and Congaree Rivers, Lake Murray touches some of South Carolina’s most beloved locales. Encompassing nearly three dozen parks and trails across four counties and some of the best fishing in the South, Lake Murray Country is a true nature lover’s paradise. Ready to head outdoors?


Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Easily accessible from many Southern cities, Winston-Salem boasts more than a hundred restaurants, shops, galleries, and entertainment venues, all within a vibrant city center. This season, step back in time at the Old Salem Museums & Gardens, find inspiration in the Downtown Arts District, or raise a glass at one of forty-five nearby wineries, starting a new summer tradition along the way.