Sure, summer is winding down but there’s still time to squeeze in one last getaway before we trade in our sundresses for sweaters. Take a trip to one of these beautiful resorts found throughout the South, each of which provide visitors with the ultimate experience — complete with meals, activities and sightseeing. All you have to do is book your stay.
171 Lakeview Lodge Drive, Bryson City, NC 28779 • (800) 742-6492
We simply can’t let this resort remain a secret any longer — it’s “glamping” at a new level, as if you’re stepping into a European villa in the middle of the Great Smoky Mountains. Lakeview, a welcoming facility serving as a resort escape from the day-to-day routine, prides itself on their renowned on-site spa — and they sure do know how to wine and dine guests with a daily (and complimentary!) wine and cheese hour. Southern Living raves about them as “One of the Great Lodging Secrets in North Carolina,” and USA Today ranked them as one of the top 10 mountain resorts and inns. Whether you choose to venture off for paddle boarding, zip lining, biking or rafting is up to you, but the resort is always there for kicking back to relax. On-site activities such as yoga, the swimming pool and, of course, the spa make it hard to leave. The best part of all is their hideaway location: right in the heart of the forest … ahhhhhh!
701 Club Drive, Keswick, VA 22947 • (434) 979-3440
Picture this: a historic mansion that sits at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, nestled into Virginia farmland in the heart of Thomas Jefferson’s stomping grounds. That’s Keswick Hall. The New York Times described the area as “one of the most scenic in America,” and Keswick Hall has been highly noted by Forbes Travel Guide, as well. If you manage to tear yourself away from the stunning plot of land (600 acres, to be exact!), the surrounding area boasts more than 25 wineries, breweries and cideries. Also, Keswick is located just miles from Charlottesville — a prime destination for history buffs, art junkies and music lovers. After partaking in the variety of food and beverage options, take a swim in one of Keswick’s three pools, swing a racquet on one of their seven tennis courts or play a round of golf on their renowned course.
14 E. Oglethorpe Ave., Savannah, GA 31401 • (912) 236-1484
Even if you think you’ve maxed out on beach vacations, don’t forgo options near water. The Ballastone’s location can’t be beat — the perfect setting for city and coastal life in Savannah, Georgia’s, harbor. Guests rave about its romantic atmosphere and the obvious rich history of the area. Take a boat tour on the Savannah River, stroll through Forsyth Park and visit the Railroad and Ships of the Sea Museums. It’s just minutes from City Market, which offers a host of shops, restaurants, taverns and outdoor music.
1535 Evins Mill Road, Smithville, TN 37166 • (615) 269-3740
Evins Mill marries rustic-chic accommodations with delicious dining and scenic views for the ultimate lodging destination. Located in Smithville, Tennessee (about an hour outside of Nashville), Evins Mill is as picturesque as it is peaceful. Ideal for those looking to unplug from the daily grind and reconnect with nature, Evins Mill offers on-site hiking and waterfalls, a game room, decks complete with swings for just relaxing, an ample collection of books in which to get lost and much more. If you crave a little activity, head to nearby Center Hill Lake and rent a boat, cast a line on the Caney Fork River or play a round at the RiverWatch Golf Course, just 10 miles down the road.
120 Castlehill Drive, Oxford, MS 38655 • (662) 234-3735
If you have a kid at Ole Miss (and even if you don’t), pay a visit to Oxford, Mississippi, and book a room at Castle Hill. On-site accommodations include a relaxing pool, lounge, restaurant and seven different rooms — all beautifully decorated and highly accommodating. While walk-ins are more than welcome, reservations are recommended.
Enjoy your final weeks of summer, wherever they lead you!
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