As regulations change and more and more vaccines roll out, various vacation spots across the country are beginning to open up once again. After a long year of quarantining and home boundedness, it’s the perfect time for a little relaxation and change of scenery. Don’t feel ready to fly anywhere just yet? No problem! There’s a getaway option that’s a car ride away from just about anywhere.
Before you plan your trip, it’s important to keep in mind tourist and travel regulations may differ from place to place. Be courteous, do your research and, if you’re not vaccinated, get tested before you go. Here’s a look at 5 options for the perfect getaway right now.
There’s not much that can beat a calm weekend by the water, whether that means taking a trip to the beach, lake or even just a pool! Now that most southern beach towns are opening up for the season, it’s the perfect time to head to South Carolina for a few days (or more). The Charleston area is perfect for beachgoers as Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island are easily accessible from Mount Pleasant and Downtown Charleston. Be sure to check out Folly Beach and neighboring James Island, SC rentals as well, where you’re close to fun shops, restaurants, surfing and a cadre of unique beachside homes.
For some more laid-back beach time, consider Kiawah Island near Charleston for a relaxing getaway. Kiawah’s natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes make it the perfect beach destination. Enjoy an ocean breeze, fine dining options and the impressive lineup of recreational activities Kiawah Island has to offer.
For decades, visitors from near and far have considered Hilton Head Island a beloved vacation spot and second home. With so many activities, accommodations and traditions, it’s no secret why people come back to this little island year after year. Hilton Head is open and ready to welcome visitors safely to enjoy beach and pool time, world class golf courses, tennis, watersports and fun for the whole family.
What says social distance better than a trip to the desert? If you’re within driving distance or willing to fly, Palm Springs, California could be just the place to unwind and reset. The stylish retro vibes in this southern California city will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into another world upon arrival. This spot is known for shopping, sunbathing and spagoing, so it’s ideal for a post-quarantine treat.
The best part? In addition to hotel and resort options, Palm Springs boasts an extensive roster of luxe rental homes with private pool areas, some even having been previously owned by Hollywood stars like Frank Sinatra and other A-listers of the past.
Whether you’re an east or a west coast vacationer, the mountains are always a good option for some time away. With COVID restrictions and social-distancing guidelines, a mountain vacation makes it easy to vacation safely while still having a fabulous time. If an upbeat trip full of skiing, snowboarding and sightseeing sounds good to you, Colorado could be the place for your next vacation. Destinations like Denver and Aspen offer a great balance of city life, recreation and a chance to experience the great outdoors.
If a quiet, lowkey trip to the mountains is more your speed, head to the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountain areas of North Carolina. Outside of larger mountain cities lie an array of charming mountain homes and resorts. Search short-term rentals in the area to find your perfectly private spot or opt for an immersive experience at Asheville’s Grove Park Inn.
Everything is bigger in Texas, and that’s also true when it comes to vacationing in the Lone Star State. Texas offers many options for visitors, but if you’re planning a leisurely getaway, consider a few days in Fredericksburg, a city in central Texas. Fredericksburg is known for its German heritage, which can be explored at the local Pioneer Museum, as well as over 50 wineries nearby! Sip wine and immerse yourself in traditional Texas culture while relaxing in Fredericksburg.
Between Houston and Austin, Texas lies an adorable little town called Round Top. This town, which is home to fewer than 100 residents, is visited by many each year during the Spring and Fall Round Top Antiques Show. The show is back this year for the 2021 show with special safety guidelines to ensure event and shopper safety. Whether you’re looking to hunt for antique treasures or simply enjoy the quiet farm landscapes and rich history of the town, Round Top offers dining and accommodations for any preference.
Wherever you choose to go for your next vacation, be sure to remain respectful and follow local guidelines when it comes to masks, curfews and other regulations. Planning ahead is also a must when it comes to restaurants, hotels and events in relation to capacity restrictions. No matter which city is your next destination, enjoy the moment and get the change of scenery you need!
Southern City Respite
Between the charming landscapes, beautiful architecture and rich history, southern cities are hard to beat when it comes to vacationing. If you’re planning a restful yet stimulating trip, dive into the sights and delights of Savannah, Georgia, where picturesque landmarks and parks can be found around almost any corner. The city is easily walkable, with fun shops, bars and galleries dotted all over the map. Treat yourself to delicious southern food and warm hospitality in this beautiful and beloved Georgia city.
Charleston, South Carolina is just a short two-hour drive from Savannah and filled with equally alluring food, events and activities. While popular downtown activities include horse and carriage tours and shopping handmade crafts at the Charleston City Market, you might also consider a quiet dinner outside at 82 Queen or a stroll down by the water at the Battery. For an even more peaceful experience, book a Charleston, SC vacation rental for optimum privacy and relaxation.