Sometimes life just calls for a quick getaway. A sort of momentary pause from real life to venture out and explore a new place to experience something different can do wonders for the soul — and, let’s face it, our sanity. But, it’s not always possible to jet off somewhere for a little R&R, so we’ve scouted out a few incredible places that are all within driving distance that provide a welcomed breath of fresh air and excitement. Here are three Southern towns that are ideal for any type of weekend trip, whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or somewhere to escape with friends:
Aiken, SC is an enchanting small town brimming with Southern charm, hospitality, and character. It’s truly the real life version of the quintessential Southern town you’ve seen in the movies with ancient oaks draped in Spanish moss lining the streets and historic homes around every corner.
South Boundary Street's canopy of oaks.
Downtown Aiken offers a myriad of adorable eateries and restaurants, plenty of boutique shopping, and galleries to meander through. Be sure to take a guided trolley tour to get the full Aiken experience and learn about the area’s interesting history. The town is also a big deal in the Equestrian world, so depending on what time of year you visit you could catch a steeplechase or polo match.
Where to stay: For luxury at its finest reserve a room at the historic Willcox Hotel, which was built in 1898 and known for its world-class amenities. During a stay at the Willcox guests can expect nothing but the best with special touches like upscale linens and robes, deep soaking tubs, and cozy fireplaces to warm up beside in almost every room. For the ultimate luxe experience book an appointment at the hotel’s spa, which was named one of the top 15 hotel spas in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler. Spa services range from in-room massages to oxygen infusion treatments. There’s also an award-winning restaurant on site that serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, making it easy to fill up before or after exploring. If you want to do something extra special order one of the hotel’s picnics to go and enjoy it at Hopelands Gardens.
Spanish omelet for brunch at the Willcox Hotel.
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