With fall approaching quickly, I am starting to plan a few quick weekend getaways! Fall is one of my favorite times of the year to travel. The weather is cooler, the scenery is beautiful, and most Americans are busy watching football so you can get great affordable rates! Here is a list of my favorite fall getaways and a few I hope to visit soon!
Asheville, NC – I have never been to Asheville, but I am dying to go! I have several friends who visit Asheville every fall and rave about their experience. I am looking forward to exploring the Biltmore, staying in an adorable bed & breakfasts and hopefully visiting a few wineries! Whitewater rafting and hiking will definitely be included on this weekend escape.
Helen, GA – Helen is a great day trip location. The annual Oktoberfest takes place there every year from Septembers till the beginning of November. Enjoy German food, drinks and dancing! Oktoberfest not your thing? Helen offers other attractions, museums and wineries!
Hilton Head Island, SC – Hilton Head Island (besides Maine of course) is my favorite beach! This family, friendly island has activities for all ages. I love spending the day on the beach then going into Harbour Town for dinner and drinks. I usually stay at one of the many Marriott options on the island. If you want to do more than just lay on the beach, I recommend their kayak tours or jet ski rentals! And of course, don’t forget to stop by the Lilly Pulitzer store! It is one of the best Lilly Pulitzer stores.
Savannah, GA – Savannah is one of Georgia’s busiest destination spots. If you visit Savannah, I highly recommend staying at the Azalea Inn & Gardens. It is a beautiful historic inn with a lot of history. Savannah offers beaches, ghost tours (definitely a must!), haunted pub crawls, and riverboat cruises. If you are a fan of the Girl Scouts of America, you can tour Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace while in on your trip!
Gatlinburg, TN – Oh Gatlinburg. There is something wonderful about the hills of East Tennessee in the fall! When I lived in Knoxville, Gatlinburg was one of my favorite weekend destinations. Gatlinburg offers a wide variety of attractions, wineries and distilleries (you know you’ve always wanted to see how moonshine is made), and don’t forget about Pigeon Forge and Dollywood. I am craving the Pancake Pantry just thinking about this trip!
Blue Ridge Mountains, GA – If you are looking for something more local and more low key, I suggest a weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rent a cabin for the weekend, do a little hiking or fishing and just relax on the porch with a good book!
Chattanooga, TN – Chattanooga is a city that we visited quite often as children on the weekends. Explore the Chattanooga Choo Choo, the incline railway at Lookout Mountain, Ocoee white water rafting, and Rock City. There is a lot of delicious local dining!
Charleston, SC – I recently went to Charleston in January for a bachelorette party and I cannot wait to go back! The city offers wonderful shopping downtown, carriage tours (definitely recommend!), beaches, and plenty of dining options. I am
drooling dreaming about Jeni’s ice cream, Kitchen 208 and Sticky Fingers BBQ.
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, GA – Brasstown Valley is the perfect romantic weekend getaway. It is a quick 2 hour drive to Young Harris, GA from Atlanta – perfect for leaving after work on Friday and coming back late Sunday afternoon. Enjoy horseback riding, the luxurious spa and the year-round heated pool.
New York City, NY – Last but definitely not least, if you can afford it, NYC is the perfect fall/winter weekend getaway. Hotel and airfare rates are cheaper than the peak spring and summer months. If you aren’t wanting to pay for a hotel, take the early flight that morning, grab lunch and see a Broadway show and fly back late that night! It will be a whirlwind trip, but worth the exhaustion!
– Mallory Anne