4 Amazing Southeast Properties - Getaways Within Driving Distance

Updated: May 22, 2020

We all know that travel will be different moving forward, possibly in ways we don't even foresee yet. What we do know is that we will travel again. We will likely travel closer to home initially as countries take time to open their borders and airlines resume operations. And we will each start traveling at our own pace. Some can't wait to get out and travel, even if just for a weekend getaway, while others will be more cautious. Wherever you fall on that scale, all that matters is that you are comfortable with your choices.

The good news? There are SO.MANY. options within the United States and within driving distance from you to plan a great vacation whenever it is you decide to travel.

Here are just 4 extraordinary properties in the Southeast that are driving distance from Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, and Charlotte. These (and many more) smaller properties offer beautiful outdoor recreation, perfect for upcoming summer and fall vacations, and for limiting your interactions (if that is what you desire). 



Twice named the No. 1 hotel in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report, the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Lodge at Sea Island has six new cottages, an oceanfront pool, and 18-hole putting course. A new, 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Golf Performance Center has just opened in 2019. Reminiscent of an English country manor, The Lodge is perfect for couples and golfers, with personal butler service, complimentary rose petal baths, and Sea Island amenities, including the Forbes Five Star Spa at Sea Island. Sea Island is the only resort in the world to receive four Forbes Five Star awards for 11 consecutive years.

Virtuoso Amenity

  • Upgrade on arrival subject to availability

  • Full a la carte or buffet breakfast daily in restaurant for two guests per bedroom (maximum value of $35 per guest, total of $70 per day) 

  • US $100 Resort credit that can be applied to any Sea Island amenity excluding accommodations (Not valid at retail outlets or gift shops, including, but not limited to Sea Island Shop at the Cloister, Peter Millar Collection, The Spa Shop, Tennis Shop, Yacht Club River Shop, Surf Shop, Kids' Shop, Golf Club Pro Shop at the Lodge, The Market).

  • Champagne and food amenity upon arrival

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Tip: Refine your golf skills with the three-day game-improvement plan, studying under some of the country’s top instructors.



With Savannah and Hilton Head just minutes away, you might be drawn to explore. But it will be hard to find a reason to leave Montage Palmetto Bluff, a gracious and serene Lowcountry escape set along the beautiful May River with 200 guest accommodations, eight dining experiences, and three pool venues. This is a sporting paradise with golf, tennis, boating, biking, kayaking, fishing, sporting clays, equestrian activities, and more. After your outdoor activities, rejuvenate in the world-class Spa Montage; try the signature Heart of the Bluff treatment, complete with a stimulating scalp and body massage, and a smoothing foot scrub.

Virtuoso Amenity

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability

  • $60 daily breakfast credit per bedroom, served in restaurant & In-Room Dining 

  • $100 USD Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not valid on products, not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi



Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains provide a gorgeous setting for wellness and adventures at Blackberry Mountain. Go mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and hiking on 5,200 pristine acres, more than half of which have been dedicated to conservation. Hike up or catch a ride in a house Lexus to one of the ridgetop cabins, or stay closer to the Lodge in a cottage made from reclaimed rock and wood – then admire the idyllic setting from your private patio or soaking tub. Find further serenity with an aerial yoga session, forest meditation, or holistic health treatments in the subterranean spa.

Virtuoso Amenity

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Full Breakfast daily for two per bedroom

  • $100 USD Spa/Wellness credit to be applied towards spa service or wellness activity

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-F

Hotel Tip

Explore your creative side while wheel-throwing pottery, sketching the landscape

or painting it in acrylics, and learning traditional folk arts, such as basket weaving, quilting, and needlepoint.



Southern comfort comes with a shot of refinement at Primland. Here, it is all about the simple pleasures: spotting white-tailed deer on a woodland trail, fishing for trout in a babbling brook, riding horses through fields of wild owers, climbing trees to get that much closer to nature. A massive, eco-conscious resort in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Primland never forgets its connection to the land nor its commitment to luxury, with its 51 rustically elegant suites, cottages, and storybook tree houses. There is also an 18-hole golf course, an organic spa inspired by Native American rituals, and Orvis-endorsed wingshooting.

Virtuoso Amenity

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Daily full breakfast for two guests per bedroom

  • $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

  • Custom Welcome Amenity and Turn Down

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Hotel Tip

Take advantage of some of the East Coast’s best stargazing from the resort’s Observatory Dome; with its powerful telescope and prime mountaintop setting, you can see millions

of stars.

Even though we can’t currently travel to far-flung places, as we start to travel and properties start to open up, there are many amazing places to explore in your own backyard and within driving distance. I am here to help you if you have any questions on travel for 2020 or 2021!

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