When you’re a mom, everything can feel like it’s all about the kids, and that’s because it probably is. Sometimes, you just want to take time away from the kids and the responsibilities and go somewhere fun, relaxing, and romantic with your partner.
The southern United States has some great getaway options if you want romance with some fun thrown in as well.
The following are the top five romantic southern getaways to give you inspiration for your next trip without the kids.
Nashville is versatile in that it works well as a family trip when you do take the kids, and also as somewhere you can go to get away with your spouse. If you’re planning a girls’ trip, Nashville’s great for that as well. If you’re not sure where to begin as far as planning your trip, consider booking a Nashville romantic getaway package offered by a travel company.
This will help take some of the planning off your plate so you really can enjoy your getaway.
You might consider a carriage tour, dinner at one of the amazing restaurants Nashville is known for, or perhaps a ride on the iconic General Jackson Showboat Dinner Cruise.
When you’re ready for lively fun, you can head to the “Honky Tonk Highway,” which is the stretch of Broadway Nashville is best known for, with live music pouring out of every window along the way.
Jekyll Island, Georgia
Jekyll Island is part of what’s called the Golden Isles, and it’s near St. Simons Island and Sea Island. Jekyll Island is a state park, which ensures it’s pristine, undeveloped, beautiful and of course, romantic.
There are live oaks that drape over the streets, and maritime forests to get lost walking in.
The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is historic, and it’s in the Landmark Historic District of the island. You can take a walking or carriage tour, and feel like you’re one of the millionaire Victorian-era visitors to the island. You can also grab a cocktail at the hotel bar, even if you aren’t staying there.
Another can’t miss is Driftwood Beach, where you can take a horseback tour.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston has endless charm, history, and beauty, making it great for a getaway weekend or even longer if you have the chance. You’ll fall in love and likely want to bring your kids back to Charleston when you can.
You can wander along the cobblestone streets, enjoy fantastic food and take in the serenity of the Charleston Harbor at night.
There are many rooftop bars and restaurants in Charleston as well that are perfect for a date night. A favorite is the Rooftop at the Vendue Inn, but there are others as well like The Pavilion Bar.
Walking along the Battery is something you should do in Charleston as well. The Battery offers a combination of sea views, and also amazing antebellum homes.
Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia, known for the historic tree-lined streets and southern charm. It’s close to Tybee Island as well if you’d like to get some sun and sand during your getaway.
For romance, consider a private carriage ride through the city to take in the historic mansions. You can also walk in Forsyth Park, which is the most iconic place in the city. There’s a cast-iron fountain designed to look like the Grand Fountain in Paris. It’s a great place to have a picnic under the shade of the trees if the weather’s nice, and if you’re there on a Saturday, you can visit the farmer’s market.
There are some nice restaurants, most of which serve Southern-style fare and a lot of fresh seafood, or you can do a wine tasting.
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina takes you away from the coastal areas included in this guide and brings you to the mountains. Located in western North Carolina, Asheville features the scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s a very outdoor-centric city with hiking, rafting and more.
You can drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, or of course visit the Biltmore House. The Biltmore Estate is 8,000 acres and includes on-site hotels and lodging. There are 75 acres of gardens, and the Estate is home to the most frequently visited wineries in the country.
Outside the Biltmore Estate is a quaint shopping village with eateries, or you can go to downtown Asheville to experience the more bohemian style the city is known for, with street musicians and wonderful food.