By Kayla Dean | June 29, 2017 | Lifestyle
For a quick getaway this summer, look no farther than to our southern neighbors. Just a short plane ride away, these unique array of cities that boast rich, cultural history make for ideal weekend destinations.
New Orleans is a prime weekend getaway spot that has all the European charm of an international destination. Besides the requisite beignets at Café Du Monde, gumbo in the French Quarter, and a stroll down Bourbon Street, be sure to set aside some time to visit local haunts. Settle in at Pontchartrain—where Tennessee Williams wrote A Streetcar Named Desire—for a picturesque, nostalgic stay, and experience the jazz-age glory of the city. Then, stop by Emeril's Delmonico for a Creole-inspired dinner before heading to Cure for drinks. Don’t forget to take a riverboat ride by St. Louis Cathedral, arguably the most iconic structure in town.
Charleston is known for its Rainbow Row, but this coastal town also abounds in luxury. To make it posh three-day weekend trip, stay at Zero George Street—not only is it in a central location, but the boutique hotel also boasts Old World-charm with history going back to the 1800s. To see the city, take a stroll by Pineapple Fountain, a tour of Wentworth Mansion, and a visit to Angel Oak Tree, estimated to be over 1,500 years old. Lastly, swing by Magnolia’s, where you can indulge in a glass of Ruinart Brut Rosé and nosh on crème brûlée.
Want to see more than just one city this weekend? Savannah is just a two-hour drive from Charleston. And while these towns may seem similar, Savannah is a river city with a different type of charm. Since exploring Savannah is best by walking, stay in historic downtown B Historic Savannah for a boutique experience central to Forsyth Park. Fuel up at Elizabeth on 37th for a fine dining experience, and Foxy Loxy Café for great coffee. Then spend the rest of your time checking out sites like Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (visible from any rooftop in town), Flannery O’Connor’s house, and Bonaventure Cemetery, famous from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Pro tip: Don't miss Paris Market, which is great for shopping.
Whether you're stopping by for a culinary tour or simply to check out their famed murals in the heart of the city, Houston has it all. This city has all the luxury amenities and establishments you’d ever want or need. Stay at JW Marriott Houston next to the theatre district and indulge in contemporary cuisine at Masraff’s during your weekend stay. While you’re at it, take in sights like the Space Center and BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Houston, considered one of the seven wonders of the city. After a whirlwind weekend of sightseeing, treat yourself to Italian delicacies at Prego.
A visit to this music city is a requirement when you want a taste of the South. Stay at the posh Thompson Nashville and visit the rooftop bar adjacent to Music Row for a drink or two before filling up on all the oysters your heart desires at the award-winning Marsh House. Then, check out fantastic live entertainment at Bluebird Café, where artists like Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift were discovered. Don't forget to get a great Instagram shot before you jet home at Three Brothers Coffee, where a wall of whimsical symbols awaits.
Part of an exciting beach community called South Walton, Seaside, Florida is close to dozens of little towns up and down the coast, including Destin and Rosemary Beach, where The Truman Show was filmed. Stay at The Pearl in the heart of town and pamper yourself at the spa, after taking a walk by the whitewashed buildings and clear Florida waters. Plan to drive up to Ruskin Place for art galleries and boutique shopping, before indulging in a decadent meal at Havana Beach Bar and Grill back at the hotel.
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