8 Last-Minute Weekend Escapes
The best way to hop to the island is by the ferry that leaves on the hour from the Indigo Plantation ferry landing in the small town of Southport.
Bald Head Island Limited offers several lodging options. Condominiums, two-bedroom cottages, villas, and three-bedroom houses. Included in the price of any Bald Head Island Limited rental accommodation is a temporary membership to the Bald Head Island Club and the Shoals Club and the use of a golf cart, the primary form of transportation on the island.
Bald Head Island Limited: 1-800-515-1038 or www.baldheadisland.com.
A trip to this pastoral hamlet will reveal winding pathways that curl between 11 quaint buildings constructed in the mid-1800s, 9 of which now house guestrooms. Lush gardens surround the property, where visitors can relax amid the blooms. The atmosphere is elegant but informal.
The Inn at Montchanin Village: (302) 888-2133, 1-800-269-2473, or www.montchanin.com.
For a short stay, we prefer the convenience and amenities of a full-service hotel. Cushy beds and an inviting pool keep us coming back to the Sheraton Beach Hotel & Condominiums (1-800-325-3535 or www.starwoodhotels.com). The nearby Radisson Resort ( 761-6511 or www.radisson.com) offers both guest rooms and condos. In both cases, call or check the websites for seasonal deals.
Dunleith Plantation: 1-800-433-2445 or www.dunleithplantation.com.
At the stately yet gracious Monmouth Plantation (pictured), you can tuck yourself under a live oak dripping with Spanish moss and indulge your inner Scarlett (or Melanie) for a weekend.
Monmouth Plantation: 1-800 828 4531 or www.monmouthplantation.com
Amelia Island Plantation: 1- 866-213-8045 or www.aipfl.com.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa: (210) 647-1234, 1-800-554-9288, or www.hillcountry.hyatt.com.
A trio of storied houses, Historic Inns of Annapolis, gets our stamp of approval for a weekend. Completely redecorated in 2006, these three inns pair the elegance of yesteryear with today's modern amenities.
Historic Inns of Annapolis: 410-263-2641 or www.historicinnsofannapolis.com
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area lies more than off the beaten path. It's off the radar of most Tennesseans―and certainly most Southerners. Yet it's one of the prettiest places in the state. Rangers from the Smokies vacation here. Straddling the Kentucky state line, about three hours from Nashville, it's not as remote as it seems.
Charit Creek Lodge: Accessible by 0.8-mile Charit Creek trail or 1.7-mile Twin Arches trail (preferred). www.charitcreek.com or (865) 429-5704.