The Best Places to Stay in Every Southern State

Jekyll Island Club Resort in Georgia
Photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Check into a fantastic resort, an elegant hotel, or an intimate little hideaway with authentic character, and your vacation is all but made. There's no question that lodging matters—a lot. But Southerners don't have a cookie-cutter definition of a dream location. Maybe yours is a romantic, historic inn with hidden courtyards, loads of charm, and a gourmet breakfast for two—or a tropical resort that offers as much pool space as floorspace, along with fruity drinks you can sip under an umbrella. Of course, there will always be a place for sophisticated city hotels with lavish lobbies, skyline views from rooftop bars, and upscale restaurants where dinner really is an event. When we asked our readers to name their favorites across the region, they chose all of the above. And why not? The South has some of the best places you'll find anywhere. We are, after all, famous for our hospitality, and these spots take it to a whole new level. So treat yourself, and book a room. You can trust us with your wake-up call.* Southern Living Hotel Collection Member

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Grand Bohemian Hotel in Birmingham, AL
Hector Manuel Sanchez
  • The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa
  • Mobile
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21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, AR
Courtesy of 21c Museum Hotels
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The Don CeSar St. Pete Beach, Florida
Robbie Caponetto
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Jekyll Island Club Resort in Georgia
Peter Frank Edwards
  • Jekyll Island Club Resort (pictured above)
  • Jekyll Island
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The 1875 Hotel in Paducah, KY
Robbie Caponetto
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Ace Hotel in New Orleans, LA
Robbie Caponetto
  • Ace Hotel New Orleans (pictured above)
  • New Orleans
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Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, MD
Deborah Jaffe
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Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens in Natchez, MS
Allison Miksch
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Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, MO
Nancy Nolan

Big Cedar Lodge (pictured above)

  • The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta St. Louis
  • St. Louis
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North Carolina

Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill in Mills River, NC
Robbie Caponetto
  • Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill* (pictured above)
  • Mills River
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The Mayo Hotel in Tulsa, OK
Art Meripol
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South Carolina

Sea Pines Beach Club in Hilton Head Island, SC
Rob Tipton
  • Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes
  • Myrtle Beach
  • The Sea Pines Resort* (pictured above)
  • Hilton Head Island
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Union Station Hotel in Nashville, TN
Robbie Caponetto
  • Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa
  • Pigeon Forge
  • Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
  • Nashville
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Hotel Emma in San Antonio, TX
Wynn Myers
  • Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
  • Grapevine
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The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA
Robbie Caponetto
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Washington, D.C.

Kimpton Glover Park Hotel in Washington, DC
Courtesy of Kimpton Glover Park Hotel
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West Virginia

The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV
Bill and Albanese
  • The Greenbrier (pictured above)
  • White Sulphur Springs
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