The Best Mother-Daughter Vacations to Take This Summer
Shouldn’t you spend some quality time with your mom this summer? (Answer: Of course you should.) Plan a weekend trip—just the two of you—and get away to one of these special Southern spots this season. In these small towns and big cities, there are plenty of shops, restaurants, and attractions to keep you two entertained and making memories all day, every day. Whether your trip is two days or two weeks, these Southern spots are perfect locales for your summertime mother-daughter getaway (or sister trip or friend bonanza). We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite towns here, and we think you and your mom will love them too. With plenty of places to stay, eat, and explore, all you need to do is make a reservation, pack your bags, and call your mom.
Stay: Book a stay at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, and you’ll be within walking distance of Mountain Brook Village’s charming shops and restaurants.
Brevard, North Carolina
Stay: Make Campbell House, a charming bed and breakfast, your home base and enjoy breezy mornings on the porch.
Eat: Early birds can enjoy breakfast at Bracken Mountain Bakery (don’t forget to grab your loaf of freshly baked Bracken Harvest Brown while you can—it disappears quickly). Have a fun 50s-inspired lunch at Rocky’s Soda Shoppe (then do some shopping next door at D.D. Bullwinkel’s), and enjoy Italian fare for dinner at Marco Trattoria.
Explore: Don’t miss seeing a performance during the fantastic summer festival at the Brevard Music Center (pictured). Plan a hike to Looking Glass Falls and, if you’re looking for a thrill, take your turn on Sliding Rock. Also, don't miss the shops and antiques of downtown Brevard.
Stay: Book a room at the Bluff View Inn in the Bluff View Art District for incomparable views of the Tennessee River.
Eat: Both Rembrandt’s Coffee House (where you can eat your fill of breakfast, lunch, tea, and coffee) and Tony’s Pasta Shop and Trattoria (where you'll find pasta so good you're bound to dream about it) are also in the Art District just a stone’s throw from stunning river views.
Stay: Stay in the charming Hall House Hotel on Dahlonega's historic Public Square, and you’ll be within walking distance to hiking trails, shops, and restaurants.
Greenville, South Carolina
Stay: Book a room at the well-appointed Hampton Inn and Suites Greenville Downtown at RiverPlace to stay close to the action in bustling central Greenville.
Stay: If you make Hotel ZaZa your home base, you’ll be nestled in the Museum District just a stone’s throw from Rice University, Rice Village, and Hermann Park.
Stay: Book a villa at The Moorings Village to rest and relax on the coast.
Stay: Book a stay at the Soho Loft Hotel Suites in downtown Milledgeville for a stylish sanctuary with all the comforts of home.
Explore: Shop downtown Milledgeville, and explore Lockerly Arboretum and the Oconee River Greenway for a fun, action-packed weekend getaway in the home of Georgia College & State University (pictured). Also be sure to make a stop on Georgia’s literary trail and visit Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia Farm once it reopens.
Stay: Book a room at The Graduate for the coolest stay in town.
Explore: To explore Oxford’s literary landmarks, browse Square Books (pictured) for a great new read, and stop by Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s family home. Take a walk in Lamar Park or along the Thacker Mountain Rail-Trail, and catch an evening show at The Lyric Oxford.
Stay: Reserve your room at the Quirk Hotel, a stylish spot with an in-house gallery, boutique, and a rooftop perfect for sipping cocktails.
Eat: Settle in for dinner at L’opossum and you’ll be treated to fantastic French fare and craft cocktails. Also check out Julep’s for fine Southern dining. Stop into Whisk for coffee and pastries before embarking on the day’s adventures.
Explore: Bike along the Virginia Capital Trail to see the sights or slow down and take in the artwork at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Be sure to make time to see the blooms in the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (pictured) too.