The South has gorgeous beaches, rolling hills, stunning mountain views, and wonderful weather – so it's no wonder that folks like to travel our way for a relaxing vacation. We've got some very cost-effective options for Southern family vacations, and these budget destinations will bring your family outdoors into stunning state parks, horseback riding adventures, and rustic lodges. If you're looking for something a little more romantic, however, you may want to try out one of these higher-priced Southern resorts. From the Allegheny Mountains in Virginia to the sandy beaches of St. Simons Island, a stay at these relaxing retreats will surely be memorable. We turned to our friends at Coinage for accomodations that are certainly worth the splurge.
Established in 1896, The Breakers is a Palm Beach destination of Italian Renaissance decadence. Take a bicycle tour along the beach and splurge on an Ocean Front Junior Suite to bask in the Atlantic on your own private balcony starting around $810 a night.
Looking for a little seclusion? Hop on over to The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island in Georgia for a getaway so exclusive that a reservation is required just to be on the island itself. Explore nature in a rustic setting with an all-inclusive stay. You can rent cottages starting at $575 a night or the entire island starting at $6,500 a night.
Get a taste of high society with loud colors and floral printsaplenty at The Greenbrier Resort. This luxurious West Virginian retreat has been visited by 26 Presidents, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Spring for a Windsor Club room with access to a private lounge and an open bar.
Couples looking for a romantic getaway should check out the Lodge at Sea Island. Not only will you be served milk and cookies before bed, but you could actually have a butler draw you a rose petal bath in a room that overlooks the ocean.
In Virginia's Allegheny Mountains lies a resort once swanky enough for Thomas Jefferson himself. Guests at The Omni Homestead can take advantage of two golf courses, two hot springs, a movie theater, a water park, and horseback riding. Pay extra for one of the themed, two-bedroom Presidents’ Suites – each honoring a former Commander-in-Chief who had stayed there before.