Southern Comfort

Looking for a stunning location for a romantic getaway this year? It might be closer than you think. Here are 4 gorgeous spots in the Southern U.S. perfect for a weekend escape.

Pure Classic
Famous for its phenomenal cuisine and loved for its sumptuous rooms and stunning setting, Virginia’s Inn At Little Washington is a long-standing favorite escape for those who appreciate elegance, privacy and old-world charm. With 14,000 bottles in the cellar, you’ll love exploring the inn’s renowned wine list. Each of its 18 bedrooms are luxuriously and classically furnished, and many of its dual-story suites offer balconies with views of the gorgeously maintained gardens;

Old World
Historic splendor and modern sophistication meet in the stunning city of Charleston, one of country’s most romantic destinations. And what better base for exploring it than the Planters Inn? This refined, elegant hotel is home to 64 uniquely-styled rooms with high ceilings, 4-poster beds and period-style furnishings. Best of all, it sits right in the heart of Charleston’s gorgeous historic district. The piazza overlooking the Inn’s garden courtyard is a perfect spot for a romantic afternoon cocktail;

Country Idyll
If getting away from it all means wide-open spaces and stunning natural landscapes, you’ll find your fit at Blackberry Farm. Set in the foothills of The Smoky Mountains, this hidden gem is an oasis of pastoral luxury offering guestrooms, suites and private cottages, all sumptuously furnished. And if your perfect romantic escape also means indulging your tastebuds, you’ll be thoroughly treated at Blackberry Farm’s fabulous restaurants, which combine haute cuisine with a localvore spirit;

Near Escape
If driving past The Panhandle sounds like more trouble than you care to endure, how do you feel about a short jaunt by boat? Little Palm Island Resort, located just around the corner in The Keys, is reachable only by air or sea. It makes this romantic retreat all the more private and exclusive, with thatched-roof bungalows framed by lush vegetation, secluded beaches and photo-ready island wildlife. Experience a range of reef adventures, or indulge at the on-island spa — it’s all up to you;