Summer is here and we can’t hide our excitement. If you are like us, you are busy solidifying your vacation plans so it’s the perfect time to add a resort getaway to the calendar. The South is famous for its hospitality so it’s no surprise that we have some of the best resorts in the U.S. in our backyard. From tucked-away mountain retreats to beachfront escapes, here are some of our favorite Southern resorts that are sure to help you savor the summer…


Blackberry Mountain – Walland, TN

Spanning 5,200 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains, award-winning Blackberry Mountain has an unwavering dedication to wellness and conservation. Its serene setting with breathtaking mountain views is due largely to the resort’s commitment to preserving 2,800 acres. Whether you’re seeking fine dining, adventure, or simply to unplug, you are sure have a transformative experience.


Montage Palmetto Bluff – Bluffton, SC

Positioned on the scenic May River in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Montage Palmetto Bluff’s 20,000-acre resort encompasses an extensive nature preserve, a riverfront marina, a shooting club, and a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. The list of activities and places to explore is endless, but horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, and archery are always guest favorites.


Sea Island Resort – Sea Island, GA

Sea Island is a private island accessible only to resort guests and club members so it’s no surprise that the resort is the epitome of luxury. With it’s 5-star accommodations, world-class dining, spa, three championship golf courses, and five miles of pristine beaches, Sea Island Resort has been an unforgettable and award-winning Southern destination since 1928.


Old Edwards Inn and Spa – Highlands, NC

If you are looking for relaxed luxury in the Blue Ridge Mountains, look no further than Old Edwards Inn and Spa. Nestled in the postcard setting of Highlands, NC, this European-style resort is known for its world-class spa, farm-to-table restaurants, and countless leisure amenities.


Primland – Meadows of Dan, VA

Another beautiful destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains to make our list, Primland Resort is a luxurious mountain retreat sprawled across 12,000 acres a little over two hours from Charlotte. Its secluded location and storybook setting are enough to make the drive worthwhile, but the resort is also renowned for its culinary delights and wine selections.


Kiawah Island Golf Resort – Kiawah Island, SC

Also known as The Sanctuary because of the namesake hotel on the property, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a favorite among Charlotteans… and for a good reason! In less than a 4-hour drive, you can bask in oceanfront bliss on the property’s private beach, get pampered in the 5-star spa, and savor the Lowcountry cuisine and hospitality. It won’t take long for you to join the travel experts from Travel + Leisure and Southern Living in singing this resort’s praises.


Do you have a favorite resort? Share your recommendations in the comments below. We are always up for a last-minute getaway!


Cover Photo: Blackberry Mountain