With summer heating up, the travel bug is biting a bit more and I am wanting to get away constantly… like every weekend. So, I decided to look up a few small getaways under 500 miles away from Atlanta. Below you will find 5 cities, various activities to participate in each city, and outstanding restaurants/bars to visit. Here are my spectacular weekend getaways in the South!


Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Things to do:

With Being close to the river and not far from the beach you can, at one second, find yourself kayaking in a wildlife preserve, or in another, parasailing on the beach. Head to Tybee for the day and walk the boardwalk or layout on the beach, or head out to sea for a day of kayaking. If you’d rather soak in the southern charm of the city then I suggest taking a carriage ride around the town or hop on one of their historical bus tours. If you’re up to it, then you could take a walking ghost tour through the town and even visit Savannah’s historical Colonial Park Cemetery that was founded in 1750 and houses a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Where to eat:

  • Moon River Brewing Company has some of the best beer that you will find in Georgia. You’re promised to have a unique drink and an awesome meal while surrounded by a fantastic atmosphere.
  • The Lady and Son: Stop by Paula Deen’s restaurant that she runs with her two sons. Make sure to get in line early because it is known to be around the block.
  • Vic’s on the River is a lovely little romantic spot on river street. If you find yourself in the mood for seafood then I promise you the Vic’s will not disappoint. Try and get a seat on the patio so you can get the view of the river and hopefully catch the amazing sunset.

Where to stay: Forsyth Park Inn

Charleston SC

Charleston, South Carolina

Things to do:

Head to Folly Beach for the day, catch some waves, some sun, and walk around the town and hit up some awesome restaurants and shops. It’s definitely more of the younger/hipster part of Charleston. If you find yourself back in town I suggest finding your way to the Charleston City Market, eat local foods, and buy locally made jewelry and crafts. Overall, it’s just a great experience. Stop by and see the historical Rainbow Row district and make sure to get your own photo. Overall my best advice is just to grab a camera, rent a bike, and take a ride around the city; with so much charm you’ll be distracted all day.

Where to eat:

  • Hanks is one of the top rated seafood restaurants you can find anything from oysters, shellfish pasta, and seared tuna. Also, make sure to get their souther pecan pie, it’s delicious.
  • The Vendue is one of Charleston’s best top roof bars. I always make sure to make a stop there whenever I am in town. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
  • Poogans Porch if you’re looking for some fantastic brunch there’s no better place to go for a traditional southern breakfast. Their chicken and waffles are out of this world, pair them with a few mimosas and I guarantee you’ll be starting off your day right.
  • Husk updates their menu twice a day so there’s never really any telling what you will get but I do know that it is almost impossible to get a table so make sure to make a reservation in advance.

Where to stay: The Cannonboro Inn

Nashville TN

Nashville, Tennessee

Things to do:

I most definitely suggest you make time to check out the Nashville Pedal Tavern. It’s a 16 person 2-hour “bike” ride around the city that allows you take in all the sights, you’re allowed to bring your own alcohol and you get a discount at all bars and restaurants that you make a stop at. If you’re not done partying I suggest hitting up Pinewood Social. With their own private pool, bar, karaoke and bowling ally you are guaranteed hours of entertainment. Looking for some live music? Make sure to stop my Exit/In where you can find artists that are well known and those who are still nobodies. Also, if you have the time make sure to make a stop at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Where to eat:

  • Acme Feed & Seed – Grab a cocktail, play a few games, and eat some upscale southern bar food. If you’re up for the summer heat get a seat on their riverfront patio and enjoy the city scenery.
  • The Original Tin Roof – Looking to grab a few Mexican beers a few tacos or fajitas or just listen to some live music? Then head over to The Original Tin Roof sit on their rooftop deck and soak in the rays.
  • Jack’s BBQ – Looking to sink your teeth into some delicious bbq? Then head to one of the top rated bbq places in Nashville. Just know that there will more than likely be a line out the door, so be prepared for a wait.
  • Fido is the place to go if you’re looking for some delicious brunch; I can vouch for the steak scramble. Hang around and try some of their signature drinks.

Where to stay: Comfort Inn Nashville Downtown

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Things to do:

Everyone knows that you have to make some time to visit Bourbon Street. While you’re at it why not stop at the oldest bar in Nola, the Old Absinthe House. If you’re feeling up to it and want to get into the NOLA voodoo spirit then head to Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo and see what your future holds. If you’re more into taking in some scenery, then take a tour of the lower 9th Ward on a bike and catch all the sights or go on an boat swamp adventure. Also, I’d suggest you take some time to do a little shopping at the French Market.

Where to eat:

  • Royal House Oyster Bar – Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner the Oyster house is there to provide for you and has a wide range menu to serve all your needs. Loved by locals and tourists you really can’t go wrong if you give it a try.
  • Cafe Du Monde is the best place in Nola to go for beignets. Grab a few beignets, a delicious coffee and if you feel up to it stop by their shop and purchase your own beignet mix to take home so you can attempt to make your own recipe.
  • Brennan’s is in the French Quarter and is an upscale traditional creole restaurant with wide range menu.
  • The Joint is one of the best bbq joint in New Orleans. My suggestion is to go and check it out, the outside might not be all that appealing but the food is.

City guide: 9 bucket list things to do in New Orleans

Orlando Theme Parks: Disney World vs Universal

Orlando, Florida

Things to do:

Of course, there are all the well-known parks such as Universal Studios and Disney World but if you’re looking for other experiences I have some ideas for you. Perhaps, you could catch a show or two? I suggest catching a Cirque du Soleil or Blue Man Group event. Looking to get up close and personal with wild animals? Then take part in the Wild Africa Trek where you will get to feed hippos, get close to giraffes, and elephants. If all of that is not enough for you the head to Gatorland where you can be a trainer for a day. When you’ve gotten you’re fill of all the wildlife head to the water for some paddle boarding or to the sky for an air balloon ride.

Where to eat:

  • Ceviche Tapas Orlando I cannot tell you how much I love this place and their sangria. It’s amazing, whether you like tapas or not you must try out Ceviche.
  • Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster is one of the top rated restaurants in Orlando. If you’re looking for amazing steak and seafood you don’t have to look anywhere else.
  • ICEBAR Orlando the menu is limited but the experience makes up for it. You can choose between spending time between their Fire and Ice sides of the bar. Either way, you’re bound to have a once in a lifetime experience.

Theme Park guide: Disney World vs Universal Orlando

Author: My name is Alexandria and I blog about my travels around the world, navigating marriage, and finding tranquility in a world of chaos. Follow along on this adventure called life!

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