Looking to change up the scenery with a road trip this season? Fill up the tank and head to the Palmetto state.
1. Get Outside & Celebrate the Holidays in Greenville, SC
Greenville’s proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains means endless ways to explore the outdoors on foot, by bike or by boat. From mid-October through mid-November, Greenville, South Carolina- located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, puts on a stunning show for foliage seekers. With countless ways to enjoy the outdoors from a 22+ mile novice-friendly bike trail to nearby State Parks and hiking trails, visitors can even see the foliage from the treetops on zipline tours. Greenville’s proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains means endless ways to explore the outdoors on foot, by bike or by boat. Spend a day exploring one more than 100 nearby parks followed by eating at a James Beard nominated restaurant for dinner. For the best foliage views, hike through to Caesar’s Head State Park for stunning views of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia or plan for a breathtaking sunrise at the Fred W. Symmes Chapel- and see why it’s nicknamed “Pretty Place” for its spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are plenty of other great ways to explore the area outdoors and socially distanced with self-guided tours of the area art & history and an abundance of outdoor dining options.
As the fall season folds into the holidays, if you want to feel like you’re in your own version of a Hallmark Christmas movie, head to Greenville, South Carolina where the tree-lined sidewalks twinkle with lights, Santa’s electric sleigh drives by with an elf in tow, and families ice skate on a miniature outdoor skating rink on Main Street. Carolers harmonize the streets while dozens of giant trees are dressed for the annual Festival of Trees competition in hotels throughout town. Christmas Pop-Up Shops and a Christmas Market on Main Street provide the perfect holiday shopping opportunity. And with an average December temperature of 55 degrees, enjoying all of these outdoor holiday festivities is enjoyable. The only thing missing in this real-life movie is snow- but never say never… it is 2020 after all.
2. Lose the Quarantine 15 and “Work from Home” at Hilton Head Health
After the holidays, it’s time to get back on track and there’s no better place to kick-start a healthier lifestyle than at one of Hilton Head Health’s 3- and 4-day Healthy Getaways. With a focus on the outdoors, daily beach walks and outdoor pool classes will give you that fresh air and saltwater rejuvenation that only the ocean can. Guests experience beach yoga, boot camps, kayaking and SUP through Hilton Head Island’s scenic inlets.
The brand new program WorkWell at Hilton Head Health is designed for those who can now work remotely and want to focus on their health & wellness simultaneously. Previously, guests at the resort would have to commit to an extended stay away from work but now guests will have an opportunity to work on their health & fitness and continue to get their job done as well. Perfect for those who have to get work done but may have also gained a few quarantine lbs this spring & summer…. The wellness package leaves specific “work hour” gaps throughout the day between fitness classes, lectures and cooking demos so professionals have designated times they can schedule conference calls, Zoom meetings and time to check emails. Rooms on the campus will also be available to pre-reserve for privacy and convenience. All guests now have private villas for accommodations and workspaces will be set up for those coming for the WorkWell program within their villa prior to arrival.
3. Beach Getaway on a Socially Distanced Island
With a population of under 400, no hotel, and no way of getting there other than by boat, Daufuskie Island in South Carolina is an oceanfront oasis; a magical island escape just off the coast of Savannah and Hilton Head. One could spend an entire week in Haig Point, the private community on the island, without seeing more than a dozen individuals. The tiny Southern island is mostly undeveloped conservancy land- meaning visitors will love the nature and wildlife experiences that occur daily: bottlenose dolphins leaping out of the water on the shoreline; loggerhead turtles nesting each spring on the shore and the trotting sound of Marsh Tacky horses that date back more than 500 years to the area. Though the island is quiet, visitors do have the chance to engage in some uniquely Daufuskie experiences- from waterfront horseback riding to a 20 hole Rees Jones signature golf course with 7 waterfront tee boxes or greens. Even at the local art gallery, art is sold on an honor system- if you like a piece, take it and leave your money in the mailbox slot. No human interaction necessary. Visitors can enjoy this secluded beach getaway by renting a private home in Haig Point or by staying in the historic 1873 Lighthouse.