Back to school clothes have hit the shelves, and the time for a summer vacation is quickly passing. When it comes to last minute getaways, here are what our communities have to offer.
Head to the Water
Whether you like to lounge on the rocks of a river or head to the coast for some beach time, our communities offer options. From the sea islands of Georgia to the resorts up the South Carolina coast to The Outer Banks in North Carolina and Virginia, you can find beautiful ocean views and countless beach towns to explore. If lakes or rivers are more your scene, there’s no shortage of options in our communities.
Explore Colonial Williamsburg, VA
Less than an hour from Richmond, VA, Williamsburg is a perfect getaway for history buffs. Explore historical homes, take a ghost tour, visit one of the museums or just wander the cobblestone streets. Learn more about the ins and outs of Williamsburg here.
Antiquing in Walterboro, SC
East Washington Street in downtown Walterboro is lined with a variety of antique stores that are sure to keep you browsing all day. Be sure to save room for lunch at one of the local restaurants among the antique stores. See a full list of stores and restaurants in the area here.
Hike and Relax at Lake Lure, NC
Take a break from the heat and head to this popular mountain getaway. Enjoy prime hiking spots, outdoor adventures like kayaking, paddle boarding, and tubing, or just relaxing on the shore. For information, visit the town’s website.
Visit Caesar’s Head State Park in Cleveland, SC
Caesar’s Head State Park offers uninterrupted views of mountains that stretch into North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Be sure to take in the views from the Overlook, read about the history of the area and participate in geocaching. When you’re ready to stretch your legs, head to the popular Raven Cliff Falls hike. This two-mile hike takes you to the 420-foot falls and a suspension bridge that offers a unique view of the falls.
Take in the History in Charleston, SC
Charleston has been garnering praise from the likes of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure for years and lucky for us, it’s one of the communities we call home. Our employees suggest walking tours, visiting the art galleries dotting the downtown area, enjoying some of the best restaurants in the south and taking in some of old-world Charleston by walking around the Battery and Rainbow Row. For more information about Charleston, visit the city’s website.
Segway Tours Through Historic Downtown Savannah, GA
You can tour Savannah’s historic downtown district in a variety of ways. Walking tours are offered, as are Segway tours, carriage rides and even riverboat cruises. After you get your history fix, head to lunch at one of the many famous restaurants, like the Olde Pink House, or head to River Street for sweets and fun.
Visit the Downtown Waterfront in Wilmington, NC
If you’re looking for ocean breezes without going to the beach, spend a day in bustling Wilmington, NC. Enjoy the day exploring the historic river district and taking in the beauty and excitement of the Riverwalk. Our employees suggest going aboard the Battleship North Carolina, a WWII vessel, and visiting the farmers market on the weekends.
Go Hiking in the Georgia Mountains
If you’re looking for an escape from the heat, take the family to the North Georgia mountains for a day of hiking. From swinging bridges to waterfalls, easy to difficult, there’s a hike perfect for you and your family. Find popular hikes here.
Tube the Saluda River in Columbia, SC
Take in the scenery and cool off with an adventure down the Saluda River. Grab some friends and leisurely float down river in giant tubes or opt for some added adventure with a guided kayaking tour. After your time on the water, visit The Vista where Columbia’s hottest restaurants are serving the best the city has to offer.
Shop the Outlets in Charlotte, NC
Treat yourself with a prime shopping excursion to Charlotte, NC. Spend hours exploring Charlotte Premium Outlets’ 100 stores or head downtown to Center City to browse boutiques and local restaurants. For information on what downtown Charlotte has too offer, check out the city’s website.
Explore Downtown Greenville, SC
Downtown Greenville has transformed over the past 10 years to become a cultural epicenter that boasts festivals, parks, every store you could imagine and an exciting restaurant scene. Head to the ballpark to watch the Greenville Drive or check out the schedule of events for updates on upcoming festivals and shows coming to town.
Not going on a big vacation doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a new adventure. Spending a day exploring your own community is a great way to experience your local area in a whole new way.