Best Southern Resorts To Visit in Fall – southernliving.com

Set your sights on favorite Southern resorts for a fun fall getaway in surroundings painted with the colors of the season. From coastal beach destinations with mild autumn breezes to mountain escapes surrounded by foliage-canopied hiking trails, there’s a resort for everyone (with plenty of activities and attractions) this season. Whether you want to explore beneath the changing leaves or stay indoors and enjoy a spa treatment or two, a resort is a great bet for a good time. Book a stay, pack the car, and set out for adventures in the crisp autumn air. You might just find your new favorite destination this fall while making some fresh memories with family and friends. For more fall travel ideas, check out these hotels for fall weekend getaways and 15 must-take fall trips.
Hot Springs, Arkansas
This historic resort hotel is located in the heart of Hot Springs National Park north of Bathhouse Row and near museums, antiques shops, art galleries, and restaurants. The property has stunning architecture complete with a spa and salon as well as a thermal bathhouse for experiencing the area’s famed mineral waters.
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Walland, Tennessee
One of the South’s favorite year-round resorts, Blackberry Farm is at its most beautiful in fall when the surrounding forests of the Smoky Mountain foothills light up with the colors of autumn. Enjoy the outdoors by fly fishing, hiking, paddling, and mountain biking, or stay inside and enjoy a pamper session at the Wellhouse. Don’t forget to book a farm-to-table breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the resort’s award-winning restaurants.
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Dripping Springs, Texas
This Texas Hill Country resort has gorgeous accommodations in a serene setting. Book a stay at Camp Lucy, a luxury resort on 289 acres, and you’ll be nestled in wine country with opportunities for tastings, visits to area breweries and restaurants, and exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding area.
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Davis, West Virginia
This resort and conference center is located in Canaan Valley State Park in West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains. It’s surrounded by some of the most vibrant foliage in the region, and there you’ll also find on-site restaurants, a golf course, camping sites, hiking trails, and swimming pools both indoors and out.
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Braselton, Georgia
This beautiful resort situated on 3,500 acres of rolling hills in North Georgia has an accompanying winery, lush golf course, and soothing spa with multi-sensory treatments and fitness classes. The combination of beautiful settings and plenty of relaxing amenities will tempt you to stay all season long.
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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
This lovely hotel and spa is located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a town known for its Victorian architecture and expansive Ozark surroundings. In addition to a charming stay, the destination offers resort activities including a spa, hot tub, and swimming pool in addition to 15 acres of gardens with opportunities for hikes, bike rides, and meandering walks.
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White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Stay at The Greenbrier in the mountains of West Virginia and find yourself in the midst of a National Historic Landmark and 11,000-acre luxury resort that’s been in operation since 1778. Plenty of opportunities to explore the vibrant fall foliage of the region, farm-to-table dinners filled with the flavors of Appalachia, and famed interior designs by Dorothy Draper ensure an unforgettable experience.
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Jekyll Island, Georgia
If your idea of a perfect fall getaway includes coastal breezes, set your sights on Jekyll Island, where the historic Jekyll Island Club Resort welcomes you in for a relaxing stay, biking the island’s many scenic trails, golfing on the course, wonderful dining experiences, and fall walks on the beach in the mild weather of the Georgia coast.
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Dillard, Georgia
Nestled in the foothills of North Georgia, Julep Farms is a welcoming modern farm resort with a market for shopping, Julep Kitchen for delicious meals, and cozy cottages with names like The Boat House, The Magnolia Cottage, The Derby Cottage, and panoramic views of rolling hills and the foliage of surrounding forests.
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Leesburg, Virginia
This resort getaway is an autumn destination in Virginia’s wine country. Make it your home base for a weekend of exploring the wineries and picturesque vineyards of the region. Then turn in for a relaxing session at the resort’s Spa MinĂ©rale or a meal at one of the resorts many restaurants—Riverside Hearth, Coton & Rye, and Piedmont’s among them.
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Highlands, North Carolina
This lovely property located in the picture-perfect small town of Highlands, North Carolina, has been enchanting visitors for years. It’s a Blue Ridge getaway with exceptional spa and dining experiences, as well as opportunities for exploring the nearby Nantahala National Forest, boutique shopping, and meandering drives down foliage-canopied mountain roads.
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Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville is a destination for mountain resorts, and a great one is The Omni Grove Park Inn, where visitors have ready access to a lauded golf course, leaf-painted vistas, and exceptional dining and amenities, including hiking trails, a swimming pool, and tennis and fitness classes.
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