The COVID-19 outbreak and its rapid spread is inevitably having a large impact on the travel industry. Although some airlines are still flying, many have all but shut down for the foreseeable future, with at least three regional airlines having filed for bankruptcy in the US and the UK. Hotel employees are being laid off, and cruise lines have canceled sailings through the summer after multiple ships were stuck out at sea for weeks. People around the world are canceling trips, requesting refunds, and doing their best to salvage any travel plans made.
Because the future of airlines and travel for summer 2020 is unknown, we decided to ask our agents where their favorite places to go for a long weekend away would be within 4 hours from Charlotte. When your family feels comfortable traveling again, these would be great places to spend a little time in our area, while social distancing of course.
Just 21 miles from Charleston, this South Carolina luxury beach resort hotel is a favorite of Bonnie Stroup. Ashley McMillan and Jennifer Saarbach also love to vacation in Kiawah Island. The Island has so much to offer from dining to the beautiful uncrowded beaches for families or friends wanting to get away from it all.
Do you have a golf lover in your life? Suzanne Coddington recommends visiting the Pinecrest Inn. Centrally located in the Village of Pinehurst, the Inn serves breakfast and dinner daily and a fabulous breakfast buffet on Sundays. Pinehurst is best known for its legendary golf courses and hosting PGA tournaments. With over 42 area golf courses and a world-class spa nearby, there is something for everyone in the family when visiting this beautiful area in North Carolina.
We almost don’t want to tell you about a hidden gem just a short drive from Charlotte, NC. Next on our list is Bluffton, SC. Catharine Pappas recommends this area that is nestled along the May River in the Lowcountry of South Carolina between Hilton Head Island and Savannah. The 20,000-acre community is where Southern hospitality and beautiful views converge for the ultimate in Lowcountry luxury. Explore the area by boat, paddleboard, kayak, or foot. There is enough to do for the adventurous ones in your group, but also plenty of ways to relax.
Does your group prefer the cooler summer weather in the mountains during the summer? Charlie Burgess and Catharine Pappas both recommend visiting Cashiers, North Carolina. This area is one of the Southeast’s premier resort destinations. Widely known for its amazing atmosphere, unique culture, upscale shopping and world-class dining, the historic village of Cashiers offers a variety of things to do and has been a haven for vacationing families for well over a century. Little known fact for outsiders – if you want to blend in with the locals, make sure you pronounce Cashiers correctly! Although it looks like the word for a person who rings up your purchase at a store, it is actually pronounced KASH-erz” ncliving.com
Need a night or 2 away but don’t want to travel far away? The Ballantyne Hotel is offering exclusive savings for Carolina residents and a 2 pm late check-out! Enjoy the spa, pool, a round of golf, and fine dining. It is the definition of “staycation”.