Category: Travel

Where to stay, play, and dine while traveling.

Southern hospitality: Inside The Dewberry, Charleston’s new hotel

Charleston’s new Dewberry hotel offers midcentury modern vibes with a side of Southern hospitality. In a city known for its antebellum architecture and romantic rows of pastel homes, The Dewberry’s design draws attention. Overlooking Charleston’s Marion Square, the new 155-room hotel pays serious homage to midcentury design—but with plenty of subtle nods to its Lowcountry surroundings. The building was originally…

Unexplored Tuscany

From family-owned vineyards to truffle hunting adventures, Tuscany offers an allure all its own. The breeze in Tuscany comes gently with the scent of lavender and the sound of old church bells. This picturesque region of Italy is known for its rich history, Renaissance art, stunning landscapes, and fine wines and food, but there’s more to it. Tuscany offers a…

Seaside Serenity

Florida’s historic Amelia Island beckons beach lovers in search of the ultimate relaxing escape. Arriving at Omni Amelia Island Plantation instantly sets the scene for luxurious relaxation. Spanish moss-draped oak trees line the roads that wind past marshes and into the resort, which is at the southern end of the island. As guests take their first steps into the hotel,…

Hole in One

PGA National Resort & Spa is Florida’s ultimate golf getaway. Golf mania is in full swing this summer as Charlotte hosts the 99th PGA Championship, “The Season’s Final Major,” next month at SouthPark’s Quail Hollow Club. And while most of us can’t stretch together birdie-filled, sub-par rounds on pristine golf links like the pros, the opportunity to play in one…

Summer Recess

Escape the city’s heat with a weekend getaway to one of these nearby mountain resorts. Old Edwards Inn and Spa This rustic-meets-luxe mountain hideaway draws visitors from around the world for its farm-to-table dining, serene spa, and picturesque golf. Set in the middle of the lively town of Highlands, you’ll find arts and entertainment just steps from your door. Primland…

Island Time

Lively culture and tropical bliss beckon from sun-drenched St. Thomas. It’s been 100 years since the Danish West Indies officially became the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 1917, fearing that Germany might seize the islands, the U.S. paid Denmark $25 million for the three—St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. Today, the hilly islands draw millions of tourists from around the…

The Big Escape

A family-friendly resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast offers a giant helping of fun and relaxation. “Everything’s bigger in Sandestin,” my driver tells me on our approach from the airport. The slogan, originally applied to Texas, is true here at the Hilton Sandestin on Florida’s Miramar Beach. The massive complex is tucked away, yet it’s just down the road from an…

Beachside Bliss

At Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater, Fla., the stunning beach and small-town charm make luxuriating easy. There’s a reason Clearwater Beach, Fla. is consistently ranked among the top beaches in the U.S. by everyone from TripAdvisor to USA Today. In 2016, it even edged out Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, for the No. 1 spot in TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice category. The good…

Holy City How To

Spend a weekend getting reacquainted with Charleston. Whether you’ve lived in Charlotte for 10 years or just moved into town, Charleston should be top on your list of weekend getaway locales. It is, after all, consistently named the top city in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure and is oft considered one of the best culinary destinations in the country.…

Homegrown Grapes

Wine, dine, and feel right at home in Yadkin Valley, where you’ll not only find great wine but Southern hospitality, too. I am sitting by the fireplace inside the tasting lodge of JOLO Winery, an elegant mixture of rustic wood beams and crystal chandeliers above. Sipping the winery’s Pilot Fog ($29), which outscored a Napa Valley bottle ($190) at an…