Southern Resorts Destined to Become Classics

December 27, 2012 | By | Comments (0)

Recently, we rounded up the grande dames of Southern stays, from Greenbrier to Grove Park, that are once again in fashion thanks to fresh, new makeovers. But, we also found the five Southern escapes—all opened within the last 10 years—that are destined to become the next wave of classic resorts.

THE-INN-AT-PALMETTO-BLUFF

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff
Bluffton, SC,  Opened: 2004

Preservation is at the heart of this 20,000-acre residential resort community that works with the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy to protect the ecosystem of the May River. Check in to one of the inn’s 50 homey cottages and you might trick yourself into thinking all that unspoiled nature is truly in your own backyard. Rooms from $475; palmettobluff.com

THE-LODGE-AT-PRIMLAND

The Lodge at Primland
Meadows of Dan, VA,  Opened: 2009

This 12,000-acre Blue Ridge Mountain hunting retreat is home to breathtaking natural scenery with unexpected extras (an ultraluxe tree house, a telescope-equipped observatory dome) waiting at every corner. Rooms from $285; primland.com

THE-SANCTUARY-AT-KIAWAH-ISLAND-GOLF-RESORT

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Kiawah Island, SC,  Opened: 2004

Extra-spacious guest rooms—the smallest measures 550 square feet—with private balconies and four-poster beds amp up the allure of this renowned golf resort, famous for its challenging waterfront Ocean Course. Rooms from $245; kiawahresort.com

THE-UMSTEAD-HOTEL-&-SPA

The Umstead Hotel & Spa
Cary, NC,  Opened: 2007

Triangle residents routinely make the detour to The Umstead for Herons, the hotel’s five-star new-American restaurant—but you’ll want to stay for the split-level spa, afternoon tea, and 12 acres of gardens, woods, and lake. Rooms from $279; theumstead.com

MANSION-ON-FORSYTH-PARK

Mansion on Forsyth Park
Savannah, GA,  Opened: 2005

Packing all the perks of a big resort inside a 126-room Victorian mansion—a chichi spa, a cooking school, a top-notch restaurant and bars, an on-site gallery with 400 works by contemporary artists—this eight-year-old boutique hotel delivers one thing the larger properties can’t: a prime location in the heart of Savannah’s historic district. Rooms from $169; mansiononforsythpark.com

COMMENTS