A guide to all my favorite places in the south!! We had a fabulous time visiting during my Freshman year spring break from Sewanee! I’m sharing everywhere we went, where we stayed and what I reccomend!
P.S. if you’re reading this it’s probably because you’re planning a trip South-if you are please feel free to comment below or DM me on Instagram for more information!
Ashville, North Carolina
Where to Stay:
Luxury | Stay at Biltmore -We stayed one night at The Inn on Biltmore Estate & absolutely LOVED it! Very memorable and very easy access to Biltmore for touring the next day. The hotel had activities for our family and a very chic place to dine! If you plan to stay here book your room and dinner reservation well in advance or you’ll miss out! They also have a fabulous SPA at the Inn! Check out Biltmore’s additional two hotel if the Inn doesn’t suit your fancy! Click the link here to know more!
Economy | Holiday Inn and Suites, Cambria Hotel & Suites, The Country Inn & Suites! Click the link here to know more!
What to do:
Visit Biltmore | This is the number one place to visit in Ashville, North Carolina! The history and beauty of the Biltmore estate will wow you! The grounds are beautiful for shooting photos or taking leisurely stroles! Just taking in the history alone is enough to bring you back a couple of times! We even got a season pass!!! I reccomend wearing your best to the mansion for the full experience + looking back at my visit I am so delighted I choose to dress to the nines! My photos turned out very chic and I felt Biltmore’s originators the Vanderbilts would be delighted. If you’re interested in dining they have several fabulous places on the grounds just a hop and skip away from The Biltmore Mansion! Be sure to take time to cruise around in the car to view the pristine and scenic grounds! Click the link here to know more! P.S. it does have a fare cost to get into the estate so be mindful when planning your visit-it’s well worth it!
Shopping | Downtown Ashville has many wonderful places to both shop and to window shop! It was delightful to preview the cute little boutiques and pick a few little goodies of my own! I purchased a blue tutu skirt from JCREW while I was in town to wear to Biltmore and I will never forget it! It’s the most darling little skirt from their party collection and it was just perfect for my visit + SALE!!!
Here’s a few more places to check out: Biltmore Village, Biltmore Park, Black Moutain, Downtown Ashville, River Arts District & The Ashville Outlets! Click the link here!
Where to Dine:
Afternoon Tea “A MUST DO”- by reservation | “Join us for afternoon tea, complete with traditional English finger sandwiches, scones, fruit breads, and tea pastries. Served daily from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. by reservation. Collared shirts and slacks suggested for men; dresses, skirts, or dress pants for women. Reservations are strongly encouraged.” This was one of my favorite activities during our stay it was just so southern!! I will always remember having tea with my mother at Biltmore Estate! Click here to make a reservation!!!!
Good Eats | We dinned at our hotel at the INN on Biltmore for dinner and it was fabulous! I 10/10 suggest taking the time to sit down, get dressed up and have dinner here!
BUT…. if you’re interested in something less expensive, formal and just a bit more local click the link here for more information!
P.S. During our late night cravings one night we hit up The Big M and it was suprisingly even a bit more chic in Ashville so bottom line is you can’t go wrong.
Charleston, South Carolina
Where to Stay:
Luxury | Wentworth Mansion is Charleston’s most popular hotel’s! Click here to know more! I hope during my next visit to stay at this beautiful hotel! I believe it will be a 12/10 experience!!! In Lou of staying we did dine at this fabulous mansion during our visit to Charleston and found it to be utterly delightful! Read more in dinning!
If you stay here a exclusive must do for guests only is enjoy the full Southern Breakfast at Circa 1886!!! Read more below-
“Our guests enjoy one experience no other visitor or Charlestonian can – the chance to start their day with a full Southern breakfast at Circa 1886. Of course, it wouldn’t be fair to keep all the goodness to ourselves. At dinner, Chef Marc Collins’ stellar cuisine is enjoyed by all who long for a lighter, brighter take on classic Lowcountry fare – in a setting that’s considered one of most romantic in the world.”
Luxury | Zero George Street is another deligtful place to stay during your visit to Charleston! It has quick access to all the major sites and is quite quaint! I highly recommend just checking out the hotel even if you don’t plan on staying there because the sweet southern vibes are all the rage here!! Click the link here to get the scoop! I PROMISE YOU WILL LOVE THIS HOTEL!!!
Where we stayed | Belmond Charleston Plazza- “an icon of Southern Style”! It’s a delightful time when staying at the Plazza and I highly reccomend booking a stay here even if it’s just for a night! When we stayed we had the most wonderful time and quite enjoyed being so closely located to everything!
Where we stayed | The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston-Historic District – We snagged a great rate on a room here and ended up getting a special suite which had two floors! It was quite exciting for my brother in me as we had never stayed in a hotel with two floors! We enjoyed having the kitchen, dinning, living area downstairs and the sleeping quarters upstairs! The best part of our stay here was the warm cookies we enjoyed as soonn as we checked in! It’s a lovely hotel and I would highly suggest staying here! + It’s got a great view!
We usually stay a few different places during our travels so if you’re looking into trying a few of Charleston’s finest add these to your list!
If you’re interested in knowing a few more hotels in Charleston click the link here!
What to do:
“you won’t have time to do all of Charleston in one visit but that’s okay it’s a city you’ll wanna visit time & time again!”
Visit | The Pineapple Fountain-so darling and great for photos!!! This photo shoot was one of my favorites from Charleston! More information here!
Visit | Rainbow Row-won’t dissapoint and will leave your instagram feeling CUUUTTEEE!!! Seriously how lucky are the people who live on Rainbow Row!!! It’s the funnest little place to live and how beautiful the town houses look! Don’t leave Charleston without stopping here! More information here!
Visit | Riley Waterfront Park for all of your pier vibes! It is so beautiful and cool at Riley Waterfront Park! You again can get the most darling Charleston Photos here and you will love how cool the temp feels! More information here!
Visit | Mount Pleasant Pier for a breathtaking view!! More information here!
Visit | Drayton Hall Plantation- LOVE THIS!!!! A MUST DO IF YOU LOVE HISTORY! More information here!
Visit | South of Broad- you can’t go to Charleston without going on South of Broad!!! Take a walking tour and see Charleston’s beauty! P.S. INSTAGRAM
Visit | Fort Summer- We took an entire day to visit Fort Summer, it was a great learning experience and quite fun for all the history lovers out there! It is worth taking the time to visit and it’s complete with a boat ride! Another way to knock out two of Charleston’s must do’s!!! More information here!
Visit | Kiawah Island just a quick 45 minutes from Charleston for a wonderful time! We enjoyed a packed lunch on Kiawah’s beach + a photoshoot! It was a great experience and such a beautiful island! We just took time to drive through and look at the beautiful homes! The Southern Hospitality was enough to have you day dreaming of moving to Kiawah Island + the beach was unlike any packed Flordia beach! If you’re going to Charleston don’t miss Kiawah Island or you’ll regret it!
Where to Dine:
Top Knotch | Circa 1886 Restaurant-Reservations required! A delightful experience for all who love Southern Hospitality, fine dinning and chic clothes! Get dressed up and enjoy a dinner at The Circa 1886 Restaurant! We loved it! More information here!
Southern Favorite | Magnolia’s- an upscale Southern treat! We so enjoyed dinning at this local favorite! I can’t think of not going here when visiting Charleston! It’s fabulous and the food is to die for! I reccomend ordering the special because it was beyond amazing! Be sure to dress in your Southern best for dinning here! More information here! DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT DINNING HERE!
These were my two favorite dinning venues in Charleston but here are a few more linked!!! We ate so well during our visit to Charleston and you really can’t go wrong with good ole Southern Classics! Click here for more!
“a little Southern Delight”
Where to Stay:
Where we Stayed | Hamilton- Turner Inn- We stayed at this delightful inn for one night during our visit to GA! We loved it so much we plan to stay there again the next time we visit. It is more of a luxury hotel so make sure to book in advance and scan for a good rate! We were visiting at just the right time and snagged a great rate! More information here! P.S. it’s a small hotel not great for small children!
Moderate | Homewood Suites by Hilton- Historic District, More information here!
Other great places to stay can be found here!
What to Do:
Pictures | Downtown- If you love Spanish Moss then you’ll wanna grab your camera because it’s everywhere! We love the beautiful scenes in Savannah so if you’re a instagram lover then make sure to wear something cute yet comfy for a day downtown!
Tour | Historic Hop on & Hop off tour- just like it sounds! It’s a great way to see charming Savannah! More information here!
Visit | Bonaventure Cemetery-more beautiful Spanish Moss! A historical look at Savannah and well worth the visit! So beautiful! More information here!
Visit | Pulaski Square-more information here!
Visit | River Street- more information here!
Shopping | We loved checking out the sweet southern city’s shopping and picking up a few goodies! Of course visiting JCREW was at the top of the list in addition to some sweet little local shops! My mom is a huge fan of Emily McCarthy so visiting her shop was our first stop! It was just as my mom promised-darling beyond mention! I actually ordered two custom monogrammed gifts for some gal pals while stopping in! We met the most charming southern gal named Emily during our visit and are still connected on instagram! She was an ADPi just like me and happened to be extra sweet! We chatted and exchanged social media’s! We still chat today and now she’s married! It has been so cool to see her life and stay connected! You never know who you’ll meet if you don’t get out there! Savannah’s got some sweet gals so if you love to make friends get ready!!! Shopping is a must in this city!
Visit | Macon, GA- near by and so cute! We visited because it was where Alpha Delta Pi was founded! YAY!
Visit | Tybee Island- will melt your heart! It is the cutest little place ever! If you liked Kiawah island you’ll love Tybee!!! It’s the most darling beach with the most beautiful sunsets! Take a day trip to Tybee!!!!
Where to Dine:
Fine Dinning | Olde Pink House Restaurant- We loved eating here and getting a few pictures outside! IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!!! A must go place! More information here!
Fine Dinning | Alligator Soul- Get dressed up for a night out and enjoy some tasty food at this fine venue! LOVE!!! More information here!
These are the two places we tried while in Savannah but here are a few more if you’re intersted! Click here!
Hilton Head, Island
Where to Stay:
Where we stayed | The Sonesta Resort- We couldn’t have loved a resort any more! This was the perfect location to rest and relax for the final leg of our trip! It was where we could “spring break”! We enjoyed dinner at the hotel, room service and the pool! The style of the hotel was modern and so chic! We found ourselves staying two extra nights at this resort because we loved it so much! Several of my favorite instagrammers who have visited Hilton Head have stayed at The Sonesta Resort and I was so shocked when I found out we’d stayed there too! We got an excellent rate and would give it a 12/10! In fact during our next trip to Hilton Head we hope to lodge at The Sonesta Resort! It’s a beach front resort and you’ll love it! More information here!
What to Do:
Enjoy | Take the time to enjoy the all exclusive Sonesta Resort! There’s really no reason to leave! In fact the only time we did was to grab lunch one day, shop and get groceries!
Where to Dine:
The Sonesta Resort | The resort has a great in room dinning selection, breakfast is amazing and the downstairs lounge is excellent!
Fine Dinning | Sunset Grill- More information here!
Fine Dinning | Old Fort Pub- More information here!
For more information and photos check out my previous post all about my trip! Linked here!
All my love,
Alexa Sue-Anne Dudley