Hotels and inns across the South, whether brand new or time-honored, are turning up the heat this winter, welcoming guests with reimagined spas, rooms with views, and on-site restaurants with menus that make the trip worth it. Here are a handful of particularly worthy Southern retreats to escape to this winter.
Southall Farm & Inn
The newly built Southall invites travelers to a 325-acre working farm and country retreat. Enjoy its first season this winter and book either a guest room or a self-contained cottage that offers sweeping views of Middle Tennessee’s rolling hills. The creation of architecture and landscape design firms Studio Architects and CSDG, Southall showcases the beauty of the land and the retreat’s connection to the land. See the grounds on a brisk walk around the farm’s pastures, orchards and greenhouse, then warm up in the spa’s steam room, sauna or mineral pool.
The Inn at Little Washington
During the coldest months, the Shenandoah Valley largely reverts to the locals, leaving gems like the Inn at Little Washington for regulars and seasoned travelers alike. The inn is a destination unto itself, and while the surrounding Blue Ridge foothills are dotted with wineries and charming towns, when you first arrive in Washington, you’ll probably want to post up around one of the wood-burning stoves at the historic manor. Reserve a table for one of the inn’s legendary dinners at the on-site three-Michelin-star restaurant, or drop by the new Patty O’s Café and Bakery for comforting dishes like this creamy white bean soup.
Perry Lane Hotel
Take advantage of a reprieve from Savannah’s notorious heat and humidity with a winter visit to the Perry Lane Hotel. Located in historic downtown, this storied city oasis offers a heated rooftop pool to enjoy after a day of whizzing around Forsyth Park and Chippewa Square on one of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles. Head to the property’s signature restaurant, Emporium, which has just launched a spin on happy hour – “Oyster Hour” – where guests can enjoy daily fried oysters and glasses of bubbly. Look forward to dinner with Chef Dan Herget’s Winter “Boujee Burger,” an off-the-menu-by-request dish that earns a following for its sumptuous toppings of buttermilk foie gras, black truffle salt, smoked bacon and taleggio cheese.
The district’s newest hotel, The Pendry, opened late last year and has already earned a reputation as a capital hotspot thanks to its unrivaled river views, minimal-chic rooms and on-site spa sanctuary. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap at Pendry’s Orient Express-inspired cocktail bar, Bar Pendry, which shakes and stirs imaginative concoctions like “Chocolate City” and “Ward 8.” The hotel is an ideal base for exploring the nearby museums; do not miss Called to Create: Black Artists of the American South at the National Gallery of Art, as well as the recently opened Rubell Museum with a focus on contemporary art.
Charleston, South Carolina
In one of the Holy City’s newest smart hotels, Pinch’s twenty-two rooms are spread over new construction and interconnected, restored historic buildings. The hotel celebrates its architectural mix with edgy interiors that mix antique furniture and 1970s decor. The Pinch earns a local following thanks to its moody new oyster bar, Quinte, which dishes out a rotating selection of oysters as well as caviar and shellfish towers fit for a group.
Red Fox Inn & Tavern
Middleburg buzzes in the winter with fox hunting, horse and hound parades, cozy wine tastings and a festively decorated historic district. Enjoy the charming town with a stay at the historic Red Fox Inn & Tavern. Opened in 1728, the inn was a longtime favorite of celebrities including Jackie O. and Elizabeth Taylor, and makes for a cozy and private getaway during the colder months. Don’t miss a dinner at the tavern, where the dark wooden walls, candlelit tables and a multi-course tasting menu are made for long winter evenings.
Fearrington House Inn
Pittsboro, North Carolina
The Fearrington House Inn’s restaurant is one of the South’s long-loved restaurants, thanks in part to its cookbook, which was republished in 2022. Check into the inn this winter to enjoy the restaurant’s fortieth anniversary and toast to its longevity. The Relais & Châteaux property (the first in the South to achieve that distinction) offers a chance to relax on a working farm in the North Carolina countryside while being within a half-hour drive of Chapel Hill.
St. Regis Atlanta
The sophisticated Buckhead hotel recently upgraded its 6,000-square-foot spa, a luxurious place to keep that “me-time” New Year’s resolution. The locals’ favorite luxury hotel is also a tourist destination of choice thanks to its proximity to the city’s premier music venues and exclusive restaurants and shops.
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