When people in the Carolinas think about going to the beach, they usually think about Wilmington, Myrtle Beach or Charleston. South of Myrte Beach and north of Charleston, sits a little place perfect for a great weekend getaway, however. Pawley’s Island is one of the oldest summer resorts on the Atlantic Coast. When rice farmers first settled on nearby rivers and built plantations, they realized it was unhealthy to live there in the summer months: Malaria posed a huge threat. They knew it was healthier at the seashore, so they moved everything to Pawley’s Island in May and stayed there until the first frost in November. The laid-back attitude survives to today (along with 12 residences in the historic district dating to the 1700s and 1800s), making it the perfect spot to get away from it all and just relax.
Take a horse-drawn carriage down the street between the bay and a row of narrow, brightly painted houses set among a 350 years of the nation’s history right here in South Carolina.
Everyone who lives in North Carolina knows, when you want to get away from it all, the mountains are the place to go. At the doorway to the Smokeys in the glory of the Blue Ridge mountains lies the city of Asheville. Just north of Asheville — far enough away to be out of the hustle and bustle, but close enough to be easily accessible — is the beautiful and historic Grove Park Inn, the perfect place for a weekend getaway.