Christmas is my favorite time to vacation. I can take advantage of lower prices and small crowds. There’s something special about enjoying time with family while knowing we’re getting the best for less! Here’s a list of my favorite Southern family Christmas vacations.
Snuggled deep in the Appalachian Mountains, Good Morning America named it one of the top three most beautiful places in America. Accommodations from economy ($59/night) to extravagant, you can choose Cabins, Bed & Breakfasts, Hotels, Resorts, and Campgrounds. Many lodgings are pet friendly, and offer discounts and free nights.
- – Theater, Night Life
- – Hiking, Wildlife
- – Shopping, Spas
- – Historic Attractions, Museums
- – Al Fesco to Vegetarian
- – Brew Pubs & Micro Breweries
- – Coffeehouses & Farm-to-Table
2. Biltmore Estate
The largest privately owned house in America, built in 1895. The Inn on Biltmore Estate offers accommodations starting at $299/night, but has many packages & special deals. The Cottage offers exclusive rates, with savings of 25% on stays of 7 nights or more.
- – Tours, Shopping
- – Biking, Hiking
- – Carriage Rides, Horseback Riding
- – Fly-Fishing, River Float Trips
- – The Inn on Biltmore Estate
- – Bistrol, Deerpark Restaurant, Stable Café, and Cedric’s Tavern
Located next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is rich in history and beautiful vistas. Lodging is varied, including Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins & Chalets, Condos, and Campgrounds. Great deals include free nights, and military/police/emergency responder discounts.
- – Aquariums & Museums
- – Ski Resorts
- – Amusement Parks
- – Arts & Crafts Shops
- – Dollywood
- – Down Home Southern
- – Mom & Pop Diners
- – Award-winning Dinner Theater.
Memphis is the largest city on the Mississippi River, and home of Rock ‘N Roll and Blues. Accommodations include Hotels, Camping, and B&B’s, as low as $69/night and Vacation Rentals as low as $71/night with specials.
- – Steamboat Rides
- – Museums
- – Beal Street the center of Music and Night Life
- – Elvis’ Graceland
- – Famous for BBQ, the food is vast and varied. Caribbean and Eclectic/Fusion caught my eye.
5. Myrtle Beach
White sandy beach stretching for almost a mile, and warm climate make Myrtle Beach a great place to vacation. A large choice of accommodations are available, including oceanfront Condos, Beach Houses, and Hotels, some for as little as $29/night or free nights.
- – Golf, Hiking
- – Theater, Concerts
- – Amusement Parks
- – The Boardwalk
- – Seafood and steaks
- – Nachos or salads
- – Everything in between