Driving Getaways!


Here are a few of my favorite luxury and boutique hotels within driving distance from most cities. Not into a hotel? I have a large list of private homes - though many are booking up quickly through the end of the year. Contact us to plan your getaway.


Looking for a low-key getaway, close to home? I’ve rounded up the boutique hotels, resorts and lodges across the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States that are worth driving to, now and in the coming months, to inspire your summer road trip ideas—or future travel dreaming. A "West and West Coast" post will follow!


The properties listed below have recently reopened with an impressive new set of sanitization and social-distancing procedures. Many also offer apartment-style suites or standalone accommodations like cabins and cottages for guests who would prefer a more private experience. While each hotel’s policies are unique, most generally include such strategies as: exhaustive staff training around health and contamination safety, as well as regular staff temperature checks; reduced staffing and guest occupancy rates (to ensure social-distancing protocols); temperature checks for guests upon arrival; stringent new sanitization procedures for guest rooms and public spaces; rearranging public spaces and adapting amenities to maintain social-distancing amongst guests; and distanced, outdoor-only as well as the option of takeout-style dining experiences.


I am personally in close contact with all of my hotel and home rental partners to confirm that they are implementing enhanced disinfecting protocols and respecting social-distancing guidelines to create experiences that are as safe as possible. Additionally, when you make a reservation at one of these properties with Nash Travel Management, you may have access to preferable cancellation policies and special amenities. Contact us directly for more information on individual properties’ policies for making your stay safe and seamless—and to start planning your summer road trip!


Southeast


Blackberry Farm, Tennessee: Charming, Culinary-Focused, Stylish | Open Now (Virtuoso Partner)

Spanning 4,400 acres in rural Appalachia, Blackberry Farm is a traditional farmstead retreat that is world-renowned for its phenomenal culinary program and has guest accommodations as well as private homes. Most of the rooms come with golf carts for guests to get around. The overall atmosphere at Blackberry Farm is of an easy-going country club, and down time is likely spent unwinding on the main building’s beautiful terrace or exploring the softly billowing woodland wilderness traced with miles of hiking trails—or eating! Blackberry Farm offers 62 guest accommodations, including Estate Rooms, Cottage Suites, Hill Cottages and houses, all beautifully appointed and furnished with fine antiques. Personal service and attention to detail are the defining elements of Blackberry Farm's award-winning reputation.

Read more here, see Virtuoso amenities and contact us to inquire about planning your trip.


Blackberry Mountain, Tennessee: Rustic-Chic, Wellness-Focused, Secluded | Open Now

(Virtuoso Partner)

In wild, imposing natural surroundings, the owners of Blackberry Farm have opened an establishment that prioritizes overall wellness, outdoor adventure and inner serenity. Rooms take the form of cabins and cottages designed with nature in mind, places to unplug from the world and reconnect with oneself. The hotel’s two restaurants (Firetower and Three Sisters) both have sublime views and serve the creations of Chef Josh Feathers, who uses healthy ingredients and combines local flavors and culinary techniques. The Property also has an incomparable underground spa offering Ayurvedic treatments.

Blackberry Mountain offers 44 guest accommodations, including cottages, homes, cabins, and multiple bedroom options.

Read more here, see Virtuoso amenities and contact us to inquire about planning your trip.


Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina: Friendly, Serene, Sprawling | Open Now

(Virtuoso Partner)

Palmetto Bluff is a picture-perfect piece of the American South. Upon arrival, the winding five-mile drive immediately reveals a sense of vastness, and as you travel deeper under the shady canopy of oak trees, a feeling of calm washes over you. Finally, the water appears in the distance. In the early 1900s, the property was an estate home where Southern belles mingled with New Yorkers on holiday. Now, the 20,000 acres have mostly untouched forest, along with an award-winning golf course and rooms and suites split amongst the Main House and Guest Houses, as well as the original 48 freestanding cottages along the water. The cottages have large bedrooms, luxurious bathrooms and screened-in porches for morning coffee and lazy naps—for here, time slows down, and guests acclimate to the pace by waking up to the birds singing, watching the dolphins play in the river and appreciating the ever-present scent of honeysuckle.

Read more here, see Virtuoso amenities and contact us to inquire about planning your trip.


Sea Island, Georgia: Resort-Like, Family-Friendly, Traditional | Open Now

(Virtuoso Partner)

With modern amenities and a charming air of old-school elegance (this is, after all, part of the Golden Isles of Georgia and prominent East Coast families have been coming since 1928), Sea Island is one of the top traditional resorts on the East Coast, offering three renowned golf courses and a wide array of activities ranging from dance classes to fishing. The range of accommodations is equally diverse, with everything from secluded oceanfront villas to family-friendly cottages, ideal for seclusion. Please note: The Cloister, The Lodge and Cottage Rentals are currently open. The Inn at Sea Island will reopen on July 2.

Read more here, see Virtuoso amenities and contact us to inquire about planning your trip.


Belmond Charleston Place, South Carolina: Elegant, Romantic, Grand | Open June 25

(Belmond Bellini Club + Virtuoso Partner)

It's little surprise Belmond Charleston Place is known as Charleston’s grand ambassador, welcoming friends and guests alike with a gentility that transcends the hotel’s recently renovated guestrooms and suites, award-winning restaurants and world-renowned rooftop spa. This grande dame is located at the very heart of one of America's favorite cities — mere steps from the famous historic market, antebellum homes and James Beard-awarded restaurants. Surrounded by some of Charleston’s most historic buildings, our hotel exudes 17th-century majesty. Nestled in the historic district, this gorgeous retreat feels like home away from home.

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Zero George Street Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina: Local Immersion, Secluded, Small | Open Now

(Virtuoso Partner)

Zero George’s immaculately restored circa 1804 buildings and private courtyard are the ideal ground zero for exploring Charleston’s allure. Meander shady lanes on our complimentary bikes; indulge in our award-winning cuisine; relax with an innovative cocktail. We aim to delight, spoil and surprise you as we serve up Old World authenticity with contemporary upscale hospitality. With only 16 rooms, you are sure to feel in the mix but away from the crowds.

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Watercolor Inn and Homes, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida: Beach, Golf, Locals | Open Now

(Virtuoso Partner)

WaterColor Inn is Northwest Florida’s only AAA Four Diamond and Forbes Four Star beachfront hotel. Situated on the pristine sugar-white beaches of South Walton, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the Inn provides the perfect combination of warm Southern hospitality, the intimacy of a bed-and-breakfast and the fun of a classic beach house — the ideal coastal setting to gather and inspire. A wide variety of private homes are also available. Enjoy award-winning cuisine at several dining venues; complimentary kayaking, canoeing and other recreational activities; and private St. Joe Club & Resort amenities, including a private beach club, championship golf and more.

Read more here, see Virtuoso amenities and contact us to inquire about planning your trip.


Ritz Carlton, Reynolds, Greensboro, Georgia: Golf, Wellness, Zen | Open Now

(Virtuoso Partner + Ritz Carlton STARS program)

Cottages by the lake aren't far from home, but feel far removed. Calming, charming and filled with character, accommodations at this hotel near Greensboro, GA capture the essence of a lakeside retreat. Rooms overlook gardens or Lake Oconee, and lake houses and cottages feature kitchens, outdoor spaces, living rooms and everything else needed for a family getaway.

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Sunset Key Cottages, Key West, Florida: Beach, Laid-back, Secluded | Open Now

(Virtuoso Partner)

At Sunset Key Cottages, enjoy an escape on this serene 27-acre island located only 500 yards from the vibrant energy of Key West. There is a complimentary seven-minute ferry service that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, you'll feel drawn to remain in this welcoming oasis, with its white-sand beach, spa, Latitudes restaurant, pool and fitness center. Choose an oceanfront, ocean-view or garden-view two- to four-bedroom Victorian-style cottage. A breakfast basket arrives each day, with freshly baked muffins and other treats, orange juice, and complimentary access to PressReader.

Read more here, see Virtuoso amenities and contact us to inquire about planning your trip.


Mid-Atlantic


The Inn at Perry Cabin, St Michaels, Maryland: Classic, Locals, Seclusion | Open Now

(Virtuoso Partner)

Inn at Perry Cabin is so cozy and home-like, you'll be aching to stay indefinitely. Set in a manor house in the resort town of St. Michaels, this intimate retreat offers just 78 guestrooms, all with sleigh beds or turned-wood New England beds, stacked with pillows and lighted by lamps. Each evening, your turndown service includes freshly baked cookies — a delightful way to end the day. The Spa at Perry Cabin is not to be missed; treatments are based on local botanicals, such as linden blossom, verbena and black birch. Take time to relax in an Adirondack chair on the lawn and watch the boats cruise by.

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Primland, Meadows of Dan, Virginia: Seclusion, Charm, Remote | Open Now

(Virtuoso Partner)

Look no further for Blue Ridge beauty. Whether you are looking for a mountain home, cottage, tree-house, or a stay in the lodge, Primland meets your needs with grace and and warmth. Southern comfort comes with a shot of refinement at Primland. Here, it is all about the simple pleasures: Spotting whitetail deer on a woodland trail, fishing for trout in a babbling brook, riding horses through fields of wildflowers, climbing trees to get that much closer to nature. A massive, eco-conscious resort in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Primland never forgets its connection to the land, nor its commitment to luxury with 51 rustically elegant suites, cottages and storybook treehouses. There are an 18-hole golf course and an organic spa inspired by Native American rituals.

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The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, Virginia: Seclusion, Charm, Gourmet | Open Now

(Virtuoso Partner)

With only 24 rooms, you won't feel crowded here. Small-town Americana meets the international culinary stage at The Inn at Little Washington. Proprietor Patrick O’Connell abandoned acting for the “living theater” of his renowned farm-to-table restaurant, one of the world’s first. The Inn’s 24 bedrooms and suites, individually appointed by London set designer Joyce Evans, are equally dramatic; many feature balconies and serene garden views. Those looking for the ultimate in seclusion and amenities choose The Claiborne House presidential cottage. Take one of the complimentary bicycles out for a leisurely ride into the surprisingly sophisticated historic town, founded in 1769.

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Northeast


Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket & Newport


Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham, Massachusetts: Family-friendly, Classic, Charming | Open Now

(Virtuoso Partner)

One of New England's most honored and historic getaways, Cape Cod, encompasses 17th-century towns and the spectacular Cape Cod National Seashore. Opened in 1914, Chatham Bars Inn overlooks a private, quarter-mile beach and has a fleet of boats for sportfishing, sailing and day trips to Nantucket Island. An award-winning spa and four dining options, as well as an eight-acre farm that supplies the hotel's fresh produce, make this resort one to which generations of families have returned. Chatham Bars Inn offers a rich variety of guestroom styles and types. Ranging from an historic guestroom in the Main Inn to an ocean view cottage two-bedroom master suite complete with fireplaces, steam shower, dining area and wet bar, there is room to meet any desire. Cottage accommodations vary from one-bedroom suites to 18 individual guestrooms. Many families enjoy selecting an entire cottage to meet their needs or connecting rooms, which provide convenience and privacy.