Everyone needs a break sometimes. And with today’s hectic schedules, now more than ever most of us need time to unwind and unplug. To get you started, we’ve gone ahead and done all the footwork finding the perfect spring break destinations in the US full of countryside vibes. So, sit back and relax and imagine the blissful respite that awaits at these ten hidden spring break destinations.
A luxury farmstead bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blackberry Farm encourages its visitors to indulge “a Blackberry state of mind.” And how could it not? With its romantic foothills nestled on a pastoral 4200-acre estate, the property is a delight in spring. Be sure to take a farmstead tour and learn about the art of saving seeds. Plus, Blackberry Farm is one of the best foodie destinations in the country.
This retreat uses heirloom ingredients that embrace a combination of sophisticated and rustic. Consider trying their wildflower honey, Appalachian maple syrup or their “Singing Brook Cheese,” an aged sheep’s milk cheese with a hard rind. Hungry yet? Meals are served in a picturesque eighteenth-century Amish barn. Meanwhile, accommodations are luxurious to say the least and charmingly historic. Rates vary according to season and accommodation.
This next spring break destination in the U.S. might be hard to reach but well worth the effort! The Len Foote Hike Inn is located near the north Georgia mountains, and it takes about a 5-mile walk to reach from the Appalachian Trail. Depending on your skill level, this walk could take as long as four hours. But the walk itself is part of the experience of this Inn. You will see all the nature that Georgia has to offer. And in spring, this trek full of ancient hickory must be gorgeous!
The Inn itself offers comfortable rooms free from the intrusion of the outside world, giving visitors quiet time with family and the chance to commune with nature. Warm beds, family-style meals and the rustic setting combine to create a great relaxing spring break indeed. Rates start at $132 on weekdays and include dinner and breakfast.
Pursell Farms is Southern hospitality at its finest. This family-run farm turned resort urges guests to “unwind on the farm.” And with its location being so close yet delightfully removed from major cities (a half hour from Birmingham and two hours from Atlanta), you’ll be able to unwind and unplug country style. The farm’s restaurant boasts gulf shrimp and grits, collard greens and all the Southern foods galore. Stay in one of the farm’s cottages and check out the views of rolling hills and pastoral scenes. Why not take a swing on the award-winning golf course? For more adventurous guests, the farm offers the Orvis Shooting Grounds, where you can participate in guided hunts or try out wingshooting. Rates vary according to season and accommodation.
Would you rather head to spring break destinations out West? Sage Hill Inn plays host to scenes of rural serenity and romantic getaways. Only thirty miles from Austin, this hidden spring break retreat is the sort of spot that won’t be crammed full of tourists. But with gorgeous scenes overlooking the Colorado River, one can’t help but wonder why! Apart from the romantic, picture-perfect scenes, the Inn offers an assortment of activities, from hiking and mountain biking to time spent lounging around the pool or at the spa. Sit a spell by the fire pit or take a walk around the Colorado River. There’s even an authentic Texas barbeque joint, the Salt Lick BBQ, not far from the Inn. Rates start at $299 and include breakfast and dinner.
The next stop on our list of hidden spring break destinations is located on Lummi Island. This beautiful destination is found among the San Juan Islands and the Gulf Islands in the Salish Sea, just off the Pacific Northwest and Southwest Canada. The Willow’s Inn boasts several unique features. But perhaps the most interesting might be its access to a culinary score that is the island itself.
There, the Inn’s chefs gather seaweed along the shore and fish for local salmon. And much of the distinctive foods—care for an edible flower, anyone—are made available through the nearby farm, Loganita Farm. Besides edible flowers, the farm produces a multitude of veggies and herbs; plus, visitors can take any of the walking tours the farm provides. Or try the Inn’s sea kayaking tour or wild foraging tour. Either way, remember to spot the region’s native fauna, too, like the local orca. Accommodations at the Inn give off a beach cottage vibe. Rooms from $230.
Talk about a hidden spring break retreat! Little St. Simons Island is a secluded isle off Georgia with only thirty-two guests at any given time. With seven miles of sandy beaches (eleven thousand acres of island total) and a collection of only six cabins and cottages, the ample space feels untouched compared with many other private beach resorts. The charming accommodations feature shaded porches perfect for lazy days basking around the cabin or cottage. The island is reachable only by boat, so no crowds will cram this retreat. Want more seclusion? You can even reserve the entire island. Rates start at $610.
Located three hours from Boston and five hours from New York, Twin Farms celebrates seclusion and luxury, while paying homage to the past. There are only twenty guest rooms, making the resort one of the premier small hotels in the U.S. Not to mention, Twin Farms has a private art collection and is an adult-only property complete with fine wines, decadent meals, a fitness center, tennis courts and a spa.
And yet the property encircles a 1795-era farmhouse originally built in a hidden valley. You can even stay in a unique farmhouse recently built, the Farmhouse at Copper Hill, a private sanctuary. There, each room has its own king size bed and wood-burning fireplace. The only thing you’d have to share is the hot tub and lounge. Twin Farms comes equipped with its own farm, while its poultry hails from Kiss the Cow Farm, only two miles away. All-inclusive rooms from $1,700.
Luxury meets life on the range at The Inn at Dos Brisas. Hidden between Houston and College Station, this spring break retreat is framed by lakes, pecan trees and wildflowers, making spring the perfect time to visit. The farm on the property is completely organic and the restaurant is a Forbes five-star restaurant, the only one in Texas. The amenities are Spanish-style and feature king-size beds and private patios. There’s even an infinity pool. The activities available add to the country charm of the resort—like clay target shooting and horseback riding at the second largest indoor riding facility in the Lone Star state. Rooms from $490 per night.
Located on a historic farm near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, The Fearrington House is full of Southern charm and rustic vibes. The property’s expansive English gardens are ideal during spring. Or take a stroll around the pasture full of Galloway cows. The property has thirty-five guest rooms, each with its own character and European antiques or Southern artwork. The great part is this retreat offers bed and breakfast rates, a complementary gourmet breakfast and culinary and wine dinner packages. The Fearrington House is located near the Village Center full of several dining options and unique shops along the quaint village’s winding brick paths. Rates vary according to season and accommodation.
Nestled among rolling hills about an hour west of our nation’s capital, this hidden spring break retreat is set on two hundred and sixty-five acres in Virginia’s wine country. Breathtaking views complete the romantic experience of this retreat that operates an intimate farm, home to the property’s mascot, a llama called Greyson. Other animals living in the pastures include Black Angus cattle, Icelandic sheep, Suffolk sheep, a flock of hens and fine thoroughbred horses.
The property has an aviary, beehives—which guests can learn about firsthand—and an orchard. Guests are welcome to take gambols through the grounds, meet the animals or enjoy the property’s spa or any of the wide range of activities from axe throwing, flower-arranging classes to murder mystery parties. There seems to be something for everyone. The eighteen guest rooms are spread across the two hundred and sixty-five acres and include six historic guest cottages and houses. The interiors are decorated in English or French countryside style. Rates vary according to season and accommodation.