7 Small Town Escapes Near Big Cities
Right now, a lot of us would love to take a break from our day-to-day routine. If you’re looking for a quick, easy weekend retreat, look no further than these 7 small town getaways. Each location is near a big city, so you may be closer to a restful weekend trip than you think.
Condé Nast Traveler ~ ” As the days of summer begin to dwindle, and many of us continue to work from the confines of home, the need to get away is more pressing than ever. Sure, travel remains restricted, with even domestic travel barriers in place, but there’s good news, too: You don’t have to go far to achieve a vacation state-of-mind.
Ojai Valley, California, One and a half hours from Los Angeles – Just ninety minutes up the coast from Hollywood and surrounded by Santa Ynez Mountains and the Los Padres National Forrest, the small town of Ojai has been a respite for stressed-out Angelenos for decades. The go-to stay is the Ojai Valley Inn, where a recent renovation has further improved the already immaculate grounds. There’s also farm-to-table dining the Farmhouse, the Inn’s lauded restaurant, which regularly rotates its menu with seasonal offerings and a cast of guest chefs. Or, keep busy with one of the many on-site activities—golf, tennis, and yoga are regularly available. The artists’ cottage and apothecary are now open with new safety measures as well in place.
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Suches, Georgia, One and a half hours from Atlanta – A brief drive north of Atlanta, this small community is colloquially called the “Valley Above the Clouds” for its scenic views of the Chattahoochee National Forrest. But Suches also has plenty to keep you busy, from hiking and camping along this southernmost stretch of the Appalachian Trail, to birdwatching, fishing, and rafting on the nearby Toccoa River. While small inns and B&B’s are available—we love the rustic setting of the Long Mountain Lodge and the pop-up, modernist Getaway House cabins in the area—the town is perfectly situated for anyone looking to shake up life in the city with a weekend under the stars. Bootleggers Grille, just off the trailhead a short walk north of the town, is also a great place to restock any supplies to bring back to camp or cabins, as well as get a home-cooked meal.” ~ Condé Nast Traveler
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** Please note: Due to the impact of COVID 19 on travel, we encourage people to always plan trips in accordance with the guidance provided by government and health officials.