11 Southeast Getaways for Spring and Summer

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Here at Edible Orlando, we love the idea of a “getaway.” We’re not talking a big vacation with all the planning and pressure … just an escape for a couple days, maybe a long weekend. Our 2022 Getaway Guide has 11 spots you should consider for Southeast getaways. Whether you get there by plane, train or car, these resorts and towns offer a getaway from the day to day grind, some relaxation, and of course, amazing food.

Make sure to check out the all the details in our Getaway Guide online or in the newest print edition of Edible Orlando. Here’s just a taste of what these 11 outstanding spots for Southeast getaways have to offer when you just want a few days away.

Staycations

a stroll on the water

Surrounding a free-form 10-acre lake, the AAA Four Diamond Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek covers more than 62 acres including five swimming pools and two lazy rivers. The surrounding wetlands of Bonnet Creek add just the right amount of natural beauty and tranquility. The resort’s 400 guest rooms include options from spacious family bunk rooms to Presidential and Junior Presidential suites. Blue Harmony Spa offers holistic massage therapies and full-and half-day spa packages. Check out deep blu Seafood Grille for fresh seafood with a Southern twist. Signature dishes include blu Crab Crusted Grouper and the deep blu Crab Cake.

With Lake Nona’s thriving town center, hip restaurants and live events, there’s no better base camp for a

lobster burrata salad at HAVEN Kitchen

blissfully lost weekend than the Lake Nona Wave Hotel. Designed to dazzle both inside and out, the hotel’s 17 floors rise off a sculpture garden lush with palm trees, tropical flowers and unique outdoor sculptures. Fine-dining restaurant BACÁN features tables both indoors or romantically outside beside the Sculpture Garden. BACÁN’s menu is elevated yet approachable with signature dishes including Whole Truffle Chicken Two Ways and Bone-In Filet Carne Asada. HAVEN Kitchen features a Mediterranean menu with Florida flavors for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Minutes from Walt Disney World Resort, the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa is tucked away in the natural Florida beauty of the Bonnet Creek

Octopus with crispy potato, chimichurri and ají amarillo at Sear + Sea, photo by Jeff Herron

Preserve. Guests can unwind in two resort pools with daybeds or cabanas and be pampered at the 10,000-square foot Spa by JW. One of the resort’s most unique features is award-winning outdoor dining at every establishment. Signature steakhouse Sear + Sea Woodfire Grill features grilled prime cuts of top-quality beef or locally sourced seafood. Asian-inspired rooftop lounge Illume presents creatively curated sushi and fresh Asian-style tapas with unobstructed views of nightly fireworks displays across Disney property.

 

Easy Road Trips

Tucked in Tampa’s charming SoHo district, Epicurean Hotel is one of those getaways that’s perfect for

the dining room at Élevage Restaurant

travelers who seek a culinary experience. Part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, your immersion starts with whimsically food-themed room décor and an artisan pantry with locally crafted beers and half-bottle varietals.  Executive Chef Adam Hyatt at Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar dazzles and delights with international cuisine with a modern twist.. EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge has handcrafted cocktails, small plates and impressive views of Tampa’s skyline. You can even join a mixology or cooking class in the Epicurean Theatre. If you have an extra night, legendary Bern’s Steak House is right across the street.

Known for the white-sand beaches of Honeymoon Island, Dunedin sits on the Gulf of Mexico, just west of

an appetizer of Ahi tuna at HEW Chophouse & Parlor

Tampa. The newly renovated Fenway Hotel was built in 1924 and, as an icon of the Jazz Age, welcomes guests to a property in Marriott’s Autograph Collection. Music is at the heart of the Fenway, from live music through the week to vintage jazz instruments in the lobby and jazz-inspired artwork in all guest rooms and suites. HEW Parlor & Chophouse features chophouse cuts and sushi as well as seasonal appetizers such as charred butter-poached octopus or smoked-beef tartare. Perched above it all is the hotel’s Hi-Fi Rooftop Bar, offering breathtaking vistas over St. Joseph Sound and views of Caladesi and Honeymoon islands.

A gulf-front resort on the shoreline of St. Pete Beach, RumFish Beach Resort is the ultimate aquatic oasis for a Southeast getaway. Check into your newly designed and coastal-inspired accommodations before enjoying paddle boarding,

award-winning St. Pete Beach

snorkeling, dolphin cruises, beach fun and sun-kissed sunsets. Fancy a dip in the adult-only pool? Kids can get to know Florida sea creatures at the resort’s very own touch tank experience. RumFish Grill’s menu features sustainably sourced seafood with dishes including Florida snapper ceviche, spiced blue-crab bisque and berbere-spiced Gulf shrimp. You’ll be mesmerized by the 33,500-gallon aquarium in the main dining room, home to locally rescued Gulf marine life.

Just 90 minutes from Orlando is the Westgate River Ranch, a trip back in time where guests can ride horses, shoot skeet, fly fish and enjoy the natural beauty of the scenery along with alligators, turtles, bald eagles, hawks, snail kites and other rare birds during an airboat ride along the Kissimmee River. Freestanding accommodations range from budget (tent, platform and RV camping) to luxury (tricked-out tents, teepees and Conestoga wagons), and there’s also a lodge with a range of rooms and suites. There’s a real, live rodeo every Saturday night, and the petting farm and pony rides are available every day.

 

Quick Flights for Southeast Getaways

photo by Maryann Bates

Downtown Macon’s only boutique hotel, Hotel Forty Five opened in early February 2022 with a name steeped in local history. Just across from the newly-designed Rosa Parks Square, the 94-room Tribute Portfolio hotel sits at an iconic 45-degree angle, a street design ahead of its time. The hotel’s interest in Macon history and heritage is clear in the menu at Loom where locally sourced and artisanal ingredients shine in Southern Revival cuisine such as sautéed grouper with black-eyed peas and bacon-and-tomato salad or a Southern twist on pasta carbonara with crispy pork belly and salt-cured egg yolk. Hightales Rooftop Bar offers panoramic views of downtown Macon along with small plates of Georgia shrimp cocktail or chicken chicharrónes.

In the Midtown art hub, Epicurean Atlanta is the city’s only food- and wine-centric hotel. Part of Marriott

The Event Lawn offers beautiful city views.

International’s Autograph Collection, Epicurean Atlanta offers in-room artisanal pantries, eclectic furnishings, and locally curated art connecting guests to Atlanta’s culinary roots. Atop the ninth floor Sky Terrace, guests can retreat and recharge with a rooftop resort style pool including zero-edge entry. In the Epicurean Theatre, bring your inner connoisseur to life with multi-course dinner experiences led by masters in the field. At signature restaurant Reverence, the open kitchen provides full views of Chef Ewart Wardhaugh and team preparing dishes such as shrimp-and-grits croquettes with country ham and chimichurri or terrine of smoked chicken with ham hocks, bourbon shallots and pickled chanterelle mushrooms.

Already known for mountain scenery and small-town charm, visitors to Hendersonville, NC are now

darling downtown Hendersonville

discovering a city with a vibrant downtown, specialty shopping, abundant wineries, breweries and a burgeoning dining scene perfect for a Southeast getaway. A day’s drive from Orlando or a quick flight into nearby Asheville, Hendersonville boasts more than 25 restaurants with many fronting Main Street, the made-for-strolling heart of the city. The gentle climate that visitors love is also is what makes this region North Carolina’s leader in apple production. The Hendersonville County Orchard Trail highlights 20 local orchards open to visitors. Many orchards invite visitors to pick apples, enjoy wagon rides, meander through corn mazes and enjoy sweet treats baked from fresh apples such as apple cider donuts.

Eden House Resort — just a quick flight from Orlando Sanford International Airport and a short walk from

The best seat in the house at Eden House.

the Southernmost Point in the U.S. — opened in 1924 as Key West’s original hotel. In the heart of historic Old Town Key West, the art deco hotel is fully renovated along with several remodeled conch houses and hammocks strung across the property. Guestroom options range from privates for budget travelers up to dreamy Deluxe Lofts with spiral staircase. Azur Restaurant is a unique Key West chef-inspired dining experience featuring Mediterranean specialties. Popular menu choices include pan seared yellowtail snapper over sauteed Swiss chard with jumbo shrimp and extra virgin olive oil. Lavender infused crème brulee with fresh berries is a favorite with dessert lovers.

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