Best hotels in each Southern State: Luxury edition

If you are taking a vacation, planning a weekend getaway or mapping out your honeymoon, take a step back this summer and reminisce in the southern hospitality and culture that the wonderful South has to offer you.  I have a couple of unimaginable luxurious spots that you have to check out. From beaches to mountains, there is no place other than the South this summer! Let me take you on a “southern-drawn” out tour of each state and the luxurious (in my opinion) hotels and resorts they offer!  Be sure to check out their websites and Facebook pages as well!  

I have stayed at a few of these resorts and hotels but not all of them. If you stayed at any of these resorts/hotels and have pictures that you would love to share, send me your e-mail address and I will contact you. Thank you!


Southern Hotel: Covington, Louisiana

You can be the King and Queen of the carnival at this lovely Louisiana hotel. Most people have never heard of Covington, Louisiana, because it is overshadowed by its noisy neighbor New Orleans. It is a beautiful quiet town located across Lake Pontchartrain from the historical loudest party place in America. The hotels history of hospitality began in 1907 and hasn’t stopped since then. It began as a spiritual and physical retreat, allowing the guest access to the mineral springs and woods surrounding the area. Almost 50 years ago they performed a full-scale restoration of  the retreat turned hotel. Now the quaint hotel is a must stay when driving through my beautiful home state of Louisiana. It was voted 2016 Hotel of the year, awarded by the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association.

Montage Palmetto Bluff:   Bluffton, South Carolina

This is the definition of a classic southern escape. The Carolina’s know what southern luxury is all about. Montage Palmetto Bluff is  located in the low-country of South Carolina between Hilton Head Island and Savannah along the May River. Along with a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, Palmetto Bluff offers an extensive nature preserve,  beautiful walking trails, and a vibrant village. They also have 4 amazing restaurants and a private dining option, fly fishing and a beautiful marina. For the ladies, they have The Cottage Spa for the best massages, a salon and boutiques. Check out their awards from the top luxury magazines and websites in the world.

I’ve stayed at many Montage Resorts, and I’m proud to say that I’ll be bringing my parents to this resort at the end of July. I’m super excited and anxious about it! I’ll keep y’all more updated :)

Echo Canyon Spa Resort: Sulphur, Oklahoma

Everything is always OK in Oklahoma, especially at Echo Canyon Spa Resort. This warm, elegant resort gives you a taste of what Oklahoma is all about.  It is a bed and breakfast style resort with rooms from charming manor suites to warm homey cottages. They have the best dining you could ever want, with free breakfast that will fill you up and a lovely pool to bask in the Oklahoma sun. This resort is Oklahoma’s premier getaway spot. It is surrounded by lush forest and orchards, allowing you plenty of activities and places to go. They were voted best hotel in Oklahoma by MSN, and they were voted 2013 and 2014 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor. Let the Echo Canyon Spa Resort bring you the best of Oklahoma.

TripAdvisor is who I use when I want to book a nice resort or eat at a good restaurant with real reviews. They always have the best recommendations. 

The Greenbrier: White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

Since 1778, this iconic 5 star resort has been an Allegheny Mountains staple vacation spot. They have several amazing restaurants with food made from fresh farm grown produce and bars that have a lively atmosphere and the best cocktails around. They also have a mineral spa for the best pampering you could want, shops for the shopaholic in you, and meeting facilities for the people who can’t leave their work at home. If you need things to do, they offer plenty of activities to choose from such as 4 public golf courses and a ton of on-site and off-site activities. I highly suggest the horseback riding, it is so much fun and relaxing

The Inn at Dos Brisas: Washington, Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas, even the resorts. This is truly heaven on Earth. The Inn at Dos Brisas is your quiet Spanish Colonial escape from the everyday life. The resort is set on 313 acres in the Foothills of the Texas Hill country, offering you a real Texas experience. The hacienda-style houses offer magnificent cathedral ceilings and beautiful French oak floors, and let’s not forget the rainfall showers and private plunge pools, with a patio or the occasional enclosed porch to keep the mosquitos at bay. You also get a personal golf cart to ride around and check out the beautiful country side (WARNING: DO NOT DO DONUTS IN THESE GOLF CARTS:) The only Forbes 5-star restaurant in Texas isn’t located in Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio, or Houston, it is at The Inn at Dos Brisas offering you a farm-to-table dining experience. They get their fresh produce from the organic farmland surrounding the resort, making the food that much more amazing. The resort is recognized with the Relais & Châteaux distinction of the best fine dining, and the award-winning restaurant offers that blends organically grown produce with a Texas flair. If you’re ever staying at this luxe southern Texas getaway, ask for the cocktail Farmer Lisa! It is the best $16 dollars you’ll ever spend.

While you are at the resort, go meet the two gentle beautiful giants, Sampson and Monroe. They are gorgeous Percheron horses that stand at an amazing 6 feet and 5 inches (or in horse language 19 hands tall!). They love the love and attention they get. They pull the carriages around the resort for the lovely guest. Bring them a cookie while your at it! :)

Monmouth Historic Inn: Natchez, Mississippi

If you’re ever rolling through Mississippi, make sure you check out this Natchez jewel.  The South is all about history, so why not stay in a National Historic Landmark? This charming 1818 Inn is located in one of the prettiest Mississippi River towns, and set on 26 acres of manicured gardens. They offer many activities including croquet, bird-watching, fishing, along with a complimentary Southern breakfast and delicious evening hors d’oeuvres. The dinner is served at the upscale Restaurant 1818 where you will dine under crystal gasoliers and in style in the main house in what was originally the Men’s and Ladies’ Parlor Room. Well, I do declare you can’t be a true southerner if you don’t order their delicious Mint Julep cocktail.

Pinehurst Resort:  Pinehurst, North Carolina

You’ve never seen a resort quite like this! Well, if you love golfing, you have heard of this magnificent resort. If not, I’ll  just be simple about it. This luxe resort has hosted the US Open, which is a huge honor. It has not 1 but 3 hotels on its property : The Carolina Hotel, The Holly Inn and The Clubhouse, along with 4 dining options that accommodate the golfers so well, 3 bars that have the best drinks in the Carolina’s, a spa for relaxing after hitting the links, and has the golfers dream of 8 golf courses to choose from. I told you the Carolina’s know how to do luxury.

Gulf Shores Plantation: Gulf Shores, Alabama

Sweet home Gulf Shores, Alabama! Lord, I’m driving down to you. Alabama’s most popular beach, Gulf Shores, has magnificent views, restaurants and hotels/resorts. Gulf Shore’s Plantation is located away from all the hustle and bustle of the popular beach town the South has come to love. It allows you to relax and enjoy the beauty of Gulf Shores , all while offering you spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf Shore’s Plantation offers you great deals that helps you save money on your stay. You can never go wrong with Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Colonial Houses_Historic Lodging: Williamsburg, Virginia

Take a step back in the colonial age in Williamsburg this summer. This is the best history anyone can offer you. Featuring antique furnishings, and quaint-period style rooms the Colonial Houses is the most charming 18th century style hotel one can stay at. Located 8 miles from the Historic Jamestown settlement site, this lodging is one for the history books. This real life history lesson offers plenty of 21st century amenities as well. They have 2 outdoor and 1 indoor pools, a golf course, tennis court, bike rentals and fine dining. They also have a revolutionary march reenactment you can watch as well!

Blackberry Farm: Walland, Tennessee

Climb up in the mountains this summer in Tennessee on this 4,200 acre estate. Blackberry Farms sits on the border of the most visited national park in America, The Great Smoky Mountains. They have estate rooms, beautiful cottages, guest suites and luxury houses spread across the large property. Each room comes with a golf cart that allows guests to navigate the grounds. People return year after year to Blackberry Farm because of the emphasis on wellness. They offer a spa, gym and outdoor activities such as fly fishing, horseback riding and biking. They also have yoga and meditation classes that are amazing, you can also find top of the line spa treatments that will make you feel young again. The best one is a Cherokee-style two-handed massage.

This is a Relais & Châteaux resort, as well.

Table Rock Lake D’Monaco Resort: Ridgedale, Missouri

Want to live the high life in Ridgedale this summer? Check out this gorgeous resort! The luxurious resort offers breathtaking private views over looking beautiful Table Rock Lake. This waterfront resort is 12 miles from Table Rock State Park. None of the villas are the same, offering you a unique experience overtime. From the beautifully furnished living room, to your private verandah over looking the lake, you’ll never want to leave this resort. Some of the villas even have a private hot tub on the veranda, how cool is that? Wake up every morning and take in the awesome views of the mountains, lake and the wildlife. All of the bedrooms are master suites with king size beds. The kitchen is state of the art and fully functional with a personal shopper attending your every grocery wish. The amenities include: outdoor pool with a sundeck, lounge chairs and a whirlpool jacuzzi, beach sunning area, lakefront fire pits, boat slips, massages, limousine service and watercraft use for the lake. I’m out of breath with all of that. The fine dining restaurant has grand floor-to-ceiling windows with a beautiful view of the pool.

Avalon Bed And Breakfast: Key West, Florida

You’ll have a bright sunshiny day in this cute Key West Bed And Breakfast! This  Victorian 1895 Bed And Breakfast is located 2 minutes walking distance from one of the prettiest oceans in the world, the Caribbean. As an American citizen, you don’t have to have a passport to enjoy this caribbean escape. The canopy beds and hardwood floors are a staple piece at this quaint B&B. You’re walking distance to the nightlife, and activities the Southernmost point of America has to offer you. Start your island day off right with their amazing complimentary continental breakfast buffet, served on their front porch overlooking Duval Street.

Highly recommended on TripAdvisor.

Crescent Hotel and Spa: Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The natural state has a naturally beautiful secret in Eureka Springs!  Rested 1 mile above the Victorian village of Eureka Springs, The Cresent Hotel has been a top destination for travelers going on many years now. The hotel has a 19th-century charm with high ceilings, beautifully painted lobby, large verandas and upscale rooms. The fresh mountain breeze is refreshing for afternoon tea and hors d’oeuvres. They have really good dining choices, as well. They offer a steakhouse and penthouse pizza bar, plus a weekend champagne brunch(be sure to bring your floppy hat!). If you want to get away from this splendid Victorian 15 acre mountain top hotel, they are walking distance to the Downtown area. The Downtown has 100 restored Victorian shops, restaurants and galleries.

Brown Hotel: Louisville, Kentucky

Whether you’re hitting homers at the park or saddling up your pony for the derby this hotel is a Kentucky winner! The Brown Hotel is located right across the street of the Brown Theater. Its sophistication and class has drawn many crowds to the beautiful hotel for years. The architecture and style of the hotel is top notch as well. The luxurious lobby offers hand-painted plaster relief ceilings, a cute little lobby bar serving the best drinks accompanied by a piano player, marble floors throughout and lovely decor. When you walk through the doors, you’ll understand why Travel & Leisure voted The Brown Hotel, Top 500 hotels in the World and Conde Nast Traveler voted them Top 30 hotels in the South!

The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island: Little St. Simons Island, Georgia

Get lost in the majesty of what the islands off of Georgia’s coast can offer you.  Have you ever heard of this? This is a true Georgia private island getaway. The Island is only accessible by boat making it secluded, quiet and refreshing. The best thing about this island is you can rent lodge like rooms, a whole cottage, OR THE ENTIRE ISLAND! They serve you 3 family-style meals, and allow you access to the resorts activities: biking, hiking, bird watching, and kayaking. The Lodge on Little Simons Island is surrounded by 7 miles of beach and wilderness making it a Southern dream!






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