If the cold weather has you in a funk, why save your vacation time for the summer? In tropical locations across the globe, there people sitting on the beach, drinking an umbrella drink and getting some much needed rest and relaxation after the holidays. Now is a great time to visit any five of our recommended locations and some of the premier gated communities in South Carolina, North Carolina and other best places to live.
Ibis Golf & Country Club
Located in West Palm Beach, this luxurious gated club provides the ultimate vacation experience. Known for their three Nicklaus designed golf courses, the club offers a range of other amenities that can please even the pickiest vacationer. Ibis Golf & Country Club also has swimming, fitness and spa area, and four dining experiences ranging from casual to upscale.
If you’re looking for a more rural, rolling hills experience, consider traveling to North Carolina. While the weather varies depending on the time of the year, it stays relatively mild even throughout the depths of winter. At this resort, 600 acres are yours to explore. Feel free to take a boat out to do some fishing or watch the sunrise from your own canoe. If you want to avoid the water, there are 8.5 mile horse trails and 2.5 miles of hiking trails. If being a part of the wild nature is your idea of relaxation, head to McLendon Hills.
For a slightly different southern experience, head to Belfair, located in Bluffton, South Carolina. As soon as you drive up, you’ll be greeted by statuesque live oaks, a symbol of the south. Belfair is known as a golf community so for those that like to hit the green, mild South Carolina temperatures are your friend. The courses, designed by Tom Fazio, provide unique challenges that are integrated with the natural landscape. And if hitting the green isn’t your idea of a good time, Hilton Head Island and Savannah, Georgia, are just a few miles away and both have a great variety of shopping and dining experiences.
For the boat and water lovers, Cumberland Harbour is a true escape. Located in St. Mary’s, Georgia, Cumberland Harbour has direct access to the Atlantic Ocean, a fitness center, an aquatic center, pool, and hiking trails. Wildlife and beautiful natural flora make up your daily experience and lull you into a relaxing vacation experience like no other.
Although heading to the base of the Great Smoky Mountains during winter might not be the warmest option, it’s certainly a winter vacation experience not to be missed. Located directly on Watts Bar Lake, Lakeside Coves is a true mountain retreat. Just imagine sitting by the fire curled up with a good book or sipping hot cocoa while your family plays board games. In addition to quality time, Lakeside Coves offers a fitness center, hiking trails, and a clubhouse.
No matter what kind of winter vacation experience you’re looking for, this list has something sure to please everyone in your family. Now all you need to do is start packing!