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Three Summer Road Trip Getaways, Mountain to Sea

With states reopening and many of our travel partners implementing stringent measures to ensure their staff and patrons' safety, now is a great time to book a summer getaway.  We just added to the Suncierge website a comprehensive resource that outlines every state’s reopening plans, and we recommend reviewing this as you make travel decisions.

Now, from mountain escapes to coastal holidays, let us introduce a few of our favorite dreamy getaways ideal for families, friends, or couples looking to steal away in the very best that Mother Nature offers nearby.

Mountain Magnificence

If breathtaking views and crisp mountain air in serene surroundings sound like a perfect weekend, consider a getaway to the Blue Ridge or Great Smoky Mountains. Far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, an immersive experience here can be sumptuous and relaxing. In full transparency, while RVs and camping life are merited, we think you deserve a pinch of peaceful pampering - remotely of course - right about now.  

The Meadows of Dan, VA, is a delightful escape just a couple of hours’ drive from central North Carolina. From Mabry Mill to Lover’s Leap, there’s plenty of alliterative fun to explore at a leisurely pace. And when it’s time to get tucked in, what we’ve coined as the “rich rustic” vibe and spectacular panoramic views at Primland Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains will inspire big, deep breaths of fresh air on its 12,000 acres (no mask needed). 

If it's seclusion you're after, their treehouses are built around the solid branches of treetops with expansive views of the Kibler Valley and the North Carolina Piedmont below. Golfers will love world-class playing in this retreat setting, and spa hounds will enjoy little nooks to melt stress away thanks to Native American-inspired treatments. Oh, and wine and whiskey lovers will not leave disappointed! 

Safety Mindfulness

During this time Primland has enhanced their safety protocols, which include:

      • Sanitizing Amenity Packet to be presented to each guest upon arrival with mask, gloves and sanitizing spray or wipes
      • Increase of sanitizing procedures in place for all areas of the resort by staff including equipment used by guests for activities.
      • Guests provide a pre-screening form upon arrival and will be requested to wear a mask when outside of their guest rooms.  Masks are provided if needed.
      • At any time, guests may request a temperature check from an infrared thermometer located at the north and south entrances of the property, each of the front desks, pro shop, and Outdoor Activities Center.
      • Remotes, telephones, switches in guest rooms will be wrapped and changed/sanitized daily.

Primland Perks

To add a bit more pampering to your Primland pleasure, enjoy these perks exclusively for Suncierge clients:  

    • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
    • Daily full breakfast for two guests per bedroom
    • $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
    • Custom Welcome Amenity and Turn Down
    • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi

    Another great gem in Walland, Tennessee, is only a few hours farther west and sits in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. We love the stunning 4,200-acre Blackberry Farm, a decades-long family-owned and operated hotel known for its world-renowned foothills cuisine and Blackberry state of mind. The Farm offers 62 guest accommodations, including Cottage Suites, Hill Cottages and houses, all beautifully appointed and furnished with fine antiques.

    Personal service and attention to detail are the defining elements of Blackberry Farm's award-winning reputation. Food and wine take center stage at The Barn, where multi-course menus feature the bounty of the farm’s bakery, butchery, creamery, and extensive wine cellar of 160,000 bottles. Be sure to take part in one of Blackberry Farm’s cooking schools’ or wine events. We also love having their concierge on speed-dial and how they always spoil our friends just a little bit extra during their visits!

    Depending on your level of adventure motivation, there are a multitude of activities on a mountain vacation to suit everyone’s tastes. If you're into sporting activities, consider archery, biking, hiking, fly fishing, horseback riding, sport shooting, and ATV riding. If you like your time away to involve more respite, rest, and relaxation, we’re delighted to arrange wellness treatments in the comfort of your treehouse or cottage.

    Photos Courtesy of Beall + Thomas Photography

    More Safety Mindfulness

    Blackberry Farm is also taking guests' safety into consideration:

    • Maintaining a schedule of multiple sanitation cleanings daily
    • Adding hand sanitizing wipes to each room for guests’ personal use
    • Transportation around the property and to activities will be handled individually to accommodate safe distancing. 
    • Arrivals will be spaced out to allow for individualized guest check-in. 
    • All vehicles will be sanitized prior to returning them from Valet.

      Blackberry Benefits

      To add a bit more bounty to your Blackberry break, enjoy these benefits exclusively for Suncierge clients:  

      • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
      • Daily full breakfast 
      • $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full. Spa credit is not interchangeable with activity offerings or giftshop purchases).
      • Welcome amenity
      • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
      • Complimentary Wi-Fi

      Coastal Paradise

      Now, if the sea calls to you, consider driving a few hours south from central NC to the charming coastal town of Bluffton, SC.  While most think they’ve “done” the low-country via their days in Charleston and Savannah, we’re here to tell you that you’ve missed out on a hidden gem in Bluffton, specifically the Montage at Palmetto Bluff. We had the recent pleasure of a road trip to explore the Montage PB, as we call it, which is uniquely situated on the May River approximately 30 minutes to Savannah and Hilton Head Island and 2 hours from Charleston. 

      This place, y’all… Honestly, the magic is a little difficult to describe and do it justice, but what we can tell you is that it’s truly special and we’ve witnessed even the most discerning or hardened travelers get a little giddy here. Sure, the Montage PB conjures the image of Forrest Gump-style old oak trees layered with Spanish moss, but its real allure is about being a secluded, quintessential nature lover's paradise with something for everyone, no matter how entertained or reclusive y’all wish to be. 

      And for tips on a southern gem from a southern gem... We recently caught up with Heather Williams, a South Carolinian and the Director of Sales and Leisure for Montage Palmetto Bluff, and asked her what she loves the most about her “home.” You have to understand, Heather is like a fine champagne incarnate - effervescent, smooth, and so much fun to have around!  So we trust that she knows the perfect places to play and explore. She offered, "There are many hidden spots or secret gardens spread around the 20,000 acres of land. These are perfect for romantic picnics on a honeymoon, a family adventure, or a quiet place to read a book and watch the egrets and bald eagles." Ask her for specifics when you arrive and she'll happily share.

      Beyond the stunning Jack Nicklaus Signature Course for our golf friends, we highly recommend fly fishing for redfish in the salt marsh flats with an expert guide, “porching” with a custom-crafted libation, finding the fire pits for ridiculous s’mores, cruising the scenic waterways for playful dolphins and birds, riding horses (theirs or yours), practicing your shooting (arrows or clays), and experiencing a truly spectacular sunset while kayaking the miles of water trails.

      Oh, and at the start of your time at Montage Palmetto Bluff, we highly recommend going to the recreation center to pick out a bicycle for complimentary use during your stay. Biking is a great way to explore this serene, picturesque landscape. Golf carts are also available if you prefer the convenience. 

      Safety First

      With Montage PB's focus on the details, you can be assured that safety is top of mind. Their stringent safety protocols include: 

      • Integration of the latest cleanliness technologies including the use of electrostatic sprayers,
      • UV wands and devices, and particulate level air filtration systems
      • Complimentary guest access to ONE MEDICAL and their award-winning combination of cutting edge technology and healthcare providers, allowing seamless virtual care while away from home
      • Registration cards, credit card devices, room keys and pens sanitized with a UV wand prior to being provided to guests
      • Each guest room will include an individual hand sanitizer and packet of disinfectant wipes for use during stay.


      Low-country Luxuries

      In addition to welcoming promotions offered beginning in early June, look for these additional amenities exclusively for Suncierge clients:

      • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
      • $60 daily breakfast credit per bedroom, served in restaurant & In-Room Dining
      • $100 USD Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not valid on products, not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
      • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
      • Complimentary Wi-Fi

      We hope these suggestions get you thinking about your next "local" adventure.  No international flights are necessary to feel like you're worlds away from home!

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