Hotels and inns throughout the South, brand new and tried and true, are stepping on the gas this winter, welcoming guests with newly designed spas, rooms with views, and on-site restaurants with menus that make the trip worthwhile. Here are a handful of particularly worthy southern retreats to escape to this winter.
Southall Farm & Inn
The newly constructed Southall invites travelers to a 325 acre working farm and country retreat. Enjoy the first season this winter by booking either a guest room or a detached cottage offering expansive views of the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee. The creation of architecture and landscape design firms Studio Architects and CSDG, Southall, showcases the beauty of the country and the retreat’s connection to the ground. Check out the acreage on a brisk stroll around the farm’s pastures, orchards and greenhouse, then warm up in the spa’s steam room, sauna or mineral pool.
The Inn in Little Washington
In the coldest months, the Shenandoah Valley largely reverts to locals, leaving gems like the Inn at Little Washington for regulars and seasoned travelers alike. The inn is a destination in itself, and while the surrounding Blue Ridge foothills are dotted with wineries and charming towns, once you arrive in Washington you’ll probably want to stop around one of the wood-burning fireplaces in the historic mansion. Reserve a table at one of the inn’s legendary dinners at the hotel’s three Michelin-star restaurant, or stop by the new Patty O’s Cafe and Bakery for comforting dishes like this creamy white bean soup.
Perry Lane Hotel
Take a breather from Savannah’s notorious heat and humidity with a winter visit to the Perry Lane Hotel. Located in Historic Downtown, this historic downtown oasis features a heated rooftop pool to enjoy after a day on one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes in Forsyth Park and Chippewa Square. Visit the property’s signature restaurant, The Emporium, which has just started a round of happy hour – “Oyster Hour” – where guests can enjoy daily fried oysters and champagne glasses. For dinner, indulge in chef Dan Herget’s wintry Boujee Burger, an off-the-menu option that’s loved for its lavish toppings of buttermilk foie gras, black truffle salt, smoked bacon, and Taleggio cheese.
The district’s newest hotel, The Pendry, opened late last year and has already earned a reputation as the capital’s hotspot thanks to its unbeatable riverfront views, minimalist-chic rooms and on-site spa retreat. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink or nightcap at Pendry’s Orient Express-inspired cocktail bar, Bar Pendry, which brings imaginative concoctions like Chocolate City and Ward 8 to the shake and stir. The hotel is an ideal starting point for exploring the nearby museums. do not miss Called to Create: Black Artists of the American South at the National Gallery of Art and the recently opened contemporary art-focused Rubell Museum.
Charleston, South Carolina
One of the Holy City’s newest chic hotels, The Pinch’s twenty-two guest rooms are spread across newly constructed and interconnecting restored historic buildings. The hotel celebrates its architectural mix with intoxicating interiors that combine antique furniture and 1970s decor. The Pinch is gaining a local following thanks to its atmospheric new oyster bar, Quinte, which offers a rotating selection of oysters and caviar and seafood towers for a group.
Red Fox Inn & Tavern
Middleburg pulsates in winter with fox hunts, parades of horses and dogs, leisurely wine tastings and a festively decorated old town. Enjoy the charming town with a stay at the historic Red Fox Inn & Tavern. The inn opened in 1728 and has long been a favorite of celebrities including Jackie O. and Elizabeth Taylor and makes for a cozy and private getaway in the colder months. Don’t miss dining in the tavern, where the dark wooden walls, candlelit tables and multi-course tasting menu are made for long winter evenings.
The Fearrington House Inn
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Fearrington House Inn’s restaurant is one of the South’s long-loved restaurants, thanks in part to its cookbook, reprinted in 2022. Visit the inn this winter to celebrate the restaurant’s fortieth anniversary and toast its longevity. The Relais & Châteaux property (the first in the South to receive this award) offers the opportunity to relax on a working farm in the North Carolina countryside while being only a half hour drive from Chapel Hill.
The St Regis Atlanta
The elegant Buckhead hotel recently upgraded its 6,000-square-foot spa, a luxurious place to celebrate New Year’s resolutions of “me time.” The locals’ favorite luxury hotel is also a popular tourist spot thanks to its close proximity to the city’s best music venues and world-class restaurants and shops.