A getaway with your girlfriends is just what you need to recharge! Sometimes you don’t know how much you need that girl time until you’re there, so get out those calendars and start coordinating with your friends. We know it’s no easy feat for you to leave town, so Knoxville Moms has put together a list of locations for your girlfriend getaway. All are within a two to four-hour drive of Knoxville so no need for the expense and headache of plane travel. These spots range from quaint towns to cosmopolitan cities so your crew will find the vibe that feels right. So, gather your gal pals and start planning!
Girlfriend Getaways in Driving Distance from Knoxville
This small town in southwestern Virginia offers culture, cuisine and outdoor adventure. If you can swing it, stay at the historic Martha Washington Inn known as “The Martha” to locals. If that’s not in your getaway budget, schedule some time at the inn’s spa. You can enjoy one of the many spa services and then lounge together by the indoor saltwater pool. You can’t visit Abingdon without catching one of the world-class performances at the Barter Theatre. Then enjoy dinner and drinks at one of the standout local restaurants.
There’s a reason Abingdon has been voted the best small town food scene! Rain Restaurant & Bar offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere, the newly opened Summers Roof and Cellar’s rooftop sets the scene for an incredible meal and enjoy upscale Mediterranean with an Italian flair at Foresta. If your tribe likes to get outside, then you can hit the Virginia Creeper Trail. Bicycles are available for rent. Fuel up or cool down for your ride at White Birch Kitchen & Juice Bar. If shopping is on your list, stroll down Main Street with a cup of coffee from The Girl & The Raven in hand. A picnic at the Abingdon Vineyards is another popular activity. The winery often has live music and special events. For more Abingdon visitor information, click here.
Asheville, North Carolina
A hip mountain town with lots of options to give you a tailor-made weekend for you and your friends. The Grand Bohemian in the Biltmore Village is a perfect place to call homebase during your getaway. You can relax and unwind in the hotel’s Poseidon Spa and enjoy fine dining at Red Stag Grill. There’s even an art gallery in The Grand Bohemian to explore. Knoxville Moms senior contributor Katherine Birkbeck recently stayed there for a girl’s trip: “The Grand Bohemian has a really nice lobby with a fireplace perfect for fireside chats.” As for activities, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Biltmore. Included in your Biltmore ticket is a tour and tasting at Antler Hill Village and Biltmore Winery. Lace up those hiking boots because there are plenty of options to get outside. Chimney Rock State Park is a favorite of Knoxville Contributor Missy Robinson. For more Asheville visitor information, click here.
Whether you want to see the sights or just enjoy the nightlife, Atlanta is a great option for a girlfriend getaway. Start your visit by putting your pinkies up for a high tea at Swan Coach House. The Swan Coach House is located on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center. There are 33-acres of historic houses and gardens for you to explore after your tea and scones. Ponce City Market is another great spot to wander. There are over 50 stores, and 30 restaurants along with an upstairs mini-park and rooftop restaurant. You could even stay at Ponce City Market and be steps away from a plethora of things to do. There are plenty of major hotel chains in Atlanta, but why not stay somewhere with history? Look no further than The Hotel Clermont. It’s a beloved Atlanta landmark that has recently undergone a very hip transformation. Once you’re checked in, dress up for an upscale dining experience at Chai Yo Modern Thai. The chef is known for creating imaginative dishes based on Thai classics. For a southern classic, visit the Flying Biscuit Cafe. There are multiple locations but choose the midtown spot. It’s located at one of the popular rainbow crosswalks, which are practically made for Instagram. For more Atlanta visitor information, click here.
The closest to Knoxville and perhaps the most overlooked when it comes to a girlfriend getaway. When you weren’t looking, Chattanooga got really cool! For a hip stay within walking distance to lots of great places on the southside, book Moxy. There’s a check-in bar where you’ll pick up your room key and a complimentary cocktail or coffee. Sip them on the patio or over a game of foosball. The Fountainhead Taproom is another great spot to grab a drink. It has 60 self-pour taps serving craft beer, wine, kombucha and more. If you prefer to sip something else, try Wildflower Tea Shop or The Hot Chocolatier. If you need some retail therapy, visit Warehouse Row with both local and popular chain stores. For art to feed your soul, wander through the Bluff View Art District and the Hunter Museum of Art. When you work up your appetite, hit Chattanooga favorites Taco Mamacita and STIR. For more Chattanooga visitor information, click here.
Known for wine and waterfalls, this Georgia mountain town is a sure bet for a girlfriend getaway. You can sip your way through nine different vineyards each unique in its own right. Tour bus shuttles are available so you can do that safely. Rest up and recharge at one of several area day spas including the popular Jolie Day Spa. The Dahlonega Resort and Vineyard offers a weekly yoga class on Saturday mornings. The resort is a great hotel option for your gal pals because it offers both guest rooms, a villa with a full kitchen and living area and private cabins. Depending on the season, you could visit one of the area u-pick farms offering apples and even lavender. You won’t need sunshine to visit the Dahlonega Butterfly Farm’s tropical conservatory. Tickets are affordable and include a tour. My Vintage Gypsy Teas & Magickal Makings often hosts tea parties. The shop is worth a visit even if you can’t make one of My Vintage Gypsy’s events.
If you prefer coffee, visit the Picnic Cafe & Dessertery or Jethro’s Coffee & Public House. The Corner Kitchen is all about scratch-made. You can visit for breakfast, lunch or both! Enjoy dinner with a view at Montaluce Winery. There is a fine dining restaurant and a more casual trattoria. The Smith House has been welcoming people to Dahlonega since 1899. You can have a family-style southern dinner and even stay in one of the lovely rooms at the inn. After dinner, head to The Crimson Moon for live music on the charming town square. For more Dahlonega visitor information, click here.
Greenville, South Carolina
There was a time this South Carolina town flew under the radar, but now the word is out. Greenville has southern charm and contemporary cool. Check into the Grand Bohemian Lodge for a central location to Greenville’s walkable downtown. In fact, it’s located within Greenville’s Falls Park. The park is home to acres of beautiful land and gardens as well as the only curved single-suspension cable foot bridge in the United States. (Pro tip: It’s worth a visit even if you’re not staying at the Grand Bohemian!) As for other lodging options, the Pettigru Place Bed & Breakfast is popular for the high level of service and charming surroundings. Once you drop your bags, head out to explore.
The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a great place to walk, run or bike. The 22-mile trail system winds along the Reedy River and through city parks. Stop at Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery for a pick-me-up like coffee, pastries and more. Next refresh and rejuvenate at Bluemercury. You can pick out makeup and skincare to take home or book a facial on site. Foodies will fall in love with The Cook’s Station. The store has culinary products, gourmet kitchen gadgets and appliances plus cooking classes. The Cook’s Station is a great place to grab breakfast and lunch, too. Tandem Creperie & Coffeehouse is another wonderful option to start your day. The coffee shop is known for sustainably sourced coffee along with sweet and savory crepes, but the menu extends well beyond that. Be sure to make dinner reservations for Juniper. The restaurant and bar are in a tropical rooftop garden offering beautiful views of the city. Sip Whiskey & Wine offers variety and often live music. You can nosh on charcuterie, “social eats” and a “flight of jars” including Sip’s popular pimento cheese. For more Greenville visitor information, click here.
Highlands, North Carolina
Luxury and nature meet high atop the mountains in Highlands. It’s perched in the Nantahala National Forest where North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia meet. There is everything from rustic cabins to charming splurge-worthy inns to choose from for accommodations. Old Edwards Inn and Spa has long been a popular destination for travelers with cozy fireplaces and beckoning balconies along with a heated mineral pool and five-star spa. Mountain Fresh Grocery is a great place to stock up on supplies for your girlfriend getaway as well as a place to grab a bite to eat. Breakfast is one of its most popular meals. If Old Edwards Inn isn’t in your budget, still plan to dine at Madison’s Restaurant located inside the inn. Reservations are strongly suggested. For more casual fare, try the out-of-this-world woodfired pizzas at Four65 or stop in The Ugly Dog Pub to grab a burger. One of the draws of Highlands is the abundant hiking. Some of the most popular trails are Dry Falls, Glen Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Whiteside Mountain. For more visitor information on Highlands, click here.
Lake Lure, North Carolina
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lake Lure is considered one of the best mountain lake getaways and for good reason! It offers both adventure and relaxation all set with a stunning backdrop. It’s so scenic several areas of Lake Lure were used in the filming of “Dirty Dancing.” You can even go on a self-guided tour of those locations. Guided tours are available of Lake Lure from the water. If you’re more thrill seeking, try one of the many water sports available at Lake Lure Adventure Company. Hiking is another popular activity, especially at Chimney Rock State Park. Then pamper those tired muscles with a visit to one of the area spas. Irongate Spa at Lake Lure Inn is a standout. The historic inn is a popular place because it offers lots of resort-style amenities. If you prefer a more rustic experience, there are lots of cabins in Lake Lure to choose from. Dining options abound too. Burntshirt Vineyards Tasting Room & Bistro has great views from their covered patio. Enjoy a tasting flight or a glass of wine with the small plates menu that changes daily. You can enjoy views and brews at Chimney Rock Brewing. For finer dining, try The Highlands Kitchen + Bar. If you have a sweet tooth, Pie Safe Baking Company is a must. For more Lake Lure visitor information, click here.
Leipers Fork, Tennessee
You could accidentally miss Leipers Fork if you weren’t looking but, trust us, it’s worth the stop! The quaint main street is home to boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Wines in the Fork is perfect for a girlfriend getaway. It’s a tasting room and shop specializing in local wine. You can sit and sip while enjoying views of the Harpeth River. If you and your gals prefer whiskey, Leiper’s Fork Distillery produces small-batch bourbon and whiskey. It offers tours and tastings are held in a cool cabin. Both White’s Mercantile Room and Board and Pot ‘N Kettle Cottages offer an assortment of historic cottages and cabins for your stay. Start your adventures with breakfast at The Country Boy, which is the oldest diner in the county. For dinner and fun, check out Fox & Locke which serves traditional meat ‘n’ threes and live music. For snacks and surprises, visit Leiper’s Fork Market and the tiny Red Byrd Coffeehouse located just outside. For activities, you can spa at The Spa at Leiper’s Fork or explore the Natchez Trace Parkway. But folks in Leipers Fork will tell you the fun of their town is taking it easy. For more visitor information on Leipers Fork, click here.
There’s more than horse racing and bourbon to see and enjoy while visiting our neighbor to the north although that’s a great place to start! Visit the Lexington Distillery District to sample the bourbon but also check out the neighborhood’s other offerings. There’s The Burl Arcade, Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge and Goodfella’s Pizzeria to name a few. Whether the horses are racing or not, make a stop at Keeneland. The grounds are open year-round and tours are available. Perhaps you can toast your racetrack wins at Belle’s Cocktail House. Expect clever cocktails paired with a rooftop view of downtown Lexington. If chips, salsa and margaritas are your love language, Corto Lima is a must for Latin inspired modern cuisine. Lockbox is the go-to place for brunch. Located in the 21C Museum Hotel, it serves brunch with a Southern twist. Speaking of 21C, it’s a hip spot to stay. The first two floors are a museum. One popular activity is getting a drink from the hotel bar and walking around to see all the art. Another cool hotel option is the Elwood Hotel & Suites. Lexington’s newest boutique hotel offers travelers the first plant-friendly hotel experience among other things. For more visitor information on Lexington, click here.
Putting Nashville on our list feels like we’re stating the obvious, but we want to point out there’s more to do in Music City than the Broadway bar scene! Set out to explore the city by checking out the more than 120 murals. You can even leave the driving up to someone else and take the Murals & Mimosas tour. For some relaxation, visit Woodhouse Spa. It’s ranked one of the best in Nashville and often hosts groups. If you’d rather get some exercise, rent bicycles and bike the greenway. Feeling creative? Head to one of the Nashville Paddywax Candle Bar locations where you can take part in a candle pouring workshop. After all that, a girl’s gotta eat! This girl’s personal favorite for her tribe is The Mockingbird. It’s great for brunch or dinner with lots of fun drinks to choose from. Hampton Social has a casual coastal vibe with an extensive menu and a great rooftop. If your girls love margs more, bartaco is a must. You can dive into the chips, salsa and tacos in a restaurant that feels like you’re on a beach in South America instead of Nashville. There’s a nice patio for pretty days, too.
For a more refined experience, try The Catbird Seat for dinner. If you can snag a reservation, you can watch the chefs work their magic on your meal. If after dinner drinks are a must, put White Limozeen at the top of your list. Located inside The Graduate Hotel, this over-the-top rooftop bar swathed in pink is a perfect spot to sip cocktails. The Graduate is a good choice to stay, too. For boutique hotels near the heart of Nashville, stay at the Bobby Hotel or the ode to all things mid-century modern the Fairlane Hotel. The Thompson Hotel, which is owned by Hyatt, is another great option in the center of things. For more visitor information on Nashville, click here.