2013 Holiday Gift Guide...Packages and Escapesby Apryl Thomas
Gift someone (or yourself) with Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts “Rejuvenating Yoga Beach Retreat” package. Starting at $289, it includes two nights of oceanfront accommodations in a deluxe condo-hotel, unlimited yoga & fitness classes, one-hour massage and daily breakfast. Price includes all taxes and resort fees. Additional nights, massages and up to seven days of yoga can be added. Package is valid through March 1, 2014.
Escape to Eagle Island , Ga., an 10-acre island located in southern Georgia's salt marsh, where coastal tides provide waters deep enough for the quick boat trip from historic Darien. The lodge has a 1,500-square-foot screened-in porch with hot tub and fireplace, and offers rustic luxury to a maximum of 12 guests. You must bring your own food and beverages; fresh crab caught on Eagle dock is included in the rental price. Boat to Eagle Island on your own, or make arrangements with Captain Andy Hill to pick you up on the mainland. In 15 minutes, you’ll arrive in another world without clocks – where time is measured by the tides and movement of the sun through the sky. Without distractions, the Lodge is set into the towering oak hammock where the only sounds are nature and the magical world of coastal inspiration. Relax in a porch swing and rockers – then prepare dinner in the indoor or outdoor gourmet kitchen. From $450 per night.
When you can’t decide, a gift card can be the best way to go. Consider giving one from BedandBreakfast.com and let the recipient decide where to go.
The recently-renovated Westin Hilton Head Island (S.C.) Resort & Spa offers two packages valid through the holidays until February 2014 that provide savings of more than 40 percent. The Discovery Adventure, features the option to kayak, zip line, cruise, or bike and the Rejuvenation Vacation offers yoga and a bucket list of resort relaxation activities to choose from such as a massage, round of golf, tennis, one day biking adventure, ocean view cabana, etc.
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in Young Harris, Ga., offers a Heaven On Earth Spa package. Suitable for a spa lover and their guest, it features a day at the Equani Spa. The package includes a traditional sleeping room, three selected spa services per guest (double occupancy) including service charge. Spa Services covered: Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Simply Sugar Medi-Pedi and Skin Resonance or Down to Earth Facial, and two breakfast vouchers. The package starts at $687 per night. Upgraded rooms featuring a balcony or fireplace if available are $30 additional.
For an unique escape, treat someone special (or yourself) to Main Street Hotel in Yazoo City, Miss. Located on the second floor of several buildings in the historic downtown, each room or suite is uniquely decorated in a perfect blend of antique and modern. Bathrooms with claw-foot tubs and full showers, full kitchens and washer/dryer in the suites, and flat-screen televisions all help to ensure the ultimate in comfort and convenience.
Let you giftee be one of the first to enjoy Streamsong Resort in Streamsong, Fla. Opening January 17, the resort offers top ranked golf along with a grotto-style spa and activities like sporting clays and guided bass fishing. The “Stay and Play” package features a clubhouse standard guest room, breakfast in clubhouse, golf with cart, club storage and practice facilities. The package is $444/person based on double occupancy.
Whether the hard-to-buy person on your holiday list plays golf, indulges with spa treatments or just wants to get away for a weekend, you can’t go wrong with giving a Robert Trent Jones Gift Card. Select from golf, resort or spa, two of the three or all three.
Beat the after-the-holiday doldrums in January with Blue Heron Inn’s Winter Special. Located in Darien, Ga., the special is good for stays in a king-size room, Sunday -Thursday, with a rate of $125. Breakfast is included.
Opening on December 18, Epicurean Hotel is holding their grand opening weekend celebration on January 17-19, 2014. There are two special packages created specifically for the weekend. The Connoisseurs of Life Package ($2,000 for two people) includes accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights, private welcome reception with chef/author Norman Van Aken, Friday evening grand awakening reception (showcasing the entire hotel), Saturday evening six-course winemakers dinner (featuring executive chef Chad Johnson), a choice of Élevage brunches inspired by champagne and Bloody Mary’s and a selection of up to three activities, including wine and culinary classes presented by industry experts and celebrities. The Grand Awakening Package ($1,000 for two people) features classic accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights, Friday evening grand awakening reception (showcasing the entire hotel), Saturday evening four-course dinner with wine at Élevage and priority reservations for any remaining culinary and wine classes.
Give someone special the gift of choice with a Select Registry Bed and Breakfast and Inns, and Small Hotels gift card.
Experience a different side of Florida at Westgate River Ranch, Florida’s only dude ranch. Situated on 1,700- acres in the heart of Florida’s cattle lands in River Ranch, it’s surrounded by approximately 400,000 acres of state and federally protected wetlands. Westgate River Ranch offers such specials as the Glamping Experience (includes a daily $50 resort credit), River Ranch Adventure Package (from $329 for two nights), River Ranch Getaway Package (from $309 for two nights) and more.
Treat someone special on your holiday gift list to an escape to the Georgia mountains and stay at Sylvan Falls Mill. Located in Rabun Gap, the bed and breakfast has an operating historic grist mill that is powered by an 85’ waterfall. They grind locally grown corn as well as regionally ground wheat and rye, with the grinds featured in their freshly made pastries and breakfasts. Please visit our website and feel welcome to contact with any questions.
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