6 Goodbye Summer Getaways You’ll Want to Say Hello To
It's not time to put away your swimsuits yet!
With evenings cooling off and pumpkin spice beverages popping up in your Instagram feed, fall is already beginning to show its colors in some parts of the U.S. But no matter what Starbucks says, it’s still summer, and beach and lake towns are beckoning you to visit for one last hurrah before you pack up your flip-flops for the rest of the year.
From tropical beaches to serene lakes, here are a few of our favorite "goodbye summer!" getaways.
1. Key Largo, Florida
Just a stone’s throw away from Florida’s mainland, Key Largo is the first island of the Florida Keys. Although close to the mainland, Key Largo’s beauty reminds visitors of tropical islands oceans away. It’s home to some incredible nature with two state parks, part of a marine sanctuary and a national park.
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2. Pawley’s Island, South Carolina
This sleepy island may be small, but there's no shortage of charm at Pawley's Island. If you can, book a room at the historic Sea View Inn, located smack-dab in the middle of the island with a stretch of private beach. A dinner bell beckons you three times a day to delicious Southern fare and the whole vibe is just relaxing. Bring a couple of books and leave your phone in your room.
If you want a break from the beach, a quick drive off the island takes you to the famous Pawley’s Island Hammock Shops Village — dozens of local artisan shops including a general store and even a Christmas shop.
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If you’re that into nature, you’re in luck, because this region of New York is also known for its wine. Founded in 1983, Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is considered America’s first wine trail. It’s comprised of 14 unique wineries, including a few distilleries and cideries, so there’s something for everyone. Afterwards, grab dinner at one of the many farm-to-table restaurants nearby, including local fare at Deerhead Lakeside Restaurant & Bar and ice cream from Cayuga Lake Creamery.
4. Chelan, Washington
Located on the edge of the Cascade Mountains and the shore of scenic Lake Chelan, Chelan is a charming small town complete with the state’s longest continually-running movie theater, The Ruby. Spend a day at the lake fishing, jet skiing or soaking in the last bit of summer’s rays at local spot Willow Point Park.
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5. Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
As the county seat of picturesque Door County, WI, Sturgeon Bay is the perfect place to wrap up your summer. Here, it’s all about the boats. Rent a kayak or indulge in a guided sailboat tour as you take in the county’s 11 different lighthouses.
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6. Asheville, North Carolina
Tired of the summer heat? Asheville is located along the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers a bit of relief from hot beach temperatures. Cool off in one of Asheville’s hundreds of waterfalls or go whitewater rafting on the free flowing French Broad River. Asheville also has a funky side with its expansive River Arts District.