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Need Summer Vacation Ideas? Here Are Off-the-Beaten Path Ideas in the Southeast

By Jonathan Marsh, Owner

Summer Vacation Ideas | Home Helpers of Bradenton FL

Summer vacation is right around the corner—do you know where you’re going yet?

If you’re looking for an easier idea that involves a short plane ride (or perhaps no plane at all), then consider vacationing in one of these scenic areas of the Southeast.

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Love the mountains? Then head on over to the Roanoke, Virginia, area, and nestle yourself in beautiful Blue Ridge country. This destination is great for the outdoors, craft beers, wineries, and trains, according to Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Highlights include outdoor mountain biking, hiking, sightseeing along the Blue Ridge Parkway, or artsy views at the Taubman Museum of Art. In Roanoke, don’t miss Mill Mountain, with a famous lighted star on top. The state of Virginia, including the Blue Ridge area, also has a flourishing winery business with more than 200 wineries. Discover more about the state’s wineries here.

Beaufort, South Carolina. If you love history and Southern charm, Beaufort offers both but without the crowds of nearby Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina. Check out the historic downtown with shops and waterfront restaurants, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, visit nearby state park Hunting Island, or check out the house where “The Big Chill” was filmed. There are lots of great places to stay in town, but the nearby KOA Point South may win you over with its coffee bar and daily wine tastings.

Americus and Sumter County, Georgia. Got a hankering for locally-grown products? Americus, Georgia, is famous for its green beans and peanuts, and you can have lunch at Koinonia Farm, the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity. The Jimmy Carter National History Site helps visitors learn about the former president, and the nearby Glass Blowing Studios offer a factor tour. Tourist information touts Americus as the number one place in the world for glass blowing.

Gulf Breeze, Florida. The name Gulf Breeze may conjure up peaceful images of a light ocean breeze caressing your cheek—and there are plenty of beaches to check out in Gulf Breeze. In fact, the Gulf Islands National Seashore has more than 1,300 acres for several public beach areas. You’ll find sparkling white sand, nature trails, and protected land. Other highlights in Gulf Breeze include the zoo, the Gulf Breeze Flea Market, and outdoor sports.

For more travel ideas, check out the blog Florida Culture, written by health, food and travel freelance writer Vanessa Caceres. Her blog has more than 60 articles on fun things to do around the Sunshine State, and she shares her experience day tripping around Florida. Her travel and food stories have appeared on sites and in publications such as Visit Florida, US News and World Report,, Visit Sarasota, Edible Sarasota, USA Today's GoEscape, and more. (Vanessa also contributes to the Home Helpers blog). From shark tooth hunting in Venice to adventures at Orlando's Gatorland, the blog will give you plenty of activity ideas you may not have considered.


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