Long Weekend Getaways

Spring has come in a delightful relief. The days of warm sunshine and beautiful gardens are finally here and what better way to celebrate than a long weekend getaway! Whether you are looking to unwind from the busyness of the season or to take advantage of the weather without the soaking humidity of an Alabama summer, we’ve scouted four spring destinations within driving distance for a long weekend away!


From the charm of its southern hospitality to spectacular sunsets, Mobile Bay is the perfect destination for basking in the southern sunshine! Katie McNeil and Jamie Conger, editors of The Scout Guide Mobile Bay share that “spring is the best time to enjoy all that Mobile Bay has to offer!” 

Wanting a fun night on the town? Head into Downtown Mobile for all of your entertainment and dining desires! For those of you feeling the itch to shop all the new spring styles we have included the Mobile Bay Shopping Guide for an afternoon spent perusing the Fairhope boutiques. If you are looking for lodging while enjoying this captivating coastal community, our friends at The Mobile Bay Scout Guide suggest The Fairhope Inn located in the heart of downtown or the historical Grand Hotel for a resort style stay. Visit The Scout Guide Mobile Bay website for additional recommendations on how to make the most of your gateway in Mobile Bay, Alabama. 


Looking for a small town feel, visit Asheville where the cool mountain air breaths new life into the city. With the quaint downtown, award-winning food, and outdoor adventures galore it is the perfect spring adventure for the family! Spend the day using the Asheville Scout Guides Best Weekend Hiking Trails to marvel over the breathtaking views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, that are sure to bring you a new perspective on spring!

Are you ready to visit Asheville? For Scouted lodging visit Hotel Arras, and Luxury Vacation Rentals, and as a resort style option The Asheville Scout Guide suggest The Horse Shoe Farms nestled in the mountains of Asheville. Happy trails on your blissful weekend away!


New Orleans is a city with something for everyone! From its vibrant music scene to the signature local dishes, ‘The Big Easy’ is a place like no other. We have included a scouted list of things to do (with or without kids). For a family-friendly option, the New Orleans Scout Guide suggests riding the streetcar along St. Charles Avenue, stopping at Cameilla Grill, Audubon Park, or The Chloe, a Garden District walking tour, or a shopping trip to The Rink. Check out Tipitina’s, Le Bons Temps Roule, Maple Leaf, and Davenport Lounge if you are lookin for a fun night out in the city.

Would you like to escape to New Orleans for Memorial Weekend? Relax at The Windsor Court or escape the hustle and bustle of the French quarter at The Chloe. Visit the New Orleans Spring Break Cheat Sheet for more recommendations for your visit to this festive corner of Louisiana! 


Perched in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, Knoxville is perfect for a couples retreat or a family destination! Whether you choose to spend the day bird watching at Seven Islands State Birding Park or strolling the woods of RT Lodge, this is the destination to unwind and enjoy the beauty of Tennessee in spring. If shopping is your idea of a weekend away, stop by GlitterVille Studios (701 World’s Fair Park) where editor Frances King shares “it’s a party everyday.” For additional recommendations on what to do, and see while in Knoxville follow the The Scout Guide Knoxville on Instagram.

For suggestions on where to stay The Scout Guide Knoxville citypage includes The Oliver, and The Tennessean for downtown locations and Blackberry Farm for a serene escape out of the city.


Would you rather do a staycation? Whether it is the vibrant blooms at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens or the inviting alfresco dining throughout the city, Birmingham is blooming this spring! We have included our Birmingham’s Lodging Guide for a quick change of scenery to help you fall in love with this city all over again! 

Thank you to all our friends at The Mobile BayAshevilleNew Orleans, and Knoxville Scout Guides for their recommendations on what makes their city so remarkable! Wherever you choose to spend your weekend away don’t forget to tell them Scout sent you!