With summer coming to a close, everyone is getting excited for the cool, crisp weather and colorful change in scenery that comes with the fall months of September, October, and November. Bikinis are put away, sand is brushed from the foyer, and margarita glasses are retired to their shelves. Out come the scarves, suede booties, and Pumpkin Spice lattes. If you’re looking for a little fun with your girlfriends this fall before the holiday craze storms in, check out our list for the best getaway destinations this year. These places are affordable and accessible to anyone living in the U.S. Why not take advantage of a little relaxation with your best pals? Sip on champagne on a balcony in a North Carolina Airbnb and tell stories of your wildest nights as a single gal with those who know you best. What happens on a girls’ trip, stays on a girls’ trip.
Key West, Florida
Key West is a beautiful, lively place to stay if you’re interested in art, history, and a little Jimmy Buffet. We recommend staying at the Ocean Key Resort & Spa, right off of Mallory Square. Grab a couple of beers at Sloppy Joe’s Bar. Take a day trip to the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery and opt for dinner at The Stoned Crab. The Cero Bodega is great for a day or a night visit, and is a universal favorite place to eat in Key West. The pizza, chicken sandwich, and avocado salad are the top picks of locals. Ask for Todd, the veteran bartender, to whip you up some strong cocktails.
Austin satisfies that city craving for the more urban girl, with its trendy restaurants, thriving businesses, and modern live music scene. It’s the host of many fall festivals, and Airbnb listings downtown give you that perfect accessibility to all of the action. You must eat lunch or dinner at Olamaie or Dai Due. If you’re short on time and money, there is always a trusty taco food truck around the corner.
Highlands, North Carolina
The Highlands is a good option for those looking to relax in a more serene, nature-filled setting. This town, located deep in the mountains, offers endless hiking trails, lake views, and horseback riding. Buy a bottle (or case) of wine and lodge up in the Old Edwards Inn and Spa or the Highlands Inn. Eat dinner at Ristorante Paoletti or Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro for a gourmet meal. Don’t forget to take an Instagram of the red and orange leaves, and the wildlife you’ll see while kayaking or fishing (if your girls are into that sort of thing).
One of the oldest cities in Georgia, Savannah is known for its southern charm, brick buildings, cobblestone streets, and vast view of the river. Stroll down River Street and check out candy shops, where the employees make taffy and pralines right in front of you, eat some fresh seafood at Huey’s, and order the cheese plate and a glass of wine at Rocks on the Roof at sunset. Make sure you don’t leave Savannah before dining at The Olde Pink House, where the sweet potato ravioli is to die for. Ask to be seated in the tavern, a private dining area underground, with dim candles, brick walls, and a piano player. During the day, you can book a walking or bus tour with Old Savannah Tours and learn countless historical facts, including seeing the bench that Tom Hanks sat on in Forrest Gump. There are also haunted night tours, but they are kind of cheesy, so we suggest sticking with the day tours. Jazz’d Tapas Bar is an underground, sultry, upscale bar for that perfect nightcap when the adventures end.
Home of the Ole Miss football team, Oxford is an entertaining city that never disappoints. If you don’t choose to visit during a home game weekend, you’ll have more space to roam the streets of the square, shop the latest fashion trends, and dine at your own pace. Try booking a room at The Graduate and make sure you stop in Cicada or Square Books to spend your well-earned paycheck. The City Grocery is sure to satisfy your southern food craving, while the Oxford Canteen is good for late-night, alcohol-induced, greasy food eating. If you’re more of a sweet tooth, try Bottletree Bakery.
Nashville is already known for a great girls’ trip spot to hit, with a Vegas-like strip and Broadway to explore at night. For a more casual experience, try Pinewood Social. It has outdoor seating and classic games to start the party with, or give you that icebreaker you need to introduce yourself to the stranger across the bar. Enjoy their lobster mac-and-cheese as your eyes wander around the indoor bowling alley and industrial-style dining area. Afterwards, go to L.A. Jackson for a martini on the roof. Try Acme Feed & Seed for Broadway, trust us.
The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort is overwhelming with southern flair, and is our top recommendation for staying in Fairhope. It has pools, tennis courts, Bingo, and a daily cannon firing. You’ll feel so immersed in Civil War history, you won’t want to go back home. This town is much less crowded in the fall, and you and your girlfriends will be able to shop in the village and enjoy relaxing spa treatments without dropping major funds.
Love wine? What girl doesn’t? The Monticello Wine Trail is Charlottesville’s pride and joy, and features various different wineries that offer wine tastings and tours. These wineries were actually inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s vision of grape growing and wine-making. Make sure you’re ahead of the game when booking private carriage houses, apartments, estates, and historic homes for your group of gals. It can get quite busy in the fall.