With summer coming to a close and winter quickly approaching, many busy vacation spots are starting to slow down. With kids going back to school and the days getting a bit shorter, it is easy to shift into a work or winter mode. However, there are several vacation destinations that are absolutely perfect to visit during the off season. With fewer crowds, lower prices and comfortable temperatures it is the perfect time to plan your family vacation that you may have missed during the hustle and bustle of the summer season. Here are a few of our favorite places to visit during the off season.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
The Outer Banks are barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. They separate the main land from the Atlantic Ocean. They are most known for their beautiful beaches, state parks, and diving sites. Drawing in thousands of surfers and tourists from all over each year, the fall or winter is the perfect time to visit. The heavily crowded beaches will be the most peaceful and serene thing you have ever seen. You may even be the only person on the beach at times. The island offers plenty of shopping, outdoor adventures, family friendly activities, and many delicious, fresh seafood restaurants to choose from. It is the perfect place to escape to during the offseason. To find the best and most unique places to stay, click here.
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
North Myrtle Beach is a family- friendly city in South Carolina. It is part of the Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of Atlantic Beaches on the east coast. Home to Cherry Grove, Barefoot Landing, The House of Blues, and Alligator Adventure, North Myrtle Beach offers the attractions of the city in a quiet and serene town. Once everyone has headed back home from the summer, you are capable of going to all and any attractions without the headache of the lines and more importantly the heat. Often prices will be much cheaper for vacation rentals as well as some of the activities you may be interested in doing. For more details on Cherry Grove, click here, and for more details on North Myrtle Beach, click here.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Much like North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach is much more calm and quiet during the off season. Though there are many who come to get away from the snowy winter. Come and stay for a week or a month, the attractions and beaches will be yours to conquer. From golfing to christmas shows at the Carolina Oprey and Pirates voyage, there is plenty to keep you busy without the crowds. Though those who live in Myrtle Beach will think it is cold, 50°F, for many it will feel nice and crisp. The weather makes playing golf in the middle of the day a lot more enjoyable than in the summer when it is 100°F and humid. Myrtle Beach will also have quite a dip in prices due to their summer vacationing market. This offers travellers the chance to experience the beach without the hefty summer price tag and heat. To find a hotel in Myrtle Beach, click here.
St. Simons Island, Georgia
Located in southern Georgia, St.Simons Island is a part of 4 other barrier islands. The islands consist of St. Simons Island, Little St. Simons Island, Sea Island, and Jekyll Island. St. Simons is known for its beautiful white sandy beaches, award-winning championship golf course, and its unique atmosphere. While it is a beach market, it is much more quiet year round, so during the off season it is perfect for a relaxing stay, company retreat or even a place to gather during the holidays. The island is rich in history and culture so there is plenty to do and see while you are staying on the island. Tour the top of the lighthouse and check out the museum attached to it on your way down. You will love the panoramic views that the lighthouse offers. To find the perfect vacation rental in St. Simons Island, click here.
Blue Ridge, Georgia
Located in North Georgia, the Blue Ridge mountains offer a winter escape like no other. From hiking, biking, to skiing and snowboarding, there will never be a dull moment in the mountains. Though many think of mountain trips in the winter months to be pretty common, luckily most rentals are an individual, secluded cabin. This creates the perfect atmosphere for family reunions, or even company getaways. Cabins come in a variety of sizes from small to large, and some even include a game room and hot tub in the cabin. North Georgia is not only the perfect place to visit during what most would consider the off season, but also during summer. They have so much to see and do, it doesn’t matter what season it is you are sure to have a great time. For more information on cabin rentals, click here.
St. George Island, Florida
St. George Island is located off of the Florida panhandle in the northern Gulf of Mexico. While the panhandle is often known as the forgotten coast, there are plenty of reasons not to miss out on everything these areas have to offer. St. George Island is a quaint, 22 mile barrier island with some of the best untouched, serene beaches that the sunshine state has to offer. The spacious, and empty beaches are perfect for family outings and activities like fishing, swimming and paddling in the clear gulf waters. The water and weather stay nice and warm year round so no need to worry about packing a jacket when visiting in the off season. No matter the time of year St. George Island is a great place to relax and thaw yourself out from the chilly winter. To book your perfect vacation house click here.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Steamboat Springs is a city in northern Colorado’s Yampa Valley. It is known for being the home to the Howelsen Hill ski area and the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort. Steamboat Springs has a variety of different things to do such as skiing, snowmobiling and for those not so fond of snow sports, you can visit the hiking or biking trails, or take a soak in the many hot springs. Steamboat Springs offers something for everyone in the family or group to take part in. From swimming pools to soaking tubs the history and culture of the town will be something to remember forever. Though winter may be approaching quickly, Steamboat Springs thrives in the winter months, so no need to worry about things being closed. For more information on Steamboat Springs, click here.
No matter where you decide to go, there are many accommodations that you can choose from. If you are more focused on getting away from the cold weather, than maybe a nice beach vacation would be perfect, however if you are looking for a more thrilling experience, try hitting the slopes in Colorado or Georgia.
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