Our 2017 Travel Bucket List: Offering Inspiration for the New Year

There’s no hiding it; I’m a planner. I like to think I’m pretty flexible…but I always have a plan. I thought it would be fun to share with you what we have on our Bucket List for 2017. What’s on your Bucket List?? I’d honestly love to hear it!

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Beach Exploring at Wild Dunes in SC – Hubs and I spent a weekend in Charleston on a Date Night in 2016, vowing to bring the kids back to this part of the state. Wild Dunes seems like the natural place for a return visit, with so many family-friendly activities.

Beach Retreat Bliss at Legoland Florida – We visited the grand opening of the Legoland Hotel a few years ago, and my boys still talk about it all the time. We went without Dad, so they are excited to visit again with him…and the Spring opening of the new Beach Villas are the perfect excuse!

Date Night at Stonehurst Place – Historic yet elegant luxury in Midtown, Stonehurt Place is ideal for date night. Mahogany furnishings, marble bathrooms (and oh the bathtub in the Hinman Suite – wow!) make this 6-room Inn a must-visit.

Date Night Caving – Kids must be at least 6yo to adventure here. We thought we’d wait to take the boys…but that’s so far away. For now, we’re planning a date night adventure via the 4-hour cave tour Cloudland Canyon. We’re promising them a return in 2 years when Elliot is old enough!

Date Night in Oxford, MS – This is the one adventure for 2017 that is already on the books, and I am THRILLED. Oxford is filled with charm, history, and great food and drink! We’re visiting without the kids, but with my brother- and sister- in-law who is from the area. Before our February adventure, The Reivers is a must-read.

Date Night Lake Rabun Hotel – The last of 4 planned date night weekends on our list, we’ll be heading to Lake Rabun for some Mountain R&R, mixed with champion eats and maybe some additional cave touring.

Family Fun in Savannah, GA – I’ve been to Savannah twice, and both were just for a short visit of a day or less. Now, it’s time to truly explore! I want to take the kids to the Children’s Museum and the Railroad Museum for sure…take a detour on Skidaway Island. And that’s just the beginning!

The World of Harry Potter (and more) at Universal Orlando – Both boys are into Harry Potter now – it’s what Cooper was for Halloween in 2016. When they heard about “Harry Potter World” from a friend, well, that was it. It was on their Bucket List to be sure…and our too, s I’ve never been. I hope to time it right so we can experience the new Volcano Bay Water Theme Park!

Multi-Gen Fun in Georgetown, SC – Georgietown, SC is a quaint little town on the waterfront, ideal for quiet moments with the grandparents. From farmers markets to sailing camps, historic homes and oak-lined streets, this will be a welcome respite.

Night Hiking at Dismal Canyon in Alabama – This sandstone gorge is a National Natural Landmark, and is home to tiny bioluminescent creatures that you can see on guided night hikes. There are cabins to rent, a canyon to explore and plenty of glorious waterfalls.

Outdoor Family Journey at Dillard House – You might know it for the restaurant – southern fare with an amazing reputation. In fact, I named them “Worth The Drive” in the Atlanta Edition of The Local Palate that I wrote last year. But – there is more than just food. There is also an Inn and cottages, with hiking, horseback riding, a petting zoo, trout fishing and more.

Winter Adventure in Snowshoe, WV – Snowshoe Mountain is the East Coast choice for destination skiing – not to mention how family-friendly they are! Skiing, snowmobiles, tubing…even an outdoor heated pool. Our hope is to go in early February, when the chance for powder is at its highest.

Waterfall Hunting in Oconee County, SCLast but not least, we are excited to venture to Mountain Lakes and we’re hoping to stay at Three Pines View B&B. I’m really looking forward to a Jocassee Lake Tour where you can see and play in tons of waterfalls only accessible via the lake. There are dozens of amazing waterfalls in this county…

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