4 Spring Break 2017 & Summer Vacation Ideas You Absolutely Must Experience This Year!

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It’s warming up outside and families are searching for Spring Break 2017 and Summer vacation ideas.  You know I’m all about “off the grid” places for your family getaway!  I’ve been travel writing for a long time now, and the off-the-the-beaten path destinations usually turn out to surprisingly be the most enjoyable memories of them all.  Here are just a few Spring Break 2017 & Summer ideas you do not want to miss this year …..


Rosemary Beach, Florida

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Who wouldn’t want to visit beaches with fluffy, white sand that resembles sugar – but without the touristy crowds?!  A secret among families who’ve sought out the best spots along Florida’s Hwy 30a, it’s got small town vibes with big town eats!  Everything you need to play, eat, and relax are within the community.  Bike through as a family and check out all of the sidewalk cafes (that sounds like heaven to me anyway!).

Pine Mountain, Georgia

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One of my favorite vacations with both kids was one of our favorite vacation spots in Georgia.  We spent our time outdoors in F. D. Roosevelt State Park and the charming town where that former president spent time in White Springs.  Callaway Gardens that is a must during the Spring and Summer months but the blooming azaleas and the glass-enclosed butterfly conservatory are only the beginning of what makes it a must-see.


Folly Beach, South Carolina

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You know I adore all of the Things to Do in Charleston, but have you thought about visiting one of its five adorable beaches?  The great thing about having five beaches to choose from is that there is one for every type of family.  Folly Beach is a young, hip little beach community with wide, sandy beaches with only one hotel so the crowds are very minimal.  Visit this clean, dog-friendly town with a bohemian vibe and beach access from almost every street.

Amelia Island, Florida

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Ah, the location of my childhood beach memories!  If you want to play golf, see shrimp boats, and go to a luxury car show, Amelia Island is your place.   Amelia Island consistently ranks with Top 10 U.S. Islands because of its 13 miles of windswept beaches, laid-back recreation, and historical exploration.  Stay at Amelia Island Plantation or the Fort Clinch Campground like our family always did and make memories to last a lifetime!

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I’d love to hear about your favorite Spring Break 2017 & Summer vacation ideas!


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  1. April 3, 2017 / 7:10 am

    We don’t have any vacations planned for this year so I would gladly visit any of these destinations!

  2. April 3, 2017 / 7:12 am

    These places sound amazing! Little hidden gems I didn’t know about. Thanks for sharing.

  3. April 3, 2017 / 7:26 am

    I love these ideas! None of them are outside of driving distance for us, so I’m definitely going to keep your list in mind as we try and plan our summer getaways! I’ve especially heard great things about all your beach destinations (Amelia & Rosemary) Thanks so much for the tips!

  4. April 3, 2017 / 7:28 am

    Looks wonderful. I haven’t been on vacation science my honeymoon 30 yrs ago. We both got sick so maybe a good thing. Lol

  5. April 3, 2017 / 7:56 am

    This post is just in time. I was looking for travel inspiration for the coming months. Georgia looks beautiful.

  6. April 3, 2017 / 8:10 am

    These suggestion came at just the right time. Love the small town vibes in these options. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Crystal
    April 3, 2017 / 8:11 am

    Thanks for the suggestions! Never heard of these before. 🙂

  8. Kim
    April 3, 2017 / 8:58 am

    Rosemary Beach is on our list. I need to check out the other ideas – I’m loving the Georgia idea too! Thanks for sharing!

  9. April 3, 2017 / 9:06 am

    Your pictures are beautiful. Georgia is now on my list of spring trips, thanks. I am headed to Utah National Parks later this month, so I do not know if they are a favorite, but places I have wanted to go for a long time. I have been to Santa Fe in the spring and that was wonderful. The Georgia O’Keefe museum was a highlight.

  10. April 3, 2017 / 9:30 am

    Yes! My only problem with Rosemary Beach is that people know about it. LOL Such a fabulous place.

  11. April 3, 2017 / 10:10 am

    We love to travel and love the beach! I’m always on the lookout for new vacation spots. We will definitely need to look into these spots!

  12. Bonnie
    April 3, 2017 / 10:19 am

    My husband and I are trying to plan a little beach get away this year, the Florida hotels look amazing!

  13. Ashley
    April 3, 2017 / 10:24 am

    You just gave me so many great ideas for a summer vacation! I would love to go to Amelia Island in Florida and will have to look more in to it! Thanks for sharing!!

  14. Sue Tanya Mchorgh
    April 3, 2017 / 11:58 am

    These suggestions looks so good. I love Florida. Cant wait to visit again.

  15. April 3, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    Great destinations! We are still in the midst of planning our spring break and summer vacations, and these are great places for us to consider. Thanks!

  16. April 3, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    I have the travel bug now! That Georgia location looks especially beautiful!!

  17. April 3, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    This makes me want to take a second spring break. Thanks for the awesome list!

  18. April 3, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Lots of great ideas! We are headed to Charlotte, North Carolina this week.

  19. April 3, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    We live in Florida, so I’ll definitely have to check out some of these beaches. Great list!

  20. Kelly
    April 3, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    These all look like beautiful and fun places to visit!

  21. April 3, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    This is a great list! I am planning a road trip to the south east and am going to have to bookmark this for later!

  22. April 3, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    I’ve never heard of most of these places. I have to say, that I do love Florida. It is more than theme parks. Rosemary Beach sounds beautiful. I think my favorite Florida out of the way place is the Everglades Hostel in Florida City. It is family and pet friendly, and a great home base for the Keys and a number of parks. Great blog! I’m ready to pack!

  23. April 3, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    Pine Mountain looks amazing!

  24. April 3, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    I’ve never heard of any of these places but you honestly can’t go wrong vacationing in the south 🙂

    Michigan has a lot of beautiful destinations – surrounded by lakes, you would forget you were in Michigan. My favorite is northwest (traverse city) is a must visit – huge tourist town and west Michigan is gorgeous. I will definitely check out the Florida spots for upcoming vacations 🙂

  25. April 3, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    I love Folly Beach! Although Kiawah/Seabrook Island pull a little ahead for me in that area since they are so quiet. This is a fabulous list! I wish I was headed for a circuit to stay at all of these beautiful places.

  26. April 3, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    Those all sound like beautiful locations to visit with your family. I went camping with my husband and 2 young boys a couple of months ago… It didn’t go very well. We won’t be going again until they are a bit older! haha

  27. April 3, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    These all sound like such amazing places, and ones that I hadn’t heard of before! We will definitely have to check them out.

  28. April 4, 2017 / 7:03 am

    And here I thought I had wanderlust before reading this post… I need sun in my life!

  29. April 4, 2017 / 9:04 am

    Love these “off the beaten path” ideas. I have been to Amelia Island (for a wedding) and it was so great! Never heard of the others, Im pinning this for later!

  30. April 4, 2017 / 9:29 am

    I definitely want to visit georgia someday. Looks so serene!

  31. April 4, 2017 / 11:27 am

    They all look like wonderful places to vacation and especially if you love the beach and sunshine.

  32. April 4, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    Lovely ideas. Gosh I really wish I was traveling somewhere this summer. xx

  33. April 4, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    We aren’t far from Florida, so I will have to check out some of those picks!

  34. April 4, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    These all look like awesome destinations! Pine Mountain, Georgia looks so beautiful!

  35. April 5, 2017 / 3:05 am

    I’ve actually never done a spring break trip! Usually, I just go home and hang out with my family lol. These places all look so amazing though! I’d love to go to any of them!

  36. April 5, 2017 / 8:08 am

    We’re headed to Delaware and hope to visit Hershey Park and Sight and Sound Theater.

  37. April 5, 2017 / 8:09 am

    great ideas and i really miss having a spring break (:

  38. Kimber Scannell
    April 13, 2017 / 1:51 am

    So beautiful destinations you have listed out. If i get chance to visit these destinations, I won\’t ever miss the chance.. ?

    Kim – http://www.condorny.com

  39. April 26, 2017 / 8:38 am

    I just returned from Maderia Beach, Florida…it was just beautiful. I think most place in Florida are beautiful. Thanks for the recommendations…also another cool family place is Chincoteague, Va…the kids will love the ponies roaming free..and it is fairly inexpensive.

  40. April 26, 2017 / 9:21 am

    Wonderful ideas! I have family in Georgia and these are some great options of places to meet and get our families together. Thank you.

  41. April 26, 2017 / 10:04 am

    We’re thinking of going to DC this summer. But those beaches look WONDERFUL. I’ll have to check them out!

  42. April 26, 2017 / 11:24 am

    THese are gorgeous places!! I will be on the beach in 2 days and cannot wait. This made me excited to plan another trip.

  43. April 26, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    Great suggestions! I love reading about new places to travel. My family has contemplated going to Callaway Gardens for their summer family camp. One of these years, we hope to check it out!

  44. April 27, 2017 / 8:39 am

    You are giving me major wanderlust! Definitely planning a trip now 🙂

    • Shan
      April 27, 2017 / 10:30 am

      Thanks, Caitlin. Your comment makes me happy! 😉

  45. April 27, 2017 / 10:10 am

    I enjoy reading and finding out about lesser-known vacation spots, and this article hits the mark. I was aware that there are great vacation spots outside of the normal tourist-filled cities, but it would be great to find beautiful locations away from major crowded cities and areas. These all look like beautiful destinations, thanks for sharing. I will make it a point to visit all of these locations. I will, also, be pinning this article.

  46. Suzanne
    April 28, 2017 / 4:51 am

    I so need a beach in my life right now! Great picks.

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