Just a short two hour drive from Huntsville, Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas is a feature packed event celebrating the season from November 11th – January 1st. See the famous Opryland Hotel adorned in over 2 million lights, festive décor and lavish holiday displays. The family fun doesn’t end with the decorations ice carving, musicals, outdoor nativity, carriage rides and more await at this southern Christmas institution. With new attractions added every year, the experience will never be the same twice, making it a perfect family tradition to start with children of any age.
4 HOURS TO GIRLS WEEKEND HOLIDAY SHOPPING
While we all love Bridgestreet and Parkway Place, they aren’t quite far enough away to use as an excuse for a girls weekend of shopping and big city fun. Why not take a weekend trip to The Shops at Buckhead Atlanta? Dubbed the Rodeo drive of the south, this haute couture marketplace has everything you’ll need to fill even the most discerning Christmas stocking. After a day of shopping, relax at one of the twelve dining options ranging from The Southern Gentlemen Gastropub to Georgetown Cupcakes. If a day full of shopping has your group of girls more excited than exhausted, grab an Uber for a night on the town.
ROMANTIC GETAWAY ALONG THE BLUE RIDGE
Few sites rival the Blue Ridge Parkway for autumn beauty. Catch the tail end of the changing leaves along this historic Appalachian road. On this trip, the drive is as much about the destination as it is the journey itself, with each winding corner revealing more breathtaking seasonal scenes. Asheville provides a wonderful basecamp for nature wonderers and cultural connoisseurs alike and is an exceptional choice for a romantic mountain getaway. What better way to cap off the trip than a trip to the iconic Biltmore estate, imbued with Christmas cheer and lavish decoration. Huntsville has its share of romantic places, but a trip up to Asheville is a great way to solidify or rejuvenate any relationship.