Posted on: September 3, 2021 Posted by: Comments: 0

Last Updated on September 8, 2022

Everybody needs a little weekend getaway from the craziness of life sometimes. 

If you’re looking to get away from it all, then look no farther than visiting one of these cities below, which are all 3 hours (or less) away from the hustle and bustle of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Weekend getaways within 3 hours of Raleigh

Wilmington, North Carolina

Driving time from Raleigh: 2 hours

Why we love it: With an abundance of seafood, historic sights and landmarks, mini golf, and outdoor activities there is something for everyone to enjoy in this coastal city in south eastern North Carolina. Take in the sunshine and relax on the white sandy beaches, or put your adventure cap on and go kayaking or fishing in local inlets. No matter your preference, you are guaranteed a great time!

Where to stay: Book a stay at the Hotel Ballast to perfectly compliment your trip to Wilmington, NC. Boasting beautiful historic and river views, on site dining, and a close proximity to downtown, this hotel has it all. 

Williamsburg, Virginia

Driving time from Raleigh: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Why we love it: The charm in Williamsburg, Virginia is absolutely unbeatable. The quaint shops and streets downtown are perfect for exploring with your family or your significant other. Plus, Williamsburg is a part of the “historic triangle” (Jamestown and Yorktown are also included). The history of these towns dates back centuries and lets visitors learn all about the history of America. You will love this place so much you’ll never want to leave!

Where to stay: The Westgate Historic Williamsburg Resort is the optimal place to stay for your time in Williamsburg. Within close driving distance of historic Williamsburg, this resort offers a workout room, heated pool, hot tub, and game room all on site! 

Davidson, North Carolina

Driving time from Raleigh: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Why we love it: If you love small towns, this city is calling your name for a weekend getaway. Just a short drive from Lake Norman and downtown Charlotte, experience it all in this picturesque small town. From the Main Street Bookstore to the well manicured grounds of Davidson College to boating out on the Lake, this trip will make for a relaxing and fun getaway 365 days of the year.

Where to stay: The Davidson Village Inn is in the heart of Davidson. The central location of the Bed and Breakfast allows visitors to be within walking distance of the local shops and restaurants. Plus, enjoy local delicacies for breakfast each morning.

Lynchburg, Virginia

Driving time from Raleigh: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Why we love it: This mountain town offers beautiful views of the mountains and is begging for you to come visit. Overflowing with history and hiking trails, this place makes for the perfect weekend getaway. And if you’re looking for a calm and low key evening, sit down and enjoy a cold drink at one of the many local breweries.

Where to stay: Located in central Lynchburg, The Virginian Lynchburg is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for historic charm and grandeur. The amenities are endless and range from in room mini-fridges to complimentary bathrobes. Be sure to make a stop at the rooftop restaurant and bar before you check out!

Charlotte, North Carolina

Driving time from Raleigh: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Why we love it: This urban city has a southern charm and friendly atmosphere that follows you wherever you go. There is always something going on in the community, from restaurant week to parades to concerts. Downtown Charlotte (also known as Uptown by locals) has vibrant food, art, and music scenes. You will never be bored in this city of trees.

Where to stay: The Dunhill is a historic, boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Charlotte. Within walking distance of many attractions and restaurants, this hotel goes above and beyond to make your stay in the Queen City wonderful. Plus, there is complimentary breakfast, a coffee and tea bar, freshly baked cookies during the day, and daily evening turndown service.

Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Driving time from Raleigh: 3 hours, 20 min

Why we love it: Nestled near Boone, NC, Blowing Rock has scenic mountain views around every corner and a breath of fresh air that can sometimes be hard to find in the city. Take it easy in this small town on your weekend getaway. Go hiking at The Blowing Rock–it’s dog friendly!–or walk around Main Street and grab a bite to eat at Storie Street Grill. Overall, this trip will be perfect for hanging out with your honey or exploring with your family.

Where to stay: Coined as “one of the best stays in the Blue Ridge” by Southern Living, Chetola Resort, this place offers everything from afternoon tea, a full service spa for everything hair, nail, and face care related, fly fishing, archery and much, much more. The Chetola Resorts is the perfect place to stay to take in all Blowing Rock has to offer.

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Driving time from Raleigh: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Why we love it: You name it, Winston Salem has it. Good eats, outdoor excursions, art, and history, this city has it all. Check out Old Salem and learn about the history of the village. Or, explore the arts district downtown where you can windowshop and dine at the local restaurants.

Where to stay: Close to dining, history, entertainment, and more, Hotel Indigo is our top choice for a place to stay in Winston Salem. This modern hotel offers both one and two bed rooms great for both couples and families. Check out the specially crafted drink menu at the on site restaurant to compliment your stay.

Durham, North Carolina

Driving time from Raleigh: 30 minutes

Why we love it: As one of the cities that make up the Research Triangle, this city will not disappoint. Snap some photos on Duke’s scenic campus and take a look inside the Duke University Chapel. Watch a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center or explore the hidden historic and artsy Tobacco District. No matter what you choose to do, this city has something new to explore around every corner.

Where to stay: The Durham Hotel is a stunning mid century modern hotel with a vast offering of rooms and suites. Take in the views of Durham from their rooftop: enjoy small plates and drinks at the bar or participate in one of their rooftop yoga classes.

Pinehurst, North Carolina

Driving time from Raleigh: 1 hour, 20 min

Why we love it: This small town–known for hosting numerous US Open tournaments–might just be the epitome of a relaxing weekend getaway. Channel your inner Phil Mickelson and hit the golf course or spend an entire day unwinding at the spa. And if you feel like exploring the town, check out the pottery studios and local shops downtown.

Where to stay: This stately hotel will truly make your stay in Pinehurst special. The Carolina Hotel has the closest proximity to the golf courses and spa in the area while also being close to the village shops. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary afternoon tea during your stay.

North Myrtle Beach, North Carolina

Driving time from Raleigh: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Why we love it: This beach has it all: wide open dunes, a delectable culinary scene, entertainment, shopping, and more. Explore the boardwalk downtown and you can find many local beach shops and restaurants. Or, just a short drive away, experience the shops and shows near Broadway at the Beach–a boardwalk and outdoor shopping mall in one. You will definitely have to make a trip back to see everything this beach city has to offer.

Where to stay: Make this getaway your own by booking the rental best fit for you and your family through Grand Strand Vacation Rentals. Choose between condominiums, cottages, and beach homes for your stay to accommodate your party, no matter how big or small it may be.

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