3 Luxe Staycation Destinations Worth the Drive

Get behind the wheel to explore coastal oases, historical sites, and vibrant landscapes throughout the Southeast

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This summer, luxurious destinations are only a car trip away. As air travel sees unprecedented demand this season, get behind the wheel to explore coastal oases, urban cities, and vibrant landscapes with unparalleled views throughout the Southeastern United States. Families, couples, and even pets, are invited to retreat to one of the below destinations for a restful and relaxing vacation.

Resort pool. Photo courtesy Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
Resort pool. Photo courtesy Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

Palm Beach, Florida

32 miles from Jupiter

For more of a staycation vibe, the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa offers guests the ideal driveable getaway for the summer. Wake up to stunning views of ocean and relax by the pool or beach in a cabana before pampering yourself with a treatment at Eau Spa, Forbes’ Five Star rated spa. For the adventurous set, take advantage of the resort’s snorkeling excursions, surfing lessons, and more. Guests traveling with children and teenagers will have complimentary access to the new Kids and Teens Clubs, as well as summer camp sessions.

Ocean Golf Course. Photo courtesy Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Ocean Golf Course. Photo courtesy Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

269 miles from Jupiter

A landmark destination on Northeast Florida’s pristine coastline, Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts—comprising Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and The Lodge & Club—offers direct beach access, four pools (including a family pool with a splash pad and waterslide!), a sprawling spa and salon, two championship-caliber golf courses, 15 tennis courts, a bocce ball and croquet lawn, and endless beach activities, from shark tooth hunting to surfing.

In July 2022, the resort unveiled 64 renovated oceanfront guest rooms and suites, all boasting modern living spaces and bespoke furnishings. The resort also debuted several dining options, including family-friendly casual restaurants, lounges, and bars. This summer, the resort’s signature fine-dining restaurant, Seahorse Grille, relaunches its popular Chef’s Table experience with four exclusive seats in the heart of the kitchen. Chef de Cuisine Erik Osol takes guests on an intimate and interactive dining journey, featuring a 10-course tasting menu that is never repeated and catered to each guest’s tastes. For the kids, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club’s summer camp invites guests aged 4 to 10 to enjoy themed games, arts and crafts, water slides at the pools, beach time, and more.

Peregrin at the Perry Lane Hotel. Photo courtesy Perry Lane Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel
Peregrin at the Perry Lane Hotel. Photo courtesy Perry Lane Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Savannah, Georgia

407 miles from Jupiter

This summer, head north to take in Savannah’s historical splendor. Book a stay at the Perry Lane Hotel, situated just steps away from Broughton Street and the city’s museums. After a day of exploring, indulge in a summer cocktail with a view at Peregrin, a rooftop bar boasting 360-degree views and a pool complete with plush lounge chairs. Feeling hungry? Enjoy locally-inspired fare at Emporium and rest comfortably with the Summering in Savannah package.

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