Dreaming of a spring getaway? Well, get to packing. From chasing waterfalls to exploring historic downtown districts, these 7 spots across Alabama, Florida and Mississippi offer everything in between with plenty of Covid-safe ways to enjoy your spring travels. Plus, three winners will be chosen to win the ultimate spring travel pack that totals $2000+ in gift cards, free stays and more.
1. The Island at Fort Walton Beach, FL
Want to wake up to crashing waves and sunshine? The Island at Fort Walton Beach is calling your name. Their beachfront resort is family-friendly and features onsite dining including restaurants, a swim-up bar and a beach bar for watching sunsets; pools and hot tubs; as well as beach chairs and umbrella rentals spanning their 600-foot sugar-white sand beach.
Bonus: Book your trip using their special spring break code WEBP for 30% off their best available rate.
2. Lookout Mountain, AL
Prefer a morning in the mountains? Lookout Mountain, AL in DeKalb County offers some of the most stunning landscapes and outdoor adventures in the state.
3. Jackson, MS
Spend your spring break safely in the City With Soul, Jackson, MS. From award-winning restaurants to world-class museums, this southern crossroads city is full of history and beauty.
Learn more about their pivotal role in Civil Rights history at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Or, set off for an outdoor adventure with the self-guided JXN public art tour, The Mississippi Museum of Art gardens or hike the hidden urban treasure that is LeFleur’s Bluff State Park.
Note: Head to visitjackson.com to see how they’re implementing CDC and city guidelines to keep you safe this spring.
4. The Lodge at Gulf State Park, AL
If you’re searching for a spring break stay that champions sustainability, bump The Lodge at Gulf State Park to the top of your list. Located inside the stunning 6,150-acre Gulf State Park, The Lodge offers a stay like no other.
Not only is the Alabama Gulf Coast at your doorstep, but you’ll have easy access to Gulf State Park’s 28.4 miles of hiking and biking trails and so much more.
6. Oxford, MS
Craving an escape with a small-town feel? Plug Oxford, MS into your map. Whether you’re hungry for culinary adventures at award-winning restaurants or interested in learning about Oxford’s rich arts and cultural history, this charming town has plenty to inspire and refresh you during your stay. Stroll through their Historic Downtown Square and explore attractions like the Square Books bookstore, the End of All Music record store, and so much more.
P.S. Their Double Decker bus tours are back! You can take a guided tour around the University of Mississippi campus, William Faulkner historic sites and more.
6. Gulf Shores, AL
Even if you’ve visited Gulf Shores more times than you can count, there’s still so much to discover. From enjoying outdoor activities like ziplining and kayaking to exploring their expansive list of coastal crafters, there’s something new around each corner.
And hey, no judgment here if your ideal spring break activity consists of sand, saltwater and an umbrella overhead.
7. Jackson County, AL
Follow your compass to Jackson County, AL for nature escapes, one-of-a-kind shopping experiences and all the R&R your heart desires. Hike to discover hidden waterfalls along the Walls of Jericho trail, dig through lost luggage for hidden gems at Unclaimed Baggage or swing by Paynes, a 150-year-old soda fountain, to refuel with a Coca-Cola float. The places to explore are endless.
How to get there? John Skelton Travels has you covered.
Whether you’re planning a trip in the Southern U.S. or Southern France, John Skelton Travels is ready to help you plan your dream trip. He specializes in carefully curating luxurious, life-changing experiences here, and abroad, based entirely on your style and preferences.
Win $2000+ in stays at some of these sweet spots
Ready to plan your next adventure? We’ve got the ultimate spring travel giveaway for three lucky winners. Here’s what’s up for grabs:
- Gulf-front Views — TOTAL: $1000
- Two-night stay with a gulf front room + private balcony at The Island at Fort Walton ($750)
- A $250 gas card from The Bama Buzz
- Beach + Staycation — TOTAL: $612
- Two-night stay at The Lodge at Gulf State Park ($232-$370)
- One night staycation including dinner for two + valet at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Mountain Brook, AL from John Skelton Travels ($380+)
- NE Alabama + Oxford, MS — TOTAL: $455
- One night stay at Mentone Inn B&B with Breakfast ($135+) and a $50 Gift Certificate for Dinner at Vintage 1889
- $100 gift card to the Unclaimed Baggage Center and a $25 gift card to Payne’s Soda Fountain
- One night stay at Tru by Hilton in Oxford, Mississippi ($125) and a $20 gift card to Heartbreak Coffee
Head to The Bama Buzz’s Instagram right now to enter. We’ll announce the three winners on The Bama Buzz Instagram Story on Monday, March 8th. Good luck, y’all!
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