7 Driveable Summer Getaways For Central Florida Residents

Summer is finally on its way and now is the perfect time to plan your getaway. Check out some of these great deals and special destinations just a short drive from Orlando. Call or click and get packing for summer fun in the sun.

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Alpharetta, Georgia

Located just 22 miles north of Atlanta, Awesome Alpharetta, Georgia is a vibrant city where visitors can experience what the locals live every day. It is a place you can stay, play, dine and shop, or take an adventure out to surrounding locations, only to return for vibrant evenings of nightlife and entertainment. Known as a family-friendly, outdoor destination, Alpharetta has award-winning parks, hiking and biking trails, arboretums and plenty of free activities. Savvy shoppers love this suburb with over 250+ shops in three distinct districts. This culinary city has more than 200 dining options with locally owned eateries and chef-driven restaurants featuring every cuisine imaginable. Enjoy a concert at a live music venue—Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, The Velvet Note or Matilda’s. Free music is featured on Friday nights during the summer and fall at Avalon Nights Live and the 2nd and 4th Saturday evenings at the Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series. The art scene in Alpharetta continues to expand with murals, public sculptures, hands-on art studios, and galleries. On most any given weekend, visitors will find a farmer’s market, festival or art in the park—there is always something fun going on in Alpharetta!

Learn more at awesomealpharetta.com or call 678-297-2811.


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Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

From the historic Clocktower and bandshell to the fishing pier and boardwalk, the oceanfront has fun and activities for everyone. The Daytona International Speedway and One Daytona complexes offer excitement and luxury shopping and entertainment. Plus, historic Main Street and Beach Street have a variety of boutique shops and restaurants that come alive with the culture of the fresh & new Daytona Beach.

Amidst the fun of the city is the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. As one of the largest resorts in the region, the oceanfront Hilton has a multitude of amenities available.

Outdoor amenities include two resort pools with cascading waterfalls, lifesize checkers, beach cruisers and boogie boards.

In-room options include romance offerings like chocolate and champagne and snack packs with cheese, crackers, and fruit.

For business needs, a FedEx Office offers all printing, shipping, packing services. Plus, two guest business centers complete with Mac and PC computers are available. A newly renovated Spa and Fitness center offer state-of-the-art equipment for all exercise and relaxation needs.
Orlando residents can enjoy our oceanfront rooms for less! We offer a Florida Resident’s Rate starting at $99. Learn more at daytonahilton.com/florida

For details, visit our website: www.daytonahilton.com


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International sights without the international flights.

Imagine the perfect international vacation. You’re walking down quaint European streets, admiring centuries-old architecture, or lounging on a secluded beach. It sounds wonderful. Now, imagine getting there. You have a 14-hour cramped flight, a long wait through customs, and to top it off, you get to enjoy a whole lot of jet lag.

That’s why we’re introducing a new way to travel—INTRAnationally. Get all that international charm without ever leaving the country in St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra. From quiet brick streets to pristine beaches, St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra has it all: history, culture, and architecture that rivals Europe, beaches that rival the Caribbean, and golf that’s so good it doesn’t compare to anywhere else in the world. Also, if it’s amazing music, unrivaled shopping, or world-class cuisine you’re looking for, St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra has all of that too! Enjoy everything from unspoiled natural wonders, quaint boutiques, world-renowned dining, and 42 miles of breathtaking shoreline. So, forget the long flights and crowded tourist traps. Experience international travel without any of the pain of having to travel internationally. St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra. Travel—INTRAnationally.

Visit FloridasHistoricCoast.com to learn more.


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Don Cesar

Born at the height of the Great Gatsby Era in 1928 and known as Florida’s iconic Pink Palace®, The Don CeSar is the epitome of old world glamour and sophistication. With its majestic presence, spirited food and beverage offerings and unparalleled location on St Pete Beach, it is unlike any other resort in the world. Voted one of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Beaches, the seven miles of sugar-white shoreline make every view equally breathtaking from a lounge chair or your private guestroom balcony. Whether you’re looking to relax poolside, enjoy a dive in movie, rent wave runners, or find your refuge on the beach, The Don has it all. Plan a summer getaway that you will never forget and take advantage of this exclusive offer by using Promo Code ORLMAG and receive 15% Off and a $50 Resort Credit to use during your stay.

Book your legendary getaway today by calling 866.372.2885 or visit www.doncesar.com.


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Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia is the charming Southern escape where abundant natural beauty, stunning architecture and savory coastal cuisine all nestled perfectly along the Georgia Coast. Waiting to charm you with tree-filled squares and starlit nights, Savannah mesmerizes you with her romantic past and surprises you with her unexpected quirk. Situated on Georgia’s coast in the mist of the delightful Lowcountry region, which includes Tybee Island – Savannah’s Beach, Savannah is ready to embrace travelers with her wonder and charm. From Low Country specialties to avant garde entrees, Savannah is the perfect destination for foodies. Renowned chef Mashama Bailey at The Grey offers a trendy take on classic Southern cuisine with pairings like foie gras with grits and served with Asian pear and Indian spice.

Year-round, Savannah simmers with creativity that bursts forth in galleries, film and music venues tucked amid the city’s historic architecture. View the latest exhibits at the Jepson Center for the Arts or shop for fine art at one of City Market’s eclectic galleries. Locals will insist you not miss the Downtown Design District, brimming with locally owned shops. Music aficionados can enjoy live jazz, classical music or original alt-rock compositions in sophisticated spaces or the newest hipster hangouts. Savannah’s Starland neighborhood is where funky shops, galleries and studios now thrive in once-rundown buildings. Shop for vintage clothing, vinyl records and original art, and treat your taste buds in one of Starland’s quaint and eclectic cafes.

For more information on Savannah, check out VisitSavannah.com.


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Martin County, Florida

Craving an uncrowded escape? We don’t blame you. Tucked away along the Atlantic Coast of South Florida, Martin County is a true hidden haven for families to relax and recharge. Boasting more than 22 miles of secluded beaches and 100,000 acres of pristine parks and conservation lands, there’s plenty of space to sprawl out and unwind. Embrace a slower pace of life, surrounded by natural landscapes, vibrant downtown districts, and countless activities for everyone in the family to enjoy. With a picturesque combination of Old Florida character and coastal charm, Martin County is the perfect road trip destination for a quintessential summer getaway. Best of all, it’s free of crowds and easily accessible – no matter where you’re visiting from. So what are you waiting for?

Start planning your next escape today at www.discovermartin.com!


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Gulf County, Florida

In the heart of Northwest Florida there lies a quaint beach town surrounded by 244 miles of shoreline that winds through clear waters and white sandy beaches to tranquil inland passages of the scenic river system. Families return here for generations to the uncrowded beaches and unhurried pace. The low-rise lifestyle invites them to enjoy a vacation where old traditions meet new traditions.

Gulf County is one big outdoor playground where you can enjoy a day on the beach basking in the sun on Cape San Blas or enjoy an evening walk through one of the many parks to watch the sunset. The possibilities are endless with so many outdoor areas to explore. Each day can be a different adventure. If horseback riding on the beach is on your bucket list then be ready to enjoy a sunset ride with your family with one of the locally owned outfitters. The view will not disappoint. Be sure to take a day to explore the underwater wildlife refuge of St. Joseph Bay where the clear, shallow waters make snorkeling feel like you are in an aquarium. You can wade in at your own pace or contact a local charter guide to take the whole family.

Don’t forget to bring your appetite with you as the food options range from fresh seafood to roadside barbeque. With so many options, everyone in the family will be satisfied. Be sure to check out the patio areas that many of the restaurants offer, as they are even pet friendly just like the beaches.

In Gulf County, Florida you can wade in at a slow pace and enjoy the scenic outdoor opportunities it has to offer. The serene, small beach town awaits you on your next adventure. Contact a Concierge to start planning your vacation to Gulf County, Florida.

VisitGulf.com/GetYourFeetWet

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