Experience the hidden marvels of the New South by planning a road trip from Lexington, KY to The Restoration Hotel in Charleston, SC. Take the scenic route — you’d be surprised at how many unforgettable places you’ll have a chance to see.
Kentucky Horse Park
Kentucky is horse country — equine breeding and rearing have been a major part of the state’s history. The Kentucky Horse Park celebrates our long-standing relationship with the horse through exhibits, activities, and walking tours that highlight the beauty, strength, and spirit of these majestic creatures.
Castle & Key Distillery
Experience 113 acres of rolling hills in a castle that holds more than a century-worth of distilling history. Castle & Key offers exciting tours of the historic property’s main house, gardens, and production facilities. You’ll also get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at bourbon’s journey from grain to glass.
Sweet P’s BBQ
One of Knoxville’s finest barbecue joints, Sweet P’s BBQ has been featured in Condé Nast’s Traveler , The Travel Channel, Food Network, and more. It rose to fame by virtue of its flavors alone. You can really taste the great level of care that goes into crafting each slow-smoked slice and signature sauce.
Lovers of all things mid-century rejoice. Retrospect Vintage is the place to visit for unexpected vintage finds to brighten up your home. From kitschy trinkets to designer-quality furniture, this shop is full of surprises at every turn. Their head-turning upcycled fashion selections are also a thing of beauty.
Mead’s Quarry Lake Nature Center
This impressive destination offers a glimpse into East Tennessee’s quarrying past as a provider of fine pink marble for use on national monuments, such as the National Gallery of Art. It’s now a nature preserve frequented by kayakers for its blue waters, rugged rock cliffs, and scenic woodland vistas.
Blue Flour Bakery
Blue Flour Bakery has mastered the fine art of captivating taste buds with elevated recipes of well-loved bakery favorites. Its irresistible assortment of cookies, dessert bars, and quiches are baked to perfection with a spot-on balance of flavor and texture. Do yourself a favor and see for yourself.
Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park has the largest intact expanse of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the Southeastern U.S. Its astonishing biodiversity, attractive amenities, and volunteer-guided programs make it an idyllic location to plan canoe and kayak adventures, go hiking, or camp overnight.
The Restoration Hotel
By staying at The Restoration Hotel, guests can be in close proximity to some of the most picturesque sites Charleston has to offer. Enjoy dishes that define Lowcountry cuisine, bask in our soulful musical heritage, take in striking historical sites and lush landscapes, and experience our multifaceted culture. Learn more about our Neighborhood and plan your trip and book your stay today!