7 Southern Stays with Hands-On Adventures
“From the coast to the countryside, these getaways promise both relaxation and energizing fun
Lazing around on vacation, reading a book and chilling by the beach may be exactly what you need. But sometimes, by day two, you might itch to stretch your muscles and boundaries a bit. These destinations across the South, from a coastal getaway in Virginia to a sporting paradise in Alabama, offer multiple means to dive into vibrant landscapes, try out some new skills, and encounter nature in uplifting ways.
Immersive excursions on the Rappahannock River, also known as “the oyster capital of the Chesapeake Bay,” offer guests a delicious dash of science at Virginia’s Tides Inn resort. Before taking part in one of the guided trips, many people relate to oysters only as a food source, says Will Smiley, the inn’s staff ecologist. “All leave with a better understanding of oysters’ ecological importance and their ability to filter water.” Afterwards, visitors slurp the roasted bivalves at the oyster education dock, which overlooks the bay and resort. On the crabbing jaunt, guests bait a pot, pull up a full one, and enjoy the Old Bay–enhanced fruits of their labor.
These three thousand acres along the Appalachian foothills are a playground for guided horseback and UTV rides, as well as target practice with axes, archery, and air rifles. The nearby sister property, Beretta Shooting Grounds, offers two fourteen-station clay courses in the woods and over ponds along with a covered five-stand range and a long-range rifle challenge course. Up your game with the experienced instructors certified by the National Sporting Clays Association.”
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