Yearning for a casual weekend getaway to kick off the new year? Lucky for you, there are plenty of active destinations across the US that offer a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. 

We’ve gathered recommendations for those seeking an escape this January, featuring both touristy highlights and hidden gems.

Charming Asheville, North Carolina

Nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina, is a charming destination that combines outdoor activities with a vibrant cultural scene. With mild temperatures in the mid-40s to mid-50s, January is an ideal time to explore this quaint city.

Touristy Thing to Do:

  • Biltmore Estate: Dive into the opulence of the Gilded Age with a visit to the Biltmore Estate. This iconic mansion is America’s largest privately-owned home, featuring stunning architecture, beautifully landscaped gardens, and a winery. Take a guided tour to learn about the history of the estate and explore the picturesque grounds.

Learn more about the Biltmore Estate

Must-Visit Hidden Gem:

  • Craggy Gardens: Escape the crowds and embark on a short drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway to discover Craggy Gardens. This hidden gem offers breathtaking views and easy hiking trails. In January, the mountain laurels transform the landscape into a winter wonderland. It’s a serene escape into nature, providing tranquility and stunning vistas.

Learn more about Craggy Gardens

Alembika is available in store at Bellagio Be sure to stop by!

Lively Austin, Texas

Known for its vibrant music scene, eclectic culture, and delicious cuisine, Austin, Texas, is an energetic destination that comes alive even in January. With daytime temperatures ranging from the 50s to 60s, it’s an excellent time to explore the city’s outdoor attractions.

Touristy Thing to Do:

  • South Congress Avenue: Immerse yourself in the bohemian atmosphere of South Congress Avenue. This trendy district is lined with unique shops, boutiques, and food trucks. Enjoy live music, sample local cuisine, and indulge in a bit of shopping, creating an authentic Austin experience.

Learn more about South Congress Avenue

Must-Visit Hidden Gem:

  • Hamilton Pool Preserve: Venture just outside Austin to discover the natural beauty of Hamilton Pool Preserve. This hidden oasis features a collapsed grotto with a jade-green pool, creating a stunning backdrop for a serene escape. While swimming may be off-limits in January, the scenic trails and breathtaking views make it a must-visit location.

Learn more about Hamilton Pool Preserve

Shop for Alembika at Wear Art Thou when you’re in town!

Historic Savannah, Georgia

For those seeking a dose of history, Southern charm, and mild winter weather, Savannah, Georgia, is a delightful choice. With temperatures ranging from the mid-40s to mid-60s, January offers a comfortable climate to explore this enchanting city.

Touristy Thing to Do:

  • Historic District Trolley Tour: Dive into Savannah’s rich history with a guided trolley tour of the Historic District. Explore the cobblestone streets, marvel at the historic homes, and learn about the city’s fascinating past. The trolley provides a convenient way to absorb the charm of Savannah while enjoying informative commentary.

Learn more about Historic District Trolley Tours

Must-Visit Hidden Gem:

  • Wormsloe Historic Site: Venture beyond the well-trodden paths to discover the enchanting Wormsloe Historic Site. The breathtaking avenue lined with moss-draped oak trees creates a magical atmosphere. Take a leisurely stroll and explore the colonial estate ruins, offering a glimpse into Georgia’s colonial history.

Learn more about Wormsloe Historic Site

Visit Kathi Rich located at 2515 Abercorn St. for Alembika finds!

Quaint Port Townsend, Washington

For a laid-back and picturesque coastal escape, consider the charming town of Port Townsend in Washington. With temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to mid-40s, January provides a refreshing coastal atmosphere.

Touristy Thing to Do:

  • Fort Worden State Park: Explore the historic charm of Fort Worden State Park, located on the Puget Sound. Discover military bunkers, scenic trails, and panoramic views of the water. The park offers a range of activities, from beachcombing to touring historic buildings, making it a perfect touristy destination.

Learn more about Fort Worden State Park

Must-Visit Hidden Gem:

  • Point Wilson Lighthouse: For a truly off-the-beaten-path experience, visit the Point Wilson Lighthouse. This hidden gem stands at the entrance of Admiralty Inlet, providing spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The rugged coastline and maritime history create a serene setting for those seeking tranquility.

Learn more about Point Wilson Lighthouse

Stop by Saetia in Edmunds for Alembika styles available in store!

Whether you choose the historical charm of Asheville, the lively atmosphere of Austin, the Southern hospitality of Savannah, or the coastal tranquility of Port Townsend, each location provides a unique experience. Embrace the touristy highlights for a taste of local culture and explore the hidden gems for a more intimate and off-the-beaten-path adventure. Let these destinations inspire your casual weekend escape as you embark on a journey to start the new year with memories and relaxation.

Before you go

Shop Alembika’s Casual Weekend – a curated collection of featured Alembika silhouettes and accessories. Perfect for mixing and matching, these versatile pieces effortlessly transition from brunch to leisurely strolls, ensuring a chic and relaxed weekend vibe.

Join our private Alembika Women Facebook Group. Our community posts their fashion pics, travel recommendations and supports one another throughout the year.

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  1. […] Shop the entire collection of Casual Weekend and check out our other seasonal Shop by Occasion collections including Cold Weather and Layering Ideas. And if you’re looking for some fun get-away ideas, read our latest blog on Alembika Magazine, The Well – Casual Weekend Getaways for Women in January. […]

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