"Check into a fantastic resort, an elegant hotel, or an intimate little hideaway with authentic character, and your vacation is all but made.

There’s no question that lodging matters—a lot. But Southerners don’t have a cookie-cutter definition of a dream location. Maybe yours is a romantic, with hidden courtyards, loads of charm, and a gourmet breakfast for two—or a that offers as much pool space as floorspace, along with fruity drinks you can sip under an umbrella.

Of course, there will always be a place for sophisticated with lavish lobbies, skyline views from rooftop bars, and where dinner really is an event. When we asked our readers to name their favorites across the region, they chose all of the above. And why not? The South has some of the best places you’ll find anywhere. We are, after all, famous for our hospitality, and these spots take it to a whole new level. So treat yourself, and book a room. You can trust us with your wake-up call."

By Southern Living

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