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December 6, 2023

Six Winter Weekend Getaways within 2 Hours of the Twin Counties

TWIN COUNTY MEDIA

Six Winter Weekend Getaways within 2 Hours of the Twin Counties

If you're craving a change of scenery, we've curated a list of enchanting winter getaways, all within a comfortable two-hour drive from the Twin Counties. From culinary delights to historical wonders, let's explore the hidden gems of these nearby towns. Pack your bags, hit the road, and discover the winter wonders awaiting you in these charming destinations.


1. Newport News, VA (2 hours):

Driving Time: Approximately 2 hours from Rocky Mount


Our Favorite Restaurant: Fin Seafood

Indulge in coastal flavors at Fin Seafood, where culinary artistry meets the Atlantic Ocean. From fresh seafood to mouthwatering steaks, the menu showcases the best of the region's culinary offerings.


Our Favorite Hotel: The Magnolia House Inn 

Experience Southern hospitality at its finest at The Magnolia House Inn. This charming binn blends modern comfort with historic elegance, providing a perfect haven after a day of exploration.


Our Favorite thing to do: Shop!

The Way We Were Antiques: A charming used book store.

The Twisted Rose: A little bit of everything, this vintage shop features three rooms of antiques and vintage finds.

Honey House Boutique: A feminine shop selling clothing and accessories as well as cute items for around the house, this boutique is perfect for a “girl’s day out.”



2. New Bern, NC (1 hour, 15 minutes):

Driving Time: Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from Rocky Mount


Our Favorite Restaurant: Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

Savor the flavors of the Neuse River at Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant. This culinary gem offers a waterfront dining experience, complemented by a menu that highlights local ingredients.


Our Favorite Hotel: The Aerie Bed and Breakfast

Nestled in the historic district, The Aerie Bed and Breakfast is a cozy retreat with Victorian charm. It provides an intimate setting for a restful night after a day of exploring New Bern.


Our Favorite thing to do: Tryon Palace and grab a drink at the cozy Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola.

Step back in time to Tryon Palace, the reconstructed colonial governor's mansion. With lush gardens and period furnishings, it offers a glimpse into North Carolina's rich history.


3. Charlottesville, VA (2 hours):

Driving Time: Approximately 2 hours from Rocky Mount


Our Favorite Hotel: The Local

Dine like a local at The Local, a farm-to-table restaurant offering a menu inspired by the seasons. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients ensure a culinary experience that captures the essence of Charlottesville.


Best Boutique Hotel: The Clifton

Escape to luxury at The Clifton, a historic boutique hotel surrounded by 100 acres of pristine Virginia countryside. This elegant retreat combines Southern charm with modern amenities.

Our Favorite thing to do: Winery Tours

Home to over 40 wineries, Charlottesville, VA is a great weekend getaway.


4. Lynchburg, VA (2 hours):

Driving Time: Approximately 2 hours from Rocky Mount


Our Favorite Restaurant: Shoemakers American Grille

Savor a blend of American and Southern cuisine at Shoemakers American Grille. Located in a historic building, this restaurant offers a cozy ambiance and a diverse menu to please every palate.


Our Favorite Hotel: Craddock Terry Hotel*

Experience unique accommodation at Craddock Terry Hotel, a converted shoe factory turned boutique hotel. Quirky and charming, it's a delightful place to unwind after exploring Lynchburg.


Our Favorite thing to do: Brew Ridge Tours

Visit a variety of Brew Ridge Trail Brewery, Winery, Distillery and Cideries - Short Hops will visit 2-3 locations, and 4Hops will visit 3-4 locations.


5. Little River, SC (2 hours):

Driving Time: Approximately 2 hours from Rocky Mount


Our Favorite Restaurant: The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro

Indulge in French-inspired cuisine at The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro. With its elegant setting and diverse menu, it's the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or special celebration.


Our Favorite Hotel: The Cypress Inn

Nestled along the Intracoastal Waterway, The Cypress Inn offers a charming escape in Little River. Its Southern hospitality and scenic views create a tranquil retreat.


Our Favorite thing to do: Twelve Things Distillery 

Handcrafted spirits are made from grains and other ingredients sourced directly from local farms. Stop by for a tasting or a cocktail and our Spirit Guides will give you an education on our entire process while we explain what makes each spirit unique.


6. Washington, NC (1 hour):

Driving Time: Approximately 1 hour from Rocky Mount


Our Favorite Restaurant: The Bank Bistro

Globally inspired Southern cuisine and craft cocktails served in a converted 19th-century bank, making it a delightful culinary experience. We hear the prime rib and the ribeye are the way to go!


Our Favorite Hotel:  Elmwood 1820 Bed & Breakfast Inn

For nearly 200 years Elmwood has been the historic and architectural crown jewel of Washington. Today, Elmwood remains an icon of style and sophistication. Elmwood 1820 offers one-of-a-kind nightly accommodation. A one of a kind place to stay.


Our Favorite thing to do: The Hackney Gin Distillery

Located in the heart of the beautiful Coastal Carolina Region, this remodeled bank is now the home of 1,000 Piers Gin. The 13-seat bar offers an array of unique handcrafted cocktails made from their signature gin. The distillery, now open, offers tours and tastings. Have the best night you may not remember in the morning.


Winter weekends around the Twin Counties come alive with possibilities. Whether you're drawn to the coastal allure of Newport News, the historical richness of Charlottesville, or the tranquil beauty of Lake Gaston, these getaways within a two-hour drive promise a perfect blend of relaxation and exploration.

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