Spring in the Southeast

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    Spring Travel Destinations and Trip Ideas - Overview

    Photo of Vibrant spring azaleas in Savannah, Georgia
    ••• Vibrant spring azaleas in Savannah, Georgia. See page 9. Photo Credit: Georgia Department of Economic Development

    Celebrate Spring in the Southeast

    Celebrate spring at a spectacular destination in the Southeastern United States. From flower gardens bursting with spring color and tranquil mountain retreats to several of America's top golf courses, beach resorts and vibrant cities, these spring trip ideas offer several options for spring fun, including wonderful Easter celebrations, Memorial Day weekend getaways, annual spring festivals and more.

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    Spring in Charleston - South Carolina

    Aerial View of Historic Charleston, South Carolina
    ••• Aerial View of Historic Charleston, South Carolina. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau - www.charlestoncvb.com
    March in Charleston, South Carolina

    The BB&T Charleston Wine and Food Festival kicks off March with an array of deliciously fun events. Mid-March brings the peak blooming season and the annual Festival of Houses and Gardens , plus the prestigious Charleston International Antiques Show . In late March, visitors may enjoy Charleston Fashion Week . For more information, see Southeast U.S. March events .

    April in Charleston, South Carolina

    The annual Festival of Houses and Gardens continues into April, while food lovers may enjoy the annual one-day Lowcountry Cajun Festival. Also, in early April, the popular annual Cooper River Bridge Run attracts a diverse crowd from across South Carolina and beyond. For more information, see Southeast U.S. April events .

    May in Charleston, South Carolina

    Mexico comes to downtown Charleston in early May during the Cinco de Mayo Festival . Beginning in late May and leading into June, Spoleto Festival USA , Charleston's most popular festival and established as one...MORE of the world's major arts festivals (and my 2014 May Destination Top Pick), fills historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with over 120 performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in an array of disciplines. For more information, see

    Where to Stay in Charleston - Five Popular Hotels
    • Charleston Place
    • Wentworth Mansion
    • Planters Inn
    • John Rutledge House Inn
    • Harbourview Inn
    • More Charleston Hotels - Rates, Reviews and Reservations
    Charleston Dining and Culinary Events
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    Callaway Gardens - Spring Celebration - Georgia

    Spring at Callaway Gardens Brother Azalea Bowl
    ••• Spring at Callaway Gardens Brother Azalea Bowl. Photo Credit: © Copyright Callaway Gardens - All rights reserved
    Callaway Gardens - Pine Mountain, Georgia
    Callaway Gardens, a secluded all-season resort, is spectacular during the spring featuring a stunning collection of azaleas, mountain laurel, dogwoods, daffodils and daisies. A wonderful choice for both family and romantic getaways, an array of activities includes options for exploring nature, enjoying wholesome outdoor activities and much more.

    Spring Celebration
    The annual Spring Celebration at Callaway Gardens offers a number of special events including hands-on activities, educational experiences and stimulating guided hikes. While the vibrant display of springtime azaleas is an annual Callaway Gardens highlight, visitors are able to enjoy many other blossoms and activities as well. A sampling of special spring events includes:
    • The Annual Callaway Gardens Plant Fair and Sale
    • Callaway Gardening School
    • Vegetable Gardening School
    • Spring Farmers Market
    • Plein Air Paint Out, Art Show and Sale
    • Symphony on the Sand featuring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
    • Spr...MOREing Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
    • Special Celebrate Spring! Overnight Packages
    Easter at Callaway Gardens

    Easter at Callaway Gardens is always special, offering a weekend of family activities in a spectacular setting. Easter celebrations include:
    • The ever popular Easter Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt for candy and prize eggs takes place on Saturday. Hunts are divided into age groups. The Easter Bunny visits during specified hours for Easter photo ops.
    • A non-denominational Easter Sunrise Service starts the day on Easter Sunday and the popular annual Easter Brunch Buffet is served (reservations suggested).
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    Louisville's Kentucky Derby Festival and More - Kentucky

    Thunder Over Louisville marks the beginning of the annual Kentucky Derby Festival.
    ••• Thunder Over Louisville marks the beginning of the annual Kentucky Derby Festival. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Greater Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau
    Louisville, Kentucky

    Home of the time-honored Kentucky Derby, held each year on the first Saturday in May, Louisville is a great springtime destination. In addition to the actual race, Louisville bursts into celebration during the weeks preceding the Derby with the annual Kentucky Derby Festival. The Festival offers something for everyone with over 70 events, including Thunder Over Louisville , the largest fireworks spectacular in North America. For additional information, see: More Spring Events in Louisville

    A few other fun spring events in Louisville include the Humana Festival of New American Plays in March and April, the annual Cherokee Triangle Art Fair in April and, in May, Abbey Road on the River , the largest Beatles tribute festival in America.

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    Biltmore Blooms in Asheville - North Carolina

    Photo of spring tulips at Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC
    ••• The gardens at Biltmore Estate feature close to 100,000 tulips during the spring. © The Biltmore Company, all rights reserved

    Biltmore Estate - Asheville, North Carolina

    Spring is spectacular at Biltmore Estate, where thousands of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other spring flowers take center stage. The warming temperatures of the season are ideal for enjoying a full schedule of special springtime activities and exploring the 8000 acres of this magnificent estate. Activity choices include float trips, carriage rides, horseback riding, off-road Land Rover adventures, kayaking, hiking and much more. See: Ten Fun Things to Do at Biltmore Estate

    Biltmore Blooms

    From Thursday, March 20 through Friday, May 23, 2014, Biltmore Blooms offers a variety of events for all ages featuring exquisite floral displays of tulips, azaleas and other spring flowers in a beautiful setting surrounded by the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. Estate restaurants feature special menu items, and the Winery offers wine seminars.

    Easter at Biltmore

    On Easter Sunday, families are able to enjoy visits and photos with the Easter Rabbit, Easter...MORE egg hunts on Biltmore House front lawn (registration required and be sure to take along a basket), and other themed activities.

    Moveable Feast

    On May 23, 2014, this spedial dinner experience will take place outside in the historic Walled Garden, surrounded by exquisite spring blooms.

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    Historic Old Town Alexandria and Mount Vernon - Virginia

    View of Picturesque and Historic Old Town Alexandria
    ••• View of Picturesque and Historic Old Town Alexandria. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association
    Alexandria, Virginia
    Steeped in history and charm, Old Town is a wonderful destination with each season offering something unique. Equally appealing to couples, families and even pet lovers, Alexandria is an ideal home base while exploring the many sights of the area. The King Street Metro Station provides convenient Metro service to Washington, D.C., Arlington National Cemetery and more.

    St. Patrick's Day
    Old Town gets a jump on St. Patrick's Day with a fun-filled parade and events, usually held a week or two before St. Paddy's Day. More: St. Patrick's Day in the Southeast

    Spring Festivals - Mount Vernon
    George Washington's Mount Vernon features several events throughout the spring. More: Spring - Summer Events at Mount Vernon

    Annual Historic Garden Tour - Alexandria
    Celebrating Virginia Garden Week, Alexandria offers tours of privately owned homes, gardens and historic properties in mid April. More: More about Historic Garden Week in Virginia .

    Easter Sunrise Service - Arlington National...MORE Cemetery

    During the spring, two of only three annual public memorial services take place including an Easter Sunrise Service and a Memorial Day Service.
    . For Easter Service details, visit the

    Walking Tour of Old Town

    This self-guided walking tour takes from about two to several hours, depending on how long you spend at each stop:

    Spring Events in Washington DC

    The nearby nation's capital offers fantastic sightseeing and wonderful spring events, including: the National Cherry Blossom Festival, White House Garden Tours and the White House Easter Egg Roll.

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    Stone Mountain Park Easter and Spring Break Fun - Georgia

    Easter Sunrise Service at Stone Mountain Park
    ••• Easter Sunrise Service at Stone Mountain Park. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Stone Mountain Park
    Stone Mountain Park - Stone Mountain, Georgia

    Spring Fun Break
    This annual event at Georgia's popular Stone Mountain Park features kids' activities galore and great family fun for all ages.

    Easter Events
    On Easter Sunday, many visitors enjoy attending the annual Easter Sunrise Services. More Information

    Memorial Day Weekend
    Stone Mountain Park celebrates American spirit with entertainment, music, activities, the popular Lasershow Spectacular and more during Memorial Day weekend.

    Additional Trip Planning Information
    More About Stone Mountain Park
    Stone Mountain Park Accommodations and Camping
    Stone Mountain Park Website - Spring Events

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    Celebrate Easter Break in Richmond - Virginia

    Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers year-round beauty with over 40 acres of spectacular gardens.
    ••• Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers year-round beauty with more than 40 acres of spectacular gardens and the mid-Atlantic's only classically styled Conservatory open to the public. Photo Credit: Courtesy Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Richmond offers a convenient Virginia location near many popular attractions and several delightful gardens. Kings Dominion theme park is just north of Richmond, while Colonial Williamsburg and America's Historic Triangle are about a one hour trip to the southeast.

    Easter Events - A few popular Richmond Easter weekend celebrations and traditions are:
    • Family Easter at Maymont
      On the Saturday of Easter weekend, Maymont is filled with holiday activities for children, including an Egg-cellent Egg Hunt, bonnet making, storytelling, carriage rides, baby animals, visits with the Easter Bunny and more.

    • Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
      Easter weekend activities at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens include special appearances by and photo ops with Peter Rabbit, storytelling, Easter Sunday brunch in the Tea House and a concert performed by the Richmond Concert Band, plus more.

    • Easter on Parade
      Easter Sunday - One of Richmond's most popular annual celebrations, this Easter festival along Monument...MORE Avenue brings an array of Easter bonnets plus live music, clowns, crafts, food vendors and more.
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    • Richmond Hotels - Rates, Reviews and Reservations
    • Richmond International Airport
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    Welcome Spring in Savannah - Georgia

    Photo of Spring at Forsyth Park Fountain
    ••• Savannah's Famous Forsyth Park Fountain. Photo Credit: Darrell Gulin / Getty Images

    A city of historic park squares, elegant fountains, moss-draped live oaks and a profusion of spring flowers, Savannah welcomes spring with several annual celebrations. From March until May, visitors are able to enjoy an array of events, beginning with Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Celebration, the city's largest annual celebration and the second largest in the nation.

    Other fun spring events include:

    • The Annual Spring Tour of Homes in late March - Features a different historic neighborhood each day of the tour... More Information
    • The Savannah Music Festival from late March into early April - One of the largest music festivals in the Southeast
    • The NOGS Tour of Homes and Gardens in mid April - The popular North of Gaston Street annual tour, sponsored by the Garden Club of Savannah
    For more information about these and other spring festivals, see: Southeast US Spring Festivals, Special Events and Spring Celebrations.

    Beginning in March, many visitors enjoy First Saturday on the River, held the...MORE first Saturday of each month along historic River Street featuring arts and crafts, entertainment and fun for all ages. More River Street fun takes place on the first Friday of each month during First Friday Fireworks on the River.

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    Spring Fun on Hilton Head Island - South Carolina

    The Harbour Town Lighthouse - Hilton Head Island
    ••• The Harbour Town Lighthouse - Hilton Head Island. © 2007 George Alexander, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    World renowned for its pristine beaches, abundant golf courses, superb tennis facilities and picturesque natural environment of seascapes, salt marshes, lagoons, tall pine forests, magnolias and majestic moss draped oaks, Hilton Head Island attracts approximately 2.5 million annual visitors. A wonderful spring destination, before the crowds and humidity of summer arrive, spring visitors are able to enjoy comfortable daytime temperatures and cool nights, usually ideal for brisk walks on the beach, golf and tennis, bike or horseback riding and many other outdoor activities.

    A few fun annual spring festivals and special events include:

    • Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival - One of the largest outdoor wine tasting events on the East Coast, featuring a Grand Wine Tasting Event and popular Public Wine Tasting and Auction, held each year in March. See Southeast US March Festivals and Events.

    • The RBC Heritage (Formerly the Verizon Heritage) - South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR event, played at...MORE the world renowned Harbour Town Golf Links in The Sea Pines Resort each year. Upcoming dates are: April 14 - 20, 2014. Visit the RBC Heritage Website.

    • More Spring Festivals and Events - Enjoy local food festivals including a Wingfest in March and the Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival in April. An annual highlight for music lovers, the annual Hilton Head Island International Piano Competition takes place in March. Easter visitors may enjoy the annual Easter Egg Eggstravaganza at Shelter Cove Park with lots of activities for families. In mid-June, the annual HarbourFest events begin and continue throughout the summer at Shelter Cove Harbour.
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