5 Unexpected Destinations to Explore on Spring Break

With spring breaks upon us (and the Easter long weekend right around the corner), it’s the perfect time of year to get away for a much needed adventure. And you don’t need to go too far – a road trip is the perfect escape to shake things up and give you a change of scenery.

Wondering where to go? Try this list for a little inspiration. Before you hit the road, explore these 5 unexpected destinations to enjoy on spring break.

1. Woodstock, Georgia.

Originally a stop on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad, Woodstock is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area and is home to great restaurants, shopping, music and concerts, performing arts and great trails for hiking and mountain biking, all within a few miles.

If you find yourself in Woodstock, don’t miss out on:

  • The Reformation Brewery – located in downtown Woodstock, here you’ll find brewery tours and beer tastings, as well as a place to pick up some craft beer, or take part in a community event.
  • The Taylor Randahl Mountain Bike Trails – part of the Olde Rope Mill Park trail system, here you’ll enjoy 6 loops perfect for hiking and biking.
  • Elm Street Cultural Arts Village – Elm Street is a thriving arts center, offering performances, instruction, and exhibits year round. Enjoy plays and musicals, camps and classes in drama, art and music as well as concerts, recitals, pageants, art exhibits, and more.

2. Greenville, SC.

Recognized as one of the fastest growing cities in the US, Greenville is worth a visit, offering many activities and attractions to enjoy. Greenville’s theatres and event venues are home to major concerts and touring theatre company productions, and the city also enjoys plenty of exciting festivals, like the SC Comicon, Greek Festival, and many more.

Don’t miss:

  • The Greenville Zoo – the perfect stop for families or even a solo tour, there’s plenty to discover at the zoo. Explore nature and wildlife, including anteaters, tortoises, red pandas, African lions, and much more!
  • Paris Mountain State Park – explore this history-filled state park, offering ample camping, biking, hiking, and much more.
  • Dark Corner Distillery – a craft micro distillery in downtown Greenville, enjoy tastings, tours, and some of their well known products (including aged whiskey, moonshine, and more!).

3. Burnsville, MN.

Just south of downtown Minneapolis, Burnsville is a dynamic Twin Cities community offering plenty of restaurants, a beautiful performing arts center, over 1,700 acres of parks, and much more. Make Burnsville your home base as you explore the Twin Cities over Spring Break!

Be sure to check out:

  • The Burnsville Center – offering over 150 stores and fabulous shopping opportunities, the Center is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.
  • The Ames Center – the perfect place to take in a show or performance, the Center has 2 theatres and a lobby that boasts sweeping views of the beautiful Nicollet Commons Park, the Minnesota River Valley, and more.

4. Gilbert, AZ.

Once known as the “Hay Shipping Capital of the World,” Gilbert has evolved into one of the fastest growing communities and the largest town in the US. Visitors will enjoy plenty of unique boutiques, the beautiful Heritage District, city parks, golf courses, and much more.

Take advantage of:

  • The Gilbert Historical Museum – boasting collections of vintage photographs, oral histories, archives and more, the Museum is the perfect place to discover the life of Western US settlers.
  • Golf! Arizona’s weather–including some of the best winters in the world–make it one of the top locations for golf getaways in the US.
  • The Heritage District – offering charming historical buildings filled with locally made products, antiques, and more. Discover unique merchants, historical walking tours, and more!

5. Huntsville, AL.

Primarily located in Madison County, Huntsville has been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of “America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations” several years ago. Huntsville offers plenty for visitors, including historical districts, museums, parks, festivals, and more.

If you find yourself in Huntsville, don’t miss:

  • The US Space & Rocket Center – a museum showcasing rockets, achievements, and artifacts of the US space program, recognized as “Earth’s largest space museum.”
  • The Huntsville Botanical Garden – 112 acres of botanical gardens including woodland, wildflower, and other flower display gardens.
  • The Huntsville Museum of Art – the Museum’s own permanent collection includes more than 3,000 objects that form the basis of several exhibitions each year.

Hitting the open road over spring break? Find InTown Suites’ extended stay properties on the road; your home away from home during your next great adventure. Visit our locations in each of the destinations outlined above:

Tips for Being Productive When You’re Traveling for Work

Traveling for work adds the challenge of having to manage transit time, a regular work schedule, and, probably, more face-to-face meetings with colleagues or clients. But just because you’re on the road doesn’t mean work and productivity go out the window! The next time you find yourself having to travel for work, keep these tips in mind for being as productive as possible when you’re on the road.

Spend time planning your schedule.

This is a big one. Invest in your time and make sure you maximize it to its fullest potential by mapping out a (realistic) schedule before you depart for your trip. Creating realistic and manageable timetables for your day will help to avoid wasted time, and will also help you take advantage of as many in-person meetings as possible during your travels. These types of meetings are often so much more productive than calls and emails, so be sure to schedule in as many as you can while still maintaining a sensible amount of time to do the work you need to throughout the day, accommodating transit time, and so on.

Go wireless.

Taking calls during transit is possible thanks to the plethora of hands-free devices out there today. If you plan to take a few calls from the car, do make sure you are well equipped to do so properly and safely. Ensure your hands are free, and you have the right tools to be able to talk, listen, and drive safely at the same time.

Dictate it.

Many phones today have built-in capability to translate speech directly to text (if your phone doesn’t come equipped with this feature, do a quick search in the app store for a tool that will perform this task). It’s faster to speak than to write, so when you’re traveling or even once you’ve arrived at your destination, dictation is the perfect time saver that helps quickly capture ideas, questions, or theories. You can even use this feature to draft emails, start proposals, and so on.

Keep all details organized.

From meeting times and locations, to boarding passes, tickets, and confirmation numbers, travel typically results in an abundance of important paperwork you need at your fingertips. There are plenty of apps out there to help you manage this challenge – one of our favorites being TripIt. An itinerary management app, TripIt is perfect for keeping travel plans organized for longer road trips. Use it to keep confirmation numbers, arrival dates, departures, and more all in one place. You can also plug in your destinations, and TripIt will automatically generate local maps, driving directions, weather information, and more.

Make R&R a priority.

There’s no doubt that business travel should be used as strategically as possible, and this typically leads to longer days, more meetings, and less time for you. That said, you won’t be as productive as you could be if you’re not well rested, relaxed, and ready to go. Scheduling in a tiny bit of ‘you’ time each day is essential, and you should put an emphasis on getting a good night’s sleep – something that is often a challenge when you’re in an unfamiliar environment. Discover our 5 tips for getting a good sleep while on the road for a head start.

And remember…

When you’re on the road, there are certain amenities that make your life much easier. This is especially true when you’re away from home for an extended period of time, so you should focus on finding accommodations that cater to this type of stay.

Discover 4 reasons extended stay accommodations are ideal for business travel. Don’t forget: InTown Suites’ has nearly 200 locations across 22 states!