Most of us are all feeling the urge to travel, especially after being cooped up in our homes for months. If you are feeling like we are, and are willing to leave the comfort of your own home to stay in a hotel, then this is the blog for you! We picked a few destinations that are within driving distance from Gainesville, and are perfect for a last minute getaway. 

St. Augustine-If you live in Gainesville, there is a strong possibility that you like to head to St. Augustine for the weekend. There is plenty to do in the “Nation’s Oldest City.” Dive into four centuries of history or head over to Anastasia State Park to play in the waves at the beach. St. Augustine is around 1.5 hours driving time from Gainesville. 

Hotel Recommendation: Casa Monica Hotel & Spa-

Rosemary Beach-This little beach town has a “French Quarter” feel. Take a day to do some shopping at some of the local boutiques or dine alfresco after browsing through galleries. While you're there, it’s worth visiting Alys Beach, you may mistake your visit with a trip to Greece. All the buildings in Alys Beach are painted white. Don’t forget to watch the sunset at the beach. Rosemary Beach is 4 hours driving time from Gainesville. 

Hotel Recommendation: The Pearl-

Cedar Key-Looking for something more low key and off the beaten path? Cedar Key is the place for you. The small town charm and seafood is what draws people to visit this hidden gem. Take a walk through historic downtown, and make sure to try Tony’s clam chowder. Don’t forget to bring the fishing rods if you like to fish! Cedar Key is an hours drive from Gainesville. 

Hotel Recommendation: Cedar Key Bed & Breakfast-

St. Pete Beach-Looking for white sandy beaches and a gorgeous sunset, St. Pete Beach is the destination for you. Enjoy 35 miles of sugar sand beaches and 361 days of sunshine. After a day at the beach, head to one of the local breweries for a craft beer. St. Pete is about 2 hours and 20 minutes driving time from Gainesville. 

Hotel Recommendation: The Don CeSar-

Amelia Island-Amelia Island is full of history and heritage. If you’re a history buff, hop on the Ameila Island Trolly for a tour of the historic town. If your a beach goer, you’ll love hunting for shark teeth and sea shells. Visitors have even found teeth belonging to great white sharks! After, dine at the only 5 diamond restaurant in Florida, SALT. Amelia Island is 2 hours driving time from Gainesville. 

Hotel Recommendation: The Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island-

Happy traveling! We hope these recommendations help you when planning your next getaway. Send us a postcard!