With the arrival of gorgeous warm weather, flowers in full bloom, and summer right around the corner, we’re all starting to feel that itch of anticipation as we look for an escape. The days are stretching out longer before us, and everyone is asking “Where to next?” instead of “Bedtime already?”

Although our world is still far from the “normalcy” of 2019, many of us are looking to the great outdoors for safe adventures and a chance to reconnect—with nature and with each other.

Luckily, so many of our clients offer exciting ways to enjoy the outdoors, and the power of escape marketing is calling our names. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite destinations for you to explore this summer, so you can create more moments that matter. Check them out!

Destination: Jackson County, NC

If you’ve ever craved the feeling of breathing in fresh mountain air on an exhilarating hike through the Blue Ridge Mountains, Jackson County, North Carolina, is the place for you this summer. This charming collection of mountain towns includes Balsam, Cashiers, Cherokee, Cullowhee, Dillsboro, Glenville, Sapphire, and Sylva.

There’s certainly no shortage of activities to explore in any of these quaint towns. From eclectic antique shopping and delicious local dining to whitewater rafting on the Tuckasegee River, fly fishing, brewery-hopping along the Ale Trail, and hiking steep summits, you’ll find it all in Jackson County.

This mountain oasis is located just a few hours’ drive from several major cities, like Atlanta, Greenville, Charlotte, and Knoxville—ideal for a long weekend getaway. Just make sure you come ready to “Play On!”

Destination: Primland Resort

Can’t get enough of the Blue Ridge Mountains? Primland is your 12,000-acre mountain playground! This luxury Virginia resort is known for its unique outdoor activities, like mountaintop golfing, RTV trails, archery, fly fishing, horseback riding, paddleboarding, stargazing, and more. And there’s plenty of room to spread out, so you can get back to the experiences you miss most.

At the end of an adventure-filled day, savor a handcrafted meal on the patio, share a laugh and raise a glass with loved ones, and relax in one of Primland’s luxury accommodations. There’s also an on-site spa and fitness center if you need a little more help unwinding.

Destination: Spring Creek

Here’s another Virginia gem for you. Spring Creek is an active, inclusive community just outside Charlottesville, offering outdoor activities like championship golf (#1 in VA), al fresco dining at Tavern on the Green, miles of walking trails through the winding Virginia hills, and so much more. Stop by while you’re in the area to play a round of golf at the Spring Creek Golf Club and cool off with a cold one, then stick around to take a tour of this fully amenitized, gated community.

The Charlottesville area, just 15 minutes from Spring Creek, offers exciting attractions and points of interest to explore. First up: Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall, which is considered one of the finest urban parks in the country with more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants housed in historic buildings. After that, you can head to Lake Anna State Park for fishing, swimming, and more, or check out a wine tour along the Monticello Wine Trail.

Destination: Your Own Backyard with Terminix

Don’t forget the most important and accessible destination for you and your family this summer: your own backyard! Whether you have a small patio space, a wraparound porch, or acres of lush grass to roam around in, just getting outside for your daily dose of nature can go a long way in improving your mood—especially if you’re not comfortable traveling yet.

Terminix can help you keep your backyard pest-free with pet-friendly treatments, so you never have to worry about your good time getting ruined. Skeeters, wasps, fire ants—oh my! Say goodbye to all of them with these undisputed pest experts.