Alternative Beach Getaways for this Summer

by Country Inns & Suites
Friday, June 6, 2014

Every time summer rolls around, we find ourselves craving warm sand, fun water sports, and sunset strolls on a long pier. Unfortunately, we don’t always look forward to the crowds of beachgoers at the most popular beach destinations. This year, enjoy the beach without the crowds! There are so many amazing, yet lesser known, beach towns that are ready to provide you with a charming and restful beach vacation.

Grand Haven, Michigan

In 2012, Grand Haven was named one of Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Best Secret Beaches on Earth. Soft sand beaches, clear water, and towering dunes are picturesque settings for swimming, sunbathing, sunset strolls, and leisurely picnics. Pack a picnic and enjoy a day (or more) at Grand Haven State Park. You can relax with a book on the sandy beach until you need to cool off in the lake. During the hottest days of July and August, the water temperatures can reach a comfortable 70 degrees. There is also a playground, boardwalk, and lighthouse that will provide you with fun times and scenic views. Book a stay at our nearby Grand Rapids hotels to be near all the action!

Grand Haven beach Photo by Flickr user Tony Faiola

Beaufort, South Carolina

Can’t afford an island getaway to the Caribbean? No problem. In 2013, Beaufort, South Carolina, was ranked #1 in the list of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns by readers of Coastal Living Magazine. Hunting Island State Park is where you want to be. This park boasts five miles of pristine beaches, a saltwater lagoon, and a 130-foot lighthouse. Along with spending time at the beach, you can walk the charming streets of downtown Beaufort, which are nestled along the Intracoastal Waterway. This historic town is full of Southern hospitality, unique shops, and restaurants. Prepare to conquer your itinerary each day when you fuel up each morning with a free, hot breakfast at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Beaufort West.

beaufort, south carolina Photo by Flickr user bobistraveling

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Located in the heart of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Ocean Springs is an eclectic arts community that beachgoers will love. Front Beach is lined with sugary-white sands, two piers, and fantastic views of the Mississippi Sound and Deer Island. After a day of sunbathing and water activities, head to Washington Avenue to explore an array of little shops and restaurants. Seafood lovers should plan a meal or two at Mikey’s on The Bayou and Aunt Jenny’s Catfish Restaurant. You’ll sleep soundly each night at the comfortable and convenient Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ocean Springs.

ocean springs beach Photo by Flickr user Elizabeth McClay

Sunnyvale, California

Book a stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Sunnyvale, and you’ll find some of California’s most beautiful beaches within an hour’s drive. The top three of your list should be Pescadero State Beach, Half Moon Bay, and City Beach. Whether you enjoy kite surfing or sunbathing, these beaches will provide activities that any traveler will enjoy. Once you dry off, explore Baylands Park and get your thrills at California’s Great America amusement park.

Pescadero State Beach Photo by Flickr user Don DeBold

Take the road less traveled when planning your beach vacation this summer. These quaint, charming towns are full of beautiful beaches and outdoor activities that will keep the whole family entertained. Our friendly staff looks forward to making you feel right at home with amenities like cookies at check-in, our daily Be Our Guest Breakfast, and the convenient Read It & Return Lending Library.  See you soon!