Treat Yourself: A Solo Traveler's Guide to Ultimate Relaxation


Treat Yourself: A Solo Traveler's Guide to Ultimate Relaxation

Charlie Fleury

With solo travel on the rise, there is no better destination to add to your list than the Auburn-Opelika area. Nestled in the heart of Alabama, Auburn-Opelika is filled with a serene charm and plenty of opportunities to unwind, recharge, and embrace the joy of self-care. These quaint Southern towns are sure to provide a safe experience for all solo travelers. No matter what you’re looking for, the towns of Auburn-Opelika have a variety of activities for diverse interests. It's time to prioritize your well-being and say yes to a weekend dedicated entirely to you – because you deserve it!


Experience True Luxury at the Spa at Grand National

Experience luxury at Opelika's Spa at Grand National, the perfect place to reset and treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind experience. This first-class, award-winning spa and wellness facility offers an array of spa services and facilities tailored for both men and women. From revitalizing facials and pampering hair and scalp treatments to infrared saunas and a peaceful hideaway lounge, this premier spa promises an unforgettable experience. Come treat yourself to the extraordinary at this rejuvenating oasis!  



Unleash Adventure and Embrace Relaxation at Chewacla State Park

Indulge in the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of your daily life amidst the breathtaking beauty of Chewacla State Park’s 696 scenic areas. Immerse yourself in the beautiful blend of relaxation and adventure. Enjoy a picturesque lake-side picnic, setting the stage for an enjoyable exploration of the park's scenic trails, an excursion to the iconic Chewacla waterfall, or even a lovely afternoon kayaking on the lake. For mountain biking enthusiasts, Chewacla State Park provides several parks that feature great trail systems that are managed by mountain biking organizations, providing visitors with first-class mountain biking experiences. You’ll quickly come to love the wonderful combination of tranquility and exploration. 



Camp in True Style with Timberline Glamping 

There is no better way to reconnect with nature than a memorable “glamorous camping” escape at Chewacla State Park with Timberline Glamping. Enjoy the perks of camping in the outdoors without sacrificing the luxury and comfort found in your own home. Spend the night under the stars in a beautifully furnished tent. Wake up to the chirping of birds and rustling of leaves as you step outside to enjoy a morning coffee surrounded by the beauty of one of Alabama’s most beautiful state parks. With scenic trails at your doorstep and the promise of tranquility, glamping at Chewacla transforms your getaway into an unforgettable adventure in comfort and style.



Taste the Incredible Culinary Craft at The Hound    

If you’re looking to add a true American meal to your wellness weekend, The Hound will not disappoint. This rustic, family-owned restaurant will provide you with exceptional Southern classics, complemented by a selection of top-shelf bourbon and an impressive array of 28 beers on tap. Some beloved dishes include the savory shrimp and grits and the mouthwatering braised short rib, both of which will blow you away. The Hound embodies the true essence of Southern hospitality, where the warmth of exceptional service and a friendly staff ensures an unforgettable experience, leaving you eager for a return visit. 



Enter Dessert Heaven at Acre 

To satisfy your sweet tooth, be sure to stop at Acre. Located just three blocks from Auburn’s iconic Toomer's Corner, Acre is a true Auburn staple loved by locals and visitors alike. Most notably, its mouthwatering seasonal dessert menu will blow you away. Whether you want to try the caramel apple upside down cake, the peanut butter pie, the carrot cake, or all three desserts on the iconic dessert board, Acre will provide you with some of the most delectable sweet treats you can imagine. 



Channel Your Artistic Side by Visiting the Jule Collins Smith Museum

Discover Auburn’s artistic gem at the Jule Collins Smith Museum and take in all of the breathtaking artwork and sculptures the museum offers. This free, premier fine arts museum displays regionally and globally recognized artists in exhibits that are ever-changing and ever-evolving. The Jule often hosts free events providing guests opportunities to elevate their artistic experience through conversations with artists and collaborations with Auburn University. 



Unwind in the Cozy Coffee Shop, Well Red 

Coffee, books, and wine: Regardless of what you’re looking for, Well Red has it. Whether you need a warm latte to start your day, an intriguing novel for your collection, or a glass of pinot noir to wind down, Well Red has you covered. Be sure to check their calendar for popular events such as wine tastings, book signings, and book club meetings. Located just a mile off of Auburn University’s campus, this cozy college-town coffee shop is the perfect stop for coffee, book, and wine lovers.  



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