Serenity beckons. Hot stones. A soothing rub. Self-care is the name of the game in 2020. The heady scent of fresh grounds brewing to your exact specifications. A decadent dessert board and a glass or two of the deepest red before you tuck into a fluffy comforter with a new book from a local purveyor and a soul that feels restored. Auburn-Opelika is Road Trip Ready.

Day 1:  

Check-in: Stay in the beautiful 1913 Southern neoclassical mansion situated on a lush acre in the heart of historic downtown Opelika. The Heritage House features made-to-order breakfast, private balconies for your afternoon cocktails, and modern amenities against a backdrop of timeless style.

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Coffee Time: Grab a coffee from Mama Mochas and explore locally-owned and revitalized gems along the cobbled streets of downtown Opelika. Small-batch roasted on-site, their beans are a sweet and bitter journey to Southern Italy without ever leaving the ground. It’s just what you need for your stroll through the must-see shops and stops around town.  

Wine and Dine: When the day is done and it’s real food you crave, enjoy a casual and delicious meal from Zazu Gastropub. They focus on fresh local ingredients to craft fine-dining cuisine in a laid-back atmosphere. We think their sweet-tea brined fried chicken is life-changing! Bring a perfect end to a great day at Ampersand Wine Bar where you’ll find the largest by-the-glass selection in the Southeast. Nobody is watching: pick more than one.

Day 2:

Treat Yoself: The Spa at Grand National is a serene oasis blending modern techniques with the natural elements of Alabama. Tucked beneath the lush fauna surrounding this RTJ Trail resort, their experienced therapists know just what you need to bring on a lasting peaceful state. Enjoy massages, facials, body scrubs, and salon services, all the things we deserve in 2020. Make a day of it wandering about the grounds and enjoying the whirlpool, sauna, resort pool, and much more. 

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Wine down: Keep the zen going strong and head over to Auburn to enjoy our newest coffee, wine, and book purveyor. Well Red offers a full wine list, tasty coffee, and decadent treats. Find a cozy chair and finish the afternoon catching up on your favorite book with the perfect red or a demi-tasse of espresso.

Chow down: There’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. End this day that’s all about you with a beautiful meal at Acre. Award-winning Chef David Bancroft brings an artistic presentation and innovative flavors to the table. Start your meal with the pimento cheese or chicken-fried bacon (yep, you read that right). Choose an entrée of red snapper, black Angus beef tenderloin, or any number of inventive and satisfying selections from a menu that rotates according to the bounty of the seasons. The dessert board is the pièce de résistance to a day that you’re going to want to play on repeat.

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