April 23, 2024


Extend Your Memorial Day Weekend: 5 amazing destinations at the end of May

Memorial Day, celebrated annually on the last Monday of May in the United States, serves as a poignant bridge between the blooming spring and the sun-soaked days of summer vacation. While it marks the unofficial start of the summer season, with families and friends gathering for barbecues, beach outings, and picnics, it also holds a deeper significance. Amidst the excitement of long weekends and outdoor adventures, it’s essential to pause and reflect on the true meaning of this holiday: a time to honor and remember the courageous men and women who have sacrificed their lives in service to their country. A great way to do that is to exercise the very freedoms and liberties for which they fought and died by visiting some of the beautiful places around our nation.

1. Austin, TX

Austin, TX, also known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” is a vibrant city known for its eclectic culture and thriving arts scene. With a rich music history, it hosts numerous live music venues, festivals, and events throughout the year.

What to Do

If you’re visiting over Memorial Day weekend, take advantage of the warm weather and explore Austin’s outdoor offerings. Visit Zilker Park for a picnic or a game of frisbee, rent a kayak or paddleboard on Lady Bird Lake, or hike the trails at Barton Creek Greenbelt. Immerse yourself in Austin’s renowned live music scene. Check out local venues along Sixth Street, catch a concert at the iconic Moody Theater, or enjoy outdoor performances at venues like The Long Center or the Hill Country Galleria. And, of course, do not miss the food! Indulge in Austin’s diverse culinary scene by dining at local restaurants, food trucks, and cafes. Experience the city’s famous barbecue, tacos, and Tex-Mex cuisine, or explore the vibrant food markets like the Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller or the Barton Creek Farmers Market.

Where to Stay

Unwind hosts ten luxury condos right in the heart of Austin in the popular Rainey District. Convenient to everything, you are just steps from Lady Bird Lake and the city’s top nightlife and dining destinations. Known for its charming bungalows that have been renovated as laidback bars, the Live Music Capital of the World is at your doorstep, and downtown hotspots are just an elevator ride away!

Every condo features Unwind’s exquisite design and decor. Every amenity is right at your fingertips, and our dedicated property managers are on-call to help with directions, reservations, or anything else you need during your stay.

The common areas of the complex soar with style including stunning native design elements, and local touches of Austin culture. The first floor lobby and coffee bar/lounge provides a gathering place for collaborative workspace or a trendy venue for friends to mingle. Guests are also able to rent the 33rd floor club house that has a kitchen, large screen TV and multiple seating configurations.

Located about one mile southeast of Downtown Austin, the neighborhood is brimming with a variety of personality-laden dives and diverse eateries and food trucks along Rainey Street– the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. There are also plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors, with access to the Colorado River, Lady Bird Lake, the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, and Waller Beach at Town Lake Metropolitan Park.

To see the available luxury properties at the Rainey District, CLICK HERE.

2. Branson, MO

Renowned as the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World,” Branson offers an eclectic array of shows, ranging from country music performances to Broadway-style productions, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

What to Do

Over Memorial Day weekend in Branson, Missouri, there are plenty of activities to enjoy that celebrate both the holiday and the spirit of the Ozarks. Start your weekend by catching one of the many live shows that Branson is famous for, featuring talented performers showcasing a variety of music genres and entertainment styles. For outdoor enthusiasts, spend a day exploring the scenic beauty of the Ozark Mountains with activities such as hiking, fishing, or boating on Table Rock Lake. Don’t miss out on visiting Silver Dollar City, an iconic theme park offering thrilling rides, entertaining shows, and delicious food. Additionally, take some time to honor the holiday by attending special Memorial Day events and ceremonies throughout the city, paying tribute to those who have served their country. Wrap up your weekend with a relaxing evening stroll along the Branson Landing, where you can enjoy waterfront dining, shopping, and live entertainment, creating lasting memories of your Memorial Day getaway in Branson.

Where to Stay

If you plan to be in Branson with a large group or spend Memorial Day weekend with extended family, Unwind has exactly what you need!

We currently host three amazing properties – Double Eagle Lodge, Stillwater, and Westview – each of which can comfortably accommodate over 20 people! In addition to Unwind’s famous design and decor, these homes boast beautiful views of Table Rock Lake, exceptional amenities, and access to community spaces like large pool areas and clubhouses.

To see the available luxury cabins in Branson, CLICK HERE.

3. Fort Lauderdale, FL

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is a vibrant coastal city known for its beautiful beaches, lively waterfront scenes, and upscale urban amenities. The city’s stunning coastline along the Atlantic Ocean offers opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports. The iconic Las Olas Boulevard is a bustling hub of shopping, dining, and entertainment, featuring a diverse array of specialty shops and restaurants. The city’s cultural scene thrives with museums, galleries, and performing arts venues. Additionally, the Everglades and nearby nature preserves offer opportunities for eco-tourism and wildlife exploration.

What to Do

Memorial Day weekend in Fort Lauderdale offers lots of entertainment options, including live music performances, beachside festivals, and outdoor movie screenings. Don’t miss the Great American Beach Party, a beloved annual event featuring live music, classic car displays, and family-friendly activities right on the beach.

Additionally, consider taking a scenic boat tour of the city’s waterways, embarking on a fishing excursion, or simply relaxing with a sunset cruise to cap off your Memorial Day weekend in style. Whatever your preferences, Fort Lauderdale promises a memorable holiday weekend filled with sun, fun, and endless adventures.

Where to Stay

Champagne at Tiffany House is a luxurious residence just steps from the white sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Equipped with amenities galore, including 2 pools, a club room, a cinema room, a sauna, a fitness center, and a barbecue area. The central location is hard to beat with restaurants, grocery stores, and many of Ft Lauderdale’s main attractions within easy walking distance.

Steps to Fort Lauderdale Beach’s white sands and the Intracoastal Waterway, minutes to Downtown, and a lifestyle on property like no other. The building itself boasts 24 hour front desk and valet service along with electric vehicle charging stations, and integrated, high-speed Wi-Fi throughout common areas. Tiffany House exudes the luxury and convenience that South Florida’s dreams are made of. Book your stay today!

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4. Orange Beach, AL

Orange Beach, AL, is a sun-soaked paradise along the Gulf of Mexico, celebrated for its stunning white-sand beaches and emerald waters. This coastal gem offers a variety of water-based activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, and dolphin watching. The area is also known for its world-class golf courses. The vibrant Wharf entertainment complex is a hub for shopping, dining, and live music. The city’s waterfront restaurants serve the freshest Gulf seafood. With its relaxed beach town vibe, outdoor adventures, and lively waterfront scene, Orange Beach embodies the perfect blend of leisure and excitement.

What to Do

Memorial Day weekend in Orange Beach, Alabama, offers a plethora of activities to enjoy under the warm sun and along the Gulf Coast shores. Start your day with a leisurely stroll along the pristine beaches, where you can soak up the sun and feel the soft sand between your toes. For adventure seekers, there are various water sports to try, such as kayaking, paddleboarding, or even dolphin cruises for a chance to spot these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. If you’re a fishing enthusiast, charter a boat for a deep-sea fishing excursion and reel in some impressive catches.

In the evenings, explore the vibrant dining scene of Orange Beach, where seafood reigns supreme. Treat yourself to a delicious seafood feast at one of the many waterfront restaurants, offering fresh Gulf Coast cuisine and stunning sunset views. After dinner, unwind with live music at a beachside bar or indulge in some shopping at the local boutiques and souvenir shops.

For families, consider visiting nearby attractions such as the Gulf State Park, home to hiking trails, nature exhibits, and a picturesque pier perfect for sunset strolls. Additionally, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and Adventure Island amusement park offer entertainment for visitors of all ages.

As the sun sets on Memorial Day weekend, gather with loved ones for a beach bonfire or fireworks display, commemorating the holiday and creating cherished memories.

Where to Stay

Chequers is a brand new, 7 bd/7bth spacious and modern home that has been beautifully decorated by our interior design team. Every detail of this home was built and selected with you, our guests, in mind. It offers full access to the water with a private walkway right out the backdoor of the home.

Serenity at Laguna Key sits steps away from the beach in a gated community that boasts private beach access, private lagoon access with two piers, pool, tennis court, and bordered by the Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge. You’ll enjoy beach and ocean views from multiple balconies and decks. Everything you need for an unforgettable beach vacation is right at your fingertips. The house comfortably sleeps 16, making it perfect for 3 to 4 families or 10-12 adults.

Book a stay at Orange Beach today!

5. Pigeon Forge, TN

Pigeon Forge is a dynamic town renowned for its family-friendly attractions. It offers a variety of entertainment options, from theme parks to theaters and museums. The bustling Parkway is lined with shops, restaurants, and music venues, creating a lively atmosphere. This town also serves as a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, offering access to many hiking trails and breathtaking vistas. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy activities such as fishing and wildlife viewing. Throughout the year, Pigeon Forge hosts festivals and events that showcase the local culture and heritage.

What to Do

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, offers a variety of activities for visitors, especially over Memorial Day weekend. Take the family to Dollywood, a popular theme park with thrilling rides, live entertainment, and delicious food. Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park and explore the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through hiking, wildlife watching, picnicking, or scenic drives. Take advantage of the outdoor adventures in the region such as zip-lining, horseback riding, ATV tours, or white-water rafting. Attend one of the many live shows ranging from music performances to comedy shows and dinner theaters. Take a short drive to nearby Gatlinburg to experience more attractions, dining options, and outdoor adventures. Check for special Memorial Day events happening in Pigeon Forge, such as parades, ceremonies, or fireworks displays.

Where to Stay

Take your pick! Unwind hosts over 20 luxury homes in beautiful Pigeon Forge that comfortably accommodate groups of anywhere from 6-54 people! As with all of our homes, these beautiful destinations feature Unwind’s immaculate design and decor plus every amenity you could imagine. Our dedicated property managers are on-call 24/7 throughout your stay to help with anything you need.

To view and book a property in Pigeon Forge for Memorial Day weekend, CLICK HERE.

Where Will You Go?

So, which destination has you most intrigued for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend?

Whichever city you choose, just know Unwind has beautiful properties that are sure to be the highlight of your stay. Pick the one that’s best for your family or group, and get ready for an unforgettable Memorial Day weekend!


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