Easy Weekend Getaways

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Looking for a laid-back escape? Here are our favorite spots, where beachfront restaurants, stylish hotels, and scenic hiking trails are all within reach.

Mobile, AL

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Mardi Gras may have started in Mobile, where streets are lined with 19th-century mansions and live oaks draped in Spanish moss, but the city stays blissfully under the radar compared with its Big Easy neighbor. Get your Gulf Coast bearings at Wintzell’s Oyster House ($$), which promises its mollusks “fried, stewed, or nude.” At the just-opened Fort Conde Inn ($), set in an 1836 Victorian house, thoughtful Southern touches are on display: rooms are done up with elegant mirrors from the 1800’s and antique armoires. It’s only a short drive to Midtown, home to the Ashland Gallery (251/479-3548), whose stoneware bowls make great souvenirs. —Stirling Kelso

Easy Weekend Getaways

Mobile, AL

Mardi Gras may have started in Mobile, where streets are lined with 19th-century mansions and live oaks draped in Spanish moss, but the city stays blissfully under the radar compared with its Big Easy neighbor. Get your Gulf Coast bearings at Wintzell’s Oyster House ($$), which promises its mollusks “fried, stewed, or nude.” At the just-opened Fort Conde Inn ($), set in an 1836 Victorian house, thoughtful Southern touches are on display: rooms are done up with elegant mirrors from the 1800’s and antique armoires. It’s only a short drive to Midtown, home to the Ashland Gallery (251/479-3548), whose stoneware bowls make great souvenirs. —Stirling Kelso

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