Is it safe to travel for Christmas? Travel+Leisure lists Sea Island in Georgia as a top destination

The hotel will even entertain your kids while the adults enjoy a “culinary 6-course trip in The Cloister Wine Cellar, the perfect setting as dinner is paired with some of our favorite holiday wines.”

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This isn’t the first time the luxury resort has been recognized. The Lodge at Sea Island has been recognized twice by U.S. News & World Report as the best hotel in the country.

About 85 miles south of Savannah, on St. Simons Island, Sea Island is within easy driving distance of Atlanta. But it’s not the only hotel on Travel+Leisure’s list you won’t need an airplane to visit.

Also making the list are the French Quarter Inn and The Dewberry in Charleston, S.C.; the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C.; the Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, in New Orleans; and the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn.

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If you decide to travel during the coronavirus pandemic, check local government restrictions, rules and safety measures related to COVID-19 before you leave.

“The safest thing to do is to postpone holiday travel and stay home,” Dr. Cindy Friedman, an official at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the Associated Press. “Travel volume was high over Thanksgiving,’’ and even if small numbers were infected, that could result in ’’hundreds of thousands of new infections.”

’’Travel is a door-to-door experience that can spread virus during the journey and also into communities that travelers visit or live,” she added.

For those who decide to travel, the AP wrote, COVID-19 tests should be considered one to three days before the trip and again three to five days afterward, the CDC said. The agency also recommended travelers reduce non-essential activities for a full week after they return or for 10 days if not tested afterward. And it emphasized the importance of continuing to follow precautions including masks, social distancing and frequent hand-washing.