If you’re late to the summer vacation scene or a big trip isn’t in the cards this year, do not worry! You haven’t lost your chance to get away and relax for a little while. While Georgia is home to many weekend or overnight trip options, you may have already experienced what Savannah, Athens, or Dahlonega has to offer, so we’ve given you an overview on some of our favorite mini vacation hidden gems that are close enough to jump back right into reality when you need to but far enough to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort: If a European adventure isn’t in the budget or time frame, spend a night or two at this luxurious French styled resort in Braselton, Georgia. Whether you want a romantic stay at the Inn or get a big group of friends together and stay at the Villas, there is not only room for you to relax but also many activities to participate in. Go on a wine tour and tasting, attend a cooking class, rejuvenate your mind and body at the spa, play a round of golf, or eat at one of their many fine restaurants.
Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee: Who needs a house on the water when you can stay at the Ritz on one of Georgia’s most established lakes? With 250 guest rooms and suites, 7 Lakeside Cottages, a giant Lake House with 4 master bedrooms, 18 meeting rooms, a championship golf course, a full spa and fitness center, and 30 acres of waterfront scenery, The Ritz on Reynolds Plantation truly offers accommodations for everybody and every occasion.
The Inn at Serenbe: Perhaps the most hidden of the Georgia getaway gems, the Inn at Serenbe is the perfect place to spend your anniversary, girls weekend, or team building retreat. Tucked away in the countryside, just a few minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, this serene stay is in the heart of the Serenbe community. With 27 rooms on the Inn’s grounds, you can choose between multiple different style cottages to fit your feel, whether you prefer a farmhouse, a countryside cottage, or a lake house. Besides having a beautiful and cozy home away from home atmosphere, Serenbe offers afternoon tea each day in the Main House, a tour of Serenbe Farms, a ropes course, horseback riding, bike and golf cart rentals, spa services, and a delicious dinner at the Farmhouse.
Greyfield Inn at Cumberland Island: Forget the constant crowds and keep the all-inclusive aspect of a cruise and you get the Greyfield Inn at Cumberland Island. Not only are all meals and activities part of your fees, but you get to eat clean breakfast, lunch, and dinner from farm to table, provided by the Greyfield Garden. Choose between a suite, cottage, or marsh room and soak in the Bed-In-Breakfast vibes of this charming place.
The Cloister at Sea Island: Because we know that staying along the Gulf isn’t always a vacation when you bump into everyone (and their mother) from Metro Atlanta, we recommend escaping rush hour and treating yourself to a secluded spa and beach weekend on Sea Island. Rated as one of the top resorts in the world, this magnificent beach stay is simply a treat to experience, and once you go here with your friends or significant other, you won’t want to go anywhere else.
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