Five Destinations Perfect for a Couple's Retreat
When the kids leave for a sleepover, mom and dad shouldn’t waste time when heading off for some much-needed time alone. Of course, they have to decide where to go, and that could prove difficult in Georgia. This Southern state offers plenty of romantic destinations, from the city streets of downtown to the lush mountains in the north to the warm sandy beaches along the coast. Check out these five romantic getaways.
Experience the City Life
For a luxurious getaway, head straight to the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead (3434 Peachtree Rd. N.E., Atlanta, GA), just north of downtown. Get pampered in the spa with a couples massage before heading to the restaurant for an intimate dinner for two. If you want to venture out, just go across the street to two of Buckhead’s top shopping destinations: Phipps Plaza (500 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA) and Lenox Square (3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA).
Make Some History
Filled with historical sights and attractions, Savannah offers plenty of romance for couples. Take a stroll through some of the city’s famous squares, enjoy a meal along River Street as you watch the river traffic float by, or drive out to Tybee Island and climb the lighthouse. And when it’s time to retreat to your room, consider a stay at the Kimpton Brice Hotel (601 E. Bay St., Savannah, GA). This boutique hotel features upscale yet comfortable accommodations within walking distance of many of Savannah’s most notable landmarks.
Go Where Love Abounds
Built for love, Barnsley Resort (597 Barnsley Gardens Rd., Adairsville, GA) provides the perfect setting for romance. In the 1840s, Godfrey Barnsley built the estate for his wife Julia, the love of his life. Unfortunately, she fell ill and passed away before the home was complete, but the result of their love remains. Walk the manor ruins of the original house, Woodlands, and stroll through the surrounding gardens. Relax with a spa treatment or take in a round a golf. And, for something truly special, have the Fairy Godmother add a romantic touch to your accommodations while you’re exploring the property.
Take Your Love Higher
Make your way to the North Georgia mountains and spend some quality time together at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa (6321 Hwy. 76, Young Harris, GA). Sitting 2,150 feet above sea level, the resort includes such amenities as a full-service spa, an 18-hole golf course, onsite dining and activities like horseback riding, hiking and fishing. Do as much as you want, or just relax and enjoy the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose a room in the lodge or opt for more privacy by booking a room in one of the eight log cabins set in the woods.
Soak Up Some Sun
For a sunny escape, drive to the Georgia coast and Jekyll Island. Take a walk along Driftwood Beach, and snap some photos among the massive trees that resemble sculptures in an art gallery. Or enjoy a meal at one of the many local restaurants scattered around the island. For a romantic retreat, book a room at the Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island (200 South Beachview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA), located on the quieter end of the island. Enjoy a stroll along the hotel boardwalk on the beach where you can take in the view and solitude together.
Planning a Visit
For the most part, there’s no wrong time to go to Georgia. The state as a whole enjoys a moderate climate, but the seasons definitely reveal themselves in specific regions. For instance, the North Georgia mountains do experience a cold winter with brief periods of snow, so summer and fall offer more pleasant weather. South Georgia and the coastal region experience hot and humid conditions throughout the summer, so those areas are better explored in the winter and spring. Not surprisingly, Atlanta stays busy year-round, so check the city’s calendar of events to avoid some of the more popular dates.
Karon Warren has covered travel for nearly 20 years with numerous print and online publications. Her byline has appeared in USA Today, USA Today’s 10 Best, WorkingMother.com, FamilyVacationCritic.com. and many others. She is a member of both the Society of American Travel Writers and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. In addition to her freelance work for other clients, she also writes for her own travel site, ThisGirlTravels.com