Escape Atlanta With 5 Perfect Day Trips
Though we love Atlanta, sometimes you just need to escape the city. Try one of these day trips or overnighters, and you'll return to urban life refreshed and revitalized.
Ride horses, shop "downtown," eat incredible farm-to-table food, see a play at the Serenbe Playhouse, or just frolic in the meadow at the adored sustainable community. You can also set up a tour of the Serenbe Farms to learn the principles of organic and bio-dynamic farming and the importance of eating locally grown food. And if you want to stay the night, The Inn would love to have you.
Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills; 770-463-9997
Feel like you're in Napa for the day at the breathtaking Montaluce Vineyards. Take a tour of the vineyard and winery followed by a seated tasting in the private dining room ($45 per person), and stay for dinner at Le Vigne Restaurant. There are plenty of charming B&Bs nearby (we like The Smith House in the heart of Dahlonega) if you want to stay the night.
501 Hightower Church Rd., Dahlonega; 706-867-4060
North Georgia Canopy Tours
Soar through the trees just an hour outside of Atlanta at North Georgia Canopy Tours. Your high-speed nature day includes zip lines, sky bridges, moderate hikes and a dual zip (read: race an opponent) over a pond at the end. And they've just started offering camping in air-conditioned tee pees (yes, you read that correctly) for just $90-$110 a night through August. Definitely worth making a night out of it.
5290 Harris Rd., Lula; 770-869-7272
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation
Soak up the last days of summer at the Ritz on the lake. The possibilities are endless -- lay by the fancy infinity pool (cocktail in hand), go jet skiing, kayaking, pontoon boating and more. If you really want to splurge, visit the spa and/or dine at Linger Longer Steakhouse. You'll be ready to fall into that ahhh-mazing Ritz bed by nightfall.
One Lake Oconee Trail, Greensboro; 706-467-0600
Recognized as one the world's best road courses, Road Atlanta is the perfect day trip for those who live life in the fast lane. The multi-purpose motor sports facility is situated on 750 park-like acres in the rolling hills of Northeast Georgia just 35 miles north of Atlanta. Check the website for upcoming events (Sept. 16-18 is the Atlanta Historic Races). And if you want to splurge, just minutes away is Chateau Elan, a Four-Star resort complete with winery, three championship golf courses and a European-style Spa.
5300 Winder Hwy., Braselton; 770-967-6143
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Where do you go for that Atlanta day-cation? Let us know in the comments!