The following is an excerpt from “Weekend Getaways in Georgia: Mountains, History and Beaches” written for trivago.
I’m in a state of relaxation as I rest my eyes along the Georgia coast. There’s the melodic sound of waves crashing and the soft touch of a gentle breeze against my skin.
My mouth starts to water, thinking about the Shrimp-n-Grits from the other day. Instinctively I stop what I’m doing and grab my phone to scroll through my Instagram photos for another look at that unforgettable meal.
This memory only scratches the surface of the potential for memorable weekend getaways in Georgia.
As an Atlanta resident, I’m fortunate to have quick access to mountain ranges, historic landmarks, quiet beaches and riverfront cities. This state truly is a melting pot of the old and new, which makes for a fascinating destination for all types of travelers.
Georgia is easily forgotten about when travelers hastily rush past our cities and head further south. But you’re here, so you’re not about to make the same mistake.
Get ready to relax, in Southern style, with a mason jar of sweet tea, because some of the best weekend getaways are right here in the ‘Peach State’.
Weekend Getaways in Georgia
St. Simons Island – The Island of Majestic Oaks
Located five hours from Atlanta are the Golden Isles of Georgia. They sit on the Atlantic coast and these islands never cease to amaze incoming tourists. St. Simons Island residents tease about closing the only bridge to the island — they know how good they have it.
The island, which is the size of Manhattan, is known for its majestic oak trees, historic landmarks that date back to colonial times and quiet beaches. If you look closely at those oak trees, you may find them looking back at you. In the 1980’s, artist Keith Jennings decided to make his mark on St. Simons Island, carving 20 faces from the island’s famous oak trees. Tourists love to go on a scavenger hunt to find them all.
trivago Hotel Tip: The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
Albany – The New Frontier for Adventurers
Grab your hiking gear, mountain bike, and kayak for your next trip to Albany, Georgia. This unexpected destination offers a plethora of outdoor activities and keeps museum aficionados mind. It’s located in the southwest part of the state and should be on your radar for weekend getaways in Georgia.
You can kayak down the Flint River and explore some of the caves and waterfalls in the area. The ever-fabulous Chehaw Park has an amazing AZA-accredited zoo, but also a BMX dirt course, disc golf course and over 10 miles of mountain bike trails.
Care to learn something? The Albany Civil Rights Institute is a must-do museum and a great educational stop for families.
If you love craft beer, be sure to check out Albany’s first brewery, Pretoria Fields. It’s a combination of farmers and brewers working together perfection in a cold glass.
trivago Hotel Tip: Merry Acres Inn
Athens – Georgia Bulldog Country
Home of the University of Georgia, this small town is full of college spirit. Yet, you don’t have to be a college football fan to appreciate Athens. You can tour the historic university campus, tour the local breweries, shop the boutiques downtown and nosh at one of the swanky chef-owned restaurants that are popping up.
Don’t miss Bear Hollow Zoo on your Athens visit. It’s home to rescue animals that are native to Georgia. You can take a self-guided tour and hike the trails. It’s perfect for visitors of all ages and a hidden gem of the city.
trivago Hotel Tip: Hotel Indigo Athens Downtown – Univ Area