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9 Winter Getaways that will Conquer Your Cabin Fever

Overcome your urge to hole up inside the house with these nine fantastic Georgia getaways.

  • Wormsloe State Historic Site

    Wormsloe Plantation in Savannah, Georgia

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When it gets chilly outside, and you're dreaming of beaches and sunshine, it might be time for an escape. Overcome your urge to hole up inside the house with these nine fantastic winter getaways. Check out some of Georgia's cozy hotels and inns in cities and towns with plenty of things to do inside and out.

Graduate Athens, Athens

Graduate Athens

Located in the historic Foundry Building not far from the University of Georgia's Historic North Campus, this boutique hotel will instantly make you feel at home. Southern style and a history lesson in every corner create a community feel for locals and guests alike. Plan for dinner at The Foundry and a massage at The Spa.

Need help setting a date? Visit during Athens Wine Weekend Feb. 2-4, 2018, or browse the many other events in Athens this winter.

Farm Stays at The Rock Ranch, The Rock

Jackson Drive House at The Rock Ranch

Stay the weekend in one of five farm-stay homes on the 1,500-acre cattle ranch owned by the Cathy family, of Chick-fil-A fame. Stunning interiors will make you think you've stepped into the pages of "Southern Living" magazine. Outside, enjoy the ponds, woods, rolling pasture and wildlife.

Visit in December to see the ranch all decked out for Christmas and for special holiday events.

Artist Cottage at Howard Finster's Paradise Garden, Summerville

Photo by Nick Burchell. Interior design by Summer Loftin.

Paradise Garden is home to the art of renowned artist Howard Finster. The Artist in Residence on-site rental is decorated in an eclectic, vibrant décor by Atlanta designer Summer Loftin. Tour the gardens during your stay, and find inspiration to warm your soul.

The Dillard House, Dillard

The Dillard House Inn

Of course, you know about the delicious Southern family-style meals here, but did you know that you can also stay the night? Choose to stay at the Inn or in a private cottage or cabin. Try hiking or horseback riding from the Dillard House Stables. (There are even sleigh rides in December!)

Merry Acres Inn & Event Center, Albany

Merry Acres Inn

Take in the history and tight-knit community of Albany from this historic inn. It's the perfect place to call home base as you tour the area – from Flint RiverQuarium to Thronateeska Heritage Center. There's also plenty of time for lounging on the large porch and enjoying a meal from Manor House Pub.

Visit Albany on the second Saturday of the month so you can experience unforgettable performances by the Freedom Singers at the Albany Civil Rights Institute, and you surely will be moved to explore other must-see black history sites in Albany.

Four Seasons, Atlanta

Four Seasons hotel in Atlanta

Nothing will warm you up faster than a little luxury pampering. OK – maybe the indoor saltwater pool and soothing spa! Four Seasons always welcomes kids with open arms, but it makes a wonderful date night escape, as well.

Visit Atlanta any time, and you're sure to find amazing things to do from concerts and festivals to art exhibits to sporting events. Find your favorite on this list of events in the Atlanta Metro region

The Partridge Inn Augusta, Curio Collection by Hilton, Augusta

The Partridge Inn

Partridge Inn is a Historic Hotel of America, yet the contemporary renovations and sleek styling make it an elegant and modern hotel selection. The suites are spacious and welcoming, and P.I. Bar and Grill is great for grabbing a bite.

Augusta is world-famous as the host of The Masters golf tournament each spring, but did you know it's also the hometown of legendary soul singer James Brown? Visit any time of year to see his statue and learn more about The Godfather of Soul.

Savannah Marriott Riverfront, Savannah

Savannah Marriott Riverfront

This spacious hotel sits right on Savannah's premier attraction, the historic Riverwalk. The outstanding location enables you to easily explore the city's beautiful squares, historic house museums, art galleries and more. Be sure to request a Riverfront view room; the scene is beautiful both day and night.

Want to snap that iconic photo of the road through the live oaks? Head to Wormsloe State Historic Site, open Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Page House Bed & Breakfast, Dublin

Page House Bed & Breakfast in Dublin, Georgia

The homes along this street sit on what is dubbed “Millionaire’s Row," and grand they are. The Page House incudes Tiffany-style stained glass, 12-foot ceilings, and picture molding sealed in silver and brushed with gold. The innkeepers promise a stay filled with Southern charm and hospitality, plus a large breakfast to start your day right. Put together your list of "must-sees" from Dublin's varied attractions.

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