Lake Blue Ridge in Blue Ridge, Georgia
9 Spring Break Trips for Grown-Ups
Kids aren't the only ones who need spring break! Refresh your spirit with a spring vacation to Georgia that's as wild or relaxing as you want it to be.
The term "spring break" may elicit images of out-of-control college students or family-friendly getaways. But it doesn't have to be either! Georgia has plenty of appeal for grown-up spring break trips, and when you're not restricted to a school calendar to determine your vacation, you can choose to take a spring break when the timing is right. Start planning your perfect spring getaway with these nine ideas.
Wine all day
What could be a better grown up spring break than a trip to wine country?
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
A stay at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Braselton has everything you could want, from wine tastings to the spa to restaurants.
Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery
Dahlonega and Helen are also the ideal bases for exploring the North Georgia Wine Country, whether it’s taking in the scenery at wineries like Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery or downtown tasting rooms.
Offbeat road trips
Remember all of those wacky attractions you’ve always wanted to visit? Spring break is the perfect time!
Howard Finster's Paradise Garden
Summerville in the Historic High Country region is home to Howard Finster's Paradise Garden, the former home of renowned folk artist Howard Finster. See where he lived and worked with artwork on every visible surface.
Pasaquan, the folk art installation created by St. EOM (born Eddie Owens Martin in middle Georgia in 1908), has been on my to-visit list since I moved to Atlanta. It is a geometric zig zag kaleidoscope of colors and symbols and temples and pagodas and walls. Over nearly three decades, after returning to Georgia from New York City where he worked as a street hustler and fortune teller, St. EOM transformed his mother’s farm into a wonderland utopia, a riot of color inside and out. I’m so thankful for the preservation work of Columbus State University and the other groups that have brought back the vivid paint colors and restored this art. It’s a site to behold. #pasaquan #steom #outsiderart #folkart #exploregeorgia #travel #art #georgia #folkartist
Similarly, folk artist St. EOM made his home at St. EOM's Pasaquan in rural Buena Vista. The colorful grounds are designed with futuristic figures that were painstakingly restored.
The Rock Garden
The Rock Garden in Calhoun has recreated the castles and cathedrals of Europe in miniature form.
Georgia’s small towns aren’t just for antiquing and bed and breakfasts. There’s a rising population of young professionals starting businesses in them.
Watkinsville, known as the Artland of Georgia, sits just outside Athens and is full of galleries with working artists.
In Columbus, visit the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, and go on an adventurous rafting trip down the Chattahoochee River. Once you’ve dried off, grab a beer at Nonic or hearty Southern fare at 11th and Bay.
There’s certainly an appeal to these charming Southern towns.
Savannah may be the most well-known for its historic homes open to tours. Spend the night in one of the historic inns and chow down at some of the state’s best restaurants.
Madison is known as “the town Sherman refused to burn,” and its most stunning homes still stand today. The town puts on tours of homes throughout the year, so plan your visit accordingly. The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, a former school turned museum, can’t be missed. If you're up for a bicycle adventure, set out to follow the Antebellum Trail Bicycle Route from Athens to Macon, and visit seven towns, including Madison, along the way.
Thomasville has become an arts hub, with gallery walks and performances. The downtown shopping district has won countless designations. Plan your visit around the Rose Show and Festival, held every April.
Spring is the perfect time to head to Georgia’s lakes.
A short drive from Atlanta, Lake Oconee has the stunning The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, which can be your base for visiting nearby towns.
Theme parks for big "kids"
Roller coasters and thrill rides don’t have to be for kids. Adults can also enjoy the theme parks located around the state, and they don’t have to worry about being tall enough.
Six Flags Over Georgia
Six Flags Over Georgia in northwestern Atlanta has some of the region’s best roller coasters, including Superman and Goliath.
Wild Adventures Theme Park
Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta has the Cheetah and Boomerang coasters that will excite. It’s also a popular spot to catch a concert.
Stone Mountain Park
Don’t forget about the mountain towns!
For a totally unique retreat, spend your time at Elatse’yi in Ellijay, which is part alpaca farm and part glamping resort with vintage Airstream trailers and a geodesic dome. Local outfitters can get you set up for whitewater rafting and kayaking.
Blue Ridge is another favorite, offering activities like ziplining as well as things only adults can do. Leave the kids at home as you visit breweries like Fannin Brewing Company, or crush a car at nearby Tank Town USA.
Spring adventures around Atlanta don’t have to be all adventure. Staying within one of the cities and larger towns is also a fun getaway.
In Atlanta, use your spring break as an opportunity to stay in a neighborhood like a local. The Highland Inn is great for wandering around Poncey-Highland and nearby Little Five Points. Decatur is another neighborhood perfect for intown trips.
Augusta is one of the state’s underrated cities. Learn about local legends Bobby Jones and James Brown at the Augusta Museum of History and, if weather allows, take a trip with Augusta Canal Petersburg Boat Tours. Dine out at downtown restaurants Craft & Vine or The Bee's Knees.
Nearly private islands
Beaches are great, but beaches without crowds are even better. Thanks to Georgia’s 100-plus miles of coastline and more than 14 barrier islands, there are plenty of opportunities to visit nearly private islands.
Little St. Simons Island
Little St. Simons Island is an all-inclusive eco-resort accessible only by boat. Spend the entire day at the deserted beach or go on one of the naturalist-led excursions.
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Sapelo Island is another nationally protected island with unique coastal wildlife and campground accommodations. While you’re there, be sure to tour the Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island, another Gilded Age getaway.
Private Islands of Georgia
And on Eagle Island, you can have your own Private Islands of Georgia, which comes with a house and access to fishing, kayaking and wildlife spotting.