Woman walking between the vines at Yonah Mountain Vineyards & Winery in Cleveland, Georgia. Photo by @teeenaa

Yonah Mountain Vineyards & Winery in Cleveland, Georgia. Photo by @teeenaa

9 Spring Break Trips for Grown-Ups

From winery tours to small towns and in-town adventures, 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 adult 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 from winery tours to small towns and in-town adventures.

Due to COVID-19, some events might be canceled or postponed, and some destinations might have changed their visitation information. This list may not reflect the most recent updates. Before you go, check social media, the venue's website or call to confirm your plans. For more information, visit Explore Georgia's COVID-19 travel information page.

CeNita Vineyards & Winery in Cleveland, Georgia. Photo by @cutedoctortofashion

Wine all day

CeNita Vineyards & Winery in Cleveland, Georgia. Photo by @cutedoctortofashion

What could be a better adult spring break than a trip to wine country?

A stay at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Braselton has everything you could want, from wine tastings to the spa to restaurants.

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. Yonah Mountain Vineyards & Winery in nearby Cleveland is known for its award-winning wines and stunning view.

Find more Georgia Wineries with Breathtaking Views.

Woman hanging on a wall at Pasaquan in Buena Vista, Georgia. Photo by @tropicophoto

Off-beat road trips

Pasaquan in Buena Vista, Georgia. Photo by @tropicophoto

Remember all of those wacky attractions you've always wanted to visit? Spring break is the perfect time!

Summerville 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.

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 in Calhoun has recreated the castles and cathedrals of Europe in miniature form.

Find more unusual destinations in this list of 14 Strange Things You Wouldn't Believe Are in Georgia.

Woman at State Botanical Garden in Athens, Georgia. Photo by @rachelashhearn

Small-town life

State Botanical Garden in Athens, Georgia. Photo by @rachelashhearn

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.

Americus, for example, has its own record label, distillery and organic coffee roaster. The thriving downtown is great for exploring in between trips to nearby Plains and Andersonville.

In Athens, there's plenty to keep you occupied. Explore the grounds of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and then splurge on a spa visit at the Graduate Athens before dinner at Five & Ten.

Clayton is great for outdoor enthusiasts. Your first stop should be Wander North Georgia, a family-owned outdoor store that carries hiking and camping gear but also offers expert guidance on what to see and do in the region. Then, wander the trails of Tallulah Gorge State Park or walk across the suspension bridge. Dillard House Stables offer scenic horseback rides.

Find more small towns to explore in Georgia.

Woman walking under a canopy of live oak trees in Savannah, Georgia. Photo by @emilymahjoub

Historic charm

Savannah, Georgia. Photo by @emilymahjoub

There's certainly an appeal to 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 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 and is loaded with great restaurants. Historic sites like Pebble Hill Plantation and the Lapham-Patterson House tell the rich history of the area.

Find more places to explore in this list of 9 Small Towns Dripping with Charm.

On the shore of Lake Oconee

Lake time

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. Nearby Greensboro has its own brewery (Oconee Brewing Company) as well as the famous buttermilk pies at The Yesterday CafeEatonton has the Uncle Remus Museum.

Stay in Gainesville to explore Lake Lanier, and make time to chill at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands.

Here are more Secret Mountain Lakes and Towns You'll Love.

On a roller coaster at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland

Theme parks for big "kids"

Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia. Photo by @benjamingalland

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 in northwestern Atlanta has some of the region's best roller coasters, including Superman and Goliath.

Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta has the Boomerang and Twisted Typhoon coasters that will excite. 

Sunset from Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia

Mountain getaways

Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia

Don't forget about the mountain towns!

Young Harris is home to its namesake college as well as a number of wineries and Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa.

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.

Find more ideas in this list of 8 North Georgia Towns You Need to Visit.

Whitewater rafting in Georgia on the Chattahoochee River in Columbus. Photo by @whitewaterexpress

In-town escapes

Whitewater rafting in Georgia on the Chattahoochee River in Columbus. Photo by @whitewaterexpress

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 in-town trips.

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.

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. Explore 18 square miles of Georgia's most serene water trails and uncommon wildlife by paddling Clarks Hill Lake, the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal on the Serene18 Paddle Trail. Dine out at restaurants like Bodega Ultima or Edgar's Above Broad.

Cabin at Little St. Simons Island, Georgia. Photo by @goldenisles

Nearly private islands

Little St. Simons Island, Georgia. Photo by @goldenisles

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 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 is home to incredible pristine beaches and the Dungeness Ruins. You can camp in the campground or stay at the prestigious Greyfield Inn.

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.

Find more places to explore in Coastal Georgia.

Published: January 2021
Written by: Caroline Eubanks