Treat Yourself to a Perfect Getaway for One
Who says you need a travel companion to explore Georgia? There are plenty of destinations made for adventurous solo travelers looking for some quiet time away.
Let's start with the most obvious. Georgia's capital city has so much to keep you occupied, whether you're seeking culture, adventure or relaxation. Take a walk or bike ride on the Atlanta BeltLine or flex your climbing skills at Stone Summit Climbing & Fitness Center. Admire priceless works of art at the High Museum of Art or catch a live performance at Eddie's Attic. Dine on flavors from around the world on Buford Highway and in Duluth. Want some guidance? Join Explore Gwinnett's Seoul of the South food tours to sample some of the local favorites. And be sure to treat yourself at one of the many spas like Exhale at Loews Atlanta Hotel or Jeju Sauna and Spa.
The Hostess City is a great place for those who want to splurge. Book a room at a historic inn or hotel like the Mansion on Forsyth Park or a trendy spot like the Andaz Savannah, which offers welcome drinks and includes the mini bar snacks. Tour a few historic homes and see the Bird Girl at the Jepson Center for the Arts. Shop ‘til you drop on Broughton Street and pick up the confectionary creations at Chocolat by Adam Turoni. If time allows, head out to Tybee Island to curl up on the beach with a good book.
Little St. Simons Island
Even though the resort on the Georgia coast is all-inclusive, the atmosphere is completely different than others you may experienced. Everything is communal from meals to tours around the island. Use your stay as a chance to disconnect because there is no cell service for miles. Ask a naturalist what the daily offerings are. You never know what creature you might see!
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort isn’t just for weddings or girlfriend getaways. It’s also perfect for a solo jaunt. Dine at one of their many restaurants and take advantage of the tastings of their award-winning wines. There’s also an in-house spa and outdoor pool for the summer months. They have rooms in their inn, villas and even at the spa, each with different prices and amenities.
Set in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, Dahlonega is highly walkable with a square full of locally owned shops and restaurants. If you don’t want to make the drive to the wineries, which the area is known for, most have downtown tasting rooms. The Dahlonega Square Hotel & Villas is well located for exploring. There are also a number of beginner-friendly hikes nearby. Download the Dahlonega-area hiking map to plan your adventure.
More than just for students, Athens has plenty to offer the grown up traveler. Start your day with breakfast at Bulldog favorites like Ideal Bagel or Mama's Boy. The Georgia Museum of Art displays the work of artists from around the world as well as student exhibitions. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is the perfect way to connect with the great outdoors. Don’t miss the breweries, especially Creature Comforts Brewing Co., before dinner at the bar at Trappeze or Seabear Oyster Bar.
For a truly unique solo experience, visit the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers. You can live like the monks for the night or opt for a silent retreat. You’ll have access to their stunning grounds, accommodations and meals. But if you decide silence isn’t for you, venture into Olde Town Conyers to dine at their top-notch restaurants.
Visit this south Georgia town and you'll understand the phrase "never met a stranger." The folks at Merry Acres Inn & Event Center welcome you like family, and their daily social hours are a great place to meet other visitors and locals. While you're there, learn about the history of the Albany Civil Rights Institute and catch a performance by the Freedom Singers. Dine at Pearly’s and The Catch, two of many local favorites. And, be sure to stop by Ray Charles Plaza to hear that old sweet song that is sure to keep Georgia on your mind.
Caroline Eubanks is a freelance writer, travel blogger and film geek from Atlanta. She writes about travel in the South and beyond for BBC Travel, Afar, AAA, and her websites, This Is My South and Caroline in the City.