Driftwood Beach at sunrise on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Photo by @wandernorthga

Georgia in the News

May 2022

8 hotels, 4 restaurants in Georgia named 2022 Forbes Travel Guide Star Award Winners

5-Star: The Lodge at Sea Island, The Spa at Sea Island, The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgian Room at The Cloister at Sea Island

4-Star: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, The St. Regis Atlanta, The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee, Bacchanalia Atlanta, Colt & Alison at The Lodge at Sea Island

Recommended: Atlas Buckhead, Loews Atlanta Hotel

Read more at ForbesTravelGuide.com

Helen recognized as Most Charming Small Town in Georgia by Trips To Discover

Helen is a recreation of a Bavarian alpine village located in northern Georgia. All of its downtown buildings are built Bavarian style, including restaurants that serve tasty authentic German cuisine.

Read more at TripstoDiscover.com

April 2022

Explore Georgia awarded Web Marketing Association's 2022 Internet Advertising Competition Award for “Best Travel Integrated Ad Campaign”

Best Travel Integrated Ad Campaign: Explore Your Georgia: A Demand Approach to Driving Tourism Recovery

Read more at IACAward.com

Tybee Island's North Beach ranked Top 25 Best Beach in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure

Reachable in about 20 minutes by car or shuttle from Savannah, North Beach is a peaceful, family-friendly spot frequented by locals.

Read more at TravelandLeisure.com

Georgia's Golden Isles named Lovely Honeymoon Destination In The U.S. by HuffPost

Coastal Georgia is a hidden treasure to many Americans, but for those in the know, the appeal is clear. Moss-draped oak trees, salt marshes, beaches, golf courses and shops are just some of the many features of the Golden Isles, which include popular destinations like St. Simons Island, Sea Island and Jekyll Island.

Read more at HuffPost.com

March 2022

Georgia’s Golden Isles recognized by National Geographic as the Deep South's Best-Kept Secret

Georgia’s 110-mile coast packs in a wealth of treasures, from Savannah’s historic downtown to the white-sand beaches of the Golden Isles and coastal communities with West African roots.

Read more at NationalGeographic.co.uk

Cumberland Island named to The Washington Post's 7 Special Islands to Visit This Spring Without Leaving U.S. Territory

Cumberland feels removed from the modern world. You can only get to the 17-mile-long barrier island off Georgia’s southeastern corner by ferry departing from St. Marys. The untamed forests and marshes teem with wildlife — alligators, armadillos, feral pigs, feral horses — while the surrounding waters are home to dolphins and whales, and to sea turtles that nest on the beaches.

Read more at WashingtonPost.com

Cartersville, Columbus museums named Best Museums of 2022 by USA Today’s 10Best

Best Art Museum: Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia

Best Free Museum: National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center in Columbus, Georgia

Best History Museum: National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center in Columbus, Georgia

Read more at 10Best.com

Athens named The South’s Best College Town 2022 by Southern Living

The Classic City’s grown-up food scene calls alumni back as much as the school spirit.

Read more at SouthernLiving.com

February 2022

Explore Georgia, Travel + Leisure awarded Pressboard's Top 100 Branded Content Partnerships of 2021

Top 10 Partnership Fit: We Mapped Out the Ultimate Georgia Road Trip: Explore Georgia + Travel + Leisure

Read more at PressboardMedia.com

Jekyll Island’s Driftwood Beach named to Tripadvisor’s Top 10 Beaches in the U.S. for 2022

Traveler tip: "I've been to many beaches, but none like this one. A great visual sight awaits you when you visit…Go at the 'golden hour' to get some great photos, or just hang out for the day and have a picnic." - @roadpeops

Read more at TripAdvisor.com

Savannah recognized on Tripadvisor’s Top 10 Most Popular Destinations, Top 10 Destinations for City Lovers, Top 10 Destinations for Food Lovers in the U.S. for 2022

It’s tempting to spend your trip just relaxing on vast verandas and sipping mint juleps, but there are plenty of historical sites and museums to explore. Dine on fresh seafood and creamy grits for a taste of Savannah home cooking.

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Athens, Dahlonega named to HGTV’s 30 Most Charming Small-Town Downtowns in America

Home to the University of Georgia, Athens is a vibrant college town that oozes Southern appeal. It's also well-known for its music scene, thanks to wildly successful hometown bands like R.E.M. and The B-52s.

Just one hour northeast of Atlanta lies Dahlonega, Georgia, a charming town nestled into the Appalachian Mountains that feels worlds away from the big city. This mountain escape is not only the heart of Georgia Wine Country, boasting nearly two dozen wineries and tasting rooms, but it's also known for its storied gold mining history.

Read more at HGTV.com

January 2022

Explore Georgia earned 2021 Content Marketing Award, Honorable Mentions from PR Daily

Winner: Branded Content Site

Honorable Mention: Content Marketing for the Purpose of Customer Engagement

Honorable Mention: Interactive Content

Read more at PRDaily.com

Georgia named to USA Today’s Top 10 Trending Travel Destinations for January

Is Georgia on your mind? For many, it certainly is this time of year. As far as weather goes, temperatures tend to stay in the 50s. Snow falls here and there. License to Chill Snow Island at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands near Gainesville offers a variety of snow play areas for the next several weeks. In Albany, head indoors to check out the stars at Wetherbee Planetarium, or learn about native fish at Flint RiverQuarium. In Atlanta, Explore Georgia suggests warming up with a Hampton + Hudson’s bourbon and brandy hot chocolate or stopping by one of the city’s neighborhood coffee and tea shops.

Read more at USAToday.com

Coastal Georgia featured on Lonely Planet’s Best U.S. Destination for Winter Sun

For sun-seekers heading to Georgia, you could do quite well by stopping in Savannah and never leaving. But head just a little further out to the coast to find a world of barrier islands and twisting waterways to explore.

Read more at LonelyPlanet.com

Sea Island named to TravelAwait’s 8 Amazing Private Islands To Escape To In 2022

Sea Island is home to five miles of private beach, a beach club, tennis, yacht club, and Camp Cloister for the young folks. There’s horseback riding and falconry. Golfers take note: There are three championship courses. Choose from accommodations like The Cloister at Sea Island, with its myriad of activities, from bowling, hunting, and shooting to boating, biking, and fishing. Another option is The Lodge at Sea Island. It’s beloved for its oceanside pool, 24-hour butler service, golf cottages, and more.

Read more at TravelAwaits.com

December 2021

Savannah recognized on Travel + Leisure’s 50 Best Places to Travel in 2022

This coastal Georgia city is rightly famous for its atmospheric, moss-draped streets and squares, not to mention its hundreds of years of history. But lately Savannah has been boosted by creativity and innovation outside the sometimes frozen-in-amber Old Town, which means now is a particularly compelling time to visit.

Read more at TravelandLeisure.com

November 2021

Atlanta named to National Geographic’s Best of the World 2022

Atlanta’s “special sauce” is its three C’s: civic, corporate, and cultural. We’re the cradle of the civil rights movement, the home of Coca-Cola, and our hip-hop culture shapes global culture. There’s no place else quite like Atlanta.

Read more at NationalGeographic.com

October 2021

Atlanta awarded Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022

The South's so-called capital isn't nicknamed Hotlanta for nothing, y'all. Charismatic and lush, Atlanta is a feverish, easy-on-the-eyes cavalcade of culture, cuisine and Southern hospitality.

Read more at LonelyPlanet.com