The wine barrel cabins at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia, are at the foreground of the photo. The cabins are wine-barrel-shaped, like large cans of soup laying on their sides. The exteriors are painted dark brown and have a door and three windows. There is a dirt staircase leading down to the cabins and they are surrounded by a forest of tall, green-leafed trees.

Wine barrel cabins at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia. Photo by @gcalebjones

Cozy Georgia Getaways Perfect for Winter

After days spent outside in the crisp, cool air, you'll love warming up in these Georgia cabins, inns, resorts and more.

As the temperatures cool, take the opportunity to get away from the chaos of daily life in favor of a cozy getaway with loved ones or on your own. You don't have to go too far from home to experience these Georgia destinations, from the mountains to the coast.

North Georgia Mountains

A modern, sleek-looking wooden treehouse stands on stilts amid deep, dense forestry at Treetop Hideaways in Flintstone, Georgia. A person stands on the brideway leading up to the door to the treehouse, leaning on the rails, smiling at the camera. There is a tall, red-leafed tree in front of the cabin, with its leaves just sparse enough to see through them clearly. There are twinkling dangling lights all around the scene.
Treetop Hideaways in Flintstone, Georgia

Warm and inviting accommodations designed to make the most of the scenery abound in north Georgia. You could rent a cabin in Blue Ridge and spend your days exploring the town. Or retreat to a treehouse in Flintstone, Georgia, and relax in quiet solitude. 

The interior of a bedroom at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, Georgia. The bed has a stately brown wood frame, and is adorned with white linen and colorful pillows and decorative blanket. There are lit-up lamps on either side of the bed. To the right of the bed is the patio, with a table and four chairs looking out to a leafy tree.
Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, Georgia

An hour north of Atlanta is Adairsville, home to Barnsley Resort, which was formerly a private estate and at some point was owned by a German prince. These days, it’s a favorite retreat for city dwellers looking to relax. There are cottages with fireplaces and bathtubs, along with inn rooms, and pets are welcome. All guests have access to the resort's Southern dining, golf course, horseback riding, spa, sporting clays and cozy fireplaces.

A snow-dusted scene of the Hike Inn in Dawsonville, Georgia. There are two building structures next to each other, multiple-storied with windows and patios. Beside and behind the hotel's structure are towering, bare trees.
Hike Inn in Dawsonville, Georgia

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Len Foote Hike Inn, an eco-friendly rustic lodge that is only accessible by foot. Start your journey at Amicalola Falls Lodge, where you leave your car, before starting the 5-mile trek to the top. Once there, change into your comfiest clothes to read a book or play games in the fireside “living room,” or grab a cup of tea from the kitchen, where you have your communal meals. Use the inn as a base to go on longer hikes, including the Appalachian Trail approach trail to Springer Mountain, the official starting point.

Georgia Wine Country

Multiple rows of grape plants are lined up on the right side of the photo of Yonah Mountain Vineyards & Winery in Cleveland, Georgia. Their leaves are green. To the left are two tall trees covered in orange leaves. In the background is a rolling hill of the mountain covered in the multi-colored leaves of autumn.
Yonah Mountain Vineyards & Winery

What’s better than a wine country weekend? Take advantage of the many wineries around North Georgia, especially those near Helen, Cleveland and the American Viticultural Area region around Dahlonega. Some favorites are Yonah Mountain, Wolf Mountain and Crane Creek Vineyards.

Inside a room at Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia. The room is veryhomey, with clean lines, lots of tall windows peering out to green foliage, a cozy patterned rug, wood details and a bed covered in a warm-toned gray comforter.
Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia

Rent a cabin with some friends, like the wine barrel cabins at Unicoi State Park, or warm up at Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa, located near Helen. Not only are the rooms comfy and the breakfast gourmet, they also have an in-house spa where you can fully pamper yourself. While you’re there, go on a scenic hike.

Lake Country

A magnanimous, multi-storied, stone-and-wood, mansion-looking house with a pool at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia, sits stately in the middle of the photo. It's dusk, with the sky above painted a dull blue-and-pink from the sunset. The windows are lit up in gold with the lights from the interior. There are tall pine trees all around the houe, and the pool is flanked by pool furniture and umbrellas.
Lake house at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia

You might not be swimming, but fall is great for boating on the many lakes around Georgia. Lake Oconee is visitor-friendly, with plenty of marinas and boat rentals located nearby. There’s nowhere better to stay than the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. Set along 30 acres of lakefront shoreline, the luxury resort has golf course access, lakeside rooms, spa treatments and multiple dining options. Warm up with a cocktail at one of the fire pits.

Head into Greensboro and the other towns in the area to go shopping, sip on craft beer and learn about local history.


A long, horse-stable-looking building with a green roof sits on a stretching grassy lawn at the Southern Cross Guest Ranch in Madison, Georgia. There are a large handful of differently colored horses grazing in front of the building. Their relfection as well as the reflection of the house behind is in the waters of the lake at the foreground of the photo. To the left is a person standing on land fishing.
Southern Cross Guest Ranch in Madison, Georgia

You don’t have to go out West to get the dude ranch experience. Southern Cross Guest Ranch is a horse farm and bed and breakfast in Madison with five types of rooms, featuring king-sized beds, televisions, Jacuzzi baths, fireplaces and complimentary breakfast. Guests can go on trail rides or take advantage of nearby golfing, kayaking and shopping.

The interior of a cozy room at the James Madison Inn in Madison, Georgia. Two green, velvet arm chairs sit next to each other, with a lit fireplace between them. There are framed pieces of art hung on the walls around the chairs.
A cozy room at the James Madison Inn

For a traditional historic bed and breakfast experience, stay at the town’s namesake James Madison Inn, an award-winning property. Rooms, each decorated in a different way, come with Egyptian cotton linens, flat-screen televisions, fireplaces and a rain shower. There is also an outdoor porch where guests can cozy up with a book by a local author. Pamper yourself with an in-house spa treatment before exploring the area further.

Atlanta and Surrounds

There are three smiling and laughing people sitting on long seats around a small bonfire at an open campsite at The Inn at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. There are trees scattered around them and in the background. The sky above is a light blue, scattered with the whispy orange-and-pink clouds of a recent sunset.
Bonfire at The Inn at Serenbe

Although it’s only 45 minutes from downtown Atlanta, Serenbe feels worlds away. It's a residential area, but also has plenty of visitor experiences. Spend time browsing the shops and dining at the restaurants, like the much-praised The Farmhouse at Serenbe, before settling into a night at The Inn at Serenbe. The grounds have 15 miles of trails to explore over the course of 36 acres, with 27 guest rooms, daily meals and a spa.

A blue-and-beige yurt at Tugaloo State Park in Lavonia, Georgia, stands in the middle of this vertical photo. There are tall pine trees scattered around.
Tugaloo State Park in Lavonia, Georgia

Georgia State Parks offer unique accommodation options throughout the state, but none are quite as fun as the yurts located at multiple parks, including Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs. Originally a textile mill, the 2,000-acre park has miles of hiking trails and mill ruins, as well as a lake for fishing and paddling. Choose from 10 yurts, which can sleep six people and are fully heated, as well as traditional campsites.

Georgia Coast

An exterior view of the Lodge at Little St. Simons Island, Georgia, reveals a quaint yellow house with dark-green window trim. There is a wooden staircase leading up to the green door. All around the house are drooping willow trees, and in front of the house are green plants.
Lodge at Little St. Simons Island, Georgia

It might not be “beach weather” in the traditional sense, with umbrellas and swimming in the ocean, but there’s something lovely about off-season trips to the coast. The Golden Isles (St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island) are a wonderful place to spend a weekend or longer. On Little St. Simons Island, visitors can enjoy both luxury and nature in rooms surrounding a fireplace, chef-prepared meals, and daily excursions with the onsite naturalists.

The white Greyfield Inn in Cumberland Island, Georgia, stands stately and stout next to a busy bike and walking path. The house is multi-storied with several windows on each level, with a staircase leading up to the front door. There are several people walking and biking on the path in front of the house. There are towering trees around the house with leaves so full the sky above is nearly blocked in the photo.
Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island, Georgia

Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island is another choice that puts you in the heart of a national seashore known for its wild beauty and the ruins of the Carnegie mansion. Detour to Jekyll Island to snap sunset photographs on the iconic Driftwood Beach.

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Published: January 2024
Written by: Caroline Eubanks
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