Toccoa River in Blue Ridge, Georgia

Toccoa River in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Photo by @jennyburdettephotography

Georgia Escapes for Labor Day Weekend

Relax on a long weekend trip that fits perfectly in that sweet spot between summer and fall!

If you missed taking a vacation during the summer break, getting away for the long Labor Day weekend may be just what you need. You can enjoy time at the beach or a dip in the lake … or head to the mountains for a mild breeze and a hopeful peek at fall. These nine Georgia escapes are ideal for Labor Day.

Lake Blackshear Resort Pontoon Rentals

Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club in Cordele

At Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club, families can relax in a lakeside cabin, villa or at the Inn. Don’t miss their packages, which can include breakfast, activity rentals and golf.

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While you’re in Cordele, don’t miss a ride on the Historic SAM Shortline Railroad, which travels through southwest Georgia in air-conditioned 1949 vintage cars. There are fun and exciting train stops in Americus, Plains, and Archery (Jimmy Carter's childhood home).

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Hot air balloons at Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain

Take in the last of summer at Callaway Resort & Gardens. Stay at the Lodge and Spa or in a Cottage, explore Callaway Gardens, rent bikes, play tennis and golf, and relax on the beach. Don’t forget that Labor Day at Callaway means you can experience the Labor Day Weekend Festival with extraordinary nighttime balloon glows, fireworks and much more.

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Kayaking Flint River

Merry Acres Inn in Albany

The rooms and suites at Merry Acres Inn are made for relaxing. You’ll find hardwood floors, hearty Southern oaks and comfortable porch dining options here. Kids will adore the saline pool, and mom and dad love the proximity to family fun attractions like Flint RiverQuarium and Chehaw Park. Hit up Kayak Attack Adventures – they’ll outfit you with a kayak or canoe for an adventure down Flint River from one of two new launch points.

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Atlanta Evergreen Marriott at Stone Mountain Park

Atlanta Evergreen Marriott at Stone Mountain Park

Stick close to the city with a stay at Stone Mountain Park’s Atlanta Evergreen Marriott. Play in the pool (indoor and outdoor options mean pool fun regardless of the weather!), challenge the kids to a game of "life-size" chess, and explore Stone Mountain Park.

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Brasstown Valley Resort Horseback Riding

Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris

Head to the mountains for fun on Brasstown Valley Resort's 503 acres of family fun. Activities include hiking, golfing, fishing and pool time for outdoor excitement. Don’t miss the guided trail horseback rides, including hand-led rides for kids under 6 years old. 

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Jekyll Island Club Resort

Jekyll Island Club Resort on Jekyll Island

If you’re looking for a family beach getaway — sunny weather and shoreline for miles — then head to Jekyll Island. Stay at the historic Jekyll Island Club Resort, visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center or Summer Waves Water Park. Kayaking, biking, dolphin cruises, exploring Tidelands Nature Center … there are plenty of ways to adventure here.

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Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia

Unicoi Lodge in Helen

Whether you want to explore the Alpine town of Helen or stay within the grounds of Unicoi State Park, Unicoi Lodge is a great home base for families. Choose from kid-approved barrel cabins or affordable rooms within the lodge (including loft options the kids will adore.) The Adventure Lodge program is great for active families, with packages that include 3-D archery, paddleboarding, kayak fishing, zip-lining and more. 

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Westin Savannah

Westin Savannah Harbor Resort in Savannah

Relax in luxury at Savannah’s premiere resort for families. The Westin Savannah Harbor Resort is Savannah’s only downtown hotel to offer secluded beach access for guests only along Daufuskie Island — all via their on-site marina. Need a break from the sand? No worries! The hotel also offers a poolside oasis with a restaurant, children’s area, saltwater pool and hot tub.

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Mountain Top Signature Cabin in Blue Ridge, Georgia

Cabin rentals in Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge is a great place to stay if you want to get away to a mountain cabin with your loved ones. Escape To Blue Ridge and Mountain Top Cabin Rentals, among many others, have carefully curated accommodations with perks like full kitchens and hot tubs. Get out and explore the outdoors on the trails of the Chattahoochee National Forest, go fly fishing on the Toccoa River. You also can go paddleboarding, tubing, and kayaking on Lake Blue Ridge. From apple orchards to a drive-in theater, Blue Ridge has plenty of places to explore.

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Published: July 2021
Written by: Lesli Peterson