Hot air balloons at Callaway Resort & Gardens

Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Top 10 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 10 Georgia favorites are ideal for relaxing trips anytime. You might even find availability and rates that better fit your schedule before or after the holiday. No matter when you go, you'll feel refreshed and rewarded by the chance to escape your daily routine at these great escapes.

Jet ski on Lake Blackshear in Cordele, Georgia

Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club in Cordele, Georgia

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. Rent pontoon boats, play golf, go fishing and explore Georgia Veterans State Park. Don’t miss their packages, which can include breakfast, activity rentals and golf.

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For a fun excursion on Saturday evening, Sept. 3, join the Historic SAM Shortline Railroad's Murder Mystery Dinner Train, which departs from Americus for a 2.5-hour round trip ride to Plains. Try to solve the mystery while you enjoy views of southwest Georgia riding in air-conditioned 1949 vintage cars.

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Fireworks at Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

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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Atlanta Evergreen Marriott at Stone Mountain Park

Atlanta Evergreen Lakeside Resort at Stone Mountain Park

Atlanta Evergreen Lakeside Resort at Stone Mountain Park

Stick close to the city with a stay at Stone Mountain Park’s Atlanta Evergreen Lakeside Resort. 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. Enjoy fireworks all three nights at the Lasershow Spectacular!

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Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia

Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia

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.

Adults will enjoy an outing to nearby Crane Creek Vineyards to sample their award-winning wines. Reserve your spot in advance for the Vintner's Tour on Saturday afternoon for a behind-the-scenes peek at the winery's operations, and enjoy a private tasting and charcuterie and cheese board.

And the whole family will enjoy spending time in nearby Blairsville at the annual Mountain Heritage and Music Festival Sept. 2-4, 2022. Browse local arts and crafts, hear live music, and watch demonstrations surrounded by the beauty of the North Georgia mountains.

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Jekyll Island Club Resort on Jekyll Island, Georgia

Jekyll Island Club Resort on Jekyll Island, Georgia. Photo by @thedetailedlocal

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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Woman in Helen, Georgia.

Helen, Georgia. Photo by @goanniewhere

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.

While you're in town, spend Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Folk Pottery Show & Arts Festival at the nearby Sautee Nacoochee Center, featuring regional pottery, live music and food. Also, don't miss the African-American Heritage Site and Cultural Center, where you can explore a restored slave cabin and watch blacksmith demonstrations.

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Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, Georgia

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.

On Sunday, Sept. 4, enjoy a day on Tybee Island and then dance the night away with The Swingin' Medallions at the free family-friendly concert at the Labor Day Beach Bash.

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Cabin in Blue Ridge. Photo credit Escape to Blue Ridge

Escape to Blue Ridge 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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Kayaking Flint River

Flint River in Albany, Georgia

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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Man walking toward treehouse at Stay Dahlonega in Dahlonega, Georgia

Stay Dahlonega treehouse. Photo by @gcalebjones

Stay Dahlonega

Choose to stay in a whimsical treehouse, a cozy farmhouse, a modern home just blocks from the Dahlonega square, or a farmhouse next to a waterfall with Stay Dahlonega's collection of vacation rentals. While you're in the mountains, explore miles of trails through the forest; wineries, breweries and meaderies; historic gold mines and much more. Find more places to see in this Guide to Dahlonega.

On Saturday, Sept. 3, in nearby Dawsonville, check out the annual Labor Day Car Show at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

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Published: July 2022
Written by: Lesli Peterson
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