The Wyld dock bar in Savannah, Georgia. Photo by @wandernorthga
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 get a bird's eye view of Centennial Olympic Park from SkyView Atlanta. Admire priceless works of art at the High Museum of Art or go shopping at Avalon. 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 the new JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District, which overlooks the river. 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 have 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 University of Georgia students, Athens has plenty to offer the grown-up traveler. Start your day with breakfast at Bulldog favorites like Mama's Boy or Cafe Racer. 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.
Escape to a small town and explore Conyers, known for its historic Olde Town Conyers with top-notch restaurants and shopping. Rent a bike and pedal the Olde Towne Conyers PATH Trail. Discover Big Haynes Creek Nature Center, a protected 173 acres wildlife preserve, located within the Georgia International Horse Park, home of the equestrian and mountain bike venues for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. Stroll the meditative paths at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, and venture over to the trailhead for the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area to continue your journey on more than 30 miles of trails for hiking and biking.
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, admire one of Georgia's seven natural wonders at Radium Springs Gardens. 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.