Credit: Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, born 1929), All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, wood, mirrors, plastic, glass, and LEDs. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore and Victoria Miro, London. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver.

Experience Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta through Feb. 17, 2019. Credit: Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, born 1929), All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, wood, mirrors, plastic, glass, and LEDs. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore and Victoria Miro, London. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver.

10 Best Things to Do this Winter in Georgia

Just because it's winter in Georgia doesn't mean it's time to stop exploring the state! Colder days can be spent making a bucket list of trips for the year, but that's not all. Get out and explore some of these winter activities all over the Peach State.

Collins Quarter coffee in Savannah

1. Drink a warm beverage (boozy or not)

Gather with some friends or family for a round of warm beverages.

Atlanta

In Atlanta, there's no shortage of hot drinks to enjoy. Try Hampton + Hudson’s bourbon and brandy hot chocolate or the non-alcoholic version at Xocolatl. And, when you need a caffeinated pick-me-up, check out these five neighborhood coffee and tea shops in Atlanta.

Savannah

Savannah knows its way around a hot drink with plenty of coffee shops. Order the white forest mocha at The Paris Market, the spiced lavender mocha at The Collins Quarter or any of the teas at Gryphon Tea Room.

More to love

Follow the Coffee Shops Flavor Tour to sip on coffee around Georgia, including Athens’ 1000 Faces, Americus’ Cafe Campesino or Augusta’s Buona Caffe.

Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park

2. Play in the snow (or ice)

Georgia may not get much snow most years, but that doesn't mean you can't see some!

Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park

Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta runs through February with artificial snow for tubing.

Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

License to Chill Snow Island at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands near Gainesville has snow rides and play areas through the end of February.

Seasonal ice skating rinks

Some of the ice skating rinks set up around the holidays stay open through the end of January, as well.

Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia

3. Cozy up at a resort

Book a getaway to one of Georgia's coziest resorts.

Northeast Georgia Mountains

Winter promotions make this the best time of year to enjoy the cabin rentals in Helen and Dahlonega, which can come with hot tubs and mountain views. Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in Young Harris is another favorite for its roaring fireplaces and in-house spa.

The Coast

The Georgia coast is also nice in the off-season. Explore the barrier island bundled up with a stay at The Lodge on Little St. Simon's Island.

Lake Country

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee has lakefront fire pits where you can enjoy a cocktail.

Credit: Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, born 1929), All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, wood, mirrors, plastic, glass, and LEDs. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore and Victoria Miro, London. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver.

4. Spend a day at a museum

Get your dose of culture with the changing exhibits at some of Georgia's best museums.

Atlanta

The High Museum of Art hosts "Infinity Mirrors" through Feb. 17, 2019. Advance tickets for the exhibition have sold out, but there are approximately 100 walk-up tickets available at the museum each day beginning one hour before the museum opens. Find more information at high.org.

The Cyclorama opens in its new home at the Atlanta History Center on Feb. 22, 2019.

Savannah

"Monet to Matisse" will continue at the Jepson Center for the Arts through Feb. 10, 2019.

Augusta

Don't miss "Jonathan Green: Selections from the Permanent Collection," running through Jan. 27, 2019, at Augusta's Morris Museum of Art.

Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Georgia

5. Read a book by a Georgia author

Chilly days are the ideal time to dust off some books by your favorite Georgia authors. Might this be the year you finally get through "Gone With the Wind," "The Color Purple" or "The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor"? Or perhaps you’re looking to learn more about Georgia history from John Lewis’ "March" graphic novel series or one of President Jimmy Carter's many memoirs.

To get started, visit one of the state's fantastic bookstores like:

Then, jump into the pages of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and more famous books at these Georgia literary landmarks.

Paradise Hills Resort & Spa in Blairsville, Georgia

6. Indulge in a spa treatment

Splurge on some self-care during this time of year, whether that be a spa treatment or a weekend wellness retreat. Steam in a hammam or sauna in Metro Atlanta, or enjoy a treatment before a trip to the vineyard in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, such as at Paradise Hills Resort & Spa in Blairsville. Go on a silent retreat at one of the state's spiritual centers, or practice yoga and meditation.

Find inspiration with these trip ideas:

Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge, Georgia

7. Go hiking or camping

Spend some time in the great outdoors! Georgia has gorgeous state parks and miles of trails to explore, no matter what region you're in.

Hiking

Winter is a good time for goal-setting, whether that means waking up early to catch the sunrise on Panola Mountain or conquering some of the state's highest points, Springer Mountain and Brasstown Bald. Start the year on one of the First Day Hikes at Georgia State Parks.

Camping

Enjoy sleeping under the stars? Check out these 10 Great Spots to Camp in Georgia, and find many more campgrounds and RV parks throughout the state.

Stranger Things

8. Binge on Georgia film projects

Head to one of the state's historic movie theaters, or cuddle up in front of your home television to watch one of the many Georgia film and television projects. Catch up on past seasons of "Stranger Things" and "The Walking Dead" before they come back or start a new series. Don't forget about those that are only found on Netflix and Facebook Watch! 

Check out these trailers for Georgia movies and TV shows that are now showing and coming soon, and check this list of release dates for new movies and shows.

shopping

9. Shop for new styles

Winter sales make this the perfect time to support local businesses, like at these great places to shop:

And, you can shop for bargains at places like The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta in Woodstock, the North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville, and the Tanger Outlet Center Locust Grove.

Peter Buck and friends at the 40 Watt in Athens, Georgia

10. Catch a show

The Super Bowl will be in Georgia Feb. 3, 2019, bringing with it a concert series with acts like Foo Fighters and Killer Mike. Whether or not you get tickets to the game and surrounding festivities, this is a good time to soak up the state's live music scene. Athens, Macon and Augusta, in particular, have can't-miss venues.

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Published: December 2018
Written by: Caroline Eubanks