With travel growing more and more hectic these days, sometimes a simple road trip to a nearby destination that takes you out of reality sounds like the most desirable option out there. Lucky for us Atlantans, we have so many incredible destinations within driving distance that offer true beauty, relaxation, and the chance to disconnect. Whether the beach or the mountains are your thing, we’ve got a recommendation for you. Happy traveling!
- The Cloister at Sea Island (Sea Island, GA)
Forbes five-star accommodations tucked away on a private island—it doesn’t get any better than The Cloister.
⮕ Be sure to eat at Tavola; authentic rustic Italian right on the property.
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- King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort (St Simons Island, GA)
The epitome of beachfront relaxation can be found at the King & Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island. Impeccable dining options and activities for the whole family await you.
⮕ Dessert comes first on vacation—right?! Stop by The Cottage for a coffee + custard affogato. Thank us later.
King & Prince is also home to the island’s only oceanfront restaurant; ECHO, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner specializes in traditional Southern plates with refined coastal flavor. Say no more.
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- The Inn at Serenbe (Chattahoochee Hills, GA)
Just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta is The Inn at Serenbe: an exquisite retreat in Chattahoochee Hills boasting 15 miles of trails, an animal village, a yoga studio, spa, and more. Connect with nature at Serenbe.
⮕ With four restaurants on the property alone, we highly recommend The Farmhouse. One of Atlanta’s original farm-to-table restaurants, The Farmhouse serves regional cuisine using locally grown, organic ingredients from the restaurant’s own garden as well as from Serenbe Farms and other area producers. The menu is re-imagined each month in an effort to serve the most seasonal local ingredients. *Chefs kiss*
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- Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook (Birmingham, AL)
While you may be familiar with the city of Birmingham, you have not truly experienced it until you stay at the Grand Bohemian Mountain Brook – The Kessler Collection. Escape reality at the most unique boutique hotel in Mountain Brook. From the luxurious Poseidon Spa, to cooking classes and wine tastings, enjoy a different staycation experience.
⮕ When in Birmingham, the EWE team recommends venturing outside of the Grand Bohemian (shocking, I know), to try the infamous Hot and Hot Fish Club, a James Beard Award-Winning Restaurant. A neighborhood favorite, Hot and Hot Fish Club serves up farm-to-table regional fare with the very best ingredients in a cozy, inviting space. Enjoy Gulf fish and wine!
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- Jekyll Island Club Resort (Jekyll Island, GA)
Timeless and beautiful, Jekyll Island Club Resort is a Georgia classic. Known for being a place where guests can truly disconnect and enjoy, the Club is the perfect place to escape to for the weekend. With three unique resort experiences (Jekyll Island Club, Island Cottages, and Jekyll Ocean Club), there is something for everyone.
⮕ For oceanfront and open-air vibes, Eighty Ocean Kitchen and Bar is a favorite. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner (plus poolside drinks!), Eighty Ocean is likely one of the options you’ll find yourself returning to. Enjoy Southern coastal fare whilst feeling a lovely ocean breeze.
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- Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa (Young Harris, GA)
Just two short hours from Atlanta and enveloped in the Blue Ridge Mountains sits Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa. As the summer months continue on, you’re probably finding yourself looking for a cooler escape. Look no further than this charming mountain getaway. Whether you’re looking to golf, enjoy the spa, or hit the stables, Brasstown Valley has what you need to disconnect and enjoy.
⮕ The relaxing Fireside Lounge is the quintessential place to cozy up and enjoy a good book or a great cocktail before heading down to Brassies Grill for a bite to eat.
Photo Credit: Cabin Rentals of Georgia