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Living in Atlanta and need an escape? Maybe you have your eyes on the easy Southern charm of rural Georgia for a vacation? Join us as we explore the best resorts in Georgia for a relaxing getaway.

By Sean Pavone

Near Georgia’s Best Beaches

Jekyll Island Club Resort

Jekyll Island has been one of America’s most iconic resorts since 1888. Back in the day, in the resort’s early years, it attracted some of the biggest family names in US history like the Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers, and the Pultizers, who came to escape the winter weather of the Northeast. Although the area has since expanded, the resort still maintains a feeling of old-school charm. Plus, Jekyll Island is just about unbeatable when it comes to activities — for those wanting to relax and swim, the resort has private beach access and multiple pools including one with a water park area. The resort is also close to some of Georgia’s Best Beaches for those looking to hit the waves. Meanwhile, dry land activities include horseback riding, mini golf, tennis, 63 holes of golf, and free bike rentals. Guests can also take to the sea in a kayak, paddleboard, or even on a shrimping boat. As for dining options, Jekyll Island Club Resort has six restaurants and eating areas including the Grand Dining Room and The Wharf, a lively waterfront eatery.

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King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort

A member of Tripadvisor’s Hall of Fame for receiving a “Certificate of Excellence” for eight consecutive years, praise continually pours in for The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. This praise is in part because of its location on St. Simons Island, which has been called a “Top 10 Island in the U.S.” by Condé Nast Traveler, “America’s Most Romantic Town” by Travel+Leisure, and one of the “Best Coastal Small Towns” by USA Today. Unsurprisingly, because of its name, the resort features an award-winning golf course in addition to other activities like a spa cottage, tennis courts, and a fitness center. An alternative to the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort would be The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, a resort on a river rather than the sea which has an eco-lodge feel.

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The Cloister at Sea Island

Awarded a 5 star Forbes rating (a recognition reserved only for the best hotels), The Cloister at Sea Island is a picture of elegance as soon as guests step into its ornate halls. As with many of these resorts, The Cloister has a number of different accommodation packages. The first is the Sea Island Classic Golf Package where guests can take full advantage of the resort’s three championship golf courses. Other packages include The Romance Package –a two-night stay with wine upon arrival, dinner credit towards the onsite-dining venue of the couple’s choice, a 90-minute couples massage, and a rose petal turndown service. Another Sea Island hotel worth a visit is The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club.

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Amongst Georgia’s Mountains

Barnsley Resort

Located on 3,000 acres of tranquil North Georgia land, the Barnsley Resort is a great place to unplug and indulge in unique countryside accommodation. More or less assembled as a campus around a central lawn, Barnsley is made up of the main inn, multiple restaurants and events pavilions, and a beer garden. The other quaint buildings are cottages where guests can stay. The grounds host a number of activities like horseback riding, disc golf, and trails for hiking and biking. Whether someone comes for a wedding, to golf, or to just slowly sway in a rocking chair on a sweeping veranda The Barnsley is a must-visit.

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Valhalla Resort

From the outside, Valhalla Resort might seem like a gimmick due to its architecture that looks like a child’s impression of a castle. Couple that with the name that harkens back to the heaven enjoyed by Norse gods and you’ve got a strange recipe. However, the inside of this North Georgia mountain resort is a respectable hotel with tasteful suites that have stunning views, smart looking bars and wine cellars, and a peaceful golf course. The Solasta Spa also offers rejuvenating hot stone massages, skin treatments, manicures/pedicures, and waxing services.

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Forrest Hills Mountain Resort and Conference Center

Another fine establishment in the Blue Ridge Mountain Range, the Forrest Hills Mountain Resort and Conference Center has a rustic vibe that teeters on the line of resort and luxury glamping. Nestled in forested land, guests are constantly interacting with stunning nature whether during the sunny summer season, cool winter, or amongst the changing leaves of autumn. Ideal for couples, Forrest Hills offers rooms that have jacuzzis in the bedroom for an extra touch of romance. There are also a number of nearby activities including celebrated wineries and Amicalola Falls, where the staff can arrange a zip lining tour for guests. Those who want to explore more of the Peach State have many other tours in Georgia to choose from.

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Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa

Georgians must love to golf. Yet again we have a resort that can brag about its truly stunning golf course having been praised by Golf Digest as one of the best courses to play in the state of Georgia. The resort offers hours of potential fun with over nine miles of trails that can be taken by foot or by horse, as well as fishing, nearby water activities like white water rafting, and an indoor and outdoor pool where swimmers can dive beneath a barrier window to pass between the divider.

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Lakeside Luxury

Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort

Despite the “Atlanta” in its name, this resort still qualifies as a “getaway”, technically residing in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Because of its proximity to Atlanta — just 35 minutes away by car — it’s a convenient spot for Atlanta locals to go for a quick weekend trip. Within the view of the rock peak that gave the town its name, the hotel is in the thick of nature; surrounded by forests and a series of lakes. Located inside of Stone Mountain Park, one of the most amazing places to visit in Georgia, visitors will have plenty of opportunity to explore the great outdoors. Certified as a AAA Four Diamond hotel, The Evergreen itself provides a great amount of comfort and entertainment.

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The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

Some might say we saved the best for last. Always in contention as the best chain of fine resort hotels, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is able to intertwine a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere with exquisitely refined rooms and experience. Built along 30-acres of lakeside shoreline, the best place to enjoy the scenery is from the infinity pool that overlooks beautiful Lake Oconee. There are a number of room options around the finely manicured grounds including the main hotel as well as luxury cottages. Many of the other buildings like venue halls are styled in a Southern barn manner, making weddings and parties at the hotel a charming rustic event. Due to the many lake activities, tennis courts, and kid club this is a great family-friendly option. Oh, and have we mentioned how much Georgia likes golf?! Well besides the Ritz’s golf course, folks can also get a golf ball massage at the spa.

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