Too short on time (or money) for a major summer vacation? Then plan a quick getaway closer to home.
Pick your favorite:
Luxury Resort: Barnsley Gardens Resort. The love story behind the 160-year-old gardens and estate ruins sets a romantic mood. Posh accommodations, a boutique spa, intimate dining, and a top-notch golf course make for an indulgent retreat. Sixty miles from Atlanta, from $329 in May and June; $259 in July and August. 597 Barnsley Gardens Road, Adairsville,
Country Inn: Inn at Serenbe. Located in an idyllic planned community, this retreat offers accommodations in a 1905 farmhouse and several cottages. The “farm” that shows up on your table is just outside your window. Plan your visit around special events such as a Serenbe Playhouse production, a chef’s weekend (Anne Quatrano of Bacchanalia will be there July 8 to 9), or HGTV’s 2012 Green Home. Thirty-two miles from Atlanta, from $109. 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Palmetto, 770-463-2610, serenbeinn.com
Small Town: Madison. Stay in a local B&B or check into the James Madison Inn, which offers nineteen sumptuously decorated rooms, an Aveda spa, and a convenient location for antiquing and shopping in the quaint downtown. Tour the historic district by horse and carriage, or step inside some of the gracious antebellum houses during the Spring Tour of Homes (May 4 to 5). Sixty miles from Atlanta, from $159. 260 West Washington Street, Madison, 706-342-7040, jamesmadisoninn.com
Outdoor Adventure: Banning Mills. Ride the world’s largest zip line across more than seven scenic miles in Snake Creek Gorge. Or tackle the new fourteen-story climbing wall, the tallest such freestanding wall in the world, Guinness-certified. Book a cabin or room in the lodge to stay overnight. Fifty miles from Atlanta, from $99. 205 Horseshoe Dam Road, Whitesburg, 770-834-9149, historicbanningmills.com