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At The Nest at Brannon Ridge Reserve, Paige Thornton and Kim Bucciero envisioned a tucked-away respite with design and home efficiency on par with almost anything in Atlanta.
When you feel the pull of the outdoors, don’t overlook the obvious choice: Georgia’s 63 state parks and historic sites cover incredibly diverse terrain, from North America’s largest blackwater swamp to one of the world’s great mountain ranges. Here are a few of our favorite places to explore, especially when the leaves start to turn.
The pet-friendly resort, which also offers a rooftop bar, spa, and wine cellar, sits on five acres. All 25 rooms, which start at $395 a night, are king suites with mountain views, mini bars, and 24/7 room service.
Even if—like most folks—you’re not inclined to hike the AT all the way to Maine, you can still get a taste of the glory at the trail’s southern terminus at the top of Georgia’s Springer Mountain.
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Just under a three hour drive from Atlanta, you'll discover Jackson County, North Carolina, a place of lofty peaks, rushing water, and spectacular scenery
The club has a lake, so it offers boating and fishing, as well as hiking and a top-ranked golf course. Most unique is the Arts Loft, a staffed studio that serves both professionals and novices—offering classes, shows, dinners, and wine events.
Like many Atlantans, Scott Murphy and David Spirt were smitten with the charms of Highlands, North Carolina. Last year they decided the town was perfect for a weekend escape from their demanding jobs.
Davind and Rookmin Maharaj both grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, so they never especially craved a second home along the coast. This past spring they settled on a cabin outside Blue Ridge, less than a two-hour drive from their home in Cumming and, just as importantly, a 10-minute walk from the Toccoa River.