Hello readers! I am Nadeen and I am thrilled to be a guest blogger on Bernetta Style! I blog at www.thesophisticatedlife.com and my passions include Travel, Food, Wine, Arts& Culture.
For this blog post I will be sharing with you my ideas for Atlanta weekend getaways! One of things I love about Atlanta is its proximity to so many states! I moved here from South Florida and the only quick way out of there, and even to many parts of the state, was via a plane ride. Fortunately, living in Atlanta we have the option of driving, taking the bus, train or plane to many fantastic nearby destinations.
If you are like me, you love to getaway even for a few days to relax, recoup and release! Here are a variety of choices for your Atlanta Weekend Getaway!
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort: Located only 40 minutes driving distance from Atlanta, Chateau Elan Winery & Resort is a beautiful sprawling property with a main Inn, spa suites for overnight stays, a pool, of course a winery which offers tours and tastings, golfing, and many restaurants from a pub to formal dining to buffets. What I loved the most about staying at Chateau Elan was the package that included all our meals and spa treatments. They offer many types of packages so be sure to visit their website for more information!
Inn at Serenbe: Located 50 minutes driving distance from the city, The Inn at Serenbe is located in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. If you have heard of Palmetto it is in this area. The Inn offers a spa, a farm with over 100 farm animals, several miles of trails, a lake and they offer hayrides and campfires! There is also The Farmhouse restaurant serving true farm to table fare with organic ingredients grown on the farm nearby. I have not stayed overnight at this property yet but plan to soon! In November I will be attending the Les Dames d’Escoffier Afternoon in the Country annual food event there. For more information on the Inn at Serenbe click here.
Savannah, GA: Who doesn’t love Savannah? It is well worth the 4 hour drive from Atlanta. They also have their own airport if you would like to save time and fly. It is quaint, historic and has so many great places to eat and listen to live music along the riverfront! I suggest taking the old town trolley to see the city. You can hop on and off all day. If you feel like relaxing on the beach take the drive over to Tybee Island and while there have some seafood at The Crab Shack! If you have time, drive the extra 30 minutes southeast to the Isle of Hope. Surrounded by tidal inlets it has gorgeous old southern homes as well as a large plantation that offers tours. In Savannah I highly recommend staying at one of the Marriott Autograph collection hotels-The Mansion on Forsyth Park or The Bohemian Hotel on the riverfront.
St.Simon’s and Sea Island: I had a wonderful time visiting a friend on both these islands in May. Since it is a 5 hour drive from Atlanta I did decide to fly there. Delta offers nonstop flights which only takes 40 minutes! Both islands have wonderful country clubs with spas, restaurants and golf courses. The main town areas and piers also offers shopping and many dining options. I wrote a blog post about my trip so be sure to read more here!
Hilton Head Island, SC: Located 4 ½ to 5 hour driving distance from Atlanta, you have the option of flying into Savannah airport and driving 45 minutes over to the island. I went there last year at the end of August and found it to be so charming! It is a great place to relax on the beach, go bike riding then take in live music and dinner at The Jazz Corner or eat at the chef’s table at the Sage Room.
If you are looking for a place to stay I recommend The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort! The rooms, the balcony views, the pool area, the service met all my expectations.
Nashville, TN: I made my first visit to music city in April. It is a 4 hour drive from Atlanta and what a beautiful drive through the Tennessee Mountains! I also spent a day on the old town trolley there to learn about the history of the city and see the major sites. We stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Resort which was truly spectacular.
You could easily spend much of your time at this property with its many restaurants, spa and even a boat ride thru its canal. It is located next to the Grand Ole Opry which offers tours and of course live shows. What surprised me the most about Nashville was the wide array of restaurants to choose from! It is truly a foodie town. Since I am a foodie myself, I compiled a list of recommended restaurants in Nashville so when you visit be sure to check them out!
Some other areas to consider include Chattanooga TN, Northern Florida along the Emerald Coast-Destin and Fort Walton Beach, Asheville, NC, and Charleston, SC.
I hope you have enjoyed my travel journey! Be sure to visit my website and follow me on my social networking sites such as Facebook and Google + @ The Sophisticated Life, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr @ thesophislife for more Travel stories as well as Food, Wine, Music & Art!
Cia SaysSeptember 19, 2014 at 9:14 am
What Atlanta lacks in beach destinations they definitely make up in culture and upscale tourist destinations within driving distance. I love this post. It makes me want to pack a bag an hit the road. 😀
Nadeen WhiteSeptember 19, 2014 at 8:38 pm
Cia yes I agree! I moved here from Florida so I miss the beach but there is so much to do here and the surrounding areas!
LouidaOctober 2, 2014 at 12:55 pm
Nadeen you always know all the great destinations in Georgia. I need to start going to these places!
Emma bailOctober 9, 2014 at 3:20 am
I totally agree with a first comment that though Atlanta is a lack of beaches they covered all these things through their culture and events which are really very unique.By the way thank you so much for sharing in fact giving such a nice ideas to spend weekend because i am thinking to plan a trip to Atlanta soon and this will be helpful for me.
BernettaOctober 12, 2014 at 8:11 am
Yes!I wish we had beaches too!