Day Trips/Get­aways

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BLUE RIDGE— En­joy beauty, na­ture and out­door fun in Ge­or­gia’s Blue Ridge, only 90 miles north of At­lanta via I-575 and High­way 515. With 106,000 acres lo­cated in the Chattahoochee Na­tional For­est, Blue Ridge of­fers hik­ing, fish­ing, bik­ing and other out­door pur­suits, plus shop­ping, an­tiquing and more. Vis­i­tors can rent a cozy cabin or a lux­ury moun­tain home, or stay in a bed and break­fast inn or ho­tel. www.blueridge­moun­ Fan­nin County Cham­ber of Com­merce and Wel­come Cen­ter, 152 Orvin Lance Dr., Blue Ridge, 800.899.6867. BOOTH WESTERN ART MUSEUM— Western Amer­i­can art as well as pres­i­den­tial, Civil War and movie poster col­lec­tions. Plus, a chil­dren’s gallery, a gift shop, the­aters, a cafe and a re­search gallery. Closed M. Adults $10, se­niors $8, stu­dents $7, military and chil­dren un­der 13 free. www. booth­mu­ 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville, 770.387.1300. Map2/B2 COLUM­BUS— Ge­or­gia’s third-largest city lies on the banks of the Chattahoochee River; the cen­ter­piece of the town is the 15-mile Chat­ta­hoocheee RiverWalk. Attractions in­clude the Springer Opera House, Port Colum­bus Civil War Naval Cen­ter, the Na­tional In­fantry Museum, The Colum­bus Museum and Call­away Gar­dens Re­sort. www.vis­it­colum­ Colum­bus CVB, 900 Front Ave., Colum­bus, 800.999.1613. LAKE OCONEE— Lake Oconee boasts a rich Na­tiveAmer­i­can his­tory, plus many his­tor­i­cal build­ings, mu­se­ums, and more. Ex­plore the beau­ti­ful lake coun­try and drink in the cul­ture and his­tory that makes Lake Oconee so unique. Peruse the shops that let you bring some of Ge­or­gia’s lake coun­try home. www.vis­it­lakeo­ Greene County Tourism Of­fice, 1034 Sil­ver Drive, Ste. 201, Greens­boro, 706 453-0380. MADI­SON— Stroll along clean streets framed by myr­iad flower beds and picturesque homes. A one-hour drive from At­lanta, Madi­son’s attractions in­clude the Madi­son-Mor­gan Cul­tural Cen­ter, St­ef­fen Thomas Museum of Fine Art, Rogers House and Her­itage Hall. www.vis­it­madis­ Wel­come Cen­ter, 115 E. Jefferson St., 706.342.4454. MCDONOUGH— Es­tab­lished in 1823, this picturesque town is the coun­try seat of Henry county. It was named a “Na­tional Main Street City” and “City

of Char­ac­ter.” Don’t miss Nash Farm Bat­tle­field, sev­eral parks and the an­nual Gera­nium Fes­ti­val on May 21.­ McDonough Wel­come Cen­ter, 5 Grif­fin St., 770.898.9311. SERENBE— Only a 40-minute drive from At­lanta, this charm­ing con­ser­va­tion- and well­ness-fo­cused com­mu­nity of­fers a his­toric farm-turned-inn, bou­tique shops, fine din­ing, horse­back rid­ing, hik­ing trails and an im­mer­sive theater group. www. 9110 Sel­borne Ln., Chattahoochee Hills, 770.463.2609.

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