THE BIG HOUSE MUSEUM— The Allman Brothers Band lived in this house from 1970-1973. The house now pays homage to the legendary band with rooms packed with memorabilia, fan art and an inside look at the band’s daily music-making. Open Th-Su. Tickets: adults $10; military/students/seniors $8; ages 10-18 $4; ages 9 and under free. www.thebighousemuseum.com. 2321 Vineville Ave., Macon, 478.741.5551. BLUE RIDGE— Enjoy natural beauty and outdoor fun only 90 miles north of Atlanta. 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. Rent a cozy cabin or a luxury mountain home, or stay in a bed and breakfast inn or hotel. www.blueridgemountains.com. Fannin County Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center, 152 Orvin Lance Drive, 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. boothmuseum.org. 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville, 770.387.1300. Map2/B2 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.visitlakeoconee.com. 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.visitmadisonga.com. 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. www.mcdonoughga.org. 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. serenbe.com. 9110 Selborne Ln., Chattahoochee Hills, 770.463.2609.