Nearby Get­aways

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With moun­tain ranges, plateaus, rolling hills and bustling me­trop­o­lises, Ge­or­gia’s var­ied to­pog­ra­phy also is home to nearly 550 di­verse mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, each with its own per­son­al­ity. This town east of Atlanta grew into a cre­ative hub thanks to the found­ing of the Uni­ver­sity of Ge­or­gia. To­day, Athens is far more than a col­lege town; it brims with quaint bou­tiques, lo­cally owned restau­rants, ac­claimed brew­eries and renowned mu­sic venues. Athens is also home to the State Botan­i­cal Gar­den of Ge­or­gia, Ge­or­gia Mu­seum of Art, Bear Hol­low Zoo and Ge­or­gia Theatre. Ge­or­gia’s Blue Ridge Moun­tains are known through­out the world for their strik­ing beauty, in­clud­ing 106,000 acres of Chat­ta­hoochee Na­tional For­est, wooded land­scapes and snow­capped peaks shoot­ing into a hazy blue sky. This province of the Ap­palachian Moun­tains is sur­rounded by Blue Ridge, Ge­or­gia, a small-town com­mu­nity with plenty of cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties to com­ple­ment the area’s out­door of­fer­ings. Ge­or­gia’s fourth-largest me­trop­o­lis lies on the banks of the Chat­ta­hoochee River and shares a bor­der with Alabama. The city’s cen­ter­piece is the Chat­ta­hoochee River­Walk, a 15-mile lin­ear park along the river. The city’s down­town area, known to lo­cals as Up­town, is vi­brant and en­er­getic, and of­fers a va­ri­ety of restau­rants and nightlife. This small area 80 miles south­west of Atlanta is a bit of a co­nun­drum: it is home to an itty-bitty town with just over 1,300 res­i­dents as well as the sprawl­ing Call­away Gar­dens, mas­sive Wild An­i­mal Sa­fari and a hand­ful of other at­trac­tions. The wind­ing trip from Atlanta to Serenbe will make you feel like you’re en­ter­ing an­other world. Only a 40-minute drive from the city, this 900-acre con­ser­va­tion- and well­ness­fo­cused com­mu­nity re­places Atlanta’s tow­er­ing build­ings with wooded trails, or­ganic farm­land and star-stud­ded skies.

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