5 Romantic Getaways in Georgia

by Jan Ross

Georgia is a surprisingly romantic destination. Smooth and sultry, it’s the perfect place to escape for a couples’ weekend away. Here are your best bets for keeping the romance dialled high.

1. Dahlonega

Gold was discovered in Dahlonega long before the famous gold rush of California, and you can still pan for nuggets in the streams around town.

5 Romantic Destinations in Georgia

After you’ve struck gold, take a hike to see some of the most beautiful waterfalls anywhere—the Amicalola State Falls Park is a gorgeous place to spend a day.

Spend a leisurely evening strolling around the historic downtown area and have dinner at the Back Porch Oyster Bar, where the owners have fresh seafood flown in daily. Then spend the night in one of the charming bed and breakfasts you will find in the area.

2. Atlanta

The capital of Georgia, “Hotlanta” has plenty to offer, from the shops, bars and restaurants in Underground Atlanta to the Georgia Aquarium.

For an active tour, try a bike tour of the historic homes, beautiful Oakland cemetery and skyscrapers of downtown with Bicycle Tours of Atlanta, then stop for dinner at the The Varsity, the world’s largest drive-in restaurant, for a burger and milkshake.

Modern hotels and boutique inns are all over the city and provide a quiet and romantic respite from the big-city vibe.

3. Helen

For a truly unique romantic getaway, check out this quaint, small town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Designed to replicate an alpine village complete with cobblestone streets and old-world towers, Helen might make you think you have arrived in a small town in Germany.

Great restaurants, fascinating little shops and wonderful inns make this a great couples getaway destination.

Drive just a short distance from town to see Anna Ruby Falls, a beautiful double waterfall, and take a picnic for a special romantic outing.

5 Romantic Destinations in Georgia

4. Savannah

Trees draped with Spanish moss, beautiful squares, historic homes so lovely they seem plucked from the pages of a novel, incredibly delicious food and friendly people with a sweet southern drawl make Savannah the perfect place for a romantic getaway.

Stroll along the river on a street paved with the original ballast stones unloaded from ships hundreds of years ago, then pop in at Savannah’s Candy Kitchen for a free pecan praline sample, a local candy speciality that will have you buying a box or two to take home.

5. Tybee Island

Step back in time to a lovely, friendly barrier island where there is only one fast food restaurant because fresh, local seafood is on all the restaurant menus. Watch the sunset from the deck of Coco’s Sunset Grille and savour delicious fried strawberries after a dinner of shrimp so fresh, it was swimming an hour ago.

Tour the historic lighthouse, take a stroll on the pier and peruse the many shops lining the beach area. Then just relax on the warm sand and enjoy the view of the ocean—it’s the perfect romantic activity.