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9 Georgia Spring Break Trips for Grown-Ups

The phrase "spring break" may conjure up images of rowdy college students or family-friendly vacations in and around Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

By Amit KumarPublished about a year ago 5 min read

The phrase "spring break" may conjure up images of rowdy college students or family-friendly vacations in and around Atlanta, Georgia, USA. But it doesn't have to be one or the other! Georgia has a lot to offer for adult spring break trips like the historic parks in Georgia, and because you're not bound by a school calendar, you can take a spring break whenever it's convenient for you. Begin planning your ideal spring getaway with these nine suggestions, which range from winery tours to small towns and in-town adventures.

What better way to spend an adult spring break than in Georgia's wine country?

Less than two hours from Atlanta, Dahlonega and Helen are ideal starting points for exploring North Georgia Wine Country, whether it's at Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery or downtown tasting rooms.

Yonah Mountain Vineyards & Winery and CeNita Vineyards & Winery, both in Cleveland, are well-known for their award-winning wines and breathtaking views.

From wine tastings to the spa to restaurants, a stay at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Braselton has it all. On group or private tours, you can learn more about what makes the region and winery unique. Spend a memorable afternoon or evening in a wine bungalow with a view of the vineyard.

Off-beat road trips

Remember all of the strange attractions you've always wanted to see? Spring break is the ideal time!

Howard Finster's Paradise Garden, the former home of renowned folk artist Howard Finster, is located in Summerville. See where he lived and worked, which is decorated with artwork on every visible surface.

Similarly, folk artist St. EOM made his home in rural Buena Vista at St. EOM's Pasaquan. The vibrant grounds feature futuristic figures that have been painstakingly restored.

Calhoun's Rock Garden has miniature replicas of European castles and cathedrals.

Small-town life

Small towns in Georgia aren't just for antiquing and bed and breakfasts. There is an increasing number of young professionals starting businesses in them.

For example, Americus has its own record label, distillery, and organic coffee roaster. The vibrant downtown is ideal for exploring between trips to Plains and Andersonville.

There's plenty to keep you busy in Athens. Explore the grounds of the Georgia State Botanical Garden before treating yourself to a spa treatment at the Graduate Athens before dinner at Five & Ten.

Clayton is ideal for those who enjoy being outside. Wander North Georgia, a family-owned outdoor store that not only sells hiking and camping gear but also provides expert advice on what to see and do in the area, should be your first stop. Then, explore Tallulah Gorge State Park's trails or cross the suspension bridge. The Dillard House Stables provide scenic horseback riding.

Historic charm

Charming southern towns have a certain allure and also the Georgia state historic sites.

Savannah is perhaps best known for its historic homes that are open for tours. Spend the night in one of the historic inns and dine at some of the best restaurants in the state.

Madison is known as "the town Sherman refused to burn," and many of its most beautiful homes can still be found there today. The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, a former school that has been converted into a museum, should not be missed. If you're looking for a fun bike ride, check out the Madison-Morgan Meander.

Thomasville has evolved into an arts destination, complete with gallery walks and performances. The downtown shopping district has received numerous accolades and is home to a plethora of excellent restaurants. The rich history of the area is told through historic sites such as the Lapham-Patterson House.

Lake time

The spring season is ideal for visiting Georgia's lakes.

Lake Oconee, a short drive from Atlanta, has the stunning The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, which can serve as your base for exploring nearby towns. Greensboro has its own brewery (Oconee Brewing Company) as well as The Yesterday Cafe's famous buttermilk pies. Eatonton is home to the Rock Eagle Effigy and Trails, as well as the Georgia Writers Museum.

Theme parks for big "kids"

Roller coasters and thrill rides aren't just for kids. Adults can also enjoy the theme parks located throughout the state, and they are not required to be tall enough.

Six Flags Over Georgia Georgia, located in northwestern Atlanta, has some of the best roller coasters in the region, including Superman and Goliath.

The Boomerang and Twisted Typhoon coasters at Valdosta's Wild Adventures Theme Park will excite you.

Mountain getaways

Don't overlook the mountain towns!

Spend your time at North Georgia Glamping in Ellijay, which is part alpaca farm and part glamping resort with vintage Airstream trailers and a geodesic dome, for a truly unique retreat. Local outfitters can arrange for you to go whitewater rafting or kayaking.

Blue Ridge is another popular destination, with activities for adults only such as zip lining. Visit breweries like Fannin Brewing Company or crush a car at nearby Tank Town USA without the kids.

Young Harris is home to the college of the same name, as well as a number of wineries and the Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa.

In-town escapes

Springtime in Atlanta doesn't have to be all about adventure. A fun getaway can also be had by staying in one of the cities or larger towns. In Atlanta, take advantage of your spring break by staying in a neighborhood like a local. The Hotel Clermont is ideal for exploring Poncey-Highland and nearby Little Five Points. Decatur is another great neighborhood for in-town excursions.

Visit the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus, and then go rafting down the Chattahoochee River. After you've dried off, head to Banks Food Hall for a beer and a bite to eat, or 11th and Bay for hearty Southern fare.

Augusta is one of the most underappreciated cities in the state. Visit the Augusta Museum of History to learn about local legends Bobby Jones and James Brown, and if the weather permits, take a tour with Augusta Canal Petersburg Boat Tours. Paddle Clarks Hill Lake, the Savannah River, and the Augusta Canal on the Serene18 Paddle Trail to discover 18 square miles of Georgia's most tranquil water trails and unusual wildlife. Dine at places like Bodega Ultima and Edgar's Above Broad.

Unspoiled beaches

Beaches are wonderful, but beaches devoid of people are even better. There are numerous opportunities to escape to the coast in Georgia, thanks to its 100-plus miles of coastline and more than 14 barrier islands.

Little St. Simons Island is an all-inclusive eco-resort that can only be reached by boat. Spend the entire day on the deserted beach or go on a naturalist-led excursion.

On St. Simons Island, the adults-only Hotel Simone is ideal for a romantic getaway or a girls' trip without children. Relax at the rooftop pool, ride complimentary bicycles down the beach, and take advantage of amenities at neighboring King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.

The Dungeness Ruins and incredible pristine beaches can be found at Cumberland Island National Seashore. You can stay in the Greyfield Inn or camp in the campground.

Sapelo Island is another national park island with unique coastal wildlife and camping facilities. While you're there, check out the Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island, which is another Gilded Age retreat.

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