Valentine’s Day Getaway Destinations Near Atlanta

February 2, 2013 8:00 AM

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With plenty of choices for romantic day trips or overnight stays to choose from, Atlantans can celebrate Valentine’s day locally, within a day trip to resorts throughout the region or for overnight stays at luxury and nature destinations. If a wedding is on the agenda, choose from elopement packages to elegant events at these venues.

Old Edwards Inn and Spa

445 Main St.
Highlands, NC 28741
(866) 526-8008

A four-star hotel that prides itself on romantic rendezvous, Old Edwards Inn is a quick 90-minute drive from Atlanta to a European-style hotel set in the verdant Blue Ridge Mountains. Couples in love can take advantage of the “elopement services” and customize their impromptu wedding in a day trip, using local officiants. As a popular spot for vow renewals and traditional weddings as well, the hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places. For couples simply wanting an escape from daily life to toast Valentine’s Day, Old Edwards is your spot.

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Dahlonega Spa Resort
400 Blueberry Hill
Dahlonega, GA 30533
(706) 865-7678

If “romantic” means country quiet with fresh air and nature trails, and sinking into an outdoor jacuzzi at the end of the day, this spa resort should be on the list. A 90-minute ride north of Atlanta, Dahlonega Spa Resort boasts mountains and meadows, yoga, a labyrinth, nearby wineries and no phones or televisions in rooms. If couples would like to tie the knot at the resort, 40 guests can be accommodated for food service.

The Inn at Serenbe
10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road
Chattahoochee Hills, GA 30268
(770) 463-2610

Thirty-two miles south of Atlanta lies this unique sustainable development of interconnected hamlets in the Chattahoochee Hills country. With this stunning, globally known eco-development as a backdrop, couples come to the Inn to stay overnight or for a day to explore the community shops and restaurants. The famous Farmhouse restaurant serves delicious organic cuisine for dinner Thursday through Saturday, or lunch Saturday and Sunday. The Blue Eyed Daisy restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Many couples enjoy this pristine destination for romantic interludes.

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Blue Creek Cabins
60 Chattahoochee St.
Helen, GA 30545
(706) 865-1405

For a romantic cabin experience in the heart of northern Georgia near the alpine town of Helen, the Blue Creek Cabins are close to the Black Forest, Innsbruck Golf Club and horseback riding through the Chattahoochee Forest. Plan to get married in the Wedding Chapel or amidst nature settings, or take a day trip into the town of Helen. If you want the overnight experience, check into the Serenity For Two cabin with a jacuzzi tub, rain forest shower and blissful solitude. Or go with the View For Two package with fireplace, outdoor jacuzzi and tranquil mountain views.

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
1 Lake Oconee Trail
Greensboro, GA 30642
(706) 467-0600

With a drive of approximately 75 miles from Atlanta, this lakeside resort offers romantic day strolls through antebellum towns, golf, fishing and outdoor pursuits to keep couples and families active during their stay. Work-weary couples can also indulge in serious relaxation at the hotel’s world-class spa. With lakeside cottages, the Presidential House and traditional guest rooms, guests will enjoy rich mahogany and goose-down pillows for sensuous nighttime indulgence.

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