Summer feels so far away once October hits, and you may find yourself feeling a little down. In that event, you need to plan a great fall getaway from Atlanta. You don’t need a week to recharge – either a weekend or even just a day can be enough time to put the spring back in your step. Whether you are traveling with your sweetheart or your family, there are plenty of mini-escapes to be found.

Chattanooga, Tennessee
www.chattanoogafun.com

Chattanooga is located just a couple of hours from Atlanta, so it makes a great escape for a weekend or even just for the day. The kids will love the adventure of Anna Ruby Falls, where you can tour the underground caves as a family. Adults will enjoy the arts district located high on the hill in town, with a lovely bed and breakfast within walking distance of the city’s main museum and an outdoor sculpture garden along the river. There are plenty of restaurants and bars, and it’s a quiet, peaceful break from Atlanta. 

Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
The Greystone Inn
Greystone Lane
Lake Toxaway, NC 28747
(855) 231-7956
www.naturalretreats.com

When you want to leave the kids at home and take some time to reconnect with your sweetheart, North Carolina’s Lake Toxaway is the perfect weekend escape. The leaves will be beautiful during the fall foliage change, and when you stay at the Greystone Inn, you will be treated to a champagne cruise around the lake before dinner. The Inn itself is everything you want in a gorgeous Southern site, and there is plenty of opportunity for hiking and other woodland adventures nearby. This is a great place for a romantic vacation. 

Chateau Elan 
100 Rue Charlemagne
Braselton, GA 30517
(678) 425-0900
www.chateauelan.com

Chateau Elan is another great romantic escape from Atlanta, located less than an hour away. If you want an indulgent resort, this is an excellent choice. There are beautiful views of the Georgia mountains as well as plenty of activities, including golf and a health spa. Of course, the chateau is most known for its vineyards, so expect to have some romantic, wine-filled evenings. 

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Savannah, Georgia
www.visitsavannah.com

No matter how many times you visit the beautiful city of Savannah, you will never run out of things to do. The gorgeous, tree-lined squares are especially beautiful in the fall, when the weather makes walking around town perfectly pleasant. You can wander by the water and pop in and out of the bars, restaurants and shops. There are also plenty of historical houses, and if you’re lucky, the Lady Chablis may be holding court in Club One.

Charleston, South Carolina
www.charlestoncvb.com

Everyone in Atlanta has an opinion on whether he prefers Savannah or Charleston, and the fall is a great time to experience either city so that you can make up your own mind. Charleston has more of a “city” vibe than Savannah and is less laid-back and quirky, but it has some truly excellent restaurants, like The Ordinary. Check out Kudu for a great cup of coffee, and visit a local plantation to get a true feel of the Old South. It makes for a great weekend escape from Atlanta, for families or couples, and you can visit the Charleston location of Paolo’s Gelateria in order to compare the fare with the original location in Atlanta. 

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Keely Herrick is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on Examiner.com. “