- Lesli Peterson for The AJC
Whether for birthdays, anniversaries or any special occasion, an overnight getaway breathes new energy into a relationship. Relax at the spa, inhale fresh air from the outdoors or spend time in front of the fire with a glass of champagne. These eight romantic getaways around Atlanta beckon a passionate escape, if only for a weekend.
Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. (Buckhead) Mandarin Oriental’s five-star elite accommodations promise romance in the city. Couples enjoy chocolate and champagne, rose petal turndown service and a private in-room breakfast. The hotel closely monitors the hottest events in Atlanta, and regularly offers packages that include tickets to such events as the Atlanta Ballet or a show at the Fox Theatre. Before painting the town red, relax at the spa with packages including a couple’s soaking bath, side-by-side massages and a glass of bubbly.
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Barnsley Resort. (Adairsville) Barnsley Resort’s fairytale setting and stunning scenery make it the ultimate couple’s getaway with cozy cottage settings, beautiful landscaped gardens and preserved ruins. Enjoy private dining locales such as the historic ruins, a hidden bamboo garden or fireside butler service arranged by the resort’s acclaimed concierge, the Fairy Godmother, whose job is to make dreams come true. Don’t miss a paddle on the lake, a couples massage or a wine tasting at the Rice House, Barnsley’s onsite fine dining restaurant.
Memorial Park Treehouse. (Buckhead) Escape reality in this three-room treehouse. Make no mistake; this is not your average child’s playroom. Wooden bridges connect three distinct rooms, representing mind, body and spirit. Natural artifacts and antique touches create a cozy ambiance. Relax in a hammock overlooking the vast forest, or cuddle in the plush bed with a glass of wine, listening to the stream below. You’ll need to plan many months ahead for this very popular destination.
The Martyn House. (Ellijay) If you’re seeking to experience the outdoors without roughing it, try the adult-only luxurious glamping tents of The Martyn House. Gypsy Faire sleeping tents hold all the necessities of home, including a private bath with hot showers, fans and heaters. Schedule an appointment with a massage therapist, or escape to the mountains or the nearby town. Candlelight dinners are also available, with meals made from the farm’s lush vegetable and herb gardens. If you are not able to stay the night, consider attending one of the year’s special farm-to-table events, featuring a local area chef and the owner’s homebrew.
Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. (Greensboro) This luxury resort sits beautifully on Lake Oconee with lodge-like charm and service you’ve come to expect from Ritz-Carlton. Spend the days playing golf or tennis, or renting a pontoon boat or jet ski. For more fun try biking, canoeing or standup paddle boarding. Enjoy s’mores outdoors by the campfire in the evening, or take advantage of the sunset with a private romantic lakeside dinner. Finally, if you’re seeking a more tranquil vacation, reserve an oasis at the award-winning spa, sure to melt away any remaining stressors.
Chateau Elan Winery and Resort. (Braselton) The essence of the French countryside awaits you among North Georgia’s foothills. Tour the winery, focusing on wine pairings with Georgia’s local food artisans, or make your own wine label for some vino to go. Relax in a room at the Inn, or consider the ultimate in romance, the Spa Suite, with lavish soaker tubs or waterfall showers. Couple’s spa services include Champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries and a well-deserved break from reality.
Lake Rabun Hotel. (Lakemont) If fresh mountain air speaks to you, then historic Lake Rabun Hotel is calling. It sits in a small arts village, with rustic charm and deep south draw. Romance packages include dining at the award-winning restaurant, which boasts organic farm-to-table cuisine, touched with cultural flare that ranges from France to the Middle East. Surprise your loved one during a stay with touches such as seasonal flowers, chocolate-dipped strawberries, or a wine, fruit and cheese plate. Couples massages are available but the real treat in this mountain-escape is the outdoor adventures. Choose from whitewater rafting, zip-lining, horseback riding or fly fishing.
The Lodge and Spa at Callaway. (Pine Mountain) Tucked within the 6,000 acres of the world-renowned Callaway Gardens, this resort begs you to relax and unwind. Spacious rooms include soaking tubs and private, fully furnished balconies. Enjoy oysters, prime rib and more at the fireside lounge or in the privacy of your room. Spend time together with a couples massage or explore the grounds of Callaway. Rent bikes, enjoy a romantic picnic packed by the Lodge or explore the waterfall and butterfly center.