It's always been too long since the girlfriends got away together. North Georgia has plenty of places to make up for lost time, without traipsing off to far away (and budget busting) locales.
Girlfriend getaways not far from Atlanta hit all the right marks in your relaxation check boxes − from massages and wine to shopping, and maybe a bit of theater or chocolate thrown in.
Because there's a huge range of gal pal fun all around North Georgia. There's a little something for everyone, whether your group mirrors the cast of characters from "Bridesmaids," "Real Housewives of Atlanta" or "Two Broke Girls." Pick your escape and plan your fun:
Family-size tepee that sleeps five, $119/$139; group tepee that sleeps 10, $179/$199.
5290 Harris Road, Lula. 770-869-7272.
For the times when you just need to giggle from your sleeping bags after lights out and drink wine and eat s'mores by the campfire, this North Georgia glamping opportunity will not disappoint. Not to be confused with its rustic campsites, the tepees include heat, air conditioning, lights and electrical outlets. By day, zip lining, disc golf and mini-hikes are on-site.
If antiquing isn't your romantic partner's first choice, the gal pals might really enjoy a weekend of driving along back roads and two-lane highways to metro Atlanta antique stores. If you stick to the Georgia Antique Trail, you'll have a range of everything: sweet little vintage spots to first-rate dealers selling mansion-worthy pieces of furniture. Just a few of the small-town and metro Atlanta antiquing hot spots include Ellijay, Blue Ridge and even a few antique spots close to home. To make it a real getaway, pick an Airbnb rental house that's central to three or four of your top picks.
Just as girlfriends are known for loving wine, Dahlonega's known for providing wine, from a downtown tasting room to a wine trail that takes you to several boutique wineries. If you're comfy in crowds, the Arts and Wine Festival (festival glasses $30; wine by the glass $8) is always the third weekend in May and features jazz music. All year round, though, girlfriend groups can rent a room or two at a bed-and-breakfast or even a whole cottage. Raise a toast to your BFFs!
Retro music at a vintage theater: 90s Block Party
7:30 p.m., April 27.
Tickets $63-$253 plus applicable fees.
Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-881-2100.
Sometimes you can stay in town and still get the feeling that you are far, far away from the stresses of real life. If you're the right age to adore 90s music (so many are), then gather the gals and go downtown for a block party. Nostalgia's never sounded so good as it will with Guy featuring Teddy Riley (creators of the New Jack Swing style), Ginuwine, Next and Dru Hill. If this annual event doesn't coincide with your schedule, many events at the Fox Theatre are worth calling a girlfriend's timeout. A few other suggestions include Yanni's Live at the Acropolis 25th anniversary tour, or Anita Baker on Mother's Day. Make it a true "leave your troubles all behind" gathering by booking a nearby hotel room and waking up for one of Atlanta's best breakfasts before getting back to reality.