Out of the four seasons, winter is the most underrated. People always complain that it’s too cold or proclaim just how much they miss summer. Well, you know what, winter? We appreciate you! Although we don’t get severe winter weather here in Georgia – and, sometimes, we even get a little taste of spring in January – we love winter and the coolness it brings. If you embrace winter like we do and you need a little vacation, keep reading to find out some of our favorite places to visit for winter getaways in Georgia.
Looking for a scenic vacation that will give you the ultimate winter experience? Well, retreat to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. You’ll be able to experience peace and serenity as you gaze upon those beautiful mountain views. You can rent out a cabin and curl up in front of the fireplace with your loved ones, hike through the mountains, go horseback riding, or go out for a wine tasting. Although there is absolutely nothing wrong with staying in the cabin and getting a little R&R, just remember that there is much to see and do in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Give yourself and your family a winter getaway to remember.
The purpose of a getaway is to have a change of scenery and get away from your everyday surroundings. Jekyll Island is definitely a change of scenery from Sharpsburg and surrounding areas, making it one of the best winter getaways in Georgia. Beach vacations in the winter months are perfect because the beaches and hotels are more secluded, you get to devour fresh seafood, and you get to enjoy the island’s winter events. Let’s be honest: we love winter, but, sometimes, we need a break from the colder temperatures, and Jekyll Island will certainly warm you up. Check out the Island’s barbecue beach bashes, play a few rounds of golf, or relax on the beach and help the kiddos build a winter sandcastle that will make Elsa and Anna jealous. This island is the perfect spot for a winter getaway.
Pine Mountain’s biggest attraction, Callaway Gardens, is known for being a hot spot in the spring and summer, but don’t forget that it is still just as hot in the winter months. You may not be able to take a dip in Robin Lake Beach, but there are still other fun activities you can do. Get active and challenge yourself on the Treetop Adventure, go kayaking or canoeing, learn to fly-fish, bike along the Discovery Bicycle Trail, or hike the nature trails in the area. Take advantage of the Wonders of Winter Overnight Package and have fun with the entire family, or plan a romantic couple’s getaway with the Valentine’s Dinner Package. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you have fun! Callaway Gardens’ activities and attractions make it one of the best winter getaways in Georgia.
You’re probably wondering, “Where in the world is Maggie Valley?” Yes, this post is about Georgia, but Maggie Valley, North Carolina isn’t too far from the Georgia state line. The best thing about this city is the Cataloochee Ski Area. Why go all the way out to Colorado or Utah to go skiing when you can drive less than four hours from Sharpsburg to Maggie Valley? You can lodge in a local hotel or cabin and head over to Cataloochee for a day filled with tubing, snowboarding, and day/twilight/night skiing. This is the perfect place to learn how to ski. Join classes or take private lessons. But don’t rush to jump on the slopes; they will still be there after you learn the ropes. The kids can stay active too by participating in great learning experiences at the HEAD Kids Adventure Center. Skiers of all levels will be able to enjoy the Cataloochee Ski Area.
What are your favorite places to visit for winter getaways in Georgia or out of state? Let us know. We’d love to read your suggestions!