Quick Getaways in Georgia

by Jenna Pope
Historical houses line many Savannah streets.

Historical houses line many Savannah streets.

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Georgia is rich in history, natural beauty and ethnic culture. From Little Germany to Savannah, there are historical tours, secluded island vacations, the best restaurants and accommodations and more scenery and foliage than you could ever take in. Georgia is the home of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Appalachian Trial and the world's most plentiful marble deposits. Venues for quick getaways abound throughout the state.

Little Germany

Little Germany (helengeorgia.com) is located in Helen, Georgia. Its theme is European, and the town is reminiscent of a German town in the early 20th century. The streets are narrow and made of cobblestones, and the buildings reflect quaint, Old European architecture. Commerce is all around Little Germany in the form of hotels, outlet malls, recreational activities and wineries. Within the town are antique stores, waterfalls, crafts and European gift items. A visit to Little Germany can be a day trip, an overnight adventure or a relaxing stay for two or three days.

Little St. Simon's Island

Little St. Simon's Island (littlestsimonsisland.com) in Brunswick, Georgia, is a secluded retreat amid the Northern Golden Islands. At Little St. Simon's Island you will find palm trees, upscale restaurants, romantic hotels and electrifying nightclubs. The island's tourist attractions include a tropical forest, white sands, birds and other wildlife. Whether you visit Little St. Simon's Island for your honeymoon, a secluded weekend or a two-week vacation, it will be an adventure with much to offer.

Georgia Foothills Loop

This scenic drive getaway in Northern Georgia takes in Canton, Ellijay, Amicalola Falls State Park and Tate on a 105-mile drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Along your way, you will see beautiful spring flowers or radiant fall colors, depending upon the time of year you take this trip. Apple orchards are interspersed throughout this scenic drive, and you can purchase apples at the end of the summer or in the fall. You can stay at Tate House (tatehouse.com), a pink marble bed and breakfast. You will also take in the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River and wind your way through parts of the Appalachian Trail. On this getaway, you can also opt to stay in cabins or camp.

Historic Savannah

Savannah, Georgia (savannahga.net), founded in the late 1700s, is a getaway that you could experience several times and still not take in everything that it has to offer. You might want to visit the Andrew Low House, which was home to Juliette Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. There is a history museum that has exhibits for both adults and children ranging from the colonial period to the War of 1812 and, finally, the Civil War. You can explore Old Fort Jackson, take a black history tour in Savannah, go on a ghost and gravestone tour, in addition to many other attractions.

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