Georgia Getaways

Summer is flying by, but there is still plenty of time to add a luxury weekend getaway to your calendar, without having to hop on a plane or leave the state of Georgia. A five hour drive from Atlanta can lead you to a cluster of Georgia beach resorts that offer comfort and luxury only found at five-star-rated boutique hotels. Off the state’s southeastern coast, Sea Island is home to two of those resorts: The Lodge and The Cloister.

The Lodge

The Lodge is an English-style manor that offers a more intimate setting than most other high-end resorts, with 43 rooms, or the option of one of their seven cottages offering additional space and privacy. For the ultimate Sea Island experience, choose the King cottage. Fit for royalty, the cottage is 4,200 square feet overlooking the Atlantic, and includes its own hitting bay, four bedrooms and baths, a large great room, dining space, kitchen and porch overlooking the driving range.  Butler service is available throughout. Golfers will enjoy a number of different courses to choose from, the golf performance center and 18-hole putting course.

The Cloister

Sea Island’s other five-star boutique resort is The Cloister, offering many of the same amenities as The Lodge. Access to golf, dining and fitness, beach club, restaurants, and pools to name a few. What sets the Cloister apart are its’ breathtaking beachside views and Signature Spanish Mediterranean décor. The hotel’s website states, “At the Beach Club, you’re steps away from our five miles of private beach, three swimming pools, and many water sports and activities.” For more privacy, guests can book a stay at one of the resort’s private ocean residences. “Ocean Residences give you the ultimate seclusion in a private, gated enclave with its own oceanfront infinity pool. Yet just a few minutes walk from the Beach Club and The Cloister Main Building.”

For more information about these two destinations, visit The Atlanta Journal Constitution's travel section, or

For an even quicker getaway, daytrip or weekend visit, just southwest of Atlanta in Chattahoochee Hills, you will find Serenbe; a neighborhood full of fresh food, fresh air, and focused on well-being. Perfect for a romantic weekend, girls trip, or even a family stay. Serenbe is set among acres of preserved forests and meadows with miles of nature trails connecting homes and restaurants with local arts and businesses. Relax and play with spa treatments, yoga and pilates, horseback riding and shopping.  Dine at The Hill or The Farmhouse for a farm fresh and elegant dinner. Check out the The Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop for an easy lunch option before or after your hike. There are even in-ground trampolines around the grounds for the kids (or you!). 

The Inn at Serenbe

The Inn at Serenbe has a total of 27 rooms available on the Inn Grounds among six different buildings. Additional rental properties are also available in the community. All stays include a full country breakfasts. Serenbe's 1,000 acres include preserved forestland, wildflower meadows, 15 miles of trails that go by two waterfalls and a large granite outcropping, an animal village, swings and rocking chairs, a pool, hot tub, cabana, croquet lawn, and endless opportunities for relaxing and connecting with nature.

Check Serenbe's event calander for farmer's market days, plays, and other special events happening this year. For more information on your visit to Serenbe, lodging and dining, visit 

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