Monday, September 17, 2018


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It’s so hard, after such a short time off, that we go back to our yearly schedule of school and work.  Fall is coming on with its beautiful colors and then the holiday season is right around the corner.
From September to the end of October, there is little to celebrate and no 3 day weekends (except maybe Columbus Day on Oct 8).  What better way to make your own celebration than to a weekend getaway?
There are several places that I have in mind.  One of course would be to the Georgia coastline to St. Simons Island or the Cloister for golf or a fabulous spa visit.  There is nothing like walking on the beach at this time of year when the sunsets are long and the waves slowly caress the shores.   Few people are on the beach at this time of year. Just a quick 4 plus hour drive and you can be fishing or boating as well.  Jekyll Island is also great at this time of year as the warm days are always blessed with sea breezes to keep you cool in the evening.
Another lovely spot to get away for the weekend is as close as Greensboro, Ga.  Just over a 1 hr. drive can get you to the Ritz Carlton at Reynolds Plantation with its great golf courses and spectacular spa.  You can even have s’mores lakeside over a roaring fire pit in the cool evenings.
Or go north to the Chattahoochee National Forest near Amicalola Falls and hike the beginnings of the Appalachian Trail. You might even see a black bear or two before they settle down for the winter.  There are also cabins that you can rent through the forest service if you don’t want to put up a tent for the night.
If hiking and camping isn’t your thing….there are lovely resorts all over the North Georgia Mountains.  Barnseley Gardens in Adairsville is a super resort with a great golf course and other fun activities.  There is also a beer garden to help celebrate Oktoberfest in style.  Best of all Barnseley has wonderful little period style cottages complete with fireplaces and claw foot tubs for a truly romantic getaway.  And those spooky ruins of “The Woodlands”, (Godfrey Barnesley’s original home) are a great place for a game of family “hide and seek” around Halloween.  Barnseley even has a “fairy Godmother” that makes all your wishes come true.
The Lake Lanier Islands Resort is a great place for the family to get away for a short escape.  Again…golf is a great activity and the hotel has an indoor pool for those cool nights. 
Most all of the places mentioned above are filled with activities for all ages.  Some have kids clubs and still others provide nature activities, games and fun things for kids from 3 to 93, as they say.
So if your weekend is looking bleak with homework, housework or other tasks….just think about getting away from it all….. very close to home.

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