Autumn is a thrill to the senses – the wonderful feel of a crisp cool breeze, the heavenly smell of a backyard barbecue, the beautiful sight of the changing leaves, the familiar sound of fallen leaves crackling underfoot, and the amazing taste of traditional fall fare such as a piping hot bowl of chili or a freshly baked apple pie. It’s a terrific time of year to plan an Atlanta staycation – either in and around the city or up in the North Georgia mountains.
However – if you’re a road warrior who’s seen their fair share of hotel rooms – you may be yearning for a staycation that’s a little out of the ordinary. A bed and breakfast or cabin rental may represent the perfect marriage of season and stay. To that end, Examiner has unearthed a bushel full of great options for an “off the beaten path” staycations for fall.
- Beechwood Inn Bed & Breakfast – 220 Beechwood Drive, Clayton (706) 782-5485 – Poised near Tallulah Gorge in the heart of Georgia’s beautiful leaf season and wine country, Beechwood Inn takes their role as a romantic bed and breakfast very seriously. Recently tapped by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as one of the Top 5 destinations “for your next wine and food-focused escape,” Beechwood boasts expertly crafted wine and food pairings, in addition to charming accommodations in their rooms, suites and cabin. Aspiring chefs and foodies will want to take part in Beechwood Inn’s Farm-to-Table Foraging and Cooking experience or take part in a private cooking class. During your stay, be sure to add sightseeing at Tallulah Gorge State Park to your to-do list.
- Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast – 1300 Mockingbird Lane, Lookout Mountain (706) 820-2002 – Listed on the highly respected Select Registry of the most distinguished inns in North America, Chanticleer Inn offers everything a guest would need to kick back and relax or get up and go. Visitors can visit the Inn’s beautiful gardens and play a leisurely game of bocce, or head across the street to Rock City Gardens and into nearby Chattanooga to tour the renowned Tennessee Aquarium. True to its name, this bed & breakfast serves a sumptuous homemade breakfast every morning featuring delectable delights such as Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, Eggs Benedict, Assorted Frittatas, Belgian Waffles, French Toast and a variety of Quiches.
- The Shellmont Inn – 821 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta (404) 872-9290 – This award-winning B&B located mere steps from Atlanta’s Midtown Mile and bustling Peachtree Street boasts all the luxurious amenities found in an upscale boutique hotel. Nestled on Piedmont Avenue in the bosom of Atlanta’s theater, restaurant and cultural district, The Shellmont offers the perfect solution for a romantic get-away in Atlanta. Walk the city streets or take a horse and carriage ride to enjoy the change of seasons urban-style.
- Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals – 240 West Main Street, Blue Ridge (706) 258-3737 – Not a big fan of B&B’s or simply prefer a more secluded get-away? Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals holds the keys to a wide array of mountain view, waterfront and luxury cabin rentals in and around Blue Ridge. Many of the rental cabins in their inventory come complete with stone and timber accents, exposed beam ceilings, roaring fireplaces, hot tubs, and wide rocking chair decks offering stunning panoramas. A cabin offers a great get-away with friends and family, or a romantic weekend with the one you love. The Blue Ridge area offers lots of opportunities to enjoy Autumn up-close-and-personal with horseback riding, hiking, or fishing and boating on Lake Blue Ridge.
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