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Travel Georgiaby Editors on Staff | Jezebel magazine | June 1, 2011
The Inn at Serenbe
We know you might be cynical, but trust us: It is possible to let all your worries drift away a mere half hour from home. Weary Atlantan, meet your neighbor, Serenbe. This idyllic farm community in Palmetto takes life back to its most basic, with miles of hills speckled with lambs, horses and rustic farmhouses.
The object here is to do as little as possible as you completely relax. Days move by slowly so you can truly enjoy the gift of time, meandering from one thing to the next as you please. Choose from a range of cottages and rooms, all stocked with lavender-scented beauty products (further enhancing the relaxation). It’s ideal for couples who need cherished alone time away from TV, events and obligations. Wake up late and take a cup of tea to the porch or join one of the farmers for a tour of the grounds and a chance to feed some animals.
Back at The Farmhouse at Serenbe, a piping hot, king-sized breakfast awaits. Also included with your stay is a proper afternoon tea complete with cookies, fruits, cheeses and salads. Take a short drive into the Serenbe community nearby for original art, antiques and lunch, and then stick around for a Signature Farm to Body massage at Blue MedSpa. Dine at The Farmhouse at Serenbe or visit The Hil in town for sumptuous fixings. Then finish off those last hours of daylight, letting your mind wander as you walk through the onsite meditation labyrinth. This summer, if you book a room during the Serenbe Playhouse’s theater schedule, you’ll receive two complimentary tickets per room. Prices vary, but frequent specials feature rooms from $109, 770.463.2610, serenbeinn.com
The Partridge Inn
Located in the heart of golf country, gain easy access to Augusta’s finest courses while you surround yourself with refinement. Recently renovated, the inn boasts more than a quarter mile of verandas and balconies, along with a private courtyard pool, a state-ofthe-art gym and the delectable P.I. Bar & Grill. Rooms and suites provide guests with balcony or porch access, as well as health spa amenities and a kitchenette.
Rates from $119, 800.476.6888, partridgeinn.com
Outdoor enthusiasts will revel in the variety of activities at this
13,000-acre resort, from its namesake gardens and extensive trails
to golf, fishing, tennis and a spa. New attractions like the TreeTop
Adventure (including ziplines), Aqua Island and laser tag are a big
hit with kids young and old. You’ll also discover a farmers market
and a conservatory, home to 1,000 butterflies, plants and birds. A
variety of lodging and dining options is also available. Rates from
$99, 800.225.5292, callawaygardens.com
The James Madison Inn
Rediscover your Southern roots at this romantic getaway in historic
Madison. Horse-drawn carriage rides, 18 holes of golf, fine dining,
swimming and tennis are all for the taking. When you’re not getting
a manicure at the inn’s spa, relax on the porch, stroll through town
or kick back in your suite. The inn boasts 19 individually themed
guest rooms tailored to the site’s genteel aesthetic, including paintings
of Madison’s landmarks and furniture from local craftsmen.
Rates from $179, 706.342.7040, jamesmadisoninn.com
Barnsley Gardens Resort
Located just 60 miles outside of Atlanta in the foothills of the Blue
Ridge Mountains, Barnsley Gardens offers a storybook respite from
the hustle and bustle of city life. Thirty-seven English-style cottages
have all the comforts of home on a sprawling 3,300-acre property.
A 10-acre lake offers fishing and canoeing, and the Orvis Shooting
Grounds feature access to a 2,200-acre quail preserve. Prefer
a more low-key itinerary for the day? Treat yourself to a day of
pampering at Barnsley’s European-style spa, complete with his and
hers relaxation areas, steam rooms, saunas and a hot tub. Rates
from $305, 877.773.2447, barnsleyresort.com
Foundry Park Inn and Spa
Just far enough from downtown to be a hidden oasis—but close
enough to reach all your favorite restaurants and bars by foot—
this Athens inn gives an upscale panache to the college town.
At the spa, indulge in everything from body exfoliations, facials
and nail care to wraps and hot stone massages. Also noteworthy
is the inn’s music venue, The Melting Point, which attracts
singer-songwriters from all over the country. Rates from $95,