Romantic Places in Georgia
Founded in 1733 when General James Edward Oglethorpe arrived to establish the last of the 13 colonies in the name of King George II. His city plan laid out 24 green space squares each with their own monument fountain or historical marker. One of America’s best preserved historical cities, it is filled with l9th century charm and romantic getaways.
The Stephen Williams House
128 W. Liberty St.
T: +1 912 495-0032. 5 room b&b. $165-
An 1834 Federal-style house expertly furnished and restored by its owner, a physician and antiques dealer. The house was awarded the 2003 Preservation Award by the Historic Savannah Foundation.
Blue Ridge Mountains
The Blue Ridge Mountains of northeast Georgia were once the home of the Cherokee people.
The Overlook Inn
864 Wilderness View
T: +1 706 517-8810. 6 room b&b. US$ 159-
The rustic elegant Overlook Inn straddles Fort Mountain and commands a breathtaking view of the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Plains, GeorgiaBoyhood home of Nobel Peace Prize winner and 39th U.S. President.The entire town (population 700+) is an historic district.
Plains Historic Inn
106 Main Street
T: (229) 824-4517. 7 rooms. US$ 75-
Each room is authentically decorated—including the bathroom fixtures and telephones—to reflect a different decade in President Carter’s life from the 1920’s-1980’s.
Arrive by boat to these barrier islands off Georgia’s coast. Cumberland Island is a pristine wilderness with few people or cars and no stores, golf courses or restaurants; instead, it has primeval forests, sand dunes and wild horses. It is 95% federal park land—thanks to donations by the Carnegie family who first settled there at the turn of the century. John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Carolyn Bessette were married at Cumberland’s tiny historic African Baptist church.
Cumberland Island, Georgia
T:+1 904 261 6408. 17 rooms. US$ 395-, includes all meals.
This stately, but not stiff, romantic manor house was built for a Carnegie niece and still owned by her 32 heirs. Dress for dinner.
Lodge at Little St. Simons
Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
T: +1 912 638 7472. 5 cottages. $625 for two, all inclusive.
Wildlife, tidal creeks, and a 7 mile seashell-filled pristine beach are here on this privately owned island.