From big cities to small Southern towns, Georgia offers something unique for every couple looking for a weekend of romance. Take a stroll through scenic parks, or embark on an adventure through the beaches and dunes of Cumberland Island National Seashore. In the cities of Atlanta and Savannah, you and your sweetheart can immerse yourselves in the incredible food scene, especially since there seems to be a romantic restaurant around almost every corner. Book a stay at one of numerous Georgia vacation rentals today. Check out the eight most romantic weekend getaway spots in Georgia.

1. Savannah

Savannah

Savannah is the quintessential southern city with its large green spaces, Spanish moss trees lining the sidewalks, and restaurants with amazing ambiance. Start your getaway with a treat to share with your sweetie at River Street Sweets. After watching the staff create their famous pralines in large copper kettles, walk hand in hand on River Street to watch the barges moving up and down the waterway. In the afternoon, take a walk around Forsyth Park to view the fountains, manicured gardens, and historic homes that line it. Put on your best clothes for a romantic dinner at Elizabeth on 37, located in a historic home that dates back to the early 1900s.

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2. Helen

Helen Georgia

Less than two hours away from Atlanta sits the Bavarian-inspired town of Helen. Ride off into the sunset together with an evening trail ride from Sunburst Stables Adventures that takes you to a beautiful spot to watch the sun go down. While away the days wandering around this town that features architecture designed to resemble a German village and shopping in the quaint stores with real German products. Hansel and Gretel’s Candy Kitchen offers homemade fudge in a variety of flavors. For a romantic dinner, eat at Mully’s Nacoochee Grill, located in a restored farmhouse with outdoor seating, to enjoy the mountain views.

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3. Atlanta

downtown skyline

Romance is easy to find in the big city of Hotlanta. Check the schedule to book tickets to a musical at the Fox Theater or take a tour during the day. Snuggle close together on the SkyView Atlanta as your enclosed pod slowly rises to 20 stories above ground level for amazing views of the city, night or day. In the evening, have dinner at Pasta da Pulcinella. This intimate Italian restaurant sits in the heart of Midtown in a restored home that dates back to the early 20th century.

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4. Tybee Island

lighthouse

Located about half an hour from Savannah, Tybee Island is your chance to enjoy a romantic weekend away in a southern beach town. Splash in the surf together and soak up the sun during the day. The Tybee Island Light is one of the few remaining lighthouses that dates back to the Colonial period, and the two of you can enjoy a picnic lunch in its shade before taking a tour. Enjoy romance at the Tybee Island Fish Camp. This small restaurant offers the freshest seafood available in a cozy cottage setting – don’t let the name fool you!

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5. Augusta

boats
Source: Flickr/Laura LaRose

In northeastern Georgia, Augusta offers a small town feel and amazing golfing for a couple that enjoys hitting the links together. Arrange for a tee time at the Augusta National Golf Club, and you can play on the same greens as all the big names in golf. This small golf course hosts the Masters each year. In the afternoon, take a river cruise in the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area. The park service offers a boat tour for a small fee. The Abel Brown Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar is the place to go for a romantic evening of upscale comfort foods.

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6. Athens

the founders garden
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A couple of hours east of Atlanta sits the college town of Athens, where you can enjoy strolling through the quaint downtown area with its collection of shops, restaurants, and bars. Once a month, the Georgia Botanical Gardens offers a full moon walking tour of the gardens to see the lovely flowers and plants. If you arrive in the fall, get tickets for one of the University of Georgia football games. Five and Ten is one of the most romantic places for dinner in town. It’s located in a historical home and offers upscale Southern favorites. It’s also a great place for Sunday brunch.

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7. Jekyll Island

shoreline

Located on the Georgia coast, Jekyll Island offers beautiful weather throughout most of the year, so you can enjoy an evening stroll along Drift Wood Beach. This isolated beach is known for its stark beauty, as the large trees and driftwood contrast with the white sand. Take a tour of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to learn more about these elusive creatures and the local ecosystem. At night, enjoy a romantic table on the patio for two at Driftwood Bistro, which boasts stunning ocean views and Low Country delicacies.

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8. Ellijay

Chattahoochee Oconee National Forests
Source: Flickr/US Forest Service – Southern Region

Find a peaceful cabin tucked away in the mountains with a visit to Ellijay. During the spring, the roadsides come alive with produce stands, and apples are the main feature. Take a tour of the Cartecay Vineyards to enjoy sampling the various blends while you reconnect and get a chance to talk quietly together. If you enjoy nature, visit the Oconee National Forests, and spend the afternoon hiking. In town, enjoy a romantic meal at Back Porch Bistro. To end the evening, take a walk around the downtown square.

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