When you think of romantic getaways in Georgia, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
Perhaps you think of the Chattahoochee River that flows through the Bavarian Alpine village of Helen. Or, maybe you dream of the area’s waterfalls.
Possibly, nothing comes to mind because of how busy you are.
Many times, we can get so wrapped-up in this fast paced world that we lose sight of what is really important and we forget how to enjoy living. You can avoid that by taking some time off from the constant rush of city life to get alone with your significant other, perhaps finding a romantic spot by a waterfall to have a picnic or sitting on a front porch enjoying a mountain vista as the golden sun sets behind the mountains.
From time to time, many couples find that a romantic weekend getaway is needed to reconnect and relax. If you have been thinking about stealing away with your sweetie, your best bet for a perfect trip is a visit to northern Georgia.
For the most romantic getaways in Georgia, use the following guide to help you plan the ultimate trip.
Find Paradise In A Rental Cabin.
If you have enthusiasm and stand in awe at the beauty of nature, take a trip to Helen, Georgia and rent a cozy cabin in a majestic setting to soak in the splendor of nature’s majesty. Choosing a private cabin for your trip is perfect because it affords you an elevated sense of privacy and seclusion.
Select your cabin based on the the view or even the amenities. Whether you prefer the idea of looking out your window to see a waterfall, creek, or the majestic Georgia mountains, you can choose the most romantic backdrop for your vacation.
Each kitchen is fully equipped and ready for you to prepare home cooked romantic dinners for your loved one. You may also like the idea of soaking in a hot tub or Jacuzzi bath together, or simply curling up by a blazing fire to watch movies on a big screen TV. Whatever your heart desires, your wishes will all come true in a Georgia cabin.
Although the mountains of North Georgia offer an amazing amount of things to do, a romantic cabin may make you never want to leave.
Cabin stays in the Helen area are a magical way to bond with your best girl or guy in a completely romantic environment.
Explore The Outdoors
For those of you who decided to leave, exploring the outdoors is Helen’s strength as there is nothing more spectacular than a majestic waterfall for outdoor couples seeking a romantic getaway.
Anna Ruby Falls in Chattahoochee National Forest is a perfect destination to observe nature at its finest. You can take an interpretive walk from the Visitors Center to witness Curtis Creek Falls plunging 153 feet or the smaller York Creek Falls 50 foot plunge. At the base of the falls two creeks join to form Smith Creek. The Anna Ruby Falls Trail is a National Recreation Trail in the state of Georgia.
Not far from Anna Ruby Falls, Unicoi State Park is another great mountain getaway. It offers programs that focus on the area's natural, cultural, and historical heritage. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking or biking. Even golf and tennis courts are available.
With a summit elevation of 4,784 feet Brasstown Bald is the highest point in the state. From its top you may be able to see the distant Atlanta skyline. The 360 degree view offered at Brasstown Bald will allow you a glimpse into four different states, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina creating a unique memory neither of you will ever forget.
For those who love the water there are opportunities for swimming as well as boating and fishing.
Hike The Trails Of North Georgia
If you’re looking for romantic getaways in Georgia that satisfy your desire to go hiking, Helen, GA cabins are located near some of the most scenic trails in northern Georgia. The Smithgall Woods Visitors Center is the starting point for these trails: Laurel Ridge Trail, Wetlands Loop Trail and the Martin Mine Trail. The Laurel Ridge Trail is a 1.6-mile interpretive loop that offers a view of Mt. Yonah. The ½-mile Wetlands Loop Trail is 1.3 miles from the Visitors Center, and is an easy trail that traverses near wetlands and a beaver pond. Keep your eyes and ears open for the frogs and birds that call the area home.
An intermediate ½-mile hike, the Martin Mine Trail is 2.1 miles from the Visitor’s Center. This memorial trail is pillowed with rhododendron as you make your way to the waterfall that’s tucked into the mountain.
The Unicoi State Park trails include the Andrews Cove Trail and Smith Creek Trail. The 2-mile trail up Andrews Cove intersects the famous Appalachian Trail at Indian Grave Gap. The 4.6-mile trail along Smith Creek leads you through mountain laurel, patches of rhododendron, ferns and hemlock. As you make your way over Hickory Nut Ridge, you’ll encounter several small mountain springs and streams.
If you want to stay close to your cabin, walk out the door of your cabin rental and set out on an adventure with your honey any time you like. As you stroll hand in hand through the mountainous forest, you will feel like there is no one in the world but the two of you. With many gorgeous waterfalls, creeks, flowers, and trees, you will find yourself in a truly fairy tale setting. You may also consider bringing along a blanket and a picnic basket for a romantic dinner for two next to a waterfall or under a canopy of trees.
Appreciate The Area Waterfalls
Did you know that your luxury cabin is near little pieces of heaven? Helen is home to some of the most magnificent waterfalls in the country.
Helen, Georgia attractions offer access to three beautiful waterfalls. You can stroll through the mountain laurel and rhododendron to the cascading Anna Ruby Falls where two creeks meet. Two waterfalls plunge together to become Smith Creek.
If you and your honey are looking for a bit of adventure away from tourists, visit Dukes Creek Falls along the 0.8-mile Dukes Creek Trail. In addition to offering scenic beauty, this waterfall is known for giving visitors who pan for gold good luck.
As one of the area’s most unusual waterfalls, Raven Cliff Falls along Chattooga Road has water that flows through a split in solid rock. On one side of the rock, the water drops 100 feet. On the other, the water falls 60 feet and rushes through the rock face before it drops another 20 feet into a deep pool. The water then drops 20 more feet into Dodd Creek. This waterfall gives you a perfect picnicking opportunity.
Enjoy A Horse Drawn Carriage
The charming Alpine village of Helen can help make your getaway even more magical. The Alpine Carriage Company offers relaxing buggy tours.
Schedule a ride in a horse drawn carriage through beautiful downtown Helen to enjoy the fine Bavarian architecture and dining. You can choose from a half hour or an hour long ride, depending on how long you want to snuggle up with your sweetie in the horse-drawn carriage. When you’re done, enjoy some of the finest shopping in the state.
Winery Tours & Tastings
Some of the most romantic getaways in Georgia involve the popular winery tours. The mountains of North Georgia have seen a resurgence in the last thirty years of vineyards and wineries specializing in delicious, local wine.
The area wineries have proven that they can stand up to the big wineries of the world with their several awards and accolades. Stay close to your cabin and savor the nectar of nearby vineyards, or take a road trip and sample the flavors that northern Georgia offers.
The local wine culture continues to evolve and the wineries have created many different tasting menus and events that are perfect for romantic getaways in Georgia.
Montaluce Winery, in the mountains near Dahlonega, is a Tuscan style retreat that harkens back to the Old World. They specialize in Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc varieties and offer daily tastings led by Montaluce winemakers.
Three Sisters Vineyards is a small, family oriented winery set in full view of Three Sisters Mountain. Tastings are available Thursday - Sunday from February to Christmas. Advanced reservations are encouraged and several different tasting options are available.
Another fun and romantic option for couples is a visit to Habersham Winery. Located close to your Georgia cabin rental, this winery is open daily and offers wine enthusiasts the opportunity to sample local wines. You and your honey will enjoy the privacy of a self-guided tour and will relish in complimentary wine tasting. The friendly and professional staff are happy to make recommendations and assist in making your day truly special.
View The Georgia Mountains From a Hot-Air Balloon
The scenery of the North Georgia mountains are beautiful from the ground but the view is purely spectacular from the air. Now, imagine the romance of taking to the skies with your loved one in a hot-air balloon from Balloons Over Georgia. From your lofty perch you can get a bird's-eye view of the North Georgia landscape and the Atlanta skyline.
Look down at the sun reflecting off the waters of Lake Lanier and view the beauty of the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountain Ranges. You can see Stone Mountain and Kennesaw Mountain as the red-tailed hawk does when it flies over.
When traveling over marshy areas, keep your eyes open for blue herons and cranes that may swoop alongside you. You don’t need an excuse to get a bird's-eye view of the landscape; you only need to be willing to be amazed.
A ride in a hot-air balloon can create memories that will last for a lifetime together and tops the list of Romantic Things to Do in Georgia.
Balloons Over Georgia offers a variety of different ride options that give you plenty of choices when planning your trip. We recommend launching near sunset, as provides breathtaking views of the Georgia mountains as the sun dips behind the horizon.
Journey On A Romantic Lake Cruise
Hop aboard a luxury yacht on Lake Chatuge. Operating from sunrise to sunset (and sometimes into the moonlight), romantic lake cruises have everything you need for your romantic getaway. Enjoy a candle-lit dinner accented with roses, wine, music and gentle waves.
Pristine Lake Chatuge is part of the Nantahala National Forest, offering one hundred and thirty-two miles of picturesque shoreline, and the Lake Chatuge Love Boat offers you chances to create memories. Whether it is a sunrise or sunset cruise it offers you opportunities to be together in the beauty of a North Georgia moment and is high on the list of Romantic Things to Do in Georgia.
Relax With Couples' Spa Treatments
While on your getaway, what could be more romantic than pampering yourselves with a spa treatment for two? You will find a variety of excellent spas located near your Georgia cabin.
A choice option is offered by the Nanoochee Crossing Wellness Center which has a treatment room dedicated to couples. You may select from a variety of spa treatments, however one popular pick is the Bindi Oil Massage. This massage utilizes flower essences and aromatherapy to re-hydrate your skin, nourish sore muscles, boost circulation, and relax your nervous system.
The Mandala Wellness Retreat and Spa offers all of their spa treatments to couples who wish to use the same treatment room. You can choose from their extensive menu of treatment options to create the perfect relaxing day at the spa.
The Mountain Laurel Creek Inn offers a variety of couples' spa treatments in the Oasis Spa. The Relaxation Package for Two offers couples two hours of unprecedented side by side pampering. The D'Vine Wine Spa Therapy Treatment is an excellent treatment option that is perfect for couples on romantic getaways to Georgia.
Appreciate The Fine Dining
Yes, the kitchens of our Georgia cabin rentals offer guests the ability to fix all meals on-site, but you may still want to venture out for a romantic meal at one of the many local fine dining establishments.
The Copper Door, a fine dining restaurant in historic downtown Hayesville, is led by Executive Chef Dennis Barber and is committed to creating delicious Creole dishes in the North Georgia mountains. The restaurant also has a wide selection of wine available to create the perfect pairing for a delicious meal on your romantic getaway.
Cafe La Piazza in Helen has received the Five Star Award of Excellence granted by the Gourmet and Wine Society of Georgia. This authentic Italian grill entices guests with freshly prepared dishes and unique nightly specials. Guests rave about the homemade pastas and rustic Italian dishes.
Peaceful Horseback Riding
What could be more romantic than riding off into the sunset on horseback? At Sunburst Stables you could do just that. The stables have at least thirty miles of mountain trails adjacent to the Chattahoochee National Forest.
You can enjoy the beautiful forested landscape on a one hour guided Moonshine Still Ride that will take you on a three mile ride to an old moonshine still in the woods, or you could take the Four Hour Lunch Ride through the forest to descend into Batesville valley for lunch. The Sunset Ride takes you on a three hour journey to a high mountain where you can stop to watch the golden sunset before the evening ride back.
Get A Windmill With A View
One of the most iconic features of the charming Helen downtown is The Heidi Windmill, frequently photographed by visitors from around the world. What many don't realize is that there's a Queen Suite inside the windmill, and it could be yours for a night.
It's an experience you can find few others places in the world, and one you'll never forget. Even if it's merely for a single evening of romance, this is yet another old world pleasure that can still happen in Helen.
The mountains of North Georgia are perfect for a weekend escape, an anniversary celebration, or a honeymoon to mark recent nuptials. Couples can choose to stay in, enjoying the features and seclusion of their private cabins or they can choose to seek out romantic excursions in the surrounding area.