Springtime in Georgia

Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens

Springtime in Georgia marks the beginning of beautiful flower blooms, warm afternoons outdoors and popular spring celebrations. Georgia’s scenic beauty, nationally known attractions and beautiful coast offers an array of vacation opportunities for college students and families.

While spring traditionally signals the flock of beach goers searching for a sunny escape, the peach state can become more than what the traveler bargained for while considering their spring vacation or weekend getaway. With enchanting floral displays, world-class golf courses, storybook like colonial history and miles of untouched beaches – Georgia has something for everyone during spring travel!

The following are just some of the many offerings that are sure to make a spring getaway a memorable one.

Floral Events

  • International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon has been an iconic state event for 32 years, clearly stabilizing its recognition as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World. Festival-goers experience one of the most extravagant flower displays as more than three hundred thousand Yoshino cherry trees are bursting with pink blooms.
  • Spring Celebration at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain features special activities and events for families and friends to share against the backdrop of Callaway Gardens’ twenty thousand dazzling display of colorful native blooms. But Callaway Gardens is more than just flowers, providing amenities such as golf, outdoor adventures, a beautiful sandy lakeside beach and so much more. There is a lodge and spa located at the garden as well as cottages and an inn.
  • Atlanta Dogwood Festival has been an Atlanta staple for more than 75 years. With every kind of art you can image from nationally renowned sculptors, painters, photographers and jewelry makers the Atlanta Dogwood Festival is the hand-made shoppers dream. There is something for everyone to enjoy with dozens of activities everyday including live music, contests, arts-and-crafts and even a walk climbing wall!
Blood Mountain

Blood Mountain

The Great Outdoors

  • The Augusta Canal was once a water source for textile mills and factories that used hydro-power to operate large machinery. Today, it is an outdoor lover’s dream, with tours via boat, bike or foot. Take your own kayak to the canal head gates and paddle the seven miles down the waters calm current. This nature excursion is incredibly surreal, with an abundance of wildlife and a dirt path trail, all while heading through the heart of downtown Augusta.
  • Blood Mountain offers the best in hiking as you can truly immerse yourself in the Appalachian nature. There is a two and a half mile hike to the top of beautiful Blood Mountain which is lush and green during spring. Hikers can enjoy the serene nature as they make their way up to the top and experience the gorgeous view.
  • Flat Creek Lodge in Swainsboro is east Georgia’s premier hunting and fishing resort and spa. The avid outdoorsman will be one with nature as they experience an unforgettable hunting and fishing adventure at this pristine and private woodland preserve. The lodge and spa offers 12 lodge rooms, 6 two bedroom cottages and two 4 bedroom cottages. Each room at Flat Creek Lodge is built over a pond with beautiful balconies and patios where guests can enjoy stunning sunsets as they watch the ducks, swans and geese glide peacefully over the water.
Tybee Island

Tybee Island

Soak Up the Sun

  • Tybee Island is only a few miles east of Savannah, making it the perfect vacation setting to unplug and recharge. Tybee Island offers a variety of lodging options including homes, cottages, and condos that will fit any traveler’s needs. Take a break from the textbooks and emails as you bask in the sun on Savannah’s own beach – Tybee Island.
  • Cumberland Island is Georgia’s largest barrier island and is considered one of the most remarkable natural habitats in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s known for being the perfect spot to completely disconnect from the world because of the seclusion. Cumberland Island is only accessible by ferry or private boat and has restricted motor traffic as well as limited shops and restaurants. This oasis is completely untouched! Visitors can fish, bike, kayak, hike Cumberland’s wilderness and catch a glimpse of wild hogs or horses roaming freely. Accommodations on the island consist campsites or the Greyfield Inn.
  • St. Simons Island is a postcard worthy vacation stop that has been a family favorite for decades. The islands sandy beaches, natural beauty and rich history offers a wide variety of activities that will create lasting memories for family and friends. St. Simons offers local shopping and dining as well as all the beautiful scenery the southern coast has to offer.

Many spring vacation destinations can be found throughout the state as well as seasonally themed events and activities. For more Georgia travel ideas and special offers, please visit ExploreGeorgia.org.

7th Annual R.A.D. Studio Cruise


What: 7th Annual R.A.D. Studio Cruise

When: Saturday, March 15th from 12 noon to 8:00 pm

Take a cruise through the ever expanding Rail Arts District, a burgeoning arts district coalescing around a one-mile stretch of CSX rail line highlighting Avondale Estates, Decatur and Scottdale. This one day event gives you the opportunity to visit a variety of studios to get the behind the scenes look of what it takes to create art. Six anchor studios along with dozens of individual artist studio locations will host live demonstrations, performances, exhibits and art sales from painting, pottery, glasswork and paper arts to photography, sculpture, jewelry, fiber arts and more.

Downtown Avondale Estates will feature two major locations hosting special events. The Market Events building in Tudor Square will be open (formally the Academy Theater). Sample artisanal foods and beverages, and enjoy the popular Root City Market that will set up its spring pop-up shop in this location. Avondale Mayor Ed Rieker will be on hand to discuss the remarkable re-development plans that will transform this area. Additionally, the charming Towne Cinema in the city’s Tudor Village will be open to the public for the first time in years and will offer free music performances by DeKalb School of the Arts students and visual art on display.

Visitors can download a RAD Studio Cruise Map and view Schedule of Events at www.railartsdistrict.com.

The free, open-to-the-public event will offer FREE trolley service between participating venues.

“Like” R.A.D. on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/railartsdistrict

And, a clever little page for RAD cruisers: RAD Studio Cruise Survivor’s Guide.

Monadnock Madness

Sunset at Arabia Mt (3)

Monadnock Madness is your chance to stimulate your senses, challenge yourself physically and discover the scenic beauty at each of Metro Atlanta’s monadnocks. What? You don’t know what a monadnock is? Stone Mountain, Panola Mountain, and Arabia Mountain are all actually monadnocks; special types of mountains that are formed when hard blobs of lava are compressed under the Earth’s crust. Now that the softer rock around the granite clumps has been eroded away, Georgians are treated to three amazing geological oddities right in their backyard.

Exciting guided tours, fun classes, and events are scheduled throughout March 2014 to showcase the highlights of each mountain.  As a special bonus, participants who visit all three parks in March can earn a surprise souvenir which they can wear as a badge of honor.

monadnockFeeling adventurous? Join the Triple Hike Challenge on March 8th or 16th and conquer each peak in one action-packed day.  On the 16th you can even watch the moonrise from the peak of Panola Mountain.  You can learn more about this event, see photos from last year, and RSVP for the Triple Hike Challenge at the Monadnock Madness website.

Kimberly EstepWhen not putting her savvy communication skills to use at the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, Kimberly Estep can most often be found wandering over hiking trails with her two dogs.  Most of all, Kimberly loves sharing her knowledge of the hidden gems of Georgia with anyone who will listen.

10 Ways to Use the 2014 Georgia Travel Guide

TravelGuide2014The official 2014 Georgia Travel Guide is the state’s premiere marketing resource for visitors and vacation planning. This FREE full-color, magazine-size guide provides visitors with information on Georgia’s tourism assets including trip ideas, attractions, accommodations, events and more. The Georgia Travel Guide is organized by nine travel regions to help you plan your visit.

To get a copy of state’s official 2014 travel guide – visit our brochure room on ExploreGeorgia.org, stop at one of our 11 Visitor Information Centers or call 1-800-VISIT GA.

  1. Relive the excitement of the 1939 premiere of “Gone with the Wind” on page 12
  2. Go to page 15 and make note of Georgia’s unique seasonal offerings
  3. Use the Georgia State Parks guide on page 27 to plan a year full of outdoor adventure
  4. Take a road trip through time with our Civil War feature on page 34
  5. Make plans to visit all of the featured locations on our list of “100 Inspiring, Engaging Arts & Culture Attractions” on page 10
  6. See fan-submitted Instagram photos & tweets about Georgia on page 49, 73, 89, 99, 111, 119, 135, 151 and 161
  7. Get a full list of Georgia’s festivals
  8. Find an attraction that fits your interests in any Georgia city
  9. Discover Georgia’s small towns and best kept secrets
  10. Use our accommodations listings to find a hotel, bed & breakfast, resort and more in any city in Georgia

Valentine’s Day in Georgia

Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge in Dawsonville, Georgia.

Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge in Dawsonville, Georgia.

Love is in the air in Georgia! Whether you’re single, married or looking for a date night - we can help you find the perfect Valentine’s Day plans.

For the couple who wants to get away:

2/13/14 – 2/15/14: Dublin Farm’s Valentine’s Day Weekend Celebration in Dublin.

2/13/14 – 2/15/14: Full Snow Moon – Valentine’s Day Weekend Celebration at Paradise Hills Resort in Blairsville.

2/14/14 – 2/15/14: Valentine’s Day at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain.

2/14/14-2/15/14: Valentine’s Day Specials at Seventy-Four Ranch in Jasper.

 2/14/14 – 2/15/14: Valentine’s Day at Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Buford.

2/14/14-2/15/14: Valentine’s Day Packages at Chateau Elan in Braselton.

2/14/14-2/15/14: Valentine’s Day Special at Hilton Garden Inn in Albany.

2/14/14 – 2/15/14: Valentine’s Day at Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast in Watkinsville.

2/14/14-2/17/14: Romance Package at The Colonels Bed & Breakfast in Athens.

2/14/15: Romance Package & Zip-lining at Historic Banning Mills in Whitesburg.

For the artistic couple:

2/13/14-2/15/14: Drive-By Truckers at the 40 Watt Club in Athens.

2/13/14 – 2/15/14: “Heartbreaks & Hallelujahs” at the Averitt Center for the Arts in Statesboro.

2/14/14: “A Viennese Valentine” at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus.

2/14/14: Valentine’s Day Big Band Explosion at The Grand Theatre in Cartersville.

 2/14/14: Travis Tritt Acoustic Valentine’s Day Concert at The Classic Center in Athens.

2/14/14: Valentines Concert featuring Jazz legend, Francine Reed, at The Melting Point in Athens.

2/14/14-2/15/14: Valentine’s Date Night Wine & Canvas at Fancy Doodle Art & Canvas in Helen.

2/15/14: Country Sweetheart Tribute Concert at Unicoi State Park & Lodge in Helen.

For the foodie couple:

Every Weekend in February: Wine & Chocolate Lovers Celebration at Three Sisters Vineyards in Dahlonega.

2/11/14-2/14/14: Valentines Events at Heirloom Cafe in Athens.

2/14/14: Terrapin Valentine’s Beer Dinner at Hotel Indigo in Athens.

2/14/14: Valentine’s Day Dinner at Woodfire Grill in Atlanta.

2/14/14: Be Mine? Valentine’s Day Dinner at The National in Athens.

2/14/14: Cooking Healthy for the Love of Your Life at Hills & Dales Estate in LaGrange.

2/14/14 – 2/15/14: Athens Food Tour Valentine’s Edition: Sweets & Drinks in Athens.

2/14/14 – 2/15/14: Romance Under the Stars at Hunter Cattle Company in Brooklet.

2/14/14-2/15/14: Valentine’s Dinner at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville.

2/15/14: Wine & Chocolate Celebration at Tiger Mountain Vineyard in Tiger.

For the couple who is ready to say, “I do”:

 2/14/14: Valentine’s Day Weddings in the Davenport House Garden in Savannah.

2/14/14: Cupid at the Castle at Rhodes Hall in Atlanta.


For more romantic ideas, visit our Find Romance in Georgia Pinterest board.