With the arrival of a new year comes twelve whole months of Atlanta adventures just waiting to be had! From family-friendly excursions to romantic romps through the city, Atlanta and the surrounding area are rife with breath-taking scenic settings, fun festivals, and awesome attractions. Examiner.com has compiled a list of 13 Atlanta Staycations for every season to add to your to do list for 2013!
Wine, Dine and Unwind at Chateau Elan
Located in the charming town of Braselton, Chateau Elan brings a tantalizing taste of the French countryside to rural North Georgia. Plush accommodations meet their match in tours of the winery, wine tastings, expertly prepared meals and rejuvenating visits to the spa. A weekend of romance at Chateau Elan is a wonderful way to warm up with someone you love during those cold winter months.
With so many terrific hotels, restaurants and attractions in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, families can plan a different Atlanta staycation experience nearly every weekend. There’s plenty of fun to be found indoors at the Georgia Aquarium, Center for Puppetry Arts, and the World of Coca-Cola, or outdoors on a mild winter afternoon at Centennial Olympic Park and Zoo Atlanta.
Head Up Court to a Hawks Game
Philips Arena is the scene for a great date night or sports fan family evening on the town, especially when the Atlanta Hawks take to the court. Located in the Luckie Marietta District of Downtown Atlanta, there are more than 2,500 hotel rooms and 25 restaurants within walking distance of the Arena – making it easy to plan an Atlanta staycation rather than just a night out.
With a regular rotation of concerts, dance performances, and live theater, the Fox Theatre is not only a great destination for a romantic evening or family night out, it’s an Atlanta landmark. Restaurants within walking distance of the Theatre include The Livingston Restaurant + Bar, Publik Draft House, and Baraonda, and nearby hotels include the Georgian Terrace Hotel, The Artmore, Hotel Indigo, and The Ellis.
Ring in Spring at Callaway Gardens
Two 18-hole golf courses, a slew of accommodation offerings, and a network of scenic gardens awaits at Pine Mountain’s Callaway Gardens. Add to that more than half a dozen dining options and a treasure trove of activities that include bike riding, fishing, boating, zip-lining and more, and Atlantans have a great reason to escape Atlanta’s busy city streets for their own celebration of Spring’s arrival.
The Georgia Renaissance Festival returns to Georgia this Spring for its 27th season! Open Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day, from April 13th through June 2nd, 2013 – the Renaissance Festival gives a whole new meaning to the word “flashback” as 32 acres in Fairburn, Georgia are transformed to a medieval village, complete with daring knights, fair maidens, festive feasts, and so much more.
Declared by the Guinness Book of World Records as home to the Longest and Largest Zip Line Canopy Tour in the WORLD, Historic Banning Mills is the perfect destination for Atlanta adventurers. Beyond tripping through the treetops on a choice of five canopy tours, the Mills also features Guinness’ tallest free-standing climbing wall in the world, in addition to horseback riding, hiking trails, kayaking, and more. Accommodations at Banning Mills range from rooms, cabins and cottages.
Don't miss Examiner.com's remaining six suggestions for Summer and Fall Atlanta Staycations in 2013! Be sure to check out 13 Atlanta Staycations for Every Season in 2013 Part 2!