By: Candice Rose
Running through a sprinkler, watching clouds float by, sipping lemonade: It’s the simple pleasures of summertime that stand out in vivid relief as the very best of times. Inspired by summers gone by, we’ve put together three trips — a day trip, a weekend getaway and a full-fledged week at the beach, all within Georgia — because no matter how much time you have (or don’t), there is always time for appreciating summer’s simple pleasures.
A Day Trip to Serenbe
Where: About 30 minutes south of the Atlanta airport.
What: Serenbe is a serene community where you can do just about anything — or happily nothing at all.
The No-Plan Plan: Show up on a sunny day and see what adventures await you! You’ll find miles of trails that cut through woods and meadows. Stop by and say hello to some super sweet farm animals, and if you’re lucky, the miniature donkeys will make an appearance. Then, rediscover the childhood pleasure of carefree bouncing; there are two in-ground trampoline treasures! Peruse the quaint shops and stop by Selborne Sweets for hand-dipped ice cream. Saturday’s Farmers and Artists Market is a must-do. This eclectic market featuring farm-fresh goodies and artisan-crafted wares runs every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon, May through October. Also, don’t miss the fried chicken served up by The Farmhouse restaurant. This divine dish is exclusively served during weekend lunches, so be sure to make a reservation.
Price and Accommodations: Want to turn your day trip into an overnight visit? Choose from a variety of accommodations including rooms at the inn, cottages and rental homes. Rates start at $275/night.
Special Offer: Special tasting menu at The Farmhouse + an overnight stay at the Inn for $155! Offer good only on Thursday or Sunday, must be booked by July 1, 2015, and does not include tax, gratuity or alcohol. This offer is exclusive to Little Black Dress readers, so be sure to mention us!
serenbe.com | 770-463-2610 | 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Rd. Chattahoochee Hills, GA 30268
A Weekend Trip to Callaway Gardens
Where: Located in Pine Mountain, just outside of Columbus, Georgia.
What: Founded in the 1950s, Callaway was a modest garden of azaleas. Now, the garden has grown into a sprawling resort.
The Garden Getaway Itinerary: Friday Evening: Hit the trails before the sun sets. Azalea Trail and Mountain Creek Trail are two of our favorite places to stop and smell the roses. Afterward, swing by The Callaway Gardens Market to check out goodies from local purveyors. Then head to the Gardens Restaurant for a memorable meal overlooking the lake. Saturday: Swing through the trees with a trip to the TreeTop Adventure Zip Lining and Obstacle Course. Next up is lunch at Robin Lake Beach Bar, followed by soaking up the sun and splashing in the water. Sunday: Head to the golf course or wile away the day casting a line in the Falls Creek Lake. Or, simply catch up on some reading, sip a cool beverage and take in the magnolias, oaks and fresh air. Be sure to check the event calendar for more info on some of Callaway’s signature summertime events, such as July’s Star Spangled Beach Party and the Sky High Balloon Festival during Labor Day weekend.
Price and Accommodations: Four types of accommodations: Mountain Creek Inn, Southern Pine Cottages, Mountain Creek Villas & Vacation Homes, and The Lodge and Spa. Prices vary by type of accommodation; rooms start around $110. All overnight rates include Gardens admission, Fitness Center and Wi-Fi access. Extra fees for activities like boat rental, golf and zip lining.
Special Offer: Receive 10% off Summer Beach Trip Package, when you mention Little Black Dress Magazine. Call or visit site for package details.
callawaygardens.com |1-800-852-3810 | 17800 US Highway 27 Pine Mountain, GA 31822
A Week Away From it All at The King and Prince
Where: St. Simons, Georgia, on the Atlantic coast.
What: A historic seaside resort on the stunning St. Simons Island.
The Simple Pleasure Schedule: With over 75 years in the hospitality biz, this newly renovated gem of the Golden Isles is the perfect blend of historical charm and the latest luxuries. Here, life moves at a slower, more serene pace. Soak in the sun and catch a deck-side bite to eat by the ocean-view pools. Then, schedule a sublime massage treatment at The Royal Treatment Cottage. Once you’re relaxed and rejuvenated, it’s adventure time. Biking, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding and shooting school are some of the many options. Or, rediscover your inner artist with painting and photography classes. Dining is always delicious at ECHO, the oceanfront restaurant and bar, where you’ll enjoy live music and ocean-fresh seafood.
Swimming Pool, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. St. Simons Island, GA.
Price and Accommodations: From oceanfront suites to beach villas and homes, the King and Prince offers accommodation options perfect for a romantic getaway, family trip, or large event. Rates begin around $265.
Special Offer: King and Prince is offering Little Black Dress readers a free one-level upgrade on the accommodation of your choice. So, if you book a partial oceanview villa, you’ll be upgraded to an oceanview villa! Be sure to mention Little Black Dress Magazine when you call to book.
kingandprince.com | 912-638-3631 | 201 Arnold Road St. Simons Island, GA 31522