Here’s our list of the 14 Most Romantic Places in Georgia for 2017!
Georgia features an unbelievable array of destinations from mountains to beaches and from major metropolitan areas to charming small towns. Since our primary mission is to take you “off the beaten path” that’s where you will find most of the places on our list. They offer you an amazing cross-section of what makes the Peach State great and since you can’t make it to all of them for Valentine’s Day, you might consider using our list as the basis for your own romantic tour of Georgia.
Our choice for 2017’s Most Romantic Place in Georgia is the unique Bavarian village of Helen! This charming community is located in the North Georgia mountains and is a perfect gateway to a region of stunning views, waterfalls, covered bridges, gold-laden streams and more. It is known for its Bavarian-inspired architecture, eclectic business community, great places to stay and even better places to eat!
Here’s the full 2017 list of the Most Romantic Places in Georgia. Be sure to leave us a comment if you have suggestions of places that we should consider for next year’s list!
- Helen – This beautiful little mountain community has been remade in the image of the Bavarian villages of Europe and it is a true jewel. There are great places to shop, eat and stay, carriage rides and the beautiful Chattahoochee River flows through town. Helen also serves as a gateway to such noted destinations at Anna Ruby Falls, Brasstown Bald and more.
- Savannah – Savannah is the Southern destination of your dreams. Built around a series of beautiful tree-shaded squares, this “city to pretty to burn” was spared by Sherman at the end of the March to the Sea. Historic homes, museums, Bed & Breakfast Inns, great places to eat, River Street, Bay Street, City Market, Forsyth Park and more combine to give Savannah special flavor.
- St. Simons Island & Little St. Simons Island – The colonial ruins at Fort Frederica National Monument, sweeping vistas of the Marshes of Glynn, lighthouse, village and tree-lined streets of St. Simons Island are national treasures. Little St. Simons is a private island accessible only by boat and a luxurious place to excape from it all!
- Dowdell’s Knob at FDR State Park – The southernmost vistas of the Appalachian Mountains, Dowdell’s Knob and Pine Mountain at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park offer spectacular scenery and the romance of a bygone era. Dowdell’s Knob was President Roosevelt’s favorite picnic area and it takes about one-half of one second to see why. The park features a winding mountaintop road, cabins, campgrounds, a beautiful lake, Liberty Bell shaped swimming pool and even winding trails and waterfalls. Nearby Warm Springs and Callaway Gardens add to the magnificence of this incredible destination.
- Jekyll Island – One of the Gold Isles of Georgia, Jekyll Island was once the playground of millionaires. The historic district features incrdible “cottages” and the famed Jekyll Island Club, which is now a beautiful hotel. There are unspoiled beaches, live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, the romantic colonial ruins of Horton House, sweeping views of the Marshes of Glynn, carriages, dining, tours and bike rentals for side by side rides through some of the most beautiful scenery in Georgia.
- Red Oak Covered Bridge – This beautiful old “kissing bridge” is still in use today. Not far north of Warm Springs, it takes you back in time to the days of horses and carriages. There is something indescribably romantic about covered bridges and this is one of Georgia’s best.
- Tybee Island – Best known as the place to go for beaches near Savannah, Tybee Island offers that and much more. The beaches are wide and offer views across the Atlantic Ocean in an area once frequented by pirates, privateers and colonial warships. The Tybee Lighthouse provides a 360 degree view of the Coastal Empire. There are places to stay, great places to eat and plenty of places to shop as well, plus Savannah is just a short drive away!
- Milledgeville – This beautiful old antebellum city was once the capital of Georgia. You can still see the castle-like Old State Capitol. There is the old governor’s mansion, a church left perpetually tilted by explosions during Sherman’s March to the Sea and even the one-time home of famed writer Flannery O’Connor. Milledgeville is surprisingly beautiful with historic homes, tree-lined streets and much more.
- St. Mary’s and Cumberland Island National Seashore – St. Mary’s was once the southernmost city in the United States. Spanish Florida lay just across the river and this town was a place of intrigue. Filibustering expeditions and invasions were launched from here, the British laid waste to the town during the War of 1812 and many of the leading characters of the American frontier walked the streets and riverfront. Passenger ferries leave from the St. Mary’s waterfront for trips out to Cumberland Island National Seashore, one of the most romantic islands in North America.
- Brasstown Bald and Anna Ruby Falls – These two U.S. Forest Service recreation areas are not far from our Most Romantic Place in Georgia for 2017, the Bavarian village of Helen. Brasstown Bald is the highest point in Georgia and the views are astounding. Anna Ruby Falls is made up of two separate waterfalls that fall side by side from a mountaintop. Accessed by a beautiful paved walk through a remarkable natural forst, they are among the most beautiful waterfalls in the North Georgia mountains.
- Dahlonega – What is romance without a little gold? Dahlonega was the center point of the great Georgia gold rush of the early 1800s and is one of the few places east of the Mississippi where you can still find real gold of your own! The beautiful downtown surrounds the Dahlonega Gold Museum. There are shops, restaurants and plenty of places to stay. You can visit a real underground gold mine and even try your hand at doing a little panning of your own in the surrounding area. Dahlonega is a great place to combine history, adventure and modern fun.
- Okefenokee Swamp & Stephen C. Foster State Park – A swamp is a romantic place? You better believe it! Rent a canoe at Stephen C. Foster State Park and explore this beautiful watery wilderness. The park offers cabins and a way to access the “Land of the Trembling Earth.” There are legends of giants to be explored along with beautiful birds and an amazing array of wildlife. If your taste for romantic leans more to outdoor adventures, don’t miss this one!
- Colquitt and “Swamp Gravy” – Don’t know how to make Swamp Gravy? Its simple. You combine a fantastic case, great choreography, a theater in the round and gripping drama and you have Swamp Gravy! The charming small town of Colquitt is the home of Cotton Hall and Swamp Gravy. Come stay at the historic Tarrer Inn when Swamp Gravy is performing and you will find out why Colquitt is one the most romantic places in Georgia!
- George T. Bagby State Park & Lodge – Far down in Southwest Georgia is the historic town of Fort Gaines and the George T. Bagby State Park & Lodge. This park is offers beautiful lake views, walking trails, a lodge/hotel, cabins, marina and more. It is a wonderful place to get away from it all and just enjoy the beauty of nature and the outdoors.
Here’s a video tour of Helen, our #1 Most Romantic Place in Georgia for 2017:
For more information on these and other places in Georgia, be sure to visit our main Georgia page and the best place for information on events, activities, places to stay and places to eat in Georgia is www.exploregeorgia.org.