Chattahoochee Hills is an area located just 30 minutes southwest of the Airport and it has some of Georgia’s most beautiful rural roads and vistas. It has also incorporated some of the Georgia’s most forward-thinking zoning regulations that will require the area to remain 80% greenspace. It is home to the Serenbe Community www.SerenbeCommunity.com which is a remarkable development designed to impact nature only minimally and create a sustainable lifestyle for residents and generations to come. This tight-knit community of residents, artists and farmers pride themselves on their parks, quality of the neighborhoods and vision for a deliberately rural home. It’s a truly wonderful day trip and Serenbe is the site of several of Georgia’s most acclaimed restaurants. You can also stay at the Serenbe Inn and enjoy a special weekend that feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A strong local farm to table movement has taken root in this area of Georgia, and this community hosts many of the leading local food and gourmet farm product events for the city of Atlanta including the Les Dames de Escoffier “Afternoon in the Country” www.ldeiatlanta.org
This is a very special one day trip from Atlanta or you can take advantage of several very special inns, including the James Madison Inn www.jamesmadisoninn.com, and enjoy a history filled weekend. Currently, Madison has one of the largest historic districts in the state of Georgia, with over 100 structures on the National list of Historic Places. Tourists from all over the world come to marvel at the antebellum architecture of the homes, and some will be featured in the Historic Opportunities link on this website. While many believe that Sherman spared the town because it was too beautiful to burn during his March to The Sea, the truth is that Madison was home to pro-Union Senator Joshua Hill. Hill had ties with General Sherman's brother at West Point, so his sparing the town was more political than appreciation of its beauty. Whatever the reason, this is truly one of the best weekend drives you can enjoy from the city of Atlanta.
Washington is a city located one and a half hours east of the City of Atlanta and has an incredible history and a collection of over 100 Antebellum and Historic Homes. It was the first city in the nation to be established in the name of George Washington in 1780 and was the site of one of the most important battles of the American Revolutionary War. The Battle of Kettle Creek was fought on February 14, 1779, in Wilkes County about eight miles (13 km) from present day Washington. Although no major battles of the civil war were fought in or near Washington, the city has the distinction of being the location where Jefferson Davis held the last meeting with the Confederate cabinet on April 3, 1865. Today Washington is a vibrant diverse community deeply seated in its history and southern roots. It’s an easy weekend or day trip from Atlanta and is truly one of our favorite destinations. www.WashingtonWilkes.org
Georgia Wine Country encompasses areas across the entire state stretching from Savannah in the southeast to Ringgold in the northeast. It features over 30 Bonded Wineries in some of this country’s most beautiful country. This makes for not one, but many special weekend drives through the Georgia Mountain areas. Look for more information soon on events and special weekend trip recommendations!
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For history and architectural fanatics, a weekend trip to Barnsely Gardens is a must.
Godfrey Barnsley came from Savannah to Bartow County in 1838 to build a mansion that was to become a legend and a showplace. The estate would encompass 10,000 acres and would become known as Woodlands. He designed his gardens in the style of Andrew Jackson Downing, considered America's first great landscape architect. He brought in every known variety of roses and numerous exotic plant specimens for the gardens. Barnsleys oldest son Howard was killed in 1862 by Chinese pirates while he searched the Orient for exotic shrubbery to complete his father's garden. The splendid twenty-four room home was designed in the style of an Italian villa and featured imported tiles, Doors and paneling fashioned by London cabinetmakers, and mantels of black-and-white marble were brought from Italy. The property was never completely finished, and was badly damaged during the Civil War. In 1906 a tornado tore away the roof of the main house and forced the family to move into the intact kitchen wing.
When the last remaining family died in 1942 the estate and its remaining furnishings were sold at auction. The property was used for farming, and Barnsley's grand dream was engulfed with kudzu. In 1988, Prince Hubertus Fugger and his wife Princess Alexandra, Bavaria, purchased Barnsley Gardens. The remains of the old estate and gardens were rescued from 40 years of neglect. Today, Barnsley Gardens is a northwest Georgia historic showplace and home to a luxurious golf resort.
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