- By Kelly Sundstrom For the AJC
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and what better way to spice up your life than to escape on a romantic bed and breakfast getaway. Leaving the hustle and bustle of the big city and all your cares behind won't take long at all when you stay at one of these amazing and award-winning B&B locations found throughout Georgia.
From spending a little time on the beaches of Savannah, to looking out over the North Georgia mountains together, each of these bed and breakfast destinations has something to offer any romantic style and taste.
Rediscover your passions at one of these getaway destinations in Georgia:
Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa in Sautee Nacoochee
964 Rabun Road, Sautee Nacoochee. 706-878-5055. www.lucillesmountaintopinn.com.
Enjoy a connecting getaway surrounded by the North Georgia mountains at this relaxing woodland sanctuary. Nestled in the forests of Sautee Nacoochee, Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa has everything to offer a couple looking for a peaceful and serene vacation. You'll experience a private suite, spa services, gourmet meals and more as you commune with nature, and eachother, at this B&B destination.
Antebellum Inn in Milledgeville
200 North Columbia St., Milledgeville. 478-453-3993. www.antebelluminn.com.
Built in 1890, you and your loved one will take in a little history and heritage on your romantic getaway to the Antebellum Inn in Millegdeville. Designed by a well-known architect of the time, E.J. Alling, this period Inn offers guests a choice of five stunning rooms or the pool cottage, two parlors and a gourmet breakfast that can't be beat. In addition, you'll enjoy complimentary slippers and bicycles to tour around historic Milledgeville.
The Smith House in Dahlonega
84 S. Chestatee St., Dahlonega. 706-725-8148. www.smithhouse.com.
Up in the quaint mountain town of Dahlonega, you'll feel swept back in time staying at The Smith House, a historic inn dating back to 1899. Along with homey and comfortable rooms, guests will enjoy taking a tour of the recovered gold mine onsitem sampling the Southern-style breakfast or exploring the shops, restaurants and galleries along the Historic. Dahlonega Square. This landmark B&B is also within short driving distance to local vinyards, Amicalola Falls, gold panning and more.
Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast in Watkinsville
5 Harden Hill Road, Watkinsville. 706-769-2633. www.ambedandbreakfast.com.
This historically and culturally rich bed and breakfast is located in the heart of Watkinsville, which sits only 10 minutes from Athens. Choose from one of Ashford Manor's exquisite and eclectic rooms, including The Safari Room, The Asian Room, The Garden Room and more. During your stay, you'll enjoy the small town feel of Watkinsville, which is filled with art galleries and shops while spending time relaxing together.
Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast in Lookout Mountain
1300 Mockingbird Lane, Lookout Mountain. 706-521-0216. www.stayatchanticleer.com.
Just a stone's throw from Rock City Gardens, the Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast provide guests with lush grounds, Lookout Mountain tickets, a full homemade breakfast, evening dessert, games, books and DVD library and Southern hospitality. To remember your stay, shop at The Hen House Gift Shop, which offers items like hand-thrown pottery, handmade rugs, bathrobes and more.
The Gastonian in Savannah
220 E.Gaston St., Savannah. 800-322-6603. www.gastonian.com.
This award-winning, boutique B&B truly lives up to its reputation, with elegant rooms complete with Jacuzzis, verandahs, clawfoot tubs and chandeliers. With an extended breakfast, wine and hor d'oeuvres, dessert and cordials, nightly turn-down service and luxury bathrobes, it's no wonder why this 1868 mansion was voted the "Best B&B in Savannah" by Savannah Magazine and "one of the finest places to stay in the world" by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.
The Dillard House Inn in Dillard
768 Franklin St., Dillard. 800-541-0671. www.dillardhouse.com.
Surround yourself with luxury, simplicity and the beauty of North Georgia at this mountainous retreat located in Dillard. Guests will enjoy spacious rooms with flat-screen televisions, walking distance to horse stables, restaurants, a pool and tennis courts and homemade Southern-style meals each day.