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From the Barrier Islands to the North Georgia Mountains to all things peachy in between, there is so much to explore in Georgia.

So why go anywhere else? Here's just a few of the many ways to explore our great state:

BEACH GETAWAY:  GOLDEN ISLES OF GEORGIA

Nestled on the Georgia coast midway between Savannah and Jacksonville lies the mainland city of Brunswick and its four beautiful barrier islands: St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island.  The astonishing beauty, ideal weather and natural radiance makes these special places so indisputably golden.  Genuine southern hospitality and comfortable luxury sets the Golden Isles apart from any other destination.

The Golden Isles of Georgia are brimming with activities for everyone to enjoy.  Take a historic tour through downtown Brunswick, deep sea fish for giant Tarpon, experience oceanside concerts, dine at fine restaurants, shop at boutique stores and galleries or play 198 holes of the country's most spectacular and widely acclaimed courses.

Or simply get lost in the beauty of century-old oak trees draped with Spanish moss and rejuvenate on the many miles of untouched beaches. Choose from some of the world's most renowned resort hotels, or take things a bit simpler at a beachside condo, bungalow or even a woodsy campsite. Every lifestyle and budget can be met!

There are endless reasons to visit the Golden Isles!

SPA & NATURE RETREAT: BARNSLEY GARDENS RESORT

The award-winning Barnsley Gardens Resort is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just 60 miles north of Atlanta. Barnsley Gardens Resort welcomes guests into a storybook romantic setting of incomparable service. Encompassing 3,300 acres, the historic Barnsley Gardens Resort offers a unique getaway experience.  Originally built as an opulent estate in the 19th century, the grounds have been transformed into a world-class resort.  All guests are lodged in private rooms, suites or cottages, all luxuriously appointed with a mix of old-world charm and modern convenience. 

Whether looking for a relaxing weekend, strategic meeting or an elegant wedding, guests will discover a retreat of privacy and perfection. Amenities include gourmet dining, an award-winning, European-style spa, and exciting recreational choices like world-class golf, a 15-station sporting clays course, hunting at Springbank Plantation and horseback riding along scenic trails.  Opportunities to explore the immaculate gardens and historic ruins should not be missed during your visit to this amazingly unique resort.  

SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA

Allow yourself to splurge a little (or a lot) with a weekend shopping trip to Atlanta!  No matter what your shopping style, Atlanta has it all. 

Start your shopping extravaganza in the heart of Buckhead at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.  Lenox is anchored by Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and Macy's, and features nearly 250 specialty stores. 

Phipps Plaza - named a "Southern Best" in Southern Living magazine's Readers' Choice Awards, is anchored by Nordstrom, Belk, and Saks Fifth Avenue. As the Southeast's premier upscale shopping center, Phipps Plaza is home to more than 100 specialty stores. 

Prefer an outdoor mall experience? Head to Atlantic Station, one of Atlanta's newest shopping communities. Home to Dillard's department store, Atlantic station is lined with many of the same stories you will find at Lenox or Phipps.  

Wondering where to eat? Both Phipps and Lenox have well-stocked food courts along with sit-down restaurants. Atlantic Station also has a selection of more than 20 specialty food and drink options.

For a different shopping vibe, head to Little Five Points, an eclectic and revitalized neighborhood known for its novelty shops, vintage clothing shops, book stores, music stores, and more. 

Also offering a distinct shopping vibe is Virginia Highland, acclaimed for its diverse and unique shopping. Trend-setting apparel, classic to kitschy antiques, folk and pop art, whimsical decorative accessories, natural linens, rare cigars, distinctive art books, and much more can be found in this popular neighborhood.

Food choices are aplenty in both of these neighborhoods. Check out Vortex Bar & Grill in Little Five for "Atlanta's Best Hamburger" or Noche in the Highlands for a selection of delectable tapas.

On a budget? Head to the Tanger Outlet Center in Locust Grove where you can have your pick from over 70 brand-name outlets just south of Atlanta. Nearby eateries include fast food chains such as Chick-Fil-A and McDonald's to local flavor such as Olympia Pizza and San Diego Mexican Restaurant.

Settle in each night at your "home base," the Westin Buckhead.  The sauna and indoor heated pool are sure to help you recuperate after a long day of shopping, leaving you energized for more.

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