SOUTH CAROLINA

Escape to a Georgia or South Carolina Lodge / Retreat

Want to enjoy something a little different for your next getaway to Georgia or South Carolina? Why not book a weekend excursion to a lodge or retreat. Regardless of your travel party, you are sure to find one that fits everyone's needs and wants while on vacation. And you never know, just might have so much fun that it becomes an annual trip.

Couples: If you're looking to spend some quality time together, there probably isn't a better place to do that than at the beach. Ocean Lodge in St. Simons Island, Ga. All of the 15 rooms provide ocean front views and private verandahs. What can't be missed is the roof-top restaurant, where you can feel as if you're on top of the world, or at least top of the ocean. In Landrum, S.C., at the Red Horse Inn, you can chose to overnight in one of their six cottages (complete with fireplaces) or rooms. However, don't expect cookie-cutter type rooms, it's all about individuality. It is also all about couples and the romantic experience here in South Carolina's Upcountry for the property has been recognized by numerous outlets as one of the state's most romantic inns.

Family: Regroup with the family at  Forrest Hills Mountain Resort and Conference Center in Dahlonega, Ga. Go horseback riding, strolling along the nature trails, taking a carriage ride or riding in a chuck wagon. There's also  nearby activities such as canoeing, kayaking or exploring the town. Stay in the cabins or at the Inn. For large families, accommodation options include eight-  to 16-room loges. Everyone can get away from it all, at least for a weekend, at Solitude Pointe in Cleveland, S.C. Go rustic when you choose one of the six themed cabins, but don't worry, you won't be going too rustic since they come with all of the modern conveniences needed. While on the grounds, you can enjoy walking the nature trail, fishing off the dock and more.

Soul-Searching: Sometimes you just need some “me” time. At Enota Mountain Retreat in Hiawassee, Ga., you can relax and find yourself  as you stay in one of their cabins or small motel-like rooms. Take a tour of the organic farm, feed the animals and/or complete indulge in a spa service. Sleep in a treehouse in Canadys, S.C. through Carolina Heritage Outfitters .  The treehouses are situated along the Edisto River Refuge and are fully furnished with a kitchen, deck and more. Paddle in, stay the night or two and then paddle out. There's also cabins available as well.

Girlfriends' Getaway: Ladies, grab a few of your closest friends to spend a fun-filled adventurous weekend at The Lodges at Historic Banning Mills in Whitesburg, Ga. Return to nature (and sneak in some exercise) as you hike the nature trails, get a service (or two) at the day spa and fly through the trees as you go ziplining. There's also horseback riding, kayaking, skeet shooting and other activities to choose from. Accommodation choices include everything from five cabins to 10 cottages to a 47-room bed and breakfast. Make it a complete spa weekend when you getaway to The Wilcox in Aiken, S.C. Experience total relaxation and pampering when you make your select from body treatments, massages or other services. Finish the evening by dining in the property's restaurant.

Dudes' Getaway: Who says the ladies get to have all of the fun of a special getaway? Guys, you can have some serious bonding time also at Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club in Cordele, Ga. Go hunting or skeet shooting, or play a round of golf or two. There's also a marina where you can rent boats or take a guided fishing tour. Stay in a guestroom, villa or lakeside cabin. Hook a big one at Lake Murray when you stay at Dreher Island State Recreation Area in Prosperity, S.C. Two 2-bedroom cabins and three 3-bedroom villas are available, as well as camping sites. In addition to fishing, there's also hiking trails to explore.

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