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From rustic respites to quaint bed and breakfasts, Georgia offers a diverse range of accommodations sure to satisfy travelers looking for an unusual alternative to the standard hotel room. Explore Georgia highlights a few of the outstanding inns, cabins and B&Bs across Georgia. For more information, visit www.exploregeorgia.org

Rooms with a ‘Ooh!’

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The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast in Covington, Ga. is a beautifully restored 10,000-square-foot antebellum home originally built in 1836. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful examples of antebellum architecture in the South, the inn was recommended by Gone With The Wind author Margaret Mitchell as a model for Ashley’s home in the iconic film. Each of the eight guest rooms are inspired by movies or TV shows filmed in Georgia, from Vampire Diaries to In the Heat of the Night. (Rates from $199 per night; http://thetwelveoaks.com)

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Len Foot Hike Inn is a sustainably designed Georgia State Park facility that can only be reached by hiking five miles from the top of Amicalola Falls though the picturesque Chattahoochee National Forest. Open year round, the inn’s 20 private guest rooms offer guests the basics – hot running water, fresh linens and home-cooked meals. The easy-to-moderate trail takes 2-4 hours to complete, depending on fitness and skill level. Guests on the North Georgia mountain trail will pass bubbling streams, dramatic ridges and lush hickory, pine and oak trees. (Rates from $117 per room, single occupancy; http://hike-inn.com)

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Chimney Creek Cabin in Dahlonega, Ga. is a restored gold miner’s cabin nested among five acres and a meandering creek, which can be heard just about anywhere on the property. The original part of the cabin was just a shelter meant for miners seeking refuge from the elements. Today, the cabin, lovingly restored, while maintaining the historic elements of the original structure, boasts modern amenities, such as central heat/air conditioning, Wi-Fi and more. The cabin is located less than two miles from historic Dahlonega Square, offering both secluded comfort and access to one of Georgia’s most charming small mountain towns. (Rates from $150 per night; http://chimneycreekcabin.com)

Respites for Foodies

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The Inn at Serenbe, located on a 40-acre farm, offers 19 luxuriously appointed rooms, while the Serenbe Community offers additional accommodations ranging from a farmhouse loft to a four-bedroom home. The Farmhouse at Serenbe, one Georgia’s original farm-to-table restaurants, specializes in regional cuisine using locally grown, organic ingredients from the restaurant’s garden and Serenbe Farms, as well as nearby farms and artisanal producers. The overall Serenbe community is nestled in 900 acres that encompass preserved forestland, wildflower meadows, 15 miles of trails, two waterfalls and more. (Rooms from $210 per night; http://serenbeinn.com ; http://serenbefarmhouse.com)

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Ashford Manor Bed and Breakfast in Watkinsville, Ga. is housed in a stately 1893 Victorian home, surrounded by five acres of meticulously groomed gardens and grounds. The B&B sources all of its food locally, and it even has its own chicken coop with seven chickens (Brownie, Miracle, Ida, Ruby, Buff, Chubs and Squeaky) to supply fresh eggs to the inn. Guests can walk to shops, art galleries and restaurants or take a short 10-minute drive to nearby Athens, Ga. (Rates from $89 per night; http://ambedandbreakfast.com)

 

 

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