Escape Atlanta Without Leaving Town By Visiting These 14 Places


The COVID-19 pandemic is making it difficult to travel the world, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun around Atlanta. With a little creativity, a restaurant’s patio or a botanical garden may make you feel as though you’re on that dream trip for the afternoon — minus the jet lag. Feeling antsy for an escape? Here are 14 places to visit within a couple hours drive of Atlanta.

Channel Paris at The Select and Café Vendôme
Sandy Springs
Head to the City Springs development for a mini excursion to Paris. The Select is an homage to Le Select brasserie in Paris, which was supposedly one of Hemingway’s haunts. Sit on the patio and order a few bites off of the Mediterranean-inspired menu — Spanish octopus, maybe? — and a classic cocktail. Across the street you’ll find Café Vendôme with plenty of French pastries and breads to indulge in. Let yourself pretend you’re in Paris for a moment while enjoying a croissant and a cafe au lait.

Stroll through the picturesque grounds at Barnsley Gardens
Adairsville is only an hour drive outside of the city, but it feels like a different world. The 3,000-acre property features a resort, golf course, and spa — but it’s the gardens that make it worth the day trip.
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