The months of holiday stress and family get-togethers are behind you and the winter chill has begun to set in.
These cold months seem to drag by with darker days and no breaks from work in sight.
A blissful way to beat the post-holiday sadness is to pack your bags and whisk your significant other off to a romantic getaway. Make your own vacation and memories to help melt away the winter blues.
One of the great gifts of being situated in Cobb, Paulding, and Cherokee County is the availability to get away without traveling a long distance or spending a fortune.
Create a local staycation by heading to a bed and breakfast or spending the day at a relaxing spa.
Everything you need to make a special weekend with lifelong memories is in close proximity.
Below are some favorite ways to treat yourself and your special someone right here in our very own community.
1. Spend the Weekend at A Bed and Breakfast
The cozy intimacy and charm of a bed and breakfast is the perfect backdrop for a romantic weekend. Luckily for local dwellers, there are a few ideal places to snuggle with your sweetheart.
The Stanley House
Originally built in 1895 as a summer residence for Woodrow Wilson’s aunt and uncle, the Stanley house is rich in history and charm. Guest rooms are adorned with classic linens and decor to transport you into an intimate oasis.
A traditional bed and breakfast experience can be had with a full breakfast service and afternoon snacks. The proximity to the Marietta Square makes it easy to shop around and eat locally before enjoying a relaxing evening at the inn.
Stanley House Inn.
236 Church St, Marietta, GA 30060.
Lake Allatoona Inn
An old Victorian mansion adjacent to a lake sitting on an expansive farm. What could be more romantic than that? Lake Allatoona Inn was first built as a centerpiece for a local architect and businessman J.C. Armstrong in 1893.
Transformed into a thriving bed and breakfast, this getaway is perfect for the nature-loving couple looking to take advantage of the local recreational activities provided by Lake Allatoona.
Lake Allatoona Inn.
632 Old Allatoona Rd SE.
The Ragsdale Inn
Another great historical find, The Ragsdale Inn was built in 1905 by Col Andrew Jackson Camp. Camp served as the mayor of Dallas and Villa Rica during his stint in this home. In 2002, the Inn went through an extensive renovation and was converted into a bustling bed and breakfast.
With plenty of historical tours, theatre, and outdoor activities nearby - the Ragsdale Inn is perfect for a relaxing or adventurous weekend.
The Ragsdale Inn.
103 Ragsdale Place.
Tel: (770) 443-3440.
2. Cozy Cabin Getaway
Being fixed at the foothills of the Appalachian mountains has a great advantage here in Northern Georgia. You don’t have to drive hours to find a cabin rental with a view of the immense mountain range.
Local rentals can be found by searching through listings on Airbnb, HomeAway or VRBO.
There are plenty of cabins situated on lakes and rivers around town. Most listings offer basic amenities and local recreation centers for outdoor adventures including hiking, fishing, and biking.
You can also find great rentals on Lake Arrowhead, in Cherokee County, or Lake Allatoona.
For more information visit http://www.georgialakearrowheadrental.com/
3. Spa Day with Romantic Dinner
Not ready to take the leap for an entire weekend getaway? Book a spa day and end with a romantic dinner with your beau. Receive couples’ massages or other treatments to completely relax together. Here are a few local spots offering great options and specials.
Spa Dreams is equipped with a robust service menu from hot stone massages to soothing facials. After your luxurious treatments, choose from a range of romantic restaurants in the East Cobb area for a foolproof sentiment-filled day and evening.
2595 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 7.
Renew Day Spa
Located in NE Cobb County, Renew Day Spa offers a classic couples massage. If you arrive early, you can take advantage of their sauna and snack bar. They also offer an extensive variety of services, if you are looking to make an entire day at the spa. Plenty of nightlife surrounds this location where you can grab a drink or dinner after your day of treatments.
Renew Day Spa,
4347 Shallowford Road.
Salon and Spa Venessa
Head to this local Woodstock spa for aroma-infused treatments and luxury services. Each session is personalized to give patrons the wellness they're searching for. Massages, facials, and full salon services are available. They are situated in historic Woodstock with plenty of restaurants and shopping nearby.
Salon and Spa Venessa
8516 main street
4. Brewery Tour and Tasting Weekend
The recent influx of breweries in our community creates a perfect touring weekend for the brew loving couple.
Map out a perfect crawl of these breweries ending near a hotel of your choice for a perfect getaway.
Below are some great breweries to make sure you add to your list:
- Reformation, 500 Arnold Mill Way, Woodstock, GA 30188, (678) 341-0828, reformationbrewery.com
- The Stout Brothers, 1265 W Spring St, Smyrna, GA 30080, (770) 319-8200, thestoutbrothers.com/
- Dry County, 1500 Lockhart Dr NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144, (770) 250-0345, drycountybrewco.com
- Red Hare, 1998 Delk Industrial Blvd SE, Marietta, GA 30067, (678) 401-0600, redharebrewing.com/
- Naughty Soda / Ironmonger Brewing, 2129 NW Pkwy SE #105, Marietta, GA 30067, (678) 742-8551, ironmongerbrewing.com
5. Camping Weekend
Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! Create an unforgettable weekend by camping at one of the local campsites complete with s’mores, plenty of cocoa, and memories that last a lifetime.
Grab your tent and supplies then head to one of the many local campsites. If you don't have any equipment you can either rent online or purchase from a local outdoor store.
Bundle up next to a roaring fire and unplug from the busy world around you.
For an updated list of campgrounds visit http://www.camping-usa.com/ and search your county to find your ideal location along with hours, price, and availability for camping.
6. Yoga or Fitness Retreat
Getting sweaty and centered with your partner is a great bonding activity and can easily be turned into a wonderful weekend retreat.
Depending on your desired location of study, there are heaps of yoga studios throughout Cobb, Paulding, and Cherokee counties. Most studios offer candlelight evening classes that help boost relaxation and soften the mood.
Put together a weekend retreat by taking 2-3 different types of yoga class from Bikram (hot) yoga to a more relaxing Restorative practice.
If you are looking for an already packaged retreat, Stillness Yoga and Meditation in East Cobb regularly offer both half-day and full weekend retreats. Check availability at www.stillnessyoga.com or call 770-337-9335.
Romance is Only Moments Away
Ready to sweep your loved one off their feet and treat them to a magical romantic weekend?
Whether you decide to visit local breweries or spend the entire weekend at a cozy bed and breakfast - time together after the rush of the holidays is a must.