5 spring break destinations within five hours of Atlanta

From the beach to the mountains, these destinations all have FUN in common

Spring break means it is time to unwind and escape. Whether you want to take on the beach or the mountains, or adventure as a small family or an extended group, we’ve got a spring break destination for you. Here are five memory-making experiences for your family this April, all within five hours of Atlanta.

Lake Oconee, Georgia. (~75 minutes) Reynolds Lake Oconee is amass with fun for spring. Enjoy golfing 117 holes over six distinctly unique courses, embrace fishing or boating on Lake Oconee’s 19,000 acres or savor the dogwood, azalea and cherry blossoms along the 21 miles of hiking trails. Visitors select from luxurious pampering at Georgia’s perfect resort- The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee- or at a traditional relaxing vacation rental at the cottages, condominiums or Inn rooms of Reynolds Lake Oconee. Don’t miss an unforgettable meal at the newest restaurant, The National Tavern, with sophisticated Southern cuisine and idyllic views of The National golf course.

Cashiers, North Carolina. (3 hours) Escape the city life at
High Hampton Inn & Country Club in Cashiers, NC. Families gather together- without cell phones or iPads- in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains for old-school fun that never goes out of style. Try golf or tennis, hiking or fly fishing. On the 35-acre lake guests take on swimming, sailing, canoeing, rowing or peddle boating. If that’s not enough to keep your little ones busy, there is a natural playground and lawn games like croquet, bocce, tetherball, badminton and more. The resort includes a formal dining room, a charming tavern with after-dinner family activities and a market for purchasing your own snacks and meals. Stay at the lodge or rent a vacation home; just get to Cashiers for traditional family fun.

Asheville, North Carolina. (3 hours 45 min) Mountain-lovers, rejoice! Asheville, NC is your home-away-from-home for spring break. Lose yourself in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains by renting a cabin getaway. Unforgettable outdoor adventures include zip lining, white water rafting, hiking or exploring myriad waterfalls. Capture a bird’s eye view of Asheville from atop Chimney Rock State Park or take a self-guided Hunger Games tour at DuPont State Forest. Asheville is making waves in the beer and food scene, so don’t overdo it on s’mores at your cabin. Enjoy Asheville’s feast while visiting the mountains.

Beaufort, South Carolina. (4.5 hours) Moss-draped live oaks and Civil War-era homes adorn the streets of Beaufort, SC, named by The New York Times as one of 2016’s top 52 places to go in the world. Stay in the Landmark Historic District at The Beaufort Inn, which easily accommodates couples or families in luxury. While away the week by visiting Hunting Beach for sand play or views from the pier, touring Beaufort River with a keen eye for dolphin and osprey or soaking up the rich history among the churches, cemeteries, plantations and museums. Finally, please don’t leave the area without a taste of the delicious low country eats.

Little St Simons Island. (5 hours) Imagine a private barrier island off the coast of Georgia with 10,000 acres of natural wonder and not a vehicle in site! Little St Simon’s Island beckons nature-lovers to explore their wild side. Unlike many other Georgia barrier islands, LSSI is virtually undeveloped; maintaining the natural ecological state of the island is foremost to the owners and staff. This all-inclusive escape includes a private lodge, meals made of veggies from the organic garden, 7 miles of pristine beaches and a naturalist available to help you explore. In addition to relaxing and frolicking on the beach, families can fish, hike, hunt for shells, kayak and much more.