Georgia Girlfriend Getaways
Gone With the Girls itinerary options in the Atlanta area include everything from a spa retreat to Gone With the Wind
The Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Henry County Convention & Visitors Bureau and McDonough Hospitality & Tourism have partnered to promote activities and attractions that are just south of Atlanta.
“The county lines are blurred for visitors, and they just see they’re visiting different attractions, not the location they’re in,” says Beth Bailey, director of sales and promotions at the Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “So, partnering with nearby communities lets us engage with new audiences and introduce them to our area.”
If you’re ready for a weekend of belles, bargains, art and pampering, it’s time to be Gone With the Girls.
The Road to Tara Museum in Jonesboro takes you back to Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel Gone With the Wind. Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara’s romance is set during the Civil War’s turbulent Atlanta Campaign. Museum visitors observe the history of the war in the region, including details of the 1864 Battle of Jonesboro. On display are Civil War artifacts, items from the 1939 Atlanta movie premiere and reproductions of Scarlett’s most famous dresses.
Nearby, Stately Oaks Plantation provides a glimpse into mid-1800s antebellum plantation life. The campus includes an 1839 Greek Revival-style house, an original log kitchen, a one-room schoolhouse and a country store. Do not leave Jonesboro without visiting Arts Clayton Gallery. Exhibits of Southeastern artists and national traveling exhibits combine to form a stunning gallery. Save time to browse the gift shop for handcrafted items, jewelry and Georgia Grown food products.
Speaking of shopping, Tanger Outlet Center is located in Locust Grove. Leading brands and designer labels at a wide variety of retailers are available at significant discounts. Also in Locust Grove, stop at Olive in a Bottle for gourmet oils and vinegars in a range of flavors. In regularly scheduled cooking classes, participants receive instruction, sample their dishes and get the recipe to try at home.
In McDonough, Scarlett’s Retreat Day Spa will leave you feeling refreshed at the talented hands of its staff. McDonough Square surrounds visitors with 19th century storefronts, featuring boutiques, specialty stores, coffee shops and eateries. Let your inner artist escape at Hood Street Art Center with an art class accompanied by wine. Peachtree Peddlers Antique Mall & Flea Market is 85,000 square feet of bargains.
You’ll find more information on all these options, including recommended times to allow for each stop, on the Gone With the Girls website (gonewiththegirls.net/girls).