“Gypsetters are entrepreneus, artists, designers, surfers, and yogis who embrace the unconventional and wanderlust, living a high-low freelance approach to life, playing and working from boats in bohemian enclaves such as Ibiza and Kenya, or catching a wave in Nicaragua and Montauk.” That’s one definition. Love the ideology but pressed for time? We understand, so here’s some escape options right here in the peach state. Pack a small bag and set out for adventure.
Dahlonega Spa and Resort. Head for the hills to this peaceful utopia. Nested in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this hidden gem is definitely a place where you can unwind, sip herbal tea, indulge in a healing massage or an aromatic body wrap. Do both. Realign mind, body and spirit with a yoga class. Don’t miss the wine tour of the local vineyards, but be sure to get back in time for dinner on the porch where they serve fresh locally sourced fare. BTW, they are dog friendly so your pooch can gypset with you.
Serenbe. About an hour south of Atlanta. This “urban farm” destination encompasses art, nature, agriculture and well-being. Year-round cultural events include outdoor theater from Serenbe Playhouse (already acclaimed), culinary workshops, festivals, concerts, films, lectures, boutique shopping, art galleries, a spa and trail riding, plus a budding Artist in Residence program featuring dinners and talks. On Saturday mornings at the farmers market you can join Serenbe founder Steve Nygren where he will tell you the whole Serenbe story and may just talk you into staying. There are plenty of choices for accommodations from modern lofts, private cottages or a room at the Inn. Do lunch at the “Bake Shop,” dine at “The Hill”, and breakfast at the Farmhouse is a MUST.
Glenn Hotel. Too much nature? Try an urban “staycation” and visit this boutique hotel in the heart of Atlanta. A bit of history—this modern classic was built in 1923, and named after John Thomas Glenn, the 31st mayor of Atlanta. Today these charming accommodations are close to all the attractions you tell out-of-towners to do but never do yourself. Now’s the time. It’s literally right across the street from the ferris wheel. Hit the “Sky-lounge” button on the elevator and hang out on the rooftop. Great apps., great cocktails and great Insta-worthy moments.
Jekyll Island Club Resort. Hit the Georgia coast and go back in history. Plenty to see and learn—visit/stay in one of several victorian style cottages once owned by families like Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt, Pulitzer and Baker. Take a bike tour of the island, explore the sea turtle center or relax at the beach. Don’t forget to pack your white shorts for a game of crochet on the front lawn.
Paradise Garden in Summerville is less that two hours and perhaps a few turns back in time from Atlanta. We promised a bohemian destination so if you are Howard Finster fan this is a must see! Finster, the famous folk artist started the garden in 1970 about 100 feet into his backyard. Now this garden museum is thought to be his greatest artistic work. You can stay the night at the Artist in Residence Cottage that includes unlimited access to Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden.
We hope you are inspired to explore! So hit the road and do a little gypesetting in Georgia.
The great canvas “escape bag” in the feature photo is from Forestbound. Many thanks for content and photography inspiration from Susan Crutchfield photography, Dahlogena Spa, Serenbe, The Glenn Hotel, Skylounge Atlanta photography, Jekyll Island Club, and Paradise Garden.