Shopping, spa-ing–plus a distillery, kayak adventure, quail hunting and more in South Georgia
Off the beaten path, find the ideal destination–Albany, Georgia–for reconnecting. Located near I-10 in Southwest, Georgia, and only 30 minutes from I-75, this idyllic city is the perfect escape for reviving the romance. From the outdoorsy types to luxury-lovers, this small town charmer has something for every couple.
Comfort food is good for the soul. Start the day with breakfast at Pearly’s. There’s a reason they’ve been voted “Best of the Best” three years running! This family owned diner will take you back to the way grandma made it. 814 N. Slappey Blvd., Albany, GA 31701; PearlysFamousCountryCooking.com
Burn off some of those delicious breakfast calories with Kayak Attack Adventures and paddle down the gorgeous Flint River. Sweating together is a natural aphrodisiac! 229-669-1259; www.Facebook.com/KAYAK-Attack-Adventures-924123437604107
Annie, get your gun! Engage in the South’s quintessential quail hunting experience at Wynfield Plantation and let the area’s natural beauty paint the backdrop for this extraordinary date. 5030 Leary Road, Albany GA 31721; WynfieldPlantation.com
Rest easy at Merry Acres Inn, with its Southern historic charm. Catch up over cocktails at the Manor House Pub located at the hotel. 1500 Dawson Rd., Albany, GA 31707; MerryAcres.com
TIP: Take the inn’s free shuttle to The Catch for dinner. Start off with the best hushpuppies the South has to offer! Order from their oyster bar–eat em’ raw off the shell or baked to perfection. 2332 Whispering Pines Rd., Albany, GA 31707; Catch.Stewbos.com
Wake up and enjoy your complimentary hot breakfast in the comfort of your own hotel.
Take a quick day trip to Still Pond Vineyard and Distillery. Enjoy strolling through the lush vineyards. Sample some of Still Pond’s 18 award-winning wines and savor sips of the vodka awarded a Double Gold medal by The Fifty Best, an online guide to fine living, featuring rated listings from unbiased, proprietary blind tastings by wine/spirits journalists, spirits professionals, retailers, mixologists, spirits consultants and connoisseurs. 1575 Still Pond Rd., Arlington, GA 39813; StillPond.com
Take it easy at Oasis Day Spa and Salon with a couples’ massage. 1410 Dawson Rd, Albany, GA 31707; www.Facebook.com/Oasis-Day-Spa-and-Salon-of-Albany-772591222765080
After getting pampered, it’s time to eat like royalty. The best place for an elegant dining experience? Henry Campbell’s Steakhouse. Choose from their seven cuts of premium steak. 629 N Westover Blvd. Albany, GA 31707; Steakhouse.Stewbos.com
Start your day with a boost at Elements Coffee Company where you can reminisce about your weekend while making future plans to keep the fire burning. 2726 Ledo Rd, Albany, GA 31707; www.Facebook.com/elementscoffee
Grab a cup to go and head to Plantation Pointe. Pick out the perfect souvenir, something uniquely Albany, at the Place on the Pointe. Next door, the shops at Lancaster Village feature upscale boutiques. Find one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories at The Royal Collection boutique. Pick up a statement piece at Envy or Blush. Or score something for the house at Kay Fuller Interiors or Livi and Company. VisitAlbanyGA.com/Shop
Before hitting the road choose between Southern cookin’ to round out your trip at the Mayberry Diner or go for a lighter option at Health Hut. 2349 Lake Park Dr, Albany, GA 31707; www.Facebook.com/mayberry.diner; 2345 Lake Park Dr, Albany, GA 31707; www.Facebook.com/healthhutalbany
With Albany’s quaint feel and variety of options for memory-making, you will ignite a spark with a trip that’s off the beaten path.