Serene Escapes: 6 Gorgeous Getaways within a 4-hour drive of Atlanta

Planning an Atlanta wedding, but want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Thanks to its close proximity to National Parks and pristine beaches, you won't have to travel very far to find a relaxing retreat for your big day. From an Old World Spanish-style mansion to a turn-of-the-century cotton mill on the banks of a sweeping river, we've gathered a handful of serene venues all within a 4-hour drive of Atlanta.


In just under a 4-hour drive (or a 1-hour flight!) you can reach Georgia's picturesque islands and the Atlantic coast dotted with luxury oceanside resorts, charming seaside towns, and sandy dunes.

Villas by the Sea Resort

Jekyll Island, GA

Fab Features: relaxing resort set on 17 oceanside acres of lush landscape • beach ceremonies against a towering driftwood backdrop • guests can enjoy all the area's most popular activities: boating, biking the miles of trails, historic tours, and more!

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$

Sea Island

Sea Island, Georgia

Fab Features: Forbes Five Star-rated luxury resort and spa situated in the Golden Isles • say "I do" beneath a canopy of moss-covered oaks or inside the enchanting Cloister Chapel • the grounds boast over 5 miles of pristine, private coastline surrounded by ancient oaks, picturesque marshland, and three championship 18-hole golf courses

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$


In just under 2 hours you can be surrounded by the forested hills of the Chattanooga National Park and rolling countryside peppered with private estates and rustic ranches.

The Wheeler House

Ball Ground, GA

Fab Features: lovingly restored 1906 mansion and reclaimed wood barn on lush grounds • custom-built arbor with three chandeliers and hanging frames • darling cottages for overnight stays, with shabby-chic décor and ample gathering space

Catering: In-house, BYO
Price: $ • $$

The Greystone Estate

Ball Ground, Georgia

Fab Features: serene country estate • ceremonies against a mountain backdrop followed by cocktails on the manicured lawn • the ballroom is designed with grand chandeliers and a row of doors along one side opens to an airy terrace

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$ • $$$

Walnut Hill Farm

Dalton, GA

Fab Features: hilltop barn is outfitted with a soaring, open-raftered ceiling, polished concrete floor, and large doors that open to the surrounding meadows • ceremonies beneath the porch-style Pond Pavilion or on the manicured lawn bordered by mature trees • a romantic Carriage House for the newlyweds, plus a cozy B&B for the wedding party

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$

Zan Guerry Clubhouse

Chattanooga, TN

Fab Features: private tennis club located on the Tennessee River • shaded garden ceremonies on the private riverfront patio • the reception space affords bi-fold doors that open to a wrap-around deck

Catering: In-house, Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$ • $$$

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