a small house in a garden: Experts say a short trip to a cabin or resort in the mountains can be good for your mental health in the age of coronavirus.


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Experts say a short trip to a cabin or resort in the mountains can be good for your mental health in the age of coronavirus.

GEORGIA — Looking for an end-of-summer or early autumn getaway for the family? You’ll find plenty of places in the mountains or beaches in Georgia where you can socially distance and avoid the traffic jams experienced by travelers.

Whether it’s for a weekend or a weeklong visit, many resorts and parks in northern and coastal Georgia have cabins and rooms available. Experts say even a short trip can be good for your mental health in the age of coronavirus.

By staying in Georgia, you won’t have to worry about additional quarantine time or police tracking out-of-state license plates in some northeastern states. Before you book a cabin or room, though, be sure to look up any restrictions for your destination.

Whether it’s a day trip or for a week, remember to bring your masks, hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes. It might also be wise to bring your own sheets and towels. Once you arrive at your destination, be sure to wipe down the surfaces you’ll be using on a regular basis. It can’t hurt to give the room a second wipe-down, even though the owners have made cleanliness a priority.

The safest and best option, especially in rural areas, is to bring your own food. If you don’t bring your own food, use drive-thru or curb-side pick-up, although many of these destinations are in rural areas without fast food and takeout options.

All of these destinations boast great opportunities for hiking and other outdoor activities. If the weather is nice, stay outside, where there’s increased airflow and increased ventilation. Most important, try to relax and enjoy your vacation.

All the parks and resorts highlighted below are welcoming overnight guests, although some may have restrictions on recreation and indoor activities.

North Georgia Mountains

Looking for a cabin to rent? Explore Georgia has a list of enchanting cabins available in the North Georgia mountains.

Dahlonega offers visitors a chance to relax in the mountains, sip wine at a vineyard or enjoy the city’s downtown area. Dahlonega Resort & Vineyard offers 23 guest rooms, fine dining and a nature-friendly spa.

Montaluce Winery Villas, also in Dahlonega, offers a variety of wine events, including tastings, tours and even a hike. Montaluce also has four privately-owned Tuscan style villas overlooking the vineyard that are available for rent.

Blue Ridge offers visitors plenty of cozy cabins, homey bed-and-breakfasts and mountain spas. Visit the Blue Ridge Treehouse at Bear Claw Vineyards, Sunset Paradise, Toccoa Overlook Cabin or Sky Bear Cabin to find your own place to relax.

Wanting a location in the mountains but with more things to do? Helen might be your place. The Bavarian-style village has an artist district, but also features German delicacies and a chance for visitors to float down the Chattahoochee River.

Coastal Georgia Beaches

Tybee Island Beach offers five miles of ocean access and is home to the Tybee Lighthouse, one of the nation’s oldest lighthouses. The beach, which is about a 20 minute drive from downtown Savannah, features dolphin tours for all to enjoy.

A few miles from St. Simons Island, Sea Island and Brunswick is Jekyll Island, a state park that boasts wildlife, live oaks and plenty of relaxation.

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