Tips from a 20-something member of the state’s marketing team.
By Hope S. Philbrick
At Travel South, an annual tourism conference, I recently had an opportunity to sit down with representatives of eleven southeastern states. While at the Georgia table—which is my home state, so I know it better than any other state—I decided to turn the quick meeting into a Q&A session.
Lauren Cleland, the new member of the Georgia tourism team with whom I met, is at least two decades closer to 21 than I am. If you’re twenty-something or just want to hang with younger adults, her tips may lead you to that crowd.
What do you consider to be the most adult-oriented destination in Georgia?
Savannah! It has the River Street experience and lots of great places like Tree House [bar] and Lulu’s Chocolate Bar. Plus The Jinx [a live music venue].
What else would you recommend to adults who are traveling without children?
I like the Virginia-Highlands neighborhood [near Atlanta]—especially DBA Barbecue and the Hand-in-Hand pub. Other restaurants that I really like are TWO Urban Licks, Miller Union and The Optimist, which are all in Midtown Atlanta.
What’s the most high-end luxury adults can enjoy in Georgia?
The Cloister at Sea Island and The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation. They are two completely different experiences, but both luxurious.
What time of year should adults visit Georgia if their goal is to avoid masses of vacationing families?
Spring, but avoid Spring break. It’s a great time to visit because the azaleas are blooming and temperatures are moderate.
If you really want to avoid kids then avoid waterparks, Six Flags and Stone Mountain in summer.
What would you most want grownups to know about Georgia?
There’s a blossoming wine scene and some great wineries.
What do you think is the state’s best wine region?
I like Tiger Mountain Vineyards [in Tiger]; it is mid-range and hosts live musical performances plus serves soup and fondue. I also like Montaluce and Wolf Mountain which are higher-end [and both near Dahlonega in Lumpkin County].
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