The Great Escape: Georgia Weekends

If you need that perfect weekend getaway to replenish your mind, body, and soul, it’s closer than you might think. Don’t worry about rushing to book a flight to a remote tropical destination because your great escape is literally just hours away. From LGBTQ campgrounds to bed and breakfasts nestled away in the backwoods of Georgia, we’ve got your top spots to unwind and get energized!


Rivers Edge (Campground)

One of the most prominent gay campgrounds in the state is River’s Edge. Its clientele is mostly men, with some women sprinkled in. Located in Dewey Rose near Athens, it’s on 63 acres and is clothing optional. Amenities include campsites for tents and RV’s, a pool, themed activities, a gym, and a clubhouse. Visitors have the option to rent a wide variety of cabins located on the property.

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In the Woods (Campground)

A members only, adult 21+, 30 acres, clothing optional camping resort where visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Located in Canon, Georgia, the campground is made up of large, secluded campsites for tents and RV’s with electric and water. Restrooms and showers are on-site. Amenities include a swimming pool, clubhouse, hot tub, and scheduled events.


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Stonehurst Place (Bed & Breakfast)

Set in an art-filled 19th-century mansion in Midtown, award-winning Stonehurst Place is one of the most luxurious Atlanta boutique hotels. Owned by lesbian Barb Shadomy since 2008, Stonehurst is known for being green – using purification, recycling, and solar energy. Located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, visitors will have a chance to explore restaurants, shops, and attractions on foot.


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Mountain Laurel Creek Inn

(Bed & Breakfast)

Dennis Hoover and his partner, David Mulcahy, own Mountain Laurel Creek Inn, which, like Swiftwaters, is in Dahlonega. Visitors will experience a quiet romantic getaway, with no children or pets, no TV’s in rooms to create noise to disturb other guests. Nearby attractions include several wineries and scenic adventures for anyone looking to take a step out of hectic city life and unwind in comfort.


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Parliament House 

(Gay Resort)

Located in the heart of Augusta, Georgia, Parliament House bills itself as the world’s largest all-male resort. A gay-owned, members-only club, Parliament House has 70 rooms and a “cruisy” atmosphere. Amenities include a pool and daily activities for visitors to partake in. The clothing-optional atmosphere gives visitors a chance to be free and enjoy Georgia’s beautiful weather.


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