Yurts in a park
Sleeping in the great outdoors involves accommodations like beds, ceiling fans, windows, an accordion lattice wall, a door and more when opting for a yurt; for those new to the concept of a yurt, it's a large, elevated tent that was once used by nomadic Central Asians as their home. Adapted for modern conveniences, today's yurts at Sweetwater Creek State Park houses up six people and is stationed on its own wooden platform with deck chairs so visitors can hang out and be one with nature. Shared bathrooms are available for all 10 yurts. Electricity is also offered so guests can Snapchat their staycation. $95 per night. 1750 Mt. Vernon Road, Lithia Springs. 770-732-5871, gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek.
Photo of the new yurts at Sweetwater State Park. Provided by Georgia state parks.
A staycation doesn’t necessarily mean staying in the entire time. Book a room at Loews Atlanta Hotel in Midtown for chill mornings and lively nights. While there, treat yourself to bliss via exhale Spa, which offers fitness services like fusion boot camp, yoga and barre, as well as traditional spa treatments such as massages and body scrubs. At night, dine on-site at Saltwood Charcuterie and Bar or a bevy of neighboring restaurants.
For city exploration sans traffic, walk to Piedmont Park, Atlanta Botanical Gardens and High Museum of Art or for further sites, hop on MARTA which is approximately a five-minute walk. Request a room on a higher floor for the best sunset, sunrise and city views. Current rates start at $179 per night. 1065 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-745-5000, loewshotels.com/atlanta-hotel.
Set 15 feet high, the Alpaca Treehouse is a secluded treehouse in East Atlanta that offers a queen-sized bed, air conditioning, stained glass, a skylight, 120-year-old French doors that leads to a wrap-around catwalk, small fridge, coffeemaker and more—all while llamas and alpacas roam below and roosters crow in the mornings. Interact with the animals as you take a short walk through the bamboo forest to the marble bathroom; there's a compostable toilet and wash basin so some bathroom trips can be saved. The treehouse, which has been featured on Animal Planet's "Treehouse Masters," can accommodate up to four people thanks to the addition of a pull-out, full-sized sleeper sofa. $375 per night, 678-595-0038, alpacatreehouse.com.
A llama named Figgy wonders through the bamboo forest beneath the alpaca treehouse at Kara O’Brien’s Airbnb property on Monday, June 3, 2019, in Atlanta. Curtis Comptonfirstname.lastname@example.org
More in a mansion
Plan a trip for you and your 15 best friends to a Georgian vacation mansion in Fayetteville through Book Luxe, a vacation home rental company. Six bedrooms — five of which have king-sized beds — seven bathrooms, three living rooms, two kitchens and two playrooms ensures that everyone has ample space to sleep, eat and play. Instead of holing up in separate quarters, spend time together in the indoor Jacuzzi or outdoor swimming pool. There's also a charcoal grill for barbecuing, ample patio furniture for entertaining and a private playground. For guests that are conducting business remotely, there's a workroom for that too. Nightly rates start at $1250. bookluxe.rentals.