Your next vacation is at home, in and around Atlanta. A variety of accommodations offer everything from luxury hotel rooms with city views to a treehouse replete with roaming animals and a mansion for hanging out with all your favorite friends and family members. The following five staycation options feature lodgings for every budget; small and large number of guests; and Wi-Fi, even for those who opt to rough it and sleep in the great outdoors.
Head to Stone Mountain for a cozy weekend stay in a bubble tent — a big, ball-like structure with a covered clear top courtesy Glamping Hub. When in, guests can see out (and vice versa). The two-guest capacity dome features a double bed, couch, rug, lamp, television, private bathroom and Wi-Fi access. Outside, guests can heat things up by cooking on a grill or jump in the Jacuzzi. Make a reservation while the kids are at camp since children under 12 years old are prohibited from staying on-site. Nightly reservations start at $66.12. 720-212-0854, glampinghub.com.
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.
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.
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.
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