A lakeside weekend getaway is 2 hours or less from Atlanta

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Fall is one of the best times to visit a lake. From the views of changing leaves to smaller crowds, it offers an ideal getaway.

Condé Nast Traveler has a list of the six best weekend getaways from Atlanta. Two spots on the list are lakes no more than 2 hours away.

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Lake Rabun, Georgia

Two hours from Atlanta is Lake Rabun, an 835-acre reservoir built as a power source in 1915.

“While you’re in the area, be sure to check out the charming shops and restaurants of nearby Clayton,” Condé Nast Traveler said. “Fromage, set in a historic home, serves made-from-scratch lunches (try the cranberry-flecked chicken salad) and slices of homemade cake on its wide front porch. If you want something serious to drive home with, Dogwoods Home is a place for antique furnishings and local artwork.”

While Fourth of July weekend is a favorite on the lake, it doesn’t have to be summer for you to enjoy a hike. The Angel Falls Trailhead takes you to double waterfalls on a moderate path. You can book at a hotel, but the lake also has bed and breakfast inns, cabins and vacation rentals and RV resorts.

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Lake Oconee, Georgia

Drive one and a half hours from Atlanta to visit Lake Oconee.

“Be sure to play a round: at least 18 of the 99 holes of golf are available to guests, designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio. And don’t return to Atlanta before driving into Mayberry-esque downtown Greensboro, just 20 minutes away,” the publication said. It also noted that country music superstar Carrie Underwood wed former professional hockey player Mike Fisher here.

Other things to do include riding ATVs and dirtbikes at the Durhamtown Off Road Resort or stopping by the Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds. Stay at campgrounds, vacation rentals or the Goodwin Manor bed and breakfast.

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