7 fun things to do in Georgia that feel like a European vacation if you’re too broke to travel

When looking for things to do in Georgia, why not look to experiences inspired by the world’s most beautiful destinations?

After returning to my home country after spending time in France and Italy, the first thing I wanted to do was relive all the breathtaking moments I had experienced on the other side of the pond.

Luckily, Georgia is full of worldly experiences ready to be explored, no matter your budget.

Hidden villages that look like Bridgerton IRL, for small alpine towns that seem straight out of Germany, these destinations will make you feel like you’ve traveled to another continent without the jet lag. No passport or boarding pass required!

Visit Yonah Mountain Wineries

Price: $35 for a tasting and a drink

Address: 1717 highway. 255 S., Cleveland, Georgia

Why you need to go: While the quality of Old World wines is unmatched, a stroll through the lush, sloping vineyards of North Georgia will make you feel like you’ve been transported to the Italian countryside. Here you and your friends can attend tastings and enjoy the view.

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Eating in a cafe M

Price: $1.80-45

Address: 128 E. Bay St., Savannah, Georgia

Why you need to go: The food in Paris is unforgettable, and Cafe M is a small French bistro on the Savannah River with authentic Parisian brunches and fresh croissants. Plus, who doesn’t love a good mimosa?

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Visit Georgia’s Alpine Town

Price: It’s free to move around the city, but prices vary depending on what you’re doing there.

Address: Helen, Georgia

Why you need to go: Inspired by the small towns of Alpine German, Helen, GA feels like you’re in a storybook. Adorable architecture and quaint restaurants make it a wonderful vacation destination.

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Stay at Château Elan Winery & Resort

Price: $219+/per night

Address: 100 Charlemagne Dr., Braselton, Georgia

Why you have to go: This French-inspired chateau is one of the most beautiful resorts in Georgia. It’s a perfect romantic getaway for couples, or even for a luxury girls’ weekend.

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Discover authentic Italian home cooking at Frali Gourmet

Price: $6-16

Address: 217 W. Liberty St., Savannah, Georgia

Why you need to go: This casual Italian restaurant is one of my favorite restaurants in my hometown of Savannah, GA. After spending over a week in Italy, I can confirm that the food from this family business is as authentic as it gets. The handmade pasta and fresh Caprese salad are my favorite lunch items around town.

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Stay in a waterside castle at Jekyll Island Club Resort

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Price: $299+/night

Address: 371 Riverview Dr, Jekyll Island, Georgia

Why you need to go: This historic castle-like complex is like stepping into a fairy tale. With peaceful coastal views and relaxing waterside suites, a stay here feels like getting away from it all in the French countryside.

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Stand in a lush field of flowers at Gibbs Gardens

Price: $20

Address: 1987 Gibbs Dr., Ball Ground, GA

Why you need to go: My favorite part of Europe in May was the vast fields of wildflowers. Gibbs Gardens, outside of Atlanta, is home to thousands of flowers. Fields of colorful flowers look like Tuscany in the spring.

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Before you go, check out our responsible travel guide to be informed, be safe, be smart, and above all, be respectful on your adventure.

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