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transportation

AIR JAMAICA  The world's best airline to Jamaica and the Caribbean. 800/523-5585. airjamaica.com.

AIR TRAN  Low fares and a radically simple way to purchase tickets. 800/AIR-TRAN. airtran.com.


AMTRAK  Get on board the most relaxing and comfortable way to travel. 800/USA-RAIL. amtrak.com.

BRITISH AIR  The British have perfected the art of traveling well. 800/247-9297. experience.britishairways.com.

CRUISES ONLY  Sail the Caribbean Princess-Style. cruisesonly.com.

EXPEDIA  expedia.com.

LUFTHANSA  Flying from 14 U.S. gateways to over 100 European destinations. 800/645-3880. lufthansa-usa.com.

accommodations

BARNSLEY GARDENS in Adairsville, GA. Ultimate weekend getaway with world-class cuisine, championship Jim Fazio golf and full-service spa. Built around the historic Barnsley ruins. One hour north of Atlanta. 770/773-7480. barnsleyresort.com.

BRASSTOWN VALLEY in Young Harris, GA. Georgia's Mountain Resort offers 508 aces of wilderness in an elegant setting, with fine dining and accomodations, golf and outdoor adventures. Hwy 76, 2 hours north of Atlanta. 800/201-3205. brasstownvalley.com.

THE CLOISTER at Sea Island, GA. Relax in luxury suites at the Ocean Houses or stay at the 40-room mansion at Sea Island Golf Club. 800/Sea Island. seaisland.com.

COHUTTA LODGE & RESTAURANT near Ellijay, GA. A breathtaking view, friendly folks, comfortable rooms and delicious dining add up to an irresistible experience. 706/695-9601. cohuttalodge.com.

THE DILLARD HOUSE in Dillard, GA. Enjoy legendary family-style dining, relax in a comfy cottage or chalet and marvel at the scenic surroundings. 800/541-0671. dillardhouse.com.

EVERGREEN MARRIOTT CONFERENCE RESORT at Stone Mountain Park, GA. A great family relaxation destination that pampers with plush accommodations, outstanding dining, magnificent views and endless entertainment. 770/879-9900. evergreenresort.com.

THE FIELDSTONE RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER
in Hiawassee, GA. Nestled among the mountains in a picture perfect setting on the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge. 888/834-4409. theFieldstone.com.

FRIPP ISLAND GOLF & BEACH RESORT
on the beautiful coast of South Carolina. Enjoy sophisticated amenities in a relaxed atmosphere on this private island. 800/845-4100. frippislandresort.com.

HALF MOON GOLF, TENNIS & BEACH CLUB in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Four-hundred acre estate with mile-long white sand beach, championship golf course and luxurious accommodations, plus spa, shopping village and 54 freshwater pools. 800/626-0592. halfmoon.com.jm.

HENDERSON VILLAGE in Perry, GA. Southern hospitality with thousands of acres to unwind and relax. Gourmet dining, country inn, horseback riding, fishing, sport shooting. 478/988-8696. hendersonvillage.com.


INTERCONTINENTAL BUCKHEAD ATLANTA on Peachtree Road. This luxurious hotel features elegantly-appointed rooms, world-class cuisine, an international staff and a spectacular ballroom. 404/946-9000.
intercontinental.com/buckhead.

LILY CREEK LODGE in Dahlonega, GA. Quaint bed & breakfast retreat in a quiet mountain setting. 888/844-2694. lilycreeklodge.com.

THE LODGE AT BUCKBERRY CREEK in the Smokies of East Tennessee. Relax and reminisce at this luxurious lodge overlooking Mount Le Conte. 866/30-LODGE. buckberrylodge.com.

MELHANA PLANTATION in Thomasville, GA. Historic Southern Plantation featuring 38 suites and fine dining nightly. Rated best of the top 10 Restaurants by Georgia Trend 2001 and top Ten Most Romantic Inns by America Historic Inns 2001. World class sporting adventures. Meetings and retreats. Weddings and receptions. 229-226-2290 or 888-920-3030. melhana.com.

OLD CREEK LODGE in Highlands, NC. Intimate cabins and lodge suites have fireplaces as well as Jacuzzi tubs. Complimentary upscale continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Indoor heated pool and outdoor hot tub. 1-800-895-6343. oldcreeklodge.com.

OMNI HOTEL AT CNN CENTER in Atlanta, GA. Luxurious AAA Four-diamond hotel across from Centennial Olympic Park, connected to Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center. Most rooms overlook Centennial Olympic Park on one side or into the CNN Center atrium. More than 27,000 square feet of meeting and function space. 404/659-0000. omnihotels.com.

PINE MOUNTAIN CLUB CHALETS in Pine Mountain, GA. Bavarian-style chalets tucked in a green forest beside a shimmering lake at the foothills of the Southern Appalachians. 800/535-7622. pinemountainclubchalets.com.

PONTE VEDRA INN & CLUB in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The Atlantic Ocean serves as a dramatic backdrop for this AAA Five-Diamond rated inn featuring 221 luxurious rooms and suites. 800/234-7842. pvresorts.com.


PORTOFINO in Pensacola Beach, FL. An exclusive island resort with Italian Mediterranean flair that features an Aveda Concept Spa to revitalize the body and spirit. 866/554-0107. resortquest.com.

THE RENAISSANCE RESORT AT WORLD GOLF VILLAGE in St. Augustine, FL. A relaxing getaway with luxurious accommodations, spectacular dining, the Serenata Beach Club, the World Golf Hall of Fame and two world-class golf courses. 888/740-7020. worldgolfrenaissance.com.

RESORT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
in Destin, FL. Luxury vacation accommodations at Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa and Silver Beach Towers featuring Panoramic Gulf views, European spa, poolside cabanas, family recreation programs, watersports and more. 877/447-3767. DestinsBestRentals.com.

THE RITZ-CARLTON, BUCKHEAD in Atlanta. Luxury hotel celebrating 20 years of legendary service. 800/241-3333. ritzcarlton.com.

SANDALS. Enjoy an all-inclusive vacation at Sandals Negril and save up to 33%. sandals.com.

SEA PINES RESORT at Hilton Head Island, SC. World-renowned resort setting with golf, tennis, dining and shopping. 800/732-7463. SeaPines.com.

THE SMITH HOUSE in Dahlonega, GA. Settle into a cozy 19th century guest room, relax on a shady front porch, feast on piled-high platters of home-cooked food. 800/852-9577. smithhouse.com.

THE VILLAS of Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, St. John and Puerto Rico. Complete packages include choice of over 100 luxury villas. 800/331-8681. passportvillas.com.


destinations

AMERICUS, GEORGIA  Visit the heart of Carter Country, home to the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Rylander Theatre, Andersonville National Historic Site and Prisoner of War Museum, the circa-1892 Windsor Hotel and the Global Village & Discovery Center. 888/278-6837. therealgeorgia.com.

BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA  Enjoy miles of pristine beaches, championship golf, Lowcountry cuisine, buggy rides, art galleries and authentic Gullah crafts. 800/638-3525. beaufortsc.org.

BRUNSWICK & THE GOLDEN ISLES OF GEORGIA  Breathtaking beauty, rich history, warm hospitality, miles of sun-drenched beaches, 234 holes of golf, casino/cruise ship, water taxi and accommodations. 800/933-COAST. bgivb.com.

CARTERSVILLE, GEORGIA  800/733-2280. NotAtlanta.org.

COLLEGE PARK, GEORGIA  Housing Georgia's 4th largest historic district, College Park boasts more than 867 structures on the Historic Register. 404/767-1537. collegeparkga.com.

DAHLONEGA, GEORGIA  Northeast Georgia's gem of a mining town beckons with old-fashioned fun, shopping, dining, gold panning and music jamming. 800/231-5543. dahlonega.org.

HIGHLANDS, NORTH CAROLINA  This small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains is blanketed in scenic splendor. Take a hike. Browse the unique galleries, boutiques and antique shops. Spend the night at a country inn. 828/526-2112. highlands-chamber.com.

MACON, GEORGIA  One of the great historic cities of the American South, Macon is home to 5,500 National Register historic structures. Attractions range from 10,000-year-old Native American Indian mounds to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. 800/768-3401. visitmacon.org.

MADISON, GEORGIA  Pre Civil War and Victorian homes, as well as a tastefully restored downtown, offer a range of shops, tastes, sights and services that delight visitors. 800/709-7406. madisonga.org.

MARIETTA, GEORGIA  770/794-5631. mariettaga.gov.

MOUNTAINTOP GA  Hiawassee and Young Harris in Towns County. Beauty and adventure abound with championship golf, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, watersports and tennis. Arts, crafts, antiquing, concerts, fairs and festivals. Charming cabins to full service conference resorts. 800/984-1543. MountainTopGa.com.

NEW ORLEANS PLANTATION COUNTRY, LOUISIANA  Step back in time and relive life on a plantation, eat in a quaint restaurant and venture out into the infamous swamps. 866/204-7782. takemetotheriver.com.

RABUN COUNTY, GEORGIA   Mountains, streams, waterfalls, lakes and state parks. Chattooga River, Bartram Trail, Tallulah Gorge and golfing. Foxfire Museum, Dillard’s great restaurants and shops, Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts and Hambidge Center. Shopping in art galleries and antique shops in Clayton. 706/782-4812. gamountains.com.

THOMASVILLE, GEORGIA   Discover the historic elegance of Thomasville and Thomas County with cozy cottages, sprawling plantations, antique shops, art exhibits, fine foods, historic tours and warm hospitality. 866/577-3600. thomasvillega.com.

attractions
ATLANTA CYCLORAMA & CIVIL WAR MUSEUM   Experience "The Battle of Atlanta," the world's largest painting capturing a pivotal moment in the history of the nation. 800 Cherokee Ave., S.E. 404/624-1071. bcaatlanta.com.

ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER  Visit the 1928 Swan House mansion, pre-Civil War plantation Tullie Smith Farm and relic-filled museum on 33 acres of landscaped gardens. 130 West Paces Ferry Road. 404/814-4000. www.atlantahistorycenter.com.

BRAVES MUSEUM & TURNER FIELD TOURS  Unique treasures of the game featuring tributes to Hank Aaron, Phil Niekro and the Championship teams of the ’90s. Tours include: Coca-Cola Sky Field, a Braves luxury suite, the press box, the dugout and clubhouse, the broadcast booth and scouts alley. 404/614-2311.

BUTTS MILL FARM
  Carriage & hay rides, covered bridge weddings, petting zoo, horseback riding, fishing, water wheel, corporate parties. Pine Mountain, Georgia. 706/663-7400. www.buttsmillfarm.com.

GEORGIA MOUNTAIN FAIR
   Carnival, country music shows, crafts & exhibits, cloggers and more. 706/896-4191. georgia-mountain-fair.com.


GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME  43,000 square foot facility features permanent and changing exhibits that include music, video, memorabilia, instruments, performance costumes and more. Over 450 artists are represented in the exhibits. 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Macon. 478/750-8555. 888-GA-ROCKS. gamusichall.com.

RAINBOW RANCH TROUT PONDS  Enjoy a day of fishing and fun in the sun at these freshwater ponds filled with rainbow trout in Cumming. 770/887-4797. rainbowranchtrout.com.

ROAD TO TARA  800/662-7829. visitscarlett.com.

SIX FLAGS
 Flat out fly on Superman Ultimate Flight, experience spectacular family events like Salute 2 America, get drenched on Thunder River or take in a Hollywood style show. sixflags.com.

STONE MOUNTAIN PARK  The world's largest granite monolith rises 825 feet above a 3,200-acre park with a paddlewheel riverboat, scenic railroad, petting farm and camping grounds. Hwy. 78 East. 770/498-5600. stonemountainpark.com.

WORLD OF COCA-COLA  See, hear and taste the magical story of Coca-Cola on self-guided tours that feature fascinating exhibit galleries, a soda jerk skit and an international sampler of soft drinks in a three-story pavilion adjacent to Underground Atlanta. 55 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. 770/578-4325. woccatlanta.com.

ZOO ATLANTA  See lowland gorillas, African elephants, black rhinos, lions, tigers and nearly 1,000 other animals living in naturalistic habitats. 800 Cherokee Ave., Atlanta. 404/624-5621.
zooatlanta.org.