20 Perfect Summer Getaways

Nothing says summer like driving out of the city and feeling the wind rush past you. We've rounded up some of the best summer getaways from major cities around the U.S.—for a budget-friendly trip, or a splurge.

Atlanta: SPLURGE

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Where to Go: Braselton, Georgia.

Distance: 30 miles north.

Where to Stay: With its gray pitched roof, wrought-iron detail, and 3,500 acres (with 75 acres of vineyards), the Château Élan Inn looks like a 16th-century country estate in France; most of the 329 guest rooms have a French estate décor and include oversize garden tubs. The inn features an award-winning winery, spa, tennis courts, golf courses, an equestrian show center, and cooking classes offered in a 1,600-square-foot teaching kitchen with high-end Viking stoves.

Room to Book: One of the tranquil, romantic spa suites, with the choice of a couples' waterfall shower or a pedestal tub.

Price: Doubles from $199.

What to Do: Attend a Sunday cooking demonstration by the Château's chefs. Or put on your own toque and take a class; learn to make panko-crusted pork with gingered soy sauce, for example, topped off with Asian raw coconut pudding with gula melaka syrup.

20 Perfect Summer Getaways

Atlanta: SPLURGE

Where to Go: Braselton, Georgia.

Distance: 30 miles north.

Where to Stay: With its gray pitched roof, wrought-iron detail, and 3,500 acres (with 75 acres of vineyards), the Château Élan Inn looks like a 16th-century country estate in France; most of the 329 guest rooms have a French estate décor and include oversize garden tubs. The inn features an award-winning winery, spa, tennis courts, golf courses, an equestrian show center, and cooking classes offered in a 1,600-square-foot teaching kitchen with high-end Viking stoves.

Room to Book: One of the tranquil, romantic spa suites, with the choice of a couples' waterfall shower or a pedestal tub.

Price: Doubles from $199.

What to Do: Attend a Sunday cooking demonstration by the Château's chefs. Or put on your own toque and take a class; learn to make panko-crusted pork with gingered soy sauce, for example, topped off with Asian raw coconut pudding with gula melaka syrup.

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