When I think of fall in Georgia I think about spending most of my time outdoors enjoying the long-awaited cool down from the blistering hot Georgia summer. Fall in Georgia is one of my favorite times of the year. There are so many beautiful sights, delightful smells, and delicious tastes especially here in the south. I know it can be hard to leave the kids at home when there are so many fun family activities to do but don’t forget to carve out some time for a fun fall date with your partner.
Whether it is cuddling up while sipping a Georgia-made wine in Dahlonega or enjoying a spooky stroll through Oakland Cemetery, here are a few fall date ideas to enjoy in and around Atlanta.
Pick Apples in the North Georgia Mountains
While apple picking is a fun family activity, it can also be a great activity to do with your spouse. Making the drive north with kiddos can sometimes leave everyone a little tense, so grab a daytime sitter and take a short road trip with your partner! There is a multitude of different apple houses and orchards in Ellijay. You can even hop to each orchard taste testing the different apple fritters and pies. One of them even offers a hard cider tasting. A day’s adventure to the mountains is one of my favorite things to do, the leaves are turning and they are incredible this time of year. If you time it right, the Fall colors may just take your breath away! You can find our favorite places to pick apples here at Atlanta Fall Guide:: Where to Go Apple Picking.
Visit Oakland Cemetery
It’s not spooky season if you don’t wander through a cemetery, right? Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta’s oldest public park and is also the resting place of many noteworthy Atlantans from the past. Oakland is more than a cemetery, it’s a beautiful, peaceful 48-acre park where you can immerse yourself in stunning gardens and dabble in Atlanta history. You are more than welcome to take a self-tour or you can schedule a private tour. There is even a scavenger hunt option to spice up your visit through the grounds. Whichever you choose, don’t miss out on this Atlanta staple. It’s the perfect place to hold hands through ethereal gardens and maybe even learn a little something new with your loved one. Oakland Cemetery is typically closed at night but during the weekends between October 14- October 31 you can purchase tickets for a special night tour called Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween.
Go on a Winery Tour in Dahlonega
A visit to Dahlonega is a Fall must for our family but we usually take the kids. Get ready to plan a daytime sitter and take a short trip up to the mountains of Dahlonega, Georgia. Here you can marvel at the history around the square or you can plan a winery tour through the mountains! If you prefer, schedule a bus tour to visit some of the local wineries around Dahlonega. Enjoy the many flavors of Georgia wine’s across the mountains or simply pick a winery that seems like your style and stick around to see what it has to offer. Some of my favorite wineries to check out:
- Wolf Mountain Vineyards – Wolf mountain is remarkably romantic and their Sunday brunch is phenomenal and is my personal favorite Dahlonega vineyard.
- Montaluce Winery & Restaurant – Unwind with a taste of fancy at Montaluce. Montaluce offers fine dining with a view as well as a delicious lineup of wine tastings.
- Frogtown Winery – Enjoy gorgeous mountain views while sipping award-winning wines on the porch of this beautiful white farmhouse estate.
- Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery – A sweet little winery with a homey farm aesthetic on the Dahlonega Plateau. You can enjoy your glass of wine with live music and food trucks on Saturdays.
Explore the Beltline
The perfect time to explore the Beltline in Atlanta is when the weather cools down. The art, the food, and the breweries are a huge draw. Walking through Krog Street Tunnel is an artsy experience you don’t want to miss. It’s always fun to try new foods and drinks with your partner by your side. So, maybe don’t plan a thing for this date. Walk, bike, or snag a scooter to blaze the trail with your spouse. Tap into your spontaneous side and dive into a restaurant, bar, or shop that looks the most intriguing. Perhaps if you’re looking for a more organized date, research some of the great restaurants in the area and end your night or day with a stroll down the Beltline. Don’t forget to look for Tiny Doors!
Cheer On Your Favorite Team at a Football Game
The crisp air, the band playing a fight song in the background as you set up your tailgate tent for a day of camaraderie and hopefully a win, let’s face it college football in the south is an experience. When you’re on the same team in life, it’s a whole lot of fun to be on the same team in the stands. Sing the fight songs together, celebrate a scored touchdown, and rush the field after a win. There are so many football-watching opportunities in the Atlanta area. Aside from our obvious Georgia Tech and University of Georgia college football experiences, Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State, and Georgia State have also entered the realm of Georgia college football teams. If professional football is more your style, don’t forget about our Atlanta Falcons!
Take a Ghost Tour
Catch a fright with your partner as you tour through historical districts around Atlanta listening to ghost stories and maybe even experiencing some paranormal activity. Some tours offer a pub crawl option for those who would like to enjoy liquid spirits with their spooky tales. Sometimes it’s fun to be scared and taking a ghost tour is a great excuse to cuddle close to your sweetie. A few of Atlanta’s greatest ghost tours include:
- Decatur Ghost Tour
- Ghosts of Marietta
- Roswell Ghost Tour
- A Tour of Southern Ghosts at Stone Mountain