Like twinkling lights and wrapping paper, holiday travel is a fact of life from November to January. And while Grandma’s house may be a fam favorite, you may rethink your plans once you read about nearby destinations that include 70 perfectly decorated Christmas trees in one mansion to 70-degree sunshine sparkling on the emerald waters of the Gulf. Read on for our favorite holiday destinations that pack plenty of room—and fun—for everyone on your list.

Photo: Barnsley Resort

Barnsley Resort

Right out of a fairytale, Barnsley Resort's English-inspired village, historically preserved ruins and gardens dazzling with over a million lights, and endless options for the active family can't be beat. Whether you head to the stables for a winter woodland horseback ride or decide to take it easy around the s'mores fire pit, guests at Barnsley have more options than what the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future can offer, combined.

Where to Stay
Cottage accommodations will delight kiddos with their unique styles, which range from Victorian to log-cabin rustic (but with all the amenities you'd expect at a luxury resort), and while you can rent an entire cottage to yourselves, rooms and suites are also available if you plan to stay overnight. And stay tuned for the opening of the brand new Inn at Barnsley Resort in fall of 2017.

Can't Miss
In addition to the resort's catalogue of activities for guests to enjoy during their stays, wreath-making and gingerbread house crafting will be yours for the choosing, if you can pry anyone away from the horseback riding, fishing, clay shooting, or paint ball course.

Travel Time from Atlanta: 1 hour and 10 minutes

Barnsley Resort
597 Barnsley Gardens Rd.
Adairsville, GA 30103


Where will your holiday travel plans take you? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey