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Get outside:  Once you've peeled yourself out of impossibly soft 600-thread-count sateen sheets, it's time to multitask, outdoor style: Three state parks, five lakes and three major rivers lie within a short drive. Start with a four-mile round-trip hike to the top of 4,696-foot Rabun Bald, in the Chattahoochee National Forest, where fresh blueberries line the trail. Next, get wet. Grab a paddle and raft through Class V rapids on the Chattooga River, or turn the adrenaline down a notch and float the calmer sections in an inner tube.

Rainy-day options:  Catch up on your reading and enjoy a glass of wine from the inn's extensive wine cellar while lounging in a rocking chair on the grand covered front porch. Afterward, hit the antique shops and folk-art galleries in the nearby town of Clayton. Either way, plan on a decadent five-course meal on Saturday night at the Inn, which typically has a culinary theme, like "Evening in Provence," with a variety of French wines to accompany the courses. Don't worry -- you'll burn off those calories on tomorrow's hike!

Book it:  Because of the popularity of the Saturday night meals, it's best to book your getaway at least a month in advance. But sometimes a last-minute call on Thursday can net a room for the weekend. Rates start at $159 a night (706-782-5485, www.beechwoodinn.ws).

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