Georgia's Readers' Choice Awards

When polled on your picks in our annual contest, you kept it local, choosing several Peach State destinations.
Annette Thompson

Your votes in our Readers' Choice Awards reflect swelling pride in your home state. As we look at this year's results, I'd say you agree with me: Georgia is for winners.

To the Beach
I've wandered your state so often over the past six years that I now think of myself as an honorary Georgian. You boast of so many places I love dearly, places I think of as home. Many of you cast votes for St. Simons Island as your favorite beach town. It's a place I return to often for so many reasons--dining and shopping in the village, walks (and horseback rides) along the beach, and kayaking the tidal creeks.

Voter Rebecca Hockaday of Hoschton loves St. Simons Island, especially for the hospitality and people. "It is a wonderful close-knit community that really makes you feel at home," she says. "St. Simons is full of charm and charisma."

If you haven't been to The Cloister on Sea Island nearby, it's time to visit. The resort dazzles with recently updated accommodations, a beach club, and a spa. It's another reason why the St. Simons Island area wins our support.

Spots That Win Our Hearts
Georgia boasts dozens of beautiful small towns, yet Madison remains a major vote getter. Rose Johnson of Martinez returns there again and again. "It's simple yet so enchanting," she says. "Madison is never too bustling or busy, and I feel relaxed and completely safe wandering at will. Indeed, my favorite thing to do is walk through the old neighborhoods."

Savannah always ranks high in our Readers' Choice Awards. We especially love this town for the delightful squares in its historic area.

In the Mountains
Alpine Helen grabs your attention with its oompah fun. Its location is central to many North Georgia sites that make wonderful weekend destinations. If you visit Anna Ruby Falls at Unicoi State Park on the north side of town anytime soon, look for the lady in the red jacket mesmerized by the cascading stream. That may be me, soaking up more of the state's natural wonders.

Meanwhile, thank you for your votes. Do plan to enter our contest again. Here's to 2008.