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Greenville, South Carolina
This small town, two hours from Atlanta, thinks big. Bob Jones Museum and Gallery has a collection of Italian paintings so impressive, curators from the Louvre have flown in to see it. Greenville also has 600 restaurants—not bad for a city of 60,000. Rent a bike at Pedal Chic, the country’s first cycling shop for women, and trek nine miles north on the Swamp Rabbit Trail until you reach The Café at Williams Hardware. Break for a scoop of pecan-encrusted chicken salad, then return to vibrant Main Street for a glass of wine and baked goat cheese at Passerelle. Sit on the patio, which overlooks River Falls in the town center.
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Follow US-19 north out of Atlanta, and 90 minutes later, you’ll dead end into Dahlonega, easily Georgia’s wine capital. Sure, every state in the nation has at least one winery, but even the most jaded oenophiles will be impressed by Dahlonega’s wine trail.