Sometimes the thought of planning for, financing, and packing for a far-away trip can be daunting — and that’s assuming the boss lets you have time off. That’s where staycations come in: Whether it’s a weekend digital detox or a longer stay closer to home, Georgia is rife with locally owned places to escape.

The metro Atlanta area may be a tourism draw in and of itself, but there are quite a few places ATL-iens can hide away from the hustle and bustle of city life, without actually leaving the city. Decatur Alpaca Cottage is one of these. It’s nestled just off Lavista Road, minutes from Northlake Mall, but visitors barely notice — they’re too busy enjoying peace and relaxation with Marykay Mentzer’s alpacas and chickens.

“I call it our little legacy farm,” Marykay says. “I got our first chickens about 10 or 11 years ago. Chickens are apparently the gateway animal for alpacas.”

Guests can coordinate experiences with Marykay, who identifies as lesbian, and customize their stay with alpaca visits and gardening tutorials. Visitors can purchase eggs grown on the farm and cook them in the  cottage kitchen. She describes the cottage’s aesthetic as “organic luxury,” complete with blankets made from alpaca fiber.

Another option for a city staycation is The Inn at Serenbe, part of the Serenbe community in Chattahoochee Hills. Its founders fell in love with the century-old farmhouse during a weekend outing, and later moved in full time. The farmhouse quickly became a favorite visiting spot  for friends and family, and the owners decided to open it as a traditional bed and breakfast in 1994.

“Included with your stay is a complimentary breakfast with our new executive chef, Ryan Mull,” says Stevie Seay, regional public relations coordinator for Serenbe. “There’s  complimentary tea time in the afternoon where you can get scones, homemade chips, and biscuits.”

That’s just for starters — additional amenities include a pool, an in-ground trampoline, regular classes like goat yoga and access to Serenbe’s animal village of goats, pigs, llamas, chickens, and rabbits. And if there’s no room at the inn, Serenbe offers cottages and community spaces.

Read more about our little legacy farm here: The Georgia Voice

Welcome to the Decatur Alpaca Cottage ~ close to the city, but just far enough away ~ We look forward to hosting you!