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7 Best Resorts in North Georgia

Georgia is defined by several very different regions. Travelers can experience the agriculturally rich heartland, one of the world’s best cities, granite monadnocks, a historically vibrant coast, and the stunning North Georgia Mountains. Bygone days of gold mining, wood stove-heated cabins and horse-drawn carriages are still ever-present, and significant locations such as the beginning of the famous Appalachian Trail all start right here. Many fabulous hotels and resorts are found throughout Georgia, but only a handful of resorts are available to those looking for a blend of nature and pampering. So if you are looking for the ultimate retreat, these are the best resorts in North Georgia.

Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, Braselton Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
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Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, Braselton

Perfect for a couples getaway in Georgia, Chateau Elan sits a bit above Atlanta in Braselton, hovering along the foothills of the mountains. Gently sloping acres create an ideal grape-growing terrain, and lush vines picturesquely surround the rustic chic winery and resort. Villas and suites are mesmerizingly fit for royalty, and an abundance of amenities and activities round out Chateau Elan’s stay as one of the best resorts in the north. Bike the grounds, enjoy local and California wines at a winery tasting, retreat to the lakeside spa mansion for a deep tissue massage, swim in the pool oasis complete with a bar or just order a cheese plate and wine to your room for a night in.

Key Amenities:

  • Winery and tastings on-site

  • Lakeside spa mansion

  • Outdoor pool with bar

The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge, Hiawassee The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge
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The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge, Hiawassee

The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge is a blend of old Georgia mountain lodging and upscale luxury. It’s a family-friendly resort snuggled against the lake, and the rooms and villas have picturesque views. Stone paths wind about the grounds, and a fire pit area allows for chilling by the water at night. While water sports are available within the big body of water, a saltwater pool is open to those less keen on treading the lake. Tennis, volleyball, playgrounds and a gym are there for guests too. Breakfasts and southern fare are served at the restaurant, so you’ll never have to leave the Hiawassee haven.

Key Amenities:

  • Lake Chatuge access and saltwater pool

  • Inflatable water obstacle course and water sports

  • Topgolf Swing Suite

Forrest Hills Resort, Dahlonega Forrest Hills Resort
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Forrest Hills Resort, Dahlonega

Forrest Hills Resort has an ideal setup within everyone’s favorite mountain town, Dahlonega. The charming town is full of cute antique and food shops, with the fudge kitchen being a must. Simplistically charming rooms and cabins are accented by beautifully woodsy dining and outdoor gathering spots. The feel here is very country and almost the opposite of modern, but it works while capturing the ambiance of the North Georgia Mountains. Explore all the wooded acres on horseback, then wind down with a swim or spa treatment.

Key Amenities:

  • Rustic cabins and lodges

  • Horseback riding stables

  • Massage rooms and outdoor pool

Paradise Hills Winery Resort and Spa, Blairsville Cabin at Paradise Hills Winery Resort and Spa
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Paradise Hills Winery Resort and Spa, Blairsville

Paradise Hills Winery Resort and Spa is located in Blairsville at the tip-top of the state, almost bordering North Carolina. Vibes are rustic, with just enough polished aesthetic. Outdoor fireplaces, knotty wood walls, and porches for days make this a great retreat for those who love the outdoors, with a little bit of swank. Spend a girl’s weekend in one of the cabins and relax in the hot stone sauna or get a massage at the day spa—dainty snacks included! And what would any getaway be without handcrafted wine from the resort’s own vineyard and winery?

Key Amenities:

  • Cabins with outdoor fireplaces

  • Day spa and hot stone sauna

  • Vineyard and winery on-site

Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa, Young Harris Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
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Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa, Young Harris

In the hills of Young Harris, Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa meshes luxe accommodations with mountain life seamlessly. While the day spa and commons areas glisten with sleek but rustic decor, there’s a deep sense of natural tranquility, especially when wandering the paths throughout the property. On chilly days the partially indoor and outdoor pool can still be enjoyed, and you bet there’s a welcoming day spa to get recharged. As far as dining goes, both fine and casual experiences are there for the choosing, but the weekend seafood buffet is something to behold.

Key Amenities:

  • On-site golf course

  • Indoor and outdoor pool

  • Weekend seafood buffet

Valhalla Resort, Helen Valhalla Resort
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Valhalla Resort, Helen

Constructed in 2017, Valhalla Resort features a sleek style and rooms with gorgeous spa bathrooms. Fun restaurants, a candy kitchen, and a water park are nearby in the Bavarian-themed town of Helen, and Anna Ruby Falls, with an easy-to-hike path leading to it, is just as close. Valhalla Resort sits elevated, overlooking surrounding slopes and waves of native foliage, and the pool along with the restaurant terrace offers unobstructed views of the serene environment. A gym and wellness center are on site as well.

Key Amenities:

  • On-site golf club

  • Hiking paths

  • Spa with massage, skincare, nail studio and energy work

Barnsley Resort, Adairsville Barnsley Resort
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Barnsley Resort, Adairsville

This historic Southern estate in Adairsville is the definition of refined and upscale. The freshly designed rooms and cottages have touches of old-school fixtures to pay homage to the property’s 1840s roots. You’ll be able to see some of the history in its most pure form at the manor ruins. Barnsley Resort has all the bells and whistles with multiple restaurants, golfing, fishing, spa services and a devastatingly gorgeous pool with lovely views. Bonus — s’mores packs are available for nights spent by the fire pit.

Key Amenities:

  • Fishing and golfing on-site

  • Outdoor pool and fire pit

  • Spa with steam room and sauna

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