Rustic Retreat Nestled in Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains
Two ornate chandeliers sit above the massive stone fireplace in the luxurious lobby, but they are not composed of crystal and glass, but rather of smooth, interlocking deer antlers. The decoration embodies the blend of nature and elegance that defines Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, set in the rolling, wooded terrain of northern Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Outside, crisp mountain air washes across an 18-hole golf course, riding stables, and 9.2 miles of hiking trails, and in the adjoining Equani Spa, guests unwind and absorb healing massages, facials, and body scrubs.
Handcrafted twig furniture sits in each of the resort’s lodge or cottage guest rooms, with one or two quilt-wrapped beds, cozy chairs, and a lamp-lit writing desk. In contrast to the lodge's busy activity, secluded woodland cottage rooms are set back into the forest, with covered decks that boast sweeping timberland views.
After kicking off the day with a hearty breakfast in the lodge's main dining room, travelers choose a resort activity (included in this deal): horseback riding or golfing on Brasstown Valley's acclaimed 18-hole golf course. Horseback-riding excursions depart daily from the onsite stables, leading guests on one- or two hour treks, and riding lessons are also available. The resort claims more than 9 miles of trails through the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, where hikers may spot white-tailed deer and black bears. Groupon holders may opt to enjoy discounts on any 50-minute massages, facials, or body treatments at the Equani Spa, a 7,500-square-foot homage to serenity and the area's native Cherokee people.
Young Harris, Georgia: Year-Round Outdoor Recreation with Scenic Mountain Backdrop
The wooded landscape around the Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa is rife with gorgeous waterfalls and mountain hikes, with rafting and kayaking opportunities just a short drive away. Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest peak at 4.784 feet, promises views of four states (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) from its summit, and year-round trout fishing in the Hiawassee River nets travelers tasty catches along with peaceful hours. In Young Harris and Hiawassee, art galleries and cinemas offer reminders of modern life for forest denizens wishing the local wildlife would start recreating their favorite scenes from Hawaii Five-O.