Rustic Retreat Nestled in Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains
Two ornate chandeliers hang above the massive stone fireplace in the lobby of Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa. Instead of crystal and glass, they’re made of smooth, interlocking deer antlers. This decoration embodies the blend of nature and elegance that defines the hotel, which is set in the rolling, wooded terrain of northern Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. The resort's 18-hole golf course and riding stables are great spots to enjoy the crisp mountain air, or head to the adjoining 7,500-square-foot Equani Spa for soothing massages, facials, and body scrubs.
Handcrafted twig furniture adorns each guest room along with one or two quilt-wrapped beds, cozy chairs, and a lamp-lit writing desk. Two of this getaway's options enhance the stay with a breakfast for two in the dining room and an activity such as a round of golf on Brasstown Valley's acclaimed 18-hole course. Also available are one-hour horseback-riding excursions through the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, during which you might spot a white-tailed deer or black bear. If you prefer to stay indoors, you can opt for a massage, manicure, or pedicure at Equani Spa.
Young Harris, Georgia: Year-Round Outdoor Recreation with a Scenic Mountain Backdrop
The wooded landscape around the Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa is rife with gorgeous waterfalls and mountain trails; rafting and kayaking opportunities are just a short drive away. Brasstown Bald, Georgia's highest peak at 4,784 feet, offers views of four states (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) from its summit, and year-round trout fishing in the Hiawassee River nets tasty catches in a peaceful setting. For a taste of civilization, head to Young Harris and Hiawassee, where you'll find art galleries, restaurants, and cinemas.