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. After kicking off the day with a hearty breakfast in the lodge's main dining room, guests can choose a resort activity such as horseback riding or playing a round on Brasstown Valley's acclaimed 18-hole golf course. One-hour horseback-riding excursions depart daily from the onsite stables along more than 9 miles of trails that meander through the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. You might even spot white-tailed deer and black bears.
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.