Trip Ideas

Romantic Getaways in North Georgia

These four places are ideal for date nights in the forest this fall.

  • Paradise Hills Resort & Spa

When fall comes knocking, it's time to head for the hills. From turning leaves to apple picking, there are plenty of things to do with the kids in North Georgia. These special resorts are made for adults, though. So, leave the kids with a sitter, and make a special date night escape this fall.

Paradise Hills Resort & Spa

Paradise Hills Resort & Spa in Blairsville, Georgia

Imagine 35 acres of gorgeous views, including a small boutique farm winery. That’s what you’ll find at Paradise Hills tucked in Blairsville – a city known for Lake Nottely, Vogel State Park and superior waterfalls.

The family operation has been growing grapes since 2012, creating a local wine with European flare. Sample wines while you stay on site.

Paradise Hills Resort & Spa in Blairsville, Georgia

Cabins include one to four bedrooms, hot tubs and pet-friendly accommodations. There are even a few cabins off-site. While there, don’t miss a chance to enjoy the steaming rock sauna or aromatherapy lounge.

Valhalla Resort Hotel

Valhalla Resort Hotel in Helen, Georgia

Newly opened, this luxury escape in Helen is located inside the Innsbruck Golf Community. Yes, it's Helen…but scratch that picture of a small German town and think Old World Scottish castle.

The King Suite at the Valhalla Resort Hotel includes a balcony with a gorgeous view, a seating area with a fireplace, a rainfall spa shower, and that’s just the beginning. Even with the spectacular fall colors lighting up the mountainside, you won't want to leave the comforts of the castle.

Innsbruck Golf Course in Helen, Georgia

Should you find yourself strolling from your suite, consider a pamper-session at the spa or a round of golf at the club. There is also a pool and Cabana Bar, a gallery, afternoon tea services and more.

Dining is an adventure unto itself. Enjoy a candlelight table in the dining room, a rooftop view at Sky Bar, a private tête-à-tête in the Abbey Wine Cellar…or room service, of course.

The Martyn House

If the sound of the wind in the trees and the smell of a burning fire is pampering enough for you, then head to Ellijay and stay at The Martyn House. This 18-acre retreat features four luxury sleeping tents from India, an artist studio cabin, or one of three bedrooms in the Farmhouse.

A bungalow at the Martyn House in Ellijay, Georgia

Walk among the flower beds, hike the trail to the hemlock trees, or soak up the sun by the pond, with an outside bathtub and covered daybeds meant to strip you of all your worries. At night, a fire is lit, and everyone gathers together with a glass of wine and a view of the stars.

The Martyn House In Towne coffeeshop in Ellijay, Georgia

The next morning, don’t miss the opportunity to head into town for a wake-up at their coffeehouse, The Martyn House In Towne. With your caffeine, you'll find books, games…even a fireplace. There are plenty of friends for you to meet or space for you to recluse.

Dahlonega Spa Resort

Enjoy spectacular views while relaxing at the Dahlonega Spa Resort. It includes 14 rooms and a suite in the main house, or eight private cabins in Dahlonega.

Drink tea, walk the labyrinth, or soak in the mountain view from the outdoor Jacuzzi. Although there is wifi, rooms do not include TVs or phones, so you can literally unplug from it all.

Stretch away the stress in a yoga class, get a healing massage at the spa, or walk the 1.5 miles of trails on the grounds here. Finally, dinner is served with local ingredients, fresh to your table.


Lesli Peterson is Georgia’s official Family Explorer. Find more of her family-friendly trip ideas on ExploreGeorgia.org, and visit 365AtlantaFamily.com for more tips.

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