The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia

The Cloister at Sea Island

Six Luxurious Places to Stay for a Weekend of Adventure

Pamper yourself and your loved ones with a getaway to these magnificent Georgia resorts near some of the state's best natural attractions.

There is nothing better after a day exploring than to come back to a luxurious hotel with comfortable rooms and impeccable service. These six magnificent Georgia resorts are known for their pampering and are located near some of the state's best natural attractions. They make perfect getaways and great gifts, too! 

The Ridges Resort & Marina, Hiawassee

The Ridges Resort & Marina in Hiawassee, Georgia

The Ridges Resort and Marina is easy to find — it's right on US 76 nestled on the shores of Lake Chatuge. In addition to standard hotel rooms, it also has suites and villas. Visiting the Ridges feels like visiting your grandmother's big house in the mountains. Your grandmother may not live there, but Miss Vickie will welcome you like family, baking cookies and making apple cider.

The Ridges in Hiawassee is a central place to explore the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Hike Brasstown Bald, go horseback riding at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, then relax with a glass of wine on the dock overlooking Lake Chatgue.

Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort, Stone Mountain

Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort at Stone Mountain Park

Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort is nestled in the forest, so you really feel like you are away from it all, even though Atlanta is less than 30 minutes to the west. Theme park lovers will enjoy the family-friendly activities at Crossroads.

Photo by Gornton Tulog. Submitted via Flickr.

Nature lovers will want to hike Stone Mountain, or get out on Stone Mountain Lake with REI adventures. There is even a golf course for the sporty. After an active day, relax at the resort in the indoor-outdoor pool, or sip a cocktail while the kids play oversized chess. You may never want to leave.

The Cloister, Sea Island

The Cloister at Sea Island

Next to the word luxury is The Cloister at Sea Island. This fabled beach resort has been welcoming generations of Southern families since 1928. One visit and it's easy to see why people keep coming back. The spa is one of the best in the state, and even if you don't partake in one of their excellent treatments, you can enjoy some peace and quiet sitting by an indoor river in the lounge. While you are relaxing at the spa, the junior staffers — who are probably better trained to engage children than most parents — will watch the kids.

Sea Island Falconry

The Sea Island Company also runs The Inn at Sea Island, a perfect home-base for a golf getaway where you can play the same courses as pros like Davis Love III or Matt Kucher. For the more adventurous, try shooting school or even falconry!

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, Greensboro

Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee

If Sea Island is luxury at the beach, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is luxury on the lake. The resort is best known for its five championship golf courses and world-class spa, but it also caters to families in a big way with the Ritz Kids program. And the kid in all of us can enjoy the nightly s'mores.

Golf on Lake Oconee. Photo courtesy of Greene County Tourism

There are enough activities on Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee property to keep you busy for a week. But if you to venture out, the nearby Lake Country towns of Madison, Greensboro and Eatonton are nearby. 

Valhalla Resort Hotel, Helen

Valhalla Resort Hotel in Helen, Georgia

Just up the road from the alpine village of Helen is Valhalla Resort. This resort feels like an old world Scottish castle and has everything an adult couple or group of friends could want. There is golf, a spa and even private dinners in the Abbey wine cellar. There is plenty of adventure off the resort, too. Nearby is Unicoi State Park where you can zip line through the trees. For even more adventure, book a kayak trip down the Chattahoochee River.

Barnsley Resort, Adairsville

Barnsley Resort Gardens and Ruins in Adairsville, Georgia

Barnsley Resort is the perfect luxury resort. Cottages are located along a linear park that is an ideal gathering spot. In the evenings, stroll through the gardens and historic manor house ruins.

One of our favorite amenities is horseback riding through Barnsley's 3,000 acres. Not a horseman? They have lessons, too, as well as children's corral rides for the little ones. Afterward, sample more than 30 craft beers at the outdoor Beer Garden.

Published: October 2017
Written by: Sue Rodman