Travel 25 DREAMY RESORTS IN GEORGIA PERFECT FOR PAMPERING THE FAMILY
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Are you looking for a dreamy escape with your family? Something luxurious, for both the adults and the kids? This compilation of resorts in Georgia will introduce you to mountain, beach and city stays that will have you making memories together to last a lifetime.
Here are 25 of our favorite resorts in Georgia – where do you love to stay, and what’s on your bucket list?
UNDER-THE-RADAR RESORTS (THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT)
These are resorts that you may not know about — but you should!
8000 Capps Ferry Road | Douglasville |
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1,100 acres in the Georgia countryside make the perfect escape for your family. New accommodations on property range from one-bedroom traditional rooms with private porches and gorgeous views, to larger 2- & 3-bedroom lake villas with full kitchens and grand balconies.
Feel like splurging? Rent one of the 4-bedroom cottages with a fireplace in the great room, ideal for two families, or try one of the eight-bedroom luxury homes for large parties.
Sixteen lakes for paddleboarding, canoeing, and kayaking will keep you busy, and don’t miss hiking! There’s also tennis, golf, swimming pools, and a sports lawn. I know our family would love the guided ATV tours!
The outdoor sportsman will adore Foxhall, home to one of the first Beretta Trident Clays Courses in the country. There’s also seasonal hunts, sporting clays, fishing trips, archery…and that’s just the beginning.
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Foxhall Resort’s Signature Restaurant is The Paddock Restaurant. Enjoy farm-to-table dining with succulent selections like wild boar, duck or bison, while overlooking the polo fields.
THE INN AT SERENBE
10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road | Chattahoochee Hills |
Rolling hills and glorious views welcome you to this 36-acre farm south of the city.
Experience a play from Serenbe Playhouse, take in the farm from horseback, walk the stone labyrinth, or relax at the pool. Rent bikes, take a hayride, enjoy a bonfire…the outdoor activities are endless. Be sure to reserve dinner at the Farmhouse and/or afternoon tea, Southern style.
Twenty-seven rooms on the property range from townhomes and lofts in the “luxury boho” community district, to cottages of all sizes dotted across the farm. Be sure to check the website for seasonal packages.
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688 Bahn Innsbruck | Helen |
Valhalla reigns as one ofnewest accommodations, with a bit of modern luxury juxtaposing the Alpine charm of this North Georgia town.
Ask about rooms with a balcony, fireplace, or that welcome pets. This resort is best when you have a sitter, as it doesn’t cater to children. But with the kids at Grandma’s house, you’re sure to enjoy a romantic getaway with the full-service spa, outdoor swimming pool, and Innsbruck Golf Club.
Multiple size suites are available, or select the on-property bungalows or villas for larger parties or more privacy. Dine onsite at Celedonia, and be sure to enjoy a cocktail at the Roof Top SkyBar.
LITTLE ST. SIMONS ISLAND
Little St. Simons Island | Glynn County ||
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I barely have words to describe how incrediblewill be for your family! It’s a Top 10 Georgia experience in my book; the natural beauty of the island puts me in a trance – it’s like a storybook.
Biking and beach time, shore fishing, boating on a skiff or kayak — and, oh! — the adventures with the naturalists! With a maximum of 32 guests at a time, you get plenty of one-on-one time learning about everything the island offers.
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Meals are included…and how wonderful they are. The food prepared each mealtime is not your ordinary “hotel” food – it is DELICIOUS, creative and fresh! Many of the fruits and veggies come from the on-site USDA certified organic garden, which I recommend touring!
Five accommodation options dot the island, each with different benefits, from the affordable Hunting Lodge room, to the captivating Helen House.
Cumberland Island |
The Greyfield Inn onwas a present from Lucy Carnegie, wife of the lesser known steel magnate Thomas Carnegie, to her daughter Margaret Ricketson. The Carnegie decedents are the original and only owners of the The Greyfield Inn. They turned it into a hotel in the early 60’s, and still manage it today.
This all-inclusive resort offers the opportunity for children 7 and older to stay, but you’ll probably be more comfortable visiting as a couple. If you want to bring the family, there is a single suite at the inn, and adjoining rooms also…or you can ask for a roll-away bed.
Rates include your rooms and suites, ferry ride, meals, bikes, equipment and tours. Remember, there are no stores on Cumberland, but there’s no need for one with the resort’s garden and delicious meals.
LAKE BLACKSHEAR RESORT
2459-H U.S. Highway 280 West | Cordele ||
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sits in Middle Georgia, with beautiful views of the lake created from the Flint River. Cypress trees and Spanish moss dot the edges of the lake, creating a spectacular view from the resort. With the proximity within Ga Veterans State Park and the , this is a relaxing and memorable place to bring the family for vacation.
Enjoy a standard hotel room at the Lodge, or a villa or 2-bedroom cabin with a kitchen. Dining and activities in the park and resort mean you never have to leave. The kids will also love the outdoor pool.
THE RIDGES RESORT ON LAKE CHATUGE
3499 US-76 | Hiawassee ||
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Rooms at this mountain lake resort were renovated in March of 2018 and they are gorgeous! Choose from standards, suites or villas. Villas range from 2-4 bedrooms with full kitchens and patios. The draw here is not the rooms, though, but the views. Sit in the courtyard with a bonfire, seeing the fog rise over Lake Chatuge.
Bring your boat to the full-service marina, or rent a kayak, canoe, paddle boards or pontoon boat while you’re there. Water activities include pier fishing (poles included) or soaking up the rays at the saltwater pool. Off-site,is filled with plenty of fun as well.
Don’t miss dining at The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen, with delicious food and stunning mountain views.
GREAT WOLF LODGE
150 Tom Hall Pkwy | LaGrange ||
The sprawlingis 93,000 square feet of indoor waterpark heaven for kids, and features all the amenities you’ve come to love from other Great Wolf Lodge resorts.
It isn’t just about the water though. They’ve kicked the dry land activities into high gear too, with a 40,000 square foot Great Wolf Adventure Park.
They have a lot of different room options available to fit your party, including standard rooms, themed suites, and premium suites.
You’ll find plenty of dining options onsite, character meets, story times, activities, and more.
KINGWOOD RESORT AND WINERY
401 Country Club Drive | Clayton |
Kingwood sits in the mountains of Clayton in north Georgia, featuring golf courses but offering much more.
Rooms range from the Inn, to 2- & 3-bedroom condos, to rental homes. The condos boast a fireplace and large porch, Jacuzzi and covered parking.
You’ll be right at home if golf is your game, or you can enjoy the other amenities — including a fitness center, tennis or pickle ball, an indoor or outdoor swimming pool, or river rafting. See the Kingwood waterfall, and then hit the spa with hot tub, facial and massage services, and more.
Don’t miss the Fireside Lounge or the rustic yet charming Main Dining Room overlooking the 9th hole.
Make sure to grab a glass of wine while you’re here, Kingwood is the newest winery and tasting room in the area.
BEACHSIDE COLONY RESORT
404 Butler Ave | Tybee Island |
Tybee’s only oceanfront resort is calling your name. 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom condos include ocean views, full kitchens, pet-friendly options, and more for your family vacation.
There are also three pools, including one that’s heated to enjoy in the cooler months.
You’ll love the oceanside dining, direct beach access, and unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. You’re only one mile from the pier and light station.
For dining,, the on-site restaurant and bar, is a super spot for oyster roasts and live entertainment.
SEA PALMS RESORT
515 N Windward Drive | St. Simons |
is home to Sea Palms Resort — a trifecta that includes Sea Gate Inn, Ocean Lodge, and Sea Palms Resort (which is also the name of the property that manages all three locations).
Rooms range from deluxe standards with Florida rooms, to 4-bedroom suites with full kitchens and large decks.
Amenities for all three resorts includes 27 holes of championship golf, tennis on clay tennis courts, two fitness centers, an oversized club swimming pool with private cabanas and tiki bar, plus entry to their newly reimagined restaurant —.
You can also enjoy biking, horseshoes and volleyball,, beach access and more.
768 Franklin Street | Dillard
You may have heard of The Dillard House before, because of their famous restaurant featuring delicious Southern cooking. But did you know you could stay overnight on the property at well?
Try a room at the Dillard House Inn, quaint cottages designed specifically for families, secluded cabins, or the Rock House rooms in the original Dillard House. They offer romantic and family-friendly chalets just off-site also, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
At The Dillard House you and the family can enjoy horseback riding, lounging at the pool or in the, playing tennis, walking the trails, rocking on the front porch, fishing in the trout ponds, and so much more.
They are also happy to set you up at Kingwood Spa, only 8 miles away, in.
JEKYLL OCEAN CLUB
80 Ocean Way | Jekyll Island ||
Although the Jekyll Ocean Club is owned by the same folks that own the, this is no throwback to yesteryear. This newest edition sits right on the beach! And…it’s an ALL SUITE hotel.
The King Suite includes a King bed with fold-out sofa, family living space and a private ocean view balcony. The Queen Double Suite is the same, with two beds in the private living area.
It’s located just two blocks from the Beach Village shopping and entertainment area, which is the heart of the island.
GEORGIA’S TRIED-AND-TRUE HAVENS (YOU STILL SHOULDN’T MISS)
You’ve heard of these Georgia resorts, and they’re popular for a reason! Time to get out and experience them for yourself.
ATLANTA EVERGREEN MARRIOTT RESORT
Stone Mountain Park | Stone Mountain |
Plan to spend a weekend exploring, with the Marriott as your perfect home-base oasis. Ask for a lakefront room, so you can enjoy your coffee while taking in the glorious view.
My boys love the pool and oversized chess set. Mom and Dad will love the spa and golf course! The Commons outdoor patio is a splendid place for a drink and view of Stone Mountain.
JEKYLL ISLAND CLUB
371 Riverview Drive | Jekyll Island |
Jekyll Island, once home to America’s privileged politicians, businessmen, socialites and such, was the perfect place to create an exclusive social club for wealthy Americans. Construction of the private club began in 1886, and the private and elite playground lasted well into WWII before dissolving.
Today, you can experience a taste of that family-friendly luxury. Whether you are after architectural highlights, history, or fun, you will love a visit to this Georgia treasure.
CALLAWAY RESORT & GARDENS
Callaway Gardens | Pine Mountain |
Callaway Resort truly allows you to escape, with something new and exciting every season of the year. Stay at the newly renovated, the Inn, or in one of several cottages.
In addition to the gardens, you can enjoy the spa, golfing, hiking, biking, and so much more. There aregalore, , a in the summer, and one of the world’s .
6321 US-76 | Young Harris |
Nestled in the, Brasstown Valley offers relaxation and comfort from the business of life. Enjoy rooms with a fireplace, perfect for snuggling in winter, or with a balcony for enjoying a breezy summer day.
Activities include horseback riding, swimming in the pool, golf, and the Brasstown Valley Resort Spa with treatment rooms for those needing to unwind from the daily hustle and bustle. Want to bring the kids? They will love the arts and crafts, ping-pong table, and video games at the Emporium.
There is also tennis, over 8 miles of forested hiking trails, fishing, and more opportunities in the vicinity.
THE CLOISTER AT SEA ISLAND
100 Cloister Drive | Sea Island ||
For many Atlanta area families,has been a muti-generational destination for decades. For those of us who didn’t grow up in Georgia, it’s a beach resort along the Georgia coast our native neighbors seem to revere.
Accommodations at this Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Resort range from guest rooms, to suites and private cottages. The rooms are larger than normal by 100-200 square feet.
The best part of a stay at The Cloister is the. You enter through a hallway with a gift shop, candy store and 1950’s era soda fountain, past Southern Tide restaurant, to a grand area with three pools including an adult only lap pool, two family pools – one with zero entry, splash fountain, baby pool and hot tub.
KING & PRINCE
201 Arnold Rd | St. Simons |
The King and Prince Resort on., is the only hotel that is right on the St. Simons Island beach.
With several pools, indoor and outdoor dining at Echo, tennis, golf, and a variety of accommodation types, the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is one of Sue’s favorite St. Simons Island Hotels.
INN AT SEA ISLAND
100 Salt Marsh Drive | St. Simons ||
The Inn at Sea Island is part of the Sea Island Resort family that includesand The Lodge at Sea Island, both Forbes Five Star luxury resort options.
Although The Inn at Sea Island is not a Forbes Five Star recipient, a stay at The Inn is quite comfortable and affords guests access to many of the amenities available at Sea Island’s luxury properties, located just minutes away.
597 Barnsley Gardens Rd NW | Adairsville |
Just up I-75 is an escape unlike any other in Georgia. It’s Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, Ga, and it is unmistakably one of the best romantic spots in the state.
We participated in a number of activities at the resort, including a horseback riding adventure through 3,000 acres of wooded beauty. You don’t have to do them all – just what looks fun and what your pocketbook can handle. In fact, many of these things can be done even without an overnight stay! However, I have to say that if your budget and schedule allows…do ALL THE THINGS.
There are lovely cottages, as well as traditional rooms in the Inn. Our cottage came complete with a rolling fire in the fireplace and spectacular back porch. One of the best parts? The claw tooth tub with bubble bath!
The Inn at Barnsley Resort was designed to complement the amazing cottages that make up the resort’s English-inspired village. Guests can relax in their rooms or the expansive Living Room gathering area that features a grand staircase, beer garden, and fireplace as focal points.
100 Rue Charlemagne Drive | Braselton |
Imagine rolling vineyards and stately rooms in an Inn fit for a queen (or king)! That is the winery resort of Chateau Elan in Braselton. We love the packages here, from Culinary Tours to Bed & Breakfast Escapes.
Don’t forget the fantastic restaurant! From our French-inspired showpiece to an old-world speakeasy to a Southern-influenced chophouse, Chateau Elan is North Georgia’s premier destination for fine dining.
Want to enjoy something truly special? Book a room in a Spa or Golf Villa, with dinner and breakfast included.
THE WESTIN JEKYLL ISLAND
110 Ocean Way | Jekyll Island |
Oceanfront guest rooms with new, modern amenities make the Westin a delightful place to stay. Pets are welcome in select rooms, and there is always something for kids.
The Reserve Steakhouse is right on site, and offers both indoor and outdoor dining. The Westin Cafe is the only place you can find Starbucks coffee on the island.
Enjoy the zero-entry pool, and kids-eat-free packages. Plus, it’s located right in the Jekyll Island Village — filled with restaurants and shops.
RITZ-CARLTON, LAKE OCONEE
1 Lake Oconee Trail | Greensboro ||
The rustic and elegant, is best known for its five championship golf courses and world-class luxurious spa. But here’s what you may not know – it’s the best resort for families in all of Georgia.
From the spacious suites to the outdoor activities, and from the ample amenities to the dining options, Reynolds Plantation lives up to the Ritz-Carlton name with their attention to detail and superb customer satisfaction — even for the youngest of customers.
THE WESTIN SAVANNAH HARBOR
1 Resort Drive | Savannah |
Much like the Westin Jekyll Island, you’ll receive all the comforts of the Westin brand — like the spa, Fitness Studio and RunWESTIN perks. You’re also in the ideal location to explore whathas to offer.
Perhaps the most unique feature is the onsite 2.1-mile Road Course – it’s for group events, not individual use…but seeing the Road Course in use is a special treat.
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