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TRAVEL THE BEST DESTINATIONS IN THE

SOUTH March 2012

Published by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Photo courtesy of The Inn at Palmetto Bluff


FLORIDA’S TOP RATED SANDESTIN GOLF AND BEACH RESORT

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort was named the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,300 vacation rentals, condominiums, villas and town homes. As a member of Visit South Walton, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a pedestrian village with shopping, dining and nightlife. In addition Sandestin is making it easy for travelers to get away this spring with its FREE Night offer (promotion code: FREE5).

FUN FROM THE BEACH TO THE BAY

Guests and prospective guests are invited to download Sandestin’s APP for iPhone and Android devices, or become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower for the latest events and news.

www.sandestin.com/AHL (888) 746-0136

THE 26TH ANNUAL SANDESTIN WINE FESTIVAL APRIL 26-29, 2012


FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSES


Perfectly Preserved


EXPLORE THE ELLIJAYS

Explore the Ellijays—where 80 miles north of Atlanta might as well be a million miles. Whether you’re looking to get away to our beautiful mountains for a little hiking or mountain biking, looking for a place to reconnect with family and friends, or for a place to kick back and relax, you’ll find it in Gilmer County. Quaint shops, local restaurants,and friendly people will make you feel right at home. So come stay awhile and find out why Georgia’s Apple Capital is just the right medicine to keep the doctor away.

Explorethemountains.com For a free Visitor’s Guide, call 706.635.7400

Start your trip with us! Gilmer County Chamber & Welcome Center 368 Craig St., Suite 104 East Ellijay, GA

facebook.com/theellijays


Hiking Relaxing Dreaming Fishing Shopping Exploring Antiquing Biking

Discover Georgia’s Blue Ridge Experience. You may never want to leave.


Surround yourself with beauty, relaxation and natural fun in Georgia’s Blue Ridge, only 90 miles north of Atlanta but a million miles away from the traffic, stress and anxiety of the city. With 106,000 acres of national forest, Blue Ridge is the antidote for what ails you. Rent a cozy cabin or a luxury mountain home overlooking peaceful ridges and valleys, or beside a rushing stream or the crystal clear Toccoa River. You may never want to leave the cabin, but you should take the time to explore the authentic mountain towns of Blue Ridge and McCaysville and shop in surprisingly upscale specialty shops and galleries that line Blue Ridge’s Main Street. Treat yourself to a massage at a local day spa or in your cabin. At the end of the day, chill out by the fireplace or enjoy a fabulous dinner at one of our wonderful restaurants; the choices of dining spots are simply amazing. Your experience in Georgia’s Blue Ridge will bring you back again and again and some day (like us) you might just decide to stay.

BlueRidgeMountains.com For a free Visitor’s Guide, call 800-899-mtns

Surround Yourself!


Springfest in the Smokies Unsurpassed since 1981, Hidden Mountain Resort welcomes you to experience an indulgent log cabin retreat enveloped in the serenity of the Smokies. Offering convenience or seclusion, our two unique locations provide the perfect settings for couples, families, friends, and groups to spend time together and enjoy all the fun, food, shopping, and attractions of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. Our 1-14 bedroom log cabins are constructed of the finest materials and are each fully-equipped and beautifully decorated with a personal theme, ensuring an unforgettable vacation to suit any need and budget! Plus, in addition to all the amenities of your cabin, Hidden Mountain Resort provides free housekeeping, onsite maintenance, and an office open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., 7 days a week.

Hidden Mountain Realty, LLC 475 Apple Valley Road Sevierville, TN 37862 800.981.6425

www.hiddenmountain.com License #00261678


DISCOVER AND EXPLORE……

HIAWASSEE AND YOUNG HARRIS, GA

Located in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains on beautiful Lake Chatuge, just two hours from Atlanta, Asheville, Chattanooga and Greenville. Our Mountain Top is serenely beautiful and adventure abounds. Resorts, Cabins, B&B’s, Spas, Art & Antiques, Concerts, Festivals, Dining, Shopping, Camping, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Vineyards, Championship Golf and much more! Visit us online for our upcoming events and specials at www.mountaintopga.com or call 800-984-1543 for a vacation package.

Your visit will be memorable and you’ll never want to leave...


Welcome to

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa North Georgia Mountain’s Hidden Jewel

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa Nestled within the majestic beauty of Brasstown Valley, the Equani Spa offers a true sanctuary from the stress of urban life. Infusing the spirit of this serene environment into every first-class service, we provide body treatments, facials, soothing massages and unique rituals indigenous to the Cherokee people, designed to stimulate and refresh the mind, body and soul.


The Stables at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa offers one and two hour guided horseback trail riding for every skill level.

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa offers a spectacular mountain golf experience with scenery as breathtaking as the play is challenging. Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

www.cranecreekvineyards.com

Take a trip on the Georgia Wine Highway to the exquisite Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris which sits high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the shadow of Brasstown Bald, the state's highest peak.


Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

MARINAS AND BOATING ON LAKE CHATUGE

Enjoy the beautiful marinas on the shores of Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee and share our peaceful world. Spend a day of boating pleasure, enjoy a leisurely cruise on the lake or pull into a quiet cove for a picnic and swim or try your hand at fishing. Maybe a day of water sports on a deluxe ski boat or jet-skis will suit your needs. For a little exercise, try canoeing, kayaking and pedal boating. All of this is available at the marinas on Lake Chatuge.


THE RIDGES RESORT AND MARINA Encompasses a tranquil lakeside escape, featuring beautiful accommodations, meeting space and fun for the whole family.

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS Comfort and convenience are top priorities on every traveler’s mind. We designed the Holiday Inn Express around your unique needs.

RAMADA, THE LODGE ON LAKE CHATUGE A peaceful retreat in Hiawassee, on beautiful Lake Chatuge in the heart of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains.

FIELDSTONE RESORT has much to offer Host your private events or conference. Condos and catering are ideal for a reunion venue, weddings, receptions, and much more.

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa


CABINS, CAMPGROUNDS, COTTAGES AND B&B’S The North GA mountains' finest vacation cabin rentals are located in Hiawassee north of Helen in a quiet, peaceful area with breath taking mountain and lake views. They are perfect for family vacations, reunions, romantic getaways, or to just relax and unwind.

Visit us online for our upcoming events and specials at www.mountaintopga.com or call 800-984-1543 for a vacation package.


Cultural & Natural

Wonders

Await.


From native festivals to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino entertainment - an adventure awaits in the 10,000 year old mountain homeland of the Cherokee Indians. "Visit Cherokee"

cherokee-nc.com

fishcherokee.com | sequoyahnational.com | cherokeeadventure.com


THE OVERLOOK Mountain-view | Events and Lodging

SLEEPS TWELVE | SECLUDED HOT TUB WITH STARLIT VISTAS WRAP-AROUND PORCHES AFFORD SPECTACULAR VIEWS PRIVATE GUEST SUITE | HIKING TRAILS | TROUT POND VINTAGE SHEEP BARN PROVIDES “PARTY PAVILLION”

Wedding photography by studiopvp@gmail.com

For more information call 404-580-6843 www.vrbo.comvrbo property # 183409


WHERE THE HEAVENS MEET THE SEA Welcome to our paradise on Florida’s Northwest Coast. The beauty of pristine beaches and coastal dune lakes will capture your soul. You are certain to enjoy the unsurpassed beauty of a wilderness that weaves from beach to bay. Seagrove beach is nestled between Grayton Beach State Forest and Deer Lake State Forest which effectively preserves the magnificence of nature at its finest. One Seagrove Place…..where you will experience a vacation far beyond your expectations. Imagine a place where the sugar white sands are kissed by the shimmering crystal waters of the Gulf of Mexico….. One Seagrove Place offers the joy of magnificent sunsets from your gulf front balcony. A quiet place at the beach to enjoy family and relax on the sun drenched beaches. One Seagrove Place offers lovely two bedroom/two bath accommodations with full kitchen and your own private beachfront balcony. Relax and allow the sound of the surf to lull you to sleep after a day in the sun. Area attractions include fine dining and late night bistros to dance away the evening. Quaint shops, galleries, repertory theater, concerts on the green, kayaking, fishing, miles of bike trails and much, much more. You will need to stay long enough to take advantage of all the magical pleasures of our little corner of the world. Majestic beauty where the heavens meet the sea… Come and enjoy our Paradise…you deserve it!!!

4100 East Scenic Highway 30A Seagrove Beach, Florida 32459 Reservations call 1.800.368.9100


Southern Comfort

That perfect place you thought you’d never find is the Lowcountry life of front porches and gas lamps, riverboats, fat tire bikes and kayaking with the dolphins. Quietly comfortable, every moment and every vantage here connects us to the past, to each other and to ourselves. This is Palmetto Bluff, home to America’s most intimate and acclaimed inn and spa, farm-fresh-to-table dining and Jack Nicklaus Signature golf. Join us, and discover the true meaning of southern comfort.

palmettobluffresort.com 1 Village Park Square, Bluffton, SC 29910 AAA 5 Diamond Resort

888.206. 7370


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