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Published by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

March 2011


FLORIDA 2311 East Scenic Highway 30A Seaside, Florida 32459 877.260.6146

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Acclaimed by Frommer’s, Condé Nast and Travel+Leisure Magazine as one of the world’s best destinations, certainly speaks volumes. More importantly, travelers finding the southern beach on their own feel it’s worthy. Consistently the host Cottage Rental Agency receives nearly perfect guest satisfaction. With over 200 private accommodations ranging from honeymoon cottages and bed & breakfast rooms to the grandest homes on the beach, your home away from home is waiting. Shopping, dining, entertainment, recreation including YOLO Boarding are among the most sought experiences. Stays include gifts, swim/tennis/fitness club and more.

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For generations, families and friends have cherished The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Here at the ocean’s edge, new experiences and inspiring discoveries are celebrated daily. Bring your clubs and play our spectacular, award-winning King and Prince Golf Course. Relax with soothing massage therapies at our Royal Treatment Cottage. Enjoy our indoor/ outdoor pools and tennis. Discover the simple pleasures of beachcombing and the delights of oceanfront dining. Explore an Island famed for its recreation, history and hospitality.

201 Arnold Road St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522 866-834-3021



What brings you back is what brought you here in the first place. Families have trusted Newman-Dailey Resort Properties to plan their vacations at the beach for over 25 years. Rates starting as low as $139 per night! With their top-rated customer service and great money-saving options like the Resort Perks Gift Card, which includes FREE golf, theme park tickets, dolphin cruises, and more, it’s no wonder this award-winning company has been a family tradition helping people from all around the globe fall in love with Florida’s Emerald Coast since 1985. 800-225-7652



For fun family getaways, Come Coast Awhile!(tm) in Brunswick and The Golden Isles of Georgia St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. Kids of every age will enjoy our sun-drenched beaches, fascinating historical sites, water tours aboard a working shrimp boat or dolphin tour boat, biking trails, skate park, fishing and water sports, a new Family Fun Zone, interesting shops and galleries, great restaurants and more. Choose from a full range of accommodations, from convenient Interstate hotels, historic inns and campgrounds on the mainland to island hotels and inns, rental cottages and a world-class resort. There's even a 10,000-acre private island retreat perfect for experiencing the wonders of nature! Call 800-933-COAST (2627) for a free Visitors Guide or view one immediately and download it from our website. New Family Fun Zone, Interesting Shops and Galleries, Great Restaurants and More.



Bring the whole family, park the car and relax. We’re known for one of the top resort courses in the country, but with over a half-mile of pristine private beach, tennis courts, swimming pools with lush landscaped patios, Kiva Grill and our tropical Tiki Bar, there’s something for every member of the family. Whether you choose one of our beautifully appointed beachside homes or a elegant condominium with a Gulf or Bay view, you never have to leave the gates of Kiva Dunes. We didn’t invent the family vacation, we just made it easier. 815 Plantation Drive Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 866.540.7100



Come enjoy Highlands, North Carolina with 14 acres of forest, fields and streams at Half Mile Farm where you can fish, golf, whitewater raft or just lounge by our pool, courtyard or a rocking chair on our spacious porch. Choose from beautifully decorated country suites at the main house or one of our private 1, 2 or 3 bedroom authentic cabins, perfect for romantic getaways. Sunrise over the mountains precedes a hot, bountiful breakfast... and just before sunset, evening hors d'oeuvres are paired with carefully selected wines. We invite you to experience quiet beauty and graceful hospitality at Highlands' newest and most luxurious country inn. Please join us soon.

800.946.6822 828.526.8170

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

Surround Yourself!




Discover the unexpected charm of staying in a vacation home on the uncrowded and pet-friendly beaches of St. George Island. Resort Vacation Properties offers the widest selection of homes from which to choose - from one to seven bedrooms located on the beach or overlooking the Apalachicola Bay. Many homes offer private pools, hot tubs, elevators, gourmet kitchens and more. Amenities like free long distance calls and fresh linens are standard. Above all, your entire vacation is insured so that you can focus on what matters most: Time away with family and friends.




PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA A northeast Florida landmark since 1928, the AAA Five-Diamond Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has graciously welcomed four generations of resort guests. Graceful palms, rolling dunes and the Atlantic surf provide a dramatic backdrop for 250 luxurious rooms and suites. Recreational pleasures include the beach, two golf courses, tennis, pools, an oceanfront gym and luxury spa. Additionally, biking, fishing, sailing and horseback riding combine to create a year-round sporting paradise. For the socially minded, three restaurants cater to a variety of tastes and moods while shoppers delight in several boutiques.

(800) 234-7842




Stretched along Jacksonville’s beautiful Atlantic coast, the oceanfront Lodge & Club has been a Florida favorite since its celebrated opening in 1989. The 66 rooms and suites boast such features as king beds, fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs and doors that open to balconies and panoramic views. Recreational enthusiasts will enjoy the beach, pools, biking and gym. Nearby, guests have privileges to golf, tennis, spa and horseback riding. For dining, guests can sample the chef’s much heralded cuisine at two restaurants and lounges. A daily highlight is afternoon tea, always a guest favorite.

(800) 243-4304

SPA RESORT Dahlonega Spa Resort specializes in weekend and weeklong restorative wellness retreats featuring gourmet spa cuisine, yoga classes and spa services at our private 72 acre estate just over an hour from Atlanta.

cleanse . renewal . regeneration dahlonega spa resort R&R Resorts was founded in 1979 when a seaside paradise called Maya Tulum once inhabited by pre-Columbian Mayans on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula was discovered by its proprietors. Maya Tulum was the first of three wellness resorts now internationally recognized by the wellness retreat leadership community as the finest of its kind. Our second retreat center, Pura Vida in Costa Rica is a tropical rainforest paradise located 4,700 feet above sea level in a mountain cloud forest eight degrees north of the equator. Pura Vida makes an outstanding escape from Georgia summers with temperatures ranging between 50 and 80. Dahlonega Spa Resort is the latest jewel in our trio of boutique wellness retreat centers and is our growing starlet. Located an easy hour and a half drive from the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International, Dahlonega Spa Resort currently offers 23 rooms including 8 modernly appointed cabins, 14 main inn and cottage rooms and a master cottage suite all on 72 acres of open meadows and woods. This gracious southern plantation-style estate sits at the foothills of the Appalachian Trail with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains opening up a world of adventure travel within easy driving distance from the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest and Western Plains. Horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, white water rafting, fly fishing, canoeing, tubing and kayaking are all at your fingertips, in addition to world-class spa services and gourmet healthy cuisine. This breathtaking setting for destination weddings and wellness retreats is a stone’s throw from Georgia’s emerging wine region and within an hour’s drive of dozens of waterfalls and the 1 Appalachian Trail, making it an idyllic destination for both individual and corporate wellness.

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5 night pure life cleanse retreat Specially designed to foster the life-enhancing practice of cleansing and renewal through specialized diet, gentle exercise, yoga, and spa treatments to assist the body in its natural ability to self heal. Our transformational cleanse retreats are held the ďŹ rst and third weekends each month. Priced from $1026 to $1939 per person depending upon season, room type and guests per room.

3 night mind . body . spirit retreat Our three night mind.body.spirit retreat includes dinner on the night of your arrival, breakfast lunch and dinner on your second and third day, and breakfast on the day of your departure, two sixty minute spa treatments and three yoga classes (offered Wednesday - Sunday). Priced from $511 to $1331 per person depending upon season, room type and guests per room.


2 night wellness getaway package Our two night wellness getaway includes dinner on the night of your arrival, breakfast lunch and dinner on your second day, and breakfast on the day of your departure, one sixty minute spa treatment and two yoga classes on days offered. Priced from $326 to $739 per person depending upon season, room type and guests per room.

Mention this article & receive a 5% discount off of our package rates for stays before May 31, 2011. DAHLONEGASPARESORT.COM 866.345.4900 2



LAS VENTANAS DEL MAR • Las Ventanas del Mar is developed and managed by a family from Atlanta, Georgia • Breathtaking Pacific Ocean and mountain views with spectacular year-round sunsets • Luxury condos and single family homes constructed using the finest materials and supreme craftmanship • Exclusive gated community with 24 hr. security, incredible amenities and concierge services • True Costa Rican experience in the midst of world-class sport fishing, surfing, kayaking, canopy tours and endless other adventure activities for SALES and RENTAL information visit us at

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The Best Destinations in the South March 2011