When it comes to wine and wellness, Southern Oregon is awesome, Napa certainly has its charms, but North Georgia is in a class of its own. Each of these suggested retreats offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the best the region has to offer, even if it’s only for the weekend. Escape to mountains, vineyards and spas where sheer indulgence awaits. Treat your taste buds, pamper your body and recharge your soul in that little corner of heaven on earth.
Mountain Laurel Creek Inn & Day Spa with Wolf Mountain Vineyards
In Dahlonega, the Mountain Laurel Creek Inn & Day Spa is a luxurious bed-and-breakfast with comfortable suites close to nine different wineries, including the multi-award-winning Wolf Mountain Vineyards. Enjoy a private getaway in a cozy suite with its own private balcony, sitting room, fireplace, jetted tub and shower. Each morning, wake up to a delicious homemade breakfast while overlooking the beautiful countryside.
Let Us Pamper You: The Oasis Spa is an intimate retreat on the inn’s grounds that offers several services to pamper and indulge yourself with, including hot stone, Swedish and couples massages; reflexology and facials. For those who’d prefer to enjoy the spa amenities without booking a service, day passes are available that grant you access to the sauna, outdoor saltwater pool and hot tub.
On Wine: Wolf Mountain Vineyards offers several award-winning dry reds, whites and sparkling wines to taste on their mountain-top estate. Sip on their full-bodied Rhone-style red, Instinct, a blend of all the grape varietals grown on the estate, or try their crisp Plentitude, a dry white that is a blend of Chardonnay and Viognier. Make a day of it with a tour of the vineyards and lunch at their gourmet cafe.
Brasstown Valley Resort with Crane Creek Vineyards
One resort dotted among the wineries of North Georgia is the Brasstown Valley Resort. Here, you’ll find the gorgeous Equani Spa, which pays heritage to its indigenous roots by incorporating authentic décor and healing rituals used by the Cherokee, to whom the land is sacred.
Let Us Pamper You: Take care of your wellness by enjoying some of the treatments offered, such as facials, massages, body treatments and Cherokee healing rituals. Equani Spa is a place of inner and outer peace and tranquility that has attracted support from the likes of Joyce Dugan, former Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
On Wine: Just a short 10-minute drive away, you’ll find fine wine at Crane Creek Vineyards, owned and operated by Atlanta native Eric Seifarth. Using Italian-style winemaking, this local vineyard is home to some amazing award-winning wines like their Hellbender Red, a Norton wine with a spicy tone that’s aged five to seven years.
Dahlonega Resort and Vineyard
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dahlonega Resort and Vineyard is a comfortable drive from Atlanta. It’s close enough to the city to be convenient and it’s far enough to offer you a well-deserved break. The resort has 23 well-appointed rooms, a restaurant, a spa that offers a variety of treatments, yoga facilities and a meditation labyrinth. A few days at the resort gives you the chance to enjoy massages, facials and other spa treatments.
Let Us Pamper You: Pick from a list of delicious spa services like the Bourbon Muscle Melt deep tissue massage, the Wine & Chocolate transformative facial or the Cinnamon Cranberry Sangria sea salt body scrub. For a total wellness experience, the resort also offers yoga retreat packages.
On Wine: All that relaxing can be thirsty work, but that’s hardly an issue when the resort’s fabulous Chardonnays, Merlots, Cabernet Sauvignons and Sweet Rosés are within easy reach at the covered wine garden. To learn more about their fine wines, you can visit their vineyard and wine cellar at Kaya Vineyard & Winery, less than a mile away.
Paradise Hills Winery Resort & Spa
Naming the boutique winery and spa “Paradise Hills“ wasn’t too great an exaggeration. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the destination is one that beckons to your innermost self. Each of the cabins offers comfort and a fantastic sense of privacy while never being more than a short walk from all the amenities.
Let Us Pamper You: Indulge in massages, facials, herbal salt scrubs, mud body masks, mineral soaks, detoxing mustard baths and other treatments that will make you feel refreshed and reinvigorated. The destination also hosts spa parties, perfect for a weekend away with your besties.
On Wine: At the on-site tasting room, you can sample handcrafted wines made from varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Charbonnel, Riesling, Sangiovese and Traminette, all grown on the vines that surround the property.
If you’re hoping to find wellness and Loire Valley vibes a little closer to home, look no further than Château Élan in Braselton. The winery and wellness resort in the North Georgian foothills takes its inspiration from the famous châteaux of France’s picturesque Loire Valley. It’s a haven of tranquility and luxury for day and overnight guests. The 3,500-acre resort offers various accommodation options, including an inn, villas and sumptuous spa suites.
Let Us Pamper You: The Spa Mansion overlooks a lake, and it’s the perfect location to enjoy massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. That’s not all, you also can participate in fitness classes and enjoy amenities such as a hot tub, indoor saltwater pool, steam room and sauna. For the ultimate luxe experience, book one of their Spa Suites within the Spa Mansion.
On Wine: Château Élan’s winery offers over 30 vintages to choose from and several tours and tasting packages to choose from. Working in partnership with other vineyards across the globe, the wine cellar produces everything from Chardonnay to Malbec. The on-site vineyard specializes in growing native muscadines, which produce a deliciously sweet wine that has been a regional favorite for generations.