Unplug at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, North Georgia

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Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in North Georgia is the perfect destination for a peaceful, relaxing getaway.

With a backdrop of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by lush forests and meadows, you get breathtaking views and calmness than can only be found in nature.

Simply drive up the entrance road. Hand over your bags to the bellman in the lobby. Check in. Let the outside world disappear.

man and woman sitting on balcony having dinner Dinner at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
We enjoyed a lovely three day stay!

Not only are the surroundings breathtaking, but there is also an array of activities to choose from. From horseback riding to fly fishing, to golfing, there is something for everyone.

This 503-acre property has everything you can possibly want for a relaxing mountain getaway, far from the chaos of your everyday life.

If you’re ready to unplug and destress, here is a guide on what you can expect from a stay at Brasstown Valley Resort and our experience staying there.

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Offer based on double occupancy and availability. Blackout dates may apply. The discount is only available for stays through June 30, 2023. Breakfast for 2 is first night only. Food credit holds no monetary value and cannot be cashed in or applied outside the onsite restaurants. Not applicable for OTA’s, groups or reservations of 5 or more rooms per night. No other discounts apply. Applicable fees and taxes not included.

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Where is Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

The Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa is located in the North Georgia Mountains near the town of Young Harris, which offers the perfect location for Southeast USA explorers.

It’s just south of the North Carolina border, and a two-hour drive from Metro Atlanta, Chattanooga in Tennessee, and Asheville in North Carolina.

The full address is 6321 US-76, Young Harris, GA 30582.

Activities at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Lodge at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
Loved the oak-vaulted ceilings

As soon as you step into the foyer with its oak-vaulted ceilings, panoramic views of the mountains, and comfortable couches with inviting games and puzzles beside a massive stone fireplace, you’ll know you’ve arrived at a place that knows how to perfectly blend rustic luxury with outdoor adventurous beauty.

Stunning views at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Whether you’re looking for relaxation, outdoor adventure, natural beauty, or fine dining, all interests are covered.

Gardens at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

You may think this is the place for romantic getaways or golfing trips – it is that – but it’s also a special destination for families as well.

We spent a wonderful three-days here in partnership with Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa on our Georgia road trip.

Below are the many wonderful activities you can enjoy at Brasstown including a few nearby attractions and experiences.

people sitting in a hot tub
Amazing hot tub setting

What we loved about our stay at Brasstown was the easy access to many different activities on the property.

Only a few steps from our room lead us to fun memory making experiences for us to share and talk about forever. 

1. Relax at The Equani Spa

girls relaxing on chaise lounges at Spa at Brasstown Valley Resort

You cannot visit Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa without spending time at Equani Spa, a sanctuary for healing and restoration.

Equani means “Ridges” in local Cherokee, as the spa is located on Cherokee land who originally sought the land’s healing power. The Spa has carefully integrated design elements and activities indigenous to the tribe’s culture.

hot tub

Many of the body treatments at Equani are inspired by the Cherokee heritage, which has been blessed by former Chief of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, Joyce Dugan who says,

“Native people throughout this country have often been dishonored through misrepresentation of our cultural/traditional beliefs and customs, so it was with great relief and pleasure for me to visit The Equani Spa and witness for myself the tasteful and elegant representations of the Cherokee culture.”

people wearing face masks
Enjoying a facial with Kalyra

From relaxation rooms to outside decks with hot tubs and forest views, you will have the serenity and disconnect you yearn for.

Lay back, sip on a mimosa, and have time to reflect. Then choose the treatment you love most.

people laying on chairs
Couples time.
people sitting in foot spas
Savannah loved her pedicure

Craig and I relaxed with a couples massage. Savannah enjoyed her pedicure and sparkling blue toes, and Kalyra and I had our first facials together – it will not be our last!

2. Take Golf Lessons with a Pro

woman having Golf lesson at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

I always thought that with golf, you either had it or you don’t. I stayed away from the greens, because clearly, I did NOT have it.

On my first game of golf many years ago, I threw down the club after hole three, heading straight for Hole 19 exclaiming how stupid it was.

At Brasstown Valley Golf Course I learned that while natural golfing talent is a thing, you can also learn how to swing a club AND connect to the ball to make it travel high and far.

When you have lessons with a golf pro, anything is possible.

One of my favorite activities at Brasstown Valley Resort, surprisingly, was our golf lesson with Steve Phelps, the resort’s Director of Golf and PGA Professional.

He helped me make sense of golf with his explanations of golf clubs and how they work, the perfect design of golf balls, and how to properly swing a golf club and hit the ball.

Steve was patient, kind, and supportive with specific feedback to how I was swinging (incorrectly!). With each new correction, I started to GET it, improve, and work on that muscle memory.

Most importantly, I started hitting the ball better AND began to actually consider that perhaps golf could be something I COULD enjoy and take up.

I mean, is there a more beautiful setting for an outdoor leisurely activity?

Craig, being the more natural sportsman, has always been able to hit the ball relatively straight and far, but not as consistently as he’d like and he’s never had a golf lesson before, so was looking forward to the tips and insights to improve his game.

man playing golf
Craig on the driving range

With a few adjustments from Steve regarding his grip, stance, and backswing, he was hitting the ball more consistently, and as he likes to say, he likes golf, but LOVES it when he’s hitting his drives straight and getting his putts in! 

3. Play a Round of Golf at Brasstown Valley Golf Course

golf course

Realizing my golfing limitations, I sped off on the golf cart after our lesson at the driving range, and left Craig to play a few holes with his new golfing friends without my air swings impeding their fun.

One day, I’ll feel confident to join them.

The Brasstown Valley Golf Course has 18 holes of championship golf for all levels of play.

golf course surrounded by trees

Both Golf Digest and Leading Golf Courses of America ranked Brasstown Valley Golf Course as one of the top golf courses in Georgia.

If you don’t want to play a round of golf, grab yourself a cocktail, stand on the lodge verandah and admire the beauty of the course while you watch others swing away merrily.

Check out their golf packages. (don’t forget the code 40MP when you book a stay)

4. Horseback Riding at the Stables at Brasstown Valley

people riding on horses
Family fun

Horseback riding is a family adventure we often seek out when we travel and talk about long after the trip has ended.

The horses at the Stables at Brasstown Valley were the prettiest I’ve ever ridden. My palomino horse, Hermann, was my dream horse as a child and his willful, confident personality delighted me.

As soon as we finished our ride, Savannah shared with me her savings plan to one day buy the horse she rode, eBay.

Brasstown Stables has five miles of horse trails winding through hardwood forests, through open fields and beside crystal-clear streams. Let’s not forget the mountain views at every turn.

Horse riding at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

The Stables primarily offer one and two-hour guided mountain trail rides, accommodating all experience levels, from beginner to advanced.

5. Hiking the Appalachian Mountains

Enjoy the beauty of the hardwood forest, flowering plants, mountain scenery, and wildlife viewing by hiking in the Appalachian Mountains.

Brasstown Valley Resort has 9.2-miles of wilderness trails right at your doorstep.

The popular Miller Trek starts at the resort and winds its way into the Chattahoochee National Forest for approximately 6 miles. There is also a shorter 2.5-mile loop.

6. Enjoy the Resort Amenities

people in a hot tub

You can balance the resort activities with more sedate family time with the resort amenities.

Well, that depends on how rowdy you may get playing a game of air hockey against each other in the Arcade Game room or how many laps you want to do in the indoor pool or seasonal outdoor pool.

I was more content to soak in the hot tubs, steam in the sauna, and lounge on the poolside chairs listening to the birds and soaking up the beauty of the views.

There is also a nightclub, though we didn’t go there, and outdoor tennis courts for those who want to work on their serve.

people sitting on lounge chairs

I was also happy to get a short workout on the treadmill in the fitness center. Running is usually not my thing, but the views of the garden took away all the “pain” of it.

woman on running machine Gym at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

My tip is to head straight for the Equani Spa after your workout!

7. Dining at Brasstown Valley

people sitting at a table eating

Enjoy the resort dining room with a signature cocktail before dinner on the verandah with stunning sunset mountain views. 

Martini lovers will be very happy with the diversity of martinis on offer from classic Dirties to dessert-like Godiva Chocolate.

For our kids, the hot chocolates and French Toast were a hit at breakfast time. You can also get a full breakfast if you like to have a big breakfast before exploring.

Move onto outstanding meals at dinner time such as Bang Bang Shrimp for your appetizer and mains with delicious choices like fresh Carolina Mountain Trout, Ribeye, Macadamia Chicken and Shrimp and Grits.

Don’t skimp out on the dessert. Get ready to crack that Creme Brulee or devour a rich (and thick) slice of Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Creme Brulee at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
Creme Brulee

On busier weekend nights, the resort often has seafood and prime rib buffets.

8. Eating at Brassies Grill

Brassies Grill is your 19th Hole, the more casual dining option for a quick lunch or cozy dinner. Relax at the bar, watch sport on TV, or play a game of pool or darts.

You’ll find favorites such as burgers, blackened quicken quesadillas, beer cheese and pretzels, and chili cheese tots. 

I highly recommend the unique smoked salmon BLT. The mouthwatering salmon is smoked in house.

9. Sit By the Verandah Fire Pit

people sitting around a fire

Wrap up your day in one of our favorite ways – by the crackling fire on the verandah of the Fireside Lounge. It’s perfect for stargazing and conversations.

Rocking chairs line wide verandahs for soaking up an expansive vista that includes Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest point.

10. Shop at Pro-Shop & Country Store

Not only can you get all your golfing gear at the Pro-Shop, but you can also find some unique homeware, gifts, and clothes at the Brasstown Valley Country Store.

I was impressed, not just with the quality of products, but the reasonable resort shop price tags.

Downstairs you’ll also find the Emporium, a place to find locally made products such as cheeses, ice cream, wine, and home goods.

Accommodations at Brasstown Valley 

From secluded cottage tranquility to modern suites amidst the hub of activity, Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa has an array of accommodation options to suit the purpose of your getaway.

No matter what accommodation style you choose, you’ll be surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the North Georgia Mountains. 

Lodge Rooms

woman sitting on couch in room at brasstown valley lodge

Our legendary mountain lodge has 102 gorgeous guest rooms, including five, one-bedroom suites. All rooms come with either a queen or king bed, air conditioning, free WiFi, private bathrooms, an in-room safe, an ironing board and iron, and toiletries.

We had interconnecting rooms with a private sitting area in one and two queen beds in the other, both with premium bedding.

It was perfect for our family we love the kind of space that helps us remotely work and learn while we travel.

people sitting on couches

The gas fireplaces in the rooms were a lovely feature. Some rooms have private balconies. Ours looked over the pool area with great views of the mountains.

The Cottages

The Brasstown Valley cottages are tucked in the woods offering your family seclusion and immediate access to hiking trails and outdoor beauty. They cater to groups of various sizes.

You will love the kitchen, large wood-burning fireplaces in the living area, and the wraparound covered decks bringing you closer to nature.

Equani Spa’s Private Suite


For pure indulgence, why not stay at the private suite on the top level of the Equani Spa?

It’s an 825-square-foot suite with a private deck that has fantastic views of the North Georgia Mountains.

Inside you’ll find a jacuzzi tub and the biggest shower you’ve ever seen. We’re talking about an “experience shower” providing a full-sensory experience with a double-drench shower head, steam, aromatherapy, LED lights, marine speakers, and 12-head Swiss shower bars.

Now that’s a Brasstown Valley moment!

You also have a separate living area and stone stacked gas fireplace in the bedroom. The BEST feature is the short flight of stairs to spa rejuvenation.

Learn more about all their accommodation options here.

Other Property Amenities

I’ve shown you what you can do here, and what you can expect from the rooms, but if you think that’s all that the resort has to offer then you can think again! Here are some other facilities and optional extras you can find here…

  • Valet parking
  • Laundry services and dry cleaning
  • Wheelchair accessible parking and rooms
  • Service animals are allowed (but no other pets)
  • Late check-out time – you need to check out by noon, although check-in is from 4pm which is quite late.

Experiences Outside of Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

You’re in the heart of the Blue Ridge so have endless opportunities to explore outside the Brasstown Valley Resort property.

While we were content to just enjoy what the resort had to offer, we did love experiencing a few nearby attractions.

1. Visit Crane Creek Vineyards

woman walking through a vineyard

A winery in Georgia? I was just as surprised. It turns out, there are dozens of wineries here, many of them within a short drive from Brasstown Valley. The Crane Creek Vineyards were just a 10 min drive from Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa.

The Southeast is known typically for sweet muscadine wines, which is not my preferred drop.

I was pleased to discover wines at Crane Creek Vineyards that were dry, light, and refreshing, and paired with the kind of views you’d expect to see in Tuscany.

You can choose to enjoy them from the vineyard deck, while wandering past the grapevines, or from the Adirondack chairs in the garden.

Craig and I chose the latter with a tasting flight each – mine heavy on the whites, while Craig’s had a balance in color.

We recommend the Zusa for its light summery flavors of melon and mango. For those wanting more depth and spice, you can’t go past the award-winning red, Hellbender.

people sitting on lawn chairs holding wine

Every Friday, May to November, Crane Creek has live music out on the vineyard decks and delicious homemade seasonal appetizers.

Owner Eric Seifarth has created a wine-tasting experience at Crane Creek to replicate the joy he experienced sampling Italian wines while he was stationed in Northern Italy.

2. Go Boating on Lake Chatuge

girls Boating on Lake Chatague

With over 130-miles of shoreline, Lake Chatuge is one of the larger open bodies of water in the Blue Ridge, Smoky Mountains region.

Its picturesque setting of towering mountains surrounding its distant shores, and access to an abundance of lake recreation activities, make it a popular place for visitors to the region.

We rented a pontoon boat, and a speedboat from the marina to enjoy an hour soaking up the views.

girl sitting on a boat on lake chatuge

Stay a while longer. Throw in a line, swim, or pack a picnic lunch to eat in a secluded cove.

3. Visit Anna Ruby Falls

Less than an hour’s drive from Brasstown Valley Resort, you’ll find the spectacular Anna Ruby Falls. 

It quickly became one of my favorite waterfalls in the USA for its stunning lush forest setting and its twin falls thundering down. 

You can read more about it in our post about our stay at nearby Unicoi State Park & Lodge.

4. Visit Brasstown Bald

Only 20-minutes from Brasstown is Brasstown Bald, the tallest mountain in Georgia which offers views of Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Up there you can just enjoy the views, or access four hiking trails ranging from 1/2 to 6 miles in length.

5. Visit the Nantahala National Forest

bridge over a river surrounded by orange and red trees
Nantahala forest

Nantahala National Forest is only a short drive away and is the perfect place to experience the amazing nature of the region.

From whitewater rafting to an exhilarating hike along the Appalachian Trail, there are endless opportunities for exploration.

You can go zip-lining through the scenic forests, mountain biking on the well-maintained trails, and rock climbing along some of the most stunning cliffs in North Carolina.

For those looking for a mild adventure, canoeing or kayaking down its peaceful rivers is a great way to take in all its beauty, or you can visit the nearby Rollins Planetarium.

6. Visit the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Georgia Mountains Fairgrounds is a great family attraction nearby, offering carnival rides, live music concerts, and street food stalls.

Get a thrill on the go-karts or bumper boats, enjoy some delicious fair food, or attend one of the many annual festivals such as the Georgia Mountain Fair, the Fall Festival, and Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention.

There’s always something happening at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds.

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We have secured a great Brasstown Valley Deal just for y travel Readers

Save 40% on overnight stays through June 30, 2023, and receive Breakfast for 2 the next morning (first night only). Use Promo Code 40MP to book online if prompted.

Offer based on double occupancy and availability. Blackout dates may apply. The discount is only available for stays through June 30, 2023. Breakfast for 2 is first night only. Food credit holds no monetary value and cannot be cashed in or applied outside the onsite restaurants. Not applicable for OTA’s, groups or reservations of 5 or more rooms per night. No other discounts apply. Applicable fees and taxes not included.

Click here to book your stay with the discount code: 40MP

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