Actually, the title of this review should have been "The Best Getaway in North Georgia, Any Day of the Week!" I love the Lake Rabun Hotel. I spent two nights here in March 2014 (the Andreae Room, with a cozy fireplace I very much enjoyed using), and two nights in April 2014 (first night in the Andreae Room, second in the Lakemont Room, which has no fireplace, but a larger bathroom with larger windows). Although the handful of rooms in the LRH are not large, they are more than adequate for most of us, although there are no closets and limited space for hanging up lots of clothes. Each room has exposed wood walls ceilings, each one individually and tastefully decorated. Very comfortable queen beds, too. I was made to feel "like family" as soon as I announced myself at the Reception Desk on the occasion of my first visit, and a month later, on my second visit, I knew that I was indeed part of the Lake Rabun Hotel family. By my observation, the "royal treatment" is extended to everyone. The ambiance of the place is sort of ""upscale rustic," a warm and inviting atmosphere, with lots of wood, lovely colorfully patterned rugs on the wonderfully creaky hardwood floors, Adirondack furniture, stone walkways outside and surrounding the hotel; outside, there's also flowing water, a Koi fishpond and lots of lovingly tended flowers all around, with the main historic building nestled in a stand of hardwood and pine trees, just a stone's throw from the extraordinarily beautiful Lake Rabun, and just a short and easy walk to historic Hall's Boat House and Marina. (And, as a dining option, Louie's Italian Restaurant, popular in the summer months, is located just across the street from the hotel.) Now, keep in mind that the rooms don't have televisions or telephones, but count this as a big plus! The hotel does have complimentary WiFi, so you can easily connect to the "real world" using your iPad, smartphone or similar. (I would note that there is a large widescreen television in one of the main floor public rooms, just off the lobby, where you'll also be welcomed to play the upright piano which is located here. Actually, you'll discover another piano, this one a baby grand, situated just forward of the hotel's main entry door, quite near the large lobby fireplace.) There are several "packages" which are available to you, depending on how you would like to spend your vacation, and it's also possible to book a massage right in the hotel, or take out a boat on Lake Rabun. Many local sightseeing and activity options from which to choose. You'll find the staff at the Reception Desk and around the hotel both knowledgeable, outgoing, friendly and helpful when seeking information about what to "see and do" in this part of North Georgia. Two wonderful cats (Chloe and Meow, the latter quite aptly named!) pretty much have the run of the place, and are quite sure, in their "cat minds," that they own the hotel, graciously allowing you to stay with them for a few nights. You'll love them, I'm sure. I don't think you'll find a better restaurant in this part of the State; in fact, you would probably have to head to Atlanta or Athens to find the equal or better. The three dinners I had at the LRH Restaurant were exceptional, with great, friendly, unpretentious professional service, with the food locally sourced. Depending on the weather, you may certainly dine outdoors, on the (heated if necessary) outer deck. Next to the restaurant (which is itself located just beyond the entry lobby and the Reception Desk) is the hotel's small, but more than adequate, full-service bar. A great place for an afternoon beer or cocktail. The bartender maintains a well-stocked bar and can make, I am sure, any beverage or specialty drink you would like. Great wine list, too! I should also point out that both the restaurant and bar are frequented by many of the local "lake people" who have had permanent or summer homes on Lake Rabun for many years, as well as others living in nearby Clayton and other surrounding towns. These locals love this place and have been dining and drinking here for years. You will also enjoy the "for sale" framed paintings, photographs and other artwork which adorn the walls of the main floor, all by local artists, and often portraying / depicting scenes of the hotel, the lake, Hall's Boat House, and even the hotel's two cats! A hearty breakfast is included for each morning of your stay. Please BRING YOUR CAMERA to photograph the beautiful breakfast which is served to you, as it is enormous. If I've stayed in my travels in 8-10 other bed and breakfast establishments, I can say without hesitation that the LRH breakfast is the biggest and the best of them all. I enjoyed a total of 4 breakfasts here, and not once was I able to eat everything on my plate. You'll also appreciate that Lake Burton, Lakemont, Dillard, the Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center, and Tallulah Falls / Tallulah Gorge are only short drives away. Well, this is my take on the Lake Rabun Hotel. Short of actually living on the lake, I'm quite sure this is the next best thing, keeping in mind that the hotel has been a permanent fixture of Lake Rabun for almost 100 years, lovingly owned and maintained, with a recent renovation in 2008, I believe it was. (I am certain that the staff I met are very proud to tell their family, friends and acquaintances that they are working for the Lake Rabun Hotel.) Finally, if you are looking for a super-friendly, relaxing comfortable getaway from the pressures of the real world for a couple of day, or even a week or longer, I don't think you can do any better than the Lake Rabun Hotel in this part of North Georgia. I am already planning my next trip, and will hope to see you there, too! --- Scott Kinney, Jackson County, Georgia
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant celebrated its 90th birthday in 2012. It's the last surviving mountain lodge on a lake in Georgia. Because it has stayed true to the look and the feeling of another, perhaps more peaceful, time, it's been called both a regional and a national treasure. For decades generations have enjoyed the beauty of the lake and mountains. Carefully restored by preservationists in 2008 to maintain its ancestral charm, it features gardens of native plants, rock pillars and walkways, locust log decks, and balconies with views of Lake Rabun and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Lake Rabun is one of the most beautiful lakes in the mountains of North Georgia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Rabun Hotel And Restaurant
- Lake Rabun Lakemont