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Lake Rabun Hotel
Owner Gwen North reopened Lake Rabun Hotel in 2008. Original features she preserved include the lobby’s stone fireplace and about half of the furniture.
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Lake Rabun Hotel's Lake
The lake remains beautifully unchanged.
Reborn on Lake Rabun: A former hunting lodge receives a second lease on life in Lakemont, GA.
On the southern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lake Rabun Hotel struts its stuff once again. Built as a hunting lodge in 1922, and later converted into a hotel, the building had fallen into disrepair. Up steps Gwen North, its new owner, who wanted to renovate the old structure without compromising its historic integrity.
Although not forgetting the architectural footprints of the past, North introduced 21st-century essentials, such as private baths, heating and central air conditioning. Other additions featured a third story, a grotto-like cedar bar, a lake-view balcony and a treetop deck. But North insisted on retaining the ambiance of the bygone era.
“I wanted to save the building which is the last surviving lodge in Georgia,” she says “and then share the wonderful mountain architecture with locals and tourists.”
Original to the old lodge are the lobby’s stone fireplace and about half of the rustic stick furniture. North supplied the other furniture with pieces from her antique shop. The new and improved hotel debuted in 2008.
Amenities include a complimentary custom-made breakfast. An upstairs lounge offers all-day snacks of homemade cookies, fruit, coffee and other beverages, while downstairs, TV and DVDs entertain. With beautiful Lake Rabun across the road, water activities are popular. Also available are golfing, hiking, white-water rafting and horseback riding.
In the kitchen, Chef Jamie Allred creates a culinary experience with each meal. He invents gourmet dishes from local produce and fresh ingredients – everything from local favorites to innovative nouveau cuisine.
Hidden among the hemlocks, pines, mountain laurels, rhododendrons and other native plants, Lake Rabun Hotel provides the perfect mountain getaway.
WHEN YOU GO
Lake Rabun Hotel
35 Andrea Lane / P.O. Box 10
Lakemont, GA 30552
Rates: $129–$209; reservations recommended; closed from January until Valentine’s Day weekend. No smoking inside; children over 10; no pets.