Mountain Tale Weddings – Atlanta Magazine
Can you imagine one of the most special times of your life taking place on top of a magnificent mountain overlooking breathtaking views, or next to a pristine mountain lake, surrounded by those you love the most? more while the music is playing and the stars are shining from above? It sounds like a fairy tale, but this time it’s real! And, even if the top of the mountain rises to thousands of feet, the dream is within your reach. In Rabun County, the wedding of your dreams awaits, just minutes away. Just two hours from downtown Atlanta, Rabun County has wedding venues to fulfill any storybook ending. From mountain and lakeside hideaways to elegant resorts, from boutique bed and breakfasts to enchanting farms and vineyards ideal for celebrating, there’s just the right place to create those treasured memories that will last a lifetime.
Mountain and Lake Retreats: With your perfect wedding in mind, these facilities help make planning your event as easy as it is beautiful. The Rabun Lake Pavilion offers a charming open-air facility made of native rock and wood, surrounded by old hemlocks and laurels with a breathtaking view of Lake Rabun. Mountain Splendor, winner of WeddingWire’s The 2020 Couples Choice award is ideal for your woodland wedding. With cabins available in the field for up to 26 people, convenience and excellence go hand in hand. For true elegance and all-inclusive facilities, Chota Falls Estate, also a WeddingWire winner of the award, will amaze you with its selection of ceremony locations, including a stunning waterfall backdrop, a picturesque chapel, vineyard views, or a mountain meadow. The separate reception areas on-site are equally charming, and the guest rooms are both plentiful and gracious. the Kaplan Mitchell Retreat Center in Ramah Darom is a 185 acre kosher facility with a beautiful waterfall and serene lake, creating the perfect setting for your special moment. Exceptional health and safety protocols, a wonderful kosher menu prepared by an award-winning chef, and a variety of accommodation options complete a comprehensive service package to ensure a first-class experience.
Elegant Resorts: Top-notch golf, pools and spas, fine dining, top-notch rooms and services, spectacular views and facilities… Rabun County’s resorts have it all! Flying over Lake Burton, The waterfall club is the most exquisite resort imaginable. Extremely well appointed with everything you could want, including the most magnificent views, your event will be beyond your highest expectations. Kingwood Resort & Winery’s a variety of charming ceremony and reception venues, coupled with custom services and packages to suit every budget, make this a premier wedding venue in the mountains of North Georgia. Guests can enjoy on-site golf, spa treatments, or the outdoor pool and tennis courts during their stay. At 4200 feet altitude, Sky Valley Country Club is about as close to heaven as a wedding venue can get. You will be delighted by its gracious setting, its amazing cuisine and the personalized service provided by the staff who can accommodate up to 200 guests. At Dillard House, they understand that it’s the little things that help make your occasion even more special, which is why they specialize in attention to detail. From the perfect setting and extensive menu selections to a romantic carriage ride, you’ll find the quality and care that sets them apart and understand why they’ve been around for over 200 years.
Charming guest rooms: If intimate and unique is how you envision your special day, then perhaps one of Rabun County’s historic bed and breakfasts is right up your alley. Rabun Manor is a 175 year old mansion that has been converted into a world class restaurant and inn, while retaining all of its original charm. With in-house planners, cake designers, decoration specialists, bartenders, a chef, massage specialists, and more, your wedding is sure to be as spectacular as the mountain backdrop against which it takes place. An original mountain lodge from 1920, Rabun lake hotel offers a rustic, nostalgic old-world appeal. In 2008, the hotel was carefully restored by conservators to retain its historic character, while adding modern amenities and an award-winning restaurant and bar. The Beechwood Inn, named one of the most charming hostels in the South by southern life and specializing in small weddings of up to 30 people, is the very definition of classic and intimate. Two America’s Best Chefs, owners Gayle and David Darrugh will delight you and your guests in every way. The Parker Ranch was built in 1907 as a summer residence and has a peaceful, old-fashioned feeling of relaxation. Nestled on 14 acres of sheltering trees, it’s the perfect place for friends and family to gather to celebrate the most important moment of your life.
Farms and wine estates: Wineries and farms in Rabun County offer a wonderful way to make your wedding memorable. Located on top of a mountain above Rabun Lake with breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you will find Terra Incognita Vineyard. The 1,800 square foot pavilion with adjoining catering kitchen, fireplace, bar and upstairs suite surrounded by vineyards, sunsets and stars will make for the most enchanting wedding experience you can to imagine. The Red Barn at Tiger Mountain Vineyard is a beautifully renovated 80 year old dairy barn converted into an event venue to celebrate and enjoy every moment. The barn has a full kitchen, washroom, dining room, stone patio with fire pit, and spectacular vineyard and mountain views. It is ideal for weddings of 50 to 125 people. Julep Farms, a modern resort and an event facility, sits on 22 acres of the most scenic pastures in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here, star-filled nights light up with the help of fireflies, magic fills the air, and your dreams can come true.
With all these amazing places to host your wedding just minutes away, your dream is not only within reach but waiting for you to come and live it. We hope you will visit Rabun County when planning your special day, because we think every day in our mountains is special and we’re sure you will be too. Learn more about ExploreRabun.com.