Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Women's Vacation Getaway

Women Traveling Solo? Women Traveling Together? Want a Girls Weekend Out? We have the destination for you! Visit the Blue Ridge Mountains and stay at The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort. You will be nestled in the peaceful, tranquil, and relaxing resort with a heated pool and fitness center at your finger tips. Bask in the sun or stretch out your muscles while enjoying the fresh air and nature’s sights in the Blue Ridge Mountains. And only a short drive out of the resort, you will find places to pamper yourself, shop, dine, and engage in wine tasting.


The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort is a gated vacation retreat, perfect for you women traveling solo or in groups. Select villas feature hot tubs, perfect for chatting into the evening with your friends. Accommodations are friendly, quaint, and comfortable—and prices are reasonable. Cabins start at $95.00, and villas, A-Frames, and condos are also available. The rentals are distributed throughout the resort in the most beautiful locations—along the river, at the highest points, and nestled in the woods.

Resort Amenities

Included in your stay is the use of the varied and expansive resort amenities—heated pool, sunning decks, fitness center, outdoor pools, and tennis. Of course, all of the attributes of nature are yours to enjoy as well, whether hiking, strolling, picture taking, star gazing, or meditating by the river or pond. The Villas at Coosawattee allows you to unwind, disconnect, and relax—or wind up, reconnect, and energize-- whichever the retreat has in store, The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort has the accommodations and amenities!

Pamper Yourself

While enjoying your stay at The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort, venture out of the gates to the city of East Ellijay for spa treatments. Spa Glisson is the hottest day spa in North Georgia. The comfortable, relaxed, and professional atmosphere welcomes the first time spa-goer as well as those who are avid spa enthusiasts. The spa offers body treatments such as massage, wraps, and scrubs, facials & facial massages, ear candling, hydrotherapy, and more.

Spectra Hair Creations in Ellijay offers precision hair design, spa pedicures, and spa manicures in a relaxing and rustic salon. The stylists specialize in cuts, color, and hair extensions. Whether you want to add a little color, change your hairstyle, or get that special style for a night out on the town, the personable staff creates a look that fits what you want and fits you. Or maybe you want to spruce up your nails or have your toes sparkle for those summer sandals—relax and let the professionals at Spectra take care of you.


Outside of The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort is, the Ellijay Square Shops, which hosts a potpourri of shops to wander through. The shops art, candles, antiques, gifts, collectibles, and more. For a refreshing break from your shopping excursion, have a seat in the square and enjoy the sights & sounds of the water fountain or treat yourself to some homemade fudge.

Further up the road is the historic Blue Ridge and McCaysville where a shopping trip for Appalachian arts and crafts, pottery, quilts, antiques, mountain home furnishings, apples, smoked trout, and even hand-made alpaca sweaters and shawls, is in store! Antique shoppers can spend unlimited time snooping through a growing number of shops and antique malls from Blue Ridge to McCaysville and back. Blue Ridge's Main Street is dotted with unique specialty shops, galleries and eateries from one end to the other.

And if outlet shopping is more your style, checking out the North Georgia Premium Outlets is a must. The shopper can find impressive savings at Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet, Hugo Boss, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Williams-Sonoma and more.

Wine Tasting

Maybe wine-tasting is in your sights? Corks and Crumbs in the Ellijay Square offers a wonderful introduction to North Georgia’s wine country. This quaint little bakery and bistro with a wine tasting room is located in the middle of the Ellijay square, perfect for a walk around the fountain and peeking into all the shops. But don’t do all your shopping in the square as Corks and Crumbs is also an antique shop! The bakery and bistro offers a full menu of salads, sandwiches, soups, and brunch. Enjoy a delicious glass of award winning Frogtown Cellars Wine with your meal-- the wait staff at the Tasting Bar is happy to make a recommendation. Or have a seat at the Tasting Bar and chose from a wide array of Frogtown Cellars Wines..

A little further away is the Sharp Mountain Vineyards, which is perfect for a day's outing. Pack a picnic, enjoy a beautiful mountain drive, and take a tour & tasting for just $5. Savor your picnic at our Pavilion while drinking in the beautiful view – rows and rows of espaliered vines against a backdrop of blue-green rolling hills and a commanding view of herself. Sharp Mountain Vineyards was established with a single focus: to produce the best quality wines possible. Unlike growth-oriented and machine-dominated vineyards, Sharp Mountain Vineyards produces approximately 8 tons annually with winery capacity of 7,000 bottles per year. All of the wines produced at are unfiltered and very low in sulfites, and the dry wines have zero residual sugar.

So, when you are looking for a women’s get-away, whether solo or as a group, North Georgia has you covered with accommodations featuring an array of amenities, places for pampering head to toe, a vast array of shopping spots, and delectable wine tasting too. Directions to The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort are as follows: off of 515 turn onto Old State Route 5. Take a right towards Historic Downtown Ellijay for approximately 4 miles. Take a left onto GA Hwy 382 / Green’s Country Store. Up the hill (.6 miles) take a right into the main entrance of The Coosawattee River Resort. For more information about The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort, please visit http://www.thevillasatcoosawattee.com or call 706-276-1075.

Single Parent Vacationing with Children

Traveling as a single parent with your child or children can feel like a daunting task, but remember that you are not alone! According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 13 million single parents are in the United States. With a little planning and a well-rounded destination suitable for all ages and interests, you will be off on your traveling adventure without a hitch.

Speaking of the well-rounded destination, we have the perfect suggestion for you and your brood: The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located in the northwest part of Georgia and nestled in the woods, The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort offers some of the most spectacular views of the mountains, river, and nature. The destination also offers a wide-variety of amenities to suit everyone in your entourage’s fancy: swimming, tennis, putt putt golf, weight-room, Teen Center, game room, WiFi connections, fishing, hiking, kayaking, tubing, and much more!

So, the first rule of traveling as a single parent is not to schedule every moment of your trip. Sleeping in, hanging out by a pool, and taking a spontaneous stroll with your kids are excellent vacation activities, especially if you don't see your children every day. The Villas at Coosawattee offers all of these options—and more than you can imagine! Often, it's the unplanned moments that become the family memories.

Second, a relaxed and happy parent is usually a better parent. So, take advantage of kid-friendly facilities and activities so that you can relax and soak in the enjoyment of your surroundings. The Villas at Coosawattee offers a Teen Center and a Recreation Center that offer just that.

While the facility carries the name “Teen Center”, don’t be fooled; it really is more family friendly with kids from one to one hundred enjoying the sun and fun. The Teen Center features a beautiful outdoor pool, and kiddie pool is also available for toddlers and babies. Picnic tables are a perfect spot for pool-side dining, and a park is only a short walk across the Coosawattee River over the swinging suspension bridge.

The Recreation Center is the highlight of the Coosawattee River Resort which includes two indoor & heated pools (Junior Olympic and kiddie), Fitness Center, game room, satellite TV, tennis courts, 18-hole miniature golf course, and a basketball court. For those parents desiring a more sedate entertainment, the center also has a wide-screen television available in the lobby along with WiFi capabilities while the kids go play in the game room.

Third, outdoorsy trips are easy on the budget yet offer lots of family activities and programs for all ages. The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort offers accommodations with reasonable and friendly prices. The amenities and usage of the six parks are all included in the price of the rental, and the wide range of natural attractions such as hiking, picnicking, fishing, and wading in the river are compliments of Mother Nature.

Tubing (and kayaking) is offered by The Coosawattee River Tubing Company located just outside the Eagles Mountain Gate. A fun-filled 2-1/2 hour inner tube float down the Coosawattee River in the North Georgia Mountains is a relaxing yet invigorating way of spending the afternoon with your kids. Floating down the river is a great way to reduce stress and enjoy the peace and serenity of the North Georgia Mountains! Maybe spending the night under the stars is in your agenda? The Villas at Coosawattee offers three tent camping parks (Indian Fish Trap Park, East Park, North Park). Each park offers restrooms, charcoal grills, & fire-pits, and Indian Fish Trap Park and East Park offer playgrounds too! Keep in mind that the tubing, kayaking, and camping each incur a small fee.

The Villas at Coosawattee is just 75 miles north of Atlanta in Ellijay, Georgia (Off of Highway 515, turn onto Old State Route 5. Take a right towards Historic Downtown Ellijay for approximately 4 miles, and then take a left onto GA Hwy 382 / Green’s Country Store. Travel up the hill for .6 miles, and take a right into the main entrance of The Coosawattee River Resort). Accommodations start at $95.00 per night. For more information about a single parent travel adventure that is relaxed, kid-friendly, easy on the budget, and full of fun for everyone, visit The Villas at Coosawattee’s website (http://www.thevillasatcoosawattee.com) or call (706) 276-1075.