Charming. Intimate. Comfortable. Here, in the gorgeous mountains of North Georgia Wine Country, colors seem richer, the air is fresher, and everything just tastes better. Savor an incredible glass of local wine by the cozy tasting room fireplace. Explore our serene gardens, abundant with native plantings and mountain views. Sit under the peaceful gaze of Yonah Mountain and simply enjoy the view. It's the kind of place you've been dreaming about.
4.6 on September 07, 2016
What is most outstanding about the The Sylvan Valley Lodge are the people who work here. Ted and Louisa - the Wine Guy and his wife - are super personable, interesting, knowledgeable and helpful. Genevra (spelling??) the owner of the lodge, is super laid back, helpful, and never in a hurry. Did not get to spend much time with her husband, Don, but he seemed very nice as well. The breakfast each morning was fantastic - three different options - wonderful quality ingredients. The tapas on Friday night among some of the best I have had. The wine class with food pairing was lots of fun, and the live music - very enjoyable. They are renovating the lodge, and we liked the room we stayed in. We were in one of the renovated rooms - room 19. Just for expectation setting - if you are looking for fancy, this is not the place for you. It is comfy and lodge-like, but a bit worn and in need of some updating, which they are gradually doing - i.e., the carpet on the stairs and in some of the rooms is quite dated and worn. The bathrooms are quite simple and basic, as is the lodge itself. The outdoor patio and deck areas are nice. Everything is nice and clean, though, as I said, a bit dated. Rome wasn't built in a day! Can't wait to visit again! In fact, we are going back for a wine dinner this Saturday and we just left the lodge this past Monday. Live music was good - a bit colorful with language as the evening wore on. Their wines were all delicious - none of the "bite" that you sometimes experience with wine. We will go back to the lodge again and again, and take others along with us.
5 on September 20, 2012
Stayed at SVL last Wednesday and Thursday and could not ask for anything more. Everything was very clean, owners were very accomodating and the breakfast is dynamite. What i like the most was the feel of the lodge. It did not feel like your typical hotel or lodge. It was almost like being in a large home with multiple sitting areas (indoor and outdoor) and all of the furniture were items that you would find in a high end residence. If you are considering a couple different accomodations and this is one of them your search is over, you just found it.
4.8 on August 11, 2012
We loved the Sylvan Valley Lodge. The rooms are spacious and clean. The innkeepers are very personable and love to share their knowledge of the history of the area. We loved the lodge and will definitely return. Helen, GA is 3 miles away and lovely.
4.2 on July 11, 2012
My daughter and I spent the last weekend in June 2012 at Sylvan Valley Lodge. She is vegan, so I emailed ahead of time to ask if they could accommodate her for breakfast. They assured me they could. They prepared a very tasty breakfast with soy milk for my daughter, and my "normal" breakfast was delicious too. The innkeepers were very nice and helpful. The location is great, with an easy drive to Nacoochee Valley and Sautee, as well as Helen. The property is a bit old, but the owners are working hard to update it as they can. We had a great time, and would definitely stay there again.
4.4 on May 21, 2012
My boyfriend and I stayed here to get out of Atlanta for a weekend. We came to check out the local vineyards, and relax. This lodge exceeded our expectations. The keepers were very friendly, the rooms were clean and comfortable, and the wine tasting and cheese reception was wonderful. The only down fall was the landscaping. I would recommend this lodge, and will stay there again next time I visit the Helen area.
1.4 on November 09, 2011
My husband and I returned to the Sylvan Valley Lodge to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary the week of August 19, 2011. We had stayed there 3 or 4 years ago when the German Restaurant was still there. The cabin we stayed in was very out-dated and run-down. There were plastic flowers hanging on the door and over the banister that were dirty and broken, there was yard debris all over the once beautiful grounds, broken lights, gutters full of weeds (and even one had a tree growing out of it). The lighting in the cabin was horrible and there was nothing on TV...no news channels, not even local channels! The sheets on the bed were of such poor quality, they felt like they had sand on them. We were very dissatisfied with our stay and would not recommend this "so-called" lodge to anyone!
We are sorry that this is not the German hotel you you previously visited. We have done all that we can to get Internet listings changed, but the old hotel name still directs to our web site. Finding out upon arrival that our lodge is no longer the German themed inn and restaurant you remembered must have set a disappointing mood for your entire stay. When the management changed and the hotel was rebranded in November of 2010, the grounds had been neglected for a while. We contacted a landscape company to come up with an overall plan and did minor maintenance while the plan was being created. In the three months since you have stayed with us, a good portion of the property's four acres has been re-landscaped including the area around the cabins. We provide Over 100 DirecTV channels including multiple news channels and HBO. Had we been informed of a problem with your television, we would have corrected the issue. We have staff on-site and available 24/7 who are happy to help. We are very sorry you did not enjoy your stay. We hope that you will try us again now that you are aware of the changes.
5 on December 30, 2010
I have stayed on and off at this inn for last few years and I have to say, it is bar none the best place to stay if you visiting this part of Georgia/Appalachians. The staff is exceptional, friendly, courteous and do their best to make you feel at home. The food is top notch, better than anywhere else you are going to get in this area. Everything about this place speaks of class and character, with none of the tourist trappings and cheap amenities you find in this area. Book your stay here, you will not be sorry!!
5 on November 05, 2010
My best friend and I went for a weekend. Staff was exceptional, food was exceptional.
4.0 on November 01, 2010
Clean cabin; comfortable bed. No internet access, which turned into a good thing after withdrawal symptoms! Having eaten at the restaurant in the past, we expected German style food for dinner, but the menu had changed. The dinner was very good. The breakfasts were excellent (really recommend the specialty Benedict, though I do not remember the official name). Thanks for the opportunity to stay.
4.0 on October 28, 2010
Great water pressure for a cabin, very neat/clean; enjoyed the stay. Good food
Our Standard Lodge Guestrooms are located on the second floor of the Lodge and have a forest view. This newly renovated room features hard wood floors, king bed and sitting area.
Sautee & Nacoochee Valleys, Countryside, Mountains, Wine country
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, 8 Wineries/Tasting Rooms within 10 miles, Horseback Riding, Zip-line Tours, Hiking Trails/Waterfalls, Mountain Biking, Trout Fishing, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Tours, Vineyard, Winery
Board games, Conference Rooms, Fireplace, Parking, Wedding Facilities, Wired internet , Wine Tasting Room
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi
Wine Tasting, Shopping
John and Ginevra Boyes
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