The baby is screaming. The kids are fighting, again. The dog is trying to kill the cat. You still need to fix dinner AND clean the house. Then your husband gives you that “come hither” look! Oh brother. Whether you’re a working mom or SAHM, this scenario is very similar in many households across the country. You are beat down like a dirty dog and your honey wants to feel “close” to you. Seriously? In these hard economic times, most people are just trying to stay afloat. They’ve given up on dinner and a movie to save money. But at what cost? Times are hard and that makes it even more important to keep the fire burning in your relationship. It is more difficult then ever to find the time for romance so we’ve made it easy for you. Here are some great hotels that specialize in the romance department.
Chateau Elan – (Braselton, Ga.) You’re in France. Okay you’re not but you’re as close as you can get while still in Georgia! Located in the foothills of north Georgia, the Chateau Elan has all you could desire: French Inn, Winery, Spa and championship Golf! Zagat has even rated them in the “Top Ten Wine Country Inns in America.” The Chateau Elan is the perfect place to kick back, relax and let your cares melt away. The staff is always extremely accomodating and the views are breathtaking. They offer several packages starting at $187 for a simple Bed & Breakfast Escape to the more luxurious Ultimate Spa Indulgence for over $4,000! You can book golf, spa or epicurean packages. The Viking Culinary Studio offers weekend cooking classes and cooking demonstrations at 3pm on Sundays. With gourmet food and an extensive winery, world class spa and championship golf, you will truly be swept away. One weekend here and you’ll be completely rejeuvenated! www.chateauelan.com
Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynold’s Plantation – (Greensboro, Ga.) While more East Georgia then North Georgia, we still think this one’s a winner! With Spa, Dining, Golf and even Children’s Packages, the Ritz-Carlton Lodge is fantastic! They offer both day and overnight packages which is simply genius in our book! If you need some time together but must bring the kids, then this is the place for you! The Ritz has superb children’s services with nanny’s available, special games, campfires, VIK (Very Important Kid) check-in and the P.O.L.O. program (Protect Our Little Ones). You may have to bring the kids but chances are they’ll be having so much fun, you’ll be left on your own! Day packages range in price from $25 – $125+ and include activities such as Thanksgiving Brunch, Christmas Activities and New Year’s fun. Overnight packages are in the neighborhood of $229 – $1,000 and can include everything from spa pampering to golf exhiliaration.The Ritz-Carlton Lodge is an exciting yet relaxing way to spend a weekend! www.ritzcarltonlodge.com
Forrest Hills – (Dahlonega, Ga.) Last but not least, we’ve found the Forrest Hills Mountain Resort to be an excellent choice when looking to get away from it all! Forrest Hills is a complete cabin resort full of fun and relaxation! From rustic to luxurious, you will find what you seek to feed your body and soul here. Spa services? Yep. Pool? Yep. Hot tub? Yep. But they also have… horseback riding, carriage rides, chuck wagons, petting zoo, nature trails, volleyball, bonfire area and much, much more! If you are truly looking to rekindle those romantic embers then you should check out the rustic cabins. They have fireplaces and hot tubs and we promise you will not get bored! Make sure to enjoy a candlelit dinner for two in the Secret Garden Dining Room. Rates vary but can be found for as low as $101/night! http://forresthillsresort.com/
Have fun and may the sparks fly!