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Enota Mountain Retreat
1000 Highway 180, Hiawassee, GA 30546   |  
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1 review
“Loved Enota!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2009

This is the place if you love nature. it has it all. Streams, waterfalls, hiking trails. It is so beautiful. You dont ususally get this all in one place. I was surprised at the many types of accomodations. they have cabins, rv sites, tent sites and rooms. We stayed in a cabin. Its not the Ritz - the cabins are rustic, but are clean. there were several groups there all having meetings and good times. this place is one of those green places where they pay a lot of attention to the environmement. if you have a family or just want a place to get away take a look at this one. i talked to several people who have come multiple times and love it there. Enota has a farm where you can visit the animals and they grow their own vegetables and food. We had a delicious breakfast there.

  • Liked — Amazing beauty
  • Disliked — Not enough time to stay longer
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2008

This is where you'll find "the good old days"!
After touring the west by RV all summer my fiance and I stumbled across this delightful place on our way home. We were so enthralled by Enota that we decided to have a family reunion there for Thanksgiving. Nineteen members of our families (ages 6 to 70) arrived occupying guest rooms, log cabins and RV sites. This will be a memory etched forever in all of our minds. The children played in the playgrounds, the teens hiked trails, the youngsters and elders sat by the fire in the lodge, the family gathered around campfires in the evenings, the "photographers" delighted at the many photo opportunities of brooks, streams, waterfalls and ducks. Everyone delighted in milking the cows and gathering the eggs (served for breakfast of course!). While the weather was definitely chilly (20's and 30's) we were all snug and comfortable at night in our accommodations. Thanksgiving dinner was every bit as good (if not better) as any of our home cooked meals (without the cleanup! ;-)) The entire staff was pleasant, friendly and accommodating. The best part was the quality time our family had. No cell phones or cable TV! Everyone actually talked to each other the whole time, even the kids are looking forward to our return. At the risk of losing "our secret shangri-la" I have to rave about this place. Enota Mountain Retreat is for those who still love the land, treasure our earth, enjoy good people and would like to find a bit of their roots in this modern, fast paced, hectic world. For those who lean toward glass, chrome and luxury I would have to say keep shopping, this is a place is for those of us who still have a bit of pioneer spirit and need to reacquaint ourselves with the wholesome "real" world. Our special "Thanks for the Memories" to everyone at Enota!

  • Liked — Quaint homestyle, flexible options.
  • Disliked — Had to go home!
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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fort lauderdale, fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2008

the people were wonderful, the grounds were immaculate and the hiking was sublime. I was able to get a massage on property, and every morning the lodge had coffee, tea and camradarie. It's a magical place, especially if you're a nature lover or just looking for a place to unwind.

  • Liked — the whole experience
  • Disliked — that i couldn't stay longer!
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Athens, GA
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2008

First, the good: The place is gorgeous and was quiet the weekend we went there. The waterfall was stunning and it seems like it has a lot of amenities. The bad: campsites are WAY small and they only allow one tent. For the size, the campsite was far overpriced. We ended up paying over $120 for 6 people for just the campsite. There was no toilet/portapotty within walking distance that we could see. The firewood was the most expensive I've seen at any campsite, and I found the people to be haughty and a little snooty to us. Also, the worst part of all (for me, being a wildlife student) was when I found a black bear in their open dumpster, and reported it to them. They said "Oh he comes here every night. We like to sit out and watch him." This is DANGEROUS for the bear as he becomes reliant on people food (and starts messing with campsites) and of course on people. Because of their blatant ignorance about wildlife, even though they are "animal lovers", this bear may someday have to be shot. There were three kids throwing rocks at it as well. It was a pretty location, but I will not be going back.

  • Liked — The waterfalls
  • Disliked — The owners
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Georgia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2008

We have been trying to participate in the Sweat since 2004. Finally we booked an overnight stay and participated in the Sweat Ceremony. After reading some of the reviews, I was a little apprehensive about staying overnight but was pleased that our room was clean and fresh. If the room is designed for two, I suggest you stick to the occupancy directive. The area is beautiful and grounds well kept! For those seeking spiritual enlightenment, the Sweat is great! Make sure you fast 24 hours up until the Sweat. Yarg - [--]

  • Liked — atmosphere and environment
  • Disliked — ladies at the checkin desk
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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phoenix
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2008

We had a family getaway weekend in July and rented two of the cabins . We had 13 people in all and although there were a lot of positives about the campsite, the cabins left a lot to be desired. The cabins really could have used a good cleaning, they had a damp musty smell, and linens were scary. We had a rodent encounter during our stay that made it hard to enjoy the experience. However, I will say the staff was very friendly and accomodating. They let my niece get in the cages and feed the animals on the farm, and even let her collect some eggs. The breakfast was great, but were only serving the buffett and did not let us order from the breakfast menu that was posted upon arrival. The waterfall hike was a fun experience, and kids loved feeding the fish and ducks in the stocked pond. RV and campsites looked really nice, and even had decks on some of the creekside rv sites. They had campfire guitar music at night by the fire that we enjoyed and even let the kids play along with drums and various instruments. Really fun experience overall, but bring your own linens if you are staying in the c abins, and be prepared to do some cleaning before you leave or pay extra...

Stayed July 2008
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GA
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2007

After reading some of the reviews on Trip Advisors, I wasn't sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. We camped in a popup and the site was very nice, right on the stream. The staff was nice enough but did charge us $4 extra for arriving at our campsite 2 hours early. The bathrooms were nice and new but need a good cleaning. I am not saying they were not clean but they needed a good scrubbing and need to be cleaned more than one time a day. There is an area with a playground/ tv room that seems to have been abandoned which is too bad because it has a great deck/ grill area and could be a show place for the camp grounds. We had a pleasant hike to the Animal Sanctuary (mainly goats and ponies) led by Spirit, the campground dog, who was really sweet. The surroundings are quite nice, we enjoyed the ducks, stream and mountains. My only complaint would be the bathrooms which were not filthy but could have used several cleanings a day.

  • Liked — The nice setting for camping,
  • Disliked — frequency that the bathrooms were cleaned.
  • Stayed October 2007
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 1000 Highway 180, Hiawassee, GA 30546
Location: United States > Georgia > Hiawassee
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Hiawassee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enota is the perfect mountain escape to spend time with your friends and family. Enota is a non-profit conservation facility committed to preserving our beautiful land with a limited number of accommodations including motel hotel rooms, cabins, full hook-up RV sites, pop-up & tent sites and a Retreat Center for conferences, groups, events and seminars. Enota is rated to be in the top 100 camping destinations in the country. Enota Mountain Retreat in Helen Hiawassee Georgia. ... more   less 
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