Forrest Hills Mountain Resort and Conference Center
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Historical Traveler Reviews Forrest Hills Mountain Resort and Conference Center Dahlonega
I visited July 9- 11, 2004 for our 6th year wedding anniversary, and it was a very beautiful place. The food was excellent, the people were very helpful and friendly and I would definitely let my friends and family know how nice this getaway was and would make a
return visit. On a scale from 1-5 (5 being the best) I would rate my experience, the employees, the cabin, the quality of service, the location.. a 10+ in my book. This was truly a remarkable place, one of the Dahlonega's hidden secrets. I know being in a service industry, no matter what type, we can always be so quick to complain and tell what a bad experience we had, and when it's totally the opposite we fall short and telling that same good news and sharing it with others just as fast as telling the bad things.
You guys keep up the good work and I'm sure I'll be back and will keep referring people to experience the same thing!!!!!!!
Hated Forest Hills...DIRTY ROOMS!!!!!
My fiance and I stayed at Forest Hills while looking for a place for our wedding. Forest Hills is horrible! We will never return. The cabin was tiny and dirty! There were spider webs, bugs and dirt in the hot tub, and the shower was filthy. The bed sheets smelled old and musty. We complained and they did nothing. The experience was so bad that we left after only one night...we had paid for two nights and this was non-refundable. Don't go to Forest Hills! You would be much better off at the Holiday Inn!
Poconos in Georgia
Just spent a bit over a week at Forrest Hills resort as a couple and have mixed feelings about the experience. When we arrived we were informed about several things that may have made us choose another place to stay. No phones in the cabins: this may sound great until you realize that you may be a mile and a half from the lobby/gift shop/dining area and you must go there to find out about operating hours and cannot call to make local reservations or get any other local information. We believe that a primary reason this is so is to ensure that you do activities and spend your money onsite. We were also informed that the common road would be closed when a wedding was taking place. It was June (the national month of weddings), and we had to check daily to see when we would not be able to get to our cabin if we were out or leave if we were in. We asked daily proactively; this information was never volunteered. We were told that it would take an hour and a half for the hot tub to heat each time we wanted to use it. There are no laundry facilities on the property. We were also told that our massages had been scheduled without our imput, and at a higher rate than we had been quoted. The massage issue was corrected within the next couple of days and our credit card was refunded the extra amount.
The cabin was lovely; it had teal carpet and lots of angels/silk flowers/wicker hearts. Honestly, it was a bit much for us but I think that my mother would have loved it. The kitchenette was a bit short of what we had expected; it is really a wet bar with a microwave, with not even so much as a can opener in site. While the table was set with 2 settings, there was notheing to cook with. Again, I think that the idea may be that you take your meals in the resort dining room. The area is peaceful, tranquil...beautiful. King size bed was huge and comfy; the hot tub room had large windows overlooking the woods-quite nice. Large french door stayed open during rainstorms making for some of the best sleep we have ever had. Television reception is extremely limited, but video rentals are available at the gift shop for $3.50 each; a better selection can be had at the Dahlonega Movie Gallery...
The "couples" motif is carried out to the extreme everywhere in the resort. The "secret garden" couples dining room had "soft hits" and mood lighting even at breakfast. Dining couples constantly jockied for a position near the windows so that we could see what we were eating. If the food hadn't been so good we would have definately eaten in our cabin; the breakfast buffet, while the same every day, was certainly what we needed to prepare us for our days of hiking, rafting, etc. There are hearts and silk flowers everywhere and reminded us of the decoration of a Vegas wedding chapel or cheesy Pocanos all couples resort. Angels on benches and concrete kissing dutch children were sighted all about the property. There was even a slightly icky "adult novelty" section in the gift shop next to nature photos and wood carvings(we are not prudes, but the little old ladies at the reservation desk watching us shop for "toys" was kinda strange). While the resort is advertised as being couples oriented, the entire time we were there a youth program with several dozen children had pretty much taken over; we couldn't get near the pool.
The staff at the on-site stables is really nice and friendly. While the on-site trails left somethng to be desired (small, muddy, very closed-in) the wonderful animals, staff and fauna (groups of deer) made the horseback rides fun and definately worth the reasonable rates.
Overall, we have stayed in other cabins at other resorts and this was just really not for us. The cutesy "wink-wink" couples motif was a bit cheesy. We go to the mountains every so often to hike, canoe, raft and climb and have stayed in cabins that better met our needs with kitchens, hot tubs that didn't require an appointment, places to hang towels/do laundry and decor that didn't look like it had been designed for my grandmother. The location was also a little off for people who are travelling to the area largely to enjoy the great outdoors. Not a bad place, just not right for us.
Excellent women's retreat
The women of my church use Forest Hills for our annual retreat and we love it. The area is gorgeous, the rooms are comfortable (not that we sleep much), and the food is delicious. I would recommend this place to any group looking for a relaxing, accomodating location.
Top $$ rate, no hot water
We stayed Thanksgiving weekend for a family reunion and my niece's wedding. Towels had to be exchanged in the common area. No housekeeping, not bathroom cleaning, bedmaking, certainly not bed change. Only 1 person could get hot water for a VERY quick shower.
Heating unit very noisy, no heat in bathroom. Buffet food-fried, fried, fried.
A Great Place to relax and Enjoy
My wife and I vacationed at Forrest hills resort during June 2003. It was a fantastic experience. We really had a good time. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They will give you all the attention you need but they also give you the privacy you desire while there. Most people visiting there are couples who just want to relax and get away from it all. The gift shop is great and very affordable. We went horse back riding and it was a real adventure. This is a must when vacationing there. You will be in for the ride of your life. The food at the resort is very good. Not a 5 star meal but adequate. Its a buffet, so you get plenty. My suggestions is to eat there but also make your way over to The Oarhouse. Its a 20 minute drive through the the hills but its worth it. Everything is homemade. I also suggest you take a short drive to downtown Dahlonega and check out the shops and winery. Its great and not crowded like anything in Atlanta. Overall, this place is a great place that I highly recommend. We are an African American couple and we felt very welcommed there.
Forest Hills Resorts
Wonderful, Romantic, Serene, Peaceful, Fabulous Food, Fabulous Staff,
Great AtmosphereA lot of places could use this resort as a 'role
model.' The week I stayed here was more than wonderful. You must see
for yourself, no description could ever do this resort any justice.
Wonderful place to 'get-away-from-it-all' and even better to share with
My husband and I honeymooned here in 1995. We had a wonderful time and there was plenty to do both at the resort and nearby. We are thinking about taking a vactaion there again this summer.
I you want a couples hidaway weekend, this is it. Rustic cabins with fireplace, jacuzi, VCR and a efficency kitchen. Meals are served for breakfast and dinner in a couples only dining room within walking distance. You can truly get away in the North Georgia mountains. My wife and I have been going here for weekends since before we were husband and wife. Meals are included in cost. Moderately affordable.
TripAdvisor Reviews Forrest Hills Mountain Resort and Conference Center Dahlonega
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