We found the perfect weekend getaway less than three hours from Atlanta at Lakeview at Fontana in the Smoky Mountains near Bryson City, N.C. This Mediterranean-style inn has 17 rooms, ranging from one- to three-bedroom suites, a fantastic spa, outdoor pool, views of Fontana Lake and yoga classes. Nantahala Outdoor Center is just 10 minutes away.
Rates, which start at $119, include a wine hour with a pretzel bar and local cheeses and breakfast with French press coffee, pastries and yogurt. Chatting with owner Tetia McMichael, we learned the inn welcomes many repeat customers. We plan to make that list.