Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 27, 2012

North Georgia mountain resort is a relaxing escape

BLUEFIELD — Morning tea on the porch of a cottage in the forest, watching deer and birds, sensing the changing seasons.

Good as an antidote to busy days?

Since the co-owner of this North Georgia mountain resort called Forrest Hills believes in doing just that every morning, he built cottages and lodges into the woods, inviting relaxation.

All day relaxation is fine here; David Kraft enjoys visiting with Forrest Hills Mountain Resort guests too much to stay long on his own porch, but believes in starting the day with a sense of place.

Believing forms the foundation of everything here -- believing as a family they could shape a vision in the woods, and believing in expansion the next 35 years.

Kraft was graduating from high school when his dad surprised the Florida family with 140 acres in Georgia’s mountains, near Dahlonega.

Pioneers from West Palm -- they launched cabin building with hand tools and determination. No electricity. No running water. No heat.

Good cheer too. I recommend finding David for a chat when you go, and sister Michele Kraft-DeBlois. They’re partners in this adventure, siblings continuing the dream the family launched in 1977.

That translates to one, two and three bedroom cottages plus inns and lodges with eight, 12 and 16 bedroom capacity for family reunions, church retreats and business meetings. Weddings too.

And relaxation. Dinner is served in the Secret Garden: entry from a patio overlooking the woods.

Tables for two. This is adult dining.

Don’t bring the kids to dinner in this dining room. There are other options. Forrest Hills is serious about down time, R&R, conversation, intimacy.

“Such a pleasure it is for us when the couples who stay here tell us they talked to each other, remembered why they fell in love, rediscovered pleasures in the calmness,” Kraft-DeBlois smiled.

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