Under the direction of the State of Georgia and the management of Coral Hospitality, Unicoi Lodge is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation to refurbish the property’s main building, which includes 100 guestrooms, as well as redesigning all 30 of the lodge's cabins. The lodge remains open during the renovation.
Earlier this year, the lodge completed guestroom renovation that refurbished each of its 100 guestrooms with new paint, windows, and the addition of 42-inch flat screen TVs. The guestroom renovation also created 16 king-bedded rooms, as well as 24 double, double-bedded rooms.
The latest phase of the renovation will add improvements and enhancements to the lobby, guest registration area, all public spaces, restaurant, and meeting facilities. This phase of the refurbishment is under way, and is anticipated to be completed in October.
The new décor complements the lodge's natural surroundings while updating the amenities and services, as well as meeting and event facilities.
Upon completion, guests will be greeted in the Main Lodge building with new fabrics, surfaces and lighting, all designed to reflect North Georgia's scenery. Earth tones, wood surfaces and rustic style lighting will create an environment reminiscent of the Craftsman era of architecture. In addition, the lodge is enhancing its meetings and special events space. Masters Hall is being redesigned to include a new pre-function area that features mountain views and natural light, as well as comfort seating for meeting attendees. Also being added is a new boardroom.
Each of the lodge's 30 cabins is being completely redesigned with new fabrics, new flooring, and new kitchen counters. The three bedroom cabins will receive a second bathroom. The two bedroom cabins will also have their bathrooms expanded providing more counter space and upgraded amenities and features. Flat screen TVs will be added to all cabins, including the Smith Creek cabins which will have TV for the first time.
The area around the cabins is being re-landscaped. In addition, the area adjacent to the Smith Creek Cabins will have a new fire pit area. Other campground improvements include decks, gravel, timbers, bear-proof food containers and refurbished comfort stations.
Unicoi State Park and Lodge is situated on 1,063 acres between the Chattahoochee Forest and the alpine village of Helen. The park has 12 miles of nature and hiking trails; a 53-acre lake and trout stream for fishing; four lighted tennis courts; softball and volleyball area; picnic facilities; and a mountain bike trail. For dining, the property features the Unicoi Dining Room.
Unicoi State Park and Lodge is managed by Coral Hospitality, which also manages Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, GA; Amicalola State Park and Lodge; George T. Bagby State Park and Lodge; Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club; and Little Okmulgee State Park and Lodge.