Ready to head for the hills? Plan your next vacation for Lake Burton, which is nestled in the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains of northeast Georgia. Rediscover the things that really matter to your family, relax, and enjoy some time together. Select historic lodgings in charming hotels, quaint bed-and-breakfasts, rustic cabins, or private guest houses. Let the magical mountain atmosphere inspire you to create your special adventures. Consider your dates while you look at the Lake Burton vacation rentals that you can stay in. Here are the ten best places around the lake to stay on your trip.

1. Tiger, Georgia

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Do more than taking a vacation; create a Blue Ridge Mountain adventure at Burton Lake, tucked away in the northeast corner of Georgia. Find vacation rentals near Tiger, a small mountain town at the foot of Tiger Mountain. Take the kids to see a movie with a picnic under the stars at the Tiger Drive-In theater and grill. If a bit of the bubbly tickles your fancy, stop by Tiger Mountain Vineyards.

2. Helen, Georgia

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Break out of your routine and vacation in Helen, a Bavarian Alpine village way down yonder on the Chattahoochee River. Explore Helen’s specialty shops along cobblestone streets to find unique handmade quilts, candles, blown glass, or other unique gifts. Stop by Nora Mill Granary to pick up some stone-ground grits or enjoy a wine tasting at Habersham Winery.

3. Mountain City, Georgia

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Take your vacation all the way to the top, of Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia’s highest park that is just a short drive from Mountain City. Rustic cabins beautifully blend with the majestic forests. Note that the city is situated at the head of the Little Tennessee River on the Continental Divide. Take in the sights from the summit visitor center for its spectacular 80-mile vistas.

4. Clayton, Georgia

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You visit Burton Lake for the gorgeous scenery, the swimming and fishing, and the numerous hiking opportunities. You check into your perfect lodging in Clayton, central to all the action. Once you settle in, you might feel tempted to skip everything else and just relax. Clayton’s beautiful downtown attractions beckon you to step out, including the soda fountain at Clayton Pharmacy and the Main Street Gallery. Sign up for some white-water rafting on the Chattooga River, just outside of town.

5. Rabun Gap, Georgia

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When you stay in Rabun Gap, it feels like discovering a long-lost treasure. Choose from historic bed-and-breakfast inns for your mountain retreat. Picture yourself hiking along a quiet, scenic trail for an afternoon respite amid views of majestic mountains. Explore the Rock House, a working grist mill situated near picturesque waterfalls in the shadow of Wolf Valley.

6. Dillard, Georgia

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Keep your kids active with an endless array of recreation around Dillard, including the Dillard House stables and thousands of acres of natural resources and wonders. Enjoy the country hospitality, the wondrous mountain beauty, and restful accommodations. Dillard offers dozens of shops with enough antiques, collectibles, and handmade crafts to fascinate you for hours on end.

7. Lakemont, Georgia

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Slip away to Lakemont, a quaint little mountain town that features charming bed-and-breakfast inns and cozy, rustic cabins. Visit the Lakemont Gallery, the Corner Cupboard at Seven Oaks, and Annie’s at Alley’s to find treasures to help you remember your trip. Head to Minnehaha Falls to hike and take some gorgeous pictures. Take your time. There is no reason to hurry.

8. Clarkesville, Georgia

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Get in the mood for a relaxing vacation when you drive Scenic 197 to Clarkesville, taking time for a leisurely stop at the Cottage Garden plants and gifts shop. Shop for antiques and art in the downtown area or visit the landmarks, including the Mauldin House, the in-town farmstead. Explore the hiking trails and help the kids look for signs of local wildlife at Moccasin Creek State Park, which is close to Lake Burton. If you like fly fishing, the Soque River is a great option.

9. Tallulah Falls, Georgia

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If you are into photography, Tallulah Falls features a series of six waterfalls cascading into Tallulah Gorge. The Tallulah River carved the 1000-foot gorge, now the site of a state park with overlooks, a suspension bridge, and nature trails. The Shortline Trail is a three-mile paved trail that follows an old railroad bed. The area presents many photographic opportunities amid the natural beauty of the mountains.

10. Popcorn Creek Area

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Forget to rub elbows with hordes of other vacationing families when you stay at the northern tip of Lake Burton in the Popcorn Creek area. Picture yourself sitting with your family on the porch of a waterfront cabin in a heavily wooded lot, enjoying your privacy, talking to each other, and bonding over family stories.