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A Little Piece of Heaven. See why we have 169, 5* Reviews in a row!

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 650 m²
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths (Sleeps 20) Fantastic Views.

When completed in 2007, Bear Ridge Lodge was appraised for over 2.5 million dollars. Nestled in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains, the home is located only two miles from the spectacular Amicalola Falls, which is the largest water falls east of the Mississippi and cascades 729’. This 7,000 square foot luxury cabin home located on 25 acres of secluded forests is the ultimate setting for your next family vacation, corporate event or romantic get-away. This home was built in 2006 and is the perfect blend of Rustic Mountain living combined with the latest in luxury comfort. This lodge has everything from a fully stocked lake loaded with Bass and Bream (catch & Release Only), tree house, canoeing, pedal boat, hiking trails, WIFI open broadband Internet, a championship pool table and a 73” HD TV with satellite.

The lodge has 5 spacious bedrooms with 4 1/2 baths. The master bedroom has a spa shower with 6 massaging shower heads and the Lodge also has an infrared sauna with room for four. In all there are 4 King size beds, 1 Queen sofa bed, 3 trundles with twin mattresses, and 2 inflatable Queen air mattresses. The lodge also has a portable 'pack and play' crib available for use.

There is a 7 person Hot Tub located on the deck outside the Master Bedroom for your enjoyment.

The great room has 20+ foot ceilings with open beams, a 53” fireplace and magnificent views of the falls. The gourmet kitchen has plenty of workspace and can seat 20+ people.

To make your stay even more special, there are covered decks that wrap around the front of the home with fantastic views of the falls and an outdoor fire ring to enjoy those wonderful nights. We include camp fires on your visit at no additional cost.

We provide a 'Pirate Treasure Hunt' for the kids that is fabulous. They walk all over the 25 acres solving clues to where the treasure is buried. They love it!

While this amazing home gives you all of the seclusion you could ever want, it is conveniently located just 2 miles from the Lodge at Amicalola Falls, which has a fantastic buffet 7 days a week. For the serious shopper, the North Georgia Premium Outlets are just 20 minutes away!! You are also only minutes away from some of the North Georgia Mountains premier apple houses and fun-filled pumpkin patches. You are just 90 miles north of Atlanta and 70 miles south of Chattanooga.

Bear Ridge Lodge is the perfect location for Weddings, Family Reunions, Corporate Retreats and Great Getaways! We have hosted more than 20 weddings here. Check out all the wedding pictures on our Face Book page.

Bear Ridge Lodge is happy to have Paige Sweany with Sole Photography on board to capture all those important moments happening during your stay.

We also have 2 Licensed Massage Therapists located within minutes of the Lodge that can provide a wonderful massage at very reasonable pricing.

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More Details

Randy Harris
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

About Randy Harris

Hello! This is Randy Harris. I met my childhood sweetheart Rebecca Alisch when I was in the 10th grade. We married on my birthday in 1973 and also the same day when Becky graduated from Auburn University. We have been married for 43 wonderful years and blessed with 4 terrific children and now 6 fantastic grand. It has been said, “If you count a man’s value in life by his family, then I am a billionaire!”

I am living in the closest place to Heaven on Earth that I can imagine. We have 25 acres of mountain land located in North GA with a 3 acre lake looking up at a 700+ waterfall. We are surrounded by National Forest and have a beautiful log home. I also built a 1500 square foot barn with all the “man” toys that a guy could want.

My philosophy in life has always been, “To treat the other person like you wanted to be treated.” To always tell the truth and there is right and wrong, good and evil and a Good Lord above us that one day we will answer to!'

Randy Harris purchased this lodge in 2006

Why Randy Harris chose Lake Lanier

We have one of the most magnificent views of the mountains and Amicalola Falls. We are located only two miles from the base. This is one of the most beautiful tranquil places on earth. You instantly feel the magic when you arrive. With the abundance of wildlife to watch and the magnificent view of Amicalola Falls it's just a great place to relax and enjoy life.

We provide a 'Pirate Treasure Hunt' for the kids that is fabulous. They walk all over the 25 acres solving clues to where the treasure is buried. They love it!

The kids can catch fish as fast as they can bait the hook.

Catch and Release Only. Pedal boat and canoe are available for your enjoyment.

We have 169, 5 star reviews in a row. Come see why!

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What makes this lodge unique

The view of Amicalola Falls from the house coupled with the Fall Leaves is spectacular! The Appalachian Trail starts just 2 miles from our home!

We provide a 'Pirate Treasure Hunt' for the kids that is fabulous. They walk all over the 25 acres solving clues to where the treasure is buried. They love it!

There is a 7 person Hot Tub conveniently located on the deck outside the Master Bedroom for your enjoyment.

The kids can catch fish as fast as they can bait the hook.

Catch and Release Only.

Bear Ridge Lodge is the perfect location for Weddings, Family Reunions, Corporate Retreats and Great Getaways!

Bear Ridge Lodge is happy to have Paige Sweany with Sole Photography on board to capture all those important moments happening during your stay.

With 10 years’ experience under her belt, we feel confident that she can give you both the Customer Service as well as the products that you deserve.

Paige is qualified in many different aspects of Photography, as a Freelance Sports Photographer with the local Newspaper matched with her expertise on weddings; we feel that she would be the perfect woman for the job. So whether you are looking for an hour session to capture those long overdue Family Pictures or it’s your special day, let us know!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Bear Ridge Lodge experience by Ron McNeil group: I am from beautiful Destin, Florida in the Panhandle and have a ranch near Tallahassee. Our group was ecstatic about the hospitality and beauty of Bear Ridge Lodge--and having the use of a 7,000 sq. ft. Log home. I have visited multiple times and the joy, relaxation, and friendly environment is always a pleasure. It is THE Mountain Retreat Experience. Randy and Becky are consummate hosts and a joy to know. What a beautiful setting for a vacation or conference--I have been there for both types of experiences. Fun and Laughter are in abundance every day as well as times of quite comfort and peace.

Ron McNeil, Founder & Author

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Dawsonville Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 650 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
  • 4.5+
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 4 twin/ single , 2 twin trundles, sleeps 4
    Extra Bedding - 1 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon , 1 Inflatable 2 futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 Trundle with extra bed
  • King size beds (4), 3 Trundle or Single Beds (6), (2) inflatable Queen and (1) queen sofa bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Outdoor Fire ring to make those marshmallow and smores. We will start and provide the wood for your enjoyment. There is a 7 person Hot Tub conveniently located on the deck outside the Master Bedroom for your enjoyment. Bear Ridge Lodge is perfect for weddings, Reunions, Corporate Retreats, and family gatherings. We provide a 'Pirate Treasure Hunt' for the kids that is fabulous. They walk all over the 25 acres solving clues to where the treasure is buried. They love it! Check us out on Facebook!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(177 traveler reviews)


The Perfect Spot and Perfect Hosts

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful getaway is the perfect spot for any kind of gathering -- family reunion, a girls' or guys' getaway, a wedding weekend, a corporate retreat -- you name it. The home is equipped for gatherings of all sizes... and has amenities and features that appeal to all ages. Fishing? You bet -- in half an hour we caught too many fish to count. Hiking? Trails too numerous to mention... and just minutes from the start of the Appalachian Trail, Amicalola State Park and the beauty of Amicalola Falls! Shopping and history? Visit nearby Dahlonega to learn about the gold rush and pan for gold. Beautiful surroundings? The house is located on a private lake with a wonderful view of the North Georgia Mountains. The landscaping astounds with flowers blooming throughout the property... and Mother Nature shows off with wild azaleas blooming in the woods. Wildlife? We saw geese and deer and heard stories of other native critters from our hosts, Becky and Randy. Becky's passion is raising interesting breeds of chickens and ducks (Mmmm...fresh eggs!). Enjoy the fun of watching these fascinating creatures and admiring the custom chicken coop built by Randy! (Soon to be featured in an episode of Coops Dreams on Discovery's Destination America channel!) Relaxation? No way to feel stressed here ... between the hot tub on the deck, the views, the fire in the gorgeous fireplace, the well-equipped kitchen, the outdoor firepit for roasting s'mores and the amazing hospitality of the hosts. This property is their dream spot ... it shows in the many custom touches in the house and the property and in their desire to make sure their guests don't have to worry about a thing. Whether you want to be lazy or be active, stay in or go out... this is an awesome spot for your next gathering! I promise Becky and Randy will take great care of you.... and once you've stayed with them ... you'll be family for life!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Davi, Thanks for that fantastic review! We are so happy that you and your family enjoyed your stay. You are family now and we hope you plan a return trip soon! Randy & Becky Harris
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Beautiful scenery!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the lodge, it was very quite, peaceful, and relaxing! The owners were very nice and helpful!! If your looking to be out of town and have some piece and quite this is the place!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Whitney, Thanks for that great review. We really enjoyed meeting your wonderful family. We hope you will come back soon!
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Peachtree Corners

The perfect location with the greatest hosts

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Bear Ridge Lodge for our wedding. Randy and Becky are amazing. His sense of humor and quick wit will keep you entertained! They were both very helpful and made sure all was taken care of. Becky's fresh eggs were fantastic every morning. Randy, along with being a Master Welder, Woodwoker, and Sommelier, is now an honorary part of the family. Uncle Randy and Aunt Becky have an amazing property. We couldn't have chosen a better venue for our two families to come together for a long weekend and celebrate our wedding.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great getaway with the family

  • 5 of 5

First and foremost, thank you Randy and Becky for welcoming us into your home. We enjoyed our stay.

To prospective renters, no need to look anywhere else. This is the best place in the area.

This home is beautiful. The private lake is perfect. You catch fish off the dock by the dozens. We were there for spring break to get away from it all and this was perfect. Secluded. But close enough to some neat areas, such as the Appalachian Trail and Dahlonega, that you can get to civilization quickly.

Randy and Becky were just wonderful. They were there to help us the entire time. Loved the chickens. Can't wait to see you on Coop Dreams!

Thanks again.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tony, Thank you for that fantastic review. We too enjoyed your stay here and hope you will plan a return trips soon!
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Decatur, GA

Great Hospitality in a Great Escape

  • 5 of 5

We got married here last weekend and it was just amazing!

I drove in on Thursday and used the amazing kitchen to prep the food (I catered everything between myself, my mother, and the groom's parents). Becky and Randy greeted me when I got there and showed me around the property. They introduced me to their "wildlife" - cute baby chicks, chickens, ducks, and the lot. They sell fresh duck and chicken eggs - which were just wonderful! Randy helped start a fire in their gorgeous fireplace inside and left me to my own devices. This is a great place to just kick back and relax to enjoy the view, so after cooking for a few hours, I hung in the hot tub and on the deck just waiting for the others in our party to arrive. People started finding their way in later in the evening (USE THE DIRECTIONS FROM THEIR WEBSITE - these were a must!) and the party slowly started growing by the fire.

We started the next morning in the hot tub, got ready, and then did the wedding indoors in front of the fireplace (only about 18 people). It was short and sweet, followed by some additional cooking for dinner that night. The groom's parents had no trouble finding their way around the kitchen - which was a pretty big deal if you saw the 20 live lobsters they brought with them.

On Saturday, we hosted a decent-size party (about 50 - 55 people). Randy was there most of the time helping us make sure things were running smoothly and also assisting with parking. You can tell he absolutely loves this property and he pays attention to small details that make a big difference in the long run. People were able to go out in the lake in the canoe and paddle boat, hang out in the hot tub, play some indoor and outdoor games we set up, and wander about the property to enjoy themselves. Later in the evening, we made our way to the fire pit and made s'mores, which was a great end to the evening.

On Sunday, Randy and Becky helped us tag team cleaning and packing up - which was way more than they ever would have needed to do, but they are just super hospitable and ready to help.

I couldn't have asked for better - we will be coming back for more visits (without any big parties) so that we can really immerse ourselves and enjoy this again!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Allison, Thank you for your great review. We too enjoyed hosting your beautiful wedding. Come back soon!
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Incredible weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We just had an incredible weekend here for training. Randy could not have been a better host - lots of spectacular stories, very clean, everything we needed at our fingertips. Very peaceful and a great place to focus! Wifi was great, and hot tub was wonderful to relax in at the end of the day. Look forward to going back! Thank you, Randy & Becky! Thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and getting to know you!! Loving the eggs we took home too!! :-)

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Angela, We too enjoyed hosting your workshop retreat! What a great group of professionals you have. We hope you will return many more times!
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $400 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 15.0%

$650.00 per night, Rate is for up to 20 guests. $49 insurance fee
For more than 20 guests, there is an additional $100 Cleaning fee.
$350 Cleaning Fee for up to 20 guests. There is an fee for additional guests.
Required 15% taxes.
There is an event fee of $200 for weddings.
(No Refunds, Dates can be rescheduled)

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