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Stephanie Davis Smith | December 5, 2014 | Articles

1. The Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., goes bonkers for the holidays. Expect 60 decorated trees, 135,000 twinkling LED lights and more. Check in to one of the 213 guest rooms or nine elegant suites at the property’s four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate with its Candlelight Christmas Evenings Package. Rates from $663

2. The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens
Revel in relaxation at The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens with apple cider and roasted chestnuts. Cuddle up at the 150-room hotel with its Fantasy in Lights Package where 8 million lights (!), 15 scenes and a Christmas Village will make you say ho, ho, ho, y’all. Rates from $219

3. The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Plantation
Head to Lake Oconee and relax in one of the 251 rooms of The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Plantation. Wrap up the Fire and Ice Package for someone special and enjoy the romantic 6,000-square-foot Ice Rink at the Pavilion for the holidays. Rates from $319

4. The St. Regis Atlanta
’Tis the season to staycay with The St. Regis Atlanta’s Skate and Stay Package. Glide around the Astor Holiday Ice Rink; sip tea with Santa; and try to stump the holiday butlers who are on hand to assist with gift giving and holiday reservations. Rates from $430

5. Barnsley Resort
Get your glow on with thousands of lights, s’mores roasting over open fires and real reindeer just one hour away at Barnsley Resort. Snag the Light Up the Holidays Package, and stay in one of 62 guest rooms and suites, five one-bedroom cottages or six multibedroom cottages that can hold all your merry elves. Rates from $249 on weekdays, $279 on weekends


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