This article was written by Robert Rodriguez for Hilton

Stunning, new mountaintop resort welcomes first guests on Feb. 29

RISING FAWN, Ga. – Commemorating a significant addition to the scenic North Georgia Mountain landscape, Cloudland at McLemore Resort Lookout Mountain, Curio Collection by Hilton proudly opens today. Perched atop Lookout Mountain, Cloudland is situated 30 minutes from Chattanooga and two hours from the Atlanta, Birmingham and Nashville metro areas, offering an individually remarkable hotel experience that will immerse guests in one-of-a-kind moments.

The opening of Cloudland marks a historic milestone for the area, as it becomes the first hotel built on Lookout Mountain since the Great Depression. Its arrival heralds a new era of luxury for leisure and business travelers. Spearheaded by developer

Located on McLemore Resort, a master-planned mountaintop community, Cloudland will feature 245 guest rooms, including 19 suites and 20,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space. In addition, guests will enjoy a range of amenities, including:

  • Three restaurants, a cafe, and a sky bar suspended over the cliff edge overlooking McLemore Cove will provide iconic dining experiences, offering a variety of food and beverage options for guests and culinary enthusiasts under the leadership of Executive Chef Dustin Willett.
  • A cliff-edge infinity pool to float among the clouds.
  • Selah, a full-service spa offering customized wellness add-ons, including yoga and cold therapy showers.
  • A fully equipped fitness facility and a Pelton spin studio.
  • Access to two exceptional golf courses, the Highlands Course and the Cairn short course, and a third golf course, the Keep, which is set to open later in 2024.

“Today marks an incredible milestone for our team and our community. Cloudland at McLemore Resort will serve our community, creating opportunities for our team to grow personally and professionally while serving business and leisure travelers,” said Duane Horton, president, Scenic Land Company. “Our design and construction teams have brilliantly created a place that blends with the breathtaking landscape and spirit of Lookout Mountain, Northwest Georgia and the Tri-State Areas. Guests will enjoy an authentic, luxurious experience, utilizing McLemore Resort as a base camp to explore the many natural wonders of our area, including two national parks, state parks, scenic overlooks, majestic waterfalls, cliff-edge trails, ancient boulders, and the greatest botanical diversity in North America. We are blessed to have the opportunity to share such an amazing place for generations to come.”

Cloudland combines uncompromising service with rustic craftsmanship and comfort, embracing the beauty and heritage of its surroundings to showcase the property’s bespoke story. Perched on a cliff edge, the resort offers a mosaic of comfort, inspiration and awe-inspiring views. Guest rooms feature elevated finishes like leather headboards, a custom-made desk and chair, and lounge chairs designed by Berman Falk. Rooms are graced with botanical photography from Kim Hubbard, a Chattanooga native and former National Geographic photographer, whose artistry will be a focal point throughout the property.

“The Cloudland experience is tailored to each guest, striking a perfect balance of outdoor splendor and high-end accommodations to escape, relax and rejuvenate,” said Jenna Hackett, global brand leader, Curio Collection by Hilton. “With its stunning vistas, expansive golf courses and inviting charm, Cloudland offers a one-of-a-kind mountain retreat and is a proud addition to the Curio Collection by Hilton portfolio.”

Golf enthusiasts will revel in Cloudland’s signature offerings, including two exceptional courses and the eagerly anticipated Keep. The Highlands Course, designed by Rees Jones and Bill Bergin, is an 18-hole championship layout boasting one of golf’s most exhilarating finishing holes, recently recognized by Golf Digest as the best finishing hole built this century. The six-hole Cairn short course is perfect for those wanting to hone their games or enjoy a quick round.

The Keep, a second championship layout, has already been lauded by ForbesGOLF magazine, GolfPass and LINKS Magazine as one of 2024’s best new courses. With five cliffside holes overlooking McLemore Cove, the Keep will present golfers with breathtaking vantage points on every hole.

Aside from its proximity to regional hubs and major airports, Cloudland’s unique location highlights the unspoiled simplicity of nature. Access to the outdoors, whether within the resort’s gates or beyond, is endless, with scenic hikes, rock climbing, road cycling, hang gliding and more just minutes from Cloudland.

In joining the unique portfolio, Cloudland at McLemore Resort Lookout Mountain, Curio Collection by Hilton is now part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 22 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, and free standard Wi-Fi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check in, choose their room and access their room using a Digital Key.