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Lakeside fun in Lake Lanier vacation home rentals

Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia, Lake Lanier is a serene lake surrounded by forests, rivers, and waterfalls for boundless outdoor recreation. Whether you want to cast a line in the river, stargaze in the park, or shop to your heart’s content, vacation home rentals in Lake Lanier put you in the center of all the action.

History

Southern heritage in Lake Lanier

With its rich history, Lake Lanier has plenty of historical sites and parks that celebrate the unique culture and history that influenced the area. Vacation homes are available near Poultry Park, a small community expanse with vibrant gardens and seating areas centered around a monument to the poultry industry, and Engine 209 Park, a historical area with colorful blooms and manicured gardens surrounding Train Engine 209. The Northeast Georgia History Center is perfect for antiquity buffs, as it has numerous exhibits on regional culture, as well as a shop with local crafts.

Things to do

Top things to do near Lake Lanier vacation rentals

The lush landscape of Lake Lanier makes the perfect backdrop for a variety of outdoor activities, but there’s also plenty to do within the nearby city limits. Vacation homes are available near the Lake Lanier Islands, an island chain with a waterpark, many annual events, and cultural attractions, and the Atlanta Botanical Garden, a landscaped park with vibrant blooms and an outdoor amphitheater for live entertainment. For nature lovers, Sawnee Mountain is a nature preserve with challenging hiking trails and a historic clearing, and the Don Carter State Park is a vast green space with a lake for swimming and boating.

Outdoor activities

Explore nature in Lake Lanier

Whether you want to relax by the water, cast a line, zip across waves, or paddle in a quiet cove, Lake Lanier is the place to be for outdoor enthusiasts. Swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing are popular water activities in the lakes and rivers in Lake Lanier, while the lush forest and rugged terrain is ideal for hiking or mountain biking. Horseback riding and nature walks are also great ways to take in the scenery and enjoy the sunny days. Golf, zip-lining, boat cruises and canopy tours are also popular outdoor activities in and around the lake. Whatever your inclination, vacation rentals in Lake Lanier give you quick access to the best the environment has to offer.

Restaurants and bars

Best cuisine in Lake Lanier

From chef-inspired cuisine on the waterfront to local favorites, Lake Lanier has endless cuisine options to suit every taste. Indulge in familiar recipes at locally owned eateries or discover new favorites in sophisticated restaurants that fuse fresh ingredients with cultural flair. No matter what your craving, you’re sure to find an abundance of culinary delights near your summer rental.

Shopping

Souvenirs and gifts near Lake Lanier vacation homes

Lake Lanier is home to an array of shopping options, ranging from charming shops and high-end boutiques to antique stores and thrift shops. Gainesville is filled with shops offering handmade goods, gifts, and local arts and crafts, while the Flowery Branch area focuses on regional antiques, trendy clothing, and bohemian treasures, such as family-run pottery shops. There are also outlets and malls in the surrounding areas with a range of designer boutiques, gourmet grocers, and quaint decor shops.

Where to stay around Lake Lanier?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 304 vacation rentals near Lake Lanier. From 68 Cabins to 187 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Lanier for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Lanier?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Lanier. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Blue Ridge: 1,277 vacation rentals
  • Atlanta: 2,730 vacation rentals
  • Helen: 783 vacation rentals
  • North Georgia Mountains: 4,276 vacation rentals
  • Ellijay: 1,349 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Lanier! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Lanier?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Lanier:

  • Blue Ridge: 1,277 rentals
  • Atlanta: 2,730 rentals
  • Helen: 783 rentals
  • Ellijay: 1,349 rentals
  • Dahlonega: 563 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Lanier?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lake Lanier. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Yonah Mountain Vineyards: 715 rentals
  • Amicalola Falls: 1,927 rentals
  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area: 308 rentals
  • Infinite Energy Center: 630 rentals
  • Perimeter Mall: 2,520 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Lanier listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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