Lake Allatoona Inn

Bed & Breakfast, stables and events in Cartersville, Georgia.

By Hope S. Philbrick

An orange tabby cat greeted me at the front door of Lake Allatoona Inn.

I adore cats, especially friendly orange ones, and bent down to rub his head.

“He’s not supposed to be here,” said Lynn Smith, who operates the inn and farm with her husband. “He’s supposed to stay in the barn but keeps wandering up here.”

“He’s smart,” I said. Who wouldn’t rather sleep in an inn than a barn? Can’t blame the little guy for trying.

Fortunately, humans are allowed inside Lake Allatoona Inn, a bed and breakfast located in a Victorian house.

The house may have been built in 1893, but it offers modern conveniences including whirlpool bathtubs, ceiling fans, high-speed Internet access and more. Old-timey charms remain, like wrap-around porches with rocking chairs, fireplaces—there are 11 throughout the house!—heart-pine floors, stained glass and architectural embellishments. Cozy beds, friendly service, steamy showers and other conveniences pamper guests.

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Book a stay here and sleep in enviable comfort.

  • Located 1.5 miles off of I-75, approx. 30 miles north of Atlanta
  • Located across the street from Allatoona Pass Battlefield and Lake Allatoona
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Horse stable on 16 acres
  • As a guest you’ll get a code to enter the front door as well as the door to your room
  • Check-in at 3 p.m.; check out by 11 a.m.
  • Full breakfast is served on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. Continental breakfast served during the week after 7:30 a.m.
  • Coffee and tea available 24/7
  • The innkeepers reside on the third floor of the Inn
  • The train track behind the inn remains in use; you will hear trains, which is wonderful
  • The inn is available for weddings and special events
  • Odds of Encountering Children: Lower than at national chain hotels.
What To Do…

As I prepare for my forthcoming hike, I am trying to incorporate hiking into all my travel itineraries. Some destinations lend themselves to this more easily than others. Lake Allatoona Inn has been by far the easiest to date: It’s located across the street from Allatoona Pass Battlefield, which offers hiking trails. I was able to walk three miles prior to check-in and four the morning before my departure. Allatoona Pass Battlefield is part of Red Top Mountain State Park and offers hiking on flat roads or steep trails. Along the way, historic plaques and monuments detail Civil War history. On the site an eight-hour battle was staged during the Civil War’s Atlanta Campaign on October 5, 1864.

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Within driving distance of the inn, there’s much more to do in Cartersville…

The 1854 train depot in Downtown Cartersville now houses a Welcome Center (1 Friendship Plaza, 770-607-3480). Every day 50 freight trains roll by.

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The Bartow History Museum (4 E. Church St., 770-387-2774) is housed in a former courthouse (circa 1869) and shares 200 years of county history.

Booth Western Art Museum (501 Museum Dr., 770-387-1300), a Smithsonian affiliate, houses the nation’s largest collection of Western American art and a Presidential Gallery showcasing letters from every American President.

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Native Americans lived at the Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site (Indian Mounds Rd., 770-387-3747) between 1000 and 1550 A.D.

Rally Volleyball (755 Highway 293) offers grass and sand courts.

Cartersville, GeorgiaRose Lawn Museum (224 W. Cherokee Ave., 770-387-5162) is the former home of evangelist Reverend Sam P. Jones, for whom Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium was built. Tour the 1895 structure as well as the site’s one-room schoolhouse, smokehouse, carriage house and garden planted with over 230 heritage roses.

Tellus Science Museum (100 Tellus Dr., 770-606-5700), a Smithsonian affiliate, has exhibits about minerals, fossils and transportation plus a digital planetarium.

Terminus Wake Park (130 Old Allatoona Rd., 470-315-0155) offers wakeboarding, wakeskating, water skiing and kneeboarding.

Young Brother’s Pharmacy (2 W. Main St., 770-382-4010), was adorned with the world’s first outdoor painted advertisement for Coca-Cola in 1894.

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Where To Eat…

Cartersville, GeorgiaHead to the Appalachian Grill (14 E. Church St., 770-607-5357) in Cartersville for steaks, chicken, fish, chops or whatever tempts your palate.

More Information…

Lake Allatoona Inn
632 Old Allatoona Rd. SE
Cartersville GA 30121

Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau
5450 State Route 20

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– Photos © HSP Media LLC

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HSP15Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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