"Big" Weekend Getaways 4

Pack your bags for Big Canoe & City of the Big Shoulders

Planning a big weekend getaway? Consider Big Canoe and the City of the Big Shoulders. Both are guaranteed to delight and are within easy striking distance of our favorite hometown on the Little Harpeth River.

Big Canoe, located in the beautiful foothills of the North Georgia Appalachian Mountains, is the perfect place to unwind. And Chicago, the “City of the Big Shoulders” (taken from a line in Carl Sandberg’s early 20th century poem, Chicago), is one of the more spectacular cities in the world.

Chicago: World-Class Style Makes For A Magnificent Weekend

Known for its vibrant art scene, magnificent architecture and excellent shopping, Chicago enjoys a worldwide reputation as a focal point of twentieth century architecture, with architects such as Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright having left their mark. And the city’s famous Magnificent Mile, a section of Michigan Avenue north of the Chicago River, includes a dazzling array of stores, restaurants and attractions.

Southwest Airlines offers at least five nonstop flights daily to Chicago’s Midway Airport, with a flight time of 1 hour and 20 minutes. Looking to take a road trip? From Brentwood, you’ll be in downtown Chicago in roughly 7 hours, 25 minutes (approximately 480 driving miles).

Wondering where to stay once you get there? The Langham offers the perfect blend of convenience and luxury, along with majestic views of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. This upscale hotel, known for legendary service and timeless British style, is a Chicago landmark housed in a skyscraper designed by renowned architect Mies van der Rohe.

The Waldorf Astoria offers sophisticated elegance in an urban sanctuary boasting apartment-style rooms and an award-winning spa. The Peninsula Chicago provides discerning guests with lavish rooms that have set visionary standards for luxury and in-room technology, and prides itself on Far Eastern graciousness combined with Midwestern hospitality.

When it comes to fine dining, Chicago will not disappoint.  Acadia is an upscale restaurant serving seasonal New American dishes inspired by coastal Maine. Its open kitchen and wine room reinforce its dedication to quality food and wine. With spectacular views of Lake Michigan, Spiaggia is the only four-star Italian restaurant in Chicago and offers a spirited, creative cuisine, prized wines and imaginative cocktails. Sixteen is located on the 16th floor of Trump International Hotel and Tower® and offers French-inspired American cuisine focused on sourcing the highest quality ingredients from around the world.


Big Canoe: Come enjoy everything that’s missing.

Located approximately one hour north of Atlanta, Big Canoe is a hidden gem of relaxation, strategically located where the mountains meet the metro. It’s the ideal environment for you to slow down, regroup and reconnect.

Big Canoe is actually a gated, residential community where the population is split roughly in half between full-time residents and weekenders. A diverse rental array makes Big Canoe accessible to those who aren’t property owners.

Outdoor activities abound. Over 20 miles of trails allow you to saunter through a meadow looking for deer, or follow fern-carpeted forest as your trail parallels a natural stream flowing to meet the lake. On the difficulty scale, trails range from easy to strenuous and terrain ranges from paved to rocky. There are even two off-leash dog parks.

There are paved and unpaved bike trails, and a 1.7-mile off-road trail allows 4-wheel drive vehicles to splash through creeks and traverse rocky terrain.

Three lakes are available for boating, fishing and other watersports. Pontoon boats, canoes and paddleboards may be rented at the marina.

During warmer weather, Lake Disharoon is water-play central. Floating inflatable slides and an obstacles course are located near the 300-yard sand beachfront of the Big Canoe Swim Club. The fall explodes in a visual treat as foliage shines in a red, orange, and gold spectacle.

A 27-hole championship golf course winds around lakes and is flanked by the rising mountains. A wide variety of courts and fields are available for almost any athletic activity.

Rental options can be found through MountainVistaRentals. Big Canoe homes can also be found on popular vacation rental sites such as VRBO.com and HomeAway.com.

From the bistro to snack shacks, dining options exist in all major activity areas across the property.

Getting There

Big Canoe is approximately 222 miles or four hours from Brentwood. Take I-24 East to Chattanooga and merge onto I-75 South toward Atlanta. Take Exit 320 for GA-136 toward Resaca Lafayette.

Physical address: 54 Wolfscratch Village | Jasper, GA 30143

GPS address: 799 Steve Tate Rd. | Marble Hill, GA 30148