The Facts About New Lookout Mountain Hotel At McLemore Development

  • Thursday, February 22, 2024
  1. The Official Name: is Cloudland Lookout Mountain a Curio Collection by Hilton; however, it is shortened in regular use to Cloudland at McLemore Resort or Cloudland.

  2. Amenities: 245-room hotel (including 19 suites), library with over 700 curated titles, 20,000 square foot conference center, spa, fitness center, two golf courses, infinity pool and various food options.

  3. Food options: The Cloudland offers the Pocket Café which provides morning grab & go items and afternoon beer & wine service, The Croft provides simple fresh food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Opening later this Spring, Auld Alliance offers a fine dining experience with a menu designed around the blend of French & Scottish cuisine.

McLemore’s first restaurant, The Creag, continues to offer elevated comfort food inspired by southern Appalachian roots to club members and the public.

  1. Meetings are always better ‘Above the Clouds’: There is 20,000 square feet of event space and 6 meeting rooms to meet the needs of groups coming to the area for everything from planning sessions to team building.

  2. Area activities: Guests of Cloudland can enjoy all that Lookout Mountain has to offer from hang-gliding (from a launch of 1340’ above the valley floor), hiking, rock climbing, running, and kayaking in Lookout Creek- -all located within minutes from the property. Beyond the mountain, Chattanooga is but a short drive away from the resort.

  3. Golf: McLemore is home to the ‘best finishing hole in America’ and has achieved many accolades over its short history. Visitors will enjoy the experience of McLemore’s Highlands Course featuring a cliff-edge par 71 course, or The Cairn Short Course which features a six-hole course offering hours of practice and fun. Later this year, The Keep will open later this year with several holes running along the cliff’s edge with views of McLemore Cove below and Pigeon Mountain in the distance.

  4. Economic Impact: 100 percent of visitor spending will be new to Walker County with an estimation of $43.5 million spent annually at full operation. The 10-year projections of the change in local government show that Walker County will net $1.79 million in new revenue annually as a result of McLemore Resort.

  5. History Repeats Itself: In 1928, the first luxury hotel was built on Lookout Mountain in Dade County. The building was referred to as the ‘castle in the clouds’ and according to some, was the hotel where Elizabeth Taylor and fourth husband Eddie Fischer honeymooned (in room 541). Locals have various recollections and the former hotel is now home to Covenant College. Cloudland’s opening makes it the first luxury hotel to open on Lookout Mountain since the Great Depression and the only mountaintop luxury hotel in the state of Georgia.

  6. About Valor Hospitality, McLemore’s Management Partner: Valor Hospitality is a world-renowned hospitality management company with a global portfolio. They were selected for their vision and expertise in training and managing a team of hospitality professionals with a common goal: extending southern hospitality and the highest level of experiences to our guests.

  7. Cloudland is a member of the Curio Collection by Hilton: While Cloudland may be positioned as a unique boutique hotel, it offers the robust strengths of the Hilton operating model. Hotels in the Curio collection are considered five-star luxury properties. Cloudland is supported not only by Hilton’s business model but also by its IT system, management and service staff providing a standard for service and distinctive stay.

  8. An ‘Employer of Choice’: Employees at Cloudland Hotel are the newest members of two global brands: Valor Hospitality and Hilton. The training they receive is reflective of the highly-regarded brands. With more than 200 recent hires, the Cloudland is providing employment for everything from grounds keepers, spa estheticians, and concierges to accountants, chefs and housekeeping.

  9. Art in every room and public space. Guests at Cloudland will notice original art hung in each of the guest rooms as well as in many of the common areas. Artist Kim Hubbard was selected to photograph botanicals from the area. Kim's professional experience includes five years as senior photo editor for National Geographic, 12 years as a photo editor/photographer for Audubon, one year as senior photo editor at the White House, and five years as photo editor for the National Wildlife Federation.  Kim is McLemore’s artist in residence.

  10. A destination for a day or a stay: McLemore Resort and Cloudland welcome guests to the properties. From May through October, McLemore hosts the ‘Songwriter Series’ that brings talent to the courtyard for ‘unplugged’ performances under the stars. All of the restaurants are available not only to McLemore members but also to guests and the public. McLemore is also a growing residential community with homes and homesites available.



 

About Cloudland at McLemore

Perched atop iconic Lookout Mountain in Rising Fawn, Ga., Cloudland is the Southeast’s most anticipated hotel opening. Scheduled to open on Leap Day, Feb. 29, 2024, this Curio Collection by Hilton property offers a truly inspirational experience just waiting to be discovered. With 245 guest rooms, including 19 suites, and 20,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space, Cloudland presents an inspired retreat for couples, families, or groups. Cloudland’s unique location highlights the unspoiled simplicity of nature that spans as far as the eye can see. Being steps from the cliffs-edge creates a surreal feeling of escape while still being only a few hours' drive or a direct flight for most visitors. Guests will enjoy a range of amenities, including two restaurants, access to three masterfully designed courses (The Highlands, The Keep, and The Cairn short course), and a full-service spa, along with endless opportunities to explore Lookout Mountain and surrounding areas with family and friends. Access to the outdoors, whether within the gates of McLemore or beyond, is endless, with scenic hikes, rock climbing, road cycling, hang gliding and more just minutes from Cloudland.

 

About McLemore

Located on Lookout Mountain in Walker County, Georgia, McLemore is a major branded, upscale/luxury resort, conference center with a mountaintop golf course and spa that will attract visitors from the Southeast, as well as national and international markets. Recently named the “Best Finishing Hole in America since 2000” by Golf Digest, McLemore recently opened their clubhouse and on-site restaurant, The Creag. Construction is underway for the lodge being built on the eastern brow of Lookout Mountain overlooking historic McLemore Cove.

 

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