The Empire State Building. Niagara Falls. The Grand Canyon. Many have faced their fears and braved great heights to admire the spectacular views from these popular landmarks. But if you want the best, you have to go to the top to get it.

Feel like taking up the challenge? National Mountain Day is being commemorated on Wednesday, December 11, and you can celebrate by basking in sky-high R&R at a one-of-a-kind mountaintop bed and breakfast. You may not have to overcome any fears or scale treacherous terrains, but the rewards will be equally gratifying, including camera-ready sunsets and top-of-the-world splendor.

At Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn & Spa located in Sautee Nacoochee, GA, enjoy unobstructed views of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeast Georgia, and an unforgettable dining and spa experience. With 10 inviting rooms, Jacuzzi tubs, and fireplaces, you will never have to look far to find the perfect escape. Stay close to the inn and indulge in the on-site spa services, or take advantage of the many adventurous outdoor activities (hot air ballooning, zip lining, white water rafting, mountain biking). End your day admiring the breathtaking mountain views on the back porch of the inn while enjoying delicious homemade desserts.

The stresses of everyday life will melt away as soon as you begin your ascent up Happy Hill Road towards Fire Mountain Inn in Highlands, NC. Located at the highest point on Fire Mountain (4,000 feet high), this spectacular secluded retreat lets you put your fast-paced lifestyle on the backburner so you can relax. The tree house, inn, or cabin accommodations offer privacy, hot tubs, fireplaces, and unparalleled views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Each morning, enjoy the breakfast cuisine made with fresh ingredients from their own organic gardens and local area businesses.

Don’t forget to pack your binoculars when you travel to Bear Mountain Lodge Bed & Breakfast in Bethlehem, NH. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the Great Room, 26 private acres of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, and the snowshoe trails at this rustic log cabin, offer dynamic views of Mother Nature’s beauty. Play pool in the recreation room, read a book on the deck overlooking Mt. Washington with a warm beverage and freshly baked cookies, or fall asleep in the hammock as the sun sets. The ultimate in privacy, relaxation, and indulgence awaits you at this mountain escape.

Celebrate mountain living on December 11 by reaching new heights on your getaway. You can leave the hustle and bustle of modern life behind and embrace nature’s peaceful surroundings.

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