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Turning Stone Resort Casino
Verona, New York
Turning Stone Resort Casino is known throughout the region for its lively casino and entertainment venues, according to public affairs manager Dan Smith.

“The 120,000-square foot casino provides Las Vegas-style gaming excitement with more than 80 table games and 2,200 gaming machines, a spacious poker room and New York’s largest bingo hall,” Smith said. “For those groups looking for a getaway weekend, the Lodge, an all-suite hotel, and the 21-story Tower Hotel, with its sweeping countryside views, have earned AAA Four Diamond honors.”

Renowned as a golf destination, the resort has five golf courses designed by the likes of Tom Fazio, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Rick Smith. Visitors can work out with tennis, racquetball and a fitness club, or relax at one of two spas: Skana, named one of the “Top 100 Spas of 2011” by Spas of America, and Ahshi day spa and salon.

The resort is also a culinary destination.

“Turning Stone leaves no appetite unsatisfied with 21 distinct dining venues, from fine dining at the AAA Four Diamond award winner Wildflowers to restaurants specializing in Asian and Italian cuisine, the finest steaks and seafood, and a wide variety of quick meals and desserts,” Smith said.

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Young Harris, Georgia
Set amidst more than 500 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa is an ideal destination for those longing to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

“There is much to do here, but some people just choose to spend lots of time on our rockers, enjoy the beautiful sunsets and soak up the attention of our incredible staff,” said Charles Burton, general manager.

Some of the lodge’s 134 rooms are fireplace suites. Eight four-bedroom cabins give groups the option to rent the entire cabin and enjoy the wood-burning fireplaces, granite countertops and private room entrances.

Golf Digest magazine has ranked Brasstown Valley Golf Course as one of the top places to play, and the Stables offers guided horseback rides on five miles of trails, passing through open fields, hardwood forests and trout streams.

Guided tours are offered for the nine miles of hiking trails; fishing equipment is available for the on-site stream and lake. For your competitive travelers, the resort can arrange a bean-bag-toss tournament.

“After visitors enjoy our full-service Equani Spa and our pool that takes them in and out of the building, they can choose to take a shuttle to the many attractions in the area, including antiques and a winery,” added Burton.

Picturesque, mountain views are just part of Brasstown’s dining experience. All-you-can-eat seafood and prime-rib buffets, and omelets and made-to-order pasta are all on this resort’s menu.