Guest Book

Jesse C. said…
Dec 30, 2017
656 Forest Service Road, Suches, GA, 30572, United States
Date of Stay
Dec 27, 2017

Helpful votes: 0/0

thoughtfully put together property and rental experience! we really loved everything about the house and property. my wife, mother, and twin toddlers had a blast for a short stay over two nights. thank you and well done! we will definitely be back if we can get lucky enough for a reservation! need several days to enjoy all the property amenities and local sites and would like to enjoy warmer season to take advantage of waterfront location fully. 🙂

Chuck B. said…
Nov 25, 2017
Awesome place!
656 Forest Service Road, Suches, GA, 30572, United States
Date of Stay
Nov 18, 2017

Helpful votes: 0/0

Highly recommended this cabin.

Amy B. said…

Dec 14, 2016

Most relaxing vacation ever!!

656 Forest Service Road, Suches, GA, 30572, United States

Date of Stay

Nov 30, 2016


This cabin is in the most perfect location!! It is almost like you can reach out and touch the river. That is how close it is!! And we walked downriver and never once saw a person or another cabin. It was the perfect place to unwind without any interruptions from the outside world. The hot tub and the fire pit were awesome also. Couldn’t have asked for more!! Thanks for sharing your family home! We are already making plans for spring! I also want to give gift cards to my parents so they can enjoy this cabin! VRBO, do you have gift certificates??


lie r. said…

Nov 30, 2016

Remarkably relaxing!

656 Forest Service Road, Suches, GA, 30572, United States

Date of Stay

Nov 23, 2016

Helpful votes:0/0

This cabin was exactly as described and we couldn’t have been more pleased! How lucky we were when a last minute cancellation allowed us the opportunity to stay here. My daughter was discharged from a lengthy hospital stay the day before Thanksgiving and this cabin provided us the peace and serenity we needed to start healing as a family. The cabin was stocked well enough for me to prepare a full Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings; including homemade pies. I appreciated the thoughtfulness that went into making our stay welcoming. What one reviewer mentioned as clutter, I thought made the cabin more interesting and the microwave has been moved onto a cart so it is no longer too high for anyone to reach. I loved having access to a movie collection, gaming system, books, board games and we played numerous rounds of checkers. In addition fishing poles were available that we put to use. I felt like we showed up with our suitcase and groceries and everything else was provided. In addition it was nice for my teens to have a newer flat screen TV and wifi so they still felt connected while in a secluded hideaway. The master bed was extremely comfortable and the kids had no complaints about their beds either. This is not a sparkling, chic resort. If you are looking for granite counters, stainless appliances and high end finishes, this cabin is not for you. It did however, have enough modern amenities and plenty of space that we were able to spread out while enjoying our time together. It had a true cabin feel and the surroundings outdoors were remarkable. We hiked, fished, sat in the hot tub, explored water falls, sat by the fire, made s’mores, got in the river (which is steps from the back door) and enjoyed the sweet sounds of nature. The screened porches are wonderful! It was everything we needed and more than we had hoped for! Laura was very accommodating and her attention to detail was seen throughout the cabin. Thanks for a holiday, weekend retreat that we will never forget!


Bruce said…

Nov 1, 2016

Exceeded expectations!

656 Forest Service Road, Suches, GA, 30572, United States

Date of Stay

Oct 27, 2016

Helpful votes:2/0

This cabin and surroundings exceeded our expectations. We were looking for privacy, hiking out the door and riverfront. We do not fish and did not use the hot tub but it didn’t matter, everything else put it over the top for us! The cabin itself was very interesting and spotless. There are so many neat things to look at and had a true cabin feel to it. We had not one complaint and already are wanting to book for another season. You cannot put a price on the setting, we are very fortunate that the owner makes it available for others to enjoy.

Recommended for: Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.


Jenny l. said…

Nov 7, 2015

Peaceful Riverfront Retreat

656 Forest Service Road, Suches, GA, 30572, United States

Date of Stay

Oct 27, 2015

Helpful votes:2/0

We stayed for a few nights recently and enjoyed this little cabin so much. It has such a personality in the way it is decorated (each room had a different theme). The owner had very specific directions, so we were able to find it without any problems and had instructions on how to work, use, and find everything which made our stay very simple. The cabin was equipped with everything we needed and wifi and cable never gave us any problems. We picked up our groceries before we got there, so we never left the cabin throughout our stay. The river was the best thing about this place. You can hear it as you drive up and it is directly outside. It was so peaceful to go out there and fish as well. We enjoyed the fire pit immensely and grilled out. The only thing we didn’t get to take advantage of was the hot tub, but it was in the perfect location with a river view. The fireplace was a great source of entertainment for our son to watch and kept us nice and warm. There are hiking trails around as well. The weather was beautiful and we took so many pictures of the leaves and trees around us. I highly recommend this property and am already thinking about booking again for next year. Side note, this owner is also very prompt about getting back to you which meant a lot to me as we booked this place with very little notice.

Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway.

Karen G. said…

Jan 7, 2015

Cozy Cabin with a great location on the River!

656 Forest Service Road, Suches, GA, 30572, United States

Date of Stay

Dec 25, 2014

Helpful votes:1/0

We stayed right after Christmas for our first vacation over 2 nights in over 7 years. We loved that it was still decorated for Christmas since we left home on Christmas night and we have a 4 year old daughter she loved the tree and it still felt like the holidays! The cabin was very clean and had everything we needed (except a thermometer since my daughter caught a cold while we were there) It would be nice to have a good first aid kit there just in case We all 3 stayed in the bear room and the bed was super comfortable and big! The fireplace was so nice and kept the cabin nice and warm. I also really liked that when we got there the fireplace was on low and there was a small heater that was turned on so it was very welcoming. We did some hiking around the property which was really nice and beautiful, also tried to fish but didnt see any fish while we were there at the cabin or other places we tried (maybe it was to cold?) We loved the fact that the cabin in directly on the river and we really enjoyed the hot tub. We will definitely keep this cabin in mind for any future trips to this area. I think it would be a great spot to go to during the summer as well to tube and fish in the river.

Brown Family said…

Dec 26, 2014

Christmas Retreat

656 Forest Service Road, Suches, GA, 30572, United States

Date of Stay

Dec 13, 2014

Helpful votes:2/0

We held our 3 young adult sons captive for 5 days at Christmastime…pure joy for all 5 of us!!! Great place to pull in from the hustle & bustle of day to day life. Would definitely recommend this beautiful, peaceful spot…as we posted pics on Facebook, many friends requested info for themselves.

Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Girls Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.

Eddy said…

Dec 28, 2013

Simply Amazing

656 Forest Service Road, Suches, GA, 30572, United States

Date of Stay

Dec 24, 2013

Helpful votes:2/1

First off, let me start by saying I needed a Christmas vacation alternative because the cabin I had rented did not work out. Richard and his wife were able to, not only accommodate my better half and I, but was able to do it all on Christmas Eve. Without a doubt an amazing experience overall. We showed up to the cabin at 5 am. Terrible mood from work then driving. Walked in and we were amazed. The decorations and the home itself really brings you to another world. Very calm, I could hear the river as I neared the back door. It was very cold outside, but definetly worth breathing in the fresh mountain air. Let me just say, it’s an experience to sit in the hut tub while overseeing the Toccoa River and it’s relaxing sound. There was so much room in the cabin. We didn’t need it but we definitely could’ve had some friends or family tag along without any issues whatsoever. We caught about 6 rainbow trouts. There’s nothing like eating fresh caught fish. Two thumbs up from each one of us. We will stay again several times throughout the year. I look forward to my next getaway here. Thank you  for helping us out. Eddy and Linh

Anonymous said…

Dec 17, 2013

Secluded Cabin in a Beautiful Setting

656 Forest Service Road, Suches, GA, 30572, United States

Date of Stay

Dec 13, 2013

Helpful votes:2/0

My wife and I stayed at Paradise River Retreat in mid-December. The cabin offered a perfect location for my wife and I to unwind after a busy semester of school and work. Located directly beside the Toccoa River and a small tributary creek, the sounds of the water were a calming addition to an already serene environment. While the cabin is perfectly located for a great family summer vacation, its warm fireplace and spacious hot tub also make it an ideal location to spend a winter holiday. We enjoyed sipping cocoa by the fire and snuggling in during the cold days. I would highly recommend this cabin if you need a getaway any season of the year. My wife and I will definitely return for another visit.

Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.


gator said…

Dec 17, 2013

Relaxing time

656 Forest Service Road, Suches, GA, 30572, United States

Date of Stay

Dec 2, 2013

Helpful votes:1/0

My husband and I traveled for 2 months staying in hotels. Was just stressed. Went online and found the retreat. It honestly was the most wonderful peaceful and relaxing time We had, had in years..So can not wait to return in the spring or summer months..Will most definately let family and friends know about the cabin so they can have wonderful memories as we do now..

Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.

Elizabeth R. said…

Mar 4, 2013


656 Forest Service Road, Suches, GA, 30572, United States

Date of Stay

Feb 23, 2013

Helpful votes:3/2

after one of the most trying months of our 18 years together we decided we really just needed to get away from it all. when we found the paradise retreat iy looked like it would be a nice getaway.. well little did we know it would be the MOST PERFECT RETREAT WE WOULD EVER FIND!!!! it was truly a slice of heaven! no cell phone reception, sounds of the river from EVERY ROOM IN THE CABIN! we had no interruption and basically no neighbors, i felt as if i had climbed the highest mountain and was alone in the world to collect my thoughts and re-center from all the distractions the world sends in daily! my husband and i travel 4-5 times a year but i will never look again for another place when i need to just get away from it all. Whether it be roasting smores by the fire pit, reading books by the fire place, relaxing in the hot tub , fishing or tubing in the river or just snoozing with the sounds of the river i have it all at the paradise retreat! it truly is a must see to believe. WE WILL BE BACK EVERY YEAR!!!!!

Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.

Nancy & Kenny said…

Feb 28, 2013

A slice of Paradise

656 Forest Service Road, Suches, GA, 30572, United States

Date of Stay

Feb 18, 2013

Helpful votes:4/0

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all and reconnect with each other and the nature around you., and this cabin is the perfect place to do just that! It was so cozy and welcoming and everything we needed was already there( except food of course).I especialy liked the 4 poster bed upstairs and the claw foot tub, but it’s the peace and quite of the forest and the rushing sound of the river that indeed make this a special place. Thank you Richard and Laura for sharing your cabin with us. It was everything we hoped it would be and more! We hope to make a trip to “Paradise” a yearly tradition. Nancy & Kenny

Recommended for: Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.


Dan & Gina said…

Feb 5, 2013

Paradise Found

656 Forest Service Road, Suches, GA, 30572, United States

Date of Stay

Jan 31, 2013

Helpful votes:1/0

We have stayed at many cabins in the North Georgia & Tennessee Mountains; but none quite like this! Most cabins lack the personality and welcoming feeling of Paradise River Retreat, it truly feels like staying at a friends home. They have thought of everything you need to have an incredible stay. Every detail has been thought of…Light switches labeled …inventory with the locations of the kitchen utensils… and enough towels and linens to cover a small army. They have done an amazing job at making their cabin feel like your home too. The location is breath taking … we were fortunate enough to have 5 inches of snowfall while at the cabin… words cannot describe the view from the porch!!! The weekend was more than we could have expected and we will be back many times. The pictures and descriptions do not due justice to this cabin and the property…there is just a special feeling about this place that you must truly see yourself to appreciate!!! Again… Thank you for a wonderful weekend….we can’t wait to do it again!!!!!

Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Girls Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers.

Teena said…

Dec 11, 2012

Even Better Than We Expected!!!

656 Forest Service Road, Suches, GA, 30572, United States

Date of Stay

Dec 1, 2012

Helpful votes:2/0

You never know what to expect when you reserve a cabin online, of course your hopes are always high that it will be just as nice as the pictures and descriptions. Sometimes sadly that is not always the case. However, you will not be disappointed with Paradise River Retreat! This is truly a perfect place! I just cant say enough about the true beauty of the location of the cabin sitting right on the waters edge. There is no more peaceful sound in the world to me than rushing water. My husband and celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary at this lovely cabin. Everything we needed was right at hand! The cabin itself is very comfortable and cozy and clean! Three very important C’s to me! The lovely rock fireplace and comfy reclining sofa and love seat were awesome! Our 17 year old daughter and 11 year old son also went up with us……we never even turned the TV on until late the last day. We roasted marshmallow’s in the firepit by the River, cooked on the grill, had our morning coffee while relaxing in the Large Hot Tub overlooking the beautiful Toccoa River and just walked in the magnificent woods that surrounded this private paradise. Richard and Laura were both a pleasure to work with and our family looks forward to staying here again! Thank you for sharing your beautiful cabin with us. We made memories here that will last a lifetime!

Kyle & Tiffany – Pompano Beach FL said…

Dec 10, 2012


No Rating

656 Forest Service Road, Suches, GA, 30572, United States

Date of Stay

Oct 28, 2012

My husband and I had a great honeymoon here. The cabin is beautiful and homey. Very secluded and romantic. Relaxing! Thank you for opening up your home and for your hospitality! Hope to come back again.


5/30/2009 – 6/4/2009

Well… strange this happened while we were here this time!  Things like: the four teenagers including seven year old in many hours of Monopoly.  Even more strange, the kids taking turns doing the dishes!

We floated the river three out of our days, the kids fished and I got to spend many hours reading.  Being a Georgia Master Gardener, I had to restrain myself from playing in the dirt!!! Thanks, once again for sharing your special place with us!


The L. Family

7/20/2010 – 7/22/2010

Dear Laura and Rich,

The name of the cabin suits it well.  The cabin is Perfect. The drive in was beautiful and relaxing.  The bottle of wine wonderful (thank you) and the setting accented by the sound of the river and the rain made a perfect anniversary getaway for my husband and I.  There are no words to describe our weekend other than perfect and unforgettable.  Thank you for letting us use your paradise.


Anthony & Casey R. – Dallas, GA

Labor Day Weekend 2010

Dear Laura & Rich

Thanks so much for letting us use your cabin!  We had a great weekend. Wished it could have been longer!  Our son enjoyed the fishing.  Take care and thanks again for sharing. Picture perfect!


John and Karen C.

10/14/2010 – 10/17/2012

Thanks you for allowing us to share your cabin.  The cabin is cozy and beautiful.  It happened to be cold, so we enjoyed the fireplace immensely.  The river and surroundings are beautiful.  Our family had a peaceful time, which was badly needed.  The quiet away from phones and work was wonderful.  Hope to return when we can play in the water.

God Bless you

Kim, Josh, & Sara Beth S.

12-3-2010 – 12/5/2010

Thank you for a perfect weekend getaway. The cabin is a paradise retreat!  The hot tub was wonderful especially as it snowed the morning we were leaving.  We had a morning in the hot tub complete with flurries!!  A perfect winter getaway. Thank you!  – Hope to be back in the Spring!


Craig & Mary D., Vicki & Whitney G


We finally arrived after slipping and sliding in.  The snow was absolutely beautiful.  The cabin is lovely and the fire feels great after being outside.  The river is absolutely gorgeous in the snow.  Were having a great time!


Bob, Beth, Joe, Bill, & Vivian


Thanks yall!  We had a great time !


Michael, Jessica, Mary, Jennifer, Andrew, Sarah, & Courtney

2/11/2011 – 2/13/2011

Dear Laura & Rich,

Your cabin was perfect for an over weekend getaway!  The cabin was ready to be lived in, it was very homey and spotless!  The Jacuzzi was perfect.  The stream was calming.  We definitely have no negative remarks.  Customer satisfaction was 100%  We will definitely want to use the cabin again in the spring.  Thanks so much for allowing us to stay here.


Jim, Tomella, Jen, and Seth


Laura & Rich

Thanks for the wonderful experience.  It’s great to get away & keep the kids off their ipods.  The trip was voted thumbs up & the kids agreed to come again.


Rosh & Stacey & the kiddos


We had an amazing time hiking to fantastic waterfalls, making boats and sending them down the river, and sitting in the hot tub watching the river.  Thanks for a wonderful time!


The C. Family

4/2/2012 – 4/6/2011

I liked all the little touches of home, little fish mirror for four year old, movies, games, and everything else.  Our family enjoyed your cabin and the beauty that surrounds it.  We appreciate you sharing your paradise with us.


Julie, Sean, Carolyn & Eric


Wanted to say thanks.  It is an awesome place and we will certainly be back.  We found the cabin live in ready!  The fishing was great…. To all who read…. Go up stream to the power lines and fish back to the cabin.  Thanks Again,



Thanks for sharing this little piece of perfection with us!  We don’t want to leave.  It has been so relaxing to be here after a very stressful wedding week.  I imagine we will be back in a year to celebrate our anniversary!


Jeremy & Lauren


I feel like I spent a week living in “Country Living” magazine.  This is a gem of a cabin. Thank you.


Trudy & Tricia


Larry and I say thank you.  What a great get-away.  We were 100% satisfied and it is so close that we hope to come back.  The cabin is decorated so spectacular.  You can tell that a lot of thought and love went into it.  Take care.


Larry & Louise

July 2011

Thank you for opening your home to us.  We spent a week here.  The cabin is beautiful, loved the way it is decorated.  I have wonderful pictures of the scenery, cabin, and my family.  Your place was a great way to spend our 14th wedding anniversary and my husband’s birthday.

Many thanks –

Bob & Heather

Beautiful location and the river was great!


The D. Family and Friends


Had a great time enjoying the cabin and all the places around.  Patricia and I did mostly touring the surrounding attractions and the river.  Four days were not enough.  We are planning our next

trip already.  Thanks so much for sharing.


Gerardo & Patricia


We enjoyed our stay at your wonderful cabin.  It was a refreshing break from the heat of Macon, Georgia!


Shannon, Rachel, Chris, and Lauren

7/31 – 8/3/2011

This is our second time here this summer and we had a wonderful time again.  Couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful place to stay.  We enjoyed the tubing, relaxing in the river and the men attempted fishing. Thanks so much for sharing your cabin with us again.  It was a perfect way to end our summer!


The H Family


Your cabin is beautiful.  Our family really enjoyed the scenery, fishing, swimming and hot tub. Thank you.


Patti, Marty, & Kids


Thank you for your hospitality in such a cozy and warm cabin.  We had a great time relaxing, fishing, and hiking.  We would like to come back next year.  Thank You.


Barbara & Mark

8/15 – 8/19/2011

Couldn’t wait to get here – and was in heaven when we did.  My husband and I just spent our first anniversary here and hopefully started a wonderful tradition.  When we drove up to the cabin, I couldn’t wait to get out of the car…. It is so perfectly tucked away and beautiful.  This was also our first time spent away from our 6 month old little girl, and though I missed her, I had such an amazing time with my husband.  On the first day we tubed to Rock Creek bridge and attempted to hike back next to river – Take the road! Ha!  Second day spent on a rental pontoon at lake Blue Ridge.  Beautiful!  Third Day  – white water with Ocoee outdoors – Ask for Higgens as your guide – he made the trip so wonderful – now packed and ready to leave – I’m sad, but excited to bring our daughter soon – thank you so much… This was everything we needed and more.



Words can’t describe!  We enjoyed our 2 days here so much!  We don’t want to leave.  We will be back.  Our friend had a great time for her bachelorette weekend.  Until next time.


“The S.C. Girls”


Your Paradise River Retreat is just that – a wonderful retreat!  From start to finish, it was even more than we’d expected.  The restful beauty and quiet surrounding’s we enjoyed – The cabin is very well “stocked”, clean & very comfortable.  It will offer good memories for us, with appreciation, until we return.


Joe & Blair