About Us

Awarded for excellence in 2014 ~ Top 10 Resort Inns.



The resort is hosted by Robert and Ilke Lander who are dedicated to quality service. Originally from Northern Maine and Ghent, Belgium, the Lander family transplanted to Blairsville in 2002. Living onsite with their 3 children, the Lander family offer a small Inn-type personalized experience combined with the privacy and amenities associated with a mountain cabin rental.

Truly a unique experience in the North Georgia Mountains.

After 12 years hosting the resort, Robert and Ilke created an idealic location for a destination wedding. From 2 – 100 guests, they offer a memorable, unique option for brides & grooms and their guests to enjoy.

To compliment the cabins, lodge, resort Spa and beautiful property, Paradise Hills now offers a destination Vineyard Wedding venue that is affordable for all. Guaranteed to provide the same levels of service as expensive alternatives, they offer the highest levels of personalized service.

It is not unlikely that on any given day, you will see either host in the Spa performing massage services (Ilke), planning a wedding, in the winery bottling, in the vineyard pruning and in the tasting room pouring. Just try to keep up…



Joining Paradise Hills after owning & selling her own small business in Blairsville, Michelle Berg will be one of the first faces you see when you visit. Always smiling, Michelle is at the lodge’s front desk to help make guests feel at home and accommodate requests.

Originally from Ohio, Michelle moved to Florida where she met her husband of 27 years, Bill. While in Florida, Michelle was involved in various aspects of golf course & country club management in addition to interior designing. Bill & Michelle fell in love with the Blue Ridge mountains and moved to Blairsville in 2004. Michelle loves the outdoors, playing golf, being around their friends, entertaining and she loves animals! If you need a golfer’s insight, she is the lady to ask.


Mother- Daughter team, Laura & Kali VanGorder are the heart behind the sparkling clean accommodations offered at Paradise Hills. They pride themselves in all the details and hard work involved in keeping the cabin rentals pristine. And, if you want luxury service in this country setting… they will come to your cabin, daily, and graciously make your bed, refresh your towels and take out your trash.


Gary Shultz

Landscaping & Vineyard assistant, Gary Schultz has spend the last several years tending to the 35 acres of Paradise Hills property. Rain or Shine, hot or cold…guests can see Gary mowing, chopping, hauling, burning and pruning. With the addition of the vineyards, Gary has played an important part in keeping healthy vines. Grateful for his loyalty and dedication, Paradise Hills wouldn’t be as beautiful without Gary’s attention to detail.


Gloria Reyes and her family team up every time Paradise Hills’ off-site cabin rentals have guests. Like a well-oiled machine, the Reyes team come in to clean & reset these larger cabins for the demands of the next guests. Take a look around, they have covered it all. Proud of their work, Paradise Hills can always rely on the Reyes family strong work ethic.

Affiliates ~ Collaborators

Many of our retreats & workshops are a collaborative efforts between local service providers and their craft. We only affiliate ourselves with those holding similar visions and the highest levels of service.

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