I have stayed at the lodge over New Years three times now and it keeps getting better each time. The lodge is 3.5 hours from Atlanta so it's an easy and very pretty drive. The lodge/resort is not fancy, but it's quaint and clean - very much what you'd expect from a mountain lodge at such reasonable prices. The food is quite impressive, and the New Years Eve party in the renovated rec center was a lot of fun (decent band, about 200 people there). I definitely recommend Fontana Village Resort for a weekend getaway.