CHARLESTON, SC — May 31, 2023 — The Indigo Road Hospitality Group has added Bridge Creek Inn in Clayton, GA, to its growing portfolio of boutique hotels throughout the Southeast and Midwest. Indigo Road will manage the property, slated to open in September 2023, for Ridgeline Investment Partners, the property’s owner.

“Each property in our portfolio is thoughtfully added, carefully curated, and designed with our development partners to embody the essence of its location,” said Larry Spelts, president of Lodging & Lifestyle Adventures at Indigo Road. “With each new addition to our portfolio of boutique hotels throughout the country, we continue to focus upon authentic experiences reflective of each new hotel’s location and brand identity, challenging ourselves to innovate and evolve while staying true to our core values. We are thrilled to welcome this new property into our collection and look forward to creating memorable experiences for our guests.”

Bridge Creek Inn will have 45 guest rooms, a coffee bar, a bar and restaurant, and multiple indoor and outdoor event venues. It will be located on the corner of South Main Street and Derrick Street, where a hotel has stood since the 19th century, when Rabun County, the county Clayton is located in, was established. Known for decades as The Clayton Hotel, the new property is being thoughtfully restored using the building from the 1950s.

Surrounding the Bridge Creek Inn property are majestic mountains, picturesque waterfalls, pristine lakes, and dynamic rivers. In proximity to varied terrains, beautiful scenery, and abundant wildlife, Rabun County is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream; it offers diverse outdoor activities and experiences, including boating, swimming, fishing, camping, rafting, and hiking. Bridge Creek Inn marks Indigo Road’s fourth property located within or near the Blue Ridge Mountains range.

“We at Indigo Road believe in offering exceptional hospitality in everything with do, and our vision for Bridge Creek Inn is no exception,” said Steve Palmer, chief visionary officer and founder of Indigo Road. “Just like the other properties in our collection, Bridge Creek Inn will deliver an authentic food and beverage experience, one designed to leave a lasting impression on every guest. We are beyond grateful for the opportunity we have been given by the Clayton community to provide high-quality experiences to those exploring everything the area has to offer.”

About The Indigo Road Hospitality Group

Founded in 2009 by Steve Palmer, The Indigo Road Hospitality Group (IRHG) owns, operates, and manages restaurants and boutique hotels throughout the country. Based in the Southeast, IRHG is founded upon the core principle of serving with love and creating memorable experiences for all. In 2019, IRHG marked its tenth anniversary by being named a Forbes Small Giant and appearing on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list, and in 2020 announced that hotelier Larry Spelts joined The Indigo Road as a partner and president of its new venture into lodging with a focus on food & beverage driven boutique hotels. As of May 2023, IRHG has four open and operating hotels, with additional acquisitions under contract, and five scheduled openings through 2024, in addition to more than two dozen restaurants in eight cities. The Indigo Road’s dedication to excellence in food & beverage has been recognized for three consecutive years (’18,’19, & ’20) by Palmer being named a semi-finalist by the James Beard Foundation’s award for Outstanding Restaurateur-US. For more information on the portfolio, team, core values, and services, visit

About Ridgeline Investment Partners 

Founded in 2021, Ridgeline Investment Partners is a vertically integrated real estate investment and development firm based in Atlanta. With a lean towards hospitality, the firm is focused on creating distinct experiences in vibrant and growing communities in the Southeast. Ridgeline has several hospitality and commercial ventures under development in Northern Georgia and Western North Carolina. For more information, please contact

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