Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cabin Fever!

Georgia/Tennessee Line! Two places at once!
The Cabin
I recently went on a beautiful fall mini-trip into northern Georgia with my friends VB, LC, and PD.  We rented a luxury cabin overlooking the Toccoa River and really took in the things the area had to offer.  We cooked all of our own dinners at the cabin, one of my favorite things about staying in rental properties vs. hotels.  The ambience was incredible, and the cabin was one of the prettiest places I have ever stayed in my life.

On our first full day, we woke up early to catch the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, linking the two quaint towns of Blue Ridge and McCaysville.  It was a neat trip, but I think most of the passengers were senior citizens!  Still, it was a nice, slow way to see the sights.  I picked up a couple of souvenirs (I'm collecting Christmas ornaments from my trips!) and enjoyed standing in two places at once... the Georgia/Tennessee line!

Wolf Mountain Vineyards 
We grabbed a delicious belated birthday lunch for VB at Harvest on Main, an incredible restaurant in Blue Ridge.  The menu is seasonal, with ingredients coming from a local farm.  We spent the rest of the afternoon walking on the main drag on Blue Ridge, checking out the shopping.  Everything was very cute and had that rustic feel.  On the way back to the cabin, we stopped at Mercier Orchards for some apples and fried pies!  I also picked up a maple praline syrup and apple cinnamon barbecue sauce.  YUM!

The next day, we headed to Dahlonega, Georgia.  Driving through the Chattahoochee National Forest was dizzying but gorgeous.  We had a late brunch at Yahoola Creek Grill, which I LOVED.  I actually chose a burger, which had pimento cheese and a fried green tomato as toppings.  How Southern!  I love it.  Then we drove to two wineries for tastings, Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Montaluce Winery and Estates.  Both were gorgeous, but I really loved Montaluce the best.  The wine flight I had was my favorite, and the whole location made it feel like we were in Tuscany, not Georgia!

Montaluce Winery
We spent the evening watching movies and hanging out in the awesome hot tub.  The next morning we parted ways, but not before grabbing a tasty country breakfast at Bumblebee's Cafe.

I was so happy for a chance to have a little getaway, and spend time with some great people.  I can't wait until we are all reunited in MAUI for LC and PD's big wedding day!

My Toccoa River moment!

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