A weekend away in North Georgia

19 April 2018

Hello, friends! It always takes me longer than I think it will to get back into the swing of things after a weekend away, especially because so many of our weekly routines — grocery shopping, vacuuming, laundry — happen on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. But here I am, and I thought it would be fun to tell you about our adventure in North Georgia!

I am not sure how useful of a post this is, because unlike some of our other destinations, I don’t know how likely it is that any of you will ever travel here, ha! Were it not for a dear friend’s wedding, I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t have. If I happen to have any Atlanta readers, though, pay attention: this would make for a fun weekend getaway!

Our destination was about five and a half hours away from our home, and thanks to a serendipitous Google reroute due to traffic, we were able to have dinner at White Duck Taco in Asheville (!!!). I’m sure you remember that White Duck is one of our absolute favorite spots anywhere, so this was a major unexpected bonus. We also stretched our legs on the greenway behind White Duck and New Belgium Brewery in gorgeous 75 degree weather, so it was a great rest stop all around.

White Duck Taco

Thursday and Friday night we stayed at an Airbnb in Tallulah Falls, a short drive away from the wedding venue. To say we fell in love with it is a serious understatement — it was probably the highlight of our trip!

lake view

The listing lays it all out, but it was the most serene, peaceful spot you could imagine, meticulously maintained with a rustic vibe. It was set directly adjacent to an emerald green lake — the deck literally extended over the water — and the nearest neighbor was half a mile away in any direction.

North Georgia

Edgewater Escape

June said her favorite part was watching the ducks, John couldn’t get over the lake views from every window including the shower, I loved reading on the porch swing, and we all loved eating breakfast on the deck every morning. Highly, highly, highly recommended, even if you have no other reason to be in this area!

Airbnb cabin

On Friday morning we hiked Tallulah Gorge, including 600+ steps down to cross a suspension bridge.

Tallulah Gorge

picnic lunch

We packed subs for a picnic lunch post-ascent, and turkey, cheese, and Gatorade have never tasted so good. The rest of our day was spent relaxing, rehearsing (I was the day-of coordinator), and attending the rehearsal dinner.

June on the deck

Despite a minor hiccup on Saturday morning (when we locked ourselves out of the Airbnb clad in pajamas with no phones and no car keys) the day quickly got back on track thanks to our kind host. We had a quick lunch in nearby Clayton at Fortify Pi, but there were seemingly lots of yummy places to choose from. I was dying to pop into Wander North Georgia for a browsing session, but we just didn’t have time.

Glen Ella

Once at the venue, Glen-Ella Springs, June had the BEST time helping EVERYONE prepare for the ceremony and reception — racing back and forth from the florist prepping the arbor to the waitstaff setting out flatware — and I got the pleasure of working with my friend Davy to move the timeline along and make sure every i was dotted and t was crossed. We were all worried about rain, but ended up with lots of sun and perfect temps – such a blessing! After a glow stick jam session on the dance floor and sparkler exit, we put June to bed and got to sit around outside chatting with friends for an hour or so before turning in ourselves.

glow sticks

Glen-Ella itself was a delight, from the comfy beds to the delicious included breakfast and the nicest innkeepers. Our friends actually chose it as their venue after spending a winter weekend getaway there, and I can see why – I’d love to go back to have dinner by the cozy fireplace in the dining room!

Though we were only gone three nights, this extended weekend trip truly felt like a week away. I think it was probably a combination of the peaceful location and the fact that everything was new to us — a good reminder to these loyalists to inject novelty in travel wherever possible :)

Now we’re looking forward to a fun weekend at home, possibly including a visit to the Museum of Life & Science, strawberry picking, and the Azalea Gardens! Spring weather is here!!

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April 19, 2018 7:22 am

The AirBnB in Tallulah Falls looks heavenly! My husband and I are moving to Greenville, SC this summer and this cabin is now high on my list of places to visit nearby. Thanks for sharing!

April 19, 2018 7:53 am

I’m so glad you shared this post, useful or not–it was delightful to read about your fun and rejuvenating weekend!!

Unrelated, if you’d like to combine your Azalea Gardens trip with a Cathedral tour this weekend or any other, text me! :)

April 19, 2018 8:34 am

I agree with Lisa, this was a delight to read about and now an area that’s on my radar for a weekend getaway! Thanks for sharing your adventures! :)

April 19, 2018 2:02 pm

This whole little trip looks heavenly!!

April 23, 2018 7:58 am

Wow!! That looks heavenly x

April 26, 2018 11:08 am

We live in Atlanta, and Tallulah is a favorite hiking spot, for sure! We usually just do a day trip, but that airbnb makes an overnight stay more appealing! Did you guys get one of the permits to hike beyond the guard gates, into the gorge floor? Or did you just go down the stairs to the observation deck (either is pretty strenuous). The reason I ask is because our little boy is two (12/29/15), and we wonder when he’ll be ready for that. Honestly, we didn’t even think he’d be ready for the stairs, but I’m encouraged that June tackled it! What a trooper! I’ve never been to the Wander North Georgia store, but I’m obsessed with their brand (follow on Insta if you’re not already). I hate you missed it! We have a Memorial Day backpacking trip planned in North GA, as well as a stay in the Nantahala Yurt Village near Bryson City, NC in October, but… neither trip takes us close enough to the store! Perhaps a special trip is in order… Thanks for the post. Useful or not, it was a fun read, as always!