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We just got home from a long weekend trip to the Georgia mountain with Jeff’s mom and sister’s family. We stayed in an awesome cabin in Epworth, Georgia, which is just about 15 minutes from the town of Blue Ridge. There are lots of places to go zip lining, horseback riding, fishing, and white water rafting, and lots of little shops and fun restaurants, too.
On our way, we stopped in Chattanooga and walked around at the top of Lookout Mountain. I had never been to Chattanooga before, and Jeff wanted me to see the view from the top of the mountain. It was a nice break from riding and Jack loved getting to be outside for a little while. We walked over to Point Park and had some wonderful ice cream at Clumpies before getting back on the road. (We also spent the day in Chattanooga on our way home a few days later, and you can read about our adventures on that day here.)
I absolutely love Jack’s stroller, which my grandparents got for us at our baby shower. It should grow with Jack until he outgrows a stroller, and it is easy to fold up and store. It’s also really durable – we have put lots of miles on it in the last 11 months. I couldn’t find the exact one we got a year ago, but I linked some similar ones.
Jack was a great little traveler. I made sure to pack him plenty of books and toys and downloaded some episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse onto the Kindle before we left to keep him entertained on the long drive. We switched him to the Graco Extend2Fit car seat when he was about six months old because his feet were already resting on the back of the seat. This car seat has an extender to give him more leg room while he’s still rear-facing and should also grow with him and turn into a front facing seat for him until he’s ready to move into a booster seat.
We stopped at the Ocoee River where they had the 1996 Olympics Kayaking Competition. They had that section of the river dammed up when we stopped, but it was a neat little park with all the flags from the different countries (you can seen them in the background of the picture below) and a sidewalk built into the rocks along the side of the river. We had a little photo shoot on the bridge over the river and Jeff took the picture of Jack and me and said it is his favorite picture of me because it shows what I look like on a normal basis (apparently I am always making some kind of goofy or sarcastic face). We got caught in a summer shower just as we were leaving and got soaked, which Jack thought was the funniest thing ever, and when we got back into the car and I dried his hair, it stuck up in the most adorable mohawk.
After a long day of adventuring, we made it to our cabin, Trinity Waters (available through Cuddle Up Cabin Rentals). Jeff had stayed in this cabin before on a guys’ trip and loved it, so he told him mom about it and she booked it for us. It has four bedrooms and a loft, and two bathrooms and could comfortably sleep 8 to 10. There were seven of us (including two small children), so we had plenty of room to spread out. The cabin is right on the water and has an amazing back deck, which we made sure to take full advantage of during our stay.
Jack loved watching the water, but he and I decided right away that it was too cold for swimming. We let Jeff do some swimming while we stayed on the deck. I loved having this pop-up play yard for Jack on this trip. It is so easy to set up and it was perfect for keeping him from crawling off the steps of the deck.
Once the rest of the family got to the cabin, we headed into Blue Ridge to get some supper. The boys were fascinated by the Blue Ridge Express train and we got some pictures of them at the train station while we were waiting on our table.
On our first full day at the cabin, we let the men go exploring (they looked for a place to go fly fishing and went swimming in the river) and we stayed in the cabin and let the boys play and nap. That afternoon, we went back into Blue Ridge for dinner and to explore the little town. There are tons of shops, and we had fun strolling around and looking. We met the town pet, Nibbles the Cat, and Jeff, Jack, and our nephew, Zachary, loved petting him for a little while. One of my favorite shops was Blue Ridge Olive Oil. We tasted some different flavored oils and balsamics and I got a sampler pack of oil and balsamic pairings to experiment with at home. You can expect some recipes using those coming soon!
On our second day at the cabin, we decided to drive around and explore the mountain. We drove up to the top of the mountain and stopped at all the scenic lookouts along the way. We found a really cool park on top of the mountain with a swimming area and lots of spots for camping and grilling out and will plan to go back there for a picnic and swimming with both boys if we go back next summer.
We are already planning to go back to North Georgia when the boys are old enough to enjoy all the outdoor activities. This was a really fun family vacation spot! Do you prefer the mountains or the beach for your vacation? I used to always say I preferred the beach, but the mountains are winning me over lately.