When it comes to taking vacations in Georgia, there are few sites everyone is in the know about. The beaches of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast, Savannah and the Civil War monuments see millions of visitors each year. Atlanta is an urban vacation oasis.
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Tucked up in the northeastern corner of the state, the Appalachian mountains stand tall and proud among the deciduous forests of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Just one hour outside of the bustling metropolis of Atlanta, the quiet solitude of the mountains provides a refreshing, renewing and relaxing vacation experience.
The mountains in Georgia provide several recreation opportunities for people looking for something a little different than the usual crowded vacation sites. The mountain towns that lie in and among the foothills remind you of a simpler time when life was a little slower and a little less hectic. You can also experience a little of the pioneer spirit by visiting recreations of working gold mines or visiting historic sites. The history of the Georgia mountains extends before U.S. settlers arrived. The Cherokee Nation once populated northern Georgia.
The best kept secret of a Georgia mountain vacation, though, is the amazing wealth of natural beauty you will encounter. From the rushing Chattahoochee River to the cascading waterfalls, from the Appalachian Trail to horseback rides through the forest, the Georgia mountains beckon us to them with a promise of unbridled, natural force. You can't compare the quiet and solitude of strolling alongside a stream or canoeing in a mountain lake to the noisy din of the Atlanta streets or a hot, crowded beach.
In the remainder of this blog, we'll share the following with you as you explore a family vacation.
- 4 Reasons Why Your Next Family Vacation Should Be At A Mountain Cabin
- Family Friendly Adventures
- Family Vacation Cabin Rental Tips
- Why The Kids Will Love A Cabin Stay
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4 Reasons Why Your Next Family Vacation Should Be At A Mountain Cabin
Family vacations should be filled with fun adventures and lasting memories. Although there are many places where you can choose to take your next family vacation, have you considered a stay in the mountains?
Planning a trip for a the whole family can be a bit of a challenge. Everything from your travel arrangements to finding suitable accommodations and trying to choose attractions that everyone will enjoy must be taken into consideration, and it can quickly become overwhelming and expensive.
One of the most unpleasant things about traveling with your family is having to coexist in a cramped hotel room for days on end. Between the kids fighting over who gets to sleep on what side of the bed and having to share one bathroom with everybody, you may find yourself more stressed out than relaxed on your vacation!
Cabins provide you with all of the space that you need to get some well deserved R&R. You will be able to choose from rentals with up to five bedrooms and that can sleep up to twelve people.
Not only will Mom and Dad get their own private bedroom, but you can even allow your kids to have a space of their own. When your family has the room to spread out and enjoy some alone time away from the group, you will find that your time spent on vacation activities is much more pleasant and relaxed.
Here are four other big reasons why a mountain cabin should be your family’s next destination.
1. Nearby Weekend Getaway
You don't have to travel far to enjoy a weekend getaway in the mountains. You can escape from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta in as short as a ninety-minute drive. Even if you are coming from Tallahassee you can arrive at this beautiful destination in just under six hours.
With Helen’s close proximity to many of the major cities in the southeastern states, you can easily make the commute within a day’s drive or less. Within hours you will be kicked back under the lush forest of the northern Georgia mountains.
2. Have Fun for Less
When it comes to getting away with your family there are many destination options. You can take a trip to Disney, visit the ocean or travel out of the country. Of course, all of those are going to come with a hefty price. For example, a weekend trip to Disney World for a family of four costs thousands of dollars including admission, lodging and food.
However, with a stay at a luxury mountain cabin there is no need to dine out and there are an abundance of free activities to enjoy.
3. Quality Time with Family
The main focus of a family vacation is about spending quality time with your loved ones. With a mountain getaway in your own private luxury cabin, your family can spend hours reconnecting and bonding with each other. There will be no distractions of passing vehicles, sirens, or people knocking on your door. It will just be your family and the peaceful sounds of nature.
During the day, you can spend time outdoors and when evening falls you can curl up with your family next to the fire or play a board game. Whatever you decide to do, you can be certain that you will get the quality time that every family needs.
4. Relaxation at its Finest
Life is hectic with work, school and daily tasks. Every now and then, it's important to get away and relax. At a mountain cabin you can enjoy peace and quiet. Not only will you be able to relax, but you can do it in a luxury cabin.
With a full kitchen you can prepare and eat meals without having to step foot out of your cabin. After dinner relax in the hot tub, read a book next to the warmth of the fireplace or sit out on the deck and gaze at the stars. In the morning, sit back and listen to the birds singing and watch the sunrise as it peaks up over the trees.
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With a cabin this luxurious, it can be difficult to want to leave, but you definitely don't want to miss out on all of the fun things to do and see in northern Georgia. The Alpine Village of Helen and its surrounding areas lend themselves to exploration and have a lot to offer. There are numerous fun activities near Helen for your family to enjoy. Our family-friendly favorites include:
Babyland General Hospital: Home to Xavier Roberts and the Cabbage Patch Kids, Babyland is a fun excursion for the entire family. Children can participate in specially designed activities, tour the property, and even choose a baby to adopt and take home. Check the calendar before your visit to learn if any special events are available during your stay.
North Georgia Zoo: Located in nearby Cleveland, the North Georgia Zoo provides an opportunity for your family to get close to the wildlife. A variety of miniature and rare breed animals are part of the petting zoo and working farm. You can touch these animals and learn more about how they live. You may also add an exciting encounter to your day at the zoo to personalize your experience and learn even more.
Dukes Creek Gold and Ruby Mine: Did you know that the mountains of North Georgia were home to the first United States gold rush? Take your family back to the 1820's when you search for gold and gems at the Dukes Creek Mine. The mine staff will teach you the art of gold panning to help you extract any treasures found in the material for purchase at the mine's store.
Sunburst Stables: There is plenty of adventure waiting for you in Clarkesville, just nine miles from Helen. You can choose an exciting zipline tour, a horseback trail ride, or one of the many boating adventures. Sunburst Stables offers several different packages and tours, ensuring that your family has an abundance of fun. Camps are also available for both boys and girls ages 8 - 15 throughout the summer months.
Plenty of areas for fishing: A family fishing trip is a superb way to spend a Spring Break holiday. Great fishing spots are in abundance. The Chattahoochee River running through Helen is a great place for trout fisherman. The streams are well stocked with rainbow trout. Smith Lake in Unicoi State Park offers fisherman a myriad of brook, rainbow, and brown trout. Dukes Creek also provides opportunities to catch brown and rainbow trout.
Great Hiking Spots: It is not difficult to create great family memories in Helen. One needs only to take a camera along and hike to one of North Georgia’s picturesque waterfalls. Anna Ruby Falls are just a short distance away nestled in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The twin falls meeting at the confluence of two creeks is the perfect place for family photos. Also near Helen Ga, one can hike out to the one hundred and fifty foot Dukes Creek Falls. Waterfalls are almost as abundant as great fishing spots in North Georgia.
River Tubing: For tubing in the summer, Cool River Tubing Company is one of the favorite Georgia vacation spots for many Georgia travelers. People who stay in North Georgiausually reserve their tubing adventures once they settle in. Another great option for tubing is the Helen Tubing and Waterpark. Summer tubing, swimming and other aquatic fun abounds at this family water park. Tubing trips at both venues take visitors along the Chattahoochee River.
- Waterfall Swimming: Swimming near the waterfalls of Georgia also provides cool all-year fun. Families can visit Unicoi State Park and explore the beauty of Anna Ruby Falls and Raven Falls. Hiking or biking the Appalachian Trail can be great alternatives for people seeking rugged outdoor activities on their vacation. Families with older kids may choose these options.
- Art, Shopping and Dining: If you have an art lover in the family, take them into Helen where they can visit art galleries and museums. You can also shop at the many German-style shops that line the cobblestone streets. Also, sitting along the Chattahoochee River are many restaurants which offer excellent dining choices.
- Zipline Tours: For a truly unique adventure with your family, be sure to visit ZipnTime Zip Line tours. Here you can choose the tour that is right for you with options ranging from a short zip that only takes 30 minutes to a full-blown, 3 hour excursion!
Because North Georgia offers so many opportunities to create memories, it has become a favorite among Georgia vacation spots.
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When you are planning a family vacation to Helen, Georgia you have many different choices for lodging. There are definite benefits to choosing a rental cabin, including:
Affordability: Choosing a rental cabin is an affordable option, especially for larger families who may require multiple hotel rooms. The per night cost of a cabin varies based on size and amenities but is almost universally more affordable than a hotel or corporate lodging. The fully equipped kitchen allows you to cook your meals on site and avoid the additional cost of taking your family out to eat for each meal. You can also take advantage of on-site recreational opportunities to save money.
On-Site Amenities: Every property is different but each of our cabins offers guests a unique set of amenities to enjoy. Many cabins boast hot tubs, game rooms, entertainment systems, and outdoor grills or fire pits. Some of these amenities may be available at local hotels but not exclusively for your family. You can plan a family movie night, challenge the kids to a ping pong tournament, or choose a clear night to make s'mores around the fire pit.
Privacy: When you first approach your rental cabin in Helen you'll quickly understand exactly how private the surroundings are. You will likely be alone and secluded with a unique opportunity to reconnect as a family. This private space is perfect for enjoying your morning coffee on the back deck, taking a quiet walk near a babbling stream, or letting the kids play in the yard. You don't have to worry about noise from other travelers or the inconvenience of staying in close hotel quarters.
Plenty of Space: Instead of cramming your family into one small hotel room give them the gift of space. Choose one of our rental cabins in Helen that provides plenty of space to spread out and enjoy your vacation. While you are cooking dinner the kids can be in the game room. Separate bedrooms allow family members to go to sleep and wake up when they want and gives every member of the family a bit more personal privacy. Many cabins have more than one bathroom, eliminating the hassle and inconvenience of everyone waiting to use a single shower.
Our cabins provide more than just a bed for you to sleep on. Each rental is packed with incredible amenities at no additional cost to you. For starters, you have the option of customizing your view from your cabin. You'll be able to choose from scenery like the forest, a stream, the mountains, or even your own waterfall.
Does your family enjoy grilling out? You can book one of the cabins that features a barbecue or a fire pit.
There are rentals available that include game rooms with table games such as Pool, Foosball, or Ping Pong.
And for the ultimate in relaxation, you can even enjoy the luxury of a long, restful soak in your own private hot tub.
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One of the biggest challenges when planning a family vacation is finding a destination that will allow you to relax while still keeping the kids happy. How can you find a way to please the children without sacrificing your much needed R&R?
With a luxury cabin rental, you can truly have it all. You will enjoy a renewing vacation while the young ones have the time of their lives.
1. Kids Have Their Own Space
Of course, you enjoy the privacy that can be offered by your cabin but your kids will also love having a space of their own. Hotels force your family to spend vacation in a small space, sharing beds and everything else. Cabin rentals give you the power to decide how many bedrooms you would like to accommodate your family.
Having their own room will make your kids feel special on your trip, and will give them a sense of adventure. Kids love new experiences and having the space to play and explore within the cabin itself will spark excitement.
Outside the cabin, your kids will also have ability to explore. The children will love dipping their toes in the cold water, finding interesting rocks and leaves, discovering plant and animal life, and more.
In this fairytale world, anything is possible, and your kids will delight in the feeling that this is their own private world. And with the option for game tables and a big screen TV, there will be plenty for the young ones to do both inside and outside of the cabin.
2. Sensory Stimulation
Nothing will stimulate your kid’s senses more than a stay in a rental. Have fun pointing out constellations with the kids, searching for animal tracks, and looking for new kinds of birds together.
The children can also enjoy new sounds, from the chirping of the crickets at night, to the babbling of the brooks, and the thundering of the waterfalls. And there’s nothing like the smell of the mountain air. Your children will love to feel the cool mountain breeze against their skin, and enjoy the cold spring water on their feet as they splash in the creeks.
At the end of the day, perhaps you will fry up your catch of the day from a fun family fishing trip. Nothing tastes better than trout caught after a fun day of bonding on the water. With all of the senses covered, your children will never lose interest in this vacation!
3. New Experiences
While staying in your cabin, your kids will be given the opportunity to try out a number of exciting experiences. When you take your kids to Duke’s Creek or Crisson Gold Mines, they can find joy in panning for their own gold and precious stones.
Have you and your children ever been tubing? When visiting Georgia, mountain cabins are a short trip to Cool River Tubing Company, which is a must for family fun. While you float lazily down the Chattahoochee River, you and your kids will have hours to talk and laugh while enjoying the northern Georgia scenery.
We’ll also help you get the kids out on the trail through Chattahoochee National Forest at Sunburst Stables. A horseback ride is a thrilling experience for kids of all ages.
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With so many outdoor options available, choosing where to begin is the hardest challenge most face when they arrive in Helen.
Hopefully, this article has helped you survey your options. We look forward to hosting you in the future.
What Do You Think?
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