Maximize Your Cabin Stay: What To Bring & Look For When Staying In A North Georgia Rental

Posted by Tom Telford on Tue, Apr 26, 2011

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Tips on what to bring: Directions & everything else

There is nothing like staying in a mountain cabin, however, being prepared when you are going to a rural populated area is a must. North Georgia cabin rentals are no exception.

To help you prepare for your stay, these are the things we recommend bringing.

1.  Directions, directions, directions

We can not reiterate this enough. Weekly, we have folks that forget to bring their "final approach" directions to their cabin. At our north Georgia cabin rentals, we go as far as saying "you may get lost without it" but some choose to ignore this warning and rather than staying in their booked luxury cabin, they end up at the Motel 6 because their GPS loses signal on the final leg of the journey.

When you're lost, you arrive in the dark of night, and your technology fails you, it won't be a pleasant experience to recover and get to your cabin. 

Also, we recommend printing off the directions and photos we provide because many of the locations addresses don't properly show up on mapping systems.

If we've not made it clear, let us reiterate. Please print off and bring your directions with you when you stay with Cedar Creek Cabin Rentals.

2. A checklist of items to consider bringing with you

As you and your family prepare to enjoy the abundant activities Helen offers, it'll be helpful to make a list of all the things you don't want to forget to maximize your rental cabin enjoyment:

  • Hiking boots, fishing tackle, and mountain bikes to use at Unicoi State Park, which has facilities and trails for all these activities and more.

  • Bathing suits, board shorts, bikinis and other swim attire, for swimming at Unicoi Lake, hanging out at Anna Ruby Falls, and using your cabin’s hot tub.

  • A partial wet suit or other “wet” clothes for some serious white water rafting down the Chattooga River, or some leisurely inner-tubing down the Chattahoochee River in the heart of Helen.

  • A magnifying glass to seek out gemstone treasures you’ll find at your own private panning tables at Dukes Creek Gold and Ruby Mines where admission is free.

  • Golf clubs! Helen and environs feature a half-dozen quality golf courses, including the Nicklaus Golf Club at Birch River, designed by the master himself, Jack Nicklaus.

  • Your refined palate--Helen is renowned for its fine wines and the area is home to numerous wineries, including the prize-winning Habersham and Wolf Mountainwineries where tasting rooms are open daily.

  • Some backside padding for horseback riding.

  • A video or digital camera (if your phone doesn't have one) to capture amazing Charlemagne's Kingdom, a must see for the model railroad enthusiast with literally hundreds of feet of HO-scale track wending through richly detailed Alpine towns.

  • Money, either plastic or the paper kind.  Because if shopping is your thing, Helen features over 200 specialty stores and boutiques selling everything from candles to cuckoo clocks, and antique shops filled with high quality furnishings and decor.

  • A great appetite: Helen has dozens of fine eating establishments that offer authentic German fare, good ol’ Southern home cookin’, plus steaks and chops, seafood, deli sandwiches, candy shops, and even funnel cake.

  • The usual skin unguents like sun block, tanning lotion, bug repellent, and lip balm for all your outdoor activities;

  • DVDs to watch on your cabin’s high-def TV;

  • A couple great books to read on the deck of your rental cabin;

  • An excellent camera to capture all those special family moments.

Tips For Purchasing & Stocking Up On Supplies

For your north mountain getaway, you'll need to stock up on cabin essentials so that you and your group can have the best possible experience while on vacation.

When you're traveling, though, you often have limited space in your suitcases and vehicle for storing supplies. As a result, it's often necessary to buy the things you need once you arrive at your destination. This can be tricky if you aren't familiar with the area.

Fortunately for you, we know all of the best Helen business places to visit in order to be as comfortable during your stay as possible. Below, are a few top stores to check out. You can also explore our shopping hub for additional tips, and guidance.

For Food & Snacks: Betty's Country Store l 18 Yonah Street

Many visitors to the Helen cabins enjoy taking advantage of having their own fully-equipped kitchen. You can save big money on meals by preparing your own, or you can whip up snacks for when you're hanging around the vacation home.

One of the best Helen business places to find groceries and other tasty treats is at Betty's Country Store. The store offers a variety of fresh produce, meats, beverages, condiments, breads, and baked goods (don't miss out on your chance to try Betty's famous carrot cake and cheesecake), among other things. You'll also enjoy fresh honey, compliments of Betty's bees!

For Indoor Games: Jolly's Toys l 8800 North Main

Perfect for the young and young at heart!

Whether you're traveling with kids who need a little bit of added entertainment, or are hoping to enjoy the simple pleasures of playing games with your family and friends back at the cabin, Jolly's Toys is the Helen business to visit!

For 30+ years, Jolly's has been delighting visitors with unique specialty toys from around the world, retro toys, challenging puzzles, board games, children's books, and more!

Take home your own hand-crafted wooden toy, constructed right before your eyes by the store's own toy maker.

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For Movie Rentals: Redbox l 8160 South Main

Maybe it's a rainy day, or a bit chilly outside. Maybe you've exhausted yourself after a fun day exploring the many attractions throughout the Helen area. Whatever the reason may be, you're ready to hunker down in your cabin's family room and pop in a movie to enjoy with your family or friends on your flat panel TV.

Instead of bringing a stack of DVDs on vacation with you, why not just stop by the local Redbox? You'll find a Redbox conveniently located on South Main Street where you can select from the latest Blockbuster hits before heading back to your cabin, putting your feet up, and relaxing.

For Added Romance: Habersham Winery l 7025 South Main

When you're on a private getaway with your sweetheart, you want to take advantage of the opportunity to rekindle the sparks of love, and make the most of Helen's extremely romantic setting. Habersham Winery is located just a stone's throw away from your cabin rental, and offers a wide selection of local wines and gourmet specialty foods. After a charming afternoon of touring the winery and tasting the various available wines, make your selection and take a bottle and complimentary foods back to your cabin where you can enjoy a class in your hot tub or in front of a crackling fireplace. 

For Forgotten Items: Randy's Helen Pharmacy l 8016 South Main

No matter how well you plan for your vacation, it always seems like something gets forgotten at home. Whether it's shampoo or aspirin, Randy's Helen Pharmacy is the Helen business to visit in order to find what you need. The pharmacy is especially convenient in the even that you forget, lose, or run out of an important prescription medication during your trip, and they work with most insurances, including medicaid and medicare. 

3 Tips On How To Have A Great Weekend

What are the ingredients for a wonderful getaway in Helen Ga? The recipe for a memorable vacation consists of three things: good planning, a great location, and a healthy bank account when it’s all over. This general rule of thumb is especially true for a stay in Helen Ga, where there's an overabundance of activities to try and places to visit.

1. Plan for a Full Experience

Before you set off in a car or a plane towards Helen Ga, make sure that you’ve done your homework beforehand. The more planning you do, the more prepared you’ll be and the more memories you’ll create during your vacation.

There are so many things to do and see at Helen that it can get overwhelming once you’re in town. From rock climbing and white water rafting to German beer and food, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. If you're the kind of person who enjoys everything, don't attempt to actually do everything in a single weekend. It would be impossible to do so. To make the most out of your weekend in Helen Ga, try to select your adventures carefully so you can experience all the different aspects of the area. For example, you could do one outdoor activity, visit one popular tourist attraction, eat at a fabulous restaurant, and partake in one water activity. That would make for a full weekend.

However, if you’re truly an outdoor person or if you’re a total foodie, you might prefer to focus on one specific theme for the whole weekend. That definitely could work in Helen Ga. As long as you plan ahead, you can make your weekend whatever you want it to be.

Another important part to planning is to make all of your reservations in advance. This includes lodgings, car rentals, and vacation packages. You don’t want to wait until the last minute and find out that your preferred lodgings is all booked.

Last but not least, check the schedule of events in Helen Ga. For example, the annual Oktoberfest is a really big thing in the area, which might be something that you want to experience... or avoid, if you don’t like big crowds.

2. Stay at the Right Lodgings

Once you’ve developed a solid plan for your weekend in Helen Ga, you’ll have a clear picture of what you want out of your lodgings.

Determine what would be the perfect location for you to stay during your weekend. Do you want to be located within walking distance to the city or do you want to stay in the middle of the mountains? Will you have a car or will you need public transportation? There are plenty of cabin rentals and other lodgings in various locations around Helen Ga, so as long as you give yourself ample planning time, you should be able to find a spot that works for you.

Think economically when choosing your lodgings. It’s always good when you can get more bang for your buck. Try to find lodgings that give you more amenities for the amount of money that you pay. For example, some cabins in Helen Ga come equipped with a full kitchen and a living room, which are features that you won’t find in a hotel room. Other conveniences you might want to consider when choosing your lodgings include a private hot tub, extra bedrooms, pet accommodations, and handicap accessibility.

3. Find Small Ways to Save Money

There’s nothing that can ruin a fun weekend in an exciting city than a bank account that’s been depleted at the end of the vacation. Of course, you’ll need to spend some money to fully experience the area, but make sure that you focus on the worthwhile things and skimp on the things that don’t matter.

Food can get expensive fast. Cook most of your meals at your kitchen and carry snacks and bottled water with you as you explore the city. Save your money for the best restaurants in town for a few meals, instead of eating out for all of your meals.

When you plan your vacation, search for good deals online. There are coupons and package deals  just waiting to be found.

To save even more money, consider scheduling your weekend in Helen Ga during non-peak times. Flight costs will be lower and lodgings are usually cheaper during these times.

During your weekend, track your expenses and stick to your budget. Then you can spend your hard-earned money on the more fun and memorable parts of your weekend, whether it’s a private wine tour at a local winery or a thrilling zip-line ride through the mountains.

What other tips would you give to someone looking to spend a unforgettable weekend in Helen Ga?

The Call of the Wild

When you book a vacation in North Georgia, you book time away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life and all the noise and distractions that come with work, family and a busy calendar. In the northern Appalachian foothills, you can leave it all behind and simply enjoy being out in nature.

The cabins in Helen, GA offer a wide range of natural settings. You can gaze out at purple mountains majesty or relax while overlooking a gentle stream. Sip your coffee from an expansive deck while listening to nothing but the birds, the wind in the trees and the roar of a nearby waterfall. Go ahead and turn off your smart phone. There's no app on your phone to equal the calming effects of these natural surroundings.

Head out into the nearby wilderness to see even more of the beautiful landscape of northern Georgia. Just outside your cabin door lies the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Wander these national treasures that have existed for generations upon generations. Looking up at the massive trees and hiking to new elevations puts our own lives into perspective as we take in the ancient natural beauty around us. Or simply go for a drive among the small mountain communities to look at the changing fall colors and to step back in time to a simpler way of life.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Cabin Rentals

Are you planning on renting a cabin for your next trip? Staying in the cabin rentals in Helen, Georgia is a wonderful way to spend your vacation, but a little forethought and planning will take your vacation from good to great. Here are six simple things you can do to ensure that your cabin rental experience goes off without a hitch.

1. Figure Out What You Need

Before you rent a cabin, think about what your needs are and who you’re traveling with. A couple traveling without children will need something completely different out of a cabin as compared to an extended family with grandparents and small children, for example.

Determine the size of cabin you’ll need for your stay. There are cabin rentals of all sizes, from cabins that have only one bedroom to bigger ones with five bedrooms. If you plan on cooking your meals, find cabin rentals that include a full kitchen.

Some cabin rentals are pet friendly and others are not, so this is something to keep in mind if you’re planning on bringing a pet. The same thing applies for handicap accessibility.

If you’re flying into Georgia and you won’t rent a car, search for cabin rentals that are within walking distance to everything that you want to see during your vacation.

2. Get What You Want

Once your needs are met, it’s time to think about what you want.

Consider what you really want out of your stay at a rental cabin. A relaxing vacation that allows you to leave the hustle and bustle of work behind? Or a vacation filled with unforgettable adventures? Do you want to explore the mountains or just enjoy the view of the peaks from the comfort of your cabin?

Different cabin rentals will give you different experiences, depending on location. Some cabins are located in remote areas and provide you with all the quiet and peace you need for some much needed downtime, while others promise adventure with nearby mountain climbing spots, ziplining tours, and more. Yet others are located near downtown, giving you the opportunity to experience both the beauty of nature and the convenience of city life.

Don’t forget about what you wish to see inside of your rental cabin. Do you want a private spa to soak away the stresses of daily life? Do you desire a pool nearby for your kids to splash around in? What kind of view would you like to wake up to? Look for cabin rentals that have the amenities that you want.

3. Make Reservations In Advance

During busy seasons, reservations for rental cabins can go fast. Try to reserve your cabin a few months in advance to ensure your spot.

Early reservations for cabin rentals also give you more time to research any activities that you want to enjoy during your stay. For example, you might want to go horseback riding or white water rafting. These activities will require you to make reservations and it’s better to secure your spot before you arrive at your rental cabin. You don’t want to spend your vacation not doing everything that you wanted to do because they were all booked.

4. Find Where Everything Is

Once you have your cabin chosen and reserved, be sure to obtain driving directions to the cabin if you plan on getting there yourself. In remote areas, sometimes there's no service, rendering your GPS useless. It’s best to be prepared for all possible pitfalls, than to risk getting lost and wasting hours of your vacation. Grab a map of the area and plan out your driving route.

This also goes for any locations that you want to visit during your stay, such as restaurants, shops, and other tourist spots. Mark all locations on your map ahead of time, so that you don't waste valuable time searching. Ideally, you should plan extra time to stop by the Helen Visitor's Center so that you may obtain maps and information for Helen and all of the surrounding areas and attractions.

5. Bring Your Necessities

Be smart when you pack and bring everything that you need. You might not find your usual stuff in the stores near your cabins. Some rental cabins are located in remote places and it might be hard to find what you need.

Don’t forget to bring bug repellent, shampoo, soap, and groceries if you plan on cooking.

6. Take Advantage of Special Offers

There are often special offers available for rental cabins. Some offers will get you a free night’s stay or deep discounts on adventure packages. Do some online research on rental cabins’ websites to find some great special offers that can enhance your vacation for less money.

A little work before your vacation will increase your fun and your relaxation. What other advice would you give to someone who’s looking to get the most of their cabin rentals? 

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Finding a great place to stay on your vacation is essential to having a fun and relaxing experience. So how can you ensure that you'll be happy with your accommodations? Your safest bet for affordable luxury is a stay in a modern, lush cabin rental. Helen GA and its surrounding areas have plenty of options for fabulous cabin rentals, and it's easy to choose the right one for you and your group when you plan ahead. In order to help you find the best cabin rental Helen GA has to offer, here are six smart tips to booking the accommodations for your next vacation.

1. Plan for Ample Space

It's important to consider the amount of space that you and your group will need. Whether you are embarking on a romantic getaway for two, or are planning a full-fledged family reunion, you'll find that everyone will have plenty of room when you plan accordingly. Would you like to keep the kids happy and prevent any privacy issues or arguments? The best cabin rental Helen GA can provide you with will have multiple bedrooms. Are you traveling with a group of friends? You may consider a vacation rental that sleeps up to twelve individual people. Even if you want to get multiple families together, you are free to book blocks of cabins so that you can all have your own place to retire at night, while still being able to enjoy spending the day touring the Helen area and playing catch between your cabins.

2. Customize Your View

In order to find the greatest cabin rental Helen GA can offer you, we allow you to select the view that you'd most like. Being able to enjoy a change of scenery and get away from it all is an important part of getting some much needed rest and relaxation. For some travelers, the idea of staying in a secluded, wooded glen may be the most appealing. Other guests prefer to take in spectacular views of the northern Georgia mountains from their wraparound porches or hot tubs. You may even decide that you'd like a peaceful creek to pass behind your cabin, or your own private waterfall. By selecting the view that's right for you, you're sure to get the most out of your vacation experience and enjoy your time in your cabin rental much more.

3. Pick Your Amenities

Depending on the nature of your vacation, there may be different amenities that are most important to you. When you're hoping for a romantic atmosphere, a Jacuzzi bath may be top priority. Groups of friends tend to enjoy having a hot tub included with their vacation rental. Game rooms that feature Pool, Foosball, Ping Pong, etc. make vacations fun for families and just about anyone. Whether you'd like a TV in every bedroom, a fire pit, a barbecue grill, or your own private fireplace, you will have your pick so that you can find the most perfect cabin rental Helen GA can offer to you.

4. Consider the Necessities 

When traveling, there may be some things that you simply cannot live without. Families with pets, for example, often do not want to leave their furry friends back at home. Because of this, it's smart to choose from pet friendly cabin rentals. Guests with mobile disabilities may prefer to select from handicap accessible vacation rentals, while motorcycle enthusiasts will enjoy a selection of luxurious biker-friendly cabins. And for the business-minded individuals, it may be important to find a cabin with a reliable wireless connection so that you can stay connected to the office. When you keep the essentials in mind, you'll find that it's easier to relax on your vacation.

5. Location, Location, Location

Another thing to keep in mind when looking for the best cabin rental Helen GA can provide you with is location. Would you prefer to be right in the heart of the quaint Alpine village of Helen, or are you looking for something a bit more secluded? You will find that it's very easy to pick the best location for your needs and wants by browsing cabins that are located in Helen, as well as 10, 15, 20, or 25 minutes away from the city's center.

6. Take Advantage of Extra Savings

When you want to find the best and most affordable cabin rental Helen GA has to offer, it's smart to look for special offers and extra ways to save money. You may consider traveling with another family to cut your rental costs in half, or cooking your own meals in the cabin's fully equipped kitchen. And don't forget to check out our regular specials to get more bang for your buck.

How do you plan to find the best cabin rental Helen GA can provide for your needs?

5 Tips On Things to Check

When you come to stay in the Helen Ga cabin rentals, comfort is our top priority. You're on vacation and we want to ensure your time is spent relaxing in the beautiful natural surroundings of the northern Appalachian foothills not worrying about the state of your vacation home. If something should go wrong with your vacation rental during your stay, your management company should  do whatever it takes to fix the issue and get you back on the path to relaxation as quickly as possible.

Like with any home, problems arise. No one can always foresee these problems but will the cabin company be ready to respond to those issues? Upon arrival at the Helen, GA cabin rentals, take a look around your vacation home and take stock of the house. Some areas you may consider checking out before really settling in include:

1. Kitchen

Does the kitchen include the amenities that were stated in the rental terms? If you're missing basic kitchen tools like a bottle opener, will the company make sure you are provided the missing items?

2. Linens

Did the house come with the appropriate bedding and linens? If you have any concerns about towels, sheets and other linens or if it appears they weren't laundered will the cabin company handle that promptly?

3. Electronics

Check to see that you understand how to operate the television, stereo and any other electronic equipment and that all the equipment is working properly. Will the cabin company help figure this out?

4. Hot Tub

Log cabins with hot tubs require special attention. Hot tubs should be drained, cleaned and refilled before each new guest arrives. It can take four to six hours for the new water to reach the appropriate hot tub temperature. Will the hot tub be clean and warming up to the correct temperature when we arrive at the cabin?

5. General Maintenance

Vacation Rental Company's strive to keep their Helen GA cabin rentals in top working condition but general maintenance issues can arise during your stay. Should any issues arise that threaten your comfort in your vacation rental during your stay, will the cabin company be available for contact?

We want your stay in the Helen, GA cabin rentals to be free of worry and stress. The most important thing to remember is if you have that rate event  a problem arises, that you call and have the management company take care of the issue so that you can get back on track to a relaxing vacation.

Tips On How To Book Your Cabin

When it comes to vacations, your accommodations can really make or break your experience on the trip. As such, it's very important to have plenty of options so that you can customize your getaway to meet your specific wants and needs. But when was the last time you were able to find a hotel that was not only affordable, but provided you with a number of room choices? Sure, you may be able to pick how many beds you'd like (to an extent) and whether you prefer smoking or non, but beyond that, you can't expect much more than a cookie cutter space. This is where our Helen GA vacation rentals truly stand out.

When you plan to stay in the Helen GA vacation rentals, you are given the opportunity to take the driver's seat and enjoy total control over your trip's accommodations. Because there are so many different luxury cabins to choose from, it is easy to find exactly what you're looking for. And to simplify the process further, we have catalogued our rentals so that you can book your visit according to what suits you best. To help you get started, here are three easy ways to book your visit, based on your individual tastes.

Booking a cabin based on amenities

Each of the lush Helen GA vacation rentals are packed with incredible amenities, but some may be more important to you than others. If you are planning a romantic trip for two, for example, a Jacuzzi or hot tub may be an absolute must for you. Are you really hoping to enjoy some fresh, northern Georgia mountain air? You will definitely want to pick a cabin that features a large patio or wrap-around deck where you can enjoy a good book and a glass of wine as you take in the sights and sounds of nature around you. Groups of friends may be interested in booking one of the Helen GA vacation rentals that have a fire pit where they can trade stories and roast marshmallows at the end of the day. Regardless of whether you'd really like to have a cabin with a game room or if your rental needs to be pet friendly or handicap accessible, there's a place for you in Helen.

Booking a cabin based upon location

They say that location is everything, and if this is your mantra, you're in luck. It's easy to find a cabin that is situated in a location that is "just right" for your needs. Some of our guests prefer the idea of being closer to Helen than others. The primary advantage of this is that visitors are able to save gas and save the time that it takes to drive to attractions. Although these Helen GA cabin rentals are within a close proximity to all of the fun, though, they are also secluded enough that guests can enjoy total privacy and the experience of being in the heart of nature. Other guests enjoy booking visits to cabins that are 15, 20, or 25 miles away from the heart of the Alpine Village of Helen. This is beneficial because visitors will still be within close proximity to Helen, but may also be situated a bit closer to other cities or attractions that they would like to see. Staying in a cabin somewhat south of Helen, for instance, will shorten the drive to the Atlanta area or to Providence Canyon State Park, whereas staying slightly east of Helen will make for less of a trip to Amicalola Falls or Tallulah Gorge State Park.

Booking a cabin based upon the view

For some visitors to the Helen GA vacation rentals, a view is of the utmost importance. After all, you're coming to get away from the same old sights that you pass every day on your commute to work, right? The great news is that there is no shortage of incredible scenery here in northern Georgia, and our cabins provide options for everyone. Nature lovers will delight in a visit to one of our wooded cabins where they can enjoy the feeling of being encompassed by vast timberland forests. From their cabins, guests can take in the sights of native plant and animal life, or can get up close and personal with a hike through the woods. Other travelers are most excited about the possibility of a mountain view. Imagine yourself soaking in your private hot tub as you drink in the sight of the majestic northern Georgia mountains. Or how about a creekside cabin? If your lucky, you may spot a fox or a deer stopping by for a drink. You can even choose a cabin with a view of a cascading waterfall.

What guarantee do you have that the cabin is clean and ready to go at check in?

Have you ever been to a cabin and it was still being cleaned? A guarantee of being ready at check in is advised. After all, you started paying at check in so the cabin rental company should pay you if it is not ready.  Be careful of the fine print on the website.

Here’s a real-life example:  "Please Note: Due to our standards for cleanliness, there is the possibility that your vacation rental may not be ready right at 3:00PM, especially during peak season. Your patience is appreciated."   

Action: Ask what your North Georgia Cabins Rental Terms policy is if things are not up to snuff when you arrive?  With all due respect, know your recourse for not having the cabin ready at check in.

Do you have to go out of your way to check in and get your key, sign documents, before going on to your cabin?

When you start your vacation, the last thing you want to have to do is go somewhere to check in and get a key, then drive miles and miles to your rented cabin. Have this cleared before you start your trip.  Avoid paying extra to have this convenience.

Action:  Ask how to get everything straight with check-in before arrival so you can go right to your rented cabin location and get in?

Will the cabin give you a peaceful and quiet retreat?

This could be a vacation killer.  Do the pictures show one thing and yet the cabin location you get to is a whole other story?  Traffic noise, no trees, poor landscaping, are all things that should be considered and addressed before booking your cabin.

Actions:  Scrutinize all available pictures for the cabin and its property, including the outside of the cabin.

Seek out Google earth maps to show the surroundings.  You will need the google earth plug in tool Google Earth (shows terrain of downtown Helen, GA) so that will get a feel of terrain and what is around the property.  If you don't have this, you must at least check it out as it is beyond cool. You may be able to get the geo-coordinates after booking to pinpoint on Google where the cabin is.  This will show the location and its proximity to roadways and will likely show the general landscape of the rented cabin. We hope this tip alone was worth downloading this guide.

Does the management require a deposit?

This also can “damage” your vacation. Spill some juice or wine on a comforter, break a coffee pot, or scratch a wood floor when a pebble got in your child’s shoe? These issues happen more than you might think.  Sometimes it may be a friend or a child that had a silly mishap. Being covered gives peace of mind.

Action: Be sure you have protection for mishaps.  Seek adequate coverage. Typically, accidental damages run under $1,500 so coverage for that amount should be sufficient.  For only about $30, it will provide peace of mind that if anything gets damaged, you will not be held liable. You will then not need to put down a security deposit.

Smartly check out what others are saying.

What others are saying should be only one part of looking at the cabin company you are dealing with.   Did you know that Apple has the highest number of complaints with their phones? They also have what some consider the best phone in the world and have sold more phones than any other company. EVER.   All companies have complaints, the question is how do they take action to rectify the situation? Ever notice that you never see a complaint on a companies "reviews or comments" board. Posting actual surveys of their guest visits will give the good, the bad and the ugly. Keep in mind that there are some that may never be pleased no matter what is provided but that is a very small exception.  Be cautious when looking at a few complaints as your sole choice on making your decision of what company to book with. A less than 1% complaint history is considered excellent.

Action: Ask to see if recent surveys are available online for you to review.  If not, check Yelp link or Facebook , or other social media to see what they are saying. BBB shows how the company will handle complaints.  Compare and see how they stack up. A quick check can help in your decision on what company you should go with.

5 Tips on How To Maximize Value & Minimize Expenses

Are you hoping to minimize the costs associated with your next vacation?

Although we all hope to enjoy a luxurious, relaxing, and fun getaway experience, we may not always be able to afford it. This often means making sacrifices, choosing to stay at a sub-par hotel, or being required to skip out on a certain attraction. But what if you didn't have give up anything, while still sticking with your budget?  

Helen, Georgia, and its surrounding areas is one of best vacation destinations for travelers who are hoping to stretch their dollar further, while having the time of their lives. It's so simple to save money that you won't even have to think about it - no meticulous planning or calculations required. By following this guide to getting your money's worth when staying in a lush cabin rental, you'll get the very most out of your upcoming trip.  

1. Choose Your Amenities  

If you really want to get the most out of your experience in a luxury mountain cabin rental, you should take a little bit of time to pick out the amazing amenities that you want to enjoy during your stay. It's so easy to browse through the selection of cabin rentals that are available, and make your choice based upon what would make you happiest. Is it very important for you to have a cabin with a great view? Book your cabin based upon whether or not it offers a mountain, forest, creek, or waterfall view. Is this a romantic couple's getaway? Be sure to stay in a cabin that has a hot tub, Jacuzzi bath, and fireplace.

Perhaps you and your group would have fun playing billiards or foosball in a game room, or gathering around a fire pit to trade stories and toast marshmallows. Whether you can't live without your favorite satellite radio program, you need to stay connected to high speed internet, or you'd like your cabin to have a washer and dryer unit, there's something for everyone here.

2. Dine In  

One of the biggest expenses associated with going on vacation is dining. When you have to eat out at a restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for your entire trip, the costs really start to add up - especially if you're traveling with the whole family. You can stretch your dollar further when you stay in a luxury cabin by making use of your fully equipped and completely modern kitchen. Here, you can prepare your own meals that you can enjoy in your dining area, or on your outdoor patio. You can even request a cabin with a barbecue so that you can grill out with the fish that you caught on the Chattahoochee earlier that day.

3. Buddy Up  

A smart way to save some extra money and get more value for your dollar is by traveling with friends. Bring your closest family friends or another couple along to enjoy a vacation with you and yours. The kids will have a blast bunking up with their buddies, and the adults can still enjoy their privacy in their own separate bedrooms. You'll have a ton of room to spread out, and plenty of common areas to come together and bond closer together without having to spend as much money. When you split the costs of accommodations, you will really get your money's worth, and have some extra left over to purchase souvenirs or visit other attractions.

4. Bring the Pooch  

If you've got a dog, you know how expensive it can be to board your pup in a kennel while you are gone on vacation. Half the time, your pet's room and board costs almost as much as your own. When you stay in a luxury mountain cabin rental, you can avoid these costs entirely. Pet friendly cabins make it possible for you to enjoy your vacation with your dog, and without spending a lot of extra money.

5. Budget-Friendly Attractions      

Having fun doesn't have to cause you to go bankrupt. There are plenty of fun and interesting things to do and see that are all just a stone's throw away from your cabin. History buffs will love the Sautee-Nacoochee History Center and the Dahlonega Gold Rush Museum. Kids will adore putt-putt golf at the Alpine Mini Golf Course, and couples will fall in love with complimentary wine tastings at Habersham Winery. And don't forget to go tubing down the river! It's all very budget-friendly.

Who says that you can't have your cake and eat it, too? When you stay in a luxury mountain cabin, you can maximize your vacation experience while minimizing your costs. Are you ready to find out how much money you can save on your next trip to Helen?

Travel Tips For Groups, Businesses & Professionals To Make The Most Of Their Trip

Nature has a way of calming and settling the mind. There is a reason why movies feature writers and artists with cabins sitting on open land and blanketed by forest.

The wilderness refreshes the mind and rejuvenates the spirit.
Not everyone can afford to own a cabin for vacationing or for a permanent residence. Fortunately, there are Georgia cabin rentals.
Groups can escape for a weekend or even for a weeklong excursion into the woods. The cabins sit in pockets of wilderness in the Northern Georgia Appalachian foothills, offering views of creeks, mountains, and waterfalls.

There are pet friendly cabins with play areas for kids so that the family can come along, too. Breathe in fresh air and wood floors and framework. Relax in the cabins’ open-layouts and high-ceilings. Cabins come with modern amenities and appliances, with marble countertops and stone-wrapped bars and fireplaces.


Boy Scout or Girl Scout groups can explore the wilderness through the trails that weave through the forests and run along streams. Businesses can hold multiple day conferences using HDTVs and high-speed Internet access for unorthodox meetings that increase productivity, morale, and team rapport. There is more to do outside the cabins in Helen GA, too.
In Helen, golfing, shopping, fine dining, canoeing, and other services wait, all built around the idea of families and couples, businesses and groups. Photographers can take advantage of the scenery and capture the awe of nature or the livelihood of people. Artists can use the decks of cabins or parts of the trail to create art. Writers can concentrate and spill words onto paper.

Spa treatments, massages, or even tubing caters to the needs of the busy individual looking for a getaway. Cabins in Helen gain notoriety for their picturesque views and separation from the ribbons of black pavement, noise of traffic, and the exhaust of machines.

Whether from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, or anywhere else in the world, there are peaceful luxury cabins in North Georgia in Helen. Anyone looking to escape work or to work at an escape can enjoy the gentleness of nature, the stillness of hanging fog, and cool air and wake up to the smell of fresh air or fall asleep to gentle stars, flowing streams, and mellow crickets.

Top Cabin Rental Tips Before You Book

Getting away to one of the many great North Georgia Cabin Rentals is a great way to spend a vacation. It's easy to relax among the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains with views of forests, creeks and waterfalls.

The cabins offer a wide variety of home environments from simple cabins to luxurious homes to meet the needs of any vacationer. Before booking a cabin, there are three tips everyone should know.

Comparison Shop

Just as every vacation is unique, all the Georgia cabin rentals are unique as well. Rental companies usually operate several properties of different sizes and with various amenities. Before choosing one home, renters should look around at the variety of homes a company offers to get the home that best suits their needs.

Some homes also provide more kitchenware or linens than other homes. Rental websites include photos of homes and sometimes videos of properties. These allow the renter to look around the vacation rental and check out the views and scenery around the home before making a final decision.

Local Attractions

When choosing a cabin, vacationers should consider the local attractions around the rental they choose and what they want to do during their vacation. Some cabins will be closer to Helen GA attractions such as water activities like kayaking and white water rafting. Other rentals will be closer to the mountains for hiking, mountain biking, and picnics.

Vacationers may also want to consider cabins closer to towns for golfing, shopping, and fine dining opportunities.

Know the Terms

Every cabin rental company sets specific terms for using the cabin rentals in North Georgia. It's important to know and understand these terms before renting a home. The terms usually include important information such as check in and check out times, arrangements for picking up and dropping off keys, whether or not pets are welcome, how many guests may stay in the house, and refund policies. The terms also spell out the renter's rights.

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Choosing to vacation in the cabin rentals in North Georgia is a fun and unique experience. Following a few tips to get the best cabin will ensure a great time for all.

Once you decide that a cabin rental is your best lodging option for a North Georgia vacation you have the difficult decision of which cabin is best. The area is filled with cabin rentals and it may be hard to choose which is best for your group. There are specific questions to ask yourself when determining which cabin is the best fit.

What are you looking for in a cabin rental on your next vacation to the North Georgia mountains?

What size cabin do we need? 
Size is likely the primary characteristic you'll need to consider when choosing cabin rentals. You can start by searching for cabins based on the number of rooms and the people they sleep.The rental company will list the maximum number of people that can stay in each cabin. Once you determine whether your group will fit in a cabin pay careful attention to the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. Consider mapping out your group and placing each person in a bed and bedroom to ensure you have enough space for everyone to stay comfortably. Bathrooms and bedrooms are important but you should also pay attention to the amount of shared living space in the cabin. If your group consists of both adults and children having a separate space for the children to play is beneficial so they're not always underfoot. 

Where is the cabin located? 

Before you choose a cabin you should determine the proximity to activities you are hoping to participate in. There are many different online resources that can help you plan your vacation activities and the distance from cabin rentals. A great place to start is the Explore Georgia website. This website is sponsored by the State of Georgia and outlines all the amazing things to do in the North Georgia mountains. You can also search local sites, such as the Helen, Georgia website, for area attractions, events, activities, and establishments. This research may lead you to a restaurant you don't want to miss, a ziplining adventure that would be perfect for your family, or a state park that has an amazing view of the mountains. Once you know what you are hoping to do you can compare them to the cabin rental locations. Inserting the cabin address into an online map program will allow you to see the distance from each cabin to the vacation activities you've chosen. This will allow you to maximize your time in the Georgia mountains and ensure you aren't driving long distances to reach your destinations. 

What amenities are available in the rental cabins? 

No two cabin rentals are alike because they all offer different combinations of features and amenities. Take the time to consider what your group is hoping to do at the cabin. Perhaps it is important that the teenagers in your group have access to a game room. Once you know the size of cabin you need you can search for only those that offer a pool table, arcade games, or ping pong table. If you know ahead of time you want to have a family movie night you'll want to choose a cabin that offers a state of the art entertainment center. If relaxation and escape is key don't miss the opportunity to rent a hot tub cabin. You can sort and search by each of these features to help narrow down your options for cabin rentals. Since your vacation is unlike any other, you deserve a cabin that matches your needs and priorities.

Is the cabin rental company reputable and trustworthy? 

Choosing to rent a cabin for your next vacation is a great decision, but make sure you are also doing research on the cabin rental companies. After visiting a cabin company's website take the time to read customer reviews and search out independent traveler feedback on websites such as Yelp. You can also take the time to contact the local Better Business Bureau to learn of any complaints filed against the rental company. Facebook is also a great way to contact others that have stayed with a cabin rental company. Once you "like" the rental company you can post on its Facebook page to learn about others' rental experiences. Last but not least, you should call the cabin rental company to ask any lingering questions you may have. Taking the opportunity to speak directly to the cabin rental company will help you determine whether the rental is right for your group.

What is the most important characteristic you look for when choosing cabin rentals for your next vacation?

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