Y’all we just got back from the best mini vacay in North Carolina + North GA and I can’t help but share! About two weeks ago we made the trip for my Katelyn’s wedding (more to come). Kate was married in Cleveland, GA on the prettiest. farm. ever. I mean – absolutely stunning.
Since we were traveling for the wedding, we decided to make it into a family vacation. The great thing about North GA, besides beautiful mountains, is how close it is to North Carolina. It’s been years since we were all together in NC and we couldn’t wait to get back.
While Kate was married in GA, we stayed near our family’s cabin in Murphy, NC. The cabin is located right alongside the Haiwassee River, which was our favorite part growing up. We would take tubes and jump into the freezing water as it took us down the river. I nixed the idea to go tubing on this trip – something about possible snakes threw me off.
There’s a lot of little towns in that area which makes for the perfect day trip. Our absolute favorite towns to visit included Dahlonega, Haiwassee, Helen and obviously Murphy. From state parks to shopping, I’ve rounded up my favorite spots:
If you’re near Haiwassee, you NEED to take a trip to the Brasstown Bald State Park. It’s on the highest mountain in GA. The sights are breathtaking – literally. If you walk up the trail, you will be out of breath. But it’s absolutely worth it.
The town known for being pure gold was one of my favorite places to visit. Especially if you make your way to Spirits Tavern. From boiled peanuts (done right) to a pimento + green tomato chow-chow burger, we ate our weight in southern dishes.
Oh, and shopping. We couldn’t resist walking around the town square and checking out all the antique | shabby-chic stores.
I wish I would have gotten more photos of this alpine-esque town. Every store goes along with the Bavarian themes. The town is known for its Bavarian village and Alpine food. We stopped at the Bodensee Restaurant for some authentic German food – absolutely delicious. Highly recommend the Chefs Favorite Sandwich, Pork Schnitzle and the spaetzle.
While in Helen, we also stopped at the Nora Mills Granary. Established in 1876 alongside the Chattahoochee River. You’re probably thinking – what’s so great about an old granary. Well, this place makes the absolute best grits and gravy mix – I mean, absolute best. You can even order online (which has been getting us through these past few years).