Daydreaming about Our Summer Vacation

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We have had record cold weather here in Georgia this week. It was so cold that they cancelled school, not because of snow and ice, but because of concern that with the extreme cold (6 degrees) school buses wouldn’t work, kids wouldn’t be warm enough at the bus stops, and they couldn’t keep the schools warm enough.

This cold weather has one advantage though. It has got me thinking about where I want to go on vacation this summer. Yes, it may be freezing cold here, but my mind is elsewhere…..mainly in the north Georgia mountains.

Last summer my girls and I had the opportunity to spend a few days at our friends’ cabin in Cleveland, Georgia. Bill and Anne have owned this cabin for years and when I mentioned to them that we were planning a trip to the mountains, they offered to let us use their  cabin.

Cleveland is a charming little town and within reasonable driving distance of a number of great north Georgia attractions. While staying at their cabin, Hooch Cabin, we visited the German-inspired town of Helen, Brasstown Bald (the highest point in Georgia), Vogel State Park (a beautiful park with a gorgeous lake, and Unicoi State Park, another great park. Each of these places is worthy of their own blog entry and I will try to write about them all soon.

While we had a great time visiting the places mentioned above,  we could have easily spent the whole trip at the cabin because this trip wasn’t about seeing everything there was to see. It was about relaxing, laughing, playing, and just spending time together.

Here are some of the highlights of Bill and Anne’s cabin.

We knew we were in for a true mountain getaway just by the road we took to get there. This long, winding road took us off of the main road and into the mountains. It soon became one lane and when we realized we weren’t sure if we were going the right way, we were relieved to see this sign:

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Here is the front of the cabin. Plenty of firewood. Perfect for this time of year.

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When Bill told us that their cabin was on the Chatahoochee, I don’t think we fully realized that he meant right on the river. We followed a little trail behind the cabin and came to a beautiful, wide section of the river. You could hear the water flowing from inside the cabin. It just added to the relaxing atmosphere.

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Good thing we brought our boots for wading in the water!

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The cabin has an open concept floor plan with the living room, dining room, and kitchen open to one another. A wood-burning stove in the center of the room is an awesome feature this time of the year (but I’m still daydreaming about warmer weather).


The cabin has two bedrooms and one bathroom. One bedroom has a queen-sized bed and the other one has bunk beds. It’s perfect for a family.

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The living room has a futon that my daughter enjoyed sleeping on. They have lots of board games and a wii. We enjoyed playing with both.

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Another awesome feature of the cabin was the huge screen porch that runs the entire length of the back of the cabin. It has plenty of seating (you can even sleep out there.), a foosball table, darts, and a pool table. You are surrounded by trees and can hear the river from the porch. Very relaxing and fun.

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It gets even better though. Half way between the cabin and the river is a little screened building with a hot tub! We enjoyed an evening in the hot tub too.

My friend Anne and I love to shop at yard sales, estate sales, and thrift shops together. She even has a booth at an antique shop in Fairburn. I enjoyed seeing many of her vintage “treasures” displayed throughout the cabin. Check out this cute little curio display of miniatures.

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They had a guest book next to the front door. Here is the letter my daughter left for them. My daughters can’t wait to go back. It was a fun and relaxing vacation and the perfect setting for a mountain getaway.

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Thanks Bill and Anne for sharing your cabin with us. We had a great time.

Bill is the property manager of Hooch Cabins. They have a number of cabins to choose from in the north Georgia mountains. His website is and you can reach him at (800) 443-9294.

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