Monday, July 5, 2010

A Blue Ridge, Georgia Family Vacation

This week my family and I will be getting ready for our annual family vacation, which we are going to spend in a beautiful lodge located on a mountaintop overlooking the Toccoa River, near the quaint little town of Blue Ridge, Georgia. This will be our fourth trip to Blue Ridge, and there will be ten of us, ranging in age from 5 to 84.

If you are within driving distance and planning a family vacation or reunion, you might want to consider the Blue Ridge, Georgia, area as your destination.

We love the mountains and the reason we enjoy Blue Ridge is because it offers something fun for everyone, regardless of interests or age. For the adventurous, there's whitewater rafting, hiking, horseback riding, trout fishing, and exploring waterfalls. You can also take a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, explore the abundance of antique and gift shops in the area, or just sit on the cabin porch and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Toccoa River below.

While all of those things are fun to do, I think one reason our family vacations are so enjoyable is because of where we stay. When we first decided on the Blue Ridge area, my daughter and I "googled" luxury mountain cabins trying to find accommodations that would suit the needs of our family. We needed a cabin that would provide enough room for 10 people to comfortably sleep, eat, and relax without being crowded.

We soon realized that that was not going to be an easy task. Oh, we found lots of luxury cabins, but some didn't have enough bedrooms ... others didn't have enough bathrooms ... and still others had (horrors!) carpet and upholstered furniture, which we didn't want (I know, we're picky!). But we're also diligent ... and, finally, one day all our searching paid off. That was the day we discovered a website called Cabin Rentals of Georgia, and we were thrilled with the incredibly luxurious lodges described there.

We soon discovered that they are just as beautiful "in person" as they are in the photos featured on the website.

Custom-built, owned, and maintained by Mr. Gary Knight and his wife, Lissa, the lodges range from 3-5 bedrooms and are elegantly decorated with upscale furnishings and accessories. They feature large gourmet kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances, granite countertops and eating islands, game rooms (with pool tables, air hockey, or table tennis), luxurious bathrooms with granite countertops, hot tubs, fireplaces ... well, I could go on and on, but you can click here to visit Gary's website (Cabin Rentals of Georgia), and see these extraordinary vacation lodges for yourself.

The lodge we'll be staying at this year is called Fallen Timber Lodge. We stayed in it last year and it was so spacious and comfortable for our large group, that we reserved it again this year. Here are a couple of photos:

I know this probably sounds like an advertisement for Gary's cabins, and perhaps, in a way, it is ... but it's because I know what we went through trying to find a perfect place for our family vacations, and if I can help someone else discover the pleasures of Blue Ridge, Georgia, and Gary Knight's beautiful cabins and gracious hospitality, then, so be it.

Working with Gary is truly a pleasure and I know you won't be disappointed. He appreciates your business, and goes "the extra mile" to make your vacation experience a happy and memorable one.

We are all counting the days until this weekend and are looking forward to a happy, memorable, and fun week with all of us under one (large) roof in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. It just doesn't get much better than that!


Deb said...

looks like a beautiful vacation spot....hope you have a nice relaxing vacation...

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love that area and visit it often. Thanks for the heads up on the cabins, they look lovely. Have a good week!

Tonja said...

WOW! Those pics are beautiful. What a place! I know you will have a great time staying there and relaxing and doing what's fun! Have a great time!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Looks like a wonderful spot for a trip, Janie!

I will be in Orlando going to a Peter Rabbit Tea at the Ritz with Cecelia! Hot, but fun!


Sheila :-)

Gary and Lissa Knight said...


Lissa and I are so honored by your kind words.

P.S. The Blackberries are about to peak this week and into next so make time to pick them and make a cobbler or have them for your breakfast.

We look forward to seeing you this sunday!

Gary Knight

Siddy said...

Very kind of you to share your research with us. I, too, was searching for "the perfect place" for our trip to Blue Ridge. I found The Sanctuary Awesome cabins and great customer service. Can't wait to get there!