This past weekend we took advantage of the fact that I had Monday off for Martin Luther King day and took a long weekend trip to the mountains. It was wonderful! My family's cherished lake house was taken in the tornado that came through north Georgia spring before last. We have just finally finished rebuilding the cabin and decided to take advantage of that and spent some much needed R&R time in the mountains over the long weekend.
We started the weekend off by visiting one of the most beautiful vineyards I've ever been to. It's called Tiger Mountain Vineyards and is in Tiger, GA. For just $5 you can taste all the wine you want. All their grapes are grown in Rabun County which is pretty neat and they have some delicious wines which have won more than 170 awards! I would highly encourage everyone to make a visit if you are ever in the area! Their vineyards and tasting room are open year round. My two favorite wines were the Nortan and the Cabernet Franc. We purchased a bottle of the Nortan.
Saturday we visited Anna Ruby Falls near Helen, GA. This has got to be one of the prettiest waterfalls I have ever seen, which is saying something since I've seen lots of waterfalls all over the country. This beautiful falls is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest and is readily accessible for only $3 a person. The water cascading over the drop offs is created by two creeks. The Curtis Creek falls drop 153 feet and the York Creek falls are a much shorter but still spectacular 50 feet. There is a 1/2 mile paved trail that leads from the parking lot to two viewing decks to see the falls. The 1/2 mile hike leads you by the creek to the top of the falls. It is a gorgeous walk. This would even be an easy hike for an elderly person or small child. Again this is a most see if you are ever in north GA.
Our next stop was the Habersham Winery in Helen, GA. I love Habersham Winery. Although it doesn't have quite the picturesque view the Tiger Mountain Winery has, the wine is less expensive and is free to taste. You get four small tasting samples for free at this winery. Warning: this winery is more "touristy" than the Tiger Mountain Winery but is still worth going! This winery has also won numerous awards for its wine!
The final unique stop of the long weekend was Baby Land General Hospital in Cleveland, GA. The new baby land hospital was recently relocated. I have to say if you ever had the chance to visit the old Baby Land General Hospital the new one was quite a disappointment. Although it looks bigger from the outside (and also a bit like an insane asylum) the inside was a disappointment compared to the old baby hospital. This hospital is much more of a gift shop and much less of an experience. However, they do still feature births from Mother Cabbage every hour and do still have a nursery. You just have to get by the fact that "hickery dickery dock" is blaring through the speakers. That being said when I have a daughter someday I will still take her here. Admission is free so that's a plus!