Monday, July 27, 2009

Southern Charm

When you think of a vacation in Georgia, most people think of Atlanta or Savannah......well, I beg to differ. A vacation at one of the Georgia State parks is a terrific idea for a girlfriend getaway and the best thing is, the rate rocks! By "rocks" we mean "affordable" ......which is the idea behind this blog!

Where to go:
Unicoi State Park - nestled in the north Georgia mountains just two miles from the Alpine village of Helen, Unicoi is one of Georgia’s most beloved state parks. Throughout the year, the park offers outstanding programs which focus on natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources.

Accommodations:Rent a 2-bedroom cottage at Unicoi State Park for $135 per night in September. With tax, cottage totals $310.50 for a 2-night stay. For a group of 4 girls, the cost is $78.00 per person. Cottage is 2 bedrooms with a separate living room, dining room and kitchen fully stocked with all utensils to prepare a full course meal. You may plan your meals ahead of time and bring your own supplies OR grab a few items from one of the Package stores in the area.

Things to do: The plan is to check in on Friday -- catch up on the latest affairs over a few drinks then call it a night! On Saturday, the great outdoor awaits. Enjoy hiking and biking on scenic mountain trails, especially those leading to Helen and Anna Ruby Falls. Try *lake fishing or boating then enjoy a picnic while bird watching from one of the picnic tables scattered around the park. Craft lovers should not miss the lodge gift shop specializing in hand-made quilts and local pottery.
*Fishing Tackle Loaner Program:
The DNR's fisheries management office and several state parks have created a program where visitors may borrow equipment for no charge. Visitors can check out a pole, try their luck, then return the equipment when they are finished

Bring along: Girlfriend getaways are not complete without a book discussion. Bring along a copy of Wendy Wax's book called "Leave It To Cleavage." According to the list author on Amazon, this novel is "Cute, contemporary romance set in the fictional town of Truro, GA. According to the author, it's more correctly in the NC mtns, just north of the GA line, but the book calls the town Truro, GA."


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