Over the weekend, Eddie and I went on a mini vacation to the North Georgia Mountains. We wanted to get out of the apartment for a few days, relax, and spend some time hiking. The other main purpose of our trip was to retreat and spend time with the Lord without so many distractions in our face all the time. We both love being out in the woods and surrounded by the beauty of the wilderness, so I started looking for something up in the mountains.
I found an adorable little cabin in the woods via Airbnb.com that looked like the perfect place to spend the weekend. It definitely exceeded our expectations! It was very basic and cozy with wood plank floors, walls, and ceilings and windows on every side. We were convinced that we wanted to return in the future after only ten minutes of being there!
We drove up to the cabin on Friday night. The owners of the cabin live in a house on the property and greeted us with homemade blueberry muffins. Sooo good! We munched on the muffins all weekend long. Our hosts were an older couple who retired up in the mountains and they are super hospitable and encouraging. Meeting them definitely added to the sweetness of our trip.
avocado and egg breakfast pizza together. I love cooking with my man! This is one of my favorite recipes right now because it's so easy to make. It was a perfect pre-hike meal, too, since it's so hearty.
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We ended up doing about a six mile hike and had the trail mostly to ourselves the whole time. We came across a handful of bikers along the way but no other hikers. We got to just walk and talk, think and breathe a little bit. With Spring still on its way, the trail was pretty barren and dry. The snow had just recently left the area and it looked like the path had just been cleared, leaving lots of dead trees and branches on the sides of the path. Eddie, being the
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At one point during our hike, I mentioned that I was craving Cuban food. Eddie said I was in luck because our host, after learning that Eddie's Cuban, mentioned that there is a Cuban restaurant in the little downtown area. Win! Once we were finished hiking, we headed over to the restaurant to check it out. The city that it was in is on the literal border of Tennessee and Georgia, so in some of the restaurants you can eat in Tennessee and pay in Georgia! The Cuban restaurant was quaint and our food was tasty. After being spoiled by Eddie's family's cooking, I wasn't super amazed, but it hit the spot. They even had guava and cheese pastries! I was a pretty happy girl.
After we ate, we wandered around the main street of the city and got some homemade fudge for the road. Muffins, pastries, and now fudge...I love this place! Our hosts recommended that we check out an overlook off of the interstate to get a good view of the sunset, so we went there next.
Eddie chose a polenta recipe for dinner and it was really tasty and filling. I love pretty much anything corn related and this was no exception. Eddie always picks the best food and recipes! The rest of the evening consisted of tea, a faux fireplace, goofing off, and some good rest.
We headed home early the next afternoon, after an encouraging conversation with our hosts. I would definitely go back again, just to spend some time with these folks! On our way home, we stopped at Mercier Orchards to get some cider and snacks. We went apple picking here last fall and I was pretty excited that it was close by on the route home. Stopping into the general store was the icing on the cake of our trip!