Josh (6), Michael (12), Mom and Dad just got back from our vacation to the beautiful Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains and boy are we glad to be back. This vacation brings new perspective to the famous expression “Home Sweet Home”.
Our nightmare vacation began with a welcome committee of huge aggressive wasps all around the entrance to our cabin. One immediately went straight to sting Josh as he explored the staircase. A second welcome committee was anxiously awaiting our arrival inside the cabin. We spent the 2 hrs following our 2 day drive from Miami to Georgia – smacking wasps with brooms, mops and an almost empty can of wasp killer left at the doorstep by the cleaning crew (also known as the exterminators).
After back and forth pointless discussions, we were finally relocated and offered to decide the next day where we wanted to spend the remaining days. The second cabin was smaller but we did not mind – at least we were the only guests! When we called to inform our choice to the property manager she said she had forgotten it was rented and we needed to move back to the original one. She assured us the wasps and their nests were all taken care of by the exterminator. But when we arrived we saw this was not the case. The cleaning crew came back again to take care of more wasps and the exterminator was called once again. This was day 2 of our vacation nightmare.
At this point we just wanted to be moved back to the second cabin but the property manager was not able to and had no other option for us, so she showed up 2 days after (Day 4 of our vacation) with a bottle of wine, probably hoping we would forget everything once drunk. As an additional consolation prize the professional exterminator showed up (with just a 48 hrs turn around) to let us know that we had to understand that we are on the wasps turf and we just had to deal with it if we were vacationing in the mountains. (Obviously, if we had been warned of the wasp infestation by the property manager, we would have probably considered a staycation).
We must be fair to the beautiful scenic Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia and its friendly people. The Ocoee River Rapids is a beautiful place to spend leisure time, both on weekends and on week days (swimming is allowed).
The Helton Creek Falls are definitely worth the drive to anyone visiting the area. Swimming in the fresh spring VERY COLD water is a unique experience.
We loved the town gathering atmosphere at Horseshoe Creek where families spend time fishing, swimming, kayaking, singing and dancing.
Mercier Orchards offers a great variety of products and fruits from their own orchards. We loved their peaches.
The best food was at Pearly Gates, located in the Georgia-Tennessee state line. The service was amazing!
All in all, we love the scenery in the Georgia Mountains but recommend that you do your research well before laying out your credit card. We will definitely NEVER rent from Mountain Paws Cabin Rentals or their partner Enchanted Mountain Retreats again. Best wishes on your travels