Where to go in GA and FL this fall and winter?
The corona virus is not going away anytime soon. We have all had to completely rethink how, where, and when to travel. Spontaneity is a more complicated thing these days. But since travel and change of scenery is imperative for the soul, we have already began researching places to visit later this year for when those crisp, cooler temps begin to show. The Adventurous Alfords are looking at several places to review and visit but instead of waiting, I am compiling the list now so that you can possibly plan your own adventure in the near future, but full disclosure: Most of the following are places we have not visited but are very interested in visiting very soon. If you have done any of the following, please remember to leave a comment below of your thoughts and/or recommendations. So lets lay out a fun agenda for loads of safe possibilities for this fall and winter season that is just around the corner!
Our family is very consistent with visiting Walt Disney World every Christmas season for the famous Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Unfortunately, amid the Halloween party cancelation announcement, our holiday tradition is not looking too promising for this year. But for years we have always toyed with the idea of visiting the famous "Christmas town", Dahlonega, Georgia. Known for its Christmas Halmark movie set locations and its abundant yule tide cheer, Dahlonega is home to so much more. Shopping, wineries, a lavender field, beautiful backdrops for long walks, good eats, and so much Christmas, you would swear that Saint Nick resides here in the off season. Click here for an entire cabin that you can rent for you and your crew that is just minutes from historical Dahlonega. Or you and 3 others can opt for this magical tree house only 20 minutes away in Dawsonville, Ga. This famous Airbnb usually stays booked up so you may have to plan your trip based off of the availability that this treehouse currently has. How often can you say that you slept in a tree house under the stars in North Georgia?
Glamping in Georgia
You all know we absolutely love to "glamp". You know, camping, but way more luxurious. Connecting with nature while not having to compromise the comfort and pleasantries of home is one of the most unique and fun ways to vacation. Whether its a romantic getaway, a family adventure, or friends unplugging for a weekend, glampers must visit the Georgia Glamping Company located at the Shady Grove Campground on beautiful Lake Lanier, near Cumming, Georgia. Our family is super excited about the second location that will be opening soon in Henry County, just south of Atlanta. Ga Glamping Company also offers so many extras that you can add on to your vacation such as kayak rentals, smores kits, cornhole boards, and even a professional photographer to document your time during this unforgettable trip (all for additional rates). Visit https://www.gaglamping.com/ for all rates and more details.
A ranch in Florida
If you are one of the many that likes to flee from the cooler temperatures by traveling south, then there are two incredibly unique stays that we want to try very much so. First is West Gate River Ranch Resort in River Ranch, Florida. Once you arrive, you will have no reason to leave. On this ranch, you have endless possibilities of what you can do but where you can rest your head at night is what makes this establishment so luring and also makes for quite the experience. Massive teepees are situated around an enchanted wooded campsite that beckons you to kick off the ranch boots and roast up a marshmallow or two before you retire to your authentic conical tent. During the day, you can enjoy archery, horseback riding, floating in the pool, zip lining and more! Weekends treat guests to rodeos loaded with excitement. Teepees are only one of many options on where to hang your hat at night but upon my research, the Teepee package includes so much more than just lodging so be sure to visit the information section on their website upon booking. Pack up the car and head south for an unforgettable adventure. Visit https://www.westgateresorts.com/hotels/florida/river-ranch/westgate-river-ranch-resort/?cmpid=google-gmb-organic-wgrrr&utm_source=google-gmb&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=wgrrr for rates and details.
A quaint and romantic getaway
The next location is located in north Florida and is a small town, called Mount Dora, that I didn't even know existed until my love for sushi led to the discovery of every sushi connoisseur's dream eatery. The restaurant is called Wave Asian Bistro. Please visit their Instagram to only get a glimpse of how amazing this place looks! https://www.instagram.com/wavemountdora/ So with that being a point of interest, I dove into the town that Wave resides in and found it to be quite a little gem. Mount Dora has several unique stops that will make this trip a memorable one for sure. Stop in at the Mount Dora Olive Oil company to taste and stock up for your cooking ventures. Swing into Barrel of Books and Games if you need to pick up a souvenir for the kiddos or stop by the Piglets Pantry for a souvenir/treat for the fur-baby in your life. With Apopka being only 25 minutes or so away, you can canoe and kayak some of the most beautiful springs in the country. Speaking of canoeing... This Airbnb, pictured above, is absolutely darling for the most perfect and romantic Mount Dora getaway.
Blue Ridge Georgia
Known for its mystical blue mountains, breath taking leaf color changes, and endless opportunities of outdoor exploration, Blue Ridge Georgia offers tons of entertainment for the entire family. You can "tube" down Toccoa River, ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway*, visit Bear Claw Vineyards, hike to and see a waterfall, and eat, eat, EAT! Along with all there is to do, there are different festivals throughout the year that go on but due to the current pandemic, be sure to check for cancelation news before planning your trip. Check out this cabin, photographed above, in Blue Ridge that sleeps up to eight guests, includes a hot tub, and boasts beautiful views of the mountains. *Photos below are compliments of Fable Heart Media and Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Be sure to follow on instagram for updates.
From warmer climates to cooler mountain temps, there are several places on my radar for a winter or fall getaway this year. Sticking with more nature related adventures reduces risks of higher crowds and still ensures a pleasant mini vacay with your significant other or your entire quarantine circle during these strange and uncertain times. Set up a small "adventure fund" piggy bank and get to planning your next vacation now.
The Adventurous Alfords