stephen and I were in serious need of a weekend getaway to unwind after a busy few months of work and life in general. north georgia has beautiful fall foliage and abundant apple harvests this time of year and is a short hour and half drive from atlanta. we picked a b&b, did some minimal pre-planning, and set out for one of the best weekends we've had in a long time.
we chose hearthstone lodge - a well appointed, three bedroom, straight-out-of-southern-living bed and breakfast. having never been to a b&b before, we didn't really know what to expect. it turned out to be a comfortable and fun experience and we would do it again! it's especially great since you really don't have to go to the grocery store because a gourmet breakfast is included every morning.
each morning, we were greeted by the innkeepers pat and phil for a delicious breakfast and amazing coffee. our saturday morning spread was a fruit parfait, scrambled eggs with sticky bacon, and german apple pancakes. sunday morning's breakfast was a fruit parfait, made-to-order omelets, potatoes, and grilled vegetables. we ate around the table as a group and caught up with the other two couples about what everyone had done the day before.
hearthstone lodge has three bedrooms to choose from: the lady gala, jonagold, and the sir mcintosh. the rooms are all named after types of apples and each have their own unique feel. we chose the lady gala suite.
the downstairs of the b&b had a game room with pool and darts, a large tv which was great for football saturday, and an outdoor hot tub.
I picked this b&b for several reasons, but one of the deciding factors was the hot tub. on friday night, we drove into blue ridge for dinner and came back for a dip in the hot tub under the stars. after our busy day on saturday, we watched college football downstairs in the common area and it was just as comfortable as being home.
all in all, our first experience at a b&b was enjoyable. we had an amazing weekend in the north georgia mountains, including a trip to cartecay vineyards, amicalola falls, and bj reece apple orchard. this will definitely be an annual trip for us!