Monday, 31 July 2017

Georgia Road Trip - July 2017

Just got back from a lovely few days in north Georgia, little road trip with my little one to visit family. I made a separate post on road trip food for babies.

Hiawassee, Georgia
Sadly I didn't get to see the sights of Hiawassee this time around, it was just were we stayed but it was very pretty.



Helen
About 30 minutes from Hiawassee is the Alpine style town of Helen, quite touristy for it's German look and food and also river tubing!



Nacoochee

Just next door to Helen is the tiny area of Nacoochee which has a three floor antique store and a coffee shop and an old working mill across the road (apparently famous for grits).


Tree Hugger GF Pizza (with added olives) at Nacoochee Village Tavern & Pizzeria. GF beer too!
The pizza was pretty good, shame there wasn't a lot of toppings and we had a mixed experience of service.



Crane Creek Winery, in Young Harris
This winery has vegan wine and is ridiculously gorgeous!
I chose a Zusa which was like a dry riesling.





Brasstown Bald is Georgia's tallest mountain and subsequently the highest point in the state, reaching 4,784 feet above sea level.
We did the 0.6 mile hike, very steep, to the top. There is a shuttle service also, included in the admission price.




Clarkesville 

On the way see Mark of the Potter we needed to eat so we stopped in Clarkesville which had some lovely shops, boutiques, antiques and home wares.

We ate at Midtown Grill because they had veggie burgers (Gardein) and their fries were really really good.


Mark of the Potter, super cute pottery store located right on the Soquee River. Very picturesque and lovely pottery, I especially like the factory seconds area :)



Got this lovely "factory second" bowl that was perfect for a salt piglet...





Juliette

On the way home I had to visit Juliette, the filming location for Fried Green Tomatoes and with a fully functioning Whistle Stop Cafe (and apparently the best fried green tomatoes around). Unfortunately nothing vegan on the menu and everything cooked in lard but a gorgeous town none the less and well worth the stop. Not much changed since the filming apparently the town was fairly empty after the mill shut own in the 1960's and was revived by the filming of the movie.











Macon, Georgia
Just 20 minutes from Juliette is Macon and just off the highway was Back to Edenz. Everything is vegan and it's a buffet so they charged by the pound, at least half of the items were gluten free - as you can see I didn't starve ;).





Forgot to mention on the trip up to Hiawassee I drove the Savannah way, which was very pretty and stopped in Commerce at the Lodge factory store and they have a factory seconds area in the back. Got this lovely cast iron pan for $16.




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