Monday, October 12, 2009

Create New Thanksgiving Traditions in the North Georgia Mountains

Have your Thanksgiving holidays always been pretty normal? Want a new tradition for this Thanksgiving? Well, we have the place and the space you’ve been looking for!

Head to the North Georgia Mountains for a serene, scenic, and special Thanksgiving holiday. The Villas at the Coosawattee River Resort offers cabins and villas tucked away in the mountains in all of the most scenic locations of the resort. The accommodations have full kitchens, perfect for any kind of Thanksgiving feast you desire, and the area offers many eateries, activities, and must see locations. Think of how wonderful seeing everyone relaxed in the comfort of a mountain retreat, soaking in the beauty of nature will be this holiday season.

Take a long weekend in the mountains and bond with those surrounding you in a new way. Fill the days with strolls in the woods, a little fishing, some drives around the resort, and soaking in nature at its finest. Use some time to explore the resort’s Recreation Center filled with multiple activities such as indoor swimming, tennis, putt putt golf, arcade games, and more. Take a day to cut your own Christmas tree at one of the many Christmas tree farms in the North Georgia Mountains, such as Lowery’s Tree Farm, Whisenant Mountain Farm, and Jones Tree Farm. The event offers a delightful experience for one and all, and starts the holiday season off with a time to remember!

Another change in tradition is going beyond the bird. Spending Thanksgiving away from home doesn’t mean that you are obligated to eat at a hotel buffet. Use the accommodation’s full kitchen to take a break from traditional menus and spice up Thanksgiving with pot roast, Cornish hen or ham instead of turkey. Just like with the traditional Thanksgiving turkey these meats make great sandwiches for left-overs. And instead of traditional Thanksgiving dressing, serve up some wild, long, grain brown rice with light gravy. Rice goes well with the pot roast, Cornish hen or ham too.

Maybe forgoing all the fuss of cooking is more appealing for you this Thanksgiving. Well, several options are available. Have gourmet dining in your resort lodging by contacting Cabin Cuisine. Let Cabin Cuisine prepare an exquisite meal—which allows everyone to be free of cooking and cleaning and to enjoy the memorable time in the mountains. Another option is to pick-up your feast from one of the many restaurants in the Ellijay and East Ellijay areas, such as Charlie’s Italian Restaurant, Davis House Restaurant, Cantaberry Restaurant, Il Forno, or Corner Stone CafĂ©. Give the place a call well ahead of time to establish operating hours and menu items. And last, bring your feast with you and store in your accommodations refrigerator until the big day. What a treat just to reheat!

Whatever your choice for the Thanksgiving feast, one thing is for sure—a holiday in the mountains can’t be beat. The air smells fresher, the sky looks bluer, the trees are more beautiful, and the birds sing a little sweeter. The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort is the premier destination for resort lodging in the Blue Ridge Mountains, featuring cabins, villas, and jacuzzi villas. Find this Thanksgiving hideaway in Ellijay, Georgia just over 75 miles north of Atlanta. Make sure to think ahead as Thanksgiving is the busiest travel weekend of the year. The sooner you book your accommodations the better.

North Georgia Fall Foliage Leaf Peeping in Coosawattee River Resort

Fall foliage is not limited to New England. The North Georgia Mountains has an abundance of autumn brilliance with outbursts of tree colors everywhere. Ablaze with brilliant yellow, glowing orange, fiery red, and rich brown, the time for leaf peeping is now! Be a leaf peeper and take a leaf peeping road trip this fall season!

The fall is an ideal time for a vacation: (1) the summer vacationers are home (2) school is in session, and (3) the weather is still warm! The conditions are flawless for a vacation in the peace and quiet of autumn foliage season. If you prefer to be independent and set your own itinerary or stay in a particular area, then a fall foliage vacation rather than a tour would work best for you.

Enjoy the warm autumn days and ramble along roads carpeted in kaleidoscope patterns of fallen leaves. The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort offers over 300 miles of winding roads through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Perfect for cruising to see all of the autumn foliage, The Villas offers scenic drives with quaint, picturesque, and comfortable parks throughout the resort. The parks offer the ability to take walks next to picture perfect streams and rivers, as well as to stroll over a suspension bridge, stop for a picnic, or cast a line for a little fishing.

Book your accommodation early, as it’s a popular way of seeing the fall foliage in the North Georgia Mountains. Lodging and accommodations can be tough to find if you leave it too late. The Villas at the Coosawattee River Resort offers cabins, villas, and condos at the most scenic locations around the resort.

Once you have your accommodations secured, plan for your spectacularly stunning stay at the resort. Start your leaf peeping excursion at the Recreation Center near the Eagle Mountain Gate. Your first destination is Canoe Park which is directly on the river front and an absolutely beautiful view of the river. This quiet place is a perfect for reading a book, writing a poem, or just looking around and feeling the beauty of the fall surroundings. The Fife Bridge in the background creates a very charming photo spot to boot!

Next, drive down to River Park, which is located in the Beaver Lake section of the resort. The park offers a nice little turn around, where you can take in all the beauty of the location in the comfort of your auto or get out for an easy stroll to the water’s edge. The park offers a spectacular pictorial view of the mountains and Coosawattee River. The park is equipped with a pavilion and picnic tables, charcoal grills, fire-rings / pits, and a portable restroom.

Continue your cruise to East Park which is located in Beaver Forest. This park is unquestionably the spot to take a leisurely stroll along the mile loop from the base of the mountain to the river. Soak in the splendor of the towering trees, striking mountain-side, and pacifying river-- all nature at its best. East Park offers a serene spot with a picnic area, playground equipment, and horse-shoes. The park is equipped with running water, restrooms, charcoal grills, and fire-rings / pits.

Carry on your drive to Indian Fishtrap Park, which is so named because of the large V design made into the river by Native Americans for trapping fish. Take a saunter across the swinging suspension bridge and enjoy the sounds and sights of the autumn nature surrounding you. Indian Fishtrap Park has a children's play area, swings and a pavilion. The park is equipped with running water, restrooms, charcoal grills, and fire-rings / pits.

North Park is your next destination. This park is a small spot for quiet solitude, fishing and just enjoying nature. Brilliantly colored trees draping over the river with the soothing sounds of the water create the most peaceful and relaxing combination. A pavilion is available as well as charcoal grills and fire-rings / pits.

On your way out of the resort or back to your villa, stop at Fish Pond. This park is one of the most used and best liked. Come to the pond and fish all day or just sit beside the pond and enjoy the autumn scenery. A large flock of geese and ducks call the pond home and love being fed popcorn and bread crusts. The pond is stocked with a variety of small game fish and is ready for catch & release or taken home for a fish-fry. No fishing license required. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day. Picnic tables and a portable restroom are available.

The North Georgia Mountains is one of the premiere areas in the southeast for leaf peeping and scenic drives during the autumn season. Offering opportunities for visitors to enjoy fall foliage, spectacular views of the Appalachian Mountains, and many other exciting destinations, leaf peeping in The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort will be a memorable activity for any and everyone!

The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort
634 Beaver Lake Drive #5147
Ellijay, GA 30540
PHONE: (706) 276-1075
FAX: (706) 276-1076