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Cabin life in winter is sure to warm you inside and out! Imagine curling up in front of a fire, lounging in comfy clothes, drinking something cheery…
Not a bad way to get away from life’s stresses. Maybe you’ll watch a movie, play a board game or read that book that’s been waiting for a while.
Maybe you will be inspired to go for a hike or a drive. Or not. But if you do there are so many beautiful winter views within a 30 minute drive! Here are some nearby options:
Richard Russell Scenic Highway overlooks – Just 15 minutes from Helen, this beautiful drive passes through Rhododendron thickets, open vistas and when it’s cold enough, giant icicles hanging from rock faces. There are several hiking options off the highway including Dukes Creek Falls, Raven Cliffs, the Appalachian Trail at Hog Pen Gap, and Tesnatee Gap.
Mount Yonah – The “sleeping bear” is a welcome sight when driving into Helen by way of Cleveland. The trail entrance is just off Highway 75. It is a 2.1 mile hike to the top. Along the way enjoy native evergreens and boulders. Some areas are steep but the hike is considered “moderate” overall. Once at the top you are up close and personal with rock outcrops and an incredible view. Enjoy seeing distant layers of mountains north of Helen but be alert, there are side trails with steep drop offs.
Brasstown Bald – If you want to see as much of Georgia as possible from one place, Brasstown Bald is your pick! From the parking area, the steep half mile trail leads to an observation tower that provides spectacular 360 degree views of north Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina!
Back at the ranch… If you hike too much, it’s nice to come back to a jacuzzi or hot tub and let the water massage those achy muscles. Not into hiking? The hot tub does not judge.
Here are a few one bedroom picks with a wood burning fireplace and hot tub:
And a few more one bedroom options with a gas operated fireplace and hot tub:
There are also many cabin options that are larger than 1 bedroom with fireplaces and hot tubs. Bring your family and make some warm winter memories telling stories by the fire, drinking hot chocolate, playing cards. Get cozy and enjoy simple togetherness.