Mini Retirements: Sautee, Georgia

When in doubt, let Google help. That’s how I found this place! I wanted a few days off, but did not want to go to the beach with the rest of the world. Since I burst into flames when I walk outside during summer, we needed something a little more Ginger-friendly. Googling “Blue Ridge Mountains Georgia B&B & Spa” worked in my favor. Insert quickie trip to Lucille’s Mountaintop Inn, located near the tiny town of Sautee, GA. This may be my new favorite B&B. It’s got an adjoining spa that we took full advantage of!

I judge a good B&B by how enthusiastic the innkeeper is; how passionate he/she is about showing hospitality, and how much thought is put into the little things. This one ranks high – from the complimentary desserts served every night at 6pm (which we couldn’t take advantage of, due to being strict Paleo at the moment) to the bathrobes and fully stocked Keurig in our room. The owners, Jerry & Jim, are fantastic hosts!

If you go, book the Mountain Suite. It’s absolutely stunning and has a very private, outdoor shower (you know you want to!). Schedule the spa treatments in advance – I had the stress relief massage and a facial. Loved both.

The entire hotel has a panoramic view of the mountains – And you’d expect no less, right?

Things to do:

1. Enjoy breakfast at the Inn! Fresh foods made with herbs from the garden. We walked to the main building early one morning to find Jim cutting lavender. See? Little things. After breakfast get some advice on what to see and do from the staff. We wanted to hike, but didn’t want an all day hike. Jim gave us a fantastic list of nearby hiking with mileage listed, plus a scenic drive route, should we want to see more stunning views.

2. Go to Helen, Georgia – An adorable German town that is rocking during Oktoberfest, apparently. No June-fest when we were there. Bummer. No matter when you go, make plans to eat at Bodensee – Authentic German food – homemade sausages & lots of things that end in “itzel”. My dinner can only be described as a plate of meaty deliciousness.

3. Shopping at any number of pottery places and local art shops. I scored an adorable birdhouse at the Lavender Cottage.

4. Hiking – tons of good trails! Visit the Chattahoochee National Forest and take in the scenery at any number of stops offered on Georgia’s scenic bypass.

5. Tubing, horseback riding & ziplining – Sadly, I didn’t partake in any of those, but those damn tubers were everywhere! Meanwhile, I was busy enjoying #6…

6. Relax. Coffee overlooking the Smokies, tucked away from the rest of the world. THIS is what I came for.

Here are some photos for you people who like those:

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The adorable town of Helen, GA

The adorable town of Helen, GA

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Nearby hiking at Duke River Falls

Nearby hiking at Duke River Falls

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Nothing screams "I went to the mountains" quite like folk art and handmade goods. This little guy is coming home with me!

Nothing screams “I went to the mountains” quite like folk art and handmade goods. This little guy is coming home with me!

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