"We were pleased to find the home an accurate representation to the VRBO pages...clean, spacious, & well-equipped with all we needed for the week we were there. The beds were comfortable, kitchen well stocked with dinnerware, silverware, pots, appliances & basic cleaning supplies. The washer & dryer is on the main floor, right off the kitchen which made it very convenient to stay on top of laundry (& they supplied detergent, which is not common for rentals) & the eating areas provided seating for at least 15, which was wonderful for our large family. The location is convenient to shopping (15 minutes to Walmart & other groceries), the gated community is quiet & well kept, & the area is beautiful.
We enjoyed several outdoor adventures including daily walks on the trail below the home, sighting a large buck, several wild turkeys & many playful squirrels. We hiked to two nearby (30 min - 1hr) waterfalls: the Amicalola Falls (strenuous) in the state park & Helton Falls (easy, but desolate) in the National Forest. Both were beautiful! The Amicalola Falls State Park offers picnic areas, a playground, visitor center, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail & camping. The Helton Falls is a bit of a drive, off the beaten path down a single lane gravel road crossing through two small creeks, but well worth the drive & uncertainty, as it is a natural beauty! It was late in the afternoon, so the temps dropped quick, as the area became shaded.
We made our annual trip to Blue Ridge and Mercier Orchards. They have the BEST apple butter & homemade apple cinnamon donuts! The grounds offer a large pond with walkways around it, on-site cafe, wine tasting, apple samples, large gift store & food market of canned jams/jellies/relishes & fresh foods. During our stay, we visited local historic sites in Dawsonville.
There are several nearby cities which offer quaint shops & eateries in the historic parts of their city, or if you are looking for more modern chain restaurants they have those as well. On a couple of rainy days, we relaxed at home playing games, reading, playing video games or watching TV (not a normal activity for our family). The home had a nice selection of toys for a range of ages, puzzles, & a game system for older kids.
We enjoyed the beautiful sunsets and clear night skies from the decks. This is a home we will certainly consider again for future trips to the area."
Guest: The 10 Smiths
Date of Stay: December 2016
Review Submitted: December 24, 2016