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Pretzels & Picnics . . . & Pics! June 19, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Nature, Travel & Leisure.

We just returned from a fabulous trip to the GA mountains to celebrate our 35th Anniversary.

We made a quick pitstop in Atlanta on the way up to enjoy Happy Hour at Marlow’s Tavern with our oldest nephew who’s in school at GA Tech.  He flew out the following day for two weeks in China.

Once settled into our hotel in Helen (a Bavarian village that is the 3rd most visited town in GA ~ behind Atlanta and Savannah), we spent time hiking to waterfalls ~ Anna Ruby Falls (easy), Duke Creek Falls (challenging).

We drank German beer and noshed on Bavarian pretzels (and other German treats) beside the Chattahoochee River while watching countless tubers float by.

We picked three venues with riverside seating ~ The Troll Tavern, the Hofbrauhaus, and Cafe International.

Imagine if you took a chug every time a tuber floated by on the hootch ~> Down the Hootch!  No, wait!  Down the Hatch!

We enjoyed mountain vistas from atop Brasstown Bald, the highest peak in Georgia at 4784 feet.  From the lookout station, we could see four states ~ Georgia, NC, SC, and Tennessee.

The ranger said that on a clear day you can see forever!

We drove mountainous country roads, switching into low gear when necessary.


We had picnics by Smith Creek at Anna Ruby Falls, and at a covered bridge in Sautee Nacoochee, after stopping for sandwiches and Farmer’s Cheese at the Old Sautee Store.

We visited Willow Pottery, Nora’s Grist Mill, Betty’s Country Store, Jumping Goat Coffee, and an enormous antique barn with 3 floors packed to the rafters with “treasures.”  Talk about Stuff!!!

After the hike to Duke Creek Falls, we walked a Nature Trail in Nacoochee Village.  Our tired calves and leg muscles only balked for a moment, but they barked later ~> Nope!  No Way!  I am NOT climbing those stairs!

A highlight:  Tuesday morning, on the way to Duke Creek Falls . . . we saw a bear crossing the road just ahead of our car.

Of course, we rolled down the window to ask him why.

His bear-to-the-bones reply:  “To Get To The Other Side!”

Aah . . . it’s good to be HOME!


1. Debra - June 19, 2019

Well, happy anniversary, Nancy, of course! And I really do like the way you chose to celebrate. A road trip through beautiful landscapes with good food along the way is top of my list! Congratulations! 🙂

nrhatch - June 20, 2019

Thanks, Debra! We had such a nice time. The day we went to Anna Ruby Falls and Brasstown Bald, BFF said, “This is one of the best days of my life!” Woo Hoo!

2. Jill Weatherholt - June 20, 2019

What a nice way to celebrate 35 years of marriage. Happy anniversary, Nancy! Here’s to 35 more!

nrhatch - June 20, 2019

Thanks, Jill. We had a fun time. Great for resetting our Life GPS.

Thirty five more years would make us . . . OLD! 😛

Jill Weatherholt - June 20, 2019

But you’ll have each other! 🙂

3. Rivergirl - June 20, 2019

Congrats and happy anniversary!!!
That sounds like my kind of getaway. But where are the pictures??

nrhatch - June 20, 2019

Thanks! We did take pictures, but I was too tired/busy to deal with them last night. I’ll share some soon.

4. Tippy Gnu - June 20, 2019

Happy Anniversary. You’ve been together for 35 years, and you can still stand each other long enough to travel hundreds of miles in the same car. That’s an accomplishment.

nrhatch - June 20, 2019

Thanks! BFF is my BFF!

Tippy Gnu - June 20, 2019

My BFF and I are planning a trip to South Florida, probably for January. Any suggestions on attractions that are worth visiting?

nrhatch - June 20, 2019

South Florida?
We’ll have to get together for a cup of coffee! 😛

Do you know where you’re staying? Are you talking:

The Keys
Key West
The Everglades
Tampa/St. Pete

Florida has a lot to offer! If you don’t know yet, you might like St. Augustine for its History. But that may be too far north for you and your BFF.

5. Kate Crimmins - June 20, 2019

What a great way to celebrate an anniversary! Hope your weather was good or at least good enough!

nrhatch - June 20, 2019

When we lived in NC, we visited the mountains and walked to waterfalls most weekends. In FL, mountains and waterfalls are in short supply! Being back on mountain roads gave us a nice change of scenery & the perfect backdrop for our celebration.

Weather cooperated . . . and motivated us to get up and get going in the mornings. When it rained, we ducked inside somewhere.

6. Ally Bean - June 20, 2019

I’ve never heard of Helen GA, but have been to Atlanta and Savannah. Now that you’ve described your fun I want to visit Helen. Happy Anniversary, too. 🎉

nrhatch - June 20, 2019

I had never heard of it either . . . we just wanted mountain vistas and hiking opportunities and stumbled upon it. It’s centrally located to numerous trails and waterfalls. And it’s quirky. 😛

7. joyroses13 - June 20, 2019

Happy Anniversary!! Sounds like you had a delightful trip! Waterfalls I love and dining by the water is the perfect setting. Talking to bears is also a big plus! 🤗

nrhatch - June 20, 2019

Thanks, JR! Glad that you’re enjoying your rail adventure ~ I have not figured out where you are yet.

joyroses13 - June 20, 2019

You are welcome! Wishing you and your BFF many more happy years! Stay tuned, bigger hints are coming! 😉

joyroses13 - June 20, 2019

Did you see yesterday’s clues? “Somewhere Between Here and There!” post.

nrhatch - June 20, 2019

I did and came away “clueless.” 😛

8. Joanne Sisco - June 21, 2019

Restaurants with riverside seating, waterfall hiking, and giant antique barns … sounds like a great get-away to me. Someday I’ll have to add Georgia to my list of places to visit.

Happy Anniversary!!

nrhatch - June 21, 2019

Your recent trip sounds pretty badass too!

We didn’t have cheese and crackers for dinner but we did have a Bavarian pretzel with beer cheese dip . . . and a Bavarian pretzel with beer cheese soup . . . and mini twist pretzels with Vermont Cheddar for snacks . . . and a veggie “Reuben” with lots of gooey Swiss cheese (and sauerkraut) . . . and a veggie sandwich with farmers cheese. Say C~H~E~E~S~E!

Joanne Sisco - June 22, 2019

Cheese makes everything better! A big Bavarian pretzel with my morning coffee would be wonderful right now.

nrhatch - June 22, 2019

That’s the ticket!

You’re up early, but maybe that’s your norm. I am up earlier than usual so we can head for the beach before the beach crowds arrive.

9. L. Marie - June 21, 2019

Happy 35th, Nancy! It sounds like a wonderful and well-deserved trip.

nrhatch - June 22, 2019

Thanks, LM. We enjoyed being back in the mountains again after a long hiatus of more than 10 years!!!

(Sometimes the passage of time boggles my mind.)

10. Val Boyko - June 22, 2019

Sounds wonderful filled! Happy anniversary to you both 💛💕💛

nrhatch - June 25, 2019

Thanks,Val. I’ve added a few pics to the post.

11. Tammy - June 24, 2019

Lovely! Happy Anniversary Nancy – so glad you found a nature respite to celebrate.

nrhatch - June 25, 2019

Me too! I pulled our photos off the camera this morning ~> it made us want to head back to the mountains for more waterfalls!

12. David Davis - June 25, 2019

Whenever I see a billboard for Lookout Mountain, I think: Look out! Mountain!

nrhatch - June 25, 2019


David Davis - June 25, 2019


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