Blue Ridge Trip 2017

Almost every year since I was a kid, my family has taken a Fall trip to the mountains.  The location has changed since I was younger.  We used to always travel to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge.  Now, we head to north Georgia, specifically the Blue Ridge area.  We found this spot about fifteen years ago, before it was super populated, but it’s no longer a secret and is pretty crowded this time of year.  We’ve talked about trying a different spot for next year, but I love {LOVE} this place.

My parents booked our cabin a while back, and it was perfect for our family of nine.  As more grand babies get added to the family, our need for a large space will only grow.  We talked a lot this time around about how much our agenda and sense of adventure has changed with the addition of these two babies to the family, but no one would have it any other way.  Our slow pace is a welcomed change.  This is one of my favorite places in the world, and getting to share it with my own family is something I don’t take for granted.

We started our trip in south Georgia visiting with Luke’s family.  Staying with them for one night helped to break up our traveling and was a great opportunity to stop by for a quick visit.  They have a beautiful piece of property and lease a portion of their land to a nearby farmer, who planted cotton this season.  I was hoping to get some good pictures of the girls in the cotton patch, but it had already been picked (BOO!), so we compromised and took a few in their pretty yard.

Then, we got on the interstate and headed north.  It’s amazing how much slower we travel with kiddos in tow.  We took a much longer than expected stop at a Chic Fil-a just north of Atlanta, but our trip was uneventful and so much better than we thought it would be.  We arrived in Blue Ridge in the late afternoon and Lacey Ruth took her opportunity to explore our cabin.

We spent the next two days shopping for a few hours in downtown Blue Ridge.  I was really anxious about getting both girls out and about for the majority of the afternoon, but they were amazing!  Addy Grace fell asleep on the way into town both days and took the most EPIC naps of all time — 3 hours each!  We were able to shop and eat without having to take nursing breaks, and, even after she woke, she was just the happiest baby.

We also had the opportunity to stop by Mercier’s Apple Orchard.  We love this place so much.  I’m amazed every year how much this place has grown.  When we first started coming years ago, it was a small, family-owned orchard with a simple (but delicious) on-site bakery.  Now, it’s a massive, sprawling, tourist-filled hot spot that is always incredibly busy.  Regardless, it’s one of our favorite places in town.  It has special significance to Luke and me, since they donated hundreds of apples for us to give away as favors to our wedding guests.

Other than that, we spent most of our time quietly at the cabin.  We played board games, ate way too much food, caught up on “This Is Us,” and roasted marshmallows for s’mores.  The girls napped, played, and ate on repeat.  It was glorious!

Until next year, Blue Ridge!  We can’t wait to visit you again!

Bonus:  Here is Lacey Ruth at Mercier’s from our 2016 trip.  I cannot believe how much she’s grown in a year and can’t wait to see how much the girls have changed when we visit next year!

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2 thoughts on “Blue Ridge Trip 2017

  1. Sounds like such a fun trip! I think it’s fun to carry on family tradition even if the place is a little more crowded each year. Your girls are adorable and I love their names! So sweet

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