Georgia Vacation Recap: Lake Hartwell

If you couldn’t tell from my post about our trip in Atlanta, we had such a great time in Georgia.

Upon our arrival to the cabin late Sunday night, we were welcomed in true Southern fashion by the most rain we have ever experienced in a thunder and lighting storm.  The rain was so thick and heavy that at even a snail’s pace, we could not see three feet in front of the car.  Us Southern Californians aren’t used to the intensity of those storms.  I loved it and reminisced about the years we lived in Tennessee.

Most of the week was spent floating in the (very warm) lake, riding sea doos, swimming and enjoying good company.  Tuesday, three of us took a rafting trip on the Chattooga River with NOC.  We definitely spent some time out of the raft (via falling out, ha!) and saw the beautiful Long Creek Falls (image courtesy of

We of course ate deliciously homemade food every day and got a little patriotic on the 4th with fireworks on the bank of the lake and yummy dessert:

My dad and step mom were even able to join us for a few days.  We all decided to float down the Chattahoochee in Helen, GA.  Always a blast!

On the way back, we ate yummy barbeque food:

And found an adorable produce stand.  One of my favorite things.

One day we also rented a deck boat to explore the lake a little bit.  After accidentally breaking one prop on a couple sandbars (in the absolute middle of the lake!), we got that fixed and started heading the other direction.  Once the lake opened up, the waters were a beautiful blue and were much more refreshing.

And the best part for me (other than the whole spending-time-with-friends-and-family thing), the dog!  Blaze is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met and well-mannered to boot.  Can you tell I love him already?

And on top of all that, the cabin was gorgeous.  Inside and out.

One of the rooms upstairs was pure cowboy, adorable right?

On our last full day, the Neptune crew took a lovely and scenic drive into rural South Carolina to see Brass Town Falls.

What a beautiful ending to an amazing trip!

If you are or may be planning a trip to North Georgia, please look into the Waterford Lodge.  Not only is the cabin more like a home, but the owners are so generous and accommodating.  Tell Chrystal you were referred by the Neptunes!

Have you been to or do you live in Georgia?  What are some of your most memorable times?



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3 responses to “Georgia Vacation Recap: Lake Hartwell

  1. Glad you enjoyed Lake Hartwell!

  2. You were in my neck of the woods 🙂 We did lots of stuff like that when we were at UGA. I love north Georgia / South Carolina, but of course I am a bit biased!

    • We love the area, so pretty. Unfortunately we went during the heat wave and we’re not used to humidity, but being right on the lake softened the blow at little! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, come back soon!

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