Long time, no blog post. Also, if you ever followed along to begin with, I changed platforms… again. I really like the new set-up and I hope you do too. I’ve decided that my first post on this new blog of mine would be to talk about a place very near and dear to my heart. Lake Rabun is a tiny piece of heaven in the north Georgia mountains that I have been lucky to vacation to for the last 22+ years. My grandmother owns a lake house there, and my parents both being teachers, took my sister and I there every summer, for the whole summer. I realize this is not a normal childhood, and I feel incredibly lucky that I got to spend 3 months surrounded by family in one of the most beautiful places on Earth…. in my opinion 😉
Our lake house was built in the 1920’s and is a gorgeous old farm house tucked into the mountainside overlooking Lake Rabun. Tyler and I decided to take a spur of the moment trip up there last week and we’re so glad we did. We didn’t get much sunshine but we did get to hike to Minnehaha, a really short, easy hike to a pretty waterfall only about 15 minutes from the house. Another hike we did was down Tallulah Gorge, with its 2,000+ steps down into the gorge it is quite the workout but well worth the view. My dad also came up for a few days while we were there and it was fun getting to hangout with him. Our water comes from a spring on the top of the mountain, so Tyler got the lovely job of helping my dad clean it out so it would be good to go for the rest of the year. I hiked up to the spring with them and it was cool getting to see where our water comes from, and the hard work it takes to keep it flowing.
We also got to spend time downtown Clayton, the little town about 25 minutes down the mountain from the lake house. I haven’t been to Clayton in over 3 years and I was shocked over the amount of changes that have been made there. Where there used to be absolutely nothing downtown there are now cute boutiques, coffee shops, trendy restaurants and bars and really nice outdoor stores. We had dinner with my dad at Universal Joint, a really cool restaurant in an old gas station. They have an awesome selection of beer and really good burgers. Another place we loved was The Famhouse, a beautiful new donut shop downtown. Their miniature donuts are made to order and so good. The last restaurant I have to mention is Clarks on Main, an awesome sports bar that is currently getting a roof top bar built on top of the restaurant. I can’t wait to go back and hang out up there.Finally, our favorite spot downtown. Wander North Georgia, the COOLEST store, the website is worth checking out even if you don’t plan on making a trip to North Georgia. I could drop some big bucks in this place.
Lake Rabun is the most charming, beautiful place. I am happiest booze cruising in the old Ski Nautique, or having dinner at Louie’s on the Lake, the pizza place just a couple steps from our house. If you ever want a place to relax, to breathe some fresh air and to really get that old-school lake feel, Lake Rabun is your place. Lake Burton is also connected to Lake Rabun and seems to have better options when it comes to AirBnB’s, I would check both out if you want to plan a visit!
Sorry for the photo overload, it’s just hard to take a bad picture up there.
**Side Note** We went through Athens, GA on the way home and stopped by Mama’s Boy. OH. KAY. This was one of the best meals I’ve had in a LONG ASS TIME. The biscuits were perfect, the fried egg was perfect, the breakfast potatoes were THE BEST I’VE EVER HAD. If you are ever in Athens you HAVE to eat here. Hell, I’d detour off the highway for this meal. So. Good.