Northern Georgia, the jumping off point of the Appalachian Trail, is known for its gorgeous and rugged mountains, its towering waterfalls, and its ... wineries? Who knew?! Turns out the soil, climate, and elevation are not only great for hiking, they're also perfect for growing grapes for wine. So on this four-day getaway, we'll combine hiking to waterfalls with opportunities to visit wineries, learn about wine, and sampling some of the wonderful cuisine that can be found here. Maximum group size: 12
|April 28 to May 01, 2022|
|$1395.00 - FULL|
What's not included: Travel to and from Atlanta, alcoholic beverages (other than the wine tastings which are included), guide gratuities, and travel insurance.
This trip is suitable for any healthy active woman who wants to hike, look at wildflowers, learn about wine, and explore this beautiful area with its rich culture that ranges from its Appalachian roots to gourmet experiences. The hikes we've chosen are reasonably short, but they are in the mountains, so women should be in sufficient condition to hike uphill for a couple of hours.
The title pretty well sums up the trip: we'll be hiking on the Appalachian Trail as well as to waterfalls, stopping to enjoy all the wildflowers, and learning about wine with a private wine tasting and visits to local wineries. The day we climb Blood Mountain, 5 miles with an elevation gain of 1,300 feet, is longest hike. Other days are much less. This trip is suitable for novice and experienced hikers and drinkers. And even if you don't drink wine, learning about it is an interesting cultural experience.
We will spend three nights at the Retreat on the Ridge , a luxurious 7-bedroom 5.5 bath majestic mountain home where you can enjoy the north Georgia mountains in luxury, style, and convenience. It's seven miles north of downtown Dahlonega with spectacular panoramic views, a saltwater pool, and a fire pit. There are seven bedrooms that are a mix of single and shared rooms, plus a 4-person "bunkroom" with four beds (two singles and one bunkbed). There is a discount for the bunkroom, and three single rooms are available for a single supplement ($150); otherwise, rooms will be assigned randomly.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
The trip excelled my expectations. The variety of Wild Flowers in blown, the beautiful Monarch-like yellow butterflies that greeted us at the Stover Creek Shelter were precious.
Way beyond my expectations.
It exceeded my expectations! The lodging and food were outstanding. The hikes were just so much fun and educational.
The trails selected were absolutely beautiful!
Beautiful weather, great guides, friendly group of women.
The location was spectacular
The scenery, the other trippers, the guides, our living arrangements, the Bear on the Square Festival, the wine tasting. All was great.
This trip was fabulous in every way--great hiking locations that were well suited to my fitness level, beautiful accommodations, delicious home-cooked meals and great wineries for dining out, knowledgeable leaders and a great group of women.
Meeting women from all over with varied backgrounds.
Trip was great overall. This was my 4th AGC trip, but first where we all stayed together in one building. I believe that led to even more group cohesion and enjoyment of one another than I've experienced in the past when we were spread out among buildings. Schedule was well-paced (i.e., never felt rushed to wake, eat, get ready). From the trip description, I expected the "wildflowers" part to have us looking at fields of blossoms, rather than a plant here and there along the path. What we saw was lovely and interesting; it was just different than my expectation.
The Falls were gorgeous.
Hikes, all women group, guides are great.
We so enjoyed seeing the beautiful north Georgia area! Both my sister and I are outdoorsy and it was just great to be guided by very knowledgeable ladies! It’s our first “leg” of the Appalachian trail!!
I just had the best time. Such a wonderful diverse group of women, good weather and beautiful surroundings. I'll be back next year!
The guides were great and GA was beautiful
I loved the wine tasting.The big rocks and roots were too much for me. The guides were great
The guides were excellent, the group was friendly, enjoyed meeting them. Food was good, the wine tasting at the hostel was great, and the brunch at Wolf Mountain was THE BEST, loved the place, and food was awesome. The restaurant dinner was also very good, very enjoable. The weather was unfortunately not good, there were no wild flowers, but the weather was the worst.
The hiking trails and waterfalls were beautiful! I learned quite a bit about the AT that I didn't know. The guides were wonderful and other participants great to get to know. Had great fun!
very well organized even with rainy weather
The company of wonderful women, the great guides and the beautiful trails. It was a great get away weekend.
Difficult to point to one highlight, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire trip. The third day was the best, the weather was gorgeous and the hiking dry.
Finishing the Blood Mountain hike!!!
Everything was terrific. Great camaraderie-what else would you get when you put a group of women together and give them all the wine they want to drink?! Food/restaurants were great; shopping was fun.
I enjoyed every part of the trip and enjoy strenuous hikes but felt that the trip should not have been rated a "2" for the people that had never hiked before. This was not fair to them and they could have been injured trying to do the more strenuous hikes that weekend e.g. Blood Mountain.
Obviously the highlight of this trip was the hiking, but I also enjoyed the wineries and the interactions with the other women. Our trip guides were knowledgeable and fun to be with. North Georgia in the spring was absolutely gorgeous!
Everything was great - the food, fellowship, and activities.
Everything!!! Each day improved on the previous day!
Loved the hikes, even tho they were so difficult.
Yes, I enjoyed seeing the waterfalls.
Leigh was wonderful host and guide. The hiking was beautiful.