• Stephannie Bramlett

Bent Tree Lodge and Vineyard

"Why don't you guys get away for the weekend? I would be glad to keep the girls for you." These magical words are music to Mommy and Daddy's ears! Thanks to Nan, Cab and I were able to sneak away for a couple nights stay this last weekend to celebrate our eleventh wedding anniversary. We had no place we wanted to go, in particular. We knew we did not want to drive more than about two hours, so that was our limiting factor when deciding which town to visit. We began our search thinking big city fun, but, ultimately, decided that our lives are chaotic enough. We wanted to slow down and relax in the North Georgia mountains.

I have several friends and family that have used airbnb.com and I was excited to give it a shot in finding our place to stay. I signed up and earned $40 in credit to apply toward our first trip. You can earn $40 credit to apply toward a trip of your choosing when you create your account with this link! Airbnb has every type of accommodation you can possibly imagine including cabins, whole homes, rooms, tiny houses, and everything in between! I decided I wanted to try a bed and breakfast, as we have never stayed in one before. I searched and found a few available, but I kept coming back to one: Bent Tree Lodge and Vineyard.

Since we had determined a bit last minute that we could travel away for the weekend, we were mildly limited on what was available to book. While there are tons of options on Airbnb, the Fall is peak season for lodges, cabins, and B&Bs in the mountains. I was looking through my options and kept wondering how on earth Bent Tree Lodge and Vineyard in Jasper, Georgia was still available. Finally, I decided someone must have cancelled and we booked the last available room at the lodge: the Rustic Cabin Suite!

From the start, our stay was pretty perfect. The owner, Deb, sent me a text to check in with me. She offered suggestions for dinner on our way in, local wineries to visit over the weekend, romantic restaurants to make reservations for our anniversary dinner, and more. She was a blessing from the beginning, and Cab was super thankful for her yummy recommendation of a BBQ spot for dinner on the way. When we arrived, Deb greeted us out front and helped us carry in our bags. She explained the details of our stay: how to secure our rooms, time for breakfast, where to find snacks, etc. Her fiance, Brent, was out back around the fire pit with some of the other guests and we were invited to join! We were so tired from a busy week of work that we ended up being antisocial and falling asleep by 9pm! Haha!

Neither Cab or myself set an alarm, so when I woke up at 8:45 Saturday morning, I was in a mild panic... there was no way to be showered and makeup ready by 9am. We decided to just own the fact that we slept in, and we joined the breakfast group in our pajamas. Nobody seemed to mind! Deb and Brent served a beautiful breakfast that included an egg ramekin casserole, fresh berries, apple strudel muffin, and buttered toast. They poured some of the most amazing coffee I have ever had : Fainting Goat merlot infused chocolate coffee. Yall, every single thing about breakfast was heavenly: the food, the conversation, and the environment.

We followed Deb's recommendation for our day and spent lunch at Kaya Vineyard and Winery near Dahlonega, the afternoon at Gold Rush festivities in downtown Dahlonega, and had dinner reservations at Home. We came back to the Bent Tree Lodge with full bellies. Brent had a fire going inside (due to rainy weather) and had some college football on television. Deb had cooked a homemade apple crisp with local apples for all to share. It was a perfect atmosphere for conversation among the different couples. We learned of another couple's adventures of the day, one couple's adoption story, and another couple's story of how they met. Even though we came in to the weekend as strangers, Deb and Brent created an environment of comfort for us all to get to know each other. I speak for us all when I say, we left that night as friends.

The next morning, Deb served caramalized apple waffles, fresh fruit and bacon. She puts her recipes on their website so guests can share and recreate the dishes later! We had another specialty coffee from Fainting Goat Winery, packed up our things and said our goodbyes. Deb had made the suggestion that we visit their favorite winery for their Fall Festival after checkout. So, we got ready, packed our things and headed over to Fainting Goat. We knew we HAD to get a bag of the amazing coffee as a gift for Nan for keeping the grand-girls. We enjoyed the Fall Festival, tried several of their delicious wines, and picked our favorites to buy and bring home. For our local Dalton friends, this winery is one hour from our driveway. One Hour! We had no idea this little gem existed so close to home. We will definitely be going back. I highly recommend it as a fun date day!

If you have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before, I highly suggest it for a fun getaway. If you want to travel to the North Georgia mountains, I definitely suggest Bent Tree Lodge and Vineyard. The owners are amazing people. No detail is left untouched in the facility. The surrounding towns are great with many festivals and fun, local shops. The nearby wineries are plentiful and amazing. The views at any of the roadside overlooks are breathtaking! I hope your next getaway is as great of an experience as our 11th anniversary trip. Many, many thanks to Deb and Brent for our special weekend.


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