Country Hearth Inn & Suites Gainesville
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... did and lo and behold we found the La Quinta - right next door to Red Lobster.
While we were checking in, Stew asked where the Duke campus was and the gal pulled out a map. It's a bit scary to see Charles and Stew with a map. Think about it.... The lobby is nice and there is a courtyard with a gazebo. The pool is indoors.
We took our luggage to our rooms, and after a short rest, we walked next door to the Red Lobster for dinner. Our ...
... two bedroom cabin had all the amenities, idyllic setting and not another soul to be seen or heard. It even had TWO hottubs! Saturday we had a lazy morning and took off to the villages nearby. A couple of little craft shops and a wander around a homecraft festival was interrupted by a 5 minute rain shower, and we took off to sample the local vineyards 'produce', which was lovely (and free!). lunch ...
Robert and I arrived to a warm welcome by Ellie Marion and Keith, with a fab poster made by Ellie. It was a very warm evening, and getting to Marion and Keith's home took a little over half an hour.
We had a tour of their new home before having a wee glass of wine or two!!
The area where they live is very very green and spacious, very clean too. Wild life most colourful. Beautiful birds and deer roam quite freely in and around the trees of which ...
... famed Amicalola Falls - 3rd highest in the USA and the start/end of the Appalachian Trail. And then hiked from the visitor center to the falls and back on two different trials. Maybe 3 miles or 1/1,000th of the famed Trail. Like spending 10 minutes at the Grand Canyon!
And then we discovered the boutique town of Blue Ridge where the new money from Atlanta hangs out over weekends and holidays. Great shopping and the ...
... on, backed PEARL out from under the awning, and get back on the road...THE RAIN STOPPED...THE SKY BRIGHTENED...THE TEMPERATURE ROSE...WE GOT SOAKED, BUT NOT BY RAIN.....WE "PERSPIRED" HEAVILY INSIDE THE SAUNA SUITS !!
We crossed over the Georgia state line and witnessed much countryside beauty.
We arrived at Taccoa Falls, ripped off our rain gear and packed it up back in the bike. ...