Liz and I have a passion for destinations steeped in nature because we love to hike, bike and tour the countryside. We tend toward National Parks, off-the-beaten-path natural attractions, and areas with great biking and hiking paths. Our passion for the great outdoors led us to pursue the American Dream: to work hard doing what we loved and success would follow.
It was 1996, and we were newly married, living in a congested area of Atlanta and reeling in phone calls, faxes and pressure from working at home. I had recently left my career as a funeral director to take up property management, and Liz was an account manager for HP. Our favorite destination to unwind and relax, on holidays and long weekends, was the North Georgia Mountains. We had fallen in love with the historic high country area and would rent cabins from owners or through cabin rental companies at every opportunity. After vacationing in cabins throughout Georgia and becoming disenchanted with the lack of customer service extended by most individual homeowners and cabin rental companies, Liz and I decided to purchase a large tract of land and build our own dream hide-away that would eventually evolve into a successful 120-acre cabin rental destination, country inn and wine and gift shop. My personal goal had been to create a sanctuary where we could slow down and ease out of our stressful lifestyle into one of inner peace and spiritual fulfillment.
Our new adventure took three years of planning and cajoling to install roads, electricity, water and septic tanks before our home and our first two cabins were completed. We traveled to cabin resorts throughout the United States to garner ideas, and implemented the best practices in our own business. We furnished each cabin with all the amenities that would attract the most discerning of visitors. Thus, our North Georgia Cabin business was launched in May, 2000, with two cabins featuring everything from stacked stone fireplaces, outdoor hot tubs carefully placed for ideal stargazing and mountain views, and all the luxuries of home (dishwasher, microwave, full size refrigerator with ice-maker, washer/dryer, and phone). Each cabin was imprinted with the our personal style including totem poles, antique doors made into windows, antique claw-foot bath tubs, steam room, hand made doors, tongue and groove interior, wood floors, and oriental rugs. To insure absolute privacy, each cabin was located on its own five-acre parcel of land.
Over the next 12 years, the number of cabins we built grew in tandem with our reservation requests. Our repeat guests loved the area so much that some purchased our cabins and others purchased property and built their own dream homes that we manage.
Although we still plan on renting and managing the cabins, we are looking to sell some of the cabins so that others can experience the North Georgia Mountains when they wish and find the same happiness we have found living up here.