Apples, Cider and a Georgia Vacation Home

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If it seems all your friends are spending their weekends going apple picking, then now’s your chance to get in on the fun. This Georgia vacation rental is close to Mercier Orchards, a family-owned business in the Blue Ridge Mountains that has been feeding locals and tourists its cider and fried apple pies for 60 years.

It would be hard to blame anyone, though, for not wanting to leave this cozy cabin. Doesn’t it just scream perfect Georgia vacation home?

The Bella Vista Lodge pleases the eye with all its wood, soaring, angular ceilings, fireplaces and handsome leather furniture. The rustic chic home feels very much like a luxury lodge – except here, you and your seven family members have room to spread out.

Anyone up for pool? There’s a billiards table in the lower level living room. Find it too chilly to go on a hike? Enjoy the views from the porch or warm up in the hot tub on the rear screened porch (which has to be the coolest part of the house).

If you do make it to the Mercier Orchards, bring back those bushels of apples you purchased to make a pie from in the gourmet kitchen. Or even better: Lounge by the fireplace with a cup of tart apple cider.

Now that’s a fall getaway worth taking pronto.

Posted in All-season rentals, Cozy Cabins, Family vacation spots, Romantic getaways

About Valerie

Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.

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