PSA: there's a dog friendly winery in the mountains of North Georgia.
I know what you're thinking: "winery in Georgia? No way" and I admit, I was skeptical at first, as I am with most "California things" found in Georgia (see also: avocados, Mexican food and the film industry). But, with a Saturday free of plans and the need for an adventure that didn't include Trader Joe's we decided to give it a try.
And friends? Color me wrong because Kyle and I had one pretty awesome Saturday at Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris, Georgia.
Here were some of the best parts of our day:
ONE: WE FELT LIKE WE WERE ON VACATION
Crane Creek was just 2 hours outside Atlanta, in the mountains of North Georgia, but we really felt like we were a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Though yes I realize 2 hours is a long drive for a day trip, we actually really love to drive. (As evidenced by our Christmas Tour of 2015) It felt special and romantic to be away together for the entire day. Plus, the weather uncharacteristically nice for a January day (65 and sunny!) and this was a unique, fun way for us to take advantage of it.
TWO: SIX WINES FOR $5. AND NO I'M NOT KIDDING.
Maybe it's because I'm from California where wine tastings range from $10-$15 for 3 or 4 wines but the fact that we tasted 6 wines each for $5 a piece was freaking incredible. And we got to choose our 6 wines so for those counting it was a $5 customized wine tasting, which I'm sorry is my idea of a good time. I love that Crane Creek did this because I only like white wine (sorry, I know I'm lame) so I usually end up giving away any red wines during a tasting. This time I got to choose my own adventure, and I enjoyed every single one!
THREE: WE WERE ENCOURAGED TO STAY AND ENJOY THE DAY.
Since we were two hours outside the city, and had no plans for the rest of the day, we were thrilled when Crane Creek encouraged us to take advantage of their indoor/outdoor seating. We bought a bottle of wine ($15), grabbed a picnic table and enjoyed the scenery.
FOUR: WE WERE ALLOWED TO BRING OUR OWN FOOD
Though Crane Creek has a wonderful food menu, they encouraged us to pack our own picnic lunch to enjoy with our wine. I packed some meat, cheese, crackers and bread and we sat all romantically eating, drinking our wine and enjoying each other's company. It was so much fun personalizing our experience with our own food (cheaper, too!). Here's Kyle being a good Instagram Boyfriend.
FIVE: GATSBY GOT TO COME WITH US.
Probably the biggest selling point for us: we were able to bring Gatsby on or adventure. He came into the tasting room with us and sat quietly at my side while we tasted our wine. He quickly became the biggest hit of the day: people kept stopping to pet him and compliment us on how well behaved he was. He laid by my side while we ate our lunch and played with the vineyard's three dogs. It made our day even better having him with us.
Here are a few more photos of our day, since we don't have a video of our adventures to share this time!
We had the best day at Crane Creek. When we drove home that night, Gatsby sleeping in the backseat, we couldn't remember the last time we let ourselves enjoy a day in Georgia. I would go back....like next weekend because it was so much fun.
Ladies, tell your fellas to take you on a cool day trip like this for Valentine's Day or even just because. Major bonus points if you can bring your dog. Major major bonus points on the picnic lunch. Another note: there are lots of vacation rentals in North Georgia. You can even turn this little trip into a full blown event; rent a cabin and stay the weekend!
PS: I was not compensated to write this post. Kyle and I went to Crane Creek Vineyards of our own accord and all opinions are my own.....and only slightly influenced by wine.