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Monday, August 8, 2016

Weekend Unplugged: Cleveland/Helen, Georgia

Spur of the moment and completely out of character for us we decided we needed to unplug from the World this weekend. We loaded up the car before daylight on Saturday morning and hit the road heading North, final destination Cleveland/Helen, Georgia. I lump these two together because in my mind it would be ridiculous to visit one and not the other simultaneously. 

Growing up my parents both worked full-time jobs. I never once felt like I didn't get to spend enough time with them. We were constantly making memories, and we always did everything as a family. Daddy D and I both work full-time, as I have mentioned before, but we want our family to have that same feeling. It isn't about the quantity of time you spend together, it's about the QUALITY of that time. 

Some of my favorite childhood memories revolve around visiting North Georgia and Tennessee. We are about 5.5 hours away from Cleveland/Helen, Georgia, which are situated in the foothills of North Georgia, just on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains. 

What makes Cleveland such a special place to me?

Babyland General Hospital...aka Cabbage Patch Hospital. Peter Pan tells us to "Never Grow Up" and in our house this isn't just a saying it's a way of life. I love this place. I took trips here as a child and have even visited as an adult {pre-babies}. I was so excited for mini d to get to have this experience. 

Let's just say, she was in heaven!

The nursery station.

Because every baby needs a trip to the salon.

Meet Zoey Rose, mini d picked her out all by herself. She even used her birthday money to pay for her. 

Signing our adoption paperwork! 

Look may even see baby d trying to make his presence known to the world.

Official adoption photo!

Before we left we even got the opportunity to watch Mother Cabbage give birth to a brand new baby girl! If you are within driving distance to Cleveland you seriously do not want to miss this experience. I thought we were going to have to drag mini d out of this place. She LOVED it!

While we were in Cleveland we used Trip Advisor to scope out the #1 restaurant to grab lunch at. 

Let me just say, this place did not disappoint! Hand pattied burgers and chocolate malts in a diner setting. YES PLEASE!

I got the Cowboy Burger smothered in BBQ sauce. OMG! It was seriously to. die. for.

Daddy D got a Patty Melt with caramelized onions!

Your mouth is watering now, I know, sorry!

After leaving Cleveland it was off to Helen, only about 8 miles to it's North. Helen is a town unlike any other. It's actually a Bavarian town. Like a LEGIT little German town. If you didn't know where it was you might totally miss this little gem, but I promise you would regret not stopping.

Every single building, business, hotel, it's all German. We stayed at the Helendorf Inn, situated right on the River. In my opinion, it's the only place to stay if you want to be immersed in the full experience. Our room was perfect and had a balcony river view.

Somebody had to get her toes wet. The water was COLD, even in the heat of August.

We spent the evening touring Helen and eating German made candy...YUM!

The next morning we woke up and used Trip Advisor again to find the best breakfast spot in town, Hofer's Bakery and Cafe. Hofer's is a traditional German bakery/cafe.

Daddy D had the breakfast platter.

I had the french toast. I don't even have words for how delicious this was. And their coffee was also superb, which is a MUST. 

The food was FABULOUS! The service was also excellent. 

Trip Tip: Make sure you check-out restaurants on Trip Advisor when you are visiting somewhere new! We have found in our travels that it is usually spot on! 

We headed home after breakfast on Sunday stopping at local famer's markets and antique stores along the way. It was a fantastic weekend trip, and was SO NICE to get unplugged from the real world even if for only a couple of days!

Much Love,

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