A few weeks ago, we decided to book just a long weekend trip to celebrate B’s birthday and to get in one last hurrah before school started for Sheff. They have pushed the school start date out a few weeks, so it ended up just being a refreshing weekend getaway.
We rented a beautiful cabin in Wildwood, GA. It had an amazing pool, and they had furnished it with absolutely everything you could possibly need. They really had thought of everything. The first night we got there, we got pizza from a local place, and Sheff played in the pool way past his bedtime. Bedtimes don’t count on vacation, right? Bennett and I stayed up way past our bedtime, too, chatting drinking wine and watching the stars.
Friday morning, we all got up and got showers and headed into Chattanooga. We had tickets to Ruby Falls in the morning. Sheffield was pumped about the cave. They were very “covid-friendly,” – everyone had to wear a mask the whole time, and they had markers on the floor for where people were to stand. The only time the masks were allowed to be removed was in front of the waterfall for pictures. Fun fact: While I was in school in GA, we went to Chattanooga so many times, I can’t even count them, but Bennett had never been either! It was fun to have Bennett and Sheff cross off a thing together. After Ruby Falls, we went and had lunch at a really good little BBQ place. After lunch, we had tickets for the Incline Railway. I had forgotten just how steep that track is – and it was so fun. We walked around a little at the top, got some pictures and headed back down. We spent the rest of the afternoon in the amazing pool – it rained that night, so we hunkered down in the cabin and watched some DIY Network.
Saturday morning, we again headed into Chattanooga for brunch and to see the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. We ate at Frothy Monkey, and it was so good. Then as luck would have it, the restaurant was in the old train station, so all we had to do was walk outside to see the Choo-Choo. The rest of the day was spent playing in the pool. We ordered Mexican from a local restaurant, and stayed up late to watch the stars. Sheff actually pointed out a shooting star that split in two while we were watching!! I love how much S is into the sky and stars. He was so proud of himself for finding that shooting star.
It was so nice to have that family bonding time, and to just get a good change of scenery. I would absolutely recommend a VRBO or Airbnb if you just need a quick weekend getaway – our place was incredibly clean and secluded.