Just a few miles away from Chattanooga is the little town of Wildwood, GA. This is our second year staying in this cute little place, so I’m going to talk more about it. We didn’t venture at all into Chattanooga – we were/are worried about the covid surge, and we didn’t want to chance it with Sheffield starting school so close. We got to explore a lot more of Wildwood, and it was awesome.
Firstly – they are a hang gliding town. No joke – the place we stayed at was super close to a hang-gliding airport. We watched the planes and hang gliders pretty much all weekend. On our last day, we finally drove over to watch the gliders come in and the planes take off with them. It seems terrifying at first, but the more I think about it, the more I think I’d really like to learn!
WHERE WE STAYED
As mentioned above, we have stayed at the same place the last two years we’ve been there, and it’s because it’s amazing. It’s called the Rustic Watering Hole, and it is just a unique little spot. The pool is cool and refreshing, the hosts supply you with everything you could possibly need, and it even has a quiet private room off the main house. The beds are not super comfortable, but honestly, everything else makes up for it. Check out how happy these guys are!
We had a lot of fun playing in the pool – we cooked out burgers Saturday night, and played a board game that had been left there by other guests. It is so dark and peaceful, so at night we sit and wait on shooting stars. We saw one of the best ones we’ve ever seen Saturday evening – and we use our SkyView app to check out the rest of the stars.
WHAT WE ATE
Like we did on our last trip there, we stopped and ordered pizza on the way in. We stopped at Rafael’s Italian Restaurant – and we got two large pizzas, breadsticks and a salad for $20. The pizza was so good – and just what we remembered from last year. Plus we had plenty leftover to snack on during the weekend, and bring a lot home.
The next morning we went to Corner Coffee – it was such a cute little coffee shop. It reminded me of something straight out of Stars Hollow! B and I got Chai Lattes and we split the morning panini. It was so good. Added bonus? We got to hear the barista talk about his hang gliding adventures. It was so interesting!
For lunch, we went to Pigeon Mountain Grill. It was a little bit of a drive from Wildwood, but the drive was so beautiful. It was a cute little place with a great big yard, outdoor seating and delicious food. B got the pork tacos, I got a cheeseburger and Sheff, of course, got chicken fingers. The tacos and burger were so good, as were B’s onion rings. Probably some of the best we had. Also, when I ordered a can wine to drink, the waiter brought out the above drink, saying one of their other waiters was a genius mixer and brought this out to me. It was absolutely delicious and so pretty. It was really nice to have lunch with that amazing view.
WHERE WE EXPLORED
The only thing we actually “did” the whole trip was head over to Cloudland Canyon State Park. Since we hadn’t really planned on doing a whole lot of hiking, we did some pretty easy hiking trails. Both B and Sheff were in flip flops, so no strenuous climbing or descents for us. But the Canyon was absolutely gorgeous. There are trails for bikes, people and horses, plus campgrounds and disc golf. We can’t wait to go back and actually do the waterfall trails.
This place was so nice, and everyone we met was super nice. I hope to one day go back and do some hang gliding lessons!
As a pitstop on the way back home, we stopped at Noccalula Falls. Luckily, you can get to see the falls without paying entry to the park. Unfortunately, it was pretty tame, and the falls weren’t in peak form. Glad we stopped though, and got it knocked off the list.
I think my most favorite part about the whole trip was that there was literally no cell service. It was so peaceful, and it was a nice way to bring in the new school year!