Thursday, November 1, 2012

Glamping Day 1

A few years ago my big sis brought me an article she found in Southern Living Magazine about a new kind of vacation in Northern Georgia called Glamping. It was the first time I had ever heard of glamping but the pictures had me hooked. Glamorous tents made from fabrics I would have used in my own home, a picturesque mountain town and most important...a king sized bed with luxurious down bedding inside your private tent! To top it off, it is run as a quaint bed & breakfast by a husband and wife team (JoAnn & Rick) who greet you into their home and treat you as if you are just part of the family. It's called The Martyn House and it's in Ellijay, GA (about an 1 1/2 hours north of Atlanta).
 This is the main home of JoAnn & Rick and it's also where we had made from scratch breakfast each morning.
 JoAnn's beautiful garden.

The Party Tent where we had a Farm to Table Feast on Day 2 (pics to come)

Our Tent, Ridge Roost...they had me at black & white stripes :)

Our little front porch.

Our view :)

Our King bed and view into the bathroom (you can see our sink along with soaps JoAnn makes herself).

Robes while camping??? why not :)

Our shower that Mike could actually fit in! I just realized that I didn't take a picture of the toilet!!! I promise we had one, it was full sized, it just didn't was a compost toilet :)

A little desk to hold all of my gear and a few snacks.

I have to admit, as overwhelmed as I was with the styling of the tents, I was a little nervous about how it was going to be at night. There was a little portable heater in the tent but it was a really big tent and the temps were supposed to drop into the 40s at night. Well, I will testify to the quality of those down comforters...I was actually hot at night and we didn't turn the heater on! Because you are in JUST A TENT, you could hear every bird, cricket, owl, etc. at night but that only helped to put me right to sleep. If you think that part would bother you, bring along some ear plugs. Also, we got a chuckle speaking to JoAnn about people coming to the tents and expecting there to be no People, you are in the middle of the woods. A concrete house couldn't keep critters out that far in the woods, the tents aren't going to either. There are bugs...and spiders...but they didn't bother us because the tents were clean and we used common sense when it comes to leaving food out.

After we checked in and got settles we decided to head out to Apacolola Falls, about 25 minutes from Ellijay.

It was just breath-taking....speaking of taking my breath away...the stairs to go from the top to the bottom were no joke and we had to stop and rest too many times. I need to get into better shape.

After the falls, we headed to the town of Blue Ridge for dinner. At JoAnn's recommendation we went to Harvest, which was a great little restaurant that I would think should be located in a place like Boulder or Aspen.
We squeezed in without a reservation (but I would definitely recommend you get one) and sat at the "chef's table" aka, the bar. The menu is changed seasonally and everything we had was delicious. I ordered the petite filet over potatoes and fresh veggies for dinner and mixed cobbler a la mode for dessert.

Finally we headed back to The Martyn House, grabbed a bottle of wine from our tent and headed out to the campfire Rick had made us. Sitting under the stars and talking about our plans for the next day, it was a great end to the start of our getaway.

Up next, day picking, pig races, cow feeding, picnic and a fabulous Farm to Table dinner!


  1. Yay! I am so glad to see your new blog--congrats!! My sister-in-law moved to Elijay {from Florida} last year and I have yet to visit. But now I want to visit and def. check out this fun glamping site-so fun :) looking forward to seeing more.

    1. Thanks Shannon! You are gonna love the shopping up there too :)

  2. I love the new blog!

    I am not a camping girl, but seeing your pics makes me want to pack my bags and head to the sticks. :-)

    Your pics of the waterfalls are looks like the water is moving. Breathtaking!

  3. Love your new blog Wendy! Looks like an awesome trip!...I've been obsessed with glamping in one of those cute trailers ever seen I bumped into to site, in infact I saw the Martyn House on there too a while back. Sweet...cant wait to see more!