For our Honeymoon we went to Helen, Ga. We weren’t able to really get away because of work and Kurtis’ upcoming masters defense. Seriously though, not even three days into our honeymoon Kurtis’ advisor joined us with constant emails for edit suggestions and deadlines for his masters thesis. It was so cool, I met another OU alumni! I think she and her husband were the owners of the hotel.
Anywho, our first day we got lunch and explored a nearby town called Sautee Nacoochee. In one of the stores we visited I picked up a few (super cute I might add) kitchen and table decorations for our home. After shopping for a bit we decided to pop in for a visit at Habersham Winery for a wine tasting (I swear, every time I saw the name “Habersham” the only thing I could think of was Great Expectations by Charles Dickens). It was really interesting seeing the process of how the wine was made. Oh, and also while we were there I saw a cat that reminded me of Sebastian. It made me miss that little fury guy more- I know, I sound like a closet cat lady.
After our wine tasting we went and explored a local antique shop where I found a most interesting of items. When Kurtis and I first entered the shop we began looking at the display shelves where something caught my eye. It was a reliquary with a relic of Saint Lucy in it! I remember when I saw it I thought “Oh, no!! Saint Lucy, what have they done to you?!” It was so sad! When we inquired about it the store owners knew absolutely nothing about it other than she was probably purchased at an estate sale. After a bit of negotiating we brought her home with us. It didn’t feel right just leaving her there after we had found her. Seriously, how uber Catholic is that? I’m on my honeymoon and I come home with a relic, stamps from Germany and Italy during the 1940s, kitchen decorations, and wine. I love it!
The next day Kurtis and I left early in the morning to explore Anna Ruby Falls in Alpine. It was such a peaceful hike up to the falls! We really enjoyed it. Well, I enjoyed it and Kurtis enjoyed it until he saw the sign posted about keeping an eye out for rattlesnakes.
After our hike we went out for lunch and explored this touristy German village in Helen. I really didn’t care for it too much. If Epcot Germany and Colonial America had an awkward cousin that town would be it.
After that, We visited the Cottage Vineyard and it was beautiful. I really enjoyed my time there.
Any who, after that Kurtis and I went back to the hotel to change into our swimsuits. We decided to go tubing down the Chattahoochee River. That was so much fun, but exhausting! We got stuck a few times along the way-that’s where I got the huge knot (aka “warriors mark”) on my shin. I slipped on a rock trying to help Kurtis get unstuck.
The next day we went shopping for a bit and visited a few more wineries before we went home.