Vacationing in the Northeast Georgia Mountains
If you're looking for a vacation destination that pampers you with modern amenities while satisfying your craving for old-fashioned hospitality, a trip to
northeast Georgia is a must. The area is rich with history and mystery, a combination sure to inspire your imagination.
You can start your adventure in Sautee, located on the old Unicoi Trail, now known simply as Georgia Highway 17. This was an area once inhabited
by the Cherokee and Chickasaw tribes. These tribes were great rivals and often made war upon one another, but there were a few times when they
operated under an uneasy truce. During one such time, a band of Chickasaw warriors were said to have crossed over Cherokee land, which the
Cherokees were inclined to allow as long as the Chickasaws stayed on the Unicoi Trail and did not wander about.
The Chickasaws stopped to rest under a great white oak tree, and some curious Cherokees crept up to observe them. Keeping to the words of the
truce, the Chickasaws did not leave their spot on the trail, but one Cherokee maiden approached closer than the others. Her name was Nacoochie,
and she was the daughter of the Cherokee Chief. Her attention was riveted upon one particular Chickasaw warrior. His name was Sautee, and he was
also the son of a chief. Their eyes met, and their fate was sealed.
That night, as legend has it, Nacoochie stole away from her father's lodging to meet Sautee beneath the white oak tree. They fled to Yonah Mountain
where they proclaimed their love for one another. But Nacoochie's father was livid, and he tracked the young lovers to the top of the mountain. The
Cherokee chief had Sautee thrown from the high cliffs of Yonah Mountain while Nacoochie looked on. Overcome by grief, Nacoochie threw herself
over the cliff after her one true love, and they died together arm in arm.
Realizing the error he had made in his anger, Nacoochie's father named the area after the two of them, and now the Sautee and Nacoochie Valleys
memorialize the legend.
Today, the area is a wonderland of beautiful resorts, natural treasures, and quaint villages. Sautee boasts a thriving cultural community with museums,
theaters, art galleries and much more. It is an Official Historic District and has been dubbed as one of the "100 Best Small Arts Towns in America."
Nearby Alpine Helen is another must-see destination. The scenic Blue Ridge Mountains offer a wide range of outdoor activities such as swimming,
rafting, hiking, biking and camping.
The town of Alpine Helen is an attraction all by itself. When gold strikes played out and miners left for richer prospects in the mid 1960's, Helen
recreated itself in the tradition of a Bavarian Alpine village, complete with old-world store fronts and cobblestone streets. Today Alpine Helen is home
to over 200 shops, restaurants, art galleries, craft stores, and much more.
For your next vacation, plan to visit northeast Georgia. The romance and nostalgia of this stunning area will sweep you away.
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