Northern Georgia, the jumping off point for the Appalachian Trail, offers an astounding array of activities for those who like to get out and play in the crisp, invigorating air of fall. So, on this four-day getaway, we will sample as much as we can: horseback riding, hiking, and whitewater rafting. We will also take advantage of the burgeoning foodie culture here, with dinner at one of the many fine restaurants and an outstanding brunch at a local winery. In between we'll plan time for relaxing and hanging out with each other at the hostel.
Maximum group size: 12
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This trip is suitable for any healthy active woman who loves being active outdoors in the fall and exploring this beautiful area with its rich culture that ranges from its Appalachian roots. The hikes we've chosen are reasonably short but they are in the mountains, so women should be in sufficient condition to hike uphill for a couple of hours. A rating of 2 is suitable for any woman who regularly walks at a brisk pace 3 to 4 days a week for 35 - 45 minutes. Rating: 1  3 4 5.
We will go horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and hike on the Appalachian Trail during our long weekend getaway. We will also enjoy a wonderful brunch at a local winery! None of the activities require previous experience - we'll teach you everything you need to know to have a safe and fun time.
We will spend three nights at the Retreat on the Ridge , a luxurious 7-bedroom 5.5 bath majestic mountain home where you can enjoy the north Georgia mountains in luxury, style, and convenience. It's seven miles north of downtown Dahlonega with spectacular panoramic views, a saltwater pool, and a firepit. There are six bedrooms for participants that are a mix of single and shared rooms, a "bunkroom" with four beds (two singles and one bunkbed). There is a discount for the bunkroom, and two single rooms (one with its own bathroom and one with a shared bathroom), these room types can be selected at registration. Otherwise, rooms will be assigned randomly.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
I really appreciated the leaders accommodating my veganism. They did a great job doing so, and in every other way. They were very organized and communicated clearly about our activities.
The fellowship among group members
Deb & Lindsay were so awesome! Great guides, great cooks, great drivers... kind and fun! Just the best! I'm so glad I had the opportunity to travel with them!
Everything about this trip was wonderful. Our guides were friendly, helpful and knowledgable. The accommodations were clean and spacious and the view was breathtaking. My fellow travels were an amazing group of women that it was such a pleasure to get to know them and spend time with them. This trip exceeded my expectations and I look forward to booking another trip with AGC.
Yes this adventure meet my expectations. It took me out of my comfort zone.
Yes, beyond words can describe. So much thought, effort and care were put into every single detail of this trip. As a planner in my social circle, this is the first time I didn't plan a thing and truly reaped the benefits of a stress-free vacation. To know that you'll be cared for, everything is planned, and all you have to do is show up to have fun...priceless. This is my first trip with an all women's company and I feel like I hit the lottery having chosen them. I'll be booking soon. Thank you, Leigh and Chris, for making this one of the most memorable trips for me ever.
The day of rafting was absolutely my favorite and while the hike up and over Blood Mountain was a bit challenging for me, I felt so accomplished after completing it. Chris and Leigh were perfect guides who made us feel pampered and cared for. Both are knowledgeable and fun. The accommodations were great - the house is gorgeous. I'm not an early riser but happily woke each morning to see the sun rise over the mountains. Excellent trip.
White water rafting and the hike up Blood Mountain.
The white water rafting and "water experiences." A little out of my comfort zone, but so glad I did them.
This was an amazing trip! Our guides (Leigh and Chris) was wonderful: knowledgeable, extremely dependable, extremely patient, highly organized, attentive to all details, and so much fun!! Via Chris and Leigh, I increased my knowledge about backpacking, hiking, and rafting. With this being my first rafting experience, both knew just what to say and do to alleviate my concerns and anxiety. Hiking over Blood Mountain was on my bucket list! I highly recommend this trip!
White water rafting
Relaxed but active getaway. Great way to spend my first visit to Georgia and first hike on the Appalachian Trail. Rafting was a hoot.
I was impressed by the AGC website and pre-trip information so I was skeptical that it could be as good as it appeared. Therefore, I was so pleased to discover that the trip was well organized, the guides knowledgeable and friendly, the food terrific and the companionship interesting and supportive. The activities were engaging, challenging and fun!
Rafting was a blast
This was an exploratory trip with AGC to see how trips were organized and run. I was quite pleased. My husband and I travel with a number of different groups/companies and AGC is up there with the best of them. The all-women environment was very nice and relaxing.
I enjoyed everything we did
Meeting new friends and enjoyed hiking the most but horseback and rafting were fun
The guides, Leigh and Laurie, were fabulous, knowledgeable and FUN! The women were all nice and we got along very well....it was great that we all wanted to be there and enjoy the same things. The hostel was lovely, the setting amazing, and all the meals delicious! Not to mention, each of the activities was challenging and memorable. All in all, I loved EVERYTHING about this adventure!!! I brought my two eldest daughters along, so it was especially memorable!
The water rafting trip was awesome! As with all else, there was not a time I felt like I was in need of one thing, the guides wrre excellent.
This trip was much needed time that I got to spend with my mom and sister! Everything was planned so very well and our guides, Leigh Saint and Laurie Priest were AMAZING!! What I loved the most (aside from time with my family) is that I didn't have to think or plan anything. That is the nature of my work - to plan, think through logistics, trouble shoot, etc. - for me, NOT having to think about anything that we were doing and just going with it - was really a wonderful blessing of this trip!
The trip was well organized. The guides shared their hiking knowledge. They were understanding of the various levels of skills amongst the group.
I loved the variety of adventures offered on the trip - the hiking was my favorite.
The whole trip was perfect. I travelled alone and met some wonderful ladies. I liked the different events each day. It was all a great adventure.
Very well organized but flexible. Excellent guides. Accommodations. Other participants. The actual activities.
Welcoming, encouraging guides. Loved variety of activities
Horseback riding, white water rafting, hiking the AT, our beautiful hostel, the delicious food at every meal, our guides, and my traveling companions. Everything was wonderful!
Loved the interaction with different t women from areas in the Midwest and south. The hostel was very acccomadating, the food delicious, the host/tour guide Leah, amazing. She made everything look easy with her organization. Her expertise made me feel very reassured.!
Meeting so many wonderful women, doing amazing outdoor adventures, bonding so quickly with "strangers", delicious food, laughing so hard like only a group of women can laugh, and feeling confident in doing activities that I had never done before!
The hiking segment rated as a #2. Other participants felt it was at least a #3 due to the elevation up of 2.5 miles and down 2.5 miles. However, the rest of the trip segments were fantastic. Being a "Newbie" to AGC, I was impressed with the overall trip. Attention to detail was excellent, staying on schedule at all times, food was excellent, totally enjoyed the group of women, but above all, I had soooo...... much FUN!
Great group of women, well planned fun activities, great food