Desperate times call for desperate measures. I can’t think of another situation where Sharon would not only be willing to consider Airbnb, but feel that it’s the best available option. However, that’s where we are in this COVID-19 landscape. The easiest way for newbies to rent a vacation cabin is by using Airbnb. So that’s what we did.
We made plans with another couple to find a cabin in the north Georgia mountains. Our feelings about safety precautions at home are in sync and we are all on team #staysafe #washyourhands #wearamask. We also felt the same about the trip where if the visitors of the area were pretending that coronavirus never happened, we would just hole up in the cabin with the food, drinks, and games we brought with us, and we’d still have a great time.
Finding a cabin wasn’t easy, even looking 2 1/2 months out. It came down to two choices. We picked the one we did because the hosts described their cleaning protocol between guests in the description. This cabin also had a hot tub and a fire pit on top of having a fireplace, WiFi, DirecTV and access to streaming services.
I had no idea what to expect as we drove up the winding roads leading to the cabin located just outside of Unicoi State Park.
As we approached the cabin, I found the “off-road” setting on my Subaru which I’ve never needed to use up until now.
Pulling up to the cabin, it was way more impressive than it looked in the pictures.
Walking through the front door, we were inside the kitchen area. It was impossible not to notice the high ceilings on the main floor.
The kitchen was plenty large to cook for six people, the capacity of the cabin. The pots, pans, plates and utensils weren’t the best quality, which is what you’d expect at a vacation home. We also always had problems turning on the oven. 🙂
The open concept of the main floor led to the living room/seating area. We spent the majority of our time in the cabin hanging around here.
Our time at the cabin was warm and rainy so we never tried to use the fireplace. The rest of the main floor was the master suite that featured was a king-size bed and large soaking tub.
If you didn’t want to soak in the tub, the master bathroom also had a rainfall shower.
Downstairs from the main level was the family room. This room had the largest TV in the cabin but it wasn’t as cozy. That’s why we spent much of our time upstairs.
The game room and the third bathroom (the one with the scorpions) was just off the family room.
Our bedroom was located just off the family room. We also had a full bathroom.
The door from our bedroom led to the deck with the hot tub.
Outside the door from the family room was the BBQ grill which we put to good use the first two nights of our stay.
Down the mountain path was our fire pit. It rained almost every afternoon or evening so we never got to sit around and make smores.
Spending four nights at a cabin in the Georgia mountains most definitely wasn’t on my list of trips I wanted to take in 2020. However, the cabin we rented was almost perfect for what we needed. We had a wonderful time with great friends and when the crowds were low during the weekdays, we even got to enjoy some of the surrounding areas.
While we did so many things that are the polar opposite of our usual travel style, we’re willing to do what it takes so we can take a trip that we’re comfortable with while in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
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