Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Not Too Far From Home - Historic Lakemont Village, Lake Rabun, Georgia

I would first like to apologize to my readers for the lack of new content here on the blog in recent months.  I have not really had much time to travel lately and since this is a 'traveler's journal'...well, you get the picture.  When I started this blog it was not my intent to let it sit idle for months on end and my neglect has bothered me.  So, in thinking about my original idea for this blog I have come to realize that I do not have to travel too far from home to find places I can share with my I begin a new series of posts entitled 'Not Too Far From Home'.

 Just a mere 13 miles from my home is a wonderful destination, Lake Rabun and Historic Lakemont Village.  This is a perfect place for anyone looking for a weekend retreat or just a Sunday drive.  Located within a 2 hour drive from most locations in the greater Atlanta area sits one of the most scenic and historic areas of the North Georgia fact Lake Rabun will be featured as one of 'the best lakes across the south' in the July issue of Southern Living Magazine 

 Even if you don't have a boat this is a beautiful lake to visit.  Lake Rabun Road hugs the lake's shore making it perfect for a scenic drive.  Picnicking or camping are both available as well as a couple of wonderful inns and several places to grab a bite on the run or sit down to enjoy a meal. 
The Lake Rabun Hotel and The Barn Inn are located on Lake Rabun Road just across from the lake plus just a few miles away on Bear Gap Road you will find Glen Ella Springs Inn

If you are looking for a great lunch spot 'Annie's At Alley's Market & Deli' offers a variety of delicious sandwiches and salads as well as snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine.  There are several tables available indoors and on the front porch for you and your family to dine in, or you may chose to dine creek side just a few steps away or take your lunch to go.  Annie's is also 'pet friendly'. 

On Lake Rabun Road you will find 'Louie's On The Lake' where lunch is available on Sat. & Sun. and dinner is available 7 nights a week.  Louie's wonderful New York Style pizza has been described as 'the best pizza in Georgia' and this writer concurs with that opinion.  You may dine in or take out.
Lake Rabun Hotel offers dinner Wed. through Sat. and brunch on Sat. and Sunday in their beautifully appointed restaurant and bar.

If it's art you are looking for you can find a variety of works by local artists at the Lakemont Gallery.  Housed in the newly renovated Lakemont Lodge the gallery includes Fine Art oil paintings, watercolors, photography, hand crafted glass jewelry, pottery, hand-woven baskets and hand-crafted wooden tables. 

Additionally you can find a few other artists's works in the upstairs gallery at Annie's At Alley's and in The Corner Cupboard at Seven Oaks where you can also find a variety of antiques and collectables.
I hope that you will check out the places I have spoken of here and visit Lakemont and Lake Rabun soon and often.  I believe that you will find it an enjoyable experience.