Insta Cabin Week

When we left our tiny island for the mountains last week, I was so ready to get out of town. So. Ready. In my excitement for this last minute trip, I never thought to check the weather report to see if I should grab a cardigan or my makeup bag to see if I had remembered to pack a razor. All I knew is that after 6 weeks of working on the office non-stop, we were about to get a much needed break.


We’ve been coming to this cabin for 5 years, usually twice sometimes three times a year and every trip it feels like coming home.


The drive up is a long one, especially when you’re nursing a sick pup. Last Saturday morning the side of Tally’s face was so swollen she looked more like a bull terrier than a Jack Russell terrier. We rushed her to the vet to find she needed two teeth extracted immediately. I felt horrible! It was so crazy because she was eating, drinking and playing like she always does in the days/weeks leading up to the trip. We’ve had her on meds all week and she hasn’t been able to hike the trails with us but she’s gotten lots of rest and is thankfully on the mend now. I love that sweet little thing so much…


This was the first trip we didn’t really have any set plans or any agenda which I’ll totally admit freaked this forever-a-planner out. So, we jotted a few easy things down on the drive up. And by easy, I mean super easy. Things like…

Pick a bouquet of wild flowers


Buy peaches at a roadside stand


Random games of checkers


$10 treasure hunt


Try an old school ice cream flavor (gimme some butter pecan)


Read a magazine cover to cover


Have dinner by the water


Enjoy a day of junkin


Bingo night with total strangers


Drink a Peach Nehi


Spot a deer


None of these things cost a lot of money yet they’re all things we looked forward to doing each day. We weren’t scrambling to be anywhere at any particular time on any particular day and you guys, it felt so good. One of the biggest things we wanted to take advantage of was being outside as much as possible. Every morning I made the trek down these stairs


and enjoyed a cup of coffee and quiet time at different spots on the property. It was awesome.


I know it’s not always easy to get away for a week or even a long weekend but I’m really hoping we can all commit to doing something this summer that gives us nourishment, rest and a chance to re-create.


Many blessings,


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  1. Hey CoCo – sounds like your trip was amazing and just the medicine that you all needed. So glad that sweet tally is better – seems like she needed a break too 🙂 Looks like you had a lot of fun too. If you won at Bingo…we need a loan LOL. Welcome home.

    1. Thanks so much ladies, we had the best time and I’m so glad we had a chance to get away. As you know the ORC was crazy awesome and crazy exhausting all at the same time. Sadly, we did not win at Bingo but those people that that game very very seriously 🙂

  2. Trina Williams says:

    This sounds and looks like Heaven on earth! Quiet, peaceful and beautiful. I would love to know the location of this cabin…..Enjoy!!!

    1. Thank you, Trina! These were all taken in the North Georgia mountains just outside of Blue Ridge with the exception of the roadside peach and general store photos which were taken in a little town called Ball Ground 🙂

  3. Looks Norman-Rockwell-ishly perfect!! Enjoy your cabin time!!

    1. Thanks so much, Angie! I saw you guys are spending some time at the beach so I hope your having a fun time with your family too! Sending you hugs, CoCo

  4. jessica woodall says:

    So where is this beautiful place?

    1. This is in the North Georgia mountains just outside of Blue Ridge 🙂

  5. Looks wonderful Coco! I think you are absolutely right… we all need weeks like that where we just enjoy the whimsy of the moment and relax. Mine is coming soon and I can barely wait 😉

    1. I’m so excited you’re going to be able to get away for a bit! I know you’re working hard on your day job and your dreams too and definitely deserve some time to rest and relax. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Hugs, CoCo

  6. Sonya J Choate says:

    CoCo, we have some land in west Tx that is to us,as your mountain cabin is to you. We have been going for at least 27 years now, I took my kids as babies and they take their own children now. We haven’t been able to go with my mother since March. But my niece drove Mom home and I was able to stay a blessed entire week alone at “the Farm” so when I read you were So.Ready. I completely understand. Like I said, we are so very blessed to have these very different, yet so much the same for both our families. God bless you and your retreat. Sonya Choate

    1. Such a sweet comment, Sonya, thank you! It’s so crazy how we know we need to let ourselves take a little break yet there always seems to be a million other things that we let take priority. I’m so glad we were able to get away and I’m excited for your family’s farm too. Making memories will be worth it – every time 🙂 Sending you hugs, CoCo

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