Sunday, November 22, 2009

Stone Mountain Getaway

We started our drive to Stone Mountain, GA on Friday morning and arrived at the lovely Evergreen Marriott Resort (http://www.evergreenmarriott.com/) around 4:00 p.m. We were greeted by a very friendly staff and enjoyed discovering our next two nights would be in the Crabwell Suite, which was large enough to accommodate a small party.

We woke up Saturday morning to a delicious breakfast buffet at the Marriott, then off to explore Stone Mountain Park (www.StoneMountainPark.com). We drove to the mountain hike base and started our climb up the Walk Up Trail. It was great to see so many people (of all ages) enjoying the morning hike. We finally made it to the top and enjoyed the view of the Stone Mountain area and Atlanta. With a quick stroll around the top to explore the Skyride area, we headed back down the mountain via a new route on the Cherokee Trail, which was beautiful.

We hopped back in the car, but our exploring was not over yet. We drove around the park and found the Grist Mill & Covered Bridge. The area around this 100-year-old mill and bridge is heavily wooded and surrounded by Stone Mountain Lake. We sat here for a while, watched the ducks and enjoyed the serenity.

After all of our exploring, we worked up quite an appetite and lunch at Village Corner German Restaurant & Bakery (http://www.germanrestaurant.com/) was just what we needed. We split a Reuben Sandwich (the menu said “a guest favorite” and it certainly was ours too) that came with German Potato Salad…yum! After lunch all we could say is "GEM√úTLICHKEIT," the one German word that describes the feeling of being at ease, comfortable, and at home.

Due to prior commitments, we were not able to enjoy all that the park had to offer, such as the Christmas shows, laser show, parade and snowfall celebration. We hope to go back again to get a full taste of Stone Mountain.

Many thanks to Evergreen Marriott Resort and Stone Mountain Park for their hospitality. I can certainly see why people enjoy visiting this unique area.

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