ADVENTURES at Historic Banning Mills!

If you’re like me, CREATING FAMILY MEMORIES is one of the most important parts of life!

I love any time with my family, but especially moments that include beautiful nature, lots of laughter, plenty of thrills, hospitality and great food! I recently discovered a hidden gem that includes ALL of these things in ONE place- Historic Banning Mills!

We began our adventure at Historic Banning Mills with a KAYAK TOUR down the Chattahoochee River. I wondered if RUTHIE ‘we’ would be up for the 7-miles, but the 2+ hours went by so quickly! The current pushed us along naturally, which made paddling a breeze.

I loved learning the history behind the waters and surrounding areas. Our guide told us stories from the native Creek and Cherokee tribes. From the birds flying above us to the little turtles sunbathing on the logs around us, we also learned a lot about the animals who call the “Hooch” their home.

After getting lots of vitamin D, river water and fresh air, we were ready to unwind in our beautiful TREEHOUSE! I couldn’t believe how SOFT our bed was! (Even the girls said their bunk beds upstairs were super soft too!)

The area was very spacious. It included a nice bathtub, private bathroom/shower, small refrigerator, tv and more. But my favorite part was the sunset on the private, wooded back porch! Maybe I’m partial to being surrounded by birds singing and trees blowing, but I couldn’t have been happier in their beautiful treehouse!

We woke-up the second morning with EXCITEMENT (and I might OR MIGHT NOT have had a tad bit of nervousness too)! Besides… we were about to experience the WORLD’S LARGEST ZIP LINE CANOPY TOUR!

I’ve done different zip line adventures in other states and countries, but this one, by far, made me feel the safest. Our guides were professional, but they also made sure we were ALL having fun! I loved having water stations all throughout our tour. But my FAVORITE part (as you can imagine) was the guides snapping lots of photos with their equipment (for FREE!) where we could simply focus on the fun!

Make sure to check out my video which includes part of the ‘Screaming Eagle’ which is 2,500 feet long and goes up to 75 mph! Regardless of your age, weight or bravery, they offer a ZIP LINE TOUR that will meet your needs perfectly!

After our zip lining adventure, we were all HUNGRY and ready for a picnic lunch. But we were not expecting such generous and nutritious options inside our pretty bag! I’d love to explain the bread, meat and snacks, but I was kind-of super-focused on the homemade Ranch! (If you know me, you already know I was trying to trade my granola bar and chips for everyone’s delicious Ranch!)

We spent the rest of our day exploring the property- considered Georgia’s only hidden gorge on beautiful Snake Creek. Not only are the surroundings so unique and tranquil, there’s even MORE to do at Historic Banning Mills!

Click HERE to see even MORE amenities offered, but here’s just a few other activities we were able to visit:
* 18 hole Putt-Putt Golf
* Bridges
* Nature Trails
* Creeks
* Gift shop
* And, the world’s tallest free-standing CLIMBING WALL!

Remember when I mentioned “great food” at the beginning? Well, I’ll simply say that our DINNER at the Lodge was simply amazing!

Not to go back to the Ranch dressing, but my salad was one of the BEST I’ve ever had! (I mean, how do you go wrong with candied pecans, grape tomatoes, fried onion shavings, bacon and hard-boiled eggs?) The rest of the food met the same exceptional standards. This meal will be one that I look forward to enjoying again!

Want PROOF of how incredible the food was…?!?!

After dinner, we checked out a free movie (from their great movie collection), curled-up together in that wonderful, soft bed and all agreed the ONLY thing missing from our EXCEPTIONALLY AWESOME day was Ross.

Even though we had to pack-up early on our third day, our Historic Banning Mills adventure STILL wasn’t over!

Speaking of amazing food…
Anyone want to see OUR BREAKFAST?!?

After our feast, we headed to the Nature Show. For any animal lovers (like me and Ruthie), this is not to be missed! We learned SO much and got to touch most of the reptiles, mammals and raptors brought in from Animal Adventures of Georgia.

Whether you’re simply wanting to get away or if you’re looking to add some excitement, Historic Banning Mills will provide everything you need for family fun! (Driving home, Matthew and I were also saying this would ALSO be a great option for birthday celebrations, team building for businesses, family reunions or anniversary weekends!)

The ONLY thing keeping this from being a PERFECT get-away was that Ross wasn’t there to enjoy it with us. I guess that just gives us a reason to GO BACK AGAIN when he returns to Georgia in the Fall!

Guess what?
You can use PROMO CODE: CMPHOTO to receive 15% off Lodging (except family cabins) until December 31, 2024!

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