The Roadtrip Chronicles continues, and with it came a night's stay at an incredibly charming and wonderfully exciting nature and adventure lodge in Whitesburg, Georgia. Historic Banning Mills features many opportunities for connecting with nature, learning about the history of the area, and experiencing the thrill of adventure. Below are five great reasons to plan a visit and see for yourself what it's all about!
1. The lodging reaches new heights
Probably the most alluring part of visiting Historic Banning Mills was the opportunity to stay in a tree-house. That was definitely a bucket list item, although now having done so, instead of crossing it off the list, I will probably only want to stay in tree-houses from now on. There's just something about crossing a swinging bridge to enter your front door, and feeling the gentle sway of the building as you move inside. Not to mention the massive tree trunk running up straight through the middle of the room! If you're interested in a more traditional lodging setting, cabins are available, as well as rooms in the main lodge building.
2. You can experience the Guinness World Record-setting Zip-line Tour
The adrenaline-inducing adventure course at Historic Banning Mills holds the title for two Guinness World Records! Participate in the Flight of the Falcon, soaring over 3400 feet through the skies, taking in the gorgeous views of the woods, water, and lodge property. Not up for that much adventure? Check out Level 1 or Level 2 of their zip-line tours - still offering incredibly fun and exciting opportunities to soar through the trees, but at a much more comfortable level- perfect for beginners!
3. There's something for everyone
Do you prefer to keep things a little slower? Maybe a little closer to the ground? If flying through the air at top speed hundreds of feet about the ground isn't quite your thing- that's okay. There are outdoor activities for everyone of every age, and you don't have to be an adrenaline-junkie to participate. From climbing walls and kayaking to horseback riding and birds of prey nature events, your entire family is sure to love experiencing getting a little closer to nature, and at their own pace.
4. Ecosystem conservation is a high priority
Historic Banning Mills is more than just a retreat and conference center. It is actually a 501(c)(3) conservation center founded with the mission to "preserve the unique and pristine ecosystems of the Snake Creek Gorge and Chattahoochee watershed areas..." The staff has worked in partnership with the Trust for Public Lands and the Chattahoochee River Keepers to preserve over 1500 acres of the Snake Creek Gorge. Future goals include building an on-site Historical and Natural History Museum and constructing an eco tree walk bridge system for visitors to enjoy nature without causing disruption.
5. Relaxation comes naturally
All that adrenaline can be tiring, and eventually you'll need to relax. Check out the Day Spa and choose from a variety of spa and body treatments. Perfect for unwinding after the outdoor adventures of hiking through the woods and soaring through the sky. Enjoy some alone time or pamper yourself with a couple's massage- that way you'll be rested up for another day of adventuring!
I travel and then I write about it. I hope you enjoy my experiences, and can learn from my trial and errors!