Hey all you pet travelers out there - Tucker here! My hoomans just told me we’re about to start planning a new trip. I've been chasing my own tail in circles ever since I found out that we're going to be visiting the North Georgia Mountains! I did some digging and found out about the vacation rentals at Enchanted Mountain Retreats in Blue Ridge, GA, and Blairsville, GA! They offer a lot of places of all sizes, with plenty of space for me to stretch out, sniff around, and explore while we visit.
I decided to go straight to the source and get in contact with the CEO, AnaLuisa Salvatti. I wanted to ask her how pet friendly the accommodations are at Enchanted Mountain Retreats, and what we can expect if we stay at one of their dog-friendly rentals.
Tucker: How many vacation rentals do you have, and what sets your places apart from other places we could stay?
AnaLuisa: Well, Tucker, our goal is to help your pet parents unwind from their busy lives, by reconnecting with nature and with loved ones. We currently manage 15 properties, 14 of which welcome dogs! We serve Blairsville, Blue Ridge, Hiawassee, Morganton, Mineral Bluff, McCaysville, GA as well as Murphy and Haysville, NC. There's plenty of room in each cabin for families and their pooch. Some of our cabins even feature fenced-in yards to allow pups to run around but remain safely secured.
We welcome one family dog per cabin at no charge! Guests may bring an extra dog with prior approval, and for a small fee. Cats or other pets are not accepted, and while we're sorry for that, we are proud to welcome pooches of all types! When people and their pets come to our properties, we hope they can spend a lot of quality time together since our dog-friendly accommodations provide great opportunities to make long-lasting memories. Also, all of our vacation rentals are fully equipped with a setup of supplies for our human and four-legged guests' convenience.
Tucker: Sounds "pawfect"! So, what special amenities do you offer at all your pet friendly locations, for my pet parents and me?
AnaLuisa: Our wide range of properties feature hot tubs, game rooms, patios, decks, screened-in porches, and so much more! Some properties have mountain views, are located on a river or lake, and are private and secluded. Best of all, there are nearby hiking trails, lakes and rivers for exploring and getting back to nature!
We offer a Welcome Basket upon arrival, as a token of our appreciation. These contain snacks, natural baked treats for the pooch, frack of our special coffee blend, and a bottle of wine for special occasions or long stays, following the CDC guidelines and restrictions.
We care very much for the safety of our guests, and their health and well-being are top priority. Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, our staff is thoroughly cleaning every rental cabin using the Disinfection and Sanitation Checklist and Protocols. These are the same guidelines for disinfection laid out by the CDC, EPA, and World Health Organization. We also reach out to all guests to make sure all their expectations are being met during their visit. We also talk with them prior to departure in case they have a comment or a suggestion. In addition, our response to any emergency and providing assistance to our guests is immediate upon request.
Tucker: Well, it definitely sounds like the vacation rentals are "paw-some"! But, what about things to do in the area, in case we want to get out and roam?
AnaLuisa: Great question, Tucker! The beautiful North Georgia Mountains area offers plenty of pet friendly things to do! We have a Guest Information binder in each cabin with listings of outdoor activities, restaurants, and nearby shopping for all to enjoy. We also offer a wide range of detailed information in our “About the Area” section of our website.
Tucker: Wow, it sure does sound like Enchanted Mountain Retreats has a lot to offer people and their furry family members! Thank you so much for all the help, AnaLuisa! And, I'll be sure to tell my parents about all the special discounts you offer so we can save some money and even extend our mountain vacation! They'll be so excited to hear about all the options for our next trip. I can’t wait to start packing . . . I've already got my leash but where did I put that bone?