If a peaceful mountain getaway is on your bucket-list, Cedar House Inn & Yurts might be exactly the place you're looking for.

By Ashley Bayley

If a peaceful mountain getaway is on your bucket-list, Cedar House Inn & Yurts might be exactly the place you're looking for.

Driving up a winding road near Dahlonega, Georgia, you'll have to keep a sharp eye out for the unassuming posts marking the way to the small bed and breakfast, run by owners Fred and Mary-Beth Tanner, since they opened it in 2003. Having grown up in a rooming house in Cape May, New Jersey, Mary-Beth dreamed of opening her own historic inn. But when she and her husband Fred stumbled upon the house that would become Cedar House, they knew they couldn't pass up the opportunity.

"I was getting frustrated with teaching and knew I couldn't do it forever; Fred was working from home. The house was a wreck when we first saw it and priced to reflect that – perfect for us; we always loved a fixer upper," Mary-Beth explained.

The couple decided they wanted to make their bed and breakfast eco-friendly because they believe it is important to protect the earth's resources. They wanted to live out their beliefs while sharing their lifestyle with others. The house itself lent them inspiration, having been designed to harness the warmth of the sun, keeping it naturally comfortable in the winter months.

Cedar House Inn & Yurts offer several choices of accommodation for visitors. There are three rooms available inside the inn: The Chickadee Room, The Mountain Bluebird Room, and the Cardinal Suite. All of the non-smoking rooms include a private bathroom. For nature-loving guests, there are also two yurts available, located a short walk from the main house. The yurts are decorated in a rustic mountain style and include a queen size bed, composting toilet (vented outside so there is no smell), a microwave and mini-fridge, a heater, and an electric fireplace for warmth, or just ambience. Those who choose to stay in a yurt will also have access to their own private bathhouse.

All visitors to Cedar House will be provided a full organic breakfast, prepared every morning by Mary-Beth in her cozy kitchen. The conversation and sense of warmth around the breakfast table alone are worth the trip. Mary-Beth described why she and Fred find so much fulfillment in running the inn:

"Meeting people from all over the world and all walks of life is the best thing about the inn. Our minds have been expanded and our attitudes have been changed by the conversations we share around the breakfast table. We've [met] organic farmers and backyard gardeners. We've discussed human rights with members of the LGBTQ community and members of the clergy. Our inn and table are open to everyone and we never know who will enter our door or what we'll discuss."

In addition to nearby Dahlonega, where travelers will find a quaint city center filled with small shops, museums, and enticing dining options, the inn is positioned near many local vineyards that offer tours and wine tastings. There are also numerous opportunities for hiking, tubing, and kayaking.

You can find more information about Cedar House Inn & Yurts and book your getaway today on their website at georgiamountaininn.com/.