Monday, July 21, 2014

Sugarboo Farms - With all my Sugarboo Babes

This past April we had our TENTH Girls Weekend with my girlfriends group (honestly didn't even realize it was our 10th one until now).  The location for such a special trip?
Sugarboo Farms in Blairsville, Georgia!

There were 32 wonderful women in attendance.  All came so ready for an incredibly relaxing AND FUN time in the country.  I had stumbled across the property while searching LARGE vacation rentals on VRBO.  I was immediately intrigued by the quaintness of it, the rusticness (word?) of glamping and the just plain old AMAZINGNESS (again a word?) of it!  The owners are local Atlantans who have a company Sugarboo Designs that makes and sells funky fun rustic art and home furnishings.  Thus the farmtastic interiors to Sugarboo Farms.  Sugarboo Designs is even available at Target these days - HOW AWESOME IS THAT?

Anyway, the ladies arrived on Thursday afternoon with suitcase(s) and cooler(s) in hand.  I had sent them packing lists ahead of time with little reminders - like pack comfy clothes for yoga, bathing suit for the hot tub and sneakers for hiking or don't forget your wrapped $15 farm chic gift for the gift swap.  That was Thursday night's activity following the Welcome Appetizer Party.  We ran the Farm Chic Gift Swap kind of like a Chinese Auction but did it at night after dinner with drinks and s'mores in hand around the fire pit!  (ps- have done beach gift swaps and country gift swaps before on other GWs  all worked out SO fun!)

The property is just precious - you feel like you have this whole other little world ALL to yourselves (Sugarboo Farms can only be rented as an entire facility not by the cottage).  I loved watching the girls find their cottage and either stroll down the hill or take the MULE (a golf cart on steriods - true farm equipment).  We had use of the Mule all weekend long!
The "MULE" with us posing in our UGLY Prom Dresses - I'll get to that later....
I got smart and at the recommendation of a few of the girls made a RULE - NO DRIVING THE MULE AFTER DARK!  One it's dark AND two some of them had had many Dirty Arnold Palmers and/or Spicy Jalapeno Pineapple Margaritas (link includes a video on how to infuse your own Spicy Pineapple Tequila!) by the time the sun went down.
Drink Station
Each girl got one of these sweet LARGE mason jars to personalize and use all weekend (it was theirs to bring home - ps~ i drove to about 500 TJ Maxes and Marshall's to accumulate 32!)  

In each girl's cottage were fun farm welcome bags awaiting their arrival containing items like - dry shampoo spray, colgate wisps, mini flashlights, cleansing cloths, mini moonpies, branch pencilsUdderly Smooth Udder Cream, chocolates, headbands, packets of seeds, Sappo Hill Oatmeal Soap (oooo so yummy), cozy socks from the dollar store and so much more!  

Little signs with farm humor and/or inspirational messages were placed in all the bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.
Just a few of the table tent style signs that could be found in all the cottages and farmhouse!

The room signs (indicating who slept in which cottage) were so farm funky - I used chalkboard paper, wrote on the with chalkboard marker and hung on jute twine! (don't mind my crappy handwriting)

After a VERY casual appetizer filled Welcome Party (fantastic food provided ALL weekend long by Chef Nancy & crew from In Sister's Kitchen - will post more about fun food ideas in future posts about our Sugarboo weekend), the girls grabbed their farm chic gift swap gifts for the Gift Exchange around the fire pit.  Before each chic's turn she had to introduce herself, tell either her favorite memory from a past trip if she had been on one of our weekends before OR tell what she was MOST looking forward to or why she needed this "getaway".  This was a terrific way to get to know each other a bit and the chalkboard name tags we wore the first night helped too!  We laughed into the night then slept well in the fresh mountain air with stars overhead while visions of day two danced in our heads.

The End - - -
until day two
coming soon!

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