Indulging in wine often makes people talk more than usual, befriend strangers, and walk on their hind legs. Enjoy this rare sensation combination with today’s Groupon to Skywater Georgia Waterfalls. Choose from the following sipping-and-sauntering options:
- For $95, you and a companion get to go on a three–four-hour hiking excursion to see two waterfalls (a $190 value).
- For $108, you and a companion get to go on a five–six-hour hiking excursion to see three waterfalls (up to a $270 value).
- For $135, you and a companion get to go on a full-day excursion (approximately eight hours) to see four waterfalls (up to a $390 value).<p>
Each guided expedition includes:
- A light lunch
- A snack of nuts and berries
- A wine tasting at one of five locations
Each of Georgia Wine Hiking’s excursions gives patrons a chance to escape the city’s noise in favor of majestic mountain trails that end in a lineup of local libations. Friendly pathfinders—knowledgeable of local flora, fauna, and first aid—guide trail trampers through pristine landscapes dotted with waterfalls and flocks of indigenous water-filtration pitchers. Hikers can choose destinations from more than 20 cascades, including the water-covered steps of Minnehaha Falls, and Amicalola Falls, which is the highest waterfall in the state, flaunting 729 feet, but a modest two pairs of shoes. Excursions launch from one of two meetup locations, either Andy’s Market in Clayton or Habersham Winery in St. Helen.
Guides provide a light lunch of turkey sandwiches on multigrain bread, and after finishing the trek, hikers reach one of five temples of grape temptation where they can sample wines and sacrifice fatted jeroboams that they’d raised from half-bottles. Besides walking off excess poundage, lowering blood pressure, and warding off osteoporosis, rovers also enjoy all the health benefits of wine drinking, such as feelings of increased attractiveness and a healthy flush to the face. Each hike can accommodate up to eight people, and underage hikers hoping to spot Bigfoot without gargling grapes may attend the trip without tasting.
Skywater Georgia Wine Hiking
At the summit of Mount Yonah, hikers bask in the dying sunlight and soak up views of verdant foothills that span the horizon. Before the sun dips below the peaks, they meander back down the craggy trail toward Habersham Vineyard, where they can toast to a wholesome day of hiking. This scenic hike is one of dozens of possible routes led by Skywater Georgia Wine Hiking’s knowledgeable guides. They draw upon their knowledge of the region to showcase the best trails and wineries during daylong tours. Based on each group’s fitness level, interest, and ability to tolerate photo-bombing sasquatches, guides can plan easy-going three-hour hikes around Victoria Bryant State Park, or embark instead on a 10-hour journey up the steep foothills of Standing Indian. Regardless of the tour route, guides take time to point out local flora and fauna, and energize groups’ with a light lunch.