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Stay at a Working Cattle Ranch in the Sautee Nacoochee Valley

By Elisha Neubauer

While city life can be exciting, full of culture, and great for business- sometimes it's nice to just step away. Tucked away in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, the Sautee Hereford Ranch Lodge is a perfect place to relax with family and friends- and enjoy nature. Quiet and rich in natural beauty, Sautee and its surrounding areas offer a breathtaking retreat with enough attractions and activities to keep yourself occupied and fully submerged in the mountains, trails, and history of the northeast Georgia area.

The Sautee Hereford Ranch is a 350-acre working cattle ranch. The bordering Chattahoochee National Forest offers a private and relaxed feel to the location, while presenting plenty of woods, streams, and trails to explore. For nature lovers, you can catch the sun rise over the mountain peaks in the morning and then head out on a trail hike in the afternoon. You can also experience hiking, fishing, zip lining, river rafting, and tubing, and much more during your stay.

Lyle Lammers, who runs the ranch, tells us, "There is a lot of rich history in this valley, namely with the Native American (Creek and Cherokee) inhabitants that once lived here hundreds of years ago? Sautee and the surrounding areas offer a wonderful mountain getaway. The attractions and activities are just geared towards the mountains, trails and history of the wonderful northeast Georgia area."

When staying at the ranch, you'll find that you are the only guests. The ranch only rents out the whole house, not individual rooms, allowing you to experience a private, personalized stay without any intrusions or sharing. The large home is most often rented out to family reunions, retreats, business and college groups, and wedding parties- and can accommodate whatever people's needs may be.

The lodge, built in the 1970s, has a history of hospitality. Originally built for Lawrence and Ruth Lammers and their fourteen children, the home was transformed into a covenant center for those in need of a place to stay and get back on their feet shortly after Mr. Lammers passed. This only lasted for a few years, before the Lammers' sons decided to convert the home into a lodging facility in the early '90s. Run by brothers Lyle, Bill, and Tom, the Sautee Hereford Ranch has become a family-friendly environment that encourages bonding and growth. " It has been a great joy to see the families and groups that have come over the years," says Lammers. "We enjoy hearing their stories and about the special memories that they have created in our family home,"

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