The Blue Ridge Experience: Summer Edition



Every season in Blue Ridge is special but summer is one of our favorites! The days are longer, which is perfect for a full day of exploring our quaint mountain town. Enjoy spending time on the waters of Lake Blue Ridge or boating down the Toccoa and Ocoee rivers. Go on an adventure with your family and create memories that will last a lifetime! No matter how you like to spend your summers, Blue Ridge has a little something for everyone! Here’s 15 of our favorite activities to do in and around Blue Ridge all summer long!

Cover photo courtesy of @_Chanel Josephson

Whitewater Rafting

Photo Courtesy of Ocoee Rafting

Nothing says summer adventure like whitewater rafting through the rapids and waves of the Ocoee River! You’ll cool off from the summer heat in no time as the waves splash you and leave you feeling refreshed. The Ocoee River, just a couple miles away from Blue Ridge in Tennessee,  is the perfect place for whitewater rafting. The upper part of the river was actually used during the 1996 Olympics for their whitewater events; that’s how you know it’s a great spot!

One of our favorite rafting companies is Ocoee Rafting in Ducktown, TN. They’re the oldest rafting company on the Ocoee and have been guiding whitewater rafting adventures for 44 years! Ocoee Rafting will guide you over 20 continuous rapids and many play spots. Beginners and experts alike are welcome! 

Adventures on Lake Blue Ridge 

Summers are made for relaxing and having fun by the water. All that and more awaits you at the beautiful Lake Blue Ridge! Rent a boat at Lake Blue Ridge Marina and spend the day floating on the water. Have your own boat? Hit the lake at any of these access points: 

  • Lake Blue Ridge Day use Area and Boat ramp
  • Morganton Point Recreation Area
  • Lakewood Landing Boat Ramp
  • Lake Blue Ridge Dam and Lake Blue Ridge Dam Recreation Area
  • Lake Blue Ridge Marina

Feeling hungry? Grab a quick bite to eat at the Marina’s Boat Dock Bar & Grill. They have delicious food, specialty cocktails, a great view of the lake, and live music Friday & Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon! If you’re up for a refreshing swim head to Morganton Point where you can splash in the water! Also at Morganton Point play on the beach and build sandcastles, or have a picnic in the picnic area, fish, or even go for a hike around the lake. And if you’re in town for 4th of July don’t miss out on the annual fireworks display over the lake! You never even have to leave, with numerous Escape to Blue Ridge cabins right on the lake: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/lake-side-cabins/ 

Explore the Toccoa River

Head to the Toccoa River for more outdoor fun! Canoe or kayak down the river for a relaxing day on the water. For rentals or guided trips you can look up our friends at Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking, Toccoa River Outfitters, or Rolling Thunder River Company.

Have your own boat and want a little adventure? Take the Toccoa River Canoe Trail which is a 13.8 mile river trail beginning at Deep Hole Recreation Area. If you’re more interested in a laid back experience where you can just float, try out tubing with Blue Ridge Tubing, Toccoa River Tubing Company, or Toccoa Valley Campground Tubing.

Explore the Toccoa River from the shoreline and hike on Benton McKaye trail. Along the way you’ll run into the Toccoa River Swinging Bridge which is the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi! If you’re brave enough, walk across the 270 foot long bridge, over the Toccoa River, to the other side!

Trout Fish in Georgia’s Trout Fish Capital 

Photo Courtesy of KC Outfitters

While you can fish at both Lake Blue Ridge and the Toccoa River, there are hundreds of miles of streams and rivers for fishing in Fannin County. Blue Ridge is especially famous for their trout fishing and is known as the Trout Capital of Georgia! Find trout in Rock Creek, Copper Creek, Noontootla Creek, The Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery, and of course the Toccoa River. If you’re just starting out and need a guide to assist you some of our favorites include; Blue Ridge Fly Fishing School, Noontootla Creek Farms, and North Georgia Trout Fishing. Spend the day catching trout in the beautiful waters of North Georgia! 

Visit a Waterfall

Photo Courtesy of waterfall @hike_the_ridge with @hendersonfamilyadventures

If you want to go for a hike through the beautiful forests and mountains of North Georgia you might as well cool off with the refreshing mists of a waterfall. Blue Ridge has 4 waterfalls nearby that offer stunning views and great hikes. Our favorites are Amicalola Falls, Fall Branch Falls, Long Creek Falls, and Helton Creek Falls. For more details on where to access each falls check out our waterfall blog here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/5-must-see-waterfalls/ 

Pick Blueberries & Blackberries at Mercier Orchards

Photo Courtesy of Forever Freckled Blog

Summer is the season for berries! Mercier Orchards grows blueberries and blackberries during the summer; and you can pick some for yourself with their U-Pick events! Check out their website for U-Pick sign-ups: https://mercier-orchards.com/u-pick/

Don’t feel like picking the fruit yourself? They also have a selection of fruits and vegetables available in their market; like sweet Georgia peaches. While you visit be sure to try some of Mercier’s refreshing hard ciders and stop by their Café for tasty treats. One of our favorite treats are their delicious fried pies available in apple, blueberry, cherry, peach, and chocolate flavors. Yum! 

See a Summer Film at the Drive In

Did you know that Blue Ridge has its own Drive In movie theater? Well that’s right we do, Swan Drive In Theater! They’ve been showing movies here since 1955! Turn back the clock and live life like you’re in the 1950’s by watching movies the old-fashioned way. Just tune your car to the radio and munch down on some delicious classic movie theater snacks; all from the comfort of your own vehicle! It’s a perfect way to spend summer nights! Check their website for movie showings: http://www.swan-drive-in.com/now-showing.php 

Georgia Mountain Fair 

Venture on over to Hiawassee, Georgia between August 13th & August 21st for some good old fashioned fun at The 70th Annual Georgia Mountain Fair! There will be carnival rides, music performances, arts & craft booths, special attractions & experiences, delicious food, a parade, a beauty pageant and so much more! This is a fantastic event you won’t want to miss! 

Live Music 

Photo Courtesy of Tooneys Music Venue

Local businesses have live musical performances all summer long! Stop by any of these establishments Friday-Sunday to listen to the sweet sounds of local artists, while you sip on craft drinks & eat delicious foods!

Downtown Adventure 

Shop till you drop & dine at delicious and trendy restaurants in Downtown Blue Ridge! Bring home treats & souvenirs from your trip from some of our favorite shops like Blue Ridge Cotton CompanyBlue Ridge Adventure Gear, Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company, Blue Ridge Mountain Mall, and so much more! After a long day of shopping on main street try out one of these delicious restaurants Chester Brunnemeyer’s Bar & Grill, The Black Sheep, The Dogwood, or Harvest on Main. Then grab a sweet treat at The Sweet Shoppe or Mona Lisa’s Dessert House to end the day!

Outdoor Thrills 

Photo Courtesy of Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge

Up for a day of fun-filled thrills? Reach new heights and zip through the trees at Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge or take on the ropes course Blue Ridge Adventure Park, are you up for the challenge? Or ride a rollercoaster through the mountains in Helen, Georgia. You’ll control the speed as you fly past mountains, forests, and ruins over 100 years old! Then get ready to crush it at Tank Town USA in Morganton, Georgia. Drive tanks, crush cars, fire off machine guns, and even operate construction vehicles. Tank Town is the amusement park of your action hero dreams! End the day by taking to the skies and getting an aerial tour of Blue Ridge with Blue Ridge Helicopter Tours. The views from up above are simply incredible! 

Horseback Ride 

Photo Courtesy of Appalachian Trail Rides

Ride horses on trails through the mountains, forests, and North Georgia countryside. Whether you’re just a beginner or consider yourself an expert rider there’s something for everyone. Some of our favorite stables include Appalachian Trail Rides and Cowgirl Up Stables. You’ll follow experienced guides on a beautiful trail ride. It’s a perfect activity for friends & family alike! 

Explore Historic Village 

Photo Courtesy of INOLA Blue Ridge

Feel like you’re walking back in time at INOLA Blue Ridge. INOLA  is a colonial styled village, built in the 1980’s, and is modeled after Colonial Williamsburg. The village is made up of replicas of historic buildings. As you wander around you’ll see a colonial manor house, shops, a post office, a tavern, the Wythe House, and a 1740’s chapel. Learn about what life was like in a colonial village and feel like you’re really in the 1700’s for a day. INOLA also does weddings in the chapel or pavilion; so if you have a special occasion coming up and you want to celebrate in Blue Ridge, then you know just where to go! 

Grab drinks with friends 

Photo Courtesy of Forever Freckled Blog

One of the great parts of summer is spending time with friends. Relax with your closest of friends at a local winery or brewery. Not only do many of them have live music on the weekends; but a lot of them also have beautiful mountain views, comfortable outside seating, good food to pair with drinks, and a relaxing environment to unwind in. Many even have dog friendly patios!

Some of our favorites include Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Bear Claw Vineyards, Cartecay Vineyards, Serenberry Vineyards, and Fannin Brewing Company. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a refreshing glass of wine or a cold beer on a summer’s day; while laughing with your best friends. To learn more about our local wineries & breweries and see even more of our favorites, check out our guides here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/beer-hunting/ & https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/8-north-georgia-wineries/ 

Watch the Sunset 

Almost Everest Cabin

And absolutely nothing beats ending a long summer day full of fun, then watching the sunset. Watch it set over Lake Blue Ridge or from the top of Brasstown Bald. You can even watch the sun set below the mountains from the back porch of your own Escape to Blue Ridge cabin. Grab the family, kick your feet up, and unwind after a big day. The sunsets over Blue Ridge will leave you speechless. They are truly breathtaking and a sight you won’t soon forget! 

Kid Friendly Cabins



At Escape to Blue Ridge, it’s easy to find the perfect family getway that works for the whole entire family! These 10 cabins will not only give you a relaxing and wonderful getaway but will ensure that the kids have a great time as well! From game rooms, to playgrounds, to movie rooms, to special bedrooms the kids will be entertained so you can kick back and relax for awhile! Afterall, isn’t that what vacation is all about?

Toccoa Overlook

Come experience the sounds of the rushing Toccoa River by adventuring to the luxurious retreat known as Toccoa Overlook. Whether it’s a friends gathering or a family vacation, Toccoa Overlook comfortably sleeps ten in four different bedrooms, all with their own private bathrooms. The fully equipped kitchen is a chef’s dream with its large gas stovetop and stacked double ovens. The dining and living room area also share the main floor family room, with windows across the length of the two rooms, allowing you to take in the amazing panoramic view of the mountains.

The outdoor amenities are a delight! With locations to gather, eat, and relax, there’s a place for everyone. Your guests will enjoy the large dining table on the main level covered deck, as well as the hot tub and fire pit on the lower level terrace, the perfect place to make amazing memories of shared time together.

Indoors, you and your guests will have your pick of entertainment from watching your favorite TV shows and movies on the Smart TVs inside, to challenging each other to a game of pool in the game room downstairs. Toccoa Overlook also has a designated workspace in the loft complete with views of the Toccoa River!

Bear Claw Cabin

Set high on a mountaintop above the trees with spectacular long-range mountain vistas and exquisitely appointed inside and out, Bear Claw Cabin is the perfect blend of contemporary design, country charm, and nature’s natural beauty. Located in the Aska Adventure Area, it’s close to hiking trails and boating on Lake Blue Ridge and just 15 minutes from the shops, bars and restaurants downtown. At the same time, it has the quiet and serenity of a calming oasis that will instantly transport you far from the stresses and pressures of daily life.

Inside, walls of enormous windows and vaulted ceilings give the cabin a bright and airy feel that brings the outside in. Professionally decorated with new, upscale, modern furnishings in neutral tones of beige and gray that complement the natural stone and wood construction, the ambience is welcoming, relaxing and cozy. You can gather and unwind in the main level family room with its floor-to-ceiling stone gas fireplace or head downstairs to the game room, where there’s a pool table, gas fireplace and wet bar. 

Bigfoot of Blue Ridge

Relaxed, peaceful, and feeling like you’re right in the comforts of home. That’s what this cabin is all about—introducing our very own Bigfoot of Blue Ridge. A beautiful vacation home perfect for your upcoming adventures and escape to Blue Ridge. Filled with warmth, thoughtful amenities, and fun things to do, it’s a great spot to relax.

Are you looking for fun for the whole family? The game room has a billiards table, shuffleboard table, arcade machine, and more. Then, turn another corner, and you’ll find the movie room with its immense 86” Smart TV and movie theater recliners. The outdoor areas are immense and inviting. You’ll enjoy the screened-in porch, the gas grill ready for your fixin’s, and the outdoor wood-burning fireplace and TV on the porch. The cabin also comes with an outdoor fire pit area perfect for the whole family, a lovely hot tub with seating for 7, and incredible views of the mountains, wood, lake, and beyond.

Meadow Creek Retreat

Modern, delightful, comfortable, and cozy are just a few of the many ways that we can describe the Meadow Creek Retreat. Nestled in between a mountain and a meadow and full of dark and rich woods inside, this is the perfect place to stay on your upcoming getaway to our mountain home. This custom-built home is located perfectly in the Aska Adventure area, where hiking, biking, tubing, and adventure await. Travel inside to find soaring ceilings in the great room, a stacked stone gas log fireplace, and a wall of windows.  You’ll love being on Stanley Creek with over 200 feet of creek frontage! No detail was spared in the construction and design of this oasis.

Perfect for small kiddos with a bunk room full of toys it also accommodates teens with a basketball game, Multicade, Microsoft Xbox with Guitar Hero, Nintendo Wii and over 40 board games. When it’s time for bed, there are plenty of great places to rest your head. The primary on the main floor has a great ensuite bathroom featuring a large double sink and walk-in tile shower and a large laundry/mud room with plentiful storage and hanging space. And there’s room for the whole family with three more rooms with king beds as well as twin bunk beds.

The Edison

Are you looking for a place to stay during your vacation that will get you ready for adventure and relaxation simultaneously? Let us introduce to you a cabin off Aska Road in Blue Ridge, called The Edison. As soon as you step inside, you’ll immediately notice the real, pine wood walls, the lovely oak floors, and the great custom shiplap! Filled with lovely touches like these, you’ll be immediately at ease upon entry.

The Edison boasts several outdoor amenities for all seasons that will allow you to truly connect with nature and with one another. Enjoy relaxing inside the screened-in porch with some burgers made on the gas grill outside. Make some s’mores and spin some tales with one another at the fire pit. Or, if you really need to soak off the day’s fun and relax, enjoy the fabulous hot tub with perfect views. When it comes to entertainment and gaming, the cabin has a lot to offer. Let’s start in the game room, where you will find a Star Wars virtual pinball game, shuffleboard, and a whiskey barrel arcade with 412 classic games. In addition, there are multiple smart TVs throughout the cabin that are perfect for watching your favorite shows or sports. The possibilities are endless!

Skyview

For a great place for the kids and some peace and quiet, Skyview is your place! It’s unique and beautiful design and decor will have you feeling relaxed the second you step in the door. In the family room you can nestle into the leather sofa or recliner chair, stay warm by the stone stacked gas fireplace, watch a movie on the 65” flat screen TV, and take in the incredible views all at the same time! Doesn’t that sound relaxing? And while you’re relaxing in the family room the kids can be playing in the game room; complete with a pool table, board games, puzzles, and a 65” TV. The kids will be entertained for hours playing round after round of their favorite games and watching their favorite movies.

Outside the kids can make s’mores at the firepit or play a round of corn-hole. Parents can watch from the comfort of the deck’s rocking chairs or in the hot tub. And when it’s time for bed the kids won’t complain about their sleeping arrangements. The kids room has 2 twin beds, 2 full beds, bean bag chairs, an Xbox with a 50” TV, and even more games! When the morning comes and you’re ready to get out of the house; you’ll love how close everything is. The cabin is just minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, waterfalls, hiking trails, and the Toccoa River. Relaxation and adventure await you when you stay at Skyview! 

Sasquatch Chalet

Looking for a cozy, family-friendly place to stay during your vacations? Let us introduce you to Sasquatch Chalet, a beautiful cabin convenient to downtown and with a fabulous mountain view. Perfect for the entire family, this chalet is named after the lure of Sasquatch (aka BigFoot) in Blue Ridge. A fun and lovely vacation awaits when you stay at this beauty.

As you enter the cabin, you’ll be taken aback by the wonderful mix of rustic and modern decor. The living room was made for relaxation. Enjoy moments on the leather couch in front of the fireplace. Watch your favorite movies on the large TV in the family room. Stream music throughout the whole house with the whole house Sonos speaker system. Get ready for fun and games at the pool table in the game room. When you’re ready to rest after a long day of fun in Blue Ridge, the bedroom accommodations (and bathrooms, too) are something to write home about including a fun bunk room! With deck access in both of the king bedrooms, you’ll be able to enjoy some R&R here after your day of exploration.

Alpine Ridge

If you and the family want to be just minutes from the heart of downtown Blue Ridge but also have beautiful long range mountain views then Alpine Ridge is your place! This cabin was meant for families. The great room has two full sized sofas, a gas log fireplace, and a 50” TV with DVD player; perfect for family movie nights. And the dining room table seats up to 8 with a live edge wood peninsula that seats an additional three.

The outside decks are another great place for entertaining with a wood burning fireplace, 55” TV, a dining table, sectional, high top tables, Adirondack chairs, a gas grill, and a hot tub. Family can always be together here. And for more fun that the kids especially will enjoy there’s a game room complete with a game table, shuffleboard, checkers, puzzles, board games, a TV, and a wet bar for the adults to enjoy. And for sleeping arrangements kids can stay in the lower level bedroom that has a king bed and twin bunk beds. The whole family will have a blast at their stay in Alpine Ridge and love being close to so many great activities! 

The Hideaway 

If you need to grab your family and “Hideaway” from the rest of the world for awhile then look no further then The Hideaway. This cabin sits high on a hillside on nearly two acres of forests in the Aska Adventure Area. It’s a perfect cabin for the nature lovers and thrill seekers of the family. Hike or bike on numerous trails just steps away from the cabin, boat on the Toccoa River and Lake Blue Ridge, or explore waterfalls. The Blue Ridge wilderness is your oyster when you stay at The Hideaway.

Other than the great outdoors the game room and the kids bedroom will be your kiddos favorite rooms in the cabin. The game room is stocked with puzzles and board games, a game table, a gas fireplace, 48” Smart TV and a wet bar with a beverage fridge so the adults can have a drink while they partake in family game night.

The downstairs bedroom is designated for the kids wtih two sets of bunk beds and a Smart TV. And for dinner, Mom will love cooking in the fully stocked kitchen with custom hand painted countertops, stainless steel appliances, and even special appliances like a waffle iron, panini press, and Keurig! Then the whole family can gather in the dining room or on the deck to eat a fantastic home-cooked meal. For outdoor loving families with lots of adventurous kids The Hideaway should be your next home away from home! 

Blue Mist Heaven 

Blue Mist Heaven is an ideal cabin for large families looking for a luxurious stay with plenty of amenities for the kids. Inside the kids will love the library loft and the movie room. The library loft is a perfect place for kids to read and do schoolwork, especially if they’re learning virtually. And the movie room will be the BEST place for them to watch their favorite movies on the 82” TV, curled up in one of the many recliners. There’s even a cocktail game table with 412 games installed and just outside on the deck is a ping-pong table. The kids will also love having their own room with a set of bunk beds and a full sized crib and Pack n’ Play in the closet.

Inside the house is great but outside will be the kids favorite part where there’s a giant playhouse with swings and slides. The kiddos will have a blast and play outside for hours! Parents can even watch the kids have fun on the playground from the Gazebo or bench swings. There’s plenty of great adult amenities in the cabin as well like a wet bar, gas fireplaces and TVs scattered throughout the cabin, ample indoor and outdoor seating to take in the stunning mountain views, a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, king sized beds, and a hot tub. If you and the family stay at Blue Mist Heaven you’ll all feel like you’re in heaven with its luxurious feel and wonderful amenities! 

August 2021



There is nothing like sweet summertime in the mountains! Lounging on the lake by day and sitting around the fire pit in the evening. Hiking up to waterfalls or splashing down a river. Exploring downtown or exploring nature. However you vacation, you’ll be happy to Escape to Blue Ridge for your summer getaway!

UPCOMING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

2021 Georgia Wine Highway
August 1st – 31st 
Location: Blue Ridge area

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Wine Producers

Join in the fun, because the whole month of August is wine highway month! Drink wine from vineyards and wineries all over the state of Georgia! Some of our local wineries that are participating this year are Cartecay Vineyards, Chateau Meichtry, Crane Creek Vineyards, Engelheim Vineyards, and Odom Springs Vineyards. Purchase your wine highway passport which includes a collectors glass and 4 tastings at participating wineries.

Picnic in the Apple Orchard
August 1st – 31st 
Location: Deep Roots Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchard

Picnic beneath the apple trees all through spring and summer at Deep Roots Orchard! Bring your closest friends and family to relax under the trees. Deep Root’s will provide you with everything you need; the picnic basket, blanket, and food. All you need to bring is your wonderful self! Be sure to check out Deep Roots other group experiences like the “Special Occasion Picnic” and “Food, Folic, and Flow”. Prices start at $27 per person; call 706-492-7753 to book your picnic today!

The Odd Couple
August 1st – August 8th 
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Blue Ridge Community Theater is putting on the classic comedy The Odd Couple! The play follows a clean freak and a slob who decide to live together with hilarious results. Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. The show runs now till August 8th, call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Live Music at Lake Blue Ridge Marina
August 1st – August 29th 
Location: Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina 

Photo Courtesy of the Boat Dock Bar & Grill

Relax on the shores of Lake Blue Ridge from the Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina. There you’ll have a beautiful view of the lake, delicious entrees and cocktails, and live music on the weekends! Live music is 6pm – 9pm Fridays and Saturday and 1pm – 4pm Sundays. You’ll feel relaxed and renewed in no time!

August 1st: Lindsay Beth Harper 
August 6th: Bearfoot Boone 
August 7th: Buck & Oz 
August 8th: Travis Bowlin 
August 13th: Danny Rhea 
August 14th: Shannon York 
August 15th: David Welch 
August 20th: Danny Rhea 
August 21st: Adrian Stover 
August 22nd: Gerry Herndon 
August 28thGregg Erwin 
August 29th: Gerry Herndon 

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
August 1st – 29th 
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Bear Claw Vineyards

For award winning wine, live music, and food trucks, Bear Claw Vineyards is the place for you! Join them every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for live music and food trucks. Kids and dogs are welcome too! The live music schedule for each weekend is shared on their website each Thursday so be sure to check back!

National Juried Photography Show
August 1st – 28th 
Location: The Art Center (Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association) 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Come on out to the Art Center now through August 28th to see beautiful digital media from local artists. Enjoy photography or videography? Submit your work and see if you can win Best in Show! Artists and art lovers alike are welcome!

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards 
August 1st 
Location: Cartecay Vineyards 

Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains! Enjoy live music selections Saturdays & Sundays from 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Listen to the music of local artists while enjoying your wine outside either on the Chimney Patio or the Tasting Barn’s covered porch. Live music, good wine, and beautiful mountain scenery; it doesn’t get much better than that!

August 1stJohnny Summers 

3D Off the Wall Exhibit
August 1st – 28th 
Location: The Art Center (Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association)

Winner of the 2019 3D Off the Wall Exhibit – Jim Smith, Courtesy of The Art Center

Admire the beauty of 3D art at the 11th annual Off the Wall exhibit!

Pickin’ In The Park
August 5th – 26th 
Location: Horseshoe Bend Park

Photo Courtesy of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Every Thursday night at 6:00pm, May-September visit Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville, GA for live music and picnicking by the Toccoa River. Picnic tables are available but feel free to bring a picnic blanket and lawn chair as well. Admission is free so bring the whole family to enjoy!

Riverwalk Run Club
August 5th – August 26th 
Location: Riverwalk

Photo Courtesy of the Riverwalk Shops

Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 6pm from now till September 30th. You’ll leave from the Burra Burra, and the 3.1 mile run will take you by the Toccoa river and through town. You’ll get to run through 2 states and cross the famous steel bridge! After the run stay for drinks at the Burra Burra overlooking the Toccoa River. Don’t walk, RUN to this great event!

Live Music at Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar
August 6th – August 27th 
Location: Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar

Photo Courtesy of Bin 322

Where else can you find regional wines from all over the world, tapas and other delicious international platters, and live music!? At Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar! Drop by select Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-9pm to enjoy live music from local artists and choose from their great wine selection. And on Monday nights from 6pm-8pm join in on SINGO, music style bingo! There’s always fun to be had at Bin 322!

August 6th: Loose Shoes Duo 
August 20th: Rusted Melody 
August 27th: David Welch 

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing 
August 6th – August 27th 
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing 

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men

Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewery select Fridays from 3pm – 6pm and Saturdays 4pm – 7pm for great drinks, great music, and a great time. With indoor and outdoor seating available you can even bring your dog to join in the fun! Enjoy a delicious hotdog from Jeff’s Hotdog’s while you listen to some fantastic local artists!

August 6th: Gregg Erwin 
August 13th: Adrian Stover 
August 27th: Arnold Hill 

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
August 6th – 27th 
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

Photo Courtesy of Misty Mountain Hops

Misty Mountain Hops is a music-centric restaurant and pub so it’s only fitting that they bring in live music. Stop on by Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm now till July 10th for great food and great live music from local artists!

August 6th: Andrew Chastain 
August 7th: Hush Money Band 
August 13th: The Stephen Busie Band
August 14th: Canon Tyler
August 20th: Highbeams Band 
August 21st: Steve Baskin 
August 27th: Travis Bowlin 

Movie Night at Deep Root Orchard
August 6th 
Location: Deep Root Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchard

Watch a free movie under the stars at Deep Root Orchard. The movie is “Dirty Dancing” and starts at 8:30pm. Bring blankets and pillows and get comfy as you enjoy your movie. And if you’re in the need for movie snacks concessions will be sold as well!

Guitars & Grapes
August 6th – 27th 
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Farm Winery

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Visit the winery at the beautiful Paradise Hills hidden in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The tasting room offers Paradise Hills wine, a selection of craft beers, hard cider, and wine slushies as well as cheese and charcuterie boards, tapas, and shared platters. You can enjoy your drinks and snacks on the patio as you listen to local artists perform every Friday night from 4pm-8pm.

August 14th: Trailer Hippies 

Hiawassee Night Market
August 6th 
Location: Town Square on Main Street Hiawassee, GA

Photo Courtesy of City of Hiawassee

Bring the family to Hiawassee, GA for the night for an open-air night artisan market. The market goes from 5pm-10pm and will be filled with live music, food trucks, fresh produce, games, and art. This monthly market is great for some outdoor family fun!

Farmer’s Market 
August 7th – 28th 
Location: Deep Roots Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchard

Stop on by and enjoy a selection of Appalachian grown or made fresh vegetables and goods! Every Saturday from 8:30am – 1:00pm now till September 25th!

Downtown Market Blue Ridge 
August 7th – 28th 
Location: 400 West Main Street 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Farmers Market

Enjoy this wonderful market every Saturday from 8am – 12pm now till November (weather permitting) right in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge! There will be all kinds of vendors offering food, artisan goods, arts & crafts, furniture, and more!

Concert on Hiawassee Square
August 7th – 28th 
Location: Hiawassee Square

Photo Courtesy of City of Hiawassee

Bring your family, friends and pets to Hiawassee Square ever Saturday night at 7pm for some great live music! There will be chips, hot dogs, and sodas available to purchase as well. Relax for the evening and listen to some incredible local artists!

Georgia Mountain Fair
August 13th – 21st 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fair

Venture on over to Hiawassee, Georgia for some good old fashioned fun at The 70th Annual Georgia Mountain Fair! There will be carnival rides, music performances, arts & craft booths, special attractions & experiences, delicious food, a parade, a beauty pageant and so much more! This fantastic event runs daily August 13th-21st from 10am-10pm except Sunday! 

Live Music at Tooney’s Music & Bar
August 14th 
Location: Tooney’s Music & Bar

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s

Head on over to to Tooney’s Music & Bar in McCaysville, GA right by the Ocoee River for a night of fun! Select Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm – 11pm you can enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer and listen to some of the best live music that McCaysville has to offer! Want to do some of your own singing? Every Thursday night is open mic night from 6pm – 10pm; so, grab the mic and show off those singing chops! Nights are always filled with good drinks and music at Tooney’s Music & Bar!

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2nd Saturdays at Riverwalk
August 14th 
Location: Riverwalk Shops McCaysville

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Throughout summer be sure to visit the Riverwalk Shops in McCaysville on the second Saturday of each month. The shops will be open late that night! There will be fun shopping, great dining, free gifts, and special offers. For a fun late night shopping experience this event is for you!

25th Annual Kiwanis Rodeo
August 20th – 21st 
Location: Kiwanis Fairgrounds

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Prepare to be entertained at the 25th Annual Championship Rodeo! There will be bronco riding, calf roping, calf scrambles, bareback riding, bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and so much more! There will also be a “Boot Toss” raffle and food vendors. You won’t want to miss this fun filled event running from 6pm – 11:30pm August 20th – 21st

Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses
August 26th – 29th 
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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This comedic play takes place at The Lover’s Landing Beach Hotel, now known as the home of Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses. What was once a hot wedding venue has now turned to illegal activities thanks to hotel manager, Uncle Bubba. When mother and daughter duo Beatrice and Traci come to check out the hotel for Traci’s wedding, Uncle Bubba is forced to take over since the wedding planner has eloped. Throughout the play Uncle Bubba has to be himself and pretend to be the missing wedding planner, Madame Coco to please Traci and her mother. Antics and hilarity of course ensue! Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. The show runs August 26th – September 19th, call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

North Georgia Highlands Seafood & Wine Festival
August 27th – 29th 
Location: Mayor’s Park

Head over to Mayor’s Park in Young Harris for some delicious seafood and sweet treats. Also enjoy over 50 arts & craft vendors, live music, and a variety of wines. Even bring your dogs to join in the fun! Admission is $5 a person and children 12 & under are free! The event runs Friday, August 27th from 11am – 9pm, Saturday, August 28th from 10am – 9pm, and Sunday, August 29th from 10am – 4pm. You won’t want to miss out on this fun & food filled festival! 

Blue Ridge Unplugged



In today’s world, we spend more time staring at screens than with each other. It’s important to take a break every now and then and reconnect with the ones you love most, especially the youngest members of your family. One of the benefits of getting away for vacation on an Escape To Blue Ridge you can take the time to enjoy each other’s company, tell stories, and laugh a lot. 

Whether you are playing board games, going on a hiking adventure, or roasting marshmallows by the fire pit, when you make an effort to unplug and spend quality time together, you will make memories to last a lifetime!

Get Adventurous

Long Creek Falls

Getting kids outdoors and into nature is one of the best things you can do for them. Not only is it good for their health, and yours, but it will also help build their confidence. What better feeling is there than to look back at how far you’ve come and be proud of that journey? Whether your taking the stairs at Amicalola State Park, bouncing along the swinging bridge, or taking a hike down to Long Creek Falls, your kids will feel so proud when they get to your destination. The best part? Since cell service rarely works out in the woods, you get to talk and observe nature along your route!

Learn Something Together

Children’s brains are like little sponges. They absorb absolutely everything they can from everywhere they can. One way to help encourage knowledge through learning is taking in a museum or two. Who knows, you might even learn something! For a light hearted and fun afternoon, you and your mini-me’s can try to determine whether the legendary Big Foot is indeed fiction or non-fiction at EXPEDITION: BIGFOOT! The Sasquatch Museum.

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For a more classic approach, there is plenty to see and do at the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association. Their gallery features a plethora of art pieces in various mediums. Each month a new Artist in Residence is featured, and their art exhibits are switched out every four to six weeks so there is always something new to see. The Arts Center also offers classes for both adults and children alike to encourage your creativity and hone your artistic skills. Like scavenger hunts? The Art Center has been instrumental in creating the one and only Trout Art Trail! Take a stroll around town and find each of the colorful trout placed throughout town. After  you’ve found them all, head to the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center for a prize!

Rainy Day Fun

2nd Story Entertainment

Oh, we know, sometimes rainy days are the most challenging days to be locked up with your kids with nothing to do. Fortunately, there is a great solution right in Downtown Blue Ridge – 2nd Story Entertainment. This kid friendly and fun business is located upstairs, on the second floor, from Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar & Grill. Inside you find a full eighteen holes of challenging putt putt obstacles and fun games to play in between golf rounds. The course is spread out through nine different rooms with each featuring its own theme like a red-carpet room with movie stars, a western room, and a throw back to classic games room.

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If you really want to feel like a kid again, you should plan your trip to McCaysville via the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Who doesn’t love a train ride? Come on, admit it, we’ve all played “conductor” with our best sounding “All Aboard” and attempts at a train whistle. This relaxing and enjoyable ride begins in downtown Blue Ridge and the tracks meander through the countryside on a twenty-six-mile round trip journey. There is a two hour layover in McCaysville which gives you plenty of time to check out all the shops and load up on sweets!

Be Nostalgic

Swan Drive-In

If you haven’t been to a drive-in movie since you were a kid, we encourage you to make plans to go to the Swan Drive In Theater and take in a show or a double feature! A throwback to yesteryears, there is just something so fun about watching a movie outdoors. Plan to arrive early and have a little picnic while you wait on the movie to begin. Trust us, it fills up fast, so you’ll want to be there early! There is a grassy knoll to throw a football, play some corn hole, or just enjoy an old-fashioned game of tag. Whether you choose to watch the show in camp chairs behind your car or on blankets in the bed of your truck, there will be no shortage of smiles from every member of the family. Local tip – bring a portable radio/boombox. You don’t want to be the one who’s battery dies from running the radio!

Keep It Simple

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Kids don’t need anything to entertain them except for your attention. Well, maybe a little ice cream! Seriously though, keep it simple, unplug, and give them your undivided attention. Take a stroll through downtown Blue Ridge. There are some adorable shops that both you and your children will find interesting like Huck’s General Store. There are plenty of places along the strip to stop and grab a scoop or two like The Chocolate Express. At the end of Main Street there is an awesome playground (and restrooms) for the kids to burn off some energy before you decide on a fabulous restaurant for dinner.

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Back at the cabin go on a family stick hunt to get kindling for the fire. Once the sun sets, and the fire is lit, break out the marshmallows and show them how to roast them. Do you like your marshmallows burnt too? Better yet, add graham crackers and chocolate for some campfire s’mores! The firepit is a good time to tell stories about when you were young or when your kids were young. This writer must have told her child the story of her birth no less than a million times! Break out the guitar, sing some songs, make wishes on stars, and enjoy every moment you have together. Regardless how you spend your time in Blue Ridge, be content in knowing that you are creating memories your children will hold on to and cherish forever. After all, that’s what life is all about.

8 Cabins with Incredible Lake & Mountain Views



When you plan an escape to Blue Ridge there is nothing better than spending time with friends and family while taking in the sights and sounds of natures’ majestic beauty. When you add in stunning mountain and lake views to your cabin selection, you’ve just taken your vacation to a whole new level! These eight amazing cabins with picture perfect postcard views of Lake Blue Ridge are all located in the desirable Aska Adventure Area.

Close to town yet miles away, you’ll want to get out and explore all the activities the Blue Ridge and Aska Adventure Area have to offer. Take the natural path and enjoy hiking, paddle boarding, tubing, fishing and geocaching or head just six miles into downtown Blue Ridge for shopping, restaurants, and winery and brewery tours. The wonder, excitement, and beauty of the North Georgia Mountains are waiting for your adventure to begin. So, what are you waiting for?

Aska Easy Day

You have a lot of choices in deciding where to spend your Georgia mountain vacation, but if you want breathtaking views, the ultimate in relaxation and comfort, peace and quiet, and proximity to all the activities you love, look no further than Aska Easy Day. Set high on a hillside overlooking Lake Blue Ridge with panoramic long-range mountain vistas for a backdrop, this magnificent cabin is perfectly situated for vacation fun with family and friends. It’s just two miles to the Aska Adventure Area, with its hiking and horseback riding trails, boating, kayaking, tubing, and fishing, and the shopping, bars and restaurants of downtown Blue Ridge are six miles away.

Beautifully constructed from local materials in modern mountain design and furnished to define the airy open spaces, the cabin features Brazilian hardwood floors, crown moldings, stained pine that adds depth and texture to the walls and ceilings. Two stacked stone gas fireplaces, soaring vaulted ceilings, and walls of enormous windows bring the drama and showcase the magnificent picture-postcard view from sunrise to sunset.


Adventure Us

If your idea of the perfect vacation getaway is a private mountain oasis where you can gather with loved ones in a magnificent natural setting, the North Georgia cabin rental Adventure Us has exactly what you’re looking for and so much more!

Set on a hillside on more than two acres with breathtaking unobstructed long-range views of the mountains and Lake Blue Ridge, the unique three-bedroom property has its very own waterfall and lots of areas to explore. You can take your pet for a walk (yes, your dogs are welcome!) along the fenced-in property for a small taste of the wondrous nature that surrounds you.

Bearway to Heaven

Perched on a forested hillside with an absolutely breathtaking view of the lush green mountains in the distance and Lake Blue Ridge shimmering below, this magnificent log home is surrounded by the glory of nature, and close to all the outdoor activities that the Aska Adventure Area has to offer.

Bearway to Heaven is a tastefully decorated five-bedroom retreat with comfortable furniture that invites you to kick back, relax, and relish in the blissful way you’ll feel when you’re there. With a stellar location, wonderful ambience, and a picture postcard view, you’ll never want to go back home!

Blue Chase Lodge

There are many Blue Ridge mountain cabin rentals, some with a view of the water, others with a mountain view. But if you stay at Blue Chase Lodge, you don’t have to choose. This handsome home overlooking Lake Blue Ridge offers you both water and mountain vistas, and they’re spectacular! This lovely property in the heart of the Aska Adventure is a hiker’s dream and paradise for fishers and boaters, and perfect for anyone who wants to relax with friends and family in an amazing setting.

Whether you’re enjoying coffee at sunrise or a glass of wine at sunset, the view from the cabin’s three decks is absolute perfection! The open floor plan and two large screened decks provide ample space to gather and relax, and the three bedrooms, each with rustic log furniture, sumptuous bedding, private bath, fabulous view, and 32” TV, provide a hotel-like experience. With the beauty of the lake and mountains surrounding you, a stay at Blue Chase Lodge offers a unique opportunity to get away from it all and experience a carefree, blissful vacation with the ones you love.

Heavens Whisper

Heavens Whisper is a peaceful 3-bedroom oasis in the popular Aska Adventure Area of Blue Ridge. Tucked into a hill, its serene setting is a haven from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A group of friends or couples looking for a relaxing mountain getaway will think they’ve found heaven on earth here.

Wake up to spectacular mountain and lake long range layered views set against picture perfect skies outside your window. You’ll feel close to heaven and nature at this quiet, secluded retreat… and if you listen closely, you’ll hear the Heavens Whisper, calling you back here time and again!

Lakin’ Memories

From the moment you turn off of the highway, you can feel the stress roll-off. First, the mountain view is beautiful. Then when you pull into the driveway, you catch a glimpse of the lake, and you know you are there. This is what the Lakin’ Memories cabin is all about! The best way to describe this gorgeous place? Quiet, tranquil, and togetherness. Lakin’ Memories has a lot of room for families to spread out and unwind and reconnect with one another. It’s the perfect place to be with family and friends, either on the deck, on the dock, in the kitchen, or the basement.

Lake Vista Lodge

Situated on Green Mountain just south of Blue Ridge, Lake Vista Lodge is a relaxing getaway where you can escape from the everyday world, enjoy the company of your family and friends, and marvel at the peaceful, 50-mile views of Lake Blue Ridge and mountains as far as the eye can see. 

Featuring a wildlife and nature theme, Lake Vista Lodge’s rooms are rustic yet modern with hardwood floors and tongue and groove walls and ceiling throughout, making this cabin a warm and welcoming place. The beds, dining room table and chairs were all handmade by a local furniture maker.  If you’re seeking a bit of rest and relaxation, there is nothing better than simply swinging or rocking on the porch and soaking up the beautiful vista of Lake Blue Ridge, the mountains surrounding it, and on clear days, the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina beyond. On rainy days, kids will have fun playing Xbox 360 Kinect with games, or choosing amongst plenty of books and board games. Grownups can play billiards or indulge in a dip in the hot tub from the comfort of the covered porch. 

Serenity Cove

A unique cabin retreat built to become the backdrop for large families to gather and create lasting memories. If you’ve had your heart set on a North Georgia mountain family vacation but haven’t found a rental large enough for your big family, group of friends, or church retreats. Serenity Cove is the perfect cabin for you. With ample room for 16 guests, Serenity Cove is a magnificent private retreat that offers you all the amenities of a high-end resort, and so much more.

Situated high on a mountaintop and nestled in Necowa Cove on a cul-de-sac next to the National Forest, this spectacular cabin boasts breathtaking views of Lake Blue Ridge and extended mountain vistas that stretch into North Carolina and Tennessee. Opportunities for adventure abound: you can hike the nearby Aska trails, go boating on Lake Blue Ridge, fish and go tubing on the Toccoa, or go horseback riding, zip lining, whitewater rafting or visit nearby waterfalls. The shops and restaurants of downtown Blue Ridge are just ten minutes away.

6 Pet Friendly Cabins



Blue Ridge, Georgia is THE place for pet lovers! This small, welcoming town was meant for outdoor lovers and their pets! Go on a hike all day with your furry friend and then at night enjoy dinner on the patio at many of our pet-friendly restaurants. Even many of our wineries and breweries love having dogs join!

We know you want to include your Fido with you wherever you go, that’s why a large number of our cabins are dog-friendly; that way your furry friends won’t miss out on the fun! With stunning mountain views, easy access to the trails, and close to the shopping and dining of downtown Blue Ridge; these 6 cabins will become your home away from home for you and your pets!

Blue Chase Lodge

There are many Blue Ridge mountain cabin rentals, some with a view of the water, others with a mountain view. But if you stay at Blue Chase Lodge, you don’t have to choose. This handsome home overlooking Lake Blue Ridge offers you both water and mountain vistas, and they’re spectacular. Inside the lodge, wood construction, cheerfully painted walls, and rustic décor combine to create a comfortable, cozy mountain ambiance. The open floor plan and two large screened decks provide ample space to gather and relax, and the three bedrooms, each with rustic log furniture, sumptuous bedding, private bath, fabulous view, and 32” TV, provide a hotel-like experience.

Blue Chase Lodge is named for the owners’ dogs, Sebastian Blue and Chase, and you’re welcome to bring your canine best friends with you to explore the grounds and lie on the sunny deck like they do. Bring your hiking boots and fishing gear along, too, so you can take advantage of everything the area has to offer.  With the beauty of the lake and mountains surrounding you, a stay at Blue Chase Lodge offers a unique opportunity to get away from it all and experience a carefree, blissful vacation with the ones you love.

Duckin’ Out

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Perched high on the hillside overlooking Blue Ridge’s natural beauty you won’t be “duckin’ out” on the views! This cabin provides you with unobstructed, long-range mountain views that can be viewed from all around the cabin. You, your friends and family, and your dog, of course, will love taking in the views on the wraparound deck.

With 3 bedrooms and a pull-out couch, this cabin is great for large families or big groups. The spacious kitchen is filled with plenty of cabinet and counter space that will give you plenty of room to cook for your guests and store all that delicious food you’ll be making. And if back to the great outdoors is where you want to be, then you can grill outside and eat at the outdoor table or bar; that way the fun never has to stop. And then fire up some s’mores at the firepit before bed.

Duckin’ Out is just minutes from the Aska Adventure Area so you’ll want to take advantage of all the hiking, fishing, and boating you can do! And of course, bring your dog along with you when you go! Everyone is in for a great time filled with outdoor fun when you stay at Duckin’ Out! 

Eagles Pride 

Located on the side of a mountain, Eagles Pride should be on your list of getaways. With 3 different porches to take in the view, your dog will love getting a chance to be outside but still stay close to you. Hang out on the porch all day where you’ll take in the views, grill out, relax in the hot tub, and cook s’mores by at the firepit all with your furry friend close by.

Inside, take advantage of the state-of-the-art kitchen, the fully stocked game room, the comfortable leather couches, and 3 bedrooms each with a loft. Also, enjoy being a short drive away from downtown Blue Ridge and the hiking trails of the Aska Adventure Area. The possibilities are endless for you and your pup, so enjoy all Eagles Pride has to offer! 

Fawn Ridge

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Fawn Ridge is a stunning mountain retreat perfect for families of 4 or a double date getaway. And you can bring your dog along to join in the fun! You’ll feel completely relaxed and rejuvenated in this cozy home with a log cabin/lodge-style feel. You’ll watch a movie on the smart TV, curled up with your pup, in the living room while staying warm by the stone gas fireplace; and you can do it all with a view. All around the cabin is floor-to-ceiling windows to show-off the beautiful mountain views. Your dog will love sitting in front of the windows, watching nature in action.

For your entertainment enjoy a game room with a gas fireplace, smart TV, pool table, and board games of all kinds, or step out on the deck to enjoy a nice soak in the hot tub while watching the sunset behind the mountains. Grill out on the deck or cook in the beautiful and spacious kitchen. Then after dinner head off the deck and play a round of horseshoes with the group; see if your dog will try and chase the horseshoes when you throw them! And when your long day of exploring is done, head to bed on a king-sized mattress in either of the two bedrooms. You and your furry friend will love Fawn Ridge’s wonderful amenities and easy access to the best places in Blue Ridge. 

Grand View

As its name implies, Grand View will give you and your pup some of the best views you’ve ever seen, right from the comfort of your porch! This cabin will provide you with stunning long range mountain views and even overlooks the beautiful Mercier Orchards. The deck is full of many different seating options because we know where you and your furry friend will want to spend most of your time! Even enjoy a dip in the open-air hot tub to continue taking in the views while getting your ultimate relaxation time in.

Inside, you’ll be enchanted by the custom furniture and charming décor. The large wood-burning fireplace welcomes all humans and pets to cuddle close, while dinner is cooked in the beautiful, high-end kitchen. After dinner, journey to the loft where you’ll find all kinds of fun board games that will get the whole family involved. With 4 bedrooms, you can have up to 8 guests (and some dogs) with you to experience all the fun of Blue Ridge! Bring your friends and your pets, and come take in the view!

Lonesome Dove 

You won’t feel lonesome at all in the beautiful Lonesome Dove cabin, which sleeps up to 10 people and can hold your furry friends as well! It’s the perfect escape for large groups or big families!  With a stunning garden and waterfall, you’ll be living like royalty while the dog enjoys taking out some of that crazy dog energy on the expansive lawn.

Inside you’ll be blown away by the western theme and unique interior design style. The open floor plan is great for entertaining. Mom can cook in the spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances, while the kids set up the dining table for dinner, and friends relax in the living room, curled up next to the stone fireplace watching a movie on the flat screen tv. Your dog will love having everyone so close.

In the evening, relax with the whole group on the screened-in porch to watch the sun go down and watch the big game on the porch’s flat screen TV. And for dessert, s’mores at the firepit! After a long day, you’ll be happy to fall asleep in any of the 4 bedrooms which each have a king-size bed!

Lonesome Dove, is just a mile from the shops and restaurants of downtown and minutes from all kinds of outdoor adventures like hiking, horseback riding, rafting, and more. Not only will everyone in your group have a fantastic time at Lonesome Dove but your dog will too! They’ll completely love exploring the 5.5-acre property and having their favorite people so close!

Our dogs are such an important part of our lives and our families so understandably you’d love to bring them with you everywhere you go! After all, dogs are man’s best friend. At Escape to Blue Ridge, we’re happy to have you and your favorite furry friends stay with us! Together you can enjoy the great outdoors of the North Georgia Mountains! 

Fine Dining in the Mountains



Fine dining is different at every restaurant, but there are common threads woven through all of them. First, there is a Chef-inspired menu, with his or her signature, stamped on each offering. Unlike casual restaurants, fine dining service usually includes eating utensils that are a matched set, and have more weight than your summer camp mess hall offered you. Generally, there is a linen napkin to lay across your lap, water served in a glass vessel sans the local bank logo and the table legs have been leveled to assure your plate doesn’t travel across the tabletop each time someone rests against it. There’s also the expectations of the staff. When visiting a fine dining establishment you expect the staff to deliver you a  higher standard of service, where they understand the menu and can assist you with accurate answers and solutions to your dietary concerns and preferences. Blue Ridge is proud to be home to many of such dining establishments. Let us introduce you to a small plate offering of six of our favorites.

The Black Sheep Restaurant

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This stylish, and classy restaurant believes in fresh food that’s locally sourced and artfully prepared. Set in a historic house (circa 1814) you have your choice of pet-friendly patio seating under a 200-year-old oak tree, the enclosed porch with its flaming heaters, up at the beautifully appointed bar or in the main dining room, where service is second to none.  Start with an appetizer of pork belly and marmalade, add a perfect beet salad and eventually savor the lamb pappardelle. We can’t forget to mention that The Black Sheep offers a killer Brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4pm. The Sunday paper, an inspired Bloody Mary and a chicken & red velvet waffle. Who can resist? Reservations are recommended.

Chester Brunnemeyer’s Bar & Grill

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Everyone just refers to it as “Chester’s”, and it’s Blue Ridge’s answer to “Cheer’s”, where everyone knows your name, or at least it feels like they do. But don’t let this friendly bar atmosphere fool you. The dining experience at Chester’s is so noteworthy. The amazing craft beer selection shakes hands nicely with signature appetizers like chili and beer cheese nachos or deep-fried sticky ribs. The soup, salad and sandwich menu all have a plethora of delicious, inspired choices, but if you have a heartier appetite, dig into the entrees like the 14 oz blackened ribeye, cooked to perfection and served with herb roasted fingerling potatoes, garlic broccolini and finished with fresh herb butter. This is fine……real fine.

The Dogwood

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The Dogwood is a wonderful spot in the heart of Blue Ridge to spend an evening with friends and family. The outdoor patio is THE place to be on a Saturday night with live music, great drinks, delicious food, and an awesome atmosphere! With 150 outdoor seats, a beautiful mural, and 100+ year old trees you’ll have plenty of beautiful places to relax. For yummy eats and appetizers they have a limited menu of 10 items that will be just the delicious comfort food you’re looking for. And the drink options are as unique and personalized as it comes! Venture over to their Beer Garage where you can create your own six pack from over 70 options. The Dogwood also has a full bar with incredible craft cocktails and a specially selected wine list. Plus it’s dog friendly so bring your favorite pup with you!

Ferraro’s Kitchen Blue Ridge

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Talented chef and owner, Igor Ferraro brings the “Italian Way” to Blue Ridge to create delicious food with exceptional quality. We can’t get enough of their Risotto di Mare and Lasagna alla Bolognese dishes. And their exceptional service is unapparelled! Be sure to pay them a visit on your next escape to Blue Ridge!

The General Ledger 

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The General Ledger is the newest restaurant in downtown Blue Ridge and you will definitely want to check out their menu for lunch or dinner. This contemporary American restaurant features upscale casual cuisine from both the land and sea. Chef Ryan is always creating specials to tickle your tastebuds and at the bar, Karen mixes up the coolest drinks in town! Whatever you choose, make sure to save room for Miss Holly’s Lemon Lavender Cake!

Harvest on Main

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This is the second of three Chef Danny Mellman eateries to make our list of eight. This was his first establishment in Blue Ridge and it has become what all its competition aspires to be.  You might think that it would be the service, the menu, the wine and beer selections that would put this place over the top. Not to minimize any of these, because they are all worthy of five stars, but it’s the rustic appointments of the décor that nails it. Every moment you are being treated to a dining experience at Harvest on Main you are made to feel you are dining at the most affluent of ski resorts, high up in the Grand Tetons when actually you are smack in the middle of downtown Blue Ridge. Make a reservation. Spend the evening. Know that you’ll be back to try every item on the menu. It’s that good.

R.O.E. Blue Ridge

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Make reservations at ROE. Blue Ridge for a fine dining seafood & steakhouse experience! ROE. brings the taste of the ocean right to our little mountain town! You’ll have both a raw bar experience with clams, oysters, and more delicious fresh seafood options; as well as an elegant steakhouse experience with smoked duck and filet mignon. Enjoy all your favorite dishes paired with a glass of wine to wash it all down! Enjoy elegant outdoor dining under the twinkling lights Tuesday-Saturday and live music on Wednesday nights.

The Tavern at Old Toccoa Farm

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The Tavern at Old Toccoa Farm is the perfect place to gather with friends and family to enjoy their “all-day” menu. Here delicious wings, amazing burgers, healthy salads, and great starters, are paired with creative and tasty craft cocktails and beers in a setting that is most comfortable. The Tavern at Old Toccoa Farm is open Mondays and Wednesdays through Sundays. Wednesday is dinner only. Sunday Lunch only. Thursday-Saturday: Lunch and Dinner. Reservations are recommended.

Whiskey & Water – Seafood and Bourbon Bar

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Whiskey & Water is one of Blue Ridge’s only spots to get fresh seafood and a nice glass of whiskey. It’s home is a renovated, 1937 historic post office in Blue Ridge, where they serve up the best from America’s coasts. You’ll chat and catch up with your friends over fresh, high-quality seafood like Whole Fried Snapper and their delicious Maine Lobster Rolls. Pair your meal with a whiskey or bourbon from their wide selection of drinks from around the world. They also offer original cocktails and have a great wine selection!

Michaelee’s Italian Life Caffe

Authentic and delightful Michaelee’s Italian Life Caffe is the premier spot for an elegant and delicious Italian dinner. Located about 30 minutes East of Blue Ridge in the town of Blairsville you find a seasoned chef that delivers quality dishes time and time again. The closest you’ll get to Italian food in North Georgia, Michaelee’s features creative pasta dishes, a noteable bourbon chicken, and the most flavorful chocolate shrimp! Yes, chocolate shrimp. Try them, you won’t be disappointed!

The Waterfront Bar

If you could create a fusion of gourmet fine dining, a honky-tonk roadhouse, a florida-style beach tavern, and a hipster craft cocktail joint, you would have The Waterfront Bar. No joke! When you dine here you dine in style; you’ll sit high above the Ocoee River on their expansive deck with amazing views of the Copper Basin below. Not to mention the atmosphere here is sure to keep you coming back for more! It’s always 5’oclock at The Waterfront Bar with amazing specialty cocktails like Oh Me, Oh Mai Tai or Chesney on the Beach. And when you’re ready to dig into some food you’ll have a great selection of traditional Sicilian cuisine prepared with a unique Southern twist. For great drinks, delicious food, and a fun night out with friends be sure to check out The Waterfront Bar!

Grace Blue Ridge

Experience the steak of your life at Grace Blue Ridge. The steaks here are aged 45 days or more and are hand cut and prepared with the maximum flavor and tenderness. While the menu is 5-star, you will also find their service is excellent and their cocktails are even better! A dinner at Grace is more than a meal, it’s an unforgettable dining experience.

July 2021



With Independence Day nearly here and other summer events on the way, July is shaping up to be a fun-filled month! Get out on the water, see some live bands, or watch some fireworks; whatever your July plans are be sure to enjoy the summer with all your loved ones and as always Escape to Blue Ridge for the best mountain getaway! 

UPCOMING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Picnic in the Apple Orchard
July 1st – July 31st
Location: Deep Roots Orchard

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Picnic beneath the apple trees all through spring and summer at Deep Roots Orchard! Bring your closest friends and family to relax under the trees. Deep Root’s will provide you with everything you need; the picnic basket, blanket, and food. All you need to bring is your wonderful self! Be sure to check out Deep Roots other group experiences like the “Special Occasion Picnic” and “Food, Folic, and Flow”. Prices start at $27 per person; call 706-492-7753 to book your picnic today!

Bourbon, BBQ, & Blues
July 1st 
Location: Fightingtown Tavern 

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If you love a great glass of bourbon, a plate full of barbecue and awesome music then Fightingtown Tavern has just what you need! From 5pm – 9pm enjoy bourbon tastings of 8 different, delicious bourbons. And enjoy some great BBQ and Blues music. It’s $50 per person and all the proceeds go to Freedom for Fido. It’ll be a wonderful night and for a wonderful cause! 

Riverwalk Run Club
July 1st – July 29th 
Location: Riverwalk

Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 6pm from now till July 29th. You’ll leave from the Burra Burra, and the 3.1 mile run will take you by the Toccoa river and through town. You’ll get to run through 2 states and cross the famous steel bridge! After the run stay for drinks at the Burra Burra overlooking the Toccoa River. Don’t walk, RUN to this great event!

Pickin’ In The Park
June 3rd – June 24th
Location: Horseshoe Bend Park

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Recreation Department

Every Thursday night at 6:00pm, May-September visit Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville, GA for live music and picnicking by the Toccoa River. Picnic tables are available but feel free to bring a picnic blanket and lawn chair as well. Admission is free so bring the whole family to enjoy!

Summer Youth Arts Camp
July 1st – 2nd 
Location: The Art Center (Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association)

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Art Center

Looking for something to keep your kids busy and entertained this summer? Sign them up for the Summer Youth Arts Camp! The Art Center offers three weeks of full day camp with wonderful art classes like clay, painting, and much more! Chose to sign your child up for one week or all three! Your creative and artistic child will come home with new skills and techniques and an even greater love for art in no time!

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
July 2nd – July 31st 
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Bear Claw Winery

For award winning wine, live music, and food truck Bear Claw Vineyards is the place for you! Join them every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for live music and food trucks. Kids and dogs are welcome too! The live music schedule for each weekend is shared on their website each Thursday so be sure to check back!

Live Music at Tooney’s Music & Bar
July 2nd – July 31st 
Location: Tooney’s Music & Bar

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s

Head on over to to Tooney’s Music & Bar in McCaysville, GA right by the Ocoee River for a night of fun! Select Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm – 11pm you can enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer and listen to some of the best live music that McCaysville has to offer! Want to do some of your own singing? Every Thursday night is open mic night from 6pm – 10pm; so, grab the mic and show off those singing chops! And for a 4th of July special event enjoy an all day Woolybooger Album Release Party from 12pm – 10pm. Nights are always filled with good drinks and music at Tooney’s Music & Bar!

July 2nd: Jess Goggans Band with Woolybooger and the Ragtime Drifters  
July 3rd: Hayden Coffman with special guest Mason Parker 
July 4th: Woolybooger Album Release Party 
July 9th: Jadie Lee & Gabe Myers 
July 24th: Throttle 21 
July 31st: ShuffleJunkies 

Live Music at Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar
July 2nd – July 31st  
Location: Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar

Photo courtesy of Bin322

Where else can you find regional wines from all over the world, tapas and other delicious international platters, and live music!? At Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar! Drop by Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm to enjoy live music from local artists and choose from their great wine selection. And on Monday nights from 6pm – 8pm join in on SINGO, music style bingo! There’s always fun to be had at Bin 322! 

July 2ndLoose Shoes Duo 
July 3rd: Vibe 
July 9th: Second Helping 
July 10th: Robbie Litt 
July 16thRusted Melody 
July 17th: Heidi Pollyea and Johanna Millin 
July 23rd: Gabe Myers and Jadie Lee 
July 30th: Surrender Hill 
July 31st: Gypsy Mountain Music 

Live Music at Lake Blue Ridge Marina
July 2nd – July 25th 
Location: Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina 

Photo Courtesy of the Boat Dock Bar & Grill

Relax on the shores of Lake Blue Ridge from the Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina. There you’ll have a beautiful view of the lake, delicious entrees and cocktails, and live music on the weekends! Live music is 6pm – 9pm Fridays and Saturday and 1pm – 4pm Sundays. You’ll feel relaxed and renewed in no time!

July 2nd: Barefoot Boone 
July 4thOur Way Band 
July 9th: Danny Rhea
July 10thTravis Bowlin 
July 11th: Lindsay Beth Harper 
July 16th: Travis Bowlin
July 17th: Buck & Oz 
July 18th: David Welch 
July 23rd: Danny Rhea
July 24th: Gregg Erwin 
July 25th: Gerry Herndon

Live Music at Paradise Hills
July 2nd
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Farm Winery

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Visit the winery at the beautiful Paradise Hills hidden in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The tasting room offers Paradise Hills wine, a selection of craft beers, hard cider, and wine slushies as well as cheese and charcuterie boards, tapas, and shared platters. You can enjoy your drinks and snacks as you listen to local artists perform select Fridays from 4pm – 8pm and select Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm.

July 2nd: Rhonda Funk 
July 4th: Mother Legacy 

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
July 2nd – July 10th 
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

Photo Courtesy of Misty Mountain Hops

Misty Mountain Hops is a music-centric restaurant and pub so it’s only fitting that they bring in live music. Stop on by Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm now till July 10th for great food and great live music from local artists!

July 2ndThe Orange Walls Duo 
July 3rd: Mattie Lane 
July 9th: Paul Constantine  
July 10th: Quinn Leach 

Live Music at The Blue Coyote 
July 2nd 
Location: The Blue Coyote 

Photo Courtesy of The Blue Coyote

Blue Coyote is officially back open and ready to be back with events! Stop by July 2nd from 7:30pm – 10:30pm for live music from Slickfoot. As always enjoy some great food while you listen in. And karaoke is every Tuesday from 7:30pm – 10:30pm. 

Independence Day Celebration on the Farm 
July 2nd – July 4th 
Location: Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm

Photo Courtesy of Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm

Spend time with some cute alpacas at Lasso the Moon Alpaca farm. There will also be snacks and fiber arts demonstrations. Lasso Moon is offering 3 tours a day and to register for a time slot visit their event page here: https://farmfeltandglass.com/farm-studio-open-house/

Hiawassee Night Market
July 2nd 
Location: Town Square on Main Street Hiawassee, GA

Photo Courtesy of City of Hiawassee

Bring the family to Hiawassee, GA for the night for an open-air night artisan market. The market goes from 5pm – 10pm and will be filled with live music, food trucks, fresh produce, games, and art. This monthly market is great for some outdoor family fun!

Annual Bulletproof Concert 
July 2nd 
Location: Crane Creek Vineyards 

Photo Courtesy of Crane Creek Vineyards

Check out the Bulletproof band at Crane Creek Vineyards from 7pm – 10:30pm. They’re a dance/party band so be ready to dance the night away! Admission is free and there will also be some great food options as well! 

Old Timer’s Parade
July 3rd 
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

The Old Timer’s Parade has been a Blue Ridge tradition since the 1950’s. So come downtown from 10am – 12pm in your best period attire, bring your antique cars and celebrate the 4th of July! 

Blue Ridge Freedom 5K 
July 3rd 
Location: Blue Ridge Adventure Gear 

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Freedom 5k.

Be a part of the 4th of July celebration run! Start at Blue Ridge Adventure Gear at 7:30am and make your way through town on this festive 5K. Register here to run: https://runsignup.com/Race/GA/BlueRidge/BlueRidgeFreedom5K?fbclid=IwAR20ZYSdoR9UZTFYvnepugS90jUUzSEiIbWygzk3xOwOaKINxXnayJXauAw

Walk the Line 5K 
July 3rd 
Location: Riverwalk Shops

Photo Courtesy of Riverwalk Shops

Walk the Line 5K is America’s only 5K that crosses two states! Starting at 6:30pm you’ll run through the charming twin cities of Copperhill,TN and McCaysville, GA, pass by the Toccoa River, and cross the steel bridge! Before and after the run stay for food, drinks, and music at the Riverwalk Shops.  The stick around for the Copper Basin fireworks later that night! 

Firework Special-Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
July 3rd 
Location: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is offering a Firework Special train. The train will depart from Blue Ridge at 7:00pm and make it’s way to the twin cities of Copperhill,TN and McCaysville, GA for a fireworks display. Sit outside the train and watch the beautiful fireworks light up the night sky. After the show hop back on the train and return to Blue Ridge by 11pm. You won’t want to miss out on this special train event. 

Copper Basin Fireworks
July 3rd 
Location: Downtown McCaysville & Copperhill

Photo Courtesy of the City of McCaysville

Food, fun, and fireworks await you at the Copper Basin Fireworks show. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and the whole family to join in the fun! The fireworks start at promptly 9:30pm and go till around 10:30pm. You can see the fireworks from anywhere downtown. Come on out for a special night to celebrate America’s birthday!

Ride the Rails-Tri State Model Railroaders 
July 3rd – 4th 
Location: Historic L&N Depot

Photo Courtesy of the Tri-State Model Railroaders

Drop by the Historic L&N Depot for a fundraiser to benefit the Tri-State Model Railroaders and the Historic Mineral Bluff Depot! You’ll embark on a 5-mile round-trip ride by Railroad Motor Car. When you’re done you can even take a ride on a genuine Railroad Hand Car. And there’s plenty of fun activities for children of all ages to enjoy as well! Be sure to check out the inside of the Depot before you leave to learn all about L&N railroads.  Donations are welcome! 

Farmer’s Market 
July 3rd – July 31st 
Location: Deep Roots Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchard

Stop on by and enjoy a selection of Appalachian grown or made fresh vegetables and goods! Every Saturday from 8:30am – 1:00pm now till September 25th!

Downtown Market Blue Ridge 
July 3rd – July 31st 
Location: 400 West Main Street 

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Farmers Market

Enjoy this wonderful market every Saturday from 8:00am – 12:00pm now till November (weather permitting) right in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge! There will be all kinds of vendors offering food, artisan goods, arts & crafts, furniture, and more!

Music at The Black Sheep
July 3rd – July 25th 
Location: The Black Sheep

Photo Courtesy of the Black Sheep

On Sundays from 11am – 3pm enjoy live music and a delicious brunch at The Black Sheep in Downtown Blue Ridge. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere that is dog friendly and take advantage of the brunch drink specials!

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards 
July 3rd – July 31st 
Location: Cartecay Vineyards 

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains! Enjoy live music Saturdays & Sundays from 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Listen to the music of local artists while enjoying your wine outside either on the Chimney Patio or the Tasting Barn’s covered porch. Live music, good wine, and beautiful mountain scenery; it doesn’t get much better than that!

July 3rd: Timothy O’Donovan 
July 4th: Travis Bowlin 
July 10th: Brett Cantrell 
July 11th: Rick Stone 
July 17th: Rusted Melody 
July 18th: Sarah Forde 
July 24th: Lindsay Beth Harper 
July 25thRyan LittleEagle
July 31st: Jorge Valenzuela 

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing 
July 3rd – July 24th 
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing 

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewery Fridays from 3pm – 6pm and Saturdays 4pm – 7pm for great drinks, great music, and a great time. With indoor and outdoor seating available you can even bring your dog to join in the fun! Enjoy a delicious hotdog from Jeff’s Hotdog’s while you listen to some fantastic local artists!

July 3rd: The Orange Walls Duo 
July 9th: Lindsay Beth Harper 
July 16thDoctor Paul 
July 18th: Sean Bulow 
July 24th: Hayden Miles

Concert on Hiawassee Square
July 3rd – July 31st 
Location: Hiawassee Square

Photo Courtesy of the City of Hiawassee

Bring your family, friends and pets to Hiawassee Square ever Saturday night at 7pm for some great live music! There will be chips, hot dogs, and sodas available to purchase as well. Relax for the evening and listen to some incredible local artists!

Lake Nottely Boat Parade 
July 4th 
Location: Nottely Marina 

Photo Courtesy of Nottely Marina

Head on over to the Lake Nottely Marina in Blairsville for their annual Independence Day Boat Parade. Have a boat? Join in the lineup starting at 10:30am. There’s no charge to enter your boat and you may decorate it however you’d like! Then at 11:30am the boats will pass by and all can enjoy in the beautiful parade! 

Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks 
July 4th 
Location: Lake Blue Ridge Dam

Photo Courtesy of Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association

Join us at Lake Blue Ridge for the annual fireworks show! The fireworks start at 9:30pm and last till about 10:30pm. The best places to view the show are from the Morganton Point Recreation Area, from a boat in Lake Blue Ridge near the Lake Blue Ridge Dam, from the Lake Blue Ridge Marina, or from the Lake Blue Ridge Dam. It’s sure to be a great and festive night! 

Fireworks at Meeks Park 
July 4th 
Location: Meeks Park

Photo Courtesy of the Blairsville Chamber

Head over to Meeks Park in Blairsville for even more fireworks, shooting off from 9:30pm – 10pm! 

July 4th Fireworks 
July 4th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Head over to Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee for great music and fireworks! The Vintage Vixens will be performing from 6pm – 8:30pm and the firework show will start at 9:45pm. It’s a family friendly event and there’s plenty of room for everyone! 

Live Music at Buck Bald Brewing
July 4th-July 5th 
Location: Buck Bald Brewing 

Photo Courtesy of Buck Bald Brewing

Buck Bald Brewing always brings great beer and great times to Copperhill, TN. To top it off they’re bringing in great live music as well! 

July 4th: Jeb Rogers at 1:30pm
July 5th: Gary’s Birthday with Gerry Herndon at 3:00pm 

Yoga by the River 
July 4th 
Location: Old Toccoa Farm 

Photo Courtesy of Christie Gribble

Be at peace on Old Toccoa Farm for a yoga class by the river! Christie Gribble will be teaching an all levels vinyasa flow class at 9am on a flat grassy area, tucked away from the golf course. Bring any mat and props you’d like and if you don’t have any email Christie at christiegribble@gmail.com.  

2nd Saturdays at Riverwalk
July 10th 
Location: Riverwalk Shops McCaysville

Photo Courtesy of Riverwalk Shops

Throughout summer be sure to visit the Riverwalk Shops in McCaysville on the second Saturday of each month. The shops will be open late that night! There will be fun shopping, great dining, free gifts, and special offers. For a fun late night shopping experience this event is for you!

The Odd Couple
July 15th – July 31st 
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater 

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Community Theater

Blue Ridge Community Theater is putting on the classic comedy The Odd Couple! The play follows a clean freak and a slob who decide to live together with hilarious results. Shows are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. The show runs now till August 8th, call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets! 

Live Music at Grandaddy Mimm’s 
July 17th
Location Grandaddy Mimm’s Distilling Co.

Photo Courtesy of Grandaddy Mimms

Sip on moonshine or vodka while listening to the wonderful music of Tommy Townsend and the Country River Band from 7pm – 9pm! 

Movie Night at Deep Root Orchard
July 17th 
Location: Deep Root Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchard

Watch a free movie under the stars at Deep Root Orchard. The movie is “The Princess Bride” and starts at 8:30pm. Bring blankets and pillows and get comfy as you enjoy your movie. And if you’re in the need for movie snacks concessions will be sold as well!

Butternut Creek Art Festival 
July 17th – July 18th 
Location: Meeks Park

Photo Courtesy of Butternut Creek Festival

This two day art festival is one of the finest in the Southeast! You’ll see craftsmen specializing in basketry, fine art, fabric art, decorative painting, photography, pottery, and so much more! The event runs Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm & admission is free! 

National Juried Photography Show
July 24th – July 31st 
Location: The Art Center (Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association) 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association

Come on out to the Art Center now through August 28th to see beautiful digital media from local artists. Enjoy photography or videography? Submit your work and see if you can win Best in Show! Artists and art lovers alike are welcome! 

3D Off the Wall Exhibit
July 24th – July 31st 
Location: The Art Center (Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association)

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association

Admire the beauty of 3D art at the 11th annual Off the Wall exhibit!

Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In 
July 29th – July 31st 
Location: Meeks Park 

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruiz-In

3 days of fun, crafts, vendors, good food, and classic cars and bikes in Blairsville! Admission is $10 and children 12 and under are free! 

Summer Fun Arts & Crafts Show
July 29th – July 31st 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Head on over to Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for a great day of fun! You’ll find all kinds of works of art like pottery, paintings, jewlery, signs, crochet, knitting, candles, soap, and so much more! The event runs Thursday-Saturday, 10am – 5pm daily and tickets are $5 a person! 

Memory Lane Classic Car Auction & Car Show
July 30th – July 31st 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of Memory Lane Classic Cars

Are you a car lover? Then this event is for you! There will be over 100 classic cars displayed as well as food vendors, music, arts and crafts, prizes and more! The event runs Friday and Saturday from 10am – 4pm. Admission is $10 a person and children 12 & under are free! 

Dwight Yoakam
July 31st 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Multi-Grammy, country superstar Dwight Yoakam is live and in concert at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! Hear some of his most famous hits live! Tickets are $47 and the show starts at 7pm! 

16 Best Cabins to Watch Football Outdoors!



We may be in the heat of summer now, but it won’t be long before the temperatures cool off, the leaves start to change, and football season is back! We feel strongly that just because you are on vacation, doesn’t mean you have to give up your passion for the ‘ol pigskin. Whether you are a die-hard college fan or prefer the professional leagues, we have eighteen cabins that will allow you to relax on the deck, take in the crisp mountain air, and keep up with the score of your favorite teams!

Blissful Blue Ridge

Want a taste of heaven on earth? You’ve found it, and its pure bliss. Blissful Blue Ridge is set amid 2.7 acres of vast land with blissful views of the pond and meadow area below perfect for couples with three king bedroom primary ensuites. You cannot help but be awed at this beautiful NEW place! One glance at this lovely 3 years young cabin and you’ll want to step inside and be enthralled by its soaring ceilings, rich craftsmanship, massive logs, and glass windows that allow you to see the rich outdoors and make you feel like you are in a magical treehouse. Defined as happiness, joy, and paradise, you will find your blissful state of mind the moment you enter this luxurious cabin.

Two indoor rock fireplaces and one exterior fireplace give you that additional cozy feeling, and you’d be tempted to just snuggle in front of the fire after a long day of fun. But, this place has so much to offer, and you’d be left wandering from room to room! Outside, you’ll discover the immaculate wrap-around deck on the house and be further amazed by the different views of mountains, the pond, and the woods. Catch a glimpse of the waterfall nearby. This home is tastefully decorated in a rustic contemporary theme with decor collected by the owners.

Big Canoe Lodge

Big Canoe Lodge – the name says it all. The gleaming canoe suspended over the great room represents the best of what the North Georgia Mountains has to offer. Here, nestled deep in the woods, you’re connected to the streams, lake, and rivers around you, situated on two acres of land with gorgeous long-range vistas. If you can deter your eyes from the spectacular mountain views, you can keep up with the game on the covered deck complete with a fireplace, comfortable seating, and a 30” flat screen television in this 4-bedroom luxurious retreat!

Colby’s Cabin

Beautifully designed and decorated in rustic style with a comfortable, cozy and inviting feel, Colby’s Cabin is spacious. It has all the amenities of a home away from home and the privacy and beauty of your own private wooded oasis. Inside, the cabin is airy and open, with a nature theme (notice the bear accents) and comfy furniture that invites you to kick back and relax. Enjoy the fresh mountain air as you revel in the incredible outdoor living space, with its roomy decks, ample seating, and screened-in porch that features a wood-burning fireplace and 55” flat screen!

Finding Grace

However you imagine your Blue Ridge vacation stay, this home will exceed your expectations.  The owners of Finding Grace describe their cabin as a treehouse with a majestic mountain view. Three different porches and oversize windows are strategically placed to ensure that guests capture the best view of the ever-changing mountains–where the sunlit peaks give way to cloud-like mist. The sunsets, each one different, transition into colors of pink to peach, and blue to gray, where the sky becomes a panoramic, breathtaking vision. A wrap-around screen porch circles the family room, each area with its own seating. Looking out to both the mountainside and the woods, there is comfortable seating in front of a wood-burning stone fireplace, with a Smart TV mounted above. Adjacent to this seating area, you’ll find the relaxing 6-person hot tub. The center porch opens from the family room and offers the convenience of the gas grill, and more comfortable seating with direct mountain views. This stunning cabin is located on Sunrock Mountain, which is fabulous for those wanting to visit local wineries such as Bear Claw Winery or create memories apple picking at Mercier’s. You’re also not too far from the shops and restaurants of Downtown Blue Ridge, with just a 10-minute drive to all the fun!

Hooked on Toccoa

If you are searching for a North Georgia cabin rental right on the river, look no further than Hooked on Toccoa.  This stunning 4-bedroom cabin is beautifully constructed and is only a 10-minute drive to historic downtown Blue Ridge. The outdoor living areas at Hooked on Toccoa take full advantage of the riverfront, just steps from the back door.  French doors off the main living area open to an enormous screened-in porch with a dining table on one side and a cozy sitting area with flat-screen TV on the other. Step outside the porch and you can cross over a gently curved walkway directly down to the gently sloped riverbank or gather under the covered pavilion with wood-burning stone fireplace, Adirondack chairs, gas grill and picnic table for dining al fresco.  The pavilion leads to a large wooden deck perched above the river, ideal for fishing for award-winning trout!

Leatherwood Lodge

Set on the very top of Leatherwood Mountain with breathtaking views that extend as far as the eye can see, including 5 mountain ranges, Leatherwood Lodge is your private vacation oasis with all the comforts of home located in Cherry Log, Georgia. Rustic yet contemporary, with cathedral ceilings, huge windows and double decks that are perfectly positioned to give you an unobstructed view of the mountains, it’s the kind of place where you can relax, unwind and see the sun set in a glowing red sky as red-tailed hawks soar overhead. That spectacular view is yours from just about everywhere, from the comfortable leather recliners in the living room, from the hot tub, or a rocking chair on the covered deck, where you can throw a log on the wood-burning outdoor fireplace while you grill your dinner and enjoy it under the stars!

Mountain Laurel Hideaway

Perched on a hillside in the Mineral Bluffs community of Mountain High, the Blue Ridge cabin rental Mountain Laurel Hideaway is appropriately named: tall mountain laurel trees surround the property, hiding the cabin from view until you’re right in front of it. With its warm and inviting atmosphere and a spectacular view of the mountains from inside and out, this wooded oasis will enchant you from the moment you walk through the door. When it’s time to tune into the game, head outside to the screened-in porch, with a Weber gas grill, six-seat dining table, stone wood-burning fireplace, a 32” TV, and a porch swing!

Nighthawk

Located in Mineral Bluff, surrounded by six acres of wilderness but less than 20 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, Nighthawk is a secluded mountaintop retreat that is the epitome of relaxed, rustic luxury. And the full-range mountain views are nothing less than spectacular! The cabin has a handsome stone facade that gives way to an exquisitely crafted and decorated interior that mixes rich, dark woods, vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the astounding view. Three stacked stone masonry fireplaces, handsome leather furniture, hand-carved tables, and unique hand-crafted fixtures create a rugged, earthy atmosphere that’s warm, welcoming and relaxing.

Our Blue Heaven 

Our Blue Heaven is ideally located on a magnificent wooded property just five miles from downtown Blue Ridge, surrounded by the wonders of nature and close to hiking trails, trout fishing, water sports and other activities. Inside, it’s built for comfort, with inviting, spacious rooms, all of them cozy and handsomely appointed with high-end furnishings in rustic mountain style. It’s also built for outdoor living, with over 1100 square feet of covered, screened-in deck space on three levels. You’ll find a gas grill, wood-burning fireplace, a five-seat hot tub, a 55” TV, a picnic table and plenty of seating. Whether you want to spend some time alone to catnap or read a book or take in a few quarters of football, you’ll find a place to do it here!

Row Harder 

With the amenities of an exclusive riverside resort, a charming private guesthouse, and sleeping accommodations for dozen friends or family members in a gorgeous wooded setting, Row Harder is not your average Blue Ridge mountain cabin rental. Situated on 1.8 green acres with 200 feet of frontage on the Toccoa River, this magnificent property is a nature lover’s dream. On the back deck, there are both gas and charcoal grills for your cookouts and plenty of seating space to dine, relax and enjoy good company. The screened-in porch has an outdoor living room with a wood burning fireplace, TV, and a spectacular view. Near the river’s edge, there’s a fire pit for your marshmallow roasting and storytelling pleasure, and a large flat area that’s perfect for playing touch football or hosting a party!

The Silver Fox

Nestled in the Aska Adventure Area, The Silver Fox is a beautiful cabin that offers visitors a luxurious and comfortable stay. The interior of The Silver Fox has been professionally decorated by a well-known designer, giving it a polished and curated look. The living room is furnished with deep, plush sofas and swivel chairs that are incredibly comfortable, inviting you to relax and unwind. The outdoor L-shaped sofa on the back deck is just as comfortable and provides the perfect spot for birdwatching, enjoying the outdoor wood-burning fireplace, taking in the stunning mountain view, or watching football!

Stone Pine Lodge

Stone Pine Lodge is not your typical Blue Ridge mountain cabin rental. This brand new vacation home has the rustic cabin feel, secluded private setting and breathtaking view of the mountains from its tri-level decks. The cabin is also the epitome of effortless modern luxury, putting everything–state-of-the-art at your fingertips. With sound system TVs, lighting, remote gas fireplaces and hot tub with Bluetooth-enabled speakers throughout all with simplistic operations, the better to relax and enjoy the comforts of your home away from home. Step outside onto the decks and you can fire up the gas grill for a barbecue, settle into a rocker with a drink or soak your cares away in the six-person hot tub in the warmth of the custom level gas fireplace or there’s a wood-burning one on the entertainment deck above along with a 55” television to tune into the gridiron!

Triple Vista Mountain Tops

Perched high on the mountain summit and with expansive wrap-around decks, Triple Vista Mountain Tops offers breathtaking views of three distinct mountain ranges. As you walk onto the sprawling deck with hand-made Mountain Laurel railings you will encounter a lovely outdoor sitting area with a comfy wicker loveseat and matching rockers arranged around a stacked stone wood-burning fireplace with TV mounted above. The adjacent area for cooking al fresco offers you both a charcoal grill with smoker and a gas grill, with a convenient side table and western-inspired raised cooler to keep cold beverages at hand. The decks offer various wooden rockers, Adirondack chairs and handmade benches for relaxing and enjoying the beauty of nature and the fantastic views!

Changes in Altitude

If you’re looking for a cozy, luxurious, peaceful, and private vacation spot, Changes in Altitude is perfect. Beautiful finishes and modern meets traditional elegance are evident throughout. The attention to detail is remarkable; you will feel pampered and well taken care of during your stay. The beauty of Changes in Altitude extends beyond the cabin’s walls, with stunning mountain views visible from every angle. While you enjoy all the comforts of home, you can take in the magnificence of the mountains. Enjoy great outdoor amenities as well, including a fireplace, gas heather, a plethora of rocking chairs, a jacuzzi hot tub, and a 75″ Smart TV to watch the game!

Vista Ridge

The North Georgia mountain cabin rental Vista Ridge looks impressive from the front, but the real wow moment happens when you open the door, step inside and walk toward the back of the house. There, you’ll find an enormous covered porch overlooking the Toccoa River Valley and a spectacular view that stretches all the way to Tennessee and North Carolina. It’s guaranteed to take your breath away. With that amazing backdrop, you’ll want to stay outside as long as possible, which is why there’s a wood-burning fireplace, plenty of seating and 40′ flat screen TV on the main deck and a six-person hot tub, and porch swing below!

Winding Log Ridge

A Blue Ridge mountain cabin rental can be just as luxurious as a four-star resort, with all the amenities you crave but with lot more privacy and breathtaking beauty inside and out—and you’ll find it all at Winding Log Ridge. This gorgeous Aska Trail retreat is 11 miles from downtown Blue Ridge but worlds away from everything, the cabin has soaring cathedral ceilings and glass walls that flood the rooms with natural light and provide a magnificent view of the mountains, making you feel as one with woods and nature reserves that surround you. When it’s game time, head out to the deck fire up the gas grill and enjoy your meal outdoors, where there’s plenty of comfortable seating. The screened-in deck is covered so you can sit back, relax, and watch the 50” TV, no matter what the weather!

Daddy-O: A Blue Ridge Father’s Day Guide



Our rock. Our protector. Our hardworking, sacrificing, Mr. Fix It, all around wonderful man. Often times the fathers in our life don’t always get the appreciation they deserve. However, you can change that this Father’s Day and honor the man in your life with a perfect Escape to Blue Ridge.

So how do we make Dad happy? Well, through his stomach of course! And boy, do we have some good eating right here in Blue Ridge.  Here are our top 3 picks that Daddy-O is sure to love:

Carroll’s Barbeque

Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am – 8pm
39 Lance St., Blue Ridge, | GA 706-946-1126

Photo Courtesy of Carroll’s BBQ

This is some of the most tender and tasty of briskets you’ll find in these parts. The ribs are “fall off the bone” good! They have pulled pork, pulled chicken, and smoked wings. But the one meat that they are legendary for is their smoked turkey, available on a plate, stuffed in a large sandwich or covering up a fresh salad for those who eat just a little lighter. They also have a few unique items on the menu that, when dining with a group, are great sharing treats. The BBQ Burrito (baked beans & shredded cheese in a flour tortilla, topped with Brunswick stew) is stuffed with your choice of pulled pork or pulled chicken. Then there’s “Tater Hill”. Carroll’s takes a large, classic baked potato, covers it in their white sauce, pile it mountain high with pulled pork, mac & cheese, baked beans, and coleslaw and then drizzles it with mild & sweet sauce.

All servings are generous, as is the hospitality at Carroll’s. Only open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for lunch and dinner, you want to plan a trip here with plenty of time to chow down your main plate, and then rest up a little before you indulge in a couple of their famous desserts, including homemade banana pudding served warm with a meringue topping or their show stopper, the Skillet Brownie Sundae

Fightingtown Tavern

Megadeath at Fightingtown Tavern

You don’t actually have to get into a brawl to enjoy a meal at Fightingtown! Named after a nearby creek, Fightingtown brings you regionally-sourced comfort food with a pretty big twist. Known for their delicious yet unique burgers, Dad will flip over the Megadeath Burger: two 1/2lb burger patties, 2 fried eggs, 2 slices of cheddar, 2 slices of pepperjack, 4 slices of house cured bacon, grilled jalapenos, grilled onions, beer cheese & sriracha all separated by a Krispy Kreme glazed donut! Yep, you read that right, a donut in between all that meaty goodness! Sounds healthy right? Well, calories don’t count when you are celebrating the toughest man in your life! Go ahead and live a little. Don’t worry, they have plenty of beer to wash it all down!

Boat Dock Bar & Grill

The Bar at the Boat Dock Bar & Grill

Take Dad to a sunny spot for shady people and enjoy a delicious meal, heavenly drinks and the most incredible view of Lake Blue Ridge and the surrounding mountains! Not only can you sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery, but you can fill your belly with favorites like fried grouper tacos or their smoked chicken wings. Before or after your meal, head next door to the Blue Ridge Marina and rent a pontoon boat to go explore all the coves around the lake. If you really want to make this a Fathers Day to remember, the folks at the Marina would be happy to sell you a new wave runner or boat.

Three Cheers for Dad!

Because Dads work so hard day in and day out, they deserve a reward and what better treat than a cold one? Here in Blue Ridge we have several craft breweries to choose from. We think Dad will be in heaven when he gets to enjoy a brewsky at one of these fine establishments:

Grumpy Old Men Brewery

Pick your flavor at Grumpy Old Men Brewery

Just like Dad, this is a no frill joint. They don’t mess around: “If they don’t like it, they don’t drink it, and if they don’t drink it, they don’t sell it.” Doesn’t get much simpler than that! At this micro-brewery you can enjoy nine different beers on tap like the Aska Pale Ale or Moon Over Blue Ridge Wheat Ale. So, if you are looking for a dog friendly business that tolerates people and specializes in delicious beer, this is a must stop for your best father figure.

Copperhill Brewery

Photo Courtesy of Copperhill Brewery

Visit this brewery and you won’t know if you are in Tennesee or Georgia. Located in Copperhill, just outside their tasting room door, you can have one foot in Tennessee and the other foot in Georgia. It’s very cool to straddle the state line! Sample their brews and you’ll wonder if you haven’t traveled to Scotland or Germany. This brewery takes craft beer way, way serious. It’s not a passion for them. It’s an art form. Some of the friendliest and most knowledgeable staff this side of the Mason Dixon line.

Fannin Brewing Company

Fresh Craft Beer at Fannin Brewing Company

Take a flight….of brews that is! This craft brewing company has grown like wildfire since inception, but they stick to their roots creating fresh beer, with fresh water, all while enjoying the fresh mountain air! Created in a German tradition, you’ll love lagers like the Blue Ridge or Black Bear lagers. If ales are more your Pop’s speed, sample the Toccoa Brown or the Hiawassee Golden. Music is as plentiful here as the brews are so be sure to mark this stop on your Blue Ridge escape!

Go Fish

Sometimes all a person needs to recharge their soul is time out in nature. Let Dad recharge his batteries along the banks of the Toccoa River with a rod, a reel, and a whole lot of fish! Being the Trout Capital of Georgia, the rivers and streams around Fannin County are plentiful with fish. Give him a day alone on the waters or treat him to a guided tour from Fly Fish Blue Ridge or Fly Shop Co. You can guarantee he will be talking about that experience for years to come!

Look at that trout caught with Fly Fish Blue Ridge!

Hit the Links

If the Dad in your life doesn’t feel like life is complete unless he’s on the golf course, well, he’ll be in for a treat when you take him for an afternoon at Old Toccoa Golf Course. Here he can practice chipping and putting on the greens or taking big swings on the driving range. There are currently nine holes on the Par 70 course available to play and an additional nine will be opening soon!

Old Toccoa Golf Course

Get Extreme!

Bring a little excitement into your Dad’s life by booking a Whitewater Rafting trip with the Ocoee Adventure Center. Here your main man will get the best adrenaline rush as you race down class three and four rapids in the Ocoee Gorge.  If he still wans more heart racing experience, try zipping through the Blue Ridge Mountains at Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge. Here you’ll get to see the mountains from the treetops, zip into the valley and then soar over pastures, and come in for a landing as you cross over Fighting Town Creek. Fun, fun!

A happy Dad at Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge

No matter how you choose to celebrate the best Dad in your life, be sure to tell him how much you care about him and how much you appreciate him. Happy Father’s Day!