FALL – By Land, By Sea, and By Air



Everywhere you turn this time of year, you’ll find a plethora of lists heralding the best drives and hikes to traverse as your senses seek fresh autumn air and the vibrant colors of the season. So, not to be redundant, we thought we’d take a different route – offering up ideas for new opportunities you might want to consider when visiting this fall. We hope these ideas take the experience of shifting coloration to a new level as you catch more than a glimpse of these majestic mountains morphing into bright, rich shades of  gold, orange, and red.

*Cover photo courtesy of All About The View

By Land

Come on Ride that Train!

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Have you ever wondered what the absolute best way to see all of Georgia’s fall foliage in one shot is? Well, hop aboard the train right in the middle of town. You don’t need a map, your GPS, a bunch of lists of the best roads to take. This is a historic and creative way to take a trip this autumn and see all there is to see from the comfort of a train. All aboard Blue Ridge Scenic Railway!

Climb to the Highest Georgia Peak

Photo Courtesy of Sunrise Grocery

There is a lot of advice on how to hike up the mountain, but –pssst- let us let you in on some sound advice. Take the shuttle up to Brasstown Bald. The Brasstown Bald Visitors Center sits atop Georgia’s highest mountain at 4,784 feet above sea level. Surrounded by the Chattahoochee – Oconee National Forest, its cloud level observation deck offers stunning 360-degree views of the colorful Southern Appalachian Mountains and valleys. On a clear day, one can see four states. Your cell phone camera will capture a lot, but for those who take their photography very seriously, hauling your tripod and lenses up the mountain via the shuttle is much easier. Shuttle service is included in the day pass for $7 per person. The shuttle runs 7 days a week 10am – 4:30pm, but closes for lunch break between 12:30 and 1:10pm.

Cycling Through Town & Country

Photo Courtesy of Explore Georgia & Pedego Bikes Blue Ridge

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, step it up a notch and rent an electric bike and save a little strain on those calf muscles. Pedego Bike Rental and Tours offers tours of Lake Blue Ridge where you get double the color – for the mountains reflect beautifully on the glass top lake this time of year.

Take the 60-90 miniute Lake Blue Ridge Marina Tour on your electric bike ( you even have the option of pedaling if you are feeling extra energetic.) The start and finish of this tour is at the Marina on the shore of Lake Blue Ridge, just 3 miles from Downtown Blue Ridge. This tour is available every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

By Sea

You ‘Oar’t Have a Great Time

Photo Courtesy of Lake Blue Ridge Outfitters

If you prefer to be on the water when vacationing, autumn sightseeing while floating has become  “a thing”. Our lakes and rivers are relatively safe, with flat and calm waters. And even the most inexperienced ship hands can enjoy water sightseeing on a paddleboard, kayak or canoe.

Lake Blue Ridge Outfitters can set you up in a matter of minutes with whatever paddleboard or kayak equipment you might need to rent (or purchase). If you want to fish on a gorgeous fall morning, consider renting their Fishing Kayak, but rent it a little longer than planned. Once out on that serene lake, mesmerized by the red and white bobbing float, you might never want to return to land.

Henry David Thoreau wrote that every channel of water was a road for a canoe. You can rent your canoe and secure transportation to the Toccoa River launch with Toccoa River Outfitters. The Toccoa River Canoe trail starts at the Deep Hole Recreation Area and flows 13.8 miles to the take out at Sandy Bottoms. You’ll enjoy views of the colorful forested public lands, pastoral private lands, and most likely, some of their associated wildlife. Coupled with great fishing and some rapids make this a perfect canoe trip. This canoe trail is ideal for beginners and those who enjoy a less than vigorous float in a north Georgia Mountain River. This is the only designated canoe trail in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Length: 13.8 miles Use: Moderate Rating: Easy River Flow 3-4 MPH.

Peddling through a Photograph

Photo Courtesy of JMC Artistic Photography

We think that pedal boats and aqua cycles are arguably two of the top family-friendly water activities you can enjoy with your entire family- young and old alike. They are suitable for family fun, a picnic out on the water, or even fishing. Both of these water fun floats can be rented at Vogel State Park for use on this area’s favorite State Park lake, 22 acre Lake Trahlyta.

Pontooning

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Boat Rentals

While summer might be the season that comes to mind as the prime time to enjoy a pontoon boat, we suggest you seriously consider a lake pontoon ride in Fall. The crisp air makes you feel alive, as you are no longer battling the oppressive heat.  Lake Blue Ridge is 11 miles long and has 65 miles of shoreline where the explosion of fall foliage will take your breath away. The opportunity to escape on the water before winter arrives makes spending a few hours on a pontoon seem like the best idea yet. To schedule your rental contact Lake Blue Ridge Marina.

By Air

It’s a Boat, It’s A Plane, It’s a Good Time!

Photo Courtesy of Wing-In-It Adventures

Some vacations you might find yourself throwing caution to the wind (and your trip budget, too). If you find yourself on just that vacation then consider a tour by Sea Plane. Offered by Wing – In- It Adventures their Mountain Views Package is an exclusive 60 minute air tour of Lake Blue Ridge, Lake Nottely, and Lake Chatuge. Enjoy  the beautiful views of the Georgia Mountains Region with an eagles view. The deluxe tour plane holds up to three passengers -or- 450 lbs total passenger weight.

Get a Bird’s Eye View

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Helicopter Tours

To say autumn is the most visited time of year here is an understatement. Instead of crowded parks and trails to marvel at the cascade of blazing reds, yellows and oranges of these Blue Ridge Mountains, why not take in the fall foliage from the comfort of a helicopter?  Blue Ridge Helicopter Tours offers a dozen different tours from 8 mins to 90 mins long. Choose your location and your price point.    

Hanging Out

Have you been to Town’s County’s (Hiawassee)  Bell Mountain yet? If you aren’t sure, then you probably haven’t, because the ride up there is better than any hair pin ride Disney has to offer. Yet, for some, it isn’t enough to experience the journey up by car, and then be rewarded with a view of up to four states and a Lake that looks more like it was woven in and out of the Swiss Alps. The views once at top and higher platforms -150 more steps straight up- is even more amazing.  And still… STILL, this isn’t enough. So Bell Mountain serves as a launching pad for area Hang Gliders. Maybe jumping off the top of a mountain wrapped in an unpowered flying apparatus consisting of a frame with a fabric airfoil stretched over it isn’t your idea of vacation fun, but going up the mountain to watch others find their thrill on Rosemary Hill, well that’s a freebee experience we think you’ll find is worth the admission.               

Zipping Around

Photo Courtesy of Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge

Maybe not hang gliding, but there is something about flying through the air that is alluring. So, why not fly through the colorful forests attached to a zipline? Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge is set on 165 acres of beautiful North Georgia Mountain property. Located  only 6 miles from downtown Blue Ridge they  offer a one-hour tour with seven multiple ziplines ranging from 150 to 550 feet in length for a total of half a mile of cable. They also offer a two-hour zipline tour that features one mile of cable with 13 multiple ziplines, ranging from 150 to 1,000-feet in length and ranging from 25 – 75 feet in height. All zipline tours are guided and require no experience.

Up Up and Away!

Photo Courtesy of Balloons Over Georgia

And for our last “by air” suggestion, we leave you with this. The Fifth Dimension sang about it, and those of us old enough to remember the lyrics, dreamt about it. “Way up in the air in my beautiful balloon. Love is waiting there, in my beautiful balloon…” If this fall vacation you are looking for the perfect place to ask for your love’s hand in marriage, look no further.  Balloons Over Georgia is located here in North Georgia, generally operating in the area between Canton and Cumming. Most of their flights launch from an area about 35 miles south of Blue Ridge, but they utilize several different launch sites in the area to take advantage of varying wind conditions and directions.

Whether by land, by sea or by air, experiencing these Blue Ridge Mountains this time of year is candy for your eyes and nourishment for your soul.

Happy Fall, ya’all.

Girls Mountain Getaway



Get your girls together and head to the mountains for an ULTIMATE GIRL’S WEEKEND! Blue Ridge has everything you and your best gal pals need to have an amazing get together. Incredible wineries, fun outdoor activities & adventures, trendy shopping, delicious restaurants and so much more! Plan your girl’s trip with these great girlfriend friendly activities: 

Cover Photo Courtesy @sydneyyshort

No Whining, All Wine

Photo Courtesy of Forever Freckled Blog

The North Georgia Mountains are home to some of the very best wineries in the state! The mountains put the grapes high above sea level which greatly helps them to grow, and the cool mountain breezes and rich soil help the grapes to flourish as well. This mountainous region of Georgia was made for growing grapes that turn into high-quality wine. A fan favorite winery of our guests is Bear Claw Vineyards. At this local Blue Ridge winery, you can enjoy delicious wine all year long! In the warmer months you can enjoy live music outside every weekend and in the cooler months you can stay cozy by the fire with your favorite glass of wine. Pair your wine with some of their delicious wine truffles for a super fun day out. Wine and chocolate? What more could a girl want!? Another great winery to check out is Serenberry Vineyards. This Morganton based winery offers guided wine tastings, wine flights, and bottles to share with your girls. You can relax here surrounded by the beauty of Chattahoochee National Forest while you sip on your “Apple-lachian” wine made from local apples.  Or head to Cartecay Vineyards in Ellijay for more great wine and incredible mountain views.  See our North Georgia wine blog for more wineries to explore: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/8-north-georgia-wineries/ 

Shop Till You Drop

You and your best girls can shop till you drop in Downtown Blue Ridge! Find trendy clothes and accessories at stores like The Owls Nest and Blue Ridge Cotton Company. You can pick out some unique and beautiful jewelry here for a night on the town. For souvenirs Hucks General Store has a little bit of everything. Hats & t-shirts, old school candies, artisan goods, canned & pickled fruits and vegetables, nostalgic gifts, games, soaps, and more! Huck’s has exactly the old school mountain feel that you’re looking for when you come to the mountains for an escape.  At Gather and Mitzi’s on Main you can find rustic and stylish home décor to bring back with you. Use your décor finds to spruce up your home with a little Blue Ridge flair. And you can grab everything you need to prepare a delicious home cooked meal at the cabin from The Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company and The Pasta Market; who offer unique and delicious artisan goods ready to be used in your next meal. And don’t forget the wine; stock up at Out of the Blue for the very best of wines from around the world! 

Horseback Riding 

Photo Courtesy of Appalachian Trail Rides and @lostinthelowcountry

Us girls love our horses, right? Then take your girls on an adventure of a lifetime and explore North Georgia on horseback. Take a trail ride through the forest, past mountains and peaceful streams. Admire the beauty all around you as you chat with your gals and catch up.  Appalachian Trail Rides and Cowgirl Up Stables can help guide you on your adventure! With experienced guides and horses available to work with a rider of any level of experience; you and your girls are sure to have a great day on horseback! You’ll probably even make some new (four-legged) friends on your journey! 

An Outdoor Adventure 

Photo Courtesy of @jrayklein

Do you and your girls love the great outdoors? North Georgia has miles and miles of hiking trails just waiting to be explored! For scenic views we’d recommend climbing to the top of Springer Mountain, Brasstown Bald, or Fort Mountain. You’ll be amazed at the views that await you at the top! To discover beautiful mountain waterfalls, check out Amicalola Falls State Park or Long Branch Loop. Be sure to take a few photos in front of the falls with all your favorite hiking buddies! And if you want to discover something new on your hike explore the Benton McKaye Trail. Along the trail you’ll pass by the Toccoa River, more beautiful waterfalls and the famous Toccoa Swinging Bridge. This cool bridge is 270 feet long and stretches across the Toccoa River. It’s the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi, so you won’t want to miss the chance to venture across it! Discover more trails to explore here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/8-blue-ridge-hiking-trails/ 

Get a Tan and Cool Off

Photo Courtesy of @tiamsabrina

In the summertime you can head to Morganton Point on Lake Blue Ridge. Soak up the sun and get a tan while you lounge in the sand. Then cool off and take a dip in the lake. Splash in the water, dip your feet in, or even play a game of chicken with your girls! And just a skip, hop, and a jump away is the Lake Blue Ridge Marina where you can rent a pontoon boat, kayak, canoe or paddle board for a day of fun on the water.  After a day well spent on Lake Blue Ridge stay for dinner and drinks at the Boat Dock Bar & Grill. They offer great appetizers, delicious sandwiches, and awesome cocktails that will hit the spot after a busy day of lake fun!

Spa Day

Photo Courtesy of Nest on West

Treat yourself to a day of pampering with a spa day from Serenity in the Mountains Spa. Here you and your ladies can get mani/pedis, a massage with a style of your choosing, a facial, a body treatment, have a relaxing experience in the one-of-a-kind Himalayan Salt Cave, or enjoy all the above! Just don’t forget to pair your treatments with wine, a charcuterie board, and delicious chocolate covered strawberries.  You can even partake in the cosmetic services that are offered by Southern Surgical Arts Beauty Bar on weekdays. They offer laser and technology treatments, injectables, and fillers to keep you looking youthful and refreshed. You can enjoy peace, relaxation, and ultimate pampering at Serenity in the Mountains Spa!

Eat Downtown 

Photo Courtesy of The Dogwood

Who doesn’t love a delicious meal paired with a yummy cocktail, beer, or wine? Bring the girls for a night out on the town! Dress to impress at one of these fine dining restaurants in Downtown Blue Ridge and enjoy an incredible meal made with fresh and local ingredients. Some of our favorite fine dining spots are The Black Sheep, Chester Brunnemyer’s Bar & Grill, Whiskey & Water, Harvest on Main, or ROE. For a great ambiance and fun drinks, we’d recommend Hook & Eye, Bin 322, The Dogwood, Misty Mountain Hops, or The General Ledger. Then end your fun night out with the girls with a sweet treat from Mona Lisa’s Dessert House or The Sweet Shoppe. The best part is that all of these restaurants are conveniently located downtown so you can come back each night and try something new! 

Game On

Photo Courtesy of Axe Throwing Therapy

Enjoy some girl bonding time and play some games downtown! Blow off some steam and throw axes at Axe Throwing Therapy! They are unique because everything is done digitally so you can easily play a wide variety of interactive games & keep score. You can also enjoy mead and beer next door at Shezmu Cellars. Throw axes, drink, and have a ton of fun with your best girls! Become a pinball wizard at Vertigo Pinball! Play on a variety of new and classic machines with fun themes like Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and more. Plus they have craft brews and delicious comfort food like their adult grilled cheeses ready to be enjoyed while you play games all day long! And put your mini golf skills to the test at 2nd Story Entertainment. This 18-hole mini golf course weaves in and out of 8 individually themed rooms of a 112 year old hotel! How cool is that!? And they have giant games like connect 4 and checkers as well as arcade games! You can find all kinds of fun in one place at 2nd Story Entertainment! 

Cabin Fun

Photo Courtesy of @homewithsasa

You don’t even need to leave the cabin to have fun with the girls! Read a book in the hammock or take in the views from your porch. Enjoy a glass of wine from the hot tub and play pool & board games in the game room. Come together to make a delicious homecooked meal in your luxury kitchen and end the evening with a movie night in your cabin’s family room or media room. Want to really relax and wash your hands of all responsibilities? You can enjoy pampering right from the comfort of your own cabin by hiring a private chef who will prepare an incredible meal for you and your guests. Or hire Tea Tree’s Boutique Spa to bring the massages and treatments right to you. The newly opened, 34th Degree Wine Merchant will even bring wine tastings right to the cabin so you and your girls can try the best wines of the area without ever having to leave the cabin! You can even hire a local photographer to come on out take some group photos to commemorate your girl’s getaway mountain vacation together. Learn more about in-cabin pampering & services here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/in-cabin-pampering/   

And book your girls ultimate getaway today! 

September Events 2022



September is jam packed with great events! Enjoy tasty food at Blue Ridge’s Labor Day Barbeque, The Blues & BBQ Fest in mid-september, or Ellijay’s Bacon Fest at the end of the month. Enjoy live theater at Blue Ridge Community Theater or admire the works of local artists at The Blue Ridge Art Center. Learn something new at Paradise Hill’s Grape Stomp, or at Deep Roots Orchard’s Cider Days event, or in Blairsville for the Mountain Heritage Festival. And head to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee this month for sunsets & live music, a rodeo, a car show, and the very best of bluegrass, country and gospel music. As summer comes to close and cool fall temperature & changing leaves begin to slip in, so does all kinds of mountain fun! Enjoy the beautiful weather and get out to enjoy some of these great events happening in and around Blue Ridge!

Upcoming Events:

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing
September 1st – September 23rd  
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men

Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewery Thursdays to sing along to your favorite songs for karaoke night! And drop by select Fridays & Saturdays from 3pm – 6pm 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!

September 1st: Karaoke Thursday
September 4th: The Orange Walls
September 23rd: Travis Bowlin

U-Pick Apples
September 1st – September 30th 
Location: Deep Roots Orchard

Photo Courtesy of The Folk Collaborative

It’s apple season! Pick your own fresh apples right off the tree at Deep Roots Orchard. Picking is Wednesdays – Sundays from 10am – 5:30pm and there will be tractor rides as well!

Thursday Fun Runs at the Riverwalk
September 1st – September 29th
Location: Riverwalk Shops

Photo Courtesy of Riverwalk

Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 5:30pm! 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
September 1st – September 29th
Location: Horseshoe Bend Park

Photo Courtesy of Fannin Recreation

Every Thursday night at 6pm, 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!

The Glass Menagerie
September 1st – September 4th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Come see this classic Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie at Blue Ridge Community Theater! The story falls Tom who works in a shoe warehouse in St. Louis to best support his family who consist of his middle aged southern belle mother, Amanda, and his insecure older sister Laura who also struggles with a limp.  Come see the show Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm or Sunday at 2pm. The show runs September 1st – September 4th, call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Acoustic Sunsets at Hamilton Gardens
September 1st – September 29th
Location: Hamilton Gardens

Photo Courtesy of Hamilton Gardens

Head to the beautiful Hamilton Gardens in Hiawassee GA Thursday nights this month for their Acoustic Sunsets Concert Series. The event takes place every Thursday night now through September 29th from 6pm – 9pm and will include craft vendors, food trucks, and live music. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets and come on out for an evening of fun!

September 1st: The Murphs
September 8th: Trailer Hippies
September 22nd: A. Lee Edwards
September 29th: Claire Kelly

Live Music at Tooney’s
September 1st – September 16th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s

Come on out for live music at Tooney’s HUGE music venue select Friday and Saturday nights and enjoy the best live music McCaysville has to offer! Check their website often for live music updates. And every Thursday night get ready to take to the stage with open mic night!

September 1st: Karaoke & Open Mic Night
September 2nd: The Georgia Thunderbolts with Jess Goggans
September 3rd: Zach Dylan
September 16th: The Kentucky Headhunters w/ One For the Road

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
September 2nd – September 30th
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 for great food and great live music from local artists!

September 2nd: Paul Constantine
September 3rd: The Stephen Busie Band
September 9th: Steve Baskin
September 10th: The Orange Walls Duo
September 16th: Jennifer Lynn Simpson
September 17th: Travis Bowlin
September 23rd: Rose Brown
September 24th: Steve Push
September 30th: Jeff Rogers

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
September 2nd – September 30th
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Bear Claw Vineyards

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!

Open Mic Nights at Fannin Brewing Company
September 2nd – September 30th
Location: Fannin Brewing Company

Photo Courtesy of Fannin Brewing

Calling best local talent in North Georgia! Fannin Brewing Company in Downtown Blue Ridge is now hosting weekly open mic nights every Friday evening from 3pm – 6pm. Join their house band and simply plug in and sing away! Each artist gets 30 minutes. Sign up when you arrive and then get ready to sing!

Live Music at Paradise Hills
September 2nd – September 30th
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 Fridays 4pm – 8pm & Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm.

September 2ndRyan Little Eagle
September 4thTrailer Hippies
September 10th: Chris Carpenter
September 16thStephan Busie Band
September 17thTom Edwards
September 23rd: Hill Roberts
September 24th: Dr. Paul
September 30th: Zach Alexander

Live Music at The Dogwood
September 2nd – September 30th
Location: The Dogwood

Photo Courtesy of The Dogwood

Relax on the beautiful patio, under 100-year-old trees at The Dogwood in Downtown Blue Ridge! With delicious cocktails, an amazing limited menu, and live music from local artists on Fridays & Saturdays starting at 5pm, you’ll love your time at The Dogwood!

September 2nd: Roscoe’s Roadshow
September 9th: Travis Bowlin
September 16th: Surrender Hill
September 23rd: Matty Croxton
September 24th: Daisy Chain
September 30th: Robbie Litt

Labor Day Barbecue
September 3rd – September 5th 
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge City Park

Photo Courteay of the Good Samaritans

This great event runs all of Labor Day weekend! Saturday drop by for Pic-Nic-Nac yard sale and classic car show. Sunday there will be a community worship service followed by an ice cream social. And the big event is Labor Day itself! Enjoy great barbecue and the sounds of bluegrass and gospel music. Don’t miss year 41 of this awesome bbq filled weekend!

Grape Stomp Festival
September 3rd
Location: Paradise Hills

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Come on out to Paradise Hills in Blairsville for their 9th annual Grape Stomp Festival! Your $25 ticket includes admission and a souvenir wine glass. There will also be great live music, delicious bbq, food trucks, craft vendors, a Lucy look-alike contest, and grape stomping at 2pm & 4pm! This stomping fun event will happen September 3rd from 11am – 5pm.

Downtown Market Blue Ridge
September 3rd – September 24th
Location: 400 West Main Street

Photo Courtesy of the Downtown Blue Ridge Market

Enjoy this wonderful market every Saturday from 9am – 1pm 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!

Hiawassee Pro Rodeo
September 3rd – September 4th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Celebrate the long weekend by watching bucking broncos & bulls at the annual Hiawassee Pro Rodeo! See some of the world’s best contestants from the U.S. and Canada as well as some amazing specialty acts! The whole family will love it! Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children (6 – 12) and children 5 & under are free!

The Art of Bill and Todd Suttles
September 3rd – September 30th
Location: The Blue Ridge Art Center

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Come admire the works of this dynamic father/son duo Bill and Todd Suttles at Blue Ridge’s Art Center. Their works will be on display from September 3rd – October 9th. And September 3rd you can meet the artists at the opening reception from 5pm -7 pm.

Mountain Heritage Festival
September 3rd – September 4th
Location: Blairsville Town Square

Photo Courtesy of the Union County Historical Society

Make your way over to Blairsville, GA for Labor Day weekend to celebrate the history and mountain culture of Blairsville and Union County. There will be crafts, music, living history activities, demonstrations on quilting, spinning, basket making, chair caning, farm animals, and gold panning, along with activities for children. The activities will be centered round the restored 1861 Payne family log cabin, the Mauney family barn, the Duncan family cabin, and other structures from Union County’s past. Admission is free!

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards
September 3rd – September 25th
Location: Cartecay Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains! Enjoy live music select 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!

September 3rd: Gregg Erwin
September 4th: Travis Bowlin
September 5th: Connor Priest
September 10th: Hush Money
September 11th: Adrian Stover
September 17th Crush Festival -11am – 7pm
September 18th: Crush Festival– 12:30pm – 6pm
September 24th: Brett Cantrell
September 25th: Harold Crowder

Harvest Hoopla
September 4th
Location: Serenberry Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Serenberry Vineyards

Enjoy a fun day at the winery with Serenberry Vineyards Harvest Hoopla! Learn more about the winemaking process with a vineyard chat at 1:30pm and 3:30pm hosted by the winemaker. Each chat will be about 30 minutes. And from 2pm – 5pm singer/songwriter Amy Andrews will be performing! Grab a glass of wine and enjoy a beautiful day at the vineyard!

Live Music at ROE.
September 6th – 28th
Location: ROE. Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of ROE.

Come out to Blue Ridge’s newest restaurant ROE. Tuesday & Wednesday nights from 6pm – 9pm for live music from Trevor Ciongoli. Catch him performing in the captains quarters bar every Tuesday & Wednesday while you dine on delicious fresh seafood!

Art Classes and Workshops
September 7th – September 25th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association offers classes year-round for artists looking to expand their skill set. On September 7th & 8th take part in a Plein Air and Personal Expression Class with Brenda Pinnick from 9:30am – 4pm. There will also be a Watercolor Painting Class focusing on Fall Landscapes from September 23rd – 25th from 10:30am – 4:30pm. And check out more upcoming art classes at https://www.blueridgearts.net/adult-classes.html

Plein Air International Paint Out
September 8th – September 11th
Location: The Blue Ridge Art Center

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Artists from around the country will come to Blue Ridge for this 4-day plein air painting experience! Enjoy painting and becoming one with nature, participate in master workshops, enjoy a quick draw event and silent action, and network with other painters. Prizes totaling $1000 will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Live Music at Lake Blue Ridge Marina
September 9th – September 30th
Location: Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina

Photo Courtesy of Lake Blue Ridge Marina

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 on select Fridays. You’ll feel relaxed and renewed in no time!

September 9th: David Welch
September 16th: Danny Rhea
September 30th: Travis Bowlin

The First Annual Blue Ridge Chalk Festival
September 9th – September 10th
Location: Blue Ridge Farmer’s Market

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Chalk Festival

Join us for a weekend of art and fun at The First Annual Blue Ridge Chalk Festival! This special event will feature chalk artists from The Georgia Chalk Artists Guild as well as other world class artists. The fun starts Friday night with a private meet & greet gala at 5pm along with live music from Breaking Point, a catered meal, beer & wine, and the chance to speak with the chalk artists about their work. And Saturday is a full day filled with artists creating their beautiful works of art live and in person, food, drinks, live music, a children’s art area, and the chance put your own mark on a Blue Ridge mural. The fun goes on all day from 11am – 9pm! Admission is $5 a person.

Live Music at Hook & Eye
September 10th
Location: Hook & Eye Rooftop Bar

Photo Courtesy of the Hook & Eye

Take in downtown Blue Ridge from the roof of the Hook & Eye! This restaurant features excellent cuisine, a full bar, great views, an inviting atmosphere inside, and balcony seating on the outside!

September 10th: Trevor Ciongoli

Plein Air Exhibit
September 13th – September 30th
Location: The Blue Ridge Art Center

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

After the 2022 Plein Air International Paint Out you can come out to the Art Center to admire the artists beautiful creations. The works will be on display and available for purchase from September 13th – October 9th. You can also expect to see them at the upcoming Fall Arts in the Park festival.

Dailey and Vincent’s American Made Music Festival
September 15th – September 17th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Get ready for Dailey & Vincent’s American Made Music Festival – A 3-day music festival bringing together the very best in American music; from Country to Bluegrass, to Gospel music! They’ve got a great line-up of talented artists ready to put on an incredible show for you! Single day pass is $56 & 3-day pass is $165.

Savannah Sipping Society
September 15th – September 30th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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Come enjoy some local theater with Blue Ridge Community Theater’s production of Savannah Sipping Society. This comedy follows 4 unique southern women looking to escape their daily routine. Over 6 months of hilarious misadventures these spunky middle aged women come together and find a way to get their life back on track. Come see what mayhem they cause Thursdays – Sundays September 15th – October 2nd.  Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm or Sundays at 2pm. Call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Blues Train
September 16th
Location: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

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Kick off Blues Weekend with a ride on the “Blues Train”! Take a scenic ride through Blue Ridge with beer, wine and appetizers. Then when you return to Blue Ridge enjoy live music, dancing, and a picnic style dinner.

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
September 16th – September 26th
Location: Cherry Log, GA

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Explore the beauty of North Georgia on a guided hiking tour with the Benton McKaye Trail Association. They offer 2 – 4 hikes a month varying in difficulty from easy, leisurely hikes to moderately difficult hikes.

September 16th: BMT in Tennessee between Ducktown and Coker Creek
September 26th: BMT from Highway 60 to the Suspension Bridge and back

Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival
September 17th
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge

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Downtown Blue Ridge is your backdrop for a wonderful event! Your ears will be filed with the sounds of incredible Blues Music and your stomach filled with delicious BBQ! Bring your friends and family for a great time! And don’t miss the welcome party Thursday night at Angry Hops Brewing or the Blues Train Friday night! The fun continues all weekend! Admission is $10 a person and children 12 & under are free!

Cider Days
September 17th
Location: The Folk Apothic at Deep Roots Orchard

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Enjoy the start of fall in the mountains at Cider Days at Deep Roots Orchard! You’ll take a tour of the orchard, learn about the harvesting process, and press your own cider that you can bring home with you! Reserve your spot now for $30 because spots will fill up quickly for this fun family friendly event!

Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins
September 23rd
Location: Dairy Queen / DQ Grill & Chill, Blue Ridge

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Admire a selection of classic cars at this free event happening on the 4th Friday of every month now thru September at 6pm! Bring your own classic car to register and get $4 off Dairy Queen certificate.

49th Annual Fall Regional Shelby/Mustang and Ford Show
September 23rd – September 24th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Calling all car lovers! Hiawassee is the place to be for Mustang cars and beautiful fall scenery. Register your own car or just drop by to admire the others. Come on by!

Discovery Days
September 24th
Location: Project Chimps

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Get the chance to go behind the scenes at Project Chimps! You’ll take a 60 – 90 minute guided tour of the chimp sanctuary where you’ll like spot some of the chimps! There will also be food vendors onsite and a space to enjoy a picnic lunch by the lovely koi pond. Come on out and learn more about these fascinating creatures!

Appalachian Trail Day 2022
September 24th
Location: Brasstown Bald Summit Trail

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This fun family friendly event educates visitors on all they need to know about the Appalachian Trail. There will be scavenger hunts, a video series, vendors, and educational talks and demonstrations. Come on out and explore the Brasstown Bald Summit Trail for a day of learning and hiking.

Artist in Residence Scott Davis
September 24th – September 30th
Location: The Blue Ridge Art Center

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Come out to admire Scott Davis’s beautiful and unique photographs. His work will be on display with September 24th – December 17th.

Ellijay Bacon Fest
September 25th
Location: Gilmer County River Park

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Who doesn’t love bacon!? Now’s your chance to celebrate delicious bacon Ellijay’s First Ever Bacon Fest! There will be live music, arts & crafts, games, and plenty of amazing bacon dishes from local restaurants. Come on out from 10am – 5pm to Gilmer County River Park for all the bacon you can eat!

Blue Ridge Mountains Parade of Homes
September 30th
Location: Blue Ridge & surrounding Fannin County area

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See some of the most spectacular homes in North Georgia showcased at this great event! Ticket purchases benefit the area’s local youth through the Parade of Homes Scholarship Foundation. Check out these incredible homes and get an idea for your dream mountain home September 30th thru October 2nd from 10am – 5pm.

Downtown Drinks: 20 Hot Spots You Have to Check Out



Downtown Blue Ridge is the place to go for a bite to eat or a night out with friends! If you’re looking for a great spot to share a drink or two over delicious food, then we’ve got you covered! Check out these 20 spots downtown for an amazing cocktail, glass of wine, or local brew:
*Cover photo courtesy of the Black Sheep

Cocktails

Hook & Eye

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What better place to enjoy a cocktail than at Hook & Eye, where you’ll have a great view of downtown Blue Ridge! Located on the top of Hampton Inn, you can enjoy a refreshing cocktail paired with tasty appetizers or a wagyu burger. We love the Mountain Mama or Dragon’s Lair cocktail for a fruity drink and Sasquatch Summer Smash for a refreshing drink to cool you off on a hot summer’s day. And you can’t go wrong with an Ocoee Fashion, Hook & Eye’s version of the classic old fashioned made with bourbon distilled locally in Blairsville, GA. Hook & Eye is the only rooftop bar in town and truly is a one-of-a-kind experience!

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. Come on out to The Dogwood for a great night!

Misty Mountain Hops

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Music lovers, Misty Mountain Hops is the place for you! This music centric restaurant and bar will provide you with a great atmosphere for a night on the town! Their belief is that “through music and food that they can provide an establishment for people of all backgrounds, generations, and beliefs to come together and enjoy an enthusiastic experience of the community.” Live music is every Friday and Saturday evening from 6pm-9pm. While you rock out to some great music from local artists enjoy some of Misty Mountain Hops weekly specialty cocktails like their Hawaiian Rum Punch and Watermelon Margarita. They also have a great selection of beer and wine as well. Enjoy delicious bar fare and incredible desserts each week from The Little Bakery. The music will bring you in and the drinks and eats will keep you groovin’!

The General Ledger

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 The General Ledger is one of the newest spots in town and is ready to serve the community!  This contemporary American restaurant has everything you need; from Shrimp and Grits to the Classic Reuben, and so much more you’ll have plenty of options here. Not to mention their incredible drink selections! The Spice of Life Bloody Mary for brunch, a craft brew for lunch, and a Mango Habanrro Margarita for dinner.  Come on out and enjoy a delicious drink!

Fightingtown Tavern

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Fightingtown Tavern offers a new twist on your favorite comfort foods and has all the drinks you need to have a great night! They’re extensive drink selection has it all; local Georgia beers, a selection of whiskey/bourbon/tequila, amazing cocktails, and a full bar. You’ll love pairing your local brew with “The Black and Blue Ridge”, your Georgia made meal. Not only are the food and drinks amazing but Fightingtown Tavern has an incredible atmosphere for your night out with friends; 70’s rock is played at all times, lots of TVs to watch the big game on, darts, shuffleboard, and a pet-friendly patio. What better way to spend a Friday night?

Black Bear Bier Garten

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Drop your husbands off at “husband daycare” at Black Bear Bier Garten in Blue Ridge! Feel transported to Germany for the day with 9 varieties of wild game sausages, giant pretzels, and over 19 craft brews to choose from!  They even offer wine, cocktails, and special German brews. This place has it all, including live music on the weekends! Drop by for a little bit of American fare, a little bit of German fare, and a whole lot of fun!

Whiskey & Water

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If you’re looking the perfect whiskey drink paired with a delicious seafood feast, then Whiskey & Water is the place for you! Everything here is fresh and high quality brought from the best of Americas Coasts to the North Georgia Mountains. And a place with whiskey in the name has to have some of the best drinks in town, right? Whiskey & Water offers a wide selection of bourbons and whiskeys from around the world as well as original cocktails and a great wine selection. The kitchen closes at 9pm on Fridays & Saturdays but the whiskey bar stays open till 11pm! This is a great spot for high quality drinks and a fun, late night!

Shezmu Cellars

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Have you ever tried a sweet glass of mead? Shezmu Cellars Blue Ridge location offers delicious mead options and craft brews. We love their fruity blackberry and banana meads and you can never go wrong with a Georgia Peach Beer while you’re in the peach state! Shezmu Cellars also shares a building with Axe Throwing Therapy so you can pretend to be a Viking for the day while you drink mead and throw some axes!

The Blue Coyote

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The Blue Coyote is an awesome sports bar perfect to spend your Saturday night watching the big game! They have all the traditional bar favorites you know and love; beers, burgers, wings, and more. You can pair your wings with an ice-cold beer or delicious mixed drink and enjoy the game; Go Dogs! And there’s always something going on at The Blue Coyote; from live music to trivia nights, and sports on every TV you’ll never be bored here!

Mona Lisa’s Dessert House

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Do you have a sweet tooth? Mona Lisa’s Dessert House is where you can find the very best of dessert cocktails! They have drinks for every season; a Caramel Apple Martini in the fall, a Lemon Meringue Martini in the spring, a Blueberry Lemon-drop martini in the summer, and a Mint Chocolate Hot Chocolate for the winter! We love their fun drinks that change every season as well as their incredible desserts! Cakes, pies, cheesecakes, trifles, and so much more! It’s always a “sweet” day at Mona Lisa’s Dessert House!  

Wine

Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar

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At Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar you can enjoy the very best wines from around the world in a unique way!    You’ll insert your special wine card into their wine dispensers and your glass will fill with a delicious wine. They have 16 reds and 8 whites on tap that allow their guests to sample wines they may not have the opportunity to try in other locations.  Not only do you have a wide variety of wines available right at your fingertips but the food here is to die for! Tapas, charcuterie boards, sandwiches and more; they base your food and drink pairings off of their experience with culinary delights and wine tasting all over North America and Europe, so they know exactly what they’re doing!  Join them for live music on the weekends, Jazz Brunch on Sundays, SINGO- music trivia on Mondays, and special events throughout the year. Bin 322 is a wonderful place to spend time with friends in a relaxed setting enjoying delicious food paired with the perfect wine.

The Pasta Market

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Not only can you stock up on all kinds of goodies at The Pasta Market like pastas, sauces, cooking supplies, and so much more! BUT they now have their own café with a selection of great wines to pair with your delicious snacks! Enjoy a gourmet charcuterie board or flatbread and pair it with a tasting flight, a glass of wine, or a bottle. Flavors from all over the world await you at The Pasta Market!

Cartecay Wine & Craft Blue Ridge

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We love visiting Cartecay Vineyards in Ellijay, and Downtown Blue Ridge is home to their sister store – Cartecay Wine & Craft. At this charming wine bar you can enjoy a tasting of Cartecay Vineyard wines, other local Georgia wines, and a few local craft brews. You can also enjoy live music and open mic nights here and shop for unique wine gifts. Get all the taste of Georgia in one place at Cartecay Wine & Craft.

Georgia Wine Depot

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At Georgia Wine Depot you can enjoy a sample of Paradise Hills award winning wines. Once you taste these delicious wines, you’ll see why they’ve won so many awards; we love the silver & gold medal winning Cabernet Sauvignon they call Eclipse as well as their gold medal dry red Jacked Up Red. All of Paradise Hills wines are made locally from the first American Viticulture Area in the state of Georgia, and all have a European flair to them. They have everything from dry wines and sweet wines to sparkling wines and so much more! Enjoy the very best wines that Paradise Hills offers right from Downtown Blue Ridge at the Georgia Wine Depot.

The Vine Wine Bar and Eatery

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Another great wine bar downtown is The Vine Wine Bar and Eatery. At Blue Ridge’s Original Wine Bar, you can enjoy wines from all over the world through tastings, flights, or by the glass while you have a bite to eat. Pair your wine with a charcuterie board, flatbread, or sandwich. You can even enjoy a cheese and wine flight; (wine and cheese, how can you go wrong!?) The Vine Wine Bar and Eatery hosts live music and special wine events throughout the year. Drop by, have some wine, and see what’s going on!

Beer

Grumpy Old Men Brewing

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Blue Ridge is home to some of the best breweries in North Georgia! One of our favorites and most beloved by guests from near and far is Grumpy Old Men Brewing. We love their delicious craft brews like their Aska Pale Ale and A Boy Named Pseudo Lager. Here you can enjoy live music and food trucks on the weekends, fun games like giant Jenga outside, and a great outdoor area where you can bring along your favorite pup!

Fannin Brewing Company

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The owner of Fannin Brewing Company started with a dream to create a winery in Blue Ridge and then fell more in love with beer thanks to many a trip to Germany; and thus, Fannin Brewing Company was made! Today Fannin Brewing offers 10 delicious and refreshing brews on tap.  And everything is created locally here, from the ingredients in the brews, to the beer names, and most importantly their continued support of the local community and its businesses. Drop by for a refreshing brew inside or in the shaded Bier Garten, pups are welcome!

Angry Hops Brewing

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No need to be angry when you’re at Angry Hops Brewing! This brewery was started by 2 guys who share a love for craft beer. They specialize in classic, traditional brews but they also have IPAs, stouts, and more! Spot their green building downtown with a giant “angry hop” on the side. They are always rotating their brews and adding new ones on tap; so, there’s always something new and exciting to enjoy at Angry Hops Brewing!

Vertigo Pinball

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Beer, games, and grown-up grilled cheeses? Sign us up! That’s what you’ll find at Blue Ridge’s coolest hang out spot Vertigo Pinball! Play some awesome themed pinball games like the olden days and enjoy a beer or two all while you watch your favorite sports games on the TV. No coins, tokens, or bills are needed here; just buy a wristband and play till your heart’s content! They also offer a selection of hard ciders and wine as well. Check out Vertigo Pinball for your next night out!

Coming Soon: Tipping Point Brewing Company

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Coming soon to Blue Ridge is Downtown’s newest brewery Tipping Point Brewing Company which will be located on the 2nd floor of Trackside Station across from Blue Ridge City Park. These great new brewery will have an awesome selection of craft brews available to the community and visitors alike starting in Fall 2022. Who else is excited for this new hang out spot downtown!?

Restaurants for a Drink with Dinner

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If you want to enjoy a delicious dinner paired with a refreshing cocktail or craft brew, we’ve got you covered! The Black Sheep, offers a variety of beer, wine, and cocktail options that will pair perfectly with your “Pan Seared Airline Chicken” or the “Black Sheep Meatloaf”. And on weekends for brunch they offer an incredible Bloody Mary! At Harvest on Main, you can enjoy a delicious meal made with fresh, local ingredients and wash it all down with a local craft brew, a glass of wine from their extensive wine list, or a cocktail. At Blue Ridge’s newest restaurant ROE. you can feast on oysters and fresh seafood all night long and have an unrivaled casual fine dining seafood experience! With dozens of wines to choose from and a great lineup of hand-crafted cocktails you can’t go wrong at ROE.  And of course, we can’t forget Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar and Grill who have their very own Escape to Blue Ridge cocktail made from Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, macerated blueberries, and lemonade. Yum! They also offer other awesome signature cocktails, a great lineup of wine, and local craft brews. Enjoy some of Chester’s famous wings and wash it all down with the “Escape to Blue Ridge” cocktail!

From Ages Four to Eighty: Multi-Generational Vacations



That morning the text message from my niece had an attached picture of Luke, my 4 year old great nephew, rolling his Spider man suitcase through the airport terminal. His eyes, just peeping over his Covid mask, were dancing with anticipation. He and his parents were flying from Denver to Atlanta where they were going to meet his grandparents who were flying in from Austin Texas. His Aunt was also going to meet them in Atlanta after her late morning flight from New York City. We were all meeting to share a week of adventure in the giant playground known as the North Georgia Mountains.

Multi-generational holidays have significantly changed since John Denver chorused about vacationing at his grandparents as a child. He sang of everyone sitting around the fire, old folks spitting chew, Pa would talk about the farm and the war and grandma would sing a ballad or two. Fast forward to the second decade of the 21st Century and Great grandpa is zip lining, Grandma is riding the rapids down the Ocoee River and Great Aunt Ally is exploring the coves of a mountain lake with her nephew, on jet skis. 

That’s not to say that there aren’t challenges to bringing three or four generations together for a week of adventure. Sharing life under one roof (or maybe adjoining cabins), includes a diversity in the norm when it comes to meals, bedtimes, acceptable volume decibels and energy levels.  Some mild strategic planning before you all gather together could make for a vacation experience that all will hold as a precious memory for a lifetime.

*Cover photo: Holt family @ Eagles Rising courtesy of Patricia Holt

Getting to Know You

This could be the most important goal of your time together. My sister and I did the planning of this trip. Our goal was this – if at the end of the trip, everyone can say they got to know each person just a little better, that they had special one on one time with each person that week, then the trip will have been a success. With that in mind, a week or so before our family gathered, we sent a list of all who were attending. Each person was instructed to bring with them a stack of 3×3 pieces of paper, each written with something they would like to do with every person on the list, sometime during the week. Yes, even the four year old participated, though his parents helped with the task. 

When we arrived at the cabin we set up paper lunch bags tagged with an attendee’s name on each bag on the kitchen counter. Then we filled each person’s bags with the slip of paper that notes what we’d like to do with them during this week. Each evening, before we retired to bed, we picked from our own bag to see what we would do with and with whom, the next day. 

As an example, I requested an early morning shared coffee conversation with just my sister, where we discussed her plans for her upcoming retirement. I challenged my brother-in-law to a best “two out of three games” of horse shoes. I asked my niece, who just graduated with her doctorate, to tell me more about her dissertation. I bade my nephew into making his famous cinnamon breakfast biscuits with me and I asked little Luke to take a nature hike with me down to the creek so we would try to gather a toad a crawfish or maybe a butterfly.  At the end of the week, I had these special times with each of them, and also, we did what they wanted to do with me. My sister requested that just the two of us watch old 8mm family movies that she had converted onto DVD, so we could reminisce about our childhoods. 

My brother-in-law asked me to teach him how to “win” at Texas Hold-em. My niece, who shares my love of literature and theater, wanted to talk to me about my absolute favorite reads, movies and theatrical performances I had seen in my lifetime. My nephew also chose to spend time with me in the kitchen – where he wanted me to demonstrate how to make my eggplant caponata he has always enjoyed devouring. Little Luke asked that I tell him all the funny jokes I could tell him, and he also requested I read him a story, but I had to act out all the characters.  I am the zany aunt, if you haven’t already guessed. 

Make Dinner a Special Occasion Each Evening

We had decided before we met that we would eat all our dinner meals at the cabin as opposed to going out to restaurants. A few nights we cooked together, and a few nights we had take-out and our favorite night was when we put hot dogs on the end of sticks and roasted them over the fire pit, served with lots of cold, sweet juicy watermelon, and of course, s’mores to follow. Staying at the cabin in the evenings gave us all a chance to relax, unwind, indulge in a few beers or a bottle of wine and get Luke to bed at a reasonable hour so he’d be ready for the exploits of the next day. 

Evening Fun 

After Luke was asleep, we set up the game table. This was probably part of the week’s plan that my sister and I had contrived that was not high on the list of all the rest of the family. Not everyone enjoys games. But we chose easy, fun and interactive games, like “Catch Phrase” and “Mexican Train”. The issue everyone had with this idea ended up being that we stayed up too late every night, because we were having so much fun. 

Choosing Daytime Activities

Dinner time and game night helped us all to spend time together on this family gathering. And I’ve already reviewed how we made sure to spend some meaningful one-on one time with each person on the trip. Now this gave us the freedom to plan daytime activities where we didn’t have to be all together. Each person has their physical limitations as well as their interests to take into consideration. One person may want to sit on the porch most afternoons and just read a book while listening to the bird’s sing, while two others want to hike as many waterfalls as they can possibly fit into 7 days. Luke’s grandparents took him off to mine for gems and to a trout farm to fish, giving his parents time to indulge in a married couple’s spa day one afternoon. On another day they jet skied with yours truly. One rainy day a couple of us took Luke to the movies and out for ice cream. One sunny afternoon, most of us went out on Lake Blue Ridge on a rented Pontoon boat. Some of us stayed on the boat indulging in our snacks and spirits while others dove off and swam, enjoying the waters while the pontoon was anchored just offshore. Giving everyone the freedom to choose what they wanted to do with their daytime hours ended up being another wise part of our planning. 

When the Adventure Ends

This was our family’s inaugural “multi-generational” vacation. My sister and I had hoped that our plans we had set forth for the week would find favor with everyone. And even though we are family, we also wanted to be sure we all appreciated one another at the end of a week of sharing each other’s space. 

We decided that it was best to take everyone’s temperature before we departed ways, so after our last dinner together, and before we played our game that evening, we asked everyone to write down answers to just three questions. 1. What did you like best about the week as planned? 2. What of our plans do you feel you didn’t need to do again?  3. Would you like to have another family vacation like this in the next year or two?

It turns out that Game Night, eating dinner every night at the cabin, and the little slips that were written before hand and then chosen each day out of the lunch bag were the highlights for everyone. Question number two had some interesting opposing responses. Those who tended to not go out on adventures during the day as much felt that they would be more likely to do more activities next time. Those who chose to be out and active everyday said they wished they had spent more time just relaxing with those back at the cabin. 

As for question #3…… well, it seems that not only are we getting together for a week next year, but they all agree that they want to come back to the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Oversized Reunions



Want to reunite with your loved ones in some place beautiful? Blue Ridge, Georgia is just the place for you! At Escape to Blue Ridge we have cabins big enough to host all your guests, wonderful amenities, and everything you need to have an incredible get together with the ones you love most. Our cabins are the perfect place to have a family reunion, a friends getaway, a class reunion, or even a church or couples retreat. Whatever you’re celebrating we’ve got you covered! Learn all about our biggest and most luxurious cabins here:

Blue Creek Lodge 

𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗲 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝗟𝗼𝗱𝗴𝗲 was meant for entertaining!  Not only does this luxurious cabin include the very best amenities but there’s also plenty of space for up to 12 guests to spread out with 4 bedrooms, a 2 acre lot, and plenty of seating both indoors & outside! The property is surrounded by the majestic Chattahoochee National Forest, a creek running through the yard, and wide-open mountain views. And inside you’ll fall in love with the beautiful, handcrafted details found around the cabin. There’s many prime locations here to spend time with your loved ones; spread out on the cloth sectional in the living room, share stories over a meal at the dinner table, or unwind in nature on the screened in porch.

One of our favorite parts of this cabin is its incredible game room! 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗲 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝗟𝗼𝗱𝗴𝗲 has the game room of your dreams with air hockey, two classic video arcade game consoles, family board games, a wet bar, and a 65” Smart TV for playing video games or for movie nights. The whole family will love challenging you to a game or two here! With great amenities and wonderful places to spend time with friends and family you’ll make amazing memories here at Blue Creek Lodge

Serenity Lodge and Stable

Horses and their favorite humans alike are welcome at Serenity Lodge and Stable! There’s a stable right across from this charming cabin with plenty of room for your trusty steed! The cabin itself can hold up to 12 guests so everyone, (horses included), will have a chance to experience all that Blue Ridge has to offer! Ride your horse through the pastures or explore some of the nearby trails on horseback. Then after a full day of adventure head back to the cabin for a dip in the hot tub and for dinner on the main deck, where you can watch your horses munch on their dinner in the pasture while the sun sets.

Serenity Lodge and Stable brings you close to nature while also allowing you to enjoy all the modern amenities indoors and out. When you come inside for the night sink into the comfy leather sofas in the family room or gather in the game room for a round of ping pong. Serenity Lodge and Stable is the perfect getaway for a horseback riding retreat! Six bedrooms to spread out in for the humans and 4 stalls and 2 pastures for the horses to enjoy. Plenty of space for everyone!

Legend 

This cabin is the stuff of legends! The luxurious 𝐋𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐝 cabin can hold up to 13 guests so it’s perfect for family reunions. The cabin has everything you need for a week of fun; a stocked trout stream behind the cabin, a game room with fun games like pinball and billiards, a large yard perfect for a game of touch football, and even a movie room where you can watch all your favorite films! Not to mention the incredible mountain views visible from the back deck! And when you’re ready to unwind for the night enjoy a cocktail at the wet bar in the game room or bring your drink outside as you cozy by the outdoor fireplace or soak in the hot tub. Then head to bed for a full night’s rest in one of the 6 bedrooms. You and all your guests will have a “legendary” experience at 𝐋𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐝 cabin!



Lonesome Dove

You won’t feel lonesome for long at Lonesome Dove with room for up to 13 guests and 2 dogs! Enjoy relaxing on the extensive deck with its stunning long range mountain views. Explore the lovely garden with a beautiful waterfall and the expansive lawn perfect for family fun. Prepare a delicious homecooked meal in the beautiful and unique kitchen, that has real life fossils incorporated into the countertops. Or host a movie night in open living area, cozy by the stone fireplace. No one will feel crowded here; while some of your guests are out exploring the nearby wineries and breweries, others will be comfortably relaxing on the screened in porch. You have 5.5 magnificent acres to spread out in plus fun adventures and activities close by. The downstairs of Lonesome Dove even includes a private apartment with its own bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. You’ll have plenty of space to yourself when you need it and also plenty of entertainment areas where you want to come together and have some fun!

The Haven on Toccoa

Listen to the peaceful sounds of the Toccoa River while taking in the breathtaking 360° long-range Blue Ridge Mountain views! AND have plenty of room for up to 14 guests and bring along your favorite pup for all the fun! If this sounds like everything, you’re looking for than The Haven on Toccoa is your dream getaway. This cabin may seem quaint and cozy but there’s plenty of space to spread out here with over 2 wooded acres right on the Toccoa River and 4 bedrooms.

Most of your time will be spent outside taking in nature at this picture postcard showplace of a cabin. Trout fish in the Toccoa, play frisbee with the dog on the expansive lawn or a game of touch football with the whole family, roast marshmallows at one of the 2 firepits, and watch the active wildlife from the back deck. You can enjoy the best of the outdoors right from the cabin but if you want to venture out further, you’re close to all the outdoor adventures available to you in the Aska Adventure Area and only a 20-minute scenic drive to the shops and restaurants of Downtown Blue Ridge. After a day full of adventure head inside to cook dinner in the state-of-the-art kitchen or play board games cozy by the gas fireplace in the great room while listening to your favorite songs on the Bluetooth speaker. The Haven on Toccoa truly is an outdoor lovers dream!

Just Like Heaven

As soon as you step foot on the driveway, you’ll see how 𝗝𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗟𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗻 got its name. With stunning mountain views and a professionally decorated interior; you’ll be blown away by all the beauty around you. And everyone can enjoy the beauty of this gorgeous mountain retreat with room for up to 16 guests.  It’s the perfect place for a special reunion, a birthday weekend with your crew, or a vacation with your entire family.

Inside you’ll find a welcoming living area, a large and stunning kitchen,  6 beautifully decorated bedrooms, a media room filled with games, a huge 85” flat screen TV, and a karaoke machine. And outside the fun continues with a charcoal grill perfect for making dinners al fresco, cornhole and basketball, a hot tub, and a wood burning fireplace to keep you warm and cozy on the deck. And when you’re ready to leave the cabin and explore; enjoy being close to all kinds of activities that the whole family will love like hiking, horseback riding, boating, and more! Heaven awaits you and all your guests at 𝗝𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗟𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗻

Eagles Landing

Eagles Landing is a large and luxurious cabin situated right on beautiful Lake Blue Ridge! The cabin has plenty of space for up to 19 guests which makes it the perfect escape for large families, reunions, couples retreats or getaways with all of your friends. This spectacular showplace home has incomparable views of the surrounding mountains and lake, so you’ll get the best of both worlds here!

If you and your guests love to be outdoors than Eagles Landing truly is the getaway for you! Bring your boats along because this cabin comes with a two-story boat dock that has two ramps for watercrafts, as well accommodations for a motorboat. Spend your days splashing in the water or relaxing in one of the many seats on the dock where you can unwind and watch the sunset. You may even spot a bald eagle flying by while you enjoy the great outdoors. And inside you can spread out on any of the four floors, filled with seven bedrooms, a game room, a fully equipped kitchen, and the signature living room that has a stone gas fireplace that stretches up 18 feet. Outdoor fun awaits you at Eagles Landing

Spyglass 

Spyglass offers complete and beautiful luxury in one stunning home. With space for up to 21 guests, Spyglass is the largest of our cabins: it’s perfect for a large family reunion or church retreat. You’ll feel like you’re staying at your own private resort at this $5 Million custom lodge with amenities as luxurious as they come!

Here, you have 8,000 square feet to explore complete with a private pool and spa, huge windows and a stone fireplace in the family room, a custom gourmet kitchen with 2 of everything, a workout room, a huge game room, a movie room, a gazebo, 6 comfortable bedrooms, and even a helicopter pad! Spyglass truly has everything you need to have an incredible reunion and then some! With plenty of room for all your guests and so much to entertain everyone, you won’t even need to leave the cabin to have a great time. It’s the perfect place for the ultimate “staycation”.  Whether it’s for a proposal, birthday, graduation, or just because, this property is the perfect place to get away while feeling like royalty! 

August Events 2022



Ahhhhhh, August! It’s time to start checking the newspaper circulars for Back to School deals on sneakers and backpacks, and to get the kids ready for a return to Readin’, Writin’, and ‘Rithmatic. But don’t lose sight that it’s still summer and that means festivals abound, there’s an outrageous amount of live music at local wineries and breweries, and the end of the month is the beginning of U-Pick Apple season in Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Ellijay! Take a look at the upcoming events and plan your Escape to Blue Ridge to experience all the mountains have to offer!

National Juried Photography Show
August 1st – August 31st 
Location: The Art Center (Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association) 

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Come on out to the Art Center now through August 27th 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 The Dogwood
August 1st – August 27th 
Location: The Dogwood

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Relax on the beautiful patio, under 100-year-old trees at The Dogwood in Downtown Blue Ridge! With delicious cocktails, an amazing limited menu, and live music from local artists on Fridays & Saturdays starting at 5pm, you’ll love your time at The Dogwood!

August 1st: Roscoe’s Roadshow 
August 19th: Surrender Hill
August 26th: Robbie Litt
August 27th: Mattie Croxton

3D Off the Wall Exhibit 
August 1st – August 27th 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association (The Art Center) 

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Come appreciate amazing three-dimensional works of art from local artists at the 11th Annual 3D Off the Wall Exhibit! The exhibit will highlight a variety of three-dimensional mediums and is open to three-dimensional artists of all genres. The opening reception will take place July 16th from 5pm – 7pm and the exhibit will be on display through August 27th.

Live Music at ROE. 
August 2nd – August 31st 
Location: ROE. Blue Ridge 

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Come out to Blue Ridge’s newest restaurant ROE. Tuesday & Wednesday nights from 6pm – 9pm for live music from Trevor Ciongoli. Catch him performing in the captains quarters bar every Tuesday & Wednesday while you dine on delicious fresh seafood! 

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
August 5th – August 27th 
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

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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 for great food and great live music from local artists!

August 5th: Danny Rhea 
August 6th: Steve Vaclavik 
August 13th: Gabe Myers 
August 19th: Andy Johnson 
August 20th: Cannon Tyler 
August 26th: Lindsay Beth Harper
August 27th: Frankie Sparks 

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
August 5th – August 28th 
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

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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 Lake Blue Ridge Marina
August 5th – August 26th 
Location: Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina 

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Relax on the shores of Lake Blue Ridge from the Boat Dock Bar & Grill at the 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 on select Fridays. You’ll feel relaxed and renewed in no time!

August 5th: Jimmy Riemer
August 12th: Danny Rhea 
August 19th: Travis Bowlin 
August 26th: David Welch 

Live Music at Paradise Hills
August 5th – August 27th 
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Farm Winery

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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 Fridays 4pm – 8pm & Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm.

August 5th: Rusted Melody
August 6th: Trailer Hippies
August 12th: Bob Keel
August 13th: Chris Carpenter
August 19thStephan Busie Band
August 20th: Tom Edwards
August 26th: Hill Roberts
August 27th: Dr. Paul

Summer Heat Music Festival
August 6th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Come on out to Hiawassee and beat the summer heat at the Summer Heat Music Festival! There will live music in the Anderson Music Hall from 6 local bands, as well as live and silent auctions, food trucks, arts & crafts, a classic car show, a bounce house, pony rides, face painting, and so much more! This fun event takes place at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on August 6th from 10am-8pm. Tickets are $20 a person and children 12 & under are free! All proceeds will benefit the Towns County Sherriff’s office. 

Summer Harvest Faire
August 6th 
Location: Folk Apothic at Deep Roots Orchard

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Join Folk Apothic for a day of Appalachian fun at the Summer Harvest Faire! There will be local music, food, pie and hot dog eating contests, fun in the sprinklers, and lots of canned & baked goods. Interested in showing off your own canned or baked goods? Contact Folk Apothic to participate! Join in all the fun from 11am – 6pm. 

Art Classes and Workshops
August 6th – August 20th 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association 

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Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association offers classes year round for artists looking to expand their skill set. On August 6th from 10:30am – 4pm take part in a leather making workshop and on August 20th from 10:30am – 4pm try out Art Therapy with Clay. And check out more upcoming art classes at https://www.blueridgearts.net/adult-classes.html 

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards 
August 6th – August 28th 
Location: Cartecay Vineyards 

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Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains at Cartecay Vineyards! Enjoy live music select 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 6th: Surrender Hill
August 7th: Ryan Little Eagle
August 13th: Andrew Golden 
August 14th: Jorge Valenzuela 
August 20th: Gregg Erwin 
August 21st: Brett Cantrell
August 27th: Hush Money 
August 28th: Travis Bowlin

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

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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!

August 6th: Denise Moo 
August 13th: Loose Shoes Duo 
August 20th: David Welch 
August 27th: Gwen Hughes and Tom Ladow 

Downtown Market Blue Ridge 
August 6th – August 27th 
Location: 400 West Main Street 

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Enjoy this wonderful market every Saturday from 9am – 1pm 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!

Oil Painting Class
August 6th – August 18th 
Location: 4 Elements Fine Art and Custom Framing 

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Have you ever wanted to refine your art skills? Now is your chance to learn from the best! Take an oil painting class at 4 Elements Fine Art from George Charriez. Classes are offered August 6th from 2pm – 4:30pm and August 18th from 6pm – 8:30pm. Only a limited number of seats are available so call or email to make your reservation! 

Thursday Fun Runs at the Riverwalk
August 7th – August 28th 
Location: Riverwalk Shops

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Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 5:30pm with the Riverwalk Run Club! 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
August 7th – August 28th 
Location: Horseshoe Bend Park

Photo Courtesy of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerece

Every Thursday night at 6pm, 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!

Death Trap
August 11th – 28th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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Our very own Russ DeSena is acting in the latest feature at the Blue Ridge Community Theater – Death Trap. Russ is playing the role of Portor Milgrim in this classic comedic thriller. The main character, Sidney Bruhl is a washed-up playwright that finds a chance to rise to the top once more, a shot he’d be willing to kill for. Deathtrap is a funny play full of twists and turns that will keep you spellbound until the very last moment. Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. The show runs August 11th till August 28th, call the box office at 706-632-9191 or go online for tickets!

Live Music at Tooney’s 
August 12th 
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

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Come on out for live music at Tooney’s HUGE music venue select Friday and Saturday nights and enjoy the best live music McCaysville has to offer! Check their website often for live music updates. And every Thursday night get ready to take to the stage with open mic night!

August 12th: Freebird 

Georgia Mountain Fair
August 18th – August 27th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 

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Venture on over to Hiawassee, Georgia for some good old fashioned fun at The 71st 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 runs daily August 18th – August 27th. See their website for times  full details https://georgiamountainfairgrounds.com/localevents/fair 

26th Annual Kiwani’s Rodeo
August 19th – 20th 
Location: Kiwani’s Fairgrounds

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Prepare to be entertained at the 26th 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 – 10pm August 19th – 20th

Mark Chesnutt & Tracy Morgan
August 20th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 

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Country legends Mark Chesnutt & Tracy Morgan will be coming to Hiawassee at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! With decades worth of number one hits these two know how to put on a performance! Tickets are $50+ handling and you can get into free to the 71st Annual Georgia Mountain Fair with your purchase!  

Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins
August 26th 
Location: Dairy Queen / DQ Grill & Chill, Blue Ridge

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Admire a selection of classic cars at this free event happening on the 4th Friday of every month March thru September at 6pm! Bring your own classic car to register and get $4 off Dairy Queen certificate when you register! Ice cream, classic cars, and a good time!

Red Shoe Party 
August 26th 
Location: Chateau Meichtry 

Photo Courtesy of Appalachian CASA

Have you ever participated in a Red Shoe contest? Well now’s your chance! Chateau Meichtry will have 3 categories including sportiest, most glamorous, and most creative. There will also be music, dancing, and a silent auction. All the red shoe fun takes place from 6:30pm – 10pm. 

Union County Gospel Music Festival
August 26th – August 27th 
Location: Union County Fine Arts Center 

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Praise the lord, Union County Fine Arts Center is putting on a Gospel Music Festival with the very best of gospel artists in the area! There will be 3 shows in two days; Friday the 26th at 6:30pm, Saturday the 27th at 1pm and Saturday the 27th at 6:30pm. Hear from artists like The Inspirations, Phil Cross & Poet Voices Jordan’s Bridge, and so many others! Get your VIP or General Admission tickets here: https://www.northgeorgiasings.com/ 

Hangover for Hounds
August 27th 
Location: Buck Bald Brewing 

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Come out to Buck Bald Brewing to support a great cause and enjoy some delicious brews! There will be 10 B3 brews on tap, a 50/50 raffle, and all proceeds will go towards the Humane Society of Blue Ridge. Drop by from 1pm – 5pm. 

Unique Mountain Shopping



Blue Ridge and the Copper Basin offer many fun & unique shops with products that you can’t find anywhere else! Will you find a new centerpiece for your home, bring back amazing gifts,  or get your very own custom made fly fishing rod? There’s so much to discover here in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Check out our 13 of our favorite unique mountain shops here: 

Fishbone Gallery

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Did you know that Blue Ridge is one of America’s top 100 art towns? Fishbone Gallery helps us to achieve the title! At Fishbone, you can purchase and admire one of noted ceramicist, Betty Wassmers, incredible works. Each of her pieces are lovingly decorated in her unique & colorful style and can be found at kitchen tables around the U.S. Some of her special lines offered at Fishbone Gallery include Flower Colors, Chickens & Roosters, Birds of a Feather, Day of the Dead, and more. Find your next art piece at Fishbone Gallery

Folk Apothic

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Venture over to Deep Roots Orchard in McCaysville where you’ll find Folk Apothic– a shop that pays homage to the original Appalachian Roots. All of their products are grown, harvested, and created in the hills of Southern Appalchia. At Folk Apothic you’ll find lots of local produce, organic herbs, teas, ointments and mountain medicinals, and plenty of mountain knowledge from the helpful staff. Take a step back in time and learn the way things were done in the olden days. Not only can you shop all things folk here but Folk Apothic also offers yoga classes and hands on workshops, where you too can make things like they did in the days of old. Come experience some traditional mountain magic at Folk Apothic

Lily + Coco

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Lily + Coco is the most fun and quirky shop downtown! As soon as you walk through the doors you’ll be greeted with shelf after shelf of colorful toys and decorations. You’ll find sparkly disco balls hanging from the ceiling, pink unicorns scattered around the store, dessert themed ornaments on the shelf, and so much more! The kids will love picking out the most sparkly objects in the store and you can stock up on fun decor for the holidays. Lily + Coco is truly a one of a kind shop filled with “fanciful finds & whimsical whatnots”!

Mitizi’s on Main

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Mitizi’s on Main has just the unique and stylish home decor and furniture pieces you’re looking for! Rustic style and southern flair is exactly what you’ll find here! Fun cow pictures, quirky home decor, and fun gifts await you at Mitizi’s on Main. And with an ever rotating and changing stock you’ll never run out of things to admire. What unique finds will you bring back with you? 

Mountain Man Comics

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Do you have a passion for all things superheroes, Star Wars, and collectables? Then, Mountain Man Comics is the place for you! Their shelves are stocked with comic books ranging from the Golden Age all the way up to today. Not only will you find a wide selection of comics here but you’ll also find statues and figurines of your favorite heroes and villains, graphic novels, Funko POP figurines, and collectibles. Bring home a life size Yoda statue or a limited edition Spider-Man comic. You’ll find everything here because Mountain Man Comics offers one of the largest selections of pop culture collectibles around; and they’ve just expanded to offer you even more cool comics & figurines! Be sure to pay them a visit next time you’re in town! 

OAR Finer Goods

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For unique and stylish accessories for the modern gentlemen check out OAR Finer Goods.  You’ll find men’s jewelry, ties, socks, books, fun trinkets, novelty gifts, and more. Some of their brands include Fulton & Roark, Brackish Bowties, Studebaker Metals, and OAR leather goods. Get a nice leather bag perfect for traveling or a fun sign to decorate your man cave. You can easily create a unique look here for yourself and your home space. What goodies will you find at OAR Finer Goods? 

Out of the Blue

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Are you looking for the perfect bottle of wine to pair with dinner at the cabin? Out of the Blue is your one stop wine shop that has everything you need to host an amazing dinner. Owner, Sarah Auman, has handpicked the very best wines in the world so there’s no way to make a mistake in your selection, it’s all delicious! Not only can you pick up an incredible bottle of wine at Out of the Blue but they also offer gourmet foods, artisanal cheese, craft beer, wine accessories, and everything you need to host a wonderful evening with friends and family. You can even pick up one of their ready to go wine & snack packs to make life easier for yourself. Out of the Blue has everything you could want and more! 

The Owl’s Nest 

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Are you a lover of owls and cute accessories? Check out The Owl’s Nest for unique and stylish accessories perfect for a night out. They have jewelry, gemstones, purses, shoes, t-shirts, and more. Be sure to get something with an owl on it to fit with the theme of the store! We especially love their quirky selection of earrings and bracelets. What stylish ensemble will you put together at The Owl’s Nest?

Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods

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Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods is a small family owned business, with Bill Oyster at the helm of it all. Bill is the only professional bamboo fly rod maker in the world who personally hand engraves his own rods. He has been commissioned to make rods for many of the world’s finest anglers including President Jimmy Carter. Once you stop by the shop you’ll see why; each rod is made from a single culm of genuine Tonkin bamboo. And all rods are hand split, hand planed, and hand engraved. So much detail and craftsmanship goes into making these beautiful rods. Since the rods are custom made, orders are on a “first come, first serve basis,” so if you’re interested, get your orders in as soon as you can. Want to make your own custom rod? Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods offers bamboo fly rod making classes! Simply give them a week of your time to create your masterpiece and you too can learn how to craft a fly fishing rod like an expert.  

Pic N Vine

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Are you a lover of homemade items? If so then, Pic N Vine is the place for you! This Copperhill shop offers handmade kudzu vine baskets and wreaths, as well as vintage style black & white pictures. Shop from a selection of their beautiful works or make your own in one of their personal basket weaving classes. What makes Pic N Vine even more unique? The TN/GA state line runs directly through the store so it’s actually in two states at once! How neat is that!? Find something unique and handmade at Pic N Vine

Pezrok

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Pezrok has created the most beautiful furniture pieces and home decor out of fossils, gemstones, minerals, and carved driftwood. A piece from Pezrok is about as unique and beautiful as they come, anything you bring back with you will be a conversation starter in your home and really stand out. We love their hand carved animal statues made from driftwood and their custom made sinks with fossil countertops. And you can’t go wrong with a little sparkle in your life in their gemstone section! Not only does Pezrok offer unique furniture and home decor pieces but you can also bring home jewelry, crystals, and handcrafted canoes and kayaks!  If you want a nature themed home, Pezrok should be first on your list. 

Terri’s Treasure Trove

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You can find everything and more at Terri’s Treasure Trove in Mineral Bluff! You’ll find a treasure trove of unique gifts and items like antiques, re-purposed furniture, vintage, bric-a-brack, ceramics, copper, soaps, and so much more! When you pull up to their store front you’ll immediately notice their signature blue, antique truck parked out front. Then when you head inside you’ll be overwhelmed with all the fun, quirky, and one of a kind items laid on the shelves before you. Will you leave with a  piece of antique furniture, an old camera, or a unique gift for someone special? See what treasures await you at Terri’s Treasure Trove

The Zoo Groovy Metal Art

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Did you know that we have a zoo in North Georgia? This zoo has over 25 species of animals that are all made from metal, aluminum, and wood. At The Zoo Groovy Metal Art in Mineral Bluff you’ll have a blast walking through the rows and rows of quirky & cartoon like animals. You’ll see zebras, giraffes, goats, and even a T-Rex! It’s also a great spot for photo-ops! Bring home a token of your trip and remember your fun adventure to the metal zoo forever by bringing back an animal of your own! 

13 Breakfast Spots You Have to Taste!



Start your morning off right with a delicious breakfast! Blue Ridge is home to many great local spots where you can feast on eggs and pancakes, and drink all the coffee you need to keep you energized for your day of exploring. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day afterall, so enjoy a scrumptious start to your morning at one of the 13 wonderful local breakfast spots and cafes: 

Blue Ridge 

Bin 322 

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Bin 322 is a wine bar that offers wines from around the world, served in their unique wine dispensers. They have trivia and live music throughout the week but on Sundays from 12pm – 4pm you can join them for their Jazz Brunch! Relax as you listen to the best music from the big band era and enjoy your brunch food & drink. Enjoy their delicious ‘Bread Pudding French Toast’ or a classic ‘Egg and Cheese Croissant’ and don’t forget to try one of their famous tapas! Then pair it all with a refreshing mimosa; our favorite is the Georgia Peach.  Sunday Jazz Brunches at Bin 322 are a great way to start off your day. 

Blend Superfood Cafe

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Looking for a healthy morning breakfast? Blend Superfood Cafe offers delicious smoothies, quiches, and  acai bowls made with the healthiest of ingredients that nature can offer! Their amazing acai bowls are all made of  gluten free organic granola, organic fruits, superfoods and nuts; but you can choose what goes into your bowl. If you’re in a rush, they even have a grab and go cooler where you can pick out foods like quiches, salads, puddings, mooses, and more. And don’t forget to grab a smoothie before you go!

Bumblebee’s Cafe

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Bumblebee’s Cafe has been serving tourists and Blue Ridge locals alike for many years! And if you’re looking for some good old fashioned southern cooking, Bumblebee’s is the place to bee! 🙂 With so many amazing breakfast options to choose from you won’t even know where to begin! Enjoy something sweet from the ‘Pancakes, French Toast, and Waffles’ menu or keep it in the mountains with the ‘Blue Ridge Benedict’. They also offer country fried steak, omelets, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch options as well. Breakfast and Lunch are served up daily at Bumblebee’s from 8am – 2pm! 

Das Kaffee Haus 

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Bring the taste of Europe to North Georgia with a coffee or sweet treat from Das Kaffee Haus! They offer traditional European coffee drinks like espressos, cappuccinos, and more from their special European blends. But don’t worry, they can create your favorite coffee based drinks as well. You can even buy a bag of beans to bring back with you and brew your own coffee back at the cabin. We love getting a coffee from Das Kaffee Haus and enjoying it on their outdoor patio overlooking the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway and the bustling town of Blue Ridge. And while Das Kaffee Haus mainly just offers specialty coffees they do have a limited selection of desserts, truffles, and now offer bagels as well. It’s the perfect place to stop for a quick bite to eat and a drink that will wake you up!

Mercier Orchards Cafe

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Drop by the Mercier Orchards Cafe from 9am – 1pm Saturday – Monday. They serve up both breakfast and lunch options that will make your mouth water. For breakfast you have to get some of their ‘Buttered Biscuits with Warmed Apple Butter,’ they just hit the spot! Pair it with eggs, bacon, or grits for the perfect southern breakfast. Then after breakfast stay in the cafe for an apple cider donut or warm fried pie, it’s never too early for dessert! 

Pete’s Place Family Restaurant 

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Come to Pete’s Place Family Restaurant for classic American eats! This rustic spot has plenty of room for your whole family and is open Thursday thru Saturday and Mondays & Tuesdays. Pete’s Place has it all; from omelets, biscuits, pancakes, and so much more! Their food will hit the spot! Choose from one of their menu’s combos or create your own, pairing together all of your favorites. 

Serenity Garden Cafe

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More American eats and amazing brunch options await you at Serenity Garden Cafe. Enjoy breakfast outside on the patio or inside listening to the calming sounds of the indoor fountain. Breakfast is served from 8am to 10:15am Wednesday – Monday, and on Sundays breakfast is served till 11:30am. We love their ‘Western Omelet’ and the ‘Country Fried Steak with Gravy’ but you can never go wrong with pancakes or French toast! Choose your entree and then pick your sides from grits or hash browns, and toast, a biscuit or an english muffin. You can also request a side of eggs any way you like or a side of meat: bacon, sausage patties, or ham. You’ll love Serenity Garden Cafe’s delicious homemade food and relaxing atmosphere! 

The Black Sheep 

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We love The Black Sheep at all times of day but we especially love their weekend brunches! They have the largest bar and outdoor patio in Blue Ridge so there’s plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the great atmosphere & live music. You can even bring along your pup to join in the fun! Brunch is offered at The Black Sheep every Saturday & Sunday starting at 11am. You can enjoy their ‘Crab Cake Benedict’ or the ‘Creme Brulee French Toast’. The  ‘Chicken Red Velvet Waffle’ is a favorite of many of our guests because the delicious fluffy waffle is topped with a cream cheese glaze, bourbon syrup, pecans, and Nashville style hot chicken. And don’t forget to pair your meal with one of their amazing Bloody Mary’s! Come see what makes The Black Sheep ‘The Best Brunch in Blue Ridge’! 

Trailer Drive In

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The Trailer Drive In offers a quick place to grab a bite to eat. They open at 5:30am everyday, except for Sundays, ready to serve you breakfast! Get the classic biscuit and gravy combo to go or try their biscuit sandwich. Create your perfect breakfast with your favorite biscuit and your choice of a side of meat and/or eggs. Grab your breakfast at the drive thru and hit the road for your day’s big adventure! 

Ellijay & the Copper Basin 

Cornerstone Cafe

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Visit the Cornerstone Cafe in Ellijay, GA for a delicious Southern home cooked breakfast. All their meals are homemade using fresh, quality ingredients. You can feast all morning long on the fluffiest pancakes, stuffed omelets, and so much more. You’ll love the food and atmosphere so much that you’ll want to come back again for lunch later that day. Cornerstone Cafe is open Monday – Thursday from 8am – 1pm and Friday – Sundays 8am – 2pm. 

Ellijay Coffeehouse

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Ellijay has the cutest coffee house right off Main Street, Ellijay Coffeehouse. Enjoy a cup of coffee and pastry from the lounge inside or outside in the courtyard. As the name suggests the coffeehouse mainly offers specialty coffees; they also have pannis, pastries, and our favorite donuts. Grab a cup of joe and a raspberry lemon donut at Ellijay Coffeehouse, open daily from 7am – 6pm. 

Emily’s Bar & Restaurant 

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You won’t want to miss Sunday brunch at Emily’s Bar & Restaurant in Ellijay served from 11am – 3:45pm! Try one of their unique breakfast plates like the ‘Egg Curry’ or the ‘Open Face French Toast Burger’ which is served with caramelized onion, swiss cheese, bacon secret sauce and a fried egg. You can’t go wrong with ‘Classic Fluffy Pancakes’ or one of Emily’s Eggs Benedict options from the ‘Benedicts Corner’ menu. From breakfast to dinner all of Emily’s dishes are made with the freshest of ingredients and bring the taste of home right to your table! 

Yellow Bird Coffee Shop

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Enjoy a nice cup of coffee by the river at Yellow Bird Coffee Shop just across the border in Copperhill, TN. Here you’ll find all your basic coffee flavors like cappuccinos, mochas, lattes, drip coffee and more. You can also pick up a small snack to go with your morning coffee like muffins, donuts, and yogurt. Sit riverside on the outdoor patio or get your coffee to go at the drive thru. 

July Events 2022



Summer is the season for live music, outdoor events, and family fun vacations! July in Blue Ridge will provide all that and more! And at the start of the month enjoy festivals all over North Georgia celebrating America’s birthday. See what’s in store for July 2022 when you Escape to Blue Ridge:

Annual Miner’s Homecoming Celebration 2022
July 1st – July 2nd
Location: Ducktown Basin Museum Hoist House

Photo Courtesy of the Ducktown Basin Museum

Ducktown, TN has a full weekend of family fun activities at the 47th Annual Miner’s Homecoming Celebration! On Friday night you can expect live gospel music and kids’ activities. And on Saturday enjoy a pancake breakfast, a patriotic parade, a soup bean dinner, a beauty pageant, a fun rubber duck race, and a firework show that night. Come on out for all the fun!

Wild West Show & Rodeo on the River
July 1st – July 2nd
Location: On the River at the old baseball field on West Tennessee Avenue in Copperhill, TN

Photo Courtesy of the Great American Rodeo Company

Ready for a rodeo!? Come on out for Copperhill’s 1st Annual Wild West Show & Rodeo! There will be lots of fun rodeo events and food vendors at this awesome event! Tickets are $15 per person and children 8 & under are free. 

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
July 1st – July 30th 
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

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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 for great food and great live music from local artists!

July 1st: Ryan LittleEagle 
July 2nd: Adrian Stover 
July 8thJenu Six 
July 9th: David Welch 
July 15th: Rachel Forehand 
July 16th: Daisy Chain 
July 22nd: Catfish Hill Roberts
July 29th: Mook & Mimi
July 30th: Spencer Scott Smith 

Live Music at Tooney’s 
July 1st – July 30th 
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

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Come on out for live music at Tooney’s HUGE music venue select Friday and Saturday nights and enjoy the best live music McCaysville has to offer! Check their website often for live music updates. And every Thursday night get ready to take to the stage with open mic night!

July 1st: Rob Leines (Full Band Show) with Taylor Cromer 
July 2nd: Rebekah Todd (Full Band Show) with Kaleb Garrett
July 30th : Velvet Willow 

Live Music at Paradise Hills
July 1st – July 30th 
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Farm Winery

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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 Fridays 4pm – 8pm & Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm.

July 1st: Harry Lester
July 2nd: Scott Stambough
July  3rd: Gnarly Fingers Band (Independence Day Concert $15 ticket)
July 8th: Ryan Little Eagle
July 9th: Trailer Hippies
July 15th: Sam Burchfield
July 16th: Chris Carpenter
July 22nd: Stephan Busie Band
July 23rd: Dr. Paul
July 29th: Hill Roberts  
July 30th: Emma Gullo

Live Music at The Dogwood
July 1st – 30th 
Location: The Dogwood

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Relax on the beautiful patio, under 100-year-old trees at The Dogwood in Downtown Blue Ridge! With delicious cocktails, an amazing limited menu, and live music from local artists on Fridays & Saturdays starting at 5pm, you’ll love your time at The Dogwood!

July 1st: Roscoe’s Roadshow
July 9th: Daisy Chain
July 15th: Surrender Hill
July 22nd: Robbie Litt
July 30th: Mattie Croxton

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

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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 on select Fridays. You’ll feel relaxed and renewed in no time!

July 1st: Danny Rhea
July 4th: Our Way Band 
July 15th: Travis Bowlin 
July 22nd: David Welch 
July 29th: Danny Rhea

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
July 1st – July 31st 
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

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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!

Atlanta Braves World Championship Trophy Tour 
July 2nd 
Location: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

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Celebrate the Atlanta Braves world championship win by taking photos with the Braves World Series Trophy at the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway! It will be on display from 5pm – 8pm. Get your tickets for the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway special fireworks special train ride now to see the McCaysville firework show after taking your photo with the Braves trophy. 

Firework Special – Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
July 2nd 
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 7pm and make its 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 2nd 
Location: Downtown McCaysville & Copperhill

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!

4th of July at the Ridges
July 2nd – July 3rd
Location: The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge 

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The Ridges Resort on the shore of Lake Chatuge in beautiful Hiawassee is hosting free patriotic family  events all weekend long! On Saturday kids can partake in a Patriotic Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest from 11:30am – 1pm then a movie night at 8pm for a family themed patriotic movie with free popcorn. On Sunday there will be a cardboard boat building contest for the kiddos at 11:30am and fireworks over the lake that night! Need dinner before the big show? The Ridges Resort is also hosting a 4th of July Lakeside Cookout at the lakeside pavilion with an all you can eat buffet for $27.95 per person, reservations needed! Kids and adults will have a great weekend by the lake!

4th of July Lake Chatuge Boat Parade 
July 2nd 
Location: Lake Chatuge; Starting Point – Sunset Bay Cove (Behind Young Harris Watersports)

Photo Courtesy of Lake Chatuge Chamber & Community

Come out for the 4th of July Lake Chatuge Boat Parade in Hiawassee! Interested in participating? All boats line up in the Sunset Bay Cove for the parade beginning at 10:30am and all boats must be pre-registered by 9am, July 1st to be considered for prizes. The boats will parade past the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds where the judges will be positioned. Come on by and find a good spot to watch the patriotic boats go by! 

Lake Nottely Boat Parade 
July 2nd 
Location: Nottely Marina 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Highlander

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! 

Live Music at the Waterfront Bar
July 2nd 
Location: The Waterfront Bar

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Don’t miss all the patriotic fun in McCaysville on Saturday! And at the Waterfront Bar in Copperhill, TN they will have live music from Shannon York on stage at the Tiki Bar! Drop by from 6:30pm – 9:30pm for some great music!

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing 
July 2nd – July 29th 
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing 

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Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewery Thursdays to sing along to your favorite songs for karaoke night! And drop by select Fridays & Saturdays from 3pm – 6pm 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 2nd: Robbie Litt
July 8th: Travis Bowlin 
July 22nd: Scott Clayton
July 29th: Surrender Hill

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards 
July 2nd – July 31st 
Location: Cartecay Vineyards 

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Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains! Enjoy live music select 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 2nd: Andrew Golden 
July 3rd: Travis Bowlin
July 4th: Rusted Melody 
July 9th: Brett Cantrell
July 10th: Gabe & Jadie
July 16th: Tim O’Donovan 
July 17th: Andrea Guess
July 23rd: Hush Money
June 24th: Gregg Erwin
June 30th: Andrew Katter
June 31st: Dennis John 

Live Music at Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar
July 2nd – July 30th 
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 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 2nd: Loose Shoes Duo 
July 9th: Robbie and Ruth Litt 
July 16th: Ray Labean 
July 23rd: Trailer Hippies 
July 30th: Paul Arrado 

Copperhill Brewery Live Music & Events
July 2nd – July 30th 
Location: Copperhill Brewery 

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There’s always something happening at Copperhill Brewery! Thursday nights from 6pm – 8pm are Triva and Singo nights. And Monday nights Copperhill Brewery in Ducktown hosts a cornhole tournament, registration starts at 5pm and game starts at 6pm. And hang out on July 2nd to watch the Copper Basin fireworks, have a flight, take a brewery tour, and listen to live music. 

July 2nd: The Varden (2pm-4pm) & Chas Crawford (4pm-7pm)
July 7th: Trivia/Singo w/ Danny Rhea 
July 11th: Cornhole Tourney – (Ducktown location) 
July 14th: Trivia/Singo w/ Danny Rhea 
July 18th: Cornhole Tourney – (Ducktown location
July 21st: Trivia/Singo w/ Danny Rhea 
July 25th: Cornhole Tourny – (Ducktown location
July 28th: Trivia/Singo w/ Danny Rhea 

Downtown Market Blue Ridge 
July 2nd – July 30th 
Location: 400 West Main Street 

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Downtown Market

Enjoy this wonderful market every Saturday from 9am – 1pm 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!

Live Music at Serenberry Vineyards 
July 3rd
Location: Serenberry Vineyards 

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Enjoy delicious wines and live music at Serenberry Vineyards on July 3rd for their Summer Spectacular! Max & Maggie take the stage on Sunday from 2pm – 5pm. They’ll be playing classic Appalachian Bluegrass and Serenberry will be hosting a backyard cookout. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets and come out for some music! 

Georgia Mountain Freedom Cornhole Tournament 
July 3rd 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Who doesn’t love a good game of cornhole!? Come out to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on July 3rd from 4pm – 9pm and help support the First Responder’s cabin renovation project with a cornhole tournament. All ages and skill levels welcome to sign up! There will also be food vendors, live music, a raffle, and arts & craft vendors! To enter Singles are $10, Doubles are $20, and Juniors are $5. 

Blue Ridge Freedom 5K 
July 4th 
Location: Blue Ridge Adventure Gear 

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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.

4th of July Observance 
July 4th 
Location: Epworth Community Club 

Photo Courtesy of the Epworth Community Club

Bring the whole family out for a morning of pancakes and fun! Pancakes are served from 7:30am – 10:30am and the playground is open for the kiddos to enjoy. 

Old Timer’s Parade
July 4th 
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Business Association

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!

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

Photo Courtesy of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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 Blue Ridge Highlander

Head over to Meeks Park in Blairsville for even more fireworks, shooting off from 9:30pm – 10pm! But come early starting at 7:30pm for fair food, bounce houses, face painting, a raffle and more. Come on out for a fun night!

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

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

Vogel State Park’s 4th of July Celebration
July 4th 
Location: Vogel State Park

Photo Courtesy of Vogel Volunteers

Start your 4th of July celebrations early with a 5K and 1 mile fun run/walk in Vogel State Park! The race kicks off at the group shelter at 7:30am. Then stick around after the race for Vogel State Park’s 4th of July Celebration!

2022 Annual Star Spangled Banner Spectacular Fourth of July Cookout
July 4th 
Location: The Sunset Pavilion at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa 

Photo Courtesy of Visit Lake Chatuge

From 6:30pm – 9:30pm come on out to the Sunset Pavilion for amazing food, family friendly activities, lawn games, a pie eating contest, and so much more! You’ll also have a front row seat of Brasstown Valley’s amazing fireworks display. Tickets are $50.00 per person, $26.00 per child, (age 6 – 12), $10 per child, (age 5 and under), reservations needed! Get ready for some patriotic family fun at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa! 

The Game’s Afoot
July 7th – July 24th 
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

The play follows Broadway’s Sherlock Holmes actor ‘William Gillette’ and his costars celebrating Christmas together in his Connecticut Castle. But one of his guests is unfortunately stabbed to death and the Christmas fun quickly comes to an end as things turn dangerous. What will happen to William and the rest of his guests? Find out in Blue Ridge Community Theater’s production of ‘The Game’s Afoot happening Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. The show runs July 7th – July 24th, call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Thursday Fun Runs at the Riverwalk
July 7th – July 28th 
Location: Riverwalk Shops

Photo Courtesy of Riverwalk Shops

Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 5:30pm! 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
July 7th – July 28th 
Location: Horseshoe Bend Park

Photo Courtesy of the Fannin County Recreation Department

Every Thursday night at 6pm, 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!

Acoustic Sunsets at Hamilton Gardens
July 7th – July 28th 
Location: Hamilton Gardens

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Head to the beautiful Hamilton Gardens in Hiawassee GA Thursday nights this month for their Acoustic Sunsets Concert Series. The event takes place every Thursday night now through July 28th from 6pm – 9pm and will include craft vendors, food trucks, and live music. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets and come on out for an evening of fun!

July 7th: Somebody’s Child
July 14th: Robbie Litt
July 21st: Mark Miller
July 28th: Surrender Hill

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
July 15th – July 25th 
Location: Cherry Log, GA

Photo Courtesy of the Benton McKaye Trail Association

Explore the beauty of North Georgia on a guided hiking tour with the Benton McKaye Trail Association. They offer 3 – 5 hikes a month varying in difficulty from easy, leisurely hikes to moderately difficult hikes.

July 15th: Cartecay River Loop Trails
July 18th: Benton MacKaye and Jacks River Trails in the Cohutta Wilderness
July 25th: Turtletown Creek Falls

National Juried Photography Show
July 16th – July 31st 
Location: The Art Center (Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association) 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Art Center

Come on out to the Art Center now through August 27th 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!

Butternut Creek Art Festival 
July 16th – July 17th 
Location: Meeks Park

Photo Courtesy of the Butternut Creek Art 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! 

Sweet Summertime Downtown Outdoor Market
July 16th
Location: Downtown Blairsville

Come on out for the 2nd Annual Sweet Summertime Outdoor Market right off the town square in Blairsville. There will be art demonstrations, kids activities, craft vendors, summer treats, and the Blairsville Cruiser Show happening at 3pm. The event is free for all and goes from 10am – 4pm. 

Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins
July 22nd 
Location: Dairy Queen / DQ Grill & Chill, Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Classics Car Club

Admire a selection of classic cars at this free event happening on the 4th Friday of every month March thru September at 6pm! Bring your own classic car to register and get $4 off Dairy Queen certificate when you register! Ice cream, classic cars, and a good time!

Saturday Morning Bird Walk
July 23rd
Location: Brawley Mountain Trail Head Parking Area

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company

Explore Brawley Mountain and spot beautiful birds on a guided tour through the woods with Suzanne as your guide. Meet up at Brawley Mountain Trail Head Parking Area at 7:30am, wear comfortable clothes & walking shoes, and be ready to find as many birds as you can! Please RSVP in advance! 

Songs of America – Oral Moses
July 24th
Location: St. Lukes Church 

Photo Courtesy of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Come see talented bass-baritone singer Oral Moses perform at 5pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. He regularly tours the U.S. and Europe and specializes on a wide variety of Negro Spirituals and Art Song repertoire by African-American composers.

Live Music at Hook & Eye
July 29th 
Location: Hook & Eye Rooftop Bar

Photo Courtesy of the Hook & Eye

Take in downtown Blue Ridge from the roof of the Hook & Eye! This restaurant features excellent cuisine, a full bar, great views, an inviting atmosphere inside, and balcony seating on the outside!

July 29th: Rusted Melody

The Mountain Music & Moonshine Festival
July 29th-July 31st 
Location: Historic Blairsville, GA Downtown Square

Photo Courtesy of Grandaddy Mimms

It’s music and moonshine time! On Friday at 7pm in the old courthouse on the square Tommy Townsend will be holding a free concert! Then all day Saturday & Sunday there will live music in & around the square, plenty of moonshine from Blairsville’s own Grandaddy Mimm’s Distilling Co., local vendors, regional artists, moonshine history, and great food! It’s going to be an awesome weekend on the square!