August Events 2023



Summer may be coming to a close but don’t worry, there’s still so much to experience in Blue Ridge! This month you can enjoy live music at some of our favorite local breweries & wineries, attend the Georgia Mountain Fair or the Kiwani’s Rodeo, bring your dog to The Dog Days of Summer event and so much more! See what August has in store for you in North Georgia:

3rd Quarter Artist in Residence: Joe Basco
August 1st-August 31st
Location: Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Come on out to the Art Center to admire local artist, Joe Basco’s beautiful work depicting rural life from now until September 16th.

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

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Come appreciate amazing three-dimensional works of art from local artists at the 13th 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 exhibit will be on display through August 27th.

National Juried Photography Show
August 1st-August 26th
Location: The Art Center (Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association)

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Come on out to the Art Center now through August 26th 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!

Pickin’ In The Park
August 3rd-August 31st
Location: Horseshoe Bend Park

Photo Courtesy of Fannin County GA

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

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing
August 3rd-August 31st
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

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 delicious fare from the ever-changing food trucks, while you listen to some fantastic local artists! And on Monday nights come on out for SINGO and Thursday nights is Karaoke!
August 3rd: Karaoke
August 4th: Jack Heerema
August 5th: Trailer Hippies & food from Joe’s Lonestar Tacos Food Truck
August 10th: Karaoke
August 11th: Dr. Paul & food from Get Skewers-Brazilian Food Truck
August 12th: David Welch & food from Get Skewers-Brazilian Food Truck
August 17th: Karaoke
August 18th: Travis Bowlin & Meg Williams
August 19th: Saturdayoke
August 24th: Karaoke
August 26th: David Cheatham & food from Get Skewers-Brazilian Food Truck
August 31st: Karaoke

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
August 4th-August 28th
Location: Cherry Log, GA

Photo Courtesy of Benton McKaye Trail Association

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.
August 4th: Bear Creek Trail. Dog friendly hike.
August 16th: Turtletown Falls
August 18th: Emery Creek
August 28th: BMT Dyer Gap to Flat Top Mountain and return

Live Music at Paradise Hills
August 4th-August 26th
Location: Paradise Hills

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.
August 4th: Curtis Jones
August 5th: Chris Carpenter
August 11th: Scott Stambaugh
August 12th: Tom Edwards
August 18th: Josh Gilbert
August 19th: Hill Roberts
August 25th: Forest Seales
August 26th: Trailer Hippies

Live Music at Tipping Point Brewing Co.
August 4th-August 26th
Location: Tipping Point Brewing Co.

Photo Courtesy of Tipping Point Brewing Co.

Come on out for live music at one of Blue Ridge’s newest breweries, Tipping Point Brewing Co. On Friday and Saturday evenings you can enjoy music from talented local artists while you sip on delicious craft brews!
August 4th: David Cheatham
August 5th: Anderlan
August 11th: Alex Gannon
August 18th: Joel Shewmake
August 19th: Anderlan
August 25th: Rusted Melody
August 26th: Colton James

Live Music at Tooney’s
August 4th-August 19th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s Music Venue

Get ready 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 4th: Ward Davis
August 12th: Rehab
August 15th: Tyson Leamon
August 19th: Zach Top

Live Music Fridays at Crane Creek Vineyards
August 4th-August 25th
Location: Crane Creek Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Crane Creek Vineyards

Come out for live music Friday nights at the Farmhouse Market at Crane Creek Vineyards. The vineyards will be open late Friday nights, with extended hours until 8pm. Grab a glass of wine, a charcuterie board, and a seat and enjoy!
August 4th: Lindsay Beth Harper
August 11th: Teddy Baker
August 18th: Appalachian Monk
August 25th: Ryan Furstenberg

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
August 4th-August 27th
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!

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
August 5th-August 26th
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 by select Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-9pm for great food and great live music from local artists!
August 5th: Paul Constantine
August 19th: Cannon Tyler
August 26th: Greg Erwin

Downtown Market Blue Ridge
August 5th-August 26th
Location: 400 West Main Street

Photo Courtesy of Downtown Market Blue Ridge

Enjoy this wonderful market every Saturday from 9:00am-1:00pm now till November (weather permitting) right in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge! There will be all kinds of vendors offering food, artisan goods, arts & crafts, furniture, and more!

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards
August 5th-August 27th
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!
August 5th: Andrew Katter
August 6th: Rick Stone
August 12th: Gregg Erwin
August 13th: Andrea Guess
August 19th: Lindsay Beth Harper
August 20th: Adrian Stover
August 26th: Connor Priest
August 27th: Johnny Summers

Sugar Creek Raceway
August 5th-August 26th
Location: Sugar Creek Raceway

Photo Courtesy of Sugar Creek Raceway

Catch zooming cars at Sugar Creek Raceway in Blue Ridge, Georgia all summer long! Don’t miss a second of the action at this amazing off-road racetrack! Gates open at 5pm and hot laps start at 7pm.
August 5th: Limited/604 Crate Late Model Championship Night
August 26th: 2nd Annual Russell Thomas Memorial Super Late Model Race

Art Classes and Workshops
August 5th-August 26th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association offers classes year-round for artists looking to expand their skill set. This month you can learn to express yourself through a leather workshop, watercolors, ceramics, and more! And check out more upcoming art classes at https://www.blueridgearts.net/adult-classes.html
August 5th: Leather Workshop
August 12th: Introduction to Shibori and Indigo
August 19th: Animal and Ceramic Sculpture
August 19th: How To Outline Your Novel
August 19th: Textured Landscapes in Pastel
August 26th: Painting a Vineyard in Watercolor

Vitner’s Tours
August 5th-August 26th
Location: Crane Creek Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Crane Creek Vineyards

Learn all about the wine making process with this behind the scenes experience! Take a tour of the beautiful Crane Creek Vineyards and experience what goes into making a bottle of Crane Creek wine! You can take a Vitner Tour Saturdays at 2pm, March-November.

Line Dancing Class
August 7th-August 28th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s Music Venue

Have you ever wanted to learn how to line dance? Well now’s your chance! Tooney’s now offers free, weekly line dancing classes Monday nights! The class is open to people of all ages and dance experience! Doors open at 6pm and classes start at 7pm. Come on down and show us what you can do!

2nd Thursdays Stateline Stroll
August 10th
Location: Riverwalk Shops

Photo Courtesy of the Riverwalk Shops

Get moving the second Thursday of every month with the Stateline Stroll! Walk, jog, or run around the block and cross the state line on this casual stroll. Start whenever and end whenever; and when you’re finished enjoy a drink at Burra Burra or Twisted Tomato and listen to some live music at Tooney’s!

The Hallelujah Girls
August 10th-August 27th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Community Theater

This hilarious comedy follows the story of a group of feisty women from Eden Falls, Georgia who want more out of life. When drama unfolds with the arrival of an ex-boyfriend, a proposal, and an intense rivalry over their beloved spa; how will our fearless ladies overcome? Don’t miss this hilarious show on the Blue Ridge Community Theater stage Thursdays-Sundays August 10th-27th. Shows are Thursdays- Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Fridays at the Farm
August 11th-August 25th
Location: J & C Farm and Rescue

Photo Courtesy of J & C Farm and Rescue

Have some good old-fashioned fun at the farm for J & C Farm and Rescue’s Fridays at the Farm event! Join in the fun every 2nd & 4th Friday of the month where there will be farm animal tours, live music and entertainment, food trucks, face painting, a magician, shopping, and more! Come on out from 5:30pm-8:30pm and support a great cause!

Survivors Showdown
August 12th
Location: Blue Ridge Paintball

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Paintball

Get ready to show off your strength and paintball skills at this all-day event at Blue Ridge Paintball! This Ultimate Paintball Challenge will test the players strategy, wit and survival skills until one team comes out on top! The player briefing starts at 9:30am with a fun day of paintball to follow.

Appalachian Outhouse Race
August 12th
Location: Vogel State Park

Photo Courtesy of Vogel State Park

This fun race at Vogel State Park will have you laughing and enjoying the great outdoors! There will be 3 teams of costumed outhouse crews, who will all race each other to push their homemade outhouse across that toilet paper finish line, for the title of Grand Champion! The parade of outhouses starts before the race at 11am, with the race to follow at 11:30am.

Yoga by the River
August 12th
Location: Old Toccoa Farm

Photo Courtesy of Yoga Over Blue Ridge

Take a relaxing Yoga class by the river at Old Toccoa Farm! The class will take place in a flat grassy area tucked off of the golf course with amazing views of the green and the Toccoa River. Bring your yoga mat, water, and anything else you might need and enjoy!

Summer Concert Series- National Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band: SkynFolks
August 18th
Location: Chateau Meichtry

Photo Courtesy of Chateau Meichtry

There’s still plenty of summer fun left to be had! And that means summer nights spent at the winery with great live music! Get rockin’ and rollin’ with a performance from National Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band: SkynFolks at 6:30pm. Tickets range from $25-$50 + tax.

Georgia Mountain Fair
August 18th-August 26th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Venture on over to Hiawassee, Georgia for some good old fashioned fun at The 72nd Annual Georgia Mountain Fair! There will be carnival rides, music performances, arts & craft booths, special attractions & experiences, delicious food, a parade, a beauty pageant and so much more! This fantastic event runs daily August 18th-August 27th. See their website for times for full details: https://georgiamountainfairgrounds.com/localevents/fair

27th Annual Kiwani’s Rodeo
August 18th-August 19th
Location: Kiwani’s Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Rodeo

Prepare to be entertained at the 27th Annual Kiwanis 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 18th-19th.

Union County GA Gospel Music Festival
August 18th-August 19th
Location: Union County Fine Arts Center

Photo Courtesy of Union County GA Gospel Fest

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 18th at 6:30pm, Saturday the 19th at 1pm and Saturday the 19th at 6:30pm. Hear from artists like Kingsmen, Greater Vision, The Perrys, Legacy Five, Brian Free & Assurance, The Whisnants, Phil Cross & Poet Voices, Dixie Echoes, Real Truth Revival, Justified Quartet, and Josh & Ashley Franks. Get your VIP or General Admission tickets here: https://www.northgeorgiasings.com/union-co-gospel-fest.html

Sound of Summer
August 19th
Location: The Shanty at Brother’s at Willow Ranch

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There’s still time to enjoy all that summer has to offer! Sound of Summer, a 21+ event at The Shanty at Brother’s at Willow Ranch, will have live music, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar with beer & wine from local breweries & wineries. You have 2 chances to catch a performance from The Barker Brothers, one show at 4pm and another at 6:30pm! Tickets are $40 a person, and be sure to get your tickets now because there’s limited availability!

Hangover for Hounds
August 19th
Location: Buck Bald Brewing

Photo Courtesy of Humane Society of Blue Ridge

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.

Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins
August 24th
Location: Dairy Queen / DQ Grill & Chill, Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Mountain Classics Car Club

Admire a selection of classic cars at this free event happening on the 4th Friday of every 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!

Dog Days of Summer
August 26th
Location: Downtown Blairsville

Photo Courtesy of Safe Pet Project

Come on down to Blairsville, GA for a day of dog friendly fun! The Dog Days of Summer event takes place from 10am-2pm in Downtown Blairsville and will include a dog parade, pet friendly vendors, animal artists, raffles, and more! There will also be a free/low cost vaccination clinic and free microchipping for both dogs and cats. Don’t have a dog of your own? There will even be pups there looking to find their ‘furever’ home! You won’t want to miss this awesome dog friendly event!

Golf Tournament for The Rescue and Overwatch Foundation Inc
August 29th
Location: Old Toccoa Farm

Photo Courtesy of the Rescue and Overwatch Foundation Inc

Old Toccoa Farm will be hosting a golf tournament in support of veterans for The Rescue and Overwatch Foundation Inc. There will be 3 categories to choose from- Open, Senior, or Ladies. It’s a $300 fee for each team and the event will be filled with prizes, gift bags, and cash payouts. Sponsorships are also available. The tournament kicks off at 9am. For more details visit: https://www.rescueandoverwatch.org/

Acoustic Sunsets at Hamilton Gardens
August 31st
Location: Hamilton Gardens

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Head to the beautiful Hamilton Gardens in Hiawassee GA Thursday nights for their Acoustic Sunsets Concert Series. The event takes place every Thursday night now through October 5th from 6pm-9pm and will include food trucks and live music. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets and come on out for an evening of fun!

Waterfront Dining



Soak up some rays and enjoy that summer breeze in Blue Ridge at these awesome waterfront restaurants. Sip on fruity cocktails and look out over the water as you enjoy your delicious meal with a view! 

*Cover Photo Courtesy of Boat Dock Bar & Grill

Blue Ridge

Boat Dock Bar & Grill at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina 

Photo Courtesy of Boat Dock Bar & Grill

Cocktails, live music, good food and amazing views of Lake Blue Ridge? Sign us up! At the Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina you can find all that and more, all summer long!  Feast on your favorite comfort foods like shrimp, buffalo chicken wraps, burgers and more. And pair your meal with a refreshing, fruity cocktail that will taste all the sweeter after a busy day on the lake! We especially love the Blue Ridge Boat Wreck and the LBRM Ridge Runner cocktails. On weekends you can expect wonderful entertainment by the lake with live music from great local artists. And what makes Boat Dock Bar & Grill even better is that they allow for your favorite four legged companions to accompany you! If you’re looking for lakeside dining where humans and their pups are welcome then Boat Dock Bar & Grill is the place for you! 

Toccoa Riverside Restaurant 

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There’s no better place to find some of Blue Ridge’s famous trophy trout then at Toccoa Riverside Restaurant! Take in the views of the beautiful Toccoa River from the deck as you sit back and try all the tasty flavors of fried trout unique to the area. Not only can you find incredible trout dishes here, but the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant also offers award-winning steaks and seafood. Start your meal with a plate of Cajun Popcorn or the Smoked Trout for a taste of Blue Ridge. Then for the main course enjoy options like Filet Mignon, Baby Back Ribs and Fresh Local Rainbow Trout, prepared to your liking – be it fried, boiled, or smoked. Then after your meal, you can hit the river and go for a tubing or kayaking adventure down the Toccoa! Visit the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant for a riverside dining experience like no other. 

Iron Bridge General Store & Cafe

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Exploring the Aska Trails and need a pit-stop? Then stop by Iron Bridge General Store & Cafe in the Aska Adventure Area, located right across from the Shallowford Bridge on the Toccoa! This cafe has everything you need for a quick pick me up during your outdoor adventures; grab a bite to eat, stock up on everyday needs, or pick up a cool new Blue Ridge tee; they’ve got it all! But if you’re looking for food, Iron Bridge General Store & Cafe has a wide selection of options like burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, pizza, wings, and more! They even offer breakfast Tuesdays-Sundays from 8am-10:45am. And right from the shop and cafe you can look out and see the Toccoa River and the Shallowford Bridge; which is a cool old steel bridge that was built in 1918. Take a break from your hiking, biking, or boating adventure and stop on by  Iron Bridge General Store & Cafe for the best adventure fuel! 

Copper Basin

Burra Burra On the River

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Just over the state line in the Copper Basin sits Burra Burra on the River, a riverside restaurant with delicious American eats and great views of the famous Steel Bridge and Toccoa River from their expansive deck. Over the years, Burra Burra has become a crowd favorite of many of our guests and a staple of the Copper Basin. From seafood and steaks to burgers and sandwiches, to all your favorite comfort foods; Burra Burra has a little something for everyone! And be sure to pair your meal with a craft brew or glass of wine. You’ll love taking in the views of the bustling small town and the rushing river below, while you catch up with your loved ones over a good meal. So what are you waiting for? Visit Burra Burra today! 

Twisted Tomato

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Pizza lovers will love Twisted Tomato! This wood fire pizza restaurant sits right next door to Burra Burra and has amazing views of the Toccoa as well! And their pizzas are as warm & cheesy as they are delicious! All their pizzas are made fresh daily with the finest ingredients, delivering authentic and high-quality cuisine to the heart of the Copper Basin. You can choose your favorite slice from their pizza menu or create your own with a variety of fun & unique toppings. They also offer calzones and salads as well as wine, beer, and cocktails to pair with your favorite Italian dish. Get ready to grab a slice and enjoy a night out on the town at Twisted Tomato! 

The Waterfront Bar 

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For great drinks and a view you can’t find anywhere else check out The Waterfront Bar, across the river in Copperhill, TN! When you dine here you dine in style; you’ll sit high above the Ocoee River on their expansive deck with amazing views of the Copper Basin below. Not to mention the atmosphere here is sure to keep you coming back for more! It’s always 5’oclock at The Waterfront Bar with amazing specialty cocktails like Oh Me, Oh Mai Tai or Chesney on the Beach. And when you’re ready to dig into some food you’ll have a great selection of traditional Sicilian cuisine prepared with a unique Southern twist. For great drinks, delicious food, and a fun night out with friends be sure to check out The Waterfront Bar! 

Waterfront Getaways Perfect for Summer



Beat the summer heat and cool off in a mountain stream or splash in the lake! With our amazing waterfront cabins, you don’t have to go far to enjoy a quick dip. Just steps away from your home away from home, you can fish, swim, tube, and boat or you can lay back and take in the sounds of the rushing water from the porch. Check out these 18 incredible waterfront cabins just perfect for all your summer adventures! 

*Cover Photo Courtesy of Lakeshore Lodge

Lakeside 

Lakeshore Lodge

Lake days are the best days! And that’s especially true when you stay at Lakeshore Lodge, located on the shores of Lake Blue Ridge! This cabin was made for lake fun and provides you with a kayak, peddle boat, and a boat dock to enjoy the lake on! Take in the beautiful lake views on the deck or the patio, from sunrise to sunset. And while we know you’ll be busy spending all your time on the lake, be sure to check out Lakeshore Lodge’s other great amenities like the cozy family room, the beautiful fully equipped kitchen, the hot tub, and shuffleboard. The cabin is even pet-friendly so your pups can join in on all the fun!

Away to the Lake

Come away to lake lovers paradise at Away to the Lake cabin! Situated on a secluded cove across from the Lake Blue Ridge Recreation Area, you’ll feel relaxed & renewed in no time, at your own private lakeside paradise! Fish off the dock, launch your boat on the water, or splash in the shallows in the summer months. Then come inside to play ping-pong in the game room or fix yourself a drink at the dry bar. Soak in the hot tub to unwind or enjoy dinner al fresco at the picnic table on the deck. Then head off to bed in one of the 4 comfortable bedrooms. Ready to find your perfect lakeside retreat? Then book your stay at Away to the Lake today!

Heaven on the Lake

Heaven on the Lake is exactly what its name says and more! This stunning lakeside cabin has ample opportunities to spend your time in the great outdoors. Relax on any level of the 3 level deck or take to your own private dock! Spend some time in the hot tub or roast marshmallows at the firepit. The fun continues inside this 4 bedroom cabin, equipped with a game room, a stone gas fireplace, a breakfast bar, and even kid friendly amenities so that you can bring the whole family! If a relaxing lakeside cabin with fun for the whole family is what you’re looking for, then look no further then this Heaven on the Lake

Lake Escape

Feeling tense? You look like you could use a Lake Escape!  This cabin is located directly on Lake Blue Ridge and includes a private dock, so don’t forget to bring your boat with you! There is even a fire pit near the deck, so those who would rather stay on dry land can relax and take in the views while the adventurers in the group explore the water. Plus this cabin is pet-friendly so make sure you bring Fido along! Just don’t forget his life jacket! In summary: The views – immaculate. The amenities – ridiculously comfortable. This vacation? Perfect! The only thing that’s missing is you.

Lake Cove Oasis

When it’s scorching hot in the desert, you seek an oasis… In Blue Ridge, we do the same with Lake Cove Oasis!  This beautiful cabin is right on the banks of Lake Blue Ridge and has views of both the glistening lake and the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Spend time on the screened-in porch lounging on the hanging bed, reading on lounge chairs at the lakeside pavilion, or relaxing in the hot tub! Beat the heat this summer at Lake Cove Oasis

Just Peachy 

You’ll feel “just peachy” at your enchanted, private cottage nestled in the woods next to Granny Lake! Just Peachy is located in Cherry Log, GA and is just a few miles away from the shops & restaurants in Downtown Blue Ridge and nearby hiking trails. You’ll be close to town but also tucked away enough where you can really enjoy the peace & quiet of nature. At this cabin you’ll have a cozy family room with a smart TV, a screened in patio for enjoying dinner al fresco, a firepit, hot tub, and 2 comfortable bedrooms. Make your trip to the Peach State “peachy” keen and book your stay here!

Riverside 

Hooked on a Feeling

We’re Hooked on a Feeling and soon you will be too! Here, you’ll get the best of both worlds with beautiful mountain views and easy access to the Toccoa River. Abounding with fish, it’s the perfect place to settle in, bait your hook, and get ready to create unforgettable experiences! If fishing isn’t your scene, don’t worry! There are plenty of activities here to keep you busy. Onsite, you’ll have access to a game room, grill, outdoor fireplace perfect for s’mores, and even a hot tub! Plus, this cabin is pet friendly! It even has a nice walking trail in the backyard that is perfect for walking your furry BFF. Come get hooked on the feeling of riverside living at Hooked on a Feeling cabin! 

A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It is a rustic, quaint, and homey 3-bedroom traditional log cabin set right on the banks of the beautiful Toccoa River. Catch the ultimate trophy trout in the river, where brown and rainbow trout are plentiful. If you catch dinner you can even cook it up on the gas grill outside! Whether you’re a fly fisher or not, this waterside retreat is the perfect place to relax, unwind and escape the stresses of daily life. You can listen to the soothing sounds of the river from the  double swing at the water’s edge, roast marshmallows at the firepit, soak in the hot tub with a glass of wine, or sit on the deck and unwind as you watch the kayakers and boaters pass by. Visit once and you’ll be hooked on this pet friendly, riverside property! 

Down by the River

Come hang out Down by the River! Listen to the rushing water while you lounge by the firepit, that sits directly next to the river. Or enjoy some quality family time on the party porch where you’ll find a stone wood burning fireplace, a 48” Smart TV, and ample seating; perfect for entertaining all your guests! After your fun in the great outdoors, head inside where you can challenge your family members to a few rounds of pool or checkers in the game room. Finally, take a dip in the hot tub and end the day with a movie in front of the fireplace! Bonus: this cabin is pet friendly! So if you’re looking for a place to unwind and connect with nature, come on down to the river and stay a while! 

Rivers Edge

Sitting on the banks of the Toccoa, Rivers Edge, is the perfect getaway for couples! This charming two bedroom cabin is the definition of chic, creating an incredible sense of relaxation through its balance of design styles. You’ll love the cozy living area with a beautiful fireplace as the centerpiece of the room and couches you can just sink into. And you can’t skip dinner when you have such a gorgeous kitchen to prepare meals in with unique white kitchen cabinets, white granite countertops, black appliances, and plenty of space for both couples to get involved with meal prep. While the beautiful, chic interior will make it hard to step away, the outdoor deck area is totally worth checking out! As you relax on the riverfront deck you’ll have amazing views of the Toccoa River below! Want to get closer to the action? Head to the river’s edge and catch some trophy trout or dip your feet into the cool mountain water. You can even roast marshmallows at the firepit, while you swap stories and listen to the sounds of the rushing river over a tasty treat. Come to the Rivers Edge where fun awaits! 

Rock N’ River

It’s time to get rockin’ on the river! Rock N’ River sits on the banks of Fightingtown Creek where you can fish, tube, splash in the small rapids, or enjoy s’mores at the firepit next to the rushing creek. After a busy day on the water, head inside this warm & inviting cabin where you can watch your favorite movies in the cozy family room, prepare meals in the rustic kitchen, and get your game on in the fully stocked game room downstairs. You’ll have a rockin’ good time at Rock N’ River

Riverwalk

Amazing amenities? Check! Close to the Toccoa River? Check! Room for all your family AND pets? Check! Riverwalk truly has it all! This cabin sits in a secluded riverside community where you’ll have easy access to the river at all times. At the community’s private, riverside retreat on the Toccoa you’ll find an outdoor swing for 2 overlooking the river, a firepit, 2 grill stations and a covered pavilion that seats 36 (all common use for the neighborhood). It’s a great place to have  a reunion or a get together with all your loved ones! Back at the cabin, you’ll have plenty of space for you and your guests to spread out. Play pool & darts in the game room, unwind in the hot tub, play games in the kids loft, or hang out on the screened in porch by the fireplace. And with 4 bedrooms, including a great kids room, this is the perfect getaway for families. So what are you waiting for? Let Riverwalk  lure you in hook, line and sinker! 

Creekside

Rusty Rooster

Discover your very own private, peaceful oasis at Rusty Rooster. You’ll feel like you stepped through the pages of a fairytale book into this idyllic cabin nestled in the tall trees. Listen to the sounds of the nearby babbling brook and watch the sun peek through the trees as you enjoy your morning coffee on the bench next to the creek. Outside, you’ll also find a gas grill and picnic table perfect for outdoor dining, a hot tub, firepit, and plenty of seating so you can relax and enjoy the quiet sounds of nature! Keep the outdoor fun going by visiting one of the nearby hiking trails or waterfalls; and you’ll only be 5 minutes away from all the shops & restaurants of Downtown Blue Ridge. After your busy day soaking in the sun, you’ll be welcomed back home to the Rusty Rooster by its warm & inviting atmosphere decorated in rustic, cozy style with comfortable furniture. End your day by lighting a candle, curling up with your favorite book & beverage, and cuddling up in front of the gorgeous stone wood-burning fireplace in the living area. Sound like just the relaxing escape you’ve been looking for? Then get away to Rusty Rooster today! 

Firefly Farmhouse 

Imagine a luxurious farmhouse surrounded by lush pastures, a babbling creek, and endless amenities for relaxation and refreshment… You just pictured Firefly Farmhouse! This gorgeous cabin truly has it all – relax indoors or outdoors by one of two extravagant stone fireplaces, watch the local deer graze in the meadow as you sip coffee in the morning, go fly fishing in the nearby Toccoa River, or even go horseback riding at one of the nearby stables if you’re feeling adventurous! If you’re ready to get back to nature, unwind, and forget all of your worries for awhile, then Firefly Farmhouse is just waiting for you! 

The Otter Side

Looking for a taste of heaven? One look at this cabin and you’ll think you’ve passed to The Otter Side! The cabin is aptly named from its regular, adorable visitor; a river otter who likes to play in the mountain stream. If you’re lucky you might get the chance to see him fishing and splashing in the water! Keep the fun going at the spacious, outdoor patio that’s filled with cozy furniture, an outdoor fireplace, TV, and a top-of-the-line gas grill; all of which help make it the perfect place to hold a cookout!  Afterwards, take the party to the game room to watch a movie, have a glass of wine at the wet bar, or play a few rounds of pool and take a turn on the Pac-Man arcade game. And with room for 12, whether you’re looking for a place to celebrate an engagement, anniversary, graduation, or retirement, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more perfect location! It’s time to head to The Otter Side today! 

Paradise Creek

You seem like you could use a trip to paradise…. Paradise Creek, that is! Who needs palm trees and sandy beaches when you’ve got a sparkling, trout-stocked creek, a world-class fire pit, and a hot tub right here in the gorgeous North Georgia mountains? This secluded cabin sits on 11 acres, tucked along a creek, where you and your family can fish just steps from the cabin’s back door. When you’re not spending your time outdoors you’ll be in the game room! This awesome game room comes equipped with everything you need to host the ultimate game night: pool, ping pong, air hockey, a poker table, a Pac-Man arcade machine, and dart board, along with a full wet bar and wine cooler. And get ready for movie nights in the game room as well, because the floor-to-ceiling stone gas fireplace and luxurious leather wrap-around couch will be your place to cuddle up and watch your favorite flicks with a big bowl of popcorn. Between the peaceful creek and the incredible amenities, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better place! So come visit this beautiful cabin for a taste of true paradise! 

Fighting Creek Cabin

Picture this: a babbling creek, a warm bubbling hot tub, and a whole lot of peace and quiet! You can have all of this plus a whole lot of rustic beauty at Fighting Creek Cabin! Outside is the place to be here! Sit on one of the two porches or the riverside deck, either way you will love unwinding outside listening to the relaxing sounds of the mountain stream passing by. Inside is just as lovely with 3 comfortable bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a game room with fun arcade games and a pool table! Come escape with the peace & quiet of mother nature at Fighting Creek Cabin!

Whisper Creek Lodge

Are you longing to escape the hustle and bustle of city life? Settle in at Whisper Creek Lodge for awhile! The name says it all… Nestled on the edge of a whispering creek, this lodge is all about peace, privacy, and enchantment. Watch the local wildlife every morning as you sip your coffee, cook-out on the grill, or take a dip in the hot tub. However you choose to spend your time with us, Whisper Creek Lodge is sure to offer the peaceful escape you need!

July Events 2023



Get ready for a busy summer in the mountains! July is jam packed with patriotic fun events, art shows, live music, festivals, and more. Find a full list of all the great events happening in the North Georgia area here:

2nd Annual Wild West Show & Rodeo on the River
July 1st
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 2nd Annual Wild West Show & Rodeo June 30th & July 1st! There will be lots of fun rodeo events and food vendors at this awesome event! And on Saturday there will be a firework show! Tickets are $20 per person and children 5 & under are free.

Lake Nottely Boat Parade
July 1st
Location: Nottely Marina

Photo Courtesy of Nottely Marina

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

Kids Fishing Rodeo
July 1st
Location: McCaysville City Park

Photo Courtesy of City of McCaysville, GA

Let the kiddos try their hand at some fishing at the Kids Fishing Rodeo for children 16 & under in McCaysville City Park! Not only will there be fishing but there will also be a playground, walking trails, a picnic area, and the new Veterans Memorial Garden to explore! After the fishing rodeo be sure to stay for a cookout in the park and then catch the fireworks over the river at sundown!

Copper Basin Fireworks
July 1st
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!

Community Quilt & Fiber Arts Exhibit
July 1st-July 8th
Location: The Arts Center

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Admire beautiful hand made quilts and celebrate our mountain heritage at the Art Center’s Community Quilt & Fiber Arts Exhibit. The gallery will be covered in both traditional and non traditional quilts as well as a wide array of fiber arts. The exhibit runs from May 26th-July 8th.

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
July 1st-July 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!
July 1st: Travis Bowlin
July 2nd: Russ Still
July 7th: Zachary Alexander
July 8th: Travis Bowlin
July 9th: Hunter Flanagan
July 14th: The Shetlands
July 15th: Hunter Flanagan
July 16th: Aspen Lee
July 21st: Rose Brown
July 22nd: Travis Bowlin
July 23rd: David Welch
July 28th: David Welch
July 29th: The Shetlands
July 30th: Russ Still

3rd Quarter Artist in Residence: Joe Basco
July 1st-July 31st
Location: Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Come on out to the Art Center to admire local artist, Joe Basco’s beautiful works depicting rural life from now until September 16th.

Downtown Market Blue Ridge
July 1st-July 29th
Location: 400 West Main Street

Photo Courtesy of Downtown Market Blue Ridge

Enjoy this wonderful market every Saturday from 9:00am-1:00pm now till November (weather permitting) right in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge! There will be all kinds of vendors offering food, artisan goods, arts & crafts, furniture, and more!

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing
July 1st-July 29th
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

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 delicious fare from the ever-changing food trucks, while you listen to some fantastic local artists! And on Monday nights come on out for SINGO and Thursday nights is Karaoke!
July 1st: Jess Gogans
July 6th: Karaoke
July 7th: Travis Bowlin and Food from Get Skewers- Brazilian Food Truck
July 8th: Get Skewers- Brazilian Food Truck
July 13th: Karaoke
July 14th: Surrender Hill
July 15th: David Cheatham
July 20th: Karaoke
July 21st: Gregg Erwin & David Welch
July 22nd: Mountain Gypsy
July 27th: Karaoke
July 28th: Get Skewers- Brazilian Food Truck
July 29th: Karaoke

Live Music & Events at Angry Hops Brewing
July 1st-July 4th
Location: Angry Hops Brewing

Photo Courtesy of Angry Hops Brewing

You’ll love the craft brews from Angry Hops Brewing! And the only thing that can make those brews taste even better is when Angry Hops has live music or a special event going on! For 4th of July weekend you can expect all kinds of patriotic fun at the brewery.
July 1st: Appalachian Monk & Food from Community BBQ
July 2nd: Gerry Herndon
July 3rd: Blue Ridge Freedom 5K Kickoff Party
July 4th: Race Day

Live Music at Chateau Meichtry
July 1st-July 30th
Location: Chateau Meichtry

Photo Courtesy of Chateau Meichtry

Come sip on wine by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at Chateau Meichtry. This beautiful winery located in Talking Rock, GA has both outdoor & indoor seating options, so you can enjoy the atmosphere of the winery no matter the weather. On Saturdays & Sundays you can sip on your favorite glass of wine while you enjoy live music from local artists from 1:30pm-5:30pm. And there’s food trucks on the weekends as well!
July 1st: Adrian Stover
July 2nd: Man Bites Dog
July 3rd: Matty Croxton
July 4th: Wilder & White
July 7th: Surrender Hill
July 8th: Cotter Hill
July 9th: Surrender Hill
July 28th: Stevie Nicks Tribute Concert by Trouble Shangri-La featuring Kristin Tinsley!

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards
July 1st-July 30th
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!
July 1st: Alyce and Marco
July 2nd: Gregg Erwin
July 8th: Rusted Melody
July 9th: Trevor Startt
July 15th: Mason Parker
July 16th: Loose Shoes Duo
July 22nd: Hank Break
July 23rd: Katie Martin
July 29th: Jorge Valenzuela
July 30th: Brooke Bagwell

Live Music and Food at Fannin Brewing Company
July 1st-July 8th
Location: Fannin Brewing Company

Photo Courtesy of Fannin Brewing Company

There’s always fun to be had at Fannin Brewing Company in Downtown Blue Ridge! On weekends they have live music, food trucks, beer, and lots of fun! Grab a beer, some eats, and enjoy the show!
July 1st: Der Wurst Meister Food Truck
July 8th: Alex Gannon

Sugar Creek Raceway
July 1st-July 22nd
Location: Sugar Creek Raceway

Photo Courtesy of Sugar Creek Raceway

Catch zooming cars at Sugar Creek Raceway in Blue Ridge, Georgia all summer long! Don’t miss a second of the action at this amazing off-road racetrack! Gates open at 5pm and hot laps start at 7pm.
July 1st: United Crate Racing Alliance 604
July 8th: Super Late Models
July 22nd: Red Clay Series/Interstate Welding 602 Crate Late Models

Live Music at Paradise Hills
July 1st-July 29th
Location: Paradise Hills

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.
July 1st: Chris Carpenter
July 2nd: Gnarly Fingers Band (Independence Day Concert)
July 7th: Gerry Herndon
July 8th: Tom Edwards
July 14th: Zach Alexander
July 15th: Scott Stambaugh
July 21st: Hill Roberts
July 22nd: Rusted Melody
July 28th: Mother Legacy
July 29th: Trailer Hippies

Vitner’s Tours
July 2nd-July 30th
Location: Crane Creek Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

Learn all about the wine making process with this behind the scenes experience! Take a tour of the beautiful Crane Creek Vineyards and experience what goes into making a bottle of Crane Creek wine! You can take a Vitner Tour Saturdays at 2pm, March-November.

Line Dancing Class
July 3rd-July 31st
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s Music Venue

Have you ever wanted to learn how to line dance? Well now’s your chance! Tooney’s now offers free, weekly line dancing classes Monday nights! The class is open to people of all ages and dance experience! Doors open at 6pm and classes start at 7pm. Come on down and show us what you can do!

Blue Ridge Freedom 5K
July 4th
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Freedom 5K and 10K

Be a part of the 4th of July celebration run! Start at Blue Ridge Sip & Play at 7:30am and make your way through town on this festive 5K.

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

Photo Courtesy of Fetch Your News

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 Kari Mesnickow

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!

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

Photo Courtesy of Visit Lake Chatuge

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!

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

Photo Courtesy of Vogel State Park

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!

Fireworks at Meeks Park
July 4th
Location: Meeks Park

Photo Courtesy of Visit Blairsville GA

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!

2023 Annual Star Spangled Banner Spectacular Fourth of July Cookout & Buffet
July 4th
Location: The Sunset Pavilion at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa

Photo Courtesy of Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Enjoy a 4th of July buffet in Brasstown Valley’s dining room from 5pm-9pm. You’ll find delicious entrees and sides like peel & eat shrimp, roasted sweet potatoes, grilled pork medallions over molasses baked beans, and so much more! Or 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 $57.00 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!

4th of July at the Ridges Resort
July 4th
Location: The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge

Photo Courtesy of The Ridges Resort

The Ridges Resort on the shore of Lake Chatuge, in beautiful Hiawassee, is hosting a 4th of July BBQ on the shores of Lake Chatuge! For dinner there will be burgers, hot dogs, and grilled chicken along with delicious sides and assorted pies. Then stay after to enjoy the fireworks! Reservations are $22 a person and can be made via OpenTable or by calling 706-896-4141

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

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Head over to Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee for great music and fireworks! Starting at 3pm there will be craft vendors, food trucks, kids activities, cornhole, a bounce house, and much more! Then the Vintage Vixens will perform 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!

Big Fish the Musical
July 6th-July 23rd
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Community Theater

Come on out to Blue Ridge Community Theater’s production of Big Fish the Musical! Based off the novel and film of the same name, Big Fish the Musical follows the story of Edward Bloom, who loves to share his larger than life stories with everyone he can find. But now, Edward and his wife Sandra’s son, Will, has come of age and is about to have his own child. Will is determined to get to the bottom of his father’s outlandish tales and find the truth for himself! Don’t miss this heartwarming and beloved show on the Blue Ridge Community Theater stage Thursdays-Sundays July 6th-23rd. Shows are Thursdays- Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Pickin’ In The Park
July 6th-July 27th
Location: Horseshoe Bend Park

Photo Courtesy of Fannin County GA

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

Acoustic Sunsets at Hamilton Gardens
July 6th-July 27th
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 27th from 6pm-9pm and will include food trucks and live music. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets and come on out for an evening of fun!

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
July 7th-July 29th
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!
July 7th: Gregg Erwin
July 15th: David Welch
July 22nd: Spencer Scott Smith
July 28th: Frankie Sparks
July 29th: Dave Flowers

Zach Williams
July 8th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

See Grammy award winning southern rock/country artist Zach Williams live in concert at the Anderson Music Hall on July 8th at 7pm. He’ll play some of his biggest hits like, “Chainbreaker,” “Fear Is A Liar,” as well as gold “Old Church Choir.” And opening for Zach is Stephen Stanley! You won’t want to miss this awesome show! Tickets range between $30-$60+ handling.

Yoga by the River
July 8th
Location: Old Toccoa Farm

Photo Courtesy of Yoga Over Blue Ridge

Take a relaxing Yoga class by the river at Old Toccoa Farm! The class will take place in a flat grassy area tucked off of the golf course with amazing views of the green and the Toccoa River. Bring your yoga mat, water, and anything else you might need and enjoy!

Art Classes and Workshops
July 8th-July 22nd
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association offers classes year-round for artists looking to expand their skill set. This month you can learn to express yourself through an ancient dye making class and ceramics! And check out more upcoming art classes at https://www.blueridgearts.net/adult-classes.html
July 8th: Introduction to Shibori and Indigo
July 22nd: Animal and Ceramic Sculpture

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
July 10th-July 28th
Location: Cherry Log, GA

Photo Courtesy of Benton McKaye Trail Association

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.
July 10th: BMT: Lost Creek section. DOG-FRIENDLY HIKE
July 14th: Rhododendron Trail
July 17th: Wildcat Management – Falls Creek Falls, Buice Falls & Rocky Ford Trail Cascades
July 21st: Cartecay River Loop Trails. DOG-FRIENDLY HIKE
July 25th: Jack Rabbit Trails
July 28th: Turtletown Creek Falls

Plantation Rum Tasting & Pig Roast
July 12th
Location: The Tavern at Old Toccoa Farm

Photo Courtesy of Old Toccoa Farm

Come on out for a fun night at The Tavern! Your $50 entry fee will pay for the live entertainment, a pig roast buffet, and a complimentary cigar. Call The Tavern at 706-946-4653 to reserve your spot!

2nd Thursdays Stateline Stroll
July 13th
Location: Riverwalk Shops

Photo Courtesy of the Riverwalk Shops

Get moving the second Thursday of every month with the Stateline Stroll! Walk, jog, or run around the block and cross the state line on this casual stroll. Start whenever and end whenever; and when you’re finished enjoy a drink at Burra Burra or Twisted Tomato and listen to some live music at Tooney’s!

Fridays at the Farm
July 14th-July 28th
Location: J & C Farm and Rescue

Photo Courtesy J & C Farm and Rescue

Have some good old-fashioned fun at the farm for J & C Farm and Rescue’s Fridays at the Farm event! Join in the fun every 2nd & 4th Friday of the month where there will be farm animal tours, live music and entertainment, food trucks, face painting, a magician, shopping, and more! Come on out from 5:30pm-8:30pm and support a great cause!

Walk the Line 5K
July 15th
Location: Riverwalk Shops

Photo Courtesy of City of McCaysville

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

Sons & Sailors: A Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band
July 15th
Location: The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge

Photo Courtesy of The Ridges Resort

Head to ‘Margaritaville’ for the night with a performance from Sons & Sailors: A Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band at The Ridges Resort! Not only will there be an amazing performance but there will also be food & drinks for sale and a silent auction that will benefit Hiawassee’s Legacy Buildings for the Paris Business Center. VIP table seating is $30 per person or $60 per couple or $240 per table. And general admission lawn seating is $15 per person.

3D Off the Wall Exhibit
July 15th-July 31st
Location: Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association (The Art Center)

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Come appreciate amazing three-dimensional works of art from local artists at the 13th 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 15th from 5pm-7pm and the exhibit will be on display through August 27th.

National Juried Photography Show
July 15th-July 31st
Location: The Art Center (Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association)

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Come on out to the Art Center now through August 26th 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 15th-July 16th
Location: Meeks Park

Photo Courtesy of 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!

Live Music at Tooney’s
July 21st-July 29th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s Music Venue

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 21st: Corey Smith
July 28th: Ashley Brooks
July 29th: Erin Viancourt

Winery Comedy Tour
July 22nd
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Winery

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Get ready for a night of laughs at the Winery Comedy Tour! Live professional stand-up comics will make you laugh all night long! Grab a glass of wine or a beer and let the laughter flow! Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm!

Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins
July 28th
Location: Dairy Queen / DQ Grill & Chill, Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Mountain Classics Car Club

Admire a selection of classic cars at this free event happening on the 4th Friday of every 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!

The Mountain Music & Moonshine Festival
July 28th-July 30th
Location: Historic Blairsville, GA Downtown Square

Photo Courtesy of Grandaddy Mimm’s

It’s music and moonshine time! On Friday, Grandaddy Mimm’s will be releasing a whole new batch of their award-winning moonshine with a fun kickoff party! Saturday is the big event with 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! And on Sunday enjoy a catered breakfast and a church service with a cornhole tournament to follow. It’s going to be an awesome weekend on the square!

Fun on the State Line



There’s so much fun to be had in the Copper Basin! In fact you’ll have double the amount of fun here because you have not one, but two states to explore-McCaysville, GA and Copperhill, TN. You may have spent a few hours in the Copper Basin during your layover with the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, but we recommend planning a day trip to the Copper Basin on your next visit because we assure you that there’s plenty you didn’t get the chance to experience. From great shops and restaurants, to breweries and live music venues, to the town’s rich history; there’s so much for you to enjoy! Be sure to check out these 8 activities on your visit to the Copper Basin:

*Cover Photo Courtesy of the Riverwalk Shops

Visit the State Line

Photo Courtesy of @aamanda.brooke

You can stand in two states at once by putting one foot in Tennessee and the other in Georgia, right on the blue state line here in the Copper Basin! This is the perfect opportunity for a few fun photos while you get both the full Georgia and Tennessee experience!

Walk the Famous Steel Bridge

Photo Courtesy of @nannert31

The Copper Basin is known for its famous steel bridge! As you walk across this bridge you’ll move from Georgia to Tennessee in no time at all. And the river that rushes below this bridge is known as the Toccoa River when you’re in Georgia and the Ocoee River when you’re in Tennessee. It’s the same river but with a different name depending on what state you’re in! And that’s exactly what this historic bridge, built in 1911 marks, the changing of the river as it crosses the state line. How cool is that!? This famous bridge is also a great spot for a photo op with friends & family. Or you can snag a picture of the bridge from the distance, where you’ll be able to see the American flag that faces out for all to see.

Riverside Dining

Enjoy incredible riverside dining here in the Copper Basin! From pizza, to American eats, to Cuban food, and even Southeast Asian cuisine; the Copper Basin has a surprisingly large amount of variety for such a small community. Here’s a few of our favorites:

Burra Burra

Photo Courtesy of Burra Burra on the River

Enjoy waterside dining like never before at Burra Burra! Dine on classic American fare on their large deck that overlooks the famous Steel Bridge and the Toccoa River. Order a plate of ribs or a smash burger, or try “The 1929” which is their number one seller! “The 1929” is a slow roasted beef brisket sandwich platter topped with provolone cheese, grilled onions, red wine and thyme infused au jus dip, served with river winders and coleslaw. YUM! Pair your meal with a craft brew or a glass of wine which will hit the spot after a busy day of shopping at the Riverwalk Shops. Your fur babies are even welcome to join you for dinner on the deck! So stop on by Burra Burra for a delicious meal and a good time on the Toccoa!

The Waterfront Bar

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For more great dining & drink options check out The Waterfront Bar across the river in Copperhill, TN! The Waterfront Bar sits high above the Ocoee River and as you look down from their expansive deck you’ll have amazing views of the Copper Basin below. And believe it or not this incredible riverside tavern is the first & only liquor bar in Copperhill, TN! And good thing too because the drinks are amazing!! Refreshing craft cocktails like the Rum Punch or the Captn’s Cherry Treasure will have you thinking you’re on the banks of a sunny Florida beach, when you’re actually in the mountains of Tennessee! They also offer beer & wine options as well. And we can’t forget the food which is a delicious blend of traditional Sicilian cooking with a unique Southern flair. The Waterfront Bar is a great place to grab a few drinks and unwind with friends & family!

Twisted Tomato

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You can’t go wrong with a cheesy & delicious slice of pizza! And that’s just what you’ll find at Twisted Tomato, located on the riverside deck right next to Burra Burra. Twisted Tomato’s scrumptious, woodfired pizzas are homemade every day with the freshest of ingredients bringing authentic & quality food to the heart of the Copper Basin. Build your own pizzas & salads here with dozens of toppings to choose from or try a calzone instead! And check out the wood fired specialties menu for unique and fun pizza options; one of our favorites is the Bigfoot Supreme which is extra tasty after running in the Bigfoot Boogie 5K, which takes place in the Copper Basin every October. Grab a slice & grab a drink and enjoy a relaxing dinner riverside!

Rods Rocking Rolls

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Enjoy some culture and a taste of Asia at Rods Rocking Rolls in Ducktown, TN! To try a bite of Rods Rocking Rolls Southeast Asian Cuisine you’ll have to take a quick 5 minute drive from the Copper Basin, but it’s totally worth it, we promise! Sushi, seafood, spring rolls, rice bowls, you name it; they’ve got it all! They also have an American & Italian menu so even those picky eaters will have something there to enjoy! All their food is prepared fresh daily and the unique menu is constantly changing, so you’ll always find something new and exciting to try!

Rum Cake Lady

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You may have dined at the Rum Cake Lady in Downtown Blue Ridge, but the real fun of having some of this delicious Cuban cuisine at the Copper Basin location is because the café sits right on the state line. How cool is that!? You can enjoy your amazing meal and rum cakes in two places at once and then snag a fun picture afterwards. And not only does the Copper Basin location offer all your favorite Cuban entrees but they also have a Cuban grocery where you can shop for all the Cuban delicacies you can think of and so much more!

Have a Drink

The Copper Basin has no shortage of great places to have a drink. Two of our favorite local breweries are located there: Buck Bald Brewing & Copperhill Brewery. As well as a cool new trendy bar, Bar 21.

Buck Bald Brewing

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Just over the state line in Copperhill, TN sits Buck Bald Brewing! This wonderful brewery is actually a converted gas station turned into a brewery, where you’ll find a wide variety of refreshing craft brews. Opened in 2018, this brewery has become the toast of the town, with over 14 beers on tap at the Copperhill location and 12 on tap at their newly opened Murphy, NC location. And they’ve got a little bit of something for everyone; from IPAs, to sours, to English and German style beers, you’ll be sure to find the beer that fits you best! Whatever beer you choose, you can enjoy it from the tasting room or from the outdoor area. And if you’re a craft beer fantatic be sure to join the Mug Club, where you can have your portrait immortalized on a mug, exclusively for your personal use as you explore Buck Bald Brewing’s extensive and ever-changing beer selection.

Copperhill Brewery

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Also in Copperhill, TN you’ll find Copperhill Brewery! This wonderful brewery sits right on the TN/GA state line next to the Rum Cake Lady, so you can drink your favorite craft brews with one leg in Tennessee and one in Georgia (it would make for a hilarious photo)! Not only will you find delicious craft brews here but you can enjoy them in the spacious tasting room where the atmosphere alone just screams relaxation. And there’s always something happening at Copperhill Brewery, listen to live music on weekends, play some trivia on Thursday nights, or shoot darts at the dartboard. You won’t find a more relaxed place to spend an afternoon than at Copperhill Brewery!

Bar 21

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The coolest new bar has just arrived in Copperhill, TN; Bar 21! This trendy and sleek style bar offers fabulous bourbons, wines and craft cocktails. Some of their incredible concocations include the Spicy Paloma, the Basil-Berry Martini, a tea infused Hibiscus Mint cocktail, and so much more! And you can’t go wrong with a whiskey flight or a glass of wine to get a taste of both the old world and the new world. Feel like you’ve been transported to a speakeasy in the 1920’s at Copper Basin’s coolest & newest bar, Bar 21!

Shopping Sprees

A short 2 hour layover in the Copper Basin won’t give you enough time to experience all the cool shops and restaurants downtown! You’ll find a few shops that have sister stores in Blue Ridge but most of them are unique & special to the Copper Basin. Here’s a few you just HAVE to visit:

Riverwalk Sweets

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Cure your sweet tooth with some candies & sweets from Riverwalk Sweets! Here you’ll find all kinds of fun, nostalgic candy as well as all your classic favorites. Cotton candy, pop rocks, gummies, chocolates, and so much more! Drop on by for a real “sweet treat”!

Pic N Vine

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Shopping for homemade art on the state line!? Sign us up! Pic N Vine is filled with handwoven kudzu vine baskets and wreaths, all crafted with love and care. The shop will take you back to a simpler time when goodies were brought to neighbors homes in beautiful handwoven baskets. And now you can bring the good times back with a basket from Pic N Vine! You can even create your own basket by taking a basket weaving class right at the shop. And one of the coolest parts of this unique shop is that the TN/GA line passes straight through the store, so it sits in two states simultaneously! Enjoy a truly unique and fun shopping experience at Pic N Vine!

River Laurel Gifts & Boutique

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Pick up the perfect gift for your friends & family back home (or something for yourself) at River Laurel Gifts & Boutique! Shop through the store filled with home decor, jewelry, mugs, and baby apparel. Rest assured you’ll leave with something totally adorable that will brighten your home up in no time!

Christmas Is Here!

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Christmas time is year round at the Christmas is Here shop in McCaysville, GA! It’s never too early to shop for the holidays, so you can stock up on all your Christmas decor in July if you so desire! You’ll find beautiful and unique handcrafted treasures and decor created by some amazingly talented American artists. Some of the art and home decor you’ll find here includes wooden Santas, beautiful wise men statues, advent calendars, and fun gifts for your loved ones! Let the Christmas spirit fill your heart & soul when you shop at Christmas is Here!

Mainstreet Mutt

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Dogs and dog lovers alike are welcome at Mainstreet Mutt! They have everything you need to spoil your four-legged best friend; like collars, toys, and treats. And for the dog owners you’ll also find pet themed home decor and apparel. Your furry friend will love trotting up and down the aisles filled with goodies just for them! And be sure to get your pup’s photo taken while in the shop for the chance to be featured on Mainstreet Mutt’s Wall of Fame as well as on their social media pages.

The Copper Basin is home to many other great shops that have sister stores in Blue Ridge like The Owls Nest, Deaf Man Vinyl, Blue Ridge Adventure Wear and The Pasta Market. We recommend you check them all out in the Copper Basin as well because they may have something that the Blue Ridge shops did not. You never know what you’ll find!

Live Music

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Tooneys is home to amazing live music, dancing, and fun! On Mondays you can take a line dancing class and shake your booty in some cute cowboy boots, on Thursdays you can have some fun singing karaoke, and on weekends you can expect lots of great live music! Plus the drinks are always flowing at Tooneys so there’s never a bad time to visit!

And be sure to check out some of the other local bars & breweries on the weekends for more live music from great local artists!

Grab a Cup of Coffee

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Coffee lovers should check out Yellowbird Coffee Shop in Copperhill, TN. Enjoy your cup of joe on the patio overlooking the river or if you’re in a hurry grab your cup to-go at the drive thru. They offer all your favorite coffee beverages like cappuccinos, mochas, lattes, drip coffee and more and yummy treats to pair with your coffee like muffins & donuts. And this adorable little coffee shop sits right on the state line so it’s a great spot to grab a few photos, after you’ve had your morning coffee, of course!

Learn Something New

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And not far from the twin cities you’ll find the Ducktown Basin Museum! Here you can learn all about the rich 150 year history of the Copper Basin and the old Burra Burra Mine. The museum is located on the historic site of the mine which was the headquarters for the Tennessee Copper Company and Cities Service mining operations from 1899 through 1975. Today you can see 16 of the original structures on the site including all the old mine buildings. And inside you’ll find a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, and displays depicting the industrial and cultural heritage of this former mining community.

Just a hop, skip, and a car or train ride away awaits all the joys that the Copper Basin can offer! If you have time on your next Escape to Blue Ridge be sure to take a day trip to visit this adorable riverside town that sits between two states!

June Events 2023



Summer is in full swing in Blue Ridge and that means there’s so much fun to be had under the hot summer sun! Spend your days on Lake Blue Ridge and your evenings listening to live music at our local breweries & wineries. And on weekends take in a festival or two! See what June has in store for you in Blue Ridge and the surrounding North Georgia area:

Community Quilt & Fiber Arts Exhibit
June 1st-June 30th
Location: The Arts Center

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Admire beautiful hand made quilts and celebrate our mountain heritage at the Art Center’s Community Quilt & Fiber Arts Exhibit. The gallery will be covered in both traditional and non traditional quilts as well as a wide array of fiber arts. The exhibit runs from May 26th-July 8th.

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing
June 1st-June 30th
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing

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Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewing 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 delicious fare from the ever-changing food trucks, while you listen to some fantastic local artists! And on Monday nights come on out for SINGO and Thursday nights is Karaoke!
June 1st: Karaoke
June 2nd: Blue Lava
June 3rd: David Cheatham
June 8th: Karaoke
June 9th: Doctor Paul
June 10th: Get Skewers-Brazilian Food Truck
June 15th: Karaoke
June 16th: David Welch
June 17th: Get Skewers-Brazilian Food Truck
June 18th: Community BBQ
June 22nd: Karaoke
June 23rd: Travis Bowlin
June 24th: Randeaux’s-Cajun Food Truck & Karaoke
June 29th: Karaoke
June 30th: Get Skewers-Brazilian Food Truck

Pickin’ In The Park
June 1st-June 29th
Location: Horseshoe Bend Park

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

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
June 2nd-June 30th
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!
June 2nd: Russ Still
June 3rd: Rose Brown & Derek Edwards
June 4th: Gavin Powell
June 9th: The Shetlands & Aspen Lee
June 10th: Travis Bowlin from Nashville
June 11th: Gregg Erwin
June 16th: Hunter Flanagan
June 17th: David Welch & Rob Grater
June 18th: The Shetlands
June 23rd: Aspen Lee
June 24th: Travis Bowlin from Nashville
June 25th: Gregg Erwin
June 30th: Hunter Flanagan

Live Music and Food at Fannin Brewing Company
June 2nd-June 24th
Location: Fannin Brewing Company

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There’s always fun to be had at Fannin Brewing Company in Downtown Blue Ridge! On weekends they have live music, food trucks, beer, and lots of fun! Grab a beer, some eats, and enjoy the show!
June 2nd: Resin Pour Art Class
June 17th: Two Moos Coffee and Creamery
June 24th: Get Skewers

Live Music Fridays at Crane Creek Vineyards
June 2nd-June 30th
Location: Crane Creek Vineyards

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Come on out for live music Friday nights at the Farmhouse Market at Crane Creek Vineyards. The vineyards will be open late Friday nights, with extended hours until 8pm. Grab a glass of wine, a charcuterie board, and a seat and enjoy!
June 2nd: Surrender Hill
June 9th: Appalachian Monk
June 16th: Wyatt Espalin
June 23rd: Ryan Furstenberg
June 30th: Chris Carpenter

Resin Pour Art Class
June 2nd
Location: Fannin Brewing Company

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Make your very own Charcuterie board at Resin Flow Art Class at Fannin Brewing Company! You’ll pick your board, select your favorite colors, and then be walked through step by step on how to create your masterpiece! Reserve your spot here: https://resinflowart.com/ola/services/resin-pour-art-class-blue-ridge?fbclid=IwAR263ELvv5Slo8OKFyX93ws5ovvLcESl1MAO2EPCZ0ljTL-20BQx-LY4GTo

First Friday’s Art Class
June 2nd
Location: 4 Elements Fine Art

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Bring out your artistic side with a paint night at 4 Elements Art! This Oil Painting and Wine Tasting Event will offer an intimate oil painting lesson from internationally known artist George Charriez and all the art supplies you’ll need, along with a wine tasting from 34th Degree Wine Merchant and a charcuterie board from The Pasta Market. Reserve your spot for this fun night out here: https://www.4elementsart.com/classes/first-fridays-art-class

Natti Love Joys- Live Music is Better
June 2nd
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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Opening for legendary performers like Joan Jett, Three Dog Night, The Clash and many others Natti Love Joys have created quite a name for themselves. And with their awesome reggae flair you’ll be tapping your feet and dancing along in no time! Don’t miss this night of music at Blue Ridge Community Theater for their Live Music is Better series! The band will take the stage at 7:30 pm on June 2nd and tickets are $25 for this awesome show!

Fishing Rodeos
June 2nd-June 3rd
Location: Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery

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Bring your fishing gear & bait for the Seniors 55 & Older Fishing Rodeo on June 2nd and the Kids Fishing Rodeo on June 3rd for kid 16 & under, at the fish hatchery! Rock Creek and the hatchery will be stocked with fish for the catching. Catch a tagged fish and you could win a prize! Come on out rain or shine for this awesome FREE fishing event!

North Georgia Highland Seafood Festival
June 2nd-June 4th
Location: Mayor’s Park in Young Harris, GA

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Come enjoy premium seafood in North Georgia at the North Georgia Highland Seafood Festival in Young Harris! There will be music, arts & crafts, and plenty of delicious seafood. Admission is $5 a person.

Live Music at Tooney’s
June 2nd-June 16th
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!
June 2nd: Alex Williams Band
June 3rd: Steve Bryson Band
June 10th: The Band Waleska
June 16th: Channing Wilson

Live Music at Paradise Hills
June 2nd-June 30th
Location: Paradise Hills

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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.
June 2nd: Curtis Jones
June 3rd: Chris Carpenter
June 9th: Zach Alexander
June 10th: Tom Edwards
June 16th: Scott Stambaugh
June 17th: Trailer Hippies
June 23rd: Hill Roberts
June 24th: Rusted Melody
June 30th: Forest Seales

Happy Together Tour
June 3rd
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Head to Hiawassee for a night of 60’s & 70’s hits from artists like The Turtles, Gary Puckett & Union Gap, Little Anthony, The Classics IV, The Vogues, and The Cowsills! The show kicks off at 7pm and tickets are $45+ handling.

Movie in the Park-Minions
June 3rd
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge City Park

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It’s movie night in the park! Come to Blue Ridge City Park on June 3rd at 6pm with lawn chairs and blankets for a family movie night to watch Minions the Rise of Gru! The movie starts at 8:30pm and there will be food trucks on site. What a fun night of family fun under the stars!

National Trails Day at Vogel State Park
June 3rd
Location: Vogel State Park

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Get out on the trails for National Trails Day at Vogel State Park! From 9am-11:30am there will numerous activities to try like cross cut saw, a rock work demonstration, and hiking. Then at 12:00pm everyone will break for lunch and you’ll have the chance to learn a little bit more about each local club.

Vitner’s Tours
June 3rd-June 24th
Location: Crane Creek Vineyards

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Learn all about the wine making process with this behind the scenes experience! Take a tour of the beautiful Crane Creek Vineyards and experience what goes into making a bottle of Crane Creek wine! You can take a Vitner Tour Saturdays at 2pm, March-November.

Art Classes and Workshops
June 3rd-June 10th
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. This month you can learn to express yourself through stained glass, fabric bowls, and quilting! And check out more upcoming art classes at https://www.blueridgearts.net/adult-classes.html
June 3rd: Painting a Mountain Lake in Watercolor
June 10th: Charcoal: Value, Contrast & Texture

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
June 3rd-June 23rd
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!
June 3rd: Paul Constantine
June 10th: Zack Gruczkowski & Catfish Hill Roberts
June 17th: Mook & Mimi
June 23rd: Gregg Erwin

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards
June 3rd-June 25th
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!
June 3rd: The Georgia Back Porch Band
June 4th: Jorge Valenzuela
June 10th: Gregg Erwin
June 11th: Craig Hendricks
June 17th: David Cheatham
June 18th: Brooklyn Bagwell
June 24th: Andrew Katter
June 25th: Harold Crowder

Downtown Market Blue Ridge
June 3rd-June 24th
Location: 400 West Main Street

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Enjoy this wonderful market every Saturday from 9:00am-1:00pm now till November (weather permitting) right in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge! There will be all kinds of vendors offering food, artisan goods, arts & crafts, furniture, and more!

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
June 3rd-June 23rd
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.
June 3rd: Brush Creek Trail
June 17th: Ocoee Whitewater Center
June 23rd: Turtletown Creek Falls

Live Music at Chateau Meichtry
June 3rd-June 30th
Location: Chateau Meichtry

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Come sip on wine by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at Chateau Meichtry. This beautiful winery located in Talking Rock, GA has both outdoor & indoor seating options, so you can enjoy the atmosphere of the winery no matter the weather. On Saturdays & Sundays you can sip on your favorite glass of wine while you enjoy live music from local artists from 1:30pm-5:30pm. And there’s food trucks on the weekends as well!
June 3rd: Adrian Stover
June 4th: Steve & Steve
June 10th: Doug Easterly
June 11th: Surrender Hill
June 17th: Drew Ashworth
June 18th: Gary Wilder
June 24th: Surrender Hill
June 25th: Dr. Paul
June 30th: Jimmy Buffett Tribute Concert

Line Dancing Class
June 5th-June 26th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to line dance? Well now’s your chance! Tooney’s now offers free, weekly line dancing classes Monday nights! The class is open to people of all ages and dance experience! Doors open at 6pm and classes start at 7pm. Come on down and show us what you can do!

Herbal Medicine Course
June 5th-June 8th
Location: The Folk Collaborative

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Learn the art of Appalachian medicine making with this 4-day course from The Folk Collaborative! You’ll learn the different forms of herbal medicine, how to make them, their history, the pros and cons and so much more during this educational course. Pricing starts at $700 for food & class. Learn more here: https://thefolkcollaborative.com/2663-2/

2nd Thursdays Stateline Stroll
June 8th
Location: Riverwalk Shops

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Get moving the second Thursday of every month with the Stateline Stroll! Walk, jog, or run around the block and cross the state line on this casual stroll. Start whenever and end whenever; and when you’re finished enjoy a drink at Burra Burra or Twisted Tomato and listen to some live music at Tooney’s!

Greater Atlanta British Motorcycle Association
June 9th-June 10th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Come on out to Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for the annual summer British in the Blue Ridge Rally! This is THE premier British motorcycle rally in the southeastern United States and has been held every year since 1985. The event will have a motorcycle show, vendors, field events, mountain motorcycle rides, and camping! All makes and models are welcome to join and campsites are available as well!

Travis Tritt
June 10th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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See Grammy award winning country artist Travis Tritt live in concert at the Anderson Music Hall on November June 10th at 7pm. He’ll play some of his biggest hits including “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive” and “Best of Intentions.” And opening for Travis Tritt is his talented daughter Tyler Tritt! You won’t want to miss this awesome show! Tickets are $55+ handling.

Yoga by the River
June 10th
Location: Old Toccoa Farm

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Take a relaxing Yoga class by the river at Old Toccoa Farm from Yoga Over Blue Ridge! The class will take place in a flat grassy area tucked off of the golf course with amazing views of the green and the Toccoa River. Bring your yoga mat, water, and anything else you might need and enjoy!

Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games
June 10th-June 11th
Location: Meeks Park

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Come one, come all to this celebration of Scottish heritage in Blairsville! The event will have traditional games, highland music, Scottish food, border collies herding sheep, and plenty of Scottish flair! You and the wee ones won’t want to miss this great event happening all weekend long from 9am-5pm.

Vogel State Park Kids Fishing Rodeo
June 11th
Location: Vogel State Park

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Kids ages 12 & under are welcome to come out for a day of fishing at Vogel State Park! Registration begins at 7:30am under the tents by Wolf Creek’s covered bridge and fishing kicks off at 8am. Worms & corn will be available as well as loaner poles if needed. And the stream will be stocked full of trout so you know it’ll be a fun day on the water!

Summer Youth Arts Camp
June 13th- June 30th
Location: The Art Center (Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association)

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

12th Annual Blairsville Pro Rodeo
June 16th-June 17th
Location: Union County Saddle Club Arena

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Head to Blairsville for the 12th Annual Pro Rodeo! Catch all the action in the covered arena from 8pm-11pm. There is also plenty to do for the littles ones as well, along with food and fun! This is a great entertaining event that the whole family will love!

Sunshine Arts & Crafts Market
June 17th
Location: North Georgia Technical College

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Come admire beautiful works of art from some of your favorite local artists at the Sunshine Arts & Crafts Market! There will 35 artists with their works displayed in the dining room and on the outdoor covered patio. Admission is free.

3rd Annual Paws for Celebration
June 17th
Location: Staurolite Barn

Photo Courtesy of the Humane Society of Blue Ridge

Give back to the community with this wonderful event hosted by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge. There will be a silent auction, live music from Jordan Denton, beer & wine available, and dinner from the Rum Cake Lady! Tickets are $65 a person and can be purchased from the Humane Society of Blue Ridge’s website.

Saturday Morning Bird Walk
June 3rd
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 the parking area by Wilscott Gap off Highway 60 at 07:30 am, wear comfortable clothes & walking shoes, and be ready to find as many birds as you can! Please RSVP in advance!

Father’s Day Tourney
June 18th
Location: Blue Ridge Paintball

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Why not challenge dear old dad to a round of paintball for Father’s Day!? Head to Blue Ridge Paintball for a special Father’s Day Tournament with teams of fathers & sons or fathers & daughters. The $175 price of two includes rental gear, 2,000 rounds of paint, and 2 event tees! Will you and dad come out victorious!? Discover for yourself at this awesome, fun event!

Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins
June 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 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!

48th Annual Miner’s Homecoming Celebration
June 23rd-June 24th
Location: Ducktown Basin Museum Hoist House

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Ducktown, TN has a full weekend of family fun activities at the 48th 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!

Made in Georgia Festival
June 24th-June 25th
Location: Towns County Recreation & Conference Center

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If you’re ready to shop for unique items made right here in Georgia then check out the Made in Georgia Festival! You’ll be able to shop at over 75 vendors who offer a wide variety of products made, grown, brewed, harvested, stitched, crafted, or inspired by Georgia. Take home fashion accessories, home décor, health and beauty products, and so much more! Even enjoy gourmet food and treats from some of Georgia’s top chefs! The event runs Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. Entry is $7; children 14 and under are free!

Blue Ridge Mountains Wine and Jazz Festival
June 24th
Location: White Path Creek Farms

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Make your way over to the beautiful White Path Creek Farms in Ellijay the Blue Ridge Mountains Wine and Jazz Festival! There will be great music, delicious wines, beautiful art, tasty food! The food is prepared locally and the jazz performers are some of the top in the region. Come on out and enjoy this wonderful event!

Acoustic Sunsets at Hamilton Gardens
June 29th
Location: Hamilton Gardens

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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 27th 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!

2nd Annual Wild West Show & Rodeo on the River
June 30th
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 2nd Annual Wild West Show & Rodeo June 30th & July 1st! There will be lots of fun rodeo events and food vendors at this awesome event! And on Saturday there will be a firework show! Tickets are $20 per person and children 5 & under are free!

4th in the North 2023



It’s time for lazy days at the lake, burgers and hot dogs on the back porch grill, and fireworks filling up the night sky! Here in North Georgia, we are proud Americans and we go all out to celebrate this great country that we love so much! Here’s a round-up of what to expect in Blue Ridge this Fourth of July.

America Runs

If you want to start the morning off healthy, you could run in the Blue Ridge Freedom 5k or 10k which features a scenic route through beautiful and historic Blue Ridge. What a great way to start the holiday weekend!

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Freedom 5K and 10K
Photo Courtesy of Fetch Your News

Whatever you do, don’t miss the Old Timers 4th of July Parade! Any place downtown is a good viewing spot to enjoy the colorful floats, antique vehicles and marchers dressed in patriotic attire! The parade is from 10am-12pm on July 4th.

Dare to Be Different

For something really unusual, you could spend some time on the 4th of July weekend hanging out with gentle alpaca at the Annual Alpaca Farm Independence Day Celebration. Featured events include fiber arts demonstrations, snacks and fuzzy alpaca kisses!

Photo Courtesy of Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm

Light Up The Sky

A great way to view the fireworks is by train, on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway “Firecracker Special”. Celebrate the birth of our great nation on Saturday, July 1st for their Firework Special train. The train will depart Blue Ridge at 7:00 pm to enjoy the great Copper Basin Fireworks display just after dark and then return to Blue Ridge by 11:00pm. Bring your lawn chair and sit outside the train to view the fireworks!  Activities in downtown McCaysville/Copperhill will be in full swing when you arrive. Lots of vendors for food and things to do for the kids until the fireworks start. **Customer Reservation Changes subject to $5 Change Fee**  

Be dazzled with one of the largest displays of fireworks in Copper Basin/McCaysville on Saturday night, July 1st at 9:30pm. Anywhere downtown is a great viewing area!

Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks – “Fire in the Sky” – on the night of the 4th —  is being put on by the Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association. Fireworks are set off on the Lake Blue Ridge Dam and are viewable by boat, at various viewing locations along the shoreline, and from a large area adjacent to the Lake Blue Ridge Marina.

Photo Courtesy of Teresa Foster Bidez

Speaking of boats – the Lake Blue Ridge Boat Tie-up will be on Friday, June 30th at 7:30pm. In Blairsville, the Independence Day Boat Parade on Lake Nottely takes place Saturday, July 1 starting at 12:00pm.  Anyone with a boat and the spirit to decorate is welcome to attend and be part of the fun!

Photo Courtesy of Norm Cooper

In Blairsville, Independence Day Fireworks is on July 4that Meeks Park, beginning at 5pm with vendors and ending with a fireworks show at dark. Or further north in Hiawassee you can catch a free concert by the Vintage Vixens and then a Fireworks show at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds.

Bonus

Aside from great celebrations, we also are fortunate to have some great restaurants to check out and fabulous little places to shop. However you spend your 4th of July celebration, we hope that it is spent with friends, family, and lots of good food!

Happy Birthday, America! We are so very grateful to live in the beautiful United States of America. It is an absolute honor to live in the land of the free and the home of the (very) brave! Thank you to all of our men and women that have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice to defend our great nation and allow us to enjoy the comfortable life we get to live.

Sip by the Shore: Lakeside Libations



It’s summer in the mountains and we are so excited for what this season has in store! You can find us on the shores of Lake Blue Ridge, with a drink in hand all summer long!

When you’re not splashing in the shallows of Lake Blue Ridge, fishing off the dock, or soaking in the rays, head to your cabin’s bar to make yourself the ultimate lakeside drink! Want something fruity and sweet like a Mai Tai or how about something classic like an Old Fashioned? And we have plenty of mocktail options as well! Whatever drink you fancy we’ve got you covered! We’ve rounded up a list of some of our favorite summer cocktails and mocktails for you to enjoy at your amazing lakeside cabin this summer!

*Cover Photo Courtesy of @jross428 at Eagles Landing

Old Fashioned

You can’t go wrong with this tried and true favorite! The classic Old Fashioned is easy and simple to make, and you really only need a few ingredients. So prop your feet up by the fire, listen to the calming sounds of the water hitting the shore, and enjoy your Old Fashioned!

What you’ll need:
2 teaspoons of simple syrup
1 of teaspoon water
2 dashes of bitters
1 cup of ice
1 oz of bourbon whiskey
1 orange slice
1 maraschino cherry

How to make:
1. Pour simple syrup, water, and bitters into a glass.
2. Stir to combine.
3. Add ice.
4. Pour in bourbon.
5. Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry if desired.

Mojito

This is the perfect refreshing drink for summer, and the mint in the mojito will cool you off in no time! If you’re looking to add a little flair to the classic mojito, add your favorite fruit to the mix for a fun sweet twist! Head to the bar to mix this drink cause you’ll need a cocktail shaker. And if you’d like a mojito without the alcohol just skip the rum and you’ll be good to go; it will still be just as sweet and refreshing without.

What you’ll need:
6 mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
1 ounce of lime juice
1 ounce of simple syrup
2 ounces of white rum
2 to 4 ounces of soda water
Additional limes for drink if desired.

How to make:
1. Place the mint in a cocktail shaker, and properly muddle the mint. To do this use a wooden cocktail muddler or wooden spoon, and mash the mint 3 to 4 times to bring out the juices.
2. Add fruit if desired and muddle again.
3. Add Ice.
4. Then add the lime juice, simple syrup, and rum to the cocktail shaker and shake until cold.
5. Add additional ice to the glasses and strain liquid into each glass.
6. Top the glass with soda water, and garnish with additional mint leaves & lime slices.

Mai Tai

Mai Tais are a favorite summer beverage and after a few sips it won’t be hard to see why! You’ll need a cocktail shaker for this one as well so head to the bar for all your supplies. This citrus drink will make you feel like you’re in the tropics until you look out and see the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and Lake Blue Ridge, a view you can’t find anywhere else!

What you’ll need:
1 ½ ounces of aged rum
½ ounce of orange liqueur
¾ ounce of lime juice
1 ounce of orgeat syrup
½ ounce of dark rum
For the garnish: Fresh mint, cocktail cherry, pineapple slice, lime wedge

How to make:
1. Place the aged rum, orange liqueur, lime juice, and orgeat syrup in a cocktail shaker.
2. Add ice and shake until cold.
3. Add additional ice to the glasses and strain liquid into each glass.
4. Top with the dark rum.
5. Garnish with fresh mint, a lime wedge, cocktail cherry and pineapple slice if desired.

Long Island Iced Tea

Glass of tasty Long Island iced tea on light background

We might not be on Long Island but we sure do love this drink! However, Long Island Iced Teas are a heavy pour, so make sure to stay in at the cabin if you plan to have a few. Good thing it makes for the perfect sunbathing drink!

What you’ll need:
3/4 ounce of vodka
3/4 ounce of white rum
3/4 ounce of silver tequila
3/4 ounce of gin
3/4 ounce of triple sec
3/4 ounce of simple syrup
3/4 ounce of lemon juice
Cola, to top
Lemon wedge for garnish

How to make:
1. Fill your glass with ice.
2. Add the vodka, rum, tequila, gin, triple sec, simple syrup and lemon juice to the glass
3. Top with a splash of the cola and give it a quick stir.
4. Garnish with a lemon wedge if desired.

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmers are one of our favorite classic mocktails! Have this drink after a day of golfing at Old Toccoa Farm or enjoy the sweet taste of summer that this drink offers by Lake Blue Ridge. Summer to us means enjoying a nice cold glass of lemonade or tea on the porch, but if you put them both together it just makes it all the better! And while Arnold Palmer’s do not normally contain alcohol, you can easily make it alcoholic by adding just 2oz of bourbon whiskey.

What you’ll need:
1/4 cup of lemonade
1/2 cup of iced tea
Lemon slice, for garnish

How to make:
1. Pour the lemonade and iced tea into a tall glass filled with ice.
2. Stir well.
3. Garnish with a slice of lemon if desired.

Pina Colada

You may not be on island time, but you can be on “lake time” with this fun tropical drink! Blast the Pina Colada song while you sip on this fruity beverage by the lake, soaking in the rays. You’ll need a blender for this recipe but most of our cabins supply one. Virgin Pina Coladas are just as good, so skip the rum if you’d prefer and add ¾ a cup of unsweetened coconut milk in its place, and have yourself a ball! You’ll be in vacation mode in no time!

What you’ll need:
1 ½ cups of frozen pineapple
1 ½ cups of ice
5 ounces of aged rum
2 ounces of cream of coconut
4 ounces of pineapple juice
1 ounce of lime juice
Cocktail cherries for garnish

How to make:
1. Pull out your blender and blend the pineapple & ice until chunky.
2. Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.
3. Serve garnished with a cocktail cherry if desired.

Sangria

Who doesn’t love a sweet sangria!? Grab yourself a few bottles of your favorite red wine or some wine from one of our amazing local wineries, pick up your favorite fruits (feel free to substitute any of the fruits in this recipe) and get ready to mix it all together into one delicious concoction; just be sure to make this one ahead of time for the best results!

What you’ll need:
1 orange
1 green apple
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 bottle dry red wine, chilled
¼ cup of brandy
¼ cup of orange liqueur
1 lemon, sliced into rounds

How to make:
1. Chop the orange (leaving the peel on) and the apple into bite-sized chunks, then add them to the bottom of your pitcher.
2. Sprinkle the orange and apple slices with sugar and stir.
3. Let sit for 20 minutes at room temperature.
4. After 20 minutes, pour in the red wine, brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon rounds into the pitcher.
5. Stir and refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours. (Don’t go beyond 4 hours or the fruit texture starts to degrade.)
6. Pour the sangria into ice filled glasses and top with fruit.

Kentucky Lemonade

There’s nothing quite like a refreshing lemonade on a hot summer’s day! And while this drink is called the “Kentucky Lemonade” it’s a sweet southern drink we think tastes great no matter where you are in the south! Similar to an alcoholic Arnold Palmer this drink takes lemon juice and bourbon, but swap the sweet tea for some ginger ale and add some mint instead, and you’ve got yourself a Kentucky Lemonade! And all you have to do is hold the bourbon if you’d like to make it non-alcoholic.

What you’ll need:
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
3/4 cup of water
1 1/2 cups of lemon juice
1/2 cup of mint leaves
1/2-2/3 cup Bourbon
6 cups of ginger ale
Additional lemon slices (for garnish)

How to make:
1. Use a small saucepan to combine granulated sugar and water over medium heat.
2. Heat until the sugar dissolves into water and the mixture is clear.
3. Simmer for an additional 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat.
4. Add lemon juice, mint leaves, and Bourbon, then let cool.
5. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a large pitcher.
6. Add ginger ale to the pitcher and stir to combine.
7. Add ice and lemon slices and serve cold.

Blue Ridge Drinks:

For the Kids- Lake Blue Ridge Punch

Photo Courtesy of thecountrycook.net

Make the kiddos their very own, special Lake Blue Ridge punch! It’s a super simple mix of Polar Bear Blast Hawaiian Punch and Sprite, and the kids can even help you to add Swedish fish to the mixture if you’d like. They might not be the “trophy trout” that Blue Ridge is known for but it will be a fun treat all the same!

What you’ll need:
1 gallon bottle of Polar Blast Hawaiian Punch
2 liter bottle of lemon-line soda (7-Up or Sprite)
Swedish fish (optional)

How to make:
1. Place the Hawaiian Punch and lemon-lime soda in the refrigerator overnight to cool, if time allows. If not you can place the mixed punch into the fridge after or serve with ice.
2. Fill up your container halfway with Hawaiian Punch.
3. Then fill up the rest of the container with lemon-lime soda (no need to stir).
4. Add in Swedish fish for the final special touch.

Blue Ridge Mountain Moonshine Mule

Photo Courtesy of www.shakedrinkrepeat.com

The traditional Moscow Mule is made with vodka and ginger beer but we thought we’d put a fun “Appalachian” twist on it and use moonshine instead! We love Grandaddy Mimm’s Moonshine but you can use any of your favorite moonshines. We also added in a dash of blue curacao and scattered some blueberries on top to remind us of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains that surround us!

What you’ll need:
2oz of Grandaddy Mimms unflavored moonshine or other favorite moonshine brand
1oz of lime juice
1oz of simple syrup
1oz of blue curacao
3oz of ginger beer
A handful of blueberries

How to make:
1. Fill your glass with ice.
2. Then fill in with moonshine, lime juice, simple syrup, and blue curacao.
3. Top the glass off with ginger beer.
4. Sprinkle with blueberries for the finishing touch.

Local Drinks

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Mixed drinks not your thing? No problem! Blue Ridge is home to tons of great breweries and wineries that you’ll have to try! Pick up a bottle of wine from Serenberry Vineyards or Bear Claw Vineyards, and sip on your wine from the porch as you watch the kids splash in the waters of Lake Blue Ridge. Or grab a 6 pack of beer from one of our wonderful local breweries like Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Fannin Brewing Company, Angry Hops Brewing, or Tipping Point Brewing Company. There’s also some great shops downtown like 34th Degree Wine Merchant and Out of the Blue that offer a wide selection of wine & beer from all over the world! Stock up on all your favorites and then head back to the cabin with all the supplies you need for an amazing lake day!

Cookout

Photo Courtesy from Finally Made It cabin

No need to go inside and ruin all the fun, have dinner al-fresco and fire up the grill! Grill up all your summer favorites like hot dogs and burgers, then gather around the table and enjoy your well deserved feast. Nothing tastes better after some fun in the summer sun than these classic American eats! And your adult beverage or mocktail will pair nicely with your al fresco meal as well!

Fireside Fixin’s

There’s no better way to end your day at the lake than with s’mores and tasty treats by the fire! Swap stories and laughs from your fun day on the water, around the fire with all your favorite people, while you enjoy a delicious s’more or two! Check out our s’mores blog for some fun ideas: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/smores-elevated/

As you make your travel plans for this summer be sure to keep these fun lakeside drink recipes in mind! We can’t wait to host you and your families for your fun summer vacation on the shores of Lake Blue Ridge!

And a special thank you to these wonderful sites & recipes that helped inspire us: www.acouplecooks.com
www.allrecipes.com
www.liquor.com
www.thespruceeats.com
www.thechunkychef.com
www.thecountrycook.net
www.shakedrinkrepeat.com
www.howtomoonshine.com

Riverside Retreat at Old Toccoa Farm



Rolling mountain ranges, miles and miles worth of hiking trails, a great local art scene, countless attractions and activities to experience, and a lively Downtown shopping & dining district. All of this and more make up our lovely small town Blue Ridge, GA. With so much to do and see in the area it can be hard to choose the best way to spend your time here. We are lucky that our friends at Old Toccoa Farm provide so much to do on their property, that you won’t even have to leave! Golf, fish, dine, and more on the charming grounds of Old Toccoa Farm. Learn all that awaits you on this riverside property, below:

Eat

When you stay at Old Toccoa Farm, be sure to have dinner at The Tavern after a long day on the green. The Tavern offers luxurious lunch and dinner options along with yummy and refreshing cocktails from the bar. Try the Mountain Trout entree for a taste of Blue Ridge or have one of their classic Tavern Burgers. Not only will you enjoy delicious food and drink here but the views from the outdoor patio and bar area will blow you away! You’ll have intimate views of the 9th hole along with the Toccoa River Valley and the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. Enjoy dinner with a view at The Tavern!

Work

Need to catch up on some work during your stay? Not a problem! Each of Old Toccoa Farm’s cabins and cottages offer unlimited Wifi, so you can get all your work done from the comfort of your own cabin. Or if you need to host an event or a meeting, the meeting room is the perfect place to do so! You can take both private or group meetings in Old Toccoa’s spacious and comfortable meeting room. Finish up your work for the day and then get outside & enjoy Old Toccoa Farm’s wonderful amenities!

Play

Golf

Practice your swing and play a few holes on Old Toccoa Farm’s 18 Hole Golf Course! This stunning course winds through 125 acres of ridges and meadows, with spectacular views of the Chattahoochee and Cherokee National Forests and surrounding valleys. Not only will you be able to play a great game of golf but you can also enjoy the beautiful scenery. Golf Digest even named Old Toccoa Farm one of the “Best New Courses” in 2020, and one of Links Magazine’s 10 Must-Visited Public Golf Destinations in 2022. Once you take to the green with a club in hand it won’t be hard to see what everyone’s raving about!

Fly Fish

Blue Ridge is known as the Trout Capital of Georgia and lucky for you, you’ll find all kinds of great fishing opportunities right on the grounds of Old Toccoa Farm! Find the ideal fishing spot on the shores of the Toccoa River, then cast your line into the water and wait for your trophy trout to appear. Old Toccoa Farm’s sustainably managed trout fishery has an abundance of native brown and rainbow trout. Enjoy a relaxing day by the water and fish on your own, or take a guided fly fishing class from one of Old Toccoa’s expert fishermen. And if you choose to become a member of Old Toccoa Farm, you’ll even have access to private waters that are for members only!

Hike

While Blue Ridge is filled to the brim with miles and miles of incredible hiking trails, you don’t even have to leave the property to find the perfect spot for a stroll. Old Toccoa Farm’s riverside walking trails will take you through lush green forests and over mountain streams. If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of some of the local wildlife as they cross your path. And if you’re up for even more of a hike you won’t be far from the famous Appalachian Trail or the Benton McKaye Trail.

Boat

Fulfill your sense of an adventure and go on a boating excursion down the Toccoa River! On Old Toccoa Farm’s property alone you’ll have access to over 4,300 feet of the Toccoa River, not to mention the miles and miles of the river waiting to be explored off the property. Kayak or canoe down the rushing river, or if you’re up for a real workout try your hand at paddle boarding. Start your journey below the dam and ride an afternoon release back to the property. With a variety of routes to explore, the experience is unique every time you hit the water. And as you float down the river, you can admire the incredible natural beauty of the surrounding Blue Ridge forests and mountains.

Yoga

No need to skip a workout when you’re on vacation! Old Toccoa Farm offers yoga classes on the river’s edge. You’ll feel instantly relaxed as you stretch and listen to the sounds of the rushing river beside you. Enjoy a group session or a private one on one session specifically targeted to your wants and needs.

Stay

Hillside Cottages

Discover mountain luxury right on the greens of Old Toccoa Farm at Hillside Cottages! These 500-square-foot Appalachian-style cottages are perfect for couples looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Hang out in the cozy living room designed by one of our favorite local shops, New Blue Home, grab a glass of wine from the kitchen, and then relax outside by the firepit as you sit back and enjoy the fresh mountain air & sounds of nature around you. And after a busy day of exploring all that Old Toccoa Farm and the surrounding Blue Ridge area has to offer, turn in for the night in the comfortable king sized bed. Hillside Cottages are an ideal place for a romantic getaway in the mountains!

Bunker Down


Looking for the ultimate golfing trip? Get ready to Bunker Down with us! Inside this tranquil & spacious home, you’ll find nothing but luxury: a lovely fireplace in the family room, a wine fridge chilled and ready to house your favorites, and a game room to keep you entertained when you aren’t practicing your back-swing! The best part? There’s plenty of room for the whole family and the cabin will keep you close to all the action! Get ready for the ultimate stay, because Bunker Down is a hole-in-one!

If you’re ready for a mountain vacation jam packed with fun activities, amenities, fine dining, and riverside relaxation then make plans to stay at Old Toccoa Farm on your next Escape to Blue Ridge!

Memorial Day in the Mountains



Spring has sprung, the temperatures are climbing, and everything is blooming! The last weekend in May, Memorial Day Weekend, is an excellent time to get away from the hub bub of daily life and Escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains to enjoy the beauty that is bursting all around us!

Extreme or Serene

There is no shortage of fun to be had around town, but if just relaxing with your favorite people (and pups) in a fabulous cabin is your idea of a good time, we totally get it. Many of our cabins are equipped with game rooms, hot tubs, fire pits, and wooded trails to explore. There is also horseback riding stables, zip lines, and whitewater rafting close by for added immersion into the wonders of Mother Nature.

Downtown Blue Ridge

In downtown Blue Ridge you’ll enjoy attending the 47th Annual Spring Arts in the Park event on Saturday and Sunday, May 27th & 28th.  This Southern tradition features more than two hundred arts, crafts, and food booths for you to admire fine arts and mountain crafts. You’ll also be able to see artist’s demonstrations, hear some great music, and support the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association! The event is held rain or shine, and well-behaved leashed pets are welcome. Admission is $5 and children 12 and under are free!  

Spring Arts in the Park
Photo Courtesy of The Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center

Music will be abundant in the Downtown area as well. Angry Hops Brewing, Grumpy Old Men Brewery, Copperhill Brewery, and Fannin Brewing will have live music playing. Another great spot for live music is the Boat Dock Bar & Grill, which by the way, did you know, they are a sunny spot for shady people? Check them out. They offer great views of Lake Blue Ridge, delicious food, and fantastic drinks! Last but not least, The Blue Coyote for late night music and drinks is a must stop!

Downtown Blairsville

About thirty minutes East of Blue Ridge in the town of Blairsville, you’ll encounter their annual Spring Arts, Crafts, & Music Festival. Saturday morning begins with a Memorial Day Parade and the rest of the day and all-day Sunday you can enjoy more than 200 local and regional artists. Many musicians will also be on site to entertain you and your family. There is no charge to attend, but plenty of family fun is sure to be had!

Photo Courtesy of Visit Downtown Blairsville

McCaysville/Copperhill

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Railway

If you’ve never experienced a trip on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, you should definitely consider boarding in downtown Blue Ridge and taking an enjoyable two hour ride to the revitalized cities of McCaysville, Ga and Copperhill, Tn. Yep, this is your chance to stand in two states at one time! Grab an ice cream or sweet treat at Happy Bear Ice Cream & Treats. Maybe Cuban is more your style and you prefer a Cuban coffee and empanada at the Rum Cake Lady for an afternoon treat. Pick up the latest record at Deaf Man Vinyl or a new treat for your bestfriend at Mainstreet Mutt. There is so much to explore in the Copper Basin’s twin cities!

Whatever plans you make for the holiday weekend, we hope that you are spending it with all the ones you love creating memories and enjoying the freedom that we get to enjoy in the great United States of America. As we approach Memorial Day Weekend, we want to take a moment to thank all of the men and women that have so courageously given their lives to defend this beautiful country in which we are so fortunate to live. There is no greater sacrifice one can make and the patriotism that these honorable souls displayed deserves our recognition and gratitude, not just one weekend a year, but all year long. Thank you for your service.