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.

May Events 2023



May day, May day; May is officially here! And what a busy month it’s shaping up to be! This month you can expect lots of live music at our local wineries & breweries, flowers & wine at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, the Blue Ridge Adventure Race, and the Georgia Apple Blossom in Ellijay. And at the end of the month during Memorial Day Weekend one of our favorite events is back in Blue Ridge for the 47th year in a row: Arts in the Park! Memorial Day weekend will also bring in a parade and memorial service in both Blue Ridge and Blairsville, a Rodeo to Hiawassee, and another fun craft festival in Blairsville. We hope to see many of you all this month at these great local events!

Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition
May 1st-May 19th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Arts Association

Come on out to the Art Center to admire featured works from over 85 artists from around the state! The Georgia Watercolor Society’s annual exhibition goes until May 19th.

Line Dancing Class
May 1st-May 29th
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!

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
May 3rd-May 22nd
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.
May 3rd: Lady Slipper Hike — BMT at Weaver Creek in Blue Ridge
May 5th: BMT – From Thunder Rock Campground
May 6th: Hike Inn Trail
May 7th: Nottely Dam Trail
May 11th: Cohuttas – Dally Gap Hemp Top Trail
May 22nd: BMT- Bushy Head to McKenny Gap and return

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing
May 4th-May 28th
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!
May 4th: Karaoke Thursday
May 5th: Quinn Leach and food from Taco Food Truck
May 6th: Tyler Dalton and food from Get Skewers – Brazilian Food Truck
May 11th: Karaoke Thursday
May 12th: Travis Bowlin
May 13th: Food from Mountain Tapas – Taco Food Truck
May 18th: Karaoke Thursday
May 19th: Harold Crowder
May 20th: Gregg Erwin and food from Get Skewers – Brazilian Food Truck
May 25th: Karaoke Thursday
May 26th: Bemi and food from Get Skewers – Brazilian Food Truck
May 27th: Memorial Day Saturday Karaoke and food from Get Skewers – Brazilian Food Truck
May 28th: Food from Get Skewers – Brazilian Food Truck

Tuesdays with Morrie
May 4th-May 7th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Community Theater

Come on out to Blue Ridge Community Theater’s production of Tuesdays with Morrie! The show follows the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom and Morrie Schwartz. Mitch is an accomplished journalist and Morrie is his former professor; 16 years after graduation Mitch learns that Morrie is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch goes to visit him and his simple visit turns into a weekly one where they discuss the meaning of life. Follow their story on the Blue Ridge Community Theater stage Thursdays-Sundays April 6th-April 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
May 4th-May 25th
Location: Horseshoe Bend Park

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!

Lake Chatuge Lady Bass Anglers Association
May 4th-May 5th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

The Gary Yamamoto Custom Wagyu Beef and Inn at BK Ranch Women’s Pro Bass Tour will be hosting their second event of the year on Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee, GA for The Lady Bass Anglers Association! The entry fee for boaters is $400 and co-anglers is $200.

Acoustic Sunsets at Hamilton Gardens
May 4th-May 11th
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 May 11th 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!

BMW Georgia Mountain Rally
May 5th-May 7th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds will be hosting the 31st Annual Georgia Mountain Rally May 5th thru May 7th! There rides through the Appalachian Mountains, steak & chili dinners, interesting speakers, and training from the BMW Performance Center. The Georgia Mountains are the perfect place for riding!

The Rhododendron Festival
May 5th-May 14th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Head over to Hiawassee for 5 weekends filled with spring fun at The Rhododendron Festival at their beautiful Hamilton Gardens. Not only will you have the chance to tour the lovely gardens at full bloom but you will also have the chance to enjoy live music, food and craft vendors, a plant sale, daily seminars, and much more! Admission to the gardens is $5 and the event takes place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from April 14th-May 14th.

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
May 5th-May 28th
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!
May 5th: Hunter Flannigan
May 6th: Ryan LittleEagle
May 7th: Russ Still
May 12th: Rose Brown
May 13th: Travis Bowlin
May 14th: Ryan LittlEagle
May 19th: David Welch
May 20th: Gavin Powell & The Shetlands
May 21st: Gregg Erwin
May 26th: Hunter Flannigan
May 27th: Travis Bowlin
May 28th: Rose Brown

Live Music at Chateau Meichtry
May 5th-May 26th
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!
May 5th: Departure: A Journey Tribute Concert!
May 6th: Man Bites Dog
May 13th: Mark Miller
May 14th: Surrender Hill
May 20th: Cotter Hill
May 21st: Shaun Michael
May 26th: Ellijay Songwriters Festival

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
May 5th-May 20th
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!
May 5th: Spencer Scott Smith
May 12th: Rob Grater
May 13th: Dave Flowers
May 19th: Greg Erwin
May 20th: Rusted Melody

Live Music at Tooney’s
May 6th-May 27th
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!
May 6th: Nolan Taylor
May 11th: Robert Jon & The Wreck
May 12th: Red Clay Strays
May 13th: Shannon York Band
May 19th: Jacob Bryant with Taylor Austin Dye
May 20th: Pony Bradshaw
May 27th: Tanner Usrey

Live Music and Food at Fannin Brewing Company
May 6th-May 26th
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!
May 6th: Randeaux Food Truck
May 13th: 4 Way Eatz Food Truck
May 27th: The Shack of Ellijay & Steve Vaclavik Music
May 28th: Lobster Dogs

Art Classes and Workshops
May 6th-May 20th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

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Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association offers classes year-round for artists looking to expand their skill set. 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
May 6th & 7th: May Flowers Stained Glass
May 19th: Reversible Fabric Bowls
May 20th: Introduction to “3-Dimensional” Quilts

Live Music at Paradise Hills
May 6th-May 28th
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.
May 6th: Chris Carpenter
May 13th: Trailer Hippies
May 20th: Dr. Paul
May 26th: Zach Alexander
May 27th: Hill Roberts
May 28th: Gerry Herndon

Vitner’s Tours
May 6th-May 27th
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.

Blue Ridge Adventure Race
May 6th
Location: The Downtown Pavilion

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Adventure your way through some of the most beautiful areas in Blue Ridge at the 26th Annual Blue Ridge Adventure Race Weekend. This year’s 10 hour race will take place on the Aska Trails with a paddle part down the Toccoa. And on the 24 hour race you’ll venture through Amicalola Falls Park and then make your way back to Blue Ridge. Come watch as teams race through mountains, lakes, rivers, trails and more.

Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby
May 6th
Location: Fannin County Middle School

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Watch the annual Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby at Fannin County Middle School! It’s going to be an afternoon of fun, with all profits going to STEM education in Fannin County Schools.

Spring Bluegrass Festival
May 6th
Location: Ducktown School

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Head across the border to Tennessee for the Spring Bluegrass Festival! From 11am-5pm there will be arts & crafts, bluegrass music, and lots of fun! Admission is $5 for children 12 & up.

Georgia Apple Blossom Festival
May 6th-May 7th
Location: East Ellijay

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The Georgia Apple Blossom Festival is back and better than ever with craft vendors, live music, food vendors, and family fun! Celebrate spring in North Georgia in Ellijay! Pets are welcome!

2nd Annual Sydnie’s Sunset Fun Run and Skate
May 7th
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge

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Run, bike or skate at this great event to honor Syndie Jones who passed away in a tragic car accident in 2021. Admission will go towards the Highland Outdoor Ministries in Sydnie Jones name. After the race get out your lawn chairs and watch the sunset, which was one of Syndie’s favorite things to do. There will also be music and food trucks at the event as well! Join in the fun from 5pm-8pm in Downtown Blue Ridge.

2nd Thursdays Stateline Stroll
May 11th
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!

Drinking Habits- Live Theater
May 11th-May 28th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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Come on out to Blue Ridge Community Theater’s hilarious production of Drinking Habits! When two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing start selling wine to make ends meet and keep the covenant doors open, reporters Paul & Sally go undercover to unveil the truth! Watch this hilarious farce unfold on the Blue Ridge Community Theater stage Thursdays-Sundays April 6th-April 23rd. Shows are Thursdays- Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2pm. Call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Mommy & Me Mother’s Day Dance
May 12th
Location: Union County Chamber of Commerce Ballroom

Photo Courtesy of Union County Community Center

Blairsville will be hosting their very first annual Mommy & Me Mother’s Day Dance on May 12th at 5pm! Your $40 ticket will pay for a fun night of dancing, refreshments, photo-ops, and a raffle. Come on out for a great event with the ones you love!

Georgia Mountain Classics Annual Car Show
May 13th
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge

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The classic car show is back in Downtown Blue Ridge! Drop by May 13th from 9am-4pm for classic cars, concessions, and vendors. Interested in submitted your own car? Register on their website and receive a goodie bag for participating.

Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival
May 13th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Explore the beautiful Hamilton Gardens and drink wine all day long at the second annual Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! There will be live music, arts & craft vendors, live music, food, garden tours, and 30+ wineries In attendance at this awesome event! Tickets are $60 a person online or $65 at the gate.

Live Music by Cody King at Sugar Creek Raceway
May 13th
Location: Sugar Creek Raceway

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Sugar Creek Raceway will open their 2023 season with live music from Cody King! Then at 7pm get ready for the big race!

Josh Turner- Long Black Train 20th Anniversary Tour
May 13th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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The talented, Josh Turner, is back in North Georgia at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on May 13th at 7pm! Known for hits like “Long Black Train,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” and “Your Man,” Josh Turner is ready to take the Fairgrounds by storm with his incredible deep bass voice! Tickets are $47 each + handling.

Discovery Days
May 13th-May 14th
Location: Project Chimps

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

Mother’s Day Brunch
May 14th
Location: The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen

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The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen will be hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch from 11am-3pm. There will wonderful food options available at stations like the Carving Station, the Omelet & Waffle Station, and the Pasta Station. Tickets are $54 per adult, Young Adults (7-12) $21, and children (4-7) $9. Reservations can be made through Open Table or by calling 706-896-4141.

Oil Painting Class
May 18th
Location: 4 Elements Fine Art

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Learn how to paint a beautiful oil landscape painting with 4 Elements Fine Art! Oil painting lessons are May 18th from 5pm-8pm. Classes are $130 per person and include professional art supplies, a charcuterie board, wine, your instructional class with George Charriez, and your own art to take home. Make your reservation here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oil-painting-class-with-george-charriez-tickets-577667969447?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

The Beach Boys
May 19th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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You know them, and you love them; The Beach Boys will be coming to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on May 19th!! Since the 1960’s, The Beach Boys have put out hit after hit song like “Surfin’ USA,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Good Vibrations,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” and countless others! You won’t want to miss this one ya’ll! Tickets are $60 + handling.

Community Quilt & Fiber Arts Exhibit
May 26th-May 30th
Location: The Arts Center


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.

Hiawassee Pro Rodeo
May 26th-May 28th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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

Spring Arts, Crafts & Music Festival
May 27th-May 28th
Location: Downtown Blairsville

Photo Courtesy of Visit Downtown Blairsville

This fun annual events takes place annually in Downtown Blairsville and this years event will be held Memorial Day weekend of May 27th & May 28th! On Saturday at 10am there will be a parade, and both days will have lots of crafters & live music! And the Spring Arts, Crafts & Music Festival is free to attend!

Memorial Day Parade
May 27th
Location: Blairsville, GA

Flag waving at veteran’s day parade


Honor those who have fallen during their military service at Blairsville’s Annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade starts at 10:30am!

47th Annual Spring Arts in the Park
May 27th
Location: Blue Ridge Downtown City Park

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Arts Association

The Spring Arts in the Park is back for it’s 47th year in a row! Shop artworks from over 175 juried fine artists! There will also be food vendors and artist demos all weekend long. Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 & under are free! All proceeds go towards the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association.

Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
May 29th
Location: Fannin County Veterans Memorial Park

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Come out to Fannin County Veterans Memorial Park to honor the brave men and women who lost their lives serving our great country. The North Georgia Honor Guard will be conducting the ceremony, where there will also be a keynote speaker, a rifle salute and Taps, and a Huey on display. The ceremony will take place in the park from 12pm-1pm.

Kid-Friendly Fun in Blue Ridge



Blue Ridge is meant to be enjoyed with the people you love most! And if that means your whole family, kids included, don’t worry; we’ve got plenty for you to do! Not only will the kids love these wonderful spots in town but the grownups will too! Learn more about our favorite kid-friendly spots and activities in Blue Ridge: 

*Cover photo courtesy of @korikwissmann

Kid Friendly Dining

It’s true that kids can be quite the picky eaters, so we’ve comprised a list of some of our favorite restaurants that have something for everyone; including foods we know the little ones will love, like chicken tenders & mac & cheese. But don’t worry there’s plenty of food that parents will enjoy as well! 

Burgers

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You can’t go wrong with a cheeseburger, especially when it comes from Sue’s Burgers-the best burgers in town! Sue’s has been in business for over 45 years serving up incredible burgers, fries, hot dogs, tots and more fried goodness! It’s a great local treasure where families can munch down delicious fried food before their busy day of adventuring. Be sure to check them out, you won’t be disappointed! 

 BBQ

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Smokin’ E’s BBQ has amazing, award-winning barbecue and delicious sides that the whole family will love! Kids can try their hand at some classic barbecue or enjoy tenders or riblets from the kids menu. The whole family can even split one of the Family Combos that feeds anywhere from 4-7 people, depending on your selections. And don’t forget the mac & cheese and tots which is always a favorite with the little ones! 

Pizza 

Photo Courtesy of Mystic Mountain Pizza

How does your own unique, and delicious customized slice of pizza sound? Well Mystic Mountain Pizza has all that and more! Kids will love creating their own specialty pizzas with fun toppings like bacon, pepperoni, buffalo chicken, mozzarella, pineapple, mushrooms, pickles and more! If your kids are picky and pizza isn’t their thing not to worry, Mystic Mountain Pizza also offers hot dogs, wings, and salads. Yum! 

A Unique Taste of Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of Lynn Bjorklund

Enjoy riverside dining with meals that are all uniquely Blue Ridge at Toccoa Riverside Restaurant! You can easily stop by here for a short break after a day of fishing or boating on the river. Or you can bring your dog along with you because Toccoa Riverside Restaurant is pet-friendly! The grownups can dine on award-winning steaks and seafood while the kids can enjoy food from the children’s menu like chicken tenders, burgers, and fried gulf shrimp. Don’t forget to save room for dessert and then check out the gift shop for fun collectibles & goodies. And be sure to grab a family picture in Toccoa Riverside Restaurant’s famous yellow chair before you go! 

Ice Cream

Photo Courtesy of Moobears Ice Cream & Hot Dogs

Ice cream and kids go hand and hand, so why not take the kiddos to grab a scoop at Moobears Ice Cream & Hot Dogs, located in both Downtown Blue Ridge and Ellijay. They offer amazing hand dipped ice cream and milkshakes with over 20 flavors to choose from! But before you pig out on ice cream be sure to have one of their delicious hot dogs; they offer 12 different types!  Bring the whole family to Moobears for ice cream, hots dogs, and an afternoon of fun! 

Kid Friendly Shopping

Forget the home decor and “boring” clothing stores, kids want stores that have fun games, toys, books, and treats that they can enjoy! So next time you’re out shopping Downtown be sure to take them into some of these fun, kid-friendly stores that they are sure to love! 

Adorable Children’s Apparel 

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For adorable children’s clothing and accessories, check out Moonbeams & Mudpies! Your little fashionistas will love picking out their very own clothes here! Along with clothes, you’ll also find just darling accessories like princess headbands, pj sets, and color changing umbrellas. Moonbeams & Mudpies offers a wide range of fun attire that your kids will just adore! You can even pick up a few toys & books at the shop to pair with your child’s stylish new look. 

A Little Bit of Everything

Photo Courtesy of Hucks General Store

You can find plenty of games, candy, and fun inside Hucks General Store! As soon as the kids step through the doors they will be immediately drawn to the bucket of old-school candy waiting at the front of the store. Even the grownups will have a hard time resisting these fun, nostalgic candies! Continue on through the store where you’ll find artisan goods, canned and pickled fruits & vegetables, t-shirts, and lots of fun games for the kids. They can pick out all their favorite toys and games to play with back at the cabin and as a little something to remind them of their trip to Blue Ridge when they return home. 

For the Girls

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Think pink, whimsy, and fun! Those are the words we’d use to describe the unique & quirky shop, Lily and Coco! While you can find all kinds of whimsical decor here for each & every holiday, Lily and Coco offers so much more than that. Stuffed toy unicorns line the shelves along with pink flamingos, giant ice cream cones, fun jewelry pieces, and candy. Little girls especially will love this pink shop where they can fully embrace their inner diva! 

For the Boys

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For the boys and superhero loving girls out there; Mountain Man Comics is sure to blow you away! The shop is filled to the brim with comic books and cool collectibles from all your favorite serieses like Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and countless others! Kids will love flipping through these beloved stories from as far back as the Golden Age all the way to the present day. After grabbing a copy of a comic book about their favorite hero or villain, be sure to pick up a figurine or Funko POP of that character as well! The kids will love reading about their hero and then getting the chance to reenact what they’ve just read with their cool new action figure. Mountain Man Comics boasts one of the largest selections of pop culture collectibles in town, and they’ve recently expanded to offer even more cool comics and figurines. Mountain Man Comics is truly a hidden treasure and one you’ll have to see for yourself to believe! 

The Zoo

Photo Courtesy of The Zoo Groovy Metal Art

Visit our local zoo of bright and colorful, quirky animals! But, while The Zoo Groovy Metal Art isn’t quite the zoo you’re used to, the kids will love it all the same. Here, your family will discover over 25 species of animals, all crafted from metal, aluminum, and wood. You’ll find giraffes, goats, dinosaurs, horses, and more along the many rows of animals. Get the whole family to act like each animal you see or pretend you’re on a safari, for some fun pictures and great family memories! You can even bring home one of these fun & quirky metal animals to place in your own yard & remember your fun-filled adventure at the Groovy Zoo for years to come!

Kid Friendly Activities 

All around Blue Ridge you’ll find countless adventures, games, and fun that the whole family can get involved in! The children will especially love these wonderful kid friendly activities. 

Explore the Trails & Waterfalls

Gather the whole family for a day filled with exciting adventures exploring the countless hiking trails, rivers, streams, waterfalls, and mountain peaks around the Blue Ridge area. Pay a visit to some of our favorite Blue Ridge landmarks like Long Creek Falls or the Toccoa River Swinging Bridge. Exploring our local trails provides parents with the perfect opportunity to get kids away from their screens and into nature. And don’t forget to capture some cherished family moments with a beautiful scenic backdrop while you’re out hiking! Let the beauty of nature be your playground and create lasting memories in Blue Ridge with the whole family.

Train Rides

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Who doesn’t love a good train ride!? The kids can learn a little bit more about trains and the history of Blue Ridge when you take a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway!  Let them experience the sheer joy of “choo-chooing” along as the train glides past the breathtaking North Georgia countryside. They may even get the chance to meet the train conductor, if you’re lucky! 

A Fun Day at the Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Mercier Orchards

Mercier Orchards is one of our favorite spots in Blue Ridge and a treat for families & kids of all ages! Spring thru Fall, Merciers has U-Pick events where families can freely explore the orchard and pluck the juiciest apples, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and peaches from the trees. In the market you’ll find artisan goods, games, home decor, and a little bit of everything. After a day of shopping & picking out the very best fruits, be sure to stop by the bakery for apple cider donuts, fried pies, and other delicious treats! It’s the perfect way to end a fun day at Merciers!

Meet Chimpanzees at Project Chimps

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You have the opportunity to meet simply adorable chimps at Project Chimps! The 236-acre forested sanctuary provides lifelong care to former research chimpanzees. While the sanctuary is not typically open to the public, they do offer periodic tours and events, such as Chimp Rocks and Discovery Days; where kids & grownups alike will have the chance to see the chimps up close and learn about the important work that Project Chimps provides. Be sure to check their website for upcoming events & opportunities: https://projectchimps.org/ 

Outdoor Adventures

Photo Courtesy of Toccoa Valley Campground

Get to adventuring in the great outdoors with fun activities like horseback riding, ziplining, and tubing down the Toccoa River. For the horse lovers out there, take a scenic trail ride through the forest, alongside lakes and rivers, and past the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Appalachian Trail Rides and Cowgirl Up Stables are two of our favorite stables for trail rides because riders of all experience levels are welcome! 

Looking for something a little more relaxing? How about tubing down the Toccoa River with Toccoa Valley Campground!? You’ll float down a private 6-mile stretch of the Toccoa River in their famous pink tubes while the sun shines down on you. All you have to do is just lay back and relax! 

And for those thrill seekers out there check out Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge! Spend a day zipping through the tall treetops and having a blast as you zoom down the many ziplines on the property. They offer 1-2 hour zipline adventures for ages 10 and up, with 13 ziplines to choose from and over 1,000 feet of cable to ensure endless fun! Or you can try your hand at both ziplining and a ropes course at Blue Ridge Adventure Park. With three levels of obstacles ranging from 15 to 50 feet high, you can make your way through the challenging obstacles and then zip down to the bottom once you’ve finished the course! Ages 10 and up are welcome, and guests will have an hour and a half to complete the course at their own pace, making for a fun and exhilarating adventure!

Indoor Fun & Competition 

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A little friendly competition is always fun, especially among family. Kids will love challenging their parents to a round of mini golf at 2nd Story Entertainment!  You’ll play an 18-hole game of putt-putt where you’ll navigate through 8 uniquely themed rooms in a historic 112-year-old hotel. But the excitement doesn’t end there! You can also enjoy giant board games like Connect Four and Checkers, as well as magnetic dartboards, arcade games, and a thrilling wall maze.

And at Vertigo Pinball parents can teach their kids the joys of pinball, a wonderful classic game that we all grew up with! Help them to become their own mini ‘’Pinball Wizards’ while they play on dozens of vintage and themed pinball machines like Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Marvel, and many more! Simply grab a wristband and play for a few hours, no coins or tokens needed! 

You and the family can go on the expedition of a lifetime and discover Bigfoot himself at Expedition: Bigfoot! The Sasquatch Museum. This quirky and fun museum dives into the world of Bigfoot through genuine artifacts, life-sized exhibits, photos, sketches, and large sighting maps. And don’t miss the world’s only Bigfoot Research Tech Vehicle on display!  Expedition: Bigfoot! has the largest Bigfoot display in the U.S., so you know that there’s plenty to take in!

Family Movies at the Drive In

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Enjoy family movies at the Swan Drive In, just like families have been doing for decades! The kids will love this unique and special experience to watch some of the newest movies on the big screen, from the comfort of their own vehicle. Just don’t forget the snacks! Swan Drive In has been a beloved fixture of Blue Ridge since 1955 and continues to thrive to this day! 

Gem Mining 

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For an educational, hands on experience take your kids gem mining at one of these great local spots. At Lilly Pad Village the kids will dig through mining trays to discover beautiful gemstones and rocks. Once you’ve finished, Lilly Pad’s knowledgeable staff is happy to provide you with any information about the gemstones found, making it a valuable learning opportunity for your children. And not only can you gem mine at Lilly Pad Village but you can also fish, play mini golf, and so much more! 

Aska Mining Company is another great spot to bring the family for a gem mining experience. As soon as you walk onto the property you’ll be greeted by a giant mining bucket & fountain, a perfect spot for photos after your day of adventure! The gem mining station produces a variety of semi precious gems that the kids will just love discovering! You can also river tube down the Toccoa, as well as shop & dine at the Iron Bridge General Store & Cafe. Aska Mining Company is a hidden gem you’ll want to uncover, no pun intended! 

Trout Art Trail

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Get the chance to explore Downtown Blue Ridge and take on a fun & exciting scavenger hunt with the Trout Art Trail created by the Art Center! As you stroll around town you’ll spot many trout sculptures scattered throughout the area. Once you’ve found them all, head to the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center to claim your prize. The Trout Art Trail is a fun and rewarding activity that the whole family will love doing all together! 

Kids Activity Book

Another fun way to keep the kids entertained on your next trip to Blue Ridge is with our engaging Kids Activity Book! The book will teach them all about Blue Ridge through fun & educational activities like word scrambles, math problems, scavenger hunts, and much more! We’ve even included a fun bingo game where you’ll check off boxes for each place you visit in town. Our trusty assistant, Ricky the Raccoon will help to guide your children throughout the book! 

You can pick up a copy of the Kids Activity Book from our Property Management offices or download your own copy from our website: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blue-ridge-georgia-activity-booklet.pdf

Where to Stay

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Escape to Blue Ridge has plenty of wonderful cabins just perfect for families. That means plenty of family friendly fun and great amenities like bunk beds, game rooms, pack n’ plays, playgrounds, baby gates, and so much more! Discover some of our favorite family friendly cabins by following our blog below:https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/kid-friendly-cabins/ 

8 Cabins with Awesome Bunk Beds



Bringing the family to Blue Ridge just got a whole lot easier! With awesome bunk rooms for the kids, the whole family will have a comfortable place to rest. The kiddos will love having their own space to play, sleep, and enjoy the best that Blue Ridge has to offer! Check out these 8 cabins with awesome bunk bed rooms:

Ain’t Life Grand

Ain’t life just grand when you’re on vacation in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains? At Ain’t Life Grand cabin you’ll have lovely views everywhere you turn, a professionally decorated interior, not to mention the cabin’s close proximity to town! Spend everyday here experiencing something new: cook meals in the state of the art kitchen with stainless steel appliances & granite countertops, take in the outdoor amenities including the 6 seat hot tub with Bluetooth speakers, color changing lights, and even a waterfall feature; and shop & eat downtown which is only 5 miles from the cabin. It’s the perfect cabin for families and up to 9 guests; and the kids will love it too! They’ll have their own bunk room with custom-built double bunk beds and a unique mini barn door that covers the window. There’s even a rollaway cot in the closet if you need space for one more guest. We can’t forget to mention the awesome game room that has a regulation pool table, board games, a wet bar with beverage fridge, a stacked stone gas log fireplace and a comfy leather sofa. And play almost any game you can think of on the Multicade which plays up to 60 classic arcade games! You’ll be sure to have a grand old time at Ain’t Life Grand! 

Moondance Manor

The cabin may be called Moondance Manor but there’s plenty of fun to be had here all day and all night long! Specifically decorated with family comfort in mind, this cabin sleeps up to twelve guests and is pet friendly! Not only do the kids have their very own room with two twin bunk beds, but they also have not just one but two playrooms! The children’s play area is located in the lower level of the main house; in the playroom the kids will have their own personal table where they can play lots of games like tic-tac-toe! Then in the game room in the detached garage, you’ll find even more fun like foosball, shuffleboard, and darts! When you’re not getting your game on, be sure to check out the expansive deck outside that has a wood burning fireplace, 65’ Smart TV, a gas grill, a hot tub, and ample seating for all of your guests. Sound like the place for you? Dance your way over to Moondance Manor today! 

Painted Sunset Lodge

You’ll surely find your happy place at Painted Sunset Lodge with stunning mountain views, amenities galore, the most comfortable accommodations, and it’s not a bad place to take in a sunset or two either. This luxurious cabin truly has everything you need to host the ultimate family getaway; and with four separate sleeping quarters on three different floors you and the family will have ample space to spread out and enjoy. Our favorite of the four bedrooms has to be the cozy bunk room equipped with a twin bunk bed, 2 bean bag chairs, and a Smart TV. When you’re not sleeping, take advantage of the luxurious amenities at your disposal like the fantastic game room, the easy-to-access fire pit, and the multiple covered decks with plenty of seating for dining and relaxing. Painted Sunset Lodge’s location is truly ideal as it sits high on the hill and has outstanding views of the mountains, day and night! 

River Lodge

Down by the river you’ll find peace, relaxation, and the perfect home base for all your Blue Ridge adventures! Enjoy your nature retreat at River Lodge where you can fish & tube down the river just steps from the cabin, soak in the hot tub and listen to the sounds of the rushing river, or explore the nearby hiking trails right outside your door. And inside you’ll find an all-wood interior, bear-themed accents, and cozy furnishings that create a warm and inviting atmosphere. And the kiddos will have it made here, with bunk beds in the loft upstairs and a HUGE game room to spread out in, filled with three arcade games, a pool table, an air hockey table, and a PlayStation 3! The whole family will have a blast at this awesome riverside retreat! 

Skyview

You’ll be seeing nothing but mountains and sky at the beautiful cabin: Skyview! The views here will quite literally take your breath away as you admire the long-range mountain vistas from either the wrap-around deck or the enormous windows in the family room. And it’s not just the views that make this 3-bedroom cabin an amazing place to stay. Skyview also has a fully-equipped kitchen with granite countertops, a fun and cozy game room, a reading nook, and is just 15 minutes away from the heart of Blue Ridge! The kiddos can spend their time at Skyview roasting marshmallows and playing corn hole outside, doing puzzles in the game room, and playing Xbox and board games in their cool bunk room complete with two twin beds, two full beds and two bean bag chairs. There’s so much to do at the cabin but you won’t be far from more kid-friendly activities, when you’re ready to get out and explore the area! 

Such A View

How could you ever be unhappy when you’re looking at Such a View? In this phenomenal cabin, you’ll never have to go without! With floor-ceiling windows in the main room, a spacious deck with ample seating, a screened-in porch with an outdoor fireplace, and even a hot tub overlooking that stunning mountain range, you’ll have every opportunity to soak in the views that Blue Ridge is known for! And when you’re ready to head inside & warm up you’ll find designer furnishings and high end amenities, 4 luxurious bedrooms, and plenty of room to spread out. The kids will love the bunk beds and game room, complete with a pool table, an air hockey table, a ping pong table, arcade games, board games, and more. What are you waiting for? It’s time for a getaway that comes with amazing views and everything you need for the perfect family vacation! 

Whitetail Bluff

If you are looking for a beautiful place to stay during your vacation, look no further as Whitetail Bluff has it all for you. A peaceful, cozy, and tranquil place located near the Toccoa River. This is truly an ideal spot for your family’s getaway to Blue Ridge! Sitting on 3.3 acres and located right on a creek near hiking trails, it’s a glorious place to be! The home was designed by a local architect, Tony Boyatt, and built by a local builder, Danny Anderson. The owners decided to work with both of them to create an atmosphere that was not only rustic and cozy but modern and functional for large families. As a result, the house isn’t so much of a “cabin” but more of a mountain “chalet” hidden away in the Toccoa River Forest! The property is extremely peaceful and serene, with the sounds of the forest and the creek flowing below. The house features the best of both cozy cabin amenities but also modern touches like the fun and handcrafted bunkbeds!

Uplifting

Feeling down, tired, or just need a change of scenery? Well this cabin is sure to lift your spirits! Uplifting cabin is an exquisite mountain retreat with awe-inspiring, absolutely breathtaking views and it sits only a few miles from town. Inside the cabin you’ll find all the rustic charm of a log cabin but with upscale furniture and luxurious amenities. You’ll love the open floor plan which makes it easy to connect with friends and family no matter where they are in the house. And Uplifting is all about family; have family dinners at the dining table, family game nights in the game room, and then spread out on the large deck or take a soak in the 8 seat hot tub. And lucky for the little ones, they won’t have to be far from the fun, because their twin bunk beds are located under the lower level stairs in the game room. So they’ll be ready to game to their heart’s content the minute they wake up in the morning!  Start making memories at Uplifting cabin! 

April Events 2023



Spring is in the air, and we’re excited for a month of fun spring activities in events all around Blue Ridge and North Georgia! Get ready for Easter egg hunts, spring markets, garden tours, the Blue Ridge Trout and Outdoor Adventures Festival, and lots of live music!

Live Music at Chateau Meichtry
April 1st – April 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!
April 1st: Travis Bowlin
April 2nd: Doug Easterly
April 8th: George & CW Ausman
April 9th: Surrender Hill
April 15th: Brett Cantrell
April 16th: Loose Shoes Band
April 22nd: Jadie Lee & Gabe Meyers
April 23rd: Gene Ponder
April 29th: RiverSong
April 30th: Rowdy Yates

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards
April 1st – April 30th
Location: Cartecay Vineyards

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Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains at Cartecay Vineyards! Enjoy live music select Saturdays & Sundays from 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Listen to the music of local artists while enjoying your wine outside either on the Chimney Patio or the Tasting Barn’s covered porch. Live music, good wine, and beautiful mountain scenery; it doesn’t get much better than that!
April 1st: Harold Crowder
April 2nd: Tim O’Donovan
April 8th: Gregg Erwin
April 15th: 5K Wine Run
April 15th: Connor Priest
April 16th: Lindsay Beth Harper
April 22nd: The Georgia Back Porch Band
April 23rd: Jorge Valenzuela
April 29th: Trevor Startt
April 30th: Andrea Guess

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
April 1st – April 29th
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!
April 1st: Paul Constantine
April 7th: Frankie Sparks
April 8th: David Cheatham
April 15th: Steve Vaclavik
April 21st: Gregg Erwin
April 22nd: Mason Parker
April 28th: David Welch
April 29th: Canon Tyler

Live Music at Tooney’s
April 1st – April 29th
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!
April 1st: Black Stone Cherry
April 14th: 49 Winchester with Drayton Farley
April 21st: Whey Jennings
April 29th: The Dirty South Band, Nolan Tyler with Full Band, Robert Jon & The Wreck

Live Music at Paradise Hills
April 1st – April 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.
April 1st: Rusted Melody
April 8th: Trailer Hippies
April 15th: Bob Keel
April 22nd: Chris Carpenter
April 29th: Hill Roberts

Kool Breeze Band featuring Jim Richter- Live Music is Better
April 1st
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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This hometown band featuring Jim Richter plays a variety of music from R&B, jazz, rock, swing, and blues. You’ll be on your feet dancing 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 April 1st and tickets are $37.50 for this awesome show!

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
April 1st – April 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!
April 1st: The Shetlands
April 2nd: Gregg Erwin
April 7th: Rose Brown
April 8th: Hunter Flanagan
April 9th: Brooksie Wells
April 14th: Russ Still
April 15th: Travis Bowlin
April 16th: Gavin Powell
April 21st: David Welch & The Shetlands
April 22nd: Aspen Lee & Rob Grater
April 23rd: Hunter Flannigan
April 28th: Zachary Alexander
April 29th: Travis Bowlin
April 30th: Rose Brown

Live Music and Food at Fannin Brewing Company
April 1st – April 22nd
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!
April 1st: Cousins Maine Lobster
April 8th: Gopher Broke and Lobster Dogs
April 15th: Sean Bulow
April 22nd: David Flowers and The Shack Ellijay

Line Dancing Class
April 3rd – April 24th
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!

Nana’s Naughty Knickers
April 6th – April 23rd
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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Come on out to Blue Ridge Community Theater’s hilarious production of Nana’s Naughty Knickers! When Bridget goes to live with her Nana in New York over the summer she gets more than she bargained for. Nana is selling handmade naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the area from an illegal boutique she runs in her apartment. Watch the excitement unfold on the Blue Ridge Community Theater stage Thursdays-Sundays April 6th – April 23rd. Shows are Thursdays- Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm. Call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Movie in the Park
April 6th
Location: Blue Ridge City Park

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Bring the whole family out for a movie in the park! This month’s movie is Superpets! Bring your chairs and blankets for a night of fun. The movie starts at 8pm and there will be food trucks in the park as well.

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
April 7th – April 24th
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.
April 7th: Flat Creek Loop
April 10th: BMT GA Hwy 60 – Wallalah – Licklog-Rhodes Saddle and return
April 11th: Project Chimps Trails
April 12th: Craddock Center to Weaver Creek
April 21st: BMT Hudson Gap
April 24th: Picken’s Nose Overlook on the AT

Art Classes and Workshops
April 8th – April 29th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountain 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 painting, ceramics, and more! And check out more upcoming art classes at https://www.blueridgearts.net/adult-classes.html
April 8th: Animal and Ceramic Sculpture
April 22 and 23rd: Back to Basics with Micah Goguen
April 29th: Painting a Floral Bouquet in Watercolor

Easter Egg Hunt at the Groovy Zoo
April 8th
Location: The Zoo Groovy Yard Art

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Come to the fun and unique Groovy Zoo in McCaysville, GA that’s covered in metal, plastic, and wooden zoo animals. And this year they’ll be having their first ever Easter Egg Hunt! There will be over 2500 eggs to find, all with prizes! And the best find is one of the golden eggs!

28th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt
April 8th
Location: St. Luke’s Church

Join St. Luke’s in Blue Ridge for their 28th Annual Egg Hunt! The fun kicks off at 1pm with children of all ages welcome! Afterwards, prizes will be awarded to those who find the prize eggs and refreshments will be served.

Easter Egg Hunt
April 9th
Location: The Ridges Resort

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You can’t have Easter without an Easter egg hunt! Bring the kids out to The Ridges Resort Sunday afternoon from 2pm – 3pm for a good old fashioned Easter Egg hunt! The Easter Bunny will also be there to take pictures with the kiddos!

Easter Brunch
April 9th
Location: The Tavern at Old Toccoa Farm

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Celebrate with the family and enjoy a delicious Easter buffet at The Tavern at Old Toccoa Farm from 10am – 4pm on Easter morning. There will be a carving station, omelet action station, a dessert station, and so many other delicious dishes to try! There will even be live music from Mountain Gypsy Music from 12pm – 3pm. Price is $45 per person or $20 for children 12 & under. Reservations are required.

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

Photo Courtesy of Riverwalk Walk

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!

Acoustic Sunsets at Hamilton Gardens
April 13th – April 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 May 11th 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!

Women on the Water Retreat
April 14th – April 16th
Location: Noontootla Creek Farms

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Calling all lady fisherman! This weekend retreat is for you! Join in the fun at Noontootla Creek Farms for their first ever Women on the Water Retreat. This is an inclusive 3 day and 2 night retreat where you will learn the art of fly fishing. Only 8 spots available so sign up now!

Georgia Mountain Story Telling Festival
April 14th – April 15th
Location: The Ridges Resort

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Come on out to the Ridges Resort in Hiawassee and discover the art of storytelling! This two day festival will feature lots of storytelling, workshops, quilt making, and much more! Tickets are $20 for one day or $35 for two.

The Rhododendron Festival
April 14th – April 30th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Head over to Hiawassee for 5 weekends filled with spring fun at The Rhododendron Festival at their beautiful Hamilton Gardens. Not only will you have the chance to tour the lovely gardens at full bloom but you will also have the chance to enjoy live music, food and craft vendors, a plant sale, daily seminars, and much more! Admission to the gardens is $5 and the event takes place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from April 14th – May 14th.

Clint Black
April 15th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Country music star, Clint Black will be performing at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on April 15th at 7pm! Known for his hits “A Better Man,” “Killin’ Time,” “When My Ship Comes In,” and “A Good Run of Bad Luck” Clint has a slew of #1 hits and has sold over 20 million records! So snag your tickets for what’s sure to be a stellar night of country music. Tickets are $55+ handling. Purchase your tickets here: https://www.freshtix.com/events/clint-black-hiawassee

Cartecay Wine Run 5k
April 15th
Location: Cartecay Vineyards

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Race through the beautiful hills of Cartecay Vineyards at this wonderful new event! Walk or run this course and admire the mountains as you go; then after enjoy some live music, arts & crafts, food trucks, and lots of wine!

4th Annual Low Country Boil & Oyster Roast
April 15th
Location: Meeks Park

Come on out for 4th Annual Low Country Boil & Oyster Roast at Meeks Park in Blairsville! There will fresh seafood and oysters from Darien, GA as well as live music from Colton James, a silent auction, raffles, and lots of fun! It’s $25 a ticket and the event goes from 2pm – 6pm rain or shine!!

Chimps Rock
April 15th – April 16th
Location: Project Chimps

Photo Courtesy of Project Chimps

Come see the chimps and take a guided tour of the Project Chimps sanctuary. Kids can also paint rocks with sweet messages for the chimps. For $10 children will receive an 45 – 60 minute guided tour, a rock to paint, a chance to see chimps close up at one of the viewing windows, and one adult ticket included.

Spring Arts & Crafts Sale of Blue Ridge
April 15th – April 23rd
Location: Fannin County Schools Agriculture Facility

Come on out to the Fannin County Schools Agriculture Facility April 15th & 16th or April 22nd & 23rd to shop for wonderful crafts made by local artisans! Entry is free and so is parking!

Spring Outdoor Market
April 15th
Location: Upper Parking Lot above Blairsville Downtown Square

Photo Courtesy of Visit Blairsville GA

The 3rd annual Spring Outdoor Market in Downtown Blairsville will have 25+ local artists, music, food, and classic cars from the Cruise In on the Square Car Show. Come out for an afternoon of family fun!

Mile Long Yard Sale
April 21st – April 22nd
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Stock up on home décor, furniture, knick-knacks, and so much more at the Mile Long Yard Sale at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. Come shop 1 mile worth of treasures! Admission & parking is free!

Leanne Morgan: Just Getting Started Tour
April 21st
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Enjoy a night full of laughter at the Leanne Morgan: Just Getting Started Comedy Show! After 22 years in comedy Leanne has made a name for herself with her very own stand up show, sitcom, and Netflix comedy special. And now she’s touring the country at over 100 venues across the U.S. and we’re lucky The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds is one of her stops!

Bourbon Revival Band- Music for Mutts Benefit Concert
April 22nd
Location: Downtown City Park

Photo Courtesy of Fannin Canine Fund

Bourbon Revival Band will be performing a benefit concert in Downtown City Park to raise funds for Fannin Canine Fund to build a new Animal Control Facility in Fannin County. Kentucky’s #1 Bluegrass Band will be performing from 12pm – 3pm. Admission is free but donations are requested.

Tuesdays with Morrie
April 27th – April 30th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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Come on out to Blue Ridge Community Theater’s production of Tuesdays with Morrie! The show follows the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom and Morrie Schwartz. Mitch is an accomplished journalist and Morrie is his former professor; 16 years after graduation Mitch learns that Morrie is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch goes to visit him and his simple visit turns into a weekly one where they discuss the meaning of life. Follow their story on the Blue Ridge Community Theater stage Thursdays – Sundays April 6th – April 23rd. Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Kickoff Party for Memory Lane Classic Car Show
April 27th
Location: Hamilton Rhododendron Gardens

Photo Courtesy of The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Celebrate the Memory Lane Car Show a day early at the kick off party! Your table of 6 for $200, $75 per couple, or $35 per person while get you into to the coolest event of the season with live music, a meal from Happy Hawg, wine, dancing, and a beautiful view! Sound like fun? Call 706-896-4191 to reserve your table!

Memory Lane Classic Car Show
April 28th – April 29th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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If you are a car lover this event is for you! There will be cool cars, live music, arts & crafts, food trucks, a Swap Meet, auction, raffle, and so much more! Entry to this great event is $10 a person and children 12 & under are free!

Trout Trot 5K
April 29th
Location: Riverwalk Shops

Photo Courtesy of Visit Copper Basin

Run 3.1 miles through 2 states! The 5K takes place in the beautiful twin cities of McCaysville, GA and Copperhill, TN. Food, drinks, and music will be ready for your enjoyment before and after the race. Come on out and get ready to RACE!

Blue Ridge Trout and Outdoor Adventures Festival
April 29th
Location: Downtown City Park

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The Blue Ridge Trout and Outdoor Adventures Festival is back for the 6th year in a row and bigger than ever! Learn all about fly fishing from dozens of local guides. There will even be outdoor activities to try out like a climbing wall, a mountain bike course, axe throwing, gem mining, trout fishing and more! After your adventures shop for beautiful outdoor art made by local artists and have some food & drink in the beer garden. You won’t want to miss out on all the fun!

Atlanta Rhythm Section and Pure Prairie League
April 29th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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A little Southern Rock is all we need, a southern rock music from two rock legends like Atlanta Rhythm Section and Pure Prairie League!? Count us in! Atlanta Rhythm Section have been in the music business for over 50 years and are known for their big hits like “So Into You”, “Champagne Jam”, and “Imaginary Lover.” While Pure Prairie League are known as one of country rock’s pioneering forces and with 43 years of experience they sure know how to put on a show! So snag your tickets for what’s sure to be a stellar night of southern rock music. Tickets are $45+ handling. Purchase your tickets here: https://georgiamountainfairground.thundertix.com/events/206027

Global Cuisine in Blue Ridge



Did you know that you can find food from all over the world in Blue Ridge? That’s right, we may be a small little mountain town but our local restaurants bring in just the right amount of variety and a true flavorful experience from countries from around the world! 

Asian Cuisine

Rod’s Rockin’ Rolls

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For amazing southeast Asian cuisine take a quick trip across the border and pay a visit to Rod’s Rockin’ Rolls in Ducktown, TN. 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! Grab a sushi bowl, the Chef’s Seafood Basket, or one of their weekly Menu Specials. You’ll love having the taste and flavor of Asia right here in the mountains! 

Kizuna Japanese Restaurant

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Who doesn’t love sushi!? Well,  Kizuna Japanese Restaurant in Blue Ridge has all the sushi you can eat and serves up all kinds of Japanese favorites that you know and love, like Ramen bowls, Udon, Donburi, and Japanese style curry. And you can even try some skillfully crafted, traditional sashimi. Yum! 

South of North

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South of North was a crowd favorite, Asian Fusion restaurant in Blue Ridge. We were so sad when they closed their doors but luckily they’re coming back! Get your taste buds ready for all the potstickers and summer rolls you can eat when South of North opens back up again soon!

Polish Provisions

Margo’s Gourmet Polish Kitchen

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You don’t often find Polish restaurants in small mountain towns but we are lucky to have one right in our own backyard! Margo’s Gourmet Polish Kitchen serves up all of your Polish favorites by hand, daily to assure the best quality taste. Feast on pierogis, homemade cabbage rolls, sausages, goulash, and so many other classic Polish dishes at Margo’s. You can even eat your meal from the “kawiarnia na dworze” (outdoor patio) where you can enjoy a beautiful day and a great meal with your dog beside you. When you eat at Margo’s you’re sure to have a wonderful dining experience and you may even get to meet Margo herself!

Mexican Grub

El Rio Mexican Restaurant

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Enjoy a taste of Mexico on the state line in McCaysville, GA at El Rio Mexican Restaurant. All their dishes come from old family recipes like traditional enchiladas and nachos, and new, unique dishes like Pollo Loco and Steak Ranchero. Everything is made with top quality, healthy ingredients with three flavors in mind: sweet, sour, and spicy. Eating here will be like a “fiesta in your mouth” every time!

Pokitos

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At Pokitos you can have both Mexican and El Salvadorian traditional dishes! We love their Alambron and their amazing Pupusas, but everything on the menu is delicious! Before you go you HAVE to get an order of the street corn and check out their salsa bar which has a bunch of yummy salsas to try. 

Mesquite Grill

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Mesquite Grill in Blue Ridge is known as the “house of the fajita” but you’ll find all kinds of classic Mexican dishes here like enchiladas, carnitas, tacos, and more! They aim to serve authentic Mexican dishes made with the finest & freshest of ingredients. And don’t forget to pair your meal with a refreshing and delicious margarita! Don’t have enough time for a sit down dinner? Mesquite Grill even has a drive thru so you can grab all your favorites and then hit the road! 

Italian Feast

Cucina Rustica

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Fine dining and incredible Italian dishes await at Cucina Rustica.  Take your friends and family out for a nice dinner on the town and prepare to be wowed by Chef Danny Mellman’s dishes. Choose from a wide variety of pastas from the Wild Mushroom Ravioli to the Lasagna Bolognese or the Chicken Parmigiana. If pasta isn’t what you’re looking for they also offer meatballs, fire roasted shrimp, and a variety of salads. And for a more casual dining experience check out La Pizzeria at Cucina Rustica  for all the pizza you can eat! Enjoy Country Style Italian Dishes in an Old-World Atmosphere at Cucina Rustica! 

Ferraro’s Kitchen

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One of Blue Ridge’s newest and most delicious restaurants is Ferraro’s Kitchen!  Talented chef and owner, Igor Ferraro aims to bring the “Italian Way” to Blue Ridge-where he creates delicious food with exceptional quality. Their menu has a huge variety of dishes that will transport you to the coasts of Italy with every bite! Try Spaghetti Cacio & Pepe which is your traditional spaghetti meal with pecorino romano cheese and roasted peppercorn. Or try the Risotto di Mare which is a delicious risotto seafood medley with parsley. Everything on their menu is incredibly delicious and their exceptional service is unparalleled!

Masseria Kitchen + Bar

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For a taste of both the Mediterranean Islands and Italy visit Masseria Kitchen + Bar.  Here you can enjoy local, Appalachian ingredients with a Mediterranean twist! Take their Chicken Parm for example; the chicken is fried just like how we love it in the south but covered with marinara and mozzarella, and served on top of couscous instead of pasta. It’s a fun and delicious twist on a classic dish! And that’s the kind of unique and amazing food you can expect from Masseria. Plus how can you go wrong with a large pizza for the table!? And with dozens of pizza  topping combinations to choose from, you can create a pizza that is truly unique to you! Chef Danny Mellman once again goes above and beyond with Masseria, you’ll just have to stop by and see for yourself! 

The Pasta Market

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Did somebody say pasta!? Pasta, pasta, and more pasta is what you’ll find at The Pasta Market! And while we love all things pasta you can also find the famous Ralph Sauce here, as well as unique artisan goods, seasonings, kitchen & home items and so much more! You can pick up everything you need here to cook your very own authentic Italian meal at home. But The Pasta Market isn’t just about shopping for the best ingredients; they also offer food, wine, and amazing desserts! In the back of the shop they have an intimate dining area where you can enjoy a wine tasting, tapa-style platters, charcuterie boards, pastas and more. Don’t forget to try one of their yummy Italian desserts like a chocolate chip cannoli or a slice of tiramisu. You can even get breakfast at The Pasta Market! So drop by any day of the week for a fun shopping and dining experience! 

German Fare

Black Bear Bier Garten

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Spend the day with a pretzel, sausage, or beer in your hand at all times! Sound like the perfect way to spend an afternoon? Then stop by Black Bear Bier Garten and party like it’s Oktoberfest! Not only can you enjoy a Giant German Pretzel with house made beer cheese here but you can also try over 9 varieties of wild game sausages including boar, venison, buffalo, pheasant, and elk. Plus there are multiple German beers to choose from along with other local craft beers as well! The husbands will especially love it here so feel free to head off for some shopping downtown and leave your husband at Black Bear Bier Garten’s “husband daycare”. Be sure to snag a photo of him by the sign on the door that acknowledges their free husband daycare! And when you come back from your afternoon of shopping, you AND the husband can enjoy the best of America and Germany all in place! 

Das Kaffee Haus

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Coffee and sweet treats that taste like they came from Germany itself? Sign us up! At Das Kaffee Haus you can order traditional European coffee drinks like espressos, cappuccinos, and more from their special European blends. Pair your specialty coffee with a dessert, truffle, or bagel and then head out to the patio to enjoy your drink & dessert while you watch the train pass by and take in the views of downtown. 

Cuban Creations

The Rum Cake Lady

The Rum Cake Lady is a beloved restaurant in both McCaysville and Blue Ridge and once you try some of their AMAZING food it won’t be hard to see why! They are a family-owned, fast-casual café offering authentic Cuban comfort food and award-winning Rum Cakes of every flavor. You’ll quickly fall in love with the incredible food; like the delicious sandwiches pressed on fresh-baked Cuban bread, the Empanadas, and the Cuban Bowls. And after you eat you HAVE to get a Rum Cake! They have all kinds of flavors like golden, limoncello, salted caramel, chocolate, and Cuba libre. There are even special seasonal rum cake flavors that come around for different holidays and seasons; you’ll want to try them all! 

Irish Pub Fare

The Boro Inn Irish Pub

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St. Patricks Day may have already passed but there’s never a bad time for Irish food & drink at The Boro Inn Irish Pub. This hidden gem in Downtown Blue Ridge has 177 different handcrafted libations including whiskeys and brews, some of whose recipes span 1,300 years. Feel the luck of the Irish in you as you sip on the very best Irish whiskies and dine on traditional Irish foods. The Boro Inn Irish Pub is part pub, part museum; where you can learn all about the music, the poems and the tales of Ireland of old. For a unique experience like no other, right here in Downtown Blue Ridge, visit The Boro Inn Irish Pub! 

Hawaiian Bowls

Poke Jon’s

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Hawaii may be a U.S. state but Hawaiian cuisine is  not something many of us get to try often! That’s what makes Poke Jon’s so special! You can get Hawaiian flavors and quality products right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains! As its name suggests Poke Jon’s is all about Poke bowls which are a Hawaiian staple meal filled with raw fish, rice, veggies, and delicious sauces. You can choose one of their signature poke bowls from the menu or create your own with all your favorite toppings! You can even pair your bowl with a traditional Sake beverage for that extra Hawaiian flavor!

American Eats

And of course we’ve got plenty of your classic southern, mountain cooking in town as well! 

BBQ

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Enjoy some good old fashioned bbq from Carrolls Barbeque! They offer pulled pork, pulled chicken ,smoked wings, and fun sides like “Tater Hill” (a large, classic baked potato, covered in their white sauce, piled high with pulled pork, mac & cheese, baked beans, and coleslaw and then drizzled with mild & sweet sauce.) But their smoked turkey is legendary and a must try when you visit! And Smokin’ E’s BBQ is new to town, with award winning bbq all homemade and smoked to perfection! Come on down with your friends & family and split a Family Combo or Bray’s BBQ Sampler while you enjoy live music on the weekends!  

Burgers

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Americans sure do love their burgers! There’s nothing quite as satisfying as digging into a burger with a side of fries and your favorite beer or soda. So get your burger on at the burger place of all burgers- Sue’s Burgers! Sue’s is known for serving up the best burgers in town for over 45 years! Pair your huge burger with a great side like french fries, tots, onion rings or one of their many other options! Fightingtown Tavern is also a great spot for burgers, American eats, and all things rock n’ roll! Their food is made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. They offer unique farm-to-table comfort foods like burgers, sandwiches, wings and more for you to enjoy while you watch the big game or play a round of darts. They even have a massive burger called the Megadeath Burger made with 1/2 lb burger patties, 2 fried eggs, 2 slices of cheddar, 2 slices of pepperjack, 4 slices of house cured bacon, grilled jalapenos, grilled onions, beer cheese, & sriracha all separated by a krispy kreme™ glazed donut! It doesn’t get more American than that! 

Southern Eats 

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Get your southern fix at Southern Charm! They are all about southern cooking and that good old southern hospitality! Get your fill with biscuits, chicken pot pies, country fried steaks, and lots and lots of gravy! Yum! For more southern dining in Blue Ridge check out our southern eats blog: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/southern-eats/

Mountains of Fun



Get your adventure on and climb every mountain in North Georgia! These 6 mountain hikes will take you to the tallest peaks in Georgia and on some of the most challenging yet rewarding trails in the area. What are you waiting for? Your mountain adventure is calling! 

Springer Mountain

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A short drive from downtown Blue Ridge, Springer Mountain, is the start of many avid hikers 2,192 mile trek along the Appalachian Trail. If you don’t plan on hiking the full Appalachian Trail, then take the 8.6 mile round trip hike through Three Forks to Springer Mountain instead.  Along the way you’ll find mountain peak views, tranquil streams, waterfalls, and a lush environment. Or you can take the shorter one mile trek from the Springer Mountain parking lot if you’re just looking for a leisurely hike. While there’s many ways to reach the summit of Springer Mountain, we assure you that whatever journey you choose to take, you won’t be disappointed by the views that await you at the top! 

Preachers Rock

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About an hour outside of Blue Ridge, GA is Preachers Rock. This is a great hike for beginners and for their four legged companions, because the whole hike is only a 2 mile round trip. Short and sweet! You’ll start the hike at Woody Gap off of Highway 60 and make your way through Woody Creek Valley. Keep following the signs for the Appalachian Trail and head up Big Cedar Mountain, through switchbacks and rock outcrops until you reach Preachers Rock – a broad rock outcrop about a mile into your journey. Preachers Rock is a great viewing area and a place to take a mid-hike break because the trees open up and frame the surrounding mountains just perfectly! After a few photos and a quick break, retrace your steps and head back down the mountain. 

Bell Mountain

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About 45 minutes outside of Blue Ridge in Hiawassee, GA is the beautiful Bell Mountain. While the steps to the top observation deck are steep, there is no hiking actually needed to take in the views here. You can simply drive in, and park in the parking lot next to the first observation deck. Just be wary, the drive up is incredibly steep, so make sure you take the right kind of vehicle for the drive. If you’re ready for a little more of a climb, take the steps up to the second observation deck where you’ll have incredible 360 degree views of Lake Chatuge, the surrounding mountains, and the small town of Hiawassee below. You’ll feel on top of the world up here and will actually be over 3,400 feet above sea level! While the journey to Bell Mountain isn’t much of a hike the views that await you at the top are so worth it! 

Brasstown Bald

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Are you ready to climb to the tallest peak in Georgia? Brasstown Bald, near Blairsville,  sits at 4,784 feet above sea level AND you can even see 4 states at once from the top! The trek there is a 1.1 mile short but steep trail. It’s all uphill and quite the challenge, but the views at the top will make it worth your while. Brasstown Bald is a popular destination for tourists and nature lovers alike, and it’s not hard to see why! Even astral photographers and astronomers love to visit Brasstown Bald because it has the least amount of “atmospheric turbulence” in the state of Georgia!  From the observation deck you’ll have stunning 360-degree views of the colorful Southern Appalachian Mountains and valleys below, and you will be surrounded by the Chattahoochee Oconee National Forest. Want these amazing views without the hike? No problem! You can take the shuttle up to Brasstown Bald, Thursday-Monday in the spring thru the fall, and enjoy putting your feet up & taking the scenic ride there!

Blood Mountain

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Take Highway 129 South through Chattahoochee National Forest to reach the top of Neels Gap and the base of Blood Mountain. This 4.3 mile round trip hike will take you along the Appalachian Trail via the Byron Reece Trail at Neels Gap. And while Brasstown Bald may be the highest peak in Georgia, Blood Mountain is the highest elevation summit on the Appalachian Trail in the state of Georgia, so you’re in for quite the trek. Along your steep ascent to the peak you’ll pass by scenic view after scenic view. And after about 2 miles on the trail you’ll finally reach the summit. Stick around to take in the views and snap a few photos of the stunning mountain peaks that surround you. The best place to capture the scenic beauty of the overlook is from the outcrop next to the old Civilian Conservation Corps building. Once you’re satisfied with your photos and have taken a well deserved break, begin your two mile trek back down the mountain to the Byron Reece Trail trailhead. 

Fort Mountain

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One of our favorite mountain trails to hike in the fall is Fort Mountain in Chatsworth, GA. In the fall, the valley below is aglow with bright reds, oranges, and yellows and you’ll be in awe of its utter beauty; but this lovely mountain hike is great any season! Fort Mountain State Park is made up of over 4,000 acres of forests, streams, lakes, and miles and miles of hiking trails. If you explore the 5 mile Grassy Mountain Tower Trail you’ll pass by the historic Grassy Mountain Fire Lookout Tower that has incredible views of the surrounding countryside at the top. And you might also notice the mysterious 855-foot-long wall around the park that was thought to have been built by the early Indians that called the North Georgia Mountains home. However, if you’re looking for some of the best views in the park and a truly rewarding hike, follow the Gahuti Trail which is an 8.1 mile round trip that takes you past multiple scenic overlooks, a waterfall at Goldmine Branch Creek, and through the tall trees of the forest. You’ll find some of the most instagrammable spots and overlooks along this trail. 

Plan your route to these tall & beautiful mountain peaks at https://www.atlantatrails.com/ and don’t forget to tag us in all the photos from your many adventures! We hope you have a Mountain of Fun on your next Escape to Blue Ridge! 🙂