One of our favorite things about living in the mountains of North Georgia is the incredible southern food! We may be biased but Georgia folk do southern cooking best- with warm, homemade biscuits, shrimp & grits, collared greens, bbq & ribs, and so many other southern favorites. Check out these 8 spots in North Georgia where you can enjoy all the delicious flavors of the south in one incredible meal:
How can you possibly get more southern than with a meal from Southern Charm! Just as its name suggests Southern Charm is all about southern eats and that good old southern hospitality! You’ll experience traditional family style dining, featuring all your favorite southern dishes like biscuits and apple butter, country fried steak, collards & greens, and chicken pot pies. You can’t go wrong with any of these incredible dishes! Open 11am-7pm Monday-Thursday and 11am-8pm Friday & Saturday in Downtown Blue Ridge, you’ll have ample opportunities to enjoy some good old fashioned southern cooking the way it was meant to be.
The West may think they can do bbq but we in the South do it best! At Carroll’s Barbeque, Tom Carroll will make sure to cook you up some scrumptious southern bbq! His family have been residents of Blue Ridge for over 50 years and Tom himself has built up a reputation for cooking up good food, especially barbeque; so it was only a matter of time before he opened up his own place.
At Carroll’s Barbeque you can get your bbq just how you like it whether it’s with pulled pork, pulled chicken, turkey, or brisket. Then pair your delicious sandwich with an amazing side like bbq baked beans, mac and cheese, french fries, coleslaw or one of the other great side options. If you’ve still got room in your stomach to keep pigging out, try their awesome BBQ Burrito, a stack of their juicy Ribs, or “Tater Hill” (a baked potato covered to the brim with southern deliciousness). Once you dine here there can be no doubt it, Carroll’s Barbeque does barbecue right!
One of our guests favorite places to eat when they come to town isHarvest on Main. With incredible southern inspired dishes made with fresh, quality ingredients and exceptional service; it’s not hard to see why people flock to it. When you dine at Harvest on Main you’ll have a Farm to Table experience like no other. They source most of their ingredients from local businesses like Mercier Orchards and Brasstown Beef, and they even have their own private farm with chickens, pigs, quail and more to ensure your meal is made with the freshest of local ingredients.
For delicious southern starters you can try the Pimento Cheese and House Pickles or get the Blue Ridge Sampler that includes all things Blue Ridge like cheesy flatbread, black eyed pea hummus, corn salad and more! Then have the Locally Farmed Rainbow Trout or Georgia Hot Brown as your main course to get a full taste of Blue Ridge. You’ll have to keep coming back to Harvest on Main time and time again to try all their delicious locally sourced dishes!
Take in the views from The Roof Ellijay, which is a southern rooftop kitchen & bar in downtown Ellijay, inspired by the culture of their hometown Appalchia. You can guarantee that you’ll find lots of mountain style, southern cooking here! We recommend eating on their trendy rooftop for a great ambiance, wonderful views, and exceptional southern hospitality the moment you walk through the door. Start your meal off with Low Country Boiled Peanuts or the Old Bay Peel & Eat Shrimp. Then for your main course feast on their Shrimp & Grits, Fresh Appalachian Trout, or the Smoke Gouda Mac n’ Cheese. And don’t forget to pair your entrée with a delicious southern side like the cheddar grits, collard greens, or the southern style green beans. Even their drinks have fun southern names like The Hatfield and The Real McCoy! Their menus change seasonally so there’s always something new & wonderful to try at The Roof Ellijay!
Breakfast in the south means biscuits & gravy, country fried ham, and home fries. At Bumblebee’s Cafeyou can find all this and more because all their dishes are home cooked with a southern flair. On top of those tasty southern breakfast options they also serve tried & true classics like pancakes, omelets, french toast, and more! You can even drop in for lunch if you’d like where you can choose from a sandwich, soup, or salad. Breakfast and lunch are served up daily at Bumblebee’s from 8am – 2pm!
Blue Ridge is known as the Trout Capital of Georgia; so if you’re looking for fried trout and delicious flavor that can only be found in Blue Ridge than Toccoa Riverside Restaurantis the place for you!Sit on the banks of the Toccoa River as you dine on award-winning steaks and seafood. Start your meal with Fried Green Tomatoes or a Pimento Cheese Bake. Then for the main course go for the Ribeye Steak or the Fresh Local Rainbow Trout, fixed however you like fried, boiled, or smoked. Finally, finish off your meal with a decadent dessert like the Bourbon Street Pecan Pie or the Tennessee Cheesecake. Once you’re good & stuffed check out the gift shop or hop in your canoe and float back down the river for a full day of adventure. Drop by for lunch or dinner Wednesday-Saturday and see what makes Toccoa Riverside Restaurant such a long standing tradition of North Georgia.
Delicious food and incredible drinks come together in perfect harmony at The Dogwood. Enjoy your meal from the comfort of their huge outdoor patio that’s nestled under 100 year old trees and a gorgeous hand painted mural. The Dogwood offers a unique dining and drinks experience, with a select menu of only 10 items and customizable drink options. Some of the scrumptious, southern, comfort foods that you can expect from The Dogwood are BBQ Deviled Eggs, Sticky Ribs and Shrimp & Grits. Yum! Don’t forget to pair your meal with a drink from either their extensive wine list, craft cocktail menu, full bar, or beer garage that has over 70 options of beers to choose from! The Dogwood is a great place to spend an evening with friends and if you come on the weekends you can expect amazing live music from local artists as well.
Mercier Orchardsis known for their scrumptious apples and that’s exactly what their bakery & cafe focus on! Warm butter biscuits with apple butter, fried cinnamon apples, an apple house burger, and even an apple cider donut sandwich- which is applewood smoked bacon, a folded egg, and maple syrup all wedged between two perfect apple cider donuts. Wow!! Come for breakfast or lunch between 9am-1pm for amazing, mouthwatering options. Then after your meal stay for dessert! We southerners love to fry things right? Well you haven’t lived until you’ve tried one of their fried pies! They come in all kinds of flavors: apple, blueberry, strawberry, chocolate, coconut and many more! You won’t leave Mercier Orchards hungry that’s for sure! And before you go check out their cidery and market, to bring home even more goodies!
It may be cold but February has lots of fun ways to stay warm! Let some “spirits” and chili warm you up at the Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival or have a romantic Valentine’s Day celebration Downtown with your love! Celebrate Mercier Orchards 80th Anniversary or live it up like they do in New Orleans for a day with a Mardi Gras celebration at Tipping Point Brewing Co. There’s lots in store for you and your family to experience this month in Blue Ridge!
Learn all about the art of clay as the Arts Center presents a new exhibit from the Georgia Clay Council from now until February 24th. You’ll find a wide variety of styles and techniques on display, reshaping the bounds of the clay and pottery medium.
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.
February 1st: Amadahy Trail February 10th: Miller Trek At Brasstown Valley Resort February 14th: Unicoi State Park to Helen and return February 17th: Talking Rock February 20th: BMT Section 14a from TN 68 to Coker Creek Bridge February 22nd: BMT: Watson Gap to Jack’s River Trail intersection to Hemptop to Dally Gap and return February 27th: Wildcat Tract from Monument Road and Tobacco Pouch Trail February 28th: Quartz Loop
Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 5:30pm! You’ll leave from the Burra Burra, and the 3.1 mile run will take you by the Toccoa river and through town. You’ll get to run through 2 states and cross the famous steel bridge! After the run stay for drinks at the Burra Burra overlooking the Toccoa River. Don’t walk, RUN to this great event!
Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewery Thursdays to sing along to your favorite songs for karaoke night! And drop by select Fridays & Saturdays from 3pm – 6pm for great drinks, great music, and a great time. With indoor and outdoor seating available you can even bring your dog to join in the fun! Enjoy a delicious hotdog from Jeff’s Hotdog’s while you listen to some fantastic local artists! And on Monday nights come on out for SINGO and Thursday nights is Karaoke!
February 2nd: Karaoke Thursday February 3rd: Zach Day February 6th: SINGO February 9th: Karaoke Thursday February 11th: David Cheatham February 13th: SINGO February 14th: Taco Tuesday February 16th: Karaoke Thursday February 17th: Doctor Paul February 18th: David Welch February 20th: SINGO February 23rd: Karaoke Thursday February 24th: Surrender Hill February 27th: SINGO
Follow the beloved kooky, gothic family on their next adventure in Addams Family the Musical! Sunny D’s Children’s Theater will be putting it on at Blue Ridge Community Theater Fridays – Sundays January 20th – Febuary 5th. Shows are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm or Sundays at 2pm. Call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!
For award winning wine, live music, and food truck Bear Claw Vineyards is the place for you! Join them every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for live music and food trucks. Kids and dogs are welcome too! The live music schedule for each weekend is shared on their website each Thursday so be sure to check back!
Come on select Fridays & Saturdays for good beer, live music, and a great time at Angry Hops Brewing! Angry Hops offers both traditional brews and new takes on the popular styles like IPAs, Stouts, and Sours. Be sure to check them out on weekends!
February 3rd: Cousins Maine Lobster Truck February 17th: Der Wurst Meister Food Truck February 18th: Woolybooger and Heidi Holton
Get your game on at Chateau Meichtry Casino Night! Your $20 ticket ($25 at the door) will include a glass of wine, snacks and $1,000 of play money with your ticket. You may also purchase more play money to play additional games like cards, raffles, liar’s dice and more! Casino attire & masquerade masks are encouraged!
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!
February 3rd: Steve Vaclavik February 4th: Mason Parker February 10th: Andrew Golden February 11th: Levi Ransom February 17th: Greg Erwin February 18th: Rob Grater February 26th: Singo and Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
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!
February 4th: Rick Stone February 5th: Surrender Hill February 11th: Gregg Erwin February 12th: Johnny Summers February 18th: RustedMelody February 19th: Britt Nix February 25th: Brett Cantrell
This wonderful annual performance at the Craddock Center in Cherry Log, GA will include musicians and storytellers who share the best of Appalachia’s unique culture and traditions in honor of Helen Lewis. Admission is free but donations are welcome and will go towards the purchase of new books.
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!
February 4th: Brett Cantrell February 11th: Leah Belle Faser February 12th: Surrender Hill February 17th: Western Night with Surrender Hill and Friends February 18th: Cotter Hill February 19th: Gary Wilder February 25th: Surrender Hill February 26th: Barefoot Boone
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!
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!
February 10th: The Dirty South Band February 11th: Whiskey Stills & Mash
Celebrate love Valentine’s Day weekend at Paradise Hills! It’ll be an evening of fun and romance with a kissing booth, couple games, live music, and plenty of wine! Admission is $15 a person and the fun goes on from 6pm – 9pm.
Catch the soulful music of Diane Durrett live and in person at Blue Ridge Community Theater for their Live Music is Better series! Diane will take the stage at 7:30pm on February 11th and tickets are $35 for this awesome show!
Come on out to watch the big game at the Waterfront Bar in Copperhill, TN! There will be special menu items available, free snacks, giveaways, and amazing Carla Concoctions inspired by the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles. The fun starts at 1pm and goes until the game is over!
Enjoy a delicious Valentine’s Day Buffet cozy in front of the fireplace. Some of your dining options include oysters, peel & eat shrimp, five cheese ravioli, butter braised chicken, roasted tenderloin of beef, and many more options. Seating is available from 5pm – 6pm. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Get ready for a night of laughs at the Winery Comedy Tour! Live professional stand-up comics will make you laugh all night long! Grab a glass of wine or a beer and let the laughter flow! Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm!
Enjoy a romantic trail ride at Trackrock Stables in Blairsville the weekend following Valentine’s Day! You’ll get a 90 minute trail ride through the beautiful countryside, a complimentary professional photo of your experience, and a break during your ride for s’mores & hot cocoa by the fire. Price is $150 for 2 and $75 for each additional rider. Make your reservation at www.trackrock.com or by calling 706-745-5252.
Have all kinds of winter fun at the 12th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival! There will be ice sculptures, live music, and plenty of chili and craft beers! You can try the chilis yourself by becoming a taster and check out the ice sculpting process from award winning ice sculptors. This is a great annual event you won’t want to miss!
Celebrate Mardi Gras Blue Ridge style! Tipping Point Brewing Co. is hosting an awesome Mardi Gras celebration with New Orleans music, Jamabalya, oysters from ROE, king cake, beads, and lots of beer! Join in the celebration happening all day long!
Fresh off their new album Paint This Town, country band, Old Crow Medicine Show is coming to North Georgia! You know them from hits like “Wagon Wheel,” “Down Home Girl,” “Tell It to Me,” and many more. You won’t want to miss them when they take on the Anderson Music Hall stage on February 24th at 7pm! Tickets range from $39.75-$65 + handling.
Celebrate Mercier Orchards 80th Anniversary and the amazing customer that you are at their Customer Appreciation Day celebration! There will be free tractor rides, photo ops with Apple Andy, llamas, face painting, magicians, free samples, live music, door prizes, and much, much more! Bring the whole family and spend a wonderful afternoon at Merciers!
Get tickets for this great event and you’ll receive a limited edition Project Chimps glass, one pour of a wine, and some vegan dark chocolate to pair with it! And all proceeds go towards Project Chimps! There’s no better excuse to drink than helping out some adorable chimps!
One of the many reasons we love Blue Ridge so much is because it’s such a dog-friendly town! Your dogs are welcome on our trails, at many of the shops & restaurants around town, and in over a hundred of our Escape to Blue Ridge cabins. We know how much our guests love their pups so we’ve compiled a list of the best places to eat, play, and stay with your pup in dog-friendly Blue Ridge!
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Toccoa Riverside Restaurant is one of our favorite places to stop for a bite to eat after a long day of exploring the trails; and the good news is your dog can join you! Eat riverside on the Pooch Patio or at the River Rest area, where you’ll feast on award-winning steaks and seafood to power you up for the rest of your adventure; and if you’re feeling generous maybe even share some of your meal with your dog! Your dining experience will truly be a Blue Ridge one, with views of the Toccoa River and a wide variety of menu items caught right here in the Blue Ridge area. And don’t worry, you’ll have no shortage of trout options to choose from while dining in the trout capital of Georgia!
While most of the great outdoors is open wide to our four-legged friends there are a few hiking trails that dogs are not welcome on for their own safety. So, before you plan to take your pup with you on your next hiking adventure, be sure to check that the trail you plan on taking is “Dog Friendly”. But never fear, we’ve done most of the work for you and provided you with some of our favorite dog-friendly hikes! Check out the Duncan Ridge Trail which is a part of the famous Benton McKaye Trail and the Appalachian Trail. Along the way you’ll pass Long Creek Falls, The Toccoa River Swinging Bridge, and many other beautiful sights. Just follow the blue vertical blazes (marks on the trees) for the Duncan Ridge and the white diamond blazes for the BMT. We also love the hike to Fall Branch Falls because it’s short, easy, and a beautiful waterfall awaits you at the end! Plan your hike around you and your dog’s endurance and stamina levels; you don’t want to take on a hike that is too challenging for you or your dog. For more suggestions on hiking with dogs check out our dog-friendly hiking blog here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/dog-friendly-hikes-blue-ridge-georgia/
Tumnus Ridge is the perfect cabin for outdoor lovers and their pups! Located on the edge of the Chattahoochee National Forest, you’ll be near all the action like the Toccoa River and some awesome hiking trails. Not only will you be close to all kinds of outdoor adventures here but the outdoor areas at the cabin are simply to die for! You’ll have a screened-in outdoor living room with a wood-burning fireplace that’s seated just above the custom-designed waterfall feature. The wraparound porch is safely gated to keep your pup restricted to one area while you soak in the hot tub or take in the views. And the fenced in dog-friendly garden is one of our favorite spots! Your dog can play fetch and run to their hearts content in the garden without getting loose or they can relax under one of the nice shade trees. And inside, Tumnus Ridge even provides you with a dog crate and a cozy dog bed by the fire. Tumnus Ridge truly is one of the most dog-friendly properties in the area!
High Class Pups
Your pups can enjoy fine dining just like you! The Black Sheep has a wonderful outdoor dining area with a great atmosphere and live music on the weekends. While you dine on delicious southern cuisine like their meatloaf or ribeye; your pup can dine in style too! At their special Yappy Hour events your pup can enjoy free treats and even a dog-friendly beer. How fun is that?
We <3 dog-friendly shopping! Your pup is welcome to accompany you into some of the trendiest boutiques in town! Blue Ridge Cotton Companyand their sister store, Gather are two of our favorite dog-friendly shops Downtown. At both shops you can find great tees, home decor, gifts, and more! You may even come across the owner’s own dog, Watson who loves greeting guests the moment they walk through the door. The best part? 1% of your purchase will go towards a local charity, often ones that are dog friendly! So not only will you be getting everything on your shopping listbut you’ll be giving back to the community as well, it’s a win win!
Art lovers and dog lovers alike will love exploring High Country Art Gallery! Browse the gallery for beautiful works of art with your favorite four-legged art connoisseur beside you. Bonus points if you can find a work of art with a dog in it! And when your dog needs a pick-me-up Blue Ridge Adventure Wearand Love Dogs and Cats Tooare both great pet-friendly stores that have all the toys, treats, and accessories you need to spoil your favorite pup!
At Downtown Bungalow you can stay in the heart of Blue Ridge, in a charming one-bedroom cottage. Built in the 1940s, and completely renovated this lovely cottage has all the modern amenities you’re looking for but maintains its cottage charm. As soon as you step on the property you’ll notice the beautiful garden that surrounds the house and the multiple outdoor seating areas. Have dinner al-fresco from the BBQ grill, relax in the screened in living area, or take in the birds eye view of Downtown Blue Ridge! Downtown Bungalow is the perfect couples retreat but there’s plenty of space for your dog to join as well! While you unwind with your favorite beverage on the deck your pup can hang out in the fenced in canine area. Even when you’re relaxing inside your dog can easily get outside to do their business with a doggie door from the kitchen to the secure side yard. And when you’re ready to explore the dog-friendly Downtown you’ll be just steps from the best shops & restaurants in the area!
Try Something New
Blue Ridge’s newest eatery is about as dog-friendly as it gets-Rin Tin’s Bark & Brews Cantina. There’s so much to discover here because Rin Tin’s Bark & Brews Cantina is a restaurant, dog park, bar, lounge, and market & cafe all in one! You can dine on Mitzy’s Hot Honey Chicken or the Italian Greyhound while you sip on a refreshing “dogtail”(Tequila Rum & Lodge’sfun take on cocktails), all on the dog-friendly patio. Or you can pick up something quick & easy from Mimi’s Market & Cafe, so you can get to the Dognasiumeven sooner! The Dognasium is every dogs dream- complete with an indoor play area, a special event area for dog parties, a doggy boutique, and an outdoor covered dog run (coming soon). All you have to do to enjoy this awesome indoor dog park is become a member or purchase the one day pass. Learn more about this amazing new dog-friendly spot in town here: https://www.rintinscantina.com/
Keep a lookout because coming soon to Blue Ridge is a great new spot where dogs and their humans are welcome- Blue Ridge Adventure Dog! This huge outdoor dog park will have plenty of room for your dog to run, play, and socialize off leash with their favorite “furiends”. If your dog is small or more timid, they have a separate section just for them, so they won’t have to miss out on any of the fun! And for the humans: beer, wine, and snacks will be available as well as plenty of treats for all the pups to enjoy. We can’t wait for this new dog-friendly spot in town to open up! Be sure to check their Facebook page for frequent updates about the parks opening date!
Moondance Manor is truly a sight to behold! It has a warm, cozy farmhouse feel, with all the modern comforts and amenities of a 5-star resort. And it’s the perfect cabin for the whole family, with two playrooms for the kiddos and a gated door on the patio for your four-legged friends. You and your pup will love spending your time here exploring the outdoor entertainment areas, playing games in the TWO game rooms, cooking dinner in the modern kitchen, and cuddling by the fireplace in the family room. Plus you’ll be just 15 minutes from Downtown Blue Ridge and have everything you need to entertain up to 12 guests at this amazing mountain retreat!
Looking for some incredible brews to pair with your dinner on the town? Then, The Dogwoodis just the place for you!On Saturday nights their dog-friendly patio is alive with great music, amazing drinks, delicious food, and an awesome atmosphere! There’s plenty of room for you, your pup and all your friends to spread out on this large patio with 150 outdoor seats! You’ll choose from a limited menu of just 10 items, but we assure you everything here is DELICIOUS! We especially love their bbq deviled eggs and pork potstickers. And when it comes to drinks, The Dogwood is in NO short-supply! You can choose from amazing craft cocktails, a specially selected wine list or create your own six pack from their Beer Garage which has over 70 different beers to choose from. You’ll spend a wonderful evening here under the stars and the 100+ year old trees with all your best friends human and pup!
More amazing brews await for you at our local breweries and your dog won’t have to miss out on any of the fun! Grumpy Old Men Brewingis one of our favorite spots to take the pups with 18 beers on tap, fun games on the large patio like Jenga, food trucks, live music, and more! The owners of Grumpy Old Men Brewing even advertise that “Dogs are welcome, and people are tolerated!” Dogs are even allowed in the tap room here, so no matter the weather, you know that you and your pup are always welcome. AND every October Grumpy Old Men Brewing and the Humane Society of Blue Ridgehost Barktober Fest. This wonderful event is full of beer, food, fun, and lots of dogs; and proceeds are donated to the Humane Society of Blue Ridge to help more dogs in need!
Looking for an amazing cabin where you can have a beer with a view? At St. Ridgesnot only will you have spectacular views but you’ll have wonderful amenities and plenty of space for your dog to explore! Soak up the sun and mountain views from the relaxing porch swing or on the outdoor sofa while you sip on your favorite brew and give your dog all the scratches & love he deserves! Or enjoy your beer at the swanky bar in the game room and play a few rounds of pool & shuffleboard. Have a cookout on the BBQ grill on the lower deck with the whole family (dogs too) and then cuddle up by the outdoor fireplace for a night of stories & laughs around the fire. Finally, end your day in the hot tub or with a glass of wine and a book in the master bath’s soaking tub. This vacation is sure to wash all your worries away!
Spend your summers by the water at the Boat Dock Bar & Grill at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina! On summer evenings you can enjoy munching on delicious comfort foods, while you sip on fruity cocktails, listen to live music, and watch the sunset over the lake; all with your favorite pup beside you. Your dog will love having the lake breeze rush through his fur and watching as geese fly overhead. Boat Dock Bar & Grill is a great, dog-friendly place to spend an evening!
We know first hand how much dogs LOVE to splash and play in the water! There’s plenty of spots around Blue Ridge to take your pup for a swim- you just have to know where to look! Leashed dogs are allowed anywhere in the national forest except recreational swimming areas. Along the trails you’ll pass by many creeks, rivers, and waterfalls that look perfect for a dip. As long as your dog remains leashed at all times they may swim in these spots. And be sure to bring some extra fresh, clean water with you and a bowl so that your dog won’t have to drink from the mountain streams.
Your pups can also go for a swim at Lake Blue Ridge! At Morganton Point on the lake, as long as you stay clear of the roped off swimming area you should be good to go. You can access the non recreational areas of the lake from the Lake Blue Ridge Loop Trail. And for more lake fun with your pup, rent or bring your own pontoon boat and take to the water! The Lake Blue Ridge Marinaand Blue Ridge Boat Rentals both have an excellent selection of boats to choose from. Your dog will feel like he’s king of the world riding across the lake with the wind in his hair!
Why not bring the lake to you? Book your stay at lakeside, pet-friendly cabin Lakeshore Lodge! This cabin was made for lake fun and provides you with a kayak, paddle boat, and boat dock to enjoy the lake on! Splash in the shallows with your pup or get adventurous and take him out on a boat ride around the bend. Then head to the deck where you can take in the beautiful lake views from sunrise to sunset. Roast marshmallows at the firepit and don’t forget those hot dogs for Fido! And while we know you’ll be busy spending all your time on the lake, be sure to check out Lakeshore Lodge’s other great amenities like the cozy family room, the beautiful fully equipped kitchen, the hot tub, and shuffleboard. You, your pup, and the whole family will love their stay at this lakeside oasis!
So far, this winter has been nothing short of crazy! Nine degrees one day and 60 degrees the next. Now, we’re anxiously awaiting for snow to arrive in our little mountain town! We’ve comprised a list below of winter fun activities to experience when the snow falls and “the weather outside is frightful”. Bring on the snow days!
Build a Winter Wonderland
Children and adults alike can’t get enough of building their own snow village; and we can’t blame them! Get outside and build your very own snowmen and snowwomen; maybe even some snow pets! Give them buttons or rocks for eyes, a cute little smile, and of course that carrot nose. Then have fun accessorizing them with hats, scarfs, and whatever else you can find!
After you’ve finished with your beautiful snow creations why not build them a home to live in? Or how about a place of safety for your next snowball fight? Pack up the snow and build the most amazing snow fort you can muster! Will your fort include a snow couch or snow TV, or will it be a military fortress built with snow cannons and a tall wall to protect you from oncoming snowball attacks? Make it your own and have a blast building snowmen and snow forts all day long with the whole family!
You can’t have snow without a good natured snowball fight right!? Pile up as many snowballs as you can and then “lovingly” chuck them at your friends and family! Will you form an alliance or will it be every man for himself? Challenge your friends and family to an epic snowball fight for a fun day filled with friendly competition!
If your cabin is located on a small hill with no obstructions like, trees or rocks to block your path, then it’s time to get your sled on! Race your friends and family down the hill as you zoom away on your speedy ride! Round sleds, runner sleds, plastic sleds, metal sleds; try them all out and see which one is the fastest! You can easily spend hours outside racing away and having a blast; just don’t forget to take some much needed hot chocolate breaks every once in a while!
Catch Snowflakes and Make Snow Angels
We can’t forget the classic snow day activities like catching snowflakes and making snow angels! The kiddos will love watching the beautiful snowflakes fall down from the sky and catching them on their tongue. You can even teach your kids a little science with the snowflakes as well- explain to them how no two snowflakes are alike, and see if they can spot any differences in the snowflakes they find. Then celebrate your fun day in the snow with snow angels! Lay back in the soft snow, spread your arms and flap like a bird. When you stand up, you’ll see the shape of an angel in the place where you laid.
Take a Scenic Journey
If it’s just a light dusting and your car has 4-wheel drive why not take a scenic drive through the countryside? You can get a great view of the snowy mountains and trees up close and personal this way! Stop by downtown and grab a warm beverage from Das Kaffee Hausbefore you go so you have a delicious drink to enjoy on your journey.
You can also admire the scenery on foot. Take to the trails and be in awe of the tall trees that surround you covered in glistening snow and frost. Along the way you may also come across frozen creeks and ice crystals built up along the waterfalls. Or you may discover animal tracks in the snow, that will allow you to better see the animals that inhabit the Blue Ridge area. There’s so much beauty to explore on a snowy day hike. What else will you find?
Sometimes you can even enjoy a snowy day trail ride! Afterall, the horses still need their exercise no matter the weather! You’ll trot your way through a winter wonderland on horseback, just how they did it in the olden days. Be sure to check Appalachian Trail Rides or Cowgirl Up Stables Facebook pages for an updated trail ride schedule during snow days.
Indoor Fun Downtown
Snow not your thing? Not to worry, you can stay warm and still have plenty of fun with these great indoor activities! Learn something new at Expedition Bigfoot, a quirky Bigfoot centralized museum in Downtown Blue Ridge! This museum is filled with all kinds of artifacts, life-sized exhibits, photos and maps of Bigfoot sightings, the Bigfoot research and Tech Vehicle, and so much more! Or you can take in some art at one of our local art galleries downtown. Find something new and unique at Fishbone Galleryor Multitudes Galleryand find lots of beautiful art from local artists at High Country Art Galleryor Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association.
For family fun indoor activities you have to check out 2nd Story Entertainment! This historic hotel is now home to an 18 hole mini golf course that weaves its way in and out of cool-themed rooms. You can also find giant board games, arcade games, and tasty snacks at this super cool place! Axe Throwing Therapyis another great spot downtown to spend the afternoon. The whole family can throw axes at the digitally rendered targets all day with a wide variety of interactive games to play. And Vertigo Pinball is home to dozens of awesome pinball machines. You can beat the machine’s high scores, watch the big game on the TVs, and warm up with a delicious grilled cheese (the perfect snack for a cold & snowy day). Don’t let the cold get you down when there’s lots of fun to be had indoors!
Have you ever made snow cream? Back when I was a child I used to make snow cream with my mom every snow day! It was a special treat that the two of us would share, that’s as simple & easy as it is yummy. And the kids will love it! All you need is sweet condensed milk or evaporated milk, a few cups of clean snow, and vanilla extract. Here’s the recipe below:
First collect 8-10 cups of fresh, clean snow from outside and place it in a large bowl.
Then, sprinkle one teaspoon of vanilla extract over the snow.
Drizzle a 300 ml can of condensed milk or evaporated milk over top.
Fold the milk and vanilla into the snow until it is well mixed.
Then divide into bowls and dig in!
Sweet and simple! And if you want to jazz up your snow cream and make it more fun you can add sprinkles, chocolate chips, whipped cream or any other delicious topping your heart desires! Making snow cream is just “snow” much fun!
The Fire is so Delightful
You know what they say…. “The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful.” And that’s exactly how we feel on cold snowy days! Enjoy the beautiful scenery outside your window as snowflakes fall to the ground and coat the mountains with a lovely white dusting. Admire it all cozy by the fireplace with your fuzzy socks on, wrapped in a warm blanket, and with a mug of hot chocolate to make your snow day even better! How will you spend your cozy day in by the fire? Watching your favorite movie or curling up with a good book? Or perhaps enjoying a long winters nap… However you choose to spend it one thing is for certain, you’ll be warm & toasty in no time!
And Since We’ve No Place to Go…. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
No need to make plans on your mountain snow day! Stay in and enjoy your cabin’s wonderful amenities instead! Have a movie marathon and watch all of your favorite films. Or have a family game day where you spend hours in your cabin’s game room playing pool, foosball, ping-pong, darts, and board games galore! If you can brave the cold, head outside to roast marshmallows at the firepit or take a quick dip in the hot tub while the snow peacefully falls around you. You can even spend the day cooking up a feast for an incredible family dinner. No matter how your day at the cabin looks, it’s important you have plenty of time to RELAX!
Save the Date
For more bone-chilling fun winter activities be sure to save the date for Blue Ridge’s 12th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff and Craft Beer Festival on February 18th! At this super ‘ice’ event you can expect lots of cool ice sculptures created by award winning artists, along with a chili cookoff where you can vote on the winner, and plenty of craft brews to go around. This great Blue Ridge tradition highlights all the best parts of winter and is definitely a must-see if you get the chance!
It’s a new year and lots of great new events are happening in Blue Ridge! This month you can still enjoy some winter fun with ice skating Downtown, catch a show or enjoy some live music Downtown. Consider trying something new like taking an art class on your vacation. Start your 2023 off right on your Escape to Blue Ridge with these great activities!
Have some family friendly winter fun with ice skating at the Farmer’s Market! This fun new outdoor ice skating rink is set up at the Blue Ridge Farmers Market, next to the Swan Drive In, now through January 9th. For just $10 you can skate to your heart’s content! After your skate, warm up with hot cocoa and other sweet treats from the concessions stand.
Enjoy a delicious meal and live music Sundays at noon at the General Ledger! Start your day off right with a yummy brunch paired with one of their specialty cocktails and live music from blues, soul, country and rock n’ roll!
Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains! Enjoy live music select Saturdays & Sundays from 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Listen to the music of local artists while enjoying your wine outside either on the Chimney Patio or the Tasting Barn’s covered porch. Live music, good wine, and beautiful mountain scenery; it doesn’t get much better than that! January 1 st : Tim O’Donovan January 7 th : The Georgia Back Porch Band January 14 th : Rusted Melody January 15 th : Lindsay Beth Harper January 21 st : Gregg Erwin
Celebrate the new year at Angry Hops! They will be serving up Joe’s delicious New Year’s Soup! Soup is free and packed with veggies, ham, collared greens, and black eyed peas! Come on out for a “Soup”er day!
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!
Learn how to paint a beautiful oil landscape painting with 4 Elements Fine Art! Oil painting lessons are available January 3rd from 2pm – 4:30pm, January 14th from 2pm – 4:30pm. 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.
Come out to Blue Ridge’s newest restaurant ROE. Tuesday & Wednesday nights from 6pm – 9pm for live music! Catch performances in the captains quarters bar every Tuesday & Wednesday while you dine on delicious fresh seafood!
Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 5:30pm! You’ll leave from the Burra Burra, and the 3.1 mile run will take you by the Toccoa river and through town. You’ll get to run through 2 states and cross the famous steel bridge! After the run stay for drinks at the Burra Burra overlooking the Toccoa River. Don’t walk, RUN to this great event!
Learn to line dance at the Pat Haralson Memorial Civic Center in Blairsville from 7pm – 10pm! Line dance instruction will go all night long and it’ll be an evening of good music & fun. Come to dance or just to watch! Admission is $5 at the door.
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! January 6 th : Gregg Erwin January 7 th : Canon Tyler January 13 th : Travis Bowlin
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 find live music at the same time, same place the week after Christmas! And there’s food trucks on the weekends as well! January 7 th : Mark Miller January 8 th : Surrender Hill
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. January 11 th : BMT Bushy Head Gap to McKenny and Return January 23 rd : Thunder Rock Express to Chestnut Mountain Trail January 24 th : BMT Dyer Gap to Shadow Falls to Pinhoti Trail January 30 th : Coker Creek Falls in TN to the BMT and return
Come on out to watch some hilarious improv in support of Project Chimps! Dad’s Garage is Atlanta’s most tolerated comedy theatre since 1995! They’ll put on a great night of improv with lots of laughs out at Blue Ridge Community Theater!
Follow the beloved kooky, gothic family on their next adventure in Addams Family the Musical! Sunny D’s Children’s Theater will be putting it on at Blue Ridge Community Theater Fridays-Sundays January 20th – Febuary 5th . Shows are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm or Sundays at 2pm. Call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!
Get ready for a fun day at Blue Ridge’s newest brewery – Tipping Point Brewing Co! Tickets are $25 a person and include a limited-edition Project Chimps pint glass, one pint of beer, and a vegan friendly snack. All proceeds will benefit Project Chimps!
Learn all about creating art with a blow torch with a Pyrography class from 4 Elements Fine Art & Custom Framing! You will be learning the basics of the blow torch with a study on shading and getting to know the tools. All your materials will be provided, and you can take your art home after the class. Light refreshments are also included.
Come on out to Hiawassee for a night of great music! Corey Smith & Travis Denning come to the Fairgrounds to perform all their best hits like “If I Could Do It Again,” “Twenty-One,” “Her World or Mine,” and many more! Tickets are $40+ handling.
Another year has come and gone… We’ve enjoyed spending every second of it with all of you, the best way we know how- The Blue Ridge Way! We’ve loved seeing photos from all your Blue Ridge adventures this past year; from exploring area waterfalls, having a delicious dinner at one of our new restaurants Downtown, tubing down the Toccoa, and just enjoying some relaxing time at the cabin. Thanks to all of you for your continued support and for escaping with us in 2022! We can’t wait to see what 2023 has in store! Check out our 2023 Blue Ridge Bucket List to plan your ultimate mountain vacation this year:
*Cover Photo Courtesy of @jross428 from Eagles Landing
For authentic Italian cuisine try one of Blue Ridge’s newest restaurants Ferraro’s Kitchen. Talented chef and owner, Igor Ferraro brings the “Italian Way” to Blue Ridge to create delicious food with exceptional quality. For French cuisine try Danielle’s Cafe. They offer a wide variety of tasty dishes with a French flair and of course plenty of crepes! For fresh oysters and seafood check out ROE. This modern American oyster bar brings fresh seafood from the tide right to your table! And you can enjoy elegant outdoor dining under the twinkling lights and live music on Wednesday nights. The General Ledgeris a great new spot for a drink and for some delicious comfort food. Chef Ryan is always creating specials to tickle your tastebuds and at the bar, Karen mixes up the coolest drinks in town! And for dining with your favorite pup check out Rin Tin’s Bark & Brews Cantina. Have dinner on their dog-friendly patio or head inside to eat while your dog plays in the Dognasium! Rin Tin’s Bark & Brews Cantina is a restaurant, dog park, bar, lounge, and market & cafe all in one!
Taking on an outdoor adventure can be exhilarating and just the push you need to bring in the new year! In Blue Ridge you can mountain bike on some of the best trails in the state, hike the tallest mountains or explore a waterfall, go for a horseback ride, tube down the Toccoa River, try your hand at whitewater rafting, or zip through the trees withZipline Canopy Tours. There’s lots to experience in the great outdoors! Explore our outdoor adventures blog for more information: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/7-extreme-outdoor-adventures/
2022 not your year? Not a problem! Blow off some steam and have some fun atAxe Throwing Therapy! Drink mead and throw axes at their end grain targets. These unique targets are less likely to chip and you’ll have an easier time making your axe stick to the target. Plus all of their targets are projection-based meaning you can easily play a wide variety of interactive games and keep score without all the hassle. Axe Throwing Therapy makes throwing axes easy, fun, and it’s therapeutic!
Spend a Day on the Farm
Noontootla Creek Farmsis a great place to spend an afternoon! Noontootla Creek Farms is 1,000 acres of a sportsman’s paradise. Here you can go quail hunting, take a guided fly fishing class, or try your hand at sports clay shooting. When you quail hunt your guide and your dog will help you track and shoot down your quail. You can choose either a guided half day or full day hunt. The sports clay shooting course is made up of 12 stations that wind through the Chattahoochee National Forest. One hundred shots completes the course but you’re welcome to shoot as many as you please! And their guided fly fishing experience takes you on the most picturesque private trophy trout waters in North Georgia.
Another great farm to explore is Old Toccoa Farm! One of the best activities that Old Toccoa Farm has to offer is access to their beautiful 18 hole golf course. You’ll have amazing views of the mountains, the Chattahoochee and Cherokee National Forests, and the surrounding valleys; AND play an amazing game of golf! You can also fly fish, kayak, explore their walking trails, and even do some yoga on the banks of the Toccoa River! And don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at The Tavern which offers great views from the outdoor patio or bar area, delicious food, and wonderful cocktails.
Take a Photo in a Scenic Place
Commemorate your trip to Blue Ridge with a great family photo in a unique Blue Ridge spot! In Downtown Blue Ridge you can find cool murals and fun selfie spots like The Blue Ridge Mural, The Blue Ridge Bears, The Cocoa-Cola Mural, and more! For a scenic backdrop, take a photo in front of one of local waterfalls, at the Toccoa Swinging Bridge or from the top of Brasstown Bald. You can take more fun photos at Mercier Orchardsor at the TN/GA state line! And you can even get a fun family photo in front of our “holiday tree” in the Escape to Blue Ridge building!
Have you ever wanted to be in two places at once? Well now you can! Pay a visit to the twin cities of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee where the GA/TN state line is located! Here you can stand in two states at once and then explore the shops & restaurants of the Copper Basin.
Eat Something Sweet
Treat yourself to something sweet at one of our local bakeries and dessert places around town! For the most delicious and beautiful cupcakes you’ve ever eaten, The Sweet Shoppe of the South is the place for you! They have a wide variety of cupcake flavors year round like S’mores, Lemon-Raspberry, Hot Fudge Sundae, and more! And one of our newest bakeries in town, The Little Bakery, offers some of the most amazing and unique cheesecakes in town! Ariel has been taking custom orders and serving her delicious cheesecakes, cookies & other sweets at Misty Mountain Hops over the years and now officially has her own storefront Downtown! We love dropping by to taste some of her amazing sweet treats like S’mores Cheesecake and Apple Pie Cheesecake.
For a whole restaurant dedicated to sweets check out Mona Lisa’s Dessert House! Cakes, pies, brownies, cookies, mousse dessert cocktails, and more: Mona Lisa’s Dessert House has it all! With a “specials” menu that’s ever changing, Mona Lisa’s will keep you coming back for more. And we can’t forget the Rum Cake Lady! This great little spot is home to delicious Cuban food and desserts, and is famous for their yummy rum cakes that come in all kinds of amazing flavors! Don’t forget to visit Three Sisters Fudge, Moobears, and The Chocolate Expressfor more sweet treats.
Catch a Movie at the Drive In
Catch a flick the old fashion way at Swan Drive In Theater! Swan Drive In Theater has been a staple of Blue Ridge since 1955 and is still going strong today! Just tune your car to the radio and munch down on some delicious classic movie theater snacks; all from the comfort of your own vehicle. It’s such a fun way to spend an evening!
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! And at Mercier Orchards you’ll find fresh fruit ready for the picking all year round; from apples, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, blackberries and more, there’s always something sweet waiting for you here! And speaking of sweet; Mercier’s fried pies are a MUST! Apple, cherry, chocolate; you name it! Delicious flavor all packed into a mini pie await! And not only can you pick your own fruit and enjoy a tasty fried pie but you can try some hard cider or wine, explore the market, take a farm tour and more at this family-fun Blue Ridge orchard!
Find the Toccoa River Swinging Bridge
Are you ready to swing high above the Toccoa River? Then pay a visit to the famous Toccoa River Swinging Bridgefor an experience of a lifetime! Located on the Benton MacKaye Trail and the Duncan Ridge National Recreation Trail in Fannin County, this bridge spans 270 feet long, making it the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi! When you walk across the bridge look down below at the rushing river waters or keep your eyes on the prize and bravely make it to the other side! It’s also a great spot for a photo-op!
Trout Fish in the Trout Capital of Georgia
Fishing lovers have to experience trout fishing in Blue Ridge, as it is known as the Trout Capital of Georgia! The waters of the Toccoa River are so abundant with fish that you’re sure to catch an amazing trophy trout! If you need some assistance on your trout fishing journey however, we have plenty of guides to help you along; Cohutta Fishing Companyand Blue Ridge Fly Fishing School are two of our favorites. You can even get your own beautifully crafted, custom fly fishing road from Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods. You can’t experience Blue Ridge without trying your hand at a little trout fishing on the Toccoa!
Escape to Blue Ridge
Every time you Escape to Blue Ridge we are overjoyed to be your home base for all your Blue Ridge adventures! After a long day of exploring the area you can rest assured we’ll always have a cozy place for you to stay; jam packed with amenities and everything you need for a relaxing mountain vacation! With over 300 properties available to you we can guarantee you’ll find the perfect cabin for you and your family’s needs. Having some trouble choosing a cabin or want to learn more about the area? Our team of helpful professionals are happy to help you with any questions you may have! Just give us a call at 1-866-618-2521 or email us at email@example.com and let us help you find your dream 2023 Blue Ridge cabin! We can’t wait to see you soon!
Get the full Downtown Blue Ridge experience! Shop, eat, drink, and explore downtown to its fullest! Follow our Downtown Blue Ridge guide for 9 fun activities & events to experience in town.
*Cover Photo of Blue Ridge Tourism
In Downtown Blue Ridge you can have a unique shopping experience like no other! You’ll find a variety of unique and trendy shops for antiques, art, artisan goods, clothing, outdoor gear, and so much more. Downtown Blue Ridge is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir to remind you of your trip or bring back a special gift for your loved ones. While you shop you’ll discover all kinds of neat items that you can only find here in Blue Ridge!
Deck your house out with fossil countertops and furniture made out of carved driftwood from Pezrok. Find stylish home goods and apparel at Blue Ridge Cotton Company or their sister store Gather. At Hucks General Storeyour kids will have a blast picking through the candy bins to look for their favorite one and they’ll love the selection of toys & games as well. And for the adults, Hucks also has a wide selection of Blue Ridge tees, artisan goods, and more. To prep for all your outdoor excursions pay a visit to Blue Ridge Adventure Wearor the Cohutta Fishing Company. These two shops have everything you need to hit the trails for an exhilarating hike or head to the water for a day of trout fishing. Find delicious artisan goods & bold flavors at The Pasta Marketand Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company. Bring back all the best ingredients with you for a little taste of Blue Ridge in your very own home. Downtown even has shops where you can pick out the perfect toy or treat for your loveable four-legged friend! For all things dog check out Love Dogs and Cats Too!
Spend your Blue Ridge vacation dining at some of the best restaurants in town! Many of our Downtown restaurants create their delicious meals from fresh, local ingredients so you can enjoy a little bit of that Blue Ridge flavor! But with so many great places to grab a bite to eat, it can be hard to decide the very best ones. Here’s a few of our favorites:
For refreshing drinks served with your meal we’d recommend checking out either The Dogwood, Hook & Eye, or The General Ledger. These restaurants offer you a wide selection of beer, wine, and cocktails along with delicious comfort foods you won’t be able to resist! For a fine dining experience check out The Black Sheep, ROE, orWhiskey and Water. The Black Sheep offers savory dishes like roasted lamb and hand cut ribeye along with their amazing Sunday brunches, while the latter two offer fresh oysters and seafood from the very best of the east coasts. And we can’t forget to mention some of the most beloved restaurants in town: Chester’s, Harvest on Main, and Fightingtown Tavern. Get your southern fix at Harvest on Main and eat the biggest burger you’ve ever seen at Fightingtown Tavern! And Chester’s is one of our all time favorites with their incredible wings, pimento cheese chicken sandwiches, and their Escape to Blue Ridge cocktail. For more delicious restaurants to try, check out our restaurant roundup blog: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/favorite-blue-ridge-restaurants/
The Art Scene
The art scene is alive in Downtown Blue Ridge! Blue Ridge is one of the Top 5 art towns in the state of Georgia and one of the Top 100 art towns in the country! How neat is that!? Art lovers will enjoy exploring the many lovely art galleries downtown. At High Country Art Galleryyou’ll find beautiful works of art like paintings, jewelry, pottery and much more, all handcrafted by local artists. 4 Elements Arthas beautiful nature art pieces on display and they also offer custom framing. Fishbone Galleryhas unique ceramic art from the talented Betty Wassmer and Multitudes Galleryfeatures hand blown glass and other art from over 100 nationally known artists. And don’t forget to check out Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association: where there’s always something new and exciting on display! Not only can you admire beautiful artwork here but you can also take a leather making class, pottery class, or a class on any other art medium you’re interested in learning about. They host art classes & other great events all year round so be sure to check their website for more information: https://www.blueridgearts.net/
Blue Ridge is also home to a great performing arts center where you can enjoy live theater year round! Blue Ridge Community Theaterputs on 7 mainstage productions a year along with children’s theater and live music concert serieses. And on weekends you can always find local musicians and singers performing at Downtown Blue Ridge restaurants and bars! Some of our favorite spots downtown to hear live music are Misty Mountain Hops, Grumpy Old Men Brewing, and The Blue Coyote. Check our monthly calendar of events for the full live music lineup.
Ride the Train
One of our visitors’ most favorite Blue Ridge activities is taking a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway! The train has been a staple of our small town since the depot was built in 1905. Freight trains passed through the depot until the late 1980s; the depot also saw its fair share of passenger trains until 1951. Lucky for us, in the 1990s, investors came looking for a way to preserve the significant railway history in Blue Ridge and brought the iconic train you know and love today to life. Since then, the train has become the heart of this small town bringing over 70 thousand visitors to Blue Ridge and its sister towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee.
You can choose a 2 hour or 4 hour journey through the beautiful North Georgia countryside anytime between March and December. You can personalize your journey with your choice of vintage, climate-controlled or open-air rail cars for your 26-mile trip along the Toccoa River. Once the train has its 2 hour layover in the “twin cities” you’ll get the chance to explore a new mountain town rich with history and fun on the river!
One of our favorite times to ride the train is in the autumn because you get the chance to experience all the bright fall beauty around you. Christmas is another popular time as well because the whole family can get in the Christmas spirit with holiday music & pictures with Santa! But no matter the season, the whole family will love their scenic train ride through the North Georgia countryside!
Have a Brew
You can’t go wrong with a pint of beer! And Blue Ridge has no shortage of beer options for you to choose from, with 5 breweries downtown alone! A tried and true favorite of our guests, is of course Grumpy Old Men Brewing! “Grumpy” or not, anyone is welcome here for good beer and a good time! With a wide variety of brews on tap you’re sure to find something you’ll love. And there’s always something happening here- on weekends you can enjoy live music and food trucks; and you’re always welcome to play giant Jenga outside or bring along your favorite pup for all the fun! Another favorite is Fannin Brewing Company– where everything is made locally. Each of their 10 beers on tap is made with local ingredients and they always give back to the community. And every Friday night you can have a few beers and test your own vocal chops at their open mic nights!
For a traditional brew downtown pay a visit to Angry Hops Brewing. While they specialize in traditional brews they also have IPAs, stouts, ales and more on tap. You’ll be very “hoppy” that you stopped by for a drink at Angry Hops Brewing! For German fare visit Black Bear Bier Garten! Nothing tastes better than a cold beer paired with a giant pretzel, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Black Bear Bier Garten. Not only can you find lots of great German craft brews here but you can also enjoy over 9 varieties of German game sausage. Yum! And if the wife needs to get a little retail therapy done but doesn’t want to drag her husband along with her, then she can just drop him off at their “husband daycare center”. Be sure to snap a quick pic of him in front of the sign when you do!
And you have to drop by and have a beer from one of Blue Ridge’s newest breweries- Tipping Point Brewing Co.Enjoy a refreshing beer on tap and stay to watch your favorite teams play for Sunday night football! And even though Tipping Point Brewing Co. is new to town there’s always something going on! Live music, beer pairing events, chili cookoffs, and more!
A Day in the Park
Enjoy a picnic lunch or some of Blue Ridge’s wonderful annual events on the greens of Downtown Blue Ridge City Park. Pack your own picnic lunch or grab something to-go from one of the nearby restaurants and enjoy a sunny day in the park with the family. The kids can play on the playground while you set up your yummy feast at the picnic table. You can also cook up your favorites on the grill or play a game of frisbee with the family in this charming park.
Are you looking for the perfect place to grab a few photos to commemorate your trip to Blue Ridge? How about half a dozen all only within a few blocks from each other? Downtown Blue Ridge is your hub for selfie spots and cool murals. Here’s a few of our favorites:
The Blue Ridge Mural: Located on the corner of Mountain and East First Street You can’t take a trip to Blue Ridge without getting your picture taken in front of THE Blue Ridge wall! You’ll remember your trip to Blue Ridge fondly as you look back at family pictures taken in front of the mural.
The Bear Statue: Located at the entrance of the Blue Ridge Mountain Mall. Get some “beary” good family photos in front of these cute bears. Then after your photo shoot head inside the Blue Ridge Mountain Mall and hunt for some cool collectibles and antiques.
The Coke Mural: Located at the end of East Main Street on the side of the Fly Fishing shop. Who doesn’t love a refreshing Coke? Take a photo with the famous Coke mural downtown and then share a coke over dinner at one of Blue Ridge’s delicious nearby restaurants.
Statue of Liberty: Located in front of the Fannin County Courthouse. Did you know that you can find a mini replica of the Statue of Liberty right here in Blue Ridge? But instead of a torch our Lady Liberty holds a lamp globe to help light the city streets below.
Red Man Cigar Mural: Located on the side of the King Edwards Cigar Building. Blue Ridge holds a lot of history and the King Edwards Cigar building is one of the oldest buildings in town! The Red Man Cigar Mural on the side of the building is a reminder of how things once were in our little old mountain town.
Looking for some family fun entertainment? Downtown Blue Ridge has so many great indoor activities that the whole family is sure to love!
Try your hand at pinball at Vertigo Pinball! Here, you don’t need coins or tokens to play; all you need is a wristband and you can play for as long as you’d like. They have all kinds of fun, themed machines like Star Wars, Marvel, Adams Family, KISS, Rush, and more! Pinball not your thing? You’re welcome to drop by to watch the big game on their TVs and snack on some adult grilled cheeses while you sip on a pint of refreshing beer. Vertigo Pinball is a great place where parents can feel reminiscent of the good old days and kids can enjoy playing some of your favorite games growing up.
Feel like a Viking for a day and throw some axes at Axe Throwing Therapy! Located right on Main Street Axe Throwing Therapy is a great place to spend the afternoon! Everything is done digitally and is projection based so you can easily play a wide variety of interactive games & keep score. They’re also right next door to Shezmu Cellarsso you can grab a glass of mead and have some fun. You’ll throw axes, drink, and have a ton of fun! Why wouldn’t you want to go!?
Everyone loves a good game of mini golf! Especially on vacation right? Challenge the fam to a round of mini golf at 2nd Story Entertainment. The whole family will have a blast trapezing through 8 individually themed rooms while you play. They also have giant board games like giant Connect Four and Checkers, as well as magnetic dart boards and a wall maze. And don’t forget to check out the snacks and arcade games too! If it’s a cold rainy day or you’re just looking for a place to have some good old fashioned family fun then look no further than 2nd Story Entertainment!
Did you know Blue Ridge is home to Bigfoot? We even have our very own museum dedicated solely to the bigfooted man himself! This fun quirky museum Downtown is filled to the brim with Bigfoot artifacts, photos, sighting maps, and more! Expedition: Bigfoot! The Sasquatch Museum, is actually the largest Bigfoot display in the U.S; so there’s tons to discover here!
There’s always something fun & exciting happening in Downtown Blue Ridge! Each year thousands of visitors come to Blue Ridge to experience some of our most beloved events & festivals. See our full lineup of annual events and make plans to experience them with us:
Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival: Every February winter fun comes to Blue Ridge! Everywhere you look there’s beautiful ice sculptures built by award winning ice sculptures. There’s also a chili contest where you can taste test all the delicious chili and vote on your favorites to win. And there’s plenty of craft beer to keep you warm & toasty from the cold mountain air! This year’s event takes place in Downtown City Park on February 18th, 2023.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Celebrate like the Irish at Blue Ridge’s annual St. Patty’s Day Parade! Wear all green and watch as floats & bands march by in celebration! Then stay after for brews, food, and shopping.
The Blue Ridge Trout and Outdoor Adventures Festival: Find adventure at The Blue Ridge Trout and Outdoor Adventures Festival! At the event you can learn all about fishing, hiking, paddling, rock climbing, and much, much more. Plus there will be plenty of craft beer, food, and live music. This year’s event takes place in Downtown City Park on April 29th, 2023.
Spring Arts in the Park: Every Memorial Day weekend for the past 46 years visitors have come from near and far, for the beloved Spring Arts in the Park event. Come on out on a lovely spring weekend where you can admire beautiful art in Downtown Blue Ridge from over 175 artists! This year’s 47th Annual Spring Arts in the Park takes place in Downtown City Park May 27th & 28th, 2023.
The Old Timer’s Parade: The Old Timer’s Parade has been a Blue Ridge tradition since the 1950’s. Come downtown in your best period attire, bring your antique cars and celebrate the 4th of July! This year’s event takes place July 1st, 2023.
Blue Ridge Freedom 5K: Be a part of the 4th of July celebration run! Make your way through town in this festive 5K! This year’s race will take place on July 4th, 2023.
Labor Day Barbecue: Enjoy fun in the park & great food all Labor Day weekend long! There will be classic cars, bluegrass & gospel music, and lots of barbecue! Don’t miss year 42 of this awesome bbq filled weekend! This year’s event takes place September 2nd-4th, 2023.
Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival: As the weather starts to get cooler and the leaves begin to change it’s the perfect time to come together to enjoy some great music and delicious food! The day is always filled with an awesome lineup of talented artists and local food vendors. This year’s event takes place September 15th & 16th, 2023.
Fall Arts in the Park: Take in beautiful art, great live musical performances, and delicious food. Plus you’ll get a chance to admire the stunning and colorful fall trees that surround Downtown Blue Ridge and Veterans Memorial Park. This year’s 47th Spring Arts in the Park takes place in Downtown City Park October 14th & 15th, 2023.
Halloween Safe Zone: Halloween fun awaits the kiddos with trick treating in Downtown Blue Ridge! Not only will there be lots of candy but there will also be a costume contest and a pet costume contest for cats & dogs!
Veterans Day Parade and Memorial Service: Every Veterans Day we invite veterans and their families to join us for breakfast, the Veterans Day Parade, and a memorial service. The parade makes its way through Downtown Blue Ridge and ends in Veterans Memorial Park. This year’s event takes place November 11th, 2023.
Blue Ridge Turkey Trot: Get your workout in Thanksgiving morning to prep you for all those carbs at holiday dinner! Walkers & runners welcome! This year’s event takes place November 23rd, 2023.
Light Up Blue Ridge & Christmas Parade: On Friday after Thanksgiving Downtown Blue Ridge holds a special Blue Friday event with store discounts, food vendors, strolling entertainment, the opening of The Gingerbread Village, and lots of Christmas cheer! Then the following day Santa comes to town! There will be more vendors, a Christmas Parade, photos with Santa, and the lighting of the great tree! This year’s event takes place November 24th & 25th, 2023.
Looking for that perfect gift for your loved ones this holiday season? Instead of spending your whole Blue Ridge vacation stressing out looking for all the gifts on your list, follow our shopping roundup list of all the best shops in town! From home decor, fashion, food, and more you can find everything you need right here!
Our homes all need a bit of sprucing up every once and a while. Get your loved ones something new and stylish at one of these great home decor stores downtown:
Looking for some unique and fun home decor? Well, Mitizi’s on Main has just the unique and stylish home decor and furniture pieces you’re looking for! Rustic style and southern flair is exactly what you’ll find here! Adorable cow pictures, quirky home decor, and fun gifts await you at Mitizi’s on Main. And with an ever rotating and changing stock you’ll never run out of things to admire. What unique finds will you bring back with you?
Pezrokis a crowd favorite! They create some of the most beautiful furniture pieces and home decor out of fossils, gemstones, minerals, and carved driftwood. A piece from Pezrok is a great gift that you can rest assured won’t be like anything else they receive this Christmas! From beautiful hand carved animal statues made from driftwood, custom made sinks with fossil countertops, and sparkly gemstones & jewelry; you’ll find truly unique & beautiful gifts at Pezrok.
We love to gather in wonderful downtown shop, Gather! Gather’s shelves are stocked with kitchen and home goods, sustainable housekeeping products, and even some items for your pets! They also offer delicious foods and beverages sourced locally to the Blue Ridge area. You can truly give the gift of Blue Ridge when you shop at Gather!
Looking to find unique and beautiful furniture & home decor pieces to bring back for mom or grandma? Then look no further than New Blue Home & Gift! They carry a wide variety of furniture pieces like sofas, chairs, ottomans, kitchen islands, and more as well as beautiful decor and accent pieces. And with “gift” in the name you know you’ll find something truly beautiful to bring back for your loved ones!
Did you know that Blue Ridge is one of America’s top 100 art towns? We have so many great art galleries around town where you can admire beautiful works of art from local artists or pick up a piece to bring home with you! Give the gift of art this Christmas and start your search at one of these great local art galleries:
AtHigh Country Art Gallery the walls and shelves are stocked with paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, and other beautiful crafts. A majority of the art is crafted by local artists from Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. And many of the artists are willing to create a personal piece of your choosing, so you can bring home something extra special for your loved ones.
At Fishbone Gallery, you can purchase and admire noted ceramicist Betty Wassmers’ incredible works. Each of her pieces are lovingly decorated in her unique & colorful style, so you know your gift will really pop! Some of her special lines offered at Fishbone Gallery include Flower Colors, Chickens & Roosters, Birds of a Feather, Day of the Dead, and more. Pottery lovers will absolutely love a unique and fun piece from Fishbone Gallery!
We can’t forget to mention one of Blue Ridge’s newest art galleries, 4 Elements Art! Here you’ll find beautiful, nature inspired pieces from George Charriez and other featured artists. Come in to admire their work and then shop for special prints online. 4 Elements Art also offers custom framing, so if you already have the perfect photo and you want to get it framed before gifting it, then this is the place to go! Their frame shop has some of the most skilled artisans to ensure the highest quality.
Food & Drink
Everyone loves tasty delectable, artisan goods, and wine; especially when it’s from a place like Blue Ridge! Explore some of our favorite places Downtown for delicious treats that make for the perfect gift:
You can’t go wrong with anything from The Pasta Market! They have everything you could possibly imagine from pasta, sauces, wines, seasonings, baked goods, candles, kitchen & home items and so much more! Pick up something amazing for mom to use for family dinners, or a gift basket that offers the very best items from The Pasta Market all put together with a beautiful bow on top!
Looking for some delicious seasonings and oils to spice up tired recipes?Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company has just what you need and is a great place to look for Christmas gifts as well! They offer over 65 varieties of olive oil and balsamic vinegars and the opportunity to taste these remarkable innovations from around the world. If you’re having a hard time deciding on just the right one there are many pairing suggestions to help you along.
And for those tea lovers in the family you have to visit Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company sister store Tupelo Tea! They have a huge selection of teas from green teas, black teas, chia teas, herbal teas and more! They also sell honey and teaware as well. With over 100 unique varieties of teas to try Tupelo Tea is sure to have just what you need!
Did you know that one of our favorite restaurants downtown has their own shop next door? At Chesters Provisions you can stock up on unique food & drink items perfect for souvenirs or gifts! You’ll find all kinds of goodies here that you won’t find anywhere else!
How about wine?Out of the Blue is your one stop wine shop that has everything you need to surprise and delight the wine lovers in your life. Owner, Sarah Auman, has handpicked the very best wines in the world so there’s no way to make a mistake in your selection, it’s all delicious! Not only can you pick up an incredible bottle of wine at Out of the Blue but they also offer gourmet foods, artisanal cheese, craft beer, and wine accessories. Grab everything you need from Out of the Blue to host the perfect Christmas party or find the most wonderful gifts.
Why not check out one of Blue Ridge’s newest wine merchants, 34th Degree Wine Merchant! Find the perfect bottle of wine here from their huge wine selection; reds, whites, bubblys, they’ve got it all! Their team of knowledgeable & friendly wine specialists can easily help you find everything you need. They also offer gift baskets, wine accessories, and delectable food pairings. Stop by 34th Degree Wine Merchant and take in their ‘wine’dful stock!
Need to stock up your friends and family with outdoor gear so they can be ready for you NEXT Escape to Blue Ridge? Say no more! Visit these outdoor apparel and gear shops for everything you need for mountain adventures:
Blue Ridge Adventure Gear has all the outdoor apparel and gear to make your next hiking adventure a breeze! They pride themselves on offering the most comfortable outdoor equipment and accessories they can, along with luggage and travel gear for you and your pet. Their store is made up of some of the best outdoor and travel brands available, like Eagle Creek, Gregory, Big Agnes, Marmot and Stanley. Your friends and family will be hiking in style with their gear from Blue Ridge Adventure Gear!
Calling all fishermen! Cohutta Fishing Company has all the gear and apparel needed for the ultimate fishing excursion! They don’t coin the phrase “Your Local Fly Fish Shop” for nothing; they have everything you’ll need to get out on the water like fly rods and reels, packs and luggage, fishing vests, boots, apparel and more. Pick up the gear and then book a guided fishing trip with Cohutta Fishing Company on your next escape.
For a truly unique and special gift for the fishermen in your life check out Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods. Owner, Bill Oyster is the only professional bamboo fly rod maker in the world who personally hand engraves his own rods. Each rod is made from a single culm of genuine Tonkin bamboo. And all rods are hand split, hand planed, and hand engraved. So much detail and craftsmanship goes into making these beautiful rods. Since the rods are custom made, orders are on a “first come, first serve basis,” so if you’re interested, get your orders in as soon as you can.
A pocket knife is always a good tool to have on hand, especially for hunting, fishing, and adventuring. Blue Ridge Knife Companyhas everything you need for just that! They offer a wide variety of pocket and hunting knives as well as knife sharpeners, collectibles, apparel, and gifts. They are a wholesale shop so their wide selection of knives and gear are ones that you won’t find anywhere else!
Your favorite furry friends deserve to be spoiled this holiday season too! Pick them up some treats & toys at these pet loving shops. If you need some assistance, you can even bring along your pup to help you pick out their favorite toys & treats! Check them out here:
Love Dogs and Cats Too has everything your pet could want and more! The aisles are stocked with toys, leashes, treats, and much more. And we know it can be hard to find goodies for our feline friends but as the name suggests Love Dogs and Cats Too has toys & treats for your cat as well. Your dog or cat will be so stylish with their new apparel and as happy & spoiled as can be with all their new toys & treats!
Not only does Blue Ridge Adventure Wear(the sister store of Blue Ridge Adventure Gear) have plenty of apparel and outdoor gear for the whole family but they also have treats and toys for your favorite pup! They’ve got everything your dog could need from toys, treats, collars and leashes, fun dog themed shirts for you, and even dog friendly donuts!
It’s always fun to pick out new clothes and accessories when you’re on vacation! Blue Ridge has all sorts of stylish shops for ladies and men alike. And who knows while you’re searching for that perfect gift you may even find something for yourself! Learn more about some of our favorite boutiques and fashion shops here:
Blue Ridge Cotton Companyis one of the most beloved stores in town! Here you’ll find stylish apparel, home decor, unique gifts and so much more. And what makes your shopping experience even better is bringing along your favorite furry friend because dogs are welcome in the store! After you purchase the perfect gift and explore all the aisles filled with treasures; 1% of your purchase will go towards a local charity. Not only will you be getting everything on your shopping list at Blue Ridge Cotton Company but you’ll be giving back to the community as well, it’s a win win!
At Crawford Collections you’ll find an impressive collection of luxury handbags, designer clothes and custom jewelry. Find a beautiful dress for your next holiday party or pick up a pair of gorgeous earrings as a gift for your best gal pal. Visit Crawford Collections for the most stylish, sophisticated women in your life!
Even the men need to get their shopping done right!? OAR Finer Goods, is an accessory shop for modern gentlemen and it has everything you need to dress the men in your life with style. From men’s jewelry, ties, socks, books, fun trinkets, novelty gifts, and more you can find the perfect gift here. Some of their brands include Fulton & Roark, Brackish Bowties, Studebaker Metals, and OAR leather goods.
For all things accessories check out The Owls Nest! Here you’ll find jewelry, gemstones, purses, shoes, t-shirts, and more. We especially love all the owl themed accessories that pay homage to the store name. What kind of bling and stylish accessories will you bring back for the favorite girls in your life? No matter what you choose they are sure to sparkle!
Toys & Games
Pick up some fun toys & games for the kids in your life from kid-friendly these stores around town:
Right when they walk through the door at Huck’s General Store, kids can’t resist digging into the bucket of old school candy that waits at the front of the store. Get some candy for the kids to eat while you shop and pick up some more for stocking stuffers later! Not only will you find artisan goods, canned & pickled fruits and vegetables, and tshirts here but you’ll also find all kinds of fun for the kids. The kiddos can wander the aisles of toys and games while you pick out the best ones for their Christmas gifts, unbeknownst to them!
Lily + Coco is a magical & colorful shop that the kids will absolutely love! And almost everything is pink, so the little girls will especially love this place! Find stuffed unicorns, felt slingshots, pink flamingos, candies, and one-of-a-kind décor perfect for decorating the house with a fun touch for the holidays. Lily + Coco is truly a one of a kind shop filled with “fanciful finds & whimsical whatnots”!
And for the cutest children’s clothing and accessories check out one of Blue Ridge’s newest shops Moonbeams & Mudpies! You can find everything you need to style your little ones here! Not only will they look just darling in their clothes from Moonbeams & Mudpies but the kids will love them! They have all kinds of fun attire like fun pj sets, princess headbands, rainbow dresses and more! You can even pick up a small toy or two from the shop before you go!
Sometimes you plan an Escape to Blue Ridge six months ahead of time and just dream of what it will feel like when you unlock that cabin door and walk in for the first time. You’ve been day dreaming (and maybe even night dreaming!) about exploring the beautiful town of Blue Ridge. Shopping, eating, hiking and enjoying all the quaintness that makes up this town. Back at the cabin you can’t wait to cozy up on the couches, light a fire-indoors or out, and of course relax in the hot tub before turning in for the evening in comfortable bedrooms.
With over 330+ cabins to choose from you can be particular about which one you select based on your taste and style. You can select pet friendly cabins or by the quantity of bedrooms. You can pick cabins with game rooms or with gourmet kitchens. You can book cabins with glorious views or that are privately situated. You can reserve cabins by the lake or by rivers. You can even base your decision on the style of hot tub you will get to enjoy! We’ve created a roundup of twenty cabins with nine different hot tub styles!
High on a hilltop in Mineral Bluff, Pinecone Peak is positioned to maximize the panoramic picture postcard Georgia and Tennessee mountain views from its wraparound decks and the great room’s wall of windows. Of pine tongue-and-groove construction and beautifully designed in cozy cabin style with soaring cathedral ceilings, the home is bright and airy, welcoming and cozy. It’s a peaceful, private retreat for your vacation getaway just minutes from everything the mountains have to offer, in all four directions.
Here, you can kick back and relax in comfort in the main level great room or the downstairs rec room, which has a pool table, wet bar and a full-size futon. Both rooms are outfitted with gas fireplaces and 55” TVs with DISH Network and DVD players (the main level TV also has surround sound and CD system). Or head out to the screened-in porch, light the wood-burning fireplace, and take in a spectacular sunset or enjoy the views from the lower deck’s hot tub, which seats 6.
3 bath home is pet friendly and only ten minutes from the quaint town of Blue
Ridge and is perched perfectly within a comfortable and paved cabin community
located at the top of Trammell Mountain. This executive-level cabin has a
completely open floor plan and offers amazing floor-to-ceiling glass windows
overlooking the expansive mountain range. Bearly Behaving is a wonderful, all-around cabin for all kinds of great
vacation behavior —it’s cozy enough for a romantic getaway and large enough for
multiple families to enjoy. Its panoramas are all-inclusive with short and
long-range mountain views and idyllic pastoral scenes.
Bent Tree is a 3-bedroom, 3
bath cabin situated at one of the highest points of the gated Greenridge Mountain
community in the Aska Adventure Area, overlooking Lake Blue Ridge and miles of
rolling mountains for a truly awe-inspiring showcase of views. This is a
professionally decorated cabin where the owner has thought of all of the
amenities, whether your vacation is for a romantic getaway for two or for the
whole family. Although Bent Tree is only 5 minutes from the Lake and the charming town of
Blue Ridge, it is the perfect hideaway for an unforgettable vacation.
Ascend high into the mountains and
climb up the front stairs of Stairway to Heaven where your vacation will reach
a whole new level. This perfectly-appointed two-bedroom cottage is a truly
romantic getaway with custom touches throughout. The home’s private ambiance
belies its treasured location in My Mountain community and its easy 15-minute
proximity to downtown Blue Ridge. Stairway to
Heaven’s dramatic wall of glass will draw you out toward the amazing
covered deck overlooking spectacular mountain and pastoral views. You’ll feel
torn about where to spend your time — out on the deck relaxing at the dining
table and eating al fresco or back inside where the home’s unbelievable touches
draw you in for restful luxuriating.
Stepping into Tondelia, you’ll
immediately be taken by its views and open, airy feel, with spacious rooms and
windows at every turn. You’ll marvel at the careful attention to detail that’s
been lavished throughout the cabin, where the game room is every bit as
beautiful as the main floor and gorgeous bedrooms. This is the perfect setting
for several couples looking for a peaceful escape from the city. With its grace
and beauty, Tondelia
offers a lovely setting to leave your cares behind and enjoy great times with
good friends. The days you spend here will be cherished for years to come.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to bring your whole family on your next vacation, look no further than Big River, a Blue Ridge, GA cabin rental that promises you and your children a fun-filled getaway. True to its name, this spacious cabin is tucked away at the end of a paved road, at the convergence of 2 branches of the mighty Fightingtown Creek is a playground for both adults and kids, with plenty of child-friendly features and amenities. Large family? No problem: the cabin sleeps eleven, and has a set of twin bunk beds and plenty of room for children to lounge and play .
The outdoor amenities cannot be duplicated! The main level screened porch includes a designated rocking chair area overlooking the Creek, a hanging queen size bed swing, and plenty of outdoor seating around the 30 ft stacked stone fireplace with gas logs & wall mounted heaters. The lower level deck has a seating area, hanging swing and also houses the relaxing & private 8 person hot tub. The separate outdoor Creekfront entertainment pavilion features a large wood-burning fireplace with a mounted Smart TV, comfortable seating to watch the game, bar, hanging swing and even an outdoor kitchen with a grill, burner, refrigerator and Traeger smoker! Adjacent to the pavilion is a magnificent stone firepit with Adirondack seating and Creek access. Additionally, there is a small swing set and a fenced-in play area for the kids to play the day away, and a large patio area for relaxing by the Creek or enjoying a game of corn hole. Lastly, a small, sandy Creekside beach serves as an ideal spot to fish for trout, sunbathe or just listen to the soothing sounds of the rushing water.
When you think of the perfect Blue
Ridge mountain cabin rental, does it have a beautiful wooded mountain setting
on a river? Is it private, romantic, and tailor-made for an intimate getaway
for two? Riverbend
Cottage is that place, a cozy hideaway where you and your loved one
can relax, reconnect and rekindle in a picturesque, nature-filled Fightingtown
Creek setting. This property also features a separate artist studio right on
the water. Located in McCaysville, less than 11 miles from downtown Blue Ridge,
but worlds away from the commotion of daily life, this two-level gem of a home
is professionally decorated to maximize the spectacular view of the river, just
steps away from your door.
Nestled on the wooded banks of the popular Fightingtown Creek, River Rush Cabin is a perfect choice for your next North Georgia mountain getaway. This professionally decorated cabin has every amenity you will need, and is uniquely situated on a backyard beach that makes it easy to access the wide, whitewater creek where you can enjoy floating, swimming and world-class trout fishing. The natural treehouse setting of the cabin is nicely complemented by the convenient location – only 5 miles away from dining and shopping in quaint downtown Blue Ridge. Every detail was carefully considered when creating this serene hideaway so you can effortlessly relax and take pleasure in the sights and sounds of the nature that surrounds you.
Set on a hillside on more than two
acres with breathtaking unobstructed long-range views of the mountains and Lake
Blue Ridge, the Adventure Us
has its very own waterfall and lots of areas to explore. A spacious tri-level
showplace, this 3-bedroom, 3 bath is a private mountain oasis where you can
gather with loved ones in a magnificent natural setting that’s close to
fabulous and fun activities and experiences. You can take your pet for a walk
(yes, your dogs are welcome!) along the fenced-in property for a small taste of
the wondrous nature that surrounds you. It’s a short scenic drive to
destinations like Amicalola Falls, the Toccoa Swinging Bridge, wineries of
Dahlonega and the shops and restaurants of downtown Blue Ridge are only a 10-minute
drive down the mountain.
Rocky Top is a cozy Georgia
Mountain cabin rental nestled into the My Mountain area of Morganton. You’ll
feel like you’re on top of the world here, and truly away from it all. Great
for a couple or family, this lovely two-bedroom, authentic log cabin has
caramel-colored real log with chinking inside and out, and open beam ceilings
throughout the space. Every room has a chic country touch, from the main room’s
elegant furniture to the romantic French toile master bedroom, down to the
hutch near the dining area displaying a toile-themed plate collection. Spend
quiet evenings out on the screened-in porch, lounging on the swing or rockers
with a nightcap. Watch a movie on the 50″ flat screen TV in the great
room, kept warm and cozy by the corner gas fireplace. Enjoy a romantic, late
night dip in the hot tub under starry skies. Rocky Top
is a peaceful place high above the hills that feels far away from the rest of
the world. With its beautiful mix of mountain cabin and French countryside
decor, its unique and charming atmosphere offers a wonderful environment to
relax and restore you.
The Overlook cabin is a place in a
storybook setting where stories are also in fact, created. By far, this
property is in one of the most private settings in the North Georgia Mountains.
You’ll travel along a sharply winding, steep gravel road that will rekindle
imaginings from childhood fables which took place in secret woods. However,
this road is easily mastered and your reward rests in the charm and beauty of The Overlook
cabin. Perched high above the Aska Adventure area, this home has panoramic
mountain and distant lake views.
Stone Pine Lodge is not your
typical Blue Ridge mountain cabin rental. As you’d expect, this brand-new
vacation home has the rustic cabin feel, secluded private setting and
breathtaking view of the mountains from its tri-level decks. There are enormous
windows in its great room that let you take in nature in all its expansive
glory. The cabin is also the epitome of effortless modern luxury, putting
everything–state-of-the-art at your fingertips. With sound system TVs, lighting,
remote gas fireplaces and hot tub with Bluetooth-enabled speakers throughout
all with simplistic operations, the better to relax and enjoy the comforts of
your home away from home. Named for its four Tennessee Stone fireplaces and
pines that surround it, Stone Pine
Lodge is perched on a mountainside 22 feet off the ground from its
lower deck, where you can hear the faint sound of a small creek below the
Open, free, majestic, and tranquil. The water views are mesmerizing here at the Lakeshore Lodge. Located in Morganton, this family-friendly cabin is perfect for your upcoming vacation. The winding drive in from town means you’re truly getting away, and it’s obvious that you’ve arrived when you reach the top of the driveway and look down at the glistening lake completely surrounding the house. The view is breathtaking. And as the lighting changes throughout the day, so does the lake sensory experience. There are plenty of ways to have fun here! From the shuffleboard to the hot tub outside to the boat dock, there’s a place for everyone to stretch out and enjoy the beauty of this place. There is a plethora of seating areas, all set for soaking in some beautiful lakefront views. Lake time at its best!
Pure Pleasure on the Lake is a pure
delight! This magnificent North Georgia cabin rental is located on the
20-mile-long Lake Nottely, and has one of the best lake views the area has to
offer. It sits just over the shoreline with tiered steps down to its private
dock with a ladder. Year-long deep water makes it a great property if you’d
like to bring your own boat or rent one from the nearby marina. The cabin is
equal distance to iconic Blue Ridge, GA and the new Harrah’s casino in Murphy,
NC. This home has been thoughtfully designed all for its guests’ pleasure. Come
Pleasure on the Lake and you’ll find that it fulfills all of your
family’s vacation needs from endless fun to never-ending tranquility.
Heaven is a luxurious mountaintop cabin with spectacular 180o views
that can be yours for a very special vacation getaway. Ideal for large families
or a group of friends, this spacious cabin sleeps 12 in its four bedrooms and
library/loft, with king beds in the upstairs master, main floor and downstairs
bedrooms, twin bunk beds and twin over double size beds in the second
downstairs bedroom that kids will love. There’s also a full-size crib and Pack
‘n Play in the closet. But its most important feature is the way it will make
you feel: comfortable, relaxed and at peace, like you’ve left your cares behind
and entered a luxurious private world, a heavenly experience you’ll treasure
for years to come.
Escape to a mountaintop in Blue Ridge to a home with some of North Georgia’s best views that extend out to two more states. Summit Escape is in the wonderful community of Sun Rock Mountain, and is easily accessible off of paved roads. This property is adjacent to 100 acres of pristine, undisturbed wilderness, yet is convenient to downtown Blue Ridge and McCaysville. There is no better place than this cabin’s expansive wraparound deck or beautiful screened in porch to watch the area’s abounding wildlife from wild turkeys, to deer and hummingbirds. Summit Escape offers great amenities for your perfect mountain vacation experience. Enjoy life at the top where the views will sweep your stress away.
Every family has many Christmas traditions that they enjoy preserving. For this writer, one of my family’s favorite things to do is to go drive around and see all the Christmas lights! However, when you’re not from around here, you wouldn’t even know where to begin to look for lights to enjoy. Well, we tried to make it easy for you and stalked as many of our friends pages to locate all the Christmas light displays that you HAVE to go check out!
Each community offers a brief directions, but click on the town name to access a Google map to help you find your way! If you’re a local reading this and know of other places we’re missing please drop a comment or send us a Facebook or Instagram message. Merry Christmas!
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds– Mountain Country Christmas in Lights every Thursday, Friday, & Saturday from November 24-December 13rd. Come early on Saturdays for the Craft Show and stay for the lights 4pm-9pm! Open EVERY night from December 15th-23rd! (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Here you will enjoy beautiful light displays and food ops along with food, music, arts & crafts, hot chocolate, marshmallow, a petting zoo and Santa. Admission is $7 per person and children 12 and under are FREE! On the main drag – Hwy 76 in Hiawassee.
Bugscuffle Road – Through the town of Hiawassee, but before the School. See Uhaul & Parker Oil, next road on left is Bugscuffle. On Hwy 76, just west of Towns County School.
Scataway Road – About 5 minutes past the Towns County School, see sign for Mount Zion Church on left and follow the red glow. Off of Hwy 76, 5 minutes east of town. See Santa on certain nights. As seen on the Great Christmas Light Fight!
Panter House – Gumlog Rd off of Hwy 66 in Young Harris. On the Towns County side of Gumlog.