January Events 2023



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!

Blue Ridge on Ice
January 1st – January 9th
Location: Blue Ridge Farmers Market


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.

Live Music & Brunch at The General Ledger
January 1st – January 15th
Location: The General Ledger

Photo Courtesy of the General Ledger


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!

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards
January 1st – January 21st
Location: Cartecay Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards


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

2 nd Annual New Years Celebration
January 1st
Location: Angry Hops Brewing

Photo Courtesy of Angry Hops Brewing


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!

Line Dancing Class
January 2nd – January 30th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s


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!

Oil Painting Class
January 3rd – January 14th
Location: 4 Elements Fine Art

Photo Courtesy of 4 Elements Fine Art


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.

Live Music at ROE.
January 3rd – January 31st
Location: ROE. Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of ROE


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

Thursday Fun Runs at the Riverwalk
January 5th – January 26th
Location: Riverwalk Shops

Photo Courtesy of Riverwalk Shops

Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 5:30pm! You’ll leave from the Burra Burra, and the 3.1 mile run will take you by the Toccoa river and through town. You’ll get to run through 2 states and cross the famous steel bridge! After the run stay for drinks at the Burra Burra overlooking the Toccoa River. Don’t walk, RUN to this great event!

Line Dancing Class
January 6th
Location: Pat Haralson Memorial Civic Center

Photo Courtesy of Rita Jean Gallau and Martha Ann Evans


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.

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
January 6th – January 13th
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

Photo Courtesy of Misty Mountain Hops


Misty Mountain Hops is a music-centric restaurant and pub so it’s only fitting that they bring in live music. Stop on by Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm for great food and great live music from local artists!
January 6 th : Gregg Erwin
January 7 th : Canon Tyler
January 13 th : Travis Bowlin

Live Music at Chateau Meichtry
January 7th – January 8th
Location: Chateau Meichtry

Photo Courtesy of Chateau Meichtry


Come sip on wine by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at Chateau Meichtry. This beautiful winery located in Talking Rock, GA has both outdoor & indoor seating options, so you can enjoy the atmosphere of the winery no matter the weather. On Saturdays & Sundays you can sip on your favorite glass of wine while you enjoy live music from local artists from 1:30pm – 5:30pm and 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

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
January 11th – January 30th
Location: Cherry Log, GA

Photo Courtesy of the Benton McKaye Trail Association


Explore the beauty of North Georgia on a guided hiking tour with the Benton McKaye Trail Association. They offer 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

Dad’s Garage Improv
January 14th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater


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!

The Addams Family
January 20th – January 29th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the 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!

Cheers for Chimps
January 21st
Location: Tipping Point Brewing Co.

Photo Courtesy of Tipping Point Brewing Co.


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!

Murder Mystery Dinner
January 22nd
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

Photo Courtesy of Misty Mountain Hops


Come on out to Misty Mountain Hops for a night of mystery, with a Murder Mystery Dinner hosted by Out Loud Theatre! Admission is $30 a person.

Pyrography Class
January 28th
Location: 4 Elements Fine Art & Custom Framing

Photo Courtesy of 4 Elements Fine Art


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.

Corey Smith & Travis Denning
January 28th
Location: The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds


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.

2023 Blue Ridge Bucket List



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

Try a New Restaurant 

Photo Courtesy of Ferraro’s Kitchen

Dining in Blue Ridge is always a delicious, culinary experience! You can never go wrong with some of our tried and true favorites like Chester’s, The Black Sheep, Harvest on Main, Southern Charm, The Dogwood and Fightingtown Tavern. But over the past year we’ve had so many great new restaurants come to town, that you simply HAVE to try in the new year! 

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 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 Ledger is 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 and enjoy some dog themed foods & cocktails! Rin Tin’s Bark & Brews Cantina is a restaurant, bar, lounge, and market & cafe all in one!

Chase Thrills 

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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 with Zipline Canopy ToursThere’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/ 

Says Cheers

Photo Courtesy of Bear Claw Winery

Say Cheers to the new year with a drink from Blue Ridge! Blue Ridge has so many great bars, breweries, and wineries to explore! In Downtown Blue Ridge you can grab a cocktail at Whiskey & Water, The Dogwood, or Hook & Eye. Bar hop to Misty Mountain Hops, Blue Coyote, and Black Bear Bier Garten. Or you can visit one of our wine bars downtown at 34th Degree Wine Merchant, Out of the Blue, The Vine, or The Georgia Wine Depot. You can even relax lakeside with delicious food and great drinks at the Boat Dock Bar & Grill on Lake Blue Ridge. 

For local brews check out Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Fannin Brewing Company, Angry Hops Brewing, Buck Bald Brewing, Copperhill Brewery or Tipping Point Brewing . And for wine check out Bear Claw Vineyards, Serenberry Vineyards, and Cartecay Vineyards. Even Mercier Orchards has hard cider and wine! With so many great places to have a drink you’ll be simply “buzzing” in the new year! 

Spend a Day on the Farm

Photo Courtesy of Noontootla Creek Farms

Noontootla Creek Farms is 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 

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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 Orchards or 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! 

Shop till you Drop

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Adventure Wear

Shop ‘till you drop in Downtown Blue Ridge! With dozens of unique stores downtown we’ve got a little bit for everyone! Fashion boutiques, artisan good shops, home décor, pet toys, and so much more. Some of our favorites include Blue Ridge Cotton Company and its sister store Gather for fashion, home decor, and kitchen goods. We stock up on all of our snacks, wine, and special treats at Hucks, Out of the Blue, The Pasta Market, Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company, and Tupelo Tea. We love finding unique home decor pieces at Pezrok, Mitzi’s on Main, and New Blue Home & Gift. For beautiful art visit High Country Art Gallery, Multitudes Gallery, and Fishbone Galley. And we can never get enough of shops like The Owls Nest, Blue Ridge Adventure Wear, Mountain Man Comics, Deaf Man Vinyl and OAR Finer Goods! Find more shops to explore with our Downtown Blue Ridge shopping guide: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/shop-downtown-blue-ridge/ 

Fun at the State Line 

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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 

Photo Courtesy of The Little Bakery

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 Express for 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! 

Mercier Orchards

Photo Courtesy of Mercier Orchards

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 

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Are you ready to swing high above the Toccoa River? Then pay a visit to the famous Toccoa River Swinging Bridge for 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 Company and 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 

Photo Courtesy of @jross428 at Eagles Landing

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 reservations@escapetoblueridge.com and let us help you find your dream 2023 Blue Ridge cabin! We can’t wait to see you soon! 

Downtown Blue Ridge Experience



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

Shopping

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Cotton Company

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 Store your 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 Wear or 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 Market and 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

It’s easy to spend all day exploring the shops of Downtown Blue Ridge. For more suggestions be sure to check out our shopping blog: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/shop-downtown-blue-ridge/ 

Dining

Photo Courtesy of Hook & Eye

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, or Whiskey 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

Photo Courtesy of 4 Elements Art

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 Gallery you’ll find beautiful works of art like paintings, jewelry, pottery and much more, all handcrafted by local artists.  4 Elements Art has beautiful nature art pieces on display and they also offer custom framing. Fishbone Gallery has unique ceramic art from the talented Betty Wassmer and Multitudes Gallery features 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 Theater puts 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

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

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

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

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 Companywhere 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

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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. 

Selfie Spots 

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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 MuralLocated 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. 

Indoor Fun

Photo Courtesy of 2nd Story Entertainment

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.

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!  

Annual Events

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival

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. 

Blue Ridge Holiday Shopping



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! 

Home Decor

Photo Courtesy of Pezrok

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? 

Pezrok is 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! 

Art 

Photo Courtesy of High Country Art Gallery

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: 

At High 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 

Photo Courtesy of The Pasta Market

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!

Outdoor Gear

Photo Courtesy of Cohutta Fishing Company

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 Company has 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! 

Pet-Friendly 

Photo Courtesy of Love Dogs and Cats Too

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!

Fashion

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Cotton Company

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 Company is 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! 

Escape to Blue Ridge Gift Cards

Give the gift of a great mountain experience in Blue Ridge with a gift card for an Escape to Blue Ridge cabin rentals! Put that cash towards a wonderful family vacation that you’ll be talking about for years to come! Just contact the office at 866-618-2521 or email reservations@escapetoblueridge.com for gift cards.

The Ultimate Guide To Blue Ridge Cabin Hot Tubs



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!

Under The Stars

Pinecone Peak

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.

Living and Living Well

If you are looking for a modern, cozy cabin, Living and Living Well is the perfect choice. A beautiful and private place to stay with your closest friends and family. Enjoy mountain views, a secluded atmosphere, and all of the comforts of home right from here. This exquisitely decorated cabin has found the perfect balance of rustic elegance by adding a touch of contemporary decor. Outside of the French doors from the lower-level game room, you will delight over the large deck complete with a hot tub and a swinging day bed. A bottle of bubbly, a clear night sky with a billion stars, and shared time in the hot tub might be the perfect nightcap for a day of fun in Blue Ridge.

Round Tubs

Bent Tree

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.

Stairway to Heaven

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.

Indoor Tub

Tondelia

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.

Family Friendly

Big River

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.

Riverside

Escape to Water Dance

One step into this paradise will instantly fill your soul with relaxation. A feast for the eyes, as well as the senses, you’ll never go wrong with Escape to Water Dance. Surrounded by glorious trees and magnificent forest views, this heartwarming cabin tucked away amid Mother Nature is the perfect spot to settle after long days of adventures in Blue Ridge. A getaway that’s made for the whole family – there’s room for 10 with plenty of space to relax, enjoy one another’s company, and truly get away from it all. Enjoy the comforts this cabin brings as it has back porches overlooking a white-water stream where you can simply chill and let your thoughts flow.

River Rush Cabin

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.

Screened in Porch

Adventure Us

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.

Porch life

Rocky Top

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

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.

Fireside

Stone Pine Lodge

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 property.

Lakeview

Lakeshore Lodge

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

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 to Pure 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.

Best View

Blue Mist Heaven

Blue Mist 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.

Sunrise Retreat

Prepare yourself for an extraordinary experience as you step into Sunrise Retreat. Your initial words will indeed be “Look at the View!” for a good reason. With the breathtaking vistas of the majestic mountain ranges, you will feel on top of the world. Inside and out, Sunrise Retreat is a gem. Enjoy an expansive game room with multiple arcade games and a pool table with a ping-pong tabletop. Unwind outside with a grill, screened-in porch, hot tub, and areas to sit and unwind. No expense was spared throughout the cabin to ensure that you are enveloped in comfort. You’ll feel like you’ve found a hidden treasure at Sunrise Retreat. From the stunning mountain views to the peacefulness of the surroundings, this small slice of paradise offers a captivating escape where nature’s beauty takes center stage. Prepare for an unforgettable experience filled with breathtaking landscapes, thrilling adventures, and cherished memories.

December Events 2022



The holiday season has finally arrived in the mountains! This month is filled with Christmas markets, tree lightings, Christmas parades, live music events, and lots of family fun! We wish all of our guests a wonderful Christmas with their loved ones and a happy new year! We can’t wait to see what fun is in store for 2023!

Upcoming Events:

2022 Parade of Trees at Riverwalk Shops
December 1st – December 31st
Location: Riverwalk Shops

Photo Courtesy of Visit Blue Ridge

Admire all the beautifully lit trees at the Riverwalk Shops in McCaysville! From now until New Years you can take in their beauty, get your Christmas shopping done, and enjoy a great meal riverside!

Artist in Residence Scott Davis
December 1st – December 17th
Location: The Blue Ridge Art Center

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Arts Association

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

Elf: The Musical
December 1st – December 11th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Community Theater

The beloved Christmas movie Elf is now a musical! When Buddy, a human raised by Elves, learns the truth about who he truly is, he goes on an unexpected journey to New York City to meet his birth dad. Turns out his father is on Santa’s naughty list! Will Buddy be able to help his newfound family learn the true meaning of Christmas, or will they stay on Santa’s naughty list forever? Find out in this fun Christmas musical at Blue Ridge Community Theater running November 17th – December 11th. Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm or Sundays at 2pm. Call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Tour of Trees
December 1st – Decmeber 31st
Location: Union County Community Center, Blairsville, GA

Photo Courtesy of Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce

Visit the small local town of Blairsville for a beautiful Christmas tree display. Come and enjoy over 75 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths that are on display throughout the Community Center, plus a grand gingerbread house display. And admission is free so don’t miss out!

Holiday Show & Sale
December 1st – December 17th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association will have a variety of art and handcrafted items for sale, all created from their member artists. Find everything you need for the holiday season Tuesday-Sunday, November 19th – December 17th!

Blue Ridge on Ice
December 1st – December 31st
Location: Blue Ridge Farmers Market

Photo Courtesy of City of Blue Ridge Georgia

Have some family friendly winter fun with ice skating at the Farmer’s Market! This fun new outdoor ice skating rink will appear at the Blue Ridge Farmers Market now through January 9th, with special hours Thanksgiving & Christmas. 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.

Gingerbread Village
December 1st – December 11th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

If you missed the opportunity to enter your gingerbread house in Blue Ridge’s 9th annual Gingerbread House Contest but still want to join in on the fun, then stop by and admire some tasty art at the Art Center from now through December 11th. Get in the Christmas spirit and be sure to vote for your favorite house while you’re there!

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

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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!

Mountain Country Christmas Lights
December 1st – December 23rd
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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See the Christmas lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Chatuge at the Georgia Mountain Fair’s Mountain Country Christmas Lights! There will be Christmas music, arts and craft vendors, holiday food, hot chocolate, Cowtown exhibit, pictures with Santa, and beautiful lights around the grounds. The event runs every Thursdays and Fridays 6pm – 9pm and Saturdays 4pm – 9pm November 24th – December 23rd.

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
December 2nd – December 31st
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

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

December 2nd: Frankie Sparks December 3rd: Daisy Chain December 9th: Orange Walls December 10th: Highbeams December 16th: Maddie Lane December 17th: Travis Bowlin December 31st: Zach Whitley

Live Music at The Dogwood
December 2nd
Location: The Dogwood

Photo Courtesy of the Dogwood

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

December 2nd: Roscoe’s Road Show

Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop
December 2nd
Location: Pat Haralson Memorial Civic Center

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The 10th Annual Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop is the perfect place to pick up a special gift for the ones you love the most! There will be over 50 home-based business vendors there so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from!

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

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

Jingle Bell Buys
December 2nd – December 4th
Location: Blairsville, GA

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Knock off the rest of your Christmas shopping list all in one place with Blairsville’s Jingle Bell Buys event! This 3 day Christmas sale gives you the chance to save big from some of the best merchants in town!

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing
December 2nd – December 16th
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing

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Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewery Thursdays to sing along to your favorite songs for karaoke night! And drop by select Fridays & Saturdays from 3pm – 6pm for great drinks, great music, and a great time. With indoor and outdoor seating available you can even bring your dog to join in the fun! Enjoy a delicious hotdog from Jeff’s Hotdog’s while you listen to some fantastic local artists! And on Monday nights come on out for SINGO and Thursday nights is Karaoke!

December 2nd: Surrender Hill December 5th: SINGO w/ Danny Rhea December 8th: Karaoke Thursday December 9th: Travis Bowlin December 12th: SINGO w/ Danny Rhea December 15th: Karaoke Thursday December 16th: Doctor Paul

Live Music at Tipping Point Brewing Co.
December 2nd – December 30th
Location: Tipping Point Brewing Co.

Photo Courtesy of Tipping Point Brewing Co.

Blue Ridge’s newest brewery-Tipping Point Brewing Co. has live music every weekend! On Fridays check out the local artists from 4pm – 7pm and on Saturdays you can hear them from 3pm-6pm. Grab a beer and stay awhile at one of new favorite spots in town!

December 2nd: Maddie Lane December 3rd: Toys 4 Tots Event December 9th: Maddie Lane December 10th: The Waymores December 16th: Jadie Lee December 17th: Anderlan December 23rd: David Cheatham December 30th: Surrender Hill

Dailey & Vincent Christmasfest
December 2nd – December 3rd
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Dailey & Vincent is bringing the very best of bluegrass, country, and gospel music to the Fairgrounds and all the Christmas music you can handle! This two day event hosts legendary artists Rhonda Vincent, The Hoppers, The Isaacs, Roots & Boots featuring Sammy Kershaw, Collin Raye, and Aaron Tippin, and of course Dailey & Vincent. One day admission is $75 a person and 2 day admission is $135 a person. Tickets can be purchased here: https://georgiamountainfairgrounds.com/localevents/id/177

Live Nativity Drive Thru
December 2nd – December 3rd
Location: Mount Moriah Baptist Church

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Remember the true meaning of Christmas with a Nativity Drive Thru at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Blue Ridge! The event runs rain or shine Friday, December 2nd – Saturday, December 3rd from 6:30pm – 8pm.

Winery Comedy Tour
December 2nd
Location: Paradise Hills

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Get ready for a night of laughs at the Winery Comedy Tour! These hilarious comedians 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!

Holly Jolly Christmas & Breakfast with Santa
December 3rd
Location: Union County Community Center

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Bring the whole family to Blairsville for a day of holiday fun! There will be a free breakfast with Santa, exciting reindeer games, festive crafts, train rides, writing letters to Santa, and caroling with the school choir! Come on down to the Union County Community Center from 9am-11am for this free, festive, family fun event!

St. Luke’s Anglican Church Annual Christmas Bazaar
December 3rd
Location: St. Luke’s Anglican Church

St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Blue Ridge is hosting it’s annual Christmas Bazaar! There will be all kinds of hand-crafted goods available like hand painted barn quilts, pine cone wreathes, artisan jams & jellies, delicious casseroles and more! There will also be silent auction as well. All proceeds assist families in the Blue Ridge community.

Fall 2022 at the ‘STILL
December 3rd – December 31st
Location: Grandaddy Mimm’s Distilling Company

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Every weekend is jam packed with fun events at Grandaddy Mimm’s Distilling Company in Blairsville! This month you can enjoy live music, food trucks, a Black Friday sale, and plenty of delicious moonshine!

December 3rd: Music Bingo December 31stNYE BASH (tickets required)

Kris Kringle Mountain Market
December 3rd
Location: Union County Farmers Market

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Transport yourself to a quaint European town for Christmas at the Kris Kringle Mountain Market at the Union County Farmers Market in Blairsville! This European style Outdoor Holiday Market has over 75 vendors offering food, crafts, and produce. There will also be live music and a children’s play area!

Oil Painting Class
December 3rd – December 17th
Location: 4 Elements Fine Art

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Learn how to paint a beautiful oil landscape painting with 4 Elements Fine Art! Oil painting lessons are available December 3rd from 2pm – 4:30pm, December 15th from 6pm – 8:30pm, and December 17th 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oil-painting-class-with-george-charriez-tickets-449446966977?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Copperhill Kiwanis Club Annual Christmas Parade
December 3rd
Location: Downtown McCaysville & Copperhill

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This annual event in Copperhill & McCaysville provides a fun and celebratory atmosphere for family and friends! Occurring on the first Saturday in December each year, this parade features a myriad of floats and high school marching bands. Come and support the Copperhill Kiwanis Club! The parade begins at 2pm!

Christmas in Ducktown
December 3rd
Location: Ducktown, TN

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Come celebrate Christmas in Tennessee with the 4th annual Christmas celebration in Ducktown! There will be a cornhole tournament starting at 4pm as well as cookie decorating, music, free treats, visits with Santa, and more starting at 5pm! The tree lighting will begin at 6pm with a Christmas parade to follow at 6:30pm. Don’t miss out!

Christmas on the Square
December 3rd
Location: Blairsville Historic Downtown Square

Photo Courtesy of Visit Blairsville GA

The Annual Christmas on the Square event is back with more holiday fun! Kids can take pictures with Santa at the Historic Courthouse from 3pm – 5pm, participate in ornament painting, games, and other kid-friendly activities! There will also be carol singing, the tree lighting, and the nighttime parade at 6pm. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Winterfest
December 3rd
Location: Blue Ridge Farmers Market

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It’s going to be a fun day at the Blue Ridge Farmer’s Market! From 12pm – 4pm there will be kids crafts, pictures with Santa and Buddy the Elf from Blue Ridge Community Theater’s production of Elf the Musical, produce vendors, ice skating, and more! Don’t miss out on this family fun event!

Christmas Concert at Young Harris College
December 3rd – December 4th
Location: Young Harris College

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Young Harris College Choirs and Bands invite you to enjoy the sounds of the season at their Christmas Concert Saturday, December 3rd at 7pm and Sunday, December 4th at 3pm. Tickets are free with a Young Harris College ID or for children 14 & under. Other guests can purchase tickets for $10 at the door.

Live Music at Chateau Meichtry
December 3rd – December 31st
Location: Chateau Meichtry

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Come sip on wine by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at Chateau Meichtry. This beautiful winery located in Talking Rock, GA has both outdoor & indoor seating options, so you can enjoy the atmosphere of the winery no matter the weather. On Saturdays & Sundays you can sip on your favorite glass of wine while you enjoy live music from local artists from 1:30pm – 5:30pm and find live music at the same time, same place the week after Christmas! And there’s food trucks on the weekends as well!

December 3rd: Man Bites Dog December 4th: Surrender Hill December 10th: Lindsay Beth Harper December 11th: RiverSong December 17th: Surrender Hill December 18th: Maddie Lane December 24th: Barefoot Boone December 26th: Jadie Lee & Gabe Myers December 27th: Adrian Stover December 28th: Jadie Lee & Gabe Myers December 29th: Drew Ashworth December 30th: Barefoot Boone December 31st: Matty Croxton

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

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

December 3rd: Ryan LittleEagle December 4th: Brett Cantrell December 10th: Thomas Hinds December 11th: Tim O’Donovan December 17th: Gregg Erwin December 18th: Connor Priest December 31st: Jorge Valenzuela

Live Music & Brunch at The General Ledger
December 3rd – December 18th
Location: The General Ledger

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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!

Christmas Block Party
December 3rd
Location: Blairsville Restaurant Grits & Greens

Photo Courtesy of Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce

Get ready to rock the block at Blairsville Restaurant Grits & Green’s Christmas Block Party! From 7pm – 9pm there will be live music, ax throwing, cornhole, hamburgers & hotdogs, s’mores, face painting, and so much more! It’ll be an awesome night of fun entertainment!

Christmas Tour of Homes
December 4th
Location: Fannin County Family Connection

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Enjoy a scenic drive through the North Georgia Mountains to admire some of the best decorated Christmas homes in the area with the Christmas Tour of Homes! Ticket holders will meet at the Fannin County Family Connection Community Room for holiday refreshments between 11am and 2pm. You will then receive your map and directions to start your tour. You may tour homes from 1pm – 5pm. Tickets are $30 a person and all proceeds benefit Fannin County Family Connection to assist in the operation of the Food Pantry and other programming which supports a community of healthy and safe children and families.

Our Joy Has Come- A Christmas Celebration Concert
December 4th
Location: First Baptist Church

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First Baptist Church in McCaysville and the Copperhill Worship Choir hosts “Our Joy Has Come” A Christmas Celebration Concert! It will be a night of worship and a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ! The celebration starts at 6pm.

Line Dancing Class
December 5th – December 19th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

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

Live Music at ROE.
December 6th – December 21st
Location: ROE. Blue Ridge

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

Every Christmas Story Every Told (and then some)
December 6th – December 20th
Location: The General Ledger

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Get into the Christmas spirit with dinner theatre at The General Ledger on Tuesday evenings now through December 20th! Dinner starts at 6:30pm with the show at 7:30pm, reservations are required and it’s $65 a person.

Live Music at Angry Hops Brewing
December 9th – December 17th
Location: Angry Hops Brewing

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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!

December 9th: Doctor Paul December 16th: Steve Vaclavik December 17th: David Welch

Live Music at Tooney’s
December 10th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

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

December 10th: Confederate Railroad with Shannon York

Christmas Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park
December 10th
Location: Vogel State Park

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Come celebrate the holidays at the beautiful Vogel State Park! Hayrides will take guests from the Visitor’s Center to the ball field where hot chocolate and hot cider will be offered starting at 4pm. At 5pm Santa arrives and caroling starts at 5:30pm! Then at 6pm the big event starts with the lighting of a 35-foot Blue Spruce tree. Bring a blanket or chair to watch the lighting of the tree as well as an unwrapped gift for a child up to the age of 12 (no toy guns, knives, or dangerous items). All the toys will be given out by the Union County Sheriff’s Department as part of the GIVE-A-GIFT toy drive.

Art Classes and Workshops
December 10th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

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Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association offers classes year-round for artists looking to expand their skill set. On December 10th enjoy a leather making workshop from 10:30am – 4pm.  And check out more upcoming art classes at https://www.blueridgearts.net/adult-classes.html

Merry Grinchmas
December 10th
Location: Fannin County Public Library

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Bring the little ones in their best Whoville costumes to Fannin County Public Library on December 10th for their Merry Grinchmas event! There will be a reading of Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, games, crafts, and cookies for children of all ages!

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
December 12th – December 14th
Location: Cherry Log, GA

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

 December 12th: Dally Gap to Jack’s River and Back December 14th: Watson Gap to Jack’s River Trail intersection to Hemptop to Dally Gap and return

Saturday Morning Bird Walk
December 17th
Location: Lake Blue Ridge Marina

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company

Explore Lake Blue Ridge and spot beautiful birds on a guided tour through the woods with Suzanne as your guide. Meet up at Lake Blue Ridge Marina at 8am, wear comfortable clothes & walking shoes, and be ready to find as many birds as you can! Please RSVP in advance!

Olde Towne Affair
December 17th
Location: INOLA Blue Ridge

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Enjoy an afternoon of fun in a beautiful colonial style village- INOLA! Your ticket will include buffet appetizers, picnic snack boxes, drink tickets, and a front row seat to great live music and special guest speaker Lt. Gordy Boyce. A portion of all proceeds benefit Trident House Charities programs which support SEAL warriors, veterans and families.

Christmas Day Buffet 2022
December 25th
Location: Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

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Enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast prepared by Chef Brandon at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa! Enjoy Brown Sugar Rubbed Ham with Seasonal spices, Oven Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy and Roasted Striploin, House Smoked Salmon, Apple-Sausage Cornbread Stuffing, Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce, and so much more! The buffet will be offered anytime between 11:30am-5pm. Adult pricing is $55.95, children ages 6 – 12 is $29.95 and children 5 and under are $10.95. Call 706-379-4617 for reservations.

New Years Eve Bash- Tooney’s
December 31st
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

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Get ready to rock into the new year at Tooney’s! One for the Road and Wesley Earwood will be there to keep you dancing all night long, or at least until midnight! Doors open at 7pm!

New Years Eve Bash- Paradise Hills
December 31st
Location: Paradise Hills

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Celebrate the start of the new year at Paradise Hills! Your $65 ticket to the coolest private party in town includes live music by Chris Carpenter, heavy appetizers, sparkling wine toast and holiday swag for every guest; wine & beer will also be available for purchase.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks
December 31st
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Ring in the new year with a bang! Head to Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds to say goodbye to 2022 and watch fireworks light up the night sky! Enjoy the show with BBQ, hot dogs, and a warm cup of hot chocolate. The Blairsville Cruisers will also be in attendance as well as live musical performances and craft vendors. All the fun starts at 5pm with fireworks at 8:45pm!

2023 NYE Gala- Enchanted Forest Theme
December 31st
Location: Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

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Dress to the nines and enjoy a formal celebration at Brasstown Valley’s 2023 New Years Eve Gala! This year’s event is enchanted forest themed. The open bar starts at 7:30pm with a gourmet dinner buffet from 7:30pm – 9:30pm. There will be music and dancing all evening long! *must be 21 years or older to attend.

Family Fun Holiday Activities



It’s the holiday season! And that means there’s all kinds of fun, festive events happening around town from now until New Years! Bring the whole family along for a day of Christmas cheer and holiday fun! See what awaits you this holiday season in Blue Ridge and start planning for your mountain holidays here:

*Cover Photo Courtesy of Chanel Josephson

The Holiday Express

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Every December in Blue Ridge you can live your very own Polar Express fantasy! Ride the Holiday Express with Blue Ridge Scenic Railway November 25th-December 23rd. On your hour-long journey, you’ll get the chance to experience the beautiful North Georgia countryside in the winter and see what holiday fun is in store for you! Your train car will come alive with holiday music as you sip on hot cocoa and admire the sights. The little ones will enjoy stories & gifts from Santa, as well as a special opportunity for pictures with Santa in the Christmas pavilion after your ride. Kids and adults alike will love their ride on this festive fun train! Be sure to get your tickets in advance because they sell out quickly! 

Turkey Trot 

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Get your Thanksgiving Day workout in early to prepare for all those rolls & pies we know you’re going to eat later, with Blue Ridge’s annual Turkey Trot! This family fun 5K race is one of the biggest races in the area with over 700 runners & fans in attendance every year! Walk or run your way through Downtown Blue Ridge at any pace you choose, all abilities & experience levels are welcome. Registration begins at 7am and the race starts promptly at 8am. And don’t worry you’ll be home in plenty of time to enjoy some turkey dinner! 

Private Chef for Holiday Meals

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Skip the holiday stress and hire a private chef to prepare your holiday meals! Local area professional chefs will come to your cabin, prepare an incredible meal suited to your tastes and dietary needs, and the best part is they clean up all the mess! We recommend you consider one of these amazing options: Chef Eatz, Trey Griffith, or Blue Duck Eats.

Light Up Events

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The start of the holiday season in Blue Ridge and McCaysville kicks off with Light Up events on both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. On Friday, November 25th McCaysville will light up their beautiful town on the river to symbolize the start of Christmas. There’s plenty of shopping, dining, and holiday fun as well as pictures with Santa. The festivities start at 5pm, with the tree lighting to follow at sunset. 

Blue Ridge’s event is 2 days of family fun starting on November 25th. Black Friday is known as Blue Friday here in Blue Ridge which entails great discounts from our local shops, Christmas entertainment, food vendors, and more! Then the following day is when the real fun begins! Downtown Blue Ridge will be filled with Christmas cheer, food vendors, more Christmas entertainment, and pictures with Santa in the gazebo at the park. At 5:30pm the Christmas Parade will march through town, down East Main Street from Church Street to Mountain Street, down Mountain Street and back up West Main Street to Depot. And the lighting of the great tree will follow immediately after the parade at 7pm sharp! Both Light Up Blue Ridge and Light Up McCaysville are such fun ways to kick off the holiday season; the whole family will have a blast! 

Holiday Shopping 

There’s so many unique and special local shops to stock up on Christmas gifts for your loved ones! Head to Downtown Blue Ridge and/or the Riverwalk Shops to knock everything off your list! Pick up some delicious olive oil from Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company for grandma, a bottle of wine for your favorite aunt at 34th Degree Wine Merchant, a cool vinyl record for your dad at Deaf Man Vinyl, a comic book from Mountain Man Comics for your brother, trendy home decor for mom at Gather, and active wear for your next hike at Blue Ridge Adventure Wear. You can even get some of your holiday shopping done ahead of time at Blue Ridge and McCaysville’s Light Up events when everything is on sale! 

Looking for a one stop shop for gifts? There’s plenty of holiday markets in town to check out! The Arts Center Holiday Show & Sale runs from November 19th-December 20th. You can support local artists and get some great deals  by checking out their handmade wares. From artwork, jewelry, pottery, candles, and more the Holiday Show & Sale has it all! Open Tuesdays-Sundays from 10am-6pm at the Art Center. 

Visit a place where it’s all Christmas all the time- Christmas is Here! This awesome store has all the Christmas decor and gifts you need to feel like Santa Claus himself! Most of their wares are beautiful, handmade works by American artists. Find wooden Santas, statues of the three wise men, advent calendars and more at this special shop located in Riverwalk Shops!

Festive Spa Day 

Photo Courtesy of Serenity in the Mountains Spa

We all need some time to relax during the holiday season! Pay a visit to Serenity in the Mountains Spa and enjoy a day of pampering! Get massages, facials, and be sure to check out their amazing Salt Cave. While you’re there you can admire over 100 beautifully decorated trees that will be on display all season long! Really get into the Christmas spirit with a relaxing spa day filled with beautiful trees & an amazing day of pampering. 

Escape to Blue Ridge Office Light Display

Did you know that we decorate our office with festive holiday lights? We’re all decked out with gold twinkly lights on our exterior! You can also come on inside and check out our Christmas tree! This is a great spot for photo-ops with the family. You can even pick up an activity packet for the kids while you’re here and keep the family fun going! 

Christmas Card Photoshoot

Photo Courtesy of ZoLu Photography

Holidays are a time to spend with your family and loved ones. Are you looking for that perfect Christmas card photo to show off to all your friends? We’ve got you covered! Let your Blue Ridge memories last a lifetime by hiring a professional photographer to come out and get some great family shots. Here are a few of our favorite local photographers: ZoLu Photography, A Day In The Life Photography, and Burns and Crowe Photography. Need more suggestions? Check out https://www.flytographer.com/ to pick your own local photographer! Pick your favorite spot in town or have the photographer come right to your cabin to capture some amazing family photos, perfect for your Christmas cards! 

Christmas Parade

Photo Courtesy of Visit Blue Ridge

Who doesn’t love a good Christmas parade!? Head to Copperhill, TN on December 3rd for the 63rd Annual Christmas Parade hosted by the Copperhill Kilwins Club. Soak in the holiday spirit as beautiful floats roll by and marching bands play some of your favorite Christmas tunes! The parade kicks off at 2pm, you won’t want to miss it! 

Ice Skating

Have some family friendly winter fun with ice skating at the Farmer’s Market! This fun new outdoor ice skating rink will appear at the Blue Ridge Farmers Market, next to the Swan Drive In, November 18th through January 9th, with special hours Thanksgiving & Christmas. 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. 

Other Great Holiday Events

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

North Georgia comes alive with fun holiday events all season long! Get into the Christmas spirit with Christmas music & joy at Elf the Musical put on by Blue Ridge Community Theater November 17th-December 11th or at Dailey & Vincent’s Christmasfest at the Georgia Mountain Mountain Fairgrounds December 2nd-3rd! Christmasfest brings together the very best of bluegrass, country, and gospel artists and all the Christmas music you can handle! Also happening at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds is their annual Mountain Country Christmas in Lights, running November 24th-December 23rd. The Fairgrounds come alive every weekend with sparkly Christmas lights, arts & craft vendors, holiday foods, Christmas music, special exhibits, and pictures with Santa! The fun runs Thursday & Friday nights 6pm-9pm and Saturdays from 4pm-9pm November 24th-December 10th and every night starting December 15th-23rd! Tickets are $7 a person and children 12 & under are free! 

At the Arts Center in Downtown Blue Ridge you can find The Gingerbread Village on display November 25th-December 11th! Come on out to admire beautiful gingerbread homes designed by local schools, businesses, and community members. And on December 4th hop in the car and enjoy a scenic drive through the North Georgia Mountains to admire some of the best decorated Christmas homes in the area with the Christmas Tour of Homes! Ticket holders will meet at the Fannin County Family Connection Community Room for holiday refreshments between 11am and 2pm. You will then receive your map and directions to start your tour. You may tour homes from 1pm-5pm. Tickets are $30 a person and all proceeds benefit Fannin County Family Connection to assist in the operation of the Food Pantry and other programming which supports a community of healthy and safe children and families. Bring the little ones in their best Whoville costumes to Fannin County Public Library on December 10th for their Merry Grinchmas event! There will be a reading of Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, games, crafts, and cookies for children of all ages! 

Family Time at the Cabin

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There’s so much festive family fun you can have right at the cabin! Have a Christmas movie marathon cozy by the fire as you sip on hot cocoa and munch on delicious homemade cookies. Add in a little snow and you could have the perfect cozy day in the cabin; there’s nothing like a movie marathon when it’s chilly outside. But no matter the weather you can still enjoy the great outdoor amenities that your cabin has to offer! Wash your worries away with a dip in the hot tub. Grownups, sit back & relax in the tub with a glass of wine while the kids play cornhole nearby. Or gather the whole family around the firepit where you can share stories, roast s’mores, and create lasting memories under the night sky. 

Ready for some family team building? See how well you and your family can work together and assemble your very own gingerbread house! Gather all your supplies: graham crackers, frosting, gumdrops, peppermints, and any other sweets your family desires and create your masterpiece! You and your family will have a blast putting it all together and working hard to make your dream candy coated home! And we can’t forget family game nights! Whether you challenge your loved ones to a game of pool, foosball, monopoly, cards, or challenge them to beat your high score on the arcade machine; everyone will have so much fun putting their devices down to spend some good quality time together. 

New Years Fireworks

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Ring in the new year in the mountains! Enjoy fireworks at various venues across North Georgia. At the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee you can enjoy a car show from the Blairsville Cruisers, live musical performances, food & craft vendors, and a firework show to follow at 8:45pm. For the adults there’s New Years Eve parties at both Tooney’s Music Venue in McCaysville and Paradise Hills. Guests can enjoy live music, drinks, and an all around great time at either of these two New Years Eve parties! Be sure to stay tuned for our December 2022 events blog for more New Years events. 

Spend your holidays with us in Blue Ridge! Let Escape to Blue Ridge be your home base for all your family fun, holiday adventures! Happy Holidays everyone!

November Events 2022



Fall festivals are still in full swing and Thanksgiving is upon us! November offers a variety of great events from art shows, live music, theater performances, Thanksgiving feasts, and holiday sales. The end of the month also marks the start of the Christmas season, so get excited for Light Up events in both Blue Ridge and McCaysville!

Upcoming Events:

SAAG National Juried Show
November 1st – November 11th
Location: The Blue Ridge Art Center

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Arts Association

It’s the 14th Annual Southern Appalachian Artist Guild (SAAG) National Juried Show! This great art event shows off a variety of national artists in a wide variety of mediums right here at the Blue Ridge Art Center. These talented artists works are on display October 15th – November 11th.

Artist in Residence Scott Davis
November 1st – November 30th
Location: The Blue Ridge Art Center

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Arts Association

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

Live Music at ROE.
November 1st – November 30th
Location: ROE. Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of ROE.

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

Live Music at Tooney’s
November 3rd – November 26th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s Music Venue

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

November 11th: Neon Moon: The Ultimate 90’s Country Band w/ Zach Dylan
November 26th: The Steel Woods w/ special guest Tim Goodin

Thursday Fun Runs at the Riverwalk
November 3rd – November 17th    
Location: Riverwalk Shops

Photo Courtesy of Riverwalk Shops

Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 5:30pm! You’ll leave from the Burra Burra, and the 3.1 mile run will take you by the Toccoa river and through town. You’ll get to run through 2 states and cross the famous steel bridge! After the run stay for drinks at the Burra Burra overlooking the Toccoa River. Don’t walk, RUN to this great event!

Drafts for Dogs
November 3rd
Location: Tipping Point Brewing Company

Photo Courtesy of Freedom for Fido

Come on out for a great event to support Freedom for Fido at Blue Ridge’s newest brewery-Tipping Point Brewing Company. Join in the fun Thursday from 4pm – 7pm with live music from Ray Labean, pizza from Cucinella’s and plenty of beer!

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing
November 3rd – November 28th 
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewery Thursdays to sing along to your favorite songs for karaoke night! And drop by select Fridays & Saturdays from 3pm – 6pm for great drinks, great music, and a great time. With indoor and outdoor seating available you can even bring your dog to join in the fun! Enjoy 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!

November 3rd: Thursday Karaoke
November 4th: Travis Bowlin
November 7th: SINGO
November 10th: Thursday Karaoke
November 12th: The Orange Walls
November 14th: SINGO
November 17th: Thursday Karaoke
November 21st: SINGO
November 24th: Thursday Karaoke
November 28th: SINGO

Winnie the Pooh
November 4th – Novemeber 6th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Community Theater

Children and adults have built a special bond with the beloved Winnie the Pooh and his friends over the past few decades. Come on out to Blue Ridge Community Theater to see your favorite friends on stage as they go on fun adventures! See what Pooh and his friends get up to on Fridays – Sundays from October 21st – November 6th.   Shows are Fridays – Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm. Call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Open Mic Nights at Fannin Brewing Company
November 4th – November 18th
Location: Fannin Brewing Company

Photo Courtesy of Fannin Brewing Company

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

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
November 4th – November 25th
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

Photo Courtesy of Misty Mountain Hops

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

November 4thScott Stambaugh & Adrian Stover
November 5th: Georgia Back Porch Band
November 11th: Danny Rhea
November 12th: Gabe Myers
November 18th: The Orange Walls Duo
November 19th: Steven Push & Rachel Forehand
November 25th: Highbeams Band

Live Music at Angry Hops Brewing
November 4th – November 26th
Location: Angry Hops Brewing

Photo Courtesy of Angry Hops Brewing

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!

November 4th: David Welch
November 11th: Gerry Herndon
November 18th: Steve Vaclavik
November 19thDoctor Paul
November 26th: Woolybooger

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
November 4th – November 27th
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Bear Claw Vineyards

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

Live Music at Paradise Hills
November 4th – November 26th
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Farm Winery

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

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

November 4thRyan Little Eagle
November 5th: Curtis Jones
November 11th: Trailer Hippies
November 12th: Tom Edwards
November 18th: Bob Keel
November 19th: Emma Gullo
November 25th: Curtis Jones (Black Friday Sip & Shop)
November 26th: Scott Stambough

Winery Comedy Tour with Killer Beaz
November 4th
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Winery

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Get ready for a night of laughs at the Winery Comedy Tour at Paradise Hills! Killer Beaz 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!

Friends of Union County Everything Christmas Sale
November 4th – November 5th
Location: Union County Library

Photo Courtesy of Friends of Union County

Find all things Christmas at the Friends of Union County Everything Christmas Sale! In Union County Library’s community room on November 4th you’ll find gently used Christmas items & décor perfect for preparing for the holiday season. The funds raised are used by Friends of Union County Library to support the library! The event runs from 10am – 4pm.

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards
November 5th – November 27th
Location: Cartecay Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

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

November 5th: Lindsay Beth Harper
November 6th: Craig Hendricks
November 13th: Gregg Erwin
November 19th: Adrian Stover
November 20th: Ryan LittleEagle
November 23rd: Rusted Melody
November 25th: Chad Bowmar
November 26th: Brett Cantrell
November 27th: Travis Bowlin

Downtown Market Blue Ridge
November 5th – November 26th
Location: 400 West Main Street

Photo Courtesy of the Downtown Blue Ridge Market

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

Holiday Bazaar
November 5th – November 6th
Location: Towns County Recreation Department

Photo Courtesy of Visit Blue Ridge

Get your holiday shopping done early at the Holiday Bazaar in Young Harris! There will be over 75 vendors in attendance offering a wide variety of Christmas decorations, homemade crafts, art, gourmet food including holiday favorites, demonstrations, classes and more! Admission is $5 for an adult 1 day pass or $7 for an adult 2 day pass. Children 15 & under are free. Saturday the fun goes from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 11am – 4pm.

Fall 2022 at the ‘STILL
November 5th – November 26th
Location: Grandaddy Mimm’s Distilling Company

Photo Courtesy of Grandaddy Mimm’s Distilling Company

Every weekend is jam packed with fun events at Grandaddy Mimm’s Distilling Company in Blairsville! This month you can enjoy live music, food trucks, a Black Friday sale, and plenty of delicious moonshine!

November 5th:  Music Bingo
November 12th: Live Music from Cletus Way
November 25th:  Black Friday Sales, Food Truck, Live Music
November 26th:  Live Music from Tommy & The Boys

Live Music at Chateau Meichtry
November 5th – November 27th
Location: Chateau Meichtry

Photo Courtesy of Chateau Meichtry

Come sip on wine by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at Chateau Meichtry. This beautiful winery located in Talking Rock, GA has both outdoor & indoor seating options, so you can enjoy the atmosphere of the winery no matter the weather. On Saturdays & Sundays you can sip on your favorite glass of wine while you listen to live music from local artists from 1:30pm – 5:30pm. And there’s food trucks on the weekends as well!

November 5th: Shaun Michael
November 6th: Drew Ashworth
November 12th: RiverSong
November 13th: Surrender Hill
November 19th: Daisy Chain
November 20th: Barefoot Boone
November 26th: Maddie Lane
November 27th: Drew Ashworth

Line Dancing Class
November 7th – November 28th
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s Music Venue

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

ZZ Top
November 9th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds           

Photo Courtesy of The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Classic rock is coming to the mountains with a performance from legendary rock group ZZ Top on November 9th at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! Get ready for hits like “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” “La Grange,” “Tush,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” and many more!

A Dolls House
November 9th – November 12th
Location: Young Harris College at Dobbs Theater

Photo Courtesy of Young Harris College

Come on out to see Young Harris College’s production of A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen. The play follows Nora and Torvald who live in Norway in the late 1800’s. Nora becomes enlightened and strives for more in the male dominant society she lives in. Visit the Dobbs Theater November 9th – 12th at 7pm to watch as Young Harris College takes on this classic play.

Holiday Open House in Downtown Blairsville
November 11th – November 12th
Location: Downtown Blairsville

Photo Courtesy of Visit Blairsville

Downtown Blairsville’s Holiday Open House is your place to stock up on holiday gifts & goodies! The towns boutiques and shops will come alive with festive décor and amazing deals at every turn! Get your Christmas shopping done in Downtown Blairsville November 11th & 12th!

Veterans Day Parade and Memorial Service
November 12th
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge & Veterans Memorial Park

Photo Courtesy of Visit Blue Ridge

Calling all veterans! This event is for you! Join us for breakfast from 8am – 10am at St. Anthony Catholic Church. The enjoy the Annual Veterans Parade when it kicks off at 11am. It starts on the corner of East Main and Church Street and concludes in the Veterans Memorial Park. The parade will have the Fannin County High School band, members of the military, antique and emergency vehicles and representatives from several veterans organizations. And following the parade stay for a memorial service starting at 12pm.

Art Classes and Workshops
November 12th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Arts Association

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association offers classes year-round for artists looking to expand their skill set. On November 12th enjoy Art Therapy Class with Clay from 10:30am-4pm.  And check out more upcoming art classes at https://www.blueridgearts.net/adult-classes.html

Mitchell Tenpenny
November 12th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

In 2018 Mitchell Tenpenny released his debut single “Drunk Me” which launched his country music career. Since then he’s won many awards and has been nominated for the New Male Artist of the Year at the ACM Awards and Breakthrough Video (“Drunk Me”) at the CMT Music Awards. His newest singles were also certified gold. Get ready to hear Mitchell Tenpenny live on November 12th at 7pm at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! Tickets are $35+ handling.

Live Music is Better- Randall Bramblett
November 12th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Community Theater

Georgia local Randall Bramblett has over 40 years in the music industry and is coming back to his home state to perform at Blue Ridge Community Theater on November 12th! He has recorded, performed and composed alongside rock luminaries like The Allman Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Winwood, Marc Cohn, The Band’s Levon Helm, Widespread Panic, and more.  You won’t want to miss this show! Tickets are $39 a person.

Tour of Trees
November 13th
Location: Serenity in the Mountains

Photo Courtesy of Serenity in the Mountains

One of Blue Ridge’s most magical traditions is back at Serenity in the Mountains: The Tour of Trees! Come see as the spa is all aglow from the lights of dozens of Christmas trees. Tickets are $20 person and proceeds help to raise money for the Fannin County Shop with a Cop program.

Fall Paint & Sip
November 13th
Location: The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge

Photo Courtesy of The Ridges

Come on out to The Ridges Resort in Hiawassee for a beautiful fall day beside Lake Chatuge! Sip on wine, paint a festive work of art, and enjoy the lake & mountain views. Local artist Kelley Crawford will guide participants through painting an adorable Thanksgiving Gnome. All paint, paintbrushes, canvases and other painting supplies will be provided. There will also be cheese & fruit to pair with your wine while you paint. Reserve your spot today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-paint-and-sip-tickets-439133669627?fbclid=IwAR0lxm3wqrJ6R06b3TdjQyJuV9_cPa0VjSutVngXGrYgJeQS-kpvmZDvbeQ

4th Annual Christmas One Stop Shop
November 14th – November 15th
Location: Carroll’s Barbeque

Photo Courtesy of Visit Blue Ridge

Find the perfect gift for that special someone at Carroll’s Barbeque 4th Annual Christmas One Stop Shop! Local artisans will be selling their wares Monday & Tuesday from 5pm – 8pm.

Elf: The Musical
November 17th – November 27th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Community Theater

The beloved Christmas movie Elf is now a musical! When Buddy, a human raised by elves, learns the truth about who he truly is, he goes on an unexpected journey to New York City to meet his birth dad. Turns out his father is on Santa’s naughty list! Will Buddy be able to help his newfound family learn the true meaning of Christmas, or will they stay on Santa’s naughty list forever? Find out in this fun Christmas musical at Blue Ridge Community Theater running November 17th – December 11th. Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm or Sundays at 2pm. Call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

A Cozy Country Christmas- Arts and Crafts Show
November 19th
Location: North Georgia Technical College

Photo Courtesy of A Cozy Country Christmas

Head over to Blairsville for the day and enjoy more than 50+ local and regional artisans selling their wares at their Cozy Country Christmas event. From soaps, quilts, furniture, décor, toys, and more, you can find something for everyone! The event runs from 10am – 4pm.

Mistletoe Market Arts & Crafts Show
November 19th – November 20th 
Location: The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge

Photo Courtesy of Mountain Regional Arts & Crafts Guild

Pick up Christmas gifts and goodies from local arts and crafts vendors at Mistletoe Market! And enjoy some coffee or a sweet treat from The Sugar Plum Café. Join in the fun Saturday from 9am – 4pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.

Holiday Show & Sale
November 19th– November 30th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association will have a variety of art and handcrafted items for sale, all created from their member artists. Find everything you need for the holiday season Tuesday – Sunday, November 19th – December 17th!

WhoDunIt? Fun-draiser Art Event
November 19th
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

The 10th Annual WhoDunIt art event at the Art Center is a great opportunity to get your hands on amazing art from local artists at a great price! It’s your job to find out who the artist is who created your piece! There will be food, fun, and of course stunning works of art!  Tickets are $50 a person and ensure you go home with a beautiful piece of art!

Blue Ridge Turkey Trot
November 24th
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge City Park

Photo Courtesy of Visit Blue Ridge

Get your workout in Thanksgiving morning to prep you for all those carbs at holiday dinner! Come on out for the Blue Ridge Turkey Trot! Walkers & runners welcome! Registration begins at 7am and the race starts at 8am; and don’t worry you’ll have plenty of time to make it back for your Thanksgiving feast!

Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble
November 24th
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Farm Winery

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Come on out for the Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble- a family fun 5K race at Paradise Hills! The race starts at 8:30am and feel free to walk or run the race. Tickets are $20 and first 50 there get a turkey hat! All the proceeds go towards “Beyond the Vineyard Program” to benefit youth programs in Union County. 

Mountain Country Christmas Lights
November 24th – November 26th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

See the Christmas lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Chatuge at the Georgia Mountain Fair’s Mountain Country Christmas Lights! There will be Christmas music, arts and craft vendors, holiday food, hot chocolate, Cowtown exhibit, pictures with Santa, and beautiful lights around the grounds. The event runs every Thursdays and Fridays 6pm-9pm and Saturdays 4pm – 9pm November 24th – December 23rd.

Annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet
November 24th
Location: Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Photo Courtesy of Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast prepared by Chef Brandon at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa! Enjoy prime rib, roasted turkey, Virginia ham, seafood, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and so much more! The buffet will be offered anytime between 12pm – 7pm. Adult pricing is $62.95, children ages 6 – 12 is $29.95 and children 5 and under are $12.95. Call 706-379-4617 for reservations.

Thanksgiving Buffet at the Ridges
November 24th
Location: The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge

Photo Courtesy of the Ridges Resort

The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen will be preparing a delicious Thanksgiving Buffet for The Ridges Resort. There will be 4 stations full of delicious food; the salad station, the carving station, sides & accompaniments, and the dessert station. The buffet runs from 12pm – 4pm.  Tickets are $47.95 for adults and children 12 & under are $29.95. Call 706 896-4141 for reservations.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Grits & Greens
November 24th
Location: Blairsville Restaurant Grits & Greens

Photo Courtesy of Grits & Greens

Enjoy a special Thanksgiving meal from Blairsville Restaurant Grits & Greens! Lunch is served from 11am – 4pm with options like turkey, ham, roasted beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, mac & cheese, green bean casserole and more!

Light Up Blue Ridge & Christmas Parade
November 25th – November 26th
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of Light Up Blue Ridge

On Friday Downtown Blue Ridge will have a special Blue Friday event where there will be store discounts, food vendors, strolling entertainment, and Christmas cheer! The Gingerbread Village will also open that afternoon as well at The Arts Center. Then on Saturday the real fun begins! Santa will be in town ready to take photos with kids in the gazebo from 12pm – 5pm. And downtown will be filled with food vendors, strolling Christmas entertainment, and even more Christmas cheer! Then at 5:30pm the Christmas Parade starts at the corner of East Main street and Church street. It’s going to be a wonderful weekend of holiday fun!

Light Up McCaysville
November 25th
Location: McCaysville

Photo Courtesy of Visit Blue Ridge

McCaysville has their own light up celebration as well! There will be shopping, dining, pictures with Santa, and holiday cheer all along the river. The fun starts at 4pm and the tree lighting is at 7pm!

Black Friday “Sip and Shop”
November 25th
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Farm Winery

Photo Courtesy of Paradis Hills

On Black Friday you can shop while drinking a refreshing glass of wine! Paradise Hills will be having great deals on wine and gifts, you won’t want to miss it!

Best Tips for Capturing Fall Foliage with Your Mobile Phone Camera



*Cover Photo Courtesy of @mikeyc1212 at Blue Chase Lodge

When traveling through the Blue Ridge Mountains between mid-October to mid-November, it’s one picturesque scene after another. Autumn’s vibrant colors always seem to take our breath away. And with cell phone camera technology what it is, we stop and shoot it all. But more often than not, the colors and definition don’t transfer to the digital mode like they do in person. Here are some tips on ways to improve your cell phone cameras results:

  1. PAY ATTENTION TO LIGHT. You always want to consider how much light you have, where it’s coming from, and how it’s hitting your subject. You want it to illuminate your subject without causing harsh shadows. What causes shadows? The harsh light of the sun in the middle of the day does. For example, imagine taking photos of the fall decorations at Mercier’s. If at all possible, you’ll want to try to shoot late in the evening or early morning, or on cloudy days. If the time of day can’t be changed, turn your subject away from the sun.
  2. PLAY WITH PERSPECTIVE. This one is a lot of fun. Get down, stand up, and shoot off the hip (that means pointing your camera and not even looking when you hit the shutter). For perspective, try using the wide angle option on your phone.
  3. TAKE LEAVES TOWARDS THE SKY. Fall is all about color and fall photography is all about capturing the vibrant fall leaves. Often when photos of the bright leaves are taken against a dull background there is little contrast and the image has no direction. By simply changing the angle and shooting the leaves towards the sky, the contrast is brought out and the color is increased. If you are shooting in the middle of the day you may want to turn on HDR so the dark and light colors are better balanced.
  4. CAPTURE A LONE TREE. Capturing the lone tree creates a simple image that easily brings the viewer’s eyes to the purpose of the photo. In fall photography taking a picture of one tree against a contrasting background is simple and beautiful. Your shot can easily capture the detail and color of that tree creating an eye-popping effect.
  5. SHOOT AGAINST A DARK BACKGROUND. Yellow and orange leaves can be easily washed out and the vibrancy of their color lost. Taking a shot with a dark background can bring out the contrast. If you are taking a wide-angle scenic shot a dark background will help the trees pop and show their true color.
  6. USE THE WEATHER TO TAKE GREAT SHOTS. Fall can often be stormy with potential rain or snow at any time. A shot with the changing leaves and snow in the background shows the seasons changing. Taking shots of leaves through the lens of a puddle or reflection is also a great way to capture a unique and beautiful fall shot.
  7. IF YOU SEE RED, SHOOT IT. Many famous photographers have noted the power of red in a picture. Red is a stunning color and always leads the viewer into the image. If you see red leaves around you, take a picture.
  8. CHANGE PERSPECTIVE. TRY LOW-ANGLE PHOTOGRAPHY. Understanding where the horizon line is can help you create a better photo. When you use low angles in photography the horizon line should be at the bottom of the frame. This smartphone photography trick brings out the subject and creatively fills the frame. This will show objects as larger to scale than what they truly are. Let that work for you. Using angles can be a great way to show a sense of scale when taking a landscape. Adding people or animals to a shot can show the scale of a vast mountain or waterfall.
  9. GET DOWN CLOSE TO THE REFLECTIVE SURFACE. If you are photographing water, especially the reflection of the tinted trees in the water, try getting down low. Doing so will fill the foreground with the reflection of the sky or the subject you are photographing. In addition, it will help the composition and interest of the photo, as well as removing any unnecessary distractions from the image. Getting down low will also enhance certain aspects of the water such as ripples, waves, or sunlight sparkling on the surface.
  10. CLEAN YOUR LENS. This should probably be the first trick mentioned – but we saved the most important trick for last! Have you ever taken a selfie and it is blurry or fuzzy and then noticed it was because you didn’t clean off the lens? Do you find your landscape images are blurrier than normal? The #1 smartphone photography trick to remember when taking pictures, is to always stop and wipe off the lens, then shoot.  When you are wiping off your lens you can use lens wipes, a cloth, or your clothes.  Lens wipes won’t damage your lens.
Photo Courtesy of Jorge Gonzalez from Almost Heaven

Autumn photography can easily be beautiful in one click, just by taking a few extra moments to consider using some of these tricks. Be sure to follow the KISS method with all your vacation photos. Keep It Simple, Susie. Photos don’t need to be busy to be effective. Often less is more.

16 Mountain Cabins Perfect for Fireside Cuddling



There’s something so special about curling up next to a warm fire on a chilly day with a book in one hand and a warm cup of coffee in the other. Or how about cuddling with your love fireside after a busy day of exploring Blue Ridge? We have so many great cabins with incredible fireplace and firepit features and we know it can be hard to choose the one just right for you. We’ve narrowed down the search and assembled a list of our top 16 cabins with firepits & fireplaces perfect for cuddling and staying warm this fall! Get that hot cocoa ready and find your perfect escape: 

*Cover Photo Courtesy of Lonesome Dove

Cozy Outdoor Fireplaces

Black Bear Ridge

Come find your luxurious, private, mountain retreat chock full of great amenities at Black Bear Ridge! With breathtaking views, a spacious deck, and a screened in porch, there are already tons of places to enjoy time outside in the crisp mountain air. However, the real draw at Black Bear Ridge is the gorgeous patio with ample seating, a picnic table, a stunning outdoor fireplace, and a fire pit where your family and friends can hang out while you cook a delicious meal on the grill. And because this stunning home has it all there’s also a fireplace on the screened in porch, one in the main family room, and one in the king bedroom so that you can stay warm & cozy no matter where you go!  With so much drawing you to the great outdoors (including the six-seat hot tub), it will be hard to go inside! But, when you do find yourself wanting to warm up inside, the breakfast bar, game room, and cozy amenities will keep you comfortable, entertained, and thoroughly relaxed because Black Bear Ridge is as beautiful inside as it is on the outside! 

Off The Grid

When you come to Off The Grid that’s precisely what you’ll want to do; get off the grid! Put your phone up and enjoy the peace and quiet of mother nature while you cuddle up with your honey by the fire. You’ll love the cabin’s unique screened-in treehouse, equipped with a 55” TV, a warm & cozy stacked stone wood-burning fireplace, and ample seating. It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset! Spend all your time in the great outdoors and enjoy dinner al-fresco straight from the grill and roast marshmallows for dessert at the firepit!  Inside you’ll find plenty of time to relax in the cozy family room with an additional fireplace or in one of the 3-bedrooms. Come to Off The Grid to get away from it all and enjoy all of the activities that Blue Ridge has to offer just minutes away! 

The Smokin’ Buck

The Smokin’ Buck is all about the vibes; high end furnishings, a 7 person hot tub with jets & color changing lights, an awesome game room with neon letters spelling out the cabin name, and gorgeous fairy lights that surround the fire pit outside. Ready to stay cozy? Including the awesome firepit The Smokin’ Buck has 4 fireplaces! Stay warm and watch the big game on the deck by the neat two way burning stove fireplace, get your game on in the game room where another stone gas fireplace awaits you, curl up with your favorite book by the fire in the family room, or roast s’mores at the firepit outside! With so many warm places to cuddle & relax, The Smokin’ Buck is the perfect cabin for fall! Drink your coffee on the porch swing and bask in the glorious mountain views, before you head out to explore the local wineries, orchards, and downtown shopping! 

Tranquility Base

A perfect place for families to relax, chill out, and reconnect with one another – welcome to Tranquility Base. There are endless ways to have fun here and truly reconnect. Step inside the cabin and immerse yourself in the cozy luxury of your new home base in Blue Ridge. With cabin accents everywhere, beautiful wood throughout the cabin, and little accents making this a perfect home away from home, you’ll be in bliss. Sink into a couch in front of the fireplace and unwind. The kitchen is truly dreamy, too, complete with unique cabinetry, granite countertops, and luxury appliances to make the perfect meal for the whole family. This cabin is perfect for all ages and is filled with amenities! Enjoy a regulation pool table and Smart TV in the game room, along with every type of card or game you could possibly enjoy. Or, slip outside and revel in the multiple outdoor spaces. Take in the night sky in the hot tub, then warm yourself up by the outdoor fireplace. There are multiple places to sit and eat some delicious food from the gas grill, too. Then, tell some tales (or ghost stories!) at the firepit in a cozy Adirondack chair. The opportunities are limitless at Tranquility Base.

Awesome Firepits 

Blue Mist Heaven

Blue Mist Heaven  is the luxurious mountaintop cabin of your dreams! With spectacular 180 degree views, beautiful designer touches, and plenty of space for the whole family, pets too. This kid-friendly showplace home has everything you need for a perfect family getaway! The kids will spend all their time on the playground swinging, sliding, and playing in the playhouse. When it gets too chilly and it’s time to come inside, the kids can keep themselves entertained until dinnertime in the fun downstairs kids room with 2 twin bunk beds or at the game table that has over 400 games installed. Grownups, you’ll love the beautiful gourmet kitchen perfect for the chef in the family, the movie room for watching your favorite flicks, and warming up at one of the two river rock gas fireplaces on the main level. One of our favorite features of Blue Mist Heaven  is the giant covered gazebo with four bench swings, a rock firepit and incredible views of the surrounding mountains! You can even see the playground from the gazebo so you can keep an eye on the little ones while you sit cozy by the fire with a glass of wine. Need more places to keep you warm on a cold winter’s night? Cuddle on the loveseat by the outdoor fireplace on the deck, where you can sip on hot chocolate and watch the sunset below the mountains. Then head to bed in the upstairs master suite where a king sized bed awaits you along with a romantic electric fireplace and a private screened in porch. Sound like the perfect escape? Get the family together for a mountain getaway like no other at Blue Mist Heaven

S’more House

S’more House is just as it sounds; the perfect home for roasting s’mores by the fire! Lay back in your Adirondack chair and gaze up at the beautiful twinkly lights above you, as you warm up with your favorite beverage by the fire. This awesome firepit is as functional as it is charming! Outside you’ll also find a gas grill, hot tub, picnic table, and a comfortable screened in porch perfect for relaxing! And there’s plenty of space on the lawn to play a game of flag football or soccer. When you’re ready to venture off the property you’ll find fun outdoor activities around every corner because S’more House is located in the Aska Adventure Area. After a busy day of exploring the trails and local waterfalls, come back to the cabin, put your feet up, and unwind in the cozy living room by the grand fireplace. Cook up dinner in the fully stocked kitchen, play shuffleboard and foosball in the game room, and take in the seemingly endless mountain views! Come to S’more House for adventure by day and fireside sitting by night! 

The Haven on Toccoa

The Haven on Toccoa has it all! This 4-bedroom picture postcard showplace is situated on 2+ wooded acres right on the Toccoa River with breathtaking 360° long-range Blue Ridge Mountain views! If you enjoy quiet, peaceful days spent riverside this cabin is the place for you! Trout fish right from your own backyard, splash in the shallow waters, and roast marshmallows at the awesome firepit on the riverside deck. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as sitting fireside on a chilly night listening to the sounds of the rushing water nearby. Time at The Haven on Toccoa is meant to be spent outdoors because there is also a great entertainment area on the deck with comfy seating and a wood burning fireplace, a 5 person hot tub, a gas grill, a large lawn perfect for playing frisbee, and even another firepit! While you’ll likely want to spend most of your time outdoors here, the interior of this cabin is still worth noting! As you enter the main level great room you’ll notice its cathedral ceiling and wall of windows to showcase the view, the comfy leather sofas and chairs, a custom remote-controlled gas fireplace, a selection of board games, a 75” Smart TV above the log mantel and Bluetooth speakers. And with 4 bedrooms and plenty of room to sleep up to 14 guests this riverside home was truly meant for entertaining! 

Wolf Branch Retreat

Wolf Branch Retreat is the perfect getaway for outdoor lovers and it has the coolest firepit ever! The hardscaped fire pit seats up to 14 people on its beautiful stone benches. Can’t you picture yourself making the perfect s’mores here and telling ghost stories around the fire? But that’s not all that’s in store for you at Wolf Branch Retreat; there’s the wraparound deck with a stacked stone fireplace and hot tub on the lower terrace, a beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances, and even a detached garage apartment with two full beds, a kitchenette, and a lovely gas fireplace. And we can’t forget about the awesome game room that has cool custom arcade machines with over 7,000 retro games, a pool table, a wet bar, and a nice seating area next to the stone stacked gas fireplace. And Wolf Branch Retreat is nestled in the Aska Adventure Area in a private community with access to 3 private trailheads ready for you to explore! 

Unique Fireside Spots

Bert’s Hideaway

Bert’s Hideaway is your private and peaceful retreat in the woods! Just a 10-minute drive from downtown Blue Ridge and a 15-minute drive from Lake Blue Ridge, you’ll be right by all the action, but still secluded enough to feel completely separate from the rest of the world. In fact, it is located in a gated community and is the only house on its street! When you want your mountain vacation to feel more like a stay-cation, you’ll have plenty to do inside the cabin. Bert’s Hideaway has a large game room, a wet bar, two full-sized entertaining decks, and a gorgeous hot tub on an uncovered, elevated deck that makes you feel like you’re floating among the stars! If you want to take in the great outdoors from the deck but are worried about getting cold on a crisp fall day, never fear, Bert’s Hideaway has 3 spots to warm up! Swap stories under the stars at the firepit, watch the big game on the screened in porch cozy beside the stacked stone fireplace, and enjoy dining alfresco at the stylish propane fire table with seating for 8. You’ll never want to leave the great outdoors here, but when you are ready to head inside 2 more fireplaces await in the upper and lower family rooms along with 3 comfortable bedrooms. Ready to enjoy nightly outdoor dinners among friends with the peaceful sounds of nature surrounding you? Then Bert’s Hideaway is the outdoor lovers retreat you’ve been looking for! 

Lonesome Dove 

Lonesome Dove has everything you need to host the ultimate family reunion and keep your guests happy! Play a game of family football on the huge lawn, hang out in the loft and play foosball or a board game, or create a delicious home-cooked meal in the gorgeous kitchen with a butler’s pantry, stone hearth, and stainless steel appliances including a double size refrigerator. Not only are the amenities at Lonesome Dove incredible and luxurious, but the cabin itself is simply stunning with its long range mountain vistas, the 5.5 magnificent acres with a garden and waterfall all on a private wooded hillside, it’s easy access to Downtown Blue Ridge, and we haven’t even started talking about the interior of this rustically elegant home with beautiful features you won’t find anywhere else! And as far as fireplaces Lonesome Dove has not one, not two, not three, but four spots to warm up fireside! A stone gas fireplace in the living room, another stone gas fireplace on the screened in porch, a firepit with boulder seats, and even a fireplace in the master bath nestled right beside the copper tub. Think about the relaxing soaks you can have there! With 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, including a separate apartment, Lonesome Dove can comfortably sleep 13 people, so you’ll feel anything but lonesome here! Grab your friends and family, and escape! 

Modern Bliss

Modern and luxurious are words you might use to describe Modern Bliss. The cabin has windows in every bedroom, large windows in the living room, a hot tub and outdoor entertainment center; all of them made for taking in the mountain views. You won’t be able to miss them! Prepare meals in the lovely fully-equipped kitchen and open the door to the back patio where you can set up the perfect al-fresco feast. There’s a modern dining table with room for 6 people, and when you’re ready for your after dinner cocktails you can enjoy them in the comfortable entertainment area with a fire table. You can sit under the stars anytime of day out here because beautiful, twinkling fairy lights dance over your head. You’ll want to spend all your time in this cozy spot with beautiful views and a great ambiance. And when you’re looking for some fun, play a round of skeeball and wall scrabble in the game room or take a cat nap on the comfy leather sofa in the family room curled up next to the gorgeous stacked stone fireplace. Be sure to check out the towns of Ellijay and/or Blue Ridge and get some shopping done as well! But before you leave for the day, don’t forget to check Modern Bliss’s in home weather station to prep your wardrobe for your outing! If you’re looking for mountain views and a modern, luxurious interior then Modern Bliss is just the cabin for you! 

Sundance Retreat 

Welcome to Sundance Retreat! This beautiful cabin sits atop Sundance Mountain and is filled with stunning amenities that will wow you and your guests. Enjoy an outdoor oasis complete with rocking chairs, a comfortable seating area with a fire table, a fire pit, hot tub, a porch swing and outdoor fireplace. Talk about the ultimate outdoor entertainment! Then, partake in friendly competition in the game room over darts or shuffleboard or at the outdoor ping pong table. And have movie nights fireside in the family room every night. If you’re lucky enough to snag the upper master bedroom you’ll have the perfect place to getaway for some peace and quiet. Open the bedroom doors to your own private balcony with a fireplace just outside the door. This is a great place to start your mornings with a cup of coffee and end your nights with a glass of wine, fireside! And when you aren’t relaxing at the retreat, take in one of the many great spots nearby including Downtown Blue Ridge, Lake Blue Ridge, or one of the nearby hiking trails! 

Luxurious Showpiece Fireplaces 

Alpine Ridge

Luxury doesn’t even begin to describe what’s in store for you at Alpine Ridge! This spacious mountain cabin sleeps up to 10 guests, is located just 1 mile away from Downtown Blue Ridge and also has fantastic long range mountain views of the Cohutta Wilderness! You’ll be close to the shops & restaurants of Downtown here but in the peace & quiet of the wilderness too; you’ll get the best of both worlds at Alpine Ridge!  You have 2,500 square feet of indoor living area and 1,700 square feet of covered outdoor areas to explore at the cabin! Some of our favorite spots in the cabin are of course spent fireside! We love relaxing on the porch on the huge outdoor sectional, cozy by the fire, with the smells of burgers cooking on the nearby grill and crisp mountain air filling our nostrils. It’s the perfect place for outdoor entertaining! The large great room also has plenty of room for entertaining; 2 full sized sofas, tall vaulted ceilings, a 50” TV with a DVD player, and a gorgeous full stone wall with a gas log fireplace! Enjoy preparing dinner in the farmhouse chic, fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances and then head to the game room after dinner for a night of fun! The game room has everything you need for a good time; a game table, shuffleboard, 12-foot granite top wet bar with refrigerator, large seating area, 50” TV and DVD player and a 14-foot-high stone fireplace with gas logs.  Sound like the perfect place for your next family gathering? Alpine Ridge is just waiting for you! 

Blue Moon Lodge

Blue Moon Lodge is the incredible mountain cabin you’ve been searching for! Take in the long range mountain views from the floor-to-ceiling windows from the leather chair in the family room cozy by the gorgeous full wall fireplace. Want to step out and enjoy the views from the deck? You can still stay cozy and appreciate the views before you, as you admire them from the covered deck beside the wood burning fireplace, or from the hot tub, or even at the firepit! Blue Moon Lodge is also pet friendly so your pup can enjoy the great outdoors with you but stay safe because the deck has doggie gates to keep your pup contained to one area. Warm up inside in the game room over a round of pool or your favorite board game. Then fix your drink of choice at the wet bar, cuddle up on the recliner, pop in your favorite movie and relax by the 3rd fireplace in the game room! And after a full day of relaxing fireside it’s time to enjoy a delicious home cooked meal. Prepare a family dinner in the state-of-the-art kitchen, with granite countertops, custom circle sawn cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. R&R awaits at Blue Moon Lodge, the perfect place to lay your head after a long day of exploration on your Escape to Blue Ridge!

Country Roads

This lakeside home is stunning inside and out, and can hold up 14 guests so it’s the perfect place for your next family reunion or couples retreat! At 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗥𝗼𝗮𝗱𝘀 you’ll have incredible lake views from every room in the house! The family room is the real showstopper however; with walls of windows that allow the beauty of Lake Blue Ridge to shine into each space, a lovely white washed stacked stone fireplace, a 65” Smart TV, cozy seating throughout and modern farmhouse decor that invites you to unwind. If you can bare to pull yourself away from this luxurious family room you’ll find that more fun awaits you both indoors and out! Take the boat out on the water, play a round of cornhole on the green, shoot some hoops at the downstairs Pop-A-Shot indoor basketball game, or prep some warm chocolate chip cookies in the large and stunning kitchen. One of the coolest rooms in the house is the Bunk Room Suite which has 4 built-in twin bunks, a loft bed, shuffleboard and darts, another  65” TV perfect for playing video games on or watching your favorite movie, a wet bar, and a second mini kitchen!  There’s room for everyone at this beautiful and unique lakeside home! 

A Cabin That Has it All!

Spyglass

Spyglass is 8,000 square feet of pure luxury! After a quick glance at this $5 Million custom lodge, you’ll notice that Spyglass has a fireplace for every occasion! When you first enter this stunning home you’ll be floored by the utter luxury and beauty of the great room’s grandeur; with its 32 ft. vaulted ceiling, the curved, windowed wall with built-in seating, the imposing iron chandelier, the custom woodcarvings of wildlife adorning the walls, and huge stone fireplace as the room’s centerpiece. You may find yourself drifting off to sleep on the huge sectional sofa cozy by the grand fireplace as beautiful piano music from the grand piano lulls you to sleep. After your nap step outside and be prepared to be wowed again. You’ll find a large in-ground pool, a helicopter landing pad, a gazebo, hot tub, and stone patio with a built-in firepit. Enjoy summer nights splashing in the pool as the fire flickers under the stars and in the fall roast marshmallows by the fire & then take a dip in the hot tub to warm up! Other notable features of Spyglass are the private movie room, the awesome game room/gym with another stone gas fireplace, and the gorgeous gourmet kitchen! Each of the 3 master baths even have gas wall fireplaces next to the tub and the downstairs king bedroom includes a stone gas fireplace as well! With all the warm fires and amazing amenities you’ll be incredibly comfortable at this gorgeous retreat!