Unique Mountain Shopping



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

Fishbone Gallery

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

Folk Apothic

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

Lily + Coco

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

Mitizi’s on Main

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

Mountain Man Comics

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

OAR Finer Goods

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

Out of the Blue

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

The Owl’s Nest 

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

Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods

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

Pic N Vine

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

Pezrok

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

Terri’s Treasure Trove

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

The Zoo Groovy Metal Art

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

13 Breakfast Spots You Have to Taste!



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

Blue Ridge 

Blend Superfood Cafe

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

Bumblebee’s Cafe

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

Das Kaffee Haus 

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

Mercier Orchards Cafe

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

Pete’s Place Family Restaurant 

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

Serenity Garden Cafe

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

The Black Sheep 

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

The Dogwood

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The Dogwood is a wonderful spot in the heart of Blue Ridge to start your mornings with friends and family. With 150 outdoor seats, a beautiful mural, and 100+ year old trees you’ll have plenty of beautiful places to relax. Here you can enjoy the biggest and most delicious biscuits you’ve ever seen! Each of their Bigfoot Biscuits are made from scratch and are filled with fresh, flavorful ingredients. The Dogwood also has a full bar with incredible craft cocktails like Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. Come on out to The Dogwood for a great start to your morning!

Trailer Drive In

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

Ellijay & the Copper Basin 

Cornerstone Cafe

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

Ellijay Coffeehouse

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

Emily’s Bar & Restaurant 

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

Yellow Bird Coffee Shop

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

July Events 2022



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Relax on the shores of Lake Blue Ridge from the Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina. There you’ll have a beautiful view of the lake, delicious entrees and cocktails, and live music on the weekends! Live music is 6pm – 9pm on select Fridays. You’ll feel relaxed and renewed in no time!

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

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

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

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

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

Firework Special – Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
July 2nd 
Location: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

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Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is offering a Firework Special train. The train will depart from Blue Ridge at 7pm and make its way to the twin cities of Copperhill, TN and McCaysville, GA for a fireworks display. Sit outside the train and watch the beautiful fireworks light up the night sky. After the show hop back on the train and return to Blue Ridge by 11pm. You won’t want to miss out on this special train event.

Copper Basin Fireworks
July 2nd 
Location: Downtown McCaysville & Copperhill

Food, fun, and fireworks await you at the Copper Basin Fireworks show. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and the whole family to join in the fun! The fireworks start at promptly 9:30pm and go till around 10:30pm. You can see the fireworks from anywhere downtown. Come on out for a special night to celebrate America’s birthday!

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

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

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

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

Lake Nottely Boat Parade 
July 2nd 
Location: Nottely Marina 

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

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

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

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

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

July 2nd: Robbie Litt
July 8th: Travis Bowlin 
July 22nd: Scott Clayton
July 29th: Surrender Hill

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

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

July 2nd: Andrew Golden 
July 3rd: Travis Bowlin
July 4th: Rusted Melody 
July 9th: Brett Cantrell
July 10th: Gabe & Jadie
July 16th: Tim O’Donovan 
July 17th: Andrea Guess
July 23rd: Hush Money
June 24th: Gregg Erwin
June 30th: Andrew Katter
June 31st: Dennis John 

Live Music at Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar
July 2nd – July 30th 
Location: Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar

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Where else can you find regional wines from all over the world, tapas and other delicious international platters, and live music!? At Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar! Drop by Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm to enjoy live music from local artists and choose from their great wine selection. And on Monday nights from 6pm – 8pm join in on SINGO, music style bingo! There’s always fun to be had at Bin 322!

July 2nd: Loose Shoes Duo 
July 9th: Robbie and Ruth Litt 
July 16th: Ray Labean 
July 23rd: Trailer Hippies 
July 30th: Paul Arrado 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Old Timer’s Parade has been a Blue Ridge tradition since the 1950’s. So come downtown from 10am – 12pm in your best period attire, bring your antique cars and celebrate the 4th of July!

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

Photo Courtesy of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Join us at Lake Blue Ridge for the annual fireworks show! The fireworks start at 9:30pm and last till about 10:30pm. The best places to view the show are from the Morganton Point Recreation Area, from a boat in Lake Blue Ridge near the Lake Blue Ridge Dam, from the Lake Blue Ridge Marina, or from the Lake Blue Ridge Dam. It’s sure to be a great and festive night! 

Fireworks at Meeks Park 
July 4th 
Location: Meeks Park

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

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

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

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

Photo Courtesy of Vogel Volunteers

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

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

Photo Courtesy of Visit Lake Chatuge

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

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

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

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

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

Photo Courtesy of Riverwalk Shops

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

Pickin’ In The Park
July 7th – July 28th 
Location: Horseshoe Bend Park

Photo Courtesy of the Fannin County Recreation Department

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

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

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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

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

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

Photo Courtesy of the Benton McKaye Trail Association

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

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

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

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Art Center

Come on out to the Art Center now through August 27th to see beautiful digital media from local artists. Enjoy photography or videography? Submit your work and see if you can win Best in Show! Artists and art lovers alike are welcome!

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

Photo Courtesy of the Butternut Creek Art Festival

This two day art festival is one of the finest in the Southeast! You’ll see craftsmen specializing in basketry, fine art, fabric art, decorative painting, photography, pottery, and so much more! The event runs Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm & admission is free! 

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

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

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

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Classics Car Club

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

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

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company

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

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

Photo Courtesy of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

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

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

Photo Courtesy of the Hook & Eye

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

July 29th: Rusted Melody

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

Photo Courtesy of Grandaddy Mimms

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

Top 8 Unique Ellijay Cabins



Get the best of both worlds when you stay in Ellijay. You’ll be close to both Blue Ridge and Ellijay so you’ll never be far from all the excitement! But you’ll also get plenty of privacy and mountain views here too. Check out these 8 Ellijay Cabins that the whole family will love: 

Highland Harmony 

Relax high on a hillside at Highland Harmony, where you’ll have long range views of the Cohutta Mountains, the Ellijay River, and the lush green cow pasture below. Fish for dinner on the banks of the river and then cook it up on the gas grill at the community clubhouse. Afterwards, you can relax by the firepit or on the porch swing and let the mountain breeze rush through your hair.

Head inside this beautiful wooded 4 bedroom cabin, with a staircase railing made from Jack Daniel’s barrels, for more fun! Sink into the leather couches and get cozy by the wood-burning fireplace in the living room. Then have dinner in the dining room with room at the table for all 8 guests, and an additional two at the breakfast bar. End your night with a game of darts or pool in the game room and fix yourself a drink at the wet bar. Or even head to the downstairs deck for some cornhole. Then it’s off to bed in one of  the four bedrooms, three of which have deck access and a great view of the mountains. You’ll love the peace & quiet of Highland Harmony!



Legend

This cabin is the stuff of legends! 𝐋𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐝 can hold up to 13 guests so it’s perfect for family reunions. Outside you can relax on the covered porch and admire the mountain views. Looking for a little more action? Venture off the deck to catch fish in the stocked trout stream right behind the cabin, explore the hiking trails located right on the property, or play a game of football or soccer on the huge lawn. Then head back to the porch and grill up dinner on the smoker or gas grill for all your guests. 

The fun doesn’t stop when you come inside! There’s a huge kitchen with room for you and all your sous chefs to prepare something amazing. Have a game night in the downstairs game room with pinball, ping pong, billiards, foosball, board games, and plenty of drinks from the nearby wet bar! Or pick out your favorite film and have a movie night in the cinema screening room downstairs, complete with comfy stadium seating. And then after a long day of exploring the great outdoors or staying busy at the cabin, head off to bed in one of the 6 lovely bedrooms. You and all your friends & family are sure to have a legendary time here! 

Mountain Nirvana 

Come to Mountain Nirvana for peace & relaxation! You’ll feel like you’re staying in your own private mountain resort here, with incredible views of the surrounding mountains and wonderful amenities inside & out. Soak in the mountain views from your private porch, take a dip in the hot tub or bask in the glow of either the indoor or outdoor fireplace. Then head inside where you’ll feel warm and relaxed in no time! Cozy up with your pet in the family room or bring them with you to the game room to play a few rounds of your favorite game before bed.

Any music lovers staying with you? They can chill in the loft and play the electric guitar while friends play on the PS3 beside them. How about any exercise enthusiasts? While there are plenty of hiking trails nearby you don’t even have to leave the cabin to get your workout in. The downstairs game room has an exercise bike, perfect for getting a quick workout in before you start your day. Mountain Nirvana truly has it all and is a great getaway for anyone looking for a bit of peace & quiet! 

Endless View Lodge

Endless View Lodge is the ultimate in gracious ‘Southern Living’ in the North Georgia Mountains… In fact, this is the cabin that the travel editors of Southern Living magazine chose to stay at, and said “was an epic trip and our kind of place to stay.” We couldn’t agree more as Endless View Lodge is perfectly situated for mountainous seclusion and picturesque views that surround you for miles. This five-bedroom home, all of which are master suites, is an upscale luxury mountain experience.  The lodge is beautifully crafted and immediately inviting with its dormer windows, huge front porch and an amazing 1,300 square-foot wraparound deck, anchored on one end by a covered gathering room and an outdoor rock fireplace.  Professionally decorated, this home’s refined interior is matched only by the beauty of each room’s magnificent long and short range mountain views.  The entire space offers luxurious comfort so you can relax and reconnect with your family and friends in style!

Modern Bliss

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Wouldn’t you love to stay in a refreshing, modern, clean and blissful place during your vacation? That is what Modern Bliss is all about. A beautiful place perfect for you and your escape to our home sweet home! As you enter the cabin, you’ll immediately note the unique interior. It’s a combination of sheetrock and wood walls with live edge trim and all wood ceilings. Modern and clean decor can be found in every room. This space instantly creates a feeling of warmth and coziness. The view through the wall of windows in each bedroom facing the mountain range make it feel like a true retreat. The goal of Modern Bliss is to have a luxury retreat where you can enjoy the mountains.

Outdoor amenities abound at Modern Bliss. As you venture outside, first you’ll find a patio off the kitchen containing a seating area with modern couches and a fire table, as well as a sleek modern dining table to seat six people. You’ll also find a lovely hot tub, gas grill, and several other outdoor living spaces with immaculate furnishings. Bliss doesn’t even begin to describe it! Another blissful amenity is the game room with its ping pong, Skeeball, wall scrabble, and more. The cabin is a perfect place to rest after you’ve had some fun in the area. You’re just a short drive away from exciting outdoor activities like hiking, water tubing and mountain biking. Also, the cabin is located in between Ellijay & Blue Ridge which allows you to do some downtown shopping and check out the variety of restaurants in both mountain towns.

The Ridge Carlton 

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Forget the Ritz-Carlton, come to the Blue Ridge Mountains and stay at The Ridge Carlton, which will feel like your own private mountain resort. Inside you’ll find a cozy family room, a fully stocked kitchen with granite countertops, giant connect four & a baseball themed bar in the downstairs den, along with 4 comfortable bedrooms.

Enjoy the great outdoors here from the back porch and admire the mountains in the distance. Roast marshmallows at the firepit, grill up burgers on the gas grill, or unwind in the 6 person hot tub. Bonus, your dog can even follow you around for all the fun because The Ridge Carlton is pet friendly! And you’re just a 10 to 15 minute drive from all the shops & restaurants of both Downtown Ellijay and Downtown Blue Ridge. This cabin truly has everything; the peace & quiet of the mountains, incredible amenities, and easy access to town. 

Unplug

The mountains are a place to become one with nature and unplug from the outside world; and that’s just what you’ll want to do at Unplug cabin! Shut off your electronics and admire the views from the deck; you might even see wild deer or turkeys go by. You’ll love the ample space that Unplug’s wraparound decks provide. There’s a covered deck and wood-burning fireplace on the main level, a brand-new hot tub and flagstone fire pit area by the basement patio area, and plenty of seating throughout to sit and watch the sunset.

Inside, you’ll of course love the family room, kitchen, and game room but you’ll also enjoy hiding away  in the hidden loft space complete with a bookshelf, board games, and a child’s teepee for the little ones. Unplug is a great place for the whole family to get away and enjoy special time spent together. 

32 Acre Memory Maker

Make amazing mountain memories with the whole family at 32 Acre Memory Maker! There is plenty of space here for friends and family to spread out, with 4 bedrooms, plenty of outdoor space, and hiking trails throughout the property. This private home will be like your own little mountain paradise among the trees. There’s plenty of wildlife here too with goats and deer roaming wildly around the property daily.  And the wildlife feel continues inside with animal themed bedrooms!

The interior of 32 Acre Memory Maker is beautiful and rustic; the living room has brand new furnishings and a wood-burning fireplace, plus the kitchen is fully equipped with everything you may need and the game room is stocked with fun entertainment like air hockey, foosball, billiards, and more! Take the fun outside where you can swap stories around the bonfire or play bocce ball and cornhole on the lawn. This private, wooded oasis is just the quiet cabin you’re looking for to hold all your friends & family, and provide everything you need to make it an amazing mountain vacation! 

Top Things to do in Ellijay



Not far from Blue Ridge surrounded by the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is the beautiful Ellijay, GA. Known as the apple capital of Georgia, Ellijay, has many apple orchards perfect for visiting in the fall; as well as awesome mountain biking trails, charming wineries, and a trendy Downtown area with great shops and amazing food. See what Ellijay has to offer: 

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Mountain Biking Trails

Photo Courtesy of Gary Johnson

Not only is Ellijay known as the Apple Capital of Georgia but it is also known as the Mountain Biking Capital of Georgia because it has more than 100 miles of mountain biking trails to explore! Ellijay offers many challenging courses to really test your mountain biking skills and some beginner level trails as well. Some of our favorites include; Cartecay Loop, Mulberry Gap, Pinhoti Trail, and the oldest mountain biking trail in the state: River Loop. Have a blast on miles and miles of winding trails through the beautiful mountains. 

Want to get into biking but need a mountain bike for your adventure? Cartecay Bike Shop is the place to go! Not only do they offer the best bike brands in the industry and service/repairs but they also offer classes for the newest of riders. You can even download mountain biking trails & maps from their website to take with you on your journey. So what are you waiting for? Hop on your bike & ride! 

Winery Hopping 

Photo Courtesy of Engleheim Vineyards

Ellijay is home to some of the finest wineries in all of North Georgia. Sip on high quality wines surrounded by the beautiful mountains at Engelheim Vineyards, voted the 2018 Georgia Winery of the Year. Not only did they win for best winery in 2018 but Engelheim Vineyards have also won over 20 awards for their amazing wines. Come on out for a great time and even better wines! Dogs are welcome & there’s live music at the vineyards every weekend. 

Another favorite winery of ours is Cartecay Vineyards. Cartecay is a popular spot among all of our guests; so popular they even opened a Blue Ridge location downtown. At the Vineyards you’ll fall in love with the picturesque views and delicious wines. Relax in the tasting barn or in one of their outdoor venues. 

Other honorable mentions to check out are Ellijay River Vineyards, Grapes and Ladders Vineyards and Winery, Ott Farms and Vineyards, and Reece’s Cider Company. Make a day out of visiting all the local wineries and sip to your heart’s content! 

Apples Galore

Photo Courtesy of BJ Reece Orchards

Ellijay has many great apple orchards and each fall they host the Georgia Apple Festival. The festival usually takes place in mid October and is an event filled with live music, hundreds of vendors, a parade, and lots of apples! Pick apples all autumn long at any of Ellijay’s wonderful local orchards. There’s Hillcrest Orchards and Farms, who’ve been in business for over 70 years. Not only can you pick apples here but you can also have fun on the farm with pony rides, cow milking, pig racing and more. Be sure to stop by the bakery as well for one of their famous apple fritters!  And every weekend in September & October they host their Apple Pickin’ Jubilee where you can enjoy live music, cloggers, and carnival style food. 

We also love B.J. Reece Orchards. The mountain views here are stunning and you’ll be in awe of row after row of apple trees spread out on over 120 acres. They even grow over 20 types of apples! B.J. Reece Orchards also has farm fun on the weekends with a petting farm, apple cannons, farm tours, and more! 

Want to make a weekend out of apple picking? Check out these other great Ellijay orchards; R & A Orchards, Red Apple Barn, and Panorama Orchards & Farm Market

Lake Time

Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Carter’s Lake offers fun times spent on the water or admiring its beauty from the shore. The lake covers 3,200 surface acres and is more than 450 feet deep. And the Carter’s Dam is the tallest earthen dam east of the Mississippi. You’ll have plenty to do and experience on this beautiful lake. Head to Carter’s Lake Marina & Resort for boat rentals and docks to cast off from. Rent a pontoon and bring all your family and friends along for a day on the water. Prefer to stay close to the shore? Do some fishing or have a picnic by the lake. Then when you need a break you can cool off by taking a quick dip in the water. You can even hike and do some bird watching at Carter’s Lake. It’s the perfect place to spend the summer! 

Find the Tallest Waterfall

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Amicalola waterfall is located between Ellijay and Dawsonville, and is just 20 minutes away. This stunning waterfall is truly a sight to behold, standing 729 feet tall, making it the tallest waterfall in Georgia! If you’re up for a short but steep hike to the top of the falls and then back down, it will be well worth it. People come from all over to see these tall & mesmerizing falls in person, so it’s definitely something to put on your list of things to see! 

Explore a State Park

Photo Courtesy of Fort Mountain State Park

The beautiful Fort Mountain State Park is also nearby, sitting between Chatsworth and Ellijay. Here you can explore over 50 miles of trails and the old stone fire tower. Climb the stairs to the top of the tower for an amazing view of the surrounding countryside. Or make your way to the peak of Fort Mountain where the views are incredible; the sunsets here are particularly beautiful. You can also mountain bike, horseback ride, or kayak on the lake at Fort Mountain. It’s truly a nature lover’s dream here! You might even come across a mysterious 855 foot long wall at the park, which was said to have been built by the American Indians who called the Blue Ridge Mountains their home long ago. And if you want to leave all the work for the younger folks or just have a relaxing day admiring the views instead, you can take a scenic drive on Highway 52 where you can admire all the beauty of Fort Mountain from the comfort of your own car! 

The Art Scene 

Photo Courtesy of Gilmer Arts

Gilmer Arts and Heritage Association creates an amazing art scene for Downtown Ellijay. They offer everything from literary to visual arts to performing arts as well. Their building holds a lovely art gallery, a small stage for plays and musical performances, classrooms, and meeting spaces. Artists and art lovers alike are welcome here! 

Shop & Dine

Photo Courtesy of @pickellijay & @droneguynab

Downtown Ellijay is the place to be! With many fun & trendy places to shop and amazing places to dine you could spend all day here just enjoying what the downtown has to offer!

Ladies stock your closet with trendy clothes from Belle’s Boutique or 28 Main. For something new, Live the Trail offers a little bit of everything from books, jewelry, outdoor inspired apparel & gear, and so much more. At Live the Trail general store you can bring back awesome souvenirs or pick up the perfect gift for someone special back at home. And for something old check out Main Street Antiques & Collectibles. Discover beautiful & unique items from the store’s 2 floors filled with goodies! Mountain Treasures is another great spot to explore. They offer rustic furniture, ladies apparel, specialty gifts and even olive oil & wine tastings! 

Once you’ve had your fill of shopping treat yourself to a nice meal at one of these great downtown restaurants. Open for both lunch & dinner, Cantaberry Restaurant offers homemade soups and gourmet sandwiches; they even have a sister restaurant in Blue Ridge. The Roof Ellijay is a southern rooftop kitchen and bar, with awesome views of the downtown streets below. Dinner here offers a fun & energetic environment and plenty of southern hospitality. Enjoy a delicious Appalchian inspired meal and pair it with one of their amazing craft cocktails. You’ll love the food, drinks, and atmosphere here! For Asian Fusion dishes The Shack of Ellijay has got you covered! They serve delicious poke bowls and hot noodle bowls that will make your mouth water. For more culture and more great food options check out the Cajun Depot Grill. Feel like you’ve left North Georgia for the night and ended up in New Orleans, feasting on delicious Cajun & Creole inspired eats. Need some comfort food? You can’t go wrong with Ellijay Wood Fired Pizza! They offer delicious neapolitan style, wood fired pizzas and amazing pasta dishes. 

Ellijay Cabins

The scene is picture perfect: you’re high on a hillside with a lush green cow pasture below, a magnificent long-range Cohutta mountain vista in the distance, and the Ellijay River flowing a few hundred yards away. At Highland Harmony, this idyllic setting can be the backdrop for the vacation of your dreams.  Located in Ellijay nine miles from downtown Blue Ridge, this gorgeous custom tri-level cabin offers you the ultimate in stress-free relaxation, surrounded by nature’s natural beauty!

The Ridge Carlton offers luxury like no other. Gaze at the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance, roast marshmallows at the firepit, and relax in the 6 person hot tub. Even better? The Ridge Carlton is just 15 minutes from both the heart of Ellijay and Downtown Blue Ridge, so you’ll have easy access to everything here. 

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And at Legend there’s plenty of space for the whole family to spread out, because this amazing cabin sleeps up to 13 guests! A stay here is like staying in a 5 star resort. You are close to so many great activities and have awesome amenities right from the comfort of the cabin. Catch a fish in the stocked trout stream right outside your door, explore the hiking trails on the property or enjoy the views from the covered porch. Then head inside for dinner made in the huge gourmet kitchen and a movie night in the theater room! This truly is a “legendary” cabin! 

Ellijay is a great place to stay! Not only are you surrounded by wonderful parks, biking trails, wineries, orchards and more but you are just 15 minutes away from Blue Ridge as well! You can explore all the fun of both towns and then come back to your quiet & peaceful cabin in Ellijay for a good night’s sleep, for your next day of adventures.

June Events 2022



There is nothing like sweet summertime in the mountains! Lounging on the lake by day and sitting around the fire pit in the evening. Hiking up to waterfalls or splashing down a river. Exploring downtown or exploring nature. However you vacation, you’ll be happy to Escape to Blue Ridge for your summer getaway!

Thursday Fun Runs at the Riverwalk
June 2nd – June 30th 
Location: Riverwalk Shops

Photo Courtesy of Riverwalk Shops

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

Pickin’ In The Park
June 2nd – June 30th 
Location: Horseshoe Bend Park

Photo Courtesy of the Fannin County Recreation Department

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

Live Music at Tooney’s 
June 2nd – June 17th 
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s

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

June 2nd: Open Mic Night 
June 9th: Open Mic Night
June 10th: The Comancheros with One for the Road 
June 16th: Open Mic Night 
June 17th: Jacob Bryant w/Tyler Leamon & Chase Baker

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing 
June 2nd – 30th 
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing 

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewery

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! 

June 2nd: Thursday Karaoke 
June 3rd: Lindsay Beth Harper
June 4th: Blue Lava 
June 9th: Thursday Karaoke
June 10th: The Orange Walls
June 11th: Paul Douglas Sanner
June 16th: Thursday Karaoke
June 17th: Dr. Paul
June 18th: Saturday Karaoke
June 23rd: Thursday Karaoke
June 24th: Stephen Vaclavic 
June 25th: Troy Underwood
June 30th: Thursday Karaoke

North Georgia Highland Seafood Festival 
June 3rd – June 5th 
Location: Mayor’s Park in Young Harris, GA 

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

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
June 3rd – June 18th 
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!

June 3rd: Dan Foster 
June 4th: Rose Brown 
June 10th: Levi Ransom 
June 11th: The Stephen Busie Band 
June 17th: Jeremy Wells 
June 18th: Travis Bowlin 

Live Music at The Dogwood
June 3rd – June 25th 
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!

June 3rd: Roscoe’s Roadshow 
June 10th: Travis Bowlin
June 11th: Lindsay Beth Harper
June 17th: Surrender Hill 
June 18th: David Welch 
June 24th: Robbie Litt
June 25th: Matty Croxton 

Live Music at Lake Blue Ridge Marina
June 3rd – June 24th 
Location: Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina 

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Relax on the shores of Lake Blue Ridge from the Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina. There you’ll have a beautiful view of the lake, delicious entrees and cocktails, and live music on the weekends! Live music is 6pm – 9pm on select Fridays. You’ll feel relaxed and renewed in no time!

June 3rd: Travis Bowlin 
June 17th: David Welch 
June 24th: Danny Rhea

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
June 3rd – June 26th 
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Bear Claw Vineyards

For award winning wine, live music, and food trucks, 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 Hook & Eye
June 3rd
Location: Hook & Eye Rooftop Bar

Photo Courtesy of the Hook & Eye

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

June 3rd: Ray Labean 

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
June 3rd – June 17th 
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 3 – 5 hikes a month varying in difficulty from easy, leisurely hikes to moderately difficult hikes.

June 3rd: Brush Creek Trail
June 4th: 2022 National Trails Day
June 17th: BMT: Lost Creek Section

Live Music at Paradise Hills
June 3rd – June 25th 
Location: Paradise Hills 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.

June 3rd: Rusted Melody 
June 10th: Sam B 
June 11th: Chris Carpenter
June 17th: Emma Gullo
June 18th: Tom Edwards
June 24th: Trailer Hippies
June 25th: Dr. Paul 

Live Music at Grandaddy Mimm’s
June 4th – June 25th 
Location: Grandaddy Mimm’s 

Photo Courtesy of Grandaddy Mimm’s Distillery

Head over to Grandaddy Mimm’s Distillery in Blairsvile for a handcrafted moonshine or spirit! And drop by select Saturday afternoons for live music from local artists!

June 4th: Mountain Breeze
June 18th: Kim & Curtis Jones
June 25th: River Dixon 

Saturday Night Music in the Park
June 4th – June 25th 
Location: Vogel State Park 

Photo Courtesy of Vogel State Park

Head to the beautiful Vogel State Park for live music from local artists every Saturday evening all summer long! Drop by at 7pm for music at the lakeside pavilion! 

Angler Appreciation Day at Rock Creek
June 4th 
Location: Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery

Photo Courtesy of the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery

Bring your fishing gear & bait for Angler Appreciation Day at the fish hatchery! Rock Creek and the hatchery will be stocked with fish for the catching. Catch a tagged fish and you could win a prize! Come on out rain or shine for this awesome FREE fishing event! 

Blue Ridge Sports Card and Collectibles Show 
June 4th 
Location: Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge Fairgrounds 

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Sports Cards and Collectibles Show

Come stock up on sports collectibles, comics, and cards at this Blue Ridge show! There will be 60+ tables set up filled with awesome collectables. Admission is $2 for 15+ and children 15 & under are free! 

Happy Together Tour
June 4th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards 
June 4th 
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!

June 4th: Jesse Black 

Downtown Market Blue Ridge 
June 4th – June 25th 
Location: 400 West Main Street 

Photo Courtesy of the Downtwon 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!

Live Music at Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar
June 4th – June 27th 
Location: Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar

Photo Courtesy of Bin 322

Where else can you find regional wines from all over the world, tapas and other delicious international platters, and live music!? At Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar! Drop by Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm to enjoy live music from local artists and choose from their great wine selection. And on Monday nights from 6pm – 8pm join in on SINGO, music style bingo! There’s always fun to be had at Bin 322!

June 4th: Paul Arrado 
June 6th: Trivia 
June 11th: TNT
June 13th: Trivia 
June 18th: Denise Moo 
June 20th: Trivia 
June 25th: Ray Labean 
June 27th: Trivia 

Blairsville Scottish Festival & Highland Games
June 11th – June 12th 
Location: Meeks Park

Photo Courtesy of the Blairsville Scottish Festival

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

Northeast Georgia Arts Tour
June 10th – June 12th 
Location: All around North Georgia!

Photo Courtesy of the Northeast Georgia Arts Tour

Check out live demonstrations from artists all weekend from all over North Georgia! Just follow the Art Tour signs in Towns & Union County, Clay County, Rabun County, White County, and Habersham County.  The event runs from 10am – 5pm each day. You’ll see artists creating beautiful paints, pottery, folk art, jewelry, glass, photography, handcrafted furniture, and so much more! Get your map from https://artstour.org/ 

Summer Youth Arts Camp 
June 14th – June 30th 
Location: The Art Center (Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association)

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association

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

11th Annual Blairsville Pro Rodeo
June 17th – 18th 
Location: Union County Saddle Club Arena

Photo Courtesy of Blairsville Pro Rodeo

Head to Blairsville for the 11th Annual Pro Rodeo! Catch all the action in the covered arena from 8pm – 11pm. There is also plenty to do for the littles ones as well, along with food and fun! Tickets at the gate are $15 for adults, children 6 – 12 $10, and children 5 & under free. 

Sunshine Arts & Crafts Market 
June 18th 
Location: North Georgia Technical College 

Photo Courtesy of Twisted Wire Trees and more

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

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

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Mountain Classics Car Club

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

Greater Atlanta British Motorcycle Association
June 24th – June 25th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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

Blue Ridge Mountains Wine and Jazz Festival
June 25th – June 26th  
Location: White Path Creek Farms 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival

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

Made in Georgia Festival
June 25th – June 26th 
Location: Towns County Recreation & Conference Center

Photo Courtesy of the Made in Georgia Festival

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

Fido’s Freedom Celebration
June 30th 
Location: INOLA Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of Freedom for Fido

Come on out to the beautiful INOLA for a celebration of freedom! Celebrate the hundreds of dogs that have been freed from life on a chain at the 4th Annual Fido’s Freedom Celebration. Tickets are $50 per person and will grant you access to a silent auction, live music by Double Play, a raffle, and more. All proceeds of this fundraiser go towards freeing more deserving dogs. 

Summer Outdoor Adventures



Hot summer days are just around the corner and adventure awaits! Blue Ridge is THE place for outdoor adventures big and small. Will you hike to the tallest mountain or splash in the rapids while whitewater river rafting? North Georgia is your oyster for outdoor activities and sports. Spend your long summer days in the great outdoors! Get an adrenaline rush and feel one with nature as you embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Check out these 9 outdoor activities to get your summer started! 

Fun on Lake Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of Lake Blue Ridge Marina

Summers were made to spent on the lake and Lake Blue Ridge has everything you need to make it an awesome one! First stop at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina for all kinds of boat rentals. Pontoon boats, kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards are all available to rent at the Marina. Bring up to 8 guests on the pontoon boat and jet around the lake all day long. Cool off by jumping off the boat and splashing in the water or rent a 2 person tube to ride along behind the boat and hit the wake. Put your balance to the test by spending a day paddleboarding or choose to paddle while seated in a kayak or canoe. Need a break from your long day on the lake? Also at the Marina is the Boat Dock Bar & Grill, a great place to stop for lunch and drinks, then head back to the water. Also be sure to check out Blue Ridge Boat Rentals. They offer every kind of boat imaginable along with jetskis, waterskis, and towables & accessories like tubes and pool noodles. No matter what boat or craft you choose to spend your day on you’ll have a blast on Lake Blue Ridge!

 Looking for the perfect spot for a dip? Morganton Point Recreation Area offers easy access to the water. Here you can splash and swim in the water or relax on the beach. They even have kayak and paddleboard rentals as well. Bring a cooler and eat lunch at the picnic tables or order a snack from The Point. Lake Blue Ridge is calling you! 

Hike Mountains & Waterfalls 

Photo Courtesy of @nannert31

Blue Ridge and North Georgia have some of the best hiking trails in the state! You can hike to the tallest mountain peaks, hike alongside a rushing waterfall, or cross a 270 foot swinging bridge over the Toccoa. Adventure is out there on the trails waiting for you! Benton McKaye Trail is one of our all time favorite trails in the area because it connects to so many awesome spots. Just in the North Georgia area alone, you’ll hike past waterfalls like Fall Branch Falls and Long Creek Falls, cross the Toccoa River on the swinging bridge, and climb to the top of Springer Mountain. The Benton McKaye Trail goes on for 300 miles so there’s even more to explore the further you go! 

Another waterfall filled hike we love is the hike to Amicalola Falls, the tallest waterfall in Georgia. Choose either the 2.1 mile uphill loop to the falls or the 10 mile trek to the top, if you’re up for the challenge. When you arrive you’ll be in awe of the huge falls that lie before you.

For a mountain hike check out the trails to the top of Brasstown Bald near Blairsville. This 1.1 mile trail is short but steep. It’s an uphill climb to the top but it’ll be so worth it when you arrive. Brasstown Bald is the tallest peak in Georgia and from the top you can see 4 states at once! 

Horseback Riding 

Photo Courtesy of Appalachian Trail Rides

No matter your experience level anyone is welcome to go on a trail ride through the forests of North Georgia. If you love horses and being out in nature this is an adventure for you! One of our favorite companies is Appalachian Trail Rides. You’ll ride past mountains, creeks, lakes and more as you ride through their 250 acres of farmland. Looking to take a special ride? They offer unique experiences like a proposal ride, dinner ride, buckaroee ride and more.

For newer riders check out Cowgirl Up Stables. Ride through the beautiful Blue Ridge countryside as the horses guide you along the trails. And check out Cohutta Stables, Blanche Manor, and Blue Ridge Mountain Trail Rides at Hells Hollow for even more fun. Giddy up and gallop your way to one of these great stables soon! 

Trout Fishing 

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Fly Fishing School

Blue Ridge is known as the Trout Capital of Georgia! So grab your fishing pole and head to the water to catch yourself a trophy trout. The Toccoa River is abundant with trout and you may even be able to catch them right from your riverside cabin. Be sure to check out the Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery and Noontootla Creek Farms for more great spots to fish. 

Need some assistance on your fishing excursion? Cohutta Fishing Company can help you right from the shop or on the water. Stock up on your fishing gear from their shop on Mainstreet and then join them on one of their guided fishing trips or classes. Cohutta Fishing Company’s knowledgeable and friendly staff will help make your fly fishing experience a breeze.

Also check out Blue Ridge Fly Fishing School! They offer classes and guided tours for beginners all the way up to the most experienced fishermen. And pick up the most beautiful and efficient bamboo fly fishing rods in town, handcrafted by William Bill Oyster from Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods. Blue Ridge is the ultimate place for fishermen or fisherwomen! 

Ropes Course & Ziplining 

Photo Courtesy of Zipline Canopy Tours

Get your heart pumping by flying through the air at Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge. You’ll spend the day zipping through the treetops, screaming a loud “woohoo” as you zoom all the way down. Admire the scenery as you go and you may even catch a glimpse of the mountain peaks in the distance or Fightingtown Creek below. Zipline Canopy Tours offers 1-2 hour zipline experiences for ages 10 and up. With 13 ziplines to choose from and over 1,000 feet of cable you’ll never run out of zipping fun here! 

Pair ziplining with a challenging ropes course at Blue Ridge Adventure Park. They have 3 levels of obstacles ranging from 15 feet all the way up to 50 feet. Feeling like a challenge? Conquer all 35 obstacles like a champ! Then when you’re finished zip on down to the bottom on the zipline. Ages 10 and up are welcome and guests will have an hour & a half to complete the course at their own pace. 

Tubing 

Photo Courtesy of Toccoa Valley Campround

There’s nothing quite so peaceful as floating down the river, with your head back, soaking in sun. Take to the water and enjoy a day of tubing down the Toccoa River. Toccoa River Tubing Company will take you and your group out for a relaxing day of floating on calm waters. You’ll tube for about a mile and a half which usually takes 1.5 hours depending on the flow of the water that day. Toccoa Valley Campground offers tubing, rafting and kayaking, but if you’re looking for a relaxing day on the water, tubing is your best choice. They’ve been providing the Blue Ridge area with family fun for over 50 years! You and your group will have a blast as you venture on a private 6 mile stretch of the Toccoa. Drop on by and float, no reservations needed!  Blue Ridge Tubing is also a great company to check out for a tubing adventure. Let your worries float away as you float down the river on your day of tubing! 

Kayak/Canoe 

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking

If you want to be out on the river but are looking for more of a challenge why not try out kayaking or canoeing? Take your boats to the water and get ready to paddle down the Toccoa. Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking offers both kayak and canoe excursions of the Toccoa River. You’ll journey 6 miles down river and pass by beautiful pastures, mountains, and lovely flora along the way. Before you hit the water though be sure to stop at their snack shack, for cold drinks and snacks to power you up for your day of paddling.

Toccoa Valley Campground also offers a kayaking experience with both single and double kayaks available to take down the river, on their 2 hour journey. Build those muscles up and get ready for a fun day on the water! 

Mountain Biking 

The hiking trails in North Georgia are amazing and so are the mountain biking trails! Whip through the winding trails as fast as you can or at a leisurely pace. No matter your experience level there’s trails for everyone interested in a mountain biking adventure. The Long Branch Loop is one of the easier trails and has limited obstacles that may obstruct your path. You can even take a break and admire the falls if you’d like!

For a longer ride, at an intermediate level, check out Jackrabbit Mountain. Here you’ll circle Lake Chatuge on this 15 mile journey. You’ll come across a few simple inclines and declines which makes it  a great next step from Long Branch Loop.

For a more difficult ride we’d recommend Stanley Gap. This trail is 10 miles out and back; along the way you’ll find many steady inclines as well as steep declines, perfect for flying down fast. And for those up for a real challenge Hickory Nut Trail is the most difficult of the mountain biking trails. This course is a 19 mile loop that includes 2.500 feet of steep uphill climbing, multiple obstacles, and speedy descents. It’s recommended for experienced mountain bikers only. Hop on your bike, pedal uphill, and check out some of these awesome biking trails.  

Whitewater River Rafting 

Photo Courtesy of Ocoee Rafting

North Georgia and Tennessee (just a few minutes away from Blue Ridge) are known for their whitewater rafting courses. Did you know that the 1996 Atlanta Olympics even had their whitewater events in the upper part of the Ocoee River in Tennessee? How cool is that!? But unless you’re a pro you need a guide to help you navigate the rapids. Lucky for you there are many wonderful and experienced teams out there ready to help you have a fun and safe adventure! Rolling Thunder River Company have been in the whitewater rafting business for over 40 years and will take you on either a half day or full day adventure through the Ocoee River, the Toccoa River, or the Nantahala River in North Carolina. 3 states to choose from and 3 rivers of fun! Each river is a different difficulty level so check their website to find the best fit for your group.

We also love Ocoee Rafting who are the oldest rafting company in the Ocoee, guiding people since 1976. Splash through Class III and IV level rapids with experienced guides who will help make it an experience you’ll never forget! 

Our Secret Gems



Welcome to the Blue Ridge mountains of North Georgia! Your mountain adventure is about to begin and we can’t wait to share with you some of our most favorite places and secret local tips to help you get the very most out of your mountain experience. Adventure is good for your soul, so let’s get going!

Explore 190 acres of Biking and Hiking

Fightingtown Creek Nature Park has over 190 acres of land to explore, including 12 miles of hiking and biking trails. Prefer to take things slow and soak in the beauty of Mother Nature? They also have picnic areas and ample opportunities for birdwatching as well. Nature lovers will just love spending their time in such a beautiful and peaceful place. Find directions here.

Local Tip: There is beautiful mountain laurel all throughout the trail. It blooms in May/June and you’ll also find local artists create unique hand rails and art pieces from the wood.

Stand in Two States at Once!

Photo courtesy of  @aamanda.brooke

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 great shops and restaurants, breweries and live music venues, plus the rich history of the Copper Basin. There’s so much for you to enjoy! CLICK HERE to see all the fun things to do on the state line:

Local Tip: The painted blue line runs from the IGA grocery store parking lot and diagonally across Toccoa Avenue/Ocoee Street. It even runs through the middle of some restaurants and shops, and across the old steel bridge.

Jump on the Swinging Bridge

Photo Courtesy of @nannert31

The Swinging Bridge over the Tococca River has become a kind of landmark for Blue Ridge. Located on the Benton MacKaye Trail and the Duncan Ridge National Recreation Trail in Fannin County, this bridge is an experience you won’t want to miss. Spanning 270 feet long, this makes it the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi. When you walk the bridge look down below and keep an eye out for kayakers floating down the peaceful river. Need directions? CLICK HERE.

Local Tip: If you do decide to jump in the middle, make sure you are faster than your travel buddies or you might get thrown off!

Fuel Up To Explore Blue Ridge at Mountain Momma’s!

Photo Courtesy of Mountain Momma’s Coffee Lounge

Mountain Mama’s Coffee Lounge is a trendy coffee house and lounge located next to the Blue Ridge Inn. As you step through the doors you’ll immediately notice the warm & cozy atmosphere, with an adorable sitting area with books to read while you sip on your coffee, a large fireplace in the back, and a beautiful mountain mural on one of the store walls. Once you’ve taken it all in step up to the counter and order your coffee, and be sure to pair it with a tasty treat like one of their homemade bagels. Not looking for a caffeine boost? No problem, Mountain Mama’s also offers hot teas and mushroom steamers. Make sure to drop by Mountain Mama’s for a good drink and a relaxing time!

Local Tip: We recommend you try Banana’s Foster: An enchanting blend of espresso, house made banana peel syrup, cinnamon, and caramel. YUM!

The Dogwood

Photo Courtesy of The Dogwood

Delicious food and incredible drinks come together in perfect harmony at The Dogwood. Enjoy your meal from the comfort of their huge outdoor patio that’s nestled under 100 year old trees and a gorgeous hand painted mural. The Dogwood offers a unique dining and drinks experience, with a select menu of only 10 items and customizable drink options. Some of the scrumptious, southern, comfort foods that you can expect from The Dogwood are BBQ Deviled Eggs, Sticky Ribs and Shrimp & Grits. Yum! Don’t forget to pair your meal with a drink from either their extensive wine list, craft cocktail menu, full bar, or beer garage that has over 70 options of beers to choose from! The Dogwood is a great place to spend an evening with friends and if you come on the weekends you can expect amazing live music from local artists as well.

Local Tip: Wednesday – Saturday breakfast is served and you won’t want to go home without trying a Bigfoot Biscuit!

Grab a dozen Wings at Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar & Grill

Photo Courtesy of Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar and Grill

Chester’s is one of our favorite places to eat Downtown. They serve both regional and seasonal high-quality dishes, like their Blackened Ribeye Steak or Pimento Cheese Chicken Sandwich. And be sure to ask about their current specials and new cocktails, because they’re always adding new dishes and drinks for a limited time. Having a night out with a few friends? Try Chester’s famous wings! You’ll also love their regional craft beers and impressive wine list. Before you go, stop by next door to Chester’s Provisions where you can stock up on unique food & drink items perfect for souvenirs or gifts!

Local Tip:  Order the Escape to Blue Ridge-themed drink which includes- Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, Macerated blueberries, and lemonade; yum!

Hike Flat Creek on the Aska Trail System

Map Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Ranger District Office of the US Forest Service

Because of its mountainous terrain, hiking is one of the main reasons that travelers add Aska to their must-visit list. The Aska Trails Area consists of a 17-mile trail system where hikers and mountain bikers of all skill levels can explore. This trail system highlights the landscapes of North Georgia by revealing mountain peaks, shorelines of Lake Blue Ridge, and a series of hardwood trees among thickets of Mountain Laurel and Rhododendrons.

A few of our favorite hiking and mountain biking trails include:

  1. Flat Creek Loop (6 miles round trip)
  2. Long Branch Loop (2.3 miles round trip)
  3. Stanley Gap Trail (9.5 miles round trip)
  4. Green Mountain Trail (2.8 miles round trip)

 Local tip – Pets are welcome to eat with you at the nearby Toccoa Riverside Restaurant and Fido can even enjoy some canine cuisine from the Pooch Porch Goodies menu!

Take in a movie at Swan Drive-In

Did you know that Blue Ridge has its own Drive In movie theater? Well that’s right we do, Swan Drive In Theater! They’ve been showing movies here since 1955! Turn back the clock and live life like you’re in the 1950’s by watching movies the old-fashioned way. 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 a perfect way to spend summer nights! Check their website for movie showings: http://www.swan-drive-in.com/now-showing.php 

Local tip – Bring a portable radio/boombox. You don’t want to be the one who’s battery dies from running the radio!

Best Photo Ops at Fall Branch Falls

Photo Courtesy of Vinny Crocitto

Only 20 minutes from Blue Ridge, Fall Branch Falls is a location where you can spend a half-hour or a half-day! The adventure begins with only a 0.5-mile shaded path that leads visitors to a series of cascading waterfalls reaching 30 feet. The area below the falls is great for a picnic or water break. The mist from the side of the cliff and the water at the base of the falls make for a perfect place to cool down from a hot summer’s day. But watch your step because the rocks can sure be slippery! The observation deck at the falls can be used to snap a picture or to admire nature’s beauty.

Local Tip: A great hike to bring your four-legged friends along for! 

Sip Like a Local at Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Grumpy Old Men Brewing is a great hangout for any age. This is a no frill joint. They don’t mess around: “If they don’t like it, they don’t drink it, and if they don’t drink it, they don’t sell it.” Doesn’t get much simpler than that!  

Family friendly, kids will love the GIANT JENGA outside and the games inside, plus there’s craft soda on tap. Open seven days a week. Big screen TV’s throughout. Thursday night is Karoake night and it is well attended and lots of fun. Always 18 different craft beers on tap. On Friday, Saturdays and Sunday’s there is often live music and a food truck or two.  So, if you are looking for a dog friendly business that tolerates people and specializes in delicious beer, this is a must stop

Local Tip:  We suggest the Aska Pale Ale

Old School Candy at Huck’s

Photo Courtesy of Huck’s General Store

The whole family will love all that Huck’s General Store has to offer! Here, you’ll feel like you’re stepping back into a time of small mountain town shops complete with old school candies, artisan goods, canned & pickled fruits and vegetables, soaps, and more. The kids will love picking out their favorite candies and games; while the adults stock up on snacks, funny signs, and nostalgic gifts. This is also a great place to pick up a Blue Ridge hat or t-shirt! Once you’re finished shopping grab your goodies, an ice cold drink,  and relax on the back porch rockers while you watch the train pass by. 

Local Tip: Pick up a jar of pickled okra and enjoy! Trust us, they’re delicious!

A Sunny Spot for Shady People – Lake Blue Ridge Marina

Photo Courtesy of the Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina

Eat delicious food, sip on great cocktails, listen to live music, and take in the views of the beautiful Lake Blue Ridge! That’s what’s in store for you at Boat Dock Bar & Grill, a part of the Lake Blue Ridge Marina. There’s no better way to unwind after a long day on the water than by visiting the grill for a relaxing evening.

When the weather is warm Boat Dock Bar & Grill is always ready to have some fun and serve up some great dishes! With classic bar options to choose from like Smoked Wings, Shrimp Tacos, and Grouper Baskets; you really can’t go wrong. Bring a group of friends along to share appetizers and entrees with because you won’t be able to choose just one. Have some more fun and get a specialty cocktail like ‘Blue Ridge Boat Wreck’ or ‘Michael’s Mango Tango’. Sip on your fruity beverage, laugh with your friends, and enjoy weekly performances from local artists. It’s always a blast at The Boat Dock Bar & Grill! 

Local Tip: Try the Smoked Chicken Sandwhich

Pan for Gold at Aska Gem Mining

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Williams

Kids love to interact and use their hands, so Aska Gem Mining is just the place for them. The gem mining experience is fun, interactive, and educational. Dig through the trays to find beautiful gemstones and the staff will even provide you with educational information on what you’ve found. Your kids will come home with a full stash of rocks and gemstones!

Local Tip: Stop by our office or download a copy of our Kids Activity Book for more unplugged fun!

Indulge in a cupcake at the Sweet Shoppe

Photo Courtesy of the Sweet Shoppe of the South

For the best cupcakes you’ve ever eaten The Sweet Shoppe of the South is the place for you! Their cupcakes are so out of this world delicious that they actually won on the show Cupcake Wars in 2012 for their PB&J, S’mores, Lemon-Raspberry, and Carrot Cake flavored cupcakes. The show helped bring so much business to the shop that today there are even more delicious flavors to enjoy like Moosetrax, Hot Fudge Sundae, Chocolate Cream Pie, and so much more. And it’s not just cupcakes they offer either; you can order full cakes, chocolate covered strawberries, and pies. The Sweet Shoppe should be a must see (and eat) on your list, for sure! 

Local Tip: Pick up a dozen Macarons to take back to the cabin with you for a late night snack!

12 Awesome Waterfront Cabins



There’s something so peaceful about listening to the sounds of rushing water. Whether you’re in a lakeside cabin relaxing on the dock, in a riverside cabin cozy by the firepit, or at a creekside cabin fishing; we have a cabin for everything. Start planning your summer getaway with these 12 new & awesome waterfront cabins!

Lakeside Cabins

Lakin’ Memories 

You really do make some of your best summer memories on the lake. And that’s what Lakin’ Memories is all about! The cabin sleeps up to 10 guests so there’s plenty of room for your family and friends to create new & awesome summer memories on Lake Blue Ridge! You’ll find yourself spending most of your time either on the dock or in the water. Go for a swim, fish off the dock, or sunbathe by the beautiful lake.

There is even a public boat lunch nearby so be sure to bring your boat along! Head inside where the fun and the views continue. You’ll love the cozy details inside and you’ll have a view of the lake in almost every room. And one of the best parts of Lakin’ Memories (beside the lake itself of course) is its amazing kitchen! Beautiful wooden cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and everything you need to cook up an amazing meal for all of your guests. After dinner head to the game room where you can enjoy pool, darts, a bar, and a 55” flat-screen TV. Or venture outside to the firepit where you can roast s’mores and swap ghost stories. If you’re looking for an incredible lakeside cabin for the summer Lakin’ Memories is the place for you! 

Country Roads 

There’s plenty of room for the whole family and more at this beautiful lakeside cabin! Country Roads sleeps up to 16 guests so it’s a great cabin to bring all of your friends together or have a family reunion. You and your guests will have plenty of privacy because the cabin is nestled in the deep water part of the lake, so it’ll feel like your very own private lakeside oasis. No matter where you are in the cabin you’ll have amazing views of the lake from every window and room. Get outside to enjoy the lovely weather and admire the view some more from anywhere on the deck. Play a round of cornhole on the lawn or head to the lakeside deck to be where the action is! Practice your perfect cannonball off the dock as you splash into the waters of Lake Blue Ridge and if you have a boat be sure to bring that too!

And the fun doesn’t stop when you go inside; you’ll find an open living room with plenty of space to relax, a huge kitchen fully stocked with everything you need, smart Tvs and tabletop games scattered throughout, and 5 stunning bedrooms including an awesome bunk room suite. Country Roads even has an electric vehicle charging station on site so you can charge up your awesome ride! Grab your friends and family and head to Country Roads for the vacation of a lifetime! 

The Byrd House on Lake Blue Ridge

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Are you looking for a cozy and secluded lake front cabin with excellent views of Lake Blue Ridge? You’re in luck! The Byrd House on Lake Blue Ridge is just two miles from downtown Blue Ridge and it’s the perfect place to be for enjoying all that Blue Ridge mountain life has to offer. This cabin is perfect for family vacations because of the plethora of space and great amenities. As you step inside, you’ll take note of the family room, complete with brand new sofas and a lovely fireplace. The cabin is truly a log cabin and was built for comfort with ceiling fans and beautiful rustic cabin furniture throughout. The cabin is chock full of ways to have fun. First, enjoy racking it up at the pool table. The house has six great TVs, an Amazon Alexa, and a Bose mini-link speaker for all of your entertainment fun.

Additionally, revel in the immaculate outdoor amenities at The Byrd House on Lake Blue Ridge. Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit! You’ll want to spend an evening soaking in the hot tub. You will not only love the views, but you’ll enjoy the two porches and all of the outdoor seating as well. You can even catch your favorite shows on the porch TV! Enjoy the lake and experience the beauty of nature! If you have a boat, bring it along with you! The private covered floating boat dock is located just across the cove from a public boat ramp. And the manicured path that takes you to the dock provides the perfect stroll through nature.

Lodge on the Lake 

This peaceful, wooded, waterfront cabin has everything you could possibly want! Lodge on the Lake has amazing mountain and lake views, an awesome dock for all your lake time activities, and is close to all the fun shopping and restaurants of Downtown Blue Ridge. The cabin is custom designed with floor to ceiling windows and an open floor plan, with a bright and warm farmhouse look that will have you feeling comfortable and homey in no time. Inside you’ll find a beautiful oversized kitchen, lots of cozy seating areas, a cool game room, 4 bedrooms, and plenty of space for all of your guests to spread out.

But outside is where you’ll spend most of your summer days! Choose sun or shade at the 2 level, partially covered dock area, make a splash on Lake Blue Ridge with a ride on your boat or waverunner which you can dock here, or play round after round of cornhole. After your fun in the sun, head to the deck and cook up some hot dogs & burgers on the gas grill, take in the lake views from one of the rocking chairs or lounge seats, and then warm up by the fire table or in the four person hot tub. Call it a night and then do it all again the next day! And just when you thought Lodge on the Lake couldn’t get any better you can bring along your best furry friend with you to join in the fun! 

Riverside Cabins

River Serenity

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Just as the name suggests you’ll find a peaceful riverside oasis at River Serenity. This wooded property set on the banks of the Toccoa River is located in the heart of the Aska Adventure Area, so you’ll be close by to all kinds of outdoor activities. You don’t even need to leave the cabin to have a fun outdoor adventure though. At River Serenity you can trout fish right from the riverside deck or boat or tube down the river. Even go for a quick dip and splash around in the waters of the Toccoa. Then lay back in the hammock by the river and watch the water rush by. Have more fun in the great outdoors relaxing by the fire or on one of the two screened in porches.

After a long day on the river head inside for a game of pool in the game room or for a home cooked meal in the dining room. Finish the night off cozy by the fire in the family room watching a movie and then getting a good night’s rest in one of the 3 bedrooms. Come find your peace at River Serenity

Toccoa Lookout Cottage

At Toccoa Lookout Cottage you’ll have everything you need to make it feel like home but all the amazing amenities of a private resort; plus the beautiful Toccoa River rushing through the property. Located in the heart of the Aska Adventure Area, you can spend the day exploring the great outdoors and then come back to your luxurious 4-bedroom cabin at the to relax and take in the views. Two huge decks overlook the river with plenty of seating, a gas grill, a hot tub, a hammock, and games like cornhole and oversized jenga are also available to keep you entertained. And if you want to get a little bit closer to the river Toccoa Lookout Cottage has a third deck on the rivers edge where you can dine at the picnic table, roast marshmallows at the firepit, or just relax and take in the calming sounds of the rushing water. And make sure you take advantage of the Toccoa River being right out your back door with some trout fishing off your deck or splashing in the waters, even tube on down the river! A

fter a day on the water head inside where you’ll find an extraordinary game room complete with foosball, billards, a 55″ TV, and a custom wet bar. And while you play in the game room the kids will have their own special area filled with toys, books, and games. Toccoa Lookout Cottage is fun for the whole family! 

Row Harder

Row, row, row your boat gently down the Toccoa at Row Harder cabin! Here you’ll find a tranquil riverside resort with a private guest house and room for 12 of your closest friends and family members. There’s plenty of space for everyone to gather both inside and out, and with great amenities and things to do you won’t ever be bored! Row Harder is a nature lover’s dream cabin. You can relax by the waters edge at the firepit or swing back and forth listening to the sounds of the Toccoa River flowing by. Catch dinner by trout fishing in the river or paddle your worries away kayaking down the river. Keep the outdoor fun going by playing in the fenced in yard with the dog or maybe a game of touch football. Head to the deck to stay cozy by the fire and watch your favorite movie or venture over to the gazebo where you can nap in the hammock.

If it starts to get a little chilly, head inside where you can bake some cookies in the huge, fully stocked kitchen or play some board games in the family room. And when it’s time for bed you can claim one of the 3 bedrooms in the main house or the two in the guest house. There’s plenty of space to unwind at Row Harder

Big River

If you are looking for a true escape from reality and the hustle and bustle of your daily life, then look no further than the newly renovated Big River! Tucked away at the end of a paved road, at the convergence of 2 branches of the mighty Fightingtown Creek, you will hear nothing but Mother Nature’s soundtrack of rushing water from every location on this magnificent property. Inside, this beautifully decorated cabin offers plenty of space for your guests to gather together, as well as to enjoy relaxing in privacy. Four spacious bedrooms have king size beds. The master suite on the main level features a comfortable seating area around a gas log fireplace, a wet bar, wall mounted Smart TV, a private bath with a walk-in shower & soaking tub. It even offers deck access so you can enjoy the view and sounds of the Creek during your morning coffee!

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. There is also a dining area for you and your guests, and a gas grill. The lower level deck has a seating area, hanging swing and also houses the relaxing & private 8 person hot tub. Besides relaxation, Big River is prepared to optimize the fun factor. The separate outdoor Creekfront entertainment pavilion is equipped to make any party a huge success. This spacious area includes 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.

Creekside Cabins

Cherokee Creek

Secluded in a lush canopy of tall trees on Cherry Log Mountain, the Blue Ridge cabin rental Cherokee Creek offers you the serene beauty of nature and all the comforts and modern amenities of a home away from home. Named for both the Cherokee Indians who lived in the area and for the creek that runs through a hollow below the property, the cabin is cozy and charming, like a grown-up version of the treehouse you loved as a kid. Inside, the all-wood, ceiling fan-cooled interior and comfy rustic furniture gives Cherokee Creek a warm and welcoming ambience, and the animal-themed décor represents the deer, turkeys, and bears that populate the surrounding woods. Barred owls make their nests nearby, and you can hear their calls from late afternoon into the evening.

As for the modern conveniences, you’ll find WiFi, five smart flat screen TVs with cable, Netflix and Amazon Prime (46” with DVD in the living room, 65” in the game room, and 42” in the bedrooms), and a state-of-the-art kitchen. The Amish hickory dining table seat seats six. Or fire up the gas grill and enjoy your dinner on the screened-in porch, where you’ll find a bistro table, chairs, rockers, glider and a hot tub with a great view of the woods. When it’s time to turn in for the night, you’ll slumber in comfort in one of three bedrooms. The downstairs master suite has a king log bed and private bath with tub and shower, and the two main level bedrooms have queen log beds and share an adjacent bath with tub and shower.

Colby’s Cabin

Beautifully designed and decorated in rustic style with a comfortable, cozy and inviting feel, Colby’s Cabin is spacious and has all the amenities of a home away from home and the privacy and beauty of your own private wooded oasis. Enjoy the fresh mountain air as you relax in the incredible outdoor living space, with its roomy decks, ample seating, and screened-in porch that features a wood-burning fireplace and 55” flat screen TV. There’s a gas grill, swing chairs, a hot tub with room for six, and down below, a fire pit, perfect for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.

Inside, Colby’s Cabin is airy and open, with a nature theme (notice the bear accents) and comfy furniture that invites you to kick back and relax. You can warm yourself in front of the gas fireplaces and enormous flat screen TVs on the main and lower levels, equipped with DirecTV. The game room offers a pool table, PlayStation3 with games, Blu-ray player, and sound bar for your entertainment pleasure. But the cabin’s greatest assets are intangible: the calming, relaxing sound of the flowing creek, the sight of a glorious sunrise or sunset, the sense of peace and tranquility you feel when you’re there, and the happy memories you’ll take with you.

Love you Deerly 

At Love You Deerly you’ll fall in love with the peaceful and beautiful setting, as well as the unique little details that can be found around the cabin. The property sits on a gentle rolling hill with a lovely little creek next to it. Sit in one of the wooden chairs beside the creek and admire the natural beauty that you see before you.

Love You Deerly truly is a quiet and peaceful cabin tucked away in the woods, and with a large pasture behind you. You may even get the chance to see the family of deer, that call the area home, grazing grass on the rolling hills. Take a moment to get out in nature and admire the view from one of the rocking chairs or the porch swing. After a day spent outdoors head inside where you can sink into the leather couch by the fireplace in the family room or cook up dinner  in the beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The kids will love Love You Deerly too; they have their very own room filled with bunk beds and a massive game room to play in! The whole family will love it here!

Creek Retreat

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Looking for a place that will have you feeling at peace and that is truly off the grid (but still close enough to the excitement?) Enter The Creek Retreat, a cozy, serene, and stunning cabin. This cabin is a beautiful home-away-from-home ready for your escape to Blue Ridge. The cabin is located right next to a creek and even has a koi pond with water features on the property. In addition, the cabin is located in a private neighborhood, and there’s even a lake stocked for fishing by the neighborhood association. 

As you enter the house, you’ll immediately be taken aback by the vaulted ceilings and the custom decor in the living room. Sit on the leather couch and unwind in front of the gas fireplace (it even comes with its own remote!) The kitchen has custom wood cabinetry and every type of appliance you’ll need to whip up a delicious meal. The kitchen has vaulted ceilings as well. With both a kitchen table and a dining room table, there’s plenty of room for everyone to spread out and unwind. Creek Retreat also has amenities specifically for kiddos (like stuffed animals, a tent, board games, and more!) You’ll love the outdoor amenities! Enjoy a wraparound deck, a lovely porch (complete with a porch swing!), a treehouse and deck made for pure enjoyment, and more. Take a seat on the outdoor loveseats overlooking the stocked koi pond and creek. Play some games at the table on the covered deck. Grill some burgers or veggie burgers on the gas grill. The choice is yours!

May Events 2022



Spring is in full bloom and this is an ideal time to come visit the North Georgia Mountains! Escape to Blue Ridge and enjoy a vibrant downtown, great restaurants, unique shops, rushing waterfalls, a sparkling blue lake, and mountain views that will take your breath away! Here’s your guide to local events in Blue Ridge and the surrounding areas for May:

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
May 4th – May 21st 
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 4 – 5 hikes a month varying in difficulty from easy, leisurely hikes to moderately difficult hikes.

May 4th: Lady Slipper Hike BMT at Weaver Creek in Blue Ridge
May 9th: BMT from Thunder Rock Campground
May 20th: Amadahy Trail – Dog friendly hike
May 21st: Memorial Hike for Tom Wright

Live Music at Tooney’s 
May 5th – May 27th 
Location: 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!

May 5th: Open Mic Night 
May 6th: Whiskey Rose Band 
May 7th: The Chris Key Band 
May 12th: Open Mic Night 
May 13th: Canon Tyler & The Spare Parts 
May 14th: Smokey Jones & the Three Dollar Pistols 
May 19th: Open Mic Night 
May 20th: Them Dirty Roses w/ One For The Road 
May 21st: Whiskey, Stills & Mash 
May 26th: Open Mic Night 
May 27th: Rosewood Grips 

Thursday Fun Runs at the Riverwalk
May 5th – May 26th 
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!

Pickin’ In The Park
May 5th – May 26th 
Location: Horseshoe Bend Park

Photo Courtesy of Fannin County Recreation Department

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

Blue Ridge Adventure Race
May 6th – 7th 
Location: The Downtown Pavilion and Bandstand 

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Adventure your way through some of the most beautiful areas in Blue Ridge at the 25th Annual Blue Ridge Adventure Race Weekend. This year’s 10 hour race will take place on the Aska Trails with a paddle part down the Toccoa. And on the 24 hour race you’ll venture through Amicalola Falls Park and then make your way back to Blue Ridge. Come watch as teams race through mountains, lakes, rivers, trails and more. 

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
May 6th – May 28th 
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

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

May 6th: Doctor Paul Constantine 
May 7th: Steve Baskin 
May 13th: Jennifer Lynn Simpson 
May 14th: Ray LaBean 
May 20th: Scott Stambaugh 
May 21st: Steven Push 
May 27th: Steve Vaclavik 
May 28th: Canon Tyler 

Live Music at The Dogwood
May 6th – 28th 
Location: The Dogwood

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

May 6th: Roscoe’s Roadshow 
May 7th: Daisy Chain 
May 13th: Travis Bowlin 
May 20th: Megan Fowler 
May 21st: Wyatt Espalin 
May 27th: Robbie Litt 
May 28th: Matty Croxton 

Live Music at Hook & Eye
May 6th – 13th 
Location: Hook & Eye Rooftop Bar

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

May 6th & 13th: Trevor Ciongoli 

The Rhododendron Festival
May 6th – 22nd 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 

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Head over to Hiawassee for 5 weekends filled with spring fun at The Rhododendron Festival at their beautiful Hamilton Gardens. Not only will you have the chance to tour the lovely gardens at full bloom but you will also have the chance to enjoy live music, food and craft vendors, a plant sale, daily seminars, and much more! Admission to the gardens is $5 and the event takes place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from April 22nd – May 22nd.

Georgia Apple Blossom Festival
May 7th – 8th 
Location: East Ellijay 

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The Georgia Apple Blossom Festival is back and better than ever with over 60 craft vendors, live music, food vendors, and family fun! Celebrate spring in North Georgia in Ellijay! 

Ducktown Spring Festival 
May 7th 
Location: Ducktown School

Head across the border to Tennessee for the Ducktown Spring Festival! From 11am – 8pm there will be arts & crafts, Bluegrass music, and lots of fun! Admission is $5 for children 12 & up. 

Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival
May 7th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Explore the beautiful Hamilton Gardens and drink wine all day long at the first ever Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! There will be live music, arts & craft vendors, live music, food, garden tours, and 20+ wineries In attendance at this awesome event! Tickets are $35 a person online or $40 at the gate. 

Live Music at Paradise Hills
May 7th – May 29th 
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Farm Winery

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Visit the winery at the beautiful Paradise Hills hidden in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The tasting room offers Paradise Hills wine, a selection of craft beers, hard cider, and wine slushies as well as cheese and charcuterie boards, tapas, and shared platters. You can enjoy your drinks and snacks as you listen to local artists perform Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm, along with May 27th from 4pm – 8pm and May 29th from 1pm – 5pm for a fun filled Memorial Day weekend. 

May 7th: Ryan Little Eagle
May 14th: Tom Edwards
May 21st: Dr. Paul
May 27th: Trailer Hippies
May 28th: Stephan Busie Band (Great American Pie Festival $25 ticket)
May 29thScott Stambough

Tommy Townsend’s Southern Man Album Release Party
May 7th 
Location: Grandaddy Mimm’s 

Celebrate the release of Tommy Townsend’s newest album with some moonshine from Grandaddy Mimm’s! Come on out and listen to him play songs from his Southern Man album along with Waymore’s Outlaws from 7pm – 10pm! 

Mother’s Day Celebration
May 8th 
Location: Bin 322 

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Celebrate your momma at Bin 322! A four course meal will be provided from Chef Joseph’s Creations,  along with a complimentary bottle of wine and live jazz music from Ryan Davis & Tom Ladow. If interested please contact Bin 322 for more details & ticket prices. 

Blithe Spirit 
May 12th – 29th 
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

In the show when novelist Charles, with the help of Madame Arcati, performs a séance it accidentally summons his first wife. Charle’s first wife then attempts to ruin his current marriage and put him in harm’s way so that he can live with her in death! Come see this hilarious show at Blue Ridge Community Theater Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. The show runs now till March 20th, call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets! 

Bonnie & Clyde the Musical
May 13th – 15th 
Location: Fannin County Performing Arts Center

Photo Courtesy of Fannin County High School

Come see the musical retelling of the renowned criminal duo Bonnie & Clyde at the Fannin County Performing Arts Center. Shows are the 13th at 7pm, the 14th at 2pm & 7pm, and the 15th at 2pm & 6pm. Don’t miss Fannin County High School perform this awesome show. Tickets are $9. 

Live Music at Lake Blue Ridge Marina
May 13th – May 27th 
Location: Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina 

Photo Courtesy of the Lake Blue Ridge Marina

Relax on the shores of Lake Blue Ridge from the Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina. There you’ll have a beautiful view of the lake, delicious entrees and cocktails, and live music on the weekends! Live music is 6pm – 9pm on select Fridays. You’ll feel relaxed and renewed in no time!

May 13th: Danny Rhea
May 20th: Travis Bowlin
May 27th: David Welch

Georgia Mountain Classics Annual Car Show 
May 14th 
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge City Park

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Mountain Classics Car Club

The Classic Car Show is back in Downtown Blue Ridge! Drop by May 14th from 9am – 4pm for classic cars, concessions, and vendors. Interested in submitted your own car? Register on their website and receive a goodie bag for participating. 

Scotty McCreery 
May 14th 
Location: The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

He rose to fame from American Idol and now he is one of country music’s biggest stars! Don’t miss Scotty McCreery at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on May 14th at 7pm! He’ll be performing some of his biggest hits and songs from his newest album ‘Same Truck’. 

Spring Festival 
May 21st 
Location: Blue Ridge United Methodist Church 

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge United Methodist Church

Blue Ridge United Methodist Church is hosting a Spring Festival! There will be games, crafts, live music, magic, a cakewalk and more! And it’s free! Drop by from 10am – 3pm on May 21st

2nd Annual Paws for Celebration
May 21st 
Location: Willow Falls Resort

Photo Courtesy of the Humane Society of Blue Ridge

Give back to the community with this wonderful event hosted by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge. There will be a silent auction, live music from Mook and Mimi, beer & wine for a $5 donation, and dinner from the Rum Cake Lady! Tickets are $65 a person and can be purchase from the Humane Society of Blue Ridge’s website. 

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards 
May 21st 
Location: Cartecay Vineyards 

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

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

May 21st: Adrian Stover Live

Dance to the Oldies
May 21st 
Location: Haralson Memorial Civic Center

Photo Courtesy of Joshua Warriors

Grab your dancing shoes and head over to Blairsville for the night to celebrate the red, white, and blue. Kurt the Old School DJ will be playing hot songs from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s all night long! There will be snacks, drinks, a raffle, and lots of dancing. The event is free but donations are appreciated! 

Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins
May 27th 
Location: Dairy Queen / DQ Grill & Chill, Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Mountain Classic Car Club

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

Movie Night at Deep Roots Orchard
May 27th 
Location: Deep Root Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchard

Watch a free movie under the stars at Deep Roots Orchard. The movie is “Dirty Dancing” and starts at 9pm. Bring blankets and pillows and get comfy as you enjoy your movie. And if you’re in the need for movie snacks concessions will be sold as well!

Hiawassee Pro Rodeo
May 27th – May 29th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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

46th Annual Spring Arts in the Park
May 28th – 29th 
Location: Blue Ridge Downtown City Park

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association

The Spring Arts in the Park is back for it’s 46th year in a row! Shop artworks from over 175 juried fine artists! There will also be food vendors and artist demos all weekend long. Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 & under are free! All proceeds go towards the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. 

Memorial Day Parade
May 28th 
Location: Blairsville, GA

Photo Courtesy of the American Legion Post 121, Blairsville

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

Live Music at Grandaddy Mimm’s
May 28th 
Location: Grandaddy Mimm’s 

Photo Courtesy of Grandaddy Mimms

Head over to Grandaddy Mimm’s Distillery in Blairsvile for a handcrafted moonshine or spirit! And drop by select Saturday afternoons for live music from local artists!

May 28th: Lucas Smith 

The Spring Arts, Crafts & Music Festival
May 28th – 29th 
Location: Downtown Blairsville

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Blairsville’s Downtown  comes alive Memorial Day Weekend with talented artists, musicians, and food. The weekend begins with a concert at the Old Courthouse Friday evening, a Memorial Day parade at 10am on Saturday, an outdoor concert on the Square Saturday evening and of course the festival! FREE and family-friendly!