For Americans visiting Europe, an integral part of the adventure is partaking of the local cuisine and libations. When Europeans immigrate to our country they too enjoy our regional cuisine, at least for a little while. Eventually, they begin to miss a fine Irish whiskey or a delicately seasoned Polish sausage. Fortunately for Blue Ridge, some of these traditional European fares have established themselves here in the mountains. On your next stay with us, consider visiting one of these fine establishments.
Over 4,500 miles separate the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Bavarian Alps, but only a few miles come between our cabins and the genuine vibes of a German beer garden. If you are looking to have a non-American food experience, then try a sampling of sausages with choices that include Boar, Venison, Buffalo, Pheasant, and Elk. If you want to experience something on draft besides Miller Lite, then cozy up to the bar and start asking about their outstanding hops selections. And if you don’t want to take your husband shopping with you, the sign on the door at the Black Bear acknowledges that they have free husband daycare! Meet him later for a brew and a large German soft pretzel. You won’t be disappointed.
The curb impression is very deceiving as you drive up to the Boro Inn. From the outside, there is nothing authentic about it. As you open the door, you enter a pub in the County Wexford, with Father Brendan Doyle (retired) officiating behind the bar. With 177 different handcrafted libations including whiskeys and brews whose recipes span 1,300 years, there is nothing that isn’t authentic at the Boro. Part pub, part museum, you will be as captivated by historical artifacts as you will be by the bartender’s brogue. The music, the stories, the potations and the grub will land you smack in the middle of The Emerald Isle while you vacation in the North Georgia Mountains.
Chef Danny Mellman takes Italian fare to a new level at this fine-dining ristorante located in Morganton, GA, just a few miles east of Blue Ridge. This is the perfect place to spend an evening with friends. Start out with a plate of Frito Misto- flash fried calamari and fish with artichokes and lemon and charred tomato-lemon aioli. The salads are shareable in size. The Treviso is a patron favorite – with bacon, balsamic, fresh pear, walnuts, and Gorgonzola. A myriad of pasta, risottos, and polentas, with fresh roasted vegetables, compliment delectable fresh sauces, meat entrees, and the finest of seafood. This is Old World Italian cuisine served mountainside. Reservations are recommended.
Do you often crave your Babciu’s pierogi? Maybe you always
preferred her meat pies even though everyone else fought over the potato and
cheese filled pockets. Has it been years since you dove into a dish of your grandmother’s cabbage rolls? Margo wants to satisfy those memories. She is in her kitchen
preparing all of her menu by hand daily
to assure the best quality taste. When the weather cooperates, you can enjoy amazing
Polish sausages, krauts, goulash, soups, and
baked goods served on the kawiarnia na dworze
(outdoor patio). Whether seated indoors or out, having a chair in
Margo’s kitchen means a visit from Margo, too. You will love the food, the
experience, and the chef.
Hiking with your dog can be fun for both you and your furry friend. Not only does it provide a great source of exercise for you and your dog, but it’s also one of the best ways to have amazing adventures while creating memories that will last a lifetime. It’s a win-win for everyone!
While we’d all love to be able to take our dogs with us on every trail we venture down, we can’t always do that. Sometimes the trails are too steep or the terrain is too rough for our four-legged friends to maneuver, or sometimes they simply aren’t allowed in that area because of other critters that may be dangerous for our dogs to encounter.
To make things a little easier for you and your furry companion, here’s a list of a few trails around the Blue Ridge area that are sure to bring tons of fun for both and your favorite adventure buddy!
Duncan Ridge Trail
Easily accessible by both the Appalachian Trail and the Benton MacKaye Trail, the Duncan Ridge Trail is one of the more difficult trails in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, spanning a total of around 30.1 miles. While the trail is labeled as moderate to strenuous by most experienced hikers and backpackers out there (mainly because of the low usage and steep climbs), don’t let that discourage you from taking on this gorgeous trek back into the Chattahoochee National Forest! You don’t have to hike the whole 30.1 miles and for those with pups that aren’t too keen on making friends with other hikers/dogs, this trail will let you have the outdoor experience you always wanted without the anxiety of other dogs and hikers.
The Duncan Ridge Trail begins at Three Forks on the Appalachian Trail/Benton MacKaye Trail. Beginning at Three Forks, you’ll hop on the AT and walk the beautiful mile stretch out toward Long Creek Falls, following the soft sounds of the creek that runs alongside the trail. Hiking toward the falls, the Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) and the Duncan Ridge Trail veer off to the right less than 0.1 miles after the short path down to the falls begins. There will be markers present that identifies which trail is the BMT and which is the Duncan Ridge Trail but just in case, follow the blue vertical blazes (marks on the trees) for the Duncan Ridge and the white diamond blazes for the BMT.
From there, hikers will follow the trail through a tunnel of laurels and rhododendrons during the spring and summer months deep into the Chattahoochee National Forest before reaching the swinging bridge over the Toccoa River. Hikers can choose to push on and make the climb up Tooni Mountain, or call it a day a hike back toward Three Forks. Regardless of what you decide, just remember to have fun and hike your own hike!
Appalachian Approach Trail
Roughly 75 percent of Appalachian Trail hikers, thru-hikers and sectioners alike, decide to take the Appalachian Approach Trail to begin the trail while the other 25 percent simply take off at the base of Springer Mountain as they start the 2,192 mile (or less) journey. But for those who want to join the majority, the 8-mile trail starts off from Amicalola Falls State Park, beginning the 78-mile Georgia portion of this famous hiking trail to Maine. Not planning on walking to Maine? Then just hop on the Appalachian Approach Trail with your favorite furry pal and enjoy one of the best day hikes in the North Georgia Mountains.
Just above the top of Amicalola Falls (you can hike up the falls or just enjoy the view from the parking lot at the top), the trailhead begins. For the first ⅓ mile, the trail will coincide with the Len Foote Hike Inn. When the trail forks, follow the blue blazes, veer left, and head toward Springer Mountain.
Soon enough the trail will leave Amicalola State Park, climbing its way through the Chattahoochee National Forest and onward toward the Appalachian Trail. Though not strenuous, this trail is rated at moderate, so this might prove a challenge for some at certain parts of the trail. Elevation gain is steady over the eight miles, climbing gradually through the thick Chattahoochee Forest. During the spring and summer months, the trail beams with lush greenery and vibrant native wildflowers. In the fall, the trail is a technicolor of bright orange, yellow, and red. Regardless of the time of year, the trail promises spectacular scenery.
While much of the eight-mile stretch is shaded and covered with thicket, the last 1.5 miles will provide close to 500-ft elevation gain and thinning treeline as you make the final climb up Springer. And once you get to the summit, the blue blazes will fade to white, marking the Southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail and a gorgeous view of the rolling mountains and valleys of the Blue Ridge.
Stanley Gap Trail
If you’re looking for the typical North Georgia hiking experience for you and your furry friend, look no further than the Stanley Gap Trail. Full of bright red Georgia clay and plenty of white mountain granite and large roots, you’re in for an adventurous afternoon out in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Now, be forewarned, this trail doesn’t offer up any waterfalls or stunning summit views, but it’s great for those who just want to get out and enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains. Plus, you’ll have plenty of protection from the sun on hot, humid days.
Coming in at just under 5 miles — around 4.8 mi — the Stanley Gap Trail is rated at moderated, but those used to hiking easier trails shouldn’t find this one too difficult either. It’s fairly forgiving, with breaks in the upward climb every 50- 100 ft along the way. The main thing hikers should watch out for are large upturned roots and rocks that can be a bit tricky to manage if you’re not careful. But as long as you are being mindful of them, the hike shouldn’t pose any problems whatsoever.
The highest point on the trail comes around Rocky Mountain, just below the summit, near the trail’s halfway point. After reaching that point, you’ll have to scamper up one last incline before winding back down for 1,000 ft descent toward Deep Gap. If you’re not wanting to hike all the way back to the trailhead, you can always make arrangements ahead of time for someone to pick you up at the Deep Gap parking lot or even catch a ride with a trail system shuttle driver back to you (and your dog!) back to your car.
Where are your favorite places to hike with your favorite 4-legged family member? Be sure to share your pictures of your journeys with us on Facebook or Instagram. We’d love to see where your Escape to Blue Ridge takes you!
Some of us just don’t “vacation” well. Swinging in a hammock, listening to the birdies go “tweet, tweet, tweet” is a might too boring. Nor does the quest to hike to the top of a waterfall hold any allure. We need a more constructive reason to leave home and head to the mountains. For those who need an educational prospect before booking a cabin, here are some awesome Blue Ridge conferences, workshops, and day trips available this spring.
From Shabby To Chic
Outlaws Workshop – Stay with us while you venture into town for this 3-day hands-on workshop being offered by an incredibly talented group of home décor specialists. This workshop focuses on refurbishing that old piece of furniture and painting it with the latest techniques. This would be a great Mother-Daughter Weekend retreat – an early celebration of Mother’s Day. May 3-5, 2019
The 22nd Annual Blue Ridge Writer’s Conference – For more than two decades this writer’s conference has brought together would be authors with leaders in the publishing industry, offering instruction on both sides of the trade. This is a jam-packed conference in an amazingly comfortable atmosphere, aiding in the fostering of new friendships and maximizing business networking. April 5 and 6, 2019.
Leather Working Workshop – The Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center is the regions premier facility for arts education. Have you wanted a taste of leatherworking without investing lots of time and money? During this one day class students will make something beautiful and learn a new skill. Each student will take home their creative leather bag including a strap and tassel. April 16, 2019
Chimps Rock – This is the perfect event for kids and kids at heart. Project Chimps provides lifelong care to former research chimpanzees at its 236-acre forested sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is an opportunity to visit the sanctuary, receive a guided walking tour, see chimps behind glass and even participate in a Chimp Rock painting craft project. April 26 and April 27, 2019
Rock the Dome – The O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium at Young Harris College features more than 30 Friday-evening public shows. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for the best seats. No late seating is permitted. These public planetarium shows include a live-narrated “seasonal stargazing” segment in addition to the featured full-dome program. If you love classic rock, don’t miss the performances in late April/early May which will have that Dome rocking to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Peter Frampton, to name a few. April 26, 2019, May 3, 2019
An Apple A Day
Mercier’s Blossom Tours – Visitors from all over the world flock to Mercier Orchards every year to purchase goods produced from the fruits of the orchards. Few know that in the spring, they can take advantage of guided tours during the blossom season, learning about the cultivation of the many varieties of fruit the Orchard harvests each year. Bring your camera on these tours, because the visual spectacle of the blossoms is almost as captivating as the marvelous fragrant bouquets. Because Mother Nature doesn’t care to keep a tight schedule, you can call the Orchard at 800-361-7731 to find out when the blossom tours will be offered this Spring.
Sometimes you plan an Escape to Blue Ridge six months ahead of time and just dream of what it will feel like when you unlock that cabin door and walk in for the first time. You’ve been day dreaming (and maybe even night dreaming!) about exploring the beautiful town of Blue Ridge. Shopping, eating, hiking and enjoying all the quaintness that makes up this town. Back at the cabin you can’t wait to cozy up on the couches, light a fire-indoors or out, and of course relax in the hot tub before turning in for the evening in comfortable bedrooms.
With over two hundred cabins to choose from you can be
particular about which one you select based on your taste and style. You can
select pet friendly cabins or by the quantity of bedrooms. You can pick cabins
with game rooms or with gourmet kitchens. You can book cabins with glorious
views or that are privately situated. You can reserve cabins by the lake or by
rivers. You can even base your decision on the style of hot tub you will get to
enjoy! We’ve created a roundup of twenty cabins with nine
different hot tub styles!
Good things come in small
packages, and that applies to the 2-bedroom, 2 bath North Georgia mountain
cabin rental A Sunset Dream. Comfortably accommodating a small family, two couples, or
four friends on a guys’ or girls’ getaway, it’s a jewel of a home with a
spectacular view. Located in Cherry Log in the Hidden Lake subdivision, just
seven miles from downtown Blue Ridge, A Sunset Dream is a secluded, private
paradise, aptly named for the glorious sunsets you can enjoy from every room.
3 bath home is pet friendly and only ten minutes from the quaint town of Blue
Ridge and is perched perfectly within a comfortable and paved cabin community
located at the top of Trammell Mountain. This executive-level cabin has a
completely open floor plan and offers amazing floor-to-ceiling glass windows
overlooking the expansive mountain range. Bearly Behaving is a wonderful, all-around cabin for all kinds of great
vacation behavior —it’s cozy enough for a romantic getaway and large enough for
multiple families to enjoy. Its panoramas are all-inclusive with short and
long-range mountain views and idyllic pastoral scenes.
Bent Tree is a 3-bedroom, 3
bath cabin situated at one of the highest points of the gated Greenridge Mountain
community in the Aska Adventure Area, overlooking Lake Blue Ridge and miles of
rolling mountains for a truly awe-inspiring showcase of views. This is a
professionally decorated cabin where the owner has thought of all of the
amenities, whether your vacation is for a romantic getaway for two or for the
whole family. Although Bent Tree is only 5 minutes from the Lake and the charming town of
Blue Ridge, it is the perfect hideaway for an unforgettable vacation.
Ascend high into the mountains and
climb up the front stairs of Stairway to Heaven where your vacation will reach
a whole new level. This perfectly-appointed two-bedroom cottage is a truly
romantic getaway with custom touches throughout. The home’s private ambiance
belies its treasured location in My Mountain community and its easy 15-minute
proximity to downtown Blue Ridge. Stairway to
Heaven’s dramatic wall of glass will draw you out toward the amazing
covered deck overlooking spectacular mountain and pastoral views. You’ll feel
torn about where to spend your time — out on the deck relaxing at the dining
table and eating al fresco or back inside where the home’s unbelievable touches
draw you in for restful luxuriating.
Beyond is a 4-bedroom 3.5 bath that is so named because its
magnificent setting, spectacular panoramic view, sumptuous comfort, rustically
elegant furnishings, impressive architectural detail and lighting are sure to
make you feel “above and beyond”.
Located in the Aska Adventure Area four miles from the restaurants and
shops of downtown Blue Ridge and the Toccoa River, and five miles from Lake
Blue Ridge where you can enjoy boating, fishing or hiking. Also, close to attractions such as Mercier
Orchards, horseback riding and zip lining. At Above & Beyond small dogs are
welcome, so forget the kennel and bring your furry best friend with you and
have a great vacation.
Noontootla Cottage is like stepping into a scene from classic American literature, but updated for this century. Sitting amongst the corn field with its sharp roofline angles, stacked stone chimney and open, front deck, the white farmhouse immediately sparks child-like enthusiasm. It sleeps seven and is perfect for a leisurely, fun-filled family getaway or for a couple of parents treating their kids’ to their first fishing excursion. Let Noontootla Cottage reward you, not just through great fishing, but through an entire experience that will reconnect you and your loved ones for a most memorable mountain vacation.
Stepping into Tondelia, you’ll
immediately be taken by its views and open, airy feel, with spacious rooms and
windows at every turn. You’ll marvel at the careful attention to detail that’s
been lavished throughout the cabin, where the game room is every bit as
beautiful as the main floor and gorgeous bedrooms. This is the perfect setting
for several couples looking for a peaceful escape from the city. With its grace
and beauty, Tondelia
offers a lovely setting to leave your cares behind and enjoy great times with
good friends. The days you spend here will be cherished for years to come.
If you’re looking for the
perfect place to bring your whole family on your next vacation, look no further
Playground, a Blue Ridge, GA cabin
rental that promises you and your children a fun-filled getaway. True to its
name, this spacious cabin in the woods near the Toccoa River is a playground
for both adults and kids, with plenty of child-friendly features and amenities.
Large family? No problem: the cabin sleeps ten, and has two sets of twin bunk
beds in the downstairs bedroom and twin beds and a toddler bed in the upstairs
loft, perfect for your young ones. The loft’s play area includes a puppet
theater, play kitchen, a 32” flat screen with Blu-ray, and toys to delight kids
of all ages, and the swings, slide, playhouse, and trampoline on the
railing-protected deck will provide hours of fun. Older kids (and parents) will
love the basketball shooter game outside. A crib, bassinet, baby swing,
carrier, portable child seat and high chair are available, and there are safety
gates on the stairs.
When you think of the perfect Blue
Ridge mountain cabin rental, does it have a beautiful wooded mountain setting
on a river? Is it private, romantic, and tailor-made for an intimate getaway
for two? Riverbend
Cottage is that place, a cozy hideaway where you and your loved one
can relax, reconnect and rekindle in a picturesque, nature-filled Fightingtown
Creek setting. This property also features a separate artist studio right on
the water. Located in McCaysville, less than 11 miles from downtown Blue Ridge,
but worlds away from the commotion of daily life, this two-level gem of a home
is professionally decorated to maximize the spectacular view of the river, just
steps away from your door.
is aptly named— this stunning home is built right on the banks of the Toccoa
River near the famed Shallowford Bridge in Blue Ridge. The views from this
unique property are as close to the water as you can get, and the home is
tucked into the corner of a lovely wooded lot. Here, life is about both the
liveliness and calmness of the abundant river. You can cast your line to fish
directly from the home’s huge deck, without moving from your comfortable
rocking chair. Or, grab your inner tube to join the happy passersby on floating
rides toward river’s end. The home’s level lot offers many vantage points to
take in the plentiful views and activity whether from picnic tables, the
charming outdoor swing, the huge hot tub or from around an outdoor horseshoe
Set on a hillside on more than two
acres with breathtaking unobstructed long-range views of the mountains and Lake
Blue Ridge, the Adventure Us
has its very own waterfall and lots of areas to explore. A spacious tri-level
showplace, this 3-bedroom, 3 bath is a private mountain oasis where you can
gather with loved ones in a magnificent natural setting that’s close to
fabulous and fun activities and experiences. You can take your pet for a walk
(yes, your dogs are welcome!) along the fenced-in property for a small taste of
the wondrous nature that surrounds you. It’s a short scenic drive to
destinations like Amicalola Falls, the Toccoa Swinging Bridge, wineries of
Dahlonega and the shops and restaurants of downtown Blue Ridge are only a 10-minute
drive down the mountain.
Nestled in the trees on quiet
Pisgah Mountain at an altitude of almost 2,700 feet just 20 minutes from the
shops and restaurants of downtown Blue Ridge and close to fun activities like
horseback riding, white water rafting, zip lining, and the area’s wineries and
Sunrise is a tri-level showplace with awe-inspiring views that will
take your breath away. This pet friendly 3-bedroom, 3-bath can be your home
away from home in a wooded oasis with a fabulous view!
Rocky Top is a cozy Georgia
Mountain cabin rental nestled into the My Mountain area of Morganton. You’ll
feel like you’re on top of the world here, and truly away from it all. Great
for a couple or family, this lovely two-bedroom, authentic log cabin has
caramel-colored real log with chinking inside and out, and open beam ceilings
throughout the space. Every room has a chic country touch, from the main room’s
elegant furniture to the romantic French toile master bedroom, down to the
hutch near the dining area displaying a toile-themed plate collection. Spend
quiet evenings out on the screened-in porch, lounging on the swing or rockers
with a nightcap. Watch a movie on the 50″ flat screen TV in the great
room, kept warm and cozy by the corner gas fireplace. Enjoy a romantic, late
night dip in the hot tub under starry skies. Rocky Top
is a peaceful place high above the hills that feels far away from the rest of
the world. With its beautiful mix of mountain cabin and French countryside
decor, its unique and charming atmosphere offers a wonderful environment to
relax and restore you.
The Overlook cabin is a place in a
storybook setting where stories are also in fact, created. By far, this
property is in one of the most private settings in the North Georgia Mountains.
You’ll travel along a sharply winding, steep gravel road that will rekindle
imaginings from childhood fables which took place in secret woods. However,
this road is easily mastered and your reward rests in the charm and beauty of The Overlook
cabin. Perched high above the Aska Adventure area, this home has panoramic
mountain and distant lake views.
God’s Glory sits atop the coziest
nook in the North Georgia Mountains in a lovely and inviting Blue Ridge
community. This is a family-oriented cabin in a perfectly private setting with
rambling views, yet is also in easy range of town and other neighbors. Reaching
God’s Glory is a comfortable drive along paved roads. Perfect vacation
daydreams will form as your stress unwinds along the winding idyllic scenery.
Beautiful long-range views invigorates the senses and several ponds that peek
through the woods call for skipping rocks or cooling wades to soothe on summer
days. Welcome to the greatness of a cabin named God’s Glory.
The charm of this home and the experiences it provides will bring your family
closer and create many memories.
Stone Pine Lodge is not your
typical Blue Ridge mountain cabin rental. As you’d expect, this brand-new
vacation home has the rustic cabin feel, secluded private setting and
breathtaking view of the mountains from its tri-level decks. There are enormous
windows in its great room that let you take in nature in all its expansive
glory. The cabin is also the epitome of effortless modern luxury, putting
everything–state-of-the-art at your fingertips. With sound system TVs, lighting,
remote gas fireplaces and hot tub with Bluetooth-enabled speakers throughout
all with simplistic operations, the better to relax and enjoy the comforts of
your home away from home. Named for its four Tennessee Stone fireplaces and
pines that surround it, Stone Pine
Lodge is perched on a mountainside 22 feet off the ground from its
lower deck, where you can hear the faint sound of a small creek below the
For your North Georgia cabin
rental, do you want a beautiful mountain hideaway surrounded by trees or a
peaceful water view? If you choose Lake
Blue Ridge Overlook, you get both! As its name suggests, this unique
cabin is situated on Lake Blue Ridge, which makes it perfect for water sports
enthusiasts. It comes with a private dock and boat slip, so you can swim, water
ski, and go fishing, boating, kayaking or canoeing to your heart’s content, all
just a few steps away. Hiking trails are close by, and it’s only a 20-minute
drive to the shops, bars, and restaurants of downtown Blue Ridge.
Pure Pleasure on the Lake is a pure
delight! This magnificent North Georgia cabin rental is located on the
20-mile-long Lake Nottely, and has one of the best lake views the area has to
offer. It sits just over the shoreline with tiered steps down to its private
dock with a ladder. Year-long deep water makes it a great property if you’d
like to bring your own boat or rent one from the nearby marina. The cabin is
equal distance to iconic Blue Ridge, GA and the new Harrah’s casino in Murphy,
NC. This home has been thoughtfully designed all for its guests’ pleasure. Come
Pleasure on the Lake and you’ll find that it fulfills all of your
family’s vacation needs from endless fun to never-ending tranquility.
Heaven is a luxurious mountaintop cabin with spectacular 180o views
that can be yours for a very special vacation getaway. Ideal for large families
or a group of friends, this spacious cabin sleeps 12 in its four bedrooms and
library/loft, with king beds in the upstairs master, main floor and downstairs
bedrooms, twin bunk beds and twin over double size beds in the second
downstairs bedroom that kids will love. There’s also a full-size crib and Pack
‘n Play in the closet. But its most important feature is the way it will make
you feel: comfortable, relaxed and at peace, like you’ve left your cares behind
and entered a luxurious private world, a heavenly experience you’ll treasure
for years to come.
Searching for the perfect Blue Ridge cabin rental to
lift you away from the chaos of your daily life? At Rise Up your
spirits will soar from the moment you arrive. Perched on a hilltop and
surrounded by woods, you can take in the incredible long-range views of the
Appalachian Mountains from every room. Located in the Aska Adventure area, a
short drive from hiking trails, seven miles from downtown Blue Ridge, and only
two miles from Toccoa Riverside Restaurant, this cabin offers upscale comfort
with a vintage western log cabin theme so that you can unwind and enjoy the
peaceful feeling of being nestled in the mountains.
It has been said that if you are fishing to catch fish, you
are fishing for the wrong reason. Now, don’t get me wrong, catching fish is a
whole lot of fun and definitely the reward for all the effort you put forth,
but what I’m talking about is the spiritual part of fishing. There is just
something about being in the middle of the river, just you and your rod. The
motion and the movement of your rod and line is like an artist painting a
masterpiece. The subtlety of the line whipping back and forth until the fly
ever so gently rests on the water just waiting for a trout to come take a taste.
The quietness and the solitude of the rippling waters make you feel like you
are one with nature. This is what fishing is all about.
Blue Ridge, Georgia was designated the Fly Fishing Capital of Georgia because of the nature of our rivers, creeks, and streams. Here you can find large wild rainbow, brown and brook trout. Additionally, the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery stocks our creeks with thousands of fish between March and July. Right now, in the coldest months of the year, is when you can put both your skill and knowledge to the test and fish for the native trout. They thrive in the most frigid of waters and are experts at hiding in eddie lines and behind rocks. If you are interested in fishing these plentiful waters, there are a multitude of outfitters in and around town that can provide instruction, equipment, and guiding services.
Meet Will Taylor
While the Toccoa River, Rock Creek, and Cooper’s Creek are popular fishing destinations, Will Taylor and his expert guides will take you to private locations where you can catch trout that you’ll want to write home about. At the very least, all of your friends will be jealous when they see the beauties you pull in and then of course release. Taylor and his family are longtime residents of Blue Ridge, Georgia. He has created a name for himself along with his wife, Lesa, with their native trout photography. Their shop, Fly Shop Co, specializes in locally tied flies, apparel, gear, and a large selection of made in the USA items. Conservation of our waters and the inhabitants of our creeks and streams are very important to the Taylors and they are taking steps to ensure that measures ahre set in place to not only protect the trout, but also the riverbanks themselves. Book a trip with Will and you will see for yourself. His passion and excitement for fly fishing is contagious and the fish you will catch will create special memories to last a lifetime.
On Saturday, April 27th the Blue Ridge Mountain
Trout Unlimited #696 and the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce will host the 4th Annual Blue Ridge Trout Festival & Outdoor
Adventures event. Located in downtown Blue Ridge, you will have the opportunity
to meet with local adventure outfitters and fishing guides. There will also be conservation
information, clothing and fishing gear, home décor and gifts, along with fly
making demonstrations. You don’t have to worry about being hungry or thirsty while
at the festival. A food truck alley and beer garden will be available for you
to enjoy if you don’t want to check out one of our wonderful downtown Blue
Ridge restaurants. Admission is $5 per person and leashed dogs are welcome to join
you as you learn more about the Blue Ridge fly fishing culture.
Hooked on Toccoa is
uniquely located with step-in entry directly into the river, giving you private
access to world-class fly fishing and is also the perfect spot for tubing,
kayaking or just splashing around in the refreshingly clear tailwaters of the
Toccoa. With an expansive grassy waterfront, you can take your pick of places
to unwind outdoors- on the sprawling screened-in porch, next to the fireplace
under the pavilion or suspended right above the river on the large wooden dock.
The cabin is located only minutes from the beautifully manicured Old Toccoa
Farm golf course and a 10-minute drive directly into historic downtown Blue
Ridge, which offers delicious dining and chic shopping options.
Noontootla Creek in the
North Georgia Mountains is world-renowned for trophy trout
fishing. Located in the highly desirable Aska Adventure area, Noontootla
Cottage is a prize in and of itself. Noontootla Cottage is like
stepping into a scene from classic American literature, but updated for this
century. Sitting amongst the corn field with its sharp roofline angles,
stacked stone chimney and open, front deck, the white farmhouse immediately
sparks child-like enthusiasm. It sleeps seven and is perfect for a leisurely,
fun-filled family getaway or for a couple of parents treating their kids’ to
their first fishing excursion. This is the finest farmhouse in an
anglers’ most prized location. Let Noontootla Cottage reward you, not just
through great fishing, but through an entire experience that will reconnect you
and your loved ones for a most memorable mountain vacation.
Run is aptly named— this stunning home is built right on the banks of the
Toccoa River near the famed Shallowford Bridge in Blue Ridge. The views from
this unique property are as close to the water as you can get, and the home is
tucked into the corner of a lovely wooded lot. Here, life is about both the
liveliness and calmness of the abundant river. You can cast your line to fish
directly from the home’s huge deck, without moving from your comfortable
rocking chair. Or, grab your inner tube to join the happy passersby on floating
rides toward river’s end. The home’s level lot offers many vantage points
to take in the plentiful views and activity whether from picnic tables, the
charming outdoor swing, the huge hot tub or from around an outdoor horseshoe
While we should always remember to love each other 365 days
a year, it’s fun to make plans and get excited about going above and beyond for
your special someone to celebrate Valentine’s Day. When you escape to Blue Ridge
for a weekend or week-long getaway, there is always something to do, see or
just take time to reinvigorate your passion for each other. Whether you want to
stay cozied up by the fire or go out and live it up, these Valentine Day ideas
will make you the cupid of the year!
Surprise! We’re Escaping
Leave a note for your main squeeze letting them know you are
whisking them away on a romantic getaway. Depending upon your season in life, will
determine how much notice your partner needs in case work arrangements are
needed or schedules need to be rearranged, but don’t give too much info away to
them, surprises are fun! Place it next to their coffee in the morning, under
the pillow before bed, or if you get home before they do, on the table next to
a single rose.
Home Away From Home
We make it easy for you to book a fabulous cabin
and offer concierge services to help make your trip even more special, but most
importantly that make you look like a Rockstar! Choose to have fresh flowers, chocolate
dipped strawberries, a box of chocolates and a bottle of champagne waiting for
you at the cabin. We can even stock the refrigerator so you can cook up a
delicious breakfast in the morning and grill some fresh fish and steaks in the
evening. When you arrive, they will be squealing with joy, not only at the beauty
of the cabin you rented, but for the love and thought that you put into making
this trip so special.
Spend the day time hiking
along the Benton MacKaye Tail and go frolic on the swinging
bridge. Test the trust in your love by standing in the middle and jumping up
and down to see who panics first. Kidding, of course! Maybe keep things a little more low key and detour
down to Long
Creek Falls or nearby Fall Branch Falls. Having a piece of jewelry in your
pocket or a meaningful gift to give her while hearing the falls rush behind you
will guarantee yourself a wonderful rest of the weekend! Come back and freshen
up to hit the adorable shops in downtown Blue Ridge while waiting for your
dinner reservation at one of the town’s fine dining establishments like The Black Sheep or Harvest on Main.
From a glorious sunrise in the morning to spectacular sunsets
in the evenings, there is nothing wrong with staying put inside your cabin and
enjoying all the glorious views and amenities they have to offer. Crackling
fireplaces are abundant to sit by and share your hopes, goals, and dreams. Game
rooms a great way to challenge each other and hear the sweet sound of your
heart’s laughter. Take a relaxing dip in the hot tub while you make wishes on
the first stars you see sparkle over the mountainside. Best of all at the end
of the day you can retire to the comfortable Master Suite for a restful night
of slumber. 😉
There is nothing more enjoyable than unplugging form the
digital world, saddling up on horseback, and heading out into the countryside.
In Blue Ridge, forty percent of the county’s land is located within the Chattahoochee
National Forest and has countless miles of trails to explore and enjoy. Fresh
mountain air, beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, and getting in touch with
nature is what it’s all about. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced equestrian,
one of the area’s local outfitters would love to show you our country side and provide
you with a rewarding, memorable, and exhilarating trip.
A love of family and horses led to the creation of S&T
Stables and then in 2017 they designed and created Appalachian Trail Rides at
S&T Stables. Proudly providing trail rides on 250 acres of privately-owned
mountainous farm land, visitors can ride through pastures on scenic trails and gallop
around private lakes and cross creeks while seeing wildlife frolic in their
natural habitat. The youngest family members can enjoy pony rides and anyone 6
years and older can enjoy trail rides. Luke and Blair of Appalachian Trail
rides have created a Proposal Ride for blossoming love or Dinner Rides complete
with a delicious meal and songs around the campfire!
Almost Heaven is a spectacular cabin set high up on a
mountain crest. This three-bedroom three bath cabin is snug in the treetops of an enchanting forest that makes for natural
framework around layered panoramic mountain views. Whether you wish to lock
yourself away for a romantic or sentimental gathering or create a wonderful
family vacation filled with adventure — Almost Heaven will have you on Cloud
Year-round horseback riding adventures are available at Blanche
Manor in Blue Ridge for all age levels and skill levels. Trail rides will take
you through unspoiled scenery and take in views from three states – Georgia,
North Carolina, and Tennessee. You can choose from a leisurely stroll through
wooded trails or sign up for the City Slicker Special where you can learn how to
barrel race or do an obstacle course on horseback! Complete with Sunset rides,
pony rides, and full day experiences you will enjoy every minute of your time
with Kimberly and her team of experienced guides.
its name from the hundreds of acres of picturesque horse farms in the
surrounding area, Bucking Horse
is a distinctive Georgia Mountain cabin rental that offers the peaceful getaway
from your everyday life that you are craving. Perfectly situated in the Cashes
Valley Area, this four-bedroom, 4-bath cabin invites you to enjoy the sounds
and sights of nature from the spacious, multi-level decks and balconies. Take
in the majestic mountain views as you rock your cares away on the back deck or
sink into the steamy and rejuvenating waters of the hot tub. Let the scenic
woods and calming mountain views from Bucking Horse envelop you as you create a
truly memorable mountain experience that will last a lifetime- and having you
longing to return!
Spend a half day or a full day riding trails through the
Cohutta Wildlife Management area. This family owned and operated horse farm is
widely known for training, boarding, sales, riding lessons, and outfitted trail
riding in the Chattahoochee National Forest. They believe in the importance of
finding a horse to suit your needs and skill level. Heather and her team will
take guests on a thirteen-mile trip through stunning landscape. The ride takes
a break at Jacks River Fields, a primitive campground, for a picnic lunch and a
leg stretch, before picking up the trail and returning back to the stables.
If you love the peace from quiet mountain vistas
and beautiful sunsets, then let Cashes
Serenity wash over you. Located in the desirable Cashes
Valley area of Blue Ridge, this three-bedroom, three bath home offers
spectacular views of the Cohutta wilderness, a 37,000-acre protected wildlife
sanctuary with more than 95 miles of hiking trails. Enjoy the beauty of the
meandering streams and grazing horses in Cashes Valley as you wind your way up
the mountain to breathtaking views. Horseback riding trails are within walking
distance down the mountain and white water rafting on the Ocoee River is
nearby. When you visit Cashes Serenity cabin, we hope you will echo the words
of John Muir: “Keep close to Nature’s heart and break clear away, once in
a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit
Wintertime is the perfect time to take a break from the
hustle and bustle of daily life. You survived the holidays (it was a close
call, but you did it!). You’ve socialized till you’re blue in the face. You
attended every shindig, holiday party, and get-together. Now is the time to
recharge your own spirit. Much like bears retreat to their den to hibernate
until spring. You too need to retreat to a comfortable cabin and recharge your
energy. Send the kids to grandma’s, scoop up your best love, and escape to Blue
Ridge for some good quality down time, lots of cuddling, and a renewed temperament.
If privacy, peace and
quiet, and a spectacular view top your winter vacay wish list, you’ll find that
and so much more at the 3-bedroom, 3-bath North Georgia mountain cabin rental,
Bear Hug. It’s the kind of place that envelops you like a huge hug from a loved
one, surrounding you in an atmosphere of fun, love and laughter. This spacious tri-level lodge is warm,
welcoming and inviting, just ten miles from downtown Blue Ridge but worlds away
from civilization. So private you can see only one neighboring home, Bear Hug
overlooks the land-protected Chattahoochee National Forest to the west,
ensuring you a breathtaking sunset view every evening.
Imagine a place where
the sky is brilliant blue, the spectacular mountain views extend into infinity
and glorious greenery surrounds you—and you’ll find it at the Georgia mountain
cabin rental called Breathe Inn. Its name serves as a reminder to stop, take a
deep breath, slow down for a bit and enjoy being with the people you love, and
that’s exactly what you’ll want to do when you arrive at this 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath
tri-level showplace cabin in the Aska Adventure Area. Breathe Inn gives
you awe-inspiring, ever-changing views of the mountains, from the family room
or outside on the screened-in porch or deck. The most important feature of
Breathe Inn is the way you’ll feel when you stay there: relaxed, refreshed and
reconnected to nature and each other.
If you love the peace
from quiet mountain vistas and beautiful sunsets, then let Cashes Serenity wash
over you. Located in the desirable Cashes Valley area of Blue Ridge, this home
offers spectacular views of the Cohutta wilderness, a 37,000-acre protected
wildlife sanctuary with more than 95 miles of hiking trails. Cashes Serenity is
a 3-bedrrom, 3-bath log cabin located on a mountain side with convenient paved
access and is just 12 to 15 minutes from the quaint town of Blue Ridge. When you visit Cashes Serenity cabin, we hope
you will echo the words of John Muir: “Keep close to Nature’s heart and
break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the
woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
If you’re looking for a
place to relax, unwind and recharge in a lovely wooded setting and all the fun
and adventure you desire in a vacation, look no further than the 2-bedroom,
2-bath cabin rental, Cozy Cub Cabin. This warm and inviting retreat is the
perfect, carefree escape from the pressures of everyday life. Perched on
hillside and surrounded by tall trees, it’s a quiet, private oasis in a gated
community with three private lakes for fishing and a five-minute walk from the
Toccoa River, located just 30 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge. If you’re
seeking a romantic weekend you can make lasting memories at Cozy Cub Cabin.
vacation time is precious, so make the most of it by choosing an extraordinary
destination like the North Georgia cabin rental Cozy Lakeview. With
breathtaking picture-postcard views of Lake Blue Ridge framed by a canopy of
trees and a majestic mountain backdrop, this very special place will calm you
down, soothe your mind, relax your body and renew your spirit. Perfect for a
couple wanting to reconnect and unplug, it’s not child friendly with open
staircase and hot woodburning stove. Cozy Lakeview will soothe and comfort you
and fill you with a sense of peace that you can only find when you’re
surrounded by nature. Your worries and cares will melt away like magic, and
you’ll feel relaxed and renewed – and never want to leave.
If you are seeking
solitude and relaxation, you’ve come to the right place. Nestled In’s secluded
setting in the Sunrock Mountain area offers total privacy – you’ll have
spectacular views all to yourself, with birds chirping as your only background
music. You will truly feel “Nestled In” here among the trees and surrounded
only by nature. This is a wonderful 3-bedroom, 3-bath cabin for anybody looking
to escape the hustle and bustle of the city – you will feel like you have the
whole mountain to yourself here in this delightful, tucked away
cabin. Prepare to enjoy a few days “nestled in” this cozy retreat…you may
never want to leave.
Considering a North
Georgia cabin rental for your next vacation? Then consider this unique and
truly extraordinary property. Aptly named Secluded Serenity, this spectacular 3-bedroom,
3-bath mountain cottage offers you peaceful relaxation in a breathtaking
mountain setting and the ultimate in privacy—you won’t see another cabin, car
or road in any direction. At the same time, you’ll enjoy all the modern
amenities and conveniences of an exclusive high-end hotel. It’s like having
your own private resort! This cabin has all the comforts of home, but in
a truly fantastic fairytale setting you won’t find anywhere else.
At Suite Dreams, the
North Georgia Mountains are in such close range, it’s as if you can touch them.
The cabin’s 25-foot high wall of glass allows you to take in the mountain
views, watch the clouds drift by, and stargaze at night all from inside the
comforts of this lovely property. Just 15 minutes from the quaint town of Blue
Ridge, GA, Suite Dreams is located off of entirely paved roads and is
convenient to the scenic drive of Highway 60. This 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath cabin offers
a familiar, homey-feel but captures spectacular views and the restorative
powers of a true mountain getaway. Step outside on the covered deck and enjoy ample outdoor living
amenities with rockers, dining space, hot tub, and wood burning fireplace
overlooking the spectacular view. Suite Dreams promises incredible sunsets over
the mountains, abundant wild life, and has many covered porches to enjoy as you
reconnect this winter.
When you are looking for a great mountain adventure, in the
perfect high-elevation hideaway, Sweet Seclusion is your vacation’s ‘sweet
spot.’ This quaint cabin is located off of winding roads atop one of the
highest points in the Aska Adventure Area in the North Georgia Mountains. Feel
like you are in total seclusion within the hardwoods as there are no visible
neighbors, and the only sounds you’ll hear within this special setting are
those purely from nature. Sweet Seclusion is a 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath log
cabin facing toward the woods where you can peek through the trees at the
picturesque mountain views beyond. Enjoy this special cabin
located literally and figuratively at the pinnacle of tranquility. Sweet
Seclusion is your private oasis in the woods to reconnect with your favorite
people or the quietest part of yourself.
beautiful mountain views and a secluded setting, Tranquility is the North
Georgia cabin rental you are searching for to escape the demands of your hectic
life! This peaceful, pet-friendly cabin is tucked away in the mountains, but is
only 8 miles from the shops and dining of downtown Blue Ridge and the hiking,
fishing and mountain biking of the Aska Adventure Area. Tranquility offers a
restful retreat whether you are returning from a day of outdoor adventures or
would rather spend the day hibernating in the cabin. Relax and reconnect with nature and with your loved ones at Tranquility,
the perfect cozy cabin for the quiet mountain getaway you crave!
Just off the holiday season is a perfect time to talk about the best places to get married or propose in 2019. More engagements take place around Christmas and New Year’s than any other time of the year. If you were one of the lucky ones, congratulations! If your New Year resolution was to make an honest man or woman out of your other half, here are a few of our favorite most romantic places in North Georgia.
The Ring is the Thing
Ridge Scenic Railway – Getting on board the marriage track can be as simple
as getting aboard a train. Because of who they are and what they do, the folks
who operate the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway know what it takes to make an
engagement extra special. Yes, it’s been done before, but popping the question
aboard a train – with that lonesome whistle crooning romantically in the
background – is guaranteed to melt a heart – maybe even two.
Bald – Elevation can lead to exhilaration – plus fantastic 360 degree views!
There’s nothing more exciting than anticipation…and the climb up Brasstown Bald,
to the highest point in Georgia, can leave you both breathless. Whether you
choose an engagement here or to
set your wedding among the tall pines, you can’t go wrong in this memorable
Knot Tying Made Memorable
Mercier Orchards – Memorable is
the goal of a destination wedding, and setting your wedding against a backdrop
of apple and peach trees in a rustic farmland is definitely memorable. Mercier Orchards
is a year-round venue for weddings, complete with lovely ponds, old barns, and
apple sheds — a true and genuine setting — and there are plenty of perfect
spots to get down on one knee and ask “will you” or stand up to say “I do”.
Old Toccoa Farm – Old Toccoa Farm is rooted in simplicity, quality and natural beauty. Trout streams boarder the golf course providing a relaxed and casual atmosphere with an emphasis on the outdoors. The farm is what it says it is – agricultural, rural and peaceful – and the perfect place for a simple or formal wedding.
Bear Claw Vineyards – It’s hard to
get much more romantic than a vineyard and winery. After all, all the elements
for a successful event are built in. Vines and wine. What more do you
need? This vineyard and winery was
actually built with romantic visits in mind – a unique treehouse, a wedding
venue, and a delightful tasting room ideal for receptions. The owners
themselves call this a “soothing and relaxing aesthetic” – what better place to
take first steps toward an everlasting life together?
Classic and Classy
Aska Farms – There is a reason why Wedding Wire has consistently identified Aska Farms as a top choice of couples for wedding venues in North Georgia. The majestic mountain background is truly jaw dropping and makes for some amazing pictures. The venue can be low key, or it can be an extravagant and awe-inspiring location! With a house and grounds that sets up ideally for brides (including a bridal party preparation suite) and a groom’s party space that encourages guys to just relax, there’s something for everyone.
At Escape To Blue Ridge, we offer many cabin options that are perfect for out of town guests or for a romantic honeymoon. We hope that regardless of the location that you choose, that love fills your life from the beginning and follows you all through your lives together! Share your happy memories with us and let us see the joy from your happiest days!
After all, it’s a southern tradition. Eat these as your first meal for the New Year and you will increase your luck and prosperity for the year ahead. The Village Restaurant will be open and ready to serve you the very best in Southern Cuisine
Beautiful Lake Blue Ridge offers 3,290-acres
of crystal-clear water to explore. Bring your own water craft, rent a pontoon
boat, or take a guided tour with Capt’n
Joe. Whether you are kayaking, tubing, fishing, or just floating along, there
is no prettier place in the world than where the mountains meet the water.
There is always something happening in
these here mountains. Festival season begins in February and ends in October, plus
holiday activities are abundant in November and December. You will be blown
away with the ice sculpting that takes place at the annual Fire and Ice Chili
Cookoff. If music is more your style, you can shake your groove thing at both
the Blue Ridge Wine & Jazz
Festival and Blue
Ridge Blues & Barbeque Festival. Blue Ridge festivals are family
friendly, pet friendly, and extraordinarily fun!
Brown trout, rainbow trout, and native
trout are abundant in our freshwater mountain streams. Stop by and see Will
Taylor at the Fly Shop Co. for
some flies and a pole. Then head out to the headwaters of the Toccoa River, Noontootla
Creek, or Rock Creek for premier trout fishing.
Pack up a picnic and hit either the Benton
MacKaye Trail or the Duncan Ridge National Recreation Trail to the Swinging
Bridge. This 270-foot-long suspension bridge is the longest swinging bride east
of the Mississippi River! If you do decide to jump in the middle, make sure you
are faster than your travel buddies or you might get thrown off!
A short, family friendly hike makes Fall
Branch Falls a must do activity for the young and young at heart. Explore both
the upper and lower area of the falls and take time to relax on the rocks and enjoy
the views. Don’t forget to bring your best friend. Dogs will enjoy the trail as
much as their humans.
The iconic Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a
must do when in town. Enjoy the scenery every season of the year as the train
departs from Downtown Blue Ridge and travels the countryside to the revitalized
towns of Copperhill, TN and McCaysville, GA
Legend has is that as the Native Americans embarked
on the Trail of Tears, they shed tears of sorrow that fell to the ground and
formed tiny crosses of stone. Commonly known as staurolite crystals, these
minerals are abundant in Fannin County.
There is just something about these mountains that is so good for the soul. Whether you want to come for a romantic getaway, to reconnect with friends and family, or to enjoy the abundant outdoor adventures, we have the perfect cabin for you!
We wish each of you and yours a prosperous year ahead filled with lots of love, exciting adventures, and many opportunities to make heartfelt memories. Happy New Year!