Blue Ridge Loves Dogs



Blue Ridge was made for dog lovers! Not only do we have many cabins at Escape to Blue Ridge that are pet-friendly but we also have many places around town where pets are welcome as well! From hiking trails, to restaurants and shops, to breweries and wineries; you can bring your best friend along with you for all your adventures! 

Puptastic Hiking Trails

Photo Courtesy of @ameliastail

While dogs are welcome anywhere in the great outdoors we have specific hikes that are perfect for your dog. The trails on these hikes are easy for them to navigate and not too long that they would be overworked. One of our favorite easy hikes for pups is the trail to Long Branch Falls. Not only will your pup love accompanying you on your adventure but they’ll also love cooling off in the falls after the hike. Some other local dog-friendly trails with waterfalls include Raven Cliff Falls Trail and Jack River Falls Trail; both are great for dogs with high energy because they are a little longer. And if you and your dog are feeling brave enough a hike along the Benton MacKaye Trail to the famous Swinging Bridge is always a treat! Need a few more suggestions? Follow our dog-friendly hiking blog for more ideas: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/dog-friendly-hikes-blue-ridge-georgia/ 

Pawesome Restaurant Patios

Photo Courtesy of the Black Sheep

Downtown Blue Ridge is the perfect place to find amazing dining options. Lucky for us many of our restaurants have dog-friendly patios! The Dogwood and The Black Sheep have outdoor seating areas with a great atmosphere and plenty of space for your furry friend to join! We especially love The Black Sheep’s Sunday brunches on the patio and their special Yappy Hour events where pups can have a “dog beer” and free treats!  Fightingtown Tavern, Harvest on Main, Masseria Kitchen & Bar, Blue Jeans Pizza & Pasta, and Southern Charm are just a few other great spots Downtown where dogs are welcome. And when it’s summertime head over to Lake Blue Ridge’s Boat Dock Bar & Grill for some good food, lake views, and bonding time with your dog! 

Re-TAIL Shopping 

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Adventure Wear

Shop till you drop, and with your pup by your side! Dogs are welcome to come pick out their own toys and treats in Blue Ridge Adventure Wear. Get some hiking gear for yourself and a tasty doggy donut for your furry friend! Love Dogs and Cats Too has everything your pet could want and more! From toys, to leashes, to treats, and more they won’t want to leave the shop! Do a little shopping for yourself as you bring your dog along at shops like Blue Ridge Cotton Company and Gather, who even frequently use their proceeds to go towards dog-friendly charities. And a few other places to check out with your pup are Humble Pie Boutique, Cohutta Country Store, and High Country Gallery Art

Ulti-mutt Breweries & Wineries

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Many of our local breweries and wineries also allow pets! There’s nothing quite like a weekend afternoon spent relaxing with a glass of wine in your hand or a pint of beer, with mountain views, and your favorite furry friend beside you. You will likely bring your friends along with you, so you might as well bring the best one! For brews with the dogs Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Fannin Brewing Company, Copperhill Brewery, Blue Ridge Brewery, and Buck Bald Brewing all invite you to bring your pups along with you as you sip on their delicious craft beers. Every October Grumpy Old Men Brewing even has an awesome Barktober event full of beer, food, fun, and lots of dogs!  And for wine lovers, dogs are welcome at Bear Claw Winery, Serenberry Vineyards, and Cartecay Vineyards. Cartecay Vineyards is so pet-friendly they even have their own vineyard dog who might come up and say hi! Many of these local breweries and wineries also have live music on the weekends; so bring your favorite people, favorite dogs, and have some fun! 

Pet-Friendly Cabins 

Photo of pup at Rising Star Cabin Courtesy of @ambershimel

We know how much you love your pets, and we believe you should be able to bring them with you on all your adventures, they’re family afterall! That’s why we have many pet-friendly cabins to choose from so that you don’t have to be without your best friend for a second! Some of our favorites are Lonesome Dove, Blue Moon Lodge, Can’t Bear to Leave, and Tumnus Ridge who even have a fenced-in dog-friendly garden! Need more suggestions? Start with our pet-friendly cabin blog:https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/6-pet-friendly-cabins/ With over 125 pet-friendly cabins to choose from you’re sure to find something perfect for the whole family! 

January 2022



A New Year is here! And that means new events & activities, along with some great annual traditions as well! Why not make one of your New Year resolutions to Escape to Blue Ridge more and take in as many fun local events as you can! Here’s what you can look forward to this month:

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

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

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

January 1st: Rusted Melody

Riverwalk Run Club
January 6th – 27th
Location: Riverwalk

Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 6pm from now till November. 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!

Live Music at Hook & Eye
January 6th – 21st
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, live music, and balcony seating on the outside!

January 6th: Andrew Chastain
January 7th, 14th, & 21st: Ray LaBean
January 20th: Andrew Chastain

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
January 7th – 29th
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 select Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm for great food and great live music from local artists!

January 7th: Dan Foster
January 8th: Travis Bowlin
January 14th: Gavin Graves
January 15th: Maddie Lane
January 21st: Gabe Myers
January 22nd: Jennifer Lynn Simpson
January 28th: Andrew Chastain
January 29th: Frankie Sparks

Live Music Is Better – Just Roxie
January 8th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Come see the talented Just Roxie at the Blue Ridge Community Theater! Their music style is organic and unique and honors country, folk, Americana, bluegrass, rock & roll, and so much more!

Disney’s Descendants The Musical
January 14th – 30th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Blue Ridge Community Theater is putting on the Disney Channel hit movie musical Descendants! Follow the story of Mal, daughter of the evil Maleficent, and her friends as they attend a prep school in the kingdom of Auradon. Will Mal and her friends follow in their parents evil footsteps or learn to be good? Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.

for KING & COUNTRY
January 29th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Talented gospel duo for KING & COUNTRY are coming to the Anderson Music Hall Saturday, January 29th at 7pm! You won’t want to miss the Grammy Award winning duo sing their biggest hits like “God Only Knows”, “TOGETHER” and so many more!

Other activities to do this month:

Shop & Dine

Downtown Blue Ridge is ready for you no matter the season! Check out all of the shops downtown and bring back unique and fun souvenirs that you can’t find anywhere else. We have a little bit of everything from home décor, apparel, athletic gear, antiques, artisan goods, and so much more; we have something for everyone! And be sure to hit up some of the delicious restaurants afterwards for a wonderful and filling meal.

Hike

Photo Courtesy of Hike the Ridge

Winter is a great time for a hike because the leaves have fallen off the trees so you’ll get spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. We love hiking to waterfalls in the winter, especially when there’s snow covering the cliffs of the falls; just be extra careful if you do choose to hike in the snow! Bundle up & explore the trails this winter, and check out our hiking blog for more recommendations: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/8-blue-ridge-hiking-trails/

Visit Mercier Orchards

Photo Courtesy of Mercier Orchards

Even with no fruit available to harvest in the winter Mercier’s is still open and a great spot to visit! Stock up on delicious goodies from their market like apple butter, baking mixes, and other artisan goods. Have a glass of hard cider or wine made from the fruits at Mercier’s. And of course don’t forget to get yourself a fried pie or two!

Enjoy the Snow

Snow days in Blue Ridge are extra special! We love seeing the snow dust the mountain tops, it is truly a beautiful sight. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or go sledding. There’s lots of fun to be had in the snow!

Have a Bonfire

Family at Nighthawk

Nothing like a cozy bonfire to keep you warm on these cold winter nights. Cozy up next to the fire, get your favorite warm beverage, and some s’mores of course and you’ve got yourself a perfect mountain night nestled under the stars!

And as always, no matter the season, it’s always a great time to Escape to Blue Ridge!

2022 Bucket List



2021 is over? Already? Although the year went by quickly, we hope it was filled with as much fun, love, and joy for you as it was for us. With the world slowly going back to normal we’ve been happy to have visitors escaping to Blue Ridge once again. While 2021 was a great year, we want to make 2022 even better! Check out our 2022 Blue Ridge Bucket List and see how many of these places & activities you can cross off your list in the New Year!

Smash into the New Year

Photo Courtesy of Tank Town USA

Smash into the New Year at Tank Town USA in Morganton, GA. If you have ever wanted to be an action movie hero now’s your chance! You’ll feel on top of the world as you drive a tank over cars crushing them flat, drive construction vehicles and fire off machine guns. Grab your friends and have a blast driving big vehicles and crushing everything in sight! 

First Day Hike

Go for a “First Day Hike” on the first day of the New Year, on any of our wonderful hiking trails. We have over 300 miles of trails ready for you to explore. Some of our favorites include the Benton McKaye Trail, the Aska Adventure Area trails, and Jack’s River Trail. Won’t be in town for New Years? That’s okay, our trails are always there for you and great no matter the season. 

Grab a Drink

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

Blue Ridge has so many great bars, breweries, and wineries so why not grab a drink or two? Downtown you can grab a cocktail at Whiskey & Water, The Dogwood, or Hook & Eye. Bar hop to Misty Mountain Hops, Blue Coyote, and Black Bear Bier Garten. Then play a round of pinball with a drink in your hand at Vertigo Pinball. And even relax lakeside with delicious food and great drinks at the Boat Dock Bar & Grill on Lake Blue Ridge. For local breweries we’d suggest Grumpy Old Men Brewing or Fannin Brewing Company. And for wine check out Bear Claw Vineyards or Serenberry Vineyards. Even Mercier Orchards has hard cider! 

Eat a Fried Pie

Photo Courtesy of Mercier Orchards

Mercier Orchards is famous for their amazing fried pies of every flavor! Which one will you try? After eating your tasty treats explore the market and stock up on all the goodies. Then pick some of the “in season” fruit, to make your own pies with! And even take a farm tour of the whole orchard to admire all the sights. 

Find a Fairy Cross

All over Fannin County, you can find what are called staurolite crystals or what are more commonly known as Fairy Crosses. Legend has it 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. See how many you can find out in nature! And if you have trouble finding them yourself, you can always pick up a few at Pezrok downtown. 

Try Something New & Adventurous 

It’s a New Year so it’s time to try something new and out of your comfort zone! Live a little! Soar to new heights at Blue Ridge Adventure Park where you can zip through treetops and climb up to 50 feet in the air. Or let someone else do the flying and take a ride with Blue Ridge Helicopter Tours. You’ll get stunning scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains below and see the town from a new and different perspective. Or even hop on the Georgia Mountain Coaster in Helen, the first-ever alpine coaster in Georgia! And we can’t forget about the Toccoa Swinging Bridge! Jump on the bridge and give your friends & family quite a scare. We promise it’s nice and sturdy though, and the perfect adventure spot! Seek all kinds of new thrills and have a blast doing it! 

Shop & Eat Local

We may be biased but we love our local Blue Ridge shops and restaurants! With dozens of unique stores downtown we’ve got a little bit for everyone! Fashion boutiques, artisan good shops, home décor, pet toys, and so much more. And after you finish a busy day of shopping grab a bite to eat at any of our amazing local restaurants. Some of our favorites are Chesters, The Black Sheep, Rum Cake Lady, and Carroll’s Barbecue. Yum! 

Bond with Nature

Photo Courtesy of @littlebitty87

Become one with nature as you ride horseback through the winding trails of the Chattahoochee National Forest. You and your beautiful steed will bond as you take on a trail ride with Appalachian Trail Rides or Cowgirl Up Stables. Both stables have options for beginners and more advanced riders. Also, get a chance to feel more connected with nature by checking out one of our many local waterfalls. Some of our favorites are Long Branch Falls, Fall Branch Falls, and Amicalola Falls. You’ll feel all your daily stresses roll off your back and finally feel at peace as you listen to the water rush over the rocks. Horseback riding and waterfall chasing; perfect mountain experiences. 

Push Yourself 

Photo Courtesy of Whitewater Express

Push yourself to new limits as you hike to some of the tallest peaks in Georgia. Some of our favorite mountain hikes are Brasstown Bald, Fort Mountain, and Springer Mountain. The hike up will be strenuous but once you reach the top the views are all worth it. And you’ll be proud of yourself for the hard work you put in to get there. Or you can take to the water instead and try your hand at Whitewater River Rafting. Head over to the Ocoee River and make your way through waves and rapids with a team of others. It’ll be quite a workout but a fun experience you won’t soon forget! 

Ride a Train

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Many of our guests all time favorite things to do when they come to town is to ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway! Enjoy the scenery every season of the year as the train departs from Downtown Blue Ridge and travels through the countryside to the twin cities of Copperhill, TN and McCaysville, GA. The views from the train are beautiful year round but some one of our favorite times to go is in the fall when the leaves are changing. And you can’t forget about the Holiday Express every December where kids will get the chance to meet Santa on this festive ride! 

Appreciate Local Artists

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Arts Association

Local artists are always performing and displaying their art in Blue Ridge! Catch a show at Blue Ridge Community Theater where there are always local thespians ready to perform! Admire local artists’ works on display at High Country Art Gallery or Blue Ridge Arts Association. And listen to live music from local artists almost every weekend at venues like Tooney’s, Misty Mountain Hops, Bear Claw Winery, Grumpy Old Men Brewing and so many more! 

Discover Bigfoot

Photo Courtesy of Expedition Bigfoot

Did you know that Bigfoot wanders the forests of Blue Ridge? You can learn all about him at EXPEDITION: BIGFOOT! The Sasquatch Museum, located just east of the city. You’ll find and explore artifacts, life-sized exhibits, photos and maps of Bigfoot sightings, the Bigfoot research and Tech Vehicle, and so much more. This fun and unique museum is the perfect way to spend an afternoon! 

Experience Festivals & Holidays Blue Ridge Style 

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Apple Festival

There are always special and exciting events going on in and around Blue Ridge! Whether it’s for the holidays or one of our usual annual events they are always a blast! You’ll want to experience these great events at least once in your life! Some of our favorite events include: 

  • Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival: February 19th, 2022
  • Spring Arts in the Park: May 28th-29th, 2022
  • Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival: June 25th-June 26th, 2022
  • Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks: July 4th, 2022
  • Georgia Wine Highway: August 1st-31st, 2022
  • Georgia Mountain Fair: August 19th-27th, 2022
  • Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival: Mid September 
  • Fall Arts in the Park: October 8th & 9th, 2022
  • Georgia Apple Festival: October 8th-16th, 2022
  • Light Up Blue Ridge: Last weekend in November 
  • Mountain Country Christmas in Lights: November 24th- December 23rd, 2022

Escape to Blue Ridge

Eagles Landing cabin

No matter the season we are always ready to provide you with a home base for all your Blue Ridge adventures! Come up in the winter to experience the snow, in the spring where you’ll see nature come alive, in the summer on the waters of Lake Blue Ridge, or in the fall to watch the leaves change colors. We are happy to be your home away from home and thank you for your continued support over the years. We look forward to serving you with your very best mountain vacation in the New Year. Now let’s make 2022 the best year yet! 

Top 10 Cabins for Cuddling



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.

Bear Hug

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.

Breathe Inn

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.

Creekside R&R

Is your ideal North Georgia cabin rental surrounded by nature in a beautiful, secluded wooded setting, or so close to a stream that you can fish for trout right from the deck? You get both at Creekside R&R, a cozy mountain getaway situated across from a nature conservancy on the banks of Fightingtown Creek, just a short drive from Lake Blue Ridge, Toccoa River adventure activities and the shopping and restaurants of downtown Blue Ridge.

Cozy Cub Cabin

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.

Red Roof Zen

Have you been eagerly searching for a peaceful and relaxing place that feels like home to stay near the Aska Adventure Area? Look no further: Red Roof Zen (formerly Cozy Aska Cabin) is the ideal spot for you! With a beyond stunning mountain view, it’s a great place to rest and unwind after days of Blue Ridge fun and exploration. As you walk inside, you’ll notice the wood interior. This is a classic yet modern cabin with cute touches such as lantern lighting fixtures and sisal rugs. Partake of all the amenities at this cute and cozy cabin. Enjoy a screened-in porch and a hot tub outside. It’s a perfect place to spend some time soaking in the sights and strengthening your bonds with family and friends. And, it’s time for some fun with Fido, too. The cabin is pet-friendly!

Red Roof Zen

Nestled In

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.

Sunset Lodge

The North Georgia mountains offer some of the most breathtaking views in the country and nature’s experience unlike anywhere else. Nestled on over three acres of unspoiled beauty, Sunset Lodge is located in one of Blue Ridge’s most serene and ideal spots. Sitting on a ridgeline located on Sunrock Mountain, this home has been thoughtfully built to perfectly face the ever-changing, natural light shows that continuously play against the mountain ranges. This inviting, mountain retreat sleeps four and is a wonderful escape for two couples, a small family, or a romantic getaway.

Suite Dreams

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.

Sweet Seclusion

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. 

Tranquility

With 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!

December 2021



‘Tis the season to celebrate in the mountains! The crisp weather is perfect for shopping downtown, enjoying outdoor activities and then relaxing in the hot tub or by the crackling fire at the cabin! Come stay with us this month and check out the upcoming events below!

Holiday Express 2021
Dec 1 – Dec 23
Location: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Take a ride on the Santa Express and enjoy hearing a Christmas story, singing Christmas songs, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Every child will receive a traditional Christmas bell, a candy cane, and a memory they won’t soon forget!

Holiday Show & Sale
Dec 1 – Dec 18
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association will have a variety of art and handcrafted items for sale, all created from their member artists. Find everything you need for the holiday season Tuesday – Sunday, December 1st – December 18th!

Live Music
Dec 1- Dec 31
Locations: Tooneys Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s

Come on out for live music at Tooney’s HUGE music venue select 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!

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights
Dec 1 – Dec 23
Location: Georgia Mountains Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Visit the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for a Winter Walk through thousands and thousands of lights and exhibits! Visit Poinsettia Place, Candy Cane Lane, Santa’s Workshop, Toyland, Frosty’s Trail and many more light exhibits. There will be live music, arts and craft vendors, food, and most important…SANTA!!!  Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 6pm – 9pm. $6 for adults and children under 12 are FREE!!!

Four Old Broads at Christmas
Dec 1 – Dec 12
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Come see Blue Ridge Community Theater’s comedic play ‘Four Old Broads at Christmas’! The play follows four old ladies who are ready for a new and fun vacation! With the help of a retired Elvis impersonator the ladies try to sneak away to the Sassy Seniors Caribbean Cruise! But will they get to go on the vacation of their dreams? Find out! Shows are Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm; and runs from November 18th through December 12th.

2021 Tour of Trees
Dec 1 – 31
Location: Union County Community Center

Photo Courtesy of Scott Michael Anna

The Blairsville-Union County Community Center is transformed into a winter wonderland for the whole month of December. Bring your family and friends and enjoy an amazing display of trees, lights, wreaths, and decorations. This is a perfect place to get your holiday photos! Admission is FREE!

Live Music
Dec 2 -Dec 18
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewery

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old MEn

Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewery select Fridays 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!

December 2nd, 16th – Karaoke
December 3rd – Surrender Hill
December 10th – Travis Bowlin
December 17th – Doctor Paul
December 18th – SaturdayOke

Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop
Dec 2 – 3
Location: Pat Haralson Memorial Civic Center

Photo Courtesy of Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop

If you are needing a special gift for a special family member or friend, then check out the Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop! There will be over 50 home-based business vendors (Independent Consultants) there to cover all your shopping needs.

Holiday in the Park – Winter Wonderland
Dec 3
Location: Fannin County Recreation Dept.

Photo Courtesy of Fannin County Recreation Dept

A Winter Wonderland in Blue Ridge! Enjoy Elf hunts, Santa pictures, craft kits, hot chocolate and Santa himself will arrive by Helicopter! 

Copperhill Kiwanis Club Annual Christmas Parade
Dec 4
Location: Downtown McCaysville & Copperhill

Photo Courtesy of Kiwanis Club of Copperhill

This annual event in Copperhill & McCaysville provides a fun and celebratory atmosphere for family and friends! Occurring on the first Saturday in December each year, this parade features a myriad of floats and high school marching bands. Come and support the Copperhill Kiwanis Club! The parade begins at 2pm and ends at 4pm. This year’s theme is a Centennial Christmas. At 6pm will be the lighting of the tree ceremony and music.

Christmas in Ducktown
Dec 4
Location: Downtown Ducktown, TN

Photo Courtesy of Ducktown Tennessee

Just over the Georgia line, Ducktown, Tennessee will hold a Christmas event complete with a parade, tree lighting, cookie decorating, music, and a visit from Santa.

Kris Kringle Mountain Market
Dec 4
Location: Union County Farmers Market

Photo of the Union County Farmers Market

Enjoy a visit to the European Outdoor Holiday Market right here in the North Georgia Mountains! Music, children’s area. More than 75 vendors with produce, arts/crafts, and delicious food creations.

St. Luke’s Annual Christmas Bazaar
Dec 4
Location: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Photo Courtesy of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar and Silent Auction from 9am to 3pm. Taking place across from the Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club Fairground, this event will feature original art works, matted reproductions, knitted items, handmade birdhouses, note-cards, pottery, and handcrafted Christmas decorations! Baked goods, homemade jams, jellies, pickles, and other sweets and treats will also be available!

Christmas on the Square and Parade
Dec 4

Location: Downtown Blairsville

Photo Courtesy of Visit Downtown Blairsville

Blairsville will hold a Christmas event complete with a parade, tree lighting, Christmas caroling, and pictures with Santa.

Christmas Tour of Homes
Dec 5
Location: Blue Ridge Area

Photo Courtesy of Satterwhite Log Homes

Christmas Tour of Homes is hosted by the Fannin County Family Connection. The tour includes 6 beautifully decorated homes and holiday refreshments. Tickets are available at online at www.fannin.gafcp.org. All proceeds are used to fund Drug & Alcohol outreach programs and the food pantry at Family Connection.

Live Music
Dec 9 – Dec 31
Location: Hook & Eye Rooftop Bar

Photo Courtesy of the Hook & Eye

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

December 9th, 23rd – Andrew Chastain
December 10th, 17th – Trevor Ciongoli
December 24th, 31st – Rusted Melody

Sounds Like Christmas – Brasstown Ringers
Dec 11
Location: First United Methodist Church

Photo Courtesy of the Brasstown Ringers

If you haven’t seen hand bells rung, go! The sounds are so resonant, pure, and uplifting. The Brasstown Ringers are in Blue Ridge on December 11 at 7pm. Don’t miss them!

Christmas Kick Off – Sunday Funday Holiday Singalong Party
Dec 12
Location: The Dogwood

Photo Courtesy of The Dogwood

Start your holiday season off right for a Sunday Funday Holiday Singalong Party at one of our favorite hot spots in Blue Ridge, The Dogwood! Special guest musicians, holiday classic songs, fun cover tunes, and maybe even some crowd participation and karaoke fun!

Sawyer Brown & Exile
Dec 18
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Sawyer Brown with Exile are coming to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! You might remember these bands from the 70s & 80s, but their songs are timeless, and they are still rocking! A concert on vacation is just another great way to make lasting memories!

New Year’s Eve Party
Dec 31
Location: Tooneys Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s

Welcome 2022 in with free live music performances by The Wandering Willows & One For the Road! What better way to ring in the New Year with good drinks, good friends, and a lot of fun at Tooney’s in McCaysville!

Joy to the World
All Season Long
Location: Across the World

To every household near and far, we hope that regardless of your beliefs, you and yours are filled with the merriment and joy of the season. Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Festivus!

17 Cabins with Electric Vehicle Charging Stations



Blue Ridge is going green! Seventeen of our cabins have made the switch and now have electric vehicle charging stations! Electric cars are seen as the eco-friendly alternative to gasoline based cars. In recent years electric cars have become more popular, more affordable, and have seen advancements in mileage and charge time.

At Escape to Blue Ridge we are environmentally conscious and want to offer convenience to our guests. We feel that by offering electric charging stations at our cabins we can not only keep our guests satisfied but help the environment as well. It’s a win-win for us! Learn a little bit more about the 17 cabins currently offering electric vehicle charging stations below. 

Bearfoot Lodge 

The beautiful Bearfoot Lodge sits alongside Fightingtown Creek. Just outside your cabin door you can fish, swim, tube or stay cozy & enjoy the firepit while listening to the peaceful babblings of the creek. You’ll have an authentic log cabin experience here with all the rustic charm you look for in a mountain cabin but with modern amenities like an EV Charger for your Tesla or other electric vehicle. Inside, you can appreciate the little things with a home cooked meal, prepared in the beautiful, fully-stocked kitchen with more storage space than you could imagine. This full-size kitchen boasts all stainless-steel appliances and has gorgeous local stone countertops. Enjoy meals from the dining room or from the screened in dining area on the porch. You can even prepare meals in the outdoor kitchen complete with a nine-burner grill.  After dinner, settle down in the cabin with a game of poker, ping pong, pool, or darts on the electronic dart board. Then it’s off to bed in one of the 5 bedrooms at this charming pet-friendly cabin!

Carpe Diem 

Carpe Diem has it all! Recently renovated in 2021 it is beautifully designed inside and out with a mountain/wildlife theme. The design is modern meets traditional and has a rustic elegance look.  From this prime location you can enjoy the stunning panoramic views and wooded oasis. Grill out on the main deck and get cozy by the outdoor wood-burning fireplace. Take in the sunset from the 6 person hot tub and roast s’mores at the firepit.

Inside, you’ll be in awe of the high-end amenities. An open level floor plan with large windows to take in the views; a spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops; a game room with billiards, ping-pong, board games, and a full bar; and 4 cozy bedrooms. And Carpe Diem is even pet-friendly! The electric car charger included in your stay is a 30 AMP Charger, so your car will be charged up and ready to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains in no time! 

Country Roads 

Let these country roads take you home to the place where you belong! And you can bring along your Tesla on those country roads because once you reach the cabin, Country Roads, has a Tesla EV Charging Station. It’s the perfect place for booting up your car for all your scenic drives and mini road trips to local waterfalls or Brasstown Bald. And this grand country estate is the private lake oasis of your dreams with luxurious amenities both inside and out! Spend your days and nights lakeside on the boat dock getting a tan or on the water letting your worries float away. Then enjoy dinner al-fresco in the fabulous lakefront dining area. After dinner play cornhole on the lawn or take a dip in the hot tub and watch the sunset over Lake Blue Ridge. When it gets chilly outside, head indoors for more fun in the cozy family room for a movie night or go to the bunk room suite for games & good times galore! Bring along the whole family and then some at this luxurious lakeside cabin with room for up to 14 guests! 

Eagles Rising 

Eagles Rising  sits perched alongside a mountain crest, and looks down at the beautiful mountains below. The views from this cabin are out of this world! This 3 bedroom, pet friendly cabin sleeps up to 8 guests and is full of unique & thoughtful touches, including a little library for guests to take a book and leave a book! Built with your comfort in mind you’ll have plenty of places to relax here. Sink into the comfortable living room loveseat and take in the lovely fireplace—a great spot to rest your feet after a day of fun. Stay cozy while you take in the view on the covered deck, let the pups play in the fenced in yard and roast marshmallows at the firepit. If you need a quiet place to catch up on work there’s even a spot for that;  the loft is a designated office work space offering a plug in monitor, fully equipped desk including stapler, tape dispenser, iPhone hook-ups and USB cable. And when it’s time to hit the road and get out to explore the area, charge your car at the EV Charging Station before you go. Eagles Rising  is regal, serene, pampered, fun, and nostalgic place perfect for your upcoming vacation! 

Endless Echo

Endless Echo is a beautiful and unique 4-bedroom cabin with great amenities, stunning mountain views, peace and quiet, and so much more! Just outside alone they have fruit trees, a herb and vegetable garden decorated with whimsical sculptures, a firepit, a hot tub, and multiple seating options. The outdoor spaces are also all professionally landscaped.

The interior has an art-filled rustic-meets-mid century modern décor feel that you won’t see anywhere else! Open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, designer pieces, and a stone remote controlled gas fireplace. Plus a 65” HDTV with Apple TV and Roku and a Sonos music system! This cabin is perfect for tech lovers; which is why they also have a Universal 50amp ChargePoint charger outside for electric cars. This 4-bedroom cabin is equipped with everything you could need and more! 

Falcons Lair

Falcons Lair has everything you want in a mountain cabin! Not only does it have beautiful long range mountain views but it also overlooks the Toccoa River. So you’ll have amazing views of both the mountains and the river. It’s also close to Downtown Blue Ridge so you’ll be just a short drive away from all the action! Just prep your ride at the EV Car Charging Station and hit the road! And you’ll love the other high end amenities that Falcons Lair has to offer like two outdoor stone fireplaces, a hot tub, firepit, a large game room,  and a soaring 25-foot wall of windows overlooking the deck from the family room. And with room for up to 10 guests and 2 well behaved dogs everyone will have a great time reuniting in such a beautiful place! 

Fallen Leaf

This beautiful rustic cabin offers a cozy & relaxing environment no matter where you are! At Fallen Leaf you can sit on the porch swing and watch the sunrise over the mountains, toast marshmallows at the fire pit, or explore nearby trails and wineries. Inside you can still take in the views from the enormous windows that beautifully frame the amazing long-range mountain vistas. And the kitchen is a chef’s dream, outfitted with wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, an electric stove/oven, refrigerator with ice maker, and so many other handy appliances. When it’s time to eat your home cooked meal there’s room for seven to eight people at the dining table. In the game room you can play a game of pool at the billiards table, test your skills on the arcade game system, have a family game night over board games, and have a drink at the bar. And your drive in and out of the cabin to all your adventures will be an easy one with paved and gravel roads to cabin, a paved driveway, car port, and EV Charger!

Finding Grace

You’ll find grace & the peaceful serenity of nature at Finding Grace cabin! Here you can sip on a warm cup of coffee from the screened in porch as you take in the majestic mountain views before you. Give yourself a lazy day or two here; spent cozy in the upstairs reading nook or surrounded by board games in the game room. Or take a warm & refreshing dip in the 6-person hot tub and then hang back in the hammock. Finding Grace will have you feeling relaxed & renewed in no time!

When you’re ready to get out of the cabin and explore the area, your car can easily be charged up and ready to go with an EV Charging Station compatible with all makes and models of electric vehicles. Take your vehicle on a scenic drive through the mountains, stop by Mercier Orchards for a fried apple pie, and chase waterfalls along the Long Branch Loop Trail. After your day of adventuring, when you come back to the cabin you’ll have a large parking area ready for your vehicle. End your day with a meal cooked on the gas grill, watch the sunset below the mountains from the rocking chair or porch swing, and then head off to bed in one of the three bedrooms. Come enjoy your relaxing getaway at Finding Grace!

Golden Hour

Every moment feels golden at Golden Hour cabin! This stunning, brand-new, modern mountain home, surrounded by the Blue Ridge mountains, is ready for you to create your own memories! This cabin features farmhouse decor and luxurious amenities to keep you feeling refreshed and relaxed at all times. You’ll enjoy serving breakfast in the gorgeous & sleek kitchen and then heading out into the great outdoors to explore the nearby trails. Before you venture out of the cabin to explore, remember to charge up your vehicle at the 240 V EV Car Charging Station, so you’ll be ready for a full day of adventure! Prefer a lazy day at the cabin? Play cornhole in the yard or cuddle up with a good book in the warm & cozy family room. After dinner, roast marshmallows around the firepit and then end the day with a mountain sunset & glass of wine. AND this cabin is now pet friendly, so your four-legged bestie won’t have to miss out on any of the fun!

Hidden Creek Cabin

A great Georgia mountain vacation is one that whisks you away to a beautiful cabin alongside a creek, where you can relax, unwind, and enjoy your family and friends. You can find just that type of escape at Hidden Creek Cabin, a brand new cabin as of January 2021. But that’s not all: while you may feel like you are worlds away from the stresses and pressures of daily life, you are also fully connected in this modern contemporary retreat to a virtual personal assistant in every room of this cabin. With eleven Alexas: one in each room including both outdoor decks, you’ll have the artificial intelligence technology of voice interaction and independent music playback at your command in every room.

Nestled alongside the woods near a hidden creek, just four miles from downtown Blue Ridge, this spectacular newly built property will be the perfect oasis where you can relax and recharge while enjoying everything the Georgia mountains have to offer. Speaking of recharging, you can easily charge up your electric vehicle with an Level-2 40amp EV & PHEV Charging Station for electric vehicles.

Hilltop Hideaway

Hilltop Hideaway is just 5 minutes from Blue Ridge but in a secluded setting. Located on a mountain, Hilltop Hideaway’s exterior has wraparound decks that showcase the mountain views from every angle! The porches are even screened in for your comfort and convenience. You’ll especially love the hot-tub on the lower porch that includes Bluetooth speakers, and you’ll enjoy swinging on the large swing as well.

Inside, the cabin has plenty of country charm and rustic elegance. The bright and sunny living room will welcome you in with it’s wall of windows and cozy leather couches. Cook up dinner for the whole family in the beautiful kitchen that has everything from stainless steel appliances, black granite countertops, to a waffle maker and a wine shelf for storing all your new bottles from the local wineries. Then when dinner is ready serve it up in the dining room which seats 6, with overflow at the breakfast bar. And not only does Hilltop Hideaway’s game room contain classics like air hockey, pool, and foosball but they also have an arcade machine with over 60 games! When you finish exploring all that Blue Ridge has to offer, charge up your car with the cabin’s Nema 1450 charger for electric vehicles; a 32A (7.7kw) with commercial grade Level 2. And after you charge up, catch some Z’s in either one of the 3-bedrooms or the loft. The cabin sleeps up to 8 guests and is the perfect relaxing getaway you need! 

Lazy Dayz Getaway

Just as its name suggests Lazy Dayz Getaway is the perfect place to spend a lazy day in! With great amenities and fun around every corner there’s so much in store for you here! Start your mornings curled up in the cozy family room with a cup of coffee on the vegan leather couch by the gas fireplace. Then prepare a delicious pancake breakfast in the fully equipped kitchen, complete with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and everything you could need to make a delicious meal!  Lazy Dayz Getaway is also the perfect retreat for you and your pup!  Bring your pup along with you to all the cool outdoor areas full of Adirondack and rocking chairs, there’s a gas grill perfect for cooking up your summer faves, and there is even a hot tub to unwind in on cooler evenings. Outdoors not your thing? Hang out in the game room! With a Foosball table, dartboard, and plenty of board games, you’ll be able to beat the heat and play to your heart’s content! There’s even an EV Charger here for charging up all of your electric vehicles. Lazy Dayz Getaway accommodates up to 11 guests and 2 well behaved dogs so it’s the perfect place for an ultimate family reunion!

My Mountain Medicine 

My Mountain Medicine is the log cabin you’ve always dreamed of! Take in beautiful mountain sunsets from the porch and every window. The cabin’s rustic wildlife-themed décor gives it a welcoming feel along with it’s great amenities. Enjoy the downstairs game room with board games, a Wii and 45” Smart TV, which is just one of the cabins 5 TVs.

Cook up dinner in the spacious kitchen or out on the main deck’s gas grill. Plus all 3 bedrooms come with brand-new mattresses and linens for extra comfort. And head to the driveway for a pickup game of basketball and to charge up your electric car on the Nema 1450 charger. So much awaits you at My Mountain Medicine, which is just 15 minutes from Downtown Blue Ridge!

Mountain Serenity

If you’re looking for peace, quiet, and the soothing sounds of nature then you’ve come to the right place! Mountain Serenity is an excellent place to relax and unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature with its breathtaking views. This charming log cabin is exactly the kind of true mountain experience you’ve been looking for with a warm & rustic interior, a cozy living room with a beautiful stacked stone fireplace, and a cute little nook that includes a whiskey barrel style liquor cabinet. And since you’re in the thick of mother nature here you’ll be close to all kinds of outdoor activities like horseback riding and hikes on the Benton McKaye Trail. But don’t worry, while you’ll get an authentic log cabin experience here, Mountain Serenity is up to date with wonderful modern amenities like; a warm & relaxing hot tub, a game room equipped with an awesome arcade machine, and even a EV Charging Station so you can charge up your electric vehicle for all your adventures! Get ready to have the best of both worlds at Mountain Serenity!

Mystic Mountain Lodge

At 𝗠𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗠𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗟𝗼𝗱𝗴𝗲 you can get lost in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains and relax comfortably in this beautiful 3-bedroom retreat complete with a game room, hot tub, and amazing views at every turn! Mystic Mountain Lodge sits up high on 2.34 acres of mountainside in Mineral Bluff. It’s less than 10 miles from Downtown Blue Ridge but you’ll feel worlds away from the cares and concerns of daily life. You’ll love watching each and every glorious sunrise and brilliant sunset from the porch swing at this peaceful & private retreat. When you’ve had enough relaxation hit the town in your environmentally friendly electric ride.  Mystic Mountain Lodge has an EV Charging Station in the driveway ready to charge up your vehicle and prepare it for the journey ahead!

Tranquility Base

Welcome to Tranquility Base! This absolutely stunning cabin is the ultimate luxurious lodge for your next family vacation. The views seem to stretch on forever and there are dozens of nearby activities for you to enjoy like boating on Lake Blue Ridge, mountain biking, fishing and more! You can even bring your electric vehicle along because Tranquility Base includes a NEMA 14-50 outlet to plug-in your level 2 EV charger. When you come back to the cabin after a long day, hang out in the game room, take in the night sky from the hot tub, and tell tales around the firepit. The cozy & beautiful interior of the cabin will have you feeling relaxed in no time! With cabin accents everywhere, beautiful wood throughout the cabin, and little accents that make Tranquility Base a perfect home away from home! And when you’re ready for a tranquil sleep, the three charming bedrooms are perfect. They’re all complete with handcrafted furnishings and plenty of space for everyone. Come escape to Tranquility Base!

Tumnus Ridge

Located in Morganton, just 15 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, is the peaceful cabin Tumnus Ridge! Its relaxing and peaceful environment isn’t the only thing that makes it so special. One of its many hallmarks is its incredible outdoor spaces. Unwind after a long day of exploring, in the screened-in outdoor living room with a wood-burning fireplace that’s seated just above the custom-designed waterfall feature. Or choose to relax on the wraparound porch, in the 5 person hot tub, the fenced-in dog-friendly garden, or even by the firepit. Tumnus Ridge was made with outdoor lovers in mind!

Inside the fun continues with 3-bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, a fully stocked kitchen, work stations, and even a mini gym. Before you head out to explore Blue Ridge don’t forget to charge your car at the Tesla Electric Vehicle Charger. Tumnus Ridge is the perfect relaxing getaway for your next trip to the mountains! 

Hike these 8 Blue Ridge Mountain Trails



Why do people escape to the mountains? For peace, quiet, and some time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life; of course. But if you’re an outdoor lover you probably also escape to the mountains to explore some wonderful hiking trails. In Blue Ridge, we have no shortage of great hiking options. Choose from mountain trails, riverside trails, lakeside trails, wooded trails, and even trails that lead to beautiful waterfalls. Wherever your heart leads you to explore, we’ve got it!

We’ve comprised a list of our top 8 favorite hiking trails to guide you on your next adventure. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a total newbie just wanting to get outdoors, there are trails for everyone. So grab your friends, family, and dogs along too for an adventure of a lifetime and fall in love with some of the best trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Benton McKaye Trail

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Located in the heart of the Aska Adventure Area, we love the Benton McKaye Trail because it’s close to so many great activities like Lily Pad Village, Toccoa Valley Campground, and more. Plus it connects to so many other trails that will take you all around Blue Ridge! Benton McKaye crosses the Appalachian Trail about 15 miles south of Blue Ridge. Along the trail you may come across the famous Toccoa Swinging Bridge, Fall Branch Falls, Long Creek Falls, and Springer Mountain; all great spots to stop for a photo-op!

The Benton MacKaye Trail is a great option for day hikers and explorers looking to do some sightseeing. Or if you’re up for an adventure, you can warm up for a thru-hike by doing the entire 300 miles ending in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. There’s always something new to find on the Benton McKaye Trail! 

Lake Blue Ridge Loop

Take in the beauty of Lake Blue Ridge for yourself and hike the trails around the lake. The Lake Blue Ridge Loop is a quick 0.8 miles and is well maintained, making it a great hike for all ages. Admire the trees reflecting off the water as you wander along the trail. Once you finish, head on over to the Morganton Point Recreation Area for a quick dip or a much-needed lunch in the picnic area. 

Aska Adventure Area trails

The Aska Adventure Area hiking trails are made up of 5 smaller trails: Stanley Gap Trail, Green Mountain Trail, Flat Creek Loop, Stanley Gap/Flat Creek Connector, and Long Branch Loop; which all together form 17.0 miles of beautiful trails to explore.

Open year-round, these winding trails will take you through the Chattahoochee National Forest and across mountain streams & creeks. You might even run into a waterfall or two! These trails also eventually connect to the Benton McKaye Trail and Lake Blue Ridge Loop. Most all of the trails in Fannin County are connected and ready to take you throughout the most beautiful parts of Blue Ridge.

Jack’s River Trail

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Jacks River Trail is a 14.8-mile trail located within the Cohutta Wilderness Area. Be aware that this trail is slightly more advanced and parts of it cross moving water; so make sure you’re up for the challenge! The hike will be a rocky, water-filled adventure that crosses Jacks River and its tributaries over 40 times, but the views will be so worth it.

One of the highlights of the hike is the beautiful, 80-foot Jacks River Falls. The falls are easily one of the South’s most beautiful waterfalls and one of Georgia’s top hiking destinations. You’ll also find wildflowers, mossy river banks, and rocky paths just waiting to be explored! If you’re looking for a rewarding and fun adventure this hike is for you!

Emery Creek Falls Trail

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Looking for more water adventures? Hike on Emery Creek Falls Trail for a fun challenge!  This intermediate trail takes hikers through 20 creeks and past several waterfalls throughout the 6.2-mile round trip hike. You’ll wander and explore the lush, forested trail and feel like you’re hundreds of miles away from the rest of the world. Along the way, you’ll run into a pair of stunning, beautiful, remote waterfalls. Relax, listen to the sounds of the rushing waterfall, and feel at peace in your own beautiful oasis. 

The Hemp Top Trail

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Climb some of the highest peaks in Georgia as you make your way along The Hemp Top Trail. Only 10 minutes outside of Blue Ridge, this 6.2-mile strenuous hike is well worth it for the views at the top. You’ll be able to see the Tennessee Valley and surrounding mountains from one of the highest points in the Cohutta Wilderness. This quiet hike will submerge you right into the beauty of the North Georgia wilderness but is recommended for more experienced hikers. 

Ocoee Whitewater Center Trails

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While the Ocoee Whitewater Center, just across the border in Tennessee, is known for its whitewater rafting, but they also have over 30 miles of trails to explore! The Ocoee Whitewater Center is the site of the 1996 Summer Olympic white water events and has much to see like the Olympic bridges, gardens, historic and forested trails, and a 330-foot suspension bridge. Athletes and Olympic fans will especially love the trails but any outdoor lover can enjoy them! And when you finish your long or short adventure, picnic by the river and imagine the dozens of rafts that floated down that very same river in the Olympic games over 25 years ago! 

Amicalola Falls 

The hike to Amicalola Falls is a 2.1-mile loop but much of it is uphill. You’ll cross rocky terrain, as you weave through the narrow trail. On your way up to the falls, you’ll hear the sounds of rushing water in the distance and will catch a glimpse of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Once you reach the top of the falls you’ll begin the steep walk down along bridges and stairs. You’ll be blown away by the 730-foot waterfall that cascades down a towering cliff into a pool of water far below.

Soak in the incredible views of the tallest waterfall in Georgia, as you make your way down the stairs; you’ll have plenty of chances for photos of course! Looking for a more challenging hike to the falls? Take the 10-mile hike, past the stone archway at the visitor center onto the Amicalola Falls East Ridge Trail and Appalachian Approach Trail Loop. You’ll still make it to the falls you’ll just have a longer, more challenging hike ahead of you. Whichever route you choose Amicalola Falls is a must-see! 

5 Romantic Blue Ridge Cabins



Winter time is the best time for a romantic getaway to Blue Ridge, Georgia. Not only is our little town inviting and festive during this time of year, but our cabins are set up for you and your honey to relax, cuddle, and enjoy each other’s company. After a day full of exploring the North Georgia Mountains, you can come back to the cabin, put on something a little more comfortable and pop open that bottle of wine. You may have selected to pick up a take-out or prepare dinner together in the fully stocked kitchen. After you have eaten to your hearts content, take a dip in the hot tub or turn on the fireplace for a relaxing evening of laughing, talking, and dreaming.

Deer Ridge

Are you looking for a simply wonderful place to stay in the north Georgia mountains during your upcoming vacation? Then, let us introduce you to Deer Ridge. A perfect place for you, friends or your family to spend the vacation of a lifetime. As you walk inside the cabin, you’ll notice the comforting touches everywhere – a perfect place to rest your feet after a day of mountain exploration. Cozy up on the couch in front of the fireplace and unwind. The kitchen has everything you need for a great meal. From the breakfast bar seating to the stainless-steel appliances, it’s like you’re at home sweet home! Then, when you’re ready to step outside and take in the outdoors, Deer Ridge is prepared for you. The cabin has a stunning creek in front of the house, a luxurious hot tub that seats 6, plenty of patio furniture for sitting and unwinding, and a gas grill for your favorite grilling creations. This place is a perfect spot to unwind after a day of fun.

A Beary Nice View

Tucked into the hillside on My Mountain, A Beary Nice View offers beary nice views indeed. With its sweet and cozy atmosphere, Goldilocks would surely think this cabin is “just right”. This 2-bedroom, 1-bath Gordon cabin is so bright and cheerful it will even keep you smiling through a thunderstorm. You’ll ‘bearly’ believe how much there is to do here. Once you’ve chosen among all the activities in the North Georgia Mountains, you’ll be off and running.

After working up a bear’s appetite, have a late lunch back at the cabin’s outdoor picnic table. Then have an afternoon snooze in the recliner, warm and cozy by the rock gas fireplace. When you’ve awakened refreshed after your brief hibernation, play checkers on the screened-in porch as you witness a breathtaking sunset. Spend some time just relaxing on the porch swing while sipping a cup of tea or perhaps an Irish coffee. Make an easy pasta dish for dinner or simply enjoy a platter of hearty antipasto with a glass of wine. Then settle in to the hot tub on the private open deck for a soothing soak at the end of the day.

Lil’ Slice of Heaven

This enchanting Georgia mountain cabin rental is indeed a Lil’ Slice of Heaven. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a few couples, this two bedroom cabin has plenty of room but is small enough to feel warm and cozy. It’s a place so relaxed and comfortable; you’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds. Naturally, you’ll also want to make the most of being in the great outdoors. Whether you prefer sun or shade, there are plenty of both to be had on the deck or covered porch. Sip refreshing lemonade while lounging on the porch swing or one of the rockers. Looking through the canopied trees towards the mountaintops, you’ll feel so at peace here in your quaint little haven.

Lil’ by lil’, the sky will change a spectacular array of colors before you as the sun goes down. Enjoy romantic evenings under the stars as you share a champagne toast by the light of the gas fire stand, or while immersed in the soothing bubbles of the hot tub. Snuggle under the covers with the one you love and enjoy a divine night’s sleep. In the morning, you can step out to the deck if you’d like to take in a truly glorious sunrise. Spend some time on cloud nine with your special someone, and enjoy your own Lil’ Slice of Heaven in the North Georgia Mountains.

Endless View Lodge

When multiple couples are looking for a place to retreat, look no further than the ultimate ‘Southern Living’ lodge in the North Georgia Mountains. 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 friends in style.

Endless View Lodge boasts three floors of living space, a stunning two-story interior rock fireplace and soaring prow front windows.  Enjoy good conversation in several open and hospitably placed seating areas from the custom leather and fabric sofas to two, eight-person dining tables, one indoors and one on the outdoor deck.  For the chefs in the group, a gourmet-style kitchen offers a large granite island and high-end KitchenAid stainless steel appliances. Head down stairs to the terrace level for another great seating area featuring a romance-inspiring fireplace.  Curl up to for a movie on the LCD-HD TV with Blu-ray disc player, or try your hand at the hand-carved poker and game table, or one of the many games or puzzles provided.

Postcard Perfect Downtown

If you want to experience a Blue Ridge mountain vacation but don’t need a lot of bedrooms, don’t care for hot tubs and fire pits, and don’t want to drive for miles every time you want to shop or go to a restaurant, Postcard Perfect Downtown will perfectly fit the bill. This lovely jewel box of a condo is located in the heart of downtown Blue Ridge, mixing modern mountain luxury with historic old town charm.

Inside, the ambiance is upscale, cozy, elegant and comfortable, decorated in soothing neutral colors in a pleasing, modern way that reflects the owners’ personal style and commitment to energy efficiency and technology. A spacious open floor plan, 10-foot ceilings, a large sliding door and east and west facing windows makes the ambiance airy and bright. The two bedrooms feature luxury bedding, hotel quality professionally laundered linens, night stands and clocks equipped with multiple USB connections, large walk-in closets and beautiful views of downtown Blue Ridge.

Adults Night Out in Blue Ridge



There is not much better than escaping to the Blue Ridge mountains with the whole family for a memorable week creating memories. However, alone time with your partner is much needed too and a romantic getaway can really help to ignite your passion. Remember why you fell in love in the first place. Take time to relax and connect at the cabin, but when you are ready for some nightlife, Blue Ridge has all the hot spots to explore!

Whiskey & Water- Seafood & Bourbon Bar

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Start your night off with dinner and drinks at Whiskey & Water; a brand new local spot right in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge! Enjoy their large selection of high-quality, sustainable seafood, cocktails, whiskeys and bourbons from all over the world. Whole Fried Snapper with a whiskey on the rocks anyone? They make their dishes with the freshest of ingredients and with fish caught from the best of America’s coasts. Are you a local to Blue Ridge? You may notice the Whiskey & Water’s location is the old historic 1937 Post Office, beautifully renovated into the new restaurant space. If you’re looking for a nice night on the town with good drinks and good food then Whiskey & Water is the place for you! 

Escape Blue Ridge 

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After a filling dinner at Whiskey & Water it’s time to get active and solve a mystery or two at Escape Blue Ridge. You and your group will find yourselves “locked” in a room and the only way to get out is by solving a series of riddles and puzzles to escape before time runs out. Currently you can take on two different adventures Prohibition– a 1920’s themed room where you and your group are a team of investigators leading the charge on illegal alcohol sales or Black Beard’s Brig– a pirate themed room where you’ll enter in handcuffs and must escape before the evil pirates return and make you walk the plank! And coming soon in March 2022 is a wizard themed room- Wizard School of Magic. You and your friends will have a blast solving puzzles together and going on an adventure! 

Vertigo Pinball

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Not in the mood for an adventure? Throw it back to your youth and be that “Pinball Wizard” you’ve always dreamed of being at Blue Ridge’s most exciting new venue- Vertigo Pinball! No coins, tokens, or bills needed; just buy a wristband and play till your heart’s content! Play on all kinds of themed pinball machines like Marvel, Jurassic Park, Metallica, The Walking Dead, The Mandolorian, and so much more. Also enjoy a selection of beer, wine, and ciders while you play and unique eats like grown-up grilled cheese! Have a night full of fun and games! 

Hook & Eye

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After a few rounds of pinball or after solving your escape, the fun continues! Head over for more drinks at Blue Ridge’s new rooftop bar- Hook & Eye. Kick back with a cocktail in your hand and enjoy the beautiful view of Downtown below and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. Open Tuesday-Saturday!

Black Bear Bier Garten 

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More drinks can be found at Black Bear Bier Garten. They offer 19 local, craft & imported draft beers. And pair your brewski with one of 9 varieties of wild game sausages or one of their giant pretzels! Even enjoy live music on select nights! Need a girls night out instead? Drop the husbands off at “husband daycare” while you and the girls shop and explore Blue Ridge together. There’s always fun to be had at the Black Bear Bier Garten! 

Bin 322

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Wine, wine, and more wine! Let the fun continue at Bin 322! They offer regional wines from all over the world, tapas and other delicious international platters. Sit out on the beautiful patio or inside; wherever you choose you’ll appreciate the relaxing and intimate atmosphere while getting the chance to catch up with your favorite. And if you stop by on select Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-9pm you can enjoy live music from local artists. Bonus; on Monday nights from 6pm-8pm you can join in on SINGO, music style bingo! Bin 322 has great wines and is a wonderful place to relax with friends!

Mona Lisa’s Dessert House

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Finish off the night at Mona Lisa’s with a nightcap & a plate full of sweet treats! They have all the desserts you can imagine! From cakes and pies, to dessert martinis and wines; they truly have it all. Ending your night with a delicious and decadent dessert is a perfect ending to a SWEET night of kid-free fun in Blue Ridge! 

Be sure to check out some of these NEW spots on your next Escape to Blue Ridge and of course our local breweries and wineries for more kid-free fun. Need more ideas? Check out our Workcation blog for more ways to relax, unwind, and have fun: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/workcation/ 

7 Remarkable Blue Ridge Cabins



Your Blue Ridge Mountain escape deserves to be a unique and special experience that you won’t soon forget. We pride ourselves on offering the most remarkable and luxurious cabins and making them feel like a home away from home for you. Whether you are searching for a cabin with incredible mountain views, a riverside lodge, or a retreat with amenities to entertain the family, we’ll help you find your perfect Escape to Blue Ridge. Let’s take a look at 7 of our most remarkable cabins.

Themed Cabin

If you like your cabin to have a set theme in every room then Animal Crossings is just the place! Each of the five bedrooms is decorated with a different animal theme.  Upstairs we have Eagle’s Nest and Bear Cave. Downstairs is Deer Haven, Fox Hole, and the kid’s bedroom-Cub Den. The rest of the cabin is beautifully decorated as well; in a modern rustic style that gives off a welcoming ambiance. You’ll especially love the open floor plan of the main living area with its rich woods, natural stone, & exposed beams.

The décor isn’t the only part that makes this cabin one of our favorites; there’s also a downstairs game room filled with a pool table, foosball, puzzles & board games, and a smart TV! And if you want to spend some time with nature head out to the screened-in, main deck where you can relax and grill out. Fun animal themed rooms, long range mountain views, and more, all await you at this incredible 5 bedroom cabin! 

Amazing View

Why do so many people vacation in the mountains? For the views of course! High Five Lodge will provide you with the best mountain views and then some! Perched 2,300 ft. high on Watson Mountain, you’ll have a birds eye view of Blue Ridge. It’s stunning views were even featured in Southern Living October 2015 “Take to the Mountains – Best of the South” article.

High Five Lodge has a couple of great spots to take in the views. Admire the sights from the pavilion style deck curled up next to the wood-burning fireplace, or take it in from your bedroom’s own private deck, or even from the 6 seat hot tub with a glass of wine! The possibilities are as endless as the views. We know you’ll likely want to spend most of your time outside admiring the mountains but the cabin’s interior and amenities do not disappoint! 5 huge bedrooms, a spacious kitchen, a cozy downstairs game room and more! If you’re looking for a spacious cabin with amazing views for your next family getaway then High Five Lodge is the place to be!

Riverside

Find yourself in a wooded oasis, where you can relax by listening to the calming sounds of the flowing Toccoa River. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Row Harder.  Fish or kayak on the river or settle into a swing, rocker or hammock on the porch and instantly feel your daily stresses disappear. This beautiful cabin is truly a nature lover’s dream!

Row Harder is unique in that it has not only the main house but a guest house as well; so there’s plenty of space for the whole family to gather both indoors and out. Inside the main house you’ll find a fully stocked kitchen equipped with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops, a beautiful living room with it’s wood-burning fireplace and large windows that overlook the river, and 5 bedrooms between the two houses.

The screened-in living room on the porch is likely where you’ll spend most of your time. It has a TV, comfortable seating, a wood burning fireplace and a spectacular view. Enjoy all this while Dad grills up burgers for everyone on either the charcoal or gas grill on the back deck. After dinner take advantage of the fenced in backyard and play a pick up game or let the dogs run free at this pet friendly cabin. And finish the night off by the rivers edge, roasting marshmallows and swapping stories at the firepit. You’ll leave feeling completely relaxed from your wonderful riverside escape. 

Lakeview

Want to be situated right on the water for those hot summer days? Eagles Landing is directly on Lake Blue Ridge and is your ultimate lakeside cabin! You’ll have spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. You’ll find yourself spending most of your time in the water or on the 2-story dock that accommodates up to 16 people. Fish, swim, or relax as you listen to the water lap on the side of the dock. There are also 2 ramps for watercraft as well as accommodations for a motorboat, so you can have everything you need for a day on the water.

Inside you’ll love all the beautiful little details in the living room with a stone gas fireplace that stretches up 18 feet, or the hand-carved spiral staircase that spans four floors, and the unique loft down to the terrace level where you will find the fully equipped game room. Eagles Landing is truly a one-of-a-kind lakeside cabin that’s the perfect place for large groups of friends and family!

Best of Both Worlds

Bearway to Heaven has a little bit of everything. You’ll have an incredible view of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains but will also be able to see Lake Blue Ridge shimmering in the distance. It’s also close to all the outdoor activities in the Aska Adventure Area while not being far from the shops and restaurants of Downtown Blue Ridge. And it can accommodate up to 12 guests so there’s room for everyone!

This spacious mountain showplace offers everything you crave, with room for everyone you love. It’s tastefully decorated with comfortable furniture that invites you to kick back and relax and has a warm and cozy ambiance that makes you feel at home from the moment you enter. A cozy living room, a fully equipped game room, plenty of outdoor spaces, 5 bedrooms, a hot tub, and a fire pit!? What more could you ask for from this cabin that seems to have everything!

Log Cabin

Feel like you’re having a true mountain vacation in Chestnut Lodge; a beautiful log cabin nestled in between the rolling mountains. It’s a beautifully-crafted custom Barna log home, with 3,000 roomy square feet offering plenty of comfortable crevices. The décor combines upscale farmhouse and mountain styling with the newest, top of the line finishes and modern fixtures with a hint of vintage. The whole cabin just screams comfort! Chestnut Lodge was even featured in Log Home Living Magazine! Cook up a meal for the family in the beautiful green stained kitchen with granite counter tops and bronze fixtures. Watch your favorite film in the downstairs home theater while having a drink from the wet bar. Have dinner on the deck and feel as though fireflies are dancing overhead from the muted string of lights hanging above you. Or take a quick cat nap on the hammock off the bedroom porch. You’ll feel right at home in no time at this cozy, 5 bedroom log cabin. 

All Around Fabulous

Nestled in the Rich Mountain Wilderness at over 2,000 ft. elevation, Top of the Ridge Chalet combines elegant, modern-rustic comfort with jaw-dropping mountain views. Truly a one-of-a-kind property, you will be in awe of the spectacular, unobstructed views once you reach it (yes, it’s a little bit of a drive up the mountain but well worth it!). Just take a moment to take in the spectacular view and the 1,300 sf. of outdoor decks. Explore the hot tub and outdoor shower area, envision making smores at the outdoor fireplace, and start enjoying the soothing sounds of the man-made waterfall.

When you step inside, you’ll see this is not your ordinary cabin! While it’s a true-log cabin, Top of the Ridge Chalet was professionally redesigned, renovated, and redecorated to provide understated luxury within today’s modern-rustic style, with all of the comforts of home. The many decorator touches include crystal chandeliers, a custom wood-burning fireplace, and panoramic windows that frame the breathtaking views!