Horseback Riding Experiences



Saddle up! It’s time to hop on a horse and take in the beautiful countryside and forests of Blue Ridge. Nothing is more relaxing than listening to the sounds of nature, taking in the sights, the relaxing gate of the horse beneath you, and creating new memories with the ones you love. We’re incredibly lucky to have so many wonderful stables nearby that offer trail rides for the most beginner of riders all the way up to the most experienced. Escape to Blue Ridge on horseback!

Cowgirl Up Stables 

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Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains right here in Blue Ridge is Cowgirl Up Stables. They are an all-female-owned and operated stable, which is where their clever name comes from. Cowgirl Up Stables specializes in rides for beginners, so if you’re just starting out this is the place for you. You’ll go on trail rides through the beautiful Blue Ridge countryside led by their experienced and professional trail guides. Not only are the staff there to help you, but the horses also know how to do their jobs well and are great for riders of any experience level. Choose from a variety of ride options including; The Novice Ride, The Intermediate Ride, The Sunset Ride, The Picnic Ride, The Proposal/Romantic Ride, and the Valley River Ride. No matter what ride you choose it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience! 

Blue Ridge Mountain Trail Rides at Hells Hollow

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If you’re looking for a safe and fun outdoor family adventure right here in Blue Ridge then Blue Ridge Mountain Trail Rides at Hells Hollow is your place! With over 25 years of experience, the staff knows exactly what they’re doing and are happy to help riders from beginners all the way to experts. Enjoy trail rides with stunning views of the Cohutta Mountains! Or take advantage of the pony rides, sunset rides, riding lessons, or a custom ride/event. They have every kind of horseback riding experience you can imagine! After the ride, plan to have a picnic by the woodland stream or visit with the baby goats. And in the spring you can even gem mine and fish! Blue Ridge Mountain Trail Rides has everything you need for a fun-filled day outside! 

Cohutta Stables

Photo Courtesy of Cohutta Stables

Cohutta Stables is a family owned and operated stable here in Blue Ridge. With over 40 years of experience and specializing in work with gaited horse breeds, their services include everything from training, boarding, sales, riding lessons and trail rides. The trail rides range from half day to full day through the Cohutta Wildlife Management Area, and are meant for more experienced riders. They offer personalized and private trail rides that will take you and your group along 13 miles of beautiful trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest. You’ll cross rivers and creeks, climb up mountains, and explore nature all around you. At Cohutta Stables their goal is to not only provide riders with a great experience but to also help riders find the horse to meet their individual needs, and to facilitate a memorable horseback riding experience. If you’re an experienced rider looking for an adventure then look no further! 

Appalachian Trail Rides

Photo Courtesy of Appalachian Trail Rides at S&T Stables

Venture a little ways outside of Blue Ridge to Mineral Bluff for Appalachian Trail Rides at S&T Stables. With more than 30 years of experience their trail guides will help to make your ride a memorable one! With 250 acres of land to explore as well as lakes, creeks, and stunning mountain views; you’ll have plenty of sights to take in along your ride. From trail rides, dinner rides, pony rides, and even proposal rides; you can ride any day or for any special occasion.The staff and horses at Appalachian Trail Rides are happy to help you have a great and memorable time! 

Blanche Manor Horseback Riding

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Venture on over to Copperhill, TN (just 15 minutes away from Blue Ridge), to Blanche Manor Horseback Riding. Perfect for riders of all experience levels, there will be something for everyone in your group. The experienced and professional staff help to ensure customer satisfaction and safety. Explore beautiful forest trails and admire the Blue Ridge Mountains as you ride. Enjoy any of Blanche Manor’s wonderful rides like private rides, trail rides, sunset rides, proposal rides, and pony rides. Don’t want the adventure to stop there? You can even combine your horseback riding experience with an Ocoee Rafting trip or ziplining at Canopy Tours. There’s so much fun to be had at Blanche Manor that you won’t want your great outdoor adventure to ever end!

A Downtown Blue Ridge Shopping Spree



Shop like nobody’s business in all the wonderful shops located in Downtown Blue Ridge! Pick up something to use in the cabin or something extra special to remember your mountain trip always. We know that Blue Ridge is known for its beautiful mountains and outdoor excursions; but it’s also home to countless shops most of which are located right in the Downtown area. Here you’ll find a variety of unique and trendy shops like antique shops, art galleries, artisan goods, clothing, outdoor gear, and so much more. It’s the perfect place to pick up a souvenir or ten from your Escape to Blue Ridge because not only is there something for everyone, but it’s a great way to remember your North Georgia trip! Downtown Blue Ridge has every type of shop you can imagine so the only question is where are you going first? Let us help with our guide of favorite shops.

For the Family 

Photo Courtesy of Huck’s General Store

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

For the Art Lover

Photo Courtesy of High Country Art Gallery

Are you an art lover or just looking for something beautiful to take home with you? Look no further than High Country Art Gallery. The walls and shelves are stocked with paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, and other beautiful crafts. A majority of the art is crafted by local artists from Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. And many of the artists are willing to create a personal piece of your choosing, so you can bring home something extra special. There’s always something beautiful and unique to find here. 

For the Collector

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Antique Mall & Consignment

Blue Ridge Antique Mall & Consignment is the place to be for antique lovers! They have a large selection of vintage and unique items; you never know just what you’ll find! Deck out your home with everything from furniture to collectibles, textiles to glassware, ceramics to art; they have it all! They also have locally made products, perfect for a mountain souvenir or gift for a special someone back home.

For the Kids

Photo Courtesy of Lily + Coco

Lily + Coco is a magical & colorful shop that the kids will absolutely love! What fun toys will the kiddos find? How about unicorn themed gifts for your favorite little girl? A slingshot with felt ammo for the boys? Or unique, one-of-a-kind décor for the holidays? Lily + Coco is truly a one of a kind shop filled with “fanciful finds & whimsical whatnots”. The kids and you won’t be able to get enough of this colorful and super fun shop! 

For the Fisherman

Photo Courtesy of Cohutta Fishing Company

Stock up on your gear and apparel for your next fishing excursion at Cohutta Fishing Company! They don’t coin the phrase “Your Local Fly Fish Shop” for nothing; they have everything you’ll need to get out on the water like fly rods and reels, packs and luggage, fishing vests, boots, apparel and more. Pick up your gear and then book a guided fishing trip on the Toccoa River! Cohutta Fishing Company’s excellent staff provides great service both in the shop and on the water. 

For the Ladies

Photo Courtesy of The Owl’s Nest of Blue Ridge

If you’re looking for cute accessories and apparel for you next night out then check out The Owl’s Nest of Blue Ridge. They have everything from jewelry, gemstones, purses, shoes, t-shirts, and more. With all kinds of beautiful bling and accessories your new look is sure to be the talk of every get together!

For the Men

Photo Courtesy of OAR Finer Goods

The guys like to look good too! So men be sure to check out OAR Finer Goods, an accessory shop for modern gentlemen. They have everything from men’s jewelry, ties, socks, books, fun trinkets, novelty gifts, and more. Some of their brands include Fulton & Roark, Brackish Bowties, Studebaker Metals, and OAR leather goods. Dress to impress at your next special occasion!

For the Foodie

Photo Courtesy of the Pasta Market

The Pasta Market has everything you could possibly imagine from pasta, sauces, wines, seasonings, baked goods, candles, kitchen & home items and so much more! They even have a secret wine bar where they offer wine tastings and tapas-style platters. And they also now offer charcuterie boards and cannolis to enjoy in the shop or on the go! Pick up something amazing to use in a family dinner at the cabin or bring it home to remember your special trip. 

For the Furry Friends

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Adventure Wear

Not only does Blue Ridge Adventure Wear have plenty of apparel and outdoor gear for the whole family but they also have treats and toys for your favorite furry friends! They’ve got everything your dog could need from toys, treats, collars and leashes, fun dog themed shirts for you, and even dog friendly donuts! Your dog will love exploring the mountain trails near our dog friendly cabins and the gifts you so thoughtfully picked out for them at Blue Ridge Adventure Wear!

September 2021



September is a time of transition, when summer is coming to an end, but the crisp nights promise something even better! Life at the lake goes on, apples are ripe and ready for picking, and weekend festivals feature
live music, BBQ and brews! Check out the events below and come stay with us this month.

UPCOMING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Picnic in the Apple Orchard
September 1st – 30th 
Location: Deep Roots Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchard

Picnic beneath the apple trees spring through fall  at Deep Roots Orchard! Bring your closest friends and family to relax under the trees. Deep Root’s will provide you with everything you need; the picnic basket, blanket, and food. All you need to bring is your wonderful self! Be sure to check out Deep Roots other group experiences like the “Special Occasion Picnic” and “Food, Folic, and Flow”. Prices start at $27 per person; call 706-492-7753 to book your picnic today!

U-Pick Apples
September 1st – 30th 
Location: Deep Roots Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchard

It’s apple season! Pick your own fresh apples right off the tree at Deep Roots Orchard now through October 31st! 

Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses
September 2nd – 19th 
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

This comedic play takes place at The Lover’s Landing Beach Hotel, now know as the home of Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses. What was once a hot wedding venue has now turned to illegal activities thanks to hotel manager, Uncle Bubba. When mother and daughter duo Beatrice and Traci come to check out the hotel for Traci’s wedding, Uncle Bubba is forced to take over since the wedding planner has eloped. Throughout the play Uncle Bubba has to be himself and pretend to be the missing wedding planner, Madame Coco to please Traci and her mother. Antics and hilarity of course ensue! Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. The show runs August 26th – September 19th, call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

Riverwalk Run Club
September 2nd– 30th 
Location: Riverwalk

Photo Courtesy of the Riverwalk Shops

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!

Pickin’ In The Park
September 2nd-30th 
Location: Horseshoe Bend Park

Photo Courtesy of Fannin County

Every Thursday night at 6:00pm, May-September visit Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville, GA for live music and picnicking by the Toccoa River. Picnic tables are available but feel free to bring a picnic blanket and lawn chair as well. Admission is free so bring the whole family to enjoy!

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing 
September 3rd – 24th 
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing 

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

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!

September 3rd: Highbeams 
September 12th: David Welch 
September 17th: Ryan LittleEagle 
September 24th: Trailer Hippies 

Live Music at Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar
September 3rd– 25th 
Location: Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar

Photo Courtesy of Bin 322

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

September 3rd: Surrender Hill 
September 10th: Gwen Hughes & Tom Ladow 
Sept. 11thLoose Shoes 
September 17th: 7 Licks Band 
September 24thSteve Vaclavik 
Sept. 25th: Gypsy Mountain Music 

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

Photo Courtesy of Bear Claw Vineyards

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

Live Music at Paradise Hills
September 3rd – Sepetmber 25th 
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Farm Winery

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

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

Live Music at Lake Blue Ridge Marina
September 3rd– 4th 
Location: Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina 

Photo Courtesy of Lake Blue Ridge Boat Dock Bar & Grill

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

September 3rd: Danny Rhea 
September 4th: Gregg Erwin

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
September 3rd – September 25th 
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

Photo Courtesy of Misty Mountain Hops

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

September 3rd: Andrew Chastain 
September 4th: Quinn Leach 
September 10th: Highbeams Band 
September 11th: Frankie Sparks 
September 17th: Jess Goggans 
September 18th: Rusted Melody 
September 24th: The Orange Walls Duo 
September 25th: Steve Baskin 

Labor Day Barbecue
September 4th – 6th 
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge City Park

Photo Courtesy of The Good Samaritans

This great event runs all of Labor Day weekend! Saturday drop by for Pic-Nic-Nac yard sale and classic car show. Sunday there will be a community worship service followed by an ice cream social. And the big event is Labor Day itself! Enjoy great barbecue and the sounds of bluegrass and gospel music. This is a FREE event you won’t want to miss!

Gene Watson, Janie Fricke & Marty Haggard concert
September 4th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

See Gene Watson, Marty Haggard, and Janie Fricke live in concert at Anderson Music Hall at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! These 3 country legends will pay tribute to the legendary Merle Haggard while also singing some of their biggest hits! It’s sure to be a great night of country music! Tickets are $35-$45 + handling. 

Contemporary Southern & Folk Art Exhibit 
September 4th – 30th 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Check out various artists work in both folk and southern art at Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association exhibit! The exhibit is up from September 4th – October 10th

Apple Picking Jubilee 
September 4th – 30th 
Location: Hillcrest Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Hillcrest Orchards

Join in the fall festivities September 4th – October 31st! Your $15 entry fee includes all kinds of fun activities like; cow milking, wagon rides, cow train, new Jump Pad and Ball Zone, Live entertainment, pedal karts, big and little kid trike tracks, petting farm, apple tree maze, mini-golf, moonshine and apple museums, big slides and playgrounds, Fall photo spots, swimming pig races and duck races! PLUS there will be all kinds of great foods and of course apple ciders & slushies! The Apple Picking Jubilee is sure to be a blast for the whole family!

Grape Stomp Festival
September 4th
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Farm Winery

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Get ready to get your stomp on at the 8th Annual Grape Stomping Festival! There will be live music, bbq, craft vendors, plenty of wine, and of course grape stomping! Admission is $25 a person and includes a souvenir wine glass! 

Farmer’s Market 
September 4th – 25th 
Location: Deep Roots Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchard

Stop on by and enjoy a selection of Appalachian grown or made fresh vegetables and goods! Every Saturday from 8:30am-1:00pm now till September 25th!

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

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Farmers Market

Enjoy this wonderful market every Saturday from 8:00am – 12:00pm now till November (weather permitting) right in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge! There will be all kinds of vendors offering food, artisan goods, arts & crafts, furniture, and more!

Harvest Hoopla 
September 5th 
Location: Serenberry Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Serenberry Vineyards

Get the chance to learn about the wine-making process at Serenberry Vineyards with vineyard chats from the winemaker. Then from 2-5pm enjoy live music from Amy Andrews! Take in the beautiful weather with a glass of wine at Serenberry’s open air barn, enjoy some live music, and learn a little bit more about wine.

TobyMac concert
September 11th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Come see Christian hip-hop artist TobyMac at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! It’ll be a beautiful night of fellowship and praise. Tickets are $40 – $60 + fees. 

Gazers of the Galaxy
September 11th 
Location: Brasstown Bald Mountain

Photo Courtesy of Brasstown Bald

Get the chance to visit Brasstown Bald in the dark! The Atlanta Astronomy Club will be there to guide you through the night, interpreting the wonders of the universe through galactic stories and expertise, with the opportunity to use a high-powered telescope. Learn more about the stars from the highest point in Georgia! 

Plein Air International Paint Out Exhibit
September 14th – September 30th 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Take in the art created during the 4-day Plein Air International Paint-Out. You’ll enjoy admiring the images of local scenery and landscapes. This exhibit runs September 14th – October 10th

Landfest 2021
September 16th – 18th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Get ready for Dailey & Vincent’s LANDFEST! A 3-day music festival bringing together the very best in American music; from country to bluegrass, to gospel music! They’ve got a great line-up of talented artists ready to put on an incredible show for you! Single day pass is $50 & 3-day pass is $140. 

Blues Train
September 17th 
Location: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Photo Courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Blue Ridge

Kick off Blues Weekend with a ride on the “Blues Train”! Take a scenic ride through Blue Ridge with beer, wine and appetizers. Then when you return to Blue Ridge enjoy live music, dancing, and a picnic style dinner. 

Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival
September 18th 
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival

Downtown Blue Ridge is your backdrop for a wonderful event! Your ears will be filed with the sounds of incredible Blues Music and your stomach filled with delicious BBQ! Bring your friends and family for a great time! Admission is $10 a person and children 12 & under are free! 

12 p.m. Breaking Point Band
2 p.m. The Shufflejunkies Band
4 p.m. The Crossroads Band
6 p.m. Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
8 p.m. The Georgia Blues Brothers

Old Times 
September 24th – 26th 
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Husband and wife Deeley and Kate meet up with Kate’s old friend Anna. The three recall old memories from their time spent together; until Kate’s memories stir up some shocking truths. Check out the play Friday & Saturday in the black box theater at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm! 

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

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Classics Car Club

Admire a selection of classic cars at this free event on September 24th at 6pm! Bring your own classic car to register and get $4 off Dairy Queen certificate when you register! Ice cream, classic cars, and a good time!

Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby Fall Classic 2021
September 25th 
Location: Fannin County Middle School

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby

Get ready for the fall classic derby! Gates open at 9am and the big race starts at 10am! Be on the lookout for a big twist to be revealed on the day of the race!! 

Discovery Days
September 25th – 26th 
Location: Project Chimps

Photo Courtesy of Project Chimps

Get the chance to go behind the scenes at Project Chimps! You’ll take a 60 – 90 minutes guided tour of the chimp sanctuary where you’ll like spot some of the chimps! 

Pet Friendly Blue Ridge



As animal lovers ourselves, we understand that when you plan a vacation to Blue Ridge, Georgia that you want your four-legged family members to accompany you. Just as you love the fresh mountain air and seeing new places, so do pooches! There are so many new smells they’ve never sniffed, creeks to splash in, and they would much rather be with you than be kenneled!

Stay

Here at Escape to Blue Ridge we have over 100 cabins that are pet friendly! You can choose cabins by the lake or near a river. There are also pet friendly cabins in the middle of the woods with acres and acres for your puppers to run to their little heart’s content. Some properties are even fenced in like Black Dog of Blue Ridge.

Shop

Blue Ridge is a very pet friendly community. Whether you are bringing Fido with you or just want to bring home a souvenir for your best friend, Blue Ridge Cotton Company is both a pet and human friendly store! Here you will find great apparel, gifts, and of course doggie approved décor! The owner’s own pup, Watson Agee, can often be seen “working” at one of their two locations in Blue Ridge or Blairsville. Stop in, give him a pet on the head, and enjoy browsing all of their unique finds!

Watson Agee working at Blue Ridge Cotton Company

For the outdoorsy canines, head to Blue Ridge Adventure Gear for the hottest trends, most delicious treats, and all the outdoor gear you might possibly need. Keep Rufus safe out on Lake Blue Ridge with life jackets, play fetch at Morganton Point with glow in the dark balls, or keep them safe in your car with a dog hammock. Oh, did we mention the treats? Well, they have plenty along with their sister store, Blue Ridge Adventure Wear. Your pup is going to get pawsitively excited when you buy him some of their most scrumptious looking doggie donut treats!

Doggie Donuts at Blue Ridge Adventure Wear

Love Dogs and Cats Too is a holistic pet supply shop that has everything you could ever need for your favorite family member. They carry collars, leashes, food, toys, and treats. Here you’ll find natural flea and tick soaps, pet friendly cbd oils, and even puppy clothes! Stop on in if you Love Dogs, they’ll be happy to see you!

Dine

It’s true. We have some incredible restaurants here in Blue Ridge. The best part is some of them allow pets to join their owners for delicious meals. Right in the heart of downtown Blue Ridge, you can sit on the inviting patio of The Black Sheep and enjoy an outstanding meal. This fine dining establishment features southern cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Their steaks are to-die-for, but really you’ll enjoy anything Chef Brandon prepares!

Photo Courtesy of Kevina Beck Foreman

Relax on the largest pet friendly deck in Georgia & Tennessee. In the Twin Cities of McCaysville, Ga & Copperhill, Tn you and your furry BFF can dine at either Burra Burra on the River or The Twisted Tomato! Overlooking the famous steel bridge and the Toccoa River, here you’ll get beautiful scenery, delicious food, and lots of pets and love for your 4-legged buddy!

Photo Courtesy of Burra Burra on the River

Drink

How can you not love a business that broadcasts “Dogs are welcome, and people are tolerated!” Grumpy Old Men Brewing is a laid back, fun microbrewery is open Tuesday through Saturday and offers 18 beers on tap. They often have live music and they stand by their motto: If we don’t like it, we don’t drink it. If we don’t drink it, we don’t sell it. So, come out and feel like a local, have fun, and drink good beer!

Photo Courtesy of Lazette Danny Bretthorst

Best Friend Wanted

If you don’t already have a best friend or are looking to grow your furfamily, stop by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge. This no kill shelter often partners with local businesses to encourage pet adoptions and to support their non-profit work of supporting sick, injured, or abandoned animals. They run a Thrift Store to help offset operational costs, and they even have a dog park that’s open 24/7 that all are welcome to use!

Adopt a best friend at the Humane Society of Blue Ridge

Doggy Daycare

A lot of times our guests will make day trips from the cabin and not all towns are as pet friendly as Blue Ridge. If your planning an adventure and you can’t take Benji with you, make an appointment at Violet’s Doggy Daycare. Here your pup will be able to make friends, run around, and be safe and secure until you come retrieve them. While there you can even get your pooch a peticure or a full grooming session. Violet’s also offers homemade pet treats and jerky treats.  

Puppy Play Date at Violet’s Doggy Daycare

Emergency Services

While you are on vacation, sometimes things can happen. Maybe Rufus counter surfed and gobbled down some grapes and now he feels under the weather or maybe while he was out exploring in the yard, he tried to eat some berries that he shouldn’t have. We don’t like to think about these things happening and when you are away from home you don’t know who to use or where to go to when emergency services are needed. Fortunately, right here in Blue Ridge we have a highly rated and extremely respected emergency veterinary service that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! Mountain Emergency Animal Center provides comprehensive emergency and urgent care and work closely with your primary veterinarian to provide the most complete care possible for your family pet. We hope that you won’t need to utilize their services, but in the event that you need to, know that you are in great hands!

Hiking

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! Here are some of our favorite trails: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/dog-friendly-hikes-blue-ridge-georgia/

The Blue Ridge Experience: Summer Edition



Every season in Blue Ridge is special but summer is one of our favorites! The days are longer, which is perfect for a full day of exploring our quaint mountain town. Enjoy spending time on the waters of Lake Blue Ridge or boating down the Toccoa and Ocoee rivers. Go on an adventure with your family and create memories that will last a lifetime! No matter how you like to spend your summers, Blue Ridge has a little something for everyone! Here’s 15 of our favorite activities to do in and around Blue Ridge all summer long!

Cover photo courtesy of @_Chanel Josephson

Whitewater Rafting

Photo Courtesy of Ocoee Rafting

Nothing says summer adventure like whitewater rafting through the rapids and waves of the Ocoee River! You’ll cool off from the summer heat in no time as the waves splash you and leave you feeling refreshed. The Ocoee River, just a couple miles away from Blue Ridge in Tennessee,  is the perfect place for whitewater rafting. The upper part of the river was actually used during the 1996 Olympics for their whitewater events; that’s how you know it’s a great spot!

One of our favorite rafting companies is Ocoee Rafting in Ducktown, TN. They’re the oldest rafting company on the Ocoee and have been guiding whitewater rafting adventures for 44 years! Ocoee Rafting will guide you over 20 continuous rapids and many play spots. Beginners and experts alike are welcome! 

Adventures on Lake Blue Ridge 

Summers are made for relaxing and having fun by the water. All that and more awaits you at the beautiful Lake Blue Ridge! Rent a boat at Lake Blue Ridge Marina and spend the day floating on the water. Have your own boat? Hit the lake at any of these access points: 

  • Lake Blue Ridge Day use Area and Boat ramp
  • Morganton Point Recreation Area
  • Lakewood Landing Boat Ramp
  • Lake Blue Ridge Dam and Lake Blue Ridge Dam Recreation Area
  • Lake Blue Ridge Marina

Feeling hungry? Grab a quick bite to eat at the Marina’s Boat Dock Bar & Grill. They have delicious food, specialty cocktails, a great view of the lake, and live music Friday & Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon! If you’re up for a refreshing swim head to Morganton Point where you can splash in the water! Also at Morganton Point play on the beach and build sandcastles, or have a picnic in the picnic area, fish, or even go for a hike around the lake. And if you’re in town for 4th of July don’t miss out on the annual fireworks display over the lake! You never even have to leave, with numerous Escape to Blue Ridge cabins right on the lake: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/lake-side-cabins/ 

Explore the Toccoa River

Head to the Toccoa River for more outdoor fun! Canoe or kayak down the river for a relaxing day on the water. For rentals or guided trips you can look up our friends at Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking, Toccoa River Outfitters, or Rolling Thunder River Company.

Have your own boat and want a little adventure? Take the Toccoa River Canoe Trail which is a 13.8 mile river trail beginning at Deep Hole Recreation Area. If you’re more interested in a laid back experience where you can just float, try out tubing with Blue Ridge Tubing, Toccoa River Tubing Company, or Toccoa Valley Campground Tubing.

Explore the Toccoa River from the shoreline and hike on Benton McKaye trail. Along the way you’ll run into the Toccoa River Swinging Bridge which is the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi! If you’re brave enough, walk across the 270 foot long bridge, over the Toccoa River, to the other side!

Trout Fish in Georgia’s Trout Fish Capital 

Photo Courtesy of KC Outfitters

While you can fish at both Lake Blue Ridge and the Toccoa River, there are hundreds of miles of streams and rivers for fishing in Fannin County. Blue Ridge is especially famous for their trout fishing and is known as the Trout Capital of Georgia! Find trout in Rock Creek, Copper Creek, Noontootla Creek, The Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery, and of course the Toccoa River. If you’re just starting out and need a guide to assist you some of our favorites include; Blue Ridge Fly Fishing School, Noontootla Creek Farms, and North Georgia Trout Fishing. Spend the day catching trout in the beautiful waters of North Georgia! 

Visit a Waterfall

Photo Courtesy of waterfall @hike_the_ridge with @hendersonfamilyadventures

If you want to go for a hike through the beautiful forests and mountains of North Georgia you might as well cool off with the refreshing mists of a waterfall. Blue Ridge has 4 waterfalls nearby that offer stunning views and great hikes. Our favorites are Amicalola Falls, Fall Branch Falls, Long Creek Falls, and Helton Creek Falls. For more details on where to access each falls check out our waterfall blog here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/5-must-see-waterfalls/ 

Pick Blueberries & Blackberries at Mercier Orchards

Photo Courtesy of Forever Freckled Blog

Summer is the season for berries! Mercier Orchards grows blueberries and blackberries during the summer; and you can pick some for yourself with their U-Pick events! Check out their website for U-Pick sign-ups: https://mercier-orchards.com/u-pick/

Don’t feel like picking the fruit yourself? They also have a selection of fruits and vegetables available in their market; like sweet Georgia peaches. While you visit be sure to try some of Mercier’s refreshing hard ciders and stop by their Café for tasty treats. One of our favorite treats are their delicious fried pies available in apple, blueberry, cherry, peach, and chocolate flavors. Yum! 

See a Summer Film at the Drive In

Did you know that Blue Ridge has its own Drive In movie theater? Well that’s right we do, Swan Drive In Theater! They’ve been showing movies here since 1955! Turn back the clock and live life like you’re in the 1950’s by watching movies the old-fashioned way. Just tune your car to the radio and munch down on some delicious classic movie theater snacks; all from the comfort of your own vehicle! It’s a perfect way to spend summer nights! Check their website for movie showings: http://www.swan-drive-in.com/now-showing.php 

Georgia Mountain Fair 

Venture on over to Hiawassee, Georgia between August 13th & August 21st for some good old fashioned fun at The 70th Annual Georgia Mountain Fair! There will be carnival rides, music performances, arts & craft booths, special attractions & experiences, delicious food, a parade, a beauty pageant and so much more! This is a fantastic event you won’t want to miss! 

Live Music 

Photo Courtesy of Tooneys Music Venue

Local businesses have live musical performances all summer long! Stop by any of these establishments Friday-Sunday to listen to the sweet sounds of local artists, while you sip on craft drinks & eat delicious foods!

Downtown Adventure 

Shop till you drop & dine at delicious and trendy restaurants in Downtown Blue Ridge! Bring home treats & souvenirs from your trip from some of our favorite shops like Blue Ridge Cotton CompanyBlue Ridge Adventure Gear, Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company, Blue Ridge Mountain Mall, and so much more! After a long day of shopping on main street try out one of these delicious restaurants Chester Brunnemeyer’s Bar & Grill, Bin 322, The Black Sheep, The Dogwood, or Harvest on Main. Then grab a sweet treat at The Sweet Shoppe or Mona Lisa’s Dessert House to end the day!

Outdoor Thrills 

Photo Courtesy of Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge

Up for a day of fun-filled thrills? Reach new heights and zip through the trees at Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge or take on the ropes course Blue Ridge Adventure Park, are you up for the challenge? Or ride a rollercoaster through the mountains in Helen, Georgia. You’ll control the speed as you fly past mountains, forests, and ruins over 100 years old! Then get ready to crush it at Tank Town USA in Morganton, Georgia. Drive tanks, crush cars, fire off machine guns, and even operate construction vehicles. Tank Town is the amusement park of your action hero dreams! End the day by taking to the skies and getting an aerial tour of Blue Ridge with Blue Ridge Helicopter Tours. The views from up above are simply incredible! 

Horseback Ride 

Photo Courtesy of Appalachian Trail Rides

Ride horses on trails through the mountains, forests, and North Georgia countryside. Whether you’re just a beginner or consider yourself an expert rider there’s something for everyone. Some of our favorite stables include Appalachian Trail Rides and Cowgirl Up Stables. You’ll follow experienced guides on a beautiful trail ride. It’s a perfect activity for friends & family alike! 

Explore Historic Village 

Photo Courtesy of INOLA Blue Ridge

Feel like you’re walking back in time at INOLA Blue Ridge. INOLA  is a colonial styled village, built in the 1980’s, and is modeled after Colonial Williamsburg. The village is made up of replicas of historic buildings. As you wander around you’ll see a colonial manor house, shops, a post office, a tavern, the Wythe House, and a 1740’s chapel. Learn about what life was like in a colonial village and feel like you’re really in the 1700’s for a day. INOLA also does weddings in the chapel or pavilion; so if you have a special occasion coming up and you want to celebrate in Blue Ridge, then you know just where to go! 

Grab drinks with friends 

Photo Courtesy of Forever Freckled Blog

One of the great parts of summer is spending time with friends. Relax with your closest of friends at a local winery or brewery. Not only do many of them have live music on the weekends; but a lot of them also have beautiful mountain views, comfortable outside seating, good food to pair with drinks, and a relaxing environment to unwind in. Many even have dog friendly patios!

Some of our favorites include Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Bear Claw Vineyards, Cartecay Vineyards, Serenberry Vineyards, and Fannin Brewing Company. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a refreshing glass of wine or a cold beer on a summer’s day; while laughing with your best friends. To learn more about our local wineries & breweries and see even more of our favorites, check out our guides here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/beer-hunting/ & https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/8-north-georgia-wineries/ 

Watch the Sunset 

Almost Everest Cabin

And absolutely nothing beats ending a long summer day full of fun, then watching the sunset. Watch it set over Lake Blue Ridge or from the top of Brasstown Bald. You can even watch the sun set below the mountains from the back porch of your own Escape to Blue Ridge cabin. Grab the family, kick your feet up, and unwind after a big day. The sunsets over Blue Ridge will leave you speechless. They are truly breathtaking and a sight you won’t soon forget! 

Kid Friendly Cabins



At Escape to Blue Ridge, it’s easy to find the perfect family getway that works for the whole entire family! These 10 cabins will not only give you a relaxing and wonderful getaway but will ensure that the kids have a great time as well! From game rooms, to playgrounds, to movie rooms, to special bedrooms the kids will be entertained so you can kick back and relax for awhile! Afterall, isn’t that what vacation is all about?

Toccoa Playground

As its name suggests, Toccoa Playground is a great cabin where kids can play. It’s the perfect cabin for large families and groups with lots of kids. Outside, the kids will love exploring their very own playhouse and trampoline on the closed-in deck, while parents can watch nearby from the comfort of the hot tub!

Inside more fun awaits, in the upstairs loft they’ll find the playroom of their dreams; with a puppet theater, a play kitchen, a TV, and plenty of toys and room to play. For sleeping arrangements for the kiddos, there are two sets of twin bunk beds in the downstairs bedroom and even a toddler bed in the loft; so there’s plenty of room. Other amenities are available for the young ones like a crib, bassinet, baby swing, carrier, car seat, high chair, and baby gate.

The adults will have a blast as well. They’ll love relaxing by the stone gas fireplace and playing board games with the family. They can rock their worries away in one of the rocking chairs on the porch and grill up some burgers for everyone. Hidden away in the woods near the Toccoa River; you and the kids will love having your own private oasis while still being close to all kinds of nearby Blue Ridge adventures. And after a long day of playing on the playground or exploring the trails, the kids will love roasting marshmallows at the firepit and sharing stories. Toccoa Playground truly is a fantastic getaway for families looking to escape. 

Hidden Creek Cabin 

At Hidden Creek Cabin, you’ll really feel like you’re hidden away from the rest of the world. Nestled beside a hidden creek, this mountain home will give you the ultimate relaxation retreat all while keeping the kids entertained. Inside has an elegant yet comfortable feel with its open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, large kitchen and dining rooms, and cozy living room with plush sofas positioned near the stone gas fireplace. You’ll feel like you’re living in modern luxury with 11 Alexa’s scattered throughout the house to help you with anything you might need.

While the adults relax and unwind, the kids will love being just steps from the Toccoa River where they can fish and explore to their heart’s content. When they come inside they’ll love taking advantage of the downstairs game room which includes shuffleboard, pool, and a 65” flat screen TV! And when it’s time to call it a night the kids have their own room with bunk beds and a Smart TV with Xbox One. Hidden Creek Cabin is a luxurious cabin adults and kids alike will enjoy! 

Resting Bear Retreat

Resting Bear Retreat is a rustic and cozy cabin that fits its name with its wildlife-themed decor. This private and secluded oasis is nestled on a hillside surrounded by trees in the Aska Adventure Area. You’ll be close to all kinds of outdoor adventures like waterfalls, hiking trails, and state parks; the kids will love getting outside. And if you want to enjoy the outdoors without having to leave the cabin you can take in the long-range mountain views right from the wraparound deck.

Inside the kids will spend hours in the all-inclusive game room with a pool table, board games, and a 50” TV. Right next to the game room is a set of twin bunk beds; perfect for all the kids to have a sleepover. There’s even a baby crib with wildlife-themed bedding and a playpen. It’s also great for your furry kids as well, you can bring up to 2 dogs! Resting Bear Retreat sleeps up to 10 people so it’s a wonderful escape for big families and friends. Both the kids and adults will have a blast! 

Elysian Retreat 

If you’re looking for luxurious amenities, stunning views, a relaxing retreat, and accommodations for the kids then Elysian Retreat is the cabin for you! With plenty of space for the kiddos to explore and spread out, you’ll love getting a moment to yourself. Cook dinner in the fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances and then serve it up for the whole family on the entertainment deck outside. A gas grill, dry bar, 57” Smart TV, porch swings, stone wood-burning fireplace,  an outdoor dining area, and incredible mountain views await you on the deck. The whole family will love exchanging stories and enjoying each other’s company.

After dinner head inside to relax where there’s a TV in every bedroom! The kids room is its own private hideaway with 2 queen bunk beds and a garage door opening to the lower deck. There’s even a separate room with another set of two queen bunk beds so there’s plenty of room for lots of kiddos! Being so close to both the hiking trails and Downtown Blue Ridge, the kids and you, will absolutely love getting to explore all that Blue Ridge has to offer! 

Animal Crossings

Much like the popular game, kids will love staying in “Animal Crossings”. The cabin perched on a wooded hillside is just minutes from waterfalls, wineries, and downtown. Inside there’s animal accented décor and animal-themed rooms to fit with the cabin’s name. The kids will love their special room, “Cub Den,” with a full bed and twin bunks. Another favorite spot for the kiddos will be the game room which includes pool, foosball, board games, puzzles, and a 42” Smart TV with DVD player.

Dad’s can grill out on the gas grill on the main level deck and the whole family can enjoy burgers and hot dogs either outside on the deck or inside in the kitchen. And after dinner, the kids can roast marshmallows by the firepit while parents watch from the hanging swing. Sleeping up to 14 guests, Animal Crossing is THE place to stay with big groups of friends with lots of kids who are ready to have some fun! 

Skyview

For a great place for the kids and some peace and quiet, Skyview is your place! It’s unique and beautiful design and decor will have you feeling relaxed the second you step in the door. In the family room you can nestle into the leather sofa or recliner chair, stay warm by the stone stacked gas fireplace, watch a movie on the 65” flat screen TV, and take in the incredible views all at the same time! Doesn’t that sound relaxing? And while you’re relaxing in the family room the kids can be playing in the game room; complete with a pool table, board games, puzzles, and a 65” TV. The kids will be entertained for hours playing round after round of their favorite games and watching their favorite movies.

Outside the kids can make s’mores at the firepit or play a round of corn-hole. Parents can watch from the comfort of the deck’s rocking chairs or in the hot tub. And when it’s time for bed the kids won’t complain about their sleeping arrangements. The kids room has 2 twin beds, 2 full beds, bean bag chairs, an Xbox with a 50” TV, and even more games! When the morning comes and you’re ready to get out of the house; you’ll love how close everything is. The cabin is just minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, waterfalls, hiking trails, and the Toccoa River. Relaxation and adventure await you when you stay at Skyview! 

Cardinal’s Cradle

Cardinal’s Cradle is a luxurious yet rustic cabin secluded in the tall trees. Inside you’ll relax on one of the comfy sofas by the wood-burning stone fireplace while you enjoy a family movie night. Prepare a dinner the whole family will love either in the kitchen with top of the line appliances and granite counter tops or on the deck with either the gas grill or Green Egg. The kids will love dining with the family and sharing stories either at the dining table or at the picnic tables on the deck.

After dinner, the kids can head to the game room for some friendly competition. Between pool, board games, card games, and a 55” Smart TV the kids will be set, and parents can supervise while having a drink at the game room’s wet bar. When it’s time to head for bed the kids can sleep in queen bunk beds on the lower level. The bedroom has deck access so parents can enjoy a late night dip in the hot tub while still staying close to the kids. Cardinal’s Cradle is a peaceful oasis perfect for the whole family to getaway and relax. 

Alpine Ridge

If you and the family want to be just minutes from the heart of downtown Blue Ridge but also have beautiful long range mountain views then Alpine Ridge is your place! This cabin was meant for families. The great room has two full sized sofas, a gas log fireplace, and a 50” TV with DVD player; perfect for family movie nights. And the dining room table seats up to 8 with a live edge wood peninsula that seats an additional three.

The outside decks are another great place for entertaining with a wood burning fireplace, 55” TV, a dining table, sectional, high top tables, Adirondack chairs, a gas grill, and a hot tub. Family can always be together here. And for more fun that the kids especially will enjoy there’s a game room complete with a game table, shuffleboard, checkers, puzzles, board games, a TV, and a wet bar for the adults to enjoy. And for sleeping arrangements kids can stay in the lower level bedroom that has a king bed and twin bunk beds. The whole family will have a blast at their stay in Alpine Ridge and love being close to so many great activities! 

The Hideaway 

If you need to grab your family and “Hideaway” from the rest of the world for awhile then look no further then The Hideaway. This cabin sits high on a hillside on nearly two acres of forests in the Aska Adventure Area. It’s a perfect cabin for the nature lovers and thrill seekers of the family. Hike or bike on numerous trails just steps away from the cabin, boat on the Toccoa River and Lake Blue Ridge, or explore waterfalls. The Blue Ridge wilderness is your oyster when you stay at The Hideaway.

Other than the great outdoors the game room and the kids bedroom will be your kiddos favorite rooms in the cabin. The game room is stocked with puzzles and board games, a game table, a gas fireplace, 48” Smart TV and a wet bar with a beverage fridge so the adults can have a drink while they partake in family game night.

The downstairs bedroom is designated for the kids wtih two sets of bunk beds and a Smart TV. And for dinner, Mom will love cooking in the fully stocked kitchen with custom hand painted countertops, stainless steel appliances, and even special appliances like a waffle iron, panini press, and Keurig! Then the whole family can gather in the dining room or on the deck to eat a fantastic home-cooked meal. For outdoor loving families with lots of adventurous kids The Hideaway should be your next home away from home! 

Blue Mist Heaven 

Blue Mist Heaven is an ideal cabin for large families looking for a luxurious stay with plenty of amenities for the kids. Inside the kids will love the library loft and the movie room. The library loft is a perfect place for kids to read and do schoolwork, especially if they’re learning virtually. And the movie room will be the BEST place for them to watch their favorite movies on the 82” TV, curled up in one of the many recliners. There’s even a cocktail game table with 412 games installed and just outside on the deck is a ping-pong table. The kids will also love having their own room with a set of bunk beds and a full sized crib and Pack n’ Play in the closet.

Inside the house is great but outside will be the kids favorite part where there’s a giant playhouse with swings and slides. The kiddos will have a blast and play outside for hours! Parents can even watch the kids have fun on the playground from the Gazebo or bench swings. There’s plenty of great adult amenities in the cabin as well like a wet bar, gas fireplaces and TVs scattered throughout the cabin, ample indoor and outdoor seating to take in the stunning mountain views, a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, king sized beds, and a hot tub. If you and the family stay at Blue Mist Heaven you’ll all feel like you’re in heaven with its luxurious feel and wonderful amenities! 

August 2021



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

UPCOMING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

2021 Georgia Wine Highway
August 1st – 31st 
Location: Blue Ridge area

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Wine Producers

Join in the fun, because the whole month of August is wine highway month! Drink wine from vineyards and wineries all over the state of Georgia! Some of our local wineries that are participating this year are Cartecay Vineyards, Chateau Meichtry, Crane Creek Vineyards, Engelheim Vineyards, and Odom Springs Vineyards. Purchase your wine highway passport which includes a collectors glass and 4 tastings at participating wineries.

Picnic in the Apple Orchard
August 1st – 31st 
Location: Deep Roots Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchard

Picnic beneath the apple trees all through spring and summer at Deep Roots Orchard! Bring your closest friends and family to relax under the trees. Deep Root’s will provide you with everything you need; the picnic basket, blanket, and food. All you need to bring is your wonderful self! Be sure to check out Deep Roots other group experiences like the “Special Occasion Picnic” and “Food, Folic, and Flow”. Prices start at $27 per person; call 706-492-7753 to book your picnic today!

The Odd Couple
August 1st – August 8th 
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Blue Ridge Community Theater is putting on the classic comedy The Odd Couple! The play follows a clean freak and a slob who decide to live together with hilarious results. Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. The show runs now till August 8th, call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

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

Photo Courtesy of the Boat Dock Bar & Grill

Relax on the shores of Lake Blue Ridge from the Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina. There you’ll have a beautiful view of the lake, delicious entrees and cocktails, and live music on the weekends! Live music is 6pm – 9pm Fridays and Saturday and 1pm – 4pm Sundays. You’ll feel relaxed and renewed in no time!

August 1st: Lindsay Beth Harper 
August 6th: Bearfoot Boone 
August 7th: Buck & Oz 
August 8th: Travis Bowlin 
August 13th: Danny Rhea 
August 14th: Shannon York 
August 15th: David Welch 
August 20th: Danny Rhea 
August 21st: Adrian Stover 
August 22nd: Gerry Herndon 
August 28thGregg Erwin 
August 29th: Gerry Herndon 

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
August 1st – 29th 
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Bear Claw Vineyards

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

National Juried Photography Show
August 1st – 28th 
Location: The Art Center (Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association) 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Come on out to the Art Center now through August 28th to see beautiful digital media from local artists. Enjoy photography or videography? Submit your work and see if you can win Best in Show! Artists and art lovers alike are welcome!

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

Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains! Enjoy live music selections 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!

August 1stJohnny Summers 

3D Off the Wall Exhibit
August 1st – 28th 
Location: The Art Center (Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association)

Winner of the 2019 3D Off the Wall Exhibit – Jim Smith, Courtesy of The Art Center

Admire the beauty of 3D art at the 11th annual Off the Wall exhibit!

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

Photo Courtesy of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Every Thursday night at 6:00pm, May-September visit Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville, GA for live music and picnicking by the Toccoa River. Picnic tables are available but feel free to bring a picnic blanket and lawn chair as well. Admission is free so bring the whole family to enjoy!

Riverwalk Run Club
August 5th – August 26th 
Location: Riverwalk

Photo Courtesy of the Riverwalk Shops

Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 6pm from now till September 30th. 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 Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar
August 6th – August 27th 
Location: Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar

Photo Courtesy of Bin 322

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

August 6th: Loose Shoes Duo 
August 20th: Rusted Melody 
August 27th: David Welch 

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing 
August 6th – August 27th 
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing 

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men

Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewery select Fridays from 3pm – 6pm and Saturdays 4pm – 7pm 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!

August 6th: Gregg Erwin 
August 13th: Adrian Stover 
August 27th: Arnold Hill 

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
August 6th – 27th 
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

Photo Courtesy of Misty Mountain Hops

Misty Mountain Hops is a music-centric restaurant and pub so it’s only fitting that they bring in live music. Stop on by Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm now till July 10th for great food and great live music from local artists!

August 6th: Andrew Chastain 
August 7th: Hush Money Band 
August 13th: The Stephen Busie Band
August 14th: Canon Tyler
August 20th: Highbeams Band 
August 21st: Steve Baskin 
August 27th: Travis Bowlin 

Movie Night at Deep Root Orchard
August 6th 
Location: Deep Root Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchard

Watch a free movie under the stars at Deep Root Orchard. The movie is “Dirty Dancing” and starts at 8:30pm. Bring blankets and pillows and get comfy as you enjoy your movie. And if you’re in the need for movie snacks concessions will be sold as well!

Guitars & Grapes
August 6th – 27th 
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Farm Winery

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

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

August 14th: Trailer Hippies 

Hiawassee Night Market
August 6th 
Location: Town Square on Main Street Hiawassee, GA

Photo Courtesy of City of Hiawassee

Bring the family to Hiawassee, GA for the night for an open-air night artisan market. The market goes from 5pm-10pm and will be filled with live music, food trucks, fresh produce, games, and art. This monthly market is great for some outdoor family fun!

Farmer’s Market 
August 7th – 28th 
Location: Deep Roots Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchard

Stop on by and enjoy a selection of Appalachian grown or made fresh vegetables and goods! Every Saturday from 8:30am – 1:00pm now till September 25th!

Downtown Market Blue Ridge 
August 7th – 28th 
Location: 400 West Main Street 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Farmers Market

Enjoy this wonderful market every Saturday from 8am – 12pm now till November (weather permitting) right in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge! There will be all kinds of vendors offering food, artisan goods, arts & crafts, furniture, and more!

Concert on Hiawassee Square
August 7th – 28th 
Location: Hiawassee Square

Photo Courtesy of City of Hiawassee

Bring your family, friends and pets to Hiawassee Square ever Saturday night at 7pm for some great live music! There will be chips, hot dogs, and sodas available to purchase as well. Relax for the evening and listen to some incredible local artists!

Georgia Mountain Fair
August 13th – 21st 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fair

Venture on over to Hiawassee, Georgia for some good old fashioned fun at The 70th Annual Georgia Mountain Fair! There will be carnival rides, music performances, arts & craft booths, special attractions & experiences, delicious food, a parade, a beauty pageant and so much more! This fantastic event runs daily August 13th-21st from 10am-10pm except Sunday! 

Live Music at Tooney’s Music & Bar
August 14th 
Location: Tooney’s Music & Bar

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s

Head on over to to Tooney’s Music & Bar in McCaysville, GA right by the Ocoee River for a night of fun! Select Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm – 11pm you can enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer and listen to some of the best live music that McCaysville has to offer! Want to do some of your own singing? Every Thursday night is open mic night from 6pm – 10pm; so, grab the mic and show off those singing chops! Nights are always filled with good drinks and music at Tooney’s Music & Bar!

August 14thAarron Evans & The Low Down 

2nd Saturdays at Riverwalk
August 14th 
Location: Riverwalk Shops McCaysville

Photo Courtesy of Riverwalk Shops

Throughout summer be sure to visit the Riverwalk Shops in McCaysville on the second Saturday of each month. The shops will be open late that night! There will be fun shopping, great dining, free gifts, and special offers. For a fun late night shopping experience this event is for you!

25th Annual Kiwanis Rodeo
August 20th – 21st 
Location: Kiwanis Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club

Prepare to be entertained at the 25th Annual Championship Rodeo! There will be bronco riding, calf roping, calf scrambles, bareback riding, bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and so much more! There will also be a “Boot Toss” raffle and food vendors. You won’t want to miss this fun filled event running from 6pm – 11:30pm August 20th – 21st

Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses
August 26th – 29th 
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

This comedic play takes place at The Lover’s Landing Beach Hotel, now known as the home of Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses. What was once a hot wedding venue has now turned to illegal activities thanks to hotel manager, Uncle Bubba. When mother and daughter duo Beatrice and Traci come to check out the hotel for Traci’s wedding, Uncle Bubba is forced to take over since the wedding planner has eloped. Throughout the play Uncle Bubba has to be himself and pretend to be the missing wedding planner, Madame Coco to please Traci and her mother. Antics and hilarity of course ensue! Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. The show runs August 26th – September 19th, call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!

North Georgia Highlands Seafood & Wine Festival
August 27th – 29th 
Location: Mayor’s Park

Head over to Mayor’s Park in Young Harris for some delicious seafood and sweet treats. Also enjoy over 50 arts & craft vendors, live music, and a variety of wines. Even bring your dogs to join in the fun! Admission is $5 a person and children 12 & under are free! The event runs Friday, August 27th from 11am – 9pm, Saturday, August 28th from 10am – 9pm, and Sunday, August 29th from 10am – 4pm. You won’t want to miss out on this fun & food filled festival! 

Blue Ridge Unplugged



In today’s world, we spend more time staring at screens than with each other. It’s important to take a break every now and then and reconnect with the ones you love most, especially the youngest members of your family. One of the benefits of getting away for vacation on an Escape To Blue Ridge you can take the time to enjoy each other’s company, tell stories, and laugh a lot. 

Whether you are playing board games, going on a hiking adventure, or roasting marshmallows by the fire pit, when you make an effort to unplug and spend quality time together, you will make memories to last a lifetime!

Get Adventurous

Long Creek Falls

Getting kids outdoors and into nature is one of the best things you can do for them. Not only is it good for their health, and yours, but it will also help build their confidence. What better feeling is there than to look back at how far you’ve come and be proud of that journey? Whether your taking the stairs at Amicalola State Park, bouncing along the swinging bridge, or taking a hike down to Long Creek Falls, your kids will feel so proud when they get to your destination. The best part? Since cell service rarely works out in the woods, you get to talk and observe nature along your route!

Learn Something Together

Children’s brains are like little sponges. They absorb absolutely everything they can from everywhere they can. One way to help encourage knowledge through learning is taking in a museum or two. Who knows, you might even learn something! For a light hearted and fun afternoon, you and your mini-me’s can try to determine whether the legendary Big Foot is indeed fiction or non-fiction at EXPEDITION: BIGFOOT! The Sasquatch Museum.

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Tourism

For a more classic approach, there is plenty to see and do at the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association. Their gallery features a plethora of art pieces in various mediums. Each month a new Artist in Residence is featured, and their art exhibits are switched out every four to six weeks so there is always something new to see. The Arts Center also offers classes for both adults and children alike to encourage your creativity and hone your artistic skills. Like scavenger hunts? The Art Center has been instrumental in creating the one and only Trout Art Trail! Take a stroll around town and find each of the colorful trout placed throughout town. After  you’ve found them all, head to the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center for a prize!

Rainy Day Fun

2nd Story Entertainment

Oh, we know, sometimes rainy days are the most challenging days to be locked up with your kids with nothing to do. Fortunately, there is a great solution right in Downtown Blue Ridge – 2nd Story Entertainment. This kid friendly and fun business is located upstairs, on the second floor, from Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar & Grill. Inside you find a full eighteen holes of challenging putt putt obstacles and fun games to play in between golf rounds. The course is spread out through nine different rooms with each featuring its own theme like a red-carpet room with movie stars, a western room, and a throw back to classic games room.

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Scenic Highway

If you really want to feel like a kid again, you should plan your trip to McCaysville via the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Who doesn’t love a train ride? Come on, admit it, we’ve all played “conductor” with our best sounding “All Aboard” and attempts at a train whistle. This relaxing and enjoyable ride begins in downtown Blue Ridge and the tracks meander through the countryside on a twenty-six-mile round trip journey. There is a two hour layover in McCaysville which gives you plenty of time to check out all the shops and load up on sweets!

Be Nostalgic

Swan Drive-In

If you haven’t been to a drive-in movie since you were a kid, we encourage you to make plans to go to the Swan Drive In Theater and take in a show or a double feature! A throwback to yesteryears, there is just something so fun about watching a movie outdoors. Plan to arrive early and have a little picnic while you wait on the movie to begin. Trust us, it fills up fast, so you’ll want to be there early! There is a grassy knoll to throw a football, play some corn hole, or just enjoy an old-fashioned game of tag. Whether you choose to watch the show in camp chairs behind your car or on blankets in the bed of your truck, there will be no shortage of smiles from every member of the family. Local tip – bring a portable radio/boombox. You don’t want to be the one who’s battery dies from running the radio!

Keep It Simple

Photo Courtesy of Huck’s General Store

Kids don’t need anything to entertain them except for your attention. Well, maybe a little ice cream! Seriously though, keep it simple, unplug, and give them your undivided attention. Take a stroll through downtown Blue Ridge. There are some adorable shops that both you and your children will find interesting like Huck’s General Store. There are plenty of places along the strip to stop and grab a scoop or two like The Chocolate Express. At the end of Main Street there is an awesome playground (and restrooms) for the kids to burn off some energy before you decide on a fabulous restaurant for dinner.

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Back at the cabin go on a family stick hunt to get kindling for the fire. Once the sun sets, and the fire is lit, break out the marshmallows and show them how to roast them. Do you like your marshmallows burnt too? Better yet, add graham crackers and chocolate for some campfire s’mores! The firepit is a good time to tell stories about when you were young or when your kids were young. This writer must have told her child the story of her birth no less than a million times! Break out the guitar, sing some songs, make wishes on stars, and enjoy every moment you have together. Regardless how you spend your time in Blue Ridge, be content in knowing that you are creating memories your children will hold on to and cherish forever. After all, that’s what life is all about.

6 Pet Friendly Cabins



Blue Ridge, Georgia is THE place for pet lovers! This small, welcoming town was meant for outdoor lovers and their pets! Go on a hike all day with your furry friend and then at night enjoy dinner on the patio at many of our pet-friendly restaurants. Even many of our wineries and breweries love having dogs join!

We know you want to include your Fido with you wherever you go, that’s why a large number of our cabins are dog-friendly; that way your furry friends won’t miss out on the fun! With stunning mountain views, easy access to the trails, and close to the shopping and dining of downtown Blue Ridge; these 6 cabins will become your home away from home for you and your pets!

Duckin’ Out

Perched high on the hillside overlooking Blue Ridge’s natural beauty you won’t be “duckin’ out” on the views! This cabin provides you with unobstructed, long-range mountain views that can be viewed from all around the cabin. You, your friends and family, and your dog, of course, will love taking in the views on the wraparound deck.

With 3 bedrooms and a pull-out couch, this cabin is great for large families or big groups. The spacious kitchen is filled with plenty of cabinet and counter space that will give you plenty of room to cook for your guests and store all that delicious food you’ll be making. And if back to the great outdoors is where you want to be, then you can grill outside and eat at the outdoor table or bar; that way the fun never has to stop. And then fire up some s’mores at the firepit before bed.

Duckin’ Out is just minutes from the Aska Adventure Area so you’ll want to take advantage of all the hiking, fishing, and boating you can do! And of course, bring your dog along with you when you go! Everyone is in for a great time filled with outdoor fun when you stay at Duckin’ Out! 

Eagles Pride 

Located on the side of a mountain, Eagles Pride should be on your list of getaways. With 3 different porches to take in the view, your dog will love getting a chance to be outside but still stay close to you. Hang out on the porch all day where you’ll take in the views, grill out, relax in the hot tub, and cook s’mores by at the firepit all with your furry friend close by.

Inside, take advantage of the state-of-the-art kitchen, the fully stocked game room, the comfortable leather couches, and 3 bedrooms each with a loft. Also, enjoy being a short drive away from downtown Blue Ridge and the hiking trails of the Aska Adventure Area. The possibilities are endless for you and your pup, so enjoy all Eagles Pride has to offer! 

Fawn Ridge

Fawn Ridge is a stunning mountain retreat perfect for families of 4 or a double date getaway. And you can bring your dog along to join in the fun! You’ll feel completely relaxed and rejuvenated in this cozy home with a log cabin/lodge-style feel. You’ll watch a movie on the smart TV, curled up with your pup, in the living room while staying warm by the stone gas fireplace; and you can do it all with a view. All around the cabin is floor-to-ceiling windows to show-off the beautiful mountain views. Your dog will love sitting in front of the windows, watching nature in action.

For your entertainment enjoy a game room with a gas fireplace, smart TV, pool table, and board games of all kinds, or step out on the deck to enjoy a nice soak in the hot tub while watching the sunset behind the mountains. Grill out on the deck or cook in the beautiful and spacious kitchen. Then after dinner head off the deck and play a round of horseshoes with the group; see if your dog will try and chase the horseshoes when you throw them! And when your long day of exploring is done, head to bed on a king-sized mattress in either of the two bedrooms. You and your furry friend will love Fawn Ridge’s wonderful amenities and easy access to the best places in Blue Ridge. 

Grand View

As its name implies, Grand View will give you and your pup some of the best views you’ve ever seen, right from the comfort of your porch! This cabin will provide you with stunning long range mountain views and even overlooks the beautiful Mercier Orchards. The deck is full of many different seating options because we know where you and your furry friend will want to spend most of your time! Even enjoy a dip in the open-air hot tub to continue taking in the views while getting your ultimate relaxation time in.

Inside, you’ll be enchanted by the custom furniture and charming décor. The large wood-burning fireplace welcomes all humans and pets to cuddle close, while dinner is cooked in the beautiful, high-end kitchen. After dinner, journey to the loft where you’ll find all kinds of fun board games that will get the whole family involved. With 4 bedrooms, you can have up to 8 guests (and some dogs) with you to experience all the fun of Blue Ridge! Bring your friends and your pets, and come take in the view!

Lonesome Dove 

You won’t feel lonesome at all in the beautiful Lonesome Dove cabin, which sleeps up to 10 people and can hold your furry friends as well! It’s the perfect escape for large groups or big families!  With a stunning garden and waterfall, you’ll be living like royalty while the dog enjoys taking out some of that crazy dog energy on the expansive lawn.

Inside you’ll be blown away by the western theme and unique interior design style. The open floor plan is great for entertaining. Mom can cook in the spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances, while the kids set up the dining table for dinner, and friends relax in the living room, curled up next to the stone fireplace watching a movie on the flat screen tv. Your dog will love having everyone so close.

In the evening, relax with the whole group on the screened-in porch to watch the sun go down and watch the big game on the porch’s flat screen TV. And for dessert, s’mores at the firepit! After a long day, you’ll be happy to fall asleep in any of the 4 bedrooms which each have a king-size bed!

Lonesome Dove, is just a mile from the shops and restaurants of downtown and minutes from all kinds of outdoor adventures like hiking, horseback riding, rafting, and more. Not only will everyone in your group have a fantastic time at Lonesome Dove but your dog will too! They’ll completely love exploring the 5.5-acre property and having their favorite people so close!

Three Blind Moose

Three Blind Moose is the perfect mountain getaway for families and for groups of up to 8 people. With stunning panoramic mountain views, luxury amenities, and conveniently located just 15 minutes from downtown and close to all kinds of outdoor adventures; this cabin has everything!

Decorated with a mountain/wildlife theme your dog will feel right at home in this cozy cabin. They’ll love curling up on one of the living rooms comfy leather sofas by the stone fireplace while the family watches a movie on the TV. Your dog will also love watching the ball bounce back in forth during a game of ping-pong in the game room. And they’ll of course love smelling mom cook in the beautiful kitchen which includes stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. On Saturday night, dad can grill out while the dog relaxes on the porch, taking in all the delicious smells. Then end the night by the outdoor fireplace while their owners relax in a rocking chair or in the hot tub. Three Blind Moose is truly every family and dog’s dream!

Our dogs are such an important part of our lives and our families so understandably you’d love to bring them with you everywhere you go! After all, dogs are man’s best friend. At Escape to Blue Ridge, we’re happy to have you and your favorite furry friends stay with us! Together you can enjoy the great outdoors of the North Georgia Mountains! 

Fine Dining in the Mountains



Fine dining is different at every restaurant, but there are common threads woven through all of them. First, there is a Chef-inspired menu, with his or her signature, stamped on each offering. Unlike casual restaurants, fine dining service usually includes eating utensils that are a matched set, and have more weight than your summer camp mess hall offered you. Generally, there is a linen napkin to lay across your lap, water served in a glass vessel sans the local bank logo and the table legs have been leveled to assure your plate doesn’t travel across the tabletop each time someone rests against it. There’s also the expectations of the staff. When visiting a fine dining establishment you expect the staff to deliver you a  higher standard of service, where they understand the menu and can assist you with accurate answers and solutions to your dietary concerns and preferences. Blue Ridge is proud to be home to many of such dining establishments. Let us introduce you to a small plate offering of six of our favorites.

Bin 322 Wine and Tapas Bar

116 W. Main St. Suite 1-D – Blue Ridge, GA  

Photo Courtesy of Bin 322 Wine and Tapas Bar

We choose this as one of our favorite “wining” experiences.  Bin 322 isn’t your richest of decor settings, but it’s charm lies in it’s comfy, cozy atmosphere with many choices of seating including wing back stuffed chairs or around a game table playing checkers. You pick your ideal spot before choosing your sips from an exceptional wine menu. If you like to accompany your spirits with well prepared and incredibly tasty food, you will find just that at Binn 322. The menu includes tapas (salmon nduja), platters (Italian, French, Spanish or Mediterranean), salads, sandwiches, entrees (duck confit) and indulgent desserts (Crème Brulee) that team up perfectly with a sweet wine to complete a choice encounter with your lunch or dinner companion.

The Black Sheep Restaurant

480 W. Main St., Blue Ridge GA 

Photo Courtesy of The Black Sheep Restaurant

This stylish, and classy restaurant believes in fresh food that’s locally sourced and artfully prepared. Set in a historic house (circa 1814) you have your choice of pet-friendly patio seating under a 200-year-old oak tree, the enclosed porch with its flaming heaters, up at the beautifully appointed bar or in the main dining room, where service is second to none.  Start with an appetizer of pork belly and marmalade, add a perfect beet salad and eventually savor the lamb pappardelle. We can’t forget to mention that The Black Sheep offers a killer Brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4pm. The Sunday paper, an inspired Bloody Mary and a chicken & red velvet waffle. Who can resist? Reservations are recommended.

Chester Brunnemeyer’s Bar & Grill

733 E. Main St. Blue Ridge, GA 

Photo Courtesy of Chester Brunnemeyer’s Bar & Grill

Everyone just refers to it as “Chester’s”, and it’s Blue Ridge’s answer to “Cheer’s”, where everyone knows your name, or at least it feels like they do. But don’t let this friendly bar atmosphere fool you. The dining experience at Chester’s is so noteworthy. The amazing craft beer selection shakes hands nicely with signature appetizers like chili and beer cheese nachos or deep-fried sticky ribs. The soup, salad and sandwich menu all have a plethora of delicious, inspired choices, but if you have a heartier appetite, dig into the entrees like the 14 oz blackened ribeye, cooked to perfection and served with herb roasted fingerling potatoes, garlic broccolini and finished with fresh herb butter. This is fine……real fine.

Cucina Rustica

76 Forge Mill Rd, Morganton, GA 

Photo Courtesy of Amy Walker Price

Chef Danny Mellman takes Italian fare to a new level at this fine-dining Ristorante. 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, w/ 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. On Friday and Saturday nights the chef offers a veal Osso Bucco that will transport you across the Mediterranean Sea without the jet lag. Reservations are recommended.

Harvest on Main

576 East Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 

Photo Courtesy of Harvest on Main

This is the second of three Chef Danny Mellman eateries to make our list of eight. This was his first establishment in Blue Ridge and it has become what all its competition aspires to be.  You might think that it would be the service, the menu, the wine and beer selections that would put this place over the top. Not to minimize any of these, because they are all worthy of five stars, but it’s the rustic appointments of the décor that nails it. Every moment you are being treated to a dining experience at Harvest on Main you are made to feel you are dining at the most affluent of ski resorts, high up in the Grand Tetons when actually you are smack in the middle of downtown Blue Ridge. Make a reservation. Spend the evening. Know that you’ll be back to try every item on the menu. It’s that good.

Masseria Kitchen + Bar

67 Roberts Way, Blue Ridge, GA 

Photo Courtesy of Masseria – Kitchen & Bar

The third of Mellman’s family of restaurants to make our list, Masseria mashes together Mediterranean countryside food and infuses Appalachian sensitivities into the recipes to share food so fresh, so earthy, so flavorful and dare we say, healthy, that you will feel like you are eating in a Grecian farmhouse the evening of their best harvest.  Is pizza fine dining? Absolutely when it is topped with baked bourbon apples, raisins, gorgonzola cheese and ricotta. Couple that with a salad of kale, grilled chicken, couscous, quinoa, lemon vinaigrette, craisins and walnuts and you can see why they made our list.