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!
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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 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/
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
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 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
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
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
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!
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!
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!
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
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
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!
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!
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?
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.
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 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!
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!
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!
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 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.
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!
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 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!
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!
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 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
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!
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 28th: Gregg Erwin August 29th: Gerry Herndon
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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
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
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!
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!
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 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.
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!
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 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 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 seven of our favorites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Forget your past Asian experiences when you ordered by the number next to the dish pictured on your giant menu. South of North dubs itself as “a counter casual establishment serving up a chef-driven twist on classic Vietnamese fare”. If you think that description is a mouthful, wait till you taste the Bún Chả (meatball) with Snake River Kurobuta pork belly blende with a Joyce Farms filet mignon, house fermented mustard and infused chili oil. Menu items such as sticky buns, shrimp rolls, spicy noodle bowls , steamy buns, lettuce wraps – all elevated to a culinary height you’ve never quite experienced before. We carnivores love this place, but you vegans will be particularly in awe of this gastronomical voyage.
That wraps up our Top 7 Fine dining reviews. Did you really think that Blue Ridge was just about train rides and waterfalls? We are happy to share that we are fast becoming the culinary capital of the Appalachian mountains.
It’s time for lazy days at the lake, burgers and hot dogs on the back porch grill, and fireworks filling up the night sky! Here in North Georgia, we are proud Americans and we go all out to celebrate this great country that we love so much! Here’s a round-up of what to expect in Blue Ridge this Fourth of July.
First Things First – July 3rd
If you want to start the morning off healthy, you could run in the Blue Ridge Freedom 5k or 10k which features a scenic route through beautiful and historic Blue Ridge. If you are not a morning person or if you’re really hard core you can run a second time in America’s only 5K that crosses two states! The Walk the Line 5k takes runners through the charming downtowns of McCaysville, Georgia and sister city Copperhill, Tennessee. The race starts at 6:30 and then stay for fireworks after! What a great way to start the holiday weekend!
Whatever you do, don’t miss the Old Timers 4th of July Parade! Any place downtown is a good viewing spot to enjoy the colorful floats, antique vehicles and marchers dressed in patriotic attire! The parade is from 10am-12pm on July 3rd.
A great way to view the fireworks is by train, on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway “Firecracker Special”. Celebrate the birth of our great nation on Friday, July 3rd for their Firework Special train. The train will depart Blue Ridge at 7:00 pm to enjoy the great Copper Basin Fireworks display just after dark and then return to Blue Ridge by 11:00pm. Bring your lawn chair and sit outside the train to view the fireworks! Activities in downtown McCaysville/Copperhill will be in full swing when you arrive. Lots of vendors for food and things to do for the kids until the fireworks start. **Customer Reservation Changes subject to $5 Change Fee**
Be dazzled with one of the largest displays of fireworks in Copper Basin/McCaysville on Saturday night, July 3rd at 9:30pm. Anywhere downtown is a great viewing area!
Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks – “Fire in the Sky” – on the night of the 4th — is being put on by the Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association. Fireworks are set off on the Lake Blue Ridge Dam and are viewable by boat, at various viewing locations along the shoreline, and from a large area adjacent to the Lake Blue Ridge Marina.
Speaking of boats – the Lake Blue Ridge Boat Tie-up will be on Friday, July 2nd at 7:30pm. In Blairsville, the Independence Day Boat Parade on Lake Nottely takes place Saturday, July 3 starting at 12:00pm. Anyone with a boat and the spirit to decorate is welcome to attend and be part of the fun!
Aside from great celebrations, we also are fortunate to have some great restaurants to check out and fabulous little places to shop. However you spend your 4th of July celebration, we hope that it is spent with friends, family, and lots of good food!
Happy Birthday, America! We are so very grateful to live in the beautiful United States of America. It is an absolute honor to live in the land of the free and the home of the (very) brave! Thank you to all of our men and women that have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice to defend our great nation and allow us to enjoy the comfortable life we get to live.
Our rock. Our protector. Our hardworking, sacrificing, Mr.
Fix It, all around wonderful man. Often times the fathers in our life don’t
always get the appreciation they deserve. However, you can change that this
Father’s Day and honor the man in your life with a perfect Escape to Blue
So how do we make Dad happy? Well, through his stomach of
course! And boy, do we have some good eating right here in Blue Ridge. Here are our top 3 picks that Daddy-O is sure
Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am – 8pm 39 Lance St., Blue Ridge, | GA 706-946-1126
This is some of the most tender and tasty of briskets you’ll find in these parts. The ribs are “fall off the bone” good! They have pulled pork, pulled chicken, and smoked wings. But the one meat that they are legendary for is their smoked turkey, available on a plate, stuffed in a large sandwich or covering up a fresh salad for those who eat just a little lighter. They also have a few unique items on the menu that, when dining with a group, are great sharing treats. The BBQ Burrito (baked beans & shredded cheese in a flour tortilla, topped with Brunswick stew) is stuffed with your choice of pulled pork or pulled chicken. Then there’s “Tater Hill”. Carroll’s takes a large, classic baked potato, covers it in their white sauce, pile it mountain high with pulled pork, mac & cheese, baked beans, and coleslaw and then drizzles it with mild & sweet sauce.
All servings are generous, as is the hospitality at Carroll’s. Only open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for lunch and dinner, you want to plan a trip here with plenty of time to chow down your main plate, and then rest up a little before you indulge in a couple of their famous desserts, including homemade banana pudding served warm with a meringue topping or their show stopper, the Skillet Brownie Sundae
You don’t actually have to get into a brawl to enjoy a meal at Fightingtown! Named after a nearby creek, Fightingtown brings you regionally-sourced comfort food with a pretty big twist. Known for their delicious yet unique burgers, Dad will flip over the Megadeath Burger: two 1/2lb burger patties, 2 fried eggs, 2 slices of cheddar, 2 slices of pepperjack, 4 slices of house cured bacon, grilled jalapenos, grilled onions, beer cheese & sriracha all separated by a Krispy Kreme glazed donut! Yep, you read that right, a donut in between all that meaty goodness! Sounds healthy right? Well, calories don’t count when you are celebrating the toughest man in your life! Go ahead and live a little. Don’t worry, they have plenty of beer to wash it all down!
Take Dad to a sunny spot for shady people and enjoy a delicious meal, heavenly drinks and the most incredible view of Lake Blue Ridge and the surrounding mountains! Not only can you sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery, but you can fill your belly with favorites like fried grouper tacos or their smoked chicken wings. Before or after your meal, head next door to the Blue Ridge Marina and rent a pontoon boat to go explore all the coves around the lake. If you really want to make this a Fathers Day to remember, the folks at the Marina would be happy to sell you a new wave runner or boat.
Three Cheers for Dad!
Because Dads work so hard day in and day out, they deserve a
reward and what better treat than a cold one? Here in Blue Ridge we have several
craft breweries to choose from. We think Dad will be in heaven when he gets to
enjoy a brewsky at one of these fine establishments:
Just like Dad, this is a no frill joint. They don’t mess around: “If they don’t like it, they don’t drink it, and if they don’t drink it, they don’t sell it.” Doesn’t get much simpler than that! At this micro-brewery you can enjoy nine different beers on tap like the Aska Pale Ale or Moon Over Blue Ridge Wheat Ale. So, if you are looking for a dog friendly business that tolerates people and specializes in delicious beer, this is a must stop for your best father figure.
Visit this brewery and you won’t know if you are in Tennesee or Georgia. Located in Copperhill, just outside their tasting room door, you can have one foot in Tennessee and the other foot in Georgia. It’s very cool to straddle the state line! Sample their brews and you’ll wonder if you haven’t traveled to Scotland or Germany. This brewery takes craft beer way, way serious. It’s not a passion for them. It’s an art form. Some of the friendliest and most knowledgeable staff this side of the Mason Dixon line.
Take a flight….of brews that is! This craft brewing company has grown like wildfire since inception, but they stick to their roots creating fresh beer, with fresh water, all while enjoying the fresh mountain air! Created in a German tradition, you’ll love lagers like the Blue Ridge or Black Bear lagers. If ales are more your Pop’s speed, sample the Toccoa Brown or the Hiawassee Golden. Music is as plentiful here as the brews are so be sure to mark this stop on your Blue Ridge escape!
Sometimes all a person needs to recharge their soul is time
out in nature. Let Dad recharge his batteries along the banks of the Toccoa
River with a rod, a reel, and a whole lot of fish! Being the Trout Capital of
Georgia, the rivers and streams around Fannin County are plentiful with fish.
Give him a day alone on the waters or treat him to a guided tour from Fly Fish Blue Ridge or Fly Shop Co. You can guarantee he will be
talking about that experience for years to come!
Hit the Links
If the Dad in your life doesn’t feel like life is complete
unless he’s on the golf course, well, he’ll be in for a treat when you take him
for an afternoon at Old Toccoa
Golf Course. Here he can practice chipping and putting on the greens or taking
big swings on the driving range. There are currently nine holes on the Par 70
course available to play and an additional nine will be opening soon!
Bring a little excitement into your Dad’s life by booking a Whitewater Rafting trip with the Ocoee Adventure Center. Here your main man will get the best adrenaline rush as you race down class three and four rapids in the Ocoee Gorge. If he still wans more heart racing experience, try zipping through the Blue Ridge Mountains at Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge. Here you’ll get to see the mountains from the treetops, zip into the valley and then soar over pastures, and come in for a landing as you cross over Fighting Town Creek. Fun, fun!
No matter how you choose to celebrate the best Dad in your
life, be sure to tell him how much you care about him and how much you
appreciate him. Happy Father’s Day!
The summer season has arrived! Here in Blue Ridge and the surrounding areas we have plenty of events happening to help make this summer the best one yet! If you’re escaping with us this June just know you’ll have plenty to keep you busy!
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!
Every Thursday night at 6pm, May – September visit Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville, GA for live music and picnicking by the Toccoa River. Picnic tables are available but feel free to bring a picnic blanket and lawn chair as well. Admission is free so bring the whole family to enjoy!
Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 6pm from now till July 29th. 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!
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.
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!
June 4th: Hunter Flanagan: 3pm – 7pm June 5th: Travis Bowlin: 1pm – 8pm June 6th: Gabe Meyers: 1pm – 5pm June 11th: Lindsay Beth Harper: 3pm – 7pm June 12th: The Shetlands: 1pm – 8pm June 13th: Hunter Flanagan: 1pm – 5pm
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!
Look around and stock up on beautiful, hand-made arts and crafts from local artisans! You’ll find pottery, candles, soaps, paintings, jewelry, signs, knitting, and so much more! You’ll come home with bags full of hand-made treasures. The event runs all weekend from 10am – 5pm daily, and tickets are $5 a person and children under 12 are free!
Enjoy classic rock groups Atlanta Rhythm Section and Orleans live in concert at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! Hear their most famous hits and other favorites in person! The concert goes from 7pm – 10pm and is sure to be a great time. Get tickets online or call the office at 706-896-4191!
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!
Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains! Enjoy live music Saturdays & Sundays from 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Listen to the music of local artists while enjoying your wine outside either on the Chimney Patio or the Tasting Barn’s covered porch. Live music, good wine, and beautiful mountain scenery; it doesn’t get much better than that!
June 5th: Rusted Melody June 6th: Sarah Forde June 12th: Johnny Summers June 13th: Second Helping Duo June 19th: Gregg Erwin June 20th: Gabe Myers June 26th: Timothy O’Donovan + Autism & Art Pop Up event – 1pm to 6pm June 27th: Ryan LittleEagle
On Sundays from 11am – 3pm enjoy live music and a delicious brunch at The Black Sheep in Downtown Blue Ridge. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere that is dog friendly and take advantage of the brunch drink specials!
Tails and Tales June 7th – June 30th Location: Towns County Public Library & Mountain Regional Library
The local libraries “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program is going all out with the animal theme! There will be a petting zoo, Tall Tales of Georgia, Project Chimps, and many opportunities for students to engage with summer reading. Each event will also have hand-outs or take-and-makes as well. Students can also play games and attend events to be entered in a weekly prize drawing! Prizes might include, books, waterbottles, puzzles, toys, t-shirts, cups, bookbags, Splash Island passes, movie tickets, and so much more! “Tails and Tales” takes place daily June 7th through July 30th! For more information contact (706) 896-4966 or toll free 1 (800) 984-1543.
Check out live demonstrations from artists all weekend from all over North Georgia! Just follow the Art Tour signs in Union Towns, Rabun, White, and Habersham counties in GA + Clay Co., NC. The event runs from 10am – 5pm each day. You’ll see artists creating beautiful paints, pottery, folk art, jewelry, glass, photography, handcrafted furniture, and so much more. Maps are available at local Chambers or you can get them from www.ArtsTour.org
Hiawassee, GA’s Artworks Artisan Center is finally reopening at its new location at 243 Big Sky Drive. This weeklong celebration will run daily from 10am – 5pm. There will be a Make-and-Take demonstration, refreshments, and various guild members demonstrating their work. And on June 15th at 4:30pm there will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! Come on down to support the grand reopening of this special business!
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 6pm – 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! Enjoy a night filled with good drinks and music at Tooney’s Music & Bar!
June 11th: Shannon York with River Dixon June 12th: ShuffleJunkies
Where else can you find regional wines from all over the world, tapas and other delicious international platters, and live music!? At Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar! Drop by Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm to enjoy live music from local artists and choose from their great wine selection.
June 11th: Topper Acoustic June 12th: Zack Alexander June 18th: Jess Goggins June 19th: Heidi Pollyea and Johanna Millin June 25th: Jazz Jones Legacy June 26th: George St. John
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 to 4pm Sundays. You’ll feel relaxed and renewed in no time!
June 11th: Danny Rhea June 12th: Travis Bowlin June 13th: David Welch June 18th: Gerry Herndon June 19th: Shannon York June 20th: Buck & Oz June 25th: Danny Rhea June 26th: Travis Bowlin June 27th: Gerry Herndon
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!
June 11th: Hush Money Band June 12th: Dave Flowers June 18th: High Beams Band June 19th: Catfish Hill Roberts June 25th: Travis Bowlin June 26th: Canon Tyler
Bring your family, friends and pets to Hiawassee Square Saturday at 7pm for live music from Gnarly Fingers! There will be chips, hot dogs, and sodas available to purchase as well. Relax for the evening and listen to some great local music!
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 every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm.
June 12th: Dr. Paul June 19th: Trailer Hippies June 26th: Curtis Jones
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!
Looking for something to keep your kids busy and entertained this summer? Sign them up for the Summer Youth Arts Camp! The Art Center offers three weeks of full day camp with wonderful art classes like clay, painting, and much more! Choose to sign your child up for one week or all three! Your creative and artistic child will come home with new skills and techniques and an even greater love for art in no time!
The Christian Motorcycle Association is a motorcyclist friendly fellowship who love their bikes and Jesus Christ. Their Eastern National Rally takes place from Wednesday, June 16th – Sunday, June 20th. CMA rides for Christ!
Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewery 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!
June 18th: Dave Dale June 19th: Highbeams Music June 25th: Gerry Herndon June 26th: Hayden Miles Band
Watch a free movie under the stars at Deep Roots Orchard. The movie is “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” 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!
Come on out to Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for the annual summer British in the Blue Ridge Rally! This is THE premier British motorcycle rally in the southeastern United States and has been held every year since 1985. The event will have a motorcycle show, vendors, field events, mountain motorcycle rides, and camping! All makes and models are welcome to join and campsites are available as well!
Pickin’ For Patton is a star-studded Bluegrass Festival! This all day event goes from 11am – 10pm. Many famous Bluegrass stars will be attendance including Patton Wages! There will be great music, great food, and a great time! Even bring your own instruments if you want to for some awesome outside jamming! Get tickets online or call the office at 706-896-4191!
Make your way over to the beautiful INOLA Blue Ridge for Blue Ridge’s annual Wine and Jazz Festival! There will be great music, delicious wines, beautiful art, tasty food! The food is prepared locally and the jazz performers are some of the top in the region. Some of the great performers will be Fred Johnson, Rhythm Jets, Roman Street, and Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk. Come on out and enjoy this wonderful event! The festival is on rain or shine!
If you’re ready to shop for thousands of items made right here in Georgia then check out the Made in Georgia Festival! You’ll be able to shop at over 100 vendors who offer a wide variety of products made, grown, brewed, harvested, stitched, crafted, or inspired by Georgia. Take home fashion accessories, home décor, health and beauty products, and so much more! Even enjoy gourmet food and treats from some of Georgia’s top chefs! The event runs Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm. Entry is $7; children 14 and under are free!