The Southeastern United States is known for having some of the best whitewater around. Here in Blue Ridge we are within 1 hour of 3 action packed, exciting rivers and 2 hours away from one of the most challenging rivers in the state! Our cabins make the perfect Home Base for day trips, exploring the beauty of Mother Nature and soaking up the Appalachian Lifestyle.
Just thirty minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, you can access the put-in to the 91-mile Cartecay River off Highway 52. This class I-II river starts in foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and runs West and if you follow it pass the common commercial takeout, you’ll float right through the center of town! The river begins with a nice, calm current as it meanders through the valley. About halfway through your float, the rapids begin to increase in frequency and in fun! The last quarter of the river offers some fun rapids that aren’t too terribly technical and end in a last hurrah at Blackberry Falls. This intimidating looking rapid is really just a big slide and is tons of fun to run down regardless of the your water vessel. There are two outfitters, Cartecay River Experience or Ellijay River Outfitters, to help you with shuttle assistance or to rent you a tube, kayak, or canoe.
Bonus: Since Ellijay is the Apple Capital of Georgia, there are plenty of Apple Houses around to stock up on cider, breads, and of course a wide variety of apples!
About an hour Northeast of Blue Ridge after passing through
the mountain towns of Murphy and Andrews in Western North Carolina the road
will narrow up and you will begin to drop down into the Nantahala Gorge. There’s
just something about this gorge that’s special. You can hang a right on old
river road and watch the pro kayakers take on the Cascades and Upper Nantahala
or continue straight to the lower Nantahala and stop at one of many outfitters that
offer guided and non-guided rafting adventures.
The 8-mile Nantahala River is a Class II-III River that runs
right along US HWY 76 deep through the Nantahala National Forest. There is no shortage
of fun on this exciting river! The opening rapid Pattons Run is a good class
III rapid to get your blood pumping right off the bat! After that enjoy a good
hour or two of fun, fast, cold water and about 20 named rapids. The river ends
with the Grand Finale of The Falls. This class III rapid has an observation
deck for passerby’s to stop and watch as the kayaks, canoes, and rafts navigate
the technical section of fast white water as they try to pick the perfect line to
conquer The Falls!
Bonus: Eat at River’s End after a fun day on the water. Enjoy delicious food, friendly service, and a spectacular view of the river below.
Traveling a little less than an hour Northwest from Blue
Ridge the Ocoee River, home of the 1996 Olympics is 10 miles of Whitewater fun!
The aforementioned Olympic competition took place on the upper section of the
Ocoee River. This super technical section of the river features some of the
biggest most challenging rapids and is only able to be experienced for 34 days
per year. The Middle Ocoee is 5 miles of class III and IV rapids. Hop on Mother
Nature’s natural roller coaster and squeal with delightment as your trusty raft
guide navigates you and your party down the river with great care to maximize
the fun! From the put in at Grumpy’s to the ending rapid at Hell’s Hole, you
will never forget the fun and excitement of a trip down the Ocoee!
Bonus: Love to mountain bike? The Cherokee National Forest features miles of mountain biking trails.
Made famous after the filming of the movie Deliverence, the
Chattooga River is about two hours from Blue Ridge. Flowing across both Georgia
and South Carolina, the Chattooga River is divided into 4 sections with section
4 being probably the hardest in the Southeast. The class III section increases
in difficulty from a mild beginning to a challenging final rapid at Bull Sluice. Being that section 4 of the Chattooga begins at
the hardest rapid on section 3 should lead you to believe that this will be a much
more challenging run, and you’d be absolutely right about that. The crux of
section 4 is at the Five Falls Section of the river. These Class IV rapids are
no joke with a 75 foot drop from the beginning to end.
Bonus: Add to your adrenaline rush by booking a Zipline trip where you fly through the sky, over lakes, and among nature!
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.
Channel Your Inner Child
The communities of McCaysville, GA and Copperhill, TN have
recently seen a great revitalization which means there are some great new shops
to explore and restaurant to try. We highly recommend you channeling your inner
child and checking out a fun little shop called “Weird Oh!”.
So, what exactly is Weird Oh!? Well, it’s a magical emporium of fun! Better
known as an unusual place for unusual people, inside you will find peculiar
treasures and trinkets. It’s a place where kids can be kids and adults can be
kids too! Everything can be touched, moved, and you can even write on the walls
and not get in trouble! The only rule that you will encounter is that laughter
is a must! No matter what. Laugh, have fun, pick up a toy, purchase a gag gift
that will make someone laugh. Giggle a little, chuckle a lot, let out a guffaw
if something strikes your funny bone. You won’t be judged, because Weird
Oh is all about fun!
What trip is complete without a little something to satisfy
your sweet tooth? At Sweet
& Southern Sugar Company you will be delighted with all the fun treats
from delicious ice cream to decadent desserts. You will definitely feel like a kid
again trying to pick out a treat. We highly recommend the Sin Shakes and their
to-die-for cinnamon buns! Just across the street, you absolutely MUST take a
selfie while standing in two states. That’s right. You can stand in Georgia and
Tennessee at the same exact time!
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
As the days grow longer and the temperatures begin to sore, it’s finally time for our favorite season of all – Sweet Summertime! Those sunshine filled days and star filled evenings are finally here and at Escape to Blue Ridge we want to help you create memories that are as happy and warm as the rays of sunshine piercing through the trees. Take some time out to relax on the patio with a cold glass of freshly squeezed lemonade while you take in the magnificent mountain and lake views of the North Georgia mountains. Once you get hot enough, splash into the lake and cool off or take a boat ride to explore all the coves of Lake Blue Ridge or Lake Nottely. As the sun begins to set, finish off your perfect day roasting s’mores around the fire or catch lighting bugs in a jar. Just because you’re grown up, doesn’t mean like you shouldn’t feel like a kid again while you’re on vacation! Slow down, savor summer, and soak up the Lake Life at one of these nine lakeside cabins!
When you think about your dream
vacation, does a beautiful mountain setting, proximity to water, and plenty of
space for your family and friends top the list? Then look no further than the
North Georgia cabin rental Dock Holiday. This
magnificent four-bedroom cabin is situated in a wooded lot on Lake Nottely. True
to its name, this retreat comes with a double-decker dock that’s tailor made
for swimming, fishing, and sunning. The nearby marina provides boats and jet
skis for rent, and it’s an easy drive to activities like tubing, golf, hiking,
or exploring vineyards, parks and waterfalls. The possibilities for adventure are endless here, but if you
just want to relax and unwind, you’ll find that too, without leaving the
property. You can soak your cares away in the eight-seat hot tub with a view of
the lake, settle into a rocking chair with a book, a beer or a glass of wine,
or simply enjoy a spectacular sunset from the porch!
Take in the breathtaking beauty of natural surroundings and the serenity of a lodge situated against the National Forrest and directly on Lake Blue Ridge. Eagles Landing is a spectacular showplace that has incomparable views of the surrounding mountains and will capture your attention and your heart before you even step through the front door. The epitome of rustic elegance, there are seven bedrooms to accommodate 19 guests, making it ideal for large families, reunions, couples’ weekends or getaways with all your friends. By day, enjoy boating and swimming at the lake and all the activities the nearby Aska Adventure Area has to offer. Unwind afterward with good food, conversation, and entertainment indoors or under the stars. Whether inside or out, enjoy views and privacy that cannot be found anywhere else!
Firefly Lake House
Ahh, the lake! If you’re looking
for a waterfront home away from home, Firefly Lake
House offers a refreshing respite right on Lake Nottely during the summer
months. This contemporary,
spacious three-level house provides plenty of room for everyone, easily
accommodating several couples or one or two families. Professionally decorated,
it features upscale furnishings throughout the home and four luxurious bedrooms
awaiting you at the end of each fun-filled day on the lake. Like catching fireflies in a jar,
capture brilliant memories here that you’ll treasure forever!
This unique three-bedroom cabin is
situated directly on Lake Blue Ridge, which makes it perfect for water sports
enthusiasts. It comes with a private dock and boat slip, so you can swim, water
ski, and go fishing, boating, kayaking or canoeing to your heart’s content, all
just a few steps away. Have a Labrador or other four-legged family member that
likes to swim? Bring them! This cabin welcomes well behaved (and dried off) fur
Blue Ridge Overlook was designed for outdoor living. Grab a good book and
relax on the screened in porch, soak your sore muscle in a hot tub, or kickback
on the party deck complete with a wood burning fireplace, flat screen tv, comfortable
seating, and an incredible view!
True to its name, Lakefront
Getaway has 94 feet of lake frontage and a huge double-decker dock with
chaise lounges, two Jet Ski lifts, and a boat hookup. A nearby marina rents Jet
Skis, pontoon boats, paddleboards and kayaks, but feel free to bring your own. Uniquely
designed and luxuriously furnished, with a wall of windows in the open-plan
great room and the two master suites on either side opening onto an enormous
deck framing the view, this cabin elicits the same reaction from everyone that
visits: “Wow!” Ideal for a small family or a couples’ weekend with
your best friends, this two-bedroom cabin is like having your own private
high-end luxury resort with a beautiful lake steps away!
Luxury Lakeside Lodge
Swim in the lap of luxury as well
as Lake Nottely with every amenity imaginable all on the shores of deep lake
water with its own private boat dock. This welcoming log home with its
green shingled roof complimenting the bright blue-green color of the water will
take your breath away. At Luxury
Lakeside Lodge, you’ll be living large in every way as this home is about
all things abundant or oversized! This cabin features king-sized beds and
seating areas in each of its five bedrooms. There is a huge deck
with an outdoor dining area and new gas grill for those fresh caught fish
coming in from your guests’ fishing excursion. Greet them at the dock just
steps away from the home — or take a little dip before heading back inside.
Inside, there’s a great wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, just one indication
that everything about this North Georgia cabin was built to showcase the
gorgeous views of the lake and mountains. It has been professionally decorated
with well-appointed furnishings that were also chosen for comfort and
relaxation. Truly living up to its name, Luxury Lakeside Lodge can
easily accommodate one or multiple families for a truly spectacular lake side
Meant to Be
Located on Lake Nottely five miles
from the town of Blairsville, this spectacular tri-level showplace offers you
breathtaking mountain and water views, accommodations for 14 guests in its five
bedrooms and loft, and all the amenities of a top-flight resort. Meant to Be has
a game room, but the outdoor living is where it’s at in this spectacular
getaway. Dine alfresco at the marble table that seats eight while you cook your
fresh catch on the gas grill. Need more seating? There is plenty on the
screened-in porch or down at the dock. On the lower level deck, there’s a
six-person hot tub with a great view of the mountains and lake, providing
magnificent scenery as you soak your cares away. Designed for maximum comfort,
each of the five spacious bedrooms has its own bathroom. But the best
thing about this unique mountain retreat is its wonderful setting, welcoming
ambiance, and the feeling of peace and serenity that you’ll remember long after
Pure Pleasure on the Lake
This magnificent North Georgia
cabin rental is located on Lake Nottely and has one of the best lake views the
area has to offer. This pet friendly retreat sits just over the shoreline with
tiered steps down to its private dock with a ladder. Year-long deep water makes
it a great property if you’d like to bring your own boat or rent one from the
nearby marina. Double your pleasure at Pure
Pleasure on the Lake, because when it comes to this home, it seems to have
two (or more) of everything you really want. There are two top-of-the-line
kitchens, one located on the main and the other in the game room. Two
indoor dining tables, adjacent to each of the kitchens and another table out on
the deck provide plenty of spots to share and take pride over the fresh fish
that was caught earlier in the day. When its time to turn in for
the day you can choose from four bedrooms that all have plush king-sized beds.
This home has been thoughtfully designed all for its guests’ pleasure and
you’ll find that it fulfills all of your family’s vacation needs from endless
fun to never-ending tranquility!
Standing tall on the lakeshore, the
three-bedroom Blue Ridge mountain cabin rental Southern
Comfort offers you two vacation destinations in one: a magnificent mountain
retreat and an aquatic playground that boating, fishing and swimming
enthusiasts will love. Located
on Lake Blue Ridge near Morganton boat launch, this lovely lakefront property
comes with its own double-decker dock with a boat slip below and a lounging
area above with umbrella-shaded table, chairs and lounges. If you settle in
there or on the cabin’s double deck, you’ll be treated to a magnificent
year-round view. Sunsets are especially incredible, with the sun shining on the
lake as it dips behind the mountains!
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!
Local produce, handmade arts and crafts, baked goods and more! What better way to usher in June, the summer and the growing season! Every Saturday throughout the summer, vendors will set up in front of the Courthouse from 8am until “Noon-ish”.
Artisans, beekeepers, bakers, potters, painters, and more gather every Saturday morning starting at 7am to display and sell their wares. Home grown and handmade is their promise, which comes with freshness, quality, flavor and variety!
The perfect combination – yoga, followed by wine tasting at a vineyard with a view. Ashlee Lofton leads the yoga class, beginning at 10:45 and then there’s a moment of reflection before moving on to Bear Claw’s Grizzly Tasting. OMMM & AHHH. Nothing better!
Help raise funds and awareness for lung cancer at LUNGevity. The concert starts at 6pm with music by Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk, a 10-piece jazz/funk band covering a variety of genres, including Motown, smooth jazz, classic rock and country. Admission is $20.
One of downtown Blue Ridge’s finest restaurants and night spots! With an operating brewery at its core, for optimal fresh beer, this place has a fun-with-your-friends vibe and a reputation for bringing great music to the stage!
June 1 – The Highbeams June 7 – Shannon York and Rob Harper June 15 – Gopher Broke
The Blue Coyote is known for their live music and entertainment. While you’re there you can enjoy their tasty bar food and a whole bunch of beer! They even have a dog-friendly patio! Stop by, check it out, and enjoy the music!
June 1 – Bottoms Up Band June 7 – Topper June 8 – Southern Vantage June 14 – Steven Phillips & The Midnight Express June 15 – The Bone Daddy’s June 22 – Breaking Point June 28 – Azus! June 29 – BEATS Workin’
Looking for a serene setting on the hillsides near Ellijay with twisty grapevines, a fireplace with outdoor seating (including a statuesque still-standing chimney, which is the winery’s icon), and live music on weekends? Come out to Cartecay Vineyards!
June 1 – Dom Weir June 2 – Tommy Joe Conner June 8 – Man Bites Dog June 9 – Robert Ferguson June 15 – Timothy O’Donovan June 16 – Buck & Oz June 22 – Rose Brown June 23 – Surrender Hill June 29 – Travis Bowlin June 30 – Scott Stambaugh
If you like songs by famous country stars like Patsy Cline, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette and George Jones, you’re going to love Gail Bliss and the Nashville Barn Dance! Gail has actually played Patsy Cline in a hit musical that spans Patsy’s career. If you enjoy fiddle and steel guitar, don’t miss this concert!
The definition of “senior” these days is 55 or older, so if you fit that description, this event is free! All you have to do is bring fishing gear and bait and you can fish for beautiful rainbow trout in Rock Creek. The event starts at 9am and continues to noon.
The art of weaving a market basket is not only truly art, and an admirable avocation, it is also pretty darn practical, if you’re planning a trip to a farmers market anytime soon. Plus you learn about historical uses, designs and materials that were used years ago in Appalachian culture.
An American play, accompanied by the Bergonzi String Quarter is a wonderful mix of theater and concert to tell the story of a modern couple living in Appalachia, tracing their families’ story through letters saved from the 1800’s.
Great beer (18 beers on tap), a fun atmosphere and a stellar philosophy (delicious beer, dog-friendly, people tolerated). Plenty of craft beers, including those brewed in the brewery, and lots of live music! It’s one of those places that locals like!
June 7 – Gerry Herndon June 14 – Lindsay Beth Harper June 21 – Highbeams June 28 – Gregg Erwin
You can’t get a better venue or greater acoustics than right on the lake. With delicious food and jamming tunes, you’ll love the atmosphere and entertainment at the Boat Dock Bar & Grill at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina!
June 8 – Gopher Broke June 21 – Buck & Oz June 22 – David Welch Unplugged June 23 – Gopher Broke
There’s nothing quite like the sound of bagpipes on a lovely summer day – and you’ll hear and see that and more at the Blairsville Scottish Festival. Enjoy pipe and drum bands, a parade of tartans, border collie demonstrations, amateur athletics, children’s games, and more as Blairsville celebrates its Scottish heritage!
First of all, it’s not a rodeo – so don’t expect horses and cowboys. It’s another kind of rodeo, where kids gather up and fish for fun at a hatchery with a lot of fish. You see what you’re about to catch, and then you catch ‘em. It’s fun and enormously rewarding when you see the look on a child’s face as he or she catches their first fish!
The great thing about looking at the sun in an observatory is you don’t have to stay up late at night, like you do when you’re trying to catch a glimpse of a planet or two through a telescope. Looking directly into the sun is highly not advised, but the Brasstown Bald astronomy people have tools for that. They just recommend you wear a fair amount of sunscreen, since elevation equals an increase in the sun’s rays intensity and Brasstown is Georgia’s highest point at 4,784 feet. You’ll learn a lot, and it’s free, just the cost of admission to the park. This event aligns with Junior Explorers Day also on June 8.
Come out for the first in a series of live concerts at a great outdoor venue on the shores of Lake Blue Ridge. You have access options – come by boat and anchor in Morganton Cove, or carpool and park on Lakeshore Drive. The lineup of artists include Buck & Oz, Kurt Thomas Band, and it all starts with Jacob Davis Martin at 5pm.
A real rodeo straight out of the Wild West – with plenty of action, rumbles and tumbles and opportunities to see bronc riding, roping and barrel racing. Always held on the third weekend of June, this rodeo has become one of the most popular in North Georgia.
It’s hard to beat hot jazz, good wine and stunning mountain views, but add in the setting: in the middle of Georgia’s largest orchard, and you have a wonderful recipe for a great day! Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and get ready for the Rhythm Jets, Cadillac Jones and Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk to perform. And wine – did we mention wine?
Yes, there’s the Wild West. But this event asks that we don’t forget there’s also a Wild East and a lot of it is along a narrow, 2,000-mile strip of hiking trail known as the Appalachian Trail. Each year thousands hike sections of the trail and some try to thru-hike it. It’s sometimes hard to imagine the challenges, hardships and rewards of that journey, but this Day in the Life attempts to capture a slice of that.
New Homes Added to Our Program
You have a lot of choices when deciding where and how to spend your vacation, and it can be overwhelming. But if you want magnificent architecture, and first class amenities in a secluded setting less than five miles from downtown Blue Ridge, look no further than Hilltop Hideaway. Truly spectacular inside and out, this Blue Ridge cabin rental is the perfect relaxing retreat to enjoy with family and friends. Located on a mountain with wraparound decks to showcase the view from every angle, the cabin is the epitome of rustic elegance, with plenty of country charm and a relaxed, welcoming ambiance.
Aptly named for its perfectly situated location above the Blue Ridge Mountains and Lake Blue Ridge, the North Georgia cabin rental Above the Blue is all about its million-dollar view. Breathtaking, magnificent, and stunning are words you might use to describe its spectacular sunrise-to-sunset picture postcard vistas, if you’re not rendered completely speechless by nature’s beauty. This private, wooded oasis is convenient to popular attractions like Falls Creek Falls, the Swinging Bridge on the Toccoa River, and of course Lake Blue Ridge, and the shops and restaurants of Blue Ridge are just five miles away. Constructed of the finest pine and furnished in modern rustic style, the tri-level cabin is warm and inviting, the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy a carefree experience with friends and family.
What qualities do you crave most in a mountain vacation? Is it the peace, quiet and serenity your daily life lacks, the magnificent beauty of unspoiled nature, or experiencing all the fun and adventure the Georgia Mountains have to offer? At the Blue Ridge cabin rental BUCKingham Palace, you can have all of the above, and so much more. Located on more than an acre in the heart of the Aska Adventure Area just 10 miles from downtown Blue Ridge, this serene woodland oasis replaces asphalt with lush forest greenery and traffic noise with the sound of a nearby waterfall. Here, you’ll have privacy, tranquility, and a sense of calm that allows you to leave the world behind.
In Case You Missed It
To many in this neck of the woods, Bigfoot (aka Sasquatch, Yowie and Yedi) isn’t just a 20th-century folk legend. The first recorded sighting of him here in Fannin County was June 26, 1873. Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest has long been known as a hotbed for Bigfoot activity amongst the Bigfoot research community. And if you think that those who have an interest in this mysterious creature are just a little bit left of center, take into consideration that the famed anthropologist and highly regarded scientist Jane Goodall has said of Sasquatch beings, “I’m fascinated by them and would actually love them to exist”. This reddish-brown hairy creature is reportedly about 8 feet in height and his alleged footprints that have been found all across the globe suggesting he has a 24-inch long foot that measures 8 inches across. To put that into some perspective, NBA giant Shaquille O’Neal is 7’1” and the length of his foot measures 15 inches. Keep Reading.
Farmers in the state of Georgia produce more than 26 million pounds of apples annually with nearly all the orchards concentrated in the North Georgia Mountains. Distinguishing oneself from the other apple orchards might be a large task for some. But Adele Mercier was never easily daunted by the business challenges of competition presented to her and her husband Bill and their 27-acre family orchard they started together in 1943. She had big plans for this little orchard in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Little did she know that it would take her to the dawn of the next century to execute her plan.
In 1999, Adele presented her vision for the Mercier Orchards to the regional tourism association. She shared with them her dream that Mercier’s was going to become an international tourist attraction, right along with her friends from the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway who had just started running scenic excursions to McCaysville and back. That afternoon, the tourism professionals chuckled at the naiveté of this eighty-year-old with such outlandish pipe dreams. Over the past two decades since, many of those in attendance that day have eaten their fair share of humble pie (or maybe apple fried pies?).
Mercier Orchards has grown ten times its original size, with 300 acres of apples, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. The farm market that once boasted just bins of apples from July till December is now open seven days a week from 7 am till 6 pm, 361 days a year. The Market Store has enlarged to several thousand square feet with outstanding food products, fresh, frozen and canned, with the majority locally sourced. If you are planning on preparing meals during your cabin stay with us, you must visit Merciers. Don’t bother with a shopping list. Every item will take you on a new culinary journey.
The Market has also grown to include a bakery boasting several varieties of fried pies, as well as apple cider donuts, and a large variety of bread, cookies and many other delectable baked goods. The bakery also supplies the recently enlarged Market Café (open 7am-6pm daily) with award-winning biscuits, bread and rolls served at breakfast each day till 11 am. Breakfast buffet on Saturdays and Sundays is a great place to gather with family and friends, with buffet hours extended to noon. After a morning in the orchards, picking your own fruit, lunch at the Market is the best place to hydrate, chill and nourish.
Yes, part of Adele’s dream was to bring multi-generational families in to enjoy the seasonal harvests of the orchards. Adults of all ages will enjoy the memories of their childhood days while picking apples, and the children will enjoy every moment, from the wagon ride out to the u-pick them area to delighting as they fill their buckets with berries, peaches or over 30 varieties of apples. U-Pick is subject to availability and the weather. For current picking dates, click here.
Maybe choosing your fruit at the Market is more to your liking than picking your own in the field. That doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the Orchard experience. From 10 am till 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, indulge yourself with a $5 tractor ride and tour of the 300-acre orchard. The Mercier family loves to share all there is to see and know about their orchard with their guests.
The fruits of the orchard are best enjoyed fresh, but for some, pressed and fermented fruit has as much allure. Mercier’s knows this first hand and would like to invite you to their Tasting Room at the Market. A variety of delicious hard ciders and wines, made with all “Georgia Grown” fruits can be sampled and purchased. “We are currently the only apple orchard in Georgia that can say they grow, press, ferment, and bottle their own product.” avowals their website.
As for Adele’s vision? Late last November, this writer visited the orchard with a friend to purchase a couple of bags of apples. It was late on a Sunday afternoon, three weeks past the high volume tourist season and we expected to be able to run in and out with our fruit purchase. We found the enormous parking lot to be nearly full. Walking into the Market, we discovered every cash register manned and customers were five plus deep waiting in those lines. My friend and I counted six different languages being spoken around us while we patiently waited our turn to pay for our purchases.
Adele Mercier passed away in 2013, leaving her internationally known Market in the very capable hands of second, third and fourth generations of the Mercier Family. They strive to bring to every visitor an experience that they will soon not forget. To learn more about Mercier Orchards and to see their event calendar, visit them at www.mercier-orchards.com.
Whether your family gets together every year or every few
years, it’s always a good time to come together and celebrate your history and
heritage. Reunions give the older generations time to sit together and
reminisce and the younger generations and meet each other and develop lifelong
Blue Ridge, Georgia is the perfect location to plan a family
reunion because there is something to entertain the entire family. Book a ride
on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway or plan
a hike to Long
Creek Falls along the Benton Mackaye Trail.
Maybe a tractor ride and apple picking at Mercier Orchards is on the agenda
or an exhilarating rafting trip on the Ocoee River will bond together
long-lost family members. Either way, you need a base camp and we have the perfect
cabins to accommodate your group!
Not every Georgia mountain cabin rental looks like the
elegant homes in “Southern Living” magazine, but Ambleside is that
kind of place! Exquisitely appointed, this five bedroom, five and a half bath lodge
is roomy enough to accommodate (16) sixteen guests in comfort and style. Add in
magnificent mountain and river views from every window and fun things to do
right on the property and nearby, and you have the makings of a magical vacation!
Ambleside rests on a hillside in a
secure, gated community eight miles from downtown Blue Ridge, between the
seventh and eighth holes of the top-rated Old Toccoa Farm golf course which you
have “member rate” access to play. The cabin’s property overlooks the fairway
and the Toccoa River below inviting your family to fish, kayak, or explore the
beautiful hiking trails.
Take turns preparing meals in the
fully stocked expansive kitchen with its new stainless-steel appliances,
granite countertops, and conveniences like an icemaker, coffeemaker, blender,
and anything else you may need to prepare a feast for your crowd. After dinner,
enjoy a friendly game of ping pong or foosball or take it outside for a corn
hole tournament! End the day relaxing in
the hot tub or roasting s’mores over the fire pit area.
Situated directly on Lake Blue
Landing is a spectacular showplace that has incomparable views of the
surrounding mountains! If the epitome of rustic elegance is what you’re looking for, this spacious
lodge has seven bedrooms to accommodate (19) nineteen guests!
By day, the whole family can enjoy
boating and swimming at the lake and all the activities the nearby Aska Adventure
Area has to offer. Unwind afterward with good food, conversation, and
entertainment indoors or under the stars. Whether inside or out, enjoy views
and privacy that cannot be found anywhere else. You may even be lucky enough to
spot the family of bald eagles that nests nearby!
There are three decks spanning the
length of the home, a hot tub, swings, and a picnic table, but that’s
not all! This home comes complete with a two-story dock that has enough
furniture enough to accommodate sixteen! Enjoy a picnic on the water,
fishing directly from the dock, taking a ride on the paddleboat, or
swimming. There are also two ramps for watercraft, as well accommodations
for a motorboat. Whether you and your family spen time watching the skiers
and wakeboarders, or watching an incomparable sunset, you’ll spend as much time
as possible on the dock!
Falling Waters Lodge
Falling Waters Lodge sits at the pinnacle of luxury in every way. The four bedroom, three and a half bath retreat can comfortably accommodate (12) twelve guests. Lucky for you, the home’s location is at one of the highest points in the Aska Adventure Area. Step out on the expansive decking, which provides the best seat in the house, as you become the ultimate spectator of nature’s most majestic scenic views!
Every detail put into Falling
Waters is living testimony that craftsmanship is alive and well. It is large
and spacious with abundant windows, yet it is also – somehow – inviting and
snug. You will become invigorated as you inch up the driveway
passing the gazebo, fire pit and of course, the home’s multi-level waterfall
for which it is named, and that bids you welcome.
At Falling Waters, every luxury is
thoughtfully provided from high-thread linens to a gourmet kitchen. The home
offers entertainment you can share from the game library or billiards, ping
pong and air hockey fun. Or, make your time as personal as a work out in the
home’s private gym. In the evening, take in the sun set over the mountains,
from the hot tub which is set on the lower-level deck or choose to cap off the
evening with a movie in the theater-quality media room.
Just Like Heaven
Heaven is a gorgeous mountain retreat that features six bedrooms for up to (16)
sixteen guests making it perfect for a vacation with your entire family!
With incredible seasonal mountain views this
cabin in the Blairsville woods is your own private, secluded hideaway but close
to activities like hiking, horseback riding, fishing and boating at Cozy Cove
Marina. There’s even an ATV trail at nearby Davenport Ridge!
Inside, Just Like Heaven is warm, airy, and bright, with décor
that’s a professionally decorated mix of modern and traditional furnishings,
colors and touches. The solid pine interior, vaulted ceilings and spacious open
living area provide a welcoming setting for gathering before the wood-burning
fireplace. Upstairs in the media room, you’ll find billiards, shuffleboard,
board games, a karaoke machine, foosball, an enormous 103” flat screen TV with
DirecTV and DVD for hours of fun and entertainment!
There’s even more fun to be had
outside, where you can play corn hole, basketball, ping-pong or fire up the
charcoal grill for an al fresco meal. There’s plenty of comfortable seating on
the covered deck, where there’s a wood burning fireplace to keep you cozy on crisp
evenings while you enjoy the mountain air. But the best attribute of Just Like Heaven is the feeling it
gives you while you’re there and the experience you’ll take home with you. The
name says it all!
Staying at Legend is like
having an entire five-star resort all to yourself. This luxury log cabin is
truly in a class of its own. It’s built from handcrafted Douglas-fir logs and
each spacious room presents incredible attention to detail with cathedral
ceilings, arched doorways, sumptuous furnishings, stylish fixtures, and every
amenity you desire to relax in complete luxury!
You’ll have everything you need to
entertain your (13) thirteen guests in this six bedroom, six and a half bath
lodge and on the land surrounding you. Bring your fishing pole and spend the
day at the stocked trout stream rushing right outside your door, or simply have
fun splashing around and getting a little sun! Go on an exhilarating hike
through one of the property’s hiking paths, or enjoy a leisurely stroll in the
pastures, taking in breathtaking mountain views around you. The gang can even
play a little touch football on the sprawling lawn. You can also take a
foursome just a short drive to one of three fantastic golf courses in the area
or indulge in a little pampering at a spa in town followed by some shopping.
In case of inclement weather you can spend an afternoon in the
game room downstairs playing pinball, billiards, foosball, ping pong or board
games — there’s a little something for everyone. And with another gourmet
kitchen and wet bar at the ready, you’ll have everything you need — no need to
even go upstairs for snacks and drinks! Legend even has its own cinema
screening room downstairs, complete with stadium seating — it doesn’t get any
closer to an authentic movie theater experience than this! Make some popcorn,
grab drinks at the nearby kitchen and bar, then everyone can sink into
sumptuous loungers and enjoy a great movie up on the big screen!
Legend’s spacious, covered decks
with their sweeping views make entertaining easy as a mountain breeze! Nature
will entertain you and your guests for hours, with views of the rushing creek,
horses playing in the nearby pastures, and the verdant tree farm nearby. With
the smoker and gas grill at the ready, host a mouthwatering barbecue — with two
picnic tables, there’s plenty of room for everyone to dine al fresco, with the
soothing sounds of the nearby stream as background music. Or, perhaps make a feast
in the enormous gourmet kitchen, and everyone can gather ’round the large
dining table in front of epic mountain views!
is the name, the view will explain. The
largest of our cabin rentals, this six bedroom, five and a half bath
home can comfortable accommodate (21) twenty-one guests. Seize the
opportunity to stay in this $5 million custom resort lodge with its own private
pool and spa, where you can come and go by helicopter, and treat the entire
family to 8,000 sq. ft. of pure luxury and decadence!
SpyGlass is the stuff of fairy
tales. The palatial custom gourmet kitchen is made for
entertaining, with two refrigerators, two dishwashers, two drawer warmers, a
double oven and wine cooler. Relax after a meal in the great room
with its 32 ft. vaulted ceiling, imposing iron chandelier, custom woodcarvings
of wildlife adorning the walls, and a huge stone fireplace as the room’s
centerpiece. The curved, windowed wall has built-in seating for a perfect view
of the hills and starlit sky offering wide-open 40-mile views!
Outside the fire pit is an enchanted place for stargazing and making s’mores. During the day, set out fresh fruit and snacks in the gazebo for your guests while they swim, sunbathe or chat at tables and chairs throughout the deck. They can also have lunch at the picnic tables whenever they’re ready. And there’s plenty of room for everyone at dinner as well – you can seat 20 between the formal dining room and informal dining seating.
We are here to help make your family reunion one for the books! Our helpful Reservation Specialists can assist with any concierge services you would like. From stocking your fridge to booking an excursion, we are here to help! Escape to Blue Ridge for an unforgettable family vacation!
What Mom really wants for Mother’s Day might surprise you.
It rarely has to do with those lovely wrapped little boxes from the jewelry
store. And it has less to do with gift certificates to get body maintenance
done, like massages and manicures.
It was 50 years ago that this iconic ad first ran. “Calgon,
take me away”. It still epitomizes what
every Mom wants and needs – time away from the daily grind, if even for just
time for a private, quiet bath. So, this Mother’s Day we think we can help you
with giving Mom that Calgon moment she’ll remember for many years to come.
Mom with Little Ones
Mom is rising close to noon and not hearing a peep. As she
clears the cobwebs from her sleep, she realizes that she woke in the cabin they
came to last night. Oh, the bed felt so luxurious, and somehow, she was the
only one in it. Next to the bed is a note from hubby. “The kids and I are gone
for the day. White
wine in the fridge with brie, apple, and crackers. The hot tub is
waiting for you. Don’t forget your book at the bottom of the suitcase. We’ll see you at 6. Bringing dinner with us.
Relax and enjoy the solitude. You
deserve this. You’re the best Mom in the world. We love you.” She looks out over the magnificent view of
the mountains from her bedroom window. This is the best gift I could ever
imagine, she thought. Six hours later the gang rolls in, running into her arms
to tell her all about their visit to Lilly Pad Village, where they gem mined and went
trout fishing. After a great boxed
dinner from Blue Ridge Mountain BBQ was consumed, they all
packed up to head to the Swan Drive-in Theater for a nostalgic experience
watching the 21st-century Avengers on the outdoor screen. (Did you
know that you can choose from 177 of our properties that have at least two bedrooms and a
Mom with Teen-agers
Mom marvels at how they are growing and maturing. She
realizes that in just a few short years they will be leaving the nest. She
wants to make these times away to the mountains something special for them all
to remember. They all agree that ziplining
had been on their bucket list. But first, while the day was still cool, they’d
challenge themselves to trek on the swinging bridge across the Toccoa River. After an afternoon of adventure, they pull up
to the Rum Cake
Lady’s outdoor dining. Mom loves Cuban food, and they sit at the
picnic tables all sharing their menu picks, joyful and tired. When they get
back to the cabin, the fire pit is lit, the oldest son brings out his guitar,
the youngest starts to make S’mores. Mom gazes at her family in the glow of the
fire and wonders how she got to be the luckiest Mom in the whole world.
(Thirty-eight of our rentals have either fire pits or outdoor fireplaces. Which one would your family choose?)
Mom with Grown
Every Mom feels the same way once their chicks have grown and flown the coop. They yearn for one on one time with them again. When her daughter texts her to ask if she’d like to spend the weekend with her in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mom searches to find an emoji that can express her excitement. She ends up sending 10 happy faces, and the words, “yes, yes, YES!”. Saturday it’s a quick, trouble free keyless entry into their little lakefront cabin and off to the Himalayan Salt Caves for a 45-minute session of pure bliss, relaxing in zero gravity chairs, listening to soft music in a stress-free environment. After, they head into downtown Blue Ridge and make a stop at Blue Ridge Booksellers. As different as they can be in many respects, Mom and daughter share a love for vintage bookstores. With just enough time, they make their reservation at Harvest on Main for a relaxing evening of fine dining. Back to the cottage, another glass of wine to top off the evening and a wonderful heart to heart chat on the porch overlooking the moonlit lake. They sleep in late, pack up their things, close the door behind them and take a lovely drive out to Mercier’s Orchards for brunch and then to pick strawberries together, a memory they share from a Mother’s Day trip 20 years before. Now, they head home and banter back in forth as to whether it’s biscuits or pound cake that will host these sweet, juicy berries.
We think everyday should be Mother’s Day! Thank you to all the wonderful Moms who celebrate their families with us throughout the year. We hope your Mother’s Day is a Calgon day for you!