Last week this blog featured a tremendous round up of cabins
with great firepits. One of our favorite things about the weather changing is
sitting around the fire pit with a chill in the air, but you are completely
warm, not just by the heat of the fire but by the company you are so
enjoying. Adding to the ambiance of the
evening includes singing songs, swapping tall tales, and of course fire pit
It’s so fun if someone in your group has a guitar or harmonica, they could play for everyone to sing and clap along, but you don’t even need music to sing your favorite campfire songs! Telling ghost stories always proves to be a good time too. Although the ghost stories typically end up in squeals of laughter because you know that one person that is SUPER scared and they end up falling out of the chair, jumping & panicking, or making funny noises as they try to tame their heebee geebies. Oh yes, good times! Most importantly, you can’t forget about marshmallows!
Who doesn’t love to roast marshmallows? This might be the best and most memorable part about having an outside fire. First, you go on a stick hunt to find that perfect length and sturdiness then roast your marshmallow to the perfect amount of burnt that you prefer. Or, take it to the next level and break out the chocolate and Graham crackers for a melt in your mouth, perfectly crafted s’mores! But s’mores aren’t the only thing you can cook over the fire. Try one (or all) of these “fire pit fixing” ideas next time you Escape to Blue Ridge!
The Healthy-ish Approach
Have you ever considered roasting fruit over an open fire? No? Well, you should because it is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! Choose from pineapple, bananas, watermelon, apples or peaches. The fruit sugars almost caramelize making for a divinely delicious guilt free treat. Of course, having a little caramel or chocolate on hand to dip your roasted fruit into never hurt anyone, and definitely adds more “pow” to your taste buds! Make ahead fruit kabobs or just place them on your stick like you would a marshmallow! Side note: strawberries dipped in marshmallow fluff and then roasted will make your mouth do a happy dance!
Who says fire pit cooking has to be basic and boring? Impress your guests with fireside Shrimp Scampi! This meal is super easy to prepare, but even more divine to eat! All you need is foil, butter, peeled & deveined shrimp, a little lemon, and your favorite seasonings. We typically improvise with a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but for you by-the-bookers, here’s a simple go to recipe with exact measurements.
It may not be fancy, but there is something extra delicious about a roasted hot dog! It really doesn’t get any easier than this. Pick your favorite dog, we are partial to the Hebrew National all beef hot dogs, pierce it with your stick and roast away. You can even toast your hot dog bun on a stick for a well-rounded hot dog experience!
Fast, easy and delicious…that’s my kind of cooking! You can prepare these French bread pizzas ahead of time or create a little make-your-own station on the picnic table. Slice your French bread, cover with marina sauce, add your favorite toppings (pepperoni, mushrooms, Canadian bacon, olives) and finish with mozzarella cheese. Wrap your creation in heavy duty aluminum foil and throw them on the fire!
Dare To Be Different
Super easy, but super delicious is campfire cinnamon rolls! Simply buy your favorite brand of refrigerated cinnamon rolls, we personally love Pillsbury Grands. All you have to do is unroll a cinnamon bun and divide the long pieces of dough into sections. Wrap a portion around your stick, careful not overlap for even cooking, and roast away!
Next Level S’mores
Bacon. Yes, you read that right. A little graham cracker, a little
marshmallow, a little chocolate, and a couple of pieces of bacon (which you
could also roast over the fire) will have your tongue jump out and lick the eyebrows
right off your head!
We also encourage you to mix up your chocolate options. Truth be told, it’s hard to beat a piece of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, but have you ever thought of using a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup? What about a Kit Kat Bar? We suggest you try a York Peppermint Patty next time, you won’t regret it. In fact, you may never go back to the traditional s’mores again!
If you’re looking for a way to warm up from the inside out, a Hot Toddy is definitely in order and extra enjoyable sitting outside by the fire. Boil water over your fire and add a tea bag to your cup. Let your tea steep for about two minutes, then add a shot (or two) of whiskey, a little honey, a slice of lemon, and some cloves for extra spice. Bam! Now we are ready to make some fireside memories!
There are a lot of Blue Ridge mountain cabin rentals with
great views, charming décor and proximity to activities and recreation
destinations. Some have many bedrooms and are great for large families and
groups of friends, and some are cozy and quaint that are perfect for a small
family or a two-couple or BFF getaway. Regardless of the cabin size and
location after the sun sets and dusk falls across the mountains what better way
to relax than to sit around the fire pit with your favorite people telling stories,
roasting marshmallows, and creating memories to last a lifetime. On your next
Escape to Blue Ridge, consider one of these ten cabins that have fantastic fire
Bearway To Heaven
Perched on a forested hillside with an absolutely breathtaking view of the lush green mountains in the distance and Lake Blue Ridge shimmering below, this magnificent log home is surrounded by the glory of nature, and close to all the outdoor activities that the Aska Adventure Area has to offer. Inside, its cathedral ceilings and huge windows let in light, create an open and airy feel, and maximize the view. Sunrises are especially spectacular! Or you can take in the view from a rocking chair or roast marshmallows over the fire pit, which has five colorful Adirondack chairs encircling it.
After the day’s activities, you’ll slumber in comfort in one of five comfortable bedrooms, each with luxurious bedding and a unique quilt. But the best thing about Bearway to Heaven is the blissful way you’ll feel when you’re there, and the memories of that feeling that you’ll take home with you.
Big Buck Lodge
Big Buck Lodge is a charming mountain chalet in a lovely wooded setting. But what sets this tri-level vacation home apart from the others are the unique, one of a kind touches you won’t find anywhere else. Built by local craftsman Jerry Sisson of Jerry’s Mountain Furniture for his daughter, it’s made of handcrafted wood floor-to-ceiling and throughout the house, with unique log beds and branch chairs and tables in every room.
Each of the three bedrooms are outfitted with a queen bed topped with a cozy quilt and a screened-in deck or balcony. There’s plenty of seating on the lower screened-in porch, including rocking chairs and a swing. Afterward, you can have a relaxing soak in the hot tub, or toast marshmallows over the fire pit while you enjoy the evening breeze. Big Buck Lodge’s ambiance is its best attribute. Its seasonal glorious views of mountain sunrises and sunsets, serene natural setting and the relaxed and happy way you’ll feel while you’re there make for an unforgettable getaway.
This cabin’s name, ‘Cohutta Overlook‘ tells it like it is — this home is perched beautifully on an overlook high above the spectacular Cohutta Wilderness. With more than 40,000 mountainous acres, it is the largest wilderness east of the Mississippi and runs from Fannin County, Georgia up to the Smoky Mountains on the Tennessee/North Carolina border. And here, at the Cohutta Overlook lodge you’ll be in the distinct position to be above it all.
This cozy cabin sits peacefully on the edge of Sunrock Mountain and has panoramic year-round views. This cabin is decorated in rustic elegance with custom furniture and attention to every detail. Start your day by enjoying the view overlooking the Cohutta mountain range and witness the flight of eagles and hawks as you sip your morning coffee on the large, open porch. If you are looking for a romantic mountain getaway, enjoy the beautiful spa on the main level and then relax by the stone fire pit or curl up in front of either of the two massive, stone fireplaces inside.
Come On Inn
Come on Inn and make yourself at home. In fact, that’s the very reason this cabin was given its welcoming name. Its cozy environment will make you feel like this is your home away from home right away. The cabin’s beautiful interior mixes mountain cabin decor with charming country accents to create a unique and inviting atmosphere all its own.
This gorgeous mountain home’s riverfront location is the envy of many other Blue Ridge cabin rentals. Sitting right on the shores of the Toccoa River, close to the Aska Adventure area. In the evening, there’s no better spot for stargazing than the lovely fire pit area. Gather some chairs, listen to the river flow and the crickets chirp, and take in these special moments with family or friends. What a serene way to end each day.
Meandering Moose is custom, 3000 sq/ft. luxurious cabin in a private mountain community appropriately named Natures Courtyard. Located in the Northern portion of the Georgia mountain region, it is ideal for all seasons offering a private secluded area and a gorgeous view of the hardwoods and evergreens for which this amazing region is known. Its private and rustic setting allows you to enjoy the peacefulness of the North Georgia mountains.
The large covered deck spans the length of the entire back of the home offering several conversation areas to have quality time with your family and friends – whether gathering in front of the gorgeous outdoor stone fireplace or eating at the outside dining table. You can also enjoy the full deck on the front of the house in the rocking chairs and outdoor swing while waiting for the occasional deer to stroll by. Take in the views from the private Master Bedroom upper deck and still watch over the kids roasting marshmallows around the beautiful stone paved fire pit.
SpyGlass is the name, the view will explain. The largest of our Blue Ridge GA cabin rentals, 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. Every detail, from the large log cross-beamed ceilings down to the polished wood floors, is dressed in elegance.
Start your morning keeping fit and healthy with the help of
gym-quality weight and exercise machine. After your workout relax as you
marvel at the wide-open 40-mile views before you. 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. After dark, the fire pit is an
enchanted place for stargazing and making s’mores.
Stone Pine Lodge
Stone Pine Lodge is not your typical Blue Ridge mountain cabin rental. As you’d expect, this brand new vacation home has the rustic cabin feel, secluded private setting and breathtaking view of the mountains from its tri-level decks. There are enormous windows in its great room that let you take in nature in all its expansive glory. The cabin is also the epitome of effortless modern luxury, putting everything–state-of-the-art at your fingertips. With sound system TVs, lighting, remote gas fireplaces and hot tub with Bluetooth-enabled speakers throughout all with simplistic operations, the better to relax and enjoy the comforts of your home away from home.
The cabin can accommodate 11 guests in its three comfortable bedrooms (all with custom king beds with pillow top mattresses), a loft with a twin over queen bunk bed made of striking Amish wormy wood logs, and a queen-size rough saw timber sofa lounger in the game room. Step outside onto the decks and you can fire up the gas grill for a barbecue, settle into a rocker with a drink or soak your cares away in the six-person hot tub in the warmth of the custom level gas fireplace (there’s a wood-burning one too, on the entertainment deck above). Other options for outdoor fun include horseshoes, a corn hole game, rope swing, deck hammock and fire pit with seating for 12.
Toccoa Lookout Cottage
Toccoa Lookout Cottage is not your average Blue Ridge GA cabin rental. With 3,000 square feet of gorgeously decorated living space and four bedrooms to accommodate 11 people, all the comforts of home and amenities of a private resort, and the Toccoa River running through the property, this is a very special place. Beautifully crafted with two huge decks with plenty of seating overlooking the Toccoa and a third deck down the steps at the river’s edge with a picnic table, chairs and a fire pit, the property is customized for outdoor living.
Inside, this magnificent, updated, and unique home is warm and inviting. It is elegantly furnished and decorated in soothing, calming neutral shades that complement the serene, tranquil ambiance of its natural setting. The cottage’s greatest asset is the way it will make you feel when you’re there and remember long after you leave.
Stepping into Tondelia, you’ll immediately be taken by its views and open, airy feel, with spacious rooms and windows at every turn. You’ll marvel at the careful attention to detail that’s been lavished throughout the cabin, where the game room is every bit as beautiful as the main floor and gorgeous bedrooms.
Looking for pure relaxation? Lounge on the leather sofas
watching the big game, warmed by the cozy gas fireplace. Grill some burgers and
eat lunch on the deck during halftime. Spend the afternoon in the gorgeous game
room, playing billiards or soaking in the indoor Jacuzzi, gazing out at lush
and vibrant fall foliage from your magnificent windows on the world. Hire a
local chef to prepare a celebratory dinner for you and your guests. Enjoy some
pre-dinner drinks and music out on the deck. Then retreat to the elegant dining
room, where you’ll be treated to a fabulous meal and amazing views as the stars
start peeking through the skylights above you. After dinner, bring some hot chocolate or a Spanish
coffee down to the fire pit. Reminisce with your old friends by the light of
Woodentops is the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of your everyday hectic life. Located in Mineral Bluff, just 15 minutes from the shops and restaurants of downtown Blue Ridge, this charming real-log cabin is the ideal family vacation destination. With room for eight guests in three bedrooms, the accommodations are spacious, comfortable and inviting.
You can breathe in fresh mountain air while relaxing with a glass of wine in a rocking chair or soaking in the soothing bubbles of the walk-in hot tub. Or settle into an Adirondack chair and pop open a bag of marshmallows to toast over the fire pit. The best thing about Woodentops is the peaceful, relaxed, refreshed way you’ll feel when you’re there, having fun with your family and friends (even the canine ones—you’re welcome to bring two small dogs). It’s the kind of magical place where memories are made, and yours will last a lifetime!
Wintertime is the perfect time to take a break from the
hustle and bustle of daily life. You survived the holidays (it was a close
call, but you did it!). You’ve socialized till you’re blue in the face. You
attended every shindig, holiday party, and get-together. Now is the time to
recharge your own spirit. Much like bears retreat to their den to hibernate
until spring. You too need to retreat to a comfortable cabin and recharge your
energy. Send the kids to grandma’s, scoop up your best love, and escape to Blue
Ridge for some good quality down time, lots of cuddling, and a renewed temperament.
If privacy, peace and
quiet, and a spectacular view top your winter vacay wish list, you’ll find that
and so much more at the 3-bedroom, 3-bath North Georgia mountain cabin rental,
Bear Hug. It’s the kind of place that envelops you like a huge hug from a loved
one, surrounding you in an atmosphere of fun, love and laughter. This spacious tri-level lodge is warm,
welcoming and inviting, just ten miles from downtown Blue Ridge but worlds away
from civilization. So private you can see only one neighboring home, Bear Hug
overlooks the land-protected Chattahoochee National Forest to the west,
ensuring you a breathtaking sunset view every evening.
Imagine a place where
the sky is brilliant blue, the spectacular mountain views extend into infinity
and glorious greenery surrounds you—and you’ll find it at the Georgia mountain
cabin rental called Breathe Inn. Its name serves as a reminder to stop, take a
deep breath, slow down for a bit and enjoy being with the people you love, and
that’s exactly what you’ll want to do when you arrive at this 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath
tri-level showplace cabin in the Aska Adventure Area. Breathe Inn gives
you awe-inspiring, ever-changing views of the mountains, from the family room
or outside on the screened-in porch or deck. The most important feature of
Breathe Inn is the way you’ll feel when you stay there: relaxed, refreshed and
reconnected to nature and each other.
If you love the peace
from quiet mountain vistas and beautiful sunsets, then let Cashes Serenity wash
over you. Located in the desirable Cashes Valley area of Blue Ridge, this home
offers spectacular views of the Cohutta wilderness, a 37,000-acre protected
wildlife sanctuary with more than 95 miles of hiking trails. Cashes Serenity is
a 3-bedrrom, 3-bath log cabin located on a mountain side with convenient paved
access and is just 12 to 15 minutes from the quaint town of Blue Ridge. When you visit Cashes Serenity cabin, we hope
you will echo the words of John Muir: “Keep close to Nature’s heart and
break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the
woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
If you’re looking for a
place to relax, unwind and recharge in a lovely wooded setting and all the fun
and adventure you desire in a vacation, look no further than the 2-bedroom,
2-bath cabin rental, Cozy Cub Cabin. This warm and inviting retreat is the
perfect, carefree escape from the pressures of everyday life. Perched on
hillside and surrounded by tall trees, it’s a quiet, private oasis in a gated
community with three private lakes for fishing and a five-minute walk from the
Toccoa River, located just 30 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge. If you’re
seeking a romantic weekend you can make lasting memories at Cozy Cub Cabin.
vacation time is precious, so make the most of it by choosing an extraordinary
destination like the North Georgia cabin rental Cozy Lakeview. With
breathtaking picture-postcard views of Lake Blue Ridge framed by a canopy of
trees and a majestic mountain backdrop, this very special place will calm you
down, soothe your mind, relax your body and renew your spirit. Perfect for a
couple wanting to reconnect and unplug, it’s not child friendly with open
staircase and hot woodburning stove. Cozy Lakeview will soothe and comfort you
and fill you with a sense of peace that you can only find when you’re
surrounded by nature. Your worries and cares will melt away like magic, and
you’ll feel relaxed and renewed – and never want to leave.
If you are seeking
solitude and relaxation, you’ve come to the right place. Nestled In’s secluded
setting in the Sunrock Mountain area offers total privacy – you’ll have
spectacular views all to yourself, with birds chirping as your only background
music. You will truly feel “Nestled In” here among the trees and surrounded
only by nature. This is a wonderful 3-bedroom, 3-bath cabin for anybody looking
to escape the hustle and bustle of the city – you will feel like you have the
whole mountain to yourself here in this delightful, tucked away
cabin. Prepare to enjoy a few days “nestled in” this cozy retreat…you may
never want to leave.
Considering a North
Georgia cabin rental for your next vacation? Then consider this unique and
truly extraordinary property. Aptly named Secluded Serenity, this spectacular 3-bedroom,
3-bath mountain cottage offers you peaceful relaxation in a breathtaking
mountain setting and the ultimate in privacy—you won’t see another cabin, car
or road in any direction. At the same time, you’ll enjoy all the modern
amenities and conveniences of an exclusive high-end hotel. It’s like having
your own private resort! This cabin has all the comforts of home, but in
a truly fantastic fairytale setting you won’t find anywhere else.
At Suite Dreams, the
North Georgia Mountains are in such close range, it’s as if you can touch them.
The cabin’s 25-foot high wall of glass allows you to take in the mountain
views, watch the clouds drift by, and stargaze at night all from inside the
comforts of this lovely property. Just 15 minutes from the quaint town of Blue
Ridge, GA, Suite Dreams is located off of entirely paved roads and is
convenient to the scenic drive of Highway 60. This 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath cabin offers
a familiar, homey-feel but captures spectacular views and the restorative
powers of a true mountain getaway. Step outside on the covered deck and enjoy ample outdoor living
amenities with rockers, dining space, hot tub, and wood burning fireplace
overlooking the spectacular view. Suite Dreams promises incredible sunsets over
the mountains, abundant wild life, and has many covered porches to enjoy as you
reconnect this winter.
When you are looking for a great mountain adventure, in the
perfect high-elevation hideaway, Sweet Seclusion is your vacation’s ‘sweet
spot.’ This quaint cabin is located off of winding roads atop one of the
highest points in the Aska Adventure Area in the North Georgia Mountains. Feel
like you are in total seclusion within the hardwoods as there are no visible
neighbors, and the only sounds you’ll hear within this special setting are
those purely from nature. Sweet Seclusion is a 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath log
cabin facing toward the woods where you can peek through the trees at the
picturesque mountain views beyond. Enjoy this special cabin
located literally and figuratively at the pinnacle of tranquility. Sweet
Seclusion is your private oasis in the woods to reconnect with your favorite
people or the quietest part of yourself.
beautiful mountain views and a secluded setting, Tranquility is the North
Georgia cabin rental you are searching for to escape the demands of your hectic
life! This peaceful, pet-friendly cabin is tucked away in the mountains, but is
only 8 miles from the shops and dining of downtown Blue Ridge and the hiking,
fishing and mountain biking of the Aska Adventure Area. Tranquility offers a
restful retreat whether you are returning from a day of outdoor adventures or
would rather spend the day hibernating in the cabin. Relax and reconnect with nature and with your loved ones at Tranquility,
the perfect cozy cabin for the quiet mountain getaway you crave!
After all, it’s a southern tradition. Eat these as your first meal for the New Year and you will increase your luck and prosperity for the year ahead. The Village Restaurant will be open and ready to serve you the very best in Southern Cuisine
Beautiful Lake Blue Ridge offers 3,290-acres
of crystal-clear water to explore. Bring your own water craft, rent a pontoon
boat, or take a guided tour with Capt’n
Joe. Whether you are kayaking, tubing, fishing, or just floating along, there
is no prettier place in the world than where the mountains meet the water.
There is always something happening in
these here mountains. Festival season begins in February and ends in October, plus
holiday activities are abundant in November and December. You will be blown
away with the ice sculpting that takes place at the annual Fire and Ice Chili
Cookoff. If music is more your style, you can shake your groove thing at both
the Blue Ridge Wine & Jazz
Festival and Blue
Ridge Blues & Barbeque Festival. Blue Ridge festivals are family
friendly, pet friendly, and extraordinarily fun!
Brown trout, rainbow trout, and native
trout are abundant in our freshwater mountain streams. Stop by and see Will
Taylor at the Fly Shop Co. for
some flies and a pole. Then head out to the headwaters of the Toccoa River, Noontootla
Creek, or Rock Creek for premier trout fishing.
Pack up a picnic and hit either the Benton
MacKaye Trail or the Duncan Ridge National Recreation Trail to the Swinging
Bridge. This 270-foot-long suspension bridge is the longest swinging bride east
of the Mississippi River! If you do decide to jump in the middle, make sure you
are faster than your travel buddies or you might get thrown off!
A short, family friendly hike makes Fall
Branch Falls a must do activity for the young and young at heart. Explore both
the upper and lower area of the falls and take time to relax on the rocks and enjoy
the views. Don’t forget to bring your best friend. Dogs will enjoy the trail as
much as their humans.
The iconic Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a
must do when in town. Enjoy the scenery every season of the year as the train
departs from Downtown Blue Ridge and travels the countryside to the revitalized
towns of Copperhill, TN and McCaysville, GA
Legend has is that as the Native Americans embarked
on the Trail of Tears, they shed tears of sorrow that fell to the ground and
formed tiny crosses of stone. Commonly known as staurolite crystals, these
minerals are abundant in Fannin County.
There is just something about these mountains that is so good for the soul. Whether you want to come for a romantic getaway, to reconnect with friends and family, or to enjoy the abundant outdoor adventures, we have the perfect cabin for you!
We wish each of you and yours a prosperous year ahead filled with lots of love, exciting adventures, and many opportunities to make heartfelt memories. Happy New Year!