Treat yourself without ever having to leave your cabin! Just like an all inclusive resort at Escape to Blue Ridge we have many local businesses happy to pamper and spoil you. Host a dinner or a party, have a spa day, or get a family photo shoot done to bring back memories from your trip. Check out these wonderful in-cabin services that you can book for your mountain escape.
First off, if you’re looking to make your trip planning a breeze, Cabin Concierge is the company for you! When you first arrive at the cabin they can have your groceries already delivered and ready for you. Simply let them know your grocery list, your estimated time of arrival, and the cabin you are staying in; and they’ve got you covered! Planning on hosting a party for a special event? Cabin Concierge can help with that too! They will come and decorate your cabin for the celebration. Birthdays, anniversaries, anything you’d like. They will even bring along a delicious cake from the Sweet Shoppe if you request it! Even surprise your loved ones with a pre-made gift basket or charcuterie board. The possibilities are endless with the help of Cabin Concierge! Learn more about their services and pricing here: https://www.thecabinconcierge.com/
In Cabin Chefs
Take the stress out of meal-time prep by hiring one of our amazing local private chefs to come to the cabin and prepare a delicious meal for you and all of your guests! Enjoy an incredible multi course meal suited to your tastes and dietary needs. Watch them prepare an incredible dinner while you lay back and relax. And after dinner and dessert is served they’ll clean up all the mess, no hassle on your part! Our local chefs can also deliver ready to eat meals right to your cabin door. All you have to do is heat them up! We’d highly recommend using one of these wonderful chefs: Chef Eatz, Chef Jeff Servin, Blue Duck Eats, or Chef Trey Gourmet. Learn more about them from our In-Cabin Chef blog: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/the-ultimate-meal/
Yoga Over Blue Ridge
Get your body stretched and moving with an in-cabin yoga session from Yoga Over Blue Ridge. You pick the style and the pace of your class with all kinds of options like “Slow Flow”, “Revive and Restore”, “Yin”, and more. Find your inner peace on your cabin’s deck overlooking the beautiful mountains, outside on your cabin’s extensive lawn, or if you’re staying at a lakeside cabin you can even do your yoga session on a paddle board! Your choices are limitless. You can even do a yoga party with your whole crew! Private yoga sessions start at $65, learn more here: https://www.yogaoverblueridge.com/private-sessions-parties
Find ultimate relaxation with an in-cabin massage. Tea Tree’s Boutique Spa located in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge will come to any cabin within 10 miles of their shop. For your group of two or more people they offer massages, facials, and decolletage treatment. Enjoy the privacy and convenience of your in-cabin massage all while admiring the mountain views. Learn more here: https://teatreesmassage.com/in-cabin-services/
And Cabin Concierge also offers in cabin spa services! They have multiple massage packages to choose from; you can even pair your massage with a charcuterie board or snacks brought for you. See their options here: https://www.thecabinconcierge.com/
Getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and come escape to the peace & quiet of the mountains! At Escape to Blue Ridge your home away from home will be filled with wonderful amenities and so many fun activities that you won’t even need to leave the comforts of the cabin to enjoy yourself! But if you want to get out and explore the town you can easily do so without going over budget. We’re here to help make your mountain vacation affordable and fun!
Fun at the Cabin
You don’t even have to leave the cabin to have a good time! You can enjoy all the amenities and luxuries that your Escape to Blue Ridge cabin offers without having to spend any extra money. Get outdoors and play a game of football on the extensive yard, take a dip in the hot tub, challenge your family to a game of pool, take in the views, and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. There’s so much to do at your cabin!
Kick off your cabin fun with a game night in your cabin’s amazing game room! Play round after round of pool and darts, soar the puck through the goal with a game of air hockey, watch as the ball bounces back and forth with ping pong or foosball, take things old school with some fun on a classic pinball machine, start up the TV and play some video games, or gather the whole family around the table for a board game or cards. Our game rooms have everything you’re looking for and more! Having a game night is a great way to put the electronics down and really focus on the friends and family in front of you. Just have a great night eating, drinking, and playing games with the ones you love the most. Check out some of our favorite cabin game rooms here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/9-cabins-with-incredible-game-rooms/
Home Cooked Meal
Save some money dining out by making a home-cooked meal in one of our cabin’s extraordinary large kitchens! Our favorite cabin kitchens have stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and plenty of space to prepare your meal. Our fellow chef extraordinaires will love cooking up their favorite meals in these dreamy kitchens! And once the meal is finished the whole family will have plenty of choices on where to dine whether it be at the kitchen bar, dining room table, or outdoors on the patio. Check out our top cabin kitchens here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/gourmet-kitchens-in-blue-ridge-cabins/
And if you’re interested in preparing meals on the grill instead, many of our cabins have grills out on the patio. You can fire up the grill and cook up some burgers for all your guests. Anyone in your party consider themselves a bartender? Send them off to the cabin’s wet bar to prepare cocktails for everyone in your party. With Escape to Blue Ridge’s wonderful in-cabin amenities, there’s no need to go out for dinner or drinks; when everything you need is right in house!
Outdoor Fun at the Cabin
Looking for some outdoor fun? Stay right at your cabin to find it! Some of our cabins are right next to a river or pond that is always stocked with fish. So grab your pole and get to catching! Other cabins have plenty of yard space for a game of touch football or ultimate frisbee. For pet-lovers, we have some cabins with fenced-in yards or gardens where the dogs can run and play to their heart’s content. And a few of our cabins have fun outdoor sports and games like basketball and cornhole. Spyglass even has a pool and Toccoa Playground & Blue Mist Heaven have playgrounds for the kiddos! If you have a lakeside cabin you’re just a few steps away from taking a swim or boat ride on Lake Blue Ridge. Some of our cabins even have their own hiking trails right out the back door! If you’re an avid hiker lover be sure to check these trailside cabins out: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/hiking-out-the-back-door/
Relaxation is the name of the game, and our cabins are made with comfort in mind. Wake up from a good night’s sleep on one of the queen or king-sized beds. Our beds are incredibly comfy and you’ll awake to the peace & quiet of mother nature. Make a cup of coffee from the cabin’s keurig or drip coffee maker, and then cozy up on the leather couch in the great room watching your favorite TV shows and staying warm by the fire. After a bit of binge-watching and taking in the cabin’s other wonderful amenities, head to the porch to take in the views. Sway back and forth on the porch swing or lay back in an adirondack chair. Whether you want lake views, mountain views, or to be completely surrounded by trees we’ve got just the view for you. Check out these 8 cabins with amazing lake & mountain views: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/8-cabins-with-incredible-lake-mountain-views/
There’s so much fun to have right at your very own cabin but if you do want to get out and explore then check out these great free activities!
Head to the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge to take in the sights! Downtown is known for it’s amazing local shops and restaurants but you don’t need to spend a dime to have a good time.
You can take in all the great shops Downtown without having to spend any money. Check out trendy clothes, artisan goods, home decor, furniture and so much more at our local shops. Explore the local wares and take note of some of the great items you’ve found for next time. No need to bring back bags and bags of souvenirs, but if you see something that really speaks to you feel free to go for it! After all, you saved your money by not splurging on every cool thing you found. By window shopping you can learn more about Blue Ridge and get to know the community better as well.
Take out your phone and get ready to say cheese as you explore great photo-op spots around town! Downtown Blue Ridge alone has a lot of great spots for a photo. There’s the welcome bears at Blue Ridge Mountain Mall or the Coca-Cola mural at the end of East Main Street. One of the most famous spots for a photo-op is the Blue Ridge mural which you can find on the corner of Mountain and East First Street. Have a blast running around town trying to get the best photos at some of these iconic locations. And find more photo-op spots with our guide here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/10-best-blue-ridge-photo-ops/
Fun in the Great Outdoors
Mother Nature won’t charge you a thing to get outside and enjoy her beauty! Blue Ridge was made for outdoor lovers! There are miles and miles of trails to be explored by foot or by bike, multiple rivers and streams perfect for fishing, numerous waterfalls just under an hour away, and many beautiful and scenic spots perfect for a picnic. Grab your gear and get outdoors!
Over miles and miles of hiking trails are at your exposure in Blue Ridge! Hike to the tallest peaks in the state, cross over rivers, and venture through thick forests and discover what beauty awaits you. We have local trails perfect for hikers of any level of experience: from beginner to advanced. Many of our trails connect to the famous Appalachian Trail that stretches through most of the states on the east coast. A few of our favorite connecting trails include the Benton McKaye Trail, The Hemp Top Trail, and the trails in the Aska Adventure Area. For more details and more trails to explore check out our hiking blog: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/8-blue-ridge-hiking-trails/
If you love to fish then Blue Ridge is just the place for you as it is known as the Trout Capital of Georgia! Bring along your poles and fish on the waters of the Toccoa River, the Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery, or Lake Blue Ridge. Some of our cabins even have their own fishing ponds or sit alongside the Toccoa River, so you can go fishing without having to leave the cabin! Learn more about fishing in Blue Ridge here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/blue-ridge-fly-fishing-capital-of-georgia/
Are you the adventurous type? If so, plan to bring along your mountain bike to explore the miles of trails in Blue Ridge perfect for a ride. We love cruising around the local Lake Chatuge on JackRabbitt Mountain Trail or soaring past waterfalls and country views on Pinhoti Trail, which connects to a 350 mile stretch of trails that goes all the way from Georgia to Alabama! We love exploring Blue Ridge by bike and if you’re up for the adventure too, check out more mountain biking trails here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/11-memorable-mountain-biking-trails/
Forget what TLC says, spend the day chasing waterfalls! Blue Ridge and the surrounding areas are home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state! Within an hour of Blue Ridge, there are over a dozen stunning falls for you to explore. Stay close by with Long Creek Falls or Fall Branch Falls, or make the trip out to the beautiful yet challenging hike to Jack River Falls, or pay a visit to the tallest waterfall in Georgia, Amicalola Falls. You’ll have a blast exploring the trails to these waterfalls, taking group photos in front, and then cooling off after your journey by splashing around in the pool below. Learn all about these falls and more with our North Georgia waterfall guide: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/8-best-north-georgia-waterfalls/
Prepare lunch back at the cabin, then pack a cooler or basket filled with all kinds of goodies, and take to the outdoors for a lovely picnic! Have a relaxing waterside picnic at either Morganton Point on Lake Blue Ridge or the Toccoa River Park. After you finish your picnic you can dip your feet in and splash around in the cool waters. Or instead, hop in the car and drive a short while to get to one of these beautiful scenic overlooks: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/5-scenic-north-georgia-overlooks/ You’ll have a meal with a view!
Blue Ridge Activity Booklet
Lastly, print off our fun Activity Booklet for your kiddos! This free educational booklet will keep your kids entertained as they venture around Blue Ridge with the help of Ricky the Raccoon. He will help them to identify trees, animal tracks, wildlife, and more. Visit awesome spots around town included in the booklet like Mercier Orchards and the Georgia/Tennessee State Line. Not only will this booklet get the whole family out and exploring town but it will also teach your kids about the great outdoors! Download & print the Blue Ridge Activity Booklet for free here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blue-ridge-georgia-activity-booklet.pdf
With our helpful guide Blue Ridge can easily be a fun and memorable vacation without going over budget. We hope that you’ll create lasting memories on your trip that the whole family won’t forget! Please tag us with your photos on Facebook & Instagram using #escapetobr.
There’s no better time to hit the trails than on a beautiful spring day! The weather is absolutely perfect this time of year for a stroll through nature. Temperatures are mild, the forests are lush with greenery and flowers, and the water may be a little chilly but it can be a refreshing way to cool off after a long day of hiking. From trails just a little over a mile to challenging, multi-mile hikes there’s the perfect route for everyone.
And what do you hope to see on your journey? Peaceful babbling brooks, a tall rushing waterfall, a unique swinging bridge that dangles over the waters of the Toccoa River, or views as far as the eye can see? Blue Ridge has miles and miles of trails with everything and more to offer! So bring along your friends, family, and your favorite pup too, and get ready to explore the great outdoors! Discover the best trail for your group here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/8-blue-ridge-hiking-trails/
Ride the Rails
Spring means that train rides are back at Blue Ridge Scenic Railway! Running from March 5th to late December the train is a favorite Blue Ridge activity. You’ll fly past mountains, rivers, and farmlands as you ride through the beautiful countryside of North Georgia. For a short and sweet adventure, take the 2-hour scenic ride but if you are looking to make the trip an all-day event why not go for the 4-hour ride? On the longer ride you’ll have a 2-hour layover in the charming sister cities McCaysville, GA and Copperhill, TN. Stand in two states at once on the Georgia/Tennessee border that lies between the two cities. Go for a quick shopping spree or grab a bite to eat. Then hop back on the train for another scenic journey back to Blue Ridge. Tickets are available online: https://brscenic.com/tickets/
Family-Friendly Outdoor Fun
The kids are off of school for spring break and there’s no better way to celebrate than with some family fun in the great outdoors! One of our favorite spots for family-friendly activities is at The Lily Pad Village. One of their biggest attractions is their gem mining experience. The kiddos will love sifting through the dirt to find their own beautiful gemstones. The staff is friendly and are always ready to explain to the little ones what they’ve discovered. Not only is this experience educational but it’s also fun & rewarding because the kids can leave with a bag full of goodies.
On top of gem mining, Lily Pad Village also has fishing and mini-golf, so the fun times can last all day long! Another great outdoor activity the whole family will enjoy is horseback riding! You can go on a relaxing trail ride through the forests of North Georgia and become best friends with your horse along the way. Cowgirl Up Stables is great for new riders and Appalachian Trail Rides is always a wonderful choice as well. Giddy on up and bring the whole family along to explore Georgia on horseback!
Spring at the Orchards
Mercier Orchards may be known for their apples but there’s more to them than that! The orchards are incredibly beautiful during the spring because the peach and apple blossoms are in full bloom! On weekends, you can take a farm tour to learn more about Merciers and see the blossoms up close, it really is quite a sight. Pay them a visit in May for strawberry season! Pick the biggest strawberries you can find and turn them into your own delicious strawberry pie or eat them straight from the plant! Recover from your strawberry hunting with a refreshing glass of hard cider or wine, made right at Merciers. And before you leave, shop in the market for all kinds of goodies to bring home with you, and be sure to pick yourself up a fried pie from the cafe too!
Sometimes you need a heart-pumping adventure! If you like to be dozens of feet in the air then we have just the thing for you! Navigate a challenging ropes course high up in the air at Blue Ridge Adventure Park. You’ll have 4 aerial courses to choose from with obstacles and challenges that range from moderate to extremely difficult. Make your way back to solid ground on the 125+ foot long zipline! Are you up for the challenge?
If you are all about the zipline and would rather skip the ropes course then check out Zip Line Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge. You’ll zip through the trees on over 6,000 feet of cables. You’ll feel like you’re flying as your soar past the Blue Ridge Mountains. Get ready for an adventure like no other at these two great spots!
If you’re into mountain biking Blue Ridge is just the place for it! Weave through the winding mountain trails, with the wind in your face, and the trees zipping past. A few of our favorite trails for a ride are Jackrabbit Mountain, Bear Creek Trail, and Stanley Gap. Learn more about mountain biking in Blue Ridge here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/11-memorable-mountain-biking-trails/
Mountain biking not quite your speed? Take the whole family for a scenic ride with Pedego Electric Bikes. Cruise around downtown and get some shopping done in between rides. Or take a bike tour where you can ride around the Chattahoochee National Forest and breeze past the Toccoa River on your way. The whole family will love getting out for a bike-riding adventure in the mountains!
And new to Blue Ridge is the Freedom Rail Bikes! Gather a team of 4 riders and pedal through 5 & 1/2 miles of beautiful scenery. Along the way, you’ll pass by lovely streams, vineyards, ponds, gorgeous mountain homes, and even a covered bridge. Don’t worry about getting tired though, you’ll get a break halfway through the journey to relax & take in the views. Your journey starts at the historic depot downtown; all aboard for this fun and unique peddling adventure!
In Blue Ridge, we are known as the trout capital of Georgia so you’d be remiss not to head to the waters with a fishing pole in hand! Not only is the weather perfect for a day on the water but the trout supply is abundant in the spring. Our favorite spots to fish are on the Toccoa River or at the Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery.
If you’re an experienced fisher then, by all means, get out on the water and do your thing but if you need a little extra assistance that’s no problem we’ve got you covered! A few of our favorite fish-loving teams are Cohutta Fishing Company, Blue Ridge Fly Fishing School, and Noontootla Creek Farms. Take your pick but all of these teams will give you the proper guidance and techniques to help you become a fishing expert! Looking for more fishing fun? Don’t miss the Blue Ridge Trout Festival on April 30th!
Nothing says spring like a delicious picnic with your family! We think one of the most beautiful spots for a picnic is at Morganton Point beside Lake Blue Ridge. Set up at one of the picnic tables or spread your blanket out on the grass and enjoy your feast as you gaze out on the waters of Lake Blue Ridge.
For more waterside spots check out the Toccoa River Park to listen to the calming sounds of the river rushing by. You can even picnic in our Downtown City Park, just pick up some to-go from one of your favorite restaurants downtown and enjoy it in the warm sunshine. Or have your picnic premade for you and eat among the apple trees with Deep Roots Orchard’s picnic special at $27 a person. Wherever you choose to picnic you’ll be in the great outdoors and able to enjoy the beautiful spring weather!
Take in a Festival
Spring in Blue Ridge and the surrounding areas have so many great events worth checking out! Here’s just a few of our favorites:
The Blue Ridge Trout and Outdoor Adventures Festival: This year’s annual event takes place April 30th in our Downtown City Park. With all-new tents and exhibits, this year will be the best one yet! You can learn all about fishing, hiking, paddling, rock climbing, and more. Plus there will be plenty of craft beer, food, and music.
Easter Egg Hunt: Easter weekend will have lots of holiday activities happening around town. On Saturday, April 16th pay Deep Roots Orchard a visit for a day of Easter fun! There will be picnics, soup bean tastings, live music, blossom tours, food, a professional photographer for family portraits at the orchard, and of course an Egg Hunt! Also on Saturday is the Zoo Groovy Yard Art Easter Egg Hunt! With over 1,000 eggs hidden there will be plenty to go around! Mercier Orchards also typically hosts an Easter Egg Hunt as well. And stay tuned to our social media pages for more Easter events happening around the area!
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds events: Take a day trip over to Hiawassee, GA where they have a great line-up of events happening all spring long! They will have concerts featuring country artists Justin Moore, Chris Janson, Josh Turner, and Scotty McCreery. Every weekend from April 22nd-May 22nd you can be one with nature at the Rhododendron Festival. Stock up on all kinds of goodies at the Mile Long Yard Sale or admire cool cars at the Memory Lane Classic Car Show. Drink wine in the gardens at the 1st ever Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival. And end your spring with a Rodeo on Memorial Day weekend. Learn more about Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds great upcoming spring events & get your tickets here: https://georgiamountainfairgrounds.com/localevents
Spring Arts in the Park: Finish out your spring Memorial Day weekend (May 28th & 29th) by admiring beautiful art in Downtown Blue Ridge featuring over 175+ artists. This is the 46th year that Spring Arts in the Park has brought so many talented artists to Blue Ridge for such a great event!
No matter your spring break plans we’re happy to provide you with the perfect cabin to call home for a few days. Our cabins are not only comfortable and accommodating, but there’s fun for everyone with game rooms, hot tubs, fire pits, and more. Let us be your home base for all your spring adventures!
We love the great outdoors as much as the next person but the weather can’t always be perfect in the Blue Ridge mountains. When you come to town you want to get out and experience all that the area has to offer. You don’t want to miss out on all the fun just because of the weather, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a list of 12 indoor activities to keep you entertained on a rainy or cold day!
Get a Hole in One
2nd Story Entertainment is all about indoor family fun! Play an 18 hole game of Putt-Putt where you’ll weave in and out of 8 individually themed rooms in a 112-year-old hotel! The fun doesn’t stop there, they also have giant board games like giant Connect Four and Checkers, as well as magnetic dartboards and a wall maze.
And if putt-putt isn’t your thing 2nd Story Entertainment has its very own arcade, with games like Air Hockey, Ms. Packman, Big Buck Hunter, and so much more! You can stay there all day and have a blast with your family playing all kinds of great games!
Looking for a little entertainment? Enjoy a show at Blue Ridge Community Theater! You’ll love seeing the local community up on stage singing, dancing, and acting their way through some of your favorite shows. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the show! Here’s their 2022 Season Line-up:
Trouble at the Tropicabana: March 3rd-20th
Women Playing Hamlet: March 24th-27th
The Play that Goes Wrong: April 7th-24th
Blithe Spirit: May 12th-29th
The Game’s Afoot: July 7th-24th
An Average British Evening: July 28th-31st
Death Trap: August 11th-28th
The Glass Menagerie: September 1st-4th
Same Time Next Week: September 15th-October 2nd
Elf the Musical: November 25th-December 18th
There’s nothing more relaxing than curling up with a good book on a rainy day in the cabin. Head to the Fannin County Public Library and find yourself a great story to keep you entertained. And it’s right next to some amazing restaurants like The Black Sheep, Harvest on Main, and Southern Charm; so if you can bring yourself to put the book down, take a quick lunch break at one of these delicious local spots.
If you’re a superhero lover then you’ll love Mountain Man Comics! You could wander the aisles for hours finding cool figurines and special edition comics of some of your favorite heroes. Then show off all your cool finds when you get back home.
Find all kinds of unique gifts and treasures when you go antiquing in Blue Ridge. Some of our favorite spots include Blue Ridge Antique Mall & Consignment and Blue Ridge Mountain Mall. What will you bring back from your day of antiquing? Unique and stylish jewelry, a beautiful vanity, or an item from your youth that makes you feel all kinds of nostalgic! You’ll find so many great goodies from your day out!
Have a Spa Day
Treat yourself to a day of pampering at Serenity in the Mountains Spa. Feel glam by getting a new hairdo and a mani-pedi. Get to relaxing with massages and facials, and then try out the Himalayan Salt Cave which will help your entire immune system! It’s a vacation, right? You deserve the time to relax so when you get back to the real world you’ll be ready to tackle anything!
Admire some Art
Did you know that Blue Ridge is listed as one of the Top 5 Art Towns in Georgia? Art lovers can take in some beautiful art at one of the many lovely art galleries downtown. We especially love High Country Art, Multitudes Gallery, Fishbone Studios, and the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. You’ll love seeing such gorgeous pieces of art created by local artists. Even bring home a piece and make it the centerpiece of your home as a reminder of your great trip to Blue Ridge!
Throw Axes like a Viking
Blow off some steam and have some fun Axe Throwing Therapy! You’ll have a blast throwing axes at end grain targets, which means the surface is less likely to chip and it makes it easier for you to hit. And Axe Throwing Therapy is ahead of their time because all of their targets are projection-based meaning you can easily play a wide variety of interactive games and keep score without all the hassle. Plus they are located in Shezmu Cellars where you can get a beer, a glass of wine, or mead like a true Viking! Throw some axes and have a ball; it’s therapeutic!
Listen to Live Music
Jam out to live music all over town from great local artists! You can stay warm and cozy inside at venues like Tooney’s, Bin 322, Blue Coyote, and Misty Mountain Hops. While you listen you can enjoy a delicious meal and drinks with your friends and family.
Bowl a Strike
Hit the lanes at Fannin Lanes Bowling in Blue Ridge! Who doesn’t love a night of bowling with friends? Make it a competition and see who can bowl the most strikes. Snack on goodies from the cafe and snack bar like pizza, burgers, chicken, and more!
Discover Bigfoot in North Georgia
Bigfoot is a North American legend and he has been known to wander the forests of North Georgia. Learn all about him and discover new secrets at Expedition: Bigfoot! The Sasquatch Musuem! This fun, quirky museum is a great way to spend your rainy day. The whole family will love exploring the museum and learning all about Bigfoot through genuine bigfoot artifacts, life-sized exhibits, photos, sketches, large up-to-date sighting maps, and the World’s only Bigfoot Research and Tech Vehicle on display. You can find all this and more at Expedition: Bigfoot! The Sasquatch Musuem, the largest Bigfoot display in the U.S! After your journey be sure to stop by the gift shop and bring home your own Bigfoot souvenir!
Pair Grilled Cheese and Pinball
Become the ‘Pinball Wizard’ you’ve always dreamed of being at Vertigo Pinball! Play this classic game on dozens of vintage and themed pinball machines like Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Marvel, ACDC, and more! All you need is a handy dandy wristband to play for a few hours or all day if you want to. No coins or tokens needed! Enjoy your game while you munch on delicious comfort foods like Fripper’s hot dogs, paninis, and grown-up grilled cheeses! And pair your meal with your choice of a regional craft beer, cider or a glass of wine. You’ll feel young again at Vertigo Pinball!
Night in the Cabin
The weather got you down? You don’t even need to leave your cabin for a day of fun! With so many great amenities included right at your home away from home like a firepit, hot tub, and so much more why would you even want to leave!?
One of our favorite things to do on a cold rainy day is to curl up and watch a good movie. Cozy up by the fire, sink into the leather couch, and watch your favorite movie on your cabin’s large flatscreen TV! Nothing will have you feeling more relaxed than a cozy movie night by the fire.
Or you can gather the whole family together for family game night! Head to your cabin’s game room to play pool, air hockey, and as many board games as you want! And take a quick game break to prepare a delicious homecooked meal for the whole family in your cabin’s luxurious kitchen. Then get right back to a night of fun and games!
At Escape to Blue Ridge we want you to have all the comforts of home and then some; that way you don’t even need to leave the cabin to have a good time with the ones you love!
Spring is on it’s way in Blue Ridge! The flowers are blooming, the weather is warm, and the Blue Ridge Mountains are green with spring foliage. One of our favorite parts of the arrival of spring in Blue Ridge is the return of great events! Starting in March there’s fun to be had just about every weekend. So get outside and enjoy this beautiful spring weather!
2022 Georgia Wine Highway March 1st – March 31st Location: Blue Ridge area
Youth Art Month March 1st – March 31st Location: The Art Center: Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
Come admire and celebrate the works of local young artists from Fannin County and Copper Basin schools. This years theme is “Art Connects Us.”
Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing March 3rd – March 31st Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing
Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewery Thursdays to sing along to your favorite songs for karaoke night! And drop by select Fridays & Saturdays from 3pm – 6pm for great drinks, great music, and a great time. With indoor and outdoor seating available you can even bring your dog to join in the fun! Enjoy a delicious hotdog from Jeff’s Hotdog’s while you listen to some fantastic local artists!
March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st: Karaoke Thursday March 4th: Travis Bowlin March 19th: The Orange Walls March 25th: Gregg Erwin March 26th: Karaoke Saturday
Thursday Fun Runs at the Riverwalk March 3rd – March 31st Location: Riverwalk Shops
Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 5:30pm! You’ll leave from the Burra Burra, and the 3.1 mile run will take you by the Toccoa river and through town. You’ll get to run through 2 states and cross the famous steel bridge! After the run stay for drinks at the Burra Burra overlooking the Toccoa River. Don’t walk, RUN to this great event!
Live Music at Tooney’s March 3rd – March 31st Location: Tooney’s Music Venue
Come on out for live music at Tooney’s HUGE music venue select Friday and Saturday nights and enjoy the best live music McCaysville has to offer! Check their website often for live music updates. And every Thursday night get ready to take to the stage with open mic night!
March 3rd: Taylor Austin Dye LIVE March 4th: Rusted Melody March 5th: The Chris Key Band March 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st: Open Mic Night March 11th: Canon Tyler & the Spare Parts March 12th: The Wandering Willows March 19th: Tooneys One Yr Anniversary w/ Cabin Fever March 25th: Zach Crumly & Taylor Cromer
Trouble at the Tropicabana March 3rd – March 20th Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater
If you’re looking for a show that has love and a little mystery to it than Trouble at the Tropicabana is the show for you! This comedic murder mystery show has everything! Shows are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. The show runs now till March 20th, call the box office at 706-632-9191 for tickets!
Women on the Water Retreat March 4th – March 6th Location: Noontootla Creek Farms
Calling all lady fisherman! This weekend retreat is for you! Join in the fun at Noontootla Creek Farms for their first ever Women on the Water Retreat. This is an inclusive 3 day and 2 night retreat where you will learn the art of fly fishing. Only 8 spots available so sign up now!
Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops March 4th – March 26th Location: Misty Mountain Hops
Misty Mountain Hops is a music-centric restaurant and pub so it’s only fitting that they bring in live music. Stop on by Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm for great food and great live music from local artists!
March 4th: Doctor Paul Constantine March 5th, 11th: Andrew Golden March 12th: Canon Tyler March 18th: Dan Foster March 19th: Dave Flowers March 26th: Maddie Lane
Live Music at Hook & Eye March 4th – March 18th Location: Hook & Eye Rooftop Bar
Take in downtown Blue Ridge from the roof of the Hook & Eye! This restaurant features excellent cuisine, a full bar, great views, an inviting atmosphere inside, live music on select nights and balcony seating on the outside!
March 4th: Adrian Stover March 18th: David Welch
Cork & Canvas March 5th Location: Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association
Come to the Art Center for a night of fun drinking wine and supporting local art. The event will include a wine grab, silent auction, a count the corks raffle, delicious food, and live music! Your $40 ticket includes free wine samples, a commemorative BRMAA glass, a complimentary glass of wine, and gourmet food selections. And all proceeds of this great event go towards our local youth art programs!
Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards March 5th – March 20th Location: Cartecay Vineyards
Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains! Enjoy live music select Saturdays & Sundays from 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Listen to the music of local artists while enjoying your wine outside either on the Chimney Patio or the Tasting Barn’s covered porch. Live music, good wine, and beautiful mountain scenery; it doesn’t get much better than that!
March 5th: Thomas Hinds March 6th: Lindsay Beth Harper March 12th: Jesse Black March 13th: Gabe & Jadie March 19th: Daisy Chain March 20th: Luke Woltanski
Live Music at Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar March 5th – March 26th Location: Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar
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!
March 5th: Lay Labean March 12th: Rusted Melody March 19th: Loose Shoes Duo March 26th: Trailer Hippies
Stand Up Comedy Tour March 18th Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-Winery
Get ready for a night of laughs at the Stand Up Comedy Tour! Top-notch travelling comedians will make you laugh all night long! Grab a glass of wine or a beer and let the laughter flow!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 19th Location: Downtown Blue Ridge
Things are looking green around Blue Ridge! Join us for our annual St. Patrick’s Day parade! The parade kicks off Downtown at 11am. And afterwards stick around for brews, food, and shopping! Wear your best green outfit and come on down!
Yappy Hour March 19th Location: Grandaddy Mimm’s
Drink some delicious drinks and have a great time all while you help animals in our local community at Grandaddy Mimm’s. Your $25 ticket will include a choice of one signature drink, a limited edition Safe Pet Project glass, a food ticket, and a ticket for each raffle. Come on down!
Women Playing Hamlet March 24th – March 27th Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater
See a woman play Hamlet for a change! When Jessica is cast as Hamlet everyone tells her not to do it, but with the help of her crazy acting couch can she really pull it off? The show will play Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm!
Movie Night at Deep Root Orchard March 25th Location: Deep Root Orchard
Watch a free movie under the stars at Deep Root Orchard. The movie is “Deliverance” and starts at 8:20pm. 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!
The Great Ape Escape 5Kish March 26th Location: Project Chimps
Admire the adorable chimps as you race in a 5K around the property! This is their very 1stGreat Ape Escape 5K and it’s sure to be a blast!
We know that when you escape to the mountains you want to make the trip as amazing as possible for your whole party. Here you will find stunning beauty, exciting adventures, and cabins that are packed full of amenities to make you feel comfortable at your home away from home.
While you may expect most mountain cabins to come complete with fireplaces, spacious decks, comfortable beds, and relaxing hot tubs, you might be suprised to know that many of our properties feature gourmet kitchens! We’ve comprised a list of our 7 favorite cabin kitchens perfect for creating and serving up a delicious meal!
This newly built (2021) 4 bedroom cabin has so much to offer! Cherokee Vista sits high on a hill where the views are out of this world! The cabin includes amazing amenities like a huge fire pit outside,a game room with a wet bar, a reading nook in the loft, a covered porch and outdoor entertainment area, and even a light fixture in the great room made from a cannon wagon wheel from the War of 1812. But one of the best parts of this cabin is it’s large and stunning kitchen!
This fully-equipped kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, walnut cabinets, and a gas stove with 5 burners. While you admire this lovely kitchen you’ll notice the custom fossil countertops, a unique design we absolutely love! Need lots of room for all your ingredients? Just steps off the kitchen is a butler pantry with a huge sink, a 2nd dishwasher, and more storage opportunities. You’ll have plenty of room to cook up an amazing meal here!
Legend is a luxurious 6 bedroom cabin located in Ellijay with incredible attention to detail. And the kitchen in this beautiful cabin is simply “legendary”! You can cook up a feast for all your guests in this enormous gourmet kitchen complete with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets, and 2 sinks. You’ll love preparing meals in this gorgeous kitchen with plenty of room for you and all your cooking assistants! There’s even a small TV in the kitchen so you won’t have to miss the big game while you prep the game day snacks.
And when it’s time to eat you have two dining options. Gather around the large dining room table with a view of the mountains right outside your window or eat on the patio at one of the two picnic tables while you listen to the calming sounds of the babbling brook below. And it’s not just the luxurious kitchen that will help you to entertain your guests; there is also a trout stream on the property perfect for fishing, a hot tub just waiting for you to take a dip in, two outdoor fireplaces, a huge variety of games in the game room like pool and pinball, and you can even watch movies on the big screen in the cabin’s very own movie room! Legend has everything you need and more to make your mountain getaway amazing!
You’ll be feeling anything but lonesome in this stunning, 4 bedroom cabin with room for 13 of your closest friends and favorite pets! Lonesome Doveis beautiful inside and out. Outside you’ll find a garden with a waterfall, a large landscaped yard, a screened in porch and entertainment center, a firepit out front, and beautiful mountain views. The inside is something to awh over as well with an open floor plan, soaring ceilings and a tasteful south western design throughout.
One of our favorite spots however is in the spacious kitchen. Lonesome Dove’s kitchen is your “kitchen goals” with it’s butler’s pantry, stone hearth, large island with a sink, stainless steel appliances, double sized refrigerator, electric stove/oven, and so much more! Plus we know you’ll love the stone and fossil accents just like we do! And once the meal is prepared there’s plenty of room for everyone to dig in at the dining table that seats 10 and the breakfast bar that seats 4. Lonesome Dove is the perfect getaway for large groups with plenty of space to spread out and cook up a great meal!
When farmhouse style collides with modern luxury you get an incredible kitchen experience at Mountain Serenity. This fabulous chef’s dream features all stainless steel appliances, a HUGE fridge, a 6 burner professional gas burning Viking stove, a 26 pound Oster Turkey roaster perfect for holiday dinners, and to top it all off, the countertops are Soapstone! So dreamy.
Your guests can enjoy your perfectly cooked meal at the 6 seat dining room table, the 2 seat breakfast bar or outside on the deck to take in the stunning Blue Ridge mountain views! If you prefer you can always cook a meal on the grill or get adventurous with some campfire cooking over the firepit. However you decide to prepare your meals, you can be guaranteed lots of comfort and relaxation in style at Mountain Serenity.
Hide out in the woods with all the amenities of a high-end resort! If that sounds like something you’d enjoy then Nighthawkis the cabin for you! This rustic, wooded cabin is complete with spectacular mountain views, beautiful design and architecture inside and out, 4 bedrooms, and plenty of peace and quiet.
And don’t even get us started on the kitchen! It has it all! This rustic yet modern style kitchen features industrial lighting, slab stone counters, custom wood cabinetry, new stainless appliances, and everything you need to prepare a delicious meal. Not too big, not too small; this kitchen is the perfect size for creating your masterpiece. When your guests are ready to dig in to your creation you can dine at either the dining table or the breakfast bar. And with their stomachs full they can head off to bed in one of the 4 comfortable bedrooms, 3 of which have King beds. If a peaceful mountain vacation is what you’re after then Nighthawk is the place for you!
There’s room for the whole gang at Stoneview Lodge, it can sleep up to 16 guests with comfortable bedroom accommodations throughout the cabin. While Stoneview Lodge is only 4 miles from Downtown Blue Ridge you’ll be tempted to stay in the cabin with its comfortable setting and wonderful amenities. We love the game room complete with a pool table, Smart TV, a wet bar, and plenty of board games. Or head outside for some fun where you can play a round of corn hole, grill up some burgers on the gas grill, or relax in the hot tub. One of the best spots in the cabin however is the kitchen!
Stoneview Lodge’s kitchen is gorgeous and fully equipped with everything you need to create the perfect meal. It has it all; stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets, granite countertops, and a double oven! And when the meal is finished cooking there’s plenty of places to spread out and eat. There’s the dining table that seats 8, the breakfast nook that seats 4, the breakfast bar that seats 4, or outside on the patio; just be sure to gather together after the meal to give your compliments to the chef! After a long evening of preparing dinner the chef can take a much needed break on the patio right outside the kitchen, cozy by the wood burning fireplace.
Find a piece of heaven on earth at The Haven on Toccoa! This lovely cabin will be your own private oasis hidden away in the woods alongside the Toccoa River with incredible mountain views! And the spacious, fully-stocked kitchen will have you feeling like a 5 star chef with its custom wood cabinets, granite countertops, and professional gas stove and oven. The beautiful stone detailing above the stove will blow your mind!
And when the dinner bell is rung you have many options on where to dine. Eat your home cooked meal at the kitchen island which seats 4, or the dining table next to the window that seats eight, or head outside to the covered deck where you’ll find plenty of seating and a great view. Outside you’ll also find a wood-burning fireplace, gas grill, a five-seat hot tub and two fire pits! And to top it all off The Haven on Toccoa is even pet-friendly!
We hope you’ll create some incredible dishes and chef inspired masterpieces here in these AMAZING cabin kitchens! If you create something that you’re especially proud of be sure to take a photo and share it with us, we love seeing the fun you have on your Escape to Blue Ridge!
There is so much fun to be had in Blue Ridge all year long! Because there is always something happening in town it can be hard to narrow down when it’s the best time to Escape to Blue Ridge. We’re here to help! We’ve comprised a list of 12 seasonal activities and events for you and your family to partake in, one for each month of the year!
January: Discover Bigfoot
Head inside & stay warm during the cold month of January by paying a visit to Bigfoot himself at the Expedition: Bigfoot Museum! There you will learn all about the mysterious creature that is said to wander the forests of North Georgia. Expedition:Bigfoot holds the country’s largest display of genuine Bigfoot artifacts like photos and sketches, sighting maps, life-sized exhibits, and the World’s only Bigfoot Research and Tech Vehicle. There’s so much to see at this family-fun, quirky gem of a museum!
February: Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival
Embrace the cold at Blue Ridge’s 11th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival! This year’s event takes place February 19th from 12pm-4pm and will have all kinds of winter fun! There will be ice sculptures and live music, as well as chili and craft beer to keep you warm & toasty from the cold mountain air. Help determine the winner of “The Peoples Choice Award” chili by purchasing taster tickets for $10. Sample the competition and pick your favorite to win! And be sure to take some time to admire the beautiful display of award-winning ice sculptures from the National Ice Carving Champion Rock On Ice. You’ll even get a chance to see how the process works by watching ice sculpting demonstrations. You won’t want to miss out on this great winter event, so bundle up and join us for the fun!
March: Shop & Eat Local
March is a great time to hit the downtown area because it’s not too busy! You’ll easily be able to visit all of your favorite shops & get in for dinner at some of the best spots in town like Chester’s, The Black Sheep, or Harvest on Main. Discover unique finds at the shops downtown and stock up on souvenirs from your Blue Ridge adventure. Check out Pezrok for cool rock formations and handcrafted furniture to bring back or pay a visit to Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company to bring some Blue Ridge flavor home with you! After a busy day of shopping and dining be sure to end your day with dessert from Mona Lisa’s Dessert House, The Sweet Shoppe, or with a Rum Cake from The Rum Cake Lady.
April: Take a Scenic Drive
As the weather warms up and spring finally arrives in the mountains there’s no better time to take a scenic drive! Bring the whole family and drive through winding mountain roads where you’ll admire the beauty all around you. Flowers will begin to pop up, the Blue Ridge Mountains will be in their full blue color, and the drive will be alive with nature. There’s no better way to celebrate the end of winter than by taking in the beautiful views. Follow our scenic drive blog for the perfect routes: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/5-scenic-north-georgia-overlooks/
May: Spring Arts in the Park
Come celebrate the beautiful weather and local artists at the annual Spring Arts in the Park event! This year the popular event, hosted by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, takes place May 28th & 29th, for the holiday weekend. Typically the family-friendly event draws almost 20,000 people to the Downtown City Park of Blue Ridge! And with over 170+ vendor booths for various artists, exhibitors, and food vendors there’s so much fun for everyone! And this 46th year of the Spring Arts in the Park will be no different! Admission is $5 and children 12 & under are free!
June: Explore the Trails
With summer arriving there’s no better time to hit the trails! Explore miles and miles worth of hiking trails that will take you through some of the most naturally beautiful places in the state! Discover stunning waterfalls standing at a few hundred feet tall, be brave and walk across the swinging bridge, push yourself and climb to mountain peaks, and go for peaceful hikes along rivers and lakes. There’s so much waiting for you on the trails in Blue Ridge! Learn about a few of our favorite hikes here: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/8-blue-ridge-hiking-trails/
July: Hit the Lake
Beat the summer heat and take to the waters of Lake Blue Ridge! Whether you’re cruising on a boat, splashing in the water, or sunbathing on the sands of Morganton Point; Lake Blue Ridge is the place to be for the summer! Lake Blue Ridge Marina is a great starting point to prep for your lake day adventures. They have boat rentals and all the supplies you need to get out on the water. And after a long day on the lake be sure to drop by the marina again at The Boat Dock Bar & Grill for great food, drinks, live music, and a beautiful view of Lake Blue Ridge. It’s a perfect way to unwind after a busy summer day. The fun on Lake Blue Ridge goes on all summer long but one of our favorite times to be out on the water is the 4th of July! See fireworks light up the night sky and reflect off the lake for the annual “Fire in the Sky” fireworks display. The fireworks are shot off over the Lake Blue Ridge dam and can be viewed by boat or along the shore. It’s become many visitors and locals alike favorite annual tradition!
August: Go for a White Water Rafting Adventure
The end of summer is the height of white water rafting season! Gear up for an adventure of a lifetime as you paddle your way through the rapids of the Ocoee River. The Ocoee River is located just over the border in Tennessee and is THE place to go for whitewater rafting. The upper part of the river was even used during the 1996 Olympics for their whitewater events! Check out Ocoee Rafting, the oldest outfitter on the Ocoee, Rolling Thunder River Company, or the Wildwater to start your adventure. Talented and trained staff will help guide you safely through the rapids. If you’re brave enough to give it a go, it will be an experience that you won’t soon forget!
September: Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival
Every year Downtown Blue Ridge prepares for the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival! As the weather starts to get cooler and the leaves begin to change it’s the perfect time to come together to enjoy some great music and delicious food! The day is always filled with a great lineup of talented artists and great local food vendors. The event typically takes place mid September so stay tuned for the date!
October: Pick Apples at Mercier’s
There’s nothing quite like fall in Blue Ridge! The weather is perfect and the mountains are aglow with the beautiful fall leaves that cover the trees. And what says fall more than apple picking? Mercier Orchards has quickly become a favorite spot in town for not only the apples but other great aspects as well, like their winery & hard cidery, the marketplace, farm tours, and of course their amazing fried pies of every flavor imaginable! At Mercier’s come for their U-Pick events where you can pick your apples straight from the tree. Pick the best ones and then bring them home with you for a delicious and healthy snack or bake them into a scrumptious pie! Join in the fall fun at Mercier’s all season long!
November: Light Up Blue Ridge & McCaysville
Ring in the holiday season with these two great Christmas events! On Friday after Thanksgiving Downtown Blue Ridge holds a special Blue Friday event with store discounts, food vendors, strolling entertainment, the opening of The Gingerbread Village, and lots of Christmas cheer! Then the following day Santa comes to town! There will be more vendors, a Christmas Parade, photos with Santa, and beautiful lights around town. And more holiday fun awaits you in McCaysville! They have shopping, dining, pictures with Santa, Christmas lights all along the river, and their famous tree lighting. There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than attending one (or both) of these great festive events!
December: Ride the Holiday Express
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a treat all year long but especially during the holiday season when it transforms into the Holiday Express! On this special, hour-long train ride you’ll sing along to holiday music, listen to the story of The Night Before Christmas, drink hot chocolate, munch on delicious goodies, and get the chance to meet Santa. Kids will also get a candy cane, jingle bell, and activity packet. This is a great family-friendly activity perfect for the holidays, but be sure to get your tickets in advance because they sell out quickly!
No matter the season there’s fun for everyone in Blue Ridge! We hope you’ll choose us for your next mountain adventure & Escape to Blue Ridge!
Escape to Blue Ridge and you’ll soon discover nature’s beauty all around you. One of the top must-see sights, when you come to town, is North Georgia’s stunning waterfalls! Some of the falls are easy to get to and others require a longer trek, but no matter which falls you choose to explore you’ll be blown away by their breathtaking beauty!
There are so many great waterfalls within Blue Ridge and the surrounding areas it’ll be hard to visit them all in one trip, so we recommend seeing a different waterfall each time you visit! Here’s a list of our top 8 absolute favorite North Georgia waterfalls:
Cover photo Courtesy of Hike The Ridge. Which by the way, we highly recommend Eric for guided hiking tours of our area including waterfall hikes!
Long Creek Falls
We’ll start off with one of Blue Ridge’s most famous falls, Long Creek Falls. Not only is it close to the heart of downtown Blue Ridge but it’s also easy to access. You can find the falls at the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and Benton McKaye Trail (two of Blue Ridge’s biggest & most popular trails). The hike to Long Creek Falls is only 2 miles there and back. You’ll follow alongside Noontootla Creek where you’ll see smaller falls as you go. Once you arrive at Long Creek Falls you’ll be in awe of the beautiful 50-foot double-tiered waterfall before you. Sit on one of the boulders on the edge of the falls and take in the sights!
Fall Branch Falls
Another waterfall close by is Fall Branch Falls, which is only 20 minutes from Blue Ridge. The hike to the falls is a bit more challenging because of the slippery rocks but it’s only a quick half-mile loop. You’ll see water cascade down 30 feet into the deep pool at the bottom. Take some photos from the observation deck or have a picnic at the base of the falls. There is lots to take in when you arrive, plus the trek to Fall Branch Falls is a great one to bring your four-legged friends along for!
Venture across state lines to Turtletown Falls in Tennessee. Along the 3.8 mile loop you’ll pass by Turtletown Creek, the Hiawassee River, and the upper and lower parts of Turtletown Falls. Turtletown Falls splits into two and lands in a pool at the bottom. Relax and listen to the peaceful rushing of the water over the rocks as you admire the view. These beautiful falls are just under 20 miles from Blue Ridge.
Jacks River Falls
Jacks River Falls in Epworth, GA is one of the most visited sights in the Cohutta Wilderness Area and for good reason! While the journey to the falls is a challenge, the views at the end will make it all worth it. The Jacks River trail stretches for over 16 miles through lush wilderness and past rushing rivers. Jacks River Falls is a beautiful but roaring and rocky waterfall, mimicking that of the rough terrain you’ll pass along the way. Hiking experience is highly recommended to get to these falls.
Amicalola Falls is the tallest waterfall in Georgia, standing at 729 feet! Located in Dawsonville, GA, just over 30 minutes outside of Blue Ridge, these falls are one of the more popular ones to visit because of their extreme height. There are 3 ways to reach the falls each varying in difficulty, the first is a simple drive to the top of the falls, the next is the steep but short hike to the top on the 2.1 mile loop, or you could take the 7.5-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail. Luckily, no matter your hiking experience level you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of these stunning and massive falls!
Raven Cliff Falls
Raven Cliff Falls trail will take you past trout-filled streams, beautiful greenery, and end with a stunning, cascading waterfall. Raven Cliff Falls is located in Helen, GA, and is situated on a 5.8 mile out and back trail. Along the way, you’ll pass by many cliffside waterfalls until you arrive at the moss-covered cliffside where the waters of Raven Cliff Falls tumble down. Raven Cliff Falls trail is one of the most beautiful and popular hiking trails in all of Georgia and only about an hour from Blue Ridge!
Sea Creek Falls
About an hour outside of Blue Ridge in Suches, GA is the double waterfall Sea Creek Falls. The falls can be accessed after just an easy 0.1-mile walk. When you arrive you’ll notice that Sea Creek Falls splits into two sections and drops down 30 feet into a shallow pool at the base of the falls. We recommend visiting in late winter/early spring when the water levels are high or after a heavy summer rain because that’s when the falls are the most extraordinary to behold.
Helton Creek Falls
Not far from Blue Ridge in Union County, GA is Helton Creek Falls. Helton Creek Falls is made up of a pair of two large falls, the smaller Lower Helton Creek Falls which you’ll arrive at first, and the larger Upper Helton Creek Falls where the water rushes down a 50-foot cliffside. You can easily access this pair of falls by taking a brief .3 mile hike. Admire the beauty of the falls from the observation deck and remember to snap a few photos!
Blue Ridge was made for dog lovers! Not only do we have many cabins at Escape to Blue Ridge that are pet-friendly but we also have many places around town where pets are welcome as well! From hiking trails, to restaurants and shops, to breweries and wineries; you can bring your best friend along with you for all your adventures!
Puptastic Hiking Trails
While dogs are welcome anywhere in the great outdoors we have specific hikes that are perfect for your dog. The trails on these hikes are easy for them to navigate and not too long that they would be overworked. One of our favorite easy hikes for pups is the trail to Long Branch Falls. Not only will your pup love accompanying you on your adventure but they’ll also love cooling off in the falls after the hike. Some other local dog-friendly trails with waterfalls include Raven Cliff Falls Trail and Jack River Falls Trail; both are great for dogs with high energy because they are a little longer. And if you and your dog are feeling brave enough a hike along the Benton MacKaye Trail to the famous Swinging Bridge is always a treat! Need a few more suggestions? Follow our dog-friendly hiking blog for more ideas: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/dog-friendly-hikes-blue-ridge-georgia/
Many of our local breweries and wineries also allow pets! There’s nothing quite like a weekend afternoon spent relaxing with a glass of wine in your hand or a pint of beer, with mountain views, and your favorite furry friend beside you. You will likely bring your friends along with you, so you might as well bring the best one! For brews with the dogs Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Fannin Brewing Company, Copperhill Brewery, Blue Ridge Brewery, and Buck Bald Brewing all invite you to bring your pups along with you as you sip on their delicious craft beers. Every October Grumpy Old Men Brewing even has an awesome Barktober event full of beer, food, fun, and lots of dogs! And for wine lovers, dogs are welcome at Bear Claw Winery, Serenberry Vineyards, and Cartecay Vineyards. Cartecay Vineyards is so pet-friendly they even have their own vineyard dog who might come up and say hi! Many of these local breweries and wineries also have live music on the weekends; so bring your favorite people, favorite dogs, and have some fun!
2021 is over? Already? Although the year went by quickly, we hope it was filled with as much fun, love, and joy for you as it was for us. With the world slowly going back to normal we’ve been happy to have visitors escaping to Blue Ridge once again. While 2021 was a great year, we want to make 2022 even better! Check out our 2022 Blue Ridge Bucket List and see how many of these places & activities you can cross off your list in the New Year!
Smash into the New Year
Smash into the New Year at Tank Town USA in Morganton, GA. If you have ever wanted to be an action movie hero now’s your chance! You’ll feel on top of the world as you drive a tank over cars crushing them flat, drive construction vehicles and fire off machine guns. Grab your friends and have a blast driving big vehicles and crushing everything in sight!
Mercier Orchards is famous for their amazing fried pies of every flavor! Which one will you try? After eating your tasty treats explore the market and stock up on all the goodies. Then pick some of the “in season” fruit, to make your own pies with! And even take a farm tour of the whole orchard to admire all the sights.
Find a Fairy Cross
All over Fannin County, you can find what are called staurolite crystals or what are more commonly known as Fairy Crosses. Legend has it that as the Native Americans embarked on the Trail of Tears, they shed tears of sorrow that fell to the ground and formed tiny crosses of stone. See how many you can find out in nature! And if you have trouble finding them yourself, you can always pick up a few at Pezrok downtown.
Try Something New & Adventurous
It’s a New Year so it’s time to try something new and out of your comfort zone! Live a little! Soar to new heights at Blue Ridge Adventure Park where you can zip through treetops and climb up to 50 feet in the air. Or let someone else do the flying and take a ride with Blue Ridge Helicopter Tours. You’ll get stunning scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains below and see the town from a new and different perspective. Or even hop on the Georgia Mountain Coaster in Helen, the first-ever alpine coaster in Georgia! And we can’t forget about the Toccoa Swinging Bridge! Jump on the bridge and give your friends & family quite a scare. We promise it’s nice and sturdy though, and the perfect adventure spot! Seek all kinds of new thrills and have a blast doing it!
Shop & Eat Local
We may be biased but we love our local Blue Ridge shops and restaurants! With dozens of unique stores downtown we’ve got a little bit for everyone! Fashion boutiques, artisan good shops, home décor, pet toys, and so much more. And after you finish a busy day of shopping grab a bite to eat at any of our amazing local restaurants. Some of our favorites are Chesters, The Black Sheep, Rum Cake Lady, and Carroll’s Barbecue. Yum!
Bond with Nature
Become one with nature as you ride horseback through the winding trails of the Chattahoochee National Forest. You and your beautiful steed will bond as you take on a trail ride with Appalachian Trail Rides or Cowgirl Up Stables. Both stables have options for beginners and more advanced riders. Also, get a chance to feel more connected with nature by checking out one of our many local waterfalls. Some of our favorites are Long Branch Falls, Fall Branch Falls, and Amicalola Falls. You’ll feel all your daily stresses roll off your back and finally feel at peace as you listen to the water rush over the rocks. Horseback riding and waterfall chasing; perfect mountain experiences.
Push yourself to new limits as you hike to some of the tallest peaks in Georgia. Some of our favorite mountain hikes are Brasstown Bald, Fort Mountain, and Springer Mountain. The hike up will be strenuous but once you reach the top the views are all worth it. And you’ll be proud of yourself for the hard work you put in to get there. Or you can take to the water instead and try your hand at Whitewater River Rafting. Head over to the Ocoee River and make your way through waves and rapids with a team of others. It’ll be quite a workout but a fun experience you won’t soon forget!
Ride a Train
Many of our guests all time favorite things to do when they come to town is to ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway! Enjoy the scenery every season of the year as the train departs from Downtown Blue Ridge and travels through the countryside to the twin cities of Copperhill, TN and McCaysville, GA. The views from the train are beautiful year round but some one of our favorite times to go is in the fall when the leaves are changing. And you can’t forget about the Holiday Express every December where kids will get the chance to meet Santa on this festive ride!
Did you know that Bigfoot wanders the forests of Blue Ridge? You can learn all about him at EXPEDITION: BIGFOOT! The Sasquatch Museum, located just east of the city. You’ll find and explore artifacts, life-sized exhibits, photos and maps of Bigfoot sightings, the Bigfoot research and Tech Vehicle, and so much more. This fun and unique museum is the perfect way to spend an afternoon!
Experience Festivals & Holidays Blue Ridge Style
There are always special and exciting events going on in and around Blue Ridge! Whether it’s for the holidays or one of our usual annual events they are always a blast! You’ll want to experience these great events at least once in your life! Some of our favorite events include:
Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival: February 19th, 2022
Spring Arts in the Park: May 28th-29th, 2022
Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival: June 25th-June 26th, 2022
Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks: July 4th, 2022
Georgia Wine Highway: August 1st-31st, 2022
Georgia Mountain Fair: August 19th-27th, 2022
Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival: Mid September
Fall Arts in the Park: October 8th & 9th, 2022
Georgia Apple Festival: October 8th-16th, 2022
Light Up Blue Ridge: Last weekend in November
Mountain Country Christmas in Lights: November 24th- December 23rd, 2022
No matter the season we are always ready to provide you with a home base for all your Blue Ridge adventures! Come up in the winter to experience the snow, in the spring where you’ll see nature come alive, in the summer on the waters of Lake Blue Ridge, or in the fall to watch the leaves change colors. We are happy to be your home away from home and thank you for your continued support over the years. We look forward to serving you with your very best mountain vacation in the New Year. Now let’s make 2022 the best year yet!