12 Awesome Waterfront Cabins



There’s something so peaceful about listening to the sounds of rushing water. Whether you’re in a lakeside cabin relaxing on the dock, in a riverside cabin cozy by the firepit, or at a creekside cabin fishing; we have a cabin for everything. Start planning your summer getaway with these 12 new & awesome waterfront cabins!

Lakeside Cabins

Lakin’ Memories 

You really do make some of your best summer memories on the lake. And that’s what Lakin’ Memories is all about! The cabin sleeps up to 10 guests so there’s plenty of room for your family and friends to create new & awesome summer memories on Lake Blue Ridge! You’ll find yourself spending most of your time either on the dock or in the water. Go for a swim, fish off the dock, or sunbathe by the beautiful lake.

There is even a public boat lunch nearby so be sure to bring your boat along! Head inside where the fun and the views continue. You’ll love the cozy details inside and you’ll have a view of the lake in almost every room. And one of the best parts of Lakin’ Memories (beside the lake itself of course) is its amazing kitchen! Beautiful wooden cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and everything you need to cook up an amazing meal for all of your guests. After dinner head to the game room where you can enjoy pool, darts, a bar, and a 55” flat-screen TV. Or venture outside to the firepit where you can roast s’mores and swap ghost stories. If you’re looking for an incredible lakeside cabin for the summer Lakin’ Memories is the place for you! 

Country Roads 

There’s plenty of room for the whole family and more at this beautiful lakeside cabin! Country Roads sleeps up to 16 guests so it’s a great cabin to bring all of your friends together or have a family reunion. You and your guests will have plenty of privacy because the cabin is nestled in the deep water part of the lake, so it’ll feel like your very own private lakeside oasis. No matter where you are in the cabin you’ll have amazing views of the lake from every window and room. Get outside to enjoy the lovely weather and admire the view some more from anywhere on the deck. Play a round of cornhole on the lawn or head to the lakeside deck to be where the action is! Practice your perfect cannonball off the dock as you splash into the waters of Lake Blue Ridge and if you have a boat be sure to bring that too!

And the fun doesn’t stop when you go inside; you’ll find an open living room with plenty of space to relax, a huge kitchen fully stocked with everything you need, smart Tvs and tabletop games scattered throughout, and 5 stunning bedrooms including an awesome bunk room suite. Country Roads even has an electric vehicle charging station on site so you can charge up your awesome ride! Grab your friends and family and head to Country Roads for the vacation of a lifetime! 

The Byrd House on Lake Blue Ridge

Are you looking for a cozy and secluded lake front cabin with excellent views of Lake Blue Ridge? You’re in luck! The Byrd House on Lake Blue Ridge is just two miles from downtown Blue Ridge and it’s the perfect place to be for enjoying all that Blue Ridge mountain life has to offer. This cabin is perfect for family vacations because of the plethora of space and great amenities. As you step inside, you’ll take note of the family room, complete with brand new sofas and a lovely fireplace. The cabin is truly a log cabin and was built for comfort with ceiling fans and beautiful rustic cabin furniture throughout. The cabin is chock full of ways to have fun. First, enjoy racking it up at the pool table. The house has six great TVs, an Amazon Alexa, and a Bose mini-link speaker for all of your entertainment fun.

Additionally, revel in the immaculate outdoor amenities at The Byrd House on Lake Blue Ridge. Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit! You’ll want to spend an evening soaking in the hot tub. You will not only love the views, but you’ll enjoy the two porches and all of the outdoor seating as well. You can even catch your favorite shows on the porch TV! Enjoy the lake and experience the beauty of nature! If you have a boat, bring it along with you! The private covered floating boat dock is located just across the cove from a public boat ramp. And the manicured path that takes you to the dock provides the perfect stroll through nature.

Lodge on the Lake 

This peaceful, wooded, waterfront cabin has everything you could possibly want! Lodge on the Lake has amazing mountain and lake views, an awesome dock for all your lake time activities, and is close to all the fun shopping and restaurants of Downtown Blue Ridge. The cabin is custom designed with floor to ceiling windows and an open floor plan, with a bright and warm farmhouse look that will have you feeling comfortable and homey in no time. Inside you’ll find a beautiful oversized kitchen, lots of cozy seating areas, a cool game room, 4 bedrooms, and plenty of space for all of your guests to spread out.

But outside is where you’ll spend most of your summer days! Choose sun or shade at the 2 level, partially covered dock area, make a splash on Lake Blue Ridge with a ride on your boat or waverunner which you can dock here, or play round after round of cornhole. After your fun in the sun, head to the deck and cook up some hot dogs & burgers on the gas grill, take in the lake views from one of the rocking chairs or lounge seats, and then warm up by the fire table or in the four person hot tub. Call it a night and then do it all again the next day! And just when you thought Lodge on the Lake couldn’t get any better you can bring along your best furry friend with you to join in the fun! 

Riverside Cabins

River Serenity

Just as the name suggests you’ll find a peaceful riverside oasis at River Serenity. This wooded property set on the banks of the Toccoa River is located in the heart of the Aska Adventure Area, so you’ll be close by to all kinds of outdoor activities. You don’t even need to leave the cabin to have a fun outdoor adventure though. At River Serenity you can trout fish right from the riverside deck or boat or tube down the river. Even go for a quick dip and splash around in the waters of the Toccoa. Then lay back in the hammock by the river and watch the water rush by. Have more fun in the great outdoors relaxing by the fire or on one of the two screened in porches.

After a long day on the river head inside for a game of pool in the game room or for a home cooked meal in the dining room. Finish the night off cozy by the fire in the family room watching a movie and then getting a good night’s rest in one of the 3 bedrooms. Come find your peace at River Serenity

Toccoa Lookout Cottage

At Toccoa Lookout Cottage you’ll have everything you need to make it feel like home but all the amazing amenities of a private resort; plus the beautiful Toccoa River rushing through the property. Located in the heart of the Aska Adventure Area, you can spend the day exploring the great outdoors and then come back to your luxurious 4-bedroom cabin at the to relax and take in the views. Two huge decks overlook the river with plenty of seating, a gas grill, a hot tub, a hammock, and games like cornhole and oversized jenga are also available to keep you entertained. And if you want to get a little bit closer to the river Toccoa Lookout Cottage has a third deck on the rivers edge where you can dine at the picnic table, roast marshmallows at the firepit, or just relax and take in the calming sounds of the rushing water. And make sure you take advantage of the Toccoa River being right out your back door with some trout fishing off your deck or splashing in the waters, even tube on down the river! A

fter a day on the water head inside where you’ll find an extraordinary game room complete with foosball, billards, a 55″ TV, and a custom wet bar. And while you play in the game room the kids will have their own special area filled with toys, books, and games. Toccoa Lookout Cottage is fun for the whole family! 

Row Harder

Row, row, row your boat gently down the Toccoa at Row Harder cabin! Here you’ll find a tranquil riverside resort with a private guest house and room for 12 of your closest friends and family members. There’s plenty of space for everyone to gather both inside and out, and with great amenities and things to do you won’t ever be bored! Row Harder is a nature lover’s dream cabin. You can relax by the waters edge at the firepit or swing back and forth listening to the sounds of the Toccoa River flowing by. Catch dinner by trout fishing in the river or paddle your worries away kayaking down the river. Keep the outdoor fun going by playing in the fenced in yard with the dog or maybe a game of touch football. Head to the deck to stay cozy by the fire and watch your favorite movie or venture over to the gazebo where you can nap in the hammock.

If it starts to get a little chilly, head inside where you can bake some cookies in the huge, fully stocked kitchen or play some board games in the family room. And when it’s time for bed you can claim one of the 3 bedrooms in the main house or the two in the guest house. There’s plenty of space to unwind at Row Harder

River Dreams

River Dreams cabin is an excellent, truly unique, one-of-a-kind place to stay during your upcoming vacation with family or friends.  This is truly the place that vacation dreams are made of!  This is a brand-new construction cabin built from the ground up that is filled with some of the most unique amenities you can find in a rental property, and it is totally private and secluded. Enjoy 500 plus feet of access to the Ellijay River, including two rock wall stairs into the river (safe and inviting for kids and adults), along with deck seating on the river.  The moment you walk into the yard you will see a yurt to the left side of the deck (completely furnished with comfortable pillows, bean bag chairs and blankets) for the kids and adults of all ages. Perfectly centered on this gorgeous property is the brand-new river deck overlooking the Ellijay River, the sounds of the rushing water are both soothing and relaxing. The views to the north and south are absolutely stunning. Once you and your family have enjoyed and relaxed in the yurt and on the river deck, you can make your way to the custom bubble deck with telescope for stargazing along with a custom floating hammock for relaxing.

Inside River Dreams, the game room is filled with favorites games including skeeball, air hockey, basketball, arcade games and board games to keep the whole family entertained for hours.  If that is not enough sit back on the ultra comfortable leather couch and watch your favorite movie or SEC team battle it out on the grid iron. If you ever decide to leave the game room, make yourself at home in the comfortable bedrooms and take a warm shower in the stunningly designed bathrooms. There’s truly no place on the property where care and attention were not top of mind.

Creekside Cabins

Chic on the Creek

If your looking for a more modern & chic, creekside cabin then Chic on the Creek is just that! Inside the cabin has a modern design with rustic touches, beautiful details, and an open floor plan that provides plenty of room for all your guests. You’ll feel at home at Chic on the Creek but will also feel like you’re at a luxurious resort with all the great amenities and special touches.

The outside is the best part! Cozy up under one of the multiple covered decks while you listen to the sounds of the rushing creek. Take in all the wildlife from the wooded 1.10 acres of land and relax by the creek. If that’s not enough you can even take advantage of the River Ridge community’s private access to the Toccoa River.  At Chic on the Creek you have creek and riverside access, you get the best of both worlds! Once you’re finished admiring nature there’s no need to go back inside. You can watch some TV by the fire, play a game of cornhole, or relax in the hot tub all from the deck or the extensive yard! Both spaces indoors and out are simply stunning and made for entertaining! 

Castaway 

Cross over the covered bridge that will lead you to the stunning Castaway cabin! Here you have not just one but two house to spread out in and a lovely rushing creek right beside you. With plenty of room for everyone in your party and space to find peace & quiet, you’ll quickly find yourself in heaven! Inside you’ll notice the cabin decor is all about fly-fishing in the incredible North Georgia Mountains; so it’s the perfect cabin for fishing lovers! Not only does Castaway have such cool & unique fishing decor but you’ll also find beautiful custom Amish furniture throughout the cabin that makes the whole space feel warm and inviting. The cabin even has a fully-equipped kitchen with everything you need and a large game room with plenty of games and a wet bar.

And while the inside is great the outdoor amenities are what really sell this place!  You have multiple decks and porches to spread out on all packed with things to do. You’ll find a gas grill and picnic table seating area, a six person hot tub, a foosball table, and ample seating.  Head a ways down from the cabin and you’ll find a firepit with adorniak chairs and a swinging chair by the creek. It’s the perfect spot to unwind and listen to the peaceful creek rush by.   After a few days here  you won’t want to leave your unique & wonderful home by the creek!

Love you Deerly 

At Love You Deerly you’ll fall in love with the peaceful and beautiful setting, as well as the unique little details that can be found around the cabin. The property sits on a gentle rolling hill with a lovely little creek next to it. Sit in one of the wooden chairs beside the creek and admire the natural beauty that you see before you.

Love You Deerly truly is a quiet and peaceful cabin tucked away in the woods, and with a large pasture behind you. You may even get the chance to see the family of deer, that call the area home, grazing grass on the rolling hills. Take a moment to get out in nature and admire the view from one of the rocking chairs or the porch swing. After a day spent outdoors head inside where you can sink into the leather couch by the fireplace in the family room or cook up dinner  in the beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The kids will love Love You Deerly too; they have their very own room filled with bunk beds and a massive game room to play in! The whole family will love it here!

Creek Retreat

Looking for a place that will have you feeling at peace and that is truly off the grid (but still close enough to the excitement?) Enter The Creek Retreat, a cozy, serene, and stunning cabin. This cabin is a beautiful home-away-from-home ready for your escape to Blue Ridge. The cabin is located right next to a creek and even has a koi pond with water features on the property. In addition, the cabin is located in a private neighborhood, and there’s even a lake stocked for fishing by the neighborhood association. 

As you enter the house, you’ll immediately be taken aback by the vaulted ceilings and the custom decor in the living room. Sit on the leather couch and unwind in front of the gas fireplace (it even comes with its own remote!) The kitchen has custom wood cabinetry and every type of appliance you’ll need to whip up a delicious meal. The kitchen has vaulted ceilings as well. With both a kitchen table and a dining room table, there’s plenty of room for everyone to spread out and unwind. Creek Retreat also has amenities specifically for kiddos (like stuffed animals, a tent, board games, and more!) You’ll love the outdoor amenities! Enjoy a wraparound deck, a lovely porch (complete with a porch swing!), a treehouse and deck made for pure enjoyment, and more. Take a seat on the outdoor loveseats overlooking the stocked koi pond and creek. Play some games at the table on the covered deck. Grill some burgers or veggie burgers on the gas grill. The choice is yours!

Restaurant Round-Up



When visiting a new town, you always want to be “in the know” of the very best places to eat. After all, breaking bread with family & friends, savoring tasty new flavors, and experiencing the delicacies of the area is what vacation is all about! We hope from your cabin stay to your full bellies that your Escape to Blue Ridge experience is everything you could wish for and more. And we hope you never run out of delicious places to eat, so here are some of our favorite local restaurants.

New!

ROE

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We might be in the mountains, but we have some amazing seafood up here! Make reservations and treat yourself to an incredible meal at Blue Ridge’s newest restaurant – ROE! This modern American oyster bar brings fresh seafood from the tide right to your table! Not a seafood fan? No worries! Your mouth will be watering when you see the Tomahawk Ribeye. You are truly going to be delighted at the new elevated dining experience!

The General Ledger

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The General Ledger is the newest restaurant in downtown Blue Ridge and you will definitely want to check out their menu for lunch or dinner. This contemporary American restaurant features upscale casual cuisine from both the land and sea. Chef Ryan is always creating specials to tickle your tastebuds and at the bar, Karen mixes up the coolest drinks in town! Whatever you choose, make sure to save room for Miss Holly’s Lemon Lavender Cake!

Date Night

Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar & Grill

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Chester’s is one of our favorite places to eat Downtown. Not only is all their food fresh and delicious but they also have a special Escape to Blue Ridge-themed drink which includes- Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, Macerated blueberries, and lemonade; yum!

They serve both regional and seasonal high-quality dishes, like their Blackened Ribeye Steak or Pimento Cheese Chicken Sandwich. And be sure to ask about their current specials and new cocktails, because they’re always adding new dishes and drinks for a limited time. Having a night out with a few friends? Try Chester’s famous wings! You’ll also love their regional craft beers and impressive wine list. Before you go, stop by next door to Chester’s Provisions where you can stock up on unique food & drink items perfect for souvenirs or gifts!

The Black Sheep

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The Black Sheep has always been a fan favorite by locals and guests alike. It’s one of the best fine dining options in Blue Ridge, perfect for a dinner date or a night out with friends. Located in an old historic house dating back to 1814, The Black Sheep screams class and style with its peaceful ambiance, sleek décor, and jazz music that plays in the background while you dine.

When you sit down to eat you’ll find all the dishes are made with the freshest local and seasonal ingredients and that their efficient service is second to none! The Black Sheep strives to be Comfortably Unfamiliar, Distinctively Unique, and most importantly ALL Things Originally Black Sheep! But with so many great dishes to choose from where do you start? A few of our favorite dishes include the Pan Seared Half Chicken, Shrimp Americane, and the Black Sheep Meatloaf. You won’t be disappointed in any dish you choose! If you want to sit outside in the fresh air, nestled under a 200-year-old oak tree then take advantage of their incredible patio, which is the largest patio in Blue Ridge! You can even bring your furry friend along with you to enjoy the great outdoors. Our favorite time on the patio is for Sunday brunch where there’s live music, a great atmosphere, and incredible food. We’d recommend the AMAZING Chicken & Red Velvet Waffle! 

Whiskey & Water Seafood and Bourbon Bar

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Whiskey & Water is a newly opened restaurant right in the heart of Blue Ridge. They focus on seafood and drinks, the perfect combo. The setting is a renovated, historic post office in Blue Ridge where they serve up the best from America’s coasts. You’ll dine on the freshest of high-quality seafood like Whole Fried Snapper and Broiled Grouper. Pair your meal with a whiskey or bourbon from their wide selection of drinks around the world. If bourbon isn’t what you’re looking for they also offer original cocktails and a great wine selection. If you’re looking for a wonderful meal and drinks Whiskey & Water is the place for you. 

Harvest on Main 

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Harvest on Main in Downtown Blue Ridge is another great spot for dinner. They offer southern-inspired, global cuisine made from the best quality ingredients around. Many of their ingredients are sourced from local businesses like Mercier Orchards and Brasstown Beef, in order to serve up uniquely local flavors.

Dine on some southern favorites with a twist like Wild Caught Gulf Shrimp & Logan Turnpike Mill Grits or Chicken Pot Pie. Add a deliciously cheesy side to go with your meal like their Baked Mac & Cheese or Cheesy Flatbread. Sip on a glass of wine from their extensive wine list or a local craft beer while you eat and top the evening off with a delicious dessert! You won’t be disappointed at Harvest on Main!

Waterside

Toccoa Riverside Restaurant

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Want to eat by the rushing waters of the Toccoa River? At Toccoa Riverside Restaurant you can do just that! This is fine dining on the banks of the Toccoa River with dishes that are uniquely Blue Ridge. Award-winning Steaks and Seafood is what you’ll find at Toccoa Riverside Restaurant!

Your dining experience will truly be a Blue Ridge experience with views of the Toccoa River and a wide variety of menu items to choose from. Don’t worry, you’ll have no shortage of trout options while dining in the trout capital of Georgia!  Spend the day fishing or boating on the river and then drop by for dinner. After your meal, eat some delicious dessert and then check out the gift shop for fun and unique goods. You can even bring along your dog to eat outside with you on the deck and bar area! 

Boat Dock Bar & Grill

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Eat delicious food, sip on great cocktails, listen to live music, and take in the views of the beautiful Lake Blue Ridge! That’s what’s in store for you at Boat Dock Bar & Grill, a part of the Lake Blue Ridge Marina. There’s no better way to unwind after a long day on the water than by visiting the grill for a relaxing evening.

When the weather is warm Boat Dock Bar & Grill is always ready to have some fun and serve up some great dishes! With classic bar options to choose from like Smoked Wings, Shrimp Tacos, and Grouper Baskets; you really can’t go wrong. Bring a group of friends along to share appetizers and entrees with because you won’t be able to choose just one. Have some more fun and get a specialty cocktail like ‘Blue Ridge Boat Wreck’ or ‘Michael’s Mango Tango’. Sip on your fruity beverage, laugh with your friends, and enjoy weekly performances from local artists. It’s always a blast at The Boat Dock Bar & Grill! 

Comfort Foods

Sue’s Burgers 

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They don’t call Sue’s the best burgers in town for nothing! Once you dig into one of Sue’s incredible burgers you won’t go back to any old regular hamburger joint again! Sue’s has been in business for over 45 years and her customers keep on coming back, so you know it’s good!

The whole family will love these huge and delicious burgers with incredible sides like french fries, tater tots, and onion rings; just to name a few. And not only does Sue’s offer burgers but they also have BLTs, Hot Dogs, Chicken Strips, Sandwiches, and so much more! Before you spend your afternoon exploring Blue Ridge be sure to power up with a burger from Sue’s, you’ll be glad you did! 

Carroll’s Barbeque

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There’s nothing quite like good old-fashioned barbeque and that’s what you’ll find at Carroll’s Barbeque! The Carroll family has been living in Blue Ridge for over 50 years and Tom Carroll built himself a reputation for cooking up good food, especially barbeque. Now they have their own barbeque place off Highway 515 in beautiful Blue Ridge!

The Carroll’s serve up classic barbeque like pulled pork, pulled chicken, turkey, and brisket. Pair your sandwich with some amazing sides like bbq baked beans, mac and cheese, french fries, a baked potato, corn nuggets, and so much more. Want to try something other than barbeque? They’ve got plenty of options like ribs, burritos, salads, and soups. Drop by Carroll’s Barbeque for some delicious southern barbeque made the Blue Ridge way!

Fightingtown Tavern

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Fightingtown Tavern isn’t just your average bar. They offer unique farm-to-table comfort foods like the Jack’s Daniel’s Burger. If you’re feeling adventurous try one of their epic hot plates and sandwiches like the Banh Jovi Dip or The H.O.B.B. Nob.

Fightingtown Tavern’s food is fresh, locally sourced, and with no fake ingredients. They pride themselves on their food by saying it’s like, “bar food that went to Harvard”. And you’ll love the ambiance; 70’s rock is played at all times, lots of TVs to watch the big game on, darts, shuffleboard,  and a pet-friendly patio. And you can’t have a tavern without drinks right? Well they’ve got it all; local Georgia beers, a selection of whiskey/bourbon/tequila, amazing cocktails, and a full bar. Get ready for a “rocking” night out at Fightingtown Taven! 

Cucinella’s Pizzeria

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Cucinella’s Pizzeria is the place for pizza lovers! Fresh dough, fresh ingredients, and mouthwatering brick oven pizza is in store for you right in downtown Blue Ridge! You can buy by the slice or the whole pie, either way you are going to LOVE your pizza! Gluten Free and Vegan options are available too!

You can find more than just pizza at Cucinella’s. Try their homemade lasagna with a fresh salad. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on their garlic knots! They are so delicious and will help keep any vampires at bay. Just kidding about the vampire part, but not kidding about the incredible food you’ll find at this pizzeria!

Unique 

The Dogwood 

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Love the Black Sheep but looking for a more laid-back place to dine for the evening? Then check out their new sister restaurant The Dogwood! They offer a unique dining and drinks experience, with a select menu of only 10 items. But don’t be fooled, these 10 items are all so delicious you’ll have a hard time picking which one you want! They have comfort food favorites with a twist like Pork Belly Potato Skins, Ribs, a Smash Burger, and more! You’ll sit out on the patio with its 150+ seats, huge hand-painted mural, 100-year-old trees, and live music from local artists; all with a drink in your hand!

The Dogwood also has a unique drinking experience where they invite guests to customize their own drinks. Head over to the beer garage with over 70 options and make yourself your own personalized six-pack! And they have a full bar, craft cocktails, and an extensive wine list. The Dogwood was made for a fun and a unique night out with friends! Check their website for their full live music schedule: https://www.dogwoodblueridge.com/ 

Rod’s Rockin Rolls

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Take a quick trip across the border and pay Rod’s Rockin Rolls a visit in Ducktown, TN. This awesome Southeast Asian Restaurant has just what you want! All the food is prepared fresh daily and the unique menu is constantly changing.

Enjoy Chef’s Seafood Basket or one of their weekly Menu Specials. You can’t go wrong with one of their incredible Sushi Bowls; but there’s so much to try, like their Thai Spring Rolls, Breaded White Fish, and even Italian and American options. Rod’s Rockin Rolls is a hidden gem and one of the few local restaurants that serve Asian cuisine, so it should definitely be on your list! 

Rum Cake Lady Cuban Cafe

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Rum Cake Lady located in both McCaysville and Blue Ridge is a fan favorite and it’s not hard to see why! They are a family-owned, fast-casual café offering authentic Cuban comfort food and award-winning Rum Cakes of every flavor. The Rum Cake Lady, Liz Correa was born in Camagüey, Cuba, and made her way to Blue Ridge after living in Puerto Rico and Miami. She originally sold her family recipe rum cakes at local farmers’ markets but soon saw a need for authentic Cuban food in the area. And that’s how The Rum Cake Lady Cuban Cafe came to be!

You’ll quickly fall in love with the incredible food; like the delicious sandwiches pressed on fresh-baked Cuban bread, the Empanadas, and the Cuban Bowls. And after you eat you HAVE to get a Rum Cake; you just can’t go to The Rum Cake Lady without getting one! They have all kinds of flavors like golden, limoncello, salted caramel chocolate, and Cuba libre. There are even special seasonal rum cake flavors that come around for different holidays and seasons; you’ll want to try them all! Rum Cake Lady has become a staple of town and you can’t visit Blue Ridge without dropping by! 

Blue Ridge Fun Each Month



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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Photo Courtesy of Ocoee Rafting

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

Photo Courtesy of the 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

Photo Courtesy of Mercier Orchards

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

Photo Courtesy of @hiddencreekcabinblueridgega

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

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad

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!

The Blue Ridge Experience: Summer Edition



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

Cover photo courtesy of @_Chanel Josephson

Whitewater Rafting

Photo Courtesy of Ocoee Rafting

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

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

Adventures on Lake Blue Ridge 

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

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

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

Explore the Toccoa River

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

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

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

Trout Fish in Georgia’s Trout Fish Capital 

Photo Courtesy of KC Outfitters

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

Visit a Waterfall

Photo Courtesy of waterfall @hike_the_ridge with @hendersonfamilyadventures

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

Pick Blueberries & Blackberries at Mercier Orchards

Photo Courtesy of Forever Freckled Blog

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

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

See a Summer Film at the Drive In

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

Georgia Mountain Fair 

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

Live Music 

Photo Courtesy of Tooneys Music Venue

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

Downtown Adventure 

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

Outdoor Thrills 

Photo Courtesy of Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge

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

Horseback Ride 

Photo Courtesy of Appalachian Trail Rides

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

Explore Historic Village 

Photo Courtesy of INOLA Blue Ridge

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

Grab drinks with friends 

Photo Courtesy of Forever Freckled Blog

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

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

Watch the Sunset 

Almost Everest Cabin

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

June 2021



The summer season has arrived! Here in Blue Ridge and the surrounding areas we have plenty of events happening to help make this summer the best one yet! If you’re escaping with us this June just know you’ll have plenty to keep you busy! 

UPCOMING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

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

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchard

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

Pickin’ In The Park
June 3rd – June 24th
Location: Horseshoe Bend Park

Photo Courtesy of Fannin County Recreation

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

Riverwalk Run Club
June 3rd – June 24th
Location: Riverwalk

Photo Courtesy of River Walk

Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 6pm from now till July 29th. You’ll leave from the Burra Burra, and the 3.1 mile run will take you by the Toccoa river and through town. You’ll get to run through 2 states and cross the famous steel bridge! After the run stay for drinks at the Burra Burra overlooking the Toccoa River. Don’t walk, RUN to this great event! 

Guitars & Grapes
June 4th – June 25th 
Location: Paradise Hills Farm Winery

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

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

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
June 4th – June 27th
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Bear Claw Vineyards

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

June 4th: Hunter Flanagan: 3pm – 7pm
June 5th: Travis Bowlin: 1pm – 8pm
June 6th: Gabe Meyers: 1pm – 5pm
June 11th: Lindsay Beth Harper: 3pm – 7pm
June 12th: The Shetlands: 1pm – 8pm 
June 13th: Hunter Flanagan: 1pm – 5pm

Hiawassee Night Market
June 4th 
Location: Town Square on Main Street Hiawassee, GA

Photo Courtesy of Hiawassee Downtown Development Authority

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

Georgia Mountain Arts & Crafts Festival
June 4th – June 6th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Look around and stock up on beautiful, hand-made arts and crafts from local artisans! You’ll find pottery, candles, soaps, paintings, jewelry, signs, knitting, and so much more! You’ll come home with bags full of hand-made treasures. The event runs all weekend from 10am – 5pm daily, and tickets are $5 a person and children under 12 are free!

Atlanta Rhythm Section and Orleans
June 5th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Enjoy classic rock groups Atlanta Rhythm Section and Orleans live in concert at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! Hear their most famous hits and other favorites in person! The concert goes from 7pm – 10pm and is sure to be a great time. Get tickets online or call the office at 706-896-4191!

Downtown Market Blue Ridge 
June 5th – June 26th 
Location: 400 West Main Street 

Photo Courtesy of the Downtown Market Blue Ridge

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

Farmer’s Market 
June 5th – June 26th
Location: Deep Roots Orchard

Photos Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchard

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

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards 
June 5th – June 27th 
Location: Cartecay Vineyards 

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains! Enjoy live music Saturdays & Sundays from 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Listen to the music of local artists while enjoying your wine outside either on the Chimney Patio or the Tasting Barn’s covered porch. Live music, good wine, and beautiful mountain scenery; it doesn’t get much better than that! 

June 5th: Rusted Melody 
June 6th: Sarah Forde 
June 12th: Johnny Summers 
June 13th: Second Helping Duo 
June 19th: Gregg Erwin 
June 20th: Gabe Myers 
June 26th: Timothy O’Donovan + Autism & Art Pop Up event – 1pm to 6pm
June 27th: Ryan LittleEagle 

Live Music at Reece Heritage Farm
June 5th – June 26th  
Location: Reece Heritage Farm

Photo Courtesy of Reece Heritage Farms

See live music every Saturday at Reece Heritage Farms from 1pm – 3pm! The artists will perform on the deck next to Wolf Creek. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy great local music!

June 5th: Jim Wood
June 12th: Jayna Jennings 
June 19th: Wyatt Espalin 
June 26th: Gregg Erwin

Music at The Black Sheep
June 6th – June 27th 
Location: The Black Sheep

Photo Courtesy of The Black Sheep

On Sundays from 11am – 3pm enjoy live music and a delicious brunch at The Black Sheep in Downtown Blue Ridge. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere that is dog friendly and take advantage of the brunch drink specials!

Tails and Tales
June 7th – June 30th
Location: Towns County Public Library & Mountain Regional Library 

Photo Courtesy of Towns County Library

The local libraries “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program is going all out with the animal theme! There will be a petting zoo, Tall Tales of Georgia, Project Chimps, and many opportunities for students to engage with summer reading. Each event will also have hand-outs or take-and-makes as well. Students can also play games and attend events to be entered in a weekly prize drawing! Prizes might include, books, waterbottles, puzzles, toys, t-shirts, cups, bookbags, Splash Island passes, movie tickets, and so much more! “Tails and Tales” takes place daily June 7th through July 30th! For more information contact (706) 896-4966 or toll free 1 (800) 984-1543.

Northeast Georgia Arts Tour
June 11th – June 13th 
Location: All around North Georgia!

Photo Courtesy of Northeast Georgia Arts Tour

Check out live demonstrations from artists all weekend from all over North Georgia! Just follow the Art Tour signs in Union Towns, Rabun, White, and Habersham counties in GA + Clay Co., NC. The event runs from 10am – 5pm each day. You’ll see artists creating beautiful paints, pottery, folk art, jewelry, glass, photography, handcrafted furniture, and so much more. Maps are available at local Chambers or you can get them from www.ArtsTour.org

ArtWorks Artisan Center Grand Reopening Celebration
June 11th – June 19th 
Location: Artworks Artisan Center in Hiawassee, GA

Photo Courtesy of Artworks Artisan Center

Hiawassee, GA’s Artworks Artisan Center is finally reopening at its new location at 243 Big Sky Drive. This weeklong celebration will run daily from 10am – 5pm. There will be a Make-and-Take demonstration, refreshments, and various guild members demonstrating their work. And on June 15th at 4:30pm there will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! Come on down to support the grand reopening of this special business! 

Live Music at Tooney’s Music & Bar
June 11th – June 12th
Location: Tooney’s Music & Bar

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s

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

June 11th: Shannon York with River Dixon 
June 12th: ShuffleJunkies

Live Music at Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar
June 11th – June 26th 
Location: Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar

Photo Courtesy of Bin 322

Where else can you find regional wines from all over the world, tapas and other delicious international platters, and live music!? At Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar! Drop by Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm to enjoy live music from local artists and choose from their great wine selection.

June 11thTopper Acoustic 
June 12th: Zack Alexander 
June 18th: Jess Goggins 
June 19th: Heidi Pollyea and Johanna Millin 
June 25th: Jazz Jones Legacy 
June 26th: George St. John 

Live Music at Lake Blue Ridge Marina
June 11th – June 27th 
Location: Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina 

Photo Courtesy of Lake Blue Ridge Marina Boat Dock Bar & Grill

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

June 11th: Danny Rhea 
June 12th: Travis Bowlin
June 13th: David Welch 
June 18thGerry Herndon 
June 19th: Shannon York 
June 20th: Buck & Oz 
June 25th: Danny Rhea 
June 26th: Travis Bowlin 
June 27th: Gerry Herndon 

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
June 11th – June 26th
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

Photo Courtesy of Misty Mountain Hops

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

June 11th: Hush Money Band 
June 12th: Dave Flowers 
June 18th: High Beams Band
June 19th: Catfish Hill Roberts 
June 25th: Travis Bowlin 
June 26th: Canon Tyler 

Concert on Hiawassee Square
June 12th 
Location: Hiawassee Square

Photo Courtesy of City of Hiawassee

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

Live Music at Paradise Hills
June 12th – June 26th 
Location: Paradise Hills Farm Winery

Photo Courtesy of Paradise Hills

Visit the winery at the beautiful Paradise Hills hidden in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The tasting room offers Paradise Hills wine, a selection of craft beers, hard cider, and wine slushies as well as cheese and charcuterie boards, tapas, and shared platters. You can enjoy your drinks and snacks as you listen to local artists perform every Saturday from 1pm – 5pm.

June 12th: Dr. Paul 
June 19th: Trailer Hippies 
June 26th: Curtis Jones

2nd Saturdays at Riverwalk
June 13th 
Location: Riverwalk Shops McCaysville

Photo Courtesy of Riverwalk Shops

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

Summer Youth Arts Camp 
June 15th – June 30th
Location: The Art Center (Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association)

Photo Courtesy of The Art Center

Looking for something to keep your kids busy and entertained this summer? Sign them up for the Summer Youth Arts Camp! The Art Center offers three weeks of full day camp with wonderful art classes like clay, painting, and much more! Choose to sign your child up for one week or all three! Your creative and artistic child will come home with new skills and techniques and an even greater love for art in no time! 

Christian Motorcycle Association 
June 16th – June 20th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of Nick Redding

The Christian Motorcycle Association is a motorcyclist friendly fellowship who love their bikes and Jesus Christ. Their Eastern National Rally takes place from Wednesday, June 16th – Sunday, June 20th. CMA rides for Christ!

2021 Buy Local Extravaganza 
June 17th 
Location: New Union County Sports Complex

Photo Courtesy of the Blairsville Chamber

Check out booths from over 75 local businesses like local farms, retailers, restaurants, craft creators, and more! 

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing 
June 18th – June 26th 
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing 

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewery Fridays from 3pm – 6pm and Saturdays 4pm – 7pm for great drinks, great music, and a great time. With indoor and outdoor seating available you can even bring your dog to join in the fun! Enjoy a delicious hotdog from Jeff’s Hotdog’s while you listen to some fantastic local artists!

June 18th: Dave Dale 
June 19thHighbeams Music 
June 25th: Gerry Herndon 
June 26thHayden Miles Band

Father’s Day Brunch
June 20th 
Location: Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa

Photo Courtesy of Brasstown Valley

For a delicious Father’s Day Brunch head over to Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa. Brunch is served from 11:30pm – 3pm. Reservations are required, you can make your reservation by calling 706-379-4617.

Movie Night at Deep Roots Orchard
June 25th 
Location: Deep Root Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchard

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

Greater Atlanta British Motorcycle Association
June 25th – June 26th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Greater Atlanta British Motorcycle Association

Come on out to Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for the annual summer British in the Blue Ridge Rally! This is THE premier British motorcycle rally in the southeastern United States and has been held every year since 1985. The event will have a motorcycle show, vendors, field events, mountain motorcycle rides, and camping! All makes and models are welcome to join and campsites are available as well! 

Pickin’ For Patton
June 26th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Pickin’ For Patton is a star-studded Bluegrass Festival! This all day event goes from 11am – 10pm. Many famous Bluegrass stars will be attendance including Patton Wages! There will be great music, great food, and a great time! Even bring your own instruments if you want to for some awesome outside jamming! Get tickets online or call the office at 706-896-4191!

Blue Ridge Mountains Wine and Jazz Festival
June 26th 
Location: INOLA Blue Ridge 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Wine & Jazz Festival

Make your way over to the beautiful INOLA Blue Ridge for Blue Ridge’s annual Wine and Jazz Festival! There will be great music, delicious wines, beautiful art, tasty food! The food is prepared locally and the jazz performers are some of the top in the region. Some of the great performers will be Fred Johnson, Rhythm Jets, Roman Street, and Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk. Come on out and enjoy this wonderful event! The festival is on rain or shine! 

Made in Georgia Festival
June 26th– June 27th 
Location: Towns County Recreation & Conference Center

Photo Courtesy of Lake Chatuge Chamber

If you’re ready to shop for thousands of items made right here in Georgia then check out the Made in Georgia Festival! You’ll be able to shop at over 100 vendors who offer a wide variety of products made, grown, brewed, harvested, stitched, crafted, or inspired by Georgia.  Take home fashion accessories, home décor, health and beauty products, and so much more! Even enjoy gourmet food and treats from some of Georgia’s top chefs! The event runs Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm. Entry is $7; children 14 and under are free! 

Ready…Set…Float!



It’s time to kick back and relax river-style! Tubing and kayaking are two activities that need to be at the top of your “Mountain Fun Bucket List”. While on the water, you can enjoy the stunning scenery and let the flowing waterways of North Georgia work their magic! Kayaking requires some arm strength and a bit of determination, but there are definite moments of downtime. Tubing on the other hand involves a whole bunch of sitting and relaxing! If you’re looking for an adventure that makes you feel at ease and involves kicking your feet up, tubing is the type of trip for you.

These activities are enjoyed by all ages and allow you to see an entirely new side of the Blue Ridge nature. You may experience a rush of excitement navigating through low-class rapids, but that’s what helps you move along! Whether you’re on a kayak paddling with an oar or using your palms to guide your tube, a day on the waters is never wasted! The businesses listed below attribute to why Blue Ridge continues to have visitors explore the great outdoors year after year!

Toccoa Valley Campground

11481 Aska Rd, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 | (706) 838-4317 | Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-6pm

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Located only a few miles from downtown Blue Ridge, the Toccoa Valley Campground has everything you could need for an outing in the mountains. Tubing, kayaking, and rafting are all available. Their water route takes you on a private 6-mile stretch of the Toccoa River. It has been one of North Georgia’s most popular attractions for over 50 years!

Shallowford Bridge Tube Rental

70 Shallowford Bridge Rd. Blue Ridge, GA 30513 | (706) 632- 2462 | Hours: Monday, Thursday & Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm

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This tubing trip will take you through parts of the beautiful Toccoa River in less than an hour and a half. Shallowford Bridge Tube Rental is one of the oldest, family-owned companies for tubing in the Aska Adventure Area. Visitors are launched into the river at Sandy Bottoms and are sent off on their breezy cruise. At the end of your adventure, you’ll get an up-close view of the historic steel truss Shallowford Bridge!

Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking

56 North River Rd. Morganton, GA 30560 | (706) 258-2411 | Hours: Monday-Sunday 9am-6pm

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You can choose your journey while at Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking! This kayak-only business is located just 2 miles away from downtown Blue Ridge. They offer 2 thrilling expeditions on the Toccoa River including a 6-mile and 12-mile trip. The 6-mile kayak trip takes travelers an estimated 2 hours to complete and the 12-mile trip takes an estimated 4 hours to complete. While kayaking, adventurers can enjoy fishing, swimming, and breathtaking sights of mountains along the route!

Toccoa Wilderness Tubing

8436 B Aska Rd. Blue Ridge, GA 30513 | (706) 455-6496 | Hours: Monday-Sunday 10am-3pm

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All you have to do is bring your crew and the fun will follow! The Toccoa Wilderness Company makes river tubing easy and enjoyable. With a shuttle to the Sandy Bottoms launch area, your toes will be in the water in a matter of minutes. Sit back and let the water carry you away! The 2-mile float finishes its course at the Shallowford Bridge.

Lakewood Landing Boat Launch

Boat Ramp Rd 30560, Morganton, GA 30560

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If you are already a lucky owner of a kayak or a boat, then this is the spot for you! This boat launch is located on the north side of Lake Blue Ridge. You can spend the day as you please on the 3,000+ acres of the lake. The lake offers unbeatable views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.

Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters

15 Black Ankle Creek Rd. Cherry Log, GA 30522 | (706) 838-0200 | Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-2pm

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At Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters, there are plenty of options for you to hit the water! There are half-day and full-day solo or guided kayak trips that take you through the upper Toccoa River. They also have trips that can shuttle guests to kayak or canoe at Lake Blue Ridge. If you’re a beginner or pro, Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters can satisfy your need to explore the great outdoors!

Toccoa River Tubing Company

340 Toccoa Ave. McCaysville, GA 30555 | (706) 492-5280 | Call for Seasonal Hours

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Grab your family and get ready to go! The Toccoa River Tubing Company, located on the border of Georgia and Tennessee, offers a variety of canoeing, kayaking, and tubing trips. Tubing at this spot of the Toccoa River involves a 1.5-mile and 3-mile float. If you are looking to kayak, there are 1.5-mile and 6-mile trips available. With small rapids, clean water, and picturesque scenery, this is an activity that you’ll have to experience for yourself!

Cruising on Lake Blue Ridge

Steve Procko

I’ve spent the last 28 years cruising the shoreline of Lake Blue Ridge. I’ve seen and heard it all, I suppose. My friends call me Captain Katz, pretty much for my expertise on steering them into the areas safe for spawning, and away from the fish hunting sapiens. But to the naked human eye, I’m just a big old channel catfish, not good for much of anything except a great selfie if they are lucky enough to snag me. I’m happy to say that hasn’t been my destiny to date.

Today, I’ve been asked to share with you warm-blooded, gill-less persons many of the amazing amenities of the 3,300 acres of pristine clean clear waters of Lake Blue Ridge.  I’ve observed your enthusiasm for our lagoons for nearly three decades. Yes, if you can see your toes in the water, I can see up at you, as well as hear you. And you are quite the vocal species, aren’t you?  Especially when you manage to hook one of my fellow aquatic compadres. 

Fishing

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My grandfather spoke often about the rudiments of this human sport. It is essential for those of us who have no intention of being caught just how to avoid the situation. That means that I happen to know where I shall stay clear, but where you will enjoy hooking a few of those less savvy fish for your dinner.  

When deciding on your bait as well as your choice of hook, you might want to consider which one of us you hope to snag. You’ll mostly find small and largemouth bass, white bass, spotted bass, bluegill, walleye, rainbow trout, and yellow perch at the end of your pole if luck is on your side. 

If dropping a line from shore the best places to fish are amid the rocky flats around the marina, Star Creek Cove, and the docks around the main body of the lake.  There’s also some serious consideration given to the base of the Blue Ridge Dam.

Family-Friendly Recreational Spots

The U.S. Forest Service manages two recreational areas where one can exhibit their angling skills. But I suggest these to further emphasize that there is more to a great family lake experience than getting sunburned while dunking a worm in hopes of enticing the likes of me to nip at it. 

Lake Blue Ridge Recreational  Area is located on the west side of the lake. This is a passive recreation area with a beautiful view of the lake and mountains. The boat ramp is free. This park is also a good place for quiet walks and relaxing bike rides. There is a short, easy hike along the shoreline, and also a one-mile paved loop road that is popular for walking. Kayak and paddleboards are available for rent.

Morganton Point Recreational Area is the ideal place for swimming and beaching it with the family. Open April through October, the summer months will find the waters warm and crystal clear. I don’t enjoy watching you all stumble around while attempting to have fun, so please consider water shoes for the pebble base in this area, especially for the young ones. Why you all have toes instead of webbed feet, I will never understand! There are also covered pavilions for picnicking and there are lavatories (a place with a porcelain water hole of which I cannot comprehend the need).

Ahoy, Matey!

For those of you who want to tour the lake by vessel, there are numerous means to explore our more than  60 miles of shoreline, of which only twenty-five percent is developed.

There are wonderful coves to explore all along the banks of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Star Creek Cove is the largest, located just off the channel (around the corner from Star Creek Rd.). Its expanse is about a mile long and nearly 1,000 feet across at its widest point. This allows for all kinds of recreational pursuits from canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, and motor boating, with plenty of room for all.

If you’ve come to the lake with your owned equipment, there are five different boat ramps to choose from including Lake Blue Ridge Dam, Lakewood Landing Boat Ramp, The Lake Blue Ridge Day Use Recreational Area and Boat Ramp, Morganton Point Recreation Area, and the Blue Ridge Marina. 

You don’t have your own vessel? At the Blue Ridge Marina, you can rent pontoon boats, kayaks, and paddleboards, as well as stock up on all the boating essentials supplies. A day on the lake is bound to find you hungry. The Boat Dock Bar and Grill is a great place to grab a bite to eat. On many weekends you’ll find the Marina hosting live music and events. 

Lake Blue Ridge Outfitters is located inside the Morganton Point Recreational Area. Here you can rent kayaks, SUP boards (paddleboard-kayak hybrid), fishing kayaks, paddleboards, and party paddleboards. 

Sunrise to Sunset

There are spectacular views of the mountains from every angle of the Lake, and we sea bearers, much like you, often marvel at their reflection above us. But there seem to be two different times of the day that you humans are most captivated by the views along the lake, and that would be at sunrise and sunset. 

For breathtaking sunrises I highly recommend perching atop the Lake Blue Ridge Dam, looking north and south.  There is also a new overlook on the lake in the park area next to the dam, for you shutterflys who want to capture the moment with your cameras.

Sunsets on Lake Blue Ridge are Mother Nature’s means of showing off.  One of the favorite spots to observe her color palette’s slide show bouncing off the water is at the Morgantown Point Recreational Area. 

Lakeside Cabins

I have seen the happiest land dwellers are the ones that are lucky enough to book a cabin right on the lake. There’s just something about stepping out of the house right onto the dock of the lake or ending the day soaking your cares away in a hot tub overlooking the shimmering waters of my home. Even if you aren’t big into water activities you can appreciate the beauty of your surroundings as you settle into a rocking chair with a book, a beer or a glass of wine, and simply enjoy a spectacular sunset from the porch from one of these Lakeside Cabin Rentals.

A Big Splash

That about wraps up my lake tips. For those of you who walk on land, but envy those of us blessed to inhabit the tranquil waters of Lake Blue Ridge, I encourage you to come spend time with us. We don’t mind sharing our liquid homestead, but we do ask that along with your memories and your photos that you take home from your day on the lake, also take your trash to dispose of in appropriate containers. We look forward to your next visit! 

*Featured photo courtesy of Steve Procko