4th in the North 2022



It’s time for lazy days at the lake, burgers and hot dogs on the back porch grill, and fireworks filling up the night sky! Here in North Georgia, we are proud Americans and we go all out to celebrate this great country that we love so much! Here’s a round-up of what to expect in Blue Ridge this Fourth of July.

America Runs

If you want to start the morning off healthy, you could run in the Blue Ridge Freedom 5k or 10k which features a scenic route through beautiful and historic Blue Ridge. If you are not a morning person or if you’re really hard core you can run a second time in America’s only 5K that crosses two states! The Walk the Line 5k takes runners through the charming downtowns of McCaysville, Georgia and sister city Copperhill, Tennessee. The race starts at 6:30 and then stay for fireworks after! What a great way to start the holiday weekend!

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Freedom 5K and 10K
Photo Courtesy of Fetch Your News

Whatever you do, don’t miss the Old Timers 4th of July Parade! Any place downtown is a good viewing spot to enjoy the colorful floats, antique vehicles and marchers dressed in patriotic attire! The parade is from 10am-12pm on July 3rd.

Dare to Be Different

For something really unusual, you could spend some time on the 4th of July weekend hanging out with gentle alpaca at the Annual Alpaca Farm Independence Day Celebration. Featured events include fiber arts demonstrations, snacks and fuzzy alpaca kisses!

Photo Courtesy of Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm

Light Up The Sky

A great way to view the fireworks is by train, on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway “Firecracker Special”. Celebrate the birth of our great nation on Friday, July 2nd for their Firework Special train. The train will depart Blue Ridge at 7:00 pm to enjoy the great Copper Basin Fireworks display just after dark and then return to Blue Ridge by 11:00pm. Bring your lawn chair and sit outside the train to view the fireworks!  Activities in downtown McCaysville/Copperhill will be in full swing when you arrive. Lots of vendors for food and things to do for the kids until the fireworks start. **Customer Reservation Changes subject to $5 Change Fee**  

Be dazzled with one of the largest displays of fireworks in Copper Basin/McCaysville on Saturday night, July 2nd at 9:30pm. Anywhere downtown is a great viewing area!

Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks – “Fire in the Sky” – on the night of the 4th —  is being put on by the Lake Blue Ridge Civic Association. Fireworks are set off on the Lake Blue Ridge Dam and are viewable by boat, at various viewing locations along the shoreline, and from a large area adjacent to the Lake Blue Ridge Marina.

Photo Courtesy of Teresa Foster Bidez

Speaking of boats – the Lake Blue Ridge Boat Tie-up will be on Friday, July 1st at 7:30pm. In Blairsville, the Independence Day Boat Parade on Lake Nottely takes place Saturday, July 2 starting at 12:00pm.  Anyone with a boat and the spirit to decorate is welcome to attend and be part of the fun!

Photo Courtesy of Norm Cooper

In Blairsville, Independence Day Fireworks is on July 4that Meeks Park, beginning at around 9:30 pm. Or further north in Hiawassee you can catch a free concert by the Vintage Vixens and then a Fireworks show at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds.

Bonus

Aside from great celebrations, we also are fortunate to have some great restaurants to check out and fabulous little places to shop. However you spend your 4th of July celebration, we hope that it is spent with friends, family, and lots of good food!

Happy Birthday, America! We are so very grateful to live in the beautiful United States of America. It is an absolute honor to live in the land of the free and the home of the (very) brave! Thank you to all of our men and women that have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice to defend our great nation and allow us to enjoy the comfortable life we get to live.

May Events 2022



Spring is in full bloom and this is an ideal time to come visit the North Georgia Mountains! Escape to Blue Ridge and enjoy a vibrant downtown, great restaurants, unique shops, rushing waterfalls, a sparkling blue lake, and mountain views that will take your breath away! Here’s your guide to local events in Blue Ridge and the surrounding areas for May:

Guided Hikes with the Benton McKaye Trail Association
May 4th – May 21st 
Location: Cherry Log, GA

Photo Courtesy of the Benton McKaye Trail

Explore the beauty of North Georgia on a guided hiking tour with the Benton McKaye Trail Association. They offer 4 – 5 hikes a month varying in difficulty from easy, leisurely hikes to moderately difficult hikes.

May 4th: Lady Slipper Hike BMT at Weaver Creek in Blue Ridge
May 9th: BMT from Thunder Rock Campground
May 20th: Amadahy Trail – Dog friendly hike
May 21st: Memorial Hike for Tom Wright

Live Music at Tooney’s 
May 5th – May 27th 
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!

May 5th: Open Mic Night 
May 6th: Whiskey Rose Band 
May 7th: The Chris Key Band 
May 12th: Open Mic Night 
May 13th: Canon Tyler & The Spare Parts 
May 14th: Smokey Jones & the Three Dollar Pistols 
May 19th: Open Mic Night 
May 20th: Them Dirty Roses w/ One For The Road 
May 21st: Whiskey, Stills & Mash 
May 26th: Open Mic Night 
May 27th: Rosewood Grips 

Thursday Fun Runs at the Riverwalk
May 5th – May 26th 
Location: Riverwalk Shops

Photo Courtesy of McCaysville 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!

Pickin’ In The Park
May 5th – May 26th 
Location: Horseshoe Bend Park

Photo Courtesy of Fannin County Recreation Department

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!

Blue Ridge Adventure Race
May 6th – 7th 
Location: The Downtown Pavilion and Bandstand 

Photo Courtesy of AR Georgia

Adventure your way through some of the most beautiful areas in Blue Ridge at the 25th Annual Blue Ridge Adventure Race Weekend. This year’s 10 hour race will take place on the Aska Trails with a paddle part down the Toccoa. And on the 24 hour race you’ll venture through Amicalola Falls Park and then make your way back to Blue Ridge. Come watch as teams race through mountains, lakes, rivers, trails and more. 

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
May 6th – May 28th 
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 for great food and great live music from local artists!

May 6th: Doctor Paul Constantine 
May 7th: Steve Baskin 
May 13th: Jennifer Lynn Simpson 
May 14th: Ray LaBean 
May 20th: Scott Stambaugh 
May 21st: Steven Push 
May 27th: Steve Vaclavik 
May 28th: Canon Tyler 

Live Music at The Dogwood
May 6th – 28th 
Location: The Dogwood

Photo Courtesy of The Dogwood

Relax on the beautiful patio, under 100-year-old trees at The Dogwood in Downtown Blue Ridge! With delicious cocktails, an amazing limited menu, and live music from local artists on Fridays & Saturdays starting at 5pm, you’ll love your time at The Dogwood!

May 6th: Roscoe’s Roadshow 
May 7th: Daisy Chain 
May 13th: Travis Bowlin 
May 20th: Megan Fowler 
May 21st: Wyatt Espalin 
May 27th: Robbie Litt 
May 28th: Matty Croxton 

Live Music at Hook & Eye
May 6th – 13th 
Location: Hook & Eye Rooftop Bar

Photo Courtesy of the Hook & Eye

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, and balcony seating on the outside!

May 6th & 13th: Trevor Ciongoli 

The Rhododendron Festival
May 6th – 22nd 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Head over to Hiawassee for 5 weekends filled with spring fun at The Rhododendron Festival at their beautiful Hamilton Gardens. Not only will you have the chance to tour the lovely gardens at full bloom but you will also have the chance to enjoy live music, food and craft vendors, a plant sale, daily seminars, and much more! Admission to the gardens is $5 and the event takes place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from April 22nd – May 22nd.

Georgia Apple Blossom Festival
May 7th – 8th 
Location: East Ellijay 

Photo Courtesy of Pick Ellijay

The Georgia Apple Blossom Festival is back and better than ever with over 60 craft vendors, live music, food vendors, and family fun! Celebrate spring in North Georgia in Ellijay! 

Ducktown Spring Festival 
May 7th 
Location: Ducktown School

Head across the border to Tennessee for the Ducktown Spring Festival! From 11am – 8pm there will be arts & crafts, Bluegrass music, and lots of fun! Admission is $5 for children 12 & up. 

Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival
May 7th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Explore the beautiful Hamilton Gardens and drink wine all day long at the first ever Hiawassee Highlands Wine Festival at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! There will be live music, arts & craft vendors, live music, food, garden tours, and 20+ wineries In attendance at this awesome event! Tickets are $35 a person online or $40 at the gate. 

Live Music at Paradise Hills
May 7th – May 29th 
Location: Paradise Hills, Cabins-Spa-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 Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm, along with May 27th from 4pm – 8pm and May 29th from 1pm – 5pm for a fun filled Memorial Day weekend. 

May 7th: Ryan Little Eagle
May 14th: Tom Edwards
May 21st: Dr. Paul
May 27th: Trailer Hippies
May 28th: Stephan Busie Band (Great American Pie Festival $25 ticket)
May 29thScott Stambough

Tommy Townsend’s Southern Man Album Release Party
May 7th 
Location: Grandaddy Mimm’s 

Celebrate the release of Tommy Townsend’s newest album with some moonshine from Grandaddy Mimm’s! Come on out and listen to him play songs from his Southern Man album along with Waymore’s Outlaws from 7pm – 10pm! 

Mother’s Day Celebration
May 8th 
Location: Bin 322 

Photo Courtesy of Bin 322

Celebrate your momma at Bin 322! A four course meal will be provided from Chef Joseph’s Creations,  along with a complimentary bottle of wine and live jazz music from Ryan Davis & Tom Ladow. If interested please contact Bin 322 for more details & ticket prices. 

Blithe Spirit 
May 12th – 29th 
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

In the show when novelist Charles, with the help of Madame Arcati, performs a séance it accidentally summons his first wife. Charle’s first wife then attempts to ruin his current marriage and put him in harm’s way so that he can live with her in death! Come see this hilarious show at Blue Ridge Community Theater 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! 

Bonnie & Clyde the Musical
May 13th – 15th 
Location: Fannin County Performing Arts Center

Photo Courtesy of Fannin County High School

Come see the musical retelling of the renowned criminal duo Bonnie & Clyde at the Fannin County Performing Arts Center. Shows are the 13th at 7pm, the 14th at 2pm & 7pm, and the 15th at 2pm & 6pm. Don’t miss Fannin County High School perform this awesome show. Tickets are $9. 

Live Music at Lake Blue Ridge Marina
May 13th – May 27th 
Location: Boat Dock Bar & Grill at Lake Blue Ridge Marina 

Photo Courtesy of the Lake Blue Ridge Marina

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 on select Fridays. You’ll feel relaxed and renewed in no time!

May 13th: Danny Rhea
May 20th: Travis Bowlin
May 27th: David Welch

Georgia Mountain Classics Annual Car Show 
May 14th 
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge City Park

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Mountain Classics Car Club

The Classic Car Show is back in Downtown Blue Ridge! Drop by May 14th from 9am – 4pm for classic cars, concessions, and vendors. Interested in submitted your own car? Register on their website and receive a goodie bag for participating. 

Scotty McCreery 
May 14th 
Location: The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds 

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

He rose to fame from American Idol and now he is one of country music’s biggest stars! Don’t miss Scotty McCreery at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on May 14th at 7pm! He’ll be performing some of his biggest hits and songs from his newest album ‘Same Truck’. 

Spring Festival 
May 21st 
Location: Blue Ridge United Methodist Church 

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge United Methodist Church

Blue Ridge United Methodist Church is hosting a Spring Festival! There will be games, crafts, live music, magic, a cakewalk and more! And it’s free! Drop by from 10am – 3pm on May 21st

2nd Annual Paws for Celebration
May 21st 
Location: Willow Falls Resort

Photo Courtesy of the Humane Society of Blue Ridge

Give back to the community with this wonderful event hosted by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge. There will be a silent auction, live music from Mook and Mimi, beer & wine for a $5 donation, and dinner from the Rum Cake Lady! Tickets are $65 a person and can be purchase from the Humane Society of Blue Ridge’s website. 

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards 
May 21st 
Location: Cartecay Vineyards 

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains at Cartecay Vineyards! 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!

May 21st: Adrian Stover Live

Dance to the Oldies
May 21st 
Location: Haralson Memorial Civic Center

Photo Courtesy of Joshua Warriors

Grab your dancing shoes and head over to Blairsville for the night to celebrate the red, white, and blue. Kurt the Old School DJ will be playing hot songs from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s all night long! There will be snacks, drinks, a raffle, and lots of dancing. The event is free but donations are appreciated! 

Georgia Mountain Classics Cruise Ins
May 27th 
Location: Dairy Queen / DQ Grill & Chill, Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Mountain Classic Car Club

Admire a selection of Classic Cars at this free event happening on the 4th Friday of every month March thru September at 6pm! Bring your own classic car to register and get $4 off Dairy Queen certificate when you register! Ice cream, classic cars, and a good time!

Movie Night at Deep Roots Orchard
May 27th 
Location: Deep Root Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchard

Watch a free movie under the stars at Deep Roots Orchard. The movie is “Dirty Dancing” and starts at 9pm. 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!

Hiawassee Pro Rodeo
May 27th – May 29th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Celebrate the long weekend by watching bucking bronos & bulls at the annual Hiawassee Pro Rodeo! See some of the world’s best contestants from the U.S. and Canada as well as some amazing specialty acts! The whole family will love it! Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children (6-12) and children 5 & under are free! 

46th Annual Spring Arts in the Park
May 28th – 29th 
Location: Blue Ridge Downtown City Park

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association

The Spring Arts in the Park is back for it’s 46th year in a row! Shop artworks from over 175 juried fine artists! There will also be food vendors and artist demos all weekend long. Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 & under are free! All proceeds go towards the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. 

Memorial Day Parade
May 28th 
Location: Blairsville, GA

Photo Courtesy of the American Legion Post 121, Blairsville

Honor those who have fallen during their military service at Blairsville’s Annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade starts at 10:30am! 

Live Music at Grandaddy Mimm’s
May 28th 
Location: Grandaddy Mimm’s 

Photo Courtesy of Grandaddy Mimms

Head over to Grandaddy Mimm’s Distillery in Blairsvile for a handcrafted moonshine or spirit! And drop by select Saturday afternoons for live music from local artists!

May 28th: Lucas Smith 

The Spring Arts, Crafts & Music Festival
May 28th – 29th 
Location: Downtown Blairsville

Photo Courtesy of Visit Downtown Blairsvlle

Blairsville’s Downtown  comes alive Memorial Day Weekend with talented artists, musicians, and food. The weekend begins with a concert at the Old Courthouse Friday evening, a Memorial Day parade at 10am on Saturday, an outdoor concert on the Square Saturday evening and of course the festival! FREE and family-friendly!

In cabin pampering



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.

Cabin Concierge 

Photo Courtesy of Cabin Concierge

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

Photo Courtesy of Chef Jeff Servin

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 

Photo Courtesy of 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 

Spa Day

Photo Courtesy of Cabin Conceirge

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/ 

Family Photography 

Photo Courtesy of Zolu Photography

Get the whole family together for a family portrait at the cabin! Have your photographer come to the cabin and capture some special shots of you and your loved ones. The photos will be a reminder of your amazing mountain vacation and a memory that will last a lifetime. Here are a few of our favorite local photographers: ZoLu Photography, A Day In The Life Photography, and Burns and Crowe Photography. Need more suggestions? Check out https://www.flytographer.com/ to pick your own local photographer that matches everything that you’re looking for! 

You’re on vacation right!? Take this time to relax, unwind, and treat yourself to the finer things in life. Slow down and enjoy your loved ones’ company in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains! 

The Blue Ridge Experience: Winter Edition



It may be cold and a bit snowy this time of year but that doesn’t mean there isn’t fun to be had in Blue Ridge! In the winter you can take advantage of the lack of leaves on the trees and really get a good view of the mountains. You can embrace the cold and have an awesome snow day or stay cozy inside your cabin with all the great amenities we provide. There’s no shortage of things to do in the winter, so enjoy these suggestions and tag us with your winter Blue Ridge experiences! #escapetobr

Snow Days

Photo Courtesy of Katie Powalski

Who doesn’t love a good snow day? With many of our guests visiting from further south where they don’t often get cold weather, snow days are extra special! Get outside and have some fun! Will you have a snowball fight or a snowman-building contest? Or will you walk along the trails surrounding your cabin and take in the views? The mountains are even more beautiful with a blanket of snow covering their peaks, so be sure to take lots of photos. When you’re finished playing in the snow head back inside the cabin and make a warm cup of hot cocoa. Then you can admire the beautiful snow from inside, curled by the fire with a cup of cocoa in your hand. 

Stay Warm

Photo Courtesy of Axe Throwing Therapy

Want to hide from the cold and stay warm inside? We’ve got plenty of great indoor activities for you all around town! Find Bigfoot at Expedition Bigfoot in Downtown Blue Ridge! You’ll see all kinds of interesting Bigfoot artifacts and exhibits at the largest Bigfoot display in the U.S!

Looking to move around more and get the blood pumping? Go throw axes at the newly opened Axe Throwing Therapy! You’ll find that everything is done digitally so you can easily play a wide variety of interactive games and keep score. Plus you can drink while you play and embrace your inner Viking!

Are you a putt-putt lover? Pay a visit to 2nd Story Entertainment where they have an 18 hole course that weaves in and out of cool-themed rooms! And that’s not all, they also have giant board games, lots of arcade games, and a wall maze. 2nd Story Entertainment is always a fun place to go for indoor family fun.

And if you really want to feel nostalgic end your night with Vertigo Pinball! They have dozens of themed pinball machines, a select menu of delicious comfort foods, and craft brews! Blue Ridge outdoors is beautiful of course, but there’s plenty of fun to be had indoors too, especially when it’s cold outside! 

Winter Hiking

Photo Courtesy of Scott Michael Anna

It may not seem like it but winter is a great time to explore the trails! With over hundreds of miles of hiking trails in North Georgia there’s so much to see. And in wintertime, the trails are less crowded, less buggy, and the views are extra beautiful. Weather permitting, if the trails are safe and there are no fallen trees, then venturing out in the snow can be a fun and unique experience. It’s neat to see Blue Ridge in a different way, covered in snow, and beautiful to look at as well. You’ll be in awe of the winter beauty that surrounds you. To learn more about winter hiking and great trails to explore check out our winter hiking blog: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/winter-hiking-blue-ridge/ 

Shopping and Dinner

Head Downtown for a shopping spree and a bite to eat! In peak season, the Downtown can be crowded and it can be hard to get a table; but you shouldn’t have a problem this time of year! Shop to your heart’s content at shops that are equal parts trendy, fun, and uniquely Blue Ridge. Some of our favorite places to shop are Huck’s General Store, Blue Ridge Adventure Wear, Pezrok, Blue Ridge Cotton Company, and Mitzi’s on Main; just to name a few!

Then after a day of stocking up on souvenirs, head to one of the many delicious restaurants Downtown. For dinner and drinks check out The Dogwood or Whiskey & Water, for Cuban food check out The Rum Cake Lady, for Italian check out Masseria’s or Blue Jeans Pizza, or for a little bit of everything check out Chesters or Harvest on Main. With so many great shopping and dining options, you could spend a whole day Downtown! 

Spa Day

Photo Courtesy of Serenity in the Mountains

Get your relaxation on with a spa day! Visit our friends at Serenity in the Mountains Spa for a full day of pampering. They do everything from massages, facials, body treatments, and skincare, to mani-pedis. Our favorite way to relax there is in the Himalayan Salt Cave.  You’ll lay back in the zero gravity chairs and feel completely at peace as your entire immune system improves! It’s such a unique experience we highly suggest.

Looking for something right Downtown? There’s also TeaTree’s Boutique Spa right in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge. They offer massages, facials, body services, advanced beauty, and aromatherapy. Enjoy spacious treatment rooms as well as a serene outdoor area. Wipe your troubles away and come relax for a day!

Scenic Drives

Explore the area and see the snowy mountain peaks in the distance as you venture on a scenic driving tour of Blue Ridge.  You’ll pass by mountains, forests, rivers, and lakes on your journey. For a fun pitstop, we’d suggest visiting The Toccoa River Swinging Bridge or one of our local waterfalls like Fall Branch Falls. Need some road trip snacks? Drop by Mercier Orchards market for tasty treats and plenty of warm fried pies; yum! Follow our scenic drive blog for the best scenic overlooks to stop at on your drive: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/5-scenic-north-georgia-overlooks/ 

Warm Up with “Spirits” 

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

Don’t let the winter cold get you down, warm up and cheer up with some local spirits! Pay a visit to a few of our wonderful local breweries and wineries for great drinks and an awesome time out with friends. On weekends, many of the breweries and wineries have live music and food trucks; including Bear Claw Winery, Grumpy Old Men Brewing, Copperhill Brewery, and Cartecay Vineyards. Sip to your heart’s content on delicious local flavors. Everything is fine with a glass of wine or craft brew in your hand. 

Cozy in the Cabin

Photo Courtesy of Hermosa Brown

Who says you have to leave the comfort of your cozy cabin? No one! Feel free to stay in and take advantage of our luxurious amenities all created with your comfort in mind. Cook up a delicious dinner for the whole family in your gourmet kitchen or hire a private in-cabin chef to do the cooking for you. Have a movie marathon, nestled by the fire or a family game night filled with board games and tabletop games in your cabin’s incredible game room. Roast marshmallows outside at your cabin’s toasty firepit and then take a dip in the hot tub while you gaze at the night sky. Does that sound like a perfect evening? Then book your winter escape today! 

February 2022



February is the month of love and we LOVE having you Escape to Blue Ridge with us! With plenty of live music, special Valentines Day events, and more fun February is going to be a great month in the Blue Ridge mountains!

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing 
February 3rd – 19th 
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing 

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewery

Stop by Grumpy Old Men Brewery on select Thursdays – Saturdays from 3pm – 6pm for great drinks, great music, and a great time. Make plan to sing your heart out with karaoke days! 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!

February 3rd, 10th, & 19th: Karaoke Thursday 
February 11th: Doctor Paul 

Live Music at Tooney’s 
February 3rd – 12th 
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s

Come on out for live music at Tooney’s HUGE music venue select Saturday nights and enjoy the best live music McCaysville has to offer! Check their website often for live music performances. And every Thursday night get ready to take to the stage with Open Mic Night!

February 3rd & 10th : Open Mic Night 
February 5th: Joe Olds Band 
February 12th: Shannon York Live

Live Music at Hook & Eye
February 3rd – 25th 
Location: Hook & Eye Rooftop Bar

Photo Courtesy of the Hook & Eye

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, and balcony seating on the outside!

February 3rd & 17thCalvin Webster
February 4th 11th, 18th, & 25th: Trevor Ciongoli 
February 5th & 19th: Rusted Melody 
February 12th: David Welch 

Thursday Fun Runs at the Riverwalk
February 3rd – 24th 
Location: Riverwalk Shops

Photo Courtesy of Riverwalk Run Club

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 Misty Mountain Hops
February 4th – 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 for great food and great live music from local artists!

February 4th: Rusted Melody 
February 5thStephen Busie Band 
February 11th: Danny Rhea 
February 12th: Dave Flowers 
February 18th: Gregg Erwin
February 19th: Steve Bryson 
February 25th: Lindsay Beth Harper 
February 26th: Steve Baskin 

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

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For award winning wine, 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! 

February 4th: Tommy Joe Connor 
February 5th: Hunter Flanagan & The Shetlands 
February 6th: Gregg Erwin 
February 11th & 27th: Hunter Flanagan
February 12th & 26th: Travis Bowlin
February 13th & 25th: The Shetlands 
February 18th: Brooksie Wells 
February 19th: Rob Grater & The Shetlands 
February 20th: Trish Adams 

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

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

Sip on delicious wine surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains at Cartecay Vineyards! Enjoy live music select Saturdays & Sundays from 1:30pm – 5:30pm 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!

February 5th: Ryan LittleEagle 
February 6th: Special Guest 
February 12th: Rusted Melody 
February 13th: Travis Bowlin 
February 19th: Hush Money 
February 20th: Adrian Stover 
February 26th: Gregg Erwin 
February 27th: Luke Woltanski 

Local Artisan Fair
February 5th
Location: Sublime Roots

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Join in the fun at Sublime Roots first ever Local Artisan Fair! There will be amazing local artists, live music, and a special one day only elixir drink special. Drop by from 10am – 2pm to join in! 

Songs and Stories – Jim McCutcheon 
February 5th 
Location: The Craddock Center

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Learn a little bit about the unique culture and traditions of the Appalachia. The annual performance will have storytellers and musicians sharing their tales of the Appalachia. Admission is free but donations go towards the purchase of new books for over 1,200 children! Drop by the Craddock Center in Cherry Log, GA from 3pm – 5pm. 

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

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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!

February 11th: Gabe Myers 
February 18thDavid Welch 
February 19th: Jess Goggans 
February 26th: Daisy Chain 

Kudzu Heart Wreath Basket Class
February 12th 
Location: Pic N’ Vine

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Make your own Valentine’s Day craft at Pic N’ Vine in Copperhill, TN! In this class you’ll learn to weave a heart wreath basket or heart wreath for you door. Tickets are $30 a person plus $5 for supplies. The class will take place from 10am – 2pm. Sign up and have some fun crafting!

Couple’s Crush
February 12th 
Location: Paradise Hills Winery

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Celebrate love Valentine’s Day weekend at Paradise Hills! It’ll be an evening of fun and romance with a kissing booth, couple games, live music, and plenty of wine! Admission is $15 a person and the fun goes on from 6pm – 9pm. 

Valentine’s Dinner
February 14th 
Location: Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar

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Have a romantic lunch or dinner at Bin 322! Your ticket of $160 per couple includes a delicious 4 course meal, a bottle of wine, a red rose, and live Big Band style music. Get your tickets for a romantic Valentine’s Day treat! 

Stand Up Comedy Tour
February 18th 
Location: Paradise Hills Winery

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Get ready for a night of laughs at the Stand Up Comedy Tour at Paradise Hills! Top-notch travelling comedians will make you laugh all night long! Grab a glass of wine or a beer and let the laughter flow! 

11th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival 
February 19th 
Location: Downtown City Park

Photo Courtesy of Ashley Irvin

Have all kinds of winter fun at the 11th Annual Fire & Ice Chili Cookoff & Craft Beer Festival! There will be ice sculptures, live music, and plenty of chili and craft beers! You can try the chilis yourself by becoming a taster and check out the ice sculpting process from award winning ice sculptors. This is a great annual event you won’t want to miss! 

Live Music is Better -Randall Bramblett
February 19th 
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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Blue Ridge Community Theater is hosting Georgia born musical artist Randall Bramblett for a night of amazing music! He’s been in the business for over 40 years now, and has performed with artists like The Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic, and more. It’s going to be a great night filled with awesome music so come on down!’

Youth Art Month Opening Reception
February 24th 
Location: The Art Center

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

From the end of February thru the end of March artwork from students in Fannin County and the Copper Basin area will be on display at The Art Center. The opening reception kicks off at 3:30pm on February 24th

2022 Champions for Children – Snack in a Backpack
February 24th 
Location: Fightingtown Tavern 

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Come support the community by heading over to Fightingtown Tavern from 6pm – 9pm to honor those who help children and to raise funds for the “Snack In A Backpack” Program. This limited seating event will include a light buffet dinner, dessert, cash bar, auction, and live music. Get ready to give back to the community! 

Cheers for Chimps
February 26th 
Location: Location: Paradise Hills Winery

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Get tickets for this great event at Paradise Hills and you’ll receive a limited edition Project Chimps glass, one pour of a wine, and some vegan dark chocolate to pair with it! And all proceeds go towards Project Chimps! There’s no better excuse to drink than helping out some adorable chimps! 

Three Dog Night
February 26th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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The fun never stops at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. Head over to Hiawassee, GA for a night of classic rock from legendary band Three Dog Night! Tickets are still available!! 

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! 

Mystic Mountain Pizza

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Mystic Mountain Pizza is the place for pizza lovers! While Mystic Mountain Pizza offers classic pizza options like pepperoni and meat lover’s they also offer unique flavors like Pickle Pizza, Cheeseburger Pizza, and Lumberjack Mantooth Pizza.

Will you go classic or mix it up and try something new? You can even build your own pizza to get exactly what you want! And if you’re not in the mood for pizza they have sandwiches, salads, and hot dogs as well. While you wait for your food to arrive be sure to play a few rounds on their old-school video game systems. Dig into a cheesy slice of warm, delicious pizza at Mystic Mountain Pizza! 

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/ 

Sublime Roots 

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Looking for something unique and healthy? Find newly opened restaurant Sublime Roots off First Street. Sublime Roots is a handcrafted cafe that specializes in creating unique and delicious foods in a more handcrafted and sustainable way. They offer organic fair-trade espresso, handcrafted sandwiches, and sweets. Visit Sublime Roots for breakfast or lunch and try some of their unique and delicious options.

Why not get a Notorious P.I.G. Waffle for brunch or Aloha Morning Toast? And for lunch give the Dancing Avocado Sandwich a try or the Kickin’ Chicken Bowl. Look for a healthy treat to go? Grab one of their “Earth Elixirs” like Coconut Matcha or Lion Power Potion to give you a mid-day boost. You’ll love having so many great organic and healthy food options to choose from at Sublime Roots. 

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 Loves Dogs



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

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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/ 

Pawesome Restaurant Patios

Photo Courtesy of the Black Sheep

Downtown Blue Ridge is the perfect place to find amazing dining options. Lucky for us many of our restaurants have dog-friendly patios! The Dogwood and The Black Sheep have outdoor seating areas with a great atmosphere and plenty of space for your furry friend to join! We especially love The Black Sheep’s Sunday brunches on the patio and their special Yappy Hour events where pups can have a “dog beer” and free treats!  Fightingtown Tavern, Harvest on Main, Masseria Kitchen & Bar, Blue Jeans Pizza & Pasta, and Southern Charm are just a few other great spots Downtown where dogs are welcome. And when it’s summertime head over to Lake Blue Ridge’s Boat Dock Bar & Grill for some good food, lake views, and bonding time with your dog! 

Re-TAIL Shopping 

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Shop till you drop, and with your pup by your side! Dogs are welcome to come pick out their own toys and treats in Blue Ridge Adventure Wear. Get some hiking gear for yourself and a tasty doggy donut for your furry friend! Love Dogs and Cats Too has everything your pet could want and more! From toys, to leashes, to treats, and more they won’t want to leave the shop! Do a little shopping for yourself as you bring your dog along at shops like Blue Ridge Cotton Company and Gather, who even frequently use their proceeds to go towards dog-friendly charities. And a few other places to check out with your pup are Humble Pie Boutique, Cohutta Country Store, and High Country Gallery Art

Ulti-mutt Breweries & Wineries

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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! 

Pet-Friendly Cabins 

Photo of pup at Rising Star Cabin Courtesy of @ambershimel

We know how much you love your pets, and we believe you should be able to bring them with you on all your adventures, they’re family afterall! That’s why we have many pet-friendly cabins to choose from so that you don’t have to be without your best friend for a second! Some of our favorites are Lonesome Dove, Blue Moon Lodge, Can’t Bear to Leave, and Tumnus Ridge who even have a fenced-in dog-friendly garden! Need more suggestions? Start with our pet-friendly cabin blog:https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/6-pet-friendly-cabins/ With over 125 pet-friendly cabins to choose from you’re sure to find something perfect for the whole family! 

January 2022



A New Year is here! And that means new events & activities, along with some great annual traditions as well! Why not make one of your New Year resolutions to Escape to Blue Ridge more and take in as many fun local events as you can! Here’s what you can look forward to this month:

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards
January 1st
Location: Cartecay Vineyards

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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!

January 1st: Rusted Melody

Riverwalk Run Club
January 6th – 27th
Location: Riverwalk

Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 6pm from now till November. 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 Hook & Eye
January 6th – 21st
Location: Hook & Eye Rooftop Bar

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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, and balcony seating on the outside!

January 6th: Andrew Chastain
January 7th, 14th, & 21st: Ray LaBean
January 20th: Andrew Chastain

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
January 7th – 29th
Location: Misty Mountain Hops

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

January 7th: Dan Foster
January 8th: Travis Bowlin
January 14th: Gavin Graves
January 15th: Maddie Lane
January 21st: Gabe Myers
January 22nd: Jennifer Lynn Simpson
January 28th: Andrew Chastain
January 29th: Frankie Sparks

Live Music Is Better – Just Roxie
January 8th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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Come see the talented Just Roxie at the Blue Ridge Community Theater! Their music style is organic and unique and honors country, folk, Americana, bluegrass, rock & roll, and so much more!

Disney’s Descendants The Musical
January 14th – 30th
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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Blue Ridge Community Theater is putting on the Disney Channel hit movie musical Descendants! Follow the story of Mal, daughter of the evil Maleficent, and her friends as they attend a prep school in the kingdom of Auradon. Will Mal and her friends follow in their parents evil footsteps or learn to be good? Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.

for KING & COUNTRY
January 29th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

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Talented gospel duo for KING & COUNTRY are coming to the Anderson Music Hall Saturday, January 29th at 7pm! You won’t want to miss the Grammy Award winning duo sing their biggest hits like “God Only Knows”, “TOGETHER” and so many more!

Other activities to do this month:

Shop & Dine

Downtown Blue Ridge is ready for you no matter the season! Check out all of the shops downtown and bring back unique and fun souvenirs that you can’t find anywhere else. We have a little bit of everything from home décor, apparel, athletic gear, antiques, artisan goods, and so much more; we have something for everyone! And be sure to hit up some of the delicious restaurants afterwards for a wonderful and filling meal.

Hike

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Winter is a great time for a hike because the leaves have fallen off the trees so you’ll get spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. We love hiking to waterfalls in the winter, especially when there’s snow covering the cliffs of the falls; just be extra careful if you do choose to hike in the snow! Bundle up & explore the trails this winter, and check out our hiking blog for more recommendations: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/8-blue-ridge-hiking-trails/

Visit Mercier Orchards

Photo Courtesy of Mercier Orchards

Even with no fruit available to harvest in the winter Mercier’s is still open and a great spot to visit! Stock up on delicious goodies from their market like apple butter, baking mixes, and other artisan goods. Have a glass of hard cider or wine made from the fruits at Mercier’s. And of course don’t forget to get yourself a fried pie or two!

Enjoy the Snow

Snow days in Blue Ridge are extra special! We love seeing the snow dust the mountain tops, it is truly a beautiful sight. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or go sledding. There’s lots of fun to be had in the snow!

Have a Bonfire

Family at Nighthawk

Nothing like a cozy bonfire to keep you warm on these cold winter nights. Cozy up next to the fire, get your favorite warm beverage, and some s’mores of course and you’ve got yourself a perfect mountain night nestled under the stars!

And as always, no matter the season, it’s always a great time to Escape to Blue Ridge!

2022 Bucket List



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

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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! 

First Day Hike

Go for a “First Day Hike” on the first day of the New Year, on any of our wonderful hiking trails. We have over 300 miles of trails ready for you to explore. Some of our favorites include the Benton McKaye Trail, the Aska Adventure Area trails, and Jack’s River Trail. Won’t be in town for New Years? That’s okay, our trails are always there for you and great no matter the season. 

Grab a Drink

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

Blue Ridge has so many great bars, breweries, and wineries so why not grab a drink or two? Downtown you can grab a cocktail at Whiskey & Water, The Dogwood, or Hook & Eye. Bar hop to Misty Mountain Hops, Blue Coyote, and Black Bear Bier Garten. Then play a round of pinball with a drink in your hand at Vertigo Pinball. And even relax lakeside with delicious food and great drinks at the Boat Dock Bar & Grill on Lake Blue Ridge. For local breweries we’d suggest Grumpy Old Men Brewing or Fannin Brewing Company. And for wine check out Bear Claw Vineyards or Serenberry Vineyards. Even Mercier Orchards has hard cider! 

Eat a Fried Pie

Photo Courtesy of Mercier Orchards

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

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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 

Photo Courtesy of Whitewater Express

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

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

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! 

Appreciate Local Artists

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Arts Association

Local artists are always performing and displaying their art in Blue Ridge! Catch a show at Blue Ridge Community Theater where there are always local thespians ready to perform! Admire local artists’ works on display at High Country Art Gallery or Blue Ridge Arts Association. And listen to live music from local artists almost every weekend at venues like Tooney’s, Misty Mountain Hops, Bear Claw Winery, Grumpy Old Men Brewing and so many more! 

Discover Bigfoot

Photo Courtesy of Expedition Bigfoot

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 

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Apple Festival

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

Escape to Blue Ridge

Eagles Landing cabin

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! 

Top 10 Cabins for Cuddling



Wintertime is the perfect time to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. You survived the holidays (it was a close call, but you did it!). You’ve socialized till you’re blue in the face. You attended every shindig, holiday party, and get-together. Now is the time to recharge your own spirit. Much like bears retreat to their den to hibernate until spring. You too need to retreat to a comfortable cabin and recharge your energy. Send the kids to grandma’s, scoop up your best love, and escape to Blue Ridge for some good quality down time, lots of cuddling, and a renewed temperament.

Bear Hug

If privacy, peace and quiet, and a spectacular view top your winter vacay wish list, you’ll find that and so much more at the 3-bedroom, 3-bath North Georgia mountain cabin rental, Bear Hug. It’s the kind of place that envelops you like a huge hug from a loved one, surrounding you in an atmosphere of fun, love and laughter. This spacious tri-level lodge is warm, welcoming and inviting, just ten miles from downtown Blue Ridge but worlds away from civilization. So private you can see only one neighboring home, Bear Hug overlooks the land-protected Chattahoochee National Forest to the west, ensuring you a breathtaking sunset view every evening.

Breathe Inn

Imagine a place where the sky is brilliant blue, the spectacular mountain views extend into infinity and glorious greenery surrounds you—and you’ll find it at the Georgia mountain cabin rental called Breathe Inn. Its name serves as a reminder to stop, take a deep breath, slow down for a bit and enjoy being with the people you love, and that’s exactly what you’ll want to do when you arrive at this 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath tri-level showplace cabin in the Aska Adventure Area. Breathe Inn gives you awe-inspiring, ever-changing views of the mountains, from the family room or outside on the screened-in porch or deck. The most important feature of Breathe Inn is the way you’ll feel when you stay there: relaxed, refreshed and reconnected to nature and each other.

Creekside R&R

Is your ideal North Georgia cabin rental surrounded by nature in a beautiful, secluded wooded setting, or so close to a stream that you can fish for trout right from the deck? You get both at Creekside R&R, a cozy mountain getaway situated across from a nature conservancy on the banks of Fightingtown Creek, just a short drive from Lake Blue Ridge, Toccoa River adventure activities and the shopping and restaurants of downtown Blue Ridge.

Cozy Cub Cabin

If you’re looking for a place to relax, unwind and recharge in a lovely wooded setting and all the fun and adventure you desire in a vacation, look no further than the 2-bedroom, 2-bath cabin rental, Cozy Cub Cabin. This warm and inviting retreat is the perfect, carefree escape from the pressures of everyday life. Perched on hillside and surrounded by tall trees, it’s a quiet, private oasis in a gated community with three private lakes for fishing and a five-minute walk from the Toccoa River, located just 30 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge. If you’re seeking a romantic weekend you can make lasting memories at Cozy Cub Cabin.

Red Roof Zen

Have you been eagerly searching for a peaceful and relaxing place that feels like home to stay near the Aska Adventure Area? Look no further: Red Roof Zen (formerly Cozy Aska Cabin) is the ideal spot for you! With a beyond stunning mountain view, it’s a great place to rest and unwind after days of Blue Ridge fun and exploration. As you walk inside, you’ll notice the wood interior. This is a classic yet modern cabin with cute touches such as lantern lighting fixtures and sisal rugs. Partake of all the amenities at this cute and cozy cabin. Enjoy a screened-in porch and a hot tub outside. It’s a perfect place to spend some time soaking in the sights and strengthening your bonds with family and friends. And, it’s time for some fun with Fido, too. The cabin is pet-friendly!

Red Roof Zen

Nestled In

If you are seeking solitude and relaxation, you’ve come to the right place. Nestled In’s secluded setting in the Sunrock Mountain area offers total privacy – you’ll have spectacular views all to yourself, with birds chirping as your only background music. You will truly feel “Nestled In” here among the trees and surrounded only by nature. This is a wonderful 3-bedroom, 3-bath cabin for anybody looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city – you will feel like you have the whole mountain to yourself here in this delightful, tucked away cabin. Prepare to enjoy a few days “nestled in” this cozy retreat…you may never want to leave.

Sunset Lodge

The North Georgia mountains offer some of the most breathtaking views in the country and nature’s experience unlike anywhere else. Nestled on over three acres of unspoiled beauty, Sunset Lodge is located in one of Blue Ridge’s most serene and ideal spots. Sitting on a ridgeline located on Sunrock Mountain, this home has been thoughtfully built to perfectly face the ever-changing, natural light shows that continuously play against the mountain ranges. This inviting, mountain retreat sleeps four and is a wonderful escape for two couples, a small family, or a romantic getaway.

Suite Dreams

At Suite Dreams, the North Georgia Mountains are in such close range, it’s as if you can touch them. The cabin’s 25-foot high wall of glass allows you to take in the mountain views, watch the clouds drift by, and stargaze at night all from inside the comforts of this lovely property. Just 15 minutes from the quaint town of Blue Ridge, GA, Suite Dreams is located off of entirely paved roads and is convenient to the scenic drive of Highway 60. This 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath cabin offers a familiar, homey-feel but captures spectacular views and the restorative powers of a true mountain getaway. Step outside on the covered deck and enjoy ample outdoor living amenities with rockers, dining space, hot tub, and wood burning fireplace overlooking the spectacular view. Suite Dreams promises incredible sunsets over the mountains, abundant wild life, and has many covered porches to enjoy as you reconnect this winter.

Sweet Seclusion

When you are looking for a great mountain adventure, in the perfect high-elevation hideaway, Sweet Seclusion is your vacation’s ‘sweet spot.’ This quaint cabin is located off of winding roads atop one of the highest points in the Aska Adventure Area in the North Georgia Mountains. Feel like you are in total seclusion within the hardwoods as there are no visible neighbors, and the only sounds you’ll hear within this special setting are those purely from nature. Sweet Seclusion is a 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath log cabin facing toward the woods where you can peek through the trees at the picturesque mountain views beyond. Enjoy this special cabin located literally and figuratively at the pinnacle of tranquility. Sweet Seclusion is your private oasis in the woods to reconnect with your favorite people or the quietest part of yourself. 

Tranquility

With beautiful mountain views and a secluded setting, Tranquility is the North Georgia cabin rental you are searching for to escape the demands of your hectic life! This peaceful, pet-friendly cabin is tucked away in the mountains, but is only 8 miles from the shops and dining of downtown Blue Ridge and the hiking, fishing and mountain biking of the Aska Adventure Area. Tranquility offers a restful retreat whether you are returning from a day of outdoor adventures or would rather spend the day hibernating in the cabin. Relax and reconnect with nature and with your loved ones at Tranquility, the perfect cozy cabin for the quiet mountain getaway you crave!