Adults Night Out in Blue Ridge



There is not much better than escaping to the Blue Ridge mountains with the whole family for a memorable week creating memories. However, alone time with your partner is much needed too and a romantic getaway can really help to ignite your passion. Remember why you fell in love in the first place. Take time to relax and connect at the cabin, but when you are ready for some nightlife, Blue Ridge has all the hot spots to explore!

Whiskey & Water- Seafood & Bourbon Bar

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Start your night off with dinner and drinks at Whiskey & Water; a brand new local spot right in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge! Enjoy their large selection of high-quality, sustainable seafood, cocktails, whiskeys and bourbons from all over the world. Whole Fried Snapper with a whiskey on the rocks anyone? They make their dishes with the freshest of ingredients and with fish caught from the best of America’s coasts. Are you a local to Blue Ridge? You may notice the Whiskey & Water’s location is the old historic 1937 Post Office, beautifully renovated into the new restaurant space. If you’re looking for a nice night on the town with good drinks and good food then Whiskey & Water is the place for you! 

Escape Blue Ridge 

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After a filling dinner at Whiskey & Water it’s time to get active and solve a mystery or two at Escape Blue Ridge. You and your group will find yourselves “locked” in a room and the only way to get out is by solving a series of riddles and puzzles to escape before time runs out. Currently you can take on two different adventures Prohibition– a 1920’s themed room where you and your group are a team of investigators leading the charge on illegal alcohol sales or Black Beard’s Brig– a pirate themed room where you’ll enter in handcuffs and must escape before the evil pirates return and make you walk the plank! And coming soon in March 2022 is a wizard themed room- Wizard School of Magic. You and your friends will have a blast solving puzzles together and going on an adventure! 

Vertigo Pinball

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Not in the mood for an adventure? Throw it back to your youth and be that “Pinball Wizard” you’ve always dreamed of being at Blue Ridge’s most exciting new venue- Vertigo Pinball! No coins, tokens, or bills needed; just buy a wristband and play till your heart’s content! Play on all kinds of themed pinball machines like Marvel, Jurassic Park, Metallica, The Walking Dead, The Mandolorian, and so much more. Also enjoy a selection of beer, wine, and ciders while you play and unique eats like grown-up grilled cheese! Have a night full of fun and games! 

Hook & Eye

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After a few rounds of pinball or after solving your escape, the fun continues! Head over for more drinks at Blue Ridge’s new rooftop bar- Hook & Eye. Kick back with a cocktail in your hand and enjoy the beautiful view of Downtown below and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. Open Tuesday-Saturday!

Black Bear Bier Garten 

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More drinks can be found at Black Bear Bier Garten. They offer 19 local, craft & imported draft beers. And pair your brewski with one of 9 varieties of wild game sausages or one of their giant pretzels! Even enjoy live music on select nights! Need a girls night out instead? Drop the husbands off at “husband daycare” while you and the girls shop and explore Blue Ridge together. There’s always fun to be had at the Black Bear Bier Garten! 

Bin 322

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Wine, wine, and more wine! Let the fun continue at Bin 322! They offer regional wines from all over the world, tapas and other delicious international platters. Sit out on the beautiful patio or inside; wherever you choose you’ll appreciate the relaxing and intimate atmosphere while getting the chance to catch up with your favorite. And if you stop by on select Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-9pm you can enjoy live music from local artists. Bonus; on Monday nights from 6pm-8pm you can join in on SINGO, music style bingo! Bin 322 has great wines and is a wonderful place to relax with friends!

Mona Lisa’s Dessert House

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Finish off the night at Mona Lisa’s with a nightcap & a plate full of sweet treats! They have all the desserts you can imagine! From cakes and pies, to dessert martinis and wines; they truly have it all. Ending your night with a delicious and decadent dessert is a perfect ending to a SWEET night of kid-free fun in Blue Ridge! 

Be sure to check out some of these NEW spots on your next Escape to Blue Ridge and of course our local breweries and wineries for more kid-free fun. Need more ideas? Check out our Workcation blog for more ways to relax, unwind, and have fun: https://www.escapetoblueridge.com/blog/workcation/ 

Fire Pit Fixings



Last week this blog featured a tremendous round up of cabins with great firepits. One of our favorite things about the weather changing is sitting around the fire pit with a chill in the air, but you are completely warm, not just by the heat of the fire but by the company you are so enjoying.  Adding to the ambiance of the evening includes singing songs, swapping tall tales, and of course fire pit cooking!

It’s so fun if someone in your group has a guitar or harmonica, they could play for everyone to sing and clap along, but you don’t even need music to sing your favorite campfire songs! Telling ghost stories always proves to be a good time too. Although the ghost stories typically end up in squeals of laughter because you know that one person that is SUPER scared and they end up falling out of the chair, jumping & panicking, or making funny noises as they try to tame their heebee geebies. Oh yes, good times! Most importantly, you can’t forget about marshmallows!

Who doesn’t love to roast marshmallows? This might be the best and most memorable part about having an outside fire. First, you go on a stick hunt to find that perfect length and sturdiness then roast your marshmallow to the perfect amount of burnt that you prefer. Or, take it to the next level and break out the chocolate and Graham crackers for a melt in your mouth, perfectly crafted s’mores! But s’mores aren’t the only thing you can cook over the fire. Try one (or all) of these “fire pit fixing” ideas next time you Escape to Blue Ridge!

The Healthy-ish Approach

Have you ever considered roasting fruit over an open fire? No? Well, you should because it is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! Choose from pineapple, bananas, watermelon, apples or peaches. The fruit sugars almost caramelize making for a divinely delicious guilt free treat. Of course, having a little caramel or chocolate on hand to dip your roasted fruit into never hurt anyone, and definitely adds more “pow” to your taste buds! Make ahead fruit kabobs or just place them on your stick like you would a marshmallow! Side note: strawberries dipped in marshmallow fluff and then roasted will make your mouth do a happy dance!

Go Fancy

Who says fire pit cooking has to be basic and boring? Impress your guests with fireside Shrimp Scampi! This meal is super easy to prepare, but even more divine to eat! All you need is foil, butter, peeled & deveined shrimp, a little lemon, and your favorite seasonings. We typically improvise with a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but for you by-the-bookers, here’s a simple go to recipe with exact measurements.

Classic

It may not be fancy, but there is something extra delicious about a roasted hot dog! It really doesn’t get any easier than this. Pick your favorite dog, we are partial to the Hebrew National all beef hot dogs, pierce it with your stick and roast away. You can even toast your hot dog bun on a stick for a well-rounded hot dog experience!

Kid Friendly

Fast, easy and delicious…that’s my kind of cooking!  You can prepare these French bread pizzas ahead of time or create a little make-your-own station on the picnic table. Slice your French bread, cover with marina sauce, add your favorite toppings (pepperoni, mushrooms, Canadian bacon, olives) and finish with mozzarella cheese. Wrap your creation in heavy duty aluminum foil and throw them on the fire!

Dare To Be Different

Super easy, but super delicious is campfire cinnamon rolls! Simply buy your favorite brand of refrigerated cinnamon rolls, we personally love Pillsbury Grands. All you have to do is unroll a cinnamon bun and divide the long pieces of dough into sections. Wrap a portion around your stick, careful not overlap for even cooking, and roast away!  

Next Level S’mores

Bacon. Yes, you read that right. A little graham cracker, a little marshmallow, a little chocolate, and a couple of pieces of bacon (which you could also roast over the fire) will have your tongue jump out and lick the eyebrows right off your head!

We also encourage you to mix up your chocolate options. Truth be told, it’s hard to beat a piece of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, but have you ever thought of using a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup? What about a Kit Kat Bar? We suggest you try a York Peppermint Patty next time, you won’t regret it. In fact, you may never go back to the traditional s’mores again!

Adults Only

If you’re looking for a way to warm up from the inside out, a Hot Toddy is definitely in order and extra enjoyable sitting outside by the fire. Boil water over your fire and add a tea bag to your cup. Let your tea steep for about two minutes, then add a shot (or two) of whiskey, a little honey, a slice of lemon, and some cloves for extra spice. Bam! Now we are ready to make some fireside memories!