Christmas Lights Around the Mountains



Every family has many Christmas traditions that they enjoy preserving. For this writer, one of my family’s favorite things to do is to go drive around and see all the Christmas lights! However, when you’re not from around here, you wouldn’t even know where to begin to look for lights to enjoy. Well, we tried to make it easy for you and stalked as many of our friends pages to locate all the Christmas light displays that you HAVE to go check out!

Each community offers a brief directions, but click on the town name to access a Google map to help you find your way! If you’re a local reading this and know of other places we’re missing please drop a comment or send us a Facebook or Instagram message. Merry Christmas!

Click to go to the Escape To Blue Ridge Christmas Light Map

Blue Ridge:

Escape to Blue Ridge offices – We are decked out for the season! Stop by and take a selfie with our Christmas Tree & pick up an activity packet for the kids and enjoy the lights by night!

Downtown Blue Ridge – East Main St.

Spur 60 – Between Mineral Bluff and NC State line. Drive through Winter Wonderland! Santa on certain nights.

The Penlands – Hwy 75, just past the North Carolina/Georgia state line.

Williams’ – Forge Mill Road off Hwy 515 across from Cucina Rustica. Santa on certain nights.

William’s Home Photo Courtesy of Becky Dyer

Blairsville:

Gwynn’s Christmas Light Show

Chamber of Commerce – Tour of Trees. 9am – 5pm. 129 Union County Recreation Road, Blairsville

Collins – 257 Windy Hill Rd. (Santa Here)

289 Cook St

Downtown – On the Square

195 Forest Dr

Gwynn’s Christmas Light Show – Shows at 7pm & 7:30pm. Tune your radio to 91.9 and enjoy! Address is 121 Birch Cane Drive, Blairsville, GA 30512

262 Jewell Mason Rd

Stonehenge Assisted Living – Hwy 129 North towards Murphy, about 7 miles north of Hwy 76/129 intersection. Note: Nativity Scene

The Browns – Take Old Blue Ridge Highway out past Mulkey Gap. Right on Ed King Road. Just before the solar panel field. Note: Santa’s Mailbox – leave a letter to Santa and receive a reply!

The Jones – Take Blue Ridge Hwy, then a left on Mulkey Gap, right on Jones Rd.

Hiawassee

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds – Mountain Country Christmas in Lights every Thursday, Friday, & Saturday from November 25-December 18th. Come early on Saturdays for the Craft Show and stay for the lights 4pm-9pm! Open EVERY night from December 19th-23rd! (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Here you will enjoy beautiful light displays and food ops along with food, music, arts & crafts, hot chocolate, marshmallow, a petting zoo and Santa. Admission is $6 per person and children 12 and under are FREE! On the main drag – Hwy 76 in Hiawassee.

Bugscuffle Road – Through the town of Hiawassee, but before the School. See Uhaul & Parker Oil, next road on left is Bugscuffle. On Hwy 76, just west of Towns County School.

Scataway Road – About 5 minutes past the Towns County School, see sign for Mount Zion Church on left and follow the red glow. Off of Hwy 76, 5 minutes east of town. See Santa on certain nights.

Panter House – Gumlog Rd off of Hwy 66 in Young Harris. On the Towns County side of Gumlog.

North Carolina:

Harshaw Road Lights Courtesy of Susie Bryant

Penlands – Hwy 75, just across the NC/Ga line.

Harshaw Road – Near Cherokee Hills Golf Course

December 2021



‘Tis the season to celebrate in the mountains! The crisp weather is perfect for shopping downtown, enjoying outdoor activities and then relaxing in the hot tub or by the crackling fire at the cabin! Come stay with us this month and check out the upcoming events below!

Holiday Express 2021
Dec 1 – Dec 23
Location: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Take a ride on the Santa Express and enjoy hearing a Christmas story, singing Christmas songs, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Every child will receive a traditional Christmas bell, a candy cane, and a memory they won’t soon forget!

Holiday Show & Sale
Dec 1 – Dec 18
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association will have a variety of art and handcrafted items for sale, all created from their member artists. Find everything you need for the holiday season Tuesday – Sunday, December 1st – December 18th!

Live Music
Dec 1- Dec 31
Locations: Tooneys 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 updates. And every Thursday night get ready to take to the stage with open mic night!

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights
Dec 1 – Dec 23
Location: Georgia Mountains Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Visit the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds for a Winter Walk through thousands and thousands of lights and exhibits! Visit Poinsettia Place, Candy Cane Lane, Santa’s Workshop, Toyland, Frosty’s Trail and many more light exhibits. There will be live music, arts and craft vendors, food, and most important…SANTA!!!  Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 6pm – 9pm. $6 for adults and children under 12 are FREE!!!

Four Old Broads at Christmas
Dec 1 – Dec 12
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

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Come see Blue Ridge Community Theater’s comedic play ‘Four Old Broads at Christmas’! The play follows four old ladies who are ready for a new and fun vacation! With the help of a retired Elvis impersonator the ladies try to sneak away to the Sassy Seniors Caribbean Cruise! But will they get to go on the vacation of their dreams? Find out! Shows are Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm; and runs from November 18th through December 12th.

2021 Tour of Trees
Dec 1 – 31
Location: Union County Community Center

Photo Courtesy of Scott Michael Anna

The Blairsville-Union County Community Center is transformed into a winter wonderland for the whole month of December. Bring your family and friends and enjoy an amazing display of trees, lights, wreaths, and decorations. This is a perfect place to get your holiday photos! Admission is FREE!

Live Music
Dec 2 -Dec 18
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewery

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

December 2nd, 16th – Karaoke
December 3rd – Surrender Hill
December 10th – Travis Bowlin
December 17th – Doctor Paul
December 18th – SaturdayOke

Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop
Dec 2 – 3
Location: Pat Haralson Memorial Civic Center

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If you are needing a special gift for a special family member or friend, then check out the Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop! There will be over 50 home-based business vendors (Independent Consultants) there to cover all your shopping needs.

Holiday in the Park – Winter Wonderland
Dec 3
Location: Fannin County Recreation Dept.

Photo Courtesy of Fannin County Recreation Dept

A Winter Wonderland in Blue Ridge! Enjoy Elf hunts, Santa pictures, craft kits, hot chocolate and Santa himself will arrive by Helicopter! 

Copperhill Kiwanis Club Annual Christmas Parade
Dec 4
Location: Downtown McCaysville & Copperhill

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This annual event in Copperhill & McCaysville provides a fun and celebratory atmosphere for family and friends! Occurring on the first Saturday in December each year, this parade features a myriad of floats and high school marching bands. Come and support the Copperhill Kiwanis Club! The parade begins at 2pm and ends at 4pm. This year’s theme is a Centennial Christmas. At 6pm will be the lighting of the tree ceremony and music.

Christmas in Ducktown
Dec 4
Location: Downtown Ducktown, TN

Photo Courtesy of Ducktown Tennessee

Just over the Georgia line, Ducktown, Tennessee will hold a Christmas event complete with a parade, tree lighting, cookie decorating, music, and a visit from Santa.

Kris Kringle Mountain Market
Dec 4
Location: Union County Farmers Market

Photo of the Union County Farmers Market

Enjoy a visit to the European Outdoor Holiday Market right here in the North Georgia Mountains! Music, children’s area. More than 75 vendors with produce, arts/crafts, and delicious food creations.

St. Luke’s Annual Christmas Bazaar
Dec 4
Location: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Photo Courtesy of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar and Silent Auction from 9am to 3pm. Taking place across from the Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club Fairground, this event will feature original art works, matted reproductions, knitted items, handmade birdhouses, note-cards, pottery, and handcrafted Christmas decorations! Baked goods, homemade jams, jellies, pickles, and other sweets and treats will also be available!

Christmas on the Square and Parade
Dec 4

Location: Downtown Blairsville

Photo Courtesy of Visit Downtown Blairsville

Blairsville will hold a Christmas event complete with a parade, tree lighting, Christmas caroling, and pictures with Santa.

Christmas Tour of Homes
Dec 5
Location: Blue Ridge Area

Photo Courtesy of Satterwhite Log Homes

Christmas Tour of Homes is hosted by the Fannin County Family Connection. The tour includes 6 beautifully decorated homes and holiday refreshments. Tickets are available at online at www.fannin.gafcp.org. All proceeds are used to fund Drug & Alcohol outreach programs and the food pantry at Family Connection.

Live Music
Dec 9 – Dec 31
Location: Hook & Eye Rooftop Bar

Photo Courtesy of the Hook & Eye

Take in downtown Blue Ridge from the roof of the Hooke & Eye! This restaurant features excellent cuisine, a full bar, great views, an inviting atmosphere inside, and balcony seating on the outside!

December 9th, 23rd – Andrew Chastain
December 10th, 17th – Trevor Ciongoli
December 24th, 31st – Rusted Melody

Sounds Like Christmas – Brasstown Ringers
Dec 11
Location: First United Methodist Church

Photo Courtesy of the Brasstown Ringers

If you haven’t seen hand bells rung, go! The sounds are so resonant, pure, and uplifting. The Brasstown Ringers are in Blue Ridge on December 11 at 7pm. Don’t miss them!

Christmas Kick Off – Sunday Funday Holiday Singalong Party
Dec 12
Location: The Dogwood

Photo Courtesy of The Dogwood

Start your holiday season off right for a Sunday Funday Holiday Singalong Party at one of our favorite hot spots in Blue Ridge, The Dogwood! Special guest musicians, holiday classic songs, fun cover tunes, and maybe even some crowd participation and karaoke fun!

Sawyer Brown & Exile
Dec 18
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Sawyer Brown with Exile are coming to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! You might remember these bands from the 70s & 80s, but their songs are timeless, and they are still rocking! A concert on vacation is just another great way to make lasting memories!

New Year’s Eve Party
Dec 31
Location: Tooneys Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s

Welcome 2022 in with free live music performances by The Wandering Willows & One For the Road! What better way to ring in the New Year with good drinks, good friends, and a lot of fun at Tooney’s in McCaysville!

Joy to the World
All Season Long
Location: Across the World

To every household near and far, we hope that regardless of your beliefs, you and yours are filled with the merriment and joy of the season. Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Festivus!

7 Cabins with Electric Vehicle Charging Stations



Blue Ridge is going green! Five of our cabins have made the switch and now have electric vehicle charging stations! Electric cars are seen as the eco-friendly alternative to gasoline based cars. In recent years electric cars have become more popular, more affordable, and have seen advancements in mileage and charge time.

At Escape to Blue Ridge we are environmentally conscious and want to offer convenience to our guests. We feel that by offering electric charging stations at our cabins we can not only keep our guests satisfied but help the environment as well. It’s a win-win for us! Learn a little bit more about the 7 cabins currently offering electric vehicle charging stations below. 

Carpe Diem 

Carpe Diem has it all! Recently renovated in 2021 it is beautifully designed inside and out with a mountain/wildlife theme. The design is modern meets traditional and has a rustic elegance look.  From this prime location you can enjoy the stunning panoramic views and wooded oasis. Grill out on the main deck and get cozy by the outdoor wood-burning fireplace. Take in the sunset from the 6 person hot tub and roast s’mores at the firepit.

Inside, you’ll be in awe of the high-end amenities. An open level floor plan with large windows to take in the views; a spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops; a game room with billiards, ping-pong, board games, and a full bar; and 4 cozy bedrooms. And Carpe Diem is even pet-friendly! The electric car charger included in your stay is a 30 AMP charger, so your car will be charged up and ready to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains in no time! 

Ellijay River Dreams Cabin

Relaxed, blessed, peaceful, and homey! That is what Ellijay River Dreams Cabin is all about. 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.

You will be amazed by all that the owners designed in the outdoor living spaces. 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. There is also a custom fire pit with a love bench made from stone, a BBQ area with picnic tables, and several gravel walkways to explore the entire property. As you make your way to the south side of the property you will see some custom chairs carved out of trees from the property, and another set of rock stairs leading into the Ellijay River. And if you weren’t already blown away by this amazing cabin, your electrical vehicle will be happy too as it gets recharged at the EV Charging station featuring a 40amp Juicebox for your next Blue Ridge adventure!

Endless Echo

Endless Echo is a beautiful and unique 4-bedroom cabin with great amenities, stunning mountain views, peace and quiet, and so much more! Just outside alone they have fruit trees, a herb and vegetable garden decorated with whimsical sculptures, a firepit, a hot tub, and multiple seating options. The outdoor spaces are also all professionally landscaped.

The interior has an art-filled rustic-meets-mid century modern décor feel that you won’t see anywhere else! Open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, designer pieces, and a stone remote controlled gas fireplace. Plus a 65” HDTV with Apple TV and Roku and a Sonos music system! This cabin is perfect for tech lovers; which is why they also have a universal 50amp ChargePoint charger outside for electric cars. This 4-bedroom cabin is equipped with everything you could need and more! 

Hidden Creek Cabin

A great Georgia mountain vacation is one that whisks you away to a beautiful cabin alongside a creek, where you can relax, unwind, and enjoy your family and friends. You can find just that type of escape at Hidden Creek Cabin, a brand new cabin as of January 2021. But that’s not all: while you may feel like you are worlds away from the stresses and pressures of daily life, you are also fully connected in this modern contemporary retreat to a virtual personal assistant in every room of this cabin. With eleven Alexas: one in each room including both outdoor decks, you’ll have the artificial intelligence technology of voice interaction and independent music playback at your command in every room.

Nestled alongside the woods near a hidden creek, just four miles from downtown Blue Ridge, this spectacular newly built property will be the perfect oasis where you can relax and recharge while enjoying everything the Georgia mountains have to offer. Speaking of recharging, you can easily charge up your electric vehicle with an Level-2 40amp EV & PHEV Charging Station for electric vehicles.

Hilltop Hideaway

Hilltop Hideaway is just 5 minutes from Blue Ridge but in a secluded setting. Located on a mountain, Hilltop Hideaway’s exterior has wraparound decks that showcase the mountain views from every angle! The porches are even screened in for your comfort and convenience. You’ll especially love the hot-tub on the lower porch that includes Bluetooth speakers, and you’ll enjoy swinging on the large swing as well.

Inside, the cabin has plenty of country charm and rustic elegance. The bright and sunny living room will welcome you in with it’s wall of windows and cozy leather couches. Cook up dinner for the whole family in the beautiful kitchen that has everything from stainless steel appliances, black granite countertops, to a waffle maker and a wine shelf for storing all your new bottles from the local wineries. Then when dinner is ready serve it up in the dining room which seats 6, with overflow at the breakfast bar. And not only does Hilltop Hideaway’s game room contain classics like air hockey, pool, and foosball but they also have an arcade machine with over 60 games! When you finish exploring all that Blue Ridge has to offer, charge up your car with the cabin’s Nema 1450 charger for electric vehicles; a 32A (7.7kw) with commercial grade Level 2. And after you charge up, catch some Z’s in either one of the 3-bedrooms or the loft. The cabin sleeps up to 8 guests and is the perfect relaxing getaway you need! 

My Mountain Medicine 

My Mountain Medicine is the log cabin you’ve always dreamed of! Take in beautiful mountain sunsets from the porch and every window. The cabin’s rustic wildlife-themed décor gives it a welcoming feel along with it’s great amenities. Enjoy the downstairs game room with board games, a Wii and 45” Smart TV, which is just one of the cabins 5 TVs.

Cook up dinner in the spacious kitchen or out on the main deck’s gas grill. Plus all 3 bedrooms come with brand-new mattresses and linens for extra comfort. And head to the driveway for a pickup game of basketball and to charge up your electric car on the Nema 1450 charger. So much awaits you at My Mountain Medicine, which is just 15 minutes from Downtown Blue Ridge!

Tumnus Ridge

Located in Morganton, just 15 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, is the peaceful cabin Tumnus Ridge! Its relaxing and peaceful environment isn’t the only thing that makes it so special. One of its many hallmarks is its incredible outdoor spaces. Unwind after a long day of exploring, in the screened-in outdoor living room with a wood-burning fireplace that’s seated just above the custom-designed waterfall feature. Or choose to relax on the wraparound porch, in the 5 person hot tub, the fenced-in dog-friendly garden, or even by the firepit. Tumnus Ridge was made with outdoor lovers in mind!

Inside the fun continues with 3-bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, a fully stocked kitchen, work stations, and even a mini gym. Before you head out to explore Blue Ridge don’t forget to charge your car at the Tesla Electric Vehicle Charger. Tumnus Ridge is the perfect relaxing getaway for your next trip to the mountains! 

Hike these 8 Blue Ridge Mountain Trails



Why do people escape to the mountains? For peace, quiet, and some time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life; of course. But if you’re an outdoor lover you probably also escape to the mountains to explore some wonderful hiking trails. In Blue Ridge, we have no shortage of great hiking options. Choose from mountain trails, riverside trails, lakeside trails, wooded trails, and even trails that lead to beautiful waterfalls. Wherever your heart leads you to explore, we’ve got it!

We’ve comprised a list of our top 8 favorite hiking trails to guide you on your next adventure. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a total newbie just wanting to get outdoors, there are trails for everyone. So grab your friends, family, and dogs along too for an adventure of a lifetime and fall in love with some of the best trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Benton McKaye Trail

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Located in the heart of the Aska Adventure Area, we love the Benton McKaye Trail because it’s close to so many great activities like Lily Pad Village, Toccoa Valley Campground, and more. Plus it connects to so many other trails that will take you all around Blue Ridge! Benton McKaye crosses the Appalachian Trail about 15 miles south of Blue Ridge. Along the trail you may come across the famous Toccoa Swinging Bridge, Fall Branch Falls, Long Creek Falls, and Springer Mountain; all great spots to stop for a photo-op!

The Benton MacKaye Trail is a great option for day hikers and explorers looking to do some sightseeing. Or if you’re up for an adventure, you can warm up for a thru-hike by doing the entire 300 miles ending in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. There’s always something new to find on the Benton McKaye Trail! 

Lake Blue Ridge Loop

Take in the beauty of Lake Blue Ridge for yourself and hike the trails around the lake. The Lake Blue Ridge Loop is a quick 0.8 miles and is well maintained, making it a great hike for all ages. Admire the trees reflecting off the water as you wander along the trail. Once you finish, head on over to the Morganton Point Recreation Area for a quick dip or a much-needed lunch in the picnic area. 

Aska Adventure Area trails

The Aska Adventure Area hiking trails are made up of 5 smaller trails: Stanley Gap Trail, Green Mountain Trail, Flat Creek Loop, Stanley Gap/Flat Creek Connector, and Long Branch Loop; which all together form 17.0 miles of beautiful trails to explore.

Open year-round, these winding trails will take you through the Chattahoochee National Forest and across mountain streams & creeks. You might even run into a waterfall or two! These trails also eventually connect to the Benton McKaye Trail and Lake Blue Ridge Loop. Most all of the trails in Fannin County are connected and ready to take you throughout the most beautiful parts of Blue Ridge.

Jack’s River Trail

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Jacks River Trail is a 14.8-mile trail located within the Cohutta Wilderness Area. Be aware that this trail is slightly more advanced and parts of it cross moving water; so make sure you’re up for the challenge! The hike will be a rocky, water-filled adventure that crosses Jacks River and its tributaries over 40 times, but the views will be so worth it.

One of the highlights of the hike is the beautiful, 80-foot Jacks River Falls. The falls are easily one of the South’s most beautiful waterfalls and one of Georgia’s top hiking destinations. You’ll also find wildflowers, mossy river banks, and rocky paths just waiting to be explored! If you’re looking for a rewarding and fun adventure this hike is for you!

Emery Creek Falls Trail

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Looking for more water adventures? Hike on Emery Creek Falls Trail for a fun challenge!  This intermediate trail takes hikers through 20 creeks and past several waterfalls throughout the 6.2-mile round trip hike. You’ll wander and explore the lush, forested trail and feel like you’re hundreds of miles away from the rest of the world. Along the way, you’ll run into a pair of stunning, beautiful, remote waterfalls. Relax, listen to the sounds of the rushing waterfall, and feel at peace in your own beautiful oasis. 

The Hemp Top Trail

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Climb some of the highest peaks in Georgia as you make your way along The Hemp Top Trail. Only 10 minutes outside of Blue Ridge, this 6.2-mile strenuous hike is well worth it for the views at the top. You’ll be able to see the Tennessee Valley and surrounding mountains from one of the highest points in the Cohutta Wilderness. This quiet hike will submerge you right into the beauty of the North Georgia wilderness but is recommended for more experienced hikers. 

Ocoee Whitewater Center Trails

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While the Ocoee Whitewater Center, just across the border in Tennessee, is known for its whitewater rafting, but they also have over 30 miles of trails to explore! The Ocoee Whitewater Center is the site of the 1996 Summer Olympic white water events and has much to see like the Olympic bridges, gardens, historic and forested trails, and a 330-foot suspension bridge. Athletes and Olympic fans will especially love the trails but any outdoor lover can enjoy them! And when you finish your long or short adventure, picnic by the river and imagine the dozens of rafts that floated down that very same river in the Olympic games over 25 years ago! 

Amicalola Falls 

The hike to Amicalola Falls is a 2.1-mile loop but much of it is uphill. You’ll cross rocky terrain, as you weave through the narrow trail. On your way up to the falls, you’ll hear the sounds of rushing water in the distance and will catch a glimpse of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Once you reach the top of the falls you’ll begin the steep walk down along bridges and stairs. You’ll be blown away by the 730-foot waterfall that cascades down a towering cliff into a pool of water far below.

Soak in the incredible views of the tallest waterfall in Georgia, as you make your way down the stairs; you’ll have plenty of chances for photos of course! Looking for a more challenging hike to the falls? Take the 10-mile hike, past the stone archway at the visitor center onto the Amicalola Falls East Ridge Trail and Appalachian Approach Trail Loop. You’ll still make it to the falls you’ll just have a longer, more challenging hike ahead of you. Whichever route you choose Amicalola Falls is a must-see! 

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/ 

7 Remarkable Blue Ridge Cabins



Your Blue Ridge Mountain escape deserves to be a unique and special experience that you won’t soon forget. We pride ourselves on offering the most remarkable and luxurious cabins and making them feel like a home away from home for you. Whether you are searching for a cabin with incredible mountain views, a riverside lodge, or a retreat with amenities to entertain the family, we’ll help you find your perfect Escape to Blue Ridge. Let’s take a look at 7 of our most remarkable cabins.

Themed Cabin

If you like your cabin to have a set theme in every room then Animal Crossings is just the place! Each of the five bedrooms is decorated with a different animal theme.  Upstairs we have Eagle’s Nest and Bear Cave. Downstairs is Deer Haven, Fox Hole, and the kid’s bedroom-Cub Den. The rest of the cabin is beautifully decorated as well; in a modern rustic style that gives off a welcoming ambiance. You’ll especially love the open floor plan of the main living area with its rich woods, natural stone, & exposed beams.

The décor isn’t the only part that makes this cabin one of our favorites; there’s also a downstairs game room filled with a pool table, foosball, puzzles & board games, and a smart TV! And if you want to spend some time with nature head out to the screened-in, main deck where you can relax and grill out. Fun animal themed rooms, long range mountain views, and more, all await you at this incredible 5 bedroom cabin! 

Amazing View

Why do so many people vacation in the mountains? For the views of course! High Five Lodge will provide you with the best mountain views and then some! Perched 2,300 ft. high on Watson Mountain, you’ll have a birds eye view of Blue Ridge. It’s stunning views were even featured in Southern Living October 2015 “Take to the Mountains – Best of the South” article.

High Five Lodge has a couple of great spots to take in the views. Admire the sights from the pavilion style deck curled up next to the wood-burning fireplace, or take it in from your bedroom’s own private deck, or even from the 6 seat hot tub with a glass of wine! The possibilities are as endless as the views. We know you’ll likely want to spend most of your time outside admiring the mountains but the cabin’s interior and amenities do not disappoint! 5 huge bedrooms, a spacious kitchen, a cozy downstairs game room and more! If you’re looking for a spacious cabin with amazing views for your next family getaway then High Five Lodge is the place to be!

Riverside

Find yourself in a wooded oasis, where you can relax by listening to the calming sounds of the flowing Toccoa River. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Row Harder.  Fish or kayak on the river or settle into a swing, rocker or hammock on the porch and instantly feel your daily stresses disappear. This beautiful cabin is truly a nature lover’s dream!

Row Harder is unique in that it has not only the main house but a guest house as well; so there’s plenty of space for the whole family to gather both indoors and out. Inside the main house you’ll find a fully stocked kitchen equipped with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops, a beautiful living room with it’s wood-burning fireplace and large windows that overlook the river, and 5 bedrooms between the two houses.

The screened-in living room on the porch is likely where you’ll spend most of your time. It has a TV, comfortable seating, a wood burning fireplace and a spectacular view. Enjoy all this while Dad grills up burgers for everyone on either the charcoal or gas grill on the back deck. After dinner take advantage of the fenced in backyard and play a pick up game or let the dogs run free at this pet friendly cabin. And finish the night off by the rivers edge, roasting marshmallows and swapping stories at the firepit. You’ll leave feeling completely relaxed from your wonderful riverside escape. 

Lakeview

Want to be situated right on the water for those hot summer days? Eagles Landing is directly on Lake Blue Ridge and is your ultimate lakeside cabin! You’ll have spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. You’ll find yourself spending most of your time in the water or on the 2-story dock that accommodates up to 16 people. Fish, swim, or relax as you listen to the water lap on the side of the dock. There are also 2 ramps for watercraft as well as accommodations for a motorboat, so you can have everything you need for a day on the water.

Inside you’ll love all the beautiful little details in the living room with a stone gas fireplace that stretches up 18 feet, or the hand-carved spiral staircase that spans four floors, and the unique loft down to the terrace level where you will find the fully equipped game room. Eagles Landing is truly a one-of-a-kind lakeside cabin that’s the perfect place for large groups of friends and family!

Best of Both Worlds

Bearway to Heaven has a little bit of everything. You’ll have an incredible view of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains but will also be able to see Lake Blue Ridge shimmering in the distance. It’s also close to all the outdoor activities in the Aska Adventure Area while not being far from the shops and restaurants of Downtown Blue Ridge. And it can accommodate up to 12 guests so there’s room for everyone!

This spacious mountain showplace offers everything you crave, with room for everyone you love. It’s tastefully decorated with comfortable furniture that invites you to kick back and relax and has a warm and cozy ambiance that makes you feel at home from the moment you enter. A cozy living room, a fully equipped game room, plenty of outdoor spaces, 5 bedrooms, a hot tub, and a fire pit!? What more could you ask for from this cabin that seems to have everything!

Log Cabin

Feel like you’re having a true mountain vacation in Chestnut Lodge; a beautiful log cabin nestled in between the rolling mountains. It’s a beautifully-crafted custom Barna log home, with 3,000 roomy square feet offering plenty of comfortable crevices. The décor combines upscale farmhouse and mountain styling with the newest, top of the line finishes and modern fixtures with a hint of vintage. The whole cabin just screams comfort! Chestnut Lodge was even featured in Log Home Living Magazine! Cook up a meal for the family in the beautiful green stained kitchen with granite counter tops and bronze fixtures. Watch your favorite film in the downstairs home theater while having a drink from the wet bar. Have dinner on the deck and feel as though fireflies are dancing overhead from the muted string of lights hanging above you. Or take a quick cat nap on the hammock off the bedroom porch. You’ll feel right at home in no time at this cozy, 5 bedroom log cabin. 

All Around Fabulous

Nestled in the Rich Mountain Wilderness at over 2,000 ft. elevation, Top of the Ridge Chalet combines elegant, modern-rustic comfort with jaw-dropping mountain views. Truly a one-of-a-kind property, you will be in awe of the spectacular, unobstructed views once you reach it (yes, it’s a little bit of a drive up the mountain but well worth it!). Just take a moment to take in the spectacular view and the 1,300 sf. of outdoor decks. Explore the hot tub and outdoor shower area, envision making smores at the outdoor fireplace, and start enjoying the soothing sounds of the man-made waterfall.

When you step inside, you’ll see this is not your ordinary cabin! While it’s a true-log cabin, Top of the Ridge Chalet was professionally redesigned, renovated, and redecorated to provide understated luxury within today’s modern-rustic style, with all of the comforts of home. The many decorator touches include crystal chandeliers, a custom wood-burning fireplace, and panoramic windows that frame the breathtaking views!

November 2021



The temperature has dropped, the colors are popping, and fun events are happening all over the North Georgia Mountains. Book a cabin and explore Blue Ridge by day and cozy up by the fire in the evening. Go on an adventure or kick back and relax. Your perfect mountain vacation starts with an Escape to Blue Ridge!

Riverwalk Run Club
November 4th – November 18th 
Location: Riverwalk

Photo Courtesy of Riverwalk Shops

Partake in a fun run every Thursday night at 6pm. 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 Paradise Hills
November 5th – 27th 
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 select Fridays from 4pm – 8pm and select Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm. Check their Facebook page for an updated list of musicians.

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
November 5th – 6th 
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 select Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm for great food and great live music from local artists!

November 5th: The Orange Walls Duo 
November 6th: Match Box Radio 

Travis Tritt
November 5th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

See Grammy award winning country artist Travis Tritt live in concert at the Anderson Music Hall on November 5th at 7pm. He’ll play some of his biggest hits including “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive” and “Best of Intentions.” And opening for Travis Tritt is his talented daughter Tyler Tritt! You won’t want to miss this awesome show!

Cheers for Chimps
November 5th
Location: Fannin Brewing Company

Photo Courtesy of Fannin Brewing Company

Come on out to this great event at Fannin Brewing Company that benefits Project Chimps! Tickets for the event include a limited edition Project Chimps glass, one pour of “Apele” ale made from Mercier Orchards apples and a food ticket! There will be live music, games, and a chance to learn more about Project Chimps. Drop on by from 2pm – 8pm! 

Ducktown Fall Fest
November 6th
Location: Ducktown School

Photo Courtesy of Ducktown School

Head across the border to Ducktown, TN for a day full of fall fun! This family fun event runs from 10am – 6pm and will include a bounce house for the kids to enjoy, food & craft vendors, and so much more! 

Hangover for Hounds
November 6th
Location: Buck Bald Brewing

Photo Courtesy of Buck Bald Brewing

Drink some great beer at Buck Bald Brewings last outdoor event of the year! Join in the fun from 12pm – 8pm. All proceeds will go towards the Humane Society of Blue Ridge. 

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards 
November 6th – 7th 
Location: Cartecay Vineyards 

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

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

November 6th: Travis Bowlin 
November 7th: Jorge Valenzuela 

Fall Festival
November 6th
Location: 7M Family Farms

Photo Courtesy of 7m Family Farms

7M Family Farms in Blairsville has their annual fall festival from 9am – 4pm! There will be music, crafters, CBD, locally grown produce, food from 7M Family Farms, a Kid’s Corner and so much more! 

Christmas One Stop Shop
November 8th – 9th 
Location: Carroll’s Barbeque

Photo Courtesy of Carroll’s BBQ

Get all your Christmas shopping done early this year at Carroll’s Barbeque Christmas One Stop Shop! Local artists and vendors will be selling their wares, so you’re sure to find something great for everyone on your list! Drop by Monday or Tuesday from 5pm – 8pm. 

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing 
November 12th – 26th 
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing 

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

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

November 12th: Lindsay Beth Harper 
November 14th: Sean Bulow
November 26th: Dave Dale 

Live Music at Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar
November 12th – 20th 
Location: Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar

Photo Courtesy of Bin322

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!

November 12th: Robbie Litt 
November 13th: Loose Shoes Duo 
November 19th: 2nd Helping 
November 20th: Mountain Gypsy Music

Northeast Georgia Arts Tour
November 12th – 14th 
Location: Northeast Georgia

Photo Courtesy of the North Georgia Arts Tour

Visit art galleries and chat with local artists in the Northeast Georgia area all weekend long! Follow the Art Tour signs in Union, Towns, Rabun, White, & Habersham counties in GA + Clay Co., NC to find where to go and pickup a map from your local Chamber of Commerce. You’ll see artists demonstrating their pottery making skills, painting, creating jewelry and so much more! 

Live Music at Tooney’s 
November 13th – 27th 
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 updates. And every Thursday night get ready to take to the stage with open mic night!

November 13thSmokey Jones and The 3 Dollar Pistols 
November 27th: Topper  

Veterans Day Parade and Memorial Service
November 13th 
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge & Veterans Memorial Park

Photo Courtesy of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Calling all veterans! This event is for you! Join us for breakfast from 8am – 10am at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Then enjoy the Annual Veterans Parade when it kicks off at 11am. It starts on the corner of East Main and Church Street and concludes in the Veterans Memorial Park. The parade will have the Fannin County High School band, members of the military, antique and emergency vehicles, and representatives from several veterans organizations. And following the parade stay for a memorial service starting at 12pm. 

Four Old Broads at Christmas
November 18th – November 28th 
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Come see Blue Ridge Community Theater’s comedic play ‘Four Old Broads at Christmas’! The play follows four old ladies who are ready for a new and fun vacation! With the help of a retired Elvis impersonator the ladies try to sneak away to the Sassy Seniors Caribbean Cruise! But will they get to go on the vacation of their dreams? Find out! Shows are Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm; and runs from November 18th through December 12th

Live Music at Grandaddy Mimm’s 
November 19th 
Location Grandaddy Mimm’s Distilling Co.

Photo Courtesy of Grandaddy Mimms

Sip on moonshine or vodka while listening to the wonderful music of Tommy Townsend with special guest Mercy Shine at the Warrior on the River! 

Mistletoe Market Arts & Crafts Show
November 20th – 21st 
Location: The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge

Photo Courtesy of Artworks Artisan Center

Pick up Christmas gifts and goodies from local arts and crafts vendors at the Mistletoe Market! And enjoy some coffee or a sweet treat from The Ridges Resort Café. Join in the fun Saturday from 9am – 4pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.

A Cozy Country Christmas – Arts and Crafts Show
November 20th 
Location: North Georgia Technical College

Photo Courtesy of Pumpkin Hollow Handmade Crafts

Head over to Blairsville for the day and enjoy more than 40+ local and regional artisans selling their wares. From soaps, quilts, furniture, décor, toys, and more, you can find something for everyone! The event runs from 9am – 5pm. 

WhoDunIt? Fun-draiser Art Event
Date
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

The 7th Annual WhoDunIt art event is a great opportunity to get your hands on amazing art from local artists at a great price! It’s your job to find out who the artist is who created your piece! There will be food, fun, and of course stunning works of art!  Tickets ensure you go home with a beautiful piece of art! 

Holiday Show & Sale
November 23rd – 30th 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association will have a variety of art and handcrafted items for sale, all created from their member artists. Find everything you need for the holiday season Tuesday – Sunday, November 23rd – December 18th

Mountain Country Christmas Lights
November 25th – 27th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

See the Christmas lights reflecting off the waters of Lake Chatuge at the Georgia Mountain Fairground’s Mountain Country Christmas Lights! There will be Christmas music, arts and craft vendors, holiday food, hot chocolate, Cowtown exhibit, pictures with Santa, and beautiful lights around the grounds. The event runs every Thursday and Friday 6pm – 9pm and Saturdays 4pm – 9pm from November 25th – December 23rd

Holiday Express
November 26th – 30th 
Location: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

The holidays are here! And Blue Ridge Scenic Railway has a special, 1 hour train ride on The Holiday Express! On the ride you’ll listen to holiday music, listen to the story of The Night Before Christmas, drink hot chocolate, and munch on delicious goodies. Kids will even get a candy cane, jingle bell, and activity packet as well! 

Light Up Blue Ridge
November 26th – 27th 
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

On Friday Downtown Blue Ridge will have a special Blue Friday event where there will be store discounts, food vendors, strolling entertainment, and Christmas cheer! The Gingerbread Village will also open that afternoon as well at The Arts Center. Then on Saturday the real fun begins! Santa will be in town ready to take photos with kids in the gazebo from 12pm – 5pm. And downtown will be filled with food vendors, strolling Christmas entertainment, and even more Christmas cheer! Then at 5:30pm the Christmas Parade starts at the corner of East Main street and Church street. It’s going to be a wonderful weekend of holiday fun! 

Ride the Rails – Tri State Model Railroaders 
November 26th – 27th 
Location: Historic L&N Depot

Photo Courtesy of the Tri-State Model Railroaders

Drop by the Historic L&N Depot for a fundraiser to benefit the Tri-State Model Railroaders and the Historic Mineral Bluff Depot! You’ll embark on a 5-mile round-trip ride by Railroad Motor Car. When you’re done you can even take a ride on a genuine Railroad Hand Car. And there’s plenty of fun activities for children of all ages to enjoy as well! Be sure to check out the inside of the Depot before you leave to learn all about L&N railroads.  Donations are welcome!

Light Up McCaysville
November 26th 
Location: McCaysville

McCaysville has their own light up celebration on Friday, November 26th. There will be shopping, dining, pictures with Santa, and holiday cheer all along the river. The fun starts at 4pm and the tree lighting is at 7pm! 

Tuba Christmas Blue Ridge
November 27th 
Location: First Baptist Church of Blue Ridge

Photo Courtesy of the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

Come on out for the 14th Annual Blue Ridge Tuba Christmas! Stay to watch the show or join in the fun and register to participate. Tuba & Euphonium players of all ages and abilities are welcome! The performance will begin at 11:45am! 

Foghat & Night Ranger
November 27th
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Classic rock groups Foghat and Night Ranger will be performing at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on November 27th at 7pm! See them rock out to their most popular songs all night long! 

6 Fall Science Experiments for Kids



Whether your kids are doing virtual learning this year or are physically going to class there’s still lots of fun to be had when your family stays with us! We’ve comprised a list of 6 science experiments for kids to try, while parents can both relax and spend some quality family time together. These are fun, easy to do experiments with materials you can find in and around your cabin. 

While you stay with us make sure to try at least a couple of these experiments with your kids. It’ll get them outside and exploring in nature as well as teach them basic science concepts. Not only that, but they’re fun too! These experiments are sure to be fun memories from your trip that will last a lifetime. 

Why Do Leaves Change Color? 

Photo Courtesy of www.howweelearn.com

This first experiment is brought to us by Sarah on howweelearn.com and is perfect for the fall season! It will teach your kiddos all about why leaves change their colors in the fall. 

Here’s what you need: 

  • 3 leaves (from the same tree)
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Jar
  • Plastic baggie (or plastic wrap)
  • Paper Coffee Filter
  • Small bowl or pan

Steps:

  1. Have your child break the leaves into tiny pieces and put in the jar.
  2. Pour rubbing alcohol over the leaves until they are just covered
  3. Mash and stir the leaves into the rubbing alcohol until the alcohol turns slightly green. Really give it a good mashing – this is key.
  4. Cover the jar with the baggie or plastic wrap and place the jar in a small bowl and pour hot water into the bowl.
  5. Leave (ha!) the jar in the water for 30 minutes, swishing the jar occasionally to stir the leaves a bit. The alcohol should be a very dark green (leave longer if needed). If you can resist, wait even 45 minutes or an hour.
  6. Cut a strip in the coffee filter so the strip can just reach the rubbing alcohol.
  7. The liquid will travel up the coffee filter and the colors will separate as the alcohol evaporates off the coffee filter. Let this happen for about an hour for the full effect.

S’more Oven 

Photos Courtesy of www.growingajeweledrose.com

Who doesn’t love s’mores!? This experiment was found on growingajeweledrose.com and is perfect for your kids to try out on those cool fall days. This will teach them all about solar energy and leave them with a sweet treat as well! 

Materials:

  • An empty box
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • A box cutter/knife
  • Chocolate
  • Graham crackers
  • Marshmallows

Steps:

  1. Use a box cutter or knife to carefully cut the lid of a pizza box on 3 sides, leaving it attached on the back end. 
  2. Line the inside of the box with foil. Then, tightly cover the opening that you cut with clear plastic wrap.
  3. Line the bottom of the box with black paper or foil.
  4. Once the solar oven is assembled it is time to cook up some s’mores!
  5. Have kids build s’mores, and then place them into the solar oven.  Once the s’mores are in the box, close the portion of the lid covered in plastic wrap, and then prop the foil-covered flap open.   

It is now time to observe and wait……after about 20 minutes they will be ready to eat!

Dye Flowers 

Photo Courtesy of www.redtri.com

This experiment is great because your kids can go out in nature and collect the flowers they need. Once they’ve gone out and collected the materials needed, your kids will learn all about how plants suck in nutrients and water. We found this experiment on www.redtri.com by Erin Lem. It’s a fun way to teach plant science and allow your kiddos a chance to get outside too!

Materials:

  • Three white flowers. Some suggestions are daisies, roses, carnations, or even celery!
  • Four glasses of water
  • Food dye: blue, yellow, green, red
  • Sharp knife

Steps:

  1. Mix the food coloring into each of your glasses, until you have four glasses of different colored water. The stronger you make the colors, the better.
  2. Add two flowers to two colors of your choice and set aside. You should have two colors and one flower remaining at this point.
  3. Take your last flower and slit the stem. Now take the two remaining colored glasses and part the stem, placing each half of the stem into different colored glasses. In other words, your flower should now be drinking from two glasses at the same time.
  4. Place the water glasses away from the sunlight and watch what happens. You’ll start to notice some fascinating results within an hour or so, as the colored water creeps up the stem and begins to color the leaves. But wait a few days and keep observing the petals for fuller color displays.

Flower Pigment Experiment 

Photo Courtesy of www.happilyevermom.com

Here’s another great flower experiment, this time from Kate on happilyevermom.com. This experiment is super fun because it not only teaches your kids about flower pigment but gives them a chance to get messy! And what kid doesn’t love to get messy every now and then?

  Materials:

  • Paper Towels
  • Flowers
  • Hammer
  • Aluminum Foil

Steps:

  1. Put down some aluminum foil and then layer your flowers on top. Next, cover the flowers with a paper towel. Then, start hammering!
  2. Watch the pigment from the flowers seep through onto the paper towel.

Learning during Flower Science Experiment

  1. Explain pigment (the substance that can be extracted from each flower which is used to make paints, dye, etc.)
  2. Correspond colors on the paper towel with the flowers underneath – which match?
  3. Hammer at different variations to see what happens to the colors – what happens if you hit lightly versus hitting harder?
  4. Vocabulary words: pigment, absorb, extract, darker/lighter, parts of the flower (petal, leaves, stem)
  5. Bonus: The smashed flowers can create a gorgeous piece of art too!

Apple Science 

Photo Courtesy of www.pre-kpages.com

This is another great experiment for the fall season brought to us Vanessa Levin on www.pre-kpages.com. If you’re planning on picking apples while staying with us, pick up a couple of extras so your kids can try this fun experiment out! It’s a perfect experiment for the little ones, showing them how different liquids can affect the apples and teaches them many early learning concepts. 

Materials: 

  • Small containers
  • Apples (Mercier Orchards is a great place to pick them up!)
  • Lemon juice
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Tonic water
  • Soda
  • Apple Science Experiment Recording Sheet (optional)

Steps:

  1. Set out five containers with a few apple pieces in each one. Label the five containers with the name of the liquids you are going to be using.
  2. Pour the appropriate liquids into each cup. Also be sure to set up a “control” cup of apple pieces without any liquid.
  3. Now wait and see what chemical reactions will occur.
  4. After a few hours, check on the progress and discuss your observations. Record observations on a Recording Sheet if you choose.

Pinecone Experiment 

Photo Courtesy of www.lemonlimeadventures.com

Our last experiment is another great one for fall and involves collecting pinecones. We found this one from Dayna on www.lemonlimeadventures.com. This experiment is a fun way for kids to learn more about nature. It will teach them why pinecones open and close depending on air temperature and moisture. 

Materials:

  • 3 Jars
  • 3 Pinecones (all the same size)
  • Warm Water
  • Cold Water
  • Ruler
  • Timer

Steps:

  1. The set-up for this experiment is really quite simple. Start by measuring, sketching and observing your pinecones. Then place 1 pinecone in each jar.
  2. Label each jar and fill two jars with water to the top. One jar should be filled with warm water and one with cold water. The third jar is your control and should be left open with only air to use as a comparison and to document the change you see over time.
  3. What changes do you see? How fast are the changes occurring? Any other observations you notice?

7 Blue Ridge Creepy Crawlers



Halloween is quickly approaching and to get us in the spooky spirit we’ve comprised a list of 7 creepy crawlers located here in Blue Ridge. While many of these creepy crawlers are local to Blue Ridge and might look extremely scary; in most cases, they will not hurt you, as long as they do not feel threatened. So if you run into one of these creatures while you’re out exploring, make sure to leave them be and you’ll stay safe. After all this planet is their home too! How many have you seen? Share your creepy crawler photos with us by tagging @escapetobr on your social posts.

Copperhead Snake

Photo Courtesy of Cheryl Ward

While the Copperhead Snake is one of the most common snakes found in North America, they are also venomous. They get their name because of their copper-colored heads but are also commonly referred to as Water Moccasins. They’re a medium-sized snake, averaging anywhere between 2-3 feet long. They have hourglass-shaped markings on their skin which sets them apart from their commonly confused partner, the Corn Snake, who is not venomous.

The Copperhead can be seen outside in the day during the fall and spring, but in the summertime they are nocturnal. They do; however, like to be out on humid nights after rainfall. Copperheads are masters of camouflage because their brown coloring helps them to blend in with wooded areas. If you look at the picture above we’ve circled the snake so that you can find him. The camouflage helps them to ambush their prey. They mostly use the “sit and wait” method for their hunting, where they bite their prey and then wait for the venom to kill it. And much like other snakes, they eat their food whole. It’s hard to believe, but they only eat 10 to 12 meals a year. Copperheads bite more people every year than any other U.S. snake species. And while they are venomous, their bite is rarely fatal, for their venom is not very potent. 

Praying Mantis

Photo Courtesy of Deanna Hickman-Lockamy

Chances are you’ve probably run into this strange insect before. The Praying Mantis is so named this because the way they stand makes them look as if they are praying. They camouflage in with their surroundings, turning a green or brown color to blend in with the plants around them. They then snatch their prey in the blink of an eye with their spiked long legs.

The mantis can also turn their heads 180 degrees to scan their surroundings, making them even more of a formidable predator. The females are even more vicious, sometimes even eating their mate after mating. While they may seem like they’d be aggressive towards humans, as far as we know they cannot hurt you. They have no venom and cannot sting. Still, I know I’m certainly not brave enough to hold one in my hand, like Deanna here.  

Timber Rattlesnakes

Photo Courtesy of Stephen Morton

When you think of rattlesnakes you probably think they’re only located in hot, desert climates. But on the east coast, we do have the Timber Rattlesnake, which is a venomous pit viper typically found in eastern North America. It is, in fact, the only rattlesnake species in most of the northeastern United States.

Adult Timber Rattlesnakes can be anywhere between 30 inches to 6 feet long! They can be found in a variety of different habitats from pine forests, to the mountains, swamps, rivers, and farmlands. They do, however, typically stay away from more urban areas. They hibernate during cold weather, so they are only active from late spring to late fall. When they are out and about, they typically stay in the coiled position, ready to ambush their prey. They use their venom to immobilize their prey. Don’t worry too much though, while their venom can be fatal to humans, the Timber Rattlesnakes will not attack unless they feel threatened and they primarily feed on small mammals anyways; so we’re in the clear! Still, if I ran into one of these on a hike I’d turn the other direction! 

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

Photo Courtesy of Maura Neill

These funny looking caterpillars will one day turn into the beautiful Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly which you’ve likely seen in nature. But before these little guys can turn into beautiful butterflies they have to go through their life cycle, which takes about 2 months. The Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly will lay its eggs on a large variety of different plants. In about a week, the eggs hatch baby caterpillars. Even right after they’ve hatched you can see their “false eyes” start to come in. These fake eyes are to fool predators into thinking that they’re a snake and then they will hopefully be left alone. They stay in the caterpillar stage for about 3-4 weeks. They are typically green for most of their caterpillar life until they are just about to turn into a chrysalis, then they turn brown. While in the chrysalis stage they almost look like little sticks and they stay this way for 1-3 weeks. Finally, they emerge from their chrysalis as beautiful Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies! The strange-looking caterpillars have an ugly duckling story. They were once odd-looking creatures who transformed into something beautiful!

Trapdoor Spider

Photo Courtesy of Walter Reeves

I’ll be honest, just looking at pictures of this spider freaks me out! I keep screaming every time a picture of them comes up, so they definitely fit under the creepy crawlers category! The Trapdoor Spider is a medium-sized spider that builds underground burrows made of different materials including silk, soil, and vegetation. When in their burrows they are extremely hard to see because the plant and soil materials help to camouflage it. They are nocturnal, so at night the spider waits for their prey while holding on to the trapdoor with their claws. Their prey is captured when they disturb the ‘trip’ lines, alerting the spider. The spider then uses vibrations to find their prey and when it is close enough, the spider leaps out and ambushes it. The Trapdoor Spider mainly eats insects but can also eat arthropods and small vertebrates. In the U.S. the Trapdoor Spiders venom is not very strong and almost feels like a bee sting, but they are still terrifying to look at. In Georgia alone, there are 8 different species of these spiders. 

Hellbender Salamanders

Photo Courtesy of Bita Honarvar & wabe.org

Most of us have probably never run into these creatures walking around Blue Ridge. The Hellbender Salamander is an incredibly rare, giant salamander that lives in parts of Northern Georgia. Believe it or not, the Blue Ridge Mountains have the largest diversity of salamanders anywhere in the world. Since salamanders are amphibians they hibernate until heavy rainfall occurs, so they’re already a rare sight.

The Hellbender Salamanders spend their time hiding under rocks in cold streams. They can grow up to 2 feet long and live to be as old as 20 or 30! They have wide mouths that make it look like they’re almost smiling. But don’t be fooled, they are not cute and cuddly; they’re slimy and very strange looking. They’re prehistoric creatures, dating back to 65 million years ago; long before humans roamed the earth. But today they’re starting to go extinct because the streams they live in are becoming polluted. Hikers also sometimes hurt the Hellbenders when they find them. Even though they may look creepy, make sure you leave the peaceful giants alone if you see them in the wild. 

Black Widow Spider

Photo Courtesy of Natural History Museum of Utah

These spiders are VERY common to North America so I’m sure you’ve had encounters with them before. While they may be small, they have unusually potent venom. While their bites rarely kill humans if you are bit you should seek medical attention right away because it can make you extremely sick. However, female Black Widows are the only bites that can be harmful to humans because of their large venom glands.

The females are the ones who are typically a dark, shiny color and have a red hourglass on their abdomen. Much like the Praying Mantis, female Black Widows also often eat their mates giving them the name “widow spiders”. To catch their prey the Black Widows create their silky, strong web and then nest on the ground in dark areas. When its prey is caught, the spider rushes over and wraps it in silk. There’s a reason there are so many references to Black Widows in pop culture today because these are creatures you don’t want to mess with! 

Blue Ridge Activity Booklet

For more family fun and educational opportunities in Blue Ridge, we put together a fun educational activity booklet for you and your kids to enjoy that you can download here. Visit our Educational Things To Do in Blue Ridge page for historical more educational fun in history, biology, natural science, geology, Native American culture, physical science, and hands on activities.

 

October 2021



Fall has finally arrived! And that means apple picking, fall festivals, family time, and great local events. Make sure you don’t miss out on the crisp weather, changing leaves and fun in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia! Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year to create memorable traditions with your loved ones! Check out the events below and Escape To Blue Ridge!

UPCOMING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Apple Picking Jubilee 
October 1st – 31st 
Location: Hillcrest Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Hillcrest Orchards

Join in the fall festivities September 4th – October 31st! Your $15 entry fee includes all kinds of fun activities like: cow milking, wagon rides, cow train, new Jump Pad and Ball Zone, live entertainment, pedal karts, big and little kid trike tracks, petting farm, apple tree maze, mini-golf, moonshine and apple museums, big slides and playgrounds, Fall photo spots, swimming pig races and duck races! PLUS there will be all kinds of great foods and of course apple ciders & slushies! The Apple Picking Jubilee is sure to be a blast for the whole family!

Plein Air International Paint Out Exhibit
October 1st – October 10th 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains Art Association

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Take in the art created during the 4-day Plein Air International Paint-Out. You’ll enjoy admiring the images of local scenery and landscapes. This exhibit runs September 14th-October 10th.

Contemporary Southern & Folk Art Exhibit 
October 1st – 10th 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Check out various artists’ work in both Folk and Southern art at the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association exhibit! The exhibit is on display from September 4th-October 10th.

Picnic in the Apple Orchards
October 1st – 31st 
Location: Deep Roots Orchards

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchards

Picnic beneath the apple trees at Deep Roots Orchards! Bring your closest friends and family to relax under the colorful fall 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 Orchards 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!

U-Pick Apples
October 1st – 31st 
Location: Deep Roots Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchards

It’s apple season! Pick your own fresh apples right off the tree at Deep Roots Orchards now through October 31st!

Live Music at Tooney’s 
October 1st – 30th 
Location: Tooney’s Music Venue

Photo Courtesy of Tooney’s

Come on out for live music at Tooney’s HUGE music venue every Friday and Saturday night 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!

Live Music at Grumpy Old Men Brewing 
October 1st – October 29th 
Location: Grumpy Old Men Brewing 

Photo Courtesy of Grumpy Old Men Brewing

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

October 1st: Surrender Hill 
October 8th: Gregg Erwin 
October 29th: Doctor Paul 

Live Music at Bear Claw Vineyards & Winery
October 1st – 31st 
Location: Bear Claw Vineyards

Photo Courtesy of Bear Claw Vineyards

For award winning wine, live music, and food truck delights, Bear Claw Vineyards is the place for you! Join them every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for live music and great wine. 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!

Live Music at Paradise Hills
October 1st – 31st 
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 select Fridays from 4pm – 8pm and select Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm. Check their facebook page for an updated list of musicians. 

Live Music at Misty Mountain Hops
October 1st – 30th 
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!

October 1st: Andrew Chastain 
October 2nd: Rusted Melody 
October 8thLindsay Beth Harper
October 9th: Adrian Stover
October 15th: Travis Bowlin
October 16th: Hush Money Band
October 22nd: Doctor Paul Constantine 
October 23rdFrankie Sparks 
October 29th: Ryan LittleEagle 
October 30th: Rusted Melody 

Live Music at Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar
October 1st – 30th 
Location: Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar

Photo Courtesy of Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar

Where else can you find regional wines from all over the world, tapas and other delicious international platters, and live music!? At Bin 322 Wine & Tapas Bar! Drop by select Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm – 9pm to enjoy live music from local artists and choose from their great wine selection. And on Monday nights from 6pm – 8pm join in on SINGO, music style bingo! There’s always fun to be had at Bin 322!

October 1st: Robbie Litt 
October 2nd: Zack Alexander 
October 8th: Loose Shoes Duo 
October 9th: Mountain Gypsy Music 
October 15th: Rusted Melody 
October 16th: Trevor Ciognoli 
October 23rd: Trailer Hippies 
October 29thSurrender Hill 
October 30th: Mook & Mimi 

Matilda the Musical
October 1st – 17th 
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Come see the musical based off of the hit movie and book Matilda at Blue Ridge Community Theater! Follow Matilda’s journey through life as she deals with her cruel parents and headmistress while she creates a special bond with school teacher, Ms. Honey. There’s nothing Matilda can’t get out of with her smarts and wits! The show starts at 7:30pm Fridays & Saturdays and 2pm Sundays. You won’t want to miss it!

48th Annual Fall Regional Shelby/Mustang and Ford Show
October 1st – 2nd  
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of @benny_kimsey and the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Calling all car lovers! Hiawassee is the place to be for Mustang cars and beautiful fall scenery. Register your own car or just drop by to admire the others. Come on by!

The Urban Cowboys Ride Again Starring Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee
October 1st
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Two country legends Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee join forces again to perform their biggest songs from their hit 1980 movie Urban Cowboy! You won’t want to miss this incredible duo back again!

Indian Summer Festival
October 2nd – 3rd 
Location: Woody Gap School, Suches, GA

Photo Courtesy of the Indian Summer Festival

Come on out for the annual Indian Summer Festival at Georgia’s smallest public school. There will be vendors selling pottery, quilts, jewelry, homemade goods, leather crafts, furniture and so much more! And there will be great food options like BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cake, and cotton candy. It’s sure to be a great event of family fun!

Live Music at Cartecay Vineyards 
October 2nd – 3rd 
Location: Cartecay Vineyards 

Photo Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards

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

October 2nd: Sarah Forde 
October 3rd: April Cummings 

Downtown Market Blue Ridge 
October 2nd – 30th 
Location: 400 West Main Street 

Photo Courtesy of Downtown Market Blue Ridge

Enjoy this wonderful outdoor 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!

Cherry Log Fall Festival 
October 2nd – 10th 
Location: Downtown Cherry Log

Photo Courtesy of the Cherry Log Fall Festival

Take a quick drive to Cherry Log, GA for their Fall Festival, happening the first 2 weekends of October! There will be arts and crafts, home-cooked goodies and treats, bluegrass, country, and gospel music, and of course lots of fall fun in Downtown Cherry Log!

Live Music at the Blue Coyote 
October 2nd 
Location: The Blue Coyote 

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Coyote

Stop by Blue Coyote October 2nd from 8pm – 11pm for live music from Topper Voices Unplugged. As always enjoy some great food while you listen in. And karaoke is every Tuesday from 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Be on the lookout on their website for more live music updates!

Riverwalk Run Club
October 7th – October 28th 
Location: Riverwalk

Photo Courtesy of Riverwalk Shops

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!

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
October 8th – 16th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fair

In Hiawassee, GA you can join in all the fun at their week-long Georgia Mountain Fall Festival! There will craft vendors, delicious food, musical performances, educational demonstrations, and so much more! You won’t want to miss out on the fun, happening daily October 8th – 16th! Admission is $12 and children 12 & under are free! 

Blue Ridge Mountains Parade of Homes
October 8th – 10th 
Location: Blue Ridge & surrounding Fannin County area

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Parade of Homes

See some of the most spectacular homes in North Georgia showcased at this great event! Ticket purchases benefit the area’s local youth through the Parade of Homes Scholarship Foundation. Check out these incredible homes and get an idea for your dream mountain home!

Tracy Lawrence 
October 9th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

For a night of country and southern rock music we’ve got you covered! See Tracy Lawrence perform some of his biggest hits in the Anderson Music Hall! And opening for Tracy is the Davisson Brothers!

Movie Night at Deep Roots Orchards
October 9th 
Location: Deep Root Orchard

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchards

Watch a free movie under the stars at Deep Roots Orchards. The movie is “Practical Magic” and starts at 7:15pm. 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!

Blue Ridge Marching Band Festival
October 9th 
Location: Fannin County High School

Photo Courtesy of Fannin County Band Boosters

If you love the sounds of a marching band this is the event for you! Over 2,000 marching band members are expected to participate so the Fannin County football field will be filled with the sounds of music! The bands will range in size from 40 member to 150+ members

Fall Arts in the Park
October 9th – 10th 
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge and Veterans Memorial Park

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Mountain Art Association

Calling all art lovers! The popular Arts in the Park event is back this fall! Beautiful art, great live musical performances, and delicious food. Plus you’ll get a chance to admire the stunning and colorful fall trees that surround the park! The event takes place October 9th – 10th in Downtown Blue Ridge and continues into Veterans Memorial Park. Admission is $5 a person and children get in free! 

Georgia Apple Festival
October 9th – 17th 
Location: Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds 

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Apple Festival

You can’t have fall without apples so head over to Ellijay, GA for The Georgia Apple Festival! With over 300+ vendors, an antique car show, a parade, and so much more it’s sure to be a blast! Visit Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds on weekends October 9th – 17th to have an “apple”achian good time!

52nd Annual Sorghum Festival
October 9th – 17th 
Location: Blairsville, GA

Photo Courtesy of the Blairsville Sorghum

The Sorghum Festival is one of the longest-running festivals in North Georgia. The event kicks off with a parade and then there will be crafters, cloggers, bluegrass music and more! Visit Meeks Park Road in Blairsville, GA Saturdays & Sundays October 9th – 17th to take part!

Paws in the Park & Dock Diving
October 16th
Location: Downtown Blue Ridge Park

Photo Courtesy of Paws in the Park

Bring your furry friend to the park for a fun filled day at Paws in the Park! Local Animal Rescue Groups come together to create awareness about the needs & concerns of the homeless & abandoned animals. There will be a parade of animals starting at the corner of East Main and Church Street at 10am and Ultimate Air Dog Dock Diving as well!

Ronnie Milsap & Mark Wills
October 16th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Country artists Ronnie Milsap and Mark Wills are ready to put on a show for you at Anderson Music Hall! They’ll play their biggest hits and have you singing along in no time! 

Haunted Copper Plant Rides
October 16th – 31st 
Location: On the grounds of the old historic Tennessee Copper Company 

Photo Courtesy of the Copper Express

Check out The Haunted Copper Plant Rides on the grounds of the old historic Tennessee Copper Company October 16th – 31st for a perfectly scary time! Go beyond the gates of historic copper company and go for a 45-minute ride with 6 scare scenes!

Heritage Day Festival
October 16th – 17th 
Location: Talking Rock, GA

Photo Courtesy of the Heritage Day Festival

Pay a visit to Talking Rock, GA for the 2021 Heritage Day Festival. Arts & crafts, antiques, live music, great food, and interesting demonstrations await you October 16th – 17th.

Gold Rush Days Festival
October 16th – 17th 
Location: Dahlongea-Lumpkin Chamber of Commerce

Photo Courtesy of the Gold Rush Days Festival

Celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold at Gold Rush Days Festival, October 16th – 17th in Dahlonega. Take in 300+ food and art vendors all weekend long! This HUGE event always features amazing craftsmen, fantastic musicians, and has been voted as one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Appalachian Brew, Stew, and Que Festival
October 23rd
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Craft brew lovers will flock to Hiawassee, GA for the Appalachian Brew, Stew, and Que Festival at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds. If the name didn’t give it away there’ll be 60+ breweries, delicious food, and awesome Appalachian music all happening on October 23rd!

Jamey Johnson
October 23rd
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Country legend Jamey Johnson, known as “one of the greatest country singers of our time”, is performing live at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds! Tickets are going fast but General Admission is still available! To purchase tickets call the office at 706-896-4191. 

Love & Death by Poe
October 29th – 31st 
Location: Blue Ridge Community Theater

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Community Theater

Blue Ridge Community Theater puts on a haunting play surrounding some of Poe’s darkest poems and stories. Love & Death by Poe runs October 29th – 31st.

Chimp or Treat
October 30th – 31st 
Location: Project Chimps

Photo Courtesy of Project Chimps

Dress up and head to Project Chimps October 30th – 31st for “Chimp or Treat”. Not only will kids get a goodie bag full of treats but they’ll also get a close-up look of the chimpanzees in their habitat.

Horror Movies at the Orchard
October 30th 
Location: Deep Roots Orchards

Photo Courtesy of Deep Roots Orchards

Visit Deep Roots Orchards, October 30th for a night of horror movies! The double-feature will be Blair Witch Project and Halloween. Grab your popcorn!

Big Foot Boogie – 5K
October 30th 
Location: Riverwalk Shops

Photo Courtesy of Matthew Cole

Run 3.1 miles through 2 states! The 5K takes place in the beautiful twin cities of McCaysville, GA and Copperhill, TN. Food, drinks, and music will be ready for your enjoyment before and after the race. Come on out and get ready to RACE, costumes encouraged! 

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
October 30th 
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Photo Courtesy of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Coming to Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds with a refreshed lineup and newfound energy, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band remains one of the most accomplished bands in American roots music! See them perform live on the Anderson Music Hall stage!