As animal lovers ourselves, we
understand that when you plan a vacation to Blue Ridge, Georgia that you want
your four-legged family members to accompany you. Just as you love the fresh
mountain air and seeing new places, so do pooches! There are so many new smells
they’ve never sniffed, creeks to splash in, and they would much rather be with
you than be kenneled!
Here at Escape to Blue Ridge we have over 100 cabins that are pet friendly! You can choose cabins by the lake or near a river. There are also pet friendly cabins in the middle of the woods with acres and acres for your puppers to run to their little heart’s content. Some properties are even fenced in like Black Dog of Blue Ridge.
Blue Ridge is a very pet friendly
community. Whether you are bringing Fido with you or just want to bring home a souvenir
for your best friend, Blue
Ridge Cotton Company is both a pet and human friendly store! Here you will
find great apparel, gifts, and of course doggie approved décor! The owner’s own
pup, Watson Agee, can often
be seen “working” at one of their two locations in Blue Ridge or Blairsville.
Stop in, give him a pet on the head, and enjoy browsing all of their unique
outdoorsy canines, head to Blue
Ridge Adventure Gear for the hottest trends, most delicious treats, and all
the outdoor gear you might possibly need. Keep Rufus safe out on Lake Blue
Ridge with life jackets, play fetch at Morganton Point with glow in the dark
balls, or keep them safe in your car with a dog hammock. Oh, did we mention the
treats? Well, they have plenty along with their sister store, Blue Ridge Adventure Wear. Your
pup is going to get pawsitively excited when you buy him some of their most
scrumptious looking doggie donut treats!
Love Dogs and Cats Too
is a holistic pet supply shop that has everything you could ever need for your
favorite family member. They carry collars, leashes, food, toys, and treats.
Here you’ll find natural flea and tick soaps, pet friendly cbd oils, and even
puppy clothes! Stop on in if you Love Dogs, they’ll be happy to see you!
true. We have some incredible restaurants here in Blue Ridge. The best part is
some of them allow pets to join their owners for delicious meals. Right in the
heart of downtown Blue Ridge, you can sit on the inviting patio of Treo and enjoy an outstanding meal. This
fine dining establishment features southern cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Their
steaks are to-die-for, but really you’ll enjoy anything Chef Patrick prepares!
does happy need to be limited to an hour when you get to vacation with your
best friend? Well, it doesn’t have to be at Brew Ridge Brewery! Their “yappy” hour
lasts from 4pm to 7pm. You get good deals on custom crafted brews and your BFF
gets a special puppy treat! While you’re here you can also enjoy a delicious
burger, meatloaf sandwich, or some good ol fashioned chicken wings. They often
have live music and of course ice-cold beer!
you not love a business that broadcasts “Dogs are welcome, and people are tolerated!” Grumpy
Old Men Brewing is a laid back, fun microbrewery is open Tuesday through
Saturday and offers 18 beers on tap. They often have live music and they stand
by their motto: If we don’t like it, we don’t drink it. If we don’t drink it, we don’t sell it. So, come
out and feel like a local, have fun, and drink good beer!
If you don’t already have a best friend
or are looking to grow your furfamily, stop by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge.
This no kill shelter often partners with local businesses to encourage pet adoptions
and to support their non-profit work of supporting sick, injured, or abandoned
animals. They run a Thrift Store to help offset operational costs, and they
even have a dog park that’s open 24/7 that all are welcome to use!
A lot of times our guests will make
day trips from the cabin and not all towns are as pet friendly as Blue Ridge. If
your planning an adventure and you can’t take Benji with you, make an appointment
at Violet’s Doggy Daycare. Here
your pup will be able to make friends, run around, and be safe and secure until
you come retrieve them. While there you can even get your pooch a peticure or a
full grooming session. Violet’s also offers homemade pet treats and jerky
While you are on vacation, sometimes things
can happen. Maybe Rufus counter surfed and gobbled down some grapes and now he feels
under the weather or maybe while he was out exploring in the yard, he tried to eat
some berries that he shouldn’t have. We don’t like to think about these things happening
and when you are away from home you don’t know who to use or where to go to
when emergency services are needed. Fortunately, right here in Blue Ridge we
have a highly rated and extremely respected emergency veterinary service that
is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! Mountain Emergency Animal Center provides
comprehensive emergency and urgent care and work closely with your primary
veterinarian to provide the most complete care possible for your family pet. We
hope that you won’t need to utilize their services, but in the event that you
need to, know that you are in great hands!
Hiking with your dog can be fun for both you and your furry friend. Not only does it provide a great source of exercise for you and your dog, but it’s also one of the best ways to have amazing adventures while creating memories that will last a lifetime. It’s a win-win for everyone!
While we’d all love to be able to take our dogs with us on every trail we venture down, we can’t always do that. Sometimes the trails are too steep or the terrain is too rough for our four-legged friends to maneuver, or sometimes they simply aren’t allowed in that area because of other critters that may be dangerous for our dogs to encounter.
To make things a little easier for you and your furry companion, here’s a list of a few trails around the Blue Ridge area that are sure to bring tons of fun for both and your favorite adventure buddy!
Duncan Ridge Trail
Easily accessible by both the Appalachian Trail and the Benton MacKaye Trail, the Duncan Ridge Trail is one of the more difficult trails in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, spanning a total of around 30.1 miles. While the trail is labeled as moderate to strenuous by most experienced hikers and backpackers out there (mainly because of the low usage and steep climbs), don’t let that discourage you from taking on this gorgeous trek back into the Chattahoochee National Forest! You don’t have to hike the whole 30.1 miles and for those with pups that aren’t too keen on making friends with other hikers/dogs, this trail will let you have the outdoor experience you always wanted without the anxiety of other dogs and hikers.
The Duncan Ridge Trail begins at Three Forks on the Appalachian Trail/Benton MacKaye Trail. Beginning at Three Forks, you’ll hop on the AT and walk the beautiful mile stretch out toward Long Creek Falls, following the soft sounds of the creek that runs alongside the trail. Hiking toward the falls, the Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) and the Duncan Ridge Trail veer off to the right less than 0.1 miles after the short path down to the falls begins. There will be markers present that identifies which trail is the BMT and which is the Duncan Ridge Trail but just in case, follow the blue vertical blazes (marks on the trees) for the Duncan Ridge and the white diamond blazes for the BMT.
From there, hikers will follow the trail through a tunnel of laurels and rhododendrons during the spring and summer months deep into the Chattahoochee National Forest before reaching the swinging bridge over the Toccoa River. Hikers can choose to push on and make the climb up Tooni Mountain, or call it a day a hike back toward Three Forks. Regardless of what you decide, just remember to have fun and hike your own hike!
Appalachian Approach Trail
Roughly 75 percent of Appalachian Trail hikers, thru-hikers and sectioners alike, decide to take the Appalachian Approach Trail to begin the trail while the other 25 percent simply take off at the base of Springer Mountain as they start the 2,192 mile (or less) journey. But for those who want to join the majority, the 8-mile trail starts off from Amicalola Falls State Park, beginning the 78-mile Georgia portion of this famous hiking trail to Maine. Not planning on walking to Maine? Then just hop on the Appalachian Approach Trail with your favorite furry pal and enjoy one of the best day hikes in the North Georgia Mountains.
Just above the top of Amicalola Falls (you can hike up the falls or just enjoy the view from the parking lot at the top), the trailhead begins. For the first ⅓ mile, the trail will coincide with the Len Foote Hike Inn. When the trail forks, follow the blue blazes, veer left, and head toward Springer Mountain.
Soon enough the trail will leave Amicalola State Park, climbing its way through the Chattahoochee National Forest and onward toward the Appalachian Trail. Though not strenuous, this trail is rated at moderate, so this might prove a challenge for some at certain parts of the trail. Elevation gain is steady over the eight miles, climbing gradually through the thick Chattahoochee Forest. During the spring and summer months, the trail beams with lush greenery and vibrant native wildflowers. In the fall, the trail is a technicolor of bright orange, yellow, and red. Regardless of the time of year, the trail promises spectacular scenery.
While much of the eight-mile stretch is shaded and covered with thicket, the last 1.5 miles will provide close to 500-ft elevation gain and thinning treeline as you make the final climb up Springer. And once you get to the summit, the blue blazes will fade to white, marking the Southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail and a gorgeous view of the rolling mountains and valleys of the Blue Ridge.
Stanley Gap Trail
If you’re looking for the typical North Georgia hiking experience for you and your furry friend, look no further than the Stanley Gap Trail. Full of bright red Georgia clay and plenty of white mountain granite and large roots, you’re in for an adventurous afternoon out in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Now, be forewarned, this trail doesn’t offer up any waterfalls or stunning summit views, but it’s great for those who just want to get out and enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains. Plus, you’ll have plenty of protection from the sun on hot, humid days.
Coming in at just under 5 miles — around 4.8 mi — the Stanley Gap Trail is rated at moderated, but those used to hiking easier trails shouldn’t find this one too difficult either. It’s fairly forgiving, with breaks in the upward climb every 50- 100 ft along the way. The main thing hikers should watch out for are large upturned roots and rocks that can be a bit tricky to manage if you’re not careful. But as long as you are being mindful of them, the hike shouldn’t pose any problems whatsoever.
The highest point on the trail comes around Rocky Mountain, just below the summit, near the trail’s halfway point. After reaching that point, you’ll have to scamper up one last incline before winding back down for 1,000 ft descent toward Deep Gap. If you’re not wanting to hike all the way back to the trailhead, you can always make arrangements ahead of time for someone to pick you up at the Deep Gap parking lot or even catch a ride with a trail system shuttle driver back to you (and your dog!) back to your car.
Where are your favorite places to hike with your favorite 4-legged family member? Be sure to share your pictures of your journeys with us on Facebook or Instagram. We’d love to see where your Escape to Blue Ridge takes you!
If you’re looking for a scenic
trail with beautiful falls at the end, and to check off a couple high profile hiking
trails while you’re at it, Long
Creek Falls in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Blue Ridge, Georgia
should make it to the top of your list.
An easy to moderate difficulty
rating, Long Creek Falls is a two-mile round trip “out-and-back trail” that
sits directly on the Appalachian
Trail (AT), with access to both the Benton
McKaye Trail and the Duncan Ridge Trail. Uniquely, the Appalachian Trail
and Benton McKaye Trail run together as one route during this particular
section of the footpath.
With full falls, even in the
middle of summer, Long Creek Falls is one of the first attractions along the
Appalachian Trail and one of the prettiest you’ll find not only in Fannin
County, but also throughout all of the North Georgia Mountains! Exposed rock
frames the cascading water, allowing for optimum sitting spots along the bank
of the falls and the creek that it feeds. Before tumbling over one large rock
face, Long Creek runs over smaller rocks, making the final drop into a shallow
pool at the base of the falls even that much more impressive. Since the falls
are only a short walk off of the AT, it’s a hot spot for thru-hikers who want a
quiet place to rest their feet, take a nap alongside the river, or simply sit
and take in the beauty of the falls.
Family & Pet Friendly
Over the years, Long Creek Falls
has also become a destination for day hikers, particularly families and those
with dogs who want a decent trail to visit on the weekends. In fact, it’s grown
so much in popularity that the parking lot at Three Forks (the area you’ll
drive to the start of the trail) is always packed, sprawling out down the dirt
service road, especially on the weekends. So, if you’re wanting a less crowded
view of the falls, going on the weekdays would give you more privacy to enjoy
the trail and the falls once you get there.
For those with kids or grandkids,
the falls are a huge hit since the shallow pool serves as the best spot to take
a refreshing dip in the cool water, especially on those particularly sticky,
southern summer days!
Take It Up a Notch
If you’re feeling especially
ambitious after hiking Long Creek Falls, you can extend your hike another 8.6
miles and head toward Springer Mountain, the southern terminus for the Appalachian
Trail. Though more difficult than Long Creek, the “out-and-back” from the
trailhead at Long Creek to the peak of Springer Mountain offers one of the most
diverse terrains on all of the Georgia section of the AT. Just follow the 2 x
6-inch white blaze north!
Are We There Yet?
You can hear that soft rustle of
water from the start of the trail all the way through.
As far as getting to the trailhead
goes, it isn’t a hard one to find. In fact, you can even plug the location into
your GPS and it’ll take you right to the parking lot. From Blue Ridge, you’ll
take Old Highway 76 and hop on Aska Road until it dead-ends into Newport Road.
Take Newport Road until it ends and turn left onto Doublehead Gap Road.
Doublehead Gap will turn into a dirt road, which you’ll follow until the
three-way split. On the split, follow Forest Service Road 58 until you reach
Three Forks, which is just over five miles.
Once you’ve made it, park your car, follow the trail across the road from the footbridge, and take in all the wonder and beauty of Long Creek Falls!
Sometimes you plan an Escape to Blue Ridge six months ahead of time and just dream of what it will feel like when you unlock that cabin door and walk in for the first time. You’ve been day dreaming (and maybe even night dreaming!) about exploring the beautiful town of Blue Ridge. Shopping, eating, hiking and enjoying all the quaintness that makes up this town. Back at the cabin you can’t wait to cozy up on the couches, light a fire-indoors or out, and of course relax in the hot tub before turning in for the evening in comfortable bedrooms.
With over two hundred cabins to choose from you can be
particular about which one you select based on your taste and style. You can
select pet friendly cabins or by the quantity of bedrooms. You can pick cabins
with game rooms or with gourmet kitchens. You can book cabins with glorious
views or that are privately situated. You can reserve cabins by the lake or by
rivers. You can even base your decision on the style of hot tub you will get to
enjoy! We’ve created a roundup of twenty cabins with nine
different hot tub styles!
Good things come in small
packages, and that applies to the 2-bedroom, 2 bath North Georgia mountain
cabin rental A Sunset Dream. Comfortably accommodating a small family, two couples, or
four friends on a guys’ or girls’ getaway, it’s a jewel of a home with a
spectacular view. Located in Cherry Log in the Hidden Lake subdivision, just
seven miles from downtown Blue Ridge, A Sunset Dream is a secluded, private
paradise, aptly named for the glorious sunsets you can enjoy from every room.
3 bath home is pet friendly and only ten minutes from the quaint town of Blue
Ridge and is perched perfectly within a comfortable and paved cabin community
located at the top of Trammell Mountain. This executive-level cabin has a
completely open floor plan and offers amazing floor-to-ceiling glass windows
overlooking the expansive mountain range. Bearly Behaving is a wonderful, all-around cabin for all kinds of great
vacation behavior —it’s cozy enough for a romantic getaway and large enough for
multiple families to enjoy. Its panoramas are all-inclusive with short and
long-range mountain views and idyllic pastoral scenes.
Bent Tree is a 3-bedroom, 3
bath cabin situated at one of the highest points of the gated Greenridge Mountain
community in the Aska Adventure Area, overlooking Lake Blue Ridge and miles of
rolling mountains for a truly awe-inspiring showcase of views. This is a
professionally decorated cabin where the owner has thought of all of the
amenities, whether your vacation is for a romantic getaway for two or for the
whole family. Although Bent Tree is only 5 minutes from the Lake and the charming town of
Blue Ridge, it is the perfect hideaway for an unforgettable vacation.
Ascend high into the mountains and
climb up the front stairs of Stairway to Heaven where your vacation will reach
a whole new level. This perfectly-appointed two-bedroom cottage is a truly
romantic getaway with custom touches throughout. The home’s private ambiance
belies its treasured location in My Mountain community and its easy 15-minute
proximity to downtown Blue Ridge. Stairway to
Heaven’s dramatic wall of glass will draw you out toward the amazing
covered deck overlooking spectacular mountain and pastoral views. You’ll feel
torn about where to spend your time — out on the deck relaxing at the dining
table and eating al fresco or back inside where the home’s unbelievable touches
draw you in for restful luxuriating.
Beyond is a 4-bedroom 3.5 bath that is so named because its
magnificent setting, spectacular panoramic view, sumptuous comfort, rustically
elegant furnishings, impressive architectural detail and lighting are sure to
make you feel “above and beyond”.
Located in the Aska Adventure Area four miles from the restaurants and
shops of downtown Blue Ridge and the Toccoa River, and five miles from Lake
Blue Ridge where you can enjoy boating, fishing or hiking. Also, close to attractions such as Mercier
Orchards, horseback riding and zip lining. At Above & Beyond small dogs are
welcome, so forget the kennel and bring your furry best friend with you and
have a great vacation.
Noontootla Cottage is like stepping into a scene from classic American literature, but updated for this century. Sitting amongst the corn field with its sharp roofline angles, stacked stone chimney and open, front deck, the white farmhouse immediately sparks child-like enthusiasm. It sleeps seven and is perfect for a leisurely, fun-filled family getaway or for a couple of parents treating their kids’ to their first fishing excursion. Let Noontootla Cottage reward you, not just through great fishing, but through an entire experience that will reconnect you and your loved ones for a most memorable mountain vacation.
Stepping into Tondelia, you’ll
immediately be taken by its views and open, airy feel, with spacious rooms and
windows at every turn. You’ll marvel at the careful attention to detail that’s
been lavished throughout the cabin, where the game room is every bit as
beautiful as the main floor and gorgeous bedrooms. This is the perfect setting
for several couples looking for a peaceful escape from the city. With its grace
and beauty, Tondelia
offers a lovely setting to leave your cares behind and enjoy great times with
good friends. The days you spend here will be cherished for years to come.
If you’re looking for the
perfect place to bring your whole family on your next vacation, look no further
Playground, a Blue Ridge, GA cabin
rental that promises you and your children a fun-filled getaway. True to its
name, this spacious cabin in the woods near the Toccoa River is a playground
for both adults and kids, with plenty of child-friendly features and amenities.
Large family? No problem: the cabin sleeps ten, and has two sets of twin bunk
beds in the downstairs bedroom and twin beds and a toddler bed in the upstairs
loft, perfect for your young ones. The loft’s play area includes a puppet
theater, play kitchen, a 32” flat screen with Blu-ray, and toys to delight kids
of all ages, and the swings, slide, playhouse, and trampoline on the
railing-protected deck will provide hours of fun. Older kids (and parents) will
love the basketball shooter game outside. A crib, bassinet, baby swing,
carrier, portable child seat and high chair are available, and there are safety
gates on the stairs.
When you think of the perfect Blue
Ridge mountain cabin rental, does it have a beautiful wooded mountain setting
on a river? Is it private, romantic, and tailor-made for an intimate getaway
for two? Riverbend
Cottage is that place, a cozy hideaway where you and your loved one
can relax, reconnect and rekindle in a picturesque, nature-filled Fightingtown
Creek setting. This property also features a separate artist studio right on
the water. Located in McCaysville, less than 11 miles from downtown Blue Ridge,
but worlds away from the commotion of daily life, this two-level gem of a home
is professionally decorated to maximize the spectacular view of the river, just
steps away from your door.
is aptly named— this stunning home is built right on the banks of the Toccoa
River near the famed Shallowford Bridge in Blue Ridge. The views from this
unique property are as close to the water as you can get, and the home is
tucked into the corner of a lovely wooded lot. Here, life is about both the
liveliness and calmness of the abundant river. You can cast your line to fish
directly from the home’s huge deck, without moving from your comfortable
rocking chair. Or, grab your inner tube to join the happy passersby on floating
rides toward river’s end. The home’s level lot offers many vantage points to
take in the plentiful views and activity whether from picnic tables, the
charming outdoor swing, the huge hot tub or from around an outdoor horseshoe
Set on a hillside on more than two
acres with breathtaking unobstructed long-range views of the mountains and Lake
Blue Ridge, the Adventure Us
has its very own waterfall and lots of areas to explore. A spacious tri-level
showplace, this 3-bedroom, 3 bath is a private mountain oasis where you can
gather with loved ones in a magnificent natural setting that’s close to
fabulous and fun activities and experiences. You can take your pet for a walk
(yes, your dogs are welcome!) along the fenced-in property for a small taste of
the wondrous nature that surrounds you. It’s a short scenic drive to
destinations like Amicalola Falls, the Toccoa Swinging Bridge, wineries of
Dahlonega and the shops and restaurants of downtown Blue Ridge are only a 10-minute
drive down the mountain.
Nestled in the trees on quiet
Pisgah Mountain at an altitude of almost 2,700 feet just 20 minutes from the
shops and restaurants of downtown Blue Ridge and close to fun activities like
horseback riding, white water rafting, zip lining, and the area’s wineries and
Sunrise is a tri-level showplace with awe-inspiring views that will
take your breath away. This pet friendly 3-bedroom, 3-bath can be your home
away from home in a wooded oasis with a fabulous view!
Rocky Top is a cozy Georgia
Mountain cabin rental nestled into the My Mountain area of Morganton. You’ll
feel like you’re on top of the world here, and truly away from it all. Great
for a couple or family, this lovely two-bedroom, authentic log cabin has
caramel-colored real log with chinking inside and out, and open beam ceilings
throughout the space. Every room has a chic country touch, from the main room’s
elegant furniture to the romantic French toile master bedroom, down to the
hutch near the dining area displaying a toile-themed plate collection. Spend
quiet evenings out on the screened-in porch, lounging on the swing or rockers
with a nightcap. Watch a movie on the 50″ flat screen TV in the great
room, kept warm and cozy by the corner gas fireplace. Enjoy a romantic, late
night dip in the hot tub under starry skies. Rocky Top
is a peaceful place high above the hills that feels far away from the rest of
the world. With its beautiful mix of mountain cabin and French countryside
decor, its unique and charming atmosphere offers a wonderful environment to
relax and restore you.
The Overlook cabin is a place in a
storybook setting where stories are also in fact, created. By far, this
property is in one of the most private settings in the North Georgia Mountains.
You’ll travel along a sharply winding, steep gravel road that will rekindle
imaginings from childhood fables which took place in secret woods. However,
this road is easily mastered and your reward rests in the charm and beauty of The Overlook
cabin. Perched high above the Aska Adventure area, this home has panoramic
mountain and distant lake views.
God’s Glory sits atop the coziest
nook in the North Georgia Mountains in a lovely and inviting Blue Ridge
community. This is a family-oriented cabin in a perfectly private setting with
rambling views, yet is also in easy range of town and other neighbors. Reaching
God’s Glory is a comfortable drive along paved roads. Perfect vacation
daydreams will form as your stress unwinds along the winding idyllic scenery.
Beautiful long-range views invigorates the senses and several ponds that peek
through the woods call for skipping rocks or cooling wades to soothe on summer
days. Welcome to the greatness of a cabin named God’s Glory.
The charm of this home and the experiences it provides will bring your family
closer and create many memories.
Stone Pine Lodge is not your
typical Blue Ridge mountain cabin rental. As you’d expect, this brand-new
vacation home has the rustic cabin feel, secluded private setting and
breathtaking view of the mountains from its tri-level decks. There are enormous
windows in its great room that let you take in nature in all its expansive
glory. The cabin is also the epitome of effortless modern luxury, putting
everything–state-of-the-art at your fingertips. With sound system TVs, lighting,
remote gas fireplaces and hot tub with Bluetooth-enabled speakers throughout
all with simplistic operations, the better to relax and enjoy the comforts of
your home away from home. Named for its four Tennessee Stone fireplaces and
pines that surround it, Stone Pine
Lodge is perched on a mountainside 22 feet off the ground from its
lower deck, where you can hear the faint sound of a small creek below the
For your North Georgia cabin
rental, do you want a beautiful mountain hideaway surrounded by trees or a
peaceful water view? If you choose Lake
Blue Ridge Overlook, you get both! As its name suggests, this unique
cabin is situated on Lake Blue Ridge, which makes it perfect for water sports
enthusiasts. It comes with a private dock and boat slip, so you can swim, water
ski, and go fishing, boating, kayaking or canoeing to your heart’s content, all
just a few steps away. Hiking trails are close by, and it’s only a 20-minute
drive to the shops, bars, and restaurants of downtown Blue Ridge.
Pure Pleasure on the Lake is a pure
delight! This magnificent North Georgia cabin rental is located on the
20-mile-long Lake Nottely, and has one of the best lake views the area has to
offer. It sits just over the shoreline with tiered steps down to its private
dock with a ladder. Year-long deep water makes it a great property if you’d
like to bring your own boat or rent one from the nearby marina. The cabin is
equal distance to iconic Blue Ridge, GA and the new Harrah’s casino in Murphy,
NC. This home has been thoughtfully designed all for its guests’ pleasure. Come
Pleasure on the Lake and you’ll find that it fulfills all of your
family’s vacation needs from endless fun to never-ending tranquility.
Heaven is a luxurious mountaintop cabin with spectacular 180o views
that can be yours for a very special vacation getaway. Ideal for large families
or a group of friends, this spacious cabin sleeps 12 in its four bedrooms and
library/loft, with king beds in the upstairs master, main floor and downstairs
bedrooms, twin bunk beds and twin over double size beds in the second
downstairs bedroom that kids will love. There’s also a full-size crib and Pack
‘n Play in the closet. But its most important feature is the way it will make
you feel: comfortable, relaxed and at peace, like you’ve left your cares behind
and entered a luxurious private world, a heavenly experience you’ll treasure
for years to come.
Searching for the perfect Blue Ridge cabin rental to
lift you away from the chaos of your daily life? At Rise Up your
spirits will soar from the moment you arrive. Perched on a hilltop and
surrounded by woods, you can take in the incredible long-range views of the
Appalachian Mountains from every room. Located in the Aska Adventure area, a
short drive from hiking trails, seven miles from downtown Blue Ridge, and only
two miles from Toccoa Riverside Restaurant, this cabin offers upscale comfort
with a vintage western log cabin theme so that you can unwind and enjoy the
peaceful feeling of being nestled in the mountains.
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains you will find the most delightful winery to check out – Bear Claw Vineyards. Owned by Kevin & Michelle Swim, these Atlanta natives moved up to the mountains six years ago for a slower paced life. Little did they know that a whole new adventure was about to begin.
Interestingly enough, the temperate climate and the rich soil quality in the North Georgia Mountains are ideal for grape vines to prosper. So what better idea for the Swim’s than to begin planting a vineyard and prepare to open a tasting room. With the help of family and some close friends, Bear Claw Vineyards was born! Open seven days a week, you can sit back, relax, and drink wine Sunday through Thursday from 12-6pm and Friday & Saturday from 12-8pm.
Kevin heads up the winemaking and boy does he have a talent for producing quality blends. In fact, just recently, five Bear Claw wines were entered into a Georgia Wine competition. Each wine received a medal, and two of them were gold – the Vidal Blanc and Chardonnay (stainless). While these options are fabulous, we highly recommend you try the Dreamcatcher. This Cayuga White is a blend of Schuyler and Seyval Blanc. It is light and refreshing with fruity notes. If red wine is more your style try their Cabernet Sauvignon. As we type this, a new red is about to be bottled out of the barrel, so you will have to come try their new yield.
Bear Claw Vineyards is welcoming for every member of the family, both two legged and four. Well behaved pets are welcome and there are plenty of games to keep the kids busy while you catch up with your friends and family. Soon, the kiddos will delight with the addition of gypsy vanner horses. The majestic animals will remind you of Clydesdales with their beauty but are much smaller in size. If you or your littles get hungry while enjoying the winery, light snacks like cheese, crackers, and chocolates are always available to purchase. On Fridays you can check out a food truck that they bring up for your dining pleasure.
Every Saturday and Sunday you can enjoy live music on the patio. Local talents like Chip McCain and Jeannie Caryn will add to your afternoon ambiance. Larger names like the Indigo Girls and the Marty Ray Project have also performed at the vineyard. Coming up on Saturday, October 27th you’ll be in for a real treat with Confederate Railroad. Opening for the CR are Steven Phillips & The Midnight Express and local favorite, the Gregg Erwin Band. Tickets are still available and are only $19!
Weddings & Events
There is not a much more stunning venue than a vineyard wedding. Small or large, Bear Claw can accommodate your weddings, birthdays, and anniversary celebrations. Intimate ceremonies can be held at the winery and elaborate ceremonies can take place at their newest venue – The Club at Bear Claw. Formerly known as the Blue Ridge Swim & Tennis Club, the property consists of a swimming pool, four tennis courts, and a large reception hall. Onsite event planner, Tonya Ross, is available to help you with all of your event coordination.