Spring has sprung, the temperatures are climbing, and
everything is blooming! The last weekend in May, Memorial Day Weekend, is an
excellent time to get away from the hub bub of daily life and Escape to the Blue
Ridge Mountains to enjoy the beauty that is bursting all around us!
Extreme or Serene
There is no shortage of fun to be had around town, but if just relaxing with your favorite people (and pups) in a fabulous cabin is your idea of a good time, we totally get it. Many of our cabins are equipped with game rooms, hot tubs, fire pits, and wooded trails to explore. There is also horseback riding stables, zip lines, and whitewater rafting close by for added immersion into the wonders of Mother Nature.
Downtown Blue Ridge
In downtown Blue Ridge you’ll enjoy attending the 47th Annual Spring Arts in the Park event on Saturday and Sunday, May 27th & 28th. This Southern tradition features more than two hundred arts, crafts, and food booths for you to admire fine arts and mountain crafts. You’ll also be able to see artist’s demonstrations, hear some great music, and support the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association! The event is held rain or shine, and well-behaved leashed pets are welcome. Admission is $5 and children 12 and under are free!
About thirty minutes East of Blue Ridge in the town of Blairsville, you’ll encounter their annual Spring Arts, Crafts, & Music Festival. Saturday morning begins with a Memorial Day Parade and the rest of the day and all-day Sunday you can enjoy more than 200 local and regional artists. Many musicians will also be on site to entertain you and your family. There is no charge to attend, but plenty of family fun is sure to be had!
If you’ve never experienced a trip on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, you should definitely consider boarding in downtown Blue Ridge and taking an enjoyable two hour ride to the revitalized cities of McCaysville, Ga and Copperhill, Tn. Yep, this is your chance to stand in two states at one time! Grab an ice cream or sweet treat at Happy Bear Ice Cream & Treats. Maybe Cuban is more your style and you prefer a Cuban coffee and empanada at the Rum Cake Lady for an afternoon treat. Pick up the latest record at Deaf Man Vinyl or a new treat for your bestfriend at Mainstreet Mutt. There is so much to explore in the Copper Basin’s twin cities!
Whatever plans you make for the holiday weekend, we hope
that you are spending it with all the ones you love creating memories and enjoying
the freedom that we get to enjoy in the great United States of America. As we
approach Memorial Day Weekend, we want to take a moment to thank all of the men
and women that have so courageously given their lives to defend this beautiful
country in which we are so fortunate to live. There is no greater sacrifice one
can make and the patriotism that these honorable souls displayed deserves our
recognition and gratitude, not just one weekend a year, but all year long. Thank
you for your service.
With times being what they are many of us are working from home and doing virtual school as well. We know that constantly being cooped up in the house can get old really fast, so we invite you and the family to come escape with us!
Since everything is online anyways, who says you have to do it at your home? Bring your work and virtual school with you and come to your Blue Ridge home away from home for a change of scenery. You can still get everything accomplished but you can do it while looking at beautiful mountains or relaxing by the fire! Then after the work is finished unwind with fun activities all around Blue Ridge!
Change of Scenery
With over a year in these crazy times, we can all agree that we are pretty tired of being cooped up in the house all day looking at the same four walls. Plus, there is not much variation in our everyday routines. Wake up, virtual school, homework, dinner, and bedtime. It can be hard for adults to keep focused when you’re doing the same thing over and over, and it’s especially challenging for kids.
In fact, many adults and kids alike have developed mental health issues being isolated from the rest of the world and not having our regular socialization opportunities. And always trying to find new and wild ideas to keep yourself and the kids entertained is a chore in itself. We know that you and the kids still have work to do but why not do it somewhere else, like in Blue Ridge? The fresh change of scenery will be just what your family needs to feel renewed and focused once more. Getting out of the house and somewhere new can also help with mental health. It’ll be a much-needed getaway for the whole family!
At Escape to Blue Ridge we pride ourselves on our spacious cabins that are stocked with all the best amenities. Everyone will have their own space to spread out and get their work done during the day.
Work on the back porch overlooking the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains or inside by the cozy fire or even lounging on one of the cabin’s many comfy beds. Wherever you choose to work you can be sure you won’t be distracted and will be able to fully focus on the task at hand. After school is finished, have the kids take advantage of the game room where they can play foosball, air hockey, and board games to their heart’s content. Then enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal in the beautiful, spacious kitchen. After dinner head outside for a bonfire and eat lots of s’mores! With amenities just like this and more, you and the family will be set for your stay!
One of the great parts about Blue Ridge, especially in these times, is it’s easy access to so many wonderful outdoor activities! After being cooped up in the house for months you’ll love a chance to get outside and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
During breaks and after school grab the family to explore countless hiking trails, rivers and streams, waterfalls, mountain peaks, and more! The possibilities are endless! Though one thing is for sure, whatever your outdoor adventures entail, you’ll enjoy escaping the world and being one with nature. That’s just the way life was meant to be lived!
After School Fun
When the school day is done there’s lots of fun to be had in Blue Ridge for kids of all ages! Unwind and have a blast with fun activities the whole family will enjoy!
Let the kids come face to face with none other than Bigfoot himself at Expedition BigFoot: The Sasquatch Museum. Explore the museum to find all sorts of artifacts, life sized exhibits, photos and maps of Bigfoot sightings, the Bigfoot research and Tech Vehicle, and so much more! Not only is the museum a blast for kids but it’s educational too. It’s the perfect place for a fun filled, family outing!
-Hikes to Waterfalls & Swinging Bridge
Take advantage of the outdoors and go for a hike to one of Blue Ridge’s waterfalls or the Toccoa Swinging Bridge. They’ll love getting a chance to go outside and explore. With so many kids nowadays attached at the hip to electronics this will be the perfect opportunity to get them out and enjoying nature. Be sure to take some great family photos while you’re out hiking as well!
-Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Most kids simply adore trains, it’s just in their nature. So why not fulfill that love by taking them on a scenic train ride through the beautiful Blue Ridge? They’ll have an absolute blast choo-chooing along with the train as it rolls down the tracks. And if you’re visiting during the Christmas season you and the kids can even hop on a special “Santa Express” ride. There’s a reason people from far and wide love riding on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway; it’s a great experience the whole family can enjoy.
-Lilly Pad Village
Kids love to interact and use their hands, so the Lily Pad Village is just the place for them. There’s something for kids of all ages like gem mining, fishing, mini golf, and more! The gem mining experience is fun, interactive, and educational. Dig through the trays to find beautiful gemstones and the staff will even provide you with educational information on what you’ve found. Your kids will come home with a full stash of rocks and gemstones!
Mercier Orchards is by far one of our visitors favorite attractions. Famous for their U-Pick events your kids will get a chance to roam the orchard finding the best apples. And Mercier doesn’t just grow apples; they grow strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and peaches as well, so there’s always something tasty to pick. Also enjoy some of their delicious baked goods and meals from the bakery and market cafe. There’s nothing like a warm, fried apple pie to end the day and we dare you to not indulge on their apple cider donuts!
Another thing that kids love is horses! Not only does it teach them horsemanship, but horseback riding is a great way to build up self confidence and see the world from a new perspective. So take the kids on a horseback riding excursion through the forest, past lakes and rivers, and gaze up at the stunning mountains all around you. It’s the perfect adventure the whole family will love!
And every kid of course has a sweet tooth, so be sure to take them for the best desserts in town! Enjoy cakes and cookies at The Sweet Shoppe or Mona Lisa’s Dessert House. Or fudge and ice cream at The Chocolate Express. The sugar possibilities are endless and this writer’s mouth is watering just thinking about all the local sweets!
Another great way to get the kids out of the house is with our Kids Activity Book! Send them on a scavenger hunt to find all kinds of outdoor items. Or have them check off a bingo box for each place they’ve visited. And even have them help Ricky the Raccoon with identifying forest creatures, counting, and more. It’s a great way to get kids learning and having fun while they do it! Stop by our Property Management offices to pick up a copy or download your own copy: www.escapetoblueridge.com/blue-ridge-georgia-activity-booklet.pdf
Desserts and sweet treats are good anytime, anywhere, and in any season. But the Valentine’s Day season is almost upon us and there’s no better time for all that sugary goodness than now! So, put the veggies aside, cheat on your diet for a day (we promise we won’t tell), and treat yourself & your favorites to all the delicious desserts and sweet treats our little mountain town has to offer while you are on your Escape to Blue Ridge!
The Sweet Shoppe of the South
For the best cupcakes you’ve ever eaten The Sweet Shoppe of the South is the place for you! Their cupcakes are so out of this world delicious that they actually won on the show Cupcake Wars in 2012 for their PB&J, S’mores, Lemon-Raspberry, and Carrot Cake flavored cupcakes. The show helped bring so much business to the shop that today there are even more delicious flavors to enjoy like Moosetrax, Hot Fudge Sundae, Chocolate Cream Pie, and so much more. And it’s not just cupcakes they offer either; you can order full cakes, chocolate covered strawberries, and pies. The Sweet Shoppe should be a must see (and eat) on your list, for sure!
Mona Lisa’s Dessert House
Cakes, pies, brownies, cookies, mousse and dessert cocktails oh my! Mona Lisa’s Dessert House has every kind of dessert you could imagine in the most lovely and welcoming setting! Satisfy your sweet tooth and treat yourself to a nightcap after a delicious meal in downtown Blue Ridge. With a “specials” menu that’s ever changing, Mona Lisa’s will keep you coming back for more. Try a Raspberry Mocha Buttercream cake one night and Chocolate Mocha Cannolis the next. Then wash it all down with any of their special dessert cocktails like the Creamsicle Dream Martini or the Dark Chocolate Mounds Martini. The possibilities are ever changing and ever delicious!
The Chocolate Express
There’s nothing quite like walking into a chocolate store and smelling the wonderful, rich and creamy chocolates all around. If you’re a chocolate lover then you’ll be in heaven at The Chocolate Express! Fudge, truffles, chocolate covered nuts, espresso beans, cookies, and sugar free candies; the list goes on and on. If it’s chocolate, it’s there! Every treat is made from scratch and uses only the freshest of ingredients. And they have over 60 different kinds of chocolate! You’ll likely walk out with a whole bag of treats and goodies; just enough to hold you until your next visit!
The Little Bakery
While the store front is still on the way The Little Bakery has anything but a little presence! Desserts are currently available for special order or at Misty Mountain Hops. They specialize in delicious and unique cheesecakes. From Nutella Cheesecake, to Nudder Butter Puddin Cheesecake, to Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake, to even a Dunk-a-roo Cheesecake; the flavor possibilities are endless and up to you if you custom order! And you can always stop by Misty Mountain Hops for great drinks and an ever changing dessert menu from The Little Bakery. They try to make all their desserts not only delicious but fun and unique too!
Das Kaffee Haus
Not only can you enjoy delicious European coffee drinks and pick me ups at Das Kaffee Haus but they also have a variety of delicious desserts and treats. From pies, cookies, cakes, truffles, macaroons, tortes, cheesecakes, and muffins you’re sure to find your favorite dessert. You can never go wrong pairing sweet treats with coffee for that extra sugar rush to keep you going. You’ll fall in love with this cute and chic coffeehouse in no time!
Rum Cake Lady
Home to delicious Cuban food and desserts, The Rum Cake Lady has to be a stop on your list! They are famous for their yummy rum cakes that come in all kinds of flavors including chocolate, limoncello, salted caramel, red velvet, and their original golden rum cake that was Georgia’s winner of “100 Plates Locals Love”. They even have special gluten free rum cakes so everyone gets a chance to take a bite! While they are famous for their rum cakes they also have other desserts like caramel flan, tres leches cake, lemon bars, chocolate torte, and pastelitos which are puff pastries filled with guava and cheese or sweet cream cheese. This is a great place to immerse yourself in the Cuban culture for a day by enjoying some of their favorite foods and desserts; yum!
Three Sisters Fudge
Everybody loves fudge; and Three Sisters Fudge has just that and more! All the fudge is made fresh, on-site with real butter and cream to make it extra tasty. With dozens of fudge flavors to choose from you’ll be sure to find something perfect for you. They have original flavors like chocolate and peanut butter, and more fun and unique flavors like white chocolate cheesecake, s’mores, rocky-road, red velvet, and pumpkin pie. And on top of all the delicious fudge they also sell nuts and pralines, as well as a variety of sucrose free fudges for those with allergies. Three Sisters is such a fun little shop with the finest fudge around!
MooBears Ice Cream & Hot Dogs
For the best ice cream around checkout MooBears Ice Cream & Hot Dogs. They specialize in hand dipped ice cream and milkshakes with over 20 flavors to choose from! And every month enjoy “The Flavor of the Month” to bring out all the joy of the season. Make your trip to MooBears a whole meal by enjoying one of their 12 different hot dogs. Ice cream and hot dogs are a timeless combo, so stop on by and get yours today!
We are lucky to have so many wonderful desserts to choose from here in Blue Ridge, so make sure you take full advantage of all the town has to offer. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for all things rich and sweet, and we aim to please! Treat yourself and check out these fantastic places for some of the best desserts you’ve ever had! Life is sweet, so enjoy it!