“Spring” Into Blue Ridge with These Fun Family-Friendly Activities!

As the days grow longer and the temperatures rise, Blue Ridge’s National Forest Territory comes alive, shedding the last bit of chill from winter’s cold touch. New life emerges from the forest floors, and wildflowers bounce into bloom with fragrance and flair. Friends gather on docks overlooking the glassy waters of Lake Blue Ridge, and toast to warm days ahead while the sun sets in the west. Bundled bodies and toboggans give way to tank tops and t-shirts, as people of all ages enjoy the sights and sounds only found downtown. Moms and dads hoist hungry kids above their heads and walk hand-in-hand towards new discoveries, before returning home to their Blue Ridge cabin rental.

This is springtime in Blue Ridge, and it’s magical!

There is plenty of fun for the whole family in the Trout Capital of Georgia this spring – let’s take a look at a few of our favorite activities to enjoy while you’re in town.

45th Annual Spring Arts in the Park

One of the first major events to return to Blue Ridge, Spring Arts in the Park takes place over Memorial Day Weekend. This popular event is a staple of the town and features a variety of artworks from over 175 juried fine arts and fine crafts exhibitors. Attendees can enjoy tasty food and engage with several artist demos throughout the weekend festival.

Don’t miss out on this experience – found only in Blue Ridge, GA!

Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Strap on your train engineer’s cap and get ready to chugga-chug your way to an unforgettable day out. Much like Arts in the Park, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is a favorite of locals and visitors alike, hosting more than 80,000 passengers a year. Your journey starts in Downtown Blue Ridge and continues to Copperhill, TN, on a 45-minute excursion (each way). During your break, you will have time to explore the twin border towns of Copperhill, TN, and McCaysville, GA. Here, you can enjoy a local lunch or shop for one-of-a-kind gifts before heading back to Downtown Blue Ridge. 

Take Your Family on a Farm Tour of Mercier Orchards

Mercier Orchards is a family-owned apple orchard, though you can find many different fruits and other goodies for sale depending on the time of year. Speaking of which, spring is a great time to gather the family for a tour of the farm, which takes place on a charming tractor. You’ll wind your way through the orchard, picking apples and enjoying the sun, until you end up back at the general store. Be sure to stock up on the famous fried pies to eat!

Discover Cabin Life

Few things say “Blue Ridge Mountain vacation,” like a few days tucked away in a cabin. The Trout Capital of Georgia is home to some of the most spectacular cabins in the Southeast. Pick from lavish waterfront cabin rentals and mountain-view masterpieces to secluded cabins and properties close to downtown.

It’s the perfect place to call your home base for spring break!

TOP 10 Reasons to Rent a Cabin Than a Hotel Room In Blue Ridge

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Taking a vacation is important. Whether you like nature weekend getaways or romantic cabin rentals to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, taking time to get away is always a good thing. Studies have shown that vacations reduce stress, are heart healthy, and improve your mental health. It has also been found that a vacation can improve personal relationships.

Cabin getaways can top a hotel vacation in many ways, and here’s why:

1. No neighbors snoring on the other side of the wall
2. Size Matters – WHOLE house vs. 1 tiny room
3. Fully equipped kitchen to prepare your favorite meals
4. HOT TUB, HOT TUB, HOT TUB
5. Fireplaces are cozy
6- The View – wooded, water front, or mountain. NOT a parking lot or town
7. No listening to your neighbor having a LOUD chat with another guest
8. No other guest running up and down the hall way
9. No need to explain the “Birds & Bees” to your children because of your neighbor
10. Cost – Did you know cabins, per spare are basically the same as 1 hotel room??

What are you waiting for? Book your cabin getaway now!

5 Benefits to Choosing to Stay with Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals for your Blue Ridge Vacation

Have you made plans for your fall or holiday North Georgia mountain getaway?  If not, you should consider calling Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals for a variety of reasons!  I may be biased but I personally believe we offer top of the line customer service as well as an amazing cleaning and maintenance crew that helps to keep our Blue Ridge Georgia cabins in tip top shape!

  • Budget friendly – Our selection of cabins begins as low as $99 a night depending on which you choose and at what time of the year.  We believe in offering the most affordable price possible as we know family vacations can be pricey but they are so important.  We also offer a 5% discount to our returning guests as well as current military, veterans, police officers and firefighters.
  • Amazing amenities – We believe when you visit a cabin, you should have more amenities than you receive at at hotel.  All of our cabins except one offer a relaxing hot tub.  The one that doesn’t is located on Blairsville’s Lake Notelly.  Many of our cabins also have game rooms, firepits and awesome porches to enjoy God’s country.
  • Views – You can enjoy the beautiful array of fall colors sitting on your porch at several tranquility-ridge-viewof our cabins.  If a nice view is important to you, Tranquility Ridge or Sunset Mountain are two that will not disappoint!
  • Water – Often people ask to be on the water where they can fish or just enjoy the relaxing sounds of the creek.  Several of our cabins are located on the Toccoa River as well as Fightingtown Creek.  Two that truly bring an amazing water experience for all including your kids and pets, bear-pauseare A Creek Runs Through It and Bear Creek Lodge. 
  • The Staff  at Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals truly cares that you have a great vacation when you book with us.  Our customer service, maintenance and cleaning staff strives to provide friendly and helpful information about Blue Ridge, a clean and comfortable cabin to enjoy as well as a maintenance staff that is here to help if there are any issues during your stay.

 

 

5 Reasons to Vacation in Blue Ridge this Fall

Fall in the quaint North Georgia Mountain town of Blue Ridge is an amazing time of year.  If you have never taken a fall mountain vacation, you should truly consider this option.  There are so many reasons why this is such a great get-away, however, I will limit it to the five top reasons I think this is such a tremendous town to visit in the fall months.

  • Fall foliage – Can we say absolutely amazing?!?!  The color hues of all the leaves are fall in blue ridgeunbelievable this time of year and so many of our cabins have views that will have you not wanting to leave the screened in porch where you are sitting and enjoying your coffee.  Perhaps you have reserved a cabin with one of our amazing hot tubs where you can relax and enjoy the view as well.  The beauty of the mountains can be viewed not only from your cabin but all over town!
  • Perfect Temperatures – It is not too hot nor too cold!  Temperatures are usually in the 70’s during the day but in the evening, you never come to Blue Ridge without a sweater.  The crisp fall weather is upon us and it is time to escape the heat and get that relaxing vacation in perfect weather conditions by enjoying the outdoors by the firepit or near the rumbling creek.
  • Excellent hiking weather – If you love to explore, this is the time of year to be adventuresome and take some hikes that you will always remember.  The scenery will hikingbe unbelievable so do not forget your camera.  View this map in order to see the different areas that Blue Ridge has for you to explore.  If you are a pet owner, your dog can accompany you on your hiking adventures.  We offer pet friendly cabins such as Talking Waters that your pet will love!
  • Destress time– If you are like most people in America, you are a hard worker and deserve some time away from the hustle and bustle of work and city life.  The mountains can offer this escape whether you prefer a one bedroom cabin such as Journey’s End for you or you and your significant other to enjoy or a large group of friends or family to escape and destress together at a bigger cabin such as Bear Creek Lodge.
  • Falls and Festivals  – This is the fun time of year to hit all of the mountain festivals, fall festivalscraft fairs, and fall fun!  Blue Ridge offers many amazing activities such as the Fall Arts in the Park and Paws in the Park.  These are just a few of the awesome places to make many mountain family memories.

Call us today at 706-632-5751 and let us help you plan your fall family vacation!

Make Your Plans! The Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival September 15th – 17th

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Are you ready for one of the biggest North Georgia Mountain events of the year?  The Blue Ridge Lodging Association and the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce presents the 2016 Blues and BBQ event which will be held Thursday September 15th through Saturday the 17th.

Blues and BBQ Weekend Agenda!

After Hours Kick Off Party – Thursday September 15th – 5 to 7 pm

willow creekCome enjoy this free community event that will be held at the beautiful Willow Creek Falls located at 85 Trackside Lane.  This expansive special events facility will be the perfect North Georgia Mountain location for this exciting event. This is the perfect opportunity to meet others and kick of an exciting weekend together!

angelfire 7The menu for Thursday night will be Smoked pork bellied sliders with bourbon sauce and Hawaiian chicken sliders will be available and catered by the fabulous Angelfire 7.  Enjoy the free food, fun and fellowship in the Blue Ridge Community. You will see why so many people truly love this amazing North Georgia Mountain town.

Blues Crawl – Friday September 16th – Begins at 7pmRotary blues crawl

The Blue Ridge Blues Crawl in downtown Blue Ridge will be a blast as usual!  Crawl through 8 different restaurants enjoying live music, food, and drinks as we celebrate the start of our Blues Weekend in the mountains.
The rolling beer and wine train ride will start off the evening.  Be sure and reserve your tickets today for that event.
You will not forget this fantastic evening in a great town making memories with your friends and family!

Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival – Saturday September 17th – 12 to 9pm

bbq foodEnjoy this family friendly event at the downtown Blue Ridge City Park.  $5 admission (12 and under are free)  Downtown Blue Ridge sets the stage as a fantastic back drop and venue location for a perfect early fall event.

The sounds of Blues music and the sweet smell of family friendly picture bbqBBQ from local and regional cookers will fill the air as families and groups of friends enjoy this unique setting and event.

The leaves start to change at this time of year with  cooler days and crisp evenings that invite outdoor activities such as this!

Top 5 List of Kid’s Weekend Activities in Blue Ridge!

back to school saleMost the kiddos may be back in school but there is still plenty of amazing summer weather to enjoy with your family.  Our BACK TO SCHOOL ULTIMATE KIDS WEEKEND 20% OFF SPECIAL BEGINS TODAY!!  Pack your bags and head to the beautiful mountains of Blue Ridge, Georgia to get in that family weekend vacation that you wish you had been able to do before the rush of school began!

There is still time and below is a list of 5 awesome kids weekend activities that they will love!

  • Hike a waterfall! There are a variety of levels of waterfalls for all age kids to enjoy.fall branch falls  Even the youngest of children will like Fall Branch Falls which is located off the amazing Aska Road in Blue Ridge.  A short hike where they can see a sample of the beauty that exists in Fannin county.  For a complete list of waterfalls, visit the chamber website.
  • Tubing – A great event for kids of all ages!  Whether you tube the Ocoee or the Toccoa, there tubingis nothing quite as awesome as sitting and relaxing on a tube while enjoying the peace and serenity the mountain rivers offer.  If you have a younger child, they can share a tube with you.  August temperatures in the river are about the warmest so now is a great time to come and enjoy Toccoa Wilderness Tubing. 
  • Horseback Riding and Ziplining! – Another wonderful activity for the whole family to enjoy.  Depending on the age of the child, horseback ridingthere are easy trails and more advanced trails for the ones that are experienced or adventurous in nature.  At Adventure Trail Rides, they offer beautiful scenic trail rides displaying a lot of the beauty of Blue Ridge that have people craving to come back to these North Georgia Mountains. Now,  talking about adventurous!  Ziplining is zipliningtruly a blast for anyone that is not afraid of heights and likes a thrill.  Blue Ridge Zipline Canopy Tours and Adventure Park is two of the most fun activities in North Georgia. They offer an adventure course and ziplines that you are going to love. The zipline course and aerial adventure park were designed and constructed by the leading company in the industry.  Perfect for tweens and teens.  They will talk about this for sure to all of their friends when returning to school from the ultimate kids weekend!
  • Blue Ridge Scenic Railway This fun activity is a 4 hour, 26 mile round trip whichscenic railway.jpg  winds along the beautiful Toccoa River for 1 hour in vintage climate-controlled or open-air rail cars.  You will have a layoff in the quaint town of McCaysville where shopping, lunch and enjoying a mountain town can be enjoyed before boarding the train and heading back to Blue Ridge.  This is a fun experience the whole family can enjoy together.
  • Swan Drive In – Take the kids to one of only three remaining drive ins in the state of Georgia.  Pack the car with pillows, chairs and enjoy what is normally a double feature! You can enjoy the concession stand of funnel cakes and deep fried oreos.  The kids will no doubt love that.  Also, get there early enough to get a spot in the front and let the kids run around and play on the lawn before the show starts.                                                                                        Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!  Tell the kids it is time to put down the cell phones and other electronics to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Bring your Pooch to the 4th Annual Blue Ridge Paws in the Park!

One of the things I love so much about Blue Ridge is all of the dog lovers that come to visit this town.  The town is so welcoming of all the animals as many have dog bowls full of cold fresh water for all the visiting four legged friends.  Also, many allow you to take your “baby” into the store with you!paws in the park.jpg

If you have not had the chance to enjoy the Paws in the Park, now is the year for this fun opportunity.  On Saturday, October 15th, bring your pet to the 4th annual event.  Join hundreds at the beginning of the leaf season for a fast and yet relatively flat certified 5K run and Mutt Mile!  (the mutt mile is a shorter version.  This is perfect for walkers and little ones)

The 5K registration starts at 7:30 and the race begins at 8:30.  This great event is sponsored by the Humane Society of Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association and the store Love Dogs and Cats too.  paws in the park 2

After the race, there will be a parade that is always a blast.  Many dress up their adorable pets and show them off in the parade which is a walk around the beautiful town of Blue Ridge. Even kitties and llamas have participated in the fun.  Come participate in one of the many events that make this town so awesome!  Also, call us to book your pet friendly cabin for that weekend.

Get Ready for the 6th Annual Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival

blue ridge blues and bbq festivalIt is amazing how much fun can be had in the quaint town of Blue Ridge, Georgia.  The 6th annual Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival is just around the corner!  The weekend of September 17th is sure to bring some amazing food for lovers of BBQ and smoked meat.  Not to mention the variety of Jazz bands that will be delivering some serious awesome tunes on that weekend.

Thursday the 16th, the Blues Crawl begins where multiple restaurants and bars will be open for the locals and tourists to enjoy.  Then on Saturday the fee to get into this amazing event is only $5 with children under 12 getting in for free.

blue ridge blues picThe sounds of Blues music and the sweet smell of BBQ from local and regional cookers will fill the air as families and groups of friends enjoy this unique setting and event.  You also can walk the entire downtown area and shop at so many of our local shops.  Whether you enjoy looking at unique clothing, jewelry, antiques or furniture stores, you can find it in this town.

If you have not reserved your cabin for this September weekend, give North Georgia Cabin Rentals a call today at 706-632-5751.  We have cabins available for couples, large families and groups of friends.  Don’t miss out on the fun!

 

Why You Should Plan a Blue Ridge Girls Weekend.

I personally think that one of God’s greatest gifts in life is girlfriends!  We love our family,girls tubing our husbands or significant others, but there are times we just need to laugh till our sides hurt with our girlfriends.  Blue Ridge offers a fabulous weekend to make this happen!

First, call Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals to reserve a cabin for you and your favs to kick back and relax!  No cleaning or cooking for anyone for a full weekend….ahhhh, that sounds nice, doesn’t it? Relax by a flowing creek or with a glass of wine in the hot tub while you and the girls reminisce about hilarious memories from the college days.  Sleeping in as late as  you want and staying up till all hours of the night watching chic flicks!

If you all can pull away from the beautiful cabin, come enjoy the quaint and fun shopping town of Blue Ridge.  So many amazing shops to browse!  The Owls Nest offers fun types of jewelry, Juliana’s has amazing dresses and outfits for the summer that you will love!  Park your vehicle and spend hours walking downtown.  The friendliness of the store owners and people in the town will have you not wanting to leave.

Take a break from shopping to have a delicious lunch or dinner.  Excellent choices from good ole’ southern cooking at Southern Charm, excellent sandwiches and soup from Cantaberry’s or the amazing Harvest on Main. Then enjoy some sweets from our famous Sweet Shoppe.

Also, treat yourself by getting a facial or an amazing massage at Serenity in the Mountains or Teatrees Boutique.  Both of these places can pamper you and help you feel completely rejuvenated.  In fact, they each offer “girlfriend packages” for you to choose from.

After you are refreshed, get some out door relaxation by tubing the Toccoa!  Toccoa Wilderness Tubing can offer you an amazing two hour float experience.  Pack your cooler, and kick back and enjoy the cool flowing water of the beautiful Toccoa.

Some of my greatest memories are girlfriend weekends and I make certain to make them a priority.  Talk to your besties about the idea of an all out escape weekend to Blue Ridge.  Not far from Atlanta so you don’t have to spend hours in the car getting here.  Call us at Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals and we can help you plan a weekend you won’t forget!

 

Reasons to Rent a Four Bedroom Cabin!

You may be thinking….my family isn’t that big.  Why in the world would we need to rent a four bedroom luxury cabin when we go to visit the quaint town of Blue Ridge in the North Georgia Mountains?  Friend and family times spent in these large cabins make for memories that a hotel could never offer.  Below are some of the main reasons to consider this type of rental for your family vacation as well as listing some of the cabins that Georgia Mountain Cabin Rental has to offer!

Affordability is a huge reason for considering this option.  Multi family vacations are becoming extremely popular because people are able to split the cost and be able to enjoy a much nicer vacation rather than having to flip the whole bill alone.  Often several families may decide to stay at a hotel together and if you are in a nice place, you will easily pay $150 to $200 a night per family.

Consider High View Lodge.  An amazing four bedroom, 3 bath cabin that is $250 a night.  High view lodge 3That is the price for Memorial Day Weekend!  Imagine splitting the price among two to three families.  This is much more affordable than all of you getting your own hotel room.  Not to mention how  cozy to sit out by the beautiful outdoor fireplace while overlooking miles of gorgeous panoramic views. You don’t find many cabins that can offer 40 miles of views!

So we have established the fact that it is cheaper to rent a larger cabin and split the cost.  azure ridge 2How about memories that can be made with your family and friends?  Some people cringe at the thought of sharing a cabin with other people.  However, did you realize most of these cabins have a minimum of three bathrooms?  Your very own bedroom and bathroom and then share the common areas for all of you to enjoy together.  Spend time together playing pool, relaxing in the large hot tub, enjoying  board games and outdoor time.  Imagine all the stories that can be told around this campfire at our cabin called Azure Ridge?

The larger cabins also offer several nice amenities for a large crowd to enjoy such as a gaming room or large television with surround sound to enjoy late night movies together.  Look atBear Creek Lodge water this beauty named Bear Creek Lodge that actually has it’s very own putting greens in the basement!  Talk about fun games with friends and families.  Also, this awesome cabin was listed in “The Country’s Best Log Homes Magazine.” You will also enjoy the amazing creek that you can fish, wade and watch kids have the time of their life!

As if all these reasons aren’t enough to make you want to go ahead and make your reservation for a large family/friend getaway, there is tons of entertainment in the area that you all can enjoy.  The beautiful downtown Blue Ridge area is within minutes of most of our four bedroom cabins.  It is full of amazing shops and restaurants for all to enjoy.  One family can stay home and enjoy privacy at the cabin while the other heads to enjoy hiking and waterfalls in the area.  It is also the time of year for tubing and kayaking so get ready for some awesome adventures.

Call us today at 706-632-5751 and let us know which one of our four bedroom cabins suits you and your family!  We have more than what we have listed so let us know your desires and we will help you enjoy a vacation you will never forget.