Craving a Sweet Treat?

Whenever you are visiting the North Georgia Mountains, most people have to treat themselves to a yummy sweet treat!  Even if you are on a diet, vacation usually means you are going to blow it at least once.  If not, then you definitely have more will power than me!  There are several amazing places where you can grab a delicious treat when you visit the quaint downtown area of Blue Ridge, Georgia!

The Sweet Shoppe is a delicious spot to grab a cupcake, cheesecake and a the sweet shoppevariety of other desserts.  All of their goodies are made from scratch and served with kind southern hospitality.  They are located in the historic downtown Blue Ridge area.  Stop by for a quick treat or have them provide some quality gourmet desserts at a special wedding or party.  Blue Ridge is proud to have the season six winner of the “cupcake wars” in the community!

Who is a fudge lover?  It may be easier to ask who isn’t? Three Sisters Fudge  is also locatedthree sisters fudge in the downtown area and serves some of the best fudge and ice cream around.  Sisters Kristian, Karlie and Kaitlin are the inspiration of the name of this original Blue Ridge fudge shop.  They make this mouthwatering fudge from scratch with real cream and butter.  Not exactly a diet choice but again who is counting calories?  Eat outside their shop or take these goodies back to your cabin where you can enjoy your mountain view or listening to the sounds of the creek where your Georgia mountain cabin is located!

Speaking of fudge and ice cream….The Chocolate Express is another way to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Owners Dennis and Linda fell in love with the town of Blue Ridge when they the-chocolate-expresscame to visit the North Georgia Mountains.  Originally from Florida, they craved to relocate to this amazing area and decided to buy this adorable shop.  Here you can enjoy over  25 varieties of fudge made from scratch and using only the freshest ingredients. They carry over 60 different types of chocolates and an outstanding selection of sugar free candies.  They also offer a variety of gifts as well as Mayfield Ice Creams and old fashioned sodas.

Last but not least is an icon in Blue Ridge that I spoke of in one of my other restaurant articles.  Merciers Orchards is home of some peach and apple pies that will make your merciers orchards bakerymouth water!  A bakery is on site at Mercier’s and they offer so many treats that will make you remember this place.  Enjoy eating inside, or take your treat outside to enjoy the beautiful view of the orchards.  Make memories with your family by picking your own apples and strawberries in their orchard when they host u-pick weekends.

These four great places can surely offer you that delicious treat that we all must have at least once while enjoying ourselves in the mountains!  Stay tuned for my next blog post regarding night life in downtown Blue Ridge!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start the Morning Right! Breakfast in Blue Ridge

Recently, I discussed the excellent fine cuisine choices in Blue Ridge.  They are all amazing and you can’t go wrong enjoying a fabulous dinner at any of the locations that were mentioned.  However, we don’t all splurge and eat fine cuisine everyday.  Although, many of us do treat ourselves to breakfast on a fairly regular basis.  This blog will highlight some of the great breakfast restaurant selections that Blue Ridge has to offer.

Bumble Bee – An Bumblebee restaurantadorable diner located outside of town and across the street from the Ingles Shopping Center.  You can begin your day with pancakes, eggs, omelettes, fruit, French toast, benedicts and a variety of other southern flair type of breakfast items!  They serve breakfast daily from 8 to 2.  If you  have a large group, you also can reserve a section called “the hive” and  you can all dine together.  They also received  a 2014 certificate of excellence rating from Trip Advisor.  You must make a stop at this quaint restaurant on one of your days when you are visiting the mountains!

Blue Ridge Bagel Depot  Bagel depot 2came to the North Georgia Mountain town of Blue Ridge in 2015 and has been going strong since it opened it’s doors!  The Depot  serves delicious, fresh bagels and sandwiches. NY Bagels, Eggel-Bagels, organic salad wraps, fresh fruit and veggie juicery, fresh roast coffees and home of the “skinny-bagel.”  A great place to visit anytime between 7:30 am and 2pm.

Located across from the train depot in  Blue Ridge, L and L and L BeaneryL Beanery was built in the town’s historic bank building.  How quaint that they still have the vault set up and inside it is a variety of coffee!  The Beanery has an excellent variety on their breakfast menu as well as the setting of a huge stone fireplace and hearth, tin ceilings and an eclectic mix of antique seating.  Pancakes, breakfast burritos and sandwiches, benedicts, omelettes, Spanish crepes, muffins and a variety of other delicious breakfast choices. The Beanery prides themselves on being different from a franchise and providing the small mountain town bistro experience you will always remember.

Mercier’s Orchards – Many of  you have heard of our famous orchard in Blue Ridge where mercier orchardsyou can enjoy some of the best apple and peach pies in the south!  They also have a café where you can have a good breakfast before you shop in their store or pick your bundle of delicious apples.  From 7 to 11am you can delight yourself in the Mercier mountain breakfast, biscuits, omelettes, waffles, pancakes or a variety of a la carte breakfast items.  A great atmosphere and fun place to stop.  Visiting Merciers should definitely be put on your Blue Ridge bucket list!

Serenity Garden Café  is located in the heart of downtown Blue Ridge.  Seating is available Serenity Garden Cafeoutside on their patio weather permitting.  Enjoy a great southern style breakfast including omelettes, pancakes, biscuits and much more. This is a great place to eat before hitting all of the amazing downtown Blue Ridge shops! They also have another Café located in McCaysville which is a short distance from Blue Ridge.  Here you can enjoy dining while looking over the Toccoa River.  This is also one of the restaurants that will be featured as a good lunch choice in an upcoming blog!

The TrailerIf you don’t have time for a good sit down type of breakfast, The Trailer can offer you some excellent biscuit choices and other items as well. You may have to wait a little bit in the drive thru line due to the popularity of this amazing biscuit shop!  This is another must do when you come to town.  You also need cash on hand though as they do not accept credit or debit cards!

Hope you are enjoying the blog on favorite restaurants in the beautiful town of Blue Ridge…Where is your favorite place to eat breakfast when you come to town?  Stay tuned next week for a list of casual restaurants to enjoy lunch and dinner choices.

 

 

 

Fine Cuisine in Blue Ridge

The town of Blue Ridge has come a long way from years ago when we only had a few restaurants in the area.  Now, visitors come from all over and enjoy such a variety of delicious cuisine.  Personally, I think Blue Ridge has some of the best restaurants in the North Georgia area.  I am starting a series of blog posts regarding different types of food choices in the area because we have many visitors asking us the best restaurants in town.  I would be curious if you agree with me.  Please comment and let me know your thoughts.

Today I am focusing on some of the top choices in fine dining in the area.

Black SheepThe Black Sheep is the newest fine dining restaurant in the town.  As evident in the name, the owner Steve Oyer wanted to bring something new or different into Blue Ridge.  An amazing menu full of mouth watering steaks, fresh seafood, pasta and array of other fine food is always available.  We took my parents here for their 50th wedding anniversary and created some wonderful memories.  This venue also has a full bar full of cocktails and over 2,000 bottles of wine in their cellar!  The Black Sheep has 5 private label Tuscan wines and Black Sheep Moonshine distilled exclusively for their guests!  It is an amazing place for family events, a special night out on the town or any other celebration.

cucina rustica

Talk about fine Italian dinner cusine!  Cucina Rustica is an amazing choice for all of you pasta lovers that appreciate excellent service and quality food.  A charming atmosphere that offers a diverse selection of gourmet pastas, pizzas, fresh seafood and a variety of other amazing dishes. My husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary here and was made to feel very special by the waitresses and staff.  Excellent choice for any occasion or just because you love Italian food.

Christy lees courtyard 2This is a picture of the courtyard at Christy Lee’s.  Often you will find entertainment in the courtyard to enjoy while eating delicious food!  Excellent steak, pork, chicken, pastas, pizzas are available for dinner and lunch choices.  Christy Lee’s could be considered fine dining but also a casual atmosphere.  An excellent place to visit and located in the heart of historic downtown Blue Ridge.

harvest on main

 

Harvest on Main is a unique fine dining experience that everyone should try when visiting this town!  See how quaint and cozy it is on the inside?  Roaring fireplaces that will warm your bones and a staff that will make you feel incredibly welcome to the North Georgia Mountains.  Harvest is known for supporting our local farmers and they use as much local produce as possible.  A lunch and dinner menu with a variety of steaks, pastas. salads, kids choices and many other excellent choices.

Stay tuned for more blog postings regarding the excellent food choices in Blue Ridge.  What do you think of these four restaurants?