5 Favorite Fireplaces for Comfy-Cozy Cabin Stays

Here’s a simple truth: life can be very hectic. Everyone has different forms stressors, from commuting to work and balancing a 9-5 job to raising the kids and meeting family obligations. However, there comes a point when you have put the cell phone down, forget about next month’s commitments, and take some time for yourself. This is especially true in the age of COVID-19, where ongoing complications and variants add another layer of stress to everyone’s lives.

Stress takes a toll on the brain.

When it’s finally time for you and your family to disconnect, there’s no better place to do so than Blue Ridge, GA. Located just 90 minutes outside of Atlanta, Blue Ridge epitomizes fresh starts and family vacations, where clean mountain air abounds and new adventures await. There’s just something so special about getting away from it all, surrounded by friends and family in the Blue Ridge mountains.

When the chilly weather of December and January roll around, few activities warm the soul like spending time in a Blue Ridge cabin rental, curled up in front of the fire with a hot cup of cocoa. It’s hard to put our finger on why, but spending time in front of the fire, surrounded by people you love just feels right. When you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, it’s time to clock in in front of the fire. Here are 5 of our favorite fireplaces for you to choose from:

Peace N Quiet

Located about 15 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, this Blue Ridge cabin rental sits on six acres of land, giving you a secluded escape in nature. Picturesque and cozy, Peace N Quiet features a floor-to-ceiling rock fireplace that you will fall in love with, especially during colder months like January and February. Complete with a hot tub and king master suite, this private property has everything you need to rest your mind and recharge your soul.

Peace N Quiet

Majestic View

If spending time in front of a crackling, warm outdoor fireplace is non-negotiable on your vacation to Blue Ridge, look no further than Majestic View. Located about 15 minutes from downtown, Majestic View features luxurious amenities, an awesome game room for the kids, and an unforgettable mountain view. If the outdoor fireplace lounge area gets too crowded, head back inside where you’ll find a second fireplace in the living room!

Majestic View

Huckleberry House

This 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom luxury cabin is located in the Aska Adventure area and features an incredible double-sided fireplace with views from the living room and dining room. This unique fireplace provides a warm, cozy ambiance for you and your guests, whether you’re breaking bread or just watching TV together. With two master suites, a pool table, shuffleboard, hot tub, and a laundry list of other amazing amenities, Huckleberry House has it all – even views of Lake Blue Ridge!

The Barn on Creek’s Edge

If you’re looking to spend time with that special someone, this brand-new waterfront cabin in Blue Ridge is calling your name. The Barn on Creek’s Edge might be small on square feet, but its big on comfort, convenience, and personality, and includes luxurious amenities like a creekside firepit and hot tub. Here, you can find one of our favorite fireplaces – a wood burning beauty overlooking the creek, with relaxing rockers to sit in. It’s both romantic and reinvigorating at the same time!

The Bar on Creek’s Edge

Ritz on the Rocks

We chose this magnificent Blue Ridge cabin rental not because of one fireplace – but because of two! This 5-star cabin, located about 15 minutes from the GMCR offices, has a huge, stacked stone gas fireplace in the living room and a wood burning fireplace on the lower level. If you’re looking for the finest accommodations during your getaway trip to Blue Ridge, Ritz on the Rocks is the cabin for you. This one has it all – from multiple master suites to a movie room and just about everything in between. You’ve got to see this one to believe it!

Ritz on the Rocks

Lowest Prices of the Season!

2022 is right around the corner, and to celebrate, we’re offering the best prices of the season on Blue Ridge cabin rentals! The above cabins only encapsulate a small portion of the properties in our portfolio. If you didn’t find what you’re looking for in this blog, click here to see a full list of our cabin rentals in Blue Ridge, GA. With great pricing and an incredible selection to choose from, your chance to visit Blue Ridge might happen sooner than you expect 🙂

Most Popular Shops to Buy Early Christmas Gifts in Blue Ridge, GA

There’s something special about shopping for gifts during the holiday season – the anticipation of loved ones opening presents on Christmas morning; the look of surprise when your best friend unwraps their gift and realizes you got them exactly what they wanted. While shopping for gifts online can be convenient, getting out and about in Downtown Blue Ridge makes the experience more enjoyable and intimate. If you’re one of those people who loves to buy Christmas gifts ahead of time, this is your chance! So, swing by Das Kaffee Haus, grab a holiday-themed beverage, and get your shop on in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Here are 5 of the most popular shopping destinations in Blue Ridge for your holiday gift giving needs!

Tupelo Tea – Formed and operated by Tom and Donna Harper, Tupelo Tea is located in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge. Specializing in delectable loose tea and honey products that will have you doing a holiday happy dance. This is a fantastic place to shop for the caffeine fiend in your life, or for the craft tea lover who won’t ever be satisfied with Earl Grey. Try a few of their blends for yourself before choosing the right one as a gift. This is a shop you’ll definitely be coming back to!

Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company – The Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company epitomizes unique, small-town shopping. This shop features boutique bird seed blends and awesome gift ideas for the bird lover in your life. There’s plenty more than just bird seed to buy at the Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company, like hummingbird feeders, instructional classes, and even interactive seminars that you or your family can participate in. The Blue Ridge Bird Seed Company is located a short walk away from Tupelo Tea, off East Main Street in Downtown Blue Ridge.

The Rum Cake Lady – They say big things come in small packages, and that is so true at this amazing restaurant in Downtown Blue Ridge. If you love giving the gift of sweets, this Cuban café has the most moist, addictive rum cakes in the Southeast. We’re talking mini cakes and full-sized options, with flavors like Original Golden Rum, Limoncello, Chocolate Salted Caramel, and more. Can’t choose which cake to give? Grab a gift card and let your friends do the choosing!

The Pasta Market – Nothing says “happy holidays” like a heaping bowl of hearty pasta, marinara, and parmesan! If you have a pasta lover in your life, make room in your car because you’ll be leaving with a lot after shopping at The Pasta Market in Downtown Blue Ridge. Grab dried pasta like their Sagne Torte or pick up pre-made frozen meals made by one of the onsite Pasta Officers. Planning a girl’s or guy’s game night or get-together? Grab a gift card for a custom-made charcuterie board and your next get-together will be extra special.

Huck’s General Store – If you’re looking for stocking stuffers, you’ve found the perfect place! Located in Downtown Blue Ridge off East Main Street, Huck’s General Store is one of the most popular shops in town, especially during the holidays. Grab some bottles of craft soda, delight in the huge selection of candy, or grab some novelty gifts that are sure to make your friends laugh. From homemade hand soaps to one-of-a-kind souvenirs, you’re sure to find something for that special someone this holiday season at Huck’s General Store.

GMCR PRO TIP: If you’re staying in one of our Blue Ridge cabin rentals in late November, DO NOT miss out on Blue Friday and the lighting of the Great Tree! Blue Friday, in particular, is a great time to grab your Christmas gifts early because our local shops often offer discounts on items (think Black Friday, but in Blue Ridge!).

Prime Leaf Peeping Times in Blue Ridge, GA

Every year, as the last remnants of summer dissipate and September turns to October, we are asked when prime leaf peeping season starts.

Autumn in Blue Ridge, Georgia, is a magical experience. As the leaves change from various shades of green into their cool-weather counterparts, thousands of people from all around the Southeast travel to the Mountains of North Georgia. Fall ushers in a bevy of popular activities to enjoy, from apple picking tours at Mercier to brisk hikes on the Benton MacKaye Trail.

Of course, one of the most popular events to enjoy is the changing of the leaves! Fall foliage is a big deal in Blue Ridge, and so the question remains – when is the best time to visit?

This answer varies from year to year, so let’s dive into some of the most popular times to see fall colors in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We’ll also give you the 411 on popular places for leaf-peeping, so that you can plan ahead and experience autumn in all of its glory.

Peak Times for Fall Foliage in Blue Ridge, Georgia

Usually, North Georgia’s autumn hues are at their peak of prettiness from late October through the November. While it’s likely to catch some colors in mid-October, if you want to play it safe you should plan for a fall vacation in November.

Since elevation plays a part in when fall foliage happens, here’s a brief breakdown for you:

  • October 10 – 20: This date range is peak time for elevations from 4,000 to 5,000 feet.
  • October 18 – 26: This date range is peak time for elevations from 3,000 to 4,000 feet.
  • October 24 – 31: This date range is peak for elevations from 2,000 to 3,000 feet.
  • October 26 – November 8: This date range is peak for remaining elevations.

To sum up – if you’re visiting Blue Ridge this fall, late October through the first couple of weeks in November are great dates to see the leaves’ changing.

Pro Tip: Keep your leaf-peeping plans up to date by using the Georgia Department of Natural Resource’s LeafWatch website. This way, if you have a specific set of dates in mind, you can keep yourself posted!

Popular Locations for Fall Foliage Near Blue Ridge, Georgia

Lake Blue Ridge – Though this body of water is beautiful year-round, Lake Blue Ridge is extra awesome in autumn. There’s nothing like lounging on a boat in Lake Blue Ridge’s calm, cool waters with a beautiful backdrop of fall colors. Contact the Lake Blue Ridge Marina or more info and ask if fall foliage tours will be active in 2020.

Blue Ridge Cabin Rentals – Blue Ridge is known for its unique cabins, and there sure are plenty to choose from in the area. From lakefront lodges to small properties buried deep in the woods, whatever your taste in vacation rentals is, you’re sure to find one for your budget in Blue Ridge.

Pro Tip: For fall foliage viewing, cabins with long-range mountain views or wooded views are your best bet. If they’re available, see if you can book a cabin with a view that is also close to Downtown Blue Ridge. That way, you can enjoy a misty fall morning with from the cabin and a fun afternoon Downtown in the afternoon!

Brasstown Bald – Is about 45 minutes from Blue Ridge, Brasstown Bald wins the award as Georgia’s highest mountain. Surrounded by the Chattahoochee – Oconee National Forest, Brasstown’s cloud-level observation deck provides stunning 360-degree vistas. Put a star next to this one on your list – you don’t want to miss out!

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway – Comprised of a 4-hour, 26-mile round trip along the beautiful Toccoa River, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway is one of the most popular attractions to enjoy during the autumn season. Great by yourself or with your whole family, we recommend choosing the open-air rail car for the best fall foliage experience.

Vogel State Park – Located about 30 minutes from Blue Ridge in Blairsville, Vogel State Park offers some of Georgia’s most beautiful fall scenery. You will discover several hiking trails at Vogel State Park. These trails range from easy to difficult, so you can enjoy the fall colors on whichever trail makes you most comfortable.

Pro Tip: Make a day of it at this picturesque park and be sure to pack a picnic lunch. You will find several picnic benches scattered around the park, so you can enjoy a nice lunch in the crisp, refreshing air and burn off some calories afterwards as the fall colors surround you.

However you decide to celebrate fall in Blue Ridge, we look forward to seeing you around town very soon!

End-of-Summer Water Adventures in Blue Ridge, GA

With the last days of summer just ahead, why sit around in the boring A/C when you can cool off on a water adventure in Blue Ridge? There are plenty of water-related activities to enjoy in and around town, whether you’re looking to chill out on Lake Blue Ridge or get your adrenaline pumping on a whitewater rafting trip.

The great news is, many Blue Ridge cabin rentals are only a short drive from the water adventures in this blog. That means you can have a full day of adventure and a quick trip back to your cabin, where you can rest up, recharge, and refocus your energy on having fun in the sun while it’s still warm!

Ocoee River – Adventure to the Max

If you’re an adrenaline junkie looking to get your fix, it’s time to strap on your life jacket and get ready for a whitewater rafting trip down the Ocoee River. Flowing out of Lake Blue Ridge as the Toccoa River, the Ocoee portion of the river begins at the Tennessee border. It boasts class 3 and 4 rapids, though the latter is best suited for rafting vets. Many rafting trips include the Upper Ocoee and the heart-pounding Olympic kayaking course that was created for the 1996 Olympics. There’s also the Middle Ocoee, which also has class 3 and 4 rapids. If you’re feeling extra froggy, try tackling the Upper Ocoee and Middle Ocoee in one day. If you do, be sure to tag your friends (and GMCR) on social media to brag!

Pro Tip: Full rafting trips combining the Upper and Middle portions of the Ocoee are only available in the summer and are reserved for children older than 12. Be sure to specify which part of the river you’re interested in exploring before you head out.

Popular Whitewater Rafting Outfitters

  • A Rolling Thunder River Company – 1-800-408-7238
  • Ocoee Adventure Center – 1-888-723-8622
  • Wildwater Unlimited – 1-800-451-9972

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding – The New Way to Paddle

If you’re looking for a more relaxed way to enjoy the day but still want to get some good exercise during your vacation, why not try Stand Up Paddle Boarding?

SUPing goes great with the cool, calm waters of Lake Blue Ridge, which is just minutes from many Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals. When you stand up paddle board, you can reach areas of the lake that aren’t accessible by motorized boats, giving explorers of all ages a chance to make new water discoveries.

Paddleboards can be rented at the Morganton Point Recreation Area and at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina.

Pro Tip: Please your taste buds after a fun day on the lake and head over to the Boat Dock Bar & Grill, located just a few feet from the Lake Blue Ridge Marina. Nothing says, “I’m enjoying summer while it lasts!” like a frosty adult beverage after spending time on the water!

Toccoa River Fun – Perfect Solo or with Friends

A much more popular option for families with young kids, the Toccoa River is famous for its laid-back vibe and crystal-clear waters. Popular water adventure activities include kayaking, tubing, canoeing, and trout fishing. If a more relaxed pace is what you need, the Toccoa River is a perfect choice. There are plenty of places to put in and beautiful scenery around every corner!

Pro Tip: If you’re bringing family and friends on your water adventure, be sure to pack the holy trinity of outdoor products: sunscreen, bug spray, and plenty of water to stay hydrated!

  • Popular Toccoa River Outfitters
  • Toccoa Valley Campground – 706-838-4317
  • A Rolling Thunder River Company – 1-800-408-7238
  • Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters – 706-838-0200

Most Popular Scenic Drives for Fall Foliage Views in Blue Ridge, GA

Autumn is still a few months away, but it never hurts to plan your vacay ahead of time – especially if you are visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains in October-November. But what are the best ways to see the fall colors once you arrive?

Aside from the views at your Blue Ridge cabin rental, these unforgettable drives offer some of the prettiest views of the countryside with curvy mountain roads and lots of roadside attractions. When fall rolls around, the mountains come alive with brilliant autumn colors around every turn. One of the best ways to explore Blue Ridge and take in the beauty of fall foliage is with a memorable scenic drive – and we’ve got 5 of our favorites listed below for you to check out.

Pack a lunch and bring a camera, because there is plenty to see this fall in Fannin County and beyond!

1. Toccoa Ranger District Driving Tour

Blue Ridge to Dahlonega & Apple Alley

This day trip, originally produced by the U.S. Forest Service, is beautiful any time of the year, but is especially beautiful in the fall.  The drive begins and ends at the intersection of Georgia Highway 5 and 515 in Blue Ridge. Round trip mileage is 102.4 miles and approximate driving time without stops is three to four hours. Download this map to guide you along the way.

2. Cohutta Wilderness

Get back to nature with this rustic country drive

With more than 40,000 acres in Georgia and Tennessee (where its known as Big Frog Wilderness Area), the Cohuttas comprise the largest wilderness east of the Mississippi. This drive can be a little rough, so make sure to take it easy. If you’ve got 4-wheel drive, you might want to consider using it during parts of this tour. Download this map to guide you along the way.

3. Georgia Mountain Parkway

Highway 515 Jasper to Blue Ridge

Georgia’s favorite scenic drive follows Interstate 575 from Atlanta northward on the Georgia Mountain Parkway. Along the way the route offers beautiful mountain views, wildflowers, apple orchards, festivals, antiques and galleries – and a wealth of opportunities for outdoor exploration and adventure. Download this map to guide you along the way.

4. “Suches It Is” Loop from Morganton to Suches

Blue Ridge, Suches & Blairsville

This drive combines some of the prettiest views of the countryside with curvy mountain roads incredible fall views. Included in this driving tour is the historic Skeenah Mill, Swinging Bridge on the Toccoa River, Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery, Lake Winfield Scott, Vogel State Park and more opportunities for side trips. It can easily turn into a full day trip!  Round trip mileage is 76 miles and approximate driving time without stops is two hours, so be sure to bring plenty of water and food to snack on. Download this map to guide you along the way.

5. Mountains & Countryside

Blue Ridge to the Dial Community and Morganton Area

This beautiful drive through the mountains and countryside surrounding Blue Ridge, Dial and Morganton is a great introduction to the area. Be sure to snap some pictures of the fall views in the Dial Road area – it’s one of the most popular spots in Fannin County! This drive also includes visits to Lake Blue Ridge and the Toccoa River. Download this map to guide you along the way.

GMCR PRO TIP: If you plan on booking a cabin rental for your autumn vacation, remember to reserve early! Fall dates fill up quickly, and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on the fall fun by waiting too long. Click here to find the cabin rental of your dreams!

5 Fantastic Restaurants for Craft Cocktails in Blue Ridge, GA

Hot summer sunshine and frosty adult beverages go together like Blue Ridge cabins and hot tubs – they go better together as a pair! Nothing says “summer vacation” quite like sipping a quality cocktail with a shot of fresh mountain air. So, when you’re craving a delicious drink after a long day of exploration, keep these popular watering holes in mind.

Boat Dock Bar & Grill’s Pineapple Rum Runner

Boat Dock Bar & Grill

After a long day on Lake Blue Ridge, head back to land and pull up a seat at the Boat Dock Bar & Grill, located at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina. This “sunny spot for shady people” features a full menu of delicious eats and of course, tasty drinks. For the best seat in the house, make sure you grab a seat at the tiki-style bar. Here, you will have awesome views of the lake while you sip your drink, listen to live music, and enjoy the lively bar ambiance.

The Dogwood’s La Vie en Rose

The Dogwood

The Dogwood is the newest restaurant on this list, and already has a reputation for unique, specialty drinks. Located within a short walking distance of The Black Sheep restaurant, The Dogwood offers a casual vibe with plenty of outdoor seating. Specialty craft cocktails are the most popular menu items, but there is also a wonderful wine list and a “beer garage” with over 70 options. You can even create your own six-pack!

The Black Sheep’s Trouble in Blue Ridge

The Black Sheep

Owned and operated by the same folks who opened The Dogwood, The Black Sheep is a Blue Ridge staple that has grown in popularity as the go-to place for craft cocktails and an upscale atmosphere. Take it easy under the grand 200-year-old oak tree while sipping a bourbon or join the crowd at the largest outdoor bar and patio in Blue Ridge. With a huge list of cocktails to choose from, you’re sure to find classics like a Manhattan as well as Black Sheep originals like the Trouble in Blue Ridge.

Try The Boro Inn’s Guinness On Tap!

The Boro Inn Irish Pub & Restaurant

If you’re on the hunt for a laid-back bar vibe with a swirl of Irish goodness, The Boro Inn might be your new favorite place to eat and drink. Home to a stunning variety of Irish ales, stouts, ciders, and lagers, you won’ have any trouble finding a cold drink here. Once you try the super fresh Guinness straight from the tap, you’ll be thanking your lucky charms that you decided to swing by this bar. Don’t forget to spend some time looking around the property, which has loads of old Irish knick-knacks and pictures from the owner’s life in Ireland.

Mona Lisa’s Martini Mona

Mona Lisa’s Dessert House

Mona Lisa’s is another new addition to the restaurant scene in Downtown Blue Ridge. This elegant dessert house is home to some of the best sweets and drinks in Fannin County, featuring scratch-made martinis, wines, and other adult indulgences. Can’t decide between dessert and a cocktail? Get the best of both worlds with Mona Lisa’s dessert martinis, like their decadent Martini Mona. It’s to die for!

Sky Ridge: Master Bedroom

The Perfect Nightcap

When you’ve had your fill of food and libations, nothing feels better than returning to your Blue Ridge cabin rental for a full night’s sleep. With dozens of vacation homes to choose on the water, in the forest, and everywhere in between, you’re sure to find your home base of fun at GMCR!

4 Fantastic Selfie Spots in Blue Ridge, Georgia

Blue Ridge is officially called the “Trout Capital of Georgia,” but it might as well be called the “Smile Capital of the South,” especially when summer is in the air. Believe us, we get it – summertime in Blue Ridge means outdoor adventures, one-of-a-kind shopping, innovative restaurants, and so much more. With so many happy faces in Blue Ridge, it’s no wonder why everyone and their mom poses for pictures around the city. After all, can you say that you visited Blue Ridge if you never snapped a selfie to share on social media?!

Smiles and selfies go together like peanut butter and jelly, and according to a study by Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies, they can actually make us happier. This is especially true today, where almost everyone has a miniature computer in their pocket, decked out with an HD camera and all sorts of cool filters. Whether you’re visiting Blue Ridge for summer vacation or you’re planning a relaxing retreat this May for Mental Health Awareness Month, scope out these perfect selfie spots before you hit the road!

Long Creek Falls

This beautiful, cascading waterfall located on the southern stretch of the Appalachian Trail is one of the most popular waterfalls to visit in Blue Ridge. The trail to access the falls is an easy path to follow, as you walk alongside Noontootla Creek through a lush valley full of verdant plant life and fragrant wildflowers. For a full day of outdoor exploration, pack a picnic lunch and continue your journey along the AT and get to know Mother Nature just a bit better.

The Blue Ridge Mural

The Blue Ridge Mural, located on the corner of Main Street and Mountain Street, is quickly becoming the go-to spot for selfies in Georgia’s most famous mountain town. This is a great location to take pictures if you’re already out and about in Downtown Blue Ridge, since the mural is just outside the downtown shopping district.

GMCR Pro Tip: Be careful while you’re taking selfies at this spot – Mountain Street can be very busy on weekends during summer months.

The Swinging Bridge

Photo Credit: @claire.brings.chief

With the furious flow of the Toccoa River beneath your feet, the sights and sounds of excited kayakers, and the bright blue sky over your head, you might be too caught up in the moment to grab your camera. After you take some time to enjoy your surroundings, though, don’t forget to snap a selfie while you’re on the Swinging Bridge – the longest bridge of its kind east of the Mississippi. Before you leave, be sure to take a dip in the water and make some new camping or hiking friends.

GMCR Pro Tip: For a little bit of added fun, see if another bridge visitor will help you rock the bridge back and forth! You might experience an “oh, crap!” moment, but it’s totally worth it for the experience.

Zip Lines

Photo Credit: Westgate Resorts

Nothing says “I did it for the Gram” like a shot of your excited face as you perch atop a dizzying zip line platform. With at least a half dozen zipline companies in Blue Ridge, you can get your adrenaline rush for the day and also get some great pics that you can share. Be sure to check with the zipline tour staff to make sure selfies are permitted before you start taking pictures. While we don’t suggest you take your selfie while you’re mid-air on the zipline, if you’re an experienced adventurer, it can be an incredible shot to capture.

GMCR Pro Tip: Having a friend, zipline professional, or even a stranger snap your picture can be a safer alternative to taking a selfie by yourself, at least in this situation. Safety before selfie!

BONUS: Inside Your Blue Ridge Cabin Rental!

Brown Bear Vista – Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals

Want to make your friends or family a little jealous? Take a selfie near your vacation rental’s hot tub or another uncommon cabin amenity and see what kind of a reaction you get. Blue Ridge is known for having the most uniquely luxurious vacation properties in the whole state, so if your cabin is stupendous, show it off on social media! Don’t forget to tag Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals – we’ll give you a shoutout on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

Summer Break Bucket List in Blue Ridge, GA

With summer break right around the corner, families are beginning to get excited about warm weather vacations filled with fun, memorable activities. While most states have lifted stay-at-home orders, many folks are ditching the hot, crowded beaches for a serene family vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Here, you can avoid crowds and still enjoy an unforgettable vacation jam-packed with good times and new discoveries. We’re talking water adventures, zipline tours, open air train rides, and getaways at Blue Ridge cabin rentals – all located about 1.5 hours north of Atlanta.

With so much to see and do in Blue Ridge, you might not know how to start planning! To make your life easier, we have put together a 2021 summer break bucket list, so you can make the most out of your mountain vacation.

So, go ahead and get excited – your fun-filled, summertime escapade in Blue Ridge will be here before you know it!

Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

One of the most popular attractions in Blue Ridge, the scenic railway is a family-friendly adventure that takes riders on a four-hour round-trip tour across the Tennessee border. With a two-hour layover, you can visit local shops in McCaysville/Copperhill, grab a bite to eat, or rest for awhile by the river. With a two-hour layover, you can visit local shops in McCaysville/Copperhill, grab a bite to eat, or rest for a while by the river. Be sure to snag tickets on an open-air car for the complete summer experience!

Spend a Day at the Lilly Pad Village

Open every day from 11AM-4PM, the Lilly Pad Village is an awesome adventure for the whole family to enjoy. Located in the heart of the Aska Adventure Area, the Lilly Pad Village is a beautiful escape from highways, traffic, and congestion. Try your luck gem mining, cast your line in the lily pad pond, challenge your kids to a game of mini-golf, or enjoy lunch at one of the outdoor picnic tables.

Go Horseback Riding in the Cohutta Wilderness

There are many horseback stable options to choose from in Blue Ridge, but we prefer the seclusion and peaceful vibes you get from a horseback ride in the Cohutta Wilderness. One of North Georgia’s best-kept secrets, the Cohuttas are the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River. Here, you can trot along trails off the beaten path as you enjoy the sights and sounds that only Mother Nature can compose. For extra fun, pack a picnic lunch and swing by the Jacks River Campground, where you can rest up and splash around in the nearby creeks.

Go Tubing on the Toccoa River

If spending a few days on the river is your ideal summertime activity, you’ve come to the right place! Blue Ridge is home to the gorgeous Toccoa River, where kids and adults of all ages enjoy tubing trips all summer long. There are many tubing outfitters to choose from, particularly in the Aska Adventure Area, where you can book a Blue Ridge vacation rental and drive five minutes to your destination. Bring some snacks and drinks to enjoy as you float down the Toccoa, and if you’re feeling frisky, bring along your fishing pole and try your hand at trout fishing!

Rent a Boat on Lake Blue Ridge

Between the Toccoa River and Lake Blue Ridge, you have endless options when it comes to water adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lake Blue Ridge is one of the most popular places to be in the summer. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush on a speedboat or simply want to lounge on the lake in a pontoon boat, you have several rental options to choose from on Lake Blue Ridge. Don’t forget to dock your boat and enjoy some cold drinks and hot wings at the Boat Dock Bar & Grill, located at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina.

Other Summertime Activities to Consider

We could go on for days about all the fun things to see and do while you’re in Blue Ridge this summer! To save your time and ours, here are some additional activities to enjoy this summer:  

  • Splurge on a waterfront cabin rental in Blue Ridge
  • Go on an exciting whitewater rafting tour
  • Visit Mercier Orchards
  • Satiate your sweet tooth at Huck’s General Store
  • Shop till you drop in Downtown Blue Ridge
  • Rent Pedego electric bikes and go on a scenic ride
  • Go on a zipline tour
  • Follow the trout art trail
  • See a show at the Blue Ridge Community Theater
  • See a real-deal drive-in movie at the Swan Drive-In

“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

hotel vs cabin

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
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!