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?

Tubing Choices While Vacationing in Blue Ridge!

Last weeks blog discussed whitewater rafting opportunities for those daredevils with an adventurous spirit! As promised, this week I am blogging about another fun North Georgia Mountain water activity to enjoy for those of you that prefer a more “calm ride.”  Tubing while enjoying your stay in Blue Ridge is a relaxing experience that you can share with your family, significant other, on a girl trip or alone with your favorite novel!

tubing toccoaRolling Thunder River Company offers tubing or kayaking on the scenic  Toccoa River.  What is great about this activity, is your child only needs to be at least five years old.  Obviously, on most whitewater rafting adventures, they need to be older.  The Rolling Thunder Company offers different lengths in tubing and they operate on dam controlled rivers.  Generally, this is a gentle and relaxing trip but check with the company to find out if the waters are faster due to heavy rains that have occurred.  When it is going fast, what was supposed to be a two-hour trip can turn into a quick 45 minutes.
Toccoa River Adventures located in McCaysville, Georgia (just a little distance from Blue Ridge), claims to have the toccoa river adventure buscheapest tubing ride in the area.  You can get a tube for $6 to $7 and they also offer tubes to hold coolers as well.  As indicated from the picture, you can see the bus that you are able to use to hitch a ride back to your car after you finish tubing. They call this their Toccoa River adventure bus!   This adventure mainly runs along Horseshoe Bend Park and also occasionally the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway can go by where you are able to wave at all the passengers on the train!

tubing 2Shallowford Bridge Tubing is located in the Aska adventure area just past the shallowford bridge.  They offer a $9 tubing ride from May to September.  They claim to have the “best float in the area.”  This company will actually allow children at least two years of age to ride in the same tube as their parent.  If this is something you are willing to dare to do, you may want to go here!!! (doesn’t sound relaxing to me but to each his own!)  These guys are also open 7 days a week where many are not.

Toccoa Valley Campground is another amazing choice located in the Aska area.  Toccoa valley campground tubingThey offer a $10 tube ride as well as a shuttle to take you back from a six-mile route.  They will not allow you to put your own tubes in the water without paying the fee.  Your child must be at least five years old to float with Toccoa Valley.  They are open six days a week and closed on Sunday.  They also offer rafts for couples and families.

For those of you that may be experiencing tubing for the first time, there are several suggestions to consider.

  • Wear water shoes.  Lots of rocks can cut your feet!water shoes
  • If you must take valuables, place in zip lock bags.
  • Children must keep life vests on at all times.  Don’t take chances!
  • Wear a lot of sunscreen and a hat.
  • Tie your tubes together if you for sure want to stay with your party.  (especially kids)
  • If you have a young child, start with the shortest tubing adventure to make sure they do well.

As you can see, we have plenty of tubing to choose from in the mountains!  Hope these blogs have helped you decide which water adventure you prefer.  Comment about your wild and crazy rafting adventure or your peaceful, relaxing tubing trip.  Next week I will begin my blog on the amazing variety of restaurants that Blue Ridge has to offer our tourists as well as locals. It’s so exciting because every time I turn around, a new restaurant has come to this amazing town….

Whitewater Rafting in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Are you a lover of the outdoors that is seeking an adventure of a lifetime?  If you like the sound of rushing waters, whitewater rafting may be exactly what the doctor ordered!  Speaking of rushing…this is an activity that will give you an adrenaline rush like you may have never experienced.  For those of you that prefer a smooth and peaceful experience, stay tuned for my blog post next week about tubing on the Ocoee and Toccoa Rivers.

Canoes, kayaks and rafts can conquer the rapids from April to September.  In fact, over 300,000 people enjoy the Ocoee River each and every year! Below is information for the thrill seekers that are ready to experience some outdoor exhilaration!

The Ocoee Whitewater Rafting Center is the famous site for the 1996 Olympic water events.  This river is often called the roller coaster of the Southeast.  The center is located in Ducktown, Tennessee which is only 12 miles from  BlueOcoee Whitewater Center
Ridge.  You will enjoy over 20 continuous Class three and four rapids as you drop 260 feet from the start of the river to the finish.  The adventurous trip lasts approximately an hour and a half to two hours.  There are two different sections of the river for you to choose from.  One is the upper Ocoee and the other is the middle Ocoee.  There is actually no experience necessary as you will be provided all necessary equipment and an experienced guide!  Rafting the Ocoee is an adventure you will never forget!  The great news about visiting here is if you have some people in your party that aren’t quite as adventurous, there are plenty of trails and things to enjoy at the center as well.  As you can see from the picture, the center is nicely surrounded by beautiful water with trails all around the area.
The Rolling Thunder River Company is another excellent choice when visiting beautiful Blue Ridge.whitewater-rafting-occoee  You can choose to raft down the Ocoee or the Nantahala River at this facility.   They suggest the Nantahala as being ideal for first timers.  This is a half day trip which can be guided, non-guided or you can follow your guide.  You can be as young as 7 for this adventure so it is perfect if you have young children.  The Ocoee rafting you must be at least 12 and it can offer half or full day trips.  It is a little more adventuresome but not too extreme.
These are two popular whitewater rafting companies in the area.  However, to read more details about some of the other choices, read our article located under the local area guide on our website.
Are you ready for this exhilarating experience?  If so, don’t come for only a day trip!  Call us to book one of our beautiful cabins to enjoy a week or weekend in the amazing North Georgia Mountains! We have cute quaint cabins for couples as well as large ones to hold all of your whitewater rafting friends.  We look forward to hearing from you and all about your whitewater adventure!

 

5 Popular Hiking Adventures in Blue Ridge!

The sounds and smells of spring are in the air! It is time to put on those hiking boots and head to some of Blue Ridge, Georgia’s 300 miles of hiking trails.  Put down the cell phones, lap tops and leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind!  Enjoy some quiet time in God’s country and savor in the moment when you get to enjoy the beauty of a waterfall at the end of your hike!

Below is a list of some of the most popular trails to hike!

  • Fall Branch FallsFall Branch Falls – This trail is one of my favorite especially for those that are not as experienced in hiking as well as for children. This is approximately a 30 minute hike round trip.  Fall Branch is a double waterfall full of mountain laurel and rhododendron growing along the creek bank and the trail area.  (Directions:Follow Aska Road South for 8 miles.  Turn right on Stanley Creek Road. Toccoa Riverside Restaurant will be on the left.  The trailhead is approximately 3 miles on the right.  The pavement will turn to gravel and you will go .2 miles.
  • Amicalola-falls 2 Amicalola Falls and Trails – This is not too far of a drive from Blue Ridge.  It is located 21 miles from Ellijay on Highway 52.  Dropping at 729 feet, this is the largest falls in Georgia and east of the Mississippi River.  There are steps you can climb to get to the top.  If you feel very adventuresome when you visit, there is an 8.5 mile trail that is quite strenuous and leads from the park to Springer Mountain which is the start of the famous Appalachian Trail.  Kids will love seeing this waterfall as well but may get a few complaints from the little ones about all the steps!
  • Long Creek FallsLong Creek Falls -This is the most popular waterfall in all of Fannin County. These falls can be seen by hiking down a short side trail from the combined Appalachian/Benton MacKaye Trail. These falls total about 50 feet in two distinct drops. A leisurely 30 minute hike to the falls is uphill on the way in, downhill on the way out. Directions are as follows: From Blue Ridge, go south on Aska Road 13.5 miles to end. Turn right onto Newport Road, go 4.5 miles to end. Turn left onto Doublehead Gap Road and continue on this road about .8 miles to intersection with dirt-gravel USFS Road 58 intersecting sharply from right. Turn onto FS 58 and continue into forest and uphill 5.3 miles to Three Forks. Noontootla Creek, a beautiful trout stream, is on the right as you ascend.
  • swinging bridge 2The Swinging Bridge is another very popular Blue Ridge attraction.  This is a 260 foot long bridge and the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi River.  This is a very popular destination especially for day hikers and paddlers making the journey down the Toccoa River.  Directions from Blue Ridge are: take Hwy 515 east about four miles and turn right onto Hwy 60 toward Morganton.  Follow past the Post Office, turning right toward Suches/Dahlonega and go 11.3 twisty miles.  After passing the Old Skeenah Mill, go .7 miles to FS816 and turn right onto a gravel road.  FS816 is not really marked, but there is a “hiker sign” on the other side of the road from the turn.  It’s easy to miss.  It is a very bumpy three mile ride so you at least need an SUV to conquer this.  No low cars will work!  Once you park a short hike down to the Toccoa River on the Benton/MacKaye Duncan Ridge National Recreation Trail brings you to the Swinging Bridge.
  • Sea Creek FallsSea Creek Falls is a beautiful 30 foot waterfall with a shallow pool at the bottom.  It is approximately an hour from Blue Ridge. From Morganton, follow Ga Highway 60 17.7 miles to the Cooper Creek Recreation Area turnoff on the left.  Continue on FS Road 4, 2.9 miles to a fork.  Turn left and follow road .3 miles.  Park and walk .1 miles to the falls. This is an easy hike and great for children and older adults.  This waterfall doesn’t get as much traffic as others and is definitely one to consider if you like seclusion!  It is absolutely beautiful!
Always be prepared when you are heading to the wilderness.  Wear proper clothing, shoes and be certain to take water.  Always use your best judgement when hiking around waterfalls.  Often, rocks can be wet and slippery and covered with moss, so please be cautious.  We hope you have a fabulous time in Blue Ridge and get to enjoy all the scenery and beauty of the area.  For more information on various waterfalls and hikes, visit the Fannin Chamber.

 

 

5 Reasons to Enjoy Spring in Blue Ridge

Winter is coming to an end and people are beginning to get excited about beautiful spring days right around the corner.  Spring break will be here before we know it.  Has your family made their vacation plans?  Blue Ridge, a quaint and adorable town located in the North Georgia Mountains is an amazing place to consider taking your break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

There are a variety of reasons this town is one to put on your bucket list but below are five top suggestions as to why you should consider this amazing slice of heaven as your spring destination.

First reason is the weather!  It is finally getting warm enough to enjoy some outdoor time.  How about the nice evenings around a cozy firepit?  By this point you can actually enjoy the cool evenings but with the comfort of a fire!

Next is the amazing flowers that are beginning to bloom around town! It’s about time you stop and smell the roses, isn’t it?  You can do that here while leaving your busy life at home.spring in blue ridge.jpg

Spring brings so many amazing activities to enjoy in North Georgia such as horsebackriding, hiking, canoeing, whitewater rafting and so much more.  Check out Fannin County’s chamber of commerce website to guide you on all the exciting events going on around town.

The fourth reason this is such a dynamic town to visit is all the amazing shops and restaurants that make up this great place.  If you have not been here lately or ever, you will be amazed at the variety of cuisine and shops made available to you.  Last but not least for visiting this spring is the great cabins that are available to stay in through Georgia Mountain Cabin Rental.  We have so many to choose from.  A small quaint cabin to ones that can hold very large families.

Make Your own Blue Ridge, Georgia Cabin Rental Experience

Making Your own Adventure in Blue Ridge, Georgia

The words Blue Ridge and adventure are often used in the same sentence.  You will hear of Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure, Experience the Blue Ridge Adventure, and so on.  So in this article we will focus on only one area where the adventure is almost endless.  Where adventure meets reality, where the sky and the earth meet, where the cool mountain streams create waterfalls and rivers, and fine dining is easily within reach.  Where is this, only the Aska Adventure Area, of course.

The Aska Adventure area is a recently named area in Fannin County that is to the south of town and got it’s name from being Aska Rd.  Aska Road is a 13.1 mile long road that leads from the center of Fannin County southward towards what is known as the tail of Fannin County.  The reason adventure are got added to create the term is all of the things to do along this short 13.1 mile stretch of country road.

Stating about 2 miles on Aska Rd. from Blue Ridge there is access to Lake Blue Ridge.  The adventure here can start at the boat ramp and Green Creek, and the Green Creek Recreation Area.  A great place to bring the pic nik basket and have a lakeside lunch followed by a canoe ride or a swim in Green Creek.  In the summer time Green Creek is part of Lake Blue Ridge, as the water backs up into the natural cove creating lake frontage for several homes.  In the winter time the Blue Ridge Lake is drawn down to winter pool, and the Green Creek area turns into a tributary to the main body of the lake.

About another two miles down Aska Rd. you will begin to ascend Deep Gap, one of the highest elevations in Fannin County.  Just after you crest Deep Gap there will be a parking area on the right side of the road.  This is a trail access to the Green Mountain Trail.  This trail is part of the Aska Adventure Trail System.  The Aska Trail System, on Aska Road is access to many trails.  They are Stanley Gap Trail, Flat Creek Loop Trail, Flat Creek Connector, Benton Mckay Trail (the largest spur of the Appalachian Trail), Upper Green Mountain, Lower Green Mountain, Long Branch Connector , and the Long Branch Loop Trail.  For more and specific information on these trails please click the link for the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, where they have made maps showing the Aska Adventure Trail System.

Another couple of miles own Aska Rd. there is a left turn on Shady Falls Rd.  This is a private area tat goes all the way over to front Lake Blue Ridge.  A quick ride through this area and you will see homes ranging from cabins in the woods, to multi million dollar homes, that some are primary residences and some are second homes.  Off of Shady Falls Rd. is another road named Turkey Farm Road.  Turkey Farm Rd. was named this because when the United States Forest Service use to have a turkey farm on this road.  This is where they bred turkeys and helped to create the plentiful amount of turkeys that have made a habitat in this area for years and years.  Also, on Turkey Farm Rd., is the Turkey Farm Loop, which is a Blue Ridge Georgia Mountain Biking Trail.  For more information on the Turkey Farm Loop Trail, please click the following:  Turkey Farm Loop Trail Info Section.  This trail goes by Lake Blue Ridge and has minimal elevation, but passes by many beautiful homes and down to the Toccoa River.

Back out on Aska Rd. another couple of miles you will start to see the Toccoa River, but only after passing the Flat Creek Loop and Connector.  After starting to see the Toccoa River you will notice a pull off on the left side of the road at “the rapids”.  This is a place where many tubers, kayakers, and canoers get out at.  On past the rapids you will see the Lily Pad Village on the left.  Here is a great place to do some fishing in the pond or some mountain side putt putt.  Past the Lily Pad Village, at the 8 mile mark down Aska Rd. you will see the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant.  Restaurateur, Tim Richter, has put the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant on the map.  The restaurant is a river front master piece, this is recently rebuilt due to a fire several years ago that completely took down the restaurant.  Tim’s heart was still to satisfy customers through their stomachs and he rebuilt the restaurant to a brand new log style building with outdoor dining, a full bar, outdoor fire pit by the river, and a large room in the basement for private events and parties.

Also, at the 8 mile mark on Aska Rd., directly across from the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant, is Stanley Creek Rd.  This is a road that changes name about half way thru and connects at the other end to Hwy 515 at Rock Creek Road and at Rock Creek Church.  But on the Stanley Creek side there is Fall Branch Falls, a Georgia’s Blue Ridge Waterfall Hiking Trail.  This is a very easy trail to a beautiful natural waterfall, with many layers of rock that the water cascades over, but the trek is through some of the most beautiful mountain laurel you have ever seen.  This trail is definitely one that should be on your to do list.

Back out to Aska Road and a turn to the right will take you about 1 more mile to Shallowford Bridge, and Shallowford Bridge Road.  The Shallowford Bridge is an old iron bridge that spans the Toccoa River.  Here is the first spot to start taking in the Toccoa River.  Shallowford Bridge Tubing is here, and this is a place for take out for several other tubing companies as well.  Toccoa Valley Campground tubing has a take out just south of the bridge.  Tubing on the upper Toccoa is a wonderful day trip for all the members of the family.  But, before you get off of Shallowford Bridge Rd. you can go to the Sandy Bottoms Canoe Launch and The Toccoa River Swinging Bridge.  Sandy Bottoms is a public access in the United States National Forest that you can access the river for launching and take out from the Toccoa River.  The Toccoa River Swinging Bridge is an awesome experience that can only be described as a fun hike with a water adventure, and a rope swinging bridge that crosses the river.

Back to Aska Rd. and continue south and you will come to Noontootla Creek.  Noontootla Creek is home to some awesome trout fishing in the Blue Ridge, GA area.  After all, Fannin County is the trout capital of Georgia, and Noontootla Creek is one of the reasons.  Just a few miles upstream from where Noontootla Creek crosses the Aska Road is Noontootla Creek Farms.  Noontootla Creek Farms is home to some serious action and adventure.  They have over two miles of privately owned trout streams, a 3 D archery course, game bird hunting trips, and a full skeet course.  So if you are into fishing and shooting, this is definitely your spot.  The Noontootla Creek Farms consist of almost 2000 acres of family land that has been in the same family for many generations.

From where Noontootla Creek Farms intersects with Aska Rd. there is only about a ¼ of a mile to the end of Aska Rd., but this is not where the adventure ends.  There are many more places in southern Fannin County that home to some exciting and fun outdoor excitement.  Now you can see where Aska Adventure Area gets its name.  With all that has been written in this article about the Aska Adventure Area there are still more things that a family can get into on Aska Rd.  One of the biggest is rentin g a cabin in the Aska Adventure Area.  There are many cabin rentals on Aska Rd. and they have some great views of the mountains, Rich Mountain Wildlife Area, overlook downtown Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge lake front cabin rentals, and Toccoa River front cabin rentals.

So come to Blue Ridge and get an Aska Adventure packed stay for you and your family, one that they will surely never forget, and all on one road.

Breweries in Blue Ridge, GA

Everybody knows that Blue Ridge is known for its beautiful mountains, hilly hiking trails, the wild waters along the Ocoee River, and of course the fun weekend getaways in a beautiful mountain cabin with your family. But did you know that Blue Ridge also has three very distinct breweries in downtown area?

            The first adventure into breweries is the Blue Ridge Brewery located on Depot Street in downtown where they are passionate about craft beer.  Blue Ridge Brewery is a brewpub and beer bar. There is always a great variety of beers on tap, six of the house and up to eight more at any time.  The selection is rotating, so when one keg is done it is replaced with a new one, typically by another brewery and in another style. The beer can be excellently paired with the House Burger or many of the delicious entrées available. This could be a great reason to leave the comfy space of your Blue Ridge cabin and enjoy a night of great food and walking the streets of downtown Blue Ridge.

 And soon to follow was a micro-brewing company called Fannin Brewing Company. It was started by Tom Fennell while he was in Germany enjoying a glass of beer at the communal table in the Augustiner BierGarten. When Tom returned home to Blue Ridge, he joined up with Pat Walker of the Blue Ridge Brewery and they began selling their first beer in October of 2012 here in the North Georgia Mountains. By June 2013, a deal with Eagle Rock Distributing was signed, and Fannin Brewing Company’s beers were on tap in 8 restaurants, then 14, and then 24.  In April, they began brewing in their new location – 3758 East First Street, and the tasting room opened in May of that same year.  Tom and Pat have combined their love for German beer, experience making wine and their passion for the mountains to create world-class beer with local focus. Some of the beer they have are named for places in Fannin County such as Hiwassee Golden Ale, Blue Ridge Lager, and Toccoa Brown Ale. Fannin Brewing Company is partnered with Eagle Rock Distributing, which sponsors many events in Blue Ridge such as Fire and Ice, Taste of Blue Ridge, and the Blues and BBQ Festival every year.

Next is a unique brewing company also located in downtown Blue Ridge, the Grumpy Old Men Brewing.  Founded in October of 2012 by Steve Webber and Chipley McKnight, Grumpy Old Men Brewing is a must see nano-brewery in downtown Blue Ridge.  As long as there is a car in the driveway, then they are there. Steve and Chipley were a couple of old retired guys living in the Blue Ridge Mountains, who started brewing in their backyard, and were quickly graduated to a more efficient system when their brews became popular with family. Their corporate mission is simple: “If we don’t like it, we don’t drink it. If we don’t drink it, we don’t sell it.” That’s just the kind of hometown good ole boy feel that people love and seek when they come to the North Georgia Mountains.  In January, Grumpy Old Men Brewing was visited by the Beer Street Journal. Soon after the visit an article was written, and a video was posted on the Beer Street Journal’s website.  A few of the beers Steve and Chipley have are named for local spots in Fannin County such as Aska Pale Ale, a well-known road in Fannin County, Hell’s Holler Porter, and Moon Over Blue Ridge.

Once you visit any of these three craftsman style businesses, you are sure to return with a watery mouth. When you have that special brewed beer, think of all the time, energy, and thought one of these amazing men put into making your experience a one of a kind.  And think of the possibilities you could come up with to enjoy one of these cold, original style beers……….cozied up to a crackling fire or enjoying a fun family cookout at a huge mountain cabin in beautiful Blue Ridge Georgia.   What will you do to enjoy?

Big Time Gourmet Treats in a Small Mountain Town

Gourmet Food in Blue Ridge

A while back, the travel and food writer Mary Anne Anderson came to Blue Ridge, Georgia. Her article “Eat Like a King (or Queen) in this Mountain Town” appeared in many papers across the country. It was published by the McClatchy-Tribune News Service. They claim to be the second-largest American newspaper publisher, as of 2006. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, of course, published it as well. Down in Florida, the article got published by the Miami Herald, and it also got published way up in New Jersey by the Press of Atlantic City.

Anderson describes Blue Ridge as “quaint, small-town America where the scenery is only part of the show.” Blue Ridge is 1,800 feet above ocean level, so the temperatures rarely reach above the mid-80s, making Blue Ridge your perfect escape from the summer. Sure, many come up here during the winter for the snow, but during the summer you need to escape from the heat even more.

Did you know we have four world-class chefs up here in Blue Ridge? Harvest on Main gives you Chef Danny Mellman, where the homey atmosphere can only almost overshadow the sizzling food. Chef Mellman studied the culinary arts in France, England and Italy. This has taught him to give your Southern food a European flair, making for some truly unique grits and trout. Anderson describes the memory of his Bramlett Farms Local Trout as making her salivate.

All the way from northern Italy, Chef Isabella Molinari brings you scampi, chicken parmesan, and Rollatine di Melanzane, which Anderson describes as “a to-die-for eggplant and cheese dish.” Moreover, Chef Ron Farber of the Black Sheep specializes in Southern Comfort Food, such as barbecue, chicken pot pie and lasagna. However, he also provides quite the variety of food from outside the South for the adventurous. This includes food from Asia and Europe. If you want to know more about him, please head on over to our Google+ post about him.

Finally, Chef Douglas Olsen of Cabin Cuisine actually delivers food to where you are staying. This isn’t delivery. This is quality food from a four-star restaurant that’s “designed just to your tastes.” Chef Olen does not provide you with your average fried chicken. He prepares chicken cordon bleu, filet mignon and lobster tail. All of that’s served on a “white table cloth complete with candles.” You don’t even have to wash your own dishes. They’ll do that for you.

Want a dessert after all of that? Anderson recommends the Sweet Shoppe of Blue Ridge as they just won the sixth season of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars where four contestants compete against each other with one going some each round. If you want more dessert options, some apples or a souvenir, then you can dash on over to Mercier Orchards, which is the largest orchard in Georgia.

Anderson also discussed the growing trend among vacationers to forgo hotels in favor of cabin rental. We also discussed this. Click here if you missed that blog. So once you’re done having your delicious dinner in town. You can head on over to one of our cabins. Some are quite close to Blue Ridge. Two come to mind: Sweet Retreat at 6-8 minutes from town and High Expectations at 5 minutes. For a full listing, including some remote ones, please visit our homepage.

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Or if you want work all of that off, you can stroll around downtown Blue Ridge to see all of the shops. It’s an easy walk, and you can take your time and visit all of the quaint shops. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you could go rafting, horseback riding, tubing, boating or hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Anderson also wrote several articles for Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals and Blue Ridge Rustic Relaxation on this blog, such as “Holiday Things To Do In Blue Ridge, Georgia” and “Winter Time Blue Ridge, Georgia Things To Do.”

Save the Date for Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival

Fourth Annual Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival

Everyone at Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals here in Blue Ridge, Georgia hopes you can join us for the Fourth Annual Blue Ridge Blues and Barbeque Festival on the 20th of September, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Previous years have always been a blast. If you want to spend the entire weekend up here, don’t forget to book your cabin early. Our cabins tend to get sold out rather quickly for this event.

You might want to come with a very empty stomach. They’re going to have lots and lots of BBQ, and all of those culinary delights are served by our local venders. If all of that Blue Ridge barbeque makes you thirsty (which it will), you can wash it down with some local brew from Blue Ridge Brewery and Fannin Brewing Company.  Also, Eagle Rock is a sponsor this year and will provide Bud, Bud Light, and Landshark. Of course, we’ll also have soft drinks and water.

So, is this event worth it? What did people vacationing here think about last year’s? For your answer, head on over to YouTube for this video and enjoy it nearly four minutes. It shows travelers coming from Atlanta and another from Ohio. One even came all the way from England! They may have come from different places, even a different continent, but they all have one thing to say … Blue Ridge Blues and Barbeque was amazing.

What music will be played? It looks like they’re still working that one out when I checked for this blog (28 April 2014). However, when for 2013’s Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ we had Big Bill Morganfield, the son of Muddy Waters—the founder of electric blues music. With some luck, we’ll get someone of that caliber back for the Fourth Annual Blue Ridge Blues and Barbeque.

Keep in mind we’re only 90 minutes from Atlanta, but we’re in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia, and we have more outdoor adventures than you can go on in a day or even a year. If you want to spend the night we have plenty of options for you.  You can also support a charity just by attending. A portion of the proceeds from the price of  admission goes to the charity Snack in a Backpack. Snack in a Backpack is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focused on eliminating hunger in Fannin County, Georgia. Snack in a Backpack purchases food directly from regional food banks to keep costs at a minimum. Fresh seasonal fruit is donated by our local growers as well.  We presently serve more than 350 students in seven schools in Fannin County, Georgia.

The event begins with Blues Crawl on Friday night. They follow that with the delicious Blue Ridge barbeque and some smoothing blues on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. That means if you want to experience everything, you’re going to have to stay the night. One lady at this exact moment in the video linked above regretted that she missed out on the Blues Crawl on the Friday. Of course, she enjoyed Saturday, but she missed Friday night. If you’re looking for lodging so you can experience both days, Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals and Blue Ridge Cabin Rentals has several options close to town.  A Sweet Retreat is just 8-10 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge where all the action’s happening. Click here for more info or to book that cabin. If that’s too great a distance for you, then click here for a look at High Expectations—just 5 minutes from town.

The event is all in the southern part of the Downtown Blue Ridge City Park. The admission is just five dollars per person.Image

PBS “Getting Away Together” in Blue Ridge, GA

PBS’s Getting Away Together comes to Blue Ridge.

Highlighting great destinations around the United States, the PBS reality show Getting Away Together will feature Blue Ridge, Georgia in an upcoming episode, but they have already released some snippets. They have worked hard to present a wide variety of real people going on real vacations all across the United States since their national debut in the fall of 2011.

Okay, many channels are dedicated to travel. What sets this one show apart from the others? It’s all in the title. The show focuses on togetherness, or what the site calls “togethering.” This could be anything from girlfriend getaways to family reunions to milestone celebrations. They are the first realty travel series to focus on this overwhelming trend to travel with friends, kids, grandparents, and the extended family in fully-furnished homes. Nearly all of our guests here at Georgia Mountain Cabins and Blue Ridge Mountain Cabin Rentals are groups wanting to get away from their busy lives in the city, and they want to be enjoy some quite time with their families away from their busy lives in Atlanta. Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals provides that.

One of the most intriguing aspects of Getting Away Together is that all of the people in it are real people. They are not actors paid to be infomercials. This is not a commercial. This is a reality television show. PBS carefully selects all of the groups featured in the series from personal referrals, word-of-mouth research, websites, and social media. The film crew then documents the group as they unwind and behold local sites. It is genuine.

Getting Away Together believes that there are two things people love. They want to get away to an awe-inspiring destination, and they want to be with friends and family. The show works to combine those two. People can be happy with their family while going to work. People can be happy getting away for vacation, but we’re happiest when doing both, and this show emphasizes that. Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals agrees wholeheartedly. We provide an escape to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Check out some of the views over on our Pinterest. While you’re there check out the babbling creeks and rivers near our cabins.

If you are unsure about having a Blue Ridge Mountain vacation, or renting a cabin with Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals, then you should definitely check this show out. Getting Away Together provides viewers with takeaway tips and best-kept travel secrets. Experts give out inside information and terrific tips on how to choose the best vacation rental for your situation. If you need the info or the inspiration to help you plan a meaningful trip to Georgia’s breath-taking Blue Ridge Mountains, give us a call, toll free, at (877) 656-7368 and we are here to help.

Most importantly, the show focuses on families going to vacation rentals as opposed to more traditional hotels, such as fully furnished homes, villas, condos, and cabins. These were chosen because these kinds of homes are becoming preferred over traditional hotels for offering a more amenities and a more homely atmosphere. This detailed article published on their official site presents statistical data supported by academic studies. The long and short of it is that there exists a steadily growing trend in recent years towards cabins taking some of the ground traditionally held by hotels and the like.

However, if you go that route, you get a room or two. If you choose to stay in one of our homes, you’ll have a whole house to yourself as opposed to being crammed together in some hotel room in the middle of a city. We have cabins that house 14 and another that houses 4. Some of them are secluded, while others are literally five minutes from downtown Blue Ridge. We at Blue Ridge Mountain Cabin Rentals provide much more variety than any hotel can.

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Blue Ridge Mountain Cabin Rental Views!