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.

 

5 Benefits of Renting a Pet Friendly Cabin

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Vacationing with your furry friend can bring many benefits to you and your family.  If you are like me, your dog is not “just a pet” but a valuable family member. Choosing to stay in a pet friendly cabin when you visit Blue Ridge in the North Georgia Mountains can bring many benefits to you, your pocketbook and your family.

  • The number one reason is you will save money.  Putting your precious pet in a kennel for a week can be extremely costly.  Not to mention the fact that your dog will most likely be in a cage most of the week with little roaming. 
  • Limit your stress level.  Let’s face it…unless your pet has stayed at the same place over and over, you are going to worry and ponder over if the kennel is taking proper care of them.  Once when I was on a beach vacation, we put our beloved Jack Russell, Rusty, in a kennel.  He was so nervous the entire time that he made himself sick and they had to call me several times to report to me how he was doing.  This is not something you want when you are trying to reduce stress on a mountain vacation!
  • dog at waterfallPets enjoy the mountains! They are a lot like us.  Who doesn’t enjoy all of the nature and God’s beauty that surrounds the mountains? Hiking on fabulous trails, exploring new waterfalls, and running through pastures of green grass are all a fantasy come true for most dogs. Blue Ridge is no doubt a dream come true for your outdoor loving dog.
  • Pets are beneficial to mental and physical health. Multiple studies have proven that pets actually help to release mood enhancing endorphins that can truly benefit us.  I know that when I am stressed out, having a hard time with something, my dog can sense my frustration.  He lays beside me, licks my face and let’s me know everything is going to be ok.  Who else feels this way?
  • dogs in waterFamily bonding is enhanced with a pet.  Dogs love being with us.  They are not meant to be strapped to a tree and never have interaction.  They love their owners and want to spend time with them.  Have family bonding time with your kids and pets by visiting the waterfalls of North Georgia together or go on some amazing hikes in Blue Ridge such as to the Swinging Bridge?  The downtown Blue Ridge area is extremely pet friendly.  Many of the stores will allow you to bring your pet inside their facility and often you will see bowls of water outside of their store.

Blue Ridge is truly a great place for a summer vacation to spoil your pets as well as yourself.  There is so much to do as well as relaxation time awaiting you.  Check out our amazing pet friendly cabins and plan your summer vacation now!  It is right around the corner.  You will be happy you chose Blue Ridge and your doggie will too!

 

2016 Blue Ridge Mountains Wine and Jazz Festival!

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Mothers day weekend is here!  Don’t you think mom deserves a great Blue Ridge Mountain get-away? This Saturday, May 7th, the 2016 Blue Ridge Mountains Wine and Jazz Festival will be coming to the North Georgia Mountains!

This is a celebration of the musical, enological (science of wine and wine making), visual and culinary arts!  Your, friends and family will love the top jazz bands from this region, delicious cuisine, choices in fine wine and appreciation for the arts.  The weather for Saturday is predicted to be beautiful, sunny and a high of 79 degrees.  Perfect to enjoy a festival and quality family time in the beauty of Blue Ridge.

Kharisma jazzmatic funk band 2The talent among the jazz musicians that will be performing at the festival is abundant!  Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk was formed 7 years ago in the mountain town of Ellijay which is located 20 minutes south of Blue Ridge.  Husband and wife team, Terry and Venae Ellis are two incredibly talented musicians that are passionate about jazz, R & B and funk.

4 Korners has recently released their first self titled album and have been enjoying making quality music together for 15 years.  They are from the quaint town of Cartersville, Georgia and they love R & B, Jazz and Jazz Fusion.  Their goal is to start a movement that inspires 4Kornerspeople to hear and feel music in a spiritual way.

Topper Fusion is another highly qualified jazz band from the Atlanta area that has been performing for nearly 30 years.

The Blake Group is originally from Philadelphia but have alan and lita blakemade the move to the good ole’ south and they are now very talented vocalists and writers from the Atlanta area.

Prepaid adult tickets are $20, ages 13 to 20 are $10 and children under 12 are free.  At the door, tickets will be $25.

This event is sure to be a great time!  Bring your lawn chair, blanket and tastebuds for some delicious fine wines.  There will be two entrance gates at the event.  You will need ID for the beer and wine.  Smoking is designated in certain areas. There will be two parking areas.  One that is upper level which is first come, first serve and then another that will have shuttle service. Please do not bring pets, coolers or outside food and beverages.  However, please DO BRING MOM!  Remember, this is her weekend!

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.