My First Time Ever in Blue Ridge, from an outsiders standpoint

My first time ever in Blue Ridge, Georgia

I was hesitant to come up to the mountains.

Sure, I liked the outdoors but for some reason I can’t exactly put my hands on I did not want to come up the mountains. Regardless, my parents bought land up here, and we were going camping on that land.

Right off the bat, Dad and my brother Blake went off fishing. That isn’t something I’m interested in, so I stayed behind with Mom. That being said if you are interested in fishing, there are literally countless fishing holes up here. You can fish at Blue RidgeLake or the any streams. Follow this link for a list of the best ones.

Later, I heard their story. They were at a random fishing hole when an armed man in camo with a beard that was literally stuffed into his belt came up. Dad was about to hightail it out of there. When the guy starting feeding the fish in order to make them come to the top. He gave them advice on the best fishing holes in the county.

That is the character of the people up there. Want another example? There’s an old man that always walks around the road to our property. If you talk to him, he’s so nice. However, he can go on for literally hours about local history like how the Cherokee chief White Path fought alongside Andrew Jackson in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, how he protested white encroachment on traditional Cherokee lands, how he lobbied against Indian removal in the courts, and why he eventually went along with the Trail of Tears—which this road followed. Oh, and here’s why they call this place Devil’s Den ….

If you want to know more about our history, just read the local paper. The columnist Dale Dyer writes in entire articles on that.

Within a couple hours of camping, we knew all three of our neighbors. By the way if you want to just get away, then this is the perfect place for you. I have only three neighbors. Anyway, they just came up to introduce themselves and brought snacks with them.

Finally, the place to go in Blue Ridge is Mercier Apple Orchards. They sell apples in literally every from you could imagine—apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple fried pies, apple bread loaf, fudge covered apples. And no, they don’t just sell apples. They also grow strawberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches and plumbs. They offer an endless variety of snacks. Want a souvenir? They have the kind of gifts that you can find nowhere else.

The thing I remember most that first time in Blue Ridge is that night. Dad jumped at a pair of eyes—only to find out there were fireflies. In a few minutes, they were everywhere. I’ve camped out a lot, but never in my life have I seen so many fireflies.

Later that night we looked up into night sky. If you leave in town or in a city, many stars will be blotted out by the lights of civilization. In Blue Ridge, you can see them all. I even saw the Milky Way!

Winter time Blue Ridge, Georgia Things to do

Winter time Blue Ridge, Georgia Things to do

Winter time is a great time to come and visit the mountains of beautiful North Georgia.  The fall air is cool and crisp, the mountain views are tremendous and unbelievably clear, and the nights are perfect to set up with a campfire outside, or beside the fireplace inside.  In the mountains of Blue Ridge, Georgia, you will find that a lot of the trees have lost their foliage and you can see more and more places that when the leaves are still on.  With that help from mother nature, getting a Blue Ridge Mountain Cabin Rental, makes for a great time to relax and experience the splendors that the area has to offer.  You will be able to see wide open views of the mountains while sitting in hot tubs on the porches, or while grilling out with friends.  Also, in the winter time, the wildlife are extremely active.  Believe it or not, it is some of the best time for fishing.  The trout in the Toccoa River tail waters are in the slow down mode, but this also means that the chance for a bigger trout, in the 10 pound range, are better than ever.  So slow down and take your time, but get ready to hold on.  Make sure and contact Blue Ridge Fly Fishing and get a guided trip on the Toccoa River, Noontoola Creek, or one of the other fabulous North Georgia Trout Streams.

                                                                                                 

Also, great times can be had on the pure mountain waters of Lake Blue Ridge.  You can get a guide and go on a trip or try your own luck by renting a boat from the Lake Blue Ridge Marina.  This is the time of year to try and catch them deep.  The bass have migrated down to deeper depths andare much more lethargic than in the spring and fall feeding frenzies.  However, if you can locate them, this is the time to put on a spoon or a drop shot and pull up a big one.  Also, the Walleye are in good season right now as well.  You can find them closer to the head of the lake now.
Other outdoor activities in Blue Ridge for the winter would include hiking, horseback riding, and taking scenic drives.  For hiking, if you’re like me, I want a reward at the end, like a waterfall.  Some of the most beautiful water falls can be found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia.  From the 720 foot tall Amicalola Falls, to some of the many others that are available.  Take the time to visit this special beauty, after all it is the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
Check back our blog and we will tell about some more Blue Ridge Mountain Adventure!

Sweet Georgia Peach!

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This year’s crop of Sweet Georgia Peaches are here!  Your stay in our beautiful North Georgia Mountains is the perfect opportunity to visit some of our local farmers markets and grab some of these delicious treats for yourself.

We at Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals recommend you pick up a bushel the first chance you get!   And if you have any left after you have eaten your fill, then this recipe sounds just about perfect for a lazy mountain afternoon!

~ Fresh Peach Lemonade ~

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 Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Fresh Peaches, diced (about 6 peaches)
  • Zest of 3 Lemons
  • 1½ cups Sugar
  • 6 cups cold Water, divided
  • 1 cup Fresh Lemon Juice (juice of about 7 lemons)
  • Garnish (Peach slices, Lemon slices, Mint)
 Instructions:
  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add diced peaches, lemon zest, sugar and 2 cups of water.
  2. Stir to dissolve sugar and let mixture simmer but do not boil.
  3. When peaches are very soft, mash with a fork to break them up.
  4. Let mixture simmer until it thickens and becomes slightly syrupy. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Strain the peach syrup mixture into a bowl and discard the solids.
  6. Add the lemon juice to the peach mixture.
  7. Pour into a pitcher along with 4 cups of Cold water.  Refrigerate if desired.
  8. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh peach slices, fresh lemon slices and mint.
  9. Enjoy immediately!

July events that you don’t want to miss!

In the North Georgia Mountains there is a little something for everyone to see or do.  Whether your idea of fun is “shopping till you drop” in Down Town Blue Ridge, or soaking up the scenery from your cabin’s Hot Tub, you are sure to be pleased.  And with all the activities and events going on in the Blue Ridge Mountains this summer there’s no excuse not to make a trip to see us at GEORGIA MOUNTAIN CABIN RENTALS!

Butternut Creek Festival  ~  July 20 – 21

Meeks Park   Blairsville, GA

15th annual festival! Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on both days. The Butternut Creek Festival is one of the finest juried arts and crafts shows in the Southeast. The two-day festival showcases the work of 65 artists and craftsmen in categories from basketry, fine art, fabric art, and decorative painting, to glass, jewelry, metal working, photography, pottery, scrimshaw, and woodturning.
For more information contact: 706-781-1221

Escape to Blue Ridge Tri The Mountains Sprint Triathlon  ~  July 21

Lake Blue Ridge Marina in Blue Ridge  ~  335 Marina Dr., Blue Ridge, GA 30513

The 600 yard swim course in the beautiful, clear waters of Lake Blue Ridge is a one loop affair around a triangular course, which is laid out nicely for a fast first leg of the day. Once out of the water, the athletes run up the boat ramp to the transition area where they will grab their bikes for the 18 mile out and back bike course. Racers will cycle up a slight climb out of the marina to a right on Old Hwy 76, and then enjoy the first of many long downhills. They will cross over Lake Blue Ridge Dam and will be treated to amazing views of the Lake and Mountains to the right, and the Toccoa River to the left. The ride over the dam is flat and then the next 8 miles will be rolling and fun, with a few longer climbs and incredibly fast downhills. Athletes will turn around at mile 9 and head back to the transition area. They will be greeted by a nice downhill to the Marina. Transitioning again at the Marina runners will start their run with a slight climb out of the Marina then enjoy a mile of nice downhill followed by rolling hills and a flat, slightly downhill run into the Historic town of Blue Ridge ending in front of the Gazebo on the corner of Depot and Main St.

Green Bean Festival  ~  July 27

Union County Farmers Market  ~  148 Old Smokey Rd. Blairsville

Third Annual Green Bean Festival! Saturday from 7 am to 7 pm. Blairsville celebrates the 2012 Harvest of Green Beans and more… Over 100 vendors including regions top produce, exceptional crafters and artisans, the best in Festival Food, including a Low Country Boil from 4:30 – 7pm, benefiting Alzheimer’s. Farmer’s Market * 5K Race * Bike Ride * Green Bean Pizza-eating Contest * Live Entertainment * Canning and Recipe Contests * Exhibit and Demonstration Area* Petting Zoo* Climbing Wall and Bungee Jumping* Pony Rides* Bushels of Fun for the whole family! Free Parking and Shuttle. There is also a Square Dance on Friday night beginning at 8 p.m. on the Blairsville Square.
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