Murphy Casino

A casino is coming to town.

What is the next great attraction for a whole new group to come to the Blue Ridge, Georgia mountains, and rent Georgia Mountain Cabins?? A brand new casino is coming to Murphy, NC, yes we realize that it is not in Blue Ridge, GA, but that’s close enough. In April 2013, the Eastern Band of Cherokees announced their plans to build the casino. On October 15, 2013, the 500 tribes held the ground-breaking ceremony. They’ll officially open sometime in 2015, but they don’t have a specific date set yet. Their website says that they’ll keep you updated though. Here is a link to their website, click here to see if they’ve updated their info with a more specific date for completion.

The new Murphy, NC casino is on an 85-acre tract of land own by the Cherokee tribe. The new location is only two hours from Atlanta, Knoxville and Chattanooga, but it is only 30 minutes away from the great mountain town of Blue Ridge. It’ll include 60,000 square feet of gaming space. Let me say that again 60,000 square feet for gaming—just gaming. I can’t imagine how much for dining and other support. It will feature 1,200 slot machines and 40-50 live table games. Dining consists of a buffets and even a small restaurant. Caesar Entertainment has been contracted to manage this operation for the Cherokee in Murphy. The Cherokee Indians currently have another casino in Cherokee, NC, about 1 ½ hours away from Blue Ridge. So what exactly does this mean for Blue Ridge, and lodging in the Blue Ridge, GA area…..It will be at a higher demand. Experts, estimate that the general traffic count will increase on HWY 515 in Blue Ridge by 8000-10000 per month. Well, all of these folks will need a place to stay. Why not book a cabin in the Blue Ridge mountains? Blue Ridge Mountain Cabin Rentals, and Georgia Mountain Cabin Rentals are a leader in the industry already, but by adding several thousand more people to the area that need lodging, the North Georgia Cabin Rental business will increase.

At the new Murphy casino, there will be an approximate 300 room hotel, but the problem is that in Murphy, NC there are not a lot of other hotels that are in good enough shape to support a client of the nature that the new casino will be bringing in. Also, mixed with that, is that while you are in the mountains, wouldn’t you really want to fell like you are in the mountains? Renting cabins is an awesome way to experience the beauty of the entire Blue Ridge & North Georgia area, and yet only be about 30 minutes from the casino! This makes for a great opportunity to bring the entire family for a long weekend, one day worth of gaming, one day worth of mountain exploring, and two nights of exciting dining in Historic Downtown Blue Ridge.

The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation is the only federally recognized tribe in North Carolina. These Cherokee have their own government independent from the U.S. with executive, legislative, and judicial branches and are located in their traditional homelands of North Carolina. If you want to know more, their official tourism page is here.
You might want to head over to their casino web site as soon as possible. They’re offering daily deals. I wish I could offer different deals for each day! When I checked (27 March 2014) they were offering a free chip worth fifty bucks. Here’s the link again.

Take the time to check this out, this will be a huge boost to our area!!

Spring is in the air at Blue Ridge Cabin Rentals

Let’s play a word association game. Mountains.

Now, if you’re like me when you think mountains, the first word that comes to mind is winter. Mountains equal high elevation which means snow. Thus, the first thing I think of when I think mountains is winter. Of course, all four seasons come to the Blue Ridge Mountains like any other region not in the tropics (they have a dry season and wet season if you’re curious), but I always associate mountains with winter, despite that simple fact. When I think of mountains, I never think about what I could do in the spring. So, what can you do up here in the spring?

Ironically, I’ve come to the conclusion that nearly every activity that I do in the mountains I do in spring. These include hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and rafting and tubing to name just a few.

Let’s start with hiking. I personally prefer to hike in the spring or fall. I’m a person that doesn’t like the cold. Just last week as you can tell from our Facebook page, it snowed a lot up here. It was beautiful, but I doubt many were out hiking in that weather. If you wait until summer to hike, then it gets far too hot for you to comfortably hike in Georgia.

We have two very famous hiking trials locally. There’s the Appalachian Trail, stretching 2,000 miles all the way up to Maine from its starting point at SpringerMountain. Also, starting at SpringerMountain is the Benton MacKaye Trail that ends at Big Creek in the Great Smoky MountainsNational   Park. Other than the two famous ones, there are over 300 miles of hiking in the area, including ones for beginners.

Many of those trails are also used for horseback riding. From personal experience, I can tell you that nothing beats riding up into the mountains just to get away from busy-ness. We’ve plenty of trails to choose from. There are also several riding stables that specialize in family trail rides for kids of almost ages.

Want to fish? Choose from 100 miles of rivers, creeks, and streams. Just to name a few: Jack’s River, ConasaugaRiver, ToccoaRiver, Rock Creek, Noontootla Creek and CooperCreek. Be sure to consult the Georgia Guide to Trout Fishing for all the info you might need.

Finally, there’s rafting and tubing. If you want to float down the Toccoa, put in above the LakeBlue Ridge dam or below McCaysville—but the best is rafting the Ocoee. There’s nothing like paddling hard as your guide navigates through the rapids.

Blue Ridge, GA Fire and Ice Festival

The Fourth Annual Fire and Ice in Blue Ridge

On February 15, Blue Ridge hosts its fourth annual Fire and Ice event featuring music, a chili cook-off and live ice carvings. The event is in downtown Blue Ridge from noon to 6 pm.

The highlight of the event is the chili tasting. On the official Fire and Ice Facebook page, it was reported that 13 people have already signed for the contest but that was a couple days ago. You can taste the chili any time from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Other attractions include entertainment by Laura Monk and High Cotton. This link contains just one original song of theirs. “Appalachia Goodbye” tells the story of tradition, hard work, perseverance, faith and beauty so evident in the mountains of Appalachia. The video was filmed in North Georgia. Here’s the link. The band focuses on Southern roots music and strives to create “a song that’s uniquely original and as familiar as Sunday,” according to her Facebook page. Their music is drawn from all five members with experiences in folk, jazz, Celtic, Southern rock, and country. They play from 12 to 2.

Following that is the music performance of the local band Neighborhood Watch from 2 to 4. This trio was formed in the summer of 2009. Though, they list their genre was Blues Rock, the claim to blend genres. They use both acoustic and electric instruments.

Then the Buckner Brothers Band gives another live performance from 4 to 6. They are also a five member band. Their members include a lead guitarist, a bass guitarist, drummer, a percussionist, and a sax player. They have several songs uploaded onto YouTube. Click for an example. They are a blues and Southern rock band from Chatworth, Ga.

Finally, experience ice carvings live! Watch as professional carve true works of art out of ice before your very eyes. In previous years, the carvers have chiseled the kids’ names into their sculptures. Here’s a link to an image, and here’s another.

You can attend the event for free but chili tasting tickets cost five dollars. Just drive roughly 90 minutes up to North Georgia on Saturday, February 15. Blue Ridge is situated right off interstate 575. The event is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Business Association.

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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Rustic Relaxation

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Cabin rentals in Blue Ridge offer great family memories that everyone will remember for a lifetime. No matter what season you decide to vacation in the North Georgia Mountains the climate is perfect for a multitude of activities. Our cabin rentals range from luxury style accommodations with hot tubs and extra amenities to the more rustic and secluded cabin that provide the peace and serenity of living in the Blue Ridge Mountains.