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Friday January 6, 2017
There's nothing quite like Southern comfort food, and here in Blue Ridge, we are lucky to have plenty of restaurants to satisfy any hankering for it. With delicious food served up with some good old Souther hospitality, we have the best of both worlds. Here are five of our favorite local spots that...
Friday December 30, 2016
The holidays always seem to bring out everyone's sweet tooth, and what better way to indulge said sweet tooth than with treats from the champions of the 2011 Cupcake Wars? That's right, Sweet Shoppe founders Nikki Gribble and Susan Catron are the winners of their second appearance on the show ...
Monday December 12, 2016
Hiking is one of the most common summer activities in Blue Ridge, but cold winter weather doesn't mean you can't still enjoy this popular pastime. In fact, some might argue that waterfall hikes are even more beautiful when the water is frozen! The secret to winter hiking is staying warm, and...
Monday November 21, 2016
The Blue Ridge Turkey Trot is an annual, friendly 5K race, and a favorite activity of locals and visitors alike. A family event enjoyed by all ages, speeds, and abilities, the Turkey Trot is a fun and charitable way to kick off Thanksgiving day. From families with very small children to...
Monday November 7, 2016
Blue Ridge has a tradition that will have you rethinking how you shop the day after Thanksgiving. Every year, our town full of fun and unique shops celebrates Blue Friday—the perfect day to get your shopping on without all the crowds. But avoiding masses of people isn't the only benefit to this...
Friday October 28, 2016
The largest exposed granite dome in North America, Stone Mountain is simply breathtaking—and a must-see if you are in Atlanta. (Our property Urban Retreat is just 20 miles away, and any of our Blue Ridge Cabins are within day-trip distance.) Reaching a height of 1,683 feet above sea level,...
Friday October 14, 2016
Nothing says fall quite like a trip to the pumpkin patch in Blue Ridge, Ga. A staple of the fall season, picking pumpkins is a timeless tradition that is fun for all ages. Whether you want to turn them into jack-o-lanterns or delicious pies, cookies, and other goodies, there is no time like...
Tuesday October 4, 2016
If a picture is worth a thousand words, this video is worth a whole novel. Just a snippet of what your fall getaway in Blue Ridge can look like!
Thursday September 15, 2016
The longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi River, the 265-foot-long Swinging Bridge on the Toccoa River is one of the most scenic river locations in North Georgia. Not surprisingly, that also makes it a very popular desination for day-hikers in Blue Ridge. Located on the Benton MacKaye...
Wednesday August 3, 2016
Blue Ridge is already well known for its natural beauty, its bustling downtown area filled with restaurants and shopping, and its plethora of outdoor activities, but did you know it also has plenty to offer for beers and wines? After a busy day of exploring, you can wind down with a glass of...
Tuesday July 19, 2016
Mercier Orchards is the largest apple orchard in Georgia, Southern Living magazine’s favorite “roadside apple market,” (according to a 2002 article), and one of our favorite spots in beautiful Blue Ridge! This local treasure is also so much more than an Apple Orchard, offering a wonderful...
Tuesday July 5, 2016
Nothing says summer like the thrill of whitewater rafting, and Cascade Outdoors is one of our favorite outfitters. An easy day trip from Blue Ride, Cascade customizes its Ocoee Rafting trips to fit each group’s needs—be they hardcore enthusiasts aching to push the limits or nervous beginners who...

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