While a metropolitan city like Atlanta has much to offer in the way of cosmopolitan pleasures, it can be a bit more difficult to track down the simpler things in life. Blue Ridge, Georgia is located in Fannin County and offers enough quaint experiences for a lifetime, only about 90 minutes outside of Atlanta.
Home to stunning natural attractions like waterfalls and breathtaking mountain views, the Blue Ridge area is accustomed to receiving city dwellers and welcomes them nicely.
For those interested in exerting energy, there are horseback riding trails, whitewater rafting opportunities and endless hiking options. For those looking to step back in time though, to enjoy homegrown delights and appreciate handmade crafts, the Blue Ridge Mountain area really shines.
To start the trip off right, consider staying in one of the many North Georgia cabin rentals available. More personal and comfortable than a small hotel, most Blue Ridge Mountain Top vacation rentals feature pleasant decks to encourage enjoying the wilderness and bubbling hot tubs to assist with unwinding. Luxurious linens and a stocked kitchen make holing up in a Blue Ridge Mountain North Georgia cabin a possibility. . . but there's too much to see to do that!
Many of the cabin rentals in North Georgia will place you close enough to enjoy all that Blue Ridge Mountain has to offer. After a good night's sleep and relaxing morning jacuzzi soak, shut the doors to the those Blue Ridge Mountain cabins and head to Main Street.
Check out The Art Center, located in the historic courthouse of Blue Ridge Mountain North Georgia, where crafts, pottery and paintings from local artists abound. For a further taste of the local artistic flavor, continue to the Blue Ridge Outfitter Mountain Mall to see locally handcrafted furniture, various arts and crafts, and the work of local artists in their individual booths. Continuing down Main St, prepare to see several quilting shops (consider enjoying a quilting class if time allows), as well as an antique store and art galleries. Almost all localized, the flavor of Blue Ridge Mountain North Georgia is evident in the quaint boutiques and their wares.
Don't miss out of the amazing Hampton Square gallery featuring hand blown glass from over 75 highly respected local, national and international glass artists. This unique shop, not far from most Blue Ridge Mountain cabins, sparkles and glistens from all the delicate hand blown glass works of art. In a much sturdier vein, pay a visit to a local blacksmith gallery to take a peek at contemporary and traditional hand-forged ironwork.
After working up an appetite, refrain from heading back to one of the Blue Ridge Mountain Top vacation rentals and make a beeline for Mercer Orchards. Choose from among 20 different apple varieties, or locally grown peaches, cherries or blueberries, depending what's in season. Their bakery is stocked with homemade pies, breads, fritters, jams and jellies- don't forget to stock up and bring a bit of Blue Ridge Mountain North Georgia home! For something more substantial, a cafe inside the orchard offers regional food specialties, the ideal place to enjoy some Georgia grits.
This seemingly sleepy mountain town is home to many quaint delights, and is just the right cure for city-dwellers tired of city life.
Keith Kurtis is a Georgian traveler with an interest for the North Georgia cabin rental industry. His interests extend to Blue Ridge Mountain cabins and Blue Ridge Mountain vacation rentals.