Northern Georgia is home to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (part of the scenic Appalachian Mountain range). Blue Ridge is a quaint, picturesque town with a lively, charming downtown. It also has the advantage of being driving distance from many wonderful adventure filled activities and natural attractions, from river rafting through the mountains, to a relaxing train ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. 106,000 acres of the beautiful Chattahoochee National Forest lies within the county. Opportunities for hiking, biking, and photography are endless.
Fall is a great time to visit as the mountains are alive with the striking colors of the season and the temperatures have cooled off to the perfect comfort level for almost any activity. The many cabin rentals found throughout the area give you the chance to relax and take in the views in a wonderful rustic setting.
As you plan your fall getaway, be sure to keep Blue Ridge, Georgia in mind. The following 3 day itinerary will give you an excellent combination of fun, relaxing, and scenic options to enjoy during your vacation.
4:00pm – Your beautiful mountain cabin rental is waiting for you at Mount Laurel Cabin Rentals. A variety of beautiful cabins with wonderful wooded and mountain views are available. A cabin is the perfect place to enjoy your Blue Ridge vacation, so much better than a boring hotel, and surprisingly much more affordable! I found this cabin company to be a great value for the area. Rentals are available for as low as 100 bucks and they often offer special promotions where you get a night free. The only negative for some may be the presence of a few Christian themed decorations around the cabin. In my opinion, they should probably replace these with general cabin/mountain art or decorations.
Appalachian Promise is a great 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath option with fantastic amenities (3 decks, a hot tub, pool table, and a secluded, wooded setting). After checking in, drive over to your cabin and relax for a bit after your long drive or flight. Take in the gorgeous views from the decks or enjoy a soak in the hot tub. After a bit of R&R, head over to Blue Ridge’s historic downtown (about a 20 minute drive) for an easy night of dining and shopping.
6:00pm – Take a walk around beautiful historic Main Street. As you enjoy a leisurely walk back in time, you will notice dozens of charming restaurants, pubs, and shops. Harvest on Main is a great choice for your first dinner. Here you will find a charming rustic setting and a cozy outdoor patio to relax and unwind. The lodge style design is fitting for the area, complimenting your cabin vacation perfectly. Servers are friendly and professional, which is a great start to any vacation.
After dinner be sure to check out a few shops. There are lots of great choices, including The Bear Store (check out their selection of rustic cabin themed decor and festive Blue Ridge souvenirs). Pet lovers should also check out Love Dogs and Cats Too, a specialty pet retailer with plenty of treat options to bring home to your canine and feline companions.
7:00am – Start your morning off right with a delicious cup of coffee and a light breakfast at L & L Beanery Coffee Cafe. This charming local gem (which used to be a bank) provides a relaxing setting with a unique combination of art and rustic decor. A selection of local art, decor, and coffee for sale is housed in in what used to be the historic bank building’s safe. Tip: wear your workout apparel as you will be heading right out to the trail after coffee/breakfast.
9:00am – Take the scenic drive over to hike Long Creek Falls, a small section of the famous Appalachian Trail. This gorgeous hike is the perfect option for your trip because it is short enough (2 miles round-trip) to not take up your whole day and easy enough for the whole family (a bit steep, but nothing too strenuous). Bring plenty of water and wear good quality hiking shoes.
Plan at least 4 hours total for the hike (more so due to the driving time to actually get to the hike). It’s only a 20 minute drive, however, about 5 miles of that consists of driving 20mph up a gravel road through the forest (a slow drive, although the views of the creek are wonderful!). Also, I recommend a hiking stick for any trail. A stick has many benefits including giving you better traction & balance, extra protection in the case of a wildlife encounter, and putting less pressure on your joints.