1:00pm – Enjoy a casual lunch at Toccoa Riverside Restaurant. It’s not the best food in town, however, it has the best view and it is conveniently located on your return route from the hike. The river setting is absolutely beautiful, so be sure to enjoy your meal on the scenic outdoor covered patio. Take a break, relax, refuel and enjoy the views.
3:00pm– Head back to the cabin and take a relaxing break (perhaps a game of pool or a recovery soak in the hot tub) before heading back out again.
4:00pm – Hop in your car and drive over to nearby Blairsville. Enjoy a relaxing shuttle ride up to beautiful Brasstown Bald, the highest mountain in Georgia. The views are absolutely incredible, some of the best views of the Appalachians in the area. Here you are treated to panoramic views of 4 different states: Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
If you feel up to it, you can hike the short, yet steep half mile trail to the summit. It’s a challenge, but totally worth it for the great workout and sense of accomplishment. Plan at least 3 hours due to the 2 hour total driving time.
7:00pm – Enjoy a fine dining experience at The Black Sheep, the best restaurant in the Blue Ridge area. This wonderful fine dining establishment features an eclectic, accommodating menu sure to please everyone. It’s the perfect carb heavy treat after a day of hiking. Classy service and an elegant setting make this the perfect dinner date destination. Note: The Black Sheep is open until 10:00pm on Friday and Saturdays, however, weekday hours only run until 8:30pm. You may have to adjust your schedule if necessary!
9:00am – Enjoy a delicious home cooked breakfast at Serenity Garden Cafe in downtown Blue Ridge. The quaint garden like setting, friendly service, and tasty omelettes are sure to put you in a good mood for the rest of the morning.
11:00am – Get ready a day of excitement, adventure, and fabulous views of the southern Appalachians! Just a half hour away on the Tennessee border, you will find Wildwater Ocoee, one of the top places in the country for whitewater rafting and also home to the 1996 Olympic Whitewater competitions.
The Class III and IV rapids provide an exhilarating setting for rafters of all levels (no experience required, however, you must be at least 12). Be prepared to get soaked, learn the ins and outs of maneuvering the raft, and most of all, have a once in a lifetime adventure! (Bring a change of clothes, you will be completely soaked after 3 hour adventure). Tip: Search Groupon for special deals.
2:00pm – Head back into the downtown area for a casual lunch at Fightingtown Tavern, a great local sports/bar pub with an excellent menu and a beautiful outdoor patio. Great fresh selections (no microwaves or freezers here), allergy friendly options (check out the large gluten-free menu), friendly servers, and a classy sporty setting make this the perfect casual lunch choice.
3:00pm – After lunch head right downstairs to the Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company. Here you can sample dozens of locally made Olive Oils in a wide ranging assortment of flavors. A unique experience for anyone who loves Olive Oil. The Baklouti Green Chile Pepper and Herbes de Provence are both fantastic!
4:00pm – Head back to the cabin for a few hours of rest and relaxation. You will need it after your rafting adventure, which is a fantastic all over body workout. This is when your hot tub really comes in handy! Unwind and take in the picturesque wooded views. The gorgeous rustic setting provides the perfect year round setting, especially during the colorful fall season.
6:00pm – Visit the lovely downtown area one last time. You will never get enough of this quaint setting. Pick one last restaurant for dinner. Christie’s Courtyard Grill, Southern Charm, and The Vine Wine Bar and Bistro Restaurant are all great options which provide a casual, yet classy setting.
All provide nice outdoor seating to enjoy the nice fall weather, while taking in some of the action on Main Street. If you are craving a sweet, head over to The Sweet Shoppe, a local cupcake shop and winner of Season 6 of Cupcake Wars. After dinner pick up any last minute souvenirs. I always pick up my souvenirs last after I have had time to look through all options.
9:00pm – Head back to your cabin and get ready for check out the next day. Pack up all your suitcases so everything is ready. Leave out only what you will need in the morning. You will want time in the morning to complete all check out procedures and enjoy the views one last time. After packing up, have a nice relaxing glass of wine on the deck. Enjoy one last quiet night in the mountains!
Address & Pricing Info for Attractions
Mount Laurel Cabin Rentals. Cabin check in is located at: 1844 Old Highway 76 Blue Ridge, GA 30513. After reserving your cabin, you will receive address, terms and conditions, and check in information for your rental.
Downtown Blue Ridge. Main St. Blue Ridge, GA 30513-7153
Harvest on Main. 576 E Main St, Ste A, Blue Ridge, GA 30513-7153
L & L Beanery Coffee Cafe. 260 W Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Long Creek Falls hike. Refer to the step by step instructions on the Fannin County Welcome Center website.
Toccoa Riverside Restaurant. 8055 Aska Rd, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Brasstown Bald. There is no physical address. Enter the following coordinates into your GPS: N34.847894, W83.798567
The Black Sheep. 480 W Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Serenity Garden Cafe. 657 E Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Wildwater Ocoee. 4596 U.S. 64, Ducktown, TN 37326. To make reservations, check pricing and schedules, and choose your rafting adventure (Middle Ocoee, Upper Ocoee, or a combo trip) visit the Wildwater website. Rafting prices range from $35-90 per person, based on day of the week and length of trip.
Fightingtown Tavern & Blue Ridge Olive Oil Company. 511 E Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513