Take a deep breath and relax…
Surround yourself with beauty, relaxation and natural fun in Georgia’s Blue Ridge, only 90 miles north of Atlanta via I-575 and Hwy 515, but a million miles away from the traffic, stress and anxiety of the city. With 106,000 acres located in the Chattahoochee National Forest, Blue Ridge is definitely the cure for whatever ails you. Rent a cozy cabin or a luxury mountain home, or stay in a bed & breakfast inn or hotel -- and simply relax.
Enjoy Mother Nature at her best…
Renew your spirit on a day hiking to nearby waterfalls or horseback riding on forested trails in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Bring the family and discover the thrill of an Ocoee River whitewater rafting adventure or a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Pick strawberries or blueberries at Mercier's, a 65 year old family orchard. Catch a trout on the tailwaters of the Toccoa River or a clear mountain stream; Blue Ridge is the Trout Fishing Capital of Georgia.
Georgia's Blue Ridge and Fannin County offer more dining experiences than ever, from gourmet to traditional Southern cuisine. There are some things you just have to eat when you come to the mountains, however, including local mountain trout, barbeque and Brunswick Stew, grits and homemade biscuits. Don't forget to try out fried apple pies, apple bread, apple butter and naturally, apple cider.
You'll find fine dining in Downtown Blue Ridge and on the banks of the Toccoa River at Toccoa Riverside Restaurant. Some of the finest food in the mountains can be found in Downtown Blue Ridge, where new gourmet restaurants like Harvest on Main, Christy Lee's Courtyard Grille and Blue Ridge Brewery add flavor to traditional favorite spots like Serenity Garden, Victorian House (now VH Blue Orleans Bistro) and Danielle's. On the outskirts of Blue Ridge, Cucina Rustica sets a new standard for fine Italian dining in the mountains, and a also offers a great casual choice at Cucina Pizzeria next door.
For breakfast, brunch or lunch, try L & L Beanery in downtown Blue Ridge, Sisters Restaurant or the Bumblebee Cafe in Blue Ridge. Don't miss lunch at Angelina's Italian Delicatessen, Blue Ridge Barbeque, Mercier Orchards or Sue's, for the best hamburger in Blue Ridge. And for traditional Southern fare, you can't beat The Village Restaurant and Pete's Place, on Highway 515 at Cohutta General Store.
Some folks prefer to kick back and relax in the cabin with a romantic picnic supper from some fantastic gourmet catering shops. Or buy some homegrown tomatoes at a roadside stand and make tomato sandwiches for lunch! In any event -- eating is a treat in the Georgia mountains. It's part of the trip!
Blue Ridge was named by Georgia Trent Magazine as one of Georgia's Eight Great Renaissance Cities! Read the article here.