For the past couple of years, we’ve planned a big vacation with our friends Dustin and Rebekah. Last year in September, we went vacationing in Blue Ridge Georgia and had such a great time we decided to take the same vacation this year but pushed it back to November so the weather would be a little cooler and we could experience Fall in the mountains.
Blue Ridge is located in the North Georgia mountains and offers small town charm with city sophistication. Downtown Blue Ridge provides a unique shopping experience with antique, boutique, and specialty stores, art galleries, and handmade wares. The food scene in Blue Ridge combines earthy fare with upscale cuisine. There are also numerous outdoor activities to do in Blue Ridge including hiking, rafting, fishing, and horseback riding.
On Friday morning, we drove the short 100 mile drive from Atlanta to Blue Ridge. We rented a cabin from Mountain Top Cabin Rentals, the same company we used last year. After checking in at the main office, we made the short drive along a winding road and up a gravel drive to Blue Sky Lodge, our home away from home.
This luxury pet-friendly cabin features three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a downstairs game room with foosball table and wet bar, multiple fireplaces including an outside stone wood burning fireplace surrounded by a cozy seating area, and a wooden deck that wraps around the main level of the cabin and provides a beautiful view of the mountains.
On Friday, we settled into the cabin and made a grocery run to the local Ingles. We purchased groceries and took advantage of the fully stocked kitchen and gas grill for breakfast and dinner every day of our stay.
As you can see, the boys settled in quiet nicely.
That evening, we watched the sun set behind the mountains and shared stories over adult beverages (non-alcoholic for me) by the outdoor fireplace.
I woke up super early on Saturday morning (thanks, Squiggle!) and enjoyed snuggles with the boys, quiet time, and watching the sun slowly rise out of the large living room windows. Once everyone else woke up, we made breakfast and got ready for an afternoon of adventuring through town.
Downtown Blue Ridge was bustling with people and dogs that afternoon. Come to find out, Blue Ridge is extremely dog friendly and while we left the boys at the cabin, we saw numerous four legged companions with their human counterparts on the busy narrow streets.
We stopped for lunch at Harvest on Main, a farm-to-table restaurant serving globally influenced dishes with a Southern twang. I started with a cup of black bean chili (but didn’t take a photo because I was starving) and followed that up with the grilled chicken breast sandwich featuring a lightly blackened chicken breast dressed with pimento cheese and bacon jam and stacked on a buttered and toasted baguette. The food was delicious and everyone was satisfied with their selections. Four thumbs up for Harvest on Main!
After lunch, Rebekah and I meandered in and out of the local shops full of boutique clothing, antiques, handmade wares, original pieces artwork, and touristy souvenirs. I loved all of the creative displays in the boutique stores.
Meanwhile, we left Dustin and Adam at Black Bear Bier Garten, aka the husband daycare center, where they sipped on local beers until us girls had our fill of the local shops.
We headed back to the cabin and spent the rest of the evening grilling steaks, watching cooking shows, warming ourselves by the fireplace (it got pretty chilly at night!) and taking a quick dip in the hot tub before realizing the chlorine levels were WAY too high.
To be continued…