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Lifestyle & Views in Blue Ridge GA

The Real Estate market in the Blue Ridge GA area is continuing to grow. This is a great time to buy or sell a home as we roll into the winter months with many people looking to sell properties before the end of year and others looking to purchase in the same time frame.

There are so many ways to enjoy the area! To make the best of your move there are a few things to think about.

Blue Ridge Lifestyle

Most people when looking for Real Estate in Blue Ridge GA assume the only styles are traditional “cabin” and log homes. This is not the case! In Blue Ridge there are a variety of properties for sale to include lake front, mini-farms with rolling pastures, Toccoa River front, and so much more. These are all terrific options for buying real estate in the Blue Ridge area. All of these property types are part of the Blue Ridge lifestyle which is that of relaxed yet still modern living. Blue Ridge has a variety of outdoor activities such as rafting, tubing, hiking, boating, and scenic tours. This is only a small part of the Blue Ridge lifestyle as the community and city of Blue Ridge are equally as beautiful and full of adventure. Be sure to check out all of the restaurants & boutique shops – all are unique to this area. A great resource for where to eat, what to do, and where to stay is the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce.

Are you looking for lake front properties?

Lake Blue Ridge is accessible from both Morganton and Blue Ridge making it an ideal area for a variety of budgets and styles. The Lake Blue Ridge eastern side, primarily accessible from Old Highway 76 and Aska Rd., are typically modern rustic cabin style homes featuring a variety of amenities including gated access and deeded lake access. These properties are as unique as the leaves being built by a variety of custom home builders including Big Dawg Builders and High Country Builders.

The western side of Lake Blue Ridge, located primarily in Morganton, is an excellent option for those looking to purchase rental investments or live full time in a more budget friendly area. These homes are a variety of styles ranging from traditional to modern rustic cabins – a property type for every preference and budget range.

Lakefront properties while varied in style typically are on the market for very short times due to the limited availability and gorgeous views.

Are you looking for a creek or river view?

Sometimes creek front and river front properties, while still on the upper end of prices, are the most affordable type of waterfront real estate in Blue Ridge. These typically cabin style homes make for excellent investment properties having a high rental value due to the versatile nature. Creek and riverfront cabins make excellent honeymoon destinations and weekend fishing getaways. The Blue Ridge creeks and rivers range from small branches up to the Toccoa River and Fightingtown Creek – both of which are perfect for outdoor activities and peaceful rushing water life.

While property on Lake Blue Ridge is limited and nearing 100% developed there are hundreds of lots available on the variety of rivers and creeks. Land/Lots/Acreage can range from less than $50,000 to well over $150,000 depending on the proximity to town and what type/area/length of water feature is available. Many of the homes located on Fightingtown Creek and the Toccoa River are within 5-15 miles from downtown Blue Ridge yet boast privacy and seclusion.

What qualifies as a mountain view?

Most Real Estate in Blue Ridge GA feature some time of feature or view – the most coveted being the long range mountain view. Mountain views in Blue Ridge GA while plentiful are becoming more and more scarce for purchase as vacant lots are being purchased by investors and building companies to build new cabins. These views are classified as year round, seasonal, long range, and traditional.

The best combination for beautiful serene living are year round long range views which feature boundless mountain tops often extending into Tennessee and North Carolina. Most long range mountain views are found toward the top of a mountain but do not necessarily need to be far out of town. A great example of of property close to Blue Ridge with an endless view is 352 Endless View Rd – Check out the listing by clicking here. You can also see the Matterport virtual tour here!

Traditional and long range year round mountain views usually incur a higher price tag due to their highly coveted nature. An excellent way to stay toward the lower end of your budget while still getting a gorgeous home is to look for properties with limited mountain views such as seasonal or less than 30 degrees field of view.

Mountain view properties in Blue Ridge GA can be found in most every area and property type! This is great for buyers because you’ll find homes in most every price range and style. A couple great areas to check out are Cherry Log, Cashes Valley, and Cohutta Ranch!

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4 Blue Ridge Driving Tours For Nature Lovers

Many visitors to the Blue Ridge area love to go explore the outdoors on foot, but we know that hiking is not everyone’s favorite summer vacation activity. If you want to experience the beauty of the area (without working up a sweat), we’ve got you covered with some incredible driving tours. Always remember to bring trash bags with you if you’re planning on getting out of your car to hike in the woods, and use your best judgement when walking near any wet ground or rocks! Many of these tours bring you past buildings and bridges that are well over 100 years old and up to altitudes of over 2,000 feet!

 

For more specific driving directions, information about each stop on the tours, and a visual map, be sure to click on the link for each driving tour on the list!

 

The Twin City Discovery Tour starts on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Line and leads you North along the winding Toccoa River to reach Horseshoe Bend Park, the perfect place for a picnic lunch or scenic photography session. You’ll then move along up to the Old Railway Bridge, the Toccoa & Ocoee River Outfitters, and McCaysville City Park, all of which split the river and provide amazing views.

 

Later in your journey, you’ll continue North to the border of McCaysville and Copperhill to visit the Railway Station and the Concrete and Steel Bridges, along with the Maloof Building, the Abernathy Building and Copperhill’s City Hall.

 

If you’re feeling more adventurous, the tour then leads you past the Tennessee Copper Company all the way up to the Ducktown Basin Museum and Burra Burra Mine. End the day with the final stop: the Ocoee Whitewater Rafting Center where you can get wet and enjoy the river’s wild (or not so wild) ride!

 

 

The Fannin County Town & Country Driving Tour has fewer stops, with more driving time in between destinations, but the country views are worth it and you’ll quickly become an expert on all that Fannin County has to offer.

 

You and your family begin the tour in the heart of Blue Ridge and then drive Northwest to McKinney Crossing and Higdon, then through the Devil’s Den to Cashes Valley! From there you will navigate your way back to the main highway and head North to Epworth, following by a trip all the way over the Tennessee border, but not before stopping in McCaysville!

 

Up in Tennessee, you will explore the Copper Basin along the Ocoee River before driving Southeast to the Mineral Bluff. Heading toward Lake Blue Ridge, you’ll then drive to Morganton where you’ll be greeted by amazing views of the lake. If you’re in the mood for water sports, relaxing, hiking or great food, you’ve come to the right place!

 

The last stop on the tour brings you South to Dial Valley and then ends near the Stanley Creek, just a few miles from Highway 515.

 

 

 

Get ready to drive through the mountains as you follow Highway 60 in a counterclockwise circle around Blue Ridge. Driving South on Aska Road, you’ll pass Harmony Church and keep driving until the first stop at the Deep Gap Trailhead. At the top, you can see Springer Mountain, which is where the Appalachian Trail begins!

 

As you continue on your journey, you’ll come to the next stop: the Toccoa River Rapids, a popular spot to view the pristine waters. You might even see some trout fishermen who are eager and competitive with fly fishing. Drive a bit further along Stanley Creek Road, and you’ll be able to get out at hike a series of trails (based on your ability level) to Fall Branch Falls.

 

On the next part of the tour, you’ll go back in time to see some of the historic buildings that Blue Ridge has preserved, including the Shallowford Bridge from 1920, the VanZandt House, the Cochran-Davenport House, and the Chastain House.

 

If you are looking to relax on the river, the Toccoa Valley Campground is a great place to rent a tube, kayak, or canoe and bring the tour to the water!

 

What we love the most about this tour though is that one of its final stops is at the Serenberry Vineyards outside of Morganton. It’s only open from Thursday-Sunday, but the barn is almost 100 years old and it now serves as a tasting room for the vineyard. End your tour at the Blue Ridge Lake and Dam with over 100 miles of shoreline!

 

Before starting your journey through the Cohutta Wilderness, be sure to check ahead of time that the roads are open. Start at the stunning Mercier Orchards that produce over 20 varieties of apples, along with cherries, berries, peaches, and wines. You’ll then pass by McKinney Crossing, a house over 100 years old; the Mr. Morian Baptist Church, which has been in operation since 1858; and Watson’s Store, which has also been on site for over 150 years!

 

With an altitude of 2,700 feet, Watson’s Gap will bring you up toward Conasauga then onto Dyer Gap, a named for a pioneer family that is still living in the area. If you’re up for a challenge, you’ll then drive to the South Fork Trail, which will lead you on a three-mile journey up to the top. Don’t forget your water, sunscreen, a picnic and a camera!

 

Jacks River Fields over to your left also provides picnic tables for your family to enjoy a lunch outside in the mountains along a pristine trout river. Continuing along the winding road, you have access to the Mountaintown Creek Trail (over 5 and a half miles), Three Forks Mountain (a 7 mile hike on an abandoned roadbed), and the Mountain Creek Overbed — with a view that is not to be missed!

 

You can also visit Betty Gap, which has trails that are a bit easier to navigate and follow the Conasauga River, and the Chestnut Lead Trail, a short hike that’s under 2 miles and easy to navigate for families. If you’re looking to spend a night in the wilderness, the Ballfield Group Camping Area and Lake Conasauga Recreation Area are the two final stops on this tour, both of which are excellent spots for camping!

 

You’ll then drive back in the direction from which you came to get back to the highway (and civilization)!

 

You can print out the maps or download them to your phone from the amazing Blue Ridge Mountains App!

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12 Unique Restaurants To Visit In Blue Ridge!

The Vault Blue Ridge Bar & Grill

The Vault Blue Ridge has created a menu of dishes using the finest seasonal produce. Taking inspiration from around the world, all the dishes on our menu are created with Southern style. Using incredible Georgia produce, meats and fish are prepared on site every day, and paired with ingredients so good they really speak for themselves. They have created true Southern style dishes including a variety of brunch, sandwich, and grill items. The Vault Blue Ridge is also one of the few locations staying open late to accommodate local customers who want a late night bite and drink! The Vault is definitely a bar & grill worth checking out.

 

Black Sheep Restaurant Bar & Patio

The Black Sheep restaurant looks to be the oddball of Fannin County and wants to make a memorable dining experience for you and your family, without passing on the luxuries of Southern cooking. What makes this restaurant so unique is its knack for fusion meals, including Asian tuna nachos, venison chops, and sweet bacon mac n’ cheese. This twist on comfort food is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the covered patio area is also the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a glass of private label wine! The new owners, Anthony and Brandon, have done a phenomenal job re-tooling the menu and creating a truly unique fine dining experience.


Blue Ridge Fry Shop

The Blue Ridge Fry Shop located right in the heart of Main Street is best known for its perfectly fried pork, chicken, and catfish sandwiches that are coupled with crispy french fries. Even the dessert is fried (although there are a few salads on the menu)! You won’t want to leave without sampling a fried pie or churro, especially without some extra caramel or chocolate.

 

Boat Dock Bar and Grill

Located on the water at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina, the Boat Dock Bar and Grill offers classic lakeside burgers and fare that’s affordable and family-friendly. The lakeside atmosphere sets it aside from other sandwich and salad restaurants, allowing you to watch the boats and watersports in the marina. If you’re looking to be a little more adventurous with your drink of choice, be sure to try one of their original cocktail creations!

 

Chester Brunnenmeyer’s Bar & Grill

This rustic American bar and grill in downtown Blue Ridge is conveniently located on the corner of East Main and Depot Street. The menu is both regional and seasonal, changing throughout the year to bring you the best of what Blue Ridge has to offer. The ambiance of the bar is a perfect balance of elegance and comfort, providing a space for you to relax and enjoy some out of the ordinary beverages. Will you be having a glass of the Wookie or the Brewnenmeyer Mary? You might just want to sample both. And be sure to ask your server for more information about the history of bar, which has been family owned and operated for three generations!

 

Iron Bridge General Store & Cafe

Located right on the winding Toccoa River, the family-owned Iron Bridge General Store & Cafe is a one-of-a-kind stop for anyone passing through the Blue Ridge area. Fresh baked pies, hot apple cakes, and homemade doughnuts are only a few of the mouth-watering desserts baked on site. You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to an old time country store with first class hospitality and a slice of pie that’s just won first place at the county fair. The cafe also sells juicy burgers, fries, pulled pork sandwiches, and many other classic comfort foods.

Mountain View Orchards & Cider House Cafe

The Cider House Cafe describes themselves as being “that little place in the mountains that feels like home.” Open for lunch and dinner daily, the menu offers an array of meat and seafood, including burgers, shrimp, salads, and local trout. The magical dining experience comes from the view of the orchards and mountain side. You’ll eat a delicious meal in a spot that’s tucked in the rolling orchards up on the hillside. Oh, and don’t even think about leaving without having a tall glass of the apple cider!

 

Taste of Amish

Not only is Taste of Amish a highly-recommended, unique place to dine, but it’s also a fresh food market stocked with incredible local items. The sandwich shop located inside the market is always a popular spot for grabbing a fresh, healthy lunch before heading out to explore the Chattahoochee National Forest. You can also purchase jams and jellies, meats, fresh cheeses, and bakery goods, along with handmade soaps and other Amish remedy products. Explore a Taste of Amish in the South and sample the exclusive organic foods you cannot find anywhere else in Blue Ridge!

The Boro Inn Irish Pub
Cead Mille Failte! The Boro Inn’s Irish Pub, named for the Boro River in Ireland where the family first opened a pub five generations ago, will treat you like one of their family! You’ll be able to enjoy Irish ales, ciders, lagers, stouts, international beers, spirits & wines, along with soft drinks and Irish food. The culture infused into the restaurant is found through music and storytelling. It’s not uncommon to hear a song, sonnet, poem, or story about Irish history while you’re dining or meeting new mates. It doesn’t matter how far you’ve traveled from, when you enter the doors at The Boro Inn Irish Pub, you’ll be treated like a local.

 

The Copper Grill

Have you ever wanted to dine in two places at once? At The Copper Grill, you can technically cross that goal off your bucket list! The restaurant sits on the border of Georgia and Tennessee, and offers juicy hand-crafted burgers and large servings of french fries that are perfect for munching as you move across state lines. The sandwiches and chili are also not to be missed! The grill is popular among locals and very convenient for families traveling through the area.

 

Toccoa Riverside Restaurant

One of the most scenic dining experiences on this list, the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant puts you and your family in the heart of Blue Ridge. Easily accessible, but nestled along the side of the river, you’ll be able to watch wildlife, hear the moving water and smell the fresh scents of the mountains as you catch up with family and friends. For over 20 years, the restaurant has served thousands of patrons who are delighted by the live bluegrass music and local cuisine. The views are unmatchable and the serenity is the perfect addition to any vacation.

VanZandt’s Riverwalk

We’ve saved the most unique Blue Ridge dining experience for last (and not just because they’re listed in alphabetical order). At VanZandt’s Riverwalk and Restaurant, you can actually go tubing or kayaking down the river in the afternoon. Rides last for 3-5 hours depending on the pace of the water, giving you plenty of time to digest VanZandt’s famous upside down burgers, cinnamon pancakes, or club sandwiches. You can find VanZandt’s on Newport Rd in Blue Ridge, and shuttles are provided for those who want to enjoy the afternoon lounging on the water!

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Fun In Blue Ridge, Georgia: 10 Activities For The Whole Family

Summer is made for family vacations and Blue Ridge is the perfect destination to explore, relax, and create memories. The area has a diverse array of indoor and outdoor activities for even your littlest adventurer. The rich history of the area and scenic getaways allow for family experiences that you cannot find at an amusement park. Here are 15 popular attractions and activity ideas for families visiting this season!

 

The Lilly Pad Village is the perfect vacation retreat away from your non-stop weekly routine. Described as a “piece of Heaven, away from highways, parking lots and traffic,” there is a focus on calmness and restfulness. With activities like gem mining, fishing, mini golf, and family-friendly hiking, the Lilly Pad Village describes itself as a “destination for laughter and smiles where you can spend an hour or an entire day, leaving stress behind.” There are even a few cherished pets on the property who love welcoming new guests to the pristine grounds to enjoy the beautiful mountain views.

 

For kids over the age of 12, whitewater rafting in the Blue Ridge Mountains is an exciting way to spend the morning or afternoon. You can choose between several outfitters (click the link above for more information about locations, directions and pricing) on the Toccoa, Occee, and Hiwassee Rivers. Did you know the rapids in the Blue Ridge Mountains are a favorite destination for rafters worldwide? Adventure writer Kim Urquhart calls it “a paddler’s paradise …loved for its size and power, constant flow rate and continuous waves and holes”. More than 300,000 people experience the excitement of rafting each year — and it’s one of the safest ways to explore the waters.

 

Family-owned and operated by the fourth generation of the Mercier family, the orchards have been a fantastic way to create memories with your family and enjoy the local produce of Georgia for over 70 years. The Mercier Orchards offer U-PICK events with fresh strawberries and other in-season fruits, have an on-site Bakery & Deli featuring fruits from the orchards, a Market Store, and even have a new Farm Winery!

 

The easiest way to cruise on the lake with younger children, pontoon boats require little to no experience and allow for kids to move around, unlike kayaks, tubes or paddle boards. You can even take the pontoon boat out and park it to enjoy lunch on the lake. Holding up to 8 guests, these are ideal for larger families or who want to keep everyone together on the same boat (something you can’t do with tubing or kayaking). Make your reservations ahead of time to ensure that a boat will be ready for you and your family, pack a bag with sunscreen and snacks, and bring a cooler!

 

If you want the full relaxation experience, tubing down the river is absolutely the way to go! Depending on where you’re staying in the Blue Ridge Mountain area, we’d recommend you find the tubing company that’s most convenient for you and your family! There are six popular tubing spots on the river, run by: Cool River Tubing, Rolling Thunder River Tubing, Toccoa River Tubing Company, Toccoa Valley Campground, Toccoa Wilderness Tubing, and VanZandt’s. Some tubes offer closed-in bottoms or ways to attach tubes together for younger children, but others do not, so be sure to choose the tubing itinerary that best meets your needs!

 

New and inexperienced riders will feel comfortable riding horseback (or on ponies) at this one-stop adventure outpost. The grounds are well-kept and safety is always the first priority, making it a prefered stop for families in the area. If you have more experience and would like to trot or try a more advanced ride, horseback tours through the hillsides of the Cohutta mountains are also offered, where you’ll even pass by “bubbling creeks and streams.”

 

Located only six miles from downtown Blue Ridge, the Blue Ridge Zip Line and Canopy Tours adventure course will build confidence in adults and children alike. With a mile of zipline and a series of in-air obstacles (they have different levels of challenges), this go-at-your-own-pace adventure in the trees is something your family will remember for years to come. Choose to do the zipline tour or the challenge course and feel the fresh air of the Blue Ridge Mountains in your face!

 

Visit one of America’s oldest copper mining communities in a museum that includes over 150 years of history. The hour-long tour is ideal for kids who love minerals, geology, or seeking out interesting historical artifacts. They also host a kids carnival each spring, along with pancake breakfasts, summer gatherings, and fall crafts festivals. The mining community is all about family, and they invite your family to discover more about the long-standing history of the industry.

 

There’s a new museum in town called Expedition Bigfoot and its calling upon kids who are interested in the legend of Bigfoot to help crack the case. The museum is North Georgia’s “biggest” family attraction that focuses on both entertainment and education.  They display genuine Bigfoot artifacts, life sized exhibits, photos, sketches, large up to date sighting maps, and the World’s only Bigfoot Research and Tech Vehicle. They even have a Bigfoot reference library! Can you solve the mystery?

 

Take a journey back in time to the days of drive-in theaters and watching films from your car (and we don’t mean on your smartphone or tablet). At the Historic Swan Drive-In, which has been in operation for over 60 years, you’ll feel like you’re in another decade while watching movies under the stars. Yes, you even tune your car radio to a specific station for the movie audio! They also have a full concession stand with comfort food and treats. Visit their website for directions and movie schedules.

 

No matter what your family is interested in doing when on vacation in Blue Ridge, Georgia, there is an experience or adventure that is sure to meet your needs and create memories for you and your children that will stay with you for years to come!