Blue Ridge Georgia: A Photo Essay
Summertime is, alas, fast slipping us by. If you haven’t been able to find the time to get away with the kids yet, then consider a long weekend trip to Blue Ridge. The mountains can be abundantly adventuresome, without being exorbitantly harsh on your wallet.
Start off by selecting a cabin rental that’s suited to your needs. Do you prefer a creek or riverside cabin where the kids can go frolic in the refreshingly cool water, float in a tube, or possibly fish from the bank; or is a mountain panorama, where you can sit on a porch, enjoy the cool breezes and read a good book more your cup of tea?
Many cabins also offer game rooms with pool tables, table-tennis, etc. The choices are endless. You can check out a listing of cabin companies in the area at: http://www.allaboardblueridge.com/locations.php under Lodging.
If you can, try to make it out to Horseshoe Bend Park on the Toccoa River on a Thursday night around 6pm, lay-back on a picnic blanket and listen to true, live bluegrass music emanating throughout the park. This open-to-the-public jam session is known as Pick’n in the Park and is assured to get you into the casual mountain spirit, and it’s free!
There’s a myriad of opportunities for outdoor fun. Tube the beautiful Toccoa River, or go rafting on the thrilling Ocoee River.
Rent a stand-up paddle-board and enjoy Lake Blue Ridge, or swim at Morganton Point. Go horseback riding or mountain biking on highland trails, or take a zipline voyage through the forest. There are also helicopter tours, and you can even rent a tank and crush cars at Tank Town USA.
For refreshment, stop off in downtown Blue Ridge where you’ll find an array of great restaurants, many with outdoor patios and live musical entertainment.
The cooler evening temperatures are perfect for grilling out or sitting around a fire pit and toasting marshmallows, and is a very welcome break from sitting around a TV! Your entire family will relish the memory and the camaraderie of the mountains.
For links to all of the above suggestions and to find out what’s going on while you’re visiting, check out AllaboardBlueRidge.com:
Lorraine Sloan, an occasional contributor for Lazy Loafer, grew up in Chilcompton, England not far from the historic, World Heritage City of Bath. While living in the UK she was a frequent visitor to the Greek Islands and has also travelled to Turkey, France
She has since immigrated to the United States and is living on a salt-water bayou on the Emerald Coast of north Florida where she runs tourism-promotional website called AllAboardBlueRidge.com promoting Blue Ridge, GA and the Fannin County area. See more articles from Lorraine here!