The 10 Best Pet Friendly Cabins in Blue Ridge GA

Pet Friendly Cabins in Blue Ridge GA

​The Blue Ridge Mountains extend south into North Georgia, a region blessed with beautiful landscapes and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Blue Ridge GA, the town named for the mountains that surround it, is right in the heart of it all! Whether you prefer North Georgia mountain lakes, hiking to magic waterfalls, enjoying award-winning Georgia wines, … Read more

The 10 Best Great Smoky Mountains Resorts in NC & TN

Sunset on Lake Junaluska NC

Looking for a relaxing weekend getaway in the mountains? There’s no shortage of resorts in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Whether you’re seeking rustic mountain resorts where you can get away from it all, fun-filled resorts with casinos and live music, or serene lakeside retreats, there are tons of options to … Read more

Visiting the Historic Tapoco Lodge Resort in Robbinsville NC

The Historic Tapoco Lodge on the Cheoah River in Robbinsville NC

Surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Historic Tapoco Lodge Resort was the highlight of our visit to Robbinsville NC.  With history dating back to the 1930s, the 120+ acre mountain resort is located on the Cheoah River, with 3 Lodge Suites, 6 Lodge Rooms, and 18 Cabin Rooms to … Read more

Visiting Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center in Waynesville NC

Perfect Sunset on Lake Junaluska in Waynesville NC

Ever since spending my boyhood summers on Lake Hartwell in North Georgia, I’ve become a lifelong lover of the myriad beautiful lakes in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Named after early 19th century Cherokee leader Chief Junaluska, Lake Junaluska NC is one of the oldest man-made lakes in North Carolina. The Lake Junaluska Dam on Richland … Read more

10 Must-Visit Blue Ridge Mountain Resorts for 2024

Best Blue Ridge Mountain resorts NC

Blue Ridge Mountain resorts come in all shapes and sizes.  Some upscale luxury resorts in the Blue Ridge Mountains focus on foodie-friendly restaurants, outstanding golf courses, and top-notch spas.  My favorite mountain resorts go all-in on the rustic feel, offering breathtaking scenic vistas, hiking trails and/or waterfalls. Of course, there are also Blue Ridge Mountain ski resorts for … Read more

The 15 Best Romantic Getaways in the North Georgia Mountains

Romantic Getaways in North Georgia

[Updated December 16, 2023]  Looking for options for romantic getaways in the North Georgia Mountains where you can relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with the one you love? The idyllic landscapes of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for some of the state’s best romantic getaways. Whether you prefer lazy days cozied up beside the … Read more

The 10 Best Smoky Mountains Hotels to Visit in NC & TN

Best Smoky Mountains Hotels

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg TN, and Pigeon Forge TN are huge vacation destinations complete with theme parks, ski resorts, and other fun attractions. Smoky Mountains Hotels provide a comfortable place to recharge for the next day’s adventures. The southern boundary of GSMNP in North Carolina is the town of Cherokee in the Qualla … Read more

The 10 Best Weekend Getaways in Georgia

Best Weekend Getaways in Georgia

I’ve lived in the state of Georgia for 50+ years now, so it’s safe to say I’ve visited most of the best Georgia vacation spots at least once. When I was a kid, my family’s Georgia vacations were largely limited to campgrounds in Georgia State Parks. But we did spend a memorable weekend hiking 14 … Read more

The 45 Best North Georgia Cabin Rentals

North Georgia Cabins to Rent

[Updated 8/22/23] North Georgia’s mild climate and prime location at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains allows for enjoyable getaways at just about any time of the year.  Spring is great for spotting wildflowers. In summer you can hike to North Georgia waterfalls or take a dip in one of the beautiful lakes. Autumn brings Fall colors and Fall … Read more

The 10 Best Hotels in Ellijay GA & Gilmer County

Hotels in Ellijay Georgia

Although it has a population of less than 2,000 residents, Ellijay GA is the seat of Gilmer County. It’s a town so nice that President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalyn, had a second home there. Ellijay is located about 22 miles north of the southern terminus of the Blue Ridge Mountains, at the confluence of … Read more