Sampling Blue Ridge Restaurants on the Blue Ridge Mountains Food Tour

Blue Ridge Mountains Food Tour at Mercier Orchards Tasting Room

As a boy growing up near the North Georgia mountains, I tended to take the Appalachian food of my family’s roots for granted. Fortunately, traditional Southern food has come a long way over the last few decades, as has the culinary scene in little mountain towns like Blue Ridge, GA. When Mary and I first … Read more Sampling Blue Ridge Restaurants on the Blue Ridge Mountains Food Tour

Unicoi State Park & Lodge: Camping & Hiking Near Helen, GA

Beautiful scenery at Unicoi Lake-Smith Lake in Unicoi State Park, GA

Growing up in Atlanta, the mountain town of Helen, Georgia seemed like another world, with its bizarre Alpine architecture, biergartens, bratwurst, and annual Oktoberfest celebrations. But even as a kid I was much more attracted to the natural beauty of Unicoi State Park, which is located just a few miles away from the kitschy town. From … Read more Unicoi State Park & Lodge: Camping & Hiking Near Helen, GA

The 15 Best North Georgia Mountains for Hiking

View from Brasstown Bald Mountain

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature, soak in stunning views, and tackle unforgettable outdoor adventures, look no further than the majestic mountains of north Georgia. Hiking through lush national forests along wildflower-strewn paths, crossing sparkling streams and around mossy boulders has always been one of our favorite things to do in North Georgia. The … Read more The 15 Best North Georgia Mountains for Hiking

The Top 15 North Georgia Waterfalls (& How to Get to Them)

Amicalola Falls

When you explore the enchanting Blue Ridge region of the North Georgia mountains, you’re bound to run across stunning waterfalls tucked away in remote parts of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Tumbling over massive rock outcrops and spilling into meandering streams lined with towering trees, mossy boulders, and beautiful wildflowers, these natural wonders are an inspiring … Read more The Top 15 North Georgia Waterfalls (& How to Get to Them)

Visiting Expedition Bigfoot Museum (aka Sasquatch Museum) in Cherry Log, GA

Exterior of Expedition Bigfoot Museum in North Georgia

The Expedition Bigfoot Museum is a uniquely intriguing roadside attraction in Cherry Log, GA. Located along Highway 515 just minutes outside of Blue Ridge, it’s truly a weird and wondrous must-see for anyone visiting the North Georgia mountains. You don’t have to be a diehard believer in Bigfoot encounters to get a kick out of … Read more Visiting Expedition Bigfoot Museum (aka Sasquatch Museum) in Cherry Log, GA

Calendar of Blue Ridge, GA Events for 2020

Blue Ridge GA Sign

Looking for things to do in North Georgia this weekend? Visiting downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia offers lots of options, from art, music, and theatre to wine, food, and fun festivals. This calendar of Blue Ridge, GA events will be updated regularly throughout the year, and will include listings for nearby towns such as Blairsville, Cherry … Read more Calendar of Blue Ridge, GA Events for 2020

Review of Harvest on Main Restaurant in Downtown Blue Ridge, GA

Exterior view of Harvest on Main Restaurant in Downtown Blue Ridge, GA

Visiting Blue Ridge, GA in the ’90s (and even as recently as 2009), there was little indication that this tiny town would soon become a tourism hotspot. Spanning just 2.6 square miles, with a population of less than 1300 people at the time, it felt like any number of other sleepy towns in the Blue … Read more Review of Harvest on Main Restaurant in Downtown Blue Ridge, GA

The Top 20 Blue Ridge Mountain Towns in GA & NC

It’s not hard to imagine why so many people love to retreat into the Blue Ridge Mountains, which stretch 550 miles from North Georgia to southern Pennsylvania. Between the breathtaking views and outdoor adventures that await around almost every turn, there’s something mesmerizing about exploring such majestic terrain. The towns that are scattered throughout the Blue … Read more The Top 20 Blue Ridge Mountain Towns in GA & NC

Wood Haven Retreat: Blue Ridge Cabin Rental 5 Minutes from Downtown

View from Master Suite Balcony at Wood Haven Retreat in Blue Ridge, GA

There’s something about exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains that always takes me back to my childhood, growing up in North Georgia. When I was 5 my grandparents bought a trailer on Lake Hartwell, where I first fell in love with nature. When I was 12, we helped build their wood house near Winder. When I … Read more Wood Haven Retreat: Blue Ridge Cabin Rental 5 Minutes from Downtown

Barnsley Gardens Resort Ruins: The Tragic Story Behind the Adairsville, GA Landmark

Barnsley Resort in North Georgia

Located in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains (45 miles southwest of Ellijay), the Barnsley Gardens Resort ruins offer a rare glimpse of the state’s pre-Civil War history. Most of Georgia’s early 19th century landmarks were destroyed during Maj. Gen. William Sherman’s march to the sea. The Union Army’s “scorched earth” approach was designed … Read more Barnsley Gardens Resort Ruins: The Tragic Story Behind the Adairsville, GA Landmark