Bret & Mary at the Linn Cove Viaduct in North Carolina
Bret & Mary at the Linn Cove Viaduct in North Carolina

Who Are We?

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The Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide was launched in January 2020 by veteran journalist/photographer Bret Love and his wife, photographer/videographer Mary Gabbett.

Initially driven by an interest in relocating to the Blue Ridge region, the couple’s mission was focused on rediscovering small town Americana.

But there’s a personal element as well, as Bret began tracing his Scots-Irish ancestors. They settled numerous towns in Virginia and North Carolina, including founding the town of Waynesville NC.

Although the COVID lockdowns prevented them from traveling much the first year, the BRMTG team managed to visit more than 40 Blue Ridge Mountain towns in Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia in 2021-2022.

They write about each town’s history, culture, tourist attractions, hiking trails, and restaurants, with the ultimate goal being to create the most extensive guide to the Blue Ridge region available on the Internet. 

DMOs We’ve Worked With (Press Trips/Sponsorships)

GA: Barnsley Resort • Blairsville • Blue Ridge/Fannin County • Clayton/Rabun County • Dahlonega • Georgia State Parks • Helen/White County 

NC: Asheville • Banner Elk • Blowing Rock • Brevard • Bryson City • Burnsville • Cashiers/Jackson County • Cherokee • Chetola Resort • Franklin • Hendersonville • Hot Springs • Lake Junaluska • Maggie Valley • Meadowbrook Inn • Sylva/Dillsboro • Topoco Lodge • Waynesville • Winston-Salem

TN: Bristol • Chattanooga • Gatlinburg

VA: Bedford • Bristol • Lexington/Natural Bridge • Luray • Roanoke • Peaks of Otter Lodge • Shenandoah Valley • Waynesboro • Wintergreen Resort


[Updated April 2, 2024]

Monthly Page Views: 375,000-450,000+ in peak seasons (Summer and Autumn)

Monthly Unique Visitors: 300,000+ in peaks seasons

Total 2022 Traffic: 2.6 million page views

Total 2023 Traffic: 3.6 million page views

Moz Domain Authority: 45

Newsletter Subscribers: 10,000+ (average open rate 45+%)

Facebook Followers: 90,000+ (Monthly reach 10-17 million)

Facebook Group Members: 14,500+

Instagram: 46,000+

Pinterest1,07o,000 Monthly Viewers, 25,000+ followers

Audience Demographics: 98% U.S.-based, ages 30-65+, mostly college educated, with an average household income of $100,000+.

Services We Offer

For more information on our services, including cabin/resort reviews, product reviews, licensed photography and video footage, and content marketing, please email us at [email protected]