Roasting marshmallows over a fire pit at Aska Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Blue Ridge, Georgia
A Couple's Guide to Blue Ridge
Planning a romantic getaway with your sweetie is easy in Blue Ridge, Georgia. The gorgeous scenery, no matter what time of year, is the perfect backdrop for stimulating your relationship. But, not everyone has the same idea about the perfect getaway. Some love the outdoors, some love art, and some love food. Or, maybe you love all three! Here are three short itineraries to help spark your travel plans.
Outdoor Adventures in Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge is a nature lover's paradise, so it only makes sense that you'd enjoy some of the area's natural wonders.
Lake Blue Ridge is a 3,300-acre lake with about 100 miles of shoreline. The lake is a gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and spending the day basking in the warm sunshine will set the stage for a relaxing weekend. You can rent a pontoon boat at Lake Blue Ridge Marina.
Your heart is sure to skip a beat with a hike over the 250-foot Toccoa River Swinging suspension bridge, the longest swinging bridge this side of the Mississippi River. If you'd rather go underneath the bridge, contact Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters. They lead guided floats or let you rent the equipment.
Related: Top 5 Hikes in Blue Ridge
Have your significant other fly into your arms with a zip line tour at Zipline Canopy Tours of Blue Ridge.
Arts & Entertainment in Blue Ridge
The Georgia Council for the Arts has recognized Blue Ridge as one of the top arts towns in Georgia, and it attracts all types of artists from musicians, to potters and more.
Watch a Show
Attend a local production while you are in town at the Blue Ridge Community Theater. Or, if you'd prefer a movie, head across the street to the historic Swan Drive In Theater and snuggle up real close in the backseat.
Listen to Live Music
Firefly Music is a concert series that has attracted the likes of Shawn Mullins, Collin Raye, Kris Allen, John Berry and more. See your favorites in a very intimate setting. Or, visit during Blue Ridge's music festivals like the Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival in June or the Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival in September.
Shop for a Fly Rod
Blue Ridge is known as the trout capital of Georgia. Even if you don't fly fish, you'll appreciate the craftsmanship in Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods, which are made in Blue Ridge right on Main Street.
Great Places to Eat in Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge restaurants have been winning awards for quite some time. So, rest assured, there are plenty of places for a romantic meal.
Harvest On Main was recently named one of the Top 11 restaurants outside of Atlanta, probably because they use local farmers and suppliers whenever possible and even grow their own at The Cook's Farm. Chester Brunnenmeyer's Bar & Grill focuses its food and drink menus on regional and seasonal fare. Black Sheep Restaurant Bar & Patio combines Southern fare with other styles and boasts the largest outdoor bar and covered patio space in town.
Indulge in Treats
The Sweet Shoppe of the South was included in Explore Georgia's 100 Plates Locals Love in 2015 and was also the winner of the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars" in 2014. This is definitely a place to enjoy some sweets with your sweetie.
Take a Food Tour
Can't decide where to eat? Let the locals decide for you. Each Blue Ridge Mountain Food Tour is about three hours long with five to six stops along the way. You can also book a brewery tour to Blue Ridge's numerous micro-breweries.
Where to Stay
From cabins to B&Bs and hotels, you have numerous options for places to stay in Blue Ridge. A few options include:
- Aska Lodge Bed and Breakfast is two miles from town on a certified natural wildlife habitat. Indulge in the crisp mountain air, freshly baked cookies and creme brulee French toast.
- The Serenity in the Mountains Spa and Luxury Suites has romantic packages that include a 90-minute couple's massage.
- The Blue Ridge Treehouse at Bear Claw Vineyards lets you sleep in the trees overlooking a working vineyard. Book a wine tasting, then grill your own dinner on the patio (there is no oven) or bring dinner in, and enjoy the amazing views.
Find more trip ideas in Explore Georgia's Guide to Blue Ridge.