Charming North Georgia Mountain Getaways

Spend a relaxing weekend in the charming town of Blue Ridge.

Unwind in a charming cabin tucked away in the high country of North Georgia. Peacefully pace your days by watching the sun cross the crisp blue sky, or keep an eye out for early snowflakes gently tumbling onto bushy green hemlocks and tightly curled rhododendrons. Yet all is not quiet here. Happy hours filled with exploring the countryside, shopping, or horseback riding also await. We've selected a few of our favorite properties near the village of Blue Ridge and offer dining and activity suggestions.

Where To Stay
Above the Rest Luxury Cabins invite relaxing. Although each is unique, these furnished homes comfort with fireplaces, hot tubs, televisions, and stereos. Rates start at $145 per day for two; (706) 374-2057 or www.abovetherestcabins.com.

Swiftly flowing waters accompany the cozy accommodations at Dogwood Riverside Inn. Rates start at $140 per day with a two-night minimum for cabins that sleep four to six; (706) 632-8460 or 1-800-385-0139. At Heavenly Creekside and Mountainview Cabins, which overlook a creek, the mountains, or Lake Blue Ridge, rates start at $125 for two per night; (706) 632-4625.

What To Do
Drop in High Country Art & Antique to peruse folk art. Down the street, E. Quinn--Bookseller and Blue Ridge Coffees offer a cup of java alongside used, rare, and antiquarian books. Don't miss Blue Ridge Adventure Wear for outdoor clothing.

Also, plan to see the surrounding forests from atop a fine horse at Wade Whelchel and Carol Upshaw's Muletop Mountain Outfitters; (706) 632-0076. Wade's descriptions enliven the trail that crosses his 350 wooded acres.

Where To Eat
A trio of locally owned restaurants can satisfy most cravings. Visit the Victorian Tea Room and Antiques, Gifts, and Collectibles for hearty food such as wild mushroom soup or beef brisket. For simple sandwiches and salads, go to Serenity Garden Cafe. And for a tasty dinner of fresh trout, try the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant.

Some of the best food in town comes from Indigo Hills Market and Catering Company. This gourmet grocery prepares dishes that you can later heat and serve. After trying rosemary- and garlic-roasted lamb with kalamata tapenade or Creole chicken salad, we know you'll want to return for more to take back home with you.

For more information: Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, 3990 Appalachian Highway, Blue Ridge, GA 30513; 1-800-899-6867 or www.blueridgemountains.com.

"Cozy Mountain Getaways" is from the November 2003 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.