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Living for the Long Weekend

Everybody loves a good, long weekend! With Labor Day coming up, we thought we’d give you a roadmap for how to maximize your fun and relaxation right here in Blairsville-Union County! Just a couple of hours from major Southeastern hubs like Atlanta, Greenville, and Chattanooga, Blairsville is the perfect place to unplug and unwind for a few days. Let’s get started!

Ample Accommodations
There is a wide variety of options when it comes to staying in Blairsville, from traditional hotels and camping options to resorts and cabins. Whether you want a rugged outdoor weekend of “roughing it” or a luxury experience complete with wine tastings and spa days, we’ve got you covered!

Explore The Greater Outdoors
Get outside and do something fun! Blairsville has more outdoor activities to offer than we have time to talk about, including hiking, exploring Brasstown Bald (Georgia’s Highest Peak), horseback riding, making a splash in our amazing lakes, playing in some of the best parks in the South (including Vogel State Park), and so much more. There is truly something for everyone to explore, from families, to couples, group trips, and beyond! Learn more about all of the outdoor fun you can have in Blairsville-Union County here.

Eat Better in Blairsville
We aren’t your typical little mountain town with two restaurants that both close at 6pm. Dining options here include some of the best Barbecue and Southern cooking you can find, but our thriving food scene also includes Cuban cuisine, Seafood, Italian, American, Greek, farm to table, and much more! If you like to eat, you’ll never want to leave. Find a complete listing of restaurants in the area here.

Celebrate with Us
There’s always something going on in Blairsville-Union County, with fun festivals and special events happening all year long – like the Mountain Heritage Festival happening over Labor Day weekend. Check out our Festivals and Events pages for the latest scoop on what is happening and where.

What are you waiting for? Stop by visitblairsvillega.com/tourism to start planning your trip to Blairsville-Union County today!

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Local Wineries & Distilleries

For those who enjoy the occasional drink, the kind that’s a bit stronger than good ole’ sweet tea, there are a number of fantastic wineries and distilleries in the Blairsville-Union County area. Establishments like these are uniquely suited to thrive here, as our area was recently named an American Viticultural Area (AVA) – a distinction carried by regions like Napa Valley and Sonoma. Most of the vineyards frequently host fun events and live music, so there’s plenty to do while you visit. From whiskey with deep roots in the area’s history to luxury vineyards & resorts with European flare, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes. Here are a few of the vineyards and distilleries close by:

Granddaddy Mimms Moonshine Distillery
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Learn more about the wineries & distilleries in Blairsville-Union County here.

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Three Ingredients for the Perfect Romantic Weekend in Blairsville

With Valentine’s day coming up next week, now is the time to start planning your romantic mountain getaway in Blairsville, GA. Whether you are a couple seeking a relaxing spa day, or you’re looking to catch some outdoor action together, Blairsville has the right accommodations, activities and eats for you and your Valentine. We’ve put together a list of the top three things you need to ensure a romantic Valentine’s weekend.

A Romantic Retreat
Dotting the beautiful mountain scenery all throughout Blairsville are clusters of cozy cabins and relaxing resorts. For a romantic Valentine’s Day stay, we recommend the Your Home in the Woods Bed and Breakfast. Perfect for couples wishing to get off the grid for a few days, this B&B is the perfect place to curl up with a book and wish for snow, and of course, a delicious hot breakfast is provided. For couples seeking romantic scenery, the cabins at 2’s Company Farm Creek and Cabins have a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside making staying in or venturing out a sightseeing adventure.

A Relaxing Stay
After checking in, start to unwind and treat yourself to a spa day or wine tasting. Odom Springs Vineyards has a vast selection of award winning wines, perfect for an afternoon of sampling. Pamper yourself at Paradise Hills, Resort and Spa with a couples massage, and then enjoy their “Couples Crush Celebration” for a night of great music and delicious food. When you make your reservation with Paradise Hills, make sure to ask about the Touch of Romance package to make your stay even more special! The Copperhead Lodge also offers premier lodging and will be hosting a “Saxy” Valentine’s Day Special featuring saxphonist Michael Hulett.

Delectable Dining
Blairsville has great local restaurants for you to enjoy the perfect meal with your Valentine. For a warm breakfast, visit Hole in the Wall for delicious down-home cooking. Hole in the Wall is a Blairsville staple, and was even voted the No. 1 Cafe in the city. Come lunchtime, have a casual meal at the Aviator Cafe, and make sure to try one of their signature sandwiches or smoothies! To satisfy a sweet tooth, the G&G Bakery and Cafe has an assortment of fresh donuts and goodies to snack on. When evening rolls around, and it’s time for a more romantic atmosphere, we recommend Michalee’s Italian Life Caffe. This Italian restaurant is known for its flavorful pasta dishes and gourmet meals and is a perfect way to end your day of relaxation.  

Call 877-745-5789 or visit http://www.visitblairsvillega.com/tourism/ for more ideas and information on how to have the best romantic getaway possible in beautiful Blairsville, GA!

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Ho Ho Ho, What do you know?

Blairsville-Union County is not your average sleepy mountain town. There seems to always be something going on in these mountains. As we wind down on a fun, fall season, full of festivals and music, we look ahead to cooler days, crackling fires and special holidays.

Cooler days mean outdoor adventures and exploring. Choose one of many hiking trails on or adjacent to the Appalachian Trail, down to waterfalls, or even up to the highest peak in Georgia. From moderate to extreme and short to long, hiking trails are abundant in and around Blairsville-Union County. Consider a short hike to Helton Creek Falls or Wolf Creek Falls at Vogel State Park. Maybe choose a more moderate hike to the summit of Georgia’s highest mountain, Brasstown Bald rising 4,784 ft above sea level. For a more strenuous challenge, hit the Appalachian Trail at the top of Neel’s Gap and conquer Blood Mountain.

Whether you decide to camp or rent a cozy cabin, a warm crackling fire is in order this time of year. From rustic to chic, you can find a cabin on the banks of the Nottely River or on a mountaintop with endless vistas. With 90% of the county protected by the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, you have your choice of prime campgrounds. The act of gathering around a fire dates back to prehistoric times. So, unplug your phone, grab a bag of marshmallows and enjoy that mesmerizing glow of the fire with your loved ones.

So, now you know that as the last leaf falls off the trees and cold air nips at your nose, you can keep busy or unplug, shop till you drop or rejoice with the holiday season. Blairsville-Union County has everything you need for a well rounded mountain vacation with your family and friends. For more information about camping, hiking, lodging, events or area information call 706-745-5789, check out www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com, or stop by the Welcome Center at 129 Union County Recreation Road in Blairsville.

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Paradise Hills Resort & Spa Offers a Unique North Georgia Vacation

Paradise Hills Resort and Spa offers its guests a relaxing North Georgia vacation. Conveniently located in Blairsville, a two hour drive is all it takes to escape the crowds, noise, and stress of Atlanta. This North Georgia resort offers cabin rentals and a variety of activities. Ready for adventure? Enjoy the scenic hiking trails, waterfalls, and lakes in the surrounding Chattahoochee National Forest. Want to take it easy? Kick back and relax with massages at the resort spa and wine tasting at the farm winery, all located at the secluded mountain resort. We talked to Ilke Lander who hosts the resort along with her husband Robert, about what makes Paradise Hills special.

Paradise Hills was created in 1988 by a local man who brought in a portable saw mill, milled the lumber onsite and hand built the first 4 cabins. Since the beginning, there have been 3 owners – including the founder and current owners Robert and Ilke Lander. The Landers took over in 2002 and at the time, had only cabin rentals to offer. They offered the original cabins plus 4 more, totaling 8 cabins.

“My husband and I ran the entire place by ourselves, from check-in, to cleaning, to maintenance to business administration,” said Ilke Lander. “Today, we have 10 part time/full time employees but we still are very involved in the day to day operations. Bob is our winemaker and vineyard manager and I oversee all aspects of the combined businesses as the general manager.”

The resort is known for it’s world-class service, proven by the many awards won for their services. Paradise Hills is unique among other cabin rentals in North Georgia as a European style spa and farm winery with a wine tasting bar are all on one property. “As far as I know, we are the only resort in the state that offers this combination of services,” said Lander. “More importantly, we pride ourselves in the highest quality of customer service.”

When asked about what she has learned from her experience in opening and managing a business with her husband, Lander discusses how it’s important to approach every new circumstance with flexibility. “We have learned to be patient with business growth but continue to move forward and stay progressive,” said Lander. “We have learned to evolve as the world evolves, as our guest requests/needs evolve, and as our business model evolves.” Paradise Hills, added the Lodge and spa in 2006, and in 2012 the farm winery and vineyards were added.

The Lander family first came to Blairsville as tourists. We loved the quaintness of the small town, the beautiful landscaping of the mountains and the idea of a safe, family oriented community to begin a family in,” said Lander.

Blairsville has welcomed Paradise Hills, and has provided numerous opportunities for the Landers over the years. Bob and Ilke Lander participate in the community’s development as members in civic organizations. They were also board members for the local chamber of commerce.

“Blairsville offers a great deal of support for business owners starting out; there are many resources for business owners,” said Lander. “We have been fortunate to be supported by our local representatives as well, with the addition of our farm winery – a first in our county.”

Photo Courtesy of Scott Michael Anna

Best Camping Sites in Northeast Georgia

You don’t need to look far to find the perfect place to set up camp in Northeast Georgia. From small campgrounds to state parks, the Blairsville-Union County area has plenty to offer for every camping adventure. Read more to discover four of the best camping sites in Northeast Georgia.

Trackrock Campground & Cabins
Located between Blairsville and Hiawassee, Trackrock is 300 acres of meadows, hayfields and woodlands. This campground is great for families, with lots of amenities and natural beauty. Nearby is a pond where visitors can swim and fish. For kids, there are two playgrounds as well as hiking trails the whole family can enjoy. The Chattahoochee National Forests surround the campground on three sides, keeping the campsites secluded from the city hustle and bustle. Trackrock campground offers camping for everyone: RVs, tents, and pop ups are all welcome. One and two bedroom cabins are available for those who prefer not to camp.

Vogel State Park
Vogel State Park is one of Georgia’s oldest and most beloved state parks. It is located at the base of Blood Mountain, a part of the Chattahoochee National Forest. During the fall, Vogel is transformed by the red, yellow, and gold leaves. There are many options for camping and cottages are available for rental. There are 85 campsites you can drive up to and 18 walk-in campsites for tents only. What makes this campground special is its location to other parks and hiking trails. Brasstown Bald is nearby, as are many popular trails such as the 4-mile Bear Hair Gap loop, an easy lake loop that leads to Trahlyta Falls, and the challenging 13-mile Coosa Backcountry Trail.

Lake Winfield Scott
This recreation area overlooks the beautiful Lake Winfield Scott located in Blairsville, Georgia. Here visitors can picnic, boat, fish, and hike. There are two camping loops with 36 campsites that can be claimed on a first come, first served basis. Nearby are popular hiking trails including the Lake Winfield Scott Trail, the Jarrard Gap trail, the Slaughter Creek Trail, and the Appalachian Trail.

Cooper Creek Campground
Cooper Creek Campground is located in Suches, Georgia in the North Georgia mountains. Fifteen campsites are laid out across the forest, with five of those sites nestled on the banks of the Cooper/Mulky Creek. Both creeks are trout streams with wild and stocked trout. Each campsite has a tent pad, grills, lantern pole, and a picnic table. Nearby there are five interconnected trails with plenty of tree coverage to keep the paths cool, even during the summer.

Discovering North Georgia From Beautiful Vacation Rental Cabins

With the lofty Blue Ridge Mountains, cascading waterfalls, and adventurous trails, North Georgia has never disappointed anybody. The luckier ones call it their home and the others love to spend some time in this postcard perfect locality. The existence of several nice and cozy rental cabins, especially in Union County, means only good news for all those who love a generous mix of nature and adventure.

Many who come to the place for hiking, fishing, or simply vacationing, often choose to put up in the rental cabins because it adds an extra dimension to the entire experience. Most importantly, there is hardly a better place than the beautiful locales where the Union County cabins are set, where the flowers and the trees, and the grasses and the clouds come together to create the most mesmerizing symphony of North Georgia.

Often the rental cabins come in one or two bedroom styles and are located at a comparatively isolated area. Bordered by forests or closer to the mountains and streams, staying in these cabins is a great idea for all those who would love to spend some time amidst wildflowers and natural wonders. The cabins are fully furnished, have fully equipped kitchens, and water and electric supply. Covered porches are also very common. The cabins boast of all the modern amenities that would make the stay a unique blend of comfort and convenience. It is like living the new-age life in a setting that is reminiscent of the ancient times.

There is no better way to enjoy the thrill than staying at a rental cabin in Union County, North Georgia. Many of these are just minutes away from the Appalachian Trail and the Vogel State Park. This makes them an ideal place to unwind after a long day of hiking, bicycling, or motorcycle ride. The Chattahoochee National Forest is a place where many cabins and vacation rentals are available. Since this area is also the designated Appalachian Botanical Sanctuary, nature is preserved at its best at this place.

Union County is famous for its hospitality. There is hardly anything that can match the warmth that Blairsville, Helen, and the other hill towns exude. In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say that apart from the conveniences that have been added to these places with time, the same laidback attitude still atmospheres the place. One of the best places to experience this in North Georgia are the cabins that stand secluded amidst the forests and offer an awesome view especially of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The scenic vacation spots of North Georgia often bring families looking to spend some nice time together. If adventure is particularly not on their list, they can enjoy a drive on the beautiful winding road of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Apart from this, many rental cabins offer such fun activities such as horseback riding, which includes summer horse camps and lessons, fishing, playgrounds, hayrides, and more.

Also, being at a convenient distance from the towns of Union County, North Georgia, these cabins offer an easy access to downtowns of Blue Ridge, Ellijay and shopping malls. What better way to remember this place than buying a souvenir from the local shops?