A Perfect Weekend in the North Georgia Mountains: What to Do
We’re coming to the end of winter and, for many people, that means it’s time to come out of hibernation and plan a weekend trip. If you’ve been considering a move to the North Georgia Mountains, what better way to get a lay of the land than to spend a weekend exploring the area?
Our guide below will walk you and a friend or partner through some of the best sights, tastes, and attractions that the area has to offer. Follow the steps exactly or use them as a starting point to carve your own adventure — either way, you’re bound to have an unforgettable weekend in one of the country’s most beautiful destinations.
Friday Night: Check into Your Mountain Cabin
You could stay in a local hotel but, with so many unique mountain cabins nearby, why would you? After making the drive out to North Georgia, the first thing on the list is to get checked into a nearby cabin. Our recommendation? Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
They have a 4.8 rating on Google, and their variety of properties can accommodate anywhere from 2 to 21 guests and cost anywhere from $99 to $625 per night. You can search for specific features, like mountain views, pet-friendly cabins, and jacuzzis. Be sure to keep an eye on their Specials page, where you can snag a deal based on season, cabin availability, being retired/active military, or being a public school teacher.
Once you’re checked in and eager for a relaxing night in, don’t forget to grab some dinner. There’s bound to be somewhere delicious just a short drive from your cabin no matter where it is, but some of our favorites in Blue Ridge are Pete’s Place (serving American fare in a rustic cabin), Harvest On Main (creative farm-to-table eats), and Black Sheep Restaurant (unique American dishes in a historic home with outdoor garden seating).
Saturday Morning & Afternoon: Explore the Waterfalls
North Georgia is renowned for its wide variety of waterfalls all around the area. Some of them require long, tiring hikes while others can be viewed after a quick stroll. After you’ve had a bite of breakfast on Saturday morning, it’s time to get out and explore.
Hop in the car and drive to Fall Branch Falls, just 20 minutes away from downtown Blue Ridge. You’ll drive through winding roads and beautiful landscapes before parking and walking just 0.5 miles to the falls. After you’ve strolled along the trail and seen the beautiful crashing water, it’s time to hop back in the car and head to the Toccoa River Swinging Bridge, about 40 minutes away.
There, you can catch amazing river views, cross the bridge (if you’re daring enough!), and spend the rest of your afternoon exploring Chattahoochee National Forest.
Saturday Night: Treat Yourself to Delicious Bites
After you’ve had your fun viewing the waterfalls, crossing the swinging bridge, and seeing what the forest and mountains have to offer, there’s no doubt that you’ll have worked up an appetite. If you were intrigued by more than one of our restaurant suggestions for Friday night, you could head back to Blue Ridge and try one out.
If you’re looking to see a bit more of the area, drive northeast toward Blairsville, Georgia. You’ll pass through completely different — but equally beautiful roads — and see the forest from a different angle before arriving in the quaint town of Blairsville.
If you’re looking for filling food and a unique atmosphere, try out Michaelee’s Italian Life Caffe, which is just across the street from the Union County Courthouse. Not in the mood for Italian? Blairsville offers several other great options, including Copeland’s Burgers & Southern Eats and Hole in the Wall. After you’ve filled up on food, walk around downtown until you’re ready to hit the road back to your cabin.
Sunday Morning: Grab a Cup of Joe
There’s no better way to spend a Sunday morning than by sipping on a coffee drink crafted especially for you. Once you’ve rolled out of bed, head down to Das Kaffee Haus (The Coffee House) on Main Street.
Whether you like your coffee strong and black or unique and sweet, their extensive menu will have something for you. Their Facebook page is filled with positive reviews from people with all kinds of tastes, and they all agree on one thing: this coffee shop is one of a kind.
Das Kaffee Haus also serves desserts and pastries, so treat your sweet tooth, grab a seat, and people watch in downtown Blue Ridge with your spouse, partner, or friend by your side.
Sunday Afternoon: Take It Easy in Downtown Blue Ridge
By Sunday afternoon, you’ve stayed in a mountain retreat cabin, explored the local waterfalls and trails, popped into Blairsville, and sipped on some heavenly coffee. Depending on the length of your drive to get back home, you’ll have a few hours to spare.
After Das Kaffee Haus, you’ll already be on Main Street in downtown Blue Ridge. Our recommendation is to explore downtown. It offers unique shops, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad depot, and even self-guided historic walking tours.
You can stroll at your own place and go wherever the streets lead you, reminiscing with your travel buddy on all the great sights you’ve seen this weekend. We hope you’ll come visit us again soon!