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Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals and The Blue Ridge Lodging Association, in cooperation with the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Blue Ridge, Georgia, is proud to present the First Annual Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival on Saturday, September 10, 2011, 3:00 pm until 11:00 pm.
Join us for this one-day festival including Sweetwater Brewery crafted beers, BBQ and food vendors from all over the state as well as regional sponsors. The festival is open to the public and will feature outstanding and well-known Blues Bands to include:
- The Black Top Blues Band from Florida.
- Frankie’s Blues Mission from Atlanta
- The King Bees from Boone, N.C. “The King Bees have delighted audiences for years. Queen Bee’s vocals are expressive and strong: Baskerville’s guitar playing is right on, from cool slide to sizzling licks.” -BLUE SUEDE NEWS.
- The Rolling Bones Blues Band from Macon, GA. They are a high energy group with Sherry Paul as lead singer who looks and sounds like Janis Joplin!
- The South’s favorite Jazz and Blues Stylist, Miss Francine Reed. She will be hot off the Lyle Lovett tour and ready to show us her soulful style and the blues like you have never heard. Reed is one of Atlanta’s most treasured artists and continues to expand her fan base at venues around the world. She continually blesses audiences with her amazing vocals and vibrant personality; she is truly a musical experience that should not be missed.
With the addition of exciting children’s activities and a fun silent auction, this sensational food and music festival is expected to draw thousands of attendees from across Georgia (90 minutes from Atlanta), Florida, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Tickets are just $5 per person with children 12 and under free.
Plan a weekend getaway! Uniquely positioned in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains, Blue Ridge is convenient to numerous
outdoor activities and only 90 minutes from Atlanta, GA. Blue Ridge is recognized as an outdoor lover’s paradise with more adventure options than one day or one year could satisfy. September is a great time to bring the music and feast on BBQ from all around the South East…
Updated information will be available on the Blue Ridge Lodging Association website
www.BlueRidgeLodgingAssociation.com under the “Events” tab.
Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals and the Big Peach Running Company to compete in Tri the Mountains Triathlon July 24, 2011
Be sure to come out and support our Team! Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals will be competing in the relay division of Tri the Mountains a sprint Triathlon in the North Georgia mountains! When Heather and CJ Stam of Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals worked as volunteers at the 2010 race a friendly challenge was cast by one of the owners and now title sponsor Escape to Blue Ridge. Not one to shy away from a friendly nudge, we answered the call! A team of three racers will each take one leg of the race. CJ Stam of Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals will start with a splash into a 600 yard fresh water swim in Lake Blue Ridge. Followed by Greg Dunn a local personal trainer and former professional cyclist who will then venture out and on his road bike over an 18 mile mountain course. then our anchor Mike Cosentino of the Big Peach Running Company will then dash 3.2 miles from the Marina to Downtown Blue Ridge.
Spectators, family, friends and support teams will all cheer as racers enter the Historic town of Blue Ridge to cross the finish line. The 2011 Triathlon is presented by local businesses Escape to Blue Ridge and Harvest on Main along with several national name brands. Tri the Mountains is a non profit organization and pledges a portion of all proceeds to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Be sure to stick around for awards ceremony to see the winners take their prizes in the shade of the city park.
An epic event like Tri the Mountains reinforces why Blue Ridge is your base camp for adventure in the North Georgia Mountains. Racers, day trippers, tourist and Blue Ridge locals should all consider putting this high energy family friendly event on your schedule every year!
And it was a beautiful weekend to do just that in Blue Ridge.
I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Blue Ridge Arts in The Park Festival this past Memorial Day weekend. I hope some of you took me up on my offer to come frolic as well. I spent most of my time there on Sunday, and I got to meet so many unbelievably talented artists. I felt blessed just to be in their presence. Being an artist myself, I know the courage it takes to put yourself and your art out into an arena like that. It is an extremely vulnerable undertaking. I commend each and every person who had the courage to do what they did.
As I wandered around the park in downtown Blue Ridge, I lazily stopped in to booth after booth.
There were a few that really caught my eye. One of the first was Michael Lee’s booth. The tag line on his business card says “Poetry of Motion Captured in Oil”. That’s all he had to say. I was transfixed. I was immediately drawn to his equestrian paintings, as I grew up with a “horse person”, and have an ingrained appreciation for those majestic, magical creatures. You can find more of his art on his website.
I also ran into this character, Robert C. Perry. He’s a folk artist, and his art is incredibly creative and eye-catching. Most of what he had displayed were wood carvings, some black and white, some bursting with color. All of them had a magnetic quality that drew me into his world. I hung around and talked to him for a bit, and I felt like I was a guest in his home. See more of his beautiful work here.
I am particularly fond of art that has a humorous side to it, and I was drawn in to Frank Gee’s booth. Here’s why:
Aren’t those two of the greatest paintings you’ve ever seen? Please take the time to check out his website. His paintings of birds cracked me up, and I learned things about gorillas I had never known. Also, any of his paintings with “breast” in the title… well, I’ll let you see for yourself.
The next booth I walked by had this proudly displayed outside:
I was a goner. For some reason, anything made out of chains or barbed wire is just…cool. I also have a disturbing fascination with snakes. My mom, who joined me this weekend, was quick to point out the symbolism of the apple, which was placed in front of the snake. This may be the source of some future therapy… I’ll keep you posted. Tom Shumaker, the proud artist of this unique booth, aptly named “Barbed Creation”, was a very kind soul for someone who works with barbed wire. He offered to answer any questions we had, the first of which was “How many scars do you have?” He quickly showed me both arms and hands, scar free. I was duly impressed. So impressed, actually, that I will be interviewing him for a piece on my own blog, where I highlight one artist, once a month. It should be a very interesting interview! Here is another of Tom’s fine creations:
I strolled by this motley crew as they were testing their mics for what I’m sure was an amazing set of folk music and fun in front of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. If you haven’t already, check out the history of this beautiful building here. Better yet, mosey on up to Blue Ridge, and check it out yourself. It’s worth a trip on it’s own, not to mention the rest of the town.
Another booth where I felt drawn to dawdle was Pam Nelson Smith’s booth. What first caught my eye was an oil painting of a young ballerina. I am a sucker for pictures of ballerinas, as I was one myself years ago. They are so graceful and poised, and when an artist is able to catch this on film or canvas, I’m sold. Her paintings ranged from children running and playing, women on horse back, and portraits of famous people, namely Johnny Depp. (Okay fine, this was really what caused me to stick around.) I spent some time talking to Pam, and found her to be very open and genuine, two qualities I really admire in a person. Please take the time to check out her website. Her art will help you breathe easier. Good art will do that to ya.
My last stop before the sun did me in was at Bebo Folk Art. His colorful signs and spectacular wood carvings of snakes, butterflies and other “critters” are indicative of the joy that radiates from Bebo. I spent a good amount of time talking to Bebo about his work, and he has graciously agreed to let me use the pictures I took of some of his paintings on one of my personal social media sites. He is a man filled with joy and enthusiasm for life, and this shows through his art.
So, I reluctantly parted ways with Bebo, and headed back to the car to meet my mom and our dog, who had long ago retreated to the A/C. I am so grateful that I was able to spend time among the incredibly talented and creative people I met this weekend. I was humbled by the experience, and inspired to be the best artist I can be. Thanks to the Blue Ridge Arts Center for making this a possibility for all of us, and also to the town of Blue Ridge for welcoming us so graciously.
All pictures used with permission of the artists.
Kick off your vacation season at the Blue Ridge Arts in the Park Festival!
Director stood up and said something to the effect of “our plan for Blue Ridge is for it to be an art town.” This is why I love Blue Ridge and it’s people. They are shamelessly promoting art, creativity, and the freedom to come to Blue Ridge and be who you are. I believe by now I have made it apparent that I love Blue Ridge, Georgia. It is my home away from home. My own personal getaway and creative outlet. When I go there, I feel free to let my freak flag fly. My creative juices start flowing, and I am overcome by it’s beauty and magic. Ideas and inspiration bubble up from my core and explode in showers of color and light. Blue Ridge is a mere 90 minutes from Atlanta, yet I feel as if I’m in another world as soon as I turn down Main Street. This is why I’m so looking forward to attending the 35th Annual Blue Ridge Arts in the Park Festival this weekend.
From what I understand, there are over 200 juried (that means judged by people who matter) arts, crafts, and food booths (I’m sorry, did someone say food? Lots of food? Where do I sign up?!). Not to mention live music, train rides, activities for the kids, and various other enticing attractions for us artsy types. I’m sure even non-artsy types will love it! The nucleus of this artistic supernova is at Downtown City Park, though I hear it oozes out into downtown Blue Ridge, with some of the live music acts performing directly in front of the Arts Center, housed in the historic Fannin County Courthouse. Admission is 5 bucks, and kids get in for free. The festivities begin at 10am, and go until 5pm. Arts in the Park has been going strong for 35 years, is attended by over 15,000 people, and is ranked one of the Top 20 Events by the Southeastern Tourism Society. But y’know, no big deal…
Not to mention the time I will get to spend roaming around Main Street and lazily perusing it’s many art galleries, furniture stores, fabulous boutiques, and fudge shops. So much fudge, so little time.
I am beside myself excited to be there this weekend. What better location for a festival dedicated to the creative genius of so many talented people than the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains? What better town, than a self-proclaimed arts town to host it? I believe that a convergence of creativity, love of life and beauty, and pure spirit the likes of which will be at this festival is healing for the Earth and her people. The Earth and her people could use a little bit of healing right now. People enjoying each other, and expressing themselves and their passion for life and art is always so healing and uplifting for me. So, my dear friends, if you’re feeling spontaneous, and would like some inspiration, fresh air, and passion in your life this weekend, please join me in Blue Ridge. It’s sure to be a memorable weekend.
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Adventure & relaxation live in harmony at the Downtown Blue Ridge Adventure Center of N GA. SoCo Cabins keeps followers in tune with all the interesting sights & sounds!
The latest buzz is all about Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals moving to Downtown Blue Ridge and creating the Blue Ridge Adventure Center. The Adventure Center is located downtown at 240 West main street Blue Ridge, Georgia. This prime location is directly across from the Blue Ridge Scenic Rail Road and between the LL Beanery and The Blue Orleans – VH Bistro. On the same block visitors will also find GateWood Hall – Gracious Home and The Blue Ridge Brewery along with several great clothing and shopping boutiques.
The Blue Ridge Adventure Center will be open Monday through Saturday providing booking services, maps, and other accommodation services throughout Blue Ridge and the surrounding North Georgia, Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina Mountains. In this central location visitors will find:
· Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Services
· Surf Blue Ridge stand up paddle board rentals
· Upper River Adventures fly fishing guide
· Raft One Outfitters (Rafting, Zip Line Canopy Tours, & Bike Rentals)
· Blue Ridge Trail Blazers maps and guided tours
Just imagine having the most popular and sought after adventure activities coupled with the best accommodation services in the north Georgia mountains. This is now an option in Blue Ridge GA!
When you stay with Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals you will have immediate access to the Adventure Center offering Surf Blue Ridge Stand Up Paddle Boards, Upper River Adventures Fly Fishing Guide Services, and Raft One Outfitters (Whitewater Rafting, Canopy Tour Zip-lines and Mountain Bike Rentals). Maximize your time and ask Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals for assistance with all of your vacation accommodation needs.
The Blue Ridge Adventure Center IS YOUR base camp for adventure in the north Georgia mountains!
Divine Intervention-Direct and obvious intervention by a god in the affairs of humans. (taken from…a dictionary.)
I am a very spiritual person. When Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals recommended a cabin for the weekend with the name “Divine Intervention”, I knew I had to stay there. This cabin more than lived up to it’s name. I know I have a flair for the dramatic, but I am completely serious when I say that this adventure, and this cabin, made a huge impact on me. The last time I was in Blue Ridge, I stayed at the Blue Ridge Suite, and my city girl appetite was sufficiently whetted (I looked that up, it IS a word!). This time, I was excited and apprehensive about staying in a real, honest-to-goodness cabin in the woods. The drive up from Atlanta was beautiful, as usual, and once Alison (yes, I dragged Alison along with me, again) and I picked up our keys and headed out to Cherry Log Mountain, it was almost 11pm. I wound my car up and around the windy roads up the mountain, and eventually came to the cabin. CJ (GM of SCCR) had mercifully left some lights on for us, and we dragged our tired bodies into the cabin, exhausted.
The first thing I noticed was the bi-level porch and deck. The top part was screened in and had a myriad of comfortable chairs and glass tables. The bottom section was my favorite. Not only is there a grill with a tall table and chairs, but there’s a HOT TUB! I was beside myself with excitement, and so glad I had brought my swim suit. Upon further investigation of the inside of the cabin, I immediately ran up the stairs and claimed the spacious loft as my own. Hey! I’m the writer, I get the good room! Okay, fine, Alison can have the master next time… The loft was furnished with a queen sized bed, and even had room for a throw rug and a couch. Not to mention it’s own little bathroom. Oh! And the built-in heater in the bathroom was the “cherry” on top. And did I mention that this is a log cabin? As in, the whole thing is made out of… logs. It’s rustic at it’s best.
The kitchen reminded me of a real-deal, people live here and cook a whole bunch, kitchen. There were plenty of utensils, pots and pans, and even spices! The other two bedrooms were cozy and quaint, and Alison picked the one with the tv. She had her own bathroom (and her own bathroom heater!) as it was just the two of us, and we happily went off to our rooms to unpack. The first night, being as late as it was, we sat in the two story living room for an hour or so, lounging around and watching tv. We even started a fire. We finally turned in, as I was getting up at 7 to attend the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center’s Writer’s Conference.
The one thing I didn’t notice about the loft the night before was the window directly across from my bed at the top of the outer wall of the cabin. When I woke up around 7 to the faint light streaming through those windows, I sat up in bed. I really almost cried. Looking out those windows at 7am on a Saturday morning, in the surreal quiet of the mountains was possibly the most spiritual, serene,and shall I say it, divine moment I have ever had. I can close my eyes right now and see and feel it all over again. I spent a few more minutes in bed looking at the tops of the majestic trees and watching the sky change colors above them, and then realized I didn’t have my camera. “Oh well,” I thought, “I’ll just have to come back!” Once my day at the Writer’s Conference was over, I stopped in at the local Food Lion and bought all the fixin’s for the dinner Alison and I had planned. We were going to make steak and burgers on the grill, and of course I stopped by Harvest on Main and picked up two sides of macaroni and cheese (yes, it’s THAT good). I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go to Blue Ridge without eating that mac and cheese. I acquainted myself with the glorious kitchen and got to work. Alison was the grill master, and I handled the sides. When we finally sat down to eat, we looked at each other in awe of our masterpiece. And then we dug in.
About a half hour later, we languidly moved over to the couches to digest our meal. About a half hour after that… we were giggling as we ran to our rooms to change into our swimsuits. Under the cover of darkness, we crept out into the night and submerged ourselves in the 100 degree hot tub. It has been years since I’ve been in a hot tub, and I had forgotten how relaxing it can be. This is when my second moment of “divine intervention” happened. I.looked.up. And saw the sparkling blanket of stars that stretched across the sky for miles. We don’t get views like this in the city, people. I don’t know where else but the mountains you DO get views like this. So I stared, and stared, and stared. Until my fingers were pruney, and Alison had long since abandoned me. I just could not stop staring. Seeing the stars in the sky like that reminds me of how truly small I am, and what an amazing, exciting world I live in.
So, vacation enthusiasts, I am here to tell you, once again, how grateful I am to get to do what I do. And I highly recommend you spend some time in this vacation cabin rental, and have a divine intervention of your own.
Always with you in spirit,
If there is such a thing as reincarnation, and I did have a past life, I believe I was an Egyptian queen. I’m not the only one who thinks this, I’ll have you know. Some very sane, logical, non-reincarnation believing people I know completely agree with me. I have what my mother likes to refer to as “expensive tastes”, and that’s a bit of an understatement. Why am I bringing up reincarnation and my possible past life? Because I want to give you an idea of my perspective when it comes to the Blue Ridge Suite.
I have standards, people. When I go on vacation, I like to be pampered; whisked away from my everyday life and placed gently in the lap of a luxury that I don’t get from my day-to-day routine. From the pictures I’d seen of the Blue Ridge Suite (I mean, it does have it’s own website!), I knew this wish would be fulfilled, yet I was still amazed at how luxurious it was. From the parking pass that allowed me to pull my car right up in front of the Mustard Seed building where the Suite is located, to the delectable aromas wafting from the various fine-dining restaurants snuggled comfortably below and beside the building, I was transported to vacation land immediately.
Delicate summer dresses presented themselves shamelessly from the store fronts, and promises of relaxing massages and facials caught my eye on the chalkboard sign outside of TeaTrees Boutique Spa. As I walked down the stairs to the private elevator that would take me to the 3rd floor suite, I felt like a foreign dignitary ducking into her secret lair. I know, I have a very active imagination, and I read a lot of mystery and suspense novels.
Alighting on the top floor, I stepped out into the hallway that led me to the front door, and experienced a rush of excitement. I had 5 days of rest and relaxation ahead of me. I took a deep breath as I opened the door…and, voila! I was home. The pictures didn’t do it justice. From the sparkling granite counter tops, to the glossy wooden floor, I stood in awe of its grandeur. (Please note, these pictures were taken after I’d unpacked and thoroughly settled in… to see pictures of it’s pristine wonderfulness without all of my junk, please see the website!)
I toted my rolling suitcase around to the bedroom, passing the cozy red love seat and wall mounted flat screen TV, only to take in the glory of the queen sized bed covered in dreamy, cloudy white pillows and duvet.
The bathroom is large and roomy with two sinks, and a shower with two shower heads. And the walls… oh, how I loved the walls. They were painted in a golden sponge-paint-like pattern with, are you ready for this? Gold glitter! It was faint, but when the light hit it just right, it shimmered. I was absolutely entranced with this bathroom.
I could live in this bathroom. Give me a mini fridge and a coffee pot and I’m good to go.
Once I was able to tear myself away from the bathroom, I walked outside to breathe in some fresh mountain air. The porch is open air, and winds all the way around the suite. There was a fan, and I’m a sucker for outdoor porch fans. I flopped down on the over-sized padded wicker couch and threw my legs up on the matching ottoman. I even ate dinner on the glass topped patio table. There’s a wall around the porch that’s tall enough for privacy, but not so tall that I couldn’t enjoy the majestic sunset and the beautiful sky in the mornings. I spent most of my time outside lounging on the couch, reading and generally enjoying the solitude.
I did, however, walk around downtown for a few hours and stumble into a few of the adorable boutiques, furniture stores, and art galleries on Main Street. I spent most of my time in Wrapsody in Blue, where I remembered how much I love furniture and shiny trinkets to display around the house. And big, red, leather chairs. I must have one. I’ll take this one, as a matter of fact!
My friend Alison joined me Friday evening, and was equally as impressed with the suite. She didn’t even complain about me making her sleep on the twin sized pullout sofa. According to her, it was the most comfortable pullout bed she’s ever slept in! We had dinner at Harvest on Main. I wasn’t very hungry, so I ordered a side salad and a side order of macaroni and cheese. I have never had such delectable macaroni and cheese in my life. Alison ordered a rib-eye, and admitted she was jealous of my macaroni cheese from the gasp of delight after I took my first bite, and my obvious desire to make this culinary experience last as long as I could. I highly recommend it.
The next day I took Alison out and showed her the town. We ducked into Glitzy Chix, and realized we were in paradise. We were surrounded by shiny, sparkly necklaces and matching earrings, t-shirts with rhinestones (my favorite kind), and the cutest rubber rain boots I have ever seen.
It’s times like this I wish I had the income of an Egyptian queen. I wanted to buy everything. I took Alison into Wrapsody in Blue, and walked her through the store pointing out how I would furnish each room of my house with lamps, tables, and chairs. This is also where I met my new best friend, the feather wreath. I had no idea these existed. I have since seen many of them, and I am so happy they are making their way into homes across the south. They are the coolest thing I have ever seen.
After spending some time and money at Mercier Orchards (I had to get my Pink Ladies. Alison needed some fudge.) we moseyed back to the Blue Ridge Suite and spent the evening watching one of my favorite movies, “View From The Top”, and then catching some “Empty Nest” re-runs before drifting happily off to sleep.
What a blissful 5 days that was. Nothing could have been better. Except maybe a Divine Intervention. But I’ll get to that.
So, in conclusion, I love, love, love the Blue Ridge Suite. If you’re looking for a vacation with some swagger, this is the place to be.
The Easter Bunny is coming to Blue Ridge, Georgia! Our happy to hop holiday bunny is delivering surprise Easter baskets for your family…
Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals in Blue Ridge, Ga is proud to offer an Easter Basket Surprise Package! Book any 2 nights between Thursday April 21st through Monday April 25th and receive a special gift from the SoCo Cabins Bunny…
Complimentary 3 PM check out (normally 11AM)
2 Easter Bunny baskets (prepared w/ children’s names & placed in the cabin before arrival)
Each cellophane wrapped basket will include:
- 1 ticket on the Easter Eggz-Press on the Blue Ridge Scenic Rail Road (Train ride and egg hunt)
- 1 Coloring book and box crayons
- 1 Caramel and chocolate covered apple (made in Blue Ridge)
- Several plastic eggs (stuffed with candy)
- 1 Chocolate bunny
- 1 Plush stuffed animal (Beanie Baby)
Departure Location: Blue Ridge, Georgia
Date: Saturday April 23rd (ONLY)
Time: from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Bring along your Easter Basket and we’ll travel a few miles out of town to farmer Brown’s field where the children hunt for the Easter Eggs and greet the Easter Bunny.
Smile, you’ll be in the mountains soon!
NEW SoCo Bucks include the Blue Ridge Brewery, Upper River Adventures (Trout Fishing) & Out of the Blue
With the launch of SoCo Bucks, guests of Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals will receive fresh discounts at select Blue Ridge establishments and adventure activities.
All SoCo bucks issued February through April 2011 will receive:
- $25 off of future cabin rentals
- one free beer or house wine from the Blue Ridge Brewery
- buy one guided trout fishing tour with Upper River Adventures and the second person comes for free (great for couples & parents)
- and 10% off ANY purchase at the most fantastic gourmet lifestyle store in north Georgia, Out of the Blue!
Future loyalty savings and Blue Ridge discounts will include items such as: Family fun center passes, Massage / Spa Treatments, Stand-up Paddle, Train Tickets, Free Food, Guided Tours, Theater Tickets, Horse Back Riding, Tube / Canoe Rentals, Zip Lines, Whitewater Rafting, Golfing, Boat Rentals, and many, many more activities.
It’s all about saving your next vacation before it starts!
Contact us now to plan your next Blue Ridge adventure or to purchase So Co Bucks for your next gift!