The town of Blue Ridge is in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia's scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachians. It was once a thriving spa resort due to its source of pure mineral waters and is now popular with walkers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Take a stroll down Main Street from your Blue Ridge holiday rentals and browse the small boutiques, antique shops, cafés and galleries in this historic old town. Take a self-guided walking tour of the historic landmarks including the old inns and churches. The historic railroad depot is the central landmark in downtown Blue Ridge. Browse the galleries on West Main and the local artworks on display in the beautifully restored Fannin County Courthouse, built in 1937. Take a scenic train ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway through the surrounding mountain scenery to McCaysville, beside the Toccoa River, or take a drive along the famous Blue Ridge Parkway. The scenery is stunning in the fall season when the leaves change to vivid reds, orange and gold.
Blue Ridge City Park is the ideal place to spend time for those staying in Blue Ridge holiday rentals with children. Kids will enjoy the playground and the resident roosters that roam here. The park is the focal point of community gatherings, festivals and picnics. Another local attraction is the Baugh House, built in 1890 with clay bricks made in the backyard. Cross the blue line in neighboring MacCaysville into Tennessee, an area rich in mining history. The Burra Burra Mining Museum in Ducktown tells the full story. Ocoee Whitewater Center offers the chance to wade and slide on the rocks in this natural waterpark. Swim in the Blue Hole, cycle the trails or kayak some of the rapids.
Blue Ridge holiday rentals enjoy four distinctive seasons during the year. The summer months have average highs of 90°F (32°C) with occasional thunderstorms and humidity at times. During the winter temperatures drop below freezing overnight with daytime highs averaging 50°F (10°C). The area has most rainfall from December through March but both rainfall and temperatures are affected by the mountain altitude.
The nearest airport to Blue Ridge holiday rentals is Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) Airport which receives domestic flights and is about 51 miles from the Blue Ridge area. International visitors to this part of Georgia should use the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) Airport which is 85 miles from Blue Ridge or Nashville International (BNA) Airport 160 miles away. A hire car is necessary to reach Blue Ridge and for touring this scenic area.