If you want to escape the rush of daily chaos and go somewhere that’ll have you feeling like life has just slowed down a bit, the town of Blue Ridge, Georgia is worth considering. It’s located in North Georgia in Fannin County, near the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Blue Ridge is about 90 miles north of Atlanta, and a little less south of Chattanooga.
The area is popular for million dollar mansions on Lake Blue Ridge, but you don’t have to stay in anything that expensive to enjoy yourself. On the flip side, you can also camp. But if you prefer something in between those two extremes, Blue Ridge offers up some options for you to consider, from hotels to bed and breakfasts.
Ready to find the perfect spot? Here are 5 Blue Ridge GA hotels and bed and breakfasts that we know you’ll love.
OUR TOP PICK IS THE HAMPTON INN BLUE RIDGE
I know what you’re thinking already: It sounds so vanilla. But the Hampton Inn Blue Ridge is situated right in the heart of downtown Blue Ridge, and has the added perk of a parking lot that you can only use if you’re staying there. You’re going to love on days when the parking on the street in front of all the shops is already taken.
HOOK AND EYE
You’re going to love the rooftop bar and restaurant at Hampton Inn Blue Ridge. It’s called Hook and Eye (it’s a fishing thing–where you hook the line or lure–and fishing is big in Blue Ridge) and it offers up a great view of downtown and you can catch live music many nights.
Pro tip: If Gregg Erwin is playing while you’re in town, be sure to stop in and listen, especially if you like classic country songs. We ended up on the rooftop on a rainy night, but it didn’t matter, because most of it is enclosed, with more or less a rooftop balcony, so they simply closed the big glass garage style doors and all was well and dry.
The restaurant promotes its “burgers, brews, and beautiful views”. I can’t vouch for the burger or brews, but can absolutely say dessert and drinks are delicious. I tried their Blue Ridge Margarita (good enough for more than one, I promise) and ordered a slice of their banana marble cake. The cake wasn’t even on the menu, but the apple pie listed wasn’t available, and they were offering that up instead, so be sure to ask your waitress if there are options you aren’t seeing on the menu.
ARTWORK AT THE HAMPTON INN
Besides the great rooftop view overlooking the train and the tracks for the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, the hotel is packed with art created by local artisans, so it really captures the feel of the downtown Blue Ridge vibe.
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into the lobby is the glass chandelier showcasing lots of trout fishing through the sky. Since Fannin County is the “Trout Capital of Georgia,” with more than 100 miles of creeks, streams, and rivers, it’s the perfect choice for a hotel in Fannin County.
The artist is David Goldhagen, who is based in nearby Hayesville, North Carolina. His works can be found in museums and corporations and foundations, including Coca-Cola, Walt Disney, Asheville Art Museum, and Philips Arena in Atlanta. His style blasts bold colors into clear crystal and the end result is a clean, modern style, as you’ll see with the trout decorating Hampton Inn in Blue Ridge.
His art is not the only art you’ll see throughout the hotel. Blue Ridge is home to many artists from the tri-state region and you can see much more of their work in the shops and galleries right across the street.
HAMPTON INN BLUE RIDGE AMENITIES
Don’t be shocked if you see several pets around the hotel, too. At the rooftop restaurant, one gal sat at her table near the bar with her pooch in her purse, and the pup seemed to enjoy the live music as much as we did. The hotel offers pet-friendly rooms, and you’ll see plenty of people walking the streets of downtown with their animals in tow.
Like most Hilton hotels, they also offer free WiFi and a hot breakfast. And the dining area is very comfortable–the kind of place you don’t mind sitting for hours with friends if you want a break from your downtown shopping and don’t want to just sit in your room.
The breakfast is basic, with ready-made omelets and potatoes, and the always-loved waffle maker with two different flavors. There are better options across the street in some of the restaurants, but those aren’t free like they are if you’re staying at Hampton Inn. I say save your money for lunch.
Overall, it’s a nice, clean option and ideal if you just want to be situated downtown. We think it’s one of the best hotels in Blue Ridge.
Stay Here: Hampton Inn Blue Ridge
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COMFORT INN & SUITES
Comfort Inn & Suites is a pet-friendly family hotel just a few minutes from the downtown area, and even closer to Mercier Orchards and the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway.
Their free morning breakfast features eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal and more, including a choice of hot waffle flavors. Guests of this hotel can enjoy using the on-site fitness center.
Pro tip: Request a third floor, front facing room for breathtaking views.
Stay Here: Comfort Inn & Suites
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BLUE RIDGE LODGE & RV PARK
The Blue Ridge Lodge and RV Park is about 5 miles from downtown, but the area does offer great views and is close enough to be convenient to all the festivals and fun you can find in town.
Located on a ridge overlooking the mountains of Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina, you’ll find outside seating areas so you can take in the spectacular views. Just a short walk will take you down to beautiful Lake Blue Ridge, where you can stand on top of the dam and look down to where the Toccoa River flows back out to Tennessee.
The Lodge is quaint and all the rooms are furnished differently, unlike the more mainstream feel of a chain hotel. There are cottages and a lake house, too.
And there’s parking for your RV if you are traveling that way. There are great reviews of the RV park because of the great views you can get from many of the lots.
BLUE RIDGE INN BED & BREAKFAST
The Blue Ridge Inn Bed & Breakfast is actually one of the first homes built in Blue Ridge, way back in 1890. It’s a three story Victorian home that sits in the middle of downtown. It’s been renovated a few times over the years and doesn’t feel its age.
If you want to be downtown and not have the bigger hotel experience, this may be your ideal fit. People who’ve stayed say they’ve never felt more at home outside their own home.
The B&B shares its site with Mountain Mama’s Coffee Lounge and Porch & Parlor Curiosity Shop.
ASKA LODGE BED AND BREAKFAST
If you want to be situated in the mountains instead of downtown, Aska Lodge Bed and Breakfast is a good option.
The lodge sits on just under three wooded acres in the Aska Adventure Area. The owners are people who used to stay at the B&B and are retired from law enforcement. They now are proud to offer the same to others who come to Blue Ridge to relax.
Pro tip: They want you to ask them about their hen that lays green eggs. And they want you to sit around the fire and get to know each other, unless you are looking for solitude, and in that case, that’s ok with them, too.
There are only four rooms here, so be sure to book well in advance if this is where you know you want to stay.
MORE INFORMATION FOR YOUR TRIP TO NORTH GEORGIA
- YOUR NORTH GEORGIA VACATION
- CABINS: 33 Dreamy Blue Ridge Cabins (Updated With New Properties)
- RESTAURANTS: These 27 Blue Ridge GA Restaurants Showcase Culinary Delights In The Mountains
- LAKE BLUE RIDGE: The Essentials For A Perfect Lake Blue Ridge Getaway
- TREEHOUSE: 6 Reasons To Stay At This Incredible Blue Ridge Treehouse Hideaway
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