Head to Blairsville, Georgia, For a Socially-Distanced Mountain Getaway

Unwind and refresh at a cabin in the mountains within Vogel Point out Park. (©Georgia Office of Purely natural Resources)

By Jennifer McKee

Positioned approximately four hours northwest of Augusta, Blairsville beckons with smaller-town allure and serene pure environment. It is house to Vogel Condition Park, the second oldest condition park in Ga, and Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s greatest peak.

Vogel State Park’s Trahlyta Lake. (©Jason Clemmons)

This gem in the North Ga mountains affords magnificent sights at each flip. To maximize its peacefulness, make a cabin at Vogel your house base, the place you can wake up to a babbling brook and wildlife proper exterior your front doorway. It is stocked with almost everything you need—kitchen implements, comfy seating to sink again into and a bin entire of online games really should you would like to forgo the complementary Roku.

You could locate it hard to go away your cabin, but there are quite a few more miracles to examine.  The downtown place is just 8 miles away, and a leisurely working day of purchasing is at hand. It is effortless to make a loop of the boutiques as they’re centered close to a city square, with the Union County Historic Society’s 1899 Courthouse as the centerpiece. We suggest parking in a single location, these types of as the effortless (and delicious) Cabin Espresso Company, to start your journey, and later refuel to push on!

Downtown Blairsville abounds with quaint boutiques. (Courtesy Pineapple General public Relations)

Downtown boutiques to set on your radar are Keen Creations, Rustic Mountain Decor, Sunflowers on the Square and Blue Ridge Cotton Corporation. And really do not miss out on Granddaddy Mimm’s Distilling Business, which not too long ago moved into a more substantial location and makes the ideal moonshine we’ve ever tasted, from an primary family recipe. It is also released a new line of vodkas, Owltown, which occur in first, raspberry guava and citrus (best for a lemon fall martini).

A few miles from downtown lies an antiquing paradise, Victoria’s Antique Shopping mall. Be geared up to invest fifty percent the working day here! With its numerous rooms and two floors, you’ll be really hard pressed not to leave with no an armful—or boxful—of goodies. The mall’s even bought its very own greeter, a helpful feline named Crimson Butler, who enjoys stomach scratches.  

A must: Biscuits at The Sawmill Put. (©The Sawmill Position)

All that buying received you hungry? There are a lot of good food items finds in Blairsville as properly. The Aviator Cafe is on route to Victoria’s and has reasonably priced soup and sandwich combos, burgers, wraps and smoothies. The Sawmill Place is THE location for biscuits, farm-fresh breakfasts and a divine brisket hash. For evening meal, the creative Mexican dishes at Lucky’s Taqueria are amid the finest we have had in Georgia.

Of study course, no take a look at to Blairsville would be total with no a prevent at Brasstown Bald. Acquire the shuttle to the visitor middle from which you can get a 360-degree look at of 4 states: Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. On a clear working day, you can see the skyline of Atlanta, 100 miles absent. On your way out of city, really don’t overlook the light creatures at Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm. You are going to study about fiber art and get to pet the alpacas and other barnyard animals.

Get sweeping views of 4 states at Brasstown Bald. (©Chad Lariscy)