6 Upscale Blue Ridge Favorites that don't Require Hiking Boots

Blue Ridge is gorgeous waterfalls, winding mountain bike trails and whitewater rafting…but it’s also so much more. There is a luxurious side to this mountain town that doesn’t require you own a pair of hiking boots. It’s unexpected and divine.

Relax at The Cellar at Treo

Right next door to Treo is The Cellar, a wine and tapas bar so warm and inviting, you’ll never want to leave. Rock, wood and leather create the illusion of being in a cabin, with all the benefits of a full bar and savory menu: Southern-style seafood, steaks and pasta. Plan to indulge a while, with live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Canoe Shop in Blue Ridge, GA

Shop at Canoe and Oar

The shops in Downtown Blue Ridge are unlike those you might find on other historic main streets in the state. They include exceptional, one-of-a-kind creations in fashion, art and more. Don’t miss Canoe’s wearable art–lavish leather bags and totes, and luxe jewelry and accessories–all of which are handmade in Blue Ridge. We love their newest store, Oar, featuring men’s lifestyle items like bow ties, clocks, journals and more.

Sip and Savor at Bear Claw Vineyards

Bear Claw Vineyards is Blue Ridge’s newest winery, offering an exceptional VIP tour every Saturday. You’ll receive an in-depth tour of the vineyard and winery from the owner, six tastings and lunch with a vineyard view. While you’re there, be sure to take a look at the treehouse overlooking the property. You can even rent it for your weekend getaway.

Discover Natural Treasures at FolkApothic

Folk Apothic is a purveyor of all organic or wild harvested herbs, mountain medicinals, salves, local produce, teas, mountain knowledge, and all things folk.

Then ...Stretch and Release with Yoga and Wellness

Thai Bodywork is a stretching and pressure technique designed to help extend your joints and release tension. Sounds ideal, right? Yoga and Wellness offers this service and 20 additional adult classes, workshops and wellness offerings dedicated to bringing back the rich medicinal history of Appalachian roots.

Feast at The Fabulous Foodie Tour with Blue Ridge Mountain Food Tours

Sample some of the best eats in Blue Ridge on this three-hour foodie tour that offers nibbles and libations from five to six local establishments. You’ll hear fantastic stories from your guide, and restaurant owners and chefs…stories that give you the inside scoop straight from the locals. If you’ve already taken this tour, then try their craft brews or dessert tour this time.

Pamper Yourself at Serenity in the Mountains

Massage therapy in a private treehouse room, a hydrotherapy lavender soak or a deep cleaning facial…whatever your pampering preference, Serenity is the answer.

For a truly lavish encounter, book the Serenity Experience. It includes one of their signature spa treatments, like the 85-minute aromatherapy massage. You’ll enjoy an evening in one of their suites, with wine, cheese and chocolate covered strawberries when you arrive, and breakfast the next morning.

Serenity Suites include a fireplace, jetted tub and full kitchen. The suites range in size from 1,000-1,600 square feet of space to lounge about when you’re not relaxing in the steam or sauna room. After a stay at Serenity you’ll never want to stay in a “regular” hotel again.

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