Blue Ridge Welcomes you Back!
Here are some things you need to know.
We are so happy to be welcoming visitors and part time residents back to Blue Ridge and the Copper Basin. Spring in the mountains is good for the soul, and a recovery getaway can help you restore balance, refresh yourself and clear your mind. It's nature's remedy for the quarantine blues.
But although Georgia's Governor has reopened the state, it's not business as usual. Measures are still in place to help discourage the spread of Covid-19, and the health and well being of our visitors and residents are top priority. Social distancing is still very much in place in Blue Ridge, and we encourage you to wear a mask in public places for your own safety and as a courtesy to others. Here are some basic things you need to know before you come back to Blue Ridge for a recovery getaway.
Groceries and Supplies
It is a good idea for you to bring your own groceries and supplies to be sure you have what you need for your second home or vacation rental. The availability of meat, poultry and fresh vegetables is sometimes hit or miss. Also bring your own cleaning and sanitizing supplies, hand sanitizer, face masks and paper products.
Restaurants and Shops
Governor Kemp allowed the reopening of most businesses on May 1, most restaurants and shops are open with social distancing guidelines in place. We will update the listings below of restaurants and attractions daily, but a good practice is to call before you go. Even if they are not open for inside dining, some restaurants are offering carry out options and other special services. The restaurant list is long, so be sure to scroll to the bottom to find shops and attractions. Most shops in Blue Ridge and McCaysville are open.
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway will not be in operation until July 1. Some other local attractions, like Mercier Orchards, horseback riding, kayak and canoe rentals, tubing, guided fishing and others are perfect for social distancing in the great outdoors. Georgia State Parks are open. Currently most of the Chattahoochee National Forest trail heads, recreation areas and waterfalls have opened. The Ocoee Whitewater Center trails are back open with great trails that follow the river as well as the Chilhowee Recreation Day Use Area. Forest Service campgrounds are still closed, this includes Morganton Point Recreation Area located on Lake Blue Ridge. To keep up with the status of trail closures: Chattahoochee - Oconee National Forest
Even though things are not quite normal, the magic of Blue Ridge is still the same. You come back to nature, to good times, fresh air, clean water and wide open spaces.
Blue Ridge Restaurants, Delivery Services and Attractions - Updated 5/22/2020
2nd Story Entertainment - 678-358-1032, Website, Facebook, With the exception of Tuesdays, they are open daily from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. See Facebook page for details.
Appalachian Trail Rides - 706-374-0362, Website, Facebook, Call to make reservations.
Appalachian Anglers - 706-633-3622, Website, Facebook
Aska Mining Company - 706-258-4854, Website, Facebook, Open Wednesday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Blanche Manor Horseback Riding - 706-455-7433, Website, Facebook, Open, call to make reservations.
Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking - 706-258-411, Website, Facebook, Open
Blue Ridge Mountain Trail Rides - 706-408-7433, Website, Facebook, Open, call to make reservations
Cohutta Cove Mini Golf and Gem Mining - 706-946-1920, Website, Facebook, Open Monday - Thursday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Cohutta Fishing Company - 706-946-3044, Website, Facebook, Call to schedule your guided trip
Daffodil Hill Farm and Carriage - 706-851-4430, Website, Facebook, Call to schedule your farm tour or carriage ride.
Expedition: Bigfoot! - 706-946-2601, Website,Facebook, Open
Fly Fish Blue Ridge - 706-455-5680, Website, Facebook, Call to schedule your guided trip
Fly Fishing North Georgia - 888-792-3364, Website, Facebook, Call, Email, or message on Facebook to inquire about a trip.
Keepin' It REEL - 706-455-2496, Facebook, Call to schedule your guided trip. Available after Mother's Day.
Mercier Orchards - 706-632-3411, Website, Facebook, Open daily
Moto X Adventures - 404-279-0179, Website, Facebook
Noontootla Creek Farms - 706-838-0585, Website, Facebook, Open for fly-fishing and skeet shooting.
North Georgia Trout Fishing - 706-851-4001, Website, Facebook, Call to schedule your guided trip.
Ocoee Rafting - 800-251-4800, Website,Facebook, Open for rafting beginning Saturday May 16th.
On the Fly Excursions - 706-633-0306, Website, Call to schedule your guided trip.
Persimmon Creek Campground, Trout Pond & Gem Mine - 828-644-5800, Website, Facebook, Open Wednesday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Reel 'Em in Guide Service - 706-273-0764, Website, Facebook, Call to schedule your guided trip
Swan Drive In -Website Open 7 days a week, double features on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The Lilly Pad Village - 706-534-1317, Website, Facebook, Open for gem-mining by appointment.
Toccoa River Outfitters - 706-900-4004, Website, Facebook, Call to schedule your guided trip
Toccoa River Tubing - 706-492-5280, Website, Facebook. Opening Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday a.m. 10 a.m. last trip in the water at 1 p.m.
Toccoa Valley Tubing - 706-838-4317Website, Facebook, Open for tubing. Closed Sundays.
WagonMaster Adventure Ranch - 828-494-9521, Website, Facebook, Open Thursday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Young Harris Water Sports - 706-896-0834, Website, Facebook, Open 7 days a week. Boat and Jet Ski Rentals Available
RidgeRunner Takeout - 762-201-0373, Website, Facebook, They are a delivery service partnered with businesses. Visit their website, do your ordering directly on their site. One stop shopping to make it easier. They also deliver from grocery stores.
Burra Burra on the River, 706-400-6660, Website, Facebook, Open for inside and outside dining, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for dining. 20% off all menu items and $2 bottled beer. See their Facebook page for food and drink specials.
El Rio Mexican Restaurant, 423-496-1826, Website, Dine in and takeout only.
Ocoee River Café, 423-496-3714, Facebook, Takeout, curbside and delivery, for breakfast and lunch. Gift Cards available.Their menu is posted on their Facebook page, hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday's 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are partnered with RidgeRunner Takeout for delivery.
Toccoa Riverside, 706-632-7891, Website, Facebook, Open for inside dining and also river patio options. Facebook Update: "We are now open for dining! Our hours are Wednesday through Sunday 11:30 am-9 pm. On Fridays and Saturdays we extend our dining hours until 9:30 pm. Please call us at (706) 632-7891 to take advantage of our Call Ahead Seating. Our River Rest To-Go Window is also now open. It's a great place to relax and enjoy a quick bite or drink down by the river! We look forward to seeing you soon!"
Angelina's Deli, 706-632-3354, Website, Facebook, Takeout and Curbside only. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Follow their Facebook page for daily updates on their hours, daily soups and specials. They have partnered with RidgeRunner Takeout for deliveries.
Blend Superfood Café, 706-880-1617, Website, Facebook, Takeout, Curbside and Delivery only. They offer organic groceries, they package them and offer home delivery. See what they have in stock . They offer gift cards. Everything on their menu is available to go.
The Blue Coyote, 706-946-2466, Facebook, Open for inside dining, check out their Facebook page for updates on hours etc.
Blue Jeans Pizza, 706-632-6503, Website, Facebook, Dine-in is back also the Safehouse Lounge (See Facebook for lounge hours). Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Closed on Sundays and Mondays. See Facebook for details. Takeout will still be an option.
Blue Ridge Cellars, 706-946-1416, Website, Open for inside, curbside and to go. Sunday through Tuesday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., closed Wednesday & Thursday, Open Friday & Saturday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call ahead to place orders for curbside and takeout. Check out their great specials. See their website for a message regarding CDC guidelines they are following.
Blue Ridge Mtn Bbq, 706-632-6996, Website, Open offering inside dining, porch dining as well as drive thru pick up and delivery. Call in your order ahead for quicker service. They have also partnered with RidgeRunner Takeout to offer delivery service.
Boat Dock Bar & Grill at lake Blue Ridge Marina - 706-383-1140, Facebook, Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for dining on the patio and deck as well as takeout. Full menu is available, asking for your patience See their Facebook Page for their menu.
Burger King, 706-632-6790, Website, Open for takeout only.
Cantaberry Restaurant, 706-946-7687, Website, Facebook, Opening for inside dining as well as takeout and curbside. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Carrol's Bbq, 706-946-1126, Website, Facebook,Takeout, curbside and delivery only. Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., phone orders, curbside ordering and delivery options. They now have three numbers to assist you, 706-946-1126, 706-455-3356 and 706-851-6803. Check out their Family Style menu. Follow their Facebook page to keep up with when they will start inside dining.
Cartecay Vineyards, 706-698-9463, Website, Facebook,Open 7 days a week, for wine by glass, wine slushies and bottle sales." See their Facebook page for a full description of their offerings. Gift Card - yes
Checkers, 706-632-2054, Website, Open
Chester Brunnenmeyer Bar & Grill, 706-258-2539, Website, Facebook, Open for limited in restaurant dining and bar service seating. They do not take reservations. They are continuing curbside delivery. See their Facebook page for details. Check out the delivery services that are listed at the top of this list. Phone numbers for call ins: 706-258-2539 or 706-258-4907. Special curbside delivery parking space right out front. Also beer and wine available for take out.
Circle J Steakhouse, 706-632-5955, Closed.
Cucina Rustica, 706-374-7474, Website, Facebook, Open for takeout only on Saturdays. Details come out on Wednesdays via Facebook each week along with ordering information. No phone calls please. See their Facebook page for updates regarding the Governor's orders for restaurants.
Danielle's Café, 706-632-3094, Open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5ish., also offering curbside deliver.
Fannin Brewing Company, 404-229-1331, Website, Facebook, Open, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. both for takeout and having a beer in the Bier Garten. Weather is great, plenty of room for social distancing. Check out their Facebook page for specials and for what is on tap. Text in your order to make things go smoother to: 404-229-1331.
Fightingtown Tavern, 706-946-2003, Website, Facebook, Grand re-opening will be Friday, May 15th. Regular hours and full service in addition to take out. Follow their Facebook page for keep up with updates.
Grumpy Old Men Brewing, 706-946-2739, Website, Facebook, Indoor and Outdoor Seating, open y days a week. Monday - Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Harvest on Main, 706-946-6164, Website, Facebook, Open, Friday, May 22nd at 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday & Monday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Closed, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Masseria Kitchen & Bar, 706-946-1511, Website, Facebook, Open for inside dining, patio dining and takeout. Thursday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday & Monday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday's.
Mercier Orchards - Website, Facebook, Orchard is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturdays until 6 p.m. Face masks are required, they have them for sale for $2.00 with proceeds going to our local food band (Feed Fannin) The Market Cafe is open as well for takeout only, see Facebook for details, The downtown Blue Ridge location is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (restaurant is takeout only)
Mesquite Grill, 706-632-6911, Facebook, Open for inside dining, also offering a curbside drive up service to pick up orders.
Monte Alban Mexican, 706-632-3998 Takeout only. Opening Tuesday, May 19th for inside dining.
Morganton Kitchen, 706-900-1909, Website, Closed.
Nomad Market of Morganton, 706-633-3749, Facebook, Gift cards are available. Open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., serving coffee, breakfast & lunch (full menu), doing takeout and curbside delivery. Follow their Facebook page for any changes in hours. New location at: 45 Lake Drive, Morganton.
Pat's Kountry Kitchen, 706-492-5477, Facebook, Takeout only, 7 days a week 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk up window to place your order or call ahead.
Pete's Place Restaurant, 706-946-0222, Facebook, Is opening on May 28th, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed on Wednesdays.
Rod's Rockin Rolls, 423-761-5000, Facebook, Closed, Follow their Facebook page for updates.
Rum Cake Lady Cuban Café McCaysville, 423-548-2253, Website, Facebook , Back open for business, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Wednesdays and Sundays. Check out their new take out window! They also have patio dining.
Serenberry Vineyards, 706-623-8463, Website, Facebook, Call ahead for curbside delivery. Offering specials. 'If you are in the market for wine, we humbly ask that you consider making an online purchase from us. For every full case purchase, we will include 4 tickets for complimentary tasting flights of our wine, valued at over $30, that you can redeem in person after this storm runs out of rain.*"
Serenity Garden Café, 706-258-4949, Facebook, Opening for inside and outside dining as well as takeout. For now they will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, closed on Tuesdays.
South of North - 706-946-5560, Website, Facebook, Currently closed for business, They will be opening up on May 29th. See their Facebook page for their full message regarding opening.
Sue's Burgers, 706-632-2960, Facebook, Celebrating their 42nd Anniversary! They are going to continue as Take-out at this time. Be sure to check their Facebook page for daily specials. Open 11 a.m. to -7 p.m. today, Call to place your carry out order, full menu and curbside pickup is available.
Sweet & Southern Sugar, 762-210-9946, Facebook, Update: Online and call in ordering only. Follow their Facebook page for updates. Purchase an e-gift certificate to use later.
Taste of Amish General Store, 706-632-8989, Website, Facebook, They are allowing guests in the store with guidelines, see their Facebook page for details. They are also pen for take-out, curbside and delivery only, offering groceries and prepared foods. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Order specialty items, baked breads, cuts of meat etc. Order online or call in ahead for curbside pickup. Gift Card - Yes Call in your order ahead of time and they will have it ready and bring it out to your car. You can also place an on-line order to be shipped. Delivery offered to the local area for 3 or more items only.
The Boro Inn, 706-851-8660 Facebook Closed for remodeling, busy adding a full kitchen and more.
The Pink Pig, 706-276-3311, Facebook, Inside dining available in addition to takeout. Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call in your order to the following numbers: 706-276-3311 / 706-632-2403 / 706-889-4997 / 706-889-4996. Pay over the phone or cash at pick-up. They will give you instructions for pickup.Offering Gift Cards as well.
The Village Restaurant, 706-632-2277, Facebook, Closed but opening for breakfast and lunch beginning May 20th. No buffet, you will be seated and order off the menu. Follow their Facebook page for updates.
Tin Loong, 706-632-6090, Facebook, Takeout only. 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. except Tuesdays.
Yellowbird Coffee Shop - 706-400-2458 Facebook, Open 9-3 Monday - Saturday