Escape to the Mountains: Blue Ridge, Ga.
Written by Jennifer Colosimo | Photo courtesy of Black Sheep Restaurant
It’s probably the most obvious (and literal) way to avoid the hustle and bustle of holiday traffic, but we say, hit the road for the R&R you need to actually enjoy this season. The best place to do it? Blue Ridge, Ga. offers one of the state’s cutest downtown streets for off-the-beaten-path shopping, totally acceptable cases of cabin fever and really good food.
When apple picking season ends, the real fun begins at Mercier Orchards. Open year round, they keep visitors busy with a warehouse of holiday gifts, hard cider and wine tastings, cozy meals at the restaurant and live music to keep you moving on a chilly December afternoon.
If you don’t spoil your appetite with Mercier’s apple cinnamon doughnuts (which we highly recommend), unwind at Black Sheep for dinner. With a brand-new winterized patio and eclectic bar, you can enjoy the mountain view and their robust comfort food menu, whether you spent the day shopping, sightseeing or doing nothing at all.
Plus, it’s walking distance from Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, where you can peruse unique gifts during their holiday gallery show. Entertainment abounds at Blue Ridge Community Theater, and if your visit is timed right, the whole family can see “Miracle on 34th Street.” If getting cozy is more up your relaxation alley, then heed the town’s best advice: rent a cabin, pick up a bottle of wine downtown and enjoy your company fireside.