The longer my husband and I have been married, the more we’ve realized how important it is to take some time for ourselves, away from our kids. We try to make a quick weekend trip two to three times a year, and one of our favorite spots to go to is Blue Ridge. Blue Ridge is absolutely beautiful in the fall, and it’s just a hop, skip, and jump away from Chattanooga. It’s the perfect place to get away without being too far from home. From Chattanooga, we drive up to Cleveland and over by the Ocoee, and that scenic drive is a great way to start your trip.
Weekend in Blue Ridge Mountains
Where to Stay
When we head to Blue Ridge for the weekend, we always stay at Serenity in the Mountains. What makes Serenity in the Mountains so great is that it’s a full spa and hair salon with lodging onsite. The rooms feel and look exactly like a mountain cabin, but with the convenience of a spa upstairs. The rooms have fireplaces, a full size kitchen, washer and dryer, tubs and showers to die for, and comfy king size beds. They offer one, two, and three bedroom suites, so you can even take the whole family if you wish. Several times when we’ve gone we’ve just stayed in the room the whole time because it’s so nice and relaxing. We have indulged in many of their spa services while staying in the past, but our favorite thing to have done are messages. The facilities are immaculate and so luxurious. You have no option but to relax when using the spa facilities. The location of the hotel is close to downtown Blue Ridge, so it’s very convenient! There is a new Hampton Inn in downtown Blue Ridge, and it’s literally in the middle of everything. You can stay here and never have to use your car.
Where to Eat
We love eating in Blue Ridge because the restaurants are great! Our favorite place is Chester’s downtown, but be prepared for a wait…it’s a popular place. We also love Blue Jeans Pizza. They have a huge menu with delicious options. Taccoa Riverside Restaurant is off the beaten path a bit, but the location on the Taccoa River makes for a beautiful dinner. Southern Charm is another popular spot right downtown that’s always busy. We also make sure to stop in at Three Sisters Fudge each trip for some goodies. Their fudge is divine! While these are our favorite spots, the options are endless.
Main Street in the heart of downtown Blue Ridge has endless shopping options. You can find any kind store you may be looking for in the quaint little town. One of our favorite places to visit is Huck’s General Store. Blue Ridge Cotton Company is also a great place to stop. There are several boutiques along Main Street as well.
Things to Do
One of the biggest attractions in Blue Ridge is Mercier Orchards. They are known for their apples, but they offer much more on their large grounds. Lake Blue Ridge and Tacooa River are located just outside of downtown, and they are beautiful. There are several options for enjoying the water in warmer months. Right in the middle of the town, you’ll find the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. This is a great option for making the most of your sight seeing. Hiking is very big in the area, and there are several trails you can explore. Waterfalls are abundant in the area, so you can see some pretty spectacular ones on your visit. If you’re up for fishing, Blue Ridge is well known for its trout. If you love to visit breweries and wineries, Blue Ridge has several to explore. Horseback riding is also an option for your visit. My husband and I love to just drive and explore new places, and this mountain town is great for that as well.