Why you should book your next Summer Mountain Vacation Today!

If you haven’t planned for your next summer vacation in the mountains, now is the perfect time to do so. June and July are typically our busiest time of year (and we book up fast) as there are always tons of fun things to participate in. Last year we were booked full from June through the start of the school year.

Here is a short list of just a few of the awesome things you can do with your family and friends!

  1. If you are the adventuresome type, take a white-water rafting trip down the Ocoee River which also just happens to be the spot of the 1996 Summer Olympics.
    people on the Ocoee Whitewater Rafting
    Donna Boyer | Dreamview Cabin
  2. Go fishing for rainbow trout. We are located in the trout fishing capital of Georgia, after all.
    prize trout lying next to fishing pole on the bank
    Donna Boyer | Dreamview Cabin
  3. Try some good Georgia made wines, grown right here in the mountains. One of my favorites is the oak aged chardonnay from the Bear Claw Vineyards. (just around the country corner from Dreamview Cabin)
    oak aged chardonnay on a hot summer afternoon
    Donna Boyer | Dreamview Cabin
  4. Take a hike and enjoy the smell of the fresh mountain air! There is a trailhead to the Benton MacKaye Trail (BMT) just one mile from Dreamview Cabin. How convenient is that?! The BMT is an awesome system of back country trails that cover approximately 300 miles traversing 3 states and is considered the sister trail of the Appalachian Trail.
    woman hiking across a bridge in the woods
    Donna Boyer | Dreamview Cabin
  5. And if you’re feeling a little more laid back you can always check out the cool boutiques and eateries in downtown Blue Ridge. There is something for everyone there!
    people enjoying dinner together
    Donna Boyer | Dreamview Cabin
  6. Of course, one of my personal favorites is to picnic right down in the yard on our recently added park grill next to the picnic table. The kids can play on the playground, you can play a competitive game cornhole toss or horseshoes. And when it gets dark, you can enjoy roasting some smores over the firepit while viewing the milky way overhead. It really is the perfect way to end any day of your vacation!

    So, we hope to see you come out this summer! And, as a reminder, the big listing sites always charge you a service fee, which is why you should always book directly with us to save! That leaves more money for you to spend how you like!

    Thank you for keeping us in mind!

The Ride the Rails Festival is this weekend!

miniature train model
The Historic Mineral Bluff Depot now houses a miniature train set accurately portraying the location of the buildings and land in 1952. Donna Boyer | Dreamview Cabin

Come experience a fun excursion by railroad motor car this weekend, June 23-25 (10am-3pm). The Ride the Rails Festival is a unique event that takes you on a 5-mile round-trip ride from the Historic Mineral Bluff Depot over the mighty Toccoa to the Murphy Junction on Hogback Rd. You can also experience a ride on an authentic hand car. Remember those? Me, neither, as it’s a slightly before my time, but it sure does sound fun!  After your ride you can explore the detailed scaled model train layout of the 1952 line from Marietta, Ga to Etowah, TN which is housed inside the historic 1887 L& N Depot.

Come Catch a Fairy at Dreamview Cabin!

Who ever wanted to catch fairies when you were little? (I know I did!) Well now is the time to do just that at Dreamview cabin! This is the time of year when we are absolutely inundated with fairies. They love to come out at dusk and can be seen lighting up the woods! If you are very careful and just a little bit stealthy you can capture a few to put them in mason jars and they will happily put on a display! (I think they like the attention) Okay, okay, I know, they’re not really fairies, but lightening bugs, or so my husband tells me.  So, come on out and catch your fairies, uh, I mean lightening bugs at Dreamview cabin!

Lightening Bugs

Visit Mercier Orchards on you next visit to Blue Ridge!

Be sure to put Mercier Orchards on your bucket list of things to do next time you stay at the cabin! It is Georgia’s largest orchard with over 300 acres and was founded in 1943 by Bill & Adele Mercier. A large variety of apples is not all you’ll find there. They also grow peaches, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. They offer several types of tours throughout the year one of which is their popular ‘U Pick Tour’ where you can pick your own fresh fruit. They even have a hard cider tour where you’ll get a presentation of how they grow, ferment and bottle their famous cider. They produce about 150,000 gallons a year! Now that’s a lot of cider!

mercier_ciderbottles_1
http://aclivingmagazine.com/mercier-orchards-celebrates-70-years-of-fruitful-harvest/

Donna Boyer | Dreamview Cabin

 

This Off Road Trail in Cashes Valley is for the Adventurous

If you are looking for an adventure, this Cashes Valley excursion is for you! Located only 4.5 miles from the cabin this completely off the grid trial  goes deep into the mountains. Be forewarned though, this is only for those who are well prepared with a high clearance all-terrain, all-wheel drive vehicle. You will need this to cross numerous fjords and rocky terrain. If you follow the trail out about 3 miles or so you will be rewarded with cascading waterfalls, beautiful mountain laurel, and an old cemetery (Cashes Valley Church of Christ Cemetery) that dates back to the late 1800s.

Cashes Valley Church of Christ
Lawrence Wells

 

Best Places to View the Total Solar Eclipse: Nashville, Charleston, St. Louis | JetSet

Best place to watch the total Eclipse? Blue Ridge, GA made #5 according to Bravo TV!

This summer, there’s a pretty phenomenal celestial event that will have many eyes glued to the sky: On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will cross the country from central Oregon through South Carolina in a 70-mile-wide path.

Source: Best Places to View the Total Solar Eclipse: Nashville, Charleston, St. Louis | JetSet

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