Blue Ridge, Georgia is one of the Blue Ridge Mountains best-kept secrets when it comes to dog-friendly getaways. My husband and I took Isabella there with us for an autumn getaway shortly after we met, and I was blown away by how dog-friendly the area was.
Now, we return to Blue Ridge about once to twice a year to escape the city and enjoy some quality time - just us and Isabella and Penelope.
All that said, it’s surprising how little there is online regarding how pet-friendly Blue Ridge, GA is. We found out from our experiences. For that reason, we’re providing The Pup’s Travel Guide to Blue Ridge to tell you all about one of Fannin County’s best dog-friendly travel destinations!
Blue Ridge screams southern mountain charm.
With the center of town being a little over a mile long, Blue Ridge is one of the cutest mountain towns I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. The streets are lined with shops and restaurants, the rail line still operates and runs through the center of town, and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains are in view as far as the eye can see.
When we visit Blue Ridge, we always plan to spend at least one or two day in town. Majority of the stores are dog-friendly, so we’ll peruse the shops with Isabella and Penelope in tow. After we do a bit of shopping, we’ll stop in our favorite wine bar or grab a bite at one of the restaurants with an outdoor patio. There are also a variety of breweries and wineries in the area, but we typically don’t venture outside of downtown Blue Ridge unless it’s for hiking.
Below are a few of our favorite shops and restaurants within the center of town:
When it comes to staying in Blue Ridge, Georgia, there are a variety of dog-friendly lodging options. There are several inns and hotels in the area, but did you really go to the Blue Ridge Mountains if you didn’t stay in a cabin?
And when it comes to dog-friendly cabin options, I highly recommend Mountain Top Cabin Rentals.
Mountain Top Cabin Rentals offer a variety of dog-friendly mountain cabins in Blue Ridge and in neighboring towns like Mineral Bluff. Cabins offer beautiful mountain, river and wooded views and are always secluded.
One thing we really like about Mountain Top Cabin Rentals is that the cabins are always super clean, upscale, and stocked with most necessities such as linens and cookware. A lot of the dog-friendly cabins have amenities such as jacuzzis, air hockey, foosball, pool, smart TVs, grills, fire pits, and more. Cabins range in size so they can accommodate singles, couples, or groups.
We’ve used Mountain Top Cabin Rentals many times with Isabella and Penelope, and we couldn’t say enough good things about the dog-friendly cabins and customer service.
One difficulty dog owners face when going to the mountains on the east coast is that many hiking trails throughout the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain ranges are not dog-friendly due to wildlife. Fortunately, hiking trails around Blue Ridge are pet-friendly for the most part.
Fannin County hosts a variety of trails taking hikers from the tops of mountains to some of the most beautiful waterfalls. Below are a few of our favorite trails to take Isabella and Penelope on.
Download this trail guide to get the trail access points.
As you can tell, Blue Ridge has a lot to offer you and your pup. It’s a beautiful, relaxing getaway not lacking in an adventure! If you have any questions about anything I mentioned above or if we missed anything you’d recommend, let us know in the comments below.