Travelling Blue Ridge, Georgia
Big T and I had a great time on our 2-day weekend getaway where we spent the weekend travelling Blue Ridge, Georgia. I will detail the trip on each of my post days this week. If you missed the first post with details about my travelling outfit on Day 1, you can read that here. Here is a link to the Blue Ridge, Georgia information page. Book early for a fun trip!
Blue Ridge is about 2-1/2 hours north from where we live in Peachtree City, Georgia. It is an easy road trip which provides a change of scenery as you drive up into the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia. It was instantly 10 degrees cooler with no humidity which was a nice change of temperature along with clean, cool breezy air. We had 11:00 a.m. reservations for the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway that continues travelling Blue Ridge, Georgia slowly for one hour to the Georgia-Tennessee line. Here is a link for more information about the train ride.
We opted for the enclosed cabin section (that also had air conditioning) since the weather can change quickly this time of year.
Still en route to our destination, this guy walks by! So I had to say to him, “hey, who’s driving this thing?!” He was jolly fun and I had to get a picture with him to share the tone of the trip with all of you. Many of the train staff are retired folks living a relaxed life in this beautiful mountain area.
We arrived at our destination in McCaysville, Georgia, which butts right up against the state line of Tennessee.
This was the “parking spot” for cabin number 2705, so it was easy to find our way back onto our section of the train.
It is a big thing to “walk the line” where the two states meet. Big T hates to stop for pictures, but I have to document the whole experience, I just have to, ha! It’s not every day that you walk a state line, right?
We found a nice deli for lunch that was actually named “Katz’s New York Deli”, maybe not related to the “real” Katz’s in New York, but it was delicious all the same. This cute little town didn’t have as many shops as Blue Ridge, so I didn’t find anything there. We had to be back on the train within 1-1/2 hours, so it was nice just to walk around for a while.
After we got back on the train and it started the return trip back to Blue Ridge, the Conductor came around and punched everyone’s tickets which was some authentic fun. They told us that they do the “Polar Express” theme during the holidays, I bet that is fun for the kids! We are already planning to go back in the Fall for some change of season colorful foliage which should be beautiful. There are also Fall festivals and the Apple Festival during that time.
Travelling Blue Ridge, Georgia – Walking Downtown, Dinner & Shops
After we returned to the train station, Tim and I went back to the hotel for a couple of hours to rest and freshen up for dinner in downtown Blue Ridge. They have lots of upscale shops and restaurants.
Bad phone picture of me with that sun squint and the wind blowing my hair flat back. I will do a setup shoot for this outfit soon, but this is what I wore to dinner that first night. It is a lined sheath dress that I bought at a vintage store last year, with slim cropped leggings. Tim is 6’2″ and I am 5’1″, so it is always an aerial shot, with all background, ha! He just wants to get it over with and doesn’t care about learning camera techniques, but I appreciate him taking some for me.
I embarrassed Tim by striking a pose in front of the train, ha! Needless to say, those did not turn out very well, so I deleted them already. This little town is so cute and fun!
Tim loved this big moose topiary, but refused to let me take his picture near it. If I can get him to take off his sunglasses in pictures now, we are doing good!
After dinner, we went to a shop named “Humble Pie“, this link is just brief info about the shop. They had lots of interesting Bohemian style things. All of their shoes at the back of the store were on sale for 50% off. I could not resist, so I got these funky wedges! This colorful pair will go with so many things throughout different seasons. I like the detailed design around the edge of the soles.
This is the other pair of wedges that I bought. The picture didn’t pick up the olive color which will also go with a lot of outfits. I like the embellishments, especially the glitzy bling stones on the buckle, and the sides of the heals have an embossed design for even more style. I have never had olive shoes, so these will be fun.
Oh yes I did…… I plopped these shoes right up on the outside bar that we went to later on. There was no one around watching, so I went for it! It was a nice evening out on this patio with a very talented acoustic guitar player, we bought his album.
Don’t you love this?! ha! This shirt was at “Huck’s”, the General Store in this shopping area – I actually found the shirts on Amazon for you! Here is a link to shop for the shirt here. These shirts were all balled up in a pile and this one jumped into my arms. It is made of a quality t-shirt knit and the embellishment is tiny little rivets. I will wash it by hand to make sure it is handled gently. I cannot tell you how many comments and compliments I got on this shirt while we walked around. I am not really a big fan of shirts with messages on them, but this one is fun and jazzy worn in the right atmosphere, like vacations. I will have a post up on Wednesday this week so you can see me wearing it on Day 2 of our trip along with everything we did on that day as well!
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Sounds like a fabulous time Lori Jo!! Love the shoes you bought!!!! And the shirt!!!!
Thanks, Kathleen – it is really a nice getaway without going too far, very refreshing! Talk soon 🙂
Hi Lori Jo ! Looks like you two had a fabulous weekend! Sometimes little trips away like that is just what the soul needs! Love that tshirt! Isn’t it funny how we can always find a pair of shoes or 2 to purchase during our travels…lol… Have a great evening!
Hey, Kathy – It was the perfect pick-me-up, a nice change of scenery and we met the friendliest people. Vacation shopping bargains are the best, wearable souvenirs, ha! Talk soon 🙂
What an amazing article about Blue Ridge and Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. We appreciate your article, and positive feedback about our train and beautiful town of Blue Ridge 🙂
Hey, Rachal! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Tim and I had such a good time, we are making plans to return in the Fall for a different seasonal experience. I hope that my “Flair Seekers” from this blog will consider a trip as well. We will probably be bringing two other couples with us in the Fall if all of our schedules coordinate for that time.
Thank you again, see you soon 🙂
This is in my backyard and the hubs and I are WAY overdue for a “just the 2 of us” trip. Thank you for sharing!!
Thanks for dropping by, Kim! Where are you? I feel like I am at the ends of the earth sometimes down here in Peachtree City, Georgia, ha!
We are already making plans and reservations for our Fall trip back to Blue Ridge, it was so good for us to spend that weekend there. You must read my “Day #3 – Farewell” post about the trip, there is a funny after dinner story 😀
I love train travel. Looks like you had a perfect weekend getaway. Thanks for sharing #MLSTL
Hey, Natalie! It was a great scenic weekend. That little train tour has brought life to the area, very special. Thanks for visiting my blog, I am checking back in with #MLSTL in the morning to catch up, we are on a time difference. Thanks again!
Hi Lori Jo! Looks like a great getaway. We love train travel and usually use this mode of transport when we visit Europe. We have visited to US but not Georgia which is on our list. I love the conductor’s uniform and also Blue Ridge looks like a cute place to explore. Thanks for sharing with us at #MLSTL and have a great week!
Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
Hey, Sue! Glad you enjoyed the Blue Ridge post! I will probably post Day #2 and Day #3 in the upcoming #MLSTL’s. Most of the trains in the U.S. are for goods transport and some scenic rides. We do have AmTrak, but it has had failures and I would not step foot on that. A swift travel rail like Europe would be smart and efficient, but I don’t know if our country would justify the cost or if people would give up their cars and independence, we can be kind of crazy, ha! Tim and I are just now starting to travel and see more of the U.S. ourselves, it is really huge. We actually went on a Caravan motor coach tour last summer to the Mt. Rushmore area, I highly recommend that and it is all inclusive budget-friendly, top-notch! Very organized and we saw more than if we had tried to plan it ourselves, plus someone does all of the driving for you. It was mostly active people our age, you know, not “old people”, LOL. Thanks for visiting, talk soon! 😀
Loved your shoe purchases Lori Jo – and all the train pics were great. I always wonder why so many tall men marry short women and most tall women end up with men the same height or shorter. Sometimes I think it’s Mother Nature trying to balance out our heights! I’m 5’8″ and my husband is probably an inch taller than me at the most – I never wear heels and they are my one sad loss with falling in love with a guy under 6′ 🙂
Visiting from #MLSTL and to let you know I’ve shared this on my SM xx
Hey, Leanne! Glad you enjoyed my travelogue, I will probably be sharing Day #2 and Day #3 in the next two #MLSTL link-ups. The shoes are fun accessories, but I wouldn’t wear them if I were walking a great distance or for many hours, comfortable enough but not for an endurance test. Yes, Tim is 13-inches taller than I am, I went for the sweet face and big smile, not knowing how tall he really was with all of that moving around on the dance floor back in the 1980s, ha! His strides keep him ahead of me and I get onto him for making me look like I am walking in his shadow and subservient. You could probably maintain a comfortable height to your hubby with some cute small wedges that give the illusion of a full heal, so many cute things now. I have always wished to be around 5’7″, so much easier to find clothes that fit well and easier to carry an extra 5-10 pounds also, 3-5 pounds really shows on me, so I have to watch it; always goes into the “trunk”. Thank for the visit, and the link-up, it’s fun!
What a cool trip. Looks like such fun. Thanks for sharing it. #MLSTL
Thanks for dropping by! I just visited your blog and left a comment. Wine and Jazz, my favorite combo.
How fun! I would love to do this! Pinning!
Hey, Amy! Thanks so much for sharing my post and for visiting. This really is a great weekend trip if you ever have a chance to visit that area. Book ahead, it is seasonal and becomes very popular at peak time! Thanks again 😀
I love to do train travel. We did three different train trips when we went to Alaska a few years ago. Love the shirt with the wine glasses.
Hey, Victoria! Glad you enjoyed the post. This little train trip is very slow and is about an hour each way, we saw lots of weekend and full-time cabins along the ride. Some are actually mansion type cabins, all very secluded. The shirt is fun, always a conversation opener, which I love! Great shops there. Your Alaska trip sounds wonderful, did your train have the glass roof to see all around? I am intrigued by train travel, and we also did a Caravan motor coach tour to Mt. Rushmore last summer that was really, really awesome, it really surprised me how nice it was and how much we were able to see in one week. Thanks for visiting, come again soon! 😀
I lived in Atlanta for several years back during the Olympics era and never knew there was a train in Blue Ridge. Putting this on my To Do/To See list!
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Hi, Donna – the depot was built in 1905, but was not for scenic rides until well after the 1980s when I moved to the ATL area. I am sure they told me when it became an attraction, but I don’t remember. It certainly has made a sleepy little town into something very special now, you would love it. Thanks for visiting my blog, come back soon!
I NEED this shirt! Thank you so much for providing the link 🙂
Looks like a fabulous trip!
Don’t you just love it, ha! It started a lot of conversation when I wore it at the art show that day. It is nicely made, just follow the link in the post that leads to the listing for purchase. Stay tuned for Day #3 next week. Thanks for visiting!
Sounds like a fun trip! I need to check this out so close to me.
Hey, Maria! You definitely need to go! It is a big “leaf peeper” area for Fall, so many festivals and craft shows coming soon. We are excited to return soon. Thanks for visiting me today!
What a fun activity! You make a cute couple! Love your pic with the conductor. I would enjoy this ride and these locations come the fall season. Apple cider anyone?
Hey, Deborah! Yes, you would absolutely love this train and the friendly, quaint town. There is a huge Apple Festival in the Fall, so plenty of cider and other things. The North Georgia Mountains are like another world and just an easy drive from here. We need to explore more now that we are empty nest! My husband, Tim, planned this trip, which is a new thing for him (planning and spending money, LOL), and we just returned from the Biltmore in Ashville, NC for our August birthday month trip, I will post on that soon also. Thanks so much for visiting.
HI Lory Jo! I know what you mean about hubby not wanting to take a photo for you and/or stop so you can take some! Lol!!! Love that you took the train ~ such a quiet relaxed way to take a trip somewhere. Pinned for you to my Road Trip! Plane Trip! board. <3
Looking forward to more adventures as you share. p.s. The sandals are super cute!!!
Hey, Barbara! Too funny! I take my own inside fashion photos with a self-timer and tripod and backdrop. He just can’t/won’t do it, oh well. When our girls were little, I did all of the photos or else we would have none, I chased characters down at Disney like a mad-man, haha! Thanks for pinning, glad you like my fashion. More soon from our recent Biltmore Estate trip.