Nestled in the mountains of North Georgia, lies a beautiful hidden treasure… the vacation and getaway destination known as Blue Ridge.
Blue Ridge is a charming and inviting town widely regarded for the outdoor activities, Historic Downtown Blue Ridge, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, Lake Blue Ridge, and of course, cabin rentals. Blue Ridge is only a 90 mile drive from Atlanta, Georgia and is an easily accessible getaway destination from close by cities Chattanooga, and Asheville. Located in Fannin County, Blue Ridge is surrounded by 106,000 acres of the pristine Chattahoochee National Forest.
When visiting the Blue Ridge area, most will agree the ideal place to stay is in a cabin. For over 13 years, Mountain Top Cabin Rentals has been a premiere luxury cabin rental provider. Mountain Top Cabin Rentals also offers several properties in the heart of Downtown Blue Ridge for those wishing to be in the middle of the charming historic downtown itself. Mountain Top lists about 60 luxury hand selected cabins for rent. Some cabins are even close to each other, for large groups looking to stay together within walking distance. They offer water frontage cabins, Mountain View cabins and wooded setting cabins. Some cabins are pet friendly, for those wishing to bring their furry family members along.
Owners Mark Burger and Tabetha Whitaker have been operating Mountain Top Cabin Rentals since the company opened in 2003. “We started with only three cabins in a tiny office and we have grown steadily every year into the company we are today. We have a great team, all of us work hard and support each other. Hospitality, customer service, and Blue Ridge tourism have always been our team’s passion. We strive to offer the best possible rentals and service. Our priority is that each guest has a wonderful Blue Ridge experience,” says Whitaker. While reading reviews and articles across the web and magazines, it’s easy to note that top rated customer service is just one of the many things that keep customers coming back. As of 2016, Trip Advisor has recognized Mountain Top Cabin Rentals with the “Certificate of Excellence” award for several years running.
The cabins are all located in Fannin County, generally being a 15 – 20 minute drive from Downtown Blue Ridge. They range from one bedroom to five bedroom, and are all somewhat selected to be on the program. Whitaker says they limit the number of properties they manage to maintain the quality of their inventory and uniqueness of each rental. She says they are more concerned with quality versus quantity and want all properties to reflect their brand image. Shelly Wehunt, a long time property manager is one of those responsible for the care of these gorgeous luxury cabins and downtown Blue Ridge rentals. “We always do our best to make sure everything is pristine and working correctly. We always want our properties to be in excellent condition, so our guests have a great experience with us and they come back,” says Wehunt. Delita Taylor, one of the reservation agents in the MTCR office has been working at MTCR for several years and says she loves helping customers find their perfect cabin and suggesting area activities they will enjoy with their families or as couples. “It’s always fun to work with new customers that have never visited Blue Ridge before, sometimes they have no idea what the area has to offer. Especially when they’re just coming from Atlanta or Chattanooga, so it’s just under a two hour drive to Blue Ridge. They always tell me they can’t believe Blue Ridge is so close, but feels like a total escape from the stress of the city and work.” She also has many returning guests she considers friends, as she knows them on a first name basis. Other agents insist Taylor is a customer favorite for her way with guests and veteran customer service skills. Taylor is just one of several agents (all Blue Ridge natives they proudly declare) in the Mountain Top Cabin Rentals office.
Each agent is ready to assist you in making a reservation or suggesting local hiking trails to waterfalls, the best restaurant for steaks or a local favorite for breakfast. All of the office team are friendly, professional, and seem to have all the local insider knowledge plus all the tourist must do’s while visiting their town. The team can also make Blue Ridge Scenic Railway and Blue Ridge Community Theater ticket reservations for you, saving guests at least 10% off regular ticket prices. If you’re looking to add a little something special to your stay, the team suggests one of their gift baskets. Multiple gift baskets are offered, including ones designed for a romantic getaway with champagne, strawberries, whipped cream, and candles. Other baskets vary in themes, like the “Ultimate Snack Basket” great for game day football gatherings and the “Gourmet Fudge & Wine Basket”, which boasts gourmet crafted award-winning fudge from Three Sisters Fudge, a well-known shop in Downtown Blue Ridge. You can also order baskets for breakfast and dinner, if you chose. An additional service that can be added to make your experience perfect is an in-cabin massages by Teatrees Boutique Spa. These services are popular for romantic trips and a girl’s weekend getaway.
The cabins themselves offer an array of luxurious amenities to make you feel like you’re getting the five-star treatment: Wi-Fi, satellite television, beautiful stone fireplaces inside as well as outdoor fireplaces, hot tubs, rustic fire pits for marshmallow roasting, game rooms with pool tables and air hockey, and of course serene locations. All cabins will have central heating and air for added comfort, well-equipped kitchens, on-site laundry and lots of windows for viewing the lovely scenery. Some of the cabins will even have party decks with seating for outdoor dining and outdoor entertainment, like flat screen TVs above outdoor fireplaces with exquisite log mantels. In addition to the cabins, the company also has lodging in Downtown Blue Ridge for visitors who desire to be within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and seasonal festivals. Downtown Blue Ridge has many fantastic restaurants, many chef owned and operated with an array of cuisines and atmospheres. Boutiques and a wide variety of shopping experiences wait in Downtown Blue Ridge. The downtown area surrounds the historic train depot and Blue Ridge City Park. You can take the train to the neighboring town of McCaysville, Georgia and “be in two places at once” as the locals call it, as the small town of McCaysville borders the Tennessee and Georgia State line. MTCR has four individual rental suites (224 West Main Suites) and one newly updated cottage (Bungalow ’46) as part of their Downtown Lodging line up. Stay in Downtown and be within walking distance to the attractions with rates starting at just $99 per night. All properties available for rental are listed on the company’s website. You can reserve online anytime or get instant quote via their site. Agents are available during business hours for any assistance or reservations over the phone.
Blue Ridge has a lot to boast about when it comes to things to do on vacation. Many visitors come to enjoy the world-class rapids on the Ocoee River, located just miles from Blue Ridge across the Tennessee state line. The Ocoee River has been popular for many years as a rafting destination, but was also the site of the 1996 Olympics. This river is also popular for kayaking and camping. Head back to Blue Ridge and you’ll find the Toccoa River and Lake Blue Ridge. The Toccoa River is famous for trout fishing and Fannin County is also known as the trout capital of Georgia. Other fun activities on the Toccoa include tubing, kayaking, canoeing and swimming. Lake Blue Ridge is regarded as “one of the cleanest lakes in America” and is very popular for boating, fishing, and swimming. Lake Blue Ridge has a great spot for swimming and lakeside picnics at their very own beach, known as Morganton Point Beach. More outdoor adventures such as horseback riding, hiking to waterfalls, zip-lining, golfing, touring local wineries and wine tasting shops, exploring local food and brew tours, renting electric bike rentals in downtown, discovering Fine Arts at the Blue Ridge Mountains Art Center, and flying high on a helicopter tour are also excursions available just minutes from cabins and downtown lodging.
For golfers looking to tee up, Blue Ridge’s newest golf course is now open and boasts gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and the pristine Toccoa River. Noontootla Creek Farms offers many different activities such as shooting ranges, guided fly-fishing trips for the hunting and outdoor enthusiasts. The Blue Ridge Community Theater offers shows and music events year round, which range from the classic dramas to more modern comedies. Driving/Taxi services are also becoming more and more popular for people looking to enjoy dinner drop off and pick services and those going on wine tasting adventures and brew tours who don’t want to drive. Festivals and events that happen in Blue Ridge which attract many visitors each year when annually held. Blue Ridge has so much to offer, even year round, it’s no wonder it has become a hidden gem in the mountains being such a short drive from many major Southern cities. If not already one of your favorite getaway destinations put Blue Ridge on your list to visit. You’ll fall in love with this charming mountain town, its friendly people, adventurous attractions, wonderful eateries, and beautiful scenery. Go once and you’ll see why so many come back year after year.
Mountain Top Cabin Rentals
2016 Certificate of Excellence Award Winner
Luxury Cabin Rentals & Downtown Lodging
44 Boardtown Road,
Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513
866. 402. 2246