Whether you are up for a day out with your girlfriends, a family day with the kids, or a romantic afternoon with your significant other, Blue Ridge has something for everyone.Known for its unique and one-of-a-kind shopping, Blue Ridge features a string of stores ranging from clothing and accessories to “Southern Living” quality pieces for the home. From fine foods and wines to Himalayan salt crystals at PJ’s Rusted Buffalo.
If you are out with your girlfriends, stop for a chai latte, a coffee or a crisp hot chocolate at L&L Beanery. You could also grab an early lunch at Serenity Garden or at one of the multiple sandwich shops in downtown Blue Ridge.
If you are towing along your husband and kids, but you would really love to get some Christmas shopping in, send your family for a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. This historic train runs almost every day, but you can check the train schedule and purchase tickets ahead of time at http://brscenic.com/ to ensure that your excursion on the Railway runs smoothly.For the month of December, the Scenic Railway is a popular tourist attraction featuring the Santa Express and Night Excursions to the Christmas Pavilion in McCaysville, GA, both which require advance registration as seats are limited. On the Santa Express, passengers listen to a Christmas story, sing Christmas carols and visit with Santa himself as he goes through each passenger car to greet the kids and take pictures.
The Night Excursion is similar to the Santa Express, but passengers have more time to explore their destination at McCaysville. You can visit shops in the area and grab a bite to eat before boarding the train back to Blue Ridge.Before or after their train ride, treat your kids to a snack at Trackside Treats or a chunk of sweet chocolate at Three Sisters Fudge.
If you are spending the day with your special someone, take them along for an afternoon of shopping for what they like, whether it be wood carvings or turquoise jewelry at Massachusetts Bay Trading Company. A wide variety of unique pottery is also an option at Elements-Gifts for Living and Giving or distinctive fashions at Posh or Kristina Lee’s.
Finish off your day at Christy Lee’s Courtyard Grill and enjoy a juicy steak or a sampling of seafood with a double feature at the Swan Drive-In Theater.