Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Passing through Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge is a lovely little community nestled in North Georgia. Known as the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains, it truly lives up to its name. My honey and I stopped in this pretty little town on Labor Day and enjoyed a few hours walking around its shops filled with unique gifts and artisan pieces and of course, my personal favorite, antiques. The train was also taking on passengers for an afternoon ride. We didn’t make the train trip, but I did stop in a lovely shop called Blue Ridge Antiques & Mall owned by Liz and Robert Sanchez.

Magnificent old hotel with two floors of pure shopping pleasure, the top floor houses the former hotel rooms and they are filled with antiques. Great wooden floors, high ceilings, transoms and tin ceilings. A marvelous property to enjoy good antique shopping.

What a lovely entrance to the second floor of Blue Ridge Antiques & Mall. Warm and welcoming.

Neat Coke cooler.

Lots of pretty dishes.

If you are a collector of fishing items and especially lures, than this is the place to visit. Prices were very reasonable.

Went below to the first floor which is at street level and found more period architectural accents and wood floors but inside here are lovely gifts at every price point imaginable along with gallery rooms set up with American Country pieces and art work. This level was packed with shoppers but I still found another treasure and as I went to check out, met Liz and Robert and she personally ground the coffee beans I was purchasing for my sister. Blue Ridge blend was the flavor and the car smelled like a marvelous coffee shop all the way back to Atlanta. (sis told me that this coffee was out of this world. She is a hard core coffee connoisseur so this was high praise indeed).

Stopped into Three Sisters Fudge located inside Timeless Reflections and purchased a small box of freshly made pumpkin fudge and chocolate pecan fudge.

This was the creamiest fudge I think I have ever had and full of natural flavor. The pumpkin was to die for and both Alan and I agreed that the box of freshly made fudge was so much better than the overpriced truffles we purchased in Asheville.

We had such a lovely time in this pretty little community that I’m going to bring my sister back here in the fall and we are going to spend the day enjoying Blue Ridge. This is a must stop and visit community if you are traveling north to the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Anonymous said...

hmmmm when can I come to visit again?! Ill get in my mustang and leave! hehe big hugs


svelteSTUFF said...

COMPLETE w/ Blue Ridge Pottery! - one of my fav's!! Nice.

Jacque said...

sounds like a great place! i will put that on my long list of "must sees"...thanks for sharing it with all us...

sounds like you had a very good road trip!

Barb said...

You had me at fudge!


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love to poke around in antique shops. This one looked interesting!

Fudge ...yummy! I bought home four boxes of the Rocky MNountain Nut company's fudge for my family from my vacation. I had a hard time not keeping one for myself.

Christine Edwards said...

Sounds like you had such a lovely weekend. I can imagine Blue Ridge will be gorgeous in a few weeks with the fall foliage.