Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2016 - 45
Want To Go?
Blue Ridge (Georgia)
downtown Blue Ridge, Georgia, to
the twin towns of McCaysville, Georgia and Copperhill, Tennessee.
You can't go wrong with a car-host
like Boo Bryant on the microphone.
Why, all summer, he gets the crowd
a'chuckling with corny zingers:
There, on the state line, passengers
have a layover for lunch-or what
also equates to just enough time
to check out some antique shops
and have an ice cream cone at the
Sip'n'Dip, an eatery where the food is
served in Georgia but the back of the
restaurant stands in Tennessee.
"Oh, I know that a train just went
down there," this retired pharmacist says, pointing in the distance. "I
can see its tracks."
OK, hey - well, how about another:
Heading south, it takes about an
hour to go back to Blue Ridge.
"See those?" Bryant asks, pointing again. "Now, I don't know a lot
about horses. But what I have heard
is that those horses are out standing
in their field."
"This is just like riding an old-fashioned train," says the conductor, Lynn
Hollabaugh. "It's the sights and the
sounds -and the smells, as well."
You can find Bryant entertaining
passengers aboard the Blue Ridge
Scenic Railway (above). From spring
to Christmastime, this train rolls
13 miles from the colorful shops of
Want an enclosed experience? Well,
that is now available on a new, adultonly car. It costs a bit more but has
plenty of perks. You receive complimentary snacks plus a souvenir
book. It's comfy, too.
Still, it's not quite as popular as
"Most people favor what you're
doing right now: riding out in the
open-air car," Hollabaugh says. "It
can be a little warm some days.
It can be a little wet some days.
But you see everything. You smell
everything. You hear everything. It's
pretty cool." brscenic.com/706-6328724
TIPS FOR TRAVEL
Rest your head at Blue Ridge-and
have fruit and juice for breakfast-
at the Reid Ridge Lodge (706-6324444). Then try the quiche-and, of
course, the coffee-at L&L Beanery
Bakery Café on West Main Street
(llbeanerycoffeecafe.com/706-6323242). Back in town, dine at Harvest
on Main (706-916-6164), sampling
such dishes as panko-crusted
flounder served over penne primavera, with roasted red pepper and
sundried tomato pesto.- JT
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