INOLA in Blue Ridge
Residents, Weekend and Holiday Homeowners, Luxury Renters
All can all enjoy Blue Ridge and Area activities and events
Pack you bags and be in the mountains just hours after work. Stay in, relax, and visit with friends and neighbors or choose between the many activities available locally.
- Boat, water ski, swim, picnic, or fish on Lake Blue Ridge.
- Kayak or float on the gently flowing Toccoa River. Put your adventure on and raft the Ocoee Rived where the rapids reach class III and IV.
- Shop in the town of Blue Ridge and pick a lunch or dinner spot from the many choices.
- Choose between Breweries or taste test hard cider at Merciers. Attend a wine tasting or festival at any of a half dozen of the area’s wineries. Listen to live music at the town’s pubs.
- Hire a guide and trout fish in one of the many local streams.
- Hike in the Big Frog-Cohutta Wilderness. Only 19 miles from Inola, this area is the largest wilderness east of the Mississippi.
- Rent an electric bicycle and cruise around town or choose mountain biking.
- Just three miles down the road is the Fannin County Recreation Center. A padded indoor walking track, outdoor walking trails, and bicycle rentals encourage your healthy lifestyle activities.
- Festivals are a year-round Blue Ridge passion. Art in the Park, the Blue Ridge Adventure Race, Blues and BBQ, Fire & Ice to name a few
- Blue Ridge was listed as one of the top 5 Art Towns in Georgia by Georgia Council for the Arts & the Georgia Municipal Association. The Art Center and the Blue Ridge Community Theater are the center of the arts for Blue Ridge.
- Like classical music? The Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival is in its sixth summer season and features musicians from the University of Miami. The Blue Ridge Community Theater has a music series called Live Music is Better that features jazz, pop, and country voices and instruments.
- Visit nearby McCaysville, try the new restaurants, shop the varied boutiques at the Riverside Shops, and learn about the copper mining heritage of the Copper Basin.
- Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad from the historic 1905 depot to McCaysville and back. Along the way travel close to the Toccoa River.
- Spend an evening at the Swan Drive-in Movie, one of only 4 left in Georgia. Come early and play frisbee on the lawn in front of the screen.
- Holidays here are special. During a July 4th week visit it is possible to experience three separate fireworks displays and a boat parade on the lake. Light Up Blue Ridge is a three-day extravaganza held during Thanksgiving week. Inola will have their own Christmas celebration on December weekends.
Inola at Blue Ridge will be more than a collection of impressive homes. Community is a priority. Stroll, run, or jog along the pathways and streets and greet your neighbors. Eat at restaurants at Inola and shop at boutiques, all without leaving the property. Attend concerts and events without parking issues. Reach out beyond the Inola community to experience a myriad of opportunities.
Families, Couples and Singles, all can be a part of the INOLA Community
- The Fannin County School System is an example of excellence in education with the highest per capita per student spending in North Georgia. The most recent accreditation score by the AdvancED Global Commission was an incredible 355.97! Opportunities include an award winning art program, a large band program with a recent trip to Hawaii, state of the art Performing Art Center, and stellar athletic facilities.
- Tuition-free classes for those over 62 Can be taken at North Georgia University’s Blue Ridge Campus.
- The Art Center offers classes in a wide variety in crafts, fine arts, and photography. Guilds which nurture artists include Writers &Poets, Fiber Arts, Photography, Woodcarvers, and the Southern Appalachian Artist’s Guild.
- The Blue Ridge Community Theater has auditions for their plays as well as classes for those that want to develop their thespian skills.
- Yoga, Zumba, and fitness training classes are offered through the recreation center and private studios.
- Loved trains as a kid or are you a model railroad enthusiast? The restored 1877 depot in Mineral Bluff houses a HO stale scale replica of the 1952 L&N rail line from Atlanta to Knoxville. On Wednesdays members work to improve and expand the layout. They produce a Ride the Rails weekend event and host monthly open house events. The group welcomes and will train new members.
Fannin County is a caring community. Numerous organizations welcome newcomers to join them as volunteers.
- You might garden with Feed Fannin or help at the food pantry as many newcomers do.
- Animal lovers can look to several groups that work to find homes for our stray dogs and cats.
- Good Samaritans puts on a Labor Day BBQ to raise funds for local families in need. Consider helping.
- If you’re fascinated by history the Fannin County Historical Society at the historic Baugh House wants you. They have outstanding genealogical resources as does our public library.
Civic Organization have a long history here.
- The Kiwanis Club sponsors a fair and annual rodeo.
- The Rotary Club of Blue Ridge
Mountain residents have a strong commitment to church and spiritual growth, as well as caring for their neighbors. Denominations include, Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Evangelical Lutheran, Church of Christ, Anglican, Episcopal, Church of God, Disciples of Christ, and independent churches.