Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, just off the Appalachian Highway about an hour north of Atlanta, Blue Ridge Georgia offers a friendly laid back atmosphere, beautiful mountain scenery, excellent dining and shopping and the opportunity to tour the area in honest to goodness steam engine driven railway cars. The main drag, East Main Street, is a mile long shoppers and diners paradise offering a wonderful array of shops and restaurants.
Blue Ridge is an antique shopper’s paradise. Blue Ridge antique shops are friendly places where shoppers can browse to their hearts’ content. They exude a down home feel and reflect the mountain country atmosphere of the area. Wood carvings (often of bears), quilts and primitive furniture abound.
Blue Ridge Mountain Mall
618 East Main Street
Offering antiques and collectibles from booths rented by individual antique vendors, Blue Ridge Mountain Mall offers silver, glassware, furniture and Southern memorabilia. It even sells locally homemade jam.
Blue Ridge Antiques
733 East Main Street
Located in the turn of the century Gartrell Hotel, Blue Ridge Antiques offers gourmet coffee (at 50 cents a cup) that shoppers can sip as they look around. Downstairs is an eclectic array of pottery, glassware and vintage fishing gear. Upstairs is a treasure trove. Sixteen former hotel rooms are packed with all manner of antiques and collectibles. It has been run by the Sanchez family since 1988, twenty-five years and three generations.
531 East Main Street
The largest antique shop in the area, Sycamore Crossing combines local antiques and collectibles with antiques imported from Europe and the East. It also shows work of local artists such as potter Jane Whaley (the owner), Jim Marbutt (the “chainsaw sculptor”) and painter Weyland Collins. Find everything from antique cookie jars, to Limoge lemonade sets and Spode tea sets. Sycamore Crossing houses a wide array of antique furniture, collectibles, silver and glassware.
3 Monkeys Antique and Auction
2380 East 1st Street
Under the sign of the three monkeys, the shop reflects the mountain ambiance of the area. It houses antiques, collectibles and vintage items. 3 Monkeys carries the work of local artists and has a wide selection of depression glass, furniture, vintage signs and “barntiques”. The furniture is often shabby chic and the shop offers genuine vintage plows, iron pots, beds and sections of fences. Cabin worthy wall hangings, including quilted ones, adorn the walls.