My husband and I spent some time riding on two wheels in and around Blairsville on a Friday afternoon and Saturday. There are many scenic roads in the area, including the Richard Russell Scenic Highway, which connects Helen and Blairsville, the Old Dahlonega Highway, and an almost deserted yet delightful set of sweeping curves, Nottely Dam Road (a/k/a Hwy 325.) Motor enthusiasts, on two, three, or four wheels will find plenty of good pavement, mountain views, and interesting places to stop and stretch in this mountainous region— which includes Blairsville, Dahlonega, Helen, and Cleveland.
Our two-day get-a-way included an evening at the Lodge at Copperhead which caters to motorcycle and music fans. The grounds surrounding the Lodge, just off Nottely Dam Road, include some cabins for rent, a pool, a hottub, and a large stage for events. As guests at the main Lodge, we enjoyed covered parking for our bikes, right next to our room. The décor is rustic, but not overly so, and there are several nods to motor enthusiasts, including a giant motorcycle motif in the stonework of the fireplace in the great hall at the center of the Lodge. Although we didn't try the on-site restaurant for our evening meal, we did have a good breakfast there on Saturday morning.
There are a couple of downsides to the Lodge at Copperhead. First, while the indoor areas are smoke-free, the porches and other outdoor areas are not. As non-smokers, we ended up taking a walk. Secondly, our guest room, which was quite small, was under the main part of the Lodge. The downstairs location of our room resulted in some noise from upstairs, but all was quiet after about ten, so it didn’t interfere with getting a good night’s sleep on a comfortable bed.
The staff at the Lodge was both friendly and helpful, including supplying us with a great map of the area when we asked. Since there are only eleven rooms, everything is convenient. There is a downstairs lobby, with a vending machine and complimentary coffee in the morning. In addition to the motorcycle friendly amenities and location, the room had most of the perks travelers expect, including soap, shampoo, and a hair dryer. Despite the aforementioned drawbacks, I would recommend the Lodge to anyone who wants a great place to stretch out and unwind after riding through the beautiful North Georgia Mountains. While it caters to motorcyclists, anyone who wants to get away from town but still be close to a main highway should consider it. We do intend to return to the Lodge at Copperhead.
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