1st Quarter 2013 Rental Performance

Copperhead Lodge announces 1st Quarter Cabin Rental Program performance for 2013

Do you dream of having a mountain getaway that pays for itself? Well, pay attention to this! You can own the lifestyle and not foot the bill.

2013 begins the fourth year of operation for the forty-seven acre destination resort in the North Georgia Mountains. The full service Lodge including eleven guest rooms, a full service restaurant and bar, and live entertainment, is blanketed by forty acres containing sixty lots for park model cabins.

During the 1st quarter of 2013 there were 12 of the 20 currently-constructed cabins participating in the rental program. All cabins are individually owned and are deeded real property. Owners desiring a return on their investment participate in the rental program and receive 70% of gross rentals. Copperhead Lodge is a destination resort marketing nightly and weekly rentals to vacationers in the North Georgia Mountains. The resort boasts underground utilities and paved roads. Resort amenities include a salt water swimming pool and natural amphitheatre.

There are two types of cabins in the rental program, Standard and Elite. All cabins have one bedroom, one bath, and full kitchen, with some offering additional sleeping in a second bedroom or loft. The Elite cabins offer the same amenities as the Standard including satellite TV, grills, and a sleeper sofa, but also offer an expanded outdoor living area, a full size hot tub, and a private motorcycle/ATV garage. Cabins will sleep 2-4 people.

For the 1st quarter of 2013 the Cabin Rental Program reported 120 cabin rental nights (14% occupancy), with an ADR of $116, in comparison to 1st quarter 2012 totals of 66 nights and an ADR of $99. Annual destination events in January, February and mild March weather were the driving forces for the increase in occupancy over 2012.

The future continues to look bright for the resort and the rental program. As of March 31, 2013, there are advanced reservations for cabins in 2013 totaling 789 nights; 77% of the previous years’ total bookings. Rental Program Manager Michelle Evans said: “We expect to outperform our 2012 results by at least 25%. This is great news for our resort and our rental cabin owner partners.”

“Our growth has been spectacular, but continues to be hindered by a shortage of cabins available for rental. We stay sold-out on weekends from Memorial Day through the first of November, and turn away a great number of groups needing accommodations for more than 50 people,” Michelle went on to say.

Owner Anthony Cassulo said: “We are very excited about the newest addition to our rental program, a two bedroom unit will be completed and ready for sale or rent in May 2013”

If you are looking for an investment, this is your opportunity. Visit the sales website at www.cabinsatcopperhead.com for information on real estate, and visit the resort website at www.copperheadlodge.com for more information on the resort. If you need additional information, please contact Michelle Evans at michelle@copperheadlodge.com or 706-835-7433. Open house every weekend (when not sold out).

Business of the Week

Each week, Copperhead Lodge selects a local business as “Business of the Week” and provides them with a full catered lunch. Typically, we choose businesses based on a nomination submitted by our customer. The last few weeks we’ve been honoring our dedicated men and women in the city and county government offices.

Union County Sheriff’s Department

sheriffLed by our new Sheriff, Mack Mason, the Union County Sheriff’s Department works tirelessly day and night to keep our county safe. We appreciate their professionalism and dedication to the citizens of our great county. Pictured here: Mack Mason and Doug Lloyd, and Larry Cook of Copperhead Lodge.

 

Union County Commissioners’ Office

Lamar Paris has been the leader of our progressive mountain county since 2001. Thecommissioner Commissioners’ office oversees all the operations for the county, and is supported by several employees (pictured here Yazi Burnette) who were thrilled to get a catered lunch. Due to other commitments, Mr. Paris missed lunch, but we hope the staff enjoyed our show of appreciation for their hard work and dedication.

 

City of Blairsville

cityhallLocated in the heart of downtown, the offices of the City of Blairsville are always busy. Working hand in hand with Mayor Jim Conley, they are responsible for the operations of the city government, Development Authority (led by Janet Hartman), and the City Police. Pictured here, left to right: Janice Gratton, Karen Carver, and Kay McCann.

 

 

Business of the Week  this week is Alexander’s Store. If you’ve never been, you must go!

If you would like to nominate a business, provide the business name, owner/manager’s name, phone number, and why you feel they should get a free lunch. Nominations can be submitted through our Facebook page or via email to: michelle@copperheadlodge.com

Copperhead Lodge is a destination resort located in the North Georgia Mountains between Blairsville and Blue Ridge, featuring a full service restaurant and bar, Lodge rooms & cozy Cabins for rent and sale, and is known as the entertainment and special events venue in the North Georgia Mountains. Online: www.coppperheadlodge.com

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Copperhead Lodge announces Cabin Rental Program performance for 2012

Cabin6thumbDo you dream of having a mountain getaway that pays for itself? Well, pay attention to this! You can own the lifestyle and not foot the bill.

2012 was the second full year of operation for the forty-seven acre destination resort in the North Georgia Mountains. The full service Lodge including eleven guest rooms, a full service restaurant and bar, and live entertainment, is blanketed by forty acres containing sixty lots for park model cabins.

During 2012 there were 12 of the 20 currently-constructed cabins participating in the rental program. All cabins are individually owned and are deeded real property. Owners desiring a return on their investment participate in the rental program and receive 70% of gross rentals. Copperhead Lodge is a destination resort marketing nightly and weekly rentals to vacationers in the North Georgia Mountains. The resort boasts underground utilities and paved roads. Resort amenities include a salt water swimming pool and natural amphitheatre.

There are two types of cabins in the rental program, Standard and Elite. All cabins havecabin16frontgarage500 one bedroom, one bath, and full kitchen, with some offering additional sleeping in a second bedroom or loft. The Elite cabins offer the same amenities as the Standard including satellite TV, grills, and a sleeper sofa, but also offer an expanded outdoor living area, a full size hot tub, and a private motorcycle/ATV garage. Cabins will sleep 2-4 people.

During 2012 the Cabin Rental Program reached 1,029 rental nights, with an ADR of $117.06, in comparison to 2011 totals of 577 nights and an ADR of $108.78. Owners of Elite cabins averaged a net return of $7,554 and Standard owners averaged a net return of $4,481. Group Sales was the largest market driving the year-over-year increase – from motorcycle clubs/organizations to family reunions.

Brad Betters, an Elite cabin owner said: “We built our Cabin in September of 2011 and immediately joined the rental program. We are very pleased with the performance of our Cabin as an investment and look forward to continued growth in the resort and the rental program.”

Tom Gibson, an Elite cabin owner who purchased in May 2012 said: “I had a CD coming due and the bank was offering about 1%. Since purchasing my cabin in May 2012, I’ve already made a 6% return in just seven months. I’m thrilled with my investment at Copperhead.”

The future continues to look bright for the resort and the rental program. As of February 28, 2013, there are advanced reservations for cabins in 2013 totaling 571 nights; more than 50% of the previous years’ bookings. Rental Program Manager Michelle Evans said: “We expect to outperform our 2012 results by at least 25%. This is great news for our resort and our rental cabin owner partners.”

“Our growth has been spectacular, but continues to be hindered by a shortage of cabins available for rental. We stay sold-out on weekends from Memorial Day through the first of November, and turn away a great number of groups needing accommodations for more than 50 people,” Michelle went on to say.

If you are looking for an investment, this is your opportunity. Visit the sales website at www.cabinsatcopperhead.com for information on real estate, and visit the resort website at www.copperheadlodge.com for more information on the resort. If you need additional information, please contact Michelle Evans at michelle@copperheadlodge.com or 706-835-7433. Open house every weekend (when not sold out).

Business of the Week – Foodland Grocery

foodland500Foodland has been serving Union County for over 42 years and is a well known landmark in Downtown Blairsville, Georgia. Owner Wayne Abercrombie says, “Bill Hunter and BJ Davis built the place in 1965. It was called the Superette. Tony Dyer and I bought it in 1968 and renamed it the A&D Supermarket. In 1974, I bought out Tony and named it Foodland.”

Wayne’s son Ricky started working at the store 29 years ago. Father and son have seen many changes. Wayne says, “The town of Blairsville has grown a lot over the years. We used to know everyone’s name but there are a lot of new faces now. There are also a lot more rules and regulations to keep up with.”

Foodland is a complete grocery store with fresh produce, a dairy department, meat department, canned goods, frozen section, household supplies, hardware, and more. One customer says, “Foodland has the best steaks in town. I never have to worry about using tenderizer.”

The meat department at Foodland is a busy place. Marty says, “We cut over 1500 pounds of meat every week including fresh deli meats, popular cuts of steak, roasts, ground beef, ground chuck, and ground round. We also have old-fashioned salt cured country hams, chicken, and pork.” If customers need cooking instructions, Marty is always glad to give out directions and recipes.

Foodland offers competitive pricing. They have a good selection of Christmas candy, local honey, local syrup, and other seasonal and specialty items. Many people depend on Foodland for special occasions. Foodland has delicious homemade coleslaw, baked hams, rotisserie turkeys, hoop cheese, and party platters. Call now to place an order!

Nominated for this honor by Jade Baker who says “I think FoodLand Grocery should be business of the week for next week. They’re the only hometown grocer left here, and the owner, Wayne Abercrombie, would go above and beyond to help anyone in need, even if it meant he had to go without. They have a wonderful and friendly staff who would give you the shirt off their back. I think they need a little recognition.” On Friday, February 1, 2013 the staff and some lucky customers were treated to a lunch of BBQ Chicken & Ribs, Au Gratin Potatoes, Fresh Salad, and Turtle Cheesecake for Dessert.

The store is located at 34 Haralson Drive. Business hours are Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m.

Copperhead Lodge is a destination resort in Blairsville, Georgia with a full service restaurant and bar, Lodge rooms and Cozy Cabins for rent and sale. Located at 171 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, Georgia. www.CopperheadLodge.com, 706-835-7433

Rockfest 2012 – Kickin’ it at The Lodge

Rockfest 2012 – Kickin’ it at The Lodge…

In its first year at a new location, this fundraising event for Mountain United Soccer Association, GA Top Soccer, Cole Bowen, (see video) and Recording Artists Against MS, was a HUGE success! Three local bands, 12 Gauge Persuaders, Ratz, and Modern Vinyl entertained the crowd all afternoon under a beautiful, clear, North Georgia sky. Shad Bradley graciously MC’d the event throughout the day, with sound expertise provided by Michael Kennedy, and videography by Sean Clyde of C&C Media.

Spectators feasted on fresh smoked Pulled Pork sandwiches, Baby Back ribs and Turkey Legs by Chef Bill Minkert of The Lodge at Copperhead. Volunteers manned the ticket booths and food booths, and the event couldn’t have happened with all of them who gave so freely of their time.

David Zenniger ran the Corn Hole Tournament which was a thrill for young and old alike. Georgia Soccer Association gave away free schwag all day long and had plenty of soccer balls and beach balls for the kids to play with. Raffles held throughout the day with prizes provided by Best Buy, and The Lodge at Copperhead gave spectators a little something extra to take with them besides the memories of a great day filled with music and fun.

This event, in its fifth year, would not be possible without the support of our local businesses, family sponsors and most importantly, Richard Smith, founder of MUSA and the hardest working volunteer for this event every year. Patronize our sponsors, and let them know how important their support is for keeping kids in soccer and helping those suffering with Multiple Sclerosis.

 

 

Business Sponsors: Dernehl Company Dare to be Different C&C Media Mountain Lakes Mortgage GumLog Family Mart F. Earl Wiggers, P.C. Hemphill Trucking Lamar Paris Commissioner Nancy Panoz Marathon Hiawassee Gypsy Grips Georgia, Inc. Alexander’s Store, Brainstorm Creative

Family Sponsors: Michelle Breeden Sid & Bonnie Turner Patrick & Kathy Malone Nelson Long Mike Botinelli Richard & Debbe Smith Lee Baeninger Todd & Jennifer Smith Jay Neel

Another reason to visit Blairsville, GA

Grand Opening – Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga — Byron Herbert Reece, “Georgia’s Appalachian Poet/Novelist”spent most of the forty plus years of his life, laboring as a subsistence farmer on his family’s homestead.  His love of literature and gift for writing led to the publication of four volumes of poetry and two novels, all of which received national critical acclaim.  The Farm and Heritage Center seek to acknowledge and honor both his literary legacy and his life in Southern Appalachia.  The Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center is located one mile north of Vogel State Park on U.S. Highway 129 and south of the town of Blairsville.

The Grand Opening is scheduled for Sunday, June 3rd, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.   Those who visit the venue on this day will have free admission and will be the first to explore the farm and heritage center, learning about “Hub” Reece and his life as a farmer in the mountains of North Georgia.

Visitors to the site will find a Welcome Center with a gift shop and museum area; a Poetry Trail that highlights Reece poems representing the four seasons, inscribed on stone boulders;  Mulberry Hall, the poet’s writing studio;  five barn buildings housing 13 exhibits which feature home and farm artifacts, implements, and enterprises that portray life in Appalachia during the first half of the 20th century; and  the Reece Gallery & Theater, located in the loft of the main barn, which will display photographs, books, copies of Reece’s writings, and other Reece material, along with the showing on a large screen TV of the award winning video, “Voices … Finding Byron Herbert Reece.”  In addition, visitors to the site stroll down a scenic walking trail along beautiful Wolf Creek.

At the Welcome Center, there will be brochures available that will guide visitors through a tour of the various exhibits.  Docent-led tours will be available by reservation to large groups, such as school children and tour busses for a fee.  A family of five may enter for a fee of $15.00, with additional members of the family paying the amount applicable to his/her age.  Current members of the Reece Society will be admitted without charge.  This opening represents many years of dedication and hard work by the Byron Herbert Reece Society.

The newly constructed Pavilion will be available for family reunions, weddings, and other events, for a fee.

The Farm & Heritage Center will be 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.  For further information, contact the Reece Society at reecesociety@gmail.com, or visit the Society’s website at www.byronherbertreecesociety.org.   Follow BHR Farm & Heritage Center news and activities on Facebook: www.facebook.com/#!/groups/42523757640/.

Own the Lifestyle – The Cabins at Copperhead

Your dream of a cabin in the mountains is closer than you think. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia, The Lodge at Copperhead is a rustic mountain resort offering Lodging, Casual Fine Dining, Weekly Entertainment and Special Events. Own your cabin in the mountains, and enjoy it all.

The Cabins at Copperhead offers a unique and affordable real estate opportunity. Our location offers the scenic beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, easily accessed by major interstates. The solid construction and extensive resort amenities and services add intrinsic value. Whether considering as a real estate investment or looking for a weekend getaway, the Cabins at Copperhead are a unique investment opportunity for the right buyer. Four cabins were sold in 2011, starting at $106,900.

The Park Model Log Cabins measure approximately 400 square feet and are priced from the $90’s depending upon options and lot selection. Each cabin has one bedroom, a full
kitchen, and private bath. Loft and bunk-room options, porches, and decks are
also available to expand living space. Each cabin also has its own
motorcycle/golf cart/ATV garage, and the community has all paved roads. You can
own the Copperhead lifestyle.

About The Resort: The
Lodge at Copperhead, 171 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, GA is North Georgia’s
Premiere Destination Resort and Special Events Venue offering lodging, casual
fine dining, full service bar, cabins and other amenities on the forty acre
resort. Resort information is available at website: http://www.thelodgeatcopperhead.com.
Cabin information available at website: http://www.cabinsatcopperhead.com

For more information, contact:

Michelle Evans

michelle@thelodgeatcopperhead.com

706-835-7433

Veterans Memorial Ground-breaking The Lodge at Copperhead

Veterans Memorial Ground-breaking – The Lodge at Copperhead

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. (November 12, 2011) Nearly two hundred veterans and friends of the Lodge braved the chilly morning for the solemn occasion of honoring all veterans, past and present, for their service to the United States of America.  The date 11-11-11 will be forever chiseled in the minds of those who attended the Veterans Memorial Ground-breaking at The Lodge at Copperhead.  Promptly at 11 a.m. veterans and their families and friends gathered for a Flag Ceremony and ground-breaking for the new Veterans Memorial Monument to be constructed during the winter months and dedicated April 7th 2012.

Long-time Union County resident, Charles Rich, lead the opening ceremony as attendees listened and others who were unable to bare the cold watched from selected viewpoints at the Lodge.

Following the ground-breaking ceremony, attendees gathered at the Lodge for a free picnic and music by the band, “Crazy Heart,” a group of respected musicians with ties to the community and the armed forces.  Crazy Heart was formed for the purpose of performing for the November 11th Ceremony.  Crazy Heart is: Wendell Patterson, bass guitar and vocals, Kiyo Clendaniel on vocals and harmonies, Tim Mustin on drums, vocals and harmonies, and Don Byers on lead guitar and vocals.

Michelle Evans, Spokesperson for the Lodge, said “We appreciate the united efforts of those attending and participating in the ceremony.”  “And, a special thank you to those who traveled from afar to attend.”

About The Resort:  The Lodge at Copperhead offers guests an unexpected boutique experience in the mountains of North Georgia, which is in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.  The Lodge infuses its intimate setting with the rustic high country style throughout the forty plus acre resort.  The 12,500 square foot Lodge has 11 beautifully appointed guest rooms, Grand Hall, Full Service Restaurant and Bar, and famed wrap-around porch. The resort also offers visitors cozy cabins to relish their privacy.  The Lodge at Copperhead is a destination resort with savory restaurant offering inventive cuisine and weekly special events.   For more information, call 706-835-7433, visit the website: www.TheLodgeAtCopperhead.com  “Like” us on Facebook, and follow on Twitter @LodgeCH.

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Appalachian Chili Cook-off in Review

Appalachian Chili Cook-off in Review

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. (November 7, 2011) A misty morning welcomed chili cookers for the 2nd Annual Appalachian Chili Cook-off at The Lodge at Copperhead, Blairsville on Saturday, November 5, 2011.

Chili Cookers arrived early to set-up their booths on the famed wrap-around porch.   A cloud mist giving a mystic feel to the morning’s activities added to the intrigue of the event. The outdoor fireplace was lit reflecting a red and orange glow as contestants warmed themselves with a cup of coffee before beginning the competition.  An easy comrade developed between chili cookers as they squared-off for the competition.

Chili lovers and music aficionados strolled the porch sampling and voting for their favorite chili while listening to “Neighborhood Watch” a young and upcoming blues band.  The Autumn day temperature reached a high of 64 degrees to the delight of attendees.  By mid-afternoon, Chili judges arrived to sample and determine the best Appalachian Mountain Chili in the non-professional and professional categories through a double blind taste-testing.

The winners were as follows:  The backyard, non-professional team winner was Rapid Robert’s Gourmet Chili, Blairsville. The professional team winner and People’s Choice Award was presented to the Team Chef for Greenside Grill, Chatuge Shores Golf Course, Hayesville, North Carolina.  This award included cash and the Copper Spoon Award.  The overall winner, “The Best Chili in the Appalachians,” was Rangers Chili Team, Dahlonega, Ga.  The Team Chef, Alec Carlson was presented a gift certificate for a weekend stay – The Lodge at Copperhead.

Overall Winner - Rangers Chili, Dahlonega, GA

Winner: Professional Chef Team & People's Choice Awards: Greenside Grill, Chatuge Shores Golf Course, Hayesville, NC

Michelle Evans, Spokesperson for the Lodge, said “We appreciate all the chili teams who participated in this year’s event.”  “Each team cooked outstanding Chili that everyone enjoyed making it another fun day in the mountains of North Georgia.”  The Lodge at Copperhead thanks the judges for their difficult reviews and the general public for attending this year’s event.  This annual event was sponsored by Budweiser.  For information about upcoming events:  www.thelodgeatcopperhead.com

About The Resort:  The Lodge at Copperhead offers guests an unexpected boutique experience in the mountains of North Georgia, which is in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.  The Lodge infuses its intimate setting with the rustic high country style throughout the forty plus acre resort.  The 12,500 square foot Lodge has 11 beautifully appointed guest rooms, Grand Hall, Full Service Restaurant and Bar, plus the wrap-around porch. The resort also offers visitors cozy cabins to relish their privacy.  The Lodge at Copperhead is a destination resort with savory restaurant offering inventive cuisine and weekly special events.   For more information, call 706-835-7433, visit the website:  www.thelodgeatcopperhead.com, “Like” us on Facebook, and follow on Twitter @LodgeCH.

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