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).

Alexander’s Store – Business of the Week

Everything Under the Sun….and then some. We selected Alexander’s Store as Business of the Week and provided their hard working staff with lunch. If you’ve never visited Alexander’s, make a point to do so the next time you are in the area.

AboutBannerAlexander’s Store is more than “just a store.” It’s a testimony of how a family business, established in 1957 can be passed on to another generation and be successful in today’s era of mega stores and mall mania. The store has an incredible 50,000 square feet of space which is hard to imagine just standing out front. Because of the uniqueness of the store, many regard the landmark as a tourist site. What started as a general store has now evolved into a shopping experience with major brand clothing, shoes, furniture, appliances and “Everything under the Sun” for the sportsman including guns, ammunition and archery supplies. Our customers deserve respect, good values, quality service and a smile. We hope you enjoy our website page and when you’re in the North Georgia mountains, please stop in and wander around our store and say hello. We’d love to meet you.

Their Mission

To provide 100% customer satisfaction by selling the best products at the lowest possible price while giving unequal quality service. While always focusing on our customers, we will provide an environment for our associates that are supportive and provide an opportunity for them to achieve their own personal goals.

Hoyt & Ruby – How It Started

HoytRubyHoyt and Ruby poured their lives into the store. Hoyt made sure the customers got what they wanted and if anyone was struggling during hard times Hoyt & Ruby would help them in any way they could, no questions asked. She had a great mind for business. As far as Ruby was concerned, nothing was too good for her customers. She would gift wrap any item for free and be happy to do it. This is still carried on today. A friendly attitude always prevailed and still does to this day.

The Alexander’s

AlexandersAs a family-owned business, Alexander’s has a set of shared traditions and values that are rooted in the history of the store. Both Eddy and Sandy have tried to carry on the traditions of both Hoyt and Ruby as the second generation and are passing that on to their son Mark and his wife Kennetha, the third generation. Treat everyone with respect and give them quality service with a smile.

Visit their website at www.AlexandersStore.com, and make it a destination on your trip to the North Georgia Mountains.

029Copperhead Lodge is a destination resort in the North Georgia Mountains featuring hotel and cabin lodging, a full service restaurant and bar with live musice and special events. For more information on the resort, visit www.CopperheadLodge.com

 

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).

Stonepile Gap

Pass not by, Stranger! Stop! Silently bare your head, drop a stone upon her grave, and make a wish straight from your heart. The Spirit of Eternal Youth and Happiness hovers near to grant the wishes of all who love the hills and valleys of her native home

Song of Trahlyta

stonepilegapIf you’ve ever ridden through the area near Suches and Dahlonega, GA you probably recall seeing a pile of stones alongside the road where Highway 60 and Highway 19 split. This marks the grave of a Cherokee princess, Trahlyta. The rocks are said to be over the grave of a Cherokee Indian Princess who loved the forest and called the mountains of North Georgia home.

Trahlyta, according to legend, lived on a mountain near her grave. A Mountain Medicine Man told her to walk along a path, drink from a spring and wish to never grow old. “You will become more beautiful with each sip” the voice told her. She followed the path and drank from the spring. Word of her beauty quickly spread throughout the mountain.

Trahlyta rejected as her suitor a Cherokee warrior named Wahsega. So, Wahsega kidnapped Trahlyta and took her to his home. She begged and pleaded for her release, but Wahsega would not permit it. With each day her strength waned, her happiness gone, longing for her mountain forest. As she lay dying Trahlyta asked to be buried in the mountain paradise from which she had come. On her death bed she said: “Strangers, as they pass by, may drop a stone on my grave and they too shall be young and happy, as I once was,” she said, “What they wish for shall be theirs!.”

Over the years, as they passed the grave, Cherokee, and later whites, would pick up a nearby stone and add it to her grave for good luck.  Twice men have attempted to move the grave during road construction. Both times at least one person died in an accident while moving the pile. The stone grave remains today in the same place it has always been. The spring she’d once walked upon and drank from for her youth and beauty is now Porter Springs. In the latter half of the 19th Century became a stopping point for those seeking the water that Trahlyta had sipped to become eternally young.”

Credit to: roadsidegeorgia.com and Rhonda Bruce, Cleveland, GA for photograph

Address:

Stone Pile Gap Rd, Dahlonega, GA

Directions: From Copperhead Lodge. Head south on Nottely Dam Road toward Highway 76. Left on Highway 76 for 2.2 miles, then turn right on Skeenah Gap Road. Continue to stop and turn left on Highway 60 South. Continue on Highway 60 South to intersection of Hwy 60/Hwy 19. (Complimentary Maps available in the gift shop at Copperhead Lodge)

From Dahlonega, drive north around eight miles on US 19/Hwy 60. The pile of stone and plaque that mark the grave are in the traffic intersection where US 19 and Hwy 60 spilt.

Ride to Remember 911, September 9, 2012

The 2012 Ride to Remember

850 motorcycles and over 1,000 patriotic Americans gathered at Cycle World of Athens on Sunday morning, September 9, 2012 for a memorial ride to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11 and those who’ve lost their lives since in the line of duty – whether on American soil or foreign.

The FREE ride, sponsored by Cycle World of Athens, wound through the North Georgia Mountains and arrived at The Lodge at Copperhead for lunch. Live music by Keren Leppo filled the air as many volunteers worked feverishly to feed the crowd.

Shelly Embrick, General Manager of Cycle World of Athens, said “This year’s annual Ride to Remember may have been the greatest to date! Cycle World hosts this ride for two reasons: to thank all of our loyal customers for their support through the years, and to give honor and respect to those who lost thier lives in the tragedy of 09.11.01. We will never forget the sacrifice that too many Americans and those who risk their lives everyday to protect us. To all of those who participated, THANK YOU.”

Michelle Evans, spokesperson for The Lodge at Copperhead, said “we were honored to be the host of such an exciting event honoring those who perished on one of America’s darkest days.”

Cycle World of Athens sole mission is to help riders and passengers maximize the pleasure and safety of the motorcycling experience. This mission is accomplished by offering a choice of high-quality motorcycles and accessories, by striving to provide excellent customer service and safety, by being honest, trustworthy, dependable, and by taking an active role in the leadership and support of our community and industry. Clearly demonstrated by their committment to honoring America’s heroes with this annual ride.

Swinging Bridge: Circa 1977

When visiting the North Georgia Mountains, this is a not to be missed site. Stay at The Lodge at Copperhead and enjoy all the mountains have to offer.

A popular destination for day-hikers, Benton MacKaye Trail through hikers, and paddlers making the journey down the Toccoa River Canoe Trail is the swinging bridge over the Toccoa River. This 265 foot long bridge is the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi River. In 1976 the Forest Service, along with the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club replaced a dangerous ford of the Toccoa River in this area. The bridge, built by a private contractor, was completed in 1977 and has become a landmark in Fannin County and a popular camping spot in the Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area. The Benton MacKaye Trail and the swinging bridge are only open to foot traffic. Camping by the Toccoa River on either side of the river is extremely popular and it is unmanaged. Plan on a weekday visit to secure a site.

Swinging Bridge Directions: From The Lodge at Copperhead, take Hwy 515 west to Hwy 60/Morganton. In Morganton, follow Hwy 60 South toward Dahlonega for 11.3 miles passing Skeenah Mill. Another .7 miles on the right is FS 816. Turn right and follow the gravel road 3 miles to the parking area. Short hike down to the Toccoa River and the Swinging Bridge.

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

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

Nashville Unleashed Special Christmas Concert

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. (November 22, 2011) Join Jack & Diane, along with a few of their fellow Nashville Recording Artists, in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains for a special concert event at The Lodge at Copperhead on December 17th, 7:30 p.m.  The concert will take place “in the round” in the Grand Hall, by candlelight, over dinner. Special cabin and room discounts apply to all ticketholders for this show.  Advance Tickets $18 VIP Seating (closest to the performers), $12 General Admission and $15 at the door.  Tickets are available at website calendar – www.TheLodgeatCopperhead.com

Nashville Unleashed with Jack & Diane is an unprecedented concert experience, catering to couples and music lovers in an intimate, “in the round” format. Similar to VH-1’s Storytellers, the audience is invited behind the scenes, as Nashville’s elite performing songwriters share the inspiration behind their music and the stories behind their songs. The professional writers WOW the audience with their superior musicianship and open themselves up personally.

About The Performers:

JACK & DIANE – Jack & Diane’s life plays out like a song we all know so well. As a married couple, the combination of their music and love for one another immediately resonates with an audience. Most refer to their music as a “bluesy, more soulful style of country.”  With her heaviest vocal influences being Artists like Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Nicks, one announcer told an audience that “Diane’s voice is as smooth as warm butter”. Jack, who formerly toured with Artists like George Thorogood and Brian Setzer, is revered as a tasteful and impressive guitar player/multi-instrumentalist.

Dani Carroll

DANI CARROLL– From her touching lyrics to her moving melodies, there is no doubt that the pure raw emotion in Dani’s music is a rare thing. Dani is revisiting her first love, Jazz, with a CD release this Spring. Dani has worked with such Nashville greats as David Malloy, producer for Reba McIntyre, Dolly Parton, and Mindy McCready; Mark Collie, a #1 charting country artist and songwriter; John Jarvis, two-time Grammy winning songwriter; and Skip Ewing, a Grammy nominated country artist and songwriter with over twelve #1’s to his credit. Dani performed often with Elektra recording artist Jason Mraz [“The Remedy,” “You and I Both”] in San Diego, her hometown. Making the move to Nashville in 2002 and inking a deal with Famous Music Publishing, Dani continues to write songs with some of Music Row’s top talent. Her distinctive alto voice and awe-inspiring presence on stage makes her performances a memorable experience for audiences everywhere.

MASON DOUGLAS possesses a distinguished diversity, sounding like Chris Isaak with his signature, sexy falsettos; like Garth Brooks with his honesty & range; & others even say he’s ‘country music’s Rob Thomas’. Mason has: showcased at the Ryman Auditorium; opened for Trace Adkins, James Otto, & Jewel; continued radio airplay with the song “Home Free”; released his 2010 debut CD on Rural Rhythm Records. Mason is: a HUGE military supporter; originally from Tucson, Arizona; a diehard Arizona Wildcats & Dallas Cowboys fan; a red wine lover.

JUSTIN ZIMMER – With his boyish grin, impressive vocals, and sought-after guitar chops, Justin is a memorable Artist that grabs the instant attention of the audience. Fresh off the Tiffany tour which included ABC’s Good Morning America and The View, Justin’s impeccable talent pales in comparison only to his genuine and humble nature.

ABOUT THE RESORT: The Lodge at Copperhead, Blairsville, GA – North Georgia’s Premier Vacation Destination and Special Events Venue.  This scenic retreat is located just outside Blairsville, GA, within a few hours of Atlanta, Nashville, and Charlotte, in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.

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