2013 Vacation Deal!

2upIntroducing our Two Wheel Vacation Club for 2013!

Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia, The Lodge at Copperhead is a motorcycle themed high country resort offering Lodging, Casual Fine Dining, a Full Service Bar, Entertainment, and Special Events. We are centrally located in North East Georgia – in the heart of some of the USA’s greatest riding roads. Easy day trips to The Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, Six Gap, Blue Ridge Parkway, Moonshiner 28 and many more. The Lodge at Copperhead is also HEADQUARTERS for the newest riding attraction – The Gauntlet. See more HERE

From the drive in, to the moment you step into the Grand Lobby with its massive stone fireplace, you will feel welcome. Rooms at The Lodge feature covered motorcycle parking. The Cabins at Copperhead feature private motorcycle garages, satellite TV, comfortable beds with luxury linens, fully furnished kitchens and spacious outdoor living areas, some units boast private hot tubs for your enjoyment. Want to take a day off from riding? May – September – Enjoy our large salt water swimming pool with plenty of room for you to relax.

The restaurant proudly offers American “Comfort Food with Attitude”. From Fried Pickles and hand-pattied Burgers, to Stuffed BBQ Chicken, the chef inspired specialty seasonal menu is sure to please. When you are seeking an inviting place to spend your motorcycle vacation, look no further than The Lodge at Copperhead.

Our 2013 Two Wheel Vacation Club features more value than any other!

No administration fees, No hidden costs!

5 nights at The Lodge starting at $459! 7 nights at The Lodge starting at $645

5 nights Cabins starting at $609! 7 nights Cabins starting at $855

See all the details here


Includes a complimentary $50 Gas Card!

  • Choose a room at The Lodge or a Cozy Cabin for more privacy
  • Choose 5 or 7 nights – both at exceptional discount
  • Salt water swimming pool, Elite Cabins have private hot tub
  • Complimentary Laundry Service
  • All access to non-ticketed Lodge events

Also included:

  • Complimentary maps, including The Best Rides in the North Georgia Mountains (by America Rides Maps)
  • Two complimentary Lodge at Copperhead T-shirts
  • $50 Restaurant Gift Card
  • $50 Gas Card
  • Complimentary Social Hour – Mon, Tues, Thur and Fri with two complimentary drinks per person

**Add Golf, White Water Rafting, Spa services, Horseback Riding and more at at great discounts!

Get started planning your North Georgia two wheel vacation NOW!

Use PROMO CODE MCLU when making reservations on our website to get the great deals

In the HEART of the greatest roads in America. The Gauntlet, Six Gap, Tail of the Dragon, Moonshiner 28, Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherohala Skyway and more….

New/Old name – same great Resort!

Copperhead LodgeIn October 2009, Anthony Cassulo and Michelle Evans purchased what was known as Copperhead Lodge, Blairsville, Georgia. At that time the name “Copperhead Lodge” and its corresponding website were not available. A new name, “The Lodge at Copperhead”, was chosen, but has been a tongue twister for many since. Copperhead Lodge just seems to roll off the tongue so much easier. In light of this, the website address www.copperheadlodge.com has been secured and the company will undergo a re-branding back to Copperhead Lodge this winter.

This transition will be seamless to Lodge customers. The old website will automatically redirect to the new one, and everyone on the email list will continue to receive emails from the Lodge after the transition. Even the Lodge’s Facebook page name will transfer to the renewed name, but page interaction will not be interrupted.

Very soon the new logo, new collateral, and slight website design changes will be seen, as well as a new and expanded offering of branded merchandise available in the gift shop. Do not discard Lodge at Copperhead T-shirts, because there will be many opportunities to earn discounts when wearing the old shirts, as a thank-you to the Lodge’s long time customers.

The owners appreciate the support of their customers and friends over the last three years, and look forward to many more years of making memories at Copperhead Lodge.

Anthony & Michelle

North Georgia Idol 2013

Blairsville, GA, December 10, 2012 – The 3rd Annual North Georgia Idol Contest to be held at The Lodge at Copperhead beginning the third Saturday in March 2013.

The North Georgia Idol Contest is being hosted by The Lodge at Copperhead, Blairsville, GA. The contest is open to all singers, emerging through seasoned performers, with the exception of those who earn their living exclusively from performing. Auditions will be held on March 16th and 23rd where hopeful contestants will perform before a live audience, including industry professional judges, for a spot in the finale on March 30th.

Information and registration for the North Georgia Idol contest is available at www.thelodgeatcopperhead.com/idol. The entry fee for competing is $25 per singer and payable when registering at the website. Registration is limited, so get signed up today. Contestants will compete for the top prize: a studio recording session and demo package
valued at over $500, provided by Sean Clyde of C&C Media, two time Grammy
nominee, and CSRA Hip Hop Award Winner. Sean has produced some of the top
talents in the world, including, Michael Jackson, Alanis Morissette, Trisha
Yearwood, and Garth Brooks, and has worked with some of the best known music
labels including Atlantic Records, Sony, RCA, and Virgin Records. The 2nd and
3rd place winners will win cash and other great prizes.

Contestants should have one song prepared for their audition. Required format is: playable music with no lead vocals. Acceptable music formats: Karaoke Backing Track, Burned CD, or iPod with downloaded music. The top singers selected by judges scoring will advance to the finale on March 30. Finale contestants should have two songs ready to perform following the same contest formats.

The auditions will allow each contestant four (4) minutes to perform their song selection. The judges will comment immediately following each singer’s performance and score them. As part of the registration process, entrants will receive an email that verifies song titles are approved for performance. Song titles are selected on first come first serve basis. There will no duplications of songs during each audition week.

Contestants are encouraged to invite their family and friends to support them during the competition for North Georgia Idol. The public is welcome to attend the show with no cover charge when dining in The Lodge at Copperhead restaurant.

2012 contestants are encouraged to compete again. 2012 Winner, Palmer Mirelle will join us for the finale to perform and as a guest judge. Palmer is fourteen years old and has been performing since the age of three.  During 2012 Palmer was named North Georgia Idol, and was crowned Platinum First Place Winner in the Rising Star Competition in Tennessee.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Michelle Evans for information.

The Lodge at Copperhead, 171 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, GA is a destination resort offering lodging, casual fine dining, full service bar, cabins, and other amenities on the forty acre resort. Lodging reservations are available at website: www.thelodgeatcopperhead.com or by calling 706-835-7433.

North Georgia Idol Host & Presenting Sponsors: The Lodge at Copperhead, and C&C Media.

For more information, contact:
Michelle Evans

Thanksgiving & Holidays @ The Lodge

Winter Hours of Operation


6-9 pm, Bar until

Lawbike.com Texas Hold’ em Poker Tournament

FREE to play!


6-9 pm, Bar until Buy one dinner, get the second 1/2 off


Closed, you’ll have to find your fix elsewhere


6-9 pm, Bar until


6-9 pm, Bar until Karaoke at 6 pm

Families Welcome

Over 18 after 8 pm


8 a-9 pm, Bar until Check calendar for weekly entertainment


Brunch Coming Soon!

8 am – 3 pm

$5 “Appy Hour” Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat 5-6:30 pm

Thanksgiving Special

As we take a quick breath after summer season and gear up for the Holiday Season, Anthony, Michelle, Chef Bill and all the Staff at The Lodge want to say THANK YOU for making 2012 a banner year for us. Our wish is for peace, joy and many memories made during your Thanksgiving holiday. From our families to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a few openings left for our Thanksgiving Special. Bring your family and enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains this Thanksgiving in one of our cozy log cabins. Cabin information and amenities. Stay three nights or more between November 18 – 25, 2012, get FREE Thanksgiving Buffet. Buffet Menu Three night getaways start at $387. Use PROMO CODE TKNG when making reservations online. Check availability

Join the staff, guests, and friends of The Lodge at Copperhead for what has become an annual Thanksgiving tradition. The Chef and his team will do the cooking and cleaning for you. Enjoy a carefully prepared meal, and then spend some time relaxing in The Great Hall by the fireplace, sipping beverages in The Bar, or enjoying the views and cozy fire on The Porch.

Thanksgiving Buffet – Thursday, November 22nd, all welcome, reservations encouraged. Local? Don’t sweat in the kitchen. Call us today to reserve your Fried Turkey. Just $29.95.

Winter is a GREAT time to visit

Winter in the North Georgia Mountains can be a wonderful getaway. If you are celebrating an anniversary or birthday over the next couple of months, consider a gift to yourself or your significant other – spend a relaxing weekend with us! Rates are low, we keep the fire stoked, and we’d love to have you visit.

Christmas Gift Card Special

We make shopping for your hard to buy someone – EASY! Buy them a Lodge Gift Certificate and reward yourself with an extra $10 on each $50 purchased. Certificates never expire and are good for food, beverages, lodging, and special events. Call 706-835-7433 today to order yours.

Pig Roast IV – January 19, 2013

The first January Anthony & I owned the Lodge, we wanted to celebrate his birthday with a gathering of our friends from Florida and all of our new Georgia friends. Mike Watson & his band made their debut and the rest is history. All in all, we had over 80 people at that first roast in Jan 2010 – and this year we want to make it the best yet!

Rollin’ Smoker (big winners of Hog Jam ’12) have volunteered to come up and cook for the party! We’ll have live music on Saturday night, and a weekend of non-stop Lodge fun. Two night packages including breakfast (Sat & Sun) & Pig Roast passes (including meal) for two people start at just $236! Make plans today to join us and book online using PROMO CODE PIGR

P.S. Valentines Day is just around the corner. Details coming soon about our plans for Heart Ball IV

Take the Challenge in 2013!

The Lodge at Copperhead, 171 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, GA – 706-835-7433, TheLodgeAtCopperhead.com


McElvis kicks off New Year Celebration

Teddy Bears, Tender Lovers, Burnin’ Loves & Lucky Charms,   Join me and the mcELVIS LIVE COMPANY on Saturday December 29, 2012 @ THE LODGE AT COPPERHEAD in BLAIRSVILLE, GA.   The Lodge has assembled a weekend to remember (beginning Saturday night) as Vegas comes to the mountains!   The Classic Tribute to Elvis Presley will consist of 5 different eras of music from the early years, the army years, the movie years, the 60s and the ultimate 70s!   Marque Cooper of Cooper Entertainment will supply an amazing light show and plenty of music to dance by between sets! Whenever the Master of Ceremonies announces: “ALL DANCE! ALL DANCE!” You’ll have the opportunity to “cut-a-rug” and “get-cha-Elvis-on” to some of the most incredible music of all time!   The Lodge at Copperhead is preparing a full menu for those who will be making a memorable evening of an exquisite dinner and exciting show!   CALL NOW! RESERVE YOUR SEAT(S) NOW! MAKE YOUR PLANS NOW! Join me and the gang for a fabulous time in Blairsville!   Bring your digital camera! Bring your video camera! Bring a friend! Bring a family member! Bring yourself!   “Thank ya… thank ya veer much!”

Full Details

Elvisly Yours,


Holiday Weekend in Mountain Wine Country

Make plans now to tour North Georgia as a part of the 2012 Holiday Weekend in Mountain Wine Country.

The newly formed Mountain Wine Country Cooperative is delighted to present the inaugural Holiday Weekend in Mountain Wine Country December 1st and 2nd, 2012.

Purchase a limited edition Mountain Wine Country glass at any of the ten participating wineries for $10 and take it to participating wineries during our special two-day event. Tasting charges will be waived and each winery will be offering a special experience to its Holiday Weekend visitors!

As an added bonus, The Lodge at Copperhead is offering 20% off lodging in any of our Cozy Cabins. Use PROMO CODE WINE when making reservations online. Check Availability

Featured Wineries:

Calaboose Cellars   Cartecay Vineyards
Andrews, NC           Ellijay, GA
(828) 321-2006      (706) 698-9463

Cherokee Cellars    Crane Creek Vineyards
Murphy, NC             Young Harris, GA
(828) 835-9565      (706) 379-1236

Eagle Fork Vineyards        Hightower Creek Vineyards
Hayesville, NC                    Hiawassee, GA
(828) 389-VINO                (706) 896-8963

Nottley River Valley Vineyards          Serenberry Vineyards
Murphy, NC                                           Morganton, GA
(828) 837-7822                                    (706) 623-8463

Sharp Mountain Vineyards         Valley River Vineyards
Jasper, GA                                      Murphy, NC
(770) 735-1210                              (828) 837-0691

Contact: Michelle Evans, 706-835-7433 or email michelle@thelodgeatcopperhead.com

Appalachian Chili Cook Off III Results

Appalachian Chili Cook-off III – October 27, 2012

The morning dawned crisp and clear to welcome chili cookers for the 3rd Annual Appalachian Chili Cook-off at The Lodge at Copperhead, Blairsville on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

Teams arrived early to set-up their booths on the famed wrap-around porch. The outdoor fireplace was lit and toasty as contestants warmed themselves near it, with a cup of coffee before beginning the competition. An easy camaraderie developed between chili cookers as they vied for the title of “Best” and prizes.

Chili lovers and music aficionados strolled the porch sampling and voting for their favorite chili while listening to the “High Noon Band”. 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:

Backyard winner: Two Does Chili
Pro winner: Chef’s Texas Chili

The Lodge at Copperhead thanks the judges for their difficult reviews and the general public for attending this year’s event.

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. Information is available at website: http://www.thelodgeatcopperhead.com.

Hog Jam 2012 – Results

Hog Jam 2012 Results

A foggy morning gave way to a beautiful fall day filled with the aroma of BBQ in the North Georgia Mountains on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Professional and backyard teams worked tirelessly through the evening  Friday and all day Saturday to compete for the thousands of dollars in prize money.

In its inaugural year, the Presenting Sponsor for Hog Jam 2012 was Forty Creek Whisky. All members of the BBQ teams, sponsors, judges, vendors, and board members of the sanctioning body, Georgia BBQ Association, enjoyed a Friday night welcome reception sponsored by Forty Creek Whisky and Kinetic Telecom Services. The reception featured hors’d oeuvres prepared by Chef Bill Minkert and the Copperhead Culinary Team as well as an open bar featuring Forty Creek Whisky. Live music by 12 Gauge Persuaders kept the teams up and dancing until it was time to get to the work they had come for – BBQ!

On Saturday, vendors lined the covered front porch of the Lodge, along with a large display set up by Harley Davidson of Cartersville, another event sponsor. Patrons were able to shop with vendors, enjoy a plate of BBQ donated by Bi-Lo, Blairsville, GA and prepared by Smokey Q BBQ, Blairsville, GA and listen to live music by Modern Vinyl and Mike Watson Blues Band.

Over $6,000 in prize money was awarded to the best teams. Results were as follows:

Grand Champion – Jethro’s Cooking Crew, Richland, GA

Reserve Champion – Smokinwilly Squealers, Barney, GA

Professional Results:

Ribs – 1st place – Jethro’s Cooking Crew, Richland GA

Ribs – 2nd place – Bubba Grills, Haddock, GA

Ribs – 3rd place – Smokinwilly Squealers, Barney, GA

Pulled Pork – 1st place – Smokinwilly Squealers, Barney, GA

Pulled Pork – 2nd place – Onsite Ribs, Jackson, GA

Pulled Pork – 3rd place – The Pampered Pig, Blackshear, GA

Pork Loin – 1st place – Jethro’s Cooking Crew, Richland, GA

Pork Loin – 2nd place – Bubba Grills, Haddock, GA

Pork Loin – 3rd place – The Pampered Pig, Blackshear, GA

Backyard Results:

Grand Champion – Diggin Que, Rome, GA

Reserve Champion – Rollin Smoker, Cumming, GA

Ribs – 1st place – Diggin Que, Rome, GA

Ribs – 2nd place – Screaming Eagle BBQ, Tiger, GA

Ribs – 3rd place – Rollin Smoker, Cumming, GA

Pulled Pork – 1st place – Diggin Que, Rome, GA

Pulled Pork – 2nd place – Screaming Eagle BBQ, Tiger, GA

Pulled Pork – 3rd place – Rollin Smoker, Cumming, GA

Pork Loin – 1st place – Wilbur’s Been Smokin’ Somthin’, Woodstock, GA

Pork Loin – 2nd place – Rollin Smoker, Cumming, GA

Pork Loin – 3rd place – Diggin Que, Rome, GA

Ancillary Results:

Sauce – Onsite Ribs, Jackson, GA

Brunswick Stew – Smokinwilly Squealers, Barney, GA

Wild Game – Onsite Ribs, Jackson, GA

Dessert – Rufus Smokehouse BBQ, Stockbridge, GA

Bloody Mary – Onsite Ribs, Jackson, GA

The Lodge at Copperhead and the Georgia BBQ Association wish to thank the generous sponsors who made this event possible. Forty Creek Whisky, Kinetic Telecom Service, Lawbike.com, Harley Davidson of Cartersville, RUWebby, LLC, Straight Count Choppers, Biker Barn, Holiday Inn Express, Bi-Lo, Blairsville, GA, TH Griffith Agency, Inc., Visual Outdoor Advertising, Elder Financial Services – Nationwide Insurance, Mountain View RV Resort, Blairsville Cinema, and United Community Bank. Without your support this event would not have been possible, and we thank you!

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.