Boing! Spring is Near!


Hours of Operation:

Monday – 5-11 pm Texas Hold em Poker Tourney

Tuesday – 5-9 pm

COMING SOON! All you can eat Crab Legs!!

Wednesday – CLOSED

Thursday – 5-9 pm

COMING SOON! Wing Night & Trivia!

Friday – 5-11 pm

Prime Rib Night!

Saturday – 8 am – 11 pm

Check Calendar for weekend entertainment

Sunday – 8 am – 3 pm

Boing! Spring is Near!

Most of us have been enjoying a few days of a sneak peek of Spring, and us mountain folk are getting excited!!

We”ve got a ton of breaking news and exciting things to share with you.

New 2014 Menu – coming April 2014 – join us for our Taste of Copperhead on Thursday, March 27th. $14 ticket gets you and unlimited selection of any of the new menu items to try. From new appetizers like Caramelized Bacon (because we all love bacon!) and Blue Crab Claws, to new Entrees of Fisherman’s Catch and our new EAT LIKE A MAN Steak, finished off with our new “house” dessert – Key Lime Cheesecake. You can taste all these and more for $14! Call 706-835-7433 to reserve your seat today.

Goin” Low Country for Relay

This Saturday, March 15th – 4-7 pm, join us for a fundraiser supporting Team Salty Cowgirls and Relay for Life. Tickets on sale now. $15 – full Low Country Boil with non-alcoholic beverage. Enjoy live music by Leather & Lace. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life.

Reserve your ticket today – 706-835-7433

St. Patty”s Day Party – Monday, March 17th

Chef Cassie will be cooking up your Irish favorites, and the bar will be pouring all the famous drinks for the occasion.

Dinner Specials – Corned Beef & Cabbage, Bangers & Mash

Wear your green and avoid the pinch – PLUS – get 10% off all food items

We have Spring Fever!

And….as a result, you are the winner.

Coming Soon!
Tuesday – all you can eat Crab Legs!
Thursday – $.50 Wing Night and Live Trivia with DJ Dan!
Weekends – $5, 8 minute Breakfast!

North Georgia”s premier vacation destination

Planning to visit the mountains this year? Make reservations now. Rooms & Cabins are filling quickly. Visit our website for all our Spring/Summer/Fall events, choose your accommodations, and make plans now to visit!

Your information is always safe with us. We send you emails, including special offers & discounts and so that you know what is going on here at Copperhead Lodge. We will never sell or give away your information and appreciate your support.

Copperhead Lodge, 171 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, GA – 706-835-7433,

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 for information on real estate, and visit the resort website at for more information on the resort. If you need additional information, please contact Michelle Evans at 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, 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


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,, 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!

Cabin 16 – SOLD!

The Lodge at Copperhead sells another cabin to a happy investor.

Cabin 16 Sold – purchased by Tom Gibson of Ohio for $92,500. This 2 bedroom 400 sq. ft. cabin sleeps four, and boasts large outdoor living areas, including covered and screened porches, a hot tub, a private garage, and is located directly across from all the action at The Lodge. The property’s newest cabin owner said, “I discovered The Lodge at Copperhead in January of this year and have since fallen in love with the place, the people, and the concept. I am excited to be an owner here, and know that I have a great investment.”

Copperhead offers a unique and read the poky little puppy online affordable real estate opportunity. The location offers the scenic beauty of the Appalachian Mountains easily accessed by major interstates, while 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 Lodge at Copperhead is a unique opportunity for the right buyer.

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:

For more information, contact:

Michelle Evans


Holidays at The Lodge

Winter & Holiday Events
Saturday – December 17th – Nashville Unleashed Christmas Show
Tickets still available – Special Lodging prices
Get all the details

Do you Two-fer?
Every Tuesday the best deal in town is at The Lodge. Two dine for just $22, with an appetizer, two entrees, and a sharable dessert. Join us this week!

Merry Christmas
The Lodge will be closed on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th to allow our hard working employees to spend time with their families. The staff thanks each of you for your support in 2011, and we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


New Years Eve – the only place to be in North GA
We’ve pulled out all the stops to throw the best New Years celebration around. McElvis brings his Viva Las Vegas show on Friday the 30th. Saturday the 31st we’ll transform the Grand Hall into a Vegas Casino with Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Poker, along with DJ and dancing. Lodging packages include accommodations, all food for the weekend, all access to shows & events, champagne and party favors at midnight, plus state and local taxes. Limited tickets available for non-lodging guests, including shuttle service – make plans today!
Thousands in prizes  – from Spa certificates, to Jewelry, to Florida beach vacations……and much, much more!

3rd Annual Pig Roast – Saturday, January 14, 2012
Don’t miss this annual event – just announced – Keren Leppo will play 6-9 pm!

Own the Lifestyle!
Congratulations to our new Cabin owners in 2011 – Cabin #22 and #23 were both sold this summer. Cabin #25 was built and sold this fall, along with our new demo Cabin #58 – and NOW – Cabin #24 is sold and under construction! After a stop in Atlanta at the Great American Motorcycle Show, Jan 27-29, 2012 it will be our newest addition! Now is the time to Own the Lifestyle! Find out how

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:  “Like” us on Facebook, and follow on Twitter @LodgeCH.


The Band “Crazy Heart” to Perform at Veterans Memorial Ground-breaking

By:  Don Byers – Guest Blogger

In the Fall of 2011, Friends Wendell Patterson, Don Byers and Tim Mustin were sitting on the porch at their favorite home-away –from home, The Lodge at Copperhead, mulling the possibilities of uniting as a band and maybe doing a few gigs around the tri-state area of GA, TN, and NC.  The decision was made for them when friend Michelle Evans, The Lodge at Copperhead, asked them to get together and perform at the ground-breaking for the Veterans Memorial being built on the grounds there.  After a couple of rehearsals, Kiyo Clendaniel joined up and the group was complete.  Wendell suggested the name “Crazy Heart”, after his favorite movie.  The others thought that would be a good name so “Crazy Heart” they are.

The group performs some old country, blues, classic rock, pop, Texas music, and some original songs written by members of the band.  All four sing lead and Tim and Kiyo also do excellent harmonies.  All members have performed professionally for many years before settling in the mountains.  For booking info call Wendell Patterson at 706-897-3698, Don Byers at 770-402-4902, or Tim Mustin at 828-361-4767.

About The Band Members:

Kiyo Clendaniel – Kiyo grew up in Tokyo, Japan, listening to Hand Williams music.  When she was 18 years old, she accompanied a girlfriend to her singing lesson.  While there, Kiyo was approached by a talent agent and asked to audition right then.  The result was a recording contract with Teichiku Recording Company, an affiliate of the USA Label, Decca Records.  After one year of preparation, several American and British Pop Songs were selected, and recorded in the Japanese language and released in Japan.

Kiyo was selected by her label to present Brenda Lee with flowers onstage at Brenda’s very first appearance in Japan.  Being acquainted with and being onstage with Brenda Lee and other American Decca Artists gave her great exposure and experience leading to her becoming a popular recording artist in Japan.

With the songs she recorded, she made a lot of appearances both on TV and onstage and eventually became emcee for a popular radio music program in Japan.

Due to her love for American Country Music she left Teichiku Records when her contract expired and joined a Japanese Country and Western Band and toured U.S. Military bases in Japan and Taiwan.

After her marriage, her husband’s job took them to Tucson, Arizona where she did guest appearance at C&W Clubs and other events.  They then moved to Bakersfield, California, Country Music Center for the West Coast and home base for Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and many other recording artists.  Kiyo joined the popular J. R. Sanders Band and performed at private parties, country clubs, and Bakersfield TV Shows as well as benefit shows such as “Toys for Tots.”

In 1983, with a new husband she moved to Phoenix, Arizona until 2007, when they moved to Blairsville, GA.  Kiyo, a big fan of Patsy Cline, because a founding member of the band “Crazy Heart” in 2011.  She does lead vocals, harmony and percussion in the band.

Wendell Patterson – Wendell grew up in Union Country Georgia in a family of singers and musicians.  His father, Clyde, was a gospel singer and teacher as well as an accomplished fiddle player.  Uncle Claude was a singer and teacher and Aunt Beulah Mae and her daughters performed as the Pettit Family.

Wendell grew up listening to the WSM Grand Ole Opry’s Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubb as well as Nashville’s other bi wattage station, WLAC.  From WLAC Wendell listened to a younger B.B King and Howlin’ Wolf.  This led to a taste in very diverse music genres.

He started out playing rhythm guitar and he and friend Don Byers teamed up to play back-up for several singing groups at Union County High School winning several talent contests.

Wendell switched to electric bass when his friend returned from the Army and they soon were playing clubs in the Atlanta area and backing such artists as rockabilly singer Buddy Knox.  After going their separate ways musically Wendell worked Atlanta Clubs as well as working as a studio bass player and playing on many Atlanta recordings.  He and Steve Getzman, who became drummer for the band “Exile,” did a year long stint at the prestigious “Earl’s Place” in Atlanta.   And, yes Wendell was required to wear a tux at “Earl’s.”

After doing some road work with a traveling band, Wendell moved back him with his family to the old hometown where he immediately went to work with local bands.  In the mid eighties Wendell and some friends formed “The Rubber Band.”  They recorded an album entitled “Facing the Music” using several original songs written by band members and friend Don Byers.  Several cuts from their album received airplay and lots of work for the band.

After this group went their separate ways Wendell and son Andy, a very talented drummer, worked in several back-up bands in North GA, including back-up for Nashville artist, Craig Collins.  Wendell has been in a band that worked Anderson Music Hall in Hiwassee and has opened for such people as The Bellamy Brothers, Gene Watson, Brad Paisley and many Grand Ole Opry Artists.

Recently Wendell has released two CD’s of mostly original music and is currently working on his third.

In 2011, Wendell and friends formed the band “Crazy Heart.”  And last but best; Wendell will be placed in the “Hall of Honor Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame” in December 2011.  He has paid his dues well.

Don Byers – Don spent his childhood in Union County, GA.  Both his grandfathers were musicians.  He got his first guitar lesson from neighbor Billy Burnett about 1952 and his first heroes were singer/songwriters such as Hank Williams.  Also, people who got his attention were guitarists such as Merle Travis and Chet Atkins.  So with help of his thumb-picking cousin, the legendary JR. Mauney, he developed a style of guitar playing similar to them.  Another cousin, the well-known square dance caller, Ray Mauney showed Don some chords in the early days.

Don and his friend Wendell Patterson listened to Country, Rockabilly and Delta Blues Music when just kids and learned to appreciate all genres of music.  Together they played back-up for several singing groups while in High School winning several talent contests while whetting their talents.

In 1961, while in Japan in the Army, Don teamed with another GI, Ray Lambright, and two naval airmen, Tom “Monty” Montgomery and Rim “Sky” Zawlocki forming a rock-n-roll instrumental group, “The Strangers.”   In no time at all they were popular in the Tokyo/Yokohama area and were signing autographs and playing gigs every weekend.  The “Strangers” even designed their guitars for a Japanese Guitar Company, “Guya-Tone.”

Returning home he hooked up with his buddy Wendell and formed a group that played around the Atlanta area clubs backing up such singers as rockabilly artists Buddy Knox.  The two friends eventually went their separate ways and Don shifted his headquarters to Nashville due to his love for songwriting.  About the time of this transition, actor Tony Romano recorded two of Don’s songs and they received airplay around the Southern United States.  He was published by such top companies as Acuff-Rose and Tree Publishing, both gobbled up by Sony Music.  A short stint at Roger Miller Music was a great experience, but Don soon teamed up with Tom Jennings, brother to outlaw  Waylon Jennings.  Together they traveled the USA, Canada, and did several tours of Great Britain performing before Don went back on his own.  While working out of Nashville Don appears with such artists as Bobby Dare, Jack Greene & Jeanne Sealy, Del Reaves, Larry Gatlin and many others.

Don stayed out of the music business a few years, but in the “90’s” at the urging of friend Herb White of GP-TV and friend and mentor, songwriter Mickey Newbury, Don became a solo acoustic act performing original music at such acoustic clubs as Eddie’s Attic, The Freight Room, and more recently, The Crimson Moon in Dahlonega, GA.  Don has appeared a number of times with two of his favorite acoustic artists, Gove Scrivnor and the late Larry Jon Wilson, and worked the International Songwriter’s Festival on the Gulf Coast.

Along the way, Don has recorded several CD’s of original music and is now working on new CD with producer Sean Clyde, nephew of Roy Clark.  This is all new material and some is being recorded the day after written.

And last and best, over 50 years after they started out, Don is back with old friend Wendell Patterson in a brand new band, “Crazy Heart.”

Tim Mustin– Tim is not only a good drummer, he is a fine vocalist as well as natural harmony singer.  He was born in Norfolk, VA.  At an early age, he made a deal with his Mother.  He would try to learn to play piano if he could have a drumset.  Mom agreed and the piano was soon forgotten, gatehring  dust.

Tim’s first professional gig was at the ripe old age of 13 in a local bar.  By late teens, he was in South Georgia studying percussion and voice at Georgia Southwestern College at Americus, GA.  He learned to love Blues music by hanging out in rural black bars in South Georgia and listening to the music played by local musicians.

He learned to love Blues music by hanging out in rural black bars in South Georgia and listening to the music played by local musicians.  It was there in the Deep South where Tim met the Reverend Pearly Crown, A Blues guitarist who claimed to have taught Dwayne Allman to play Bottleneck guitar.  Tim says that Pearly made a great impression on him and inspired him to join a local band in South Georgia.  It was with this band that Tim opened for such Southern greats as Lynyrd Skynard in the early 1970’s, the heyday of Southern Rock Music.

This century finds Tim living in the Mountains of Western North Carolina.  Tim is well-known for his other passion woodcraft, and is known in the Hayesville area for that and his other craft, music.

He is a founding member of the band, “Crazy Heart,” a group of guys and one lady who do a variety of Blues, Country, and Old Time Rock –N-Roll.





Thanksgiving Feast – Blairsville, GA

Since the nineteenth century early gold rush days near Dahlonega, GA., the hills in Blairsville were known for their purest gold.  Time and greed quickly gobbled up the precious mineral.  Yet, there is still gold in these mountains.  Located at the top of Georgia, the city of mountains with its motto “A Place for All Seasons” gives visitors an ah ha experience twelve months of the year.

Blairsville has a rich history of gold, Cherokee Indians, early settlers, and colorful autumns.  It acts as a passing reminder of the first Thanksgiving in 1621 when the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast.  Although, there have been changes throughout the centuries – struggles
and achievement – meshing the past into chronological events to review in history
books, the majestic beauty of the mountains remains the same.

This year begin a tradition of family gatherings in the mountains of North Georgia.  Meet family and friends at The Lodge at Copperhead and experience the blissful pleasure of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Reserve your table today for the 2011 Thanksgiving Day Feast, November 24th from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.  The menu is available on the website or Facebook.  Also, check-out the “To Go” Deep-fried Cajun Turkeys.  “Reservations
Only Seating” by calling 706-835-7433 or email:

2nd Annual Appalachian Chili Cook-off

2nd Annual Appalachian Chili Cook-off – November 5, 2011

2nd Annual Appalachian Chili Cook-off

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. (November 1, 2011) The 2nd Annual Appalachian Chili Cook-off will be held November 5th at The Lodge at Copperhead, Blairsville, GA.  The Chef Teams will begin cooking promptly at 8 a.m.  The general public is invited to sample the best chili in the mountains from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and enjoy live music by “Neighborhood Watch.” from Noon-4 p.m.  Advance Tickets $5 per person which includes five chili samples.

Chili Cooks are encouraged to enter to win Cash, The Copper Spoon Award, and the Grand Prize: Weekend Getaway to The Lodge at Copperhead. The Competition Categories:  Backyard (non-professionals), Civil Service (Police, Fire, Rescue, Etc.), Churches and Restaurants (The Pros). Think you can make the best chili?  You can download the entry form from the website calendar:

Reserve you stay today to celebrate autumn in the North Georgia Mountains where the outside temperature is expected to be 64 Degrees on the day of the cook-off.  This annual event is proudly sponsored by Budweiser.

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:, “Like” us on Facebook, and follow on Twitter @LodgeCH.