If you are headed to tame the Dragon’s Tail, ride the Moonshiner, master the Cherohola Skyway or conquer the Gauntlet, I have a fantastic place for you to tuck your bike in when night falls. A rustic biker refuge in the northern Georgia mountains, The Lodge at Copperhead, near Blairsville, is close to all four “bucket list rides” and offers everything you need. I was fortunate enough to stay there on a recent bike trip with the “Queens of the Road” group from the HD Forums and when I get a chance, I will definitely go back.
As we rode into this scenic resort, I immediately felt at peace. There were green rolling hills, with gorgeous mountains as a backdrop. The rustic cabins that dotted the open grassy area’s, as well as being hidden among the trees were very inviting, while the lodge stood like a beacon to weary travelers, which we certainly were after hours of riding. We rode up to the Lodge, parked our bikes and slowly dragged ourselves off, to head inside to check in. We were cheerfully greeted by Larry, who got us all situated and pointed us to our cabin, where we could park it for the night.
Off we went to our hideaway in the woods. One of the cool things about The Lodge at Copperhead is that all their cozy elite cabins have a cute motorcycle garage and a hot tub! Being able to lock up your bike, in a garage at night, out of the rain was awesome. Our cabin had four ladies, with four bikes and unfortunately only three would fit in the garage, but luckily my friend Sheri was smart and had packed her bike cover, so it was protected during the rain showers we had. The cabin was stocked with everything we needed and decorated in a biker theme, as you can see from our Harley toilet. Our cabin had a screened in porch with a huge inviting hot tub, that we certainly put to good use one night after riding in the rain, after taming the Dragon’s Tail.
Heading back up to the Lodge, where we spent several hours hanging with all the ladies on our trip, we were able to grab some dinner and relax. The Lodge not only has a large dining room area, but a bar where you can have some drinks, as well as fantastic food. A large wrap around porch, with comfy couches, rocking chairs, pool tables and an outdoor fireplace, invited us all to prop up our feet and get to know each other better. And although the salt water pool looked tempting, riding as many curvy mountain roads as possible over our weekend, was higher on our agenda than lounging by the pool.
Speaking of riding, our goal was to log plenty of mountain miles and staying at the Lodge put us in the right place. Located only 59 miles from the Cherohola Skyway, 70 miles from the Moonshiner 28 and 77 miles from the Dragon’s Tail, you can not only ride them all but cruise some beautiful scenic roads to get to them. Plus it is the headquarters for the Gauntlet, so you can check that off your “biker bucket list” too.
Owners Michelle Evans and Anthony Cassulo are doing it right. They have a friendly, accommodating staff of about 15 people who really care about you and your needs during your stay. They offer not only cabins, but luxury hotel rooms at the lodge, along with a bunk room if you just want to crash for a night. There is covered motorcycle parking around the Lodge for all guests and several amenities available.
As for my personal experience, on my bike trip with the girls, I was very impressed by the casual, yet professional atmosphere, along with the friendly hospitality they offered. On the few nights that it rained during our stay, they shuttled us around in their personal vehicles so we didn’t have to walk to our cabins in the rain, they also allowed us to use their golf cart to lug stuff to each others cabins and Sara took us back to our cabins, even when it wasn’t raining, because we were tired after a long day of riding. To me, that kind of personal attention is what makes or breaks a place and the staff at the Lodge is doing it right. Kudos to them for creating a great biker retreat, in the mountains, that makes you want to kick up your feet and stay a while….or makes you want to log as many miles as possible in the beautiful scenery, which is what we did (see slideshow pictures).
So if you’re traveling to the area and are looking for the perfect place to park your bike at night, as well as yourself, I’d recommend you think about a visit to to this great biker haven tucked into the mountains of Georgia. For specific details and to see more pictures, check out their website at www.thelodgeatcopperhead.com and tell them Kari from Competition Accessories sent ya.