Families of all sizes find fun in downtown Blue Ridge – multigenerational shopping, a ride on the rails and sweet treats promise unbeatable fun for all

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In downtown Blue Ridge, restaurants, shops and a playground – all against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad cars, promise spectacular adventure for families of all sizes and ages. Embark on a multigenerational excursion to the Blue Ridge Mall, full of booths with memorabilia for sale that will have grandparents engaged in conversations of yesteryear. Ladies fall in love with Canoe for chic jewelry featured more than once on the models in the famous “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition” and handmade luggage and carry-all bags.

Fill the belly at any number of downtown dine-ins, such as Harvest on Main, Cantaberry Restaurant with homemade soups, sandwiches and daily specials like roast beef and fresh mozzarella cheese on a French baguette with she-crab soup. Step inside Huck’s General Store where barrels of candy, toys and puzzles will make everyone feel like a child again, if only at heart. It’s all aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad which takes passengers on a 26-mile ride through the scenic countryside of Blue Ridge, lays over in McCaysville before returning riders to downtown Blue Ridge. After the railway adventure, let kids decompress with a romp on the downtown playground where imaginary expeditions are sure to take the form of conductors and steam engines. End the day on a sweet note at Three Sisters Fudge or the Sweet Shoppe, winner of the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.”