The Lodge at Copperhead (or, as most folks, including us, around here call it: “Copperhead Lodge”) had their Grand Opening festivities this past week. We are very glad someone was able to rescue this venue from the depths of vacant foreclosure, because it’s really the only place to go in Blairsville and unwind in a bar/restaurant type setting.
We are members of the The 171 Club @ Copperhead, which is a limited and exclusive social club limited to 500 members. Pool, hot tub, fitness rooms, Bar storage and corkage fees are amongst a nice list of amenities and perks for belonging to the Lodge. We joined back in January and have enjoyed numerous member only gatherings.
With Grand Opening finally here, there was a great turnout for the Ribbon Cutting Wednesday night, March 31st, followed by 4 days of activities, fun and food. During the Ribbon Cutting, Michelle gave a great speech, non-alcoholic champagne toasts were made after another great speech, then plate upon plate of great finger foods, made by Chef Joel, were presented by smiling waitresses (big shout out to Erin!) to a milling crowd.
We camped out at our favorite corner seats at the bar in the member’s only room and relaxed, ate and listened to the conversations around.
Then on Thursday night they had “Bike Night” kickoff at 6:30pm. With food specials and a live remote by Garage 71 Radio and Hellbent Hillbillies at 7pm, Attendees were able to hang with their buddies on the porch and enjoy the good weather. Free Draft Beer was provided by Bikers Barn & Cowboy Custom Trailers & Supplies out of Blairsville.
Friday night brought a showing of American Graffiti out in the natural amphitheater known as The Yard. Admission was free for bikers and $10 for cars & trucks, but you got that back on your food order. People sat out on the grassy slope overlooking the screen and enjoyed a fine spring night under the stars.
Saturday kicked off the first of many Saturday Morning Breakfast Rides, leaving at 8:45am. They also had “Ride Like A Pro Demos” throughout the day. At 12 noon the car show swung into gear with first place plaques awarded at 4pm. If that wasn’t enough, everyone could sit and relax, hang out with friends and fellow members and listen and watch the Mike Watson Blues Band (they will be back in May). Awesome time was had by all.
Last but never least, was Easter sunrise service on Sunday at 7:30am in “The Yard” with Pastor Dakota, accompanied by Karen Leppo. Then to satisfy rumbling tummies, Chef Joel’s Blackboard Brunch at 9am in The Restaurant.
We sure hope this is a good sign of things to come, because we need entertainment like this here in Blairsville. Just an easy place to sit an unwind after a long day or a hard week. Have a few drinks with friends and enjoy the surroundings.
Good luck Michelle and Anthony!! Looking forward to spending the year with you.
More on Copperhead from “Hotel Online“:
The Lodge at Copperhead is a scenic 40-acre resort nestled in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Copperhead currently features 11 well-appointed guest suites and 11 cabins with private motorcycle garages. Resort amenities include a large common with fireplace, restaurant, lounge, gift shop, swimming pool, outdoor fireplace and pavilion/amphitheater. The resort features both indoor and outdoor space for meetings, weddings, special events and group gatherings. With lots yet to be developed, Copperhead offers affordable real estate investment opportunities.
The resort lodge was purchased at auction in October 2009 by hospitality executive Michelle Evans and retired building contractor Anthony Cassulo, both long-time motorcycle enthusiasts from Shalimar, Fla.
“It has been our dream to operate a resort like this. Copperhead is a beautiful setting for a vacation getaway or group gathering,” co-owner Michelle Evans said. “We look forward to making this wonderful mountain resort a special place that both locals and visitors, who may or may not ride, feel welcome and are proud to call their home away from home,” Evans said.