Mary Jo Stamper, owner and innkeeper at the Aska Lodge, stated "What a honor to be included in this list of stellar lodging choices all over Georgia. We have the most amazing guests from all over the world (19 countries so far) and just love getting to know them and sharing the beauty of Blue Ridge and the surrounding area." Ranked by Trip Advisor as the #1 B&B in Blue Ridge, the Aska Lodge's new Glass Garden is an unparalleled display of crystal and glass yard art, bottle trees, prism windchimes, a crystal mushroom patch and bejeweled gazing balls, made from recycled bowling balls.
Featuring 4 unique bedrooms each with private bath and either a porch, balcony or Jacuzzi, the Aska Lodge is close to town but a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Perched on the side of Long Mountain but easily accessible on paved roads, the 3 acre property is a Certified Wildlife Habitat which makes it popular with visiting deer, wild turkey and even an occasional bear. Area activities include white water rafting, hiking, fishing, tubing, horseback riding, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, and a plethora of waterfalls to enjoy.
A hillside firepit is perfect for both stargazing and roasting marshmallows, and the multiple porch swings and rockers encourage amazing bird watching, using binoculars provided by the inn. A special treat in the late summer and early fall are the huge swarms of hungry Ruby-throated hummingbirds. The "Hummer Rodeo" at the Aska Lodge is truly a spectacle to behold, as dozens of the tiny dynamos flock the multiple feeders at the same time, battling it out for supremacy.
"Although most guests comment that our attention to detail is what keeps them coming back, perhaps our most popular amenity is our bottomless cookie jar filled with our popular Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies...it's hard to keep it filled most days!", noted Mary Jo.
Open year round, the inn is especially popular in the summer and autumn, where visitors flock to the area for the spectacular fall foliage. Reservations available by phone 706-632-0178 or online www.askalodge.net.