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community spotlight

Helen, GA

a Bavarian Alpine Experience he story of Helen’s reinvention is one of local entrepreneurship and civic cooperation that has changed a dying lumber town into Georgia’s third most visited city. Conveniently located just 15 miles off Highway 365/I-985 and located an hour and a half north of Atlanta via I-85 or GA Hwy. 400 makes it the perfect getaway.

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roots in the area. John drew up sketches that were inspired by his time in the service in Germany and visits to small Bavarian towns. With town approval, local carpenters began turning ideas into reality and many of the old buildings had new facades. Helen's first Oktoberfest was held in 1970 and as the town grew they included the tradition of the Helen to Atlantic Balloon Race. The addition of the Festhalle, new downtown stores and cobblestone alleyways helped transform the tiny town as buildings were painted with scenes of Bavaria and North Georgia, mirroring the migration of early settlers. Festivals and events continued throughout the year including Winefest, Volksmarch, Fourth of July fireworks, and Bavarianfest. From mid-September through October, Helen hosts the longest Oktoberfest in the South. During the Holiday season from Thanksgiving through December the town twinkles with beautiful lights and decorations. The Helen Arts and Heritage Center houses The History Museum which tells the story about how it was founded. Originally this pristine mountain valley was the home to the Cherokee Indians and how pioneers developed the Unicoi Turnpike that brought thousands of miners for the Great Georgia Gold Rush. Visitors can see the original sketches of John Kollack that has shaped this picturesque Alpine Village of what it is today. Holiday 2019 | www.mountainlakeguide.com

The area is also known for its pristine beauty, exemplified by attractions such as Anna Ruby Falls, a 150-foot waterfall that's in the Chattahoochee National Forest, and the headwaters of the Chattahoochee River. Unicoi State Park also provides miles of streams and trails for unlimited fishing, hiking and biking opportunities. Many Historical landmarks such as Nora Mill Grist Mill established in 1876, The Hardman Farm, Stovall Mill Covered Bridge, and picturesque Sautee– Nacoochee Mound are all located nearby. Helen has many camping facilities, hotels, B&B’s and cabins to make your stay enjoyable. Delicious authentic German food is served in restaurants, pubs, and bakeries. With a wide variety of International food, ales, local wineries, plus entertainment, Helen offers a unique experience. Recreation and family activities are endless with trout fishing, hiking, tubing, mini golf, Ziplines, Escape rooms, Gemstone Mining, Art Galleries, Railroad Exhibit, and the new Georgia Mountain Coaster. A variety of unique shops have handcrafted items, toys, candy, and international gifts from around the globe. The beautiful scenery of the mountains, rivers, and waterfalls surround this area and continually invite visitors to Helen for a “Bavarian Alpine Experience”. VACATION GUIDE in the Mountains | 7


HELEN 706-865-6772 | 3083 Helen Hwy, Cleveland, GA 30528

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HELEN

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Christkindlemarkt

Christmas Market Nov. 30 - Dec 1 & Dec 7-8

Christkindlemarkts are a German tradition of local handmade Christmas specialties in a holiday atmosphere.

Dropping of the Edelweiss New Years Eve

Help us bring in the New Year with music, food, fun, party hats, dancing and the annual Dropping of the Edelweiss! Join us for heavy hors d’oeuvres, party favors, and midnight champagne toast - all included in one price. Celebrate the new year at this family-friendly event!

1074 Edelweiss Strasse

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German Mardi Gras Festival Feb 15 • 7-11pm

Celebrate Fasching with music and merriment. Costumes welcome but not required. Enjoy live German music, dancing and fun! Bar open, food available.

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Authentic Bavarian Bakery & Cafe

NOW OFFERING: tours and custom chocolate bars and apples made to order!

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Fun for the whole Family.

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HELEN Offering the largest variety of beers, wines and spirits throughout North Georgia.

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Largest liquor store in North GA • (706) 878-7050 •

SureStay by Best Western Helen Downtown • Newly renovated •M  icro-Fridge & Keurigs in all rooms •C  omplimentary breakfast • Complimentary WIFI • J acuzzi suites w/fireplaces • S easonally heated indoor pool • Close to Festhalle & shops • Best Western Rewards points

frontdesk@surestayhelen.com www.bestwestern.com 8396 South Main Street, Helen, GA

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Helen Convention Center Beautiful, modern hotel and convention center featuring:

• 86 Guest rooms & suites • 3000 sq ft meeting area with three dividers • Board room with teleconferencing capabilities • Two elevators • Guest laundries • State of the art audio-visual facilities • Jacuzzi suites, balcony rooms • Indoor heated pool with outdoor deck • Expanded hot breakfast buffet 8100 South Main Street, Helen, GA 30545 info@hiexpresshelenga.com • www.hiexpress.com/helenga (706) 878-1084 • fax (706) 381-8009 Carol Powell, General Manager 503 VACATION GUIDE in the Mountains | 11


HELEN

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HELEN 112 Poplar Stump Rd, Helen, GA

Taking reservations for weekday zipline tours.

Open on weekends, weather permitting, through spring.

Aerial Adventure Courses Zip Lines Climbing Wall

• Highly trained guides • State of the art gear • Automatic braking system for hands-free adventure • Course built to ACCT standards (Association for Challenge Course Technology Standards)

706.878.9471 • www.coolriveradventures.com

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In the heart of downtown, just off the beaten path behind Main Street shops. Listen for the windchimes! • Windchimes • Cabin, Lake, & Home Décor • Wedding & Baby Gifts • Clothing & Accessories • Agates & Geodes • Classic Toys • Walking Sticks • Jewelry • Knives: Case, Helle, Opinel, & More • Garden Décor

52 River St • Helen, GA 30545 • Open Daily 10am - 6pm www.wildewoodhelen.com 706-878-5373 • wildewoodshop@gmail.com facebook.com/wildewoodhelen instagram.com/wildewood_shop

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Sautee (706) 878-3300

283 Hwy 255 N. • Sautee-Nacoochee, GA 30571

www.folkpotterymuseum.com The Folk Pottery Museum is a property of the Sautee-Nacoochee Association

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Dave Drake Exhibit until February 28

145 artists • 3 locations • 1 ticket

www.StovallHouse.com | 706.229.4434 1526 Highway 255 N | Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571

B O O K YO U R N E X T E V E N T H E R E ! INN & EVENTS Come visit The Stovall House, a Wedding & Event Venue and Bed & Breakfast, nestled in the Sautee Nacoochee Valley.

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A glimpse back in time of a thriving general store operating for 144 years. Eat in our market, explore our museum, and enjoy shopping with us.

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THE RUSTIC SHOPPE A Unique Boutique

671 Helen Hwy, Cleveland, GA Special CHRISTMAS Dulcimer Concert and Sale December 7th • 10-4

~ Angels & Ornaments in Pewter ~ Baby Clothing & Gifts ~ Sterling Silver Jewelry ~ Christian T-Shirts of Faith

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Burgers, Sandwiches, Salads, Desserts Dine daily inside or on the porch

16 Old Nacoochee Road NEW HOURS Cleveland, GA 30528 7 days a week 706-865-3666 11:00am - 8:00pm www.creeksidedeli.com

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Cleveland Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Country Hideaway at Mountain Lakes is the perfect spot for a peaceful vacation. Built on rolling hills overlooking Lake Qualatchee, the resort offers onsite amenities -- miniature golf, waterslide, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and horseback riding are just a few of the many!

Country Hideaway Your Mountain Vacation Destination

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Dahlonega

Open 7 Days a Week 10am - 6pm

Gold Panning Gem Stone Grubbing Stampmill Tours Wagon Rides We now offer lapidary work; let us cut your gems to turn them into beautiful jewelry.

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Road Trip To

Dahlonega From Atlanta, GA From Chattanooga, TN From Asheville, NC From Greenville, SC

Dahlonega Georgia is a charming town rich with history of the first major U.S. Gold rush in 1828. There is more to this town than it’s “golden history” with wineries, downtown shops and restaurants. Outdoor venues have beautiful mountain vistas, roaring waterfalls, and hiking trails. The following are just a few of the highlights when visiting Dahlonega. Dahlonega Gold Museum - The Historic 1836 Lumpkin County Courthouse is the home to Dahlonega Gold Museum where visitors can see rare gold coins, artifacts, and history of the area. From huge gold nuggets, to maps of the mines, to a document signed by the 10th President of the United States- the Gold Museum features objects that brilliantly display the charm and the history of Dahlonega. Crisson Gold Mine – Home to the only working Stamp Mill in Georgia dated to the 1800’s; this has been used at several mines in the Dahlonega area and in other states. Placed on the site in the 1960’s, it has ten stamps with each one weighing 450 lbs. each. The purpose of the Stamp Mill is to crush gold bearing rock into sand so it can be processed. See how this mine has contributed to our State Capital and how you can pan for gold plus gemstones at the mine. Wineries and Vineyards - Home to several wine tasting rooms and over five wineries, Dahlonega offers a variety of award-winning wines to locals and visitors from all over the world. Its fertile, mineral-rich soil produces versatile lines of European, French hybrids, and American wine grapes. These venues offer tours, tastings, and impressive scenic views. During seasonal times of the year, annual events like the Dahlonega Wine Trail Weekend; are held every August, to tour each venue. Historic Downtown and Special Events - Dahlonega’s historic public square is the hub of the county’s thriving tourism activity. Lined with brick sidewalks, shops, galleries, and restaurants these charming historical 19th century buildings bring a quaint feeling to any visitor. Entertainment and Festivals are an integral part of Dahlonega’s heritage and it’s not unusual to hear musicians jamming on the square or see artists with their sketch pads taking part in the outdoor beauty.

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During the holiday’s, an Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration is held in December with lighting of luminaries, festivities, carolers, and Santa on the Square. The Holly Theater - built in 1946 has something to offer for entertainment to locals and tourists alike. The relaxed informal atmosphere makes the theater a great place to enjoy a show for music, comedy or theatre performance. Originally used as a movie house and continued through the 80’s, it was restored with community effort in the 1990’s and re-dedicated as The Holly Theatre Community Center, Inc. and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Amicalola State Park & Lodge is an 829 acre Georgia State Park located just outside of Dahlonega on GA Highway 52. The park’s name is derived from a Cherokee word meaning “tumbling waters”. This park has camping, hiking, picnic shelters, group shelters, trout fishing, geocaching and ranger programs. Twelve miles of hiking trails surround the entryway to the Appalachian Trail. Lodging facilities offer nice accommodations and dining with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Appalachian Trail and Waterfalls - Dahlonega is home to the beginning of the Appalachian Trail, a 2,100 plus mile hiking trail that extends up the eastern United States from Georgia to Maine. The famous trail starts on Springer Mountain which is located just a few miles from the in Amicalola State Park & Lodge. Amicalola Falls is the highest waterfall in the Eastern U.S. at an awe-inspiring 729 feet. Numerous Activities - The outdoor views in the Chattahoochee National Forest area are spectacular driving in the mountains, relaxing by Chestatee River fishing, kayaking, swimming, or tubing. Additional recreation includes golfing, horseback riding and ATV trails. Spend time in a cabin for the week or stay for a weekend. Other leisure activities such as Jolie Day Spa offer relaxing massages, spa & salon services. Stop in or call the Dahlonega Visitor’s Bureau at 13 Park Street. Call 1-800-231-5543 or go to www.dahlonega.org for more information. www.mountainlakeguide.com | Holiday 2019


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Exclusively American Amazingly Affordable Celebrating Art in Every Medium

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706.633.0141 • 83 Riverview Circle • ToccoaHouse.com

Over 1000+ft of Toccoa River Frontage +16 acres of secluded paradise in the mountains of Blue Ridge, GA. 572

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Blue Ridge

Mountain Getaway Cabins

866-862-2246 | www.mtngetawaycabinsbr.com office@mtngetawaycabins.com

11 Overview Dr, Suite 101 • Blue Ridge, GA 30513

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11 Overview Drive • Suite 101 Blue Ridge, GA 30513

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706-258-3737 866-4Cabins (422-2467)

240 West Main Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513

SouthernComfortCabinRentals.com

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Blairsville Stop in and see our expansive collections of Domestic and Imported wines from all around the world! Cheers! Todd & Larissa Littler

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Local Craft Beer available by package and Growler Fill’s!! Located on the Square in Downtown Blairsville | www.745wine.com | 706-745-WINE (9463)

513A Murphy Hwy in Blairsville

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Blairsville

Blairsville

Pickers Barn

1200 Sq. Ft. Polynesian themed living room equipped with games, couches, ottomans, and tiki bar.

Come Enjoy the Zen Den!

KAVA & KRATOM • ESPRESSO, MED, DARK, DECAF CBD (coffee, loose leaf teas, tinctures, creams, vape juice, and CBD for dogs & cats) HANDMADE JEWELRY • ROCK & GEMSTONE NECKLACES INCENSE STICKS & BURNERS • KAMINI SOAPS SMUDGE SAGE & ESSENTIAL OILS HANDCARVED WOOD BOXES K9 CRYSTAL LOTUS FLOWERS

25,000 sq. ft. Mall Antiques - Collectibles - Quilts Furniture - Coins ~ Jewelry Glassware - Pottery & More Antique Signs, Yard Art, Cool Stuff

Buy - Sell - Trade Blairsville, GA 30512

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3196E Hwy 515 • Blairsville, GA 30512 • (706) 781-1499 Mon-Sat 12pm-8pm • Sunday 12pm-6pm

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Blairsville

UPCOMING EVENTS

Holiday Stop & Shop December 6th – 7th 10am – 7pm Union County Civic Center

Holly Jolly Christmas Breakfast with Santa December 7th • 9am – 11am Union County Community Center

Kris Kringle Market Saturday, December 7th 10am – 3pm ucfarmersmarket.com

Christmas on the Square December 7th 1pm – 7pm visitdowntownblairsville.com

Tour of Trees December 1-31st Union County Community Center

Christmas Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park December 14th, 4pm – 7pm gastateparks.org

UnionCountyHistory.org 706-745-5493

DowntownBlairsville.com 706-347-3503

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Blairsville Sundance Gallery Gifts 4397 Town Creek School Rd, Blairsville, GA 30512 (Located across from Alexander’s Store)

Offering quality, unique & interesting gifts made by American craftsmen & artisans, including handcrafted jewelry, a HUGE selection of pottery & more! Open 10am - 5pm Monday - Saturday. 706-781-3938 • sundancegallerygifts.com 307 sundancegallerygifts@yahoo.com

G&G

(grinds & glazes)

Bakery & Cafe FREE WI-FI

T-F 6a-4p | Sat. 7a - 2p

Salads • Sandwiches Breads Made Fresh Daily Donuts • Daily Specials Wide Selection of Coffees

Online Ordering

Birdsong Beads & Designs Shop and Studio located at 8579 Murphy Hwy, Blairsville, GA Check out Evening Artistry Every Tues. 5-10pm Our hours are: Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday 10am - 4pm Like us on &

706-745-0748

262 Hwy 515 E BLAIRSVILLE, GA 30512

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Michaelee’s Italian Life Caffe 6C Town Square Blairsville, Ga. 30512

(706) 400-5603

Monday thru Thursday 11:00 to 8:00 Friday and Saturday 11:00 to 9:00 Closed on Sunday

ItalianLifeCaffe.com

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OPEN YEAR ROUND 706.745.5252

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RV Sites Tent Sites Cabins Fishing Swimming Walking Trails Playgrounds Hayrides Horseback Riding Kids’ Horse Camps Riding Lessons

706.745.2420 141 Trackrock Campground Rd Blairsville, Georgia 328

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Blairsville Logan Turnpike Mill

CABIN COFFEE • BLAIRSVILLE Fresh Roasted Coffee Everyday Breakfast - Breakfast Sandwiches, Pastries, Cinnamon Rolls, Bagels, Lunch - Soup, Salad, Sandwiches Drinks - Coffee, Mocha, Latte, Cappuccino, Frappe, Fruit Smoothies

Antique Mill Producing

Fresh Ground Grains

1-800-844-7487 Store Hours: Tues. - Sat. 10am-5:30pm 80-B Town Square, Blairsville, GA 30512

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Nani’s Cuban Restaurant

44A Town Square Blairsville, GA 30512

706-745-0073

Free Wi-Fi Cabincoffeecompany.com Like us on FB / CabinCoffeeBlairsville 456

Your Tampa Bay Connection to Cuban Food Authentic Cuban Sandwich, Piggy Bowl, Chicky Bowl, Rice & Beans, Empanadas, & much more www.nanisdeliandmore.com Catering

Tue-Wed-Thur 11am-7pm Fri-Sat 11am-8pm 51D Earnest St, Blairsville

706.745.0010

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Ray & Marife Arrazcaeta, Owners

Blairsville’s Farm to Table Destination

Okra & Tomatoes Grilled Corn Cakes Fried Squash Red Skin Potatoes Fried Okra Peach Cobbler Squash Casserole

Butterbeans Pink Eye Peas Fried Green Tomatoes Sorghum Sweet Potato Casserole Apple Cake

Now Open The Sawmill Market Fresh Farm Produce, Artisan Goods & Local Gifts 1150 Pat Haralson Drive www.thesawmillplace.com

Breakfast Mon-Sat 6:30-11:00am Lunch Mon-Fri -11:00-2:00pm

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Vogel State Park

Nestled in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest, Vogel State Park is one of Georgia’s favorite destinations. Established in 1931, Vogel, is the second oldest state park in Georgia and rises 2,500 feet above sea level. The entire area around Vogel was once linked to the Native Americans and the State Park sits at the base of Blood Mountain, the highest summit on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. Driving from the south, visitors pass through Neel Gap, a beautiful mountain pass near Brasstown Bald, which is the highest point in Georgia. The history of the “Vogel” name starts in the 20th century when Augustus Vogel and Fred Vogel Jr. began a lumber mill in Union County. The mill employed many of the men in the county to cut and process lumber from the 65,000 acres of land owned by the Pfister Vogel Leather Company. They were the second generation of Vogels to run a leather company in Milwaukee with Charles Frederick Pfister, and the lumber in the North Georgia mountains was an excellent source for tannin (or tannic acid), an important raw material in the tanning process. Oak trees are a major source tannic acid, although most trees have at least some tannin in them. Since this required harvesting a large number of oak, the Vogels also set up a lumber mill on the site of present-day Vogel State Park. Unfortunately, the state of Georgia entered an economic downturn in the mid-1920’s and the lumber mill was no longer economically feasible. In 1929 the Vogels donated nearly 259 acres to the state, much of it still encompassed within the 233-acres within Vogel State Park. This park shares a timeless connection with its Civilian Conservation Corps builders that dammed Wolf Creek to form Lake Trahlyta and built housing around the lake for the CCC boys. The 22-acre Lake Trahlyta is named for the Cherokee maiden whose grave sits at the center of Stonepile Gap. Georgia’s poet laureate, Bryon Herbert Reece, was born in a cabin on the land where Lake Trahlyta now sits. The rest of the land donated by the Vogels is under the Chattahoochee National Forest and includes the stone building now known as Mountain Crossings at Walasi-yi and Nottla or Nottely Falls, east of the Byron Herbert Reese

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Trail parking lot. Originally, Walasi-yi was a restaurant run by the state. Directly by Vogel is the Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center that celebrates the life of this famous poet who received numerous awards for his writing. The center has wonderful displays, restoration of the Reece writing studio, authentic farm buildings and equipment, plus selfguided tours. Vogel State Park offers a variety of hiking, swimming, fishing and enjoying family time in a diverse mountain landscape. An easy 1.0 mile hiking trail circles the lake, allowing access to fishing docks and the boathouse. A 0.1 miles side trail takes hikers down to Trahlyta Falls, also know as Spillway Falls. A spur trail off the Trahlyta Lake Loop will take you down to an observation deck at the bottom of the roaring falls! More experienced hikers may enjoy the popular 4-mile Bear Hair Gap and the challenging 13-mile Coosa Backcountry Trail. Helton Creek Falls can be found just minutes away from Vogel. There are two waterfalls to see — the lower and upper falls — and the hike is a short, family-friendly 0.6 miles. If you’re looking for another nearby waterfall hike for the whole family, look no further than DeSoto Falls! The DeSoto Falls hike also takes you to two waterfalls, and has a beautiful picnic area. Cottages, campsites and primitive backpacking sites provide a range of overnight accommodations to visitors to Vogel State Park and is particularly popular during the summer and fall when the Blue Ridge Mountains transform from lush green to a rolling blanket of trees in red, yellow and gold leaves. Reservations are always recommended as events are held year-round. Events at Vogel State Park include: Music in the Park, National Trails Day, Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo, Jr. Ranger Camp, 4th of July Celebration, Mountain Music Festival, Fall Festival and the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. For more Information see gastateparks.org/Vogel or call Park 706-745-2628 Reservations 800-864-7275. Park is open 7 am – 10 pm Office open 8 am – 5 pm.

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Hiawassee

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Hiawassee

Times Past Creations

Quality Handcrafted Items Join us for our “Quilting Bee” •Local Crafters • Jewelry • Quilts • Crochet Items • Embroidery • Wool Applique • Christmas Items • Classes (call for dates and times) 706-970-9628 • Find us on Facebook 130 N. Main St • Hiawassee, GA (next to post office)

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Largest Selection Over 8,000 sq ft

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www.LakeChatugeLodge.com

• Thai • Chinese • Sushi Bar • • Mongolian Grill • Japanese Steakhouse • 706.896.0508 1382 Hwy 76 West, Hiawassee, GA 30546

www.AsianoRestaurant.com

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Top of Bell Mountain Have you ever wanted to feel on Top of the World? Just head to Hiawassee and Bell Mountain Park Historical Site.

Originally Bell Mountain was very prominent rising 3,424 foot of elevation from the “Enchanted Valley” of Hiawassee. Then in the early 1960’s Bell Mountain’s land was purchased to mine for its minerals, and the top was left with a wide gap at the knob. After the mining, Mr. Hal Herrin partner of the Hiawassee Land Company, then later Mountain Realty purchased it in an effort to preserve it from future mining. Bell Mountain primarily became a home for sunset hikes and later on, a place for Jeeps, Hang gliders and other off-road enthusiasts. The mountain also became vandalized at the top with spray paint graffiti from kids and people who took advantage of the remote location that was not monitored. The Hal Herrin Estate graciously donated the 18 acre Bell Mountain Summit to Towns County. in 2016. Today, it has paved the road, established parking area, and in addition to the Hal Herrin Scenic Overlook erected a 2nd platform that offers 360 degree views of the surrounding lake and mountains. From Highway 76 – Turn on Shake Rag Rd. and go slow (Speed limit is five MPH.) Hours are 8 AM - 8 PM, and is Closed during inclement weather.

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Young Harris

Willow Ranch

Steaks • BBQ Fresh Seafood

FARMHOUSE

Sandwiches Country Dinners

Antiques Home Decor Souvenir & Gifts Farmhouse Decor

770-896-1216

Homemade Desserts 6223 US Hwy 76, Young Harris, GA 30582 1466 Andrews Rd, Murphy, NC

565

2664 US Hwy 76 • Young Harris, GA

Banquet facility available for large groups, rehearsal dinners, holiday gatherings, or any special function.

Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials Beer & Wine Dine In v Take Out v Catering Monday - Thursday 11:00am-8:30pm Friday & Saturday 11:00am-9:30pm Closed Sunday

(706) 379-1272 (828) 835-9100 www.BrothersAtWillowRanch.com www.BrothersRestaurantInMurphy.com Like us on Facebook! email: BrothersAtWillowRanch@yahoo.com

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www.enricositalianrestaurant.com

Now Serving Liquor by the Drink

Specializing in

“A taste of Italy in the Mountains”

Steaks, Fresh Seafood & Authentic Italian Cuisine

Italian Restaurant

687 Main Street • Young Harris, GA 30582 706.379.1950 Located between Brasstown Valley Resort & Young Harris College

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Brasstown Valley Resort

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Holiday calendar of Events BLAIRSVILLE

November 9

December 5-8 & 12-15

NE Georgia Arts Tour

Blue Ridge Community Theater

Habersham Community Theater

Amahl and the Night Visitors

November 8-10

Tullie Brae LIVE

Various Locations

November 16 - January 4

December 14

Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

City of Clarkesville

November 8

1st Annual Shoot for the Stars Golf Tournament

Holiday Show & Sale

A Downtown Clarkesville Christmas

November 16

February 7-9 & 13-16

November 16-17 & 23-24

Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

Habersham Community Theater

North Georgia Technical College

It’s a Wonderful Life

Butternut Creek Golf Course

19th Annual Mistletoe Market

November 29

Black Friday Sip n Shop Paradise Hills Winery & Resort

November 30

Santa Paws - Pet Pictures with Santa Keller Williams Realty

December 1-31 Tour of Trees

Union County Community Center

December 6-7

Blairsville Holiday Stop n Shop Union County Civic Center

Who DunIt? Mystery Art Fundraiser

November 21 - December 15

February 22

Blue Ridge Community Theater

Clarkesville

November 28

CLAYTON

A Community Thanksgiving

November 8-10

November 30

Clayton Civic Center

Light Up Blue Ridge Downtown Blue Ridge

December 6, 13 Live Music

The Blue Coyote

December 7

St. Luke’s 13th Annual Christmas Bazaar

Union County Farmers Market

December 8

December 7

Christmas on the Square & Parade Downtown Blairsville

December 14

Christmas Tree Lightins

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Christmas Tour of Homes Family Connection

December 21

The Gerogia Spriritual Ensemble LIVE

Vogel State Park

Blue Ridge Community Theater

BLUE RIDGE

New Year’s Eve Midnight Train

November 8, 22 Live Music

Grumpy Old Men Brewery

November 8 & 16 Travis Bowlin

Misty Mountain Hops

November 8, 15, 16, 23, 30 Live Music

The Blue Coyote

November 9

Veterans Day Parade & Memorial Service Downtown Blue Ridge to Veterans Memorial Park

November 9

Travis Bowlin Bear Claw Vineyards

Mardi Gras

Fannin County High School

December 7

Kris Kringle Mountain Market

Number the Stars

Northeast Georgia Arts Tour

November 29-30

Holiday Shopping Expo Rabun County Civic Center

December 7

Rabun County Christmas Parade & Centennial Birthday Party Downtown Clayton

December 7

Holiday Night Market Clayton Farmers Market - Food Bank of NE GA.

March 14

The Malpass Brothers Rabun County Civic Center

CLEVELAND

December 31

November 8-10

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Various Locations

NE Georgia Arts Tour

February 15

November 9-10 & 16-17

Downtown Blue Ridge

North Georgia Zoo & Farm

Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off Festival

February 22

Bringin’ the Blues to Blue Ridge Mercier Orchards

February 28-March 1

Blue Ridge Film Festival Swan Drive-In, Blue Ridge Community Theater & the Blue Ridge Arts Association

CLARKESVILLE November 8-10

Pumpkin Smashin’ Fun at N. GA Zoo

November 14

Jingle Mingle on the Square Cleveland Courthouse

November 16-17

Santa is Coming to the Zoo! North Georgia Zoo & Farm

November 22-23

Live Nativity Under the Stars North Georgia Zoo & Farm

December 7

NE Georgia Arts Tour

Christmas in the Mountains Celebration

Various Locations

Cleveland Courthouse


December 26 - January 6

December 9

North Georgia Zoo & Farm

Downtown Dahlonega

Winter Break Fun & Tree Toss!

Christmas Boutique & Bazaar

January 26

Faculty Recital: Jeri-Mae Astolfi, Piano

January 4 - February 29

December 13-14

Winter Wonderland Tours

Christmas Market

Conservatory of Music - Piedmont College

North Georgia Zoo & Farm

Community House

February 13-16

March 7-8

December 13-15 & 20-22

Arsenic and Old Lace

North Georgia Zoo & Farm

Holly Theater

February 22

Kick off Weekend at the Zoo!

CORNELIA

December 12-14

Christmas in Cornelia Cornelia

DAHLONEGA

October 25-Nov. 10 Bright Star

The Historic Holly Theater

November 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 & December 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29 Grapes & Ghosts Wine Tour, Walking Tours & Historic Tours Dahlonega Walking Tours

A Christmas Story performance

December 14

Holly Jolly Day of Family Fun, Christmas Movies in the Park Hancock Park

December 14

Luminary Walk, and Live Nativity Dahlonega United Methodist Church

March 6-8

3rd Annual Dahlonega Science Festival Downtown Dahlonega

November 14

Conservatory of Music - Piedmont College

Dahlonega United Methodist Church

November 8-10

Dahlonega Historic Square

November 29 - December 22 Old Fashioned Christmas Downtown Dahlonega

November 7

NE Georgia Arts Tour Various Locations

November 12 duo per se

Conservatory of Music - Piedmont College

November 12, 19

November 29

Wind Ensemble and Instrumental

Dahlonega Historic Square

November 21-24

Lighting of the tree & Square

November 29 - December 1, December 6-8, 13-15, & 20-22 Visit with Santa

Dahlonega Historic Square

Conservatory of Music - Piedmont College

Gathering Blue

Swanson Center Black Box Theater

December 6-7

December 7

31st Annual Service of Lessons & Carols

Dahlonega Historic Square

Conservatory of Music - Piedmont College

Old Fashioned Christmas Parade

December 7, 14, & 21 Festival of Trees Hancock Park

Jared Ragland + Cary Norton: Where You Come From is Gone Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art

Conservatory of Music - Piedmont College

Piedmont College Singers: We Sing

5th Annual Dahlonega Turkey Trot 5K & Fun

February 27 - March 26

Downtown Dahlonega

Downtown Dahlonega

November 28

Conservatory of Music - Piedmont College

March 1

Sleigh Bell tour of the Inns of Dahlonega

DEMOREST

Le Belle Voci in Concert

Amethyst Baroque Ensemble

December 15

Nov. 9-10

Veterans Appreciation Celebration

Swanson Center Black Box Theater

Orpheus Men’s Ensemble

DILLARD

December 12-15

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) Old Dillard House

ELLIJAY

November 8 - December 12

B.E.S.T. Art Series Exhibit Opening Reception - Photographic Art by Matthew Ward Gilmer Arts

November 9

B.E.S.T. Performance Series - John Jorgenson Quintet - Gypsy Jazz Ellijay Elementary School

November 10

2nd Annual Petpalooza Family Fest Gilmer County Animal Shelter

November 14

Cherry Log Pickin’ Gilmer Senior Center (NEW LOCATION)

November 15

Acoustic Blends George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse

November 16

Annual Christmas Market 1 Broad St.

January 9 - February 7

November 16

Cheryl Goldsleger: Limits ~ Illusions

Live Artist Demonstrations

Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art

Gilmer Arts


Holiday calendar of Events November 23

February 15-16

February 15-16

Ellijay Elementary School

Downtown Helen

November 30, December 28, January 25, February 29

SNCA Campus

Fasching (German Mardi Gras!)

Community Chorus Fall Concert

Cars & Coffee - Cruise In Automotive Social Event

Riverside Pavillion on Main St.

November 30

Surrender hill - CD Release Party & Concert George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse

December 7

3rd Annual Snow Ball George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse

December 12 & January 9 Cherry Log Pickin’

Gilmer Senior Center (NEW LOCATION)

December 12-14 Christmas Party

George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse

December 21

Live Artist Demonstrations Gilmer Arts

HELEN

November 8-10

NE Georgia Arts Tour

Winter Art Festival

February 15

Sautee Nacoochee Art Festival

TALLULAH FALLS

Festhalle

November 9, 10, 16, 17

HIAWASSEE

Tallulah Gorge State Park

November 8-10

NE Georgia Arts Tour Various Locations

November 9

Tommy James & The Shondells Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

November 28-30

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights

Whitewater Release

November 10 & 16

Whitewater-Watching Hike Tallulah Gorge State Park

November 12

Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike Tallulah Gorge State Park

December 7

Christmas at the Gorge

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Operation Care Package - Stocking Stuffer Party

Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike

November 9

Towns County Recreation Center

November 30

December 12

Tallulah Gorge State Park

December 14

Sunset Candy Cane Hunt

Lee Greenwood & T. Graham Brown

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

YOUNG HARRIS

December 14

Little River Band

November 8-10

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

NE Georgia Arts Tour

Plein Air Painters

November 15

Various Locations

January 2 & February 6

Various Locations

November 13 - December 7

ArtWorks Gallery

Did An Asteroid Kill the Dinosaurs?

Festival of Trees Unicoi State Park

November 29-30 Mistletoe Market

Helen Arts & Heritage Center

November 29

February 15

November 15

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Rollins Planetarium

SAUTEE NACOOCHEE

Helen’s 50th Celebration - Annual Lighting of the Village

November 8-10

Downtown Helen (at the Bandshell)

Various Locations

November 30 - December 1

12th Annual Christkindlmarket Downtown Helen

December 14

Helen Christmas Parade Downtown Helen

January 12

3rd Annual Soup Cook-Off! Holiday Inn Express Helen

February 8 - 9

Faschingsverein Weekend Downtown Helen

Rollins Planetarium

Mickey Gilley, TG Sheppard & Johnny Rodriguez

NE Georgia Arts Tour

Skies Over Georgia

November 22, December 6 & 13

Let It Snow - Holiday Music Journey Rollins Planetarium

November 22, December 6 & 13

November 9

Season Of Lights

Center Theatre (SNCA)

December 1

Lillies of the Valley

The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge

Flying the Secret Sky

Rollins Planetarium

November 16-17

Weekend of Holiday Cheer & Fun

Center Theatre (SNCA)

December 21

December 6-7

A Victorian Christmas in Nacoochee Hardman Farm Historic Site

December 13-14

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Community Hall (SNCA)

Winter Solstice Crane Creek Vineyards

January 24, 31 & February 21, 28 EXPLORE

Rollins Planetarium


Clayton

POOL • HBO • AARP • AAA FREE Continental Breakfast Restaurant High-Speed Internet

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FREE Continental Breakfast High-Speed Internet Picnic Area Barbeque Grills 698 Hwy 441 South, Clayton, GA 706.782.4702 • 888.315.2378 www.AmericasBestValueInn.com

54 Hwy 441 North, Clayton, GA 706.782.4258 • 888.329.7466 www.DaysInn.com

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Tallulah Gorgeous provides ladies with a shopping experience that is easy on the pocketbook & great for the environment!

706.970.1701

tallulahgorgeous.com 29 N Main Street, Clayton, GA 30525

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Tallulah Tykes offers a wide selection of boys/girls gently pre-loved apparel, furniture, and toys.

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Clayton

DON’T MISS THESE EVENTS at the RABUN COUNTY CIVIC CENTER! Holiday Shopping Expo

The Malpass Brothers

Friday, Nov 29 10am - 5pm Saturday, Nov 30 10am - 4pm

In Concert! March 14, 2020 7:30pm Tickets on Sale Soon!

Shop unique, one-of-akind gifts by local artists, crafters, and more!

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706-782-5271 201 West Savannah Street

LA CABAÑA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Located in beautiful Rabun Gap, GA

7052 Hwy 441, Ste 104 Dillard, GA 30537 706-746-0058

La Cabaña Express 8520 S Main St Helen, GA 30545 706-878-8412

128 Duvall St, Suite C Clayton, GA 30525 706-212-2834

8160 S Main St, Bldg A5 Helen, GA 30545 706-878-3456

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Dillard

• Local Jams & Jellies • Walking Sticks • Trail Maps • Collegiate Gifts • Bird Houses • Corinthian Chimes

• Boyd’s Bears •N  ative American Jewelry • Old  Fashioned Candy •J  im Shore Figurines

706.746.5899

Hwy 441, Dillard, GA 30537

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Great selection of beer and wine. Best restaurant in the area, locals love to eat here, and we’re famous for our desserts.

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When was the last time... you were invited to choose the

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126 Anderson Circle, Alto, GA 30510 • 50 minutes N of ATL on I-985/GA 365 Mon-Sat 10-5:30; Sunday by appointment • 877-223-0008 • 706-778-3449 Browse our collections: HartfordHouseFurniture.com

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Clarkesville Readers’ Choice Award 2018

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Live Music, Full Service Restaurant & Bar. Karaoke every Friday!

Memory Lane Studio

Inside the Old Clarkesville Mill

www.clarkesvillelanes.com

BATESVILLE SCENIC 197 Laurel Lodge Road

Located in Batesville, GA

Burton Dam Road

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Functional pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber and wood art made by hand in the hills of North Georgia

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AREA DIRECTORY Attractions Helen

Charlemagne’s Kingdom 8808 North Main Street

Toccoa Riverside Restaurant 8055 Aska Road

706-632-7891 The Old Heidelberg Restaurant 706-878-0061 8660 N. Main St (White Horse Square)

Great Selection of German beer - Authentic German Food - Serving Lunch and Dinner - Families Welcome See pg 21 theheidelberghelen.com See pg 8

Dine on the River. Fine dining at its best in Blue

706-878-2200 Ridge.

toccoariversiderestaurant.com

This exhibit is really a marvelous Alpine Model Clarkesville Railroad depicting a modern Germany from “The North sea to the Alps.” Murals, Gingerbread Houses The Attic Restaurant 706-839-1811 & German Dancers 1344 Washington Street georgiamodelrailroad.com See pg 10 Reader’s choice Award 2014, BEST FINE DINING in Habersham County! A casual, friendly atmosphere, Sautee-Nacoochee Folk Pottery Museum 706-878-3300 excellent service, & healthy portions of wonderful food. 283 Georgia 255 theatticrestaurant.com See pg 47 The only museum in the Southeast exclusively dedicated to pottery. Clayton snca.org See pg 14

MC Butler Construction 3900 East First Street

706-896-0508

Thai, Chinese, Sushi Bar, Mongolian Grill, and Japanese Steakhouse. Dine-in or carry-out. asianorestaurant.com See pg 38

Young Harris

Offering you a wide variety of central Mexico’s brothersatwillowranch.com cuisine & a touch of California/Texas style dishes. See pg 44 Enrico’s Restaurant

706-455-0578 lacabana-restaurant.com

Premier home builders of mountain luxury homes in Cleveland this North Georgia Mountain region. Creekside Deli mcbutlerconstruction.com See pg 25

16 Old Nacoochee Road

687 Main Street #5

A taste of Italy in the Mountains.

706-865-3666 enricositalianrestaurant.com

Inside dining or casual dining on the porch. restaurantsclevelandga.com See pg 15

Dining

Blairsville

Asiano Restaurant 1382 Highway 76 West

Brother’s at Willow Ranch 706-379-1272 6223 US Highway 76 La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant We offer award-winning foods at affordable and 128 Duvall Street 706-212-2834 family-friendly prices. Catering also available.

Builder

Blue Ridge

Hiawassee

See pg 39

706-379-1950 See pg 39

Lodging Blairsville

Majestic Mountain Getaways 706-379-9929 590 Main Street 877-379-9929 La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant Get away to the mountains of North Georgia and 7052 Hwy 441, Suite 104 706-746-0058 Western North Carolina!

Dillard

Cabin Coffee Co. 44A Town Square

706-745-0073

G & G Bakery & Cafe 262 HWY 515 E

706-745-0748 Valley Cafe 7099 Hwy 441 North

Italian Life Caffe 6C Town Square

706-400-5603

Just be Happy & enjoy Fresh Roasted Coffee daily. Breakfast - pastries, rolls, bagels, Lunch –soup,sal- Offering you a wide variety of central Mexico’s MajesticMountainGetaways.com See pg 5 ad, sandwiches. cuisine & a touch of California/Texas style dishes. cabincoffeecompany.com See pg 34 lacabana-restaurant.com See pg 44 Trackrock Campground & Cabins 706-745-2420

141 Trackrock Campground Rd. 706-746-3321 Open Year Round. Fully Furnished Cabins. Campsites

with Water/Electric. Full Hookup & Pull-thru Sites. Salads - Breads Made Fresh Daily - Sandwiches trackrock.com See pg 33 Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a Donuts - Daily Specials - Wide Selection of Coffees week as well as beer, wine and our famous desserts. - Free WI-FI See pg 45 Blue Ridge See pg 33 ValleyCafeDillard.com

Escape to Blue Ridge Vacation Cabin Rentals 866-618-2521

Ellijay

(706) 707-4992 We are committed to providing the freshest, highest Ellijay Wood Fired Pizza 2 River Street quality food and beverages. italianlifecaffe.com See pg 33 Located in the historic downtown business district, serving authentic Neapolitan style pizza and Italian MaiKai Tea Living Room 706-781-1499 food. 3196E Hwy 515 ellijaywoodfired.com See pg 54 Mai Kai is the first location in the state of Georgia to 706-635-7427 serve Kava tea. We have a living room style location Shane’s Rib Shack where we welcome folks to be social. 289 Highland Crossing Like us on Facebook see pg 31 We’re the place to go for the best BBQ, ribs, chicken and more. See our ad for coupons! Mike’s Seafood Market & Grill See pg 53 513 A Murphy Highway 706-745-9519 shanesribshack.com Fresh fish, shrimp, scallops, lobster tails, crab, Helen alligator, oysters, clams, crawfish, salmon, frog legs, Hofer’s of Helen 706-878-8200 Mike’s fish spread. Special orders welcome! See pg 30 8758 N Main St Authentic Bavarian Bakery and Cafe. European cakes, Nani’s Cuban Restaurant (706) 745-0010 pastries, and Old World breads. Simply the best 51 D Earnest Street bakery ever. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Biergarten. At Nani’s Restaurant, we serve home cook food with See pg 9 a Spanish flair! A combination of home cook food, hofers.com with Cuban and Puerto Rican cusine. La Cabaña Express 706-878-8412 nanisdeliandmore.com See pg 34 Sawmill Place Restaurant 1150 Pat Haralson Drive

8520 South Main St 706-745-1250 Offering you a wide variety of central Mexico’s

Creating and serving excellent food. Ribs, Brisket, Pork, Chicken, Wings, Turkey, and More! Delivery for catered events. Dine in or carry out. Private parties available. carrollsbarbeque.com see pg 22

Mountain Getaway Cabins 3900 East First Street

866-862-2246

Privately-owned luxury vacation cabin rentals in the North GA Mountains of Blue Ridge, GA MountainGetawayCabinRentalsOfBlueRidge.com See pg 25

Mountain Top Cabin Rental 866-402-2246 44 Boardtown Road, Blue Ridge Where upscale meets down to earth. MountainTopCabinRentals.com

See pg 23

Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals 240 W. Main Street 866-4CABINS

Find Quality Time With Us in the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. southerncomfortcabinrentals.com See pg 27

Toccoa House Properties 83 Riverview Circle

706-633-0141

cuisine & a touch of CA/TX style dishes. lacabana-restaurant.com See pg 44 Ready to host your wedding, corporate event or

A destination for all hungry mountain travelers. Cooked-to-order breakfast and country-style meats La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant and vegetables. 706-878-3456 Like us on Facebook See pg 34 8160 South Main St Offering you a wide variety of central Mexico’s Blue Ridge cuisine & a touch of California/Texas style dishes.. See pg 44 Carroll’s Barbeque 706-946-1126 lacabana-restaurant.com

39 Lance St, Suite 1

All Escape to Blue Ridge rentals, whether two-bedroom retreats or resort-style mansions, offer the value and convenience of a spacious, fully-furnished home versus a hotel room. escapetoblueridge.com See pg 55

Paul’s Steakhouse 8537 South Main Street

family reunion with its 5 distinct rental cabins and 16-acres of secluded mountain paradise. Enjoy hiking trails, disc golf, a heated community pool and more! toccoahouse.com

Wyndham Vacation Rentals

See pg 24

800-467-3529

706-878-2468 There is no better time to save on a Blue Ridge

mountain vacation than right now! Book your stay today, and be in the Blue Ridge mountains in no Eat, drink, dance! Casual Fine Dining & Lounge time! overlooking the ‘Hooch’ in Downtown Helen. paulssteakhouse.com See pg 3 wyndhamvacationrentals.com See pg 21


AREA DIRECTORY Clayton

Hiawassee

Dahlonega

America’s Best Value Inn 698 Hwy 441S

706-782-4702 Lake Chatuge Lodge 653 Hwy 76

Days Inn 54 Hwy 441N

706-782-4258 The Retreat at Hiawassee River Ellijay 15 Cabin Drive 706-896-7400 Coosawattee River Tubing 25 Eagle Mountain Drive

800-613-4349 Crisson Gold Mine 706-864-6363 2736 Morrison Moore Parkway East

Free continental breakfast, high-speed internet, Located on beautiful Lake Chatuge in the heart of the There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills! Come and Get picnic areas, and barbeque grills southern Blue Ridge Mountains in Hiawassee, GA Some! AmericasBestValueInn.com See page 43 lakechatugelodge.com See pg 17 See pg 38 crissongoldmine.com Pool, HBO, AARP, AAA, Free continental breakfast, North Georgia’s Premier Destination Venue with restaurant, and high-speed internet Cabin Rentals • Destination Weddings • Family & DaysInn.com See page 43 Corporate Events + Barn Chapel, Clubhouse, and Reception Space that can host any event up to Cleveland 150 guests Country Hideaway 800-514-1618 hiawasseecabins.com See pg 37

72 Enchanted Way

Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Rabun Gap Country Hideaway at Mountain Lakes is the perfect Sylvan Falls Mill B&B 706-746-7138 spot for a peaceful vacation. We offer condo, cabins, 156 Taylors Chapel Road and chalets; plus many ammenities. Your stay at Sylvan Falls Mill Bed and Breakfast will countryhideawayresorts.com See pg 16 be an unforgettable and romantic experience. sylvanfallsmill.com See pg 44 Ellijay

Mountain Oasis 14224 Hwy. 515 N. Suite 200

706-276-4343

Accommodations you can count on, from the cleanliness to the quality, we strive to “Wow” our guests each and every time! mountainoasiscabinrentals.com See pg 2

The Villas at Coosawattee 634 Beaver Lake Drive

Sautee Nachoochee Stovall House 1526 Highway 255N

Red Apple Barn 3379 Tails Creek Rd

706-635-5898

Come out and experience a fun day at the farm. Enjoy a wagon ride behind the tractor up to the apple orchard where you can pick several varieties of apples. redapplebarn.com See pg 53

Helen

706-878-9471

Historic B & B and Event Venue. Est. 1837. Spectac- Experience the excitement of our AERIAL BRIDGES and take in the beauty as you zip across the ular 360 ° Views! Epic Events are Created Here! stovallhouse.com see pg 14 Chattahoochee River. coolriveradventures.com See pg 13 706-276-1022

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706-878-2111

Blue Ridge

2nd Story Entertainment 706-633-0466 Get 15% Discount when you mention this ad! helen-georgia-hotels.com See pg 8 733 East Main Street Suite C Unique indoor 18 hole mini-golf concept features a Gabby’s Country Cabins 706-865-6772 variety of themes throughout 9 rooms. Giant tic-tac3083 Helen Highway toe, darts, and checkers, to larger than life Connect Home of the Heart-Shaped Jacuzzi! Often imitated, Four plus an arcade, drinks, and ice cream. never duplicated. 2ndstoryentertainment.com See pg 20 gabbyscabins.com See pg 8 Helendorf River Inn 33 Munich Strasse

From May - October, we feature tubing rides down the Coosawattee River which is a sweet alternative to river rafting. Call ahead to confirm location. MtnLiving.net See pg 56

706-229-4434 Cool River Adventures 112 Poplar Stump Rd

RV Lot & Vacation Rentals, Tubing, Nature/Walking Trails, Indoor and Outdoor Pools, Tennis, Basketball Blairsville Blairsville Galaxy Bowling 706-745-4444 Court, Game Room MtnLiving.net See pg 56 104 Backyard Lane Book your next party with us! Food, bar, gameroom, Hayesville, NC pool tables. Youth league is scholoarship based & we Sundowner RV Village 828-389-3241 partner with KidsBowlFree.com in summer. Call or follow us on Facebook. 42 Sundowner Circle This 13 acre, quaint RV/Park Model Village is galaxybowling.net nestled under a grove of majestic oaks catering to Trackrock Campground & Cabins 706-745-2420 the adult camper (55+) as a haven for peace, quiet 141 Trackrock Campground Rd. and tranquility. sundownerrvvillage.net See pg 37 Horseback Riding - Hiking/Walking Trails - Fishing Swimming - Summer Horse Camps - Hayrides Helen trackrock.com See pg 33

Baymont by Wyndham 8220 S. Main St, Helen

706-635-1609

Blue Ridge Mtns. Art Center 706-878-2271 420 West Main Street

GA Mountain Coaster 8409 S. Main St

Feel the thrill of riding down the mountain and through the woods in beautiful alpine Helen, GA. Our alpine coaster is fun for all ages. GeorgiaMountainCoster.com See pg 12

MindEscapes Escape Rooms 8160 South Main Street

770-639-4364

MindEscapes Escape Rooms offers: Cabin in the Woods, Sherlock’s Mystery & our newest room BOOM! Fun filled entertainment for the whole family! escaperoomsofhelenga.com See pg 10

Outpost Gold & Gem Panning Co.7901 South Main Street 706-878-5065

Gold & Gem Mining, Group Parties, Fossils, Fun. Get hands on lessons from our trained and helpful staff. outpostgoldandgem.com See pg 10

Hiawassee

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Music Hall Road 706-896-4191

Offering a wide-variety of unique venues and beautiful year-round camping facilities. See pg 36 706-632-2144 GeorgiaMountainFairgrounds.com

We are devoted to bringing new exhibits, new events, Morganton Just a few minute walk to restaurants, shops, and Tank Town USA 706-633-6072 and new programs to our community through art night life. Offering suites by the river. and culture. 10408 Appalachian Hwy. helendorf.com See pg 12 blueridgearts.net See pg 22 The ultimate heavy equipment playground and the #1 thing to do in Blue Ridge, GA. Drive a military tank, Heidi Motel & Windmill Suites The Lilly Pad Village 706-534-1317 military trucks or construction equipment. 8820 North Main Street 706-878-2689 24 Adelaide Drive See pg 21 Our family will make every effort to ensure that your Gem Mining, Mini golf, and fishing. A family attrac- tanktownusa.com stay here is memorable. Located just steps from tion that is fun for all ages. Sautee Nachoochee downtown shopping and dining. See pg 26 Dukes Creek Gold & Ruby Mine heidimotel.com See pg 10 lillypadvillage.com

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Helen Convention Center 8100 S. Main St

Clarkesville

706-878-1084 Clarkesville Lanes 583 Grant St

8808 North Main Street

Where Mother Nature comes to play! Located in the center of all the action, we offer the newest hotel in North Georgia for leisure and business travelers. HIExpress.com/helenga See pg 11

fun for all ages. A great place for serious bowlers or the whole family. dukescreek.com Featuring Cosmic Bowling on Fri & Sat nights and dining anytime at the Grant Street Grill. clarkesvillelanes.com See pg 48

Sure Stay 8396 S. Main St

Cleveland

706-878-2191

706-878-2625

Strike it Rich in Helen, Georgia! The Dukes Creek

706-839-7467 Gold and Ruby Mines is a family attraction that is See pg 10

Shopping Alto

Hartford House Furniture 1-877-223-0008 North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm 126 Anderson Circle 706-348-7279 We make custom affordable furniture. Let’s build

Centrally located on Main Street where the village shops, restaurants, and festivals are all within easy 2912 Paradise Valley Road Come see the baby animals! walking distance, Premier lodging destination! BestWestern.com See pg 11 northgeorgiazoo.com

something beautiful together! hartfordhousefurniture.com

See pg 46


Batesville

Hickory Flat Pottery 13664 Hwy 197 North

Tallulah Tykes 706-947-0030 49 W Savannah Street

706-970-1701 Hiawassee Antique Mall 518 N. Main Street

706-896-0587

Tykes is located in downtown Clayton and offers a Over 8000 sq. ft. of antiques, furniture, glassware, Functional pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber and wood art wide selection of boys/girls gently pre-loved apparel, pottery and porcelain. furniture, and toys. See pg 37 hiawasseeantiquemall.com made by hand in the hills of North Georgia. See pg 43 See pg 48 tallulahgorgeous.com hickoryflatpottery.com

Memory Lane 11937 Hwy. 197 North

706-947-0848

Cleveland

The Rustic Shoppe

Times Past Creations 706-994-0905 130 North Main 706-969-3635 Quality, hand-crafted items from the area. A wide array of weekly classes.

Local artists and antiques, hand-made gifts. Call for 671 Helen Highway Unit 6 Appointment Facebook.com/MemoryLaneBatesville See pg 48 Sterling Silver jewelry, farmhouse and cabin furnish- Like us on Facebook ings, t-shirts, boutique clothing , home accessories Sautee-Nacoochee and pet products! Blairsville See pg 15 Old Sautee Store Bird Song Beads 706-400-5516 therusticshoppe.com

8579 Murphy Hwy

2315 GA Highway 17

Dillard

See pg 37

706-878-2281

Visit for a glimpse back in time. Experience a thriving Largest selection of beads in Tri State Area, findings, Country Junction General Store general store operating for 144 years. Eat in our natural stones, delicas, superduos & duets, two 888-702-0642 market, explore our museum, and enjoy shopping hole beads, tilas, lentils, bricks and rullas, swarovski Highway 441 North crystals! Classes & gift certificates. Local Jams & Jellies - Walking Sticks - Trail Maps - with us. See pg 33 Stained Glass - Country Gifts - Quilts - Bird Houses sauteestore.com birdsongbeads.com See pg 14 - Corinthian Chimes Blairsville Pickers Barn (Georgia Pickers) See pg 45 The Lavender Cottage & Garden

27 Orbit Drive

706-745-0097

Antiques, Collectibles Furniture, Coins, Jewelry, Ellijay Glassware, Pottery, & Lots More! Buy-Sell-Trade See pg 31 Country Creations & Gallery blairsvillepickersbarn.com

Logan Turnpike Mill 80-B Town Square

53 Hwy 255 N

706-878-0100

Aromatherapy, bath, body home and culinary. See pg 14

706-429-5004 thelavendercottageandgarden.com

4920 Hwy 52 E 800-84-GRITS Something for Everyone! Antiques, Local Hand(47487) crafted Items, Collectibles, Hides & Taxidermy,

Young Harris Willow Ranch Farmhouse

770-896-1216

Quality STONE-GROUND whole-grain products from Native American, Leather, Wooden Bowls, & Much 2664 US Hwy 76 the mountains of North Georgia. Fresh baked goods. Antiques, home decor, crafts, art classes. much more! Open Tuesday - Saturday. See pg 39 See pg 52 See pg 34 Like us on Facebook loganturnpikemill.com

Sundance Gallery 4397 Town Creek Road

706-781-3938

Pottery, Jewelry, Candles, Woodenware, Clocks, Wind Chimes, Bird Feeders, Stained Glass, Metal Art, Basketry, Soaps & Fine American Crafts. See pg 33 sundancegallerygifts.com

Spas

Helen Charlemagne’s Kingdom 8808 N. Main St

706-878-2200

This exhibit is really a marvelous Alpine Model Railroad depicting a modern Germany from “The North sea to the Alps.” Murals, Gingerbread Houses The Wine Shoppe 706-745-9463 & German Dancers. 6 Town Square Unit A See pg 10 georgiamodelrailroad.com Domestic and imported wines from around the Discount Spirits 706-878-7050 world! See pg 30 50 Yonah St. 745wine.com Discount Spirits of Helen, located in scenic Helen, Blue Ridge Georgia, offers the largest variety of beers, wines Pezrok 706-632-6036 and spirits throughout North Georgia. 524 E. Main Street See pg 11 Like us on Facebook Neither painter nor sculptor can surpass nature’s 800-524-3008 artistry. More than just an upscale “rock shop.” We Hansel & Gretel celebrate Earth’s terrestrial treasures in a setting as 8651 Main Street 706-878-2443 exceptional as nature itself. 706-878-7704 8078 South Main Street See pg 24 Visit our other location- 8078 S. Main St in Helen pezrok.com Turning Leaf Wood Art 706-632-6625 HanselandGretelCandyKitchen.com See pg 9

651 East Main Street

Dahlonega Jolie Day Spa 10 S Chestatee Street

706-864-2772

Hair services, body treatments, nail therapy & enhancements, waxing, massage, eyelash extensions, facials, and cosmetics. jolie-dayspa.com See pg 19

Tourism Blairsville Blairsville-Union Co Chamber of Commerce

Georgia’s #1 Outdoor Destination. Call or go online for a free Visitor’s Guide! VisitBlairsvilleGA.com See pg 32

Blairsville Downtown Development Auth. 62 Blue Ridge Street

Proudly sponsoring festivals, shows, concerts, parties and events in Blairsville, Georgia! visitdowntownblairsville.com See pg 32

706-878-2357 We proudly feature the works of 50+ EXCLUSIVELY Lindenhaus Imports Clayton 8669 North Main Street American Artists. See pg 22 Imports from Europe, Scandanavia, and around turningleafwoodart.com Rabun County Civic Center 706-212-2149 the world. 201 W Savannah St Clarkesville See pg 9 Great venues in the Northeast Georgia Mountains to lindenhausimports.com Antique Mall at Old Clarkesville Mill 706-878-1842 accommodate any kind of gathering. Conveniently 583 Grant Street, Suite A 706-839-7500 Tim’s Wooden Toys located in downtown Clayton. 8635 Main St, Unit 8, Swiss German Plaza An assortment of Arts, Antiques, Books, rabuncountyeventvenues.com See pg 44 We play all the time. and More! See pg 48 See pg 9 Dahlonega ClarkesvilleMillAntiquesAuctionAndFleaMarket.com timswoodentoyshop.com

Soque Artworks 1440 Washington Street

706-754-2449 Wildewood General Store 52 River Street

100+ artists, 25+ different media: pottery, folk art, wood carvings, painting, photography, jewelry, gourd work, fiber art, turned and flat wood works, and metal crafts. See pg 47 SoqueArtWorks.com

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Tallulah Gorgeous 29 N. Main Street

706-878-5373 Downtown Dahlonega Development Authority and Main Street 706-482-2707 Stroll down the alley to experience Wildewood. 465 Riley Road

Shopping w/benches on the porch for those who Historic Downtown Dahlonega is a Georgia Main want to sit a spell or play a game of checkers. Street City and the premium destination for shopping See pg 13 and dining in North Georgia! Like us on Facebook dahlonegadda.org See Pg 19

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706-970-1701 Creekside General Store 2955 Hwy 76 East

706-896-9448

Gifts, Flags, Pottery, Candles, Cabin Decor, Wind Our goal is to provide ladies with a shopping experience that is not only easy on the pocketbook Chimes, Outdoor Furniture, T-Shirts, Jewelry, Local Handmade Items, and so much more! but great for the environment too. See pg 43 CreeksideGeneralStore.com See pg 37 tallulahgorgeous.com

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706-878-1908

A re-creation of an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. helenchamber.com See pg 9


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706-429-5004

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Like us on Country Creations & Gallery Home of Gene’s Old Time Peanuts Just outside Ellijay, traveling on State Road 52 to the Northwest, is a winding two lane road that ascends more than a thousand feet with sharp turns and pull-offs on both sides. Fort Mountain State Park’s entrance then takes you to the park office where you can get information about trails, camping, R.V. sites, and many activities, including hiking, backpacking, biking, picnicking, horse back riding, fishing, swimming, or geocoaching hidden treasures.

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Some scholars believe that the formation could be attributed to pre-Columbian native Americans from around 500 A.D. In this regard, it has been likened to a snake formation, similar to the Serpent Mound of Ohio, which held a ceremonial or religious purpose. The absence of religious artifacts supports this theory since it was common practice for Native Americans to take ceremonial objects with them when they moved. The ancient wall runs east to west and the alignment illuminates one side of the wall at sunrise and the other side at sunset as ancient Native American cultures often worshiped the sun.

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The myths of the culture who built it abound. Cherokee Indian culture speaks of a race of “moon-eyed” people. The moon-eyed people are a race of people from Cherokee tradition who are said to have lived in Appalachia until the Cherokee expelled them. Another myth revolves around the Welsh prince Madoc, who purportedly sailed to America in 1170. The story contends that Madoc’s colonists intermarried with local Native Americans. These “Welsh Indians” were credited with the construction of a number of landmarks throughout the United States. For more information, call 706-695-2621.

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