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s everyone travels for the Spring and Summer, shouldn’t you feel welcomed and experience the comforts of home in a beautiful and friendly area? Habersham County encompasses many “Feel Right at Home” communities within it’s broad 270 plus miles of pastureland, mountains, river and streams that include the Chattahoochee National Forest. Explore the towns of Clarkesville, Cornelia, and Demorest for a variety of lodging including hotels, cabins, and B&B’s. Lake Russell and Tallulah Falls State Recreational areas invite camping and RV sites. Walking friendly brick lined streets in these towns invite you to see shops, restaurants, galleries, and antique stores to experience that small town atmosphere. Habersham County takes pride in it’s community by preserving history and natural resources of outdoor recreational parks. Long ago, the Cherokee and Creek Indian tribes made these foothills their homeland as settlers came to the area. Habersham County was officially chartered in 1818 and named for Joseph Habersham, a Revolutionary War hero and the first Postmaster General under President John Quincy Adams.

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Clarkesville was named after General John C. Clarke, governor of Georgia in 1819 – 1821. It was chartered in 1823 as the county seat of Habersham County and was the first of the major resort towns with wealthy families escaping the heat of the coasts of South Carolina & Georgia. Visitors are welcome in the middle of May in the downtown square to enjoy the Mountain Laurel Festival that include activities for the whole family. Northeast Georgia’s Oldest Arts & Crafts event has a parade, duck race, live music, and food. Historical sites in downtown Clarkesville usually start with the Mauldin House, at the corner of E. Waters & Jefferson St. It services as the Clarkesville’s Welcome Center and is the beginning of the towns walking tour of the Greek, Gothic, Victorian, and Plantation style homes in this beautiful historical district. Neighboring Sam Pitts Park located by the beautiful Soque River offers a place for walking trails and picnics. Travel down the road on Scenic Hwy. 197 that follows the river for trout fishing and the small community that feature many regional handmade arts and crafts. Just South of Clarkesville is Demorest, home of Piedmont College which founding roots date back www.mountainlakeguide.com | Spring 2021


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to 1897. The 266 acre campus welcomes the public to visit The Mason- Scharfenstein Museum and Johnny Mize Museum that commemorates the legendary baseball player. The Swanson Center for performing Arts holds periodical shows and events for entertainment. The town of Cornelia was first settled around 1860 for transportation and the railroad along the East Coast. Visitors can now step back in time to downtown Cornelia and see the beautifully restored Train Depot. The museum includes early railroad memorabilia, model of the Talullah Falls train, and two restored cabooses by the depot. The nearby City Park also offers a Splash Pad and Club Canine for family fun. The “Big Red Apple,” stands near the train depot as a monument that is seven feet tall, 22 ft. in circumference and weighs 5200 lbs. It was shipped from Virginia in 1926 to celebrate the apple industry. The monument was donated by the Southern Railway and in celebration of harvest a Festival is held in the fall. Cornelia has since been known as the “The Home of the Big Red Apple. The Habersham County Historical Society and Telephone Museum is on North Main Street and has Spring 2021 | www.mountainlakeguide.com

history of the area. Other Places on the National Register of Historic places include the Loudermilk Boarding House on Foreacre St. built in 1908 and the Community House on Wyly St. built in 1936. The adjoining park features picnic areas, playground and walking trails. The Chenocetah Fire Tower Built in 1936 is the last rock-constructed, working fire lookout tower in the east and stands 40 feet high. The overlook area from Chenocetah Mountain provides magnificent views of the lake and countryside. Lake Russell Recreational Area is located in the beautiful community of Mt. Airy just past the Firetower. Hiking trails are available year-round and a 4.6 mile loop goes around the shore of this beautiful 100-acre lake. Lake Russell has a large grass-covered beach and swimming area plus; easy access to camping, picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, and non-motorized boating. Whether your looking for quaint small town food and shopping or want to experience great outdoor adventures; Relax and enjoy friendly people who want to make your stay in Habersham County, “Feel Like Home” For more information visit www.habershamchamber.com VACATION GUIDE in the Mountains | 7


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The Mill The present mill was built by Tom Loudermilk in 1880 and was used to grind corn raised on the farm. The wooden wheel was replaced in the mid-1920’s and came from Hanover, Pennsylvania by train and wagon. It took less than 10 minutes to process a bushel of corn – depending on how fine it had to be ground. Peirce Short purchased the Mill in 1958 and operated It until the mid 70’s. The “Mill” has been a favorite spot for photographers and artist for many years. Artist from all over have captured the beauty of the “Mill” and “Mill Shoals” on canvas. 3-4 miles SE of Clarksville on Hwy 197, about half way between Clarksville and Mt. Airy on the south bank of Hazel Creek.

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Spring will soon be here and beautiful trees, shrubs, and flowers will soon be in bloom. Quietly tucked away in the North Georgia Mountains, sits a rare and special treasure. A botanical paradise of walking trails that burst with dogwood, tulip magnolias, native azaleas, wild flowers, trillium, and rhododendron. Located on the banks of Lake Chatuge is Hamilton Gardens, a truly enchanted spot, boasting the largest collection of rhododendrons in the state of Georgia. Hamilton Gardens welcomes visitors to stroll tranquil pine bark trails as they wind through lush foliage of over 400 varieties of rhododendron. Beautiful overlooks, park benches, sculptures, and the stunning views of Lake Chatuge and the majestic mountains surround this 20 acre woodland garden. How did this extensive collection form to develop this garden? Hamilton Gardens initially began in the 1980s with rhododendrons and azaleas that were gifted to Towns County by Fred and Hazel Hamilton. The Hamilton's were collectors of both native azaleas and rhododendrons as well as propagators of the same. Many of the plants located in the gardens are hybrids from their work. They traveled extensively and added to their collection whenever possible. “A Blooming Affair” is held annually from mid-April to mid-May and offers a spectacular visitor experience. Wildflowers, native azaleas, rhododendrons and many other plants come into full color. Our Garden Ambassadors will greet you at the front entrance on Saturdays and Sundays to tell you more about the Gardens and

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answer any questions you may have. You can also purchase your own rhododendrons and azaleas on Saturdays and Sundays while supplies last. Please visit our website for more information. Outdoor enthusiasts are welcome to study the huge diversity of native wildflowers, plants and trees. There is also a ‘Let’s get growing’ lecture series held twice monthly June – September. There are a variety of topics and are presented by guest speakers who are experts in their field. The lectures are usually held on the first and third Friday of the month at 11am. Moonlight Concerts are also popular at Hamilton Gardens. Bring your chair and favorite snack, relax on the West lawn and enjoy the music by popular artists like Dr. Paul and Teddy Baker. Events may be cancelled due to inclement weather, please follow us on facebook or call for last minute updates. All are welcome to experience the great outdoors at Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge, because beauty surrounds us and everyone loves to walk in a garden to enjoy nature at it's best. Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge is a 501(c)3 Georgia Corporation and donations are appreciated. Open Year Round, 8 AM – Dusk. CDC social distancing rules are in place. Pets are not allowed. Located at 96 Pavilion Rd. in Hiawassee, GA 30546 at the top of Georgia Mtn Fairgrounds, Honor system entry fee, for more information call 706-970-0011, visit hamiltongardens.org or follow us on facebook. www.mountainlakeguide.com | Spring 2021


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SPRING calendar of Events Please verify Event Dates in case of Rescheduling

Blairsville

May 26-31

March 1

Memorial Day Weekend

Live Acoustic Music with Ryan LittleEagle

June 18-20

Lucky’s Taqueria & Cantina

March 4, 8, & 11

North Georgia Wildlife Park

Father’s Day Weekend North Georgia Wildlife Park

Karaoke with DJ Dan

Cornelia

Lucky’s Taqueria & Cantina

May 15

March 8

Excile in Concert

Live Acoustic Music with Tim Moore

City of Cornelia

Lucky’s Taqueria & Cantina

Dahlonega

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Helen March 27 32nd Annual Trout Tournament Helen

Hiawassee April 23-24 Mile-Long Yard Sale Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

April 30 Memory Lane Classic Car Show Memory Lane Classic Car Museum

Marcy 1-8

May 1

Dahlonega’s Chocolate Crawl

Josh Turner in Concert

Sweet Shops Across Dahlonega

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Blue Ridge Community Theater

March 6

April 9-26

Farmhouse Coffee’s “LAUNCH THE BEAN” Grand Opening

Long Creek

February 25-March 1 2nd Annual Blue Ridge Film Festival

Artist Mark Mann Nature Photography Exhibit Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association

April 22-24, 25 Till Death Do Us Part Blue Ridge Community Theater

April 24 Blue Ridge Annual Trout Festival Downtown City Park

April 29-May 1, 2, 6-8, 9, 13-15, 16 Till Death Do Us Part Blue Ridge Community Theater

Clarkesville May 15 Mountain Laurel Festival Downtown Clarkesville

Clayton April 24-25 Celebrate Clayton Downtown Clayton

Cleveland March 5-7 Kickoff Weekend

Farmhouse Coffee

May 8 North Georgia Chamber Symphony Orchestra Hancock Park

March 14 Chattooga Belle Farm Wine Run 5K Chattooga Belle Farm

McCaysville May 1 String Fling

May 15-16

Deep Roots Orchard

Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival

Sautee Nacoochee

Hancock Park

Ellijay March 6-7, 13 Cartecay Vineyards Live Music Cartecay Vineyards

March 12 St. Paddy’s with Johnny Jameson Arts Playhouse

March 12-May 2 Strokes of Genius Exhibition Sautee Nacoochee Center

March 13 & 27 Heritage Days 283 Hwy 255 North

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Cartecay Wine Run 5k

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March 27 Cars and Coffee Cruise-in Automotive social event Riverside Pavillion on Main Street

April 9-10, 11, 17, 18 One of Your Biggest Fans

Dara Carter (Singer, Writer, & Instrumentalist) Sautee Nacoochee Center

April 24 Earth Day Celebration

North Georgia Wildlife Park

Arts Playhouse

Sautee Nacoochee Center - Historic Gym & Outdoors

May 7-9

April 16 & May 21

April 24-25

Mother’s Day Weekend

Acoustic Blends

Midsummber Nights Dream

North Georgia Wildlife Park

Ellijay

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Blairsville Logan Turnpike Mill Antique Mill Producing

Fresh Ground Grains

1-800-844-7487

Store Hours: Tues. - Sat. 10am-5:00pm 80-B Town Square, Blairsville, GA 30512

Donuts • Pastries • Coffees • Lattes • Chais • Smoothies • Cappucinos Iced & Frozen Coffees • Soups • Salads • Sandwiches • Grill Items

Tue-Fri 6am-3pm; Sat 7am-2pm Order via Toast App for Pick-up

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Intersection of 129-S & Glenn Gooch Bypass (South of the Square)

OPEN YEAR ROUND 706.745.5252

www.trackrock.com

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 Blairsville’s Farm to Table Destination

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

Nani’s Cuban Restaurant Your Tampa Bay Connection to Cuban Food Authentic Cuban Sandwich, Piggy Bowl, Chicky Bowl, Rice & Beans, Empanadas, & much more

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

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

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

Check www.TheSawMillPlace.com & FB for hours

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Call 706.745.1250 for Take-out

Casual. Fun. Family Friendly.

Buy 1 Taco Get 1 FREE Every Monday 11am - 11pm Dine in only.

Authentic Mexican Taqueria & Cantina, featuring gourmet tacos, burritos, empanadas, and much more!

17 Merchants Walk Open Mon-Sat 11am - 11pm

www.LuckysTacoShop.com

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VACATION RENTALS 706-379-9929 Now Accepting Homes in Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge, Murphy, & Hayesville

GET AWAY TO THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTH GEORGIA & WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

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Blairsville

Where the elite meet to eat. Breakfast & Lunch Mon - Sun 7am-3pm • Dinner Wed - Sun 4pm-8pm

40 Earnest Street • 706-745-6921 603

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CABIN COFFEE • BLAIRSVILLE

Blairsville Pickers Barn The Most Unique Shopping Experience in North Georgia

Over 150 Vendors • 25,000 sq. ft. Mall

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44A Town Square • Blairsville, GA

706-745-0073

Free Wi-Fi • Cabincoffeecompany.com @CabinCoffeeBlairsville

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Antiques - Collectibles - Quilts Furniture - Coins - Fine Jewelry Glassware - Pottery - Paintings - Yard Art Crafts - Antique Signs Military & Civil War Items - Cowhides

Buy - Sell - Trade

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OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Blairsville, GA 30512 19/129 South of the Square

706-745-0097

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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 redlion.com/americas-best-value-inn

54 Hwy 441 North, Clayton, GA 706.782.4258 • 888.225.3297 wyndhamhotels.com/days-inn

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Warwoman Dell

Warwoman Dell was named to honor a Cherokee Warwoman. Some believe it could have been named for Nancy Hart, the Revolutionary War era woman who may have fought at the Battle of Kettle Creek with her husband and sons. Most likely, though, it was named to honor Nancy Ward, a highly-respected “beloved woman” of the Cherokee Nation who frequented the dell and advised the Cherokee tribal council on war and peace. She was very powerful in the Cherokee clan rule, for she was the last Warwoman in the East. When the Cherokee chiefs voted to go to war, it could only happen if the Warwoman approved. Continued on page 33

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586 Warwoman Dell continued from page 32 The 66 steps lead to the abandoned Blue Ridge Railroad. Two moderately easy, family-friendly trails lead through this beautiful pocket of wilderness showcasing tall trees, dense vegetation, mosses, wildflowers, and three waterfalls. The hike visits the popular Becky Branch Falls, historic areas of Warwoman Dell and several smaller waterfalls on a 1.4 mile loop. While it’s not a long hike, it’s an exceptionally beautiful one. This is a fairly moderate, short trail, with parking and a roadside picnic spot. DIRECTIONS: Traveling north US Hwy 441 in downtown Clayton, one block after US 76 comes in from the left, go east on Warwoman Dell Road for 2.8 miles. When the road makes a sharp curve to the left, watch for Warwoman Dell Recreation Area entrance on the right. Follow the gravel road to the first parking lot.

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Dillard

NOW OPEN • Local Jams & Jellies • Walking Sticks • Trail Maps • Collegiate Gifts • Bird Houses

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• Corinthian Chimes • Boyd’s Bears • Native American Jewelry • Old Fashioned Candy • Jim Shore Figurines

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Beautiful trails are yours to explore in the great outdoors of the North Georgia Mountains. Just pack a snack and plenty of water, get your gear ready and go for a hike.

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Clayton RABUN BALD Trail : 4 miles round trip Easy to Moderate hike, though last half mile is rather steep and some find this part strenuous. Directions: from Clayton US 441 North to 1 mile past Dillard, right onto GA 246 toward Highlands for 7 miles, right onto FS7, go 2.1 miles take the right fore (FS7 goes left) go 1.3 miles, take a left fork on dirt road tward Beegum Ga, go 1.6 miles to parking area. Lakemont ANGEL FALLS Trail: This is a heavily wooded trail that leads you to two different waterfalls. One is 1/2 mile in and the other is 1 mile from the starting point. There is a creek that runs along side the trail for a while. I would describe it as a moderate hike with some steep inclines. Directions: From Highway 441, turn onto Lake Rabun Road and then travel several miles down the winding road around the lake. The entrance to the campground will be on the right hand side. Go into the campground and follow the road around until you see the trailhead sign. TALLULAH FALLS Shortline Trail: (multi-use) 3 miles. Rated easy. Tallulah Falls State Park – Terrora Circle Road, is paved and can be used for hiking, biking, skating, etc. It follows part of an old railroad bed. Directions: from Clayton, follow Highway 441 South to Tallulah Falls Spring 2021 | www.mountainlakeguide.com

Amenities include: Swimming Pool • Fire Pit Playground • 6 Private Baths Laundry Room • Check-in Rec Room

706-746-0078

323 Yorkhouse Rd • Rabun Gap, GA willowvalleyrv.com • info@willowvalleyrv.com

LA CABAÑA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

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

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

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

10% OFF with this coupon excluding alcohol

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Offering an extensive line of organic lavender bath & body items, culinary products, home products, local artisan goods, and more.

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.

53 Hwy 255 N, Sautee, GA 30571 (706) 878-0100 261

2315 Hwy 17, Sautee, GA 30571 (706) 878-2281 • oldsauteestore.com

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Anna Ruby Falls Curtis Creek falls 153 feet and York Creek drops 50 feet down the slopes of Tray Mountain in twin waterfalls. The very steep 4/10 mile Anna Ruby Falls Trail is paved and has benches along the trail for sitting or resting while enjoying the beauty of the area. Directions: from Helen, take GA 75 North one mile. Right on GA 356 for 1.5 miles, left on the entrance road to the falls. 36 | vACATION GUIDE in the Mountains

Dukes Creek Falls A well-designed trail winds its way into Dukes Creek Gorge, ending at the base of the falls which drop about 150 feet down sheer granite canyon into Dukes Creek. Directions: Take GA 75 north from Helen for 1.5 miles. Turn left on GA 356 (75 Alternate) for 2.3 miles to the Richard Russell Scenic Highway. Turn right, go 2 miles to Dukes Creek Falls Recreation Area. www.mountainlakeguide.com | Spring 2021


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706-878-0111 706-878-2689 • charlemagneskingdom.com

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

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M-Th 9am-9pm Fri & Sat 9am-10pm • Sun 12:30-8pm 50 Yonah Street • Helen, Georgia •located next to Betty’s Country Store

Largest liquor store in North GA • (706) 878-7050 • Spring 2021 | www.mountainlakeguide.com

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Hofbrauhaus

Helen, GA • Est. 1976

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Casual Outdoor Dining Pet Friendly! Live Music on Weekends

~ Easy walk to shops, restaurants, and attractions ~ Riverfront Rooms with Private Balconies ~ Fireplace / Whirlpool Suites ~ Heated pool ~ Meeting/Party rooms

9001 North Main St | Helen, GA

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706-878-2271 33 Munich Strasse • Helen, GA www.Helendorf.com

FREE Parking for Guests

Open 7 days a week, 11am - 9pm

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HELEN

Festhalle Events

Proudly sponsored by the Helen Chamber of Commerce

www.helenchamber.com

32nd Annual Trout Tournament

706-878-1908

March 27th • 6am - 2pm Fish on the Chattahoochee River in Helen, GA. $20.00 registration fee Online www.HelenChamber.com

1074 Edelweiss Strasse

Bingo

Tentative Opening Date: April 2nd Every Tues. & Friday Find us on Facebook at Oktoberfest Festhalle Friends Unique Items from Scandinavia, Europe, and Around the Globe

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706-865-6772 | 3083 Helen Hwy, Cleveland, GA 30528 Heart-shaped jacuzzi tubs Gas log fireplaces Pets welcome Satellite TV, DVD Full kitchens / kitchenettes Porches with rocking chairs Creekside Cabins 5 miles south of Helen

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800.524.3008 / 706.878.2443 EXPANDED FACTORY LOCATION with TWO VIEWING WINDOWS! NOW OFFERING: tours and custom chocolate bars and apples made to order!

Two locations:

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Wildewood

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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HELEN

LET’s RIDE Built by the top Alpine Coaster Manufacturer in the world!

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

FIRST ALPINE COASTER IN GEORGIA Fast and Fun • Family Friendly

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

706-878-2191

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570 8409 S Main St Helen, GA 30545 info@georgiamountaincoaster.com

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Cleveland 16 Old Nacoochee Road Cleveland, GA 30528 706-865-3666

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

NEW HOURS Closed Monday Lunch Only Sun,Tues, and Wed 11-2:30 pm Open 11-8 Thurs-Sat Online Ordering at www.creeksidedeli.com

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Cleveland

Country Hideaway Your Mountain Vacation Destination

1-2 Bedroom Condos Mountain & Lake Views Fireplaces Military Discount 15% with proper ID shown at time of check-in

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!

1-800-514-1618

75 Enchanted Way, Cleveland GA | countryhideawayresorts.com

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AREA DIRECTORY (continued on pg 43) Dining

Lucky’s Taqueria & Cantina 706-400-5569 Blue Ridge 17 Merchants Walk Come experience the most authentic Mexican Toccoa Riverside Restaurant Blairsville food, featuring locally sourced ingredients. 8055 Aska Road 706-632-7891 Abide Coffee 706-250-1359 Dine-in, take-out, and 2 awesome patios! Dine on the River. Fine dining at its best in 53 Merchants Walk, Suite A Mon-Sat 11am-11pm. We offer a full range of coffee shop staples Blue Ridge. luckystacoshop.com See pg 28 ranging from simple coffee to Fan Favorites toccoariversiderestaurant.com See pg 18 and Breakfast Croissants. Mugs, tumblers, Mike’s Seafood Market & Grill t-shirts, and more! M-Sat 7am-6pm. 513 A Murphy Highway 706-745-9519 South of North 706-946-5560 abidecoffee.com See pg 26 Fresh fish, shrimp, scallops, lobster tails, 257 East Main Street crab, alligator, oysters, clams, crawfish, Blairsville Restaurant - Grits & Greens Vietnamese Fusion Eatery in Blue Ridge, 40 Earnest St 706-745-6921 salmon, frog legs, Mike’s fish spread. Special GA. Serving Pho, Naan Mi, Hanoi Sliders, orders welcome! Family Style, using locally sourced ingrediLike us on Facebook See pg 26 Summer Rolls, and more for Dinner with ents. Open Monday – Sunday. Like us on Facebook See pg 31 Nani’s Cuban Restaurant (706) 745-0010 Beer/Wine. Full Service Casual Dining. Scratch-Made Kitchen. Cabin Coffee Co. 706-745-0073 51 D Earnest Street At Nani’s Restaurant, we serve home cook 44A Town Square southofnorth.square.site See pg 20 Just be Happy & enjoy Fresh Roasted Coffee food with a Spanish flair! A combination of home cook food, with Cuban and Puerto daily. Breakfast - pastries, rolls, bagels, Clayton Rican cusine. Lunch –soup,salad, sandwiches. See pg 28 La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant cabincoffeecompany.com See pg 31 nanisdeliandmore.com 706-212-2834 G & G Bakery & Cafe 706-745-0748 Sawmill Place Restaurant 706-745-1250 128 Duvall Street 1150 Pat Haralson Drive 110 Gainsville Hwy Offering you a wide variety of central MexA destination for all hungry mountain Salads - Breads Made Fresh Daily - Sandico’s cuisine & a touch of California/Texas travelers. Cooked-to-order breakfast and wiches - Donuts - Daily Specials - Wide style dishes. country-style meats and vegetables. Selection of Coffees - Free WI-FI

See pg 27 Like us on Facebook

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See pg 28 lacabana-restaurant.com

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AREA DIRECTORY (continued from pg 43) Dining

Young Harris

Cleveland

Lodging

countryhideawayresorts.com

Brother’s at Willow Ranch 706-379-1272 6223 US Highway 76 Cleveland Creekside Deli 706-865-3666 We offer award-winning foods at affordable and family-friendly prices. Catering also 16 Old Nacoochee Road available. Inside dining or casual dining on the porch. brothersatwillowranch.com See pg 15 restaurantsclevelandga.com

See pg 42

Dillard La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant 7052 Hwy 441, Suite 104 706-746-0058 Offering you a wide variety of central Mexico’s cuisine & a touch of California/Texas style dishes. lacabana-restaurant.com

Blairsville

Majestic Mountain Getaways 706-379-9929 590 Main Street 877-379-9929 Get away to the mountains of North Georgia and Western North Carolina!

See pg 35 MajesticMountainGetaways.com

See pg 30

Trackrock Campground & Cabins Ellijay 706-745-2420 Shane’s Rib Shack 706-635-7427 141 Trackrock Campground Rd. Open Year Round. Fully Furnished Cabins. 289 Highland Crossing We’re the place to go for the best BBQ, ribs, Campsites with Water/Electric. Full Hookup & chicken and more. See our ad for coupons! Pull-thru Sites. shanesribshack.com

See pg 17

Blue Ridge

Helen Hofbrauhaus 706-878-2248 9001 North Main Street A quaint family restaurant offering German and American fare. Outdoor seating overlooking the Chattahoochee River. Pet Friendly. Like us on Facebook

See pg 35

Paul’s Steakhouse 706-878-2468 8537 South Main Street Eat, drink, dance! Casual Fine Dining & Lounge overlooking the ‘Hooch’ in Downtown Helen. paulssteakhouse.com

See pg 3

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 theheidelberghelen.com

Ellijay

Mountain Oasis 706-276-4343 14224 Hwy. 515 N. Suite 200 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

Hayesville, NC

See pg 47

sundownerrvvillage.net

See pg 13

Helen

Gabby’s Country Cabins 706-865-6772 3083 Helen Highway Home of the Heart-Shaped Jacuzzi! Often imitated, never duplicated. gabbyscabins.com

See pg 39

HIExpress.com/helenga

See pg 41

Mountain Top Cabin Rental 866-402-2246 Heidi Motel & Windmill Suites 44 Boardtown Road, Blue Ridge 8820 North Main Street 706-878-2689 Where upscale meets down to earth. MountainTopCabinRentals.com See pg 48 Our family will make every effort to ensure that your stay here is memorable. Located Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals just steps from downtown shopping and 240 W. Main Street 866-4CABINS dining. Find Quality Time With Us in the Beautiful heidimotel.com See pg 37 Blue Ridge Mountains. 706-878-2271 southerncomfortcabinrentals.com See pg 22 Helendorf River Inn 33 Munich Strasse Just a few minute walk to restaurants, shops, Clayton America’s Best Value Inn 706-782-4702 and night life. Offering suites by the river. 698 Hwy 441S helendorf.com See pg 38 Free continental breakfast, high-speed interHoliday Inn Express & Suites net, picnic areas, and barbeque grills AmericasBestValueInn.com See page 32 Helen Convention Center 706-878-1084 8100 S. Main St Days Inn 706-782-4258 Where Mother Nature comes to play! Located 54 Hwy 441N in the center of all the action, we offer the Pool, HBO, AARP, AAA, Free continental newest hotel in North Georgia for leisure and breakfast, restaurant, and high-speed internet business travelers.

See pg 40 DaysInn.com

See page 32

Willow Valley RV Resort 706-746-0078 323 Yorkhouse Rd Hiawassee Asiano Restaurant 706-896-0508 Our resort is a wonderful place to vacation. Some of our amenities include, swimming 1382 Highway 76 West pool with a wading area for younger children, Thai, Chinese, Sushi Bar, Mongolian Grill, and playground, community fire pit, 6 private Japanese Steakhouse. Dine-in or carry-out. baths, laundry room and much more. asianorestaurant.com

See pg 43

Sundowner RV Village 828-389-3241 42 Sundowner Circle This 13 acre, quaint RV/Park Model Village See pg 27 is nestled under a grove of majestic oaks catering to the adult camper (55+) as a haven for peace, quiet and tranquility.

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

See pg 38 escapetoblueridge.com

La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant 8160 South Main St 706-878-3456 Offering you a wide variety of central Mexico’s cuisine & a touch of California/Texas style dishes.. lacabana-restaurant.com

trackrock.com

Country Hideaway 800-514-1618 72 Enchanted Way Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Country Hideaway at Mountain Lakes is the perfect spot for a peaceful vacation. We offer condo, cabins, and chalets; plus many ammenities.

See pg 13 WillowValleyRV.com

Sure Stay 706-878-2191 8396 S. Main St Centrally located on Main Street where the village shops, restaurants, and festivals are all within easy walking distance, Premier lodging destination!

See pg 35 BestWestern.com

See pg 41


Hiawassee

MajesticMountainGetaways.com

Clarkesville

Clarkesville Lanes 706-839-7467 583 Grant St A great place for serious bowlers or the whole family. Featuring Cosmic Bowling on Fri & Sat nights and dining anytime at the Grant Street Grill. See pg 30

Majestic Mountain Getaways 706-379-9929 590 Main Street 877-379-9929 Get away to the mountains of North Georgia and Western North Carolina!

clarkesvillelanes.com

See pg 9

Long Creek, SC

Mountain Laurel Festival Chattooga Belle Farm 864-647-9768 Downtown Clarkesville SATURDAY, MAY 15TH Music, crafts, art and 454 Damascus Church Road food. Sounds like a festival! If you love smallChattooga Belle Farm is a 200 acre farm located in Long Creek, SC. The farm features town events, pack up the family and head to downtown Clarkesville for the Mountain a U-Pick operation for fresh produce and a Laurel Festival; an arts and crafts jubilee - the large event barn perfect for weddings. oldest running festival of its type in Georgia. chattoogabellefarm.com

See pg 33

Morgantown

My Mountain Cabin Rentals 800-844-4939 3945 Old Loving Rd The comfort of the city doesn’t have to be exchanged for the benefits of nature. #1 My Mountain Cabin Rentals provides folks with luxurious, yet rustic inspired escapes. 1mymountain.com

Recreation

Clayton

celebrateclayton.com

Trackrock Campground & Cabins 706-745-2420 141 Trackrock Campground Rd. Horseback Riding - Hiking/Walking Trails - Fishing - Swimming - Summer Horse Camps - Hayrides See pg 27

Cleveland

North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm 2912 Paradise Valley Road 706-348-7279 Come see the baby animals! northgeorgiazoo.com

Helen

Alpine Speedway Slot Car Racing 706-878-0111 8016 South Main Street, Ste A2 2nd Story Entertainment 706-633-0466 Featuring the LARGEST slot car road course 733 East Main Street Suite C in the USA, the Alpine Speedway brings you fun and entertainment for the whole family. Indoor 18 hole mini-golf features a variety 2 indoor tracks to choose from with various of themes throughout 9 rooms. Giant ticspeed/experience levels for each. Let’s go tac-toe, darts, and checkers, to larger than life Connect Four plus an arcade, drinks, and racing! alpinespeedway.com See pg 37 ice cream. See pg 20 Charlemagne’s Kingdom

Moto X Adventures 404-276-0179 Blue Ridge, GA Experience the best back roads, wilderness and scenic beauty in the gorgeous mountains of GA, NC, & TN on your ADV/DS bike with an experienced rider guide. motoxadventures.com

See pg 18 GA Mountain Coaster

lillypadvillage.com

See pg 23 GeorgiaMountainCoster.com

A Blooming Affair - Hamilton Gardens 96 Pavilion Rd 706-970-0011 April 17 - May 23. Spring is upon us before we know it, and with Spring we’ll see our fabulous Rhododendrons and Azaleas show their vibrant colors once again. Plus our annual plant sale! hamiltongardens.org

See pg 13

GeorgiaMountainFairgrounds.com See pg 15

Morganton

Tank Town USA 706-633-6072 10408 Appalachian Hwy. The ultimate heavy equipment playground and the #1 thing to do in Blue Ridge, GA. Drive a military tank, military trucks or construction equipment. See pg 20

Shopping Batesville

Hickory Flat Pottery 706-947-0030 13664 Hwy 197 North Functional pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber and wood art made by hand in the hills of North Georgia. hickoryflatpottery.com

See pg 8

Blairsville

Ambry’s Attic 706-530-5005 94 Town Square, Ste. K Located in the picturesque city of Blairsville, Georgia, offers items that are vintage, antique, and one-of-a-kind. We provide a pleasant environment for your shopping 706-878-2200 experience.

8808 N. Main St This exhibit is really a marvelous Alpine Model Railroad depicting a modern Germany from “The North sea to the Alps.” Murals, Gingerbread Houses & German Dancers. georgiamodelrailroad.com

See pg 37

Hiawassee

See pg 33 tanktownusa.com

Blue Ridge

2ndstoryentertainment.com

outpostgoldandgem.com

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds See pg 9 Music Hall Road 706-896-4191 Offering a wide-variety of unique venues and beautiful year-round camping facilities.

Celebrate Clayton Downtown Clayton Celebrate Clayton is an Arts and Fine Crafts event for all ages presented by the North Georgia Arts Guild. Enjoy a wide variety of refreshments from food vendors and See pg 21 restaurants right on Main Street, and local entertainment on the shady lawn of the historic Rock House.

Blairsville

trackrock.com

clarkesvillega.com

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.

ambrysattic.com

See pg 26

Blairsville Pickers Barn (Georgia Pickers) 27 Orbit Drive 706-745-0097 Antiques, Collectibles Furniture, Coins, Jewelry, Glassware, Pottery, & Lots More! See pg 37 Buy-Sell-Trade blairsvillepickersbarn.com

8409 S. Main St The Lilly Pad Village 706-534-1317 Feel the thrill of riding down the mountain 24 Adelaide Drive and through the woods in beautiful alpine Gem Mining, Mini golf, and fishing. A family Helen, GA. Our alpine coaster is fun for all attraction that is fun for all ages. ages.

See pg 31

Logan Turnpike Mill 800-84-GRITS 80-B Town Square (47487) Quality STONE-GROUND whole-grain products from the mountains of North Georgia. Fresh baked goods. Open Tuesday - Saturday.

See pg41 loganturnpikemill.com

See pg 27


AREA DIRECTORY Sugar Magnolia Gifts & Interiors 706-230-9100 267 Cleveland St Gifts for every occasion, Birthday, Weddings, Anniversary, New Baby, and Holidays. Beautiful home interiors to make your house a home. Like us on Facebook

Blue Ridge

Dillard

Country Junction General Store Highway 441 North 888-702-0642 Local Jams & Jellies - Walking Sticks - Trail Maps - Stained Glass - Country Gifts - Quilts See pg 27 - Bird Houses - Corinthian Chimes See pg 34

Blue Ridge Bird Seed Co 706-254-2473 611 E Main St, Blue Ridge We’re a small non-franchise bird store, dedicated to helping people learn about bird feeding the RIGHT way and have more fun while they do it. We test new products and stock only what works. We guarantee what we sell and stand behind our products and recommendations.

Helen

Discount Spirits 706-878-7050 50 Yonah St. Discount Spirits of Helen, located in scenic Helen, Georgia, offers the largest variety of beers, wines and spirits throughout North Georgia. Like us on Facebook

TATA on Main 706-896-0567 401 S. Main St Upscale clothes sizes (6 to 3/4X ) shoes and purses, gifts, small furniture, garden/home decor. Consignments by appointment only. tataonmain.com

See pg 14

Sautee-Nacoochee

Old Sautee Store 706-878-2281 2315 GA Highway 17 Visit for a glimpse back in time. Experience a thriving general store operating for 144 years. Eat in our market, explore our museum, and enjoy shopping with us. sauteestore.com

See pg 36

See pg 37

The Lavender Cottage & Garden 706-878-0100 800-524-3008 53 Hwy 255 N Blueridgebirdseed.com See pg 20 Hansel & Gretel 706-878-2443 Aromatherapy, bath, body home and culinary. 8651 Main Street Pezrok 706-632-6036 8078 South Main Street 706-878-7704 thelavendercottageandgarden.com See pg 36 524 E. Main Street Visit our other location- 8078 S. Main St Neither painter nor sculptor can surpass in Helen nature’s artistry. More than just an upscale HanselandGretelCandyKitchen.com See pg 39 “rock shop.” We celebrate Earth’s terrestrial Lindenhaus Imports 706-878-2357 Blairsville treasures in a setting as exceptional as 8669 North Main Street nature itself. Blairsville-Union Co Chamber of pezrok.com See pg 19 Imports from Europe, Scandanavia, and Commerce around the world. Georgia’s #1 Outdoor Destination. Call or go lindenhausimports.com See pg 39 online for a free Visitor’s Guide! Clarkesville Elizabeth Co 706-754-2787 Tim’s Wooden Toys See pg 29 706-878-1842 VisitBlairsvilleGA.com 1419 Washington St 8635 Main St, Unit 8, Swiss German Plaza Blairsville Downtown Development Auth. We are a unique place to join others that have We play all the time. 62 Blue Ridge Street the same passion for the look and feel of the timswoodentoyshop.com See pg 39 Proudly sponsoring festivals, shows, Days Gone By, including antiques, vintage, primitives, shabby-chic, furniture, handmade Wildewood General Store 706-878-5373 concerts, parties and events in Blairsville, Georgia! items, gifts, a ladies clothing boutique 52 River Street & General Store! visitdowntownblairsville.com See pg 29 Stroll down the alley to experience WildeElizabethAndCo.weebly.com See pg 8 wood. Shopping w/benches on the porch for The Art-Full Barn 706-754-1247 those who want to sit a spell or play a game Cornelia of checkers. Cornelia’s Historic Depot/City of Cornelia 200 HWY 197N See pg 40 181 Larkin Street Owned by Gail and Greg Kimsey and Tonya Like us on Facebook 706-778-8585 Kimsey Fowler, the Art-full Barn offers art Come and take a walk through Cornelia’s supplies, Fine Art and reproductions, Pottery Hiawassee exciting history! When your tour is done, by Mud Fairy Pottery (Tonya!) and many Creekside General Store 706-896-9448 grab a souvenir from our gift shop, and other categories of retail items. walk to any of our locally owned Downtown 2955 Hwy 76 East artfullbarn.com See pg 9 Gifts, Flags, Pottery, Candles, Cabin Decor, restaurants! Wind Chimes, Outdoor Furniture, T-Shirts, corneliageorgia.org See pg 11 Cornelia Jewelry, Local Handmade Items, and so Sugartopia 706-968-7777 much more! Helen 188 North Main Street CreeksideGeneralStore.com See pg 14 Helen Chamber of Commerce Baked goods such as cakes, cupcakes, cake 706-878-1908 Hiawassee Antique Mall 706-896-0587 1074 Edelweiss Dr balls, cookies, pies and anything else you A re-creation of an alpine village complete 518 N. Main Street can dream up. Special occasion cakes for birthdays, weddings or any special days you Over 8000 sq. ft. of antiques, furniture, glass- with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. would like to commemorate. M-F 9-6, Sat 9-3 ware, pottery and porcelain.

Tourism

sugartopiasweets.com

See pg 10 hiawasseeantiquemall.com

See pg 13 helenchamber.com

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