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Explore Rabun County where Summer-time Living is Easy

If outdoor adventure with small town charm is what your looking for this Summer – then Rabun County is your destination. Conveniently located just 90 miles from Atlanta this small northern corner of Georgia is bordered by South Carolina and North Carolina. All roads lead to wilderness and the great outdoors in Rabun County, as approximately, 60% of the land is in National Forest and State Parks. Scenic lakes area a major part of recreational activities and almost 20% is held by by Georgia Power for Lake Burton, Rabun, Seed, and Tallulah. Visitors traveling through the area may miss these waterways as the lakes highlighted are not visible from the major roadway of Hwy. 441 Traveling from north to south, the lakes and dams are: Lake Burton & Burton Dam The largest lake in the series at 2,775 acres and 62 miles of shoreline. Offering three activity areas: Jones Bridge Park with two sheltered picnic areas, Timpson Cove Beach has white sand beach, picnic area, and restrooms. Murray Cove Boat Launch Area has paved boat ramp for small- and medium-sized boats. Lake Seed & Nacoochee Dam 240 acres, 13 mile of shoreline, and two activity areas. The Lake Seed Boat Launch Area has gravel boat ramp for small boats and the Lake Seed Campground offers a white sand beach, wilderness campsites, picnic area, and latrines. Lake Rabun & Mathis Dam The second largest lake at 834 acres, 25 miles of shoreline, and host to Nacoochee Park. Located on the north end of the lake, Nacoochee Park recreation area is perfect

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for a picnic, fishing on a river-like setting or just relaxing. Located just off of Lake Rabun Road is Rabun Beach recreation area overlooking beautiful Lake Rabun and mountains. It offers camping, hiking, swimming, boating and fishing. 80 tent and trailer campsites are available, some with electrical and water hookups. Hike the 1.3-mile Rabun Beach Trail which ends at Angel Falls. Tallulah Lake, Terrora Plant & Tallulah Falls Dam 63 acres, 3.6 mile of shoreline and home to the Terrora Center. The Terrora Park and Education Center offers a camping area that includes 50 campsites with electrical/ water hookups, tables and grills, playground, and pavilion. The Center also has a park with white sand beach, lighted tennis courts, nature trails including trail to Tallulah Gorge overlook & State Park. Visitors should stop in the historic town to see The General Store and enjoy the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center for more information. Rabun County boasts having “three Georgia State Parks” with Moccasin Creek State Park on Lake Burton, Black Rock Mountain State Park to the North and Tallulah Falls State Park to the South of it’s border. The area has numerous hiking trails in the State Parks plus a portion of the Appalachian Trail winds through on the western border and a 37-mile portion of the Bartram Trail. Picturesque waterfalls abound and many can be easily reached by relatively short trails. Located in Mountain City off Hwy. 441 Black Rock Mountain takes it’s name from the shear dark granite wall that is visible from long distances. Within the State Park there are four scenic overlooks. The Cowee Overlook is the first on the drive in, and actually sits almost directly www.mountainlakeguide.com | Spring / Summer 2021


above the Ada-Hi Falls, but the falls are not visible from the overlook. The Nantahala Overlook is located in the RV parking circle. The Blue Ridge Overlook and Black Rock Overlook is adjacent to the Visitors Center and Trading Post. Visitors enjoying backpacking for day trips, hiking on the trails and fishing on this scenic 17 acre lake. Near the State Park is home to the famed “Foxfire” Museum & Heritage Center. The project of Foxfire magazine was based on interviewing local people and publishing their stories, which inspired numerous schools across the country to develop similar programs. The museum offers a self-guided tour through the authentic village showing the trades of early settlers. Driving into the northern area of Hwy. 441 you will see miles of beautiful valley that is famous for it’s farmland and family-style meals at the Dillard House Restaurant, serving the community since 1917. The Dillard area has many traditional folk galleries, plus refined rustic antique shops nearby. Located one mile east of Dillard is the Hoojah Branch Indian burial mound, which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. To view this quaint valley from above, take a beautiful scenic drive on Highway 246 toward Sky Valley, Ga. to get a real taste of an aerial perspective form several roadside and trail lookouts. The area offers abundant hiking, waterfalls and scenic flora. Georgia’s highest city, with an elevation of 3,500 ft. is home to Sky Valley Golf and Country Club, which features an 18 hole championship public golf course, luxury accommodations, swimming and tennis courts.

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If your looking for cool waters, the Chattooga River borders Georgia and South Carolina and is recognized as one of the Southeast’s premier whitewater area. Over 50 miles of river flows from the Appalachian Mountains to Lake Tugaloo offering class II – V rapids. Continuing Hwy. 76 into Long Creek S.C. past the river, visitors can tour Chattooga Belle Farms, a 198 acre working farm and distillery. The downtown Clayton area offers that “Hometown Feeling” that every visitor will enjoy. Stroll leisurely through the local shops that feature the best in art, antiques, books, furniture, gifts, wine and so much more! With a variety of cafe’s, old-fashioned soda fountain, or fine dining restaurants, many feature our delicious local fresh farm produce. The Community open air market welcomes visitors every Saturday to enjoy live music, crafts and farm fresh tasty treats! You’ll find everything for the perfect get away including a wonderful stay to relax and renew whether it’s hotels, resorts, or one of our charming bed and breakfast inns. This peaceful and quiet corner of North Georgia brings friends, families, couples, and outdoor enthusiast every year to enjoy these higher ridges. Picture perfect memories are made for Summer-time in Rabun County as you lay back and enjoy the scenic venues and the cool waters of the mountains. For more information visit ExploreRabun.com or visit the new Welcome Center on Hwy. 441 706-782-4812

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Road Trip To

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

Trackrock Archeological Area - Visit this special site where the people of long ago carved their stories into the boulders of Track Rock. Petroglyph site of ancient Indian origin from which this mountain gap gets its name. Several hiking trails are located in this 52 acre area that is located off Trackrock Gap Rd. Lake Nottely Reservoir - This beautiful 4,180-acre lake has a dam reservoir that features a beach, camping area, hiking and is a popular place for viewing wildlife. Many water sports outlets provide fishing supplies seasonal boating & jet ski rentals to help you enjoy this beautiful scenic mountain paradise. Take Hwy. 129 North and turn left on Nottely Dam Road. Meeks Park - Scenic Nottely River runs through the park making for scenic picnic spots. Located directly off Hwy. 515, the park has ball fields, batting cages, a playground, skateboard park, basketball court, tennis courts, swimming pool, disc golf course, walking trails, nature trails, and dog park. Seasonal events are held here regularly and plays host to the Butternut Creek Festival held in July with local and regional handmade Arts & Crafts. Historic Courthouse & Museum - built in 1899 this beautiful restored building is located in the center of a traffic circle in downtown Blairsville. Although the original clock tower has been removed it is still visible on display with a Museum open to the public. Downtown Blairsville - Stroll the beautiful brick lined sidewalks to shop, eat, and enjoy this friendly small town! Many of the shops have handcrafted arts, souvenirs and flavors from the mountains that are just waiting for you to discover. Mountain Life Museum - The Mock House circa 1906 and Payne Cabin replicates life in the early days. Located just off the town square. The Reece Farm & Heritage Center - is homestead of the famous poet Byron Herbert Reece.

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Property is on Nottely River and features restored barns, corn crib, chicken house, smokehouse, spring house and petting farm. Art exhibits tell the story of Byron Herbert Reece, the farmer, writer, and poet who lived on this site located on Hwy. 129. Vogel State Park - also on Hwy. 129, is a 233-acre Sate Park located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The park offers Hiking trails, campsites, cabins, picnic facilities, and activities like geocaching. The 22 acre lake is great for fishing or non-motorized boating activities. During the summer, visitors can cool off at the mountain-view beach. Appalachian Trail & Walasi Yi Center - is located at the top of Blood Mountain on Hwy. 129 where the 2,175-mile-long Appalachian Trail passes through. Listed on the Register of Historic Places, this center offers a hostel and has incredible views from the overlooks. The Woody Gap School - This unique small school K-12 is located off Hwy. 60 in Suches. The Mountain Heritage Preservation Program also has recreated the early 1800s farmstead, complete with cabin, outbuildings, and gardens. Lake Winfield Scott - is part of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The 18 acre lake is quiet for camping or hiking and has a swimming and pavilion area. In Suches turn right onto Hwy.180 - go 7 miles and look for signs on the right. Brasstown Bald - offers a 360 degree view of breathtaking sights at 4,784 ft. with an Observation Deck and Visitors Center open May– November. The museum features interactive cultural and natural history exhibits. Surrounded by the Oconee National Forest, the center serves as a Forest Ranger District area located off Hwy. 180. For more information visit www.VisitDowntownBlairsville or www.VisitBlairsville.com www.mountainlakeguide.com | Spring / Summer 2021


Blairsville Come Celebrate

Nani’s Cuban Restaurant Your Tampa Bay Connection to Cuban Food Authentic Cuban Sandwich, Piggy Bowl, Chicky Bowl, Rice & Beans, Empanadas, & much more Tue-Wed-Thur 11am-7pm Fri-Sat 11am-8pm 51D Earnest St, Blairsville

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Blairsville Opening Soon!

Blairsville Pickers Barn The Most Unique Shopping Experience in North Georgia

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

Hibachi Type Meals including:

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Ramen Noodle Bowls

Daily Sushi Rolls

Fried Rice Bowls , Ramen Bowls, & Vegetarian Options

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Every Monday 11am - 11pm Dine in only.

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

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

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513A Murphy Hwy in Blairsville

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

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Cleveland

Kim’s

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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

3779 Helen Hwy, Cleveland, GA (by the big green train)

mtyonahbookexchange.com

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 Spring / Summer 2021 | www.mountainlakeguide.com

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We accept all major credit & debit cards

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HELEN

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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Explore Helen & Sautee Nacoochee Free Phone App

“The Men Won’t Tell Us Anything”: Women of Georgia Folk Pottery Photo of Arie Meaders; credit John Burrison

Shop the Old Sautee Store

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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 149 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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8016 S Main St.

706-878-2689 • charlemagneskingdom.com

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HELEN

Festhalle Events

Proudly sponsored by the Helen Chamber of Commerce

www.helenchamber.com

706-878-1908

BierFest May 8th • 12 - 5pm

Over 100 beers to try! Unlimited tastings. $25 advance / $30 door VIP Passes $25 advance / $40 door DD’s admission $8

Bavarianfest May 29th • 6 - 11pm

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration. Fun for all ages! $8 admission / Active & Retired Military FREE

1074 Edelweiss Strasse

Bingo May - August Every Tues. & Friday

Find us on Facebook at Oktoberfest Festhalle Friends 706-865-6772 | 3083 Helen Hwy, Cleveland, GA 30528

CA N DY K I T CH E N

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:

8651 Main Street IP 8078 S Main Street (the factory) H S E W www.hanselandgretelcandyk itchen.com 45

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

www.gabbyscabins.com

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Unique Items from Scandinavia, Europe, and Around the Globe

8669 N. Main St, Helen

lindenhausimports.com 706.878.2357

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HELEN

The Coolest Ride in Town Open EVERYDAY 9-6 (weather permitting)

Memorial Day - Labor Day

706-878-COOL

www.coolrivertubing.com Helen, GA

590 Edelweiss Strasse

GROUP RATES available

Zip The Hooch

www.coolriveradventures.com 706-878-9471

112 Poplar Stump Rd

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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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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 503 Carol Powell, General Manager VACATION GUIDE in the Mountains | 29


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

548

HOURS 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 •

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

Something for Everyone! 540

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HELEN

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

Downt atta own on the Ch

ee River hooch

~ Easy walk to shops, restaurants, and attractions ~ Riverfront Rooms with Private Balconies ~ Fireplace / Whirlpool Suites ~ Heated pool ~ Meeting/Party rooms 18

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

FIRST ALPINE COASTER IN GEORGIA Fast and Fun • Family Friendly

Hofbrauhaus

Helen, GA • Est. 1976

Casual Outdoor Dining Pet Friendly! Live Music on Weekends 9001 North Main St | Helen, GA FREE Parking for Guests

Open 7 days a week, 11am - 9pm

599

HBrestauranthelenga / 706-878-2248 Spring / Summer 2021 | www.mountainlakeguide.com

CALL FOR HOURS

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

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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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Hiawassee

Hiawassee

Antique Mall

Downtown Hiawassee • 518 N Main St Mon-Sat 10-5 • Sun 12-5

A True Antique Mall with Over 8,000 sq ft

Antiques • Furniture • Glassware Coins • Pottery • Porcelain Jewelry • Primitives

706-896-0587

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Bell Creek Rd

Lower Bell Creek Rd

to 344

Bell St

75

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17 515

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17

288 Sunnyside Drive

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Hiawassee • Gifts • Flags • Pottery • Candles • Cabin Décor • Wind Chimes • T-Shirts • Local Handmade Items • Jewelry • And So Much More! 2955 Hwy 76 East • 706-896-9448

e Com re! o l Exp

www.CreeksideGeneralStore.com

(approx. 4 miles east of downtown Hiawassee)

444

Welcome to the North Georgia Mountains! A beautiful Bald Eagle has often been seen in the Hiawassee area. Keep your eyes open around Lake Chatuge, and maybe you’ll see him, too. June 28, 2007 - The Department of Interior took the American bald eagle off the endangered species list.

About Bald Eagles

• Bald eagles reach full maturity in four to five years. • The female bald eagle is 35 to 37 inches, slightly larger than the male. • Wingspan ranges from 6 to 7 1/2 feet! • Bald eagles can fly to an altitude of 10,000 feet. During level flight, they can achieve speeds of about 30 to 35 mph. • Several eagles soaring in a thermal together is described as a kettle of eagles. • Bald eagles weigh from ten to fourteen pounds. • Bald eagles have 7,000 feathers. • Wild bald eagles may live as long as thirty years. • The bald eagle is a strong swimmer, but if the water is very cold, it may be overcome by hypothermia. • Hunting area varies from 1,700 to 10,000 acres. • All eagles are renowned for their excellent eyesight. • Once paired, bald eagles remain together until one dies. • Bald eagles lay from one to three eggs. • The 35 days of incubation duties are shared by both male and female. • Nesting cycle - about 20 weeks • Today, there are an estimated 9,789 breeding pairs of bald eagles. • Eagles molt in patches, taking almost half a year to replace feathers, starting with the head and working downward. • The bald eagle became the National emblem in 1782 when the great seal of the United States was adopted. • Causes of death - Gun shot wounds, electrocution, poisoning, collisions with vehicles, and starvation.

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Hiawassee

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• Thai • Chinese • Sushi Bar • • Mongolian Grill • Japanese Steakhouse • Call 706-896-0508 for Take-Out, or Delivery 1382 Hwy 76 West, Hiawassee, GA 30546

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www.LakeChatugeLodge.com

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Young Harris The owners of Brother’s would like to introduce their new barn wedding and event venue!

“Experience true southern hospitality while enjoying the finest foods in a relaxing, family friendly atmosphere.”

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Contact us for more information regarding pricing and amenities.

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LOCALLY RAISED BEEF CHICKEN - BBQ - SEAFOOD - BURGERS - SOUP - SALAD HOMEMADE DESSERTS FULL BAR W/LOCAL VINEYARDS, DISTILLERIES, & BREWERS OFF-SITE CATERING

brothersatwillowranch@yahoo.com

ORDER ONLINE: brothersatwillowranch.com (706) 379-1272 6223 Hwy 76 W., Young Harris 30582 Mon-Thrs 11am-8:30pm Fri & Sat 11am-9:30pm

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Where Vacations are a way of Life RV s Pa & Mo rk del s www.SundownerRvVillage.net 42 Sundowner Circle ~ Hayesville, NC 28904 828-389-3241 564

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706.896.2412 888.896.2412

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

Blairsville

Blue Ridge

Clarkesville

May 8

May 8

May 15

Towns-Union Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale Union County Farmers Market

May 15

North Georgia Master Gardeners Plant Sale Fannin County School System Agricultural Center

“Blairsville Cruisers “”Cruise-In On the Square”” “

May 20-23

Historic Downtown Square

Blue Ridge Community Theater

May 15

May 28 - July 17

A Hoot’n Holler Comedy Show Grandaddy Mimm’s Distilling Co.

Doubt: A Parable

The Art Center

Paradise Hills Resort

45th Annual Spring Arts in the Park

Great American Pie Fest

May 29-30

June 11-13

Blue Ridge Downtown City Park

Various Locations

Blue Ridge Mountains Wine & Jazz Festival

June 17-18

Butternut Creek Festival

Downtown Clarkesville

June 11-13 Northeast Georgia Art Tour Various Locations

Community Quilt & Fiber Arts Exhibit

May 29

Northeast Georgia Art Tour

Mountain Laurel Festival

June 26

Inola Blue RIdge

Meeks Park

June 19

June 26

“Blairsville Cruisers “”Cruise-In On the Square”” “

5th Annual Car Show Miles Through Time

Historic Downtown Square

Clayton

July 4

July 4th Fireworks

May 8, 15, 22, 29

Meeks Park

Rabun County Civic Center Community Market of Rabun County

May 11 Rabun County Rec Department’s 6th Annual Rec Shootout Golf Tournament Waterfall Club

July 3

Old Timers’ Parade

Downtown Blue Ridge

July 3

Firework Special - Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

July 29

Georgia Mountain Mooshine Cruiz-In 2021 Meeks Park

June 5, 12, 19, 26 Rabun County Civic Center Community Market of Rabun County

June 11-13 Northeast Georgia Art Tour Various Locations

July 3

July 3, 10

Blue Ridge Freedom 5K

Rabun County Civic Center

Blue Ridge Adventure Gear

Community Market of Rabun County

July 4

July 4

Lake Blue Ridge Dam

Lake Burton

Lake Blue Ridge Fireworks

Fireworks


Cleveland May 7, 8, 9

June 11-12

June 26

Mountain Top Rodeo

Cars & Coffee - Cruise-In

R-Ranch in the Mountains

Riverside Pavillion

North Georgia Zoo

July 2

July 4

May 28, 29, 30, 31

First Friday Concert Series: Radford Windham & Step Back Cadillac

Downtown Ellijay

Mother’s Day Celebration

Memorial Day Weekend North Georgia Zoo

June 18, 19, 20 Father’s Day Celebration North Georgia Zoo

Cornelia May 15 Cornelia Concert Series: Exile

Dahlonega May 8, 15, 22, 29

Hancock Park

July 3, 10 Dahlonega Farmer’s Market Hancock Park

Independence Day Fireworks

Helen May 8 Bier Fest Festhalle

July 3, 10 Appalachian Jam Gold Museum Lawn

July 4 Dahlonega Sparkles

Dahlonega Farmer’s Market

Hancock Park

Hancock Park

Ellijay May 7 - June 1 Artist Coleen Sterling Gilmer Arts

May 21 Acoustic Blends Harrison Park

May 28-29 Exit Laughing “George Link Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse”

May 29 May 8, 15, 22, 29 Appalachian Jam

Cars & Coffee - Cruise-In Riverside Pavillion

May 8 Second Saturday Hike - Cottage Garden & Primitive Cabin Smithgall Woods State Park

May 29 Bavarianfest Festhalle

June 11-13 Northeast Georgia Art Tour Various Locations

June 12

Gold Museum Lawn

Second Saturday Hike - Laurel Ridge Trail

May 15-16 Dahlonega Arts & Wine Festival

Smithgall Woods State Park

Downtown Dahlonega

June 4

Hiawassee

First Friday Concert Series: Mini-Jam

May 14

Hancock Park

Riley Green

Anderson Music Hall

June 5, 12, 19, 26

May 15

Dahlonega Farmer’s Market

EggFest

Hancock Park

June 5, 12, 19, 26

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

June 18

Appalachian Jam

Acoustic Blends

Gold Museum Lawn

Harison Park

May 28-29 Hiawassee Pro Rodeo

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds


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

June 4 Hiawassee Night Market Town Square

McCaysville May 13, 20, 27 Pickin’ in the Park

Anderson Music Hall

June 5 Atlanta Rhythm Section and Orleans Anderson Music Hall

June 11-13 Northeast Georgia Art Tour Various Locations

June 16-20

Hardman Farm

June 5

June 3, 10, 17, 24

Bluegrass on the Green

Pickin’ in the Park

Outdoor Stage

Horseshoe Bend Park

June 11-13

July 1, 8

Northeast Georgia Art Tour

Horseshoe Bend Park

Happy Together Tour 2021

Helen to Hardman Heritage Trail

Horseshoe Bend Park

Pickin’ in the Park

June 5

June 5

July 3 Walk the Line 5K Riverwalk Shops

Various Locations

June 17 Hollywood at Hardman Hardman Farm

July 3 Copper Basin Fireworks McCaysville/Copperhill Downtown McCaysville & Copperhill

Sautee Nacoochee January 22 - June 21 The Men Won’t Tell us Anything Folk Pottery Museum

July 3 Farm Animal Fun Day Hardman Farm

Christian Motorcyclists Association

Toccoa

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

May 7

June 25-26

2021 Night at the Ritz: Petty Hearts - Tom Petty Tribute Band

Greater Atlanta British Motorcyle Association

The Historic Ritz Theatre at The Schaefer Center

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

May 15

June 26

2021 Night at the Ritz: Fleetwood Max: Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band

Pickin’ For Patton Anderson Music Hall

June 26-27 Made in Georgia Festival 2021 Towns County Rec & Conference Center

July 2 Hiawassee Night Market Town Square

May 29

The Historic Ritz Theatre at The Schaefer Center

Farm Animal Fun Day

Young Harris

Hardman Farm

May 17

May 29

Clay Dotson Open

Fire & Shine Dinner

Brasstown Valley Resort

Hardman Farm

July 4

June 4-6

June 5

July 4th Fireworks

Falls to Farm Hike

North Georgia Highlands Seafood & Wine Festival

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Hardman Farm

Mayors Park


CARETECAY RIVER Experience

Adventure RIVER

PFD’s FOR ALL

Class I - II.5 Rapids for 3 Miles of Fun Approx. 2 - 3 hrs - Tubers 1.5 - 2.5 hrs - Kayakers (Depending on group)

Personal Floation Devices provided.

Lazy River Experience

(GA Law requires kids 12 and under to wear their PFD for the entire trip)

Tubers, Kayaks, & Canoes 1.6 miles / 1-2 hours

Memorial Day Weekend Labor Day Weekend Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm (4 is last put-in) Sunday - Friday 10:00 am -3:00 pm

WE ARE OPEN

During Non-Summer Months Please call for hours during off season!

PUT-IN LOCATION: 1554 Lower Cartecay Rd. Ellijay Ga. 30536 SUMMER LOCATION: 2400 Hwy 52 E. Ellijay Ga. 30536

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Ellijay

706.635.7427

Buy 1 plate and 2 drinks, Get 2nd plate of equal or lesser value 1/2 off.

289 Highland Crossing, East Ellijay, GA 30540

(With coupon only.)

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Ellijay

3200 acres of deep, clear water! 62 miles of undeveloped shoreline! Free boat slip at marina with cabin rental Store. Seasonal Restaurant. On-Water Gas. Please call ahead for opening days & hours

706-276-4891 • CartersLake.com 575 Marina Rd, Ellijay, GA 614

615

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Blue Ridge Great food, relaxing atmosphere, terrific service - a locals’ favorite!

So Much More than a Bird Seed Store Monthly Seminars & Bird Walks Home of the EXCLUSIVE Birdman’s Blend Bird Seed

2020

Downtown Blue Ridge

Bird Feeders, Bird Houses, Seed & Suet Hummingbird Feeders & Supplies, Bird Baths & Fountains, Garden Decor, Weather Vanes, Chimes, Tilley Hats, Vortex Binoculars, Birding & Hiking Books

52

Wed-Mon 8-4 | Serving beer & wine

657 E. Main St. | 706.258.4949

706-254-2473 • 611 E Main St, Blue Ridge

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515 College

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76 Dunbarton

592

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Blue Ridge

556

INDOOR

Mini GOLF and Arcade We have implemented numerous safety measures to keep you and your family as safe as possible.

18 Holes

INDOOR

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Family Fun

Open 6 Days a Week Noon- 5PM Closed Tues.

535

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Blue Ridge Canoe and Kayak River Trips GREAT OUTDOOR ADVENTURE AWAITS! Customizing your river experience since 2007

706-838-0200

Mon-Sun 10am - 5pm

jonrontro.com

15 Black Ankle Creek Road Cherry Log, GA 30522 shuttle service provided. 612

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AREA DIRECTORY Dining

Sawmill Place Restaurant 1150 Pat Haralson Dr 706-745-1250

A destination for all hungry mountain travelers. Cooked-to-order breakfast and Abide Coffee 706-250-1359 country-style meats and vegetables. Like us on Facebook See pg 22 53 Merchants Walk, Suite A We offer a full range of coffee shop staples Teppanyaki Time – Japenese Kitchen ranging from simple coffee to even the 305 Murphy Hwy. Ste D 706-745-3963 most complex recipes you can think up! Mugs, tumblers, t-shirts, and more! M-Sat Hibachi Type Meals including: Teppanyaki Bowls, Ramen Bowls, Daily Chef Crafted 7am-6pm. abidecoffee.com See pg 20 Sushi Rolls, Fried Rice Bowls , Vegan Options, & Vegetarian Options. Blairsville Restaurant - Grits & Greens www.teppanyakitime.com See pg 16

Blairsville

40 Earnest St

706-745-6921

Blue Ridge

Family Style, using locally sourced ingredients. Open Monday – Sunday. Like us on Facebook See pg 16 Serenity Garden Cafe

Cabin Coffee Co. 44A Town Square

657 E Main St

706-258-4949

706-745-0073 Sandwiches, soups, omelets & other

Dillard

La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant 7052 Hwy 441, Ste 104 706-746-0058 Offering you a wide variety of central Mexico’s cuisine & a touch of California/ Texas style dishes. lacabana-restaurant.com See pg 11

Ellijay

Shane’s Rib Shack 706-635-7427 289 Highland Crossing

We’re the place to go for the best BBQ, ribs, chicken and more. See our ad for coupons! shanesribshack.com See pg 40

Helen

Hofbrauhaus 706-878-2248 9001 North Main Street

American eats in a mellow space with a A quaint family restaurant offering German Just be Happy & enjoy Fresh Roasted Cof- patio & indoor fountain. and American fare. Outdoor seating fee daily. Breakfast - pastries, rolls, bagels, Like us on Facebook See pg 44 overlooking the Chattahoochee River. Pet Lunch –soup,salad, sandwiches. Friendly. cabincoffeecompany.com See pg 22 Toccoa Riverside Restaurant Like us on Facebook See pg 31

8055 Aska Road 706-632-7891 G&G Bakery (The Gathering Place) Dine on the River. Fine dining at its best in La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant 110 Gainesville Hwy 706-745-0748 Blue Ridge. 8160 South Main St 706-878-3456 Welcome to G & G Bakery & Cafe! We serve toccoariversiderestaurant.com See pg 50 homemade pastries, coffees, soups, salads, sandwiches and more! We also have free internet access. Tues-Friday 6am-3pm. Saturday 7am-2pm La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant Like us on Facebook See pg 18 128 Duvall Street 706-212-2834

Clayton

Jim’s Smokin’ Que 706-835-7427 Offering you a wide variety of central Mexico’s cuisine & a touch of California/ 4971 Gainesville Hwy Texas style dishes. Your place for Award winning BBQ, Baby See pg 11 Back ribs, Smoked Chicken, Smoked Turkey lacabana-restaurant.com & the fixins. Catering available! White Birch Provisions 706-782-2263 jimssmokinque.com See pg 18 60 E. Savannah Street

We are a gourmet shop with a full espresso Lucky’s Taqueria & Cantina 17 Merchants Walk 706-400-5569 bar and bakery. We carry many specialty items you can’t find anywhere else in Come experience the most authentic Clayton. Mexican food, featuring locally sourced See pg 9 ingredients. Dine-in, take-out, and 2 awe- whitebirchprovisions.com some patios! Mon-Sat 11am-11pm. luckystacoshop.com See pg 16

Cleveland

Offering you a wide variety of central Mexico’s cuisine & a touch of California/ Texas style dishes.. lacabana-restaurant.com See pg 11

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 See pg 26

Hiawassee

Creekside Deli 706-865-3666 Asiano Restaurant Mike’s Seafood Market & Grill 706-896-0508 513 A Murphy Highway 706-745-9519 16 Old Nacoochee Road 1382 Highway 76 West Inside dining or casual dining on the porch. Fresh fish, shrimp, scallops, lobster tails, crab, alligator, oysters, clams, crawfish, restaurantsclevelandga.com See pg 24 salmon, frog legs, Mike’s fish spread. Special orders welcome! Like us on Facebook See pg 19

Thai, Chinese, Sushi Bar, Mongolian Grill, and Japanese Steakhouse. Dine-in or carry-out. asianorestaurant.com See pg 36

food with a Spanish flair! A combination of locally-sourced ingredients and madehome cook food, with Cuban and Puerto from-scratch dishes. Rican cusine. nanisdeliandmore.com See pg 15 yahoolacreekgrill.com See pg 23

We offer award-winning foods at affordable and family-friendly prices. Catering also available. brothersatwillowranch.com See pg 37

Dahlonega

Yahoola Creek Grill 706-482-2200 Nani’s Cuban Restaurant 1810 S . Chestatee St. 51 D Earnest Street 706-745-0010 Yahoola Creek Grill is a dining experience Brother’s at Willow Ranch At Nani’s Restaurant, we serve home cook you don’t want to miss! Boasting seasonal, 6223 US Highway 76 706-379-1272

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Willow Valley RV Resort Helendorf River Inn 323 Yorkhouse Rd 706-746-0078 33 Munich Strasse

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Our resort is a wonderful place to vacation. Some of our amenities include, swimming pool with a wading area for younger Majestic Mountain Getaways children, playground, community fire pit, 706-379-9929 590 Main Street 877-379-9929 6 private baths, laundry room and much more. Get away to the mountains of North WillowValleyRV.com See pg 11 Georgia and Western North Carolina! MajesticMountainGetaways.com See pg 17

Just a few minute walk to restaurants, shops, and night life. Offering suites by the river. helendorf.com See pg 31

Trackrock Campground & Cabins 706-745-2420 141 Trackrock Campground Rd.

Where Mother Nature comes to play!

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Open Year Round. Fully Furnished Cabins. Campsites with Water/Electric. Full Hookup & Pull-thru Sites. trackrock.com See pg 19

Blue Ridge

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. escapetoblueridge.com See pg 63

Mountain Top Cabin Rental 44 Boardtown Rd 866-402-2246 Where upscale meets down to earth. MountainTopCabinRentals.com See pg 64

Cleveland

Country Hideaway 72 Enchanted Way

800-514-1618 Located in the center of all the action, we

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. countryhideawayresorts.com See pg 25

offer the newest hotel in North Georgia for leisure and business travelers. HIExpress.com/helenga See pg 29

Sure Stay 8396 S. Main St

706-878-2191

Centrally located on Main Street where the village shops, restaurants, and festivals are all within easy walking distance, Premier lodging destination! Carters Lake Marina & Resort See pg 29 575 Marina Rd 706-276-4891 BestWestern.com Full service marina with covered slips up to 80 ft, offering cabin rentals, boat rentals, cabin & boat packages, gas, seasonal restaurant & store. Cabin rentals include a Lake Chatuge Lodge 800-613-4349 free boat slip at the marina. 653 Hwy 76 carterslake.com See pg 43 Located on beautiful Lake Chatuge in the heart of the southern Blue Ridge Mountain Oasis 706-276-4343 Mountains in Hiawassee, GA 14224 Hwy. 515 N. Suite 200 See pg 36 Accommodations you can count on, from lakechatugelodge.com

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Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals the cleanliness to the quality, we strive to 240 W. Main Street 866-4CABINS “Wow” our guests each and every time! Find Quality Time With Us in the Beautiful mountainoasiscabinrentals.com Blue Ridge Mountains. southerncomfortcabinrentals.com See pg 53

Clayton

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Helen Convention Center 8100 S. Main St 706-878-1084

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Get away to the mountains of North Georgia and Western North Carolina! Sundowner RV Village 828-389-3241 MajesticMountainGetaways.com See pg 17

Hayesville, NC

42 Sundowner Circle America’s Best Value Inn 698 Hwy 441S 706-782-4702 This 13 acre, quaint RV/Park Model Village is nestled under a grove of majestic oaks Free continental breakfast, high-speed internet, picnic areas, and barbeque grills catering to the adult camper (55+) as a haven for peace, quiet and tranquility. AmericasBestValueInn.com See page 11

Long Creek, SC Chattooga Belle Farm 864-647-9768 454 Damascus Church Road

See pg 37 Chattooga Belle Farm is a 200 acre farm located in Long Creek, SC. The farm features a U-Pick operation for fresh Pool, HBO, AARP, AAA, Free continental produce and a large event barn perfect for breakfast, restaurant, and high-speed Gabby’s Country Cabins weddings. internet 3083 Helen Highway 706-865-6772 chattoogabellefarm.com See pg 10 DaysInn.com See page 11 Home of the Heart-Shaped Jacuzzi! Often imitated, never duplicated. White Birch Inn 706-782-4444 gabbyscabins.com See pg 28 28 East Savannah Street Located in Historic Downtown Clayton, My Mountain Cabin Rentals Heidi Motel & Windmill Suites less than a half block off of Main Street. 800-844-4939 8820 North Main St 706-878-2689 3945 Old Loving Rd The White Birch Inn is a boutique Bed The comfort of the city doesn’t have to be and Breakfast (B&B) with six sumptuously Our family will make every effort to ensure appointed guestrooms and is your in-town that your stay here is memorable. Located exchanged for the benefits of nature. #1 just steps from downtown shopping and My Mountain Cabin Rentals provides folks lodging choice for the sophisticated with luxurious, yet rustic inspired escapes. dining. traveler! thewhitebirchinn.net See page 9 heidimotel.com See pg 27 1mymountain.com See pg 47

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Blue Ridge Community Theater Southeastern Expeditions 800-868-7238 2591 East First St 706-632-9191 7350 Hwy 76 E

Sylvan Falls Mill B&B 706-746-7138 Don’t miss our rip-roaring comedies, 156 Taylors Chapel Road engaging dramas and intriguing Your stay at Sylvan Falls Mill Bed and Breakfast will be an unforgettable and romantic experience. sylvanfallsmill.com See pg 12

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whodunits… or our exciting live music concerts. Show Times: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. Sundays at 2:00 pm. blueridgecommunitytheater.com See pg 47

Blue Ridge Freedom Run 5k-10k 224 W Main Street Blue Ridge Freedom 5K hosted by

Butternut Creek Festival Georgia Multisports. Stay after & enjoy all (High Country Artisans, Inc. ) downtown Blue Ridge has to offer. Meeks Park, Blairsville 706-781-1221 GAMultisports.com See Pg 45 (on south side of Hwy 76/515) Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters Saturday & Sunday, July 20, 2019, 10am706-838-0200 5pm & July 21 2019, 10am-4pm. Fine 15 Black Ankle Creek Rd Craft & Art, Woodwork, Basketry, Fabric

Raft One White Water and Zipline Tours is Tennessee’s premier white water river rafting experts. When you choose Raft One, you will experience the best white water rafting experience in Tennessee! southeasternexpeditions.com See pg 10

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

Wildwood Outfitters 26 Megan Drive

Whether you require a leisure float down the river in a raft while you get some sun, or a workout running the rapids, our knowledgeable staff can help you select a trip that is right for you. wildwoodoutfitters.com See pg 25

Toccoa River trips in beautiful Blue Ridge. On your own or with a guide! Sit on top and sit in kayaks and canoes. We also provide a shuttle service. Monday– butternutcreekfestival.com See pg 15 Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. • Sunday 10:00 - 2:00 GA Mountain Moonshine / See pg 46 Raft One FlipFlop Promotions 662-587-9572 jonrontro.com Art, Stained Glass, Jewelry, Pottery, Live Demonstrations, Live Entertainment. Free Admission and Parking.

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Live Mountain Music Shows, Hot Rods, Folk Show Exhibits, Pioneer Village, Mountain Crafts. gammoonshinecruizin.com See pg 19

The Lilly Pad Village 24 Adelaide Drive

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706-534-1317 Raft One White Water and Zipline Tours

is Tennessee’s premier white water river rafting experts. When you choose Raft One, Gem Mining, Mini golf, and fishing. A you will experience the best white water family attraction that is fun for all ages. rafting experience in Tennessee! lillypadvillage.com See pg 51 raft1.com See pg 49

North Georgia Watersports Toccoa Valley Campground & Tubing 2132 Murphy Hwy. 706-835-1222 11481 Aska Rd 706-838-4317

The largest and most diverse selection of Tube, Raft, or Kayak down the Toccoa River. boats and jet skis in North Georgia and a Life Vests & Shuttle Service included. BRAND NEW marina center with 35 slips! ToccoaValleyCampground.com See pg 5 Offering boat rentals, boat sales & service, and marina needs. NorthGeorgiaWatersports.com See pg 18

Clarkesville

Trackrock Campground & Cabins 706-745-2420 141 Trackrock Campground Rd.

Horseback Riding - Hiking/Walking Trails - Fishing - Swimming - Summer Horse Camps - Hayrides trackrock.com See pg 19

Blue Ridge

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Clarkesville Lanes 583 Grant St

706-839-7467

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. clarkesvillelanes.com See pg 54

Clayton

Ellijay Cartecay River Experience 1554 Lower Cartecay Rd 2400 Hwy 52 E. 706-889-1108 We are a groovy little Kayak and Tube outfitter on The Cartecay River. Ellijay, GA. cartecayriverexperience.com See pg 41

Carters Lake Marina & Resort 575 Marina Rd 706-276-4891

Full service marina with covered slips up to 80 ft, offering cabin rentals, boat rentals, cabin & boat packages, gas, seasonal restaurant & store. Cabin rentals include a free boat slip at the marina. carterslake.com See pg 43

Gilmer Arts Gallery Community Market of Rabun County 207 Dalton St 706-635-5605 2nd Story Entertainment 201 W Savannah St 706-982-9432 Gilmer Arts Playhouse 733 East Main St Ste C 706-633-0466 Straight from our own local craft growers 135 Dalton St 706-635-5626 Indoor 18 hole mini-golf features a variety of themes throughout 9 rooms. Giant tictac-toe, darts, and checkers, to larger than life Connect Four plus an arcade, drinks, and ice cream. 2ndstoryentertainment.com See pg 45

and makers, we have everything from produce to backed goods, flowers, soaps, crafts, honey, jewelry, decore, accessories, music, and so much more! Saturdays 9-2 from May - October rabuncountyeventvenues.com See pg 8

Bringing the arts to Gilmer County. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the arts to our community. Live Music, Art & Music Classes, Art Gallery. Open Tuesday - Saturday 11am-5pm. gilmerarts.com See pg 43


Helen

Mountain City

Alpine Speedway Slot Car Racing 706-878-0111 8016 South Main Street, Ste A2

Sugar Magnolia Gifts & Interiors 267 Cleveland St 706-230-9100

Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center Gifts for every occasion, Birthday, U.S. Hwy. 441 706-746-5828

A look at a unique time and place in America’s past that is very nearly gone – a Featuring the LARGEST slot car road course glimpse of a rich past captured by local in the USA, the Alpine Speedway brings high school students who truly valued you fun and entertainment for the whole their heritage. Here you will find homes, family. 2 indoor tracks to choose from with tools, trades, crafts, and a look at the various speed/experience levels for each. lifestyle of the all-but-vanished pioneer culture of the Southern Appalachian Let’s go racing! mountains. Open Monday-Saturday alpinespeedway.com See pg 27 8:30am–4:30pm (Closed Sundays) www.foxfire.org See pg 9 Charlemagne’s Kingdom

Weddings, Anniversary, New Baby, and Holidays. Beautiful home interiors to make your house a home. Like us on Facebook See pg 20

Blue Ridge Blue Ridge Bird Seed Co 611 E Main St 706-254-2473

We’re a small non-franchise bird store, dedicated to helping people learn about bird feeding the RIGHT way and have This exhibit is really a marvelous Alpine more fun while they do it. We test new Model Railroad depicting a modern Folk Pottery Museum 706-878-3300 products and stock only what works. We Germany from “The North sea to the Alps.” 283 Georgia 255 guarantee what we sell and stand behind Murals, Gingerbread Houses & German The only museum in the Southeast our products and recommendations. Dancers. exclusively dedicated to pottery. See pg 26 Blueridgebirdseed.com See pg 44 georgiamodelrailroad.com See pg 27 snca.org

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706-878-2200

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Experience the excitement of our AERIAL BRIDGES and take in the beauty as you zip across the Chattahoochee River. Hickory Flat Pottery 706-947-0030 coolriveradventures.com See pg 29 13664 Hwy 197 North Functional pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber GA Mountain Coaster and wood art made by hand in the hills of North Georgia. 8409 S. Main St Feel the thrill of riding down the mountain hickoryflatpottery.com See pg 54 and through the woods in beautiful alpine Helen, GA. Our alpine coaster is fun for all ages. Ambry’s Attic 706-530-5005 GeorgiaMountainCoster.com See pg 31

Batesville

Blairsville

Pezrok 524 E. Main Street

706-632-6036

Neither painter nor sculptor can surpass nature’s artistry. More than just an upscale “rock shop.” We celebrate Earth’s terrestrial treasures in a setting as exceptional as nature itself. pezrok.com See pg 52

Clarkesville Elizabeth Co 1419 Washington St

706-754-2787

We are a unique place to join others that have the same passion for the look and feel of the Days Gone By, including antiques, vintage, primitives, shabby-chic, furniture, Gold & Gem Mining, Group Parties, Fossils, provide a pleasant environment for your handmade items, gifts, a ladies clothing Fun. Get hands on lessons from our trained shopping experience. boutique & General Store! and helpful staff. ambrysattic.com See pg 20 ElizabethAndCo.weebly.com See pg 55 outpostgoldandgem.com See pg 27

94 Town Square, Ste. K Outpost Gold & Gem Panning Co.7901 Located in the picturesque city of Blairsville, Georgia, offers items that are South Main Street 706-878-5065 vintage, antique, and one-of-a-kind. We

Hiawassee

Blairsville Pickers Barn (GA Pickers) 27 Orbit Drive 706-745-0097 The Art-Full Barn 200 HWY 197N Antiques, Collectibles Furniture, Coins,

706-754-1247

Jewelry, Glassware, Pottery, & Lots More! Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Buy-Sell-Trade Music Hall Road 706-896-4191

Owned by Gail and Greg Kimsey and Tonya Kimsey Fowler, the Art-full Barn offers blairsvillepickersbarn.com See pg 16 art supplies, Fine Art and reproductions, Offering a wide-variety of unique venues Pottery by Mud Fairy Pottery (Tonya!) and and beautiful year-round camping Logan Turnpike Mill 800-84-GRITS many other categories of retail items. facilities. 80-B Town Square (47487) artfullbarn.com See pg 55 GeorgiaMountainFairgrounds.com See pg 36 Quality STONE-GROUND whole-grain products from the mountains of North Georgia. Fresh baked goods. Open Tuesday - Saturday. See pg 15 White Birch Provisions Tank Town USA 706-633-6072 loganturnpikemill.com

Morganton

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. tanktownusa.com See pg 50

Clayton

60 E. Savannah St 706-782-2263 Mountain Life Mercantile We are a gourmet shop with a full espresso 36A Town Square 706-400-5557 bar and bakery. We carry many specialty An eclectic retail shop offering Life is Good, items you can’t find anywhere else in Old Guys Rule, gourmet foods & teas, as Clayton. well as local honey, pottery & art. mountainlifemercantilga.com See pg 20 whitebirchprovisions.com See pg 9


AREA DIRECTORY Cleveland

Lindenhaus Imports 706-878-2357 8669 North Main Street

Kim’s Consignment 706-348-1516 Imports from Europe, Scandanavia, and 868 S Main Street • Ste 700

Kim’s has a great selection of home goods around the world. and brand name clothing for women amd lindenhausimports.com See pg 28 men! We carry clothing, purses, jewelry, hats, scarves and much more on our Tim’s Wooden Toys 706-878-1842 clothing side. on our home goods side, 8635 Main St, #8, Swiss German Plaza we have great decor, furniture, linens and kitchen items. M-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun We play all the time. 12:30-4pm timswoodentoyshop.com See pg 28 Like us on Facebook See pg 25

Tallulah Falls The General Store 100 Main Street

706-754-4318

An unique gift shop located in an old general store featuring vintage & retro products, souvenirs, old fashion candy & sodas, ice cream and so much more! tallulahgeneralstore.com See pg 10

Tourism

Wildewood General Store Mt. Yonah Book Exchange 706-878-5373 3779 Helen Hwy 706-219-1565 52 River Street Blairsville-Union Co Chamber of Buy or Trade. Over 35,000 books in stock. Stroll down the alley to experience Commerce Comfy reading room. Kids reading nook.

Blairsville

Wildewood. Shopping w/benches on the Extensive selection of local art. porch for those who want to sit a spell or mtyonahbookexchange.com See pg 25 play a game of checkers. Like us on Facebook Reflections Mall of Cleveland & Mountain Bridal 706-865-6205 671 Helen Hwy

See pg 30

Hiawassee

Home decor, Furniture & Over 50 vendors selling unique treasures and collectibles. Creekside General Store Bridal Salon and Tuxedo Rentals within the 2955 Hwy 76 East 706-896-9448 malll. M - F 10-5, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-6 Gifts, Flags, Pottery, Candles, Cabin Decor, Like Reflections Mall on Facebook Wind Chimes, Outdoor Furniture, T-Shirts, Like Mountain Bridal on Facebook See pg 24 Jewelry, Local Handmade Items, and so much more!

Cornelia

CreeksideGeneralStore.com

Georgia’s #1 Outdoor Destination. Call or go online for a free Visitor’s Guide! VisitBlairsvilleGA.com See pg 21

Blairsville Downtown Development Auth. 62 Blue Ridge Street

Proudly sponsoring festivals, shows, concerts, parties and events in Blairsville, Georgia! visitdowntownblairsville.com See pg 21

Clayton

Rabun County Civic Center

See pg 35 201 W Savannah St 706-212-2149 Sugartopia 706-968-7777 Great venues in the Northeast Georgia Hiawassee Antique Mall 188 North Main Street Mountains to accommodate any kind Baked goods such as cakes, cupcakes, cake 518 N. Main Street 706-896-0587 of gathering. Conveniently located in balls, cookies, pies and anything else you downtown Clayton. Over 8000 sq. ft. of antiques, furniture, can dream up. Special occasion cakes for rabuncountyeventvenues.com See pg 8 glassware, pottery, coins, primitives, and birthdays, weddings or any special days you would like to commemorate. M-F 9-6, porcelain. Sat 9-3 Like us on Facebook See pg 34 sugartopiasweets.com See pg 57 Cornelia’s Historic Depot /

Cornelia

Dillard

TATA on Main 401 S. Main St

706-896-0567 City of Cornelia 181 Larkin Street

706-778-8585 Upscale clothes sizes (6 to 3/4X ) shoes and Come and take a walk through Cornelia’s Country Junction General Store exciting history! When your tour is done, Highway 441 North 888-702-0642 purses, gifts, small furniture, garden/home grab a souvenir from our gift shop, Local Jams & Jellies - Walking Sticks - Trail decor. Consignments by appointment only. and walk to any of our locally owned Maps - Stained Glass - Country Gifts tataonmain.com See pg 34 Downtown restaurants! Quilts - Bird Houses - Corinthian Chimes corneliageorgia.org See pg 56 See pg 12

Helen

Discount Spirits 50 Yonah St.

Sautee-Nacoochee

Old Sautee Store 706-878-7050 2315 GA Highway 17

706-878-2281

Visit for a glimpse back in time. Experience Discount Spirits of Helen, located in scenic a thriving general store operating for Helen, Georgia, offers the largest variety of beers, wines and spirits throughout North 144 years. Eat in our market, explore our museum, and enjoy shopping with us. Georgia. Like us on Facebook See pg 30 sauteestore.com See pg 26

Hansel & Gretel 8651 Main St 8078 South Main St

Helen

Helen Chamber of Commerce 1074 Edelweiss Dr 706-878-1908 A re-creation of an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. helenchamber.com See pg 28

Sky Valley

800-524-3008 The Lavender Cottage & Garden City of Sky Valley 706-878-2443 53 Hwy 255 N 706-878-0100 3444 Hwy. 246 706-878-7704

706-746-2204

Aromatherapy, bath, body home and Visit our website for an online visitor’s Visit our other location- 8078 S. Main St culinary. guide. in Helen HanselandGretelCandyKitchen.com Pg 28 thelavendercottageandgarden.com Pg 26 skyvalleyga.com See pg 13


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