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lairsville Georgia has the energy of contemporary life combined with traditions of the history of the Appalachian Mountains. Every year people travel to visit this quaint little town to participate in it’s festivals, music, eat great food, shop and enjoy many outdoor recreational activities year round. Blairsville was incorporated in 1835 & named for Frank (Francis Preston) “Blair”, who was a Washington, D.C. newspaper editor. The Courthouse located in the center of a traffic circle is Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, built in 1899. Although the original clock tower has been removed it is still visible on display with a Museum open to the public. The Union County Historical Society has preserved local History memorabilia including Military, School, Music, & Genealogy from the area. Visitors enjoy hearing the nightly bell music from the tower and Friday Night Concerts of local bands and Gospel singings May – October.

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Growth was slow in the early days even though Union County shared a small extent of the Gold Rush. Roads and bridges opened the area in 1840, when a toll road (Union Turnpike) was built across Tesnatee Gap to connect Blairsville with Gainesville, Georgia. In 1841 Major Francis Logan bought he rights to run the toll road and built a home, a lodge, and the tollgate. In 1871 he purchased additional land in Union County and it became known as the Logan Turnpike and was operated by his family until work was completed across Neel’s Gap in 1922. History still abounds in downtown Blairsville as visitor’s can see the Mountain Life Museum, which replicates life in the early days. The Mock House circa 1906 and Payne Cabin, Barn and Corn-crib is restored for visitors to see early life of settlers. Other historical sites include The Reece Farm & Heritage Center, homestead of the famous poet Byron Herbert Reece. Continuing South on Hwy. 129 is the Walasi Yi Center; Cherokee www.mountainlakeguide.com | Fall 2021


for “Frog Town” located at the top of Blood Mountain and is the only place where the 2,175-mile-long Appalachian Trail passes through a man-made stone structure, built in 1937. Visitors will relish the ever-changing panorama of this breathtaking scenery. Recreational areas draw thousands of visitors each year to enjoy golf, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, as well as fishing and watersports. Lake Nottely Reservoir, a 4,180-acre lake serves a number of purposes other than recreation, including flood damage reduction and hydroelectric power generation. The TVA 184 ft. dam stretches 2,300 ft. across the Nottely River and has a flood storage capacity of 100,000 acre-feet. The reservoir features a beach, camping area and is a popular place for viewing wildlife. Many Watersports outlets provide fishing supplies seasonal boating & jet ski rentals to help you enjoy this beautiful scenic mountain paradise. The Chattahoochee National Forest in Union County covers more than 98,000 acres. Adventurers can explore eight wonderful waterfalls, including Vogel State Park just south of town, as well as petroglyphs left by ancient natives in the soapstone at Trackrock Archeological Area, just east of Blairsville. Brasstown Bald offers a 360 degree view of breath-taking sights at 4,784 ft. with an Observation Deck and Visitors Center open May – November. Fall 2021 | www.mountainlakeguide.com

Families love festivals, and Blairsville hosts many throughout the year.  The Downtown area have Arts, Crafts, & Music Festivals, cruise-in on the square, parades, concerts, great shopping, and restuarants. Meeks Park is host to the The Butternut Creek Festival and The Sorghum Festival in October that showcases Sorghum Syrup making with great food and live entertainment. Year round events and beautiful scenery invite people to lodge in cabins, retreats, and campgrounds located throughout Blairsville for family vacations, weddings, and weekend getaways. Local wineries and distilleries offer tastings for agri-tourism. The rich mountain soil also provides great educational site at the Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center. What ever path the road turns; Your Invited to Explore All that Blairsville has to offer in any Season at www.VisitDowntownBlairsville or www.VisitBlairsville.com VACATION GUIDE in the Mountains | 5


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Written in Stone Track Rock Gap Archaeological Area is the location of a series of soapstone boulders covered with petroglyphs made by Native Americans over 1,000 years ago. There are hundreds of carvings in a wide range of figures. It’s one of the most significant rock art sites in the Southeastern United States. Track Rock was a place of power within the sacred landscape of the American Indian Nations where the activities of ancient humans were influenced by spirit beings. It sits at the threshold of the spirit world. Rocks carved with footprints and tracks signified a doorway into the domain of dangerous spirit beings. Depictions of footprints and tracks are physical testimony that spirit beings were there at some time in the past, that they could still be lingering somewhere close by in the present, and that they may return unexpectedly at any time in the future. As early as 3,600 years ago, Native Americans were removing pieces of the soft but durable soapstone to make bowls which were particularly well suited for cooking as they held and radiated heat without breaking. The picture carvings were made by Native Americans during repeated visits over several hundred years beginning around A.D. 1,000. Most likely, the Cherokee, Catabwa and/ or Creek tribes made the carvings. In the 1800’s, early American explorers discovered the Track Rock site and it has fascinated people ever since. Recording, studying and preserving of the site began in earnest in 2009. The carvings at Track Rock were made in one of two ways. Many of the figures were created by repeated blows in the same spot using hammer stones to create the desired shape. Some of the figures were created by rubbing a hard stone back and forth to carve the design into the rock. Although soapstone is considered a soft rock, it is still rock and rather hard to carve. It took a lot of time and effort to create these figures that have lasted a thousand years. Some of the shapes that can be seen include: 252

cupules, 22 oval shapes, soapstone bowl extraction scars, deer, horse, bird, squirrel, and bear tracks, cross-in-ring motifs and nested ring design, human figures, human footprints (one with 6 toes!), and one giant’s, footprint, maze-like networks, squares, tridents, zigzags, curved and straight lines, and scalloped edges. Unfortunately, signs of vandalism can be seen throughout the area in the form of square shaped depressions with flat topped pedestals in the middle that are left behind when looters chisel out the petroglyphs. There are also several areas when vandals have carved their initials over the top of the ancient marks forever destroying those petroglyphs. Track Rock Gap is open to public visitation and no fee is charged. When visiting the site, remember that the intensity of natural lighting can influence how much you are able to see. Bright mid-day sun makes it hard to see most of the figures, and the best times to visit are early or late in the day, when the light is at a low angle. Please be respectful of other visitors and the people who made these carvings. Previous visitors removed pieces of the boulders, thus depriving future visitors of the chance to see what they thought was so special. GETTING THERE From Blairsville: Take US 76 east about 5 miles. At the big red and white sign for Alexander’s Store, turn right on Track Rock Gap Road, go about 2 miles to the gap. Park at the Track Rock Archaeological Area (on your right) and walk the short trail to the petroglyph site. From Hiawassee: Go west on US 76, through the town of Young Harris, then go about 5 miles to the turn-off left on Track Rock Gap Road.

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Road Trip To

Fires Creek Recreation Area From Atlanta, GA From Chattanooga, TN From Asheville, NC From Greenville, SC

If you’re looking for remote beauty in the National Forest; just over the North Georgia border, you will find Fires Creek Recreation Area, nestled in the quiet wilderness of Clay County, N.C. Sheltered in abundant flora and fauna are dozens of springs that unite to create Fires Creek and Leatherwood Falls that flow into the Hiwassee River. Fires Creek Rim Trail is 23.4-mile hiking and horseback riding trail within Nantahala National Forest that travels around the rim of Fires Creek Wildlife Management Area and is an ideal location for picnicking, swimming, horseback riding, and trout fishing. It offers several side trails and access roads and is generally entered from the Fire’s Creek Picnic Area along the trail to a 0.7-mile loop, that goes to Leatherwood Falls. Upon reaching Leatherwood Falls, Fire’s Creek Rim Trail travels right as it climbs to the ridge. The trail offers vistas as it crosses several high elevation balds and tight passages through hardwoods, pines, hemlock, ferns, mountain laurel, and rhododendron. The Leatherwood Loop trail is a 3.5-mile moderate hike that takes approx. 3 hours and begins at Fires Creek Picnic Area and follows Leatherwood Branch up to the ridge top. At this point, the trail connects with the original Rim Trail and loops back into Fires Creek Picnic Area. Carver Gap has an elevation of almost 3,000 ft. and is a 3.5-mile moderate hike that takes approx. 2 hours with good views of Lake Chatuge. Dispersed camping sites,

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more difficult trails, and access to primitive camping areas are located at Bristol Campground, Huskins Branch, Chunky Gal, and Bald Springs. Fires Creek is a designated bear sanctuary and visitors should be cautious for black bears, wild boars, mountain goats, as well as copperhead and timber rattlers. Many visitors typically see small game such as squirrels, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, warblers, and ruffed grouse. A two-plus-mile section of Fires Creek is designated by N.C. State as Delayed Harvest Stream and is restocked of wild Rainbow, Brown, and Brook Trout. These streams are designated as catch and release, single hook, artificial lures, from October 1st till the first Saturday of June. From the first Saturday in June till October 1st, Delayed Harvest Streams follow hatchery-supported regulations and waters are open year-round. 30 minutes from downtown Murphy and roughly 20 minutes from downtown Hayesville. Fires Creek is part of the Nantahala National Forest, Tusquitee Ranger District, and is managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. Located just 30 minutes from Murphy & 20 minutes from Hayesville off US 64. Directions: From US 64 turn at Fires Creek Rd. onto NC 1302. (Citgo service station) After about 4 miles, make another left (also marked) onto NC 1344. It’s about 1 mile to Hunters Camp and another .7 mile to the Leatherwood Falls parking area. www.mountainlakeguide.com | FALL 2021


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Waterfalls of

North Georgia

Directions: From Clayton, Georgia go east on Warwoman Road (County Rd. 5) for just less than 3 mile to Poll Creek Road. Park on left side of road by a small branch. Follow the trail on the right side of the branch for about 200 yards to a bridge at the base of the falls. Blood Mountain Falls & Falls on Waters Creek This beautiful waterfall is located on Blood Mountain Stream. The stream flows almost 20 feet through a rock cut, creating a churning sluice of water. Directions: From US 19/129 (Turners Corner), go west on US 19 for approx. 1/2 mile to Waters Creek Recreation Area. Turn right, go approx. 2.8 miles and park in the lot to the right. Across the road is a path to the viewing area.

Amicalola Falls The highest waterfall in Georgia, falling 729 feet in seven cascades. At the base of the falls, there is a parking area, a reflection pool, and 3/10-mile paved trail leading to an observation deck at the top of the falls. Directions: from Dahlonega, Amicalola State Park’s entrance is on GA Highway 52, east of Ellijay or west of Dahlonega. 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. Becky Branch Falls The 20 foot Becky Branch Falls is easily observed from a wooden bridge which crosses the stream. Becky Branch Falls is accessed via the Bartram Trail.

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Cowrock Creek Falls Cowrock Creek Falls is ab out 30 feet high. Directions: From the junction of Hwy 19 and 129, travel 1.4 miles on Hwy 19/129 North to FR 443 and turn right. Travel 2.3 miles on FR 443. Park & walk on the old logging road for 0.6 miles. DeSoto Falls Three falls along a 3 mile section of the DeSoto Falls Trail are maintained for the hiker’s viewing convenience, and are designated as the lower (cascading 20 feet), the middle (falls about 80 feet) and the upper (about 200 feet) DeSoto Falls. Directions: From Dahlonega travel north on US 19 for 13.5 miles to Turners Corner. At this intersection, turn left and proceed on US 129 for 4.2 miles. Shortly after the Walasi-yi Center is a left turn for the park. 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.

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Estatoah Falls Estatoah Falls is a large, open waterfall that may be viewed from the highway. Directions: It is about 1/2 mile beyond Dillard. Turn right on Highlands/Sky Valley Road (GA 246). Start looking for the falls on the right after 1 mile. There is a pull-out vantage point near the falls about 1 mile up the mountain. Helton Creek Falls Two waterfalls, one small, and one large, are located on Helton Creek. Directions: Go to Helton Creek Road and Forest Service Rd 118, just 1 1/2 miles north of Neel’s Gap off Highway 19/129. The road is on the right as you travel north. It is just south of Vogel State Park. You have only .2 mile trail leading from the parking area on Helton Creek Road, to the base of the larger upper falls. Hemlock Falls The scenic two-mile trail leading to Hemlock Falls teases visitors with the sounds of rushing water during the entire hike. From Clayton: take 76W to HWY 197. Follow HWY 197 to Moccasin Creek State Park/ Lake Burton Fish Hatchery, turning right onto Andersonville Lane, the gravel road across from the hatchery. Continue 0.5 miles until the road dead ends at the trailhead. Follow the trail along Moccasin Creek. You will cross a bridge above one set of falls and will pass another small set of falls on your left before continuing up the trail to the larger Hemlock Falls. High Shoals Falls A succession of five waterfalls graces this 170-acre scenic area. These falls have an estimated total vertical drop of 300 feet. Directions: Take GA 75 north from Helen for 11.4 miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 283 at the High Shoals sign. Go 1.5 miles on this road to the High Shoals Scenic Area. Horse Trough Falls A succession of five waterfalls graces this 170-acre scenic area. These falls have an estimated total vertical drop of 300 feet. Helen/Hiawassee Area: Take GA 75 north from Helen for 11.4 miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 283 at the High Shoals sign. Go 1.5 miles on this road to the High Shoals Scenic Area. Mill Creek Falls The first waterfall drops about 150 feet into Mill Creek. The second plunges another 150 feet, into a series of rapids through the Mill Creek Gorge. Directions: from Hiawassee, take U.S. 76 east, go right on Hwy. 75 for 3.5 miles, left on Mill Creek Rd (FSR 26) for 2.5 miles. FALL 2021 | www.mountainlakeguide.com

Martin Creek Falls This two-tier waterfall is 35 feet high with aquatic plants covering the weeping rock wall on the left. This 20-minute walk (.5 mile) follows the Bartram Trail along the west side of the creek. Clayton/Rabun County Area: From Clayton, go east on Warwoman Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 152, and drive past the Game Checking Station. The park drive is .5-mile. Park in a small cleared camping area on the left bend in the road. Walk west from the camping area. Cross Martin Creek, then travel uphill for about .4 mile to the top of the falls. Minnehaha Falls The Minnehaha Trail, .4-mile in length, follows Fall Branch until it dead ends at Minnehaha Falls. This waterfall is approximately 100 feet high (falling and shoaling). Clayton/Rabun County Area: Take U.S. 23/441 north from Tallulah Falls for three miles to the Rabun Beach Recreation Area sign. Turn left onto Old 441. Go 2.5 miles and take a left on Lake Rabun Road. Go 1 mile past Recreation area. Take a left on Low Gap Road. Follow Bear Gap road which forks to the left. Go 1.5 miles to the sign marking the trail on the right side of the road. Mud Creek Falls This great waterfall is approximately 100 feet high with an impressive spouting fume down the middle. Directions: Take Highway 441 north to Dillard. Turn right on GA Hwy 246 and follow signs to Sky Valley. At Sky Valley’s entrance gate, turn left. Turn right on Tahoe Rd and follow the trails. Raven Cliff Falls The first fall drops 60 feet, then rushes through a split in the face of a solid rock outcropping and drops 20 feet into a deep pool, and then falls another 20 feet to Dodd Creek. 3 other waterfalls can be found on Dodd Creek. Directions: from Helen, take GA 75 north for 1.5 miles. Turn left onto GA 356(75 Alternate) and travel 2.3 miles to the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway. Turn right and travel 2.8 miles to the trailhead and parking area. Sea Creek Falls In the Cooper Creek Scenic Area, Sea Creek Falls are an easy walk of less than .1 miles. Two steeply cascading falls flow into a large, shallow pool at the base which is popular as a wading pool. Directions: (Four wheel drive vehicle recommended) From Hwy 515 just past Blue Ridge, take Highway 60 south toward Morganton. At Cooper Creek Store turn left on Cooper Creek Rd. After 3.3 miles the road makes a dramatic turn back on itself and FS 264 is to the left. Travel .3 miles to a campground, park and walk .1 miles further up the creek.

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Ellijay

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518 River Street • Text 478.718.6596

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A diverse collection of past treasures have made their way to Dillard and are just waiting to be found on Franklin Street.

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82 SITES WITH FULL HOOK-UP Located in beautiful Rabun Gap, GA • Historic operating grist mill (in operation

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

706-746-0078

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since 1840)

• 85’ cascading waterfall • Four guest rooms • Gourmet 3-course breakfast (featuring milled products)

Information or reservations:

(706) 746-7138

“Not your run-ofthe-mill B&B” Find Us On Facebook!

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Dillard

WAKE UP IN THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS™!

Reconnect with nature, family, and outdoor adventures at our mountain village resort.

Paved Pull Thru Sites Available 706-746-2722 • RVMountainVillage.com

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Tallulah Falls The Niagara Falls of the Southeast

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Tallulah Gorge State Park has spectacular 1,739 acres of wilderness with recreational opportunities from Georgia’s State Parks. Highlights of Tallulah Falls include: The Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center that highlights the rich history of this Victorian resort town, as well as the rugged terrain and fragile ecosystem of the area. Additionally, an award-winning film takes viewers on a dramatic journey through the gorge.

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Recreation abounds with picnic areas, campgrounds, overlooks, 6 Hiking trails, stairs leading down into the gorge and even a suspension bridge that crosses the canyon 80 feet above its bottom. There is shore and boat fishing on all 3 lakes: Tallulah, Tugalo, & Yonah. Spend the afternoon picnicking at Terrora Beach, or play on the tennis courts. There is a public beach for swimming on Tallulah Lake & public playground located at the day use area of Tallulah Gorge State Park.

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Tallulah Gorge State Park is open daily from 8 a.m. until dark. There is a parking fee. The entrance is on U.S. 441 in Tallulah Falls, GA. Access to the canyon bottom is by permit only. Permits are free and can be obtained at the interpretive center, but note that ONLY 100 permits are issued per day. The park is extremely popular and the quota of permits is often filled first thing in the morning. For more information call 706-754-7981 or visit gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge

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Dillard/Long Creek, SC/Tallulah Falls

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240 West Main Street Blue Ridge, GA 30513

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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

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

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Home/Cabin/Farmhouse Decor, Antiques, Local Artists, and so much more! 25 talented vendors in this 176 year old farmhouse.

Open 7 Days a Week: Mon. - Sat. 10am - 5pm • Sun. 1pm - 5pm

919-320-4354

6224 US Hwy. 76 • Young Harris, GA Located just below Brothers Restaurant in the 2 story farmhouse. FALL 2021 | www.mountainlakeguide.com

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• 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

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Clarkesville

Hickory Flat Pottery

Fine Art and Pottery See It Made Here! Art & Hobby Supplies, Art & Pottery Classes

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

200 HWY 197N Clarkesville artfullbarn@gmail.com artfullbarn.com 706-754-1247

13664 Hwy 197 N Clarkesville, GA 30523

706.947.0030

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Bowling, pool tables, shuffle board, Darts, arcade, Full service bar, great food!

Great, Fun Atmosphere! 706-839-7467

Check Out Grant St. Music Room: Live Music, Full Service Restaurant & Bar. Karaoke every Friday!

583 Grant Street Clarkesville, GA

Inside the Old Clarkesville Mill

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Cornelia

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Cupcakes, Layer Cakes, Sheet Cakes, Cake Balls, Custom Celebration Cakes, Pound Cakes, Deep Dish Pies, Cheesecakes, Petit Fours, Peanut Brittle, Oatmeal Creme Pies, Ready-to-Bake Cinnamon Rolls and Frozen Meals, and More!

188 N. Main Street • Cornelia, GA 706-968-7777 • www.sugartopiasweets.com

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Beauty that never fades. At Hartford House, our beautiful upholstery secretly swivels (L) and reclines (R)... but their high quality fabric and leather means they won’t show their age, even years later! Our pieces are beautiful, comfortable, and durable because they’re crafted by family-owned companies whose know-how reflects generations of their skill. And prices on our sofas, loveseats, chairs and recliners have never been better than right now. You save money because our selections are “built smart” to meet every budget. Don’t settle for attractive, off-the-shelf solutions... when you can fill your home with classic, head-turning beauty that lasts... Welcome home to Hartford! Anderson Village Shopping Center in Alto, GA 50 min. north of Atlanta on GA 365 at mile marker 40 Monday - Saturday 10-5:30; Sunday by appointment Call 877-223-0008 • Local: 706-778-3449 Browse our collections: HartfordHouseFurniture.com

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HELEN

396 706-865-6772 | 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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HELEN

Festhalle Events

Proudly sponsored by the Helen Chamber of Commerce

www.helenchamber.com

Oktoberfest

706-878-1908

50th Year Celebration! September 9-12; 16-19; 23-26; & September 30-November 7 Admission $8 Mon-Fri; $10 Sat; FREE Sundays! Active & Retired Military get in FREE w/valid ID Kid Friendly with their own dance floor! Under 6 FREE. Ages 6-12 half price. Weekdays 6pm-10:30pm; Fridays 6pm-12am; Saturdays1pm-12am; Sundays 1pm-7pm

1074 Edelweiss Strasse

Find us on Facebook at Oktoberfest Festhalle Friends

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

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Two locations: 8651 Main Street 8078 S Main Street (the factory)

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HELEN 112 Poplar Stump Rd, Helen, GA

Taking reservations for weekday zipline tours.

Open on weekends, weather permitting, through spring.

Aerial Adventure Courses Zip Lines Climbing Wall

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

706.878.9471 • www.coolriveradventures.com

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

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

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HELEN

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

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

FIRST ALPINE COASTER IN GEORGIA Fast and Fun • Family Friendly

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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

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

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Sautee 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.

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

(706) 878-3300

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

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Home Decor, Furniture, & Over 50 vendors selling unique treasures and collectibles. Bridal Salon and Tuxedo Rentals within the mall at Mountain Bridal 671 Helen Highway, Cleveland • 706-865-6205 M - F 10-5 • Sat. 10-6 • Sun. 12-6

OVER 35,000 DISCOUNTED TITLES

Fun for the Whole Family!

Hours: Mon-Sat 10-4

Canoeing Rafting Kayaking On the Chattahoochee River

Home of Daisy, the Bookstore Kittycat! Customer Loyalty Program Comfy Reading Room Kids Reading Nook Extensive Selection of Local Art Like us on Facebook for special deals & more!

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

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

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

Please check our website for hour updates Closed Monday Lunch Only Sun, Tues, & Wed 11-2:30 pm Open 11-8 Thurs-Sat Online Ordering at www.creeksidedeli.com

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CONSIGNMENT Clothing, Home Goods and Antiques

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868 S. Main St (706) 348-1516 Mon-Sat 10-5 Sun 12:30-4

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

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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!

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FALL calendar of Events

Please verify Event Dates in case of Rescheduling

Blairsville

September 18

November 6

September 11

Downtown Blue Ridge

Rabun County Civic Center Pavilions

September 11th Remembrance

Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival

Of These Mountains Fall Marketplace

Meeks Park

September 23

September 17

Black Box Theater

September 25

September 25

Freedom Park

MFC Smoky Mountain’s 4th Annual 101 Mile Run Copperhead Lodge

September 1

Old Times

Downtown Market

Downtown Blue Ridge

Blairsville Cruiser “Cruise-In”

September 25

September 18

Fannin County Middle School

Cleveland AgriFest

Cornelia

September 25

Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby Fall Classic 2021

Big Red Apple Festival

Reece Heritage Farm

October 1

Sawyer Brown Concert

September 25

Blue Ridge Community Theater

October 29

Union County Farmers Market

The Wilderness Pickers Blairsville Extreme Adventure Race(BEAR) Meeks Park

September 25

Jayna Jennings

Reece Heritage Farm

October 1

ScarecrowVille

Downtown Cornelia

October 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30

Trick or Treat

Downtown Blue Ridge

Dahlonega

Downtown Market

October 8-10

Blue Ridge Mountains Parade of Homes Blue Ridge

October 9

October 2

Fannin County High School

Blue Ridge Marching Band Festival

Union County Farmers Market

October 9-10

October 9-10 & 16-17

Downtown City Park

52nd Annual Sorghum Festival

October 9

Matilda the Musical

Blairsville Square

Blairsville Cruiser “Cruise-In”

Downtown Cornelia

Fall Arts in the Park

Meeks Park

October 16

October 30

Downtown City Park

Cornelia Depot

September 11, 18, & 25 Appalachian Jam

Dahlonega Gold museum State Historic Site

September 18

Dahlonega Farmer’s Market Hancock Park

October 1

Hughes Taylor Hancock Park

October 2 & 9

Appalachian Jam

Paws in the Park & Dock Diving

Dahlonega Gold museum State Historic Site

Reece Heritage Farm

October 29

Art in the Park

October 30

Black Box Theater

The Wilderness Pickers

October 2

Love & Death by Poe

Hancock Park

Vogel State Park

November 6

Dahlonega Farmer’s Market

October 30

Fall Festival

Fall Harvest Celebration & Dance Haralson Memorial Civic Center

October 31

Hometown Halloween Blairsville Squre

Downtown Market

Hancock Park

Downtown Blue Ridge

October 16

Clarkesville

Gold Rush Days Festival Downtown Dahlonega

September 10

Chattahoochee Mountain Fair Habersham County Fairgrounds

November 6

October 30

Union County Farmers Market

Clarkesville Square

Salute to Veterans Car Show

Blue Ridge September 11 & 18 Downtown Market

Downtown Blue Ridge

Trick or Treat

Clayton

September 25

Painted Fern Festival of Art Rabun County Civic Center

September 17

October 2

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Rabun County Civic Center

Blues Train

October 2 & 16

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival

Demorest September 28

Faculty Recital: Andrew M. Price, soprano, Benji Stegner, piano Piedmont Chapel

October 7 & 10 HAIR,

Swanson Center for Performing Arts & Communications

Ellijay

September 10

Apple Country Cruzin’ Evenings Apple Country Auto Club


September 17

Acoustic Blends

George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse

September 18

Just Roxie - The Essence of Harmony George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse

September 25-26

Dancing Goats FolkFest 2021 River Street

September 25

Cars & Coffee - Cruise-In Riverside Pavillion

October 8 Route 66

George Link, Jr. Gilmer Arts Playhouse

October 29 Mountain Area storytellers & CCRA Downtown Hayesville Square

November 6 Song Writers Showcase 31 Peacock Playhouse

Helen September 9 - November 7 50th Annual Oktoberfest Helen Festhalle

September 11 Second Saturday Hike: Bay’s Bridge Smithgall Woods State Park

October 9

October 22

Apple Arts

Art-Oberfest Arts & Crafts Festival

Downtown Ellijay

Helen Arts & Heritage Center

October 9 & 16

Hiawassee

Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds

September 11

Georgia Apple Festival

October 9

TobyMac

Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds

September 11

Apple Classic Auto Show

Anderson Music Hall

October 20

Gazers of the Galaxy

Gilmer Arts Golf Tournament Fundraiser Whitepath Golf Course

October 30

Cars & Coffee - Cruise-In Riverside Pavillion

Hayesville, NC September 10

Kaleb Garrett & Band

Downtown Hayesville Square

September 10

Friday Night Concert

Downtown Hayesville Square

Brasstown Bald Mountain

September 16 LandFest 2021 Anderson Music Hall

October 1 48th Annual Fall Regional Shelby/ Mustang & Ford Show Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

October 1 The Urban Cowboys Ride Again starring Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee Anderson Music Hall

September 11

October 1

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Hiawassee Night Market

Peacock Playhouse

Hiawassee Town Square

September 18

October 2

Cherokee Homestead Exhibit

Anderson Music Hall

Cherokee Heritage Festival

October 8 & 15

Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens Peacock Playhouse

October 16-17

Georgia State Clogging Festival

October 8 Georgia Mountain Fall Festival Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

October 9, 16, 23, & 30

Punkin’ Chunkin’

LIVE Music

October 23

October 23

Peacock Playhouse

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Brasstown

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Anderson Music Hall

Brew, Que & Stew Festival

November 5 Travis Tritt

Anderson Music Hall

November 5

Hiawassee Night Market Hiawassee Town Square

McCaysville, NC

September 11, 18, & 25 Farmers Market

Deep Roots Orchard

September 16, 23, & 30 Pickin’ in the Park

Horseshoe Bend Park

October 30

Big Foot Boogie - 5k Riverwalk Shops

Morganton October 30

Chimp or Treat Project Chimps

Sautee Nacoochee September 11

Farm Animal Fun Day Hardman Farm

September 18

Community Contra Dancing Historic Gym

October 1

Wood You Believe Its Wood Show Sautee Nacoochee Center

October 2

Mountain Farm Celebration Hardman Farm

October 2

Touch a Truck (Family Safety, Health & Preparedness Fair) Historic Gym

October 3

Tribute to John Prine

Sautee Nacoochee Center

October 9

Blame It On the Boomers Sautee Nacoochee Center

October 10

BellaNota Strings

Sautee Nacoochee Center

October 23

Community Contra Dancing Historic Gym

October 31

Trunk or Treat

Sautee Nacoochee Center


FALL calendar of Events

Please verify Event Dates in case of Rescheduling November 6

Farm Animal Fun Day Hardman Farm

November 7

Revien in Concert

October 16

September 30

Tugaloo Lake Paddle

Linda Davis

Tallulah Gorge State Park

The Historic Ritz Theatre

October 20

October 8 Edgar Loudermilk Band

Full Moon Hike

Sautee Nacoochee Center

November 11

Tallulah Gorge State Park

The Historic Ritz Theatre

Veteran’s Appreciation Day

October 23

Young Harris

Hardman Farm

Beginner Archery

Suches

Tallulah Gorge State Park

September 17 From Earth to the Universe

October 2

October 31

Indian Summer Festival

Trunk or Treat

October 22 & 29

Woody Gap School

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Ooky Spooky Light Show

Tallulah Falls

Toccoa

O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium

September 12

O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium

October 28

September 10

Tugaloo Lake Paddle

Fall Fest 2021

Jim Curry Presents: The Music of John Denver

Tallulah Gorge State Park

September 20

Young Harris College

November 12

The Historic Ritz Theatre

Full Moon Hike

Skies Over Georgia

Tallulah Gorge State Park

September 11

September 25

Beginner Archery

Sweet Baby James - America’s #1 James Taylor Tribute

November 12

Tallulah Gorge State Park

The Historic Ritz Theatre

O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium

O. Wayne Rollins Planetarium

Observatory Open House

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The Vacation Guide in the Mountains is your #1 source for locating attractions, events, lodging, recreation, rentals, restaurants and shopping in the North Georgia and SW North Carolina areas.

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Bird Feeders, Bird Houses, Seed & Suet Hummingbird Feeders & Supplies, Bird Baths & Fountains, Garden Decor, Weather Vanes, Chimes, Tilley Hats, Vortex Binoculars, Birding & Hiking Books 706-254-2473 • 611 E Main St, Blue Ridge

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Blue Ridge

Antiques isn’t all we do! COMING SOON:

Offering antiques, home decor, furniture, vintage, rustic, pottery, copper, soaps, gifts, local honey, logo merchandise, seasonal items and more! Enjoy a treasure trove of unique finds! There’s something for everyone!

The Hodgepodge Garage with a lot more treasures like bar mirrors, signs, old tools, and more! Fall Events with fire pits, and plenty of photo ops like the greenhouse and old trucks !

We are an authorized retailer of Rethunk Junk by Laura Paint Line. Come in and see how easy it is to repurpose anything! We will be offering classes so follow us on Facebook for updates.

terristreasuretrove.com • (706) 900-2211 10777 Lakewood Hwy • Morganton, GA 30559

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Blue Ridge If you are lucky enough to be in the mountains, then you are lucky enough!

800-844-4939

Mascot Molly Welcomes You

3945 Old Loving Road

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

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AREA DIRECTORY Dining

Hayesville, NC

Copper Door 828-389-8460 2 Sullivan Street Abide Coffee 706-250-1359 Fine dining in Historic Hayesville. Tues-Sat 5-10 53 Merchants Walk, Suite A pm. Reservations recommended.Thoughtful menu, Full range of coffee shop staples from simple coffee well-chosen quality wines, private parties, & events. to even the most complex recipes you can think up! thecopperdoor.com See pg 16 Mugs, tumblers, t-shirts, and more! M-Sat 7am-6pm. abidecoffee.com See pg 10 Helen Hofbrauhaus 706-878-2248 Cabin Coffee Co. 706-745-0073 9001 North Main Street 44A Town Square Family restaurant offering German and American fare. Just be Happy & enjoy Fresh Roasted Coffee daily. Outdoor seating overlooking the Chattahoochee River. Breakfast - pastries, rolls, bagels, Lunch –soup,salad, Pet Friendly. sandwiches. Like us on Facebook See pg 43 cabincoffeecompany.com See pg 8 La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant G&G Bakery (The Gathering Place) 8160 South Main St 706-878-3456 110 Gainesville Hwy 706-745-0748 Offering you a wide variety of central Mexico’s cuisine Welcome to G & G Bakery & Cafe! We serve homemade & a touch of California/Texas style dishes.. See pg 31 pastries, coffees, soups, salads, sandwiches and more! lacabana-restaurant.com Free internet access. Tues-Fri 6am-3pm. Sat 7am-2pm Paul’s Steakhouse 706-878-2468 Like us on Facebook See pg 13 8537 South Main Street Jim’s Smokin’ Que 706-835-7427 Eat, drink, dance! Casual Fine Dining & Lounge overlooking the ‘Hooch’ in Downtown Helen. 4971 Gainesville Hwy paulssteakhouse.com See pg 3 Your place for Award winning BBQ, Baby Back ribs, Smoked Chicken, Smoked Turkey & the fixins. Catering The Old Heidelberg Restaurant 706-878-0061 available! 8660 N. Main St (White Horse Square) jimssmokinque.com See pg 8 Great Selection of German beer - Authentic German Food - Serving Lunch and Dinner - Families Welcome Mike’s Seafood Market & Grill theheidelberghelen.com See pg 40 513 A Murphy Highway 706-745-9519 Fresh fish, shrimp, scallops, lobster tails, crab, alligator, Hiawassee 706-896-0508 oysters, clams, crawfish, salmon, frog legs, Mike’s fish Asiano Restaurant 1382 Highway 76 West spread. Special orders welcome! Like us on Facebook See pg 13 Thai, Chinese, Sushi Bar, Mongolian Grill, and Japanese Steakhouse. Dine-in or carry-out. Nani’s Cuban Restaurant asianorestaurant.com See pg 36 51 D Earnest Street 706-745-0010 Young Harris We serve home cooked food with a Spanish flair! A Brother’s at Willow Ranch combination of home cook food, with Cuban and 6223 US Highway 76 919-320-4354 Puerto Rican cusine. nanisdeliandmore.com See pg 10 We offer award-winning foods at affordable and family-friendly prices. Catering also available. Sawmill Place Restaurant brothersatwillowranch.com See pg 35 1150 Pat Haralson Dr 706-745-1250 A destination for all hungry mountain travelers. Lodging Cooked-to-order breakfast and country-style meats Blairsville and vegetables. 706-379-9929 Like us on Facebook See pg 11 Majestic Mountain Getaways 590 Main Street 877-379-9929 Get away to the mountains of North Georgia and Blue Ridge Western North Carolina! Serenity Garden Cafe 706-258-4949 MajesticMountainGetaways.com See pg 7 657 E Main St Sandwiches, soups, omelets & other American eats in a Trackrock Campground & Cabins mellow space with a patio & indoor fountain. 141 Trackrock Campground Rd. 706-745-2420 Like us on Facebook See pg 56 Open Year Round. Fully Furnished Cabins. Campsites with Water/Electric. Full Hookup & Pull-thru Sites. Toccoa Riverside Restaurant trackrock.com See pg 6 8055 Aska Road 706-632-7891 Dine on the River. Fine dining at its best in Blue Ridge. Blue Ridge toccoariversiderestaurant.com See pg 54 Escape to Blue Ridge Vacation Cabin Rentals 866-618-2521 Clayton All rentals, whether two-bedroom retreats or La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant resort-style mansions, offer the value and convenience 128 Duvall Street 706-212-2834 of a spacious, fully-furnished home vs. a hotel room. Offering you a wide variety of central Mexico’s cuisine escapetoblueridge.com See pg 63 & a touch of California/Texas style dishes. lacabana-restaurant.com See pg 31 Mountain Top Cabin Rental 44 Boardtown Rd 866-402-2246 Where upscale meets down to earth. Cleveland See pg 58 Creekside Deli 706-865-3666 MountainTopCabinRentals.com 16 Old Nacoochee Road Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals Inside dining or casual dining on the porch. 240 W. Main Street 866-4CABINS restaurantsclevelandga.com See pg 47 Find Quality Time With Us in the Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Dillard southerncomfortcabinrentals.com See pg 57 La Cabaña Mexican Restaurant 7052 Hwy 441, Ste 104 706-746-0058 Clayton Offering you a wide variety of central Mexico’s cuisine America’s Best Value Inn 698 Hwy 441S 706-782-4702 & a touch of California/Texas style dishes. lacabana-restaurant.com See pg 31 Free continental breakfast, high-speed internet, picnic areas, and barbeque grills AmericasBestValueInn.com See page 24 Ellijay Shane’s Rib Shack 706-635-7427 Days Inn 706-782-4258 289 Highland Crossing 54 Hwy 441N We’re the place to go for the best BBQ, ribs, chicken Pool, HBO, AARP, AAA, Free continental breakfast, and more. See our ad for coupons! restaurant, and high-speed internet shanesribshack.com See pg 22 DaysInn.com See page 24

Blairsville

Willow Valley RV Resort 323 Yorkhouse Rd 706-746-0078 Our resort is a wonderful place to vacation. Some of our amenities include, swimming pool with a wading area for younger children, playground, community fire pit, 6 private baths, laundry room and much more. WillowValleyRV.com See pg 26

Cleveland

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. countryhideawayresorts.com See pg 47

Dillard

River Vista Mountain Village 20 River Vista Drive 706-746-2722 Your Northeast Georgia mountain oasis where you have fun reconnecting with family, friends, and nature. Nestled in a valley of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Bring your RV or rent a cabin to enjoy a relaxing vacation away from the city. rvmountainvillage.com See pg 27

Ellijay

Mountain Oasis 706-276-4343 2218 Hwy 52 East 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

Sundowner RV Village 828-389-3241 42 Sundowner Circle This 13 acre, quaint RV/Park Model Village is nestled under a grove of majestic oaks catering to the adult camper (55+) as a haven for peace, quiet and tranquility. sundownerrvvillage.net See pg 17

Helen

Gabby’s Country Cabins 3083 Helen Highway 706-865-6772 Home of the Heart-Shaped Jacuzzi! Often imitated, never duplicated. gabbyscabins.com See pg 40 Heidi Motel & Windmill Suites 8820 North Main St 706-878-2689 Our family will make every effort to ensure that your stay here is memorable. Located just steps from downtown shopping and dining. heidimotel.com See pg 44 Helendorf River Inn 706-878-2271 33 Munich Strasse Just a few minute walk to restaurants, shops, and night life. Offering suites by the river. helendorf.com See pg 43

Hiawassee

Lake Chatuge Lodge 800-613-4349 653 Hwy 76 Located on beautiful Lake Chatuge in the heart of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains in Hiawassee, GA lakechatugelodge.com See pg 36 Majestic Mountain Getaways 706-379-9929 590 Main Street 877-379-9929 Get away to the mountains of North Georgia and Western North Carolina! MajesticMountainGetaways.com See pg 7

Long Creek, SC

Chattooga Belle Farm 864-647-9768 454 Damascus Church Road A 200 acre farm located in Long Creek, SC. The farm features a U-Pick operation for fresh produce and a large event barn perfect for weddings. chattoogabellefarm.com See pg 31

Morgantown

My Mountain Cabin Rentals 3945 Old Loving Rd 800-844-4939 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 See pg 55


Murphy, NC

Rocking M Retreat 404-432-8107 Murphy, NC Our guests will reconnect with nature, unplug from the hustle and bustle of city life, and reconnnect with self and family and friends in a well appointed log cabin style home. rockingmretreat.com See pg 18

Southeastern Expeditions 7350 Hwy 76 E 800-868-7238 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 52

Cleveland

North Georgia Wildlife & Safari Park 2912 Paradise Valley Road 706-348-7279 Bringing People & Animals Together so that no life goes untouched. Care, Connect & Serve nogawild.com Wildwood Outfitters 706-839-7467 26 Megan Drive Whether you require a leisurly float down the river in a raft while you get some sun, or a workout running the Rabun Gap Sylvan Falls Mill B&B 706-746-7138 rapids, our knowledgeable staff can help you select a trip that is right for you. 156 Taylors Chapel Road See pg 46 Your stay at Sylvan Falls Mill Bed and Breakfast will be wildwoodoutfitters.com an unforgettable and romantic experience. Ducktown, TN sylvanfallsmill.com See pg 26 Raft One 888-723-8663 4599 Highway 64 West Recreation Tennessee’s premier white water river rafting experts. When you choose Raft One, you will experience the Blairsville best white water rafting experience in Tennessee! Blairsville Galaxy Bowling raft1.com See pg 52 104 Backyard Lane 706-745-4444 Book your next party with us! Food, bar, gameroom, Ellijay pool tables. Youth league is scholoarship based & we Dancing Goats Folk Fest River Street Market 478-718-6596 partner with KidsBowlFree.com in summer. Call or Celebrate and preserve the cultural traditions of North follow us on Facebook. Georgia. Self-taught artists new and known will showgalaxybowling.net case true folk art – the first-born art of Appalachia. Trackrock Campground & Cabins 706-745-2420 Like us on Facebook See pg 22 141 Trackrock Campground Rd. Red Apple Barn 706-635-5898 Horseback Riding - Hiking/Walking Trails - Fishing 3379 Tails Creek Rd Swimming - Summer Horse Camps - Hayrides Come out and experience a fun day at the farm. Enjoy trackrock.com See pg 6 a wagon ride behind the tractor up to the apple orchard where you can pick several varieties of apples. Blue Ridge redapplebarn.com See pg 23 2nd Story Entertainment 733 East Main St Ste C 706-633-0466 Hayesville Indoor 18 hole mini-golf features a variety of themes Clay County Recreation Center throughout 9 rooms. Giant tic-tac-toe, darts, and 333 Ball Park Dr 828-389-0368 Free Weights, Cardio, Raquetball & Pickleball. Open checkers, to larger than life Connect Four plus an Monday Saturday. arcade, drinks, and ice cream. See pg 16 2ndstoryentertainment.com See pg 56 WagonMaster Ranch 828-494-9521 359 Adventure Ranch Rd Come to the Ranch and have an Adventure of a Life Time! Adventure Park for kids & adults plus an Event Center to host your next Family Gathering. wagonmasterranchresort.com See pg 19

Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ Festival Downtown Blue Ridge (770) 546-9614 Downtown Blue Ridge sets the stage as a fantastic back drop and venue location for a perfect early fall event. The sounds of Blues music and the sweet smell of BBQ from local and regional cookers will fill the air as families and groups of friends enjoy this unique setting and event. blueridgebluesandbbq.com See pg 64 Blue Ridge Community Theater 2591 East First St 706-632-9191 Don’t miss our rip-roaring comedies, engaging dramas and intriguing 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 55 The Lilly Pad Village 706-534-1317 24 Adelaide Drive Gem Mining, Mini golf, and fishing. A family attraction that is fun for all ages. lillypadvillage.com See pg 51

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. clarkesvillelanes.com See pg 37

Clayton

Foxfire Mountaineer Festival 201 W Savannah St October 2, 2021 - Join us for a day of arts, crafts, music, and more - all in celebration of Appalachian culture! foxfire.org/events See pg 25

Helen

Alpine Speedway Slot Car Racing 8016 S Main St, Ste A2 706-878-0111 Featuring the LARGEST slot car road course in the USA! 2 indoor tracks to choose from with various speed/ experience levels for each. Let’s go racing! alpinespeedway.com See pg 44 Charlemagne’s Kingdom 8808 N. Main St 706-878-2200 This exhibit is really a marvelous Alpine Model Railroad depicting a modern Germany from “The North sea to the Alps.” Murals, Gingerbread Houses & German Dancers. georgiamodelrailroad.com See pg 44 Cool River Adventures & Tubing 112 Poplar Stump Rd 706-878-9471 Experience the excitement of our AERIAL BRIDGES and take in the beauty as you zip across the Chattahoochee River. coolriveradventures.com See pg 42 GA Mountain Coaster 8409 S. Main St Feel the thrill of riding down the mountain and through the woods in beautiful alpine Helen, GA. Our alpine coaster is fun for all ages. GeorgiaMountainCoster.com See pg 43 Outpost Gold & Gem Panning Co.7901 South Main Street 706-878-5065 Gold & Gem Mining, Group Parties, Fossils, Fun. Get hands on lessons from our trained and helpful staff. outpostgoldandgem.com See pg 44

Lakemont

Hillside Orchard 706-782-2776 18 Sorghum Mill Dr Family owned and operated for 30+ years. Come enjoy a corn maze, tractor rides, and apple & pumpkin pickin’. HillsideOrchard.com See pg 26

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. tanktownusa.com See pg 54

Mountain City

Foxfire Museum & Heritage Center U.S. Hwy. 441 706-746-5828 Here you will find homes, tools, trades, crafts, and a look at the lifestyle of the all-but-vanished pioneer culture of the Southern Appalachian mountains. Open Monday-Saturday 8:30am–4:30pm (Closed Sundays) www.foxfire.org See pg 24

Murphy, NC

Bear Creek Adventure 7289 US Hwy 64 W 828-516-1581 Fun for all ages! 18 Challenging Holes of Mini Golf in a beautiful mountain setting just west of Murphy. Stop in for Mayfield Ice Cream, Milkshakes, Snacks, & Gifts. PLUS Gem Mining! Like us on Facebook See pg 18 WagonMaster Ranch 828-494-9521 359 Adventure Ranch Rd Come to the Ranch and have an Adventure of a Life Time! Adventure Park for kids & adults plus an Event Center to host your next Family Gathering. wagonmasterranchresort.com See pg 19

Sautee-Nacoochee

Folk Pottery Museum 706-878-3300 283 Georgia 255 The only museum in the Southeast exclusively dedicated to pottery. snca.org See pg 45

Shopping Alto

Hartford House Furniture 1-877-223-0008 126 Anderson Circle We make custom affordable furniture. Let’s build something beautiful together! hartfordhousefurniture.com See pg 38

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 37

Blairsville

Ambry’s Attic 706-530-5005 94 Town Square, Ste. K Offers items that are vintage, antique, and one-ofa-kind. We provide a pleasant environment for your shopping experience. ambrysattic.com See pg 8 Blairsville Pickers Barn (GA Pickers) 27 Orbit Drive 706-745-0097 Antiques, Collectibles Furniture, Coins, Jewelry, Glassware, Pottery, & Lots More! Buy-Sell-Trade blairsvillepickersbarn.com See pg 10 From Me 2 U 706-745-8486 6B Town Square Blairsville’s everyday gift shop. Follow us on Facebook See pg 10 Logan Turnpike Mill 800-84-GRITS 80-B Town Square (47487) Hiawassee Quality STONE-GROUND whole-grain products from Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds the mountains of North Georgia. Fresh baked goods. Music Hall Road 706-896-4191 Open Tuesday - Saturday. Offering a wide-variety of unique venues and beautiful loganturnpikemill.com See pg 13 year-round camping facilities. GeorgiaMountainFairgrounds.com See pg 34


AREA DIRECTORY Mountain Life Mercantile 36A Town Square 706-400-5557 An eclectic retail shop offering Life is Good, Old Guys Rule, gourmet foods & teas, as well as local honey, pottery & art. mountainlifemercantilga.com See pg 8 Sugar Magnolia Gifts & Interiors 267 Cleveland St 706-230-9100 Gifts for every occasion, Birthday, Weddings, Anniversary, New Baby, and Holidays. Beautiful home interiors to make your house a home. Like us on Facebook See pg 11 Sundance Gallery 706-781-3938 4397 Town Creek Road Pottery, Jewelry, Candles, Woodenware, Clocks, Wind Chimes, Bird Feeders, Stained Glass, Metal Art, Basketry, Soaps & Fine American Crafts. sundancegallerygifts.com See pg 6

Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge Bird Seed Co 611 E Main St 706-254-2473 Small, non-franchise bird store, dedicated to helping people learn about bird feeding the RIGHT way & have more fun while they do it. We guarantee what we sell and stand behind our products and recommendations. Blueridgebirdseed.com See pg 53 Havana Daydreaming Cigars 1901 Appalachian Highway 706-946-2442 Located in Historic Blue Ridge Georgia, we are North Georgia’s premium cigar retailer and lounge. Ggreat selection of cigars, accessories, and more. havanadaydreamingcigars.com See pg 53 Pezrok 706-632-6036 524 E. Main Street 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 56

Brasstown, NC

Highlander Gallery 828-835-9982 10079 Old Hwy. 64 Fine Arts & Crafts featuring Local & Regional Artists HighlanderGallery.com See pg 17

Clarkesville

Elizabeth Co 706-754-2787 1419 Washington St 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, handmade items, gifts, a ladies clothing boutique & General Store! ElizabethAndCo.weebly.com See pg 38 The Art-Full Barn 706-754-1247 200 HWY 197N Offers art supplies, Fine Art and reproductions, Pottery by Mud Fairy Pottery (Tonya!) and many other categories of retail items. artfullbarn.com See pg 37

Cleveland

Kim’s Consignment 706-348-1516 868 S Main Street • Ste 700 We carry clothing, purses, jewelry, hats, scarves and much more on our clothing side. on our home goods side, we have great decor, furniture, linens and kitchen items. M-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12:30-4pm Like us on Facebook See pg 47 Mt. Yonah Book Exchange 3779 Helen Hwy 706-219-1565 Buy or Trade. Over 35,000 books in stock. Comfy reading room. Kids reading nook. Extensive selection of local art. mtyonahbookexchange.com See pg 46 Reflections Mall of Cleveland & Mountain Bridal 706-865-6205 671 Helen Hwy Home decor, Furniture & Over 50 vendors selling unique treasures and collectibles. Bridal Salon and Tuxedo Rentals within the malll. M - F 10-5, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-6 Like Reflections Mall on Facebook Like Mountain Bridal on Facebook See pg 46

Copperhill, TN

Mustang Sally 423-548-5158 108 Ocoee Street, Suite B Jeans, kickin’ boots & the perfect Turquoise Jewelry. If you’re a Western Cowgirl, a Boho Gypsy, or a Little Rock & Roll Hot Mama, you will find your look here! shopmustangsally.com See pg 59

Cornelia

Sugartopia 706-968-7777 188 North Main Street Cakes, cupcakes, cake balls, cookies, pies and more! Cakes for birthdays, weddings or any special days you would like to commemorate. M-F 9-6, Sat 9-3 sugartopiasweets.com See pg 39

Morganton

Terri’s Treasure Trove 706-900-2211 10777 Lakewood Hwy Discover an eclectic selection of decorations, paint, toys, furniture, & repurposed everything! Vintage? we go it. Antiques? They’re here! Bric-a-brac galore & more! terristreasuretrove.com See pg 54

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, & enjoy shopping. sauteestore.com See pg 45 Dillard Appalachian Trader 706-746-5253 The Lavender Cottage & Garden 1093 Franklin St 53 Hwy 255 N 706-878-0100 Primitives • Tools • Cast Iron • Large Selection of Aromatherapy, bath, body home and culinary. LIFE Magazines • Country Painted Furniture • Crocks thelavendercottageandgarden.com Pg 45 and Jugs Like us on Facebook See pg 26 Tallulah Falls The General Store 706-754-4318 Country Junction General Store Highway 441 North 888-702-0642 100 Main Street An unique gift shop located in an old general store Local Jams & Jellies - Walking Sticks - Trail Maps featuring vintage & retro products, souvenirs, old Stained Glass - Country Gifts - Quilts - Bird Houses - Corinthian Chimes See pg 27 fashion candy & sodas, ice cream and so much more! tallulahgeneralstore.com See pg 31 Pa’s Front Porch 706-746-2040 Young Harris 6871 Hwy 441 North Willow Ranch Farmhouse Antiques & Quality Consignments. Something for 6224 US Hwy. 76 770-896-1216 Everyone! Buy • Sell • Consign Estates Find us on Facebook See pg 26 Antiques, Home/Cabin/ Farmhouse Decor, local artist and so much more. 25 talented vendors in this 176 Ellijay year old farmhouse. Located just below Brothers Red Apple Barn 706-635-5898 Restaurant in the 2 story farmhouse. 3379 Tails Creek Rd Like us on Facebook See pg 35 Experience a fun day at the farm. Enjoy a wagon ride behind the tractor up to the apple orchard where you Tourism can pick several varieties of apples. redapplebarn.com See pg 23 Blairsville Blairsville-Union Co Chamber of Commerce Helen Georgia’s #1 Outdoor Destination. Call or go online for Discount Spirits 706-878-7050 a free Visitor’s Guide! 50 Yonah St. VisitBlairsvilleGA.com See pg 9 Located in scenic Helen, GA, offers the largest variety Blairsville Downtown Development Auth. of beers, wines and spirits throughout North GA. Like us on Facebook See pg 44 62 Blue Ridge Street Proudly sponsoring festivals, shows, concerts, parties Hansel & Gretel 800-524-3008 and events in Blairsville, Georgia! 8651 Main St 706-878-2443 visitdowntownblairsville.com See pg 9 8078 South Main St 706-878-7704 Visit our other location- 8078 S. Main St in Helen Cornelia HanselandGretelCandyKitchen.com Pg 41 Cornelia’s Historic Depot / City of Cornelia 706-778-8585 Lindenhaus Imports 706-878-2357 181 Larkin Street Come and take a walk through Cornelia’s exciting 8669 North Main Street history! When your tour is done, grab a souvenir from Imports from Europe, Scandanavia, and around the our gift shop, and walk to any of our locally owned world. lindenhausimports.com See pg 41 Downtown restaurants! corneliageorgia.org See pg 39 Tim’s Wooden Toys 706-878-1842 8635 Main St, #8, Swiss German Plaza Hayesville, NC We play all the time. Clay County Chamber of Commerce timswoodentoyshop.com See pg 41 828-389-3704 388 Business Highway 64 Wildewood General Store 52 River Street 706-878-5373 Annual Punkin Chunkin Festival October 15-17, Settawig Rd in Brasstown,. Annual Candy Cane Market Stroll down the alley to experience Wildewood. Shopping w/benches on the porch for those who want November 13-14 at the Ridges of Mountain Harbour. ncmtnchamber.com See pg 15 to sit a spell or play a game of checkers. Like us on Facebook See pg 42

Hiawassee

Creekside General Store 2955 Hwy 76 East 706-896-9448 Gifts, Flags, Pottery, Candles, Cabin Decor, Wind Chimes, Outdoor Furniture, T-Shirts, Jewelry, Local Handmade Items, &more! CreeksideGeneralStore.com See pg 36 Hiawassee Antique Mall 518 N. Main Street 706-896-0587 Over 8000 sq. ft. of antiques, furniture, glassware, pottery, coins, primitives, and porcelain. Like us on Facebook See pg 34 TATA on Main 706-896-0567 401 S. Main St Upscale clothes (6 to 3/4X ) shoes and purses, gifts, small furniture, garden/home decor. Consignments by appointment only. tataonmain.com See pg 36

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 41

Murphy, NC

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce 805 W. U.S. 64 828-837-2242 Representing Murphy, Andrews, and Brasstown. Keeping you informed (and entertained) about what’s happening and other important matters. cherokeecountychamber.com See pg 19

Sky Valley

City of Sky Valley 706-746-2204 3444 Hwy. 246 Visit our website for an online visitor’s guide. skyvalleyga.com See pg 30


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