Featured Destination'
Byron Herbert Reece Farm

Byron Herbert Reece Farm
Featured on Fox 5's Get Up & Go, the Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center explores the life of a Georgia farmer, poet, and novelist.

Events and Festivals in the Mountains
Sorghum Festival

Sorghum Festival

Celebrate sorghum syrup with music; kid's activities; a working syrup mill; and contests.

Highlander Art Gallery Featured Creative Work
Blue Ridge Highlander Photo Gallery

Highlander Gallery Photos

Select from a large selection of beautiful Gallery Quality Giclee Prints of the Highlander's favorite photos.

Blairsville •  Suches GA
Union County

Spring and summer outdoor lovers will hike endless trails, see breathtaking views atop Brasstown Bald, visit rushing waterfalls, and relax on serene Lake Nottely. Delight in the explosion of autumn leaf color or cuddle up in a cozy winter cabin.

Go to Blairsville - Union County's Web Site

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Highlander Gallery

Highlander Gallery

Visit the Highlander Gallery & Emporium
in Historic Downtown Murphy
33 Valley River Avenue, Murphy, NC 28906

Welcome spring..

I am sure we are not the only ones that are happy to see spring. We have been noticing the dogwoods along with other flowering trees blooming as well as daffodils and crocus.  Another thing you see a lot of in early spring is animals of all kinds frolicking through the fields.  Today is a nice sunny day and a good day to go for a hike and rediscover fresh air and how good it feels to be outdoors, even if you can only do this on your lunch break.  Learn to enjoy every day in your life.

Rafting in the Mountains
The Ocoee River is Open....
Book a Rafting Trip down the Ocoee or Nantahala Rivers

To book a rating trip or raft and zip and be there on opening day, call today for our specials, 828-835-3275 or email tara@greatmountainretreats.com

The New Highlander

We are making great progress on the new Highlander, although because of it's size, you will be seeing the changes as we go along, so if things seem a little different, please be patient with us, it is a huge endeavor.

We are excited about presenting our latest feature "the Highlander Backpack."  You will be able to add your favorite destinations to your Backpack, and bring them with on your trip, on either your tablet or smart-phone.  Each destination will have a photo, short description, the GPS co-ordinates and a google map to make your ventures easier.  You will also be able to add to or edit your Backpack as you travel.  Because the Highlander covers so much territory, we will be starting with our partner counties first for this new feature. 

Easter is less than two weeks away...time to plan for a good time in the mountains.

Roxie Watson Band
Blue Ridge Georgia
Roxie Watson Band Live Music IS Better Concert Series
March 27th & 28th ~ 7:30 pm

Back for TWO nights!!! Roxie Watson is a five-piece string band from Decatur and Atlanta, GA, who play what they like to call "alterna-grass" music that mixes three- and four-part harmonies with elements of old country, Appalachian music, hymns, and bluegrass, without adhering to the traditions of any one genre. Lisa Love of Georgia Music Magazine and the Georgia Music Foundation described the band by saying, "When you have a group of women who are natural story-tellers, who sooth their aggressive musical chops with beautiful harmonies, temper their rock-n-roll sensibilities with an understanding of Appalachian tradition, and come off as a little bit Keith Richards, a little bit Bill Monroe, you get Roxie Watson."

Easter is just around the bend...
and in one case a week early!
Blairsville Georgia
Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Meeks Park
March 28th ~ 10 am to Noon

Children (ages 2-12yrs old) will hunt for over 6,000 eggs placed on three fields in Meeks Park.

Drawing will be held for an Easter Egg basket.

Blue Ridge Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Blue Ridge Georgia
19 Annual Easter Egg Hunt at
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Blue Ridge, GA
7 Ewing Street (beside the Kiwanis fairgrounds)
April 4th •  1 pm

19th Annual Blue Ridge Community Easter Egg Hunt will be hosted at 1 p.m. The egg hunt will include more than 1,000 real eggs as well as 1000 plastic eggs filled with candy and other small prizes hidden throughout the church grounds. A dedicated area will be provided for very young children. Refreshments will be served, free and open to everyone.

John C. Campbell Easter Egg Hunt
Brasstown North Carolina
John C. Campbell Folk School
April 4th •  1 pm promptly

An annual favorite for kids the Saturday before Easter, bring your children at 1:00 p.m. to hunt for filled Easter eggs. There will be three areas for egg hunting, divided by age: 0-4, 5-7, and 8 & older.

This event is free and held at the Open House. We ask that you please park in the gravel lot across from the Keith House to allow plenty of space for egg hunting and for the safety of the participants. There will be live music during the event.

Please arrive early - the hunt begins promptly at 1:00 pm and doesn't last very long!

Annual Easter Sunrise Service
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
60th Annual Easter Sunrise Service
April 5 • 6:30 am

Celebrate the glory of Easter with song, scripture and spiritual music as a spectacular sunrise ascends over Lake Lure. Chimney Rock's annual Easter Sunrise Service has become a legendary event in WNC, attracting more than 1,000 early risers from around the Southeast each year.

This special 60th Anniversary year will feature live music, spiritual songs, Park musician John Mason on the hammered dulcimer and breathtaking scenery. Guests are invited to eat breakfast at the Old Rock Café and stay to enjoy the Park all day.

Free admission for entry to Sunrise Service

Easter Dinner at Chophouse
Join us at the Chophouse
For Easter Brunch
April 5 • 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Featuring a special Easter menu in addition to our full luncheon menu.

Open from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Click here for the Chophouse at LaPrades and a map...

Click here for Chophouse in Hiawassee and a map...

Click here for the Murphy Chophouse and a map...

Local Chef to Cook at The 2015 Masters Golf Tournament

James Reaux, Chef/Owner of The Chophouse Restaurants and Hawg Wild BBQ’s has been asked to be a guest chef at The Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. He will be preparing gourmet meals for select invitees from April 6th through April 12th during the tournament week. This is Reaux’s second opportunity to cook at one of the greatest tournaments in the world and he’s proud to represent the North Georgia Region.

Reaux is the owner and operator of the restaurant group Coast II Coast located in Western North Carolina and Northern Georgia. The restaurants currently in the group are Murphy’s Chophouse Restaurant, The Chophouse of Hiawassee, The Chophouse at LaPrade’s and Hawg Wild BBQ in Clarkesville and Commerce, Georgia. As a Chef and restaurateur, James enjoys the challenges and successes of a prosperous business along with entertaining his customers with exceeding their expectations.


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