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to the Best the Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountains have to offer

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Stop by to check out the new Gallery...
Wednesday - Saturday 10 am to 5 pm Highlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina

Trip Advisor Quote...Finest Gallery within hundreds of miles...

Chimney Rock Family Animal EncountersChimney Rock, North Carolina
Family Animal Encounters
Every Saturday & Sunday Throughout October

Meet some of Grady the Groundhog's woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl, at our daily 2 pm Family Animal Encounters! A Park naturalist will explain each animal's role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Cost: Included with Park admission

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Old Rock Cafe Beats, Burgers & BrewsChimney Rock, NC
Beats, Burgers & Brews
at the Old Rock Cafe
Every Friday & Saturday through
October 14th through 29th

Relax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven the scene on Friday & Saturday evenings in July at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village.

The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated "Must-try Burgers across the Country" with Hickory Nut Gap Meats' 100% grass-fed beef burger.

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Hillcrest Apple OrchardEllijay, GA
Hillcrest Orchards' Apple Jubilee
Every Saturday & Sunday ONLY
through October 30th

Pick Your Own Apples....for the peak of freshness pick them yourself right from our dwarf apple trees. Nature Trail through the woods & along the creek filled with scenes from nursery rhymes & fairy tales. Milk the Cow....milk Hillcrest's milk cow 'Buttercup.'

Visit the Honey Bee Room in the Apple Museum. Pig Race....cheer your favorite pig on to the finish line as he races for the Oreo cookie. Don't forget to visit the Moonshine Museum. John Deere Derby...a pedal tractor trike track. Ride Pedal Cars. Bungee Jump - additional charge - subject to availability. Live Entertainment....cloggers and country bands. Mule Drawn Wagon Rides - Every weekend of the Jubilee. Visit Grandma's Bakery... for homemade fried apple pies, apple cider doughnuts, apple fritters, and homemade ice cream. Wagon Rides.... through the orchard and the land of Oz. Visit the Petting Farm... where lots of baby animals are eager to be hugged and fed.

Children's Play Area...complete with Giant Slide. Enjoy sitting in our air-conditioned dining room. Mountain Barbecue...and other vittles.

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Phase I of the "new" Blue Ridge Highlander...

The Highlander has been on-line for over 18 years, and has been redesigned and re-programmed many times over the years.  This update was the most challenging to date, due to the advanced technology of our times. 

Due to the shear volume of valuable information that the Highlander contains, this new update has been in the making for a while.  We have a lot of it completed and are anticipating having the entire "Phase I" completed by the end of January.

We would love your input as to the improvements as well as any suggestions as to what you would like to see in Phase II.

Continue to check out the progress, each week you will see something new...enjoy...

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