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Visit Blue Ridge Georgia

Georgia's Blue Ridge
Visit the authentic mountain towns of Blue Ridge and McCaysville, lined with antiques and art galleries, specialty shops and eateries.

Events and Festivals in the Mountains
Fall Arts in the Park Festival

Fall Arts in the Park Festival

The mountain air will be cool, the leaves will be turning and the downtown city park will be full of beautiful art and creativity.

Highlander Art Gallery Featured Creative Work
Blue Ridge Highlander Art Gallery

Mike Lalone Pottery

Highlander's Mountain Art Gallery Featuring - Authentic Handmade Art & Fine Crafts from the Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains.


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.

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Mountain News....

As the summer keeps moving along, it is sad to see what is happening in California with the droughts this year. We need to count our blessings for the abundance of rain we have had so far this year. The rain might seem inconvenient at times, although it is what keeps these mountains so beautiful and abundant in nature. For the most part the rain has not stopped any of the festivals and events. It seems as though nature conveniently gives us enough breaks in the rain to allow us to enjoy the festivities.

I remember when we first arrived in the mountains in 1995, you could find a occasional festival. Times have changed over the years and the festivals are much more plentiful. This weekend we are featuring three very special festivals, several music events and for those that like adventure, Chimney Rock Park is having two special events to get you out hiking and learning about the great outdoors, so be sure to get out and enjoy.

Being at the Highlander Gallery and B.R. Highlander Emporium is a new experience for us, and we are enjoying meeting so many nice people. If you haven't been in yet, please come. We get new artwork and hand crafted items each week, you will enjoy experiencing all the creativity these mountains have.

Come Visit us at....
33 Valley River Avenue in Downtown Murphy, NC

Rafting on the Ocoee

For you True Adventurers, the rivers are open and running, call today for our specials:

828-835-3275 or email tara@greatmountainretreats.com to book a rating trip or raft and zip.

Featured Events this Weekend...

Blairsville Georgia
Green Bean Festival
July 26th, 2014

Green bean lovers and little bean sprouts will have bushels of fun at the 2014 Green Bean Festival held downtown Blairsville, Georgia.

Look for different varieties of green beans from heirloom pole beans to mountain white half runners and lots of other fresh produce

Mr. Green Bean welcomes you to a day full of arts & crafts, festival food, green bean beauty queens and kings, a square dance hoedown, green bean pizza eating contest, green bean recipe contest, home canning contest, bike ride, a 5K run, dunking tank, canning plant tours, children's activities, music, demos, The Green Bean Community Kazoo Band, Low Country Boil, and more!

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Mountain City, Georgia
Folk Mountain at The Foxfire Museum
and Heritage Center
July 26th, 2014

Look forward to the 64th annual Georgia Mountain Fair, held at the historic Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds this summer! Thousands of visitors from across the region have experienced the excitement and nostalgia that the event has to offer. With first class musical performances, arts & crafts, fun carnival rides, unique attractions and a glimpse into North Georgia’s rich history and culture, the Fair provides something for every member of the family.

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Georgia Mountain Fair

Hiawassee Georgia
Don't miss the last week of 2014
Georgia Mountain Fair
Every day through July 26th, 2014

Look forward to the 64th annual Georgia Mountain Fair, held at the historic Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds this summer! Thousands of visitors from across the region have experienced the excitement and nostalgia that the event has to offer. With first class musical performances, arts & crafts, fun carnival rides, unique attractions and a glimpse into North Georgia’s rich history and culture, the Fair provides something for every member of the family.

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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock North Carolina
This weekend at
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Explore Chimney Rock's trails with a Park naturalist or State Park Ranger to learn about plants, wildlife, geology and more along the way! Or, we'll head "off the beaten path" to discover less-traveled areas of the park. Topics vary; included with park admission.

Saturday - July 26th - 8:30 am- 10:30 am
Naturalist Niche - Simon Says Bird Walk

Saturday - July 26th - 11 am - Noon
Rockin' Naturalist Guided Hike

Click for more info on Chimney Rock Events and a map...

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Cartecay Vineyards, Wine Tasting and Music
Ellijay, Georgia
Wine Tasting and Live Music
The Over Yonder Boys
Saturday, July 26th - 1:30 pm - 5 pm

On the Patio unless the weather is not worthy, if so we will have the event in the Nealey Barn.

Click for Cartecay's Music line up, more information and a map...

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The Murphy Chophouse
Murphy, North Carolina
Murphy Chophouse - Music on the Patio
Featuring
Troy Underwood - Friday - July 25th & 26th - 6 pm

Join us on the Deck for Music and a Good Time with Friends

Click for events at Murphy's Chophouse, Music line up and a map...

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Union County Farmers Market
Blairsville, Georgia
Union County Farmers Market
Saturday - July 26th

The Farmers Market has over 60 vendors providing home grown produce, handmade crafts, and more!

Located on Old Smokey Road, off of Weaver Road near Home Depot in Blairsville, Georgia. Please note that the hours for the market:

Tuesday: 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.(or until the farmers plum run out of goods to sell, whichever comes first!).

Saturday: 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.(or until the farmers plum run out of goods to sell, whichever comes first!). You will want to come early because they do sell out fast!

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Chimney Rock - Old Rock Cafe
Chimney Rock North Carolina
Beats, Burgers & Brews
Friday, July 25: Ken Potter (Old Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk)
Saturday, July 26: Ken Potter (Old Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk)

The Old Rock is rockin' on July weekend nights! Join us for Beats, Burgers & Brews with live music performances by local artists in Chimney Rock Village after a day of hiking in the Park. Enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine while relaxing outdoors on our riverside deck.

click for more information, schedule of performers and a map...

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Blue Ridge Community Theater presents
Always a Bridesmaid (Comedy)
Blue Ridge Georgia
Blue Ridge Community Theater presents
Always a Bridesmaid (Comedy)
July 10th - 27th
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7:30 • Sunday 2:00

By Nicholas Hope, Jessie Jones, Jamie Wooten
Directed by Michael Lacy

In this hilarious comedic romp, four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other's weddings…no matter what. If you've ever elbowed a stranger out of the way to catch a bride's bouquet, seriously questioned the mental stability of the duo saying "I do" or been forced to wear the world's ugliest bridesmaid dress, this deliriously funny show is definitely for you…and your dearly beloved! RATING PG

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Featured Road Trips...

Woody Gap to Neel's Gap Scenic Drive
Woody Gap to Neel's Gap Scenic Drive
in Union County Georgia
We have added Map-it for use on Mobile Devices

Several of the roads on this driving tour are marked on road maps as scenic drives, though this Highlander chosen scenic driving tour is not an official Scenic Byway. Official or not, this is a great driving route for scenic driving tour fans. This 35.0-mile scenic route includes miles of winding roads, two mountain gaps, a state park, four mountain lakes, three of which offer great fishing access, campgrounds, swimming areas, and picnic areas. The scenic drive also connects to numerous trail access points for hiking and biking, four waterfalls, a historic structure and historic farmstead.

Click for more information, turn by turn directions and a map...

We noticed this past weekend, that the wild Rhododendron and Mountain Laurels are in full bloom, it is a beautiful time to take a scenic drive in the mountains. Below is a link to a great drive that you can take to enjoy the beauty of the mountains. We have added mobile links to the story to take you to our new Union County Mobile App which gives you turn by turn directions, photos and GPS for both phones and tablets.

The Highlander is in the process of adding more interactive road trips for your enjoyment. If you have a favorite, let us know and we will add it to the list.

Russell Brasstown Scenic ByWay

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For those of you planning a trip, the Highlander has a new "Request Brochures and Information" form, feel free to use it to ask for information for your next trip or move to the mountains, click here to send make your requests...

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