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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
Butternut Creek Festival

Butternut Creek Festival

Stroll along the beautiful river banks of Meeks Park and shop among the finest arts in North Georgia.

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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.

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Spring in the Mountains....

We were out on Monday photographing, Spring is everywhere....

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...

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Shutterbugs Nature Photography Workshop

Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 8:30 am ~ 4:00 pm

Capture spring wildflowers, beautiful landscapes and up to 75-mile views with your camera at one of the region's most affordable workshops.

Pro photographer Les Saucier teaches basic and advance techniques, including tips on iphone photography & apps, while inspiring you to take your best photos yet.Mr.Saucier has led nature photography workshops for more than 28 years and has had his work published in magazines like National Geographic.

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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Earth Day Event, April 26th - 1 am - 3 pm

Join Chimney Rock State Park rangers, biologists and other environmental educators to learn about the great work being done to protect our beautiful landscape.

Booths will be located in Chimney Rock Village behind the Old Rock Café. Bring the whole family!

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The Chophouse in Murphy
Historic Downtown Murphy North Carolina
"The Last Dance on the Titanic" Wine Dinner

Friday, April 25, 2014 – 7pm

Take a trip back in time to one of history's most infamous dates
at Murphy's Chophouse

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Union County Farmers Market
April 24th (Thursday) & 25th (Friday) ~ 8 am to 1 pm

Yard Sale, Antiques, Crafts, Art, & Flea Market

Sell your stuff under roof 18x10 booths only $10
Rain or Shine- April - October

The biggest Yard Sale in the Region

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Hamilton Gardens at GA Mtn Fairgrounds
Hiawassee, Georgia
2014 Rhododendron Festival
Friday, April 18th - May 18th

This yearly tradition of strolling through the magnificent and rare beauty of over 400+ Rhododendrons in an explosion of colors and varieties has just been made even more wondrous – the Rhododendron Festival is back at the Hamilton Gardens!

The Rhododendron Festival begins Friday, April 18th and runs until Sunday, May 18th. Each weekend, specially selected vendors will be offering a variety of handcrafted garden art and crafts in Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds upper parking level, adjacent to the Hamilton Gardens entrance.

The hours of operation will be Mondays thru Saturdays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays 11:00 to 3:00 pm. Parking is free.

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Cartecay Vineyards, Awakening of the Vines Festival
Ellijay, Georgia
Live Music and Wine Tasting with Greg Erwin
Saturday, April 26th - 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Live Music and Wine Tasting on the Patio unless the weather is not worthy, if so we will have the event in the Nealey Barn.

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Featured Road Trip...

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 DevicesS

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.

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Planning a trip to the Mountains? 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...

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...

If you haven't made reservations for a Christmas Getaway, check out the Highlander's Recommended Lodging Partners.

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Georgia's Blue Ridge
Georgia’s Blue Ridge.

Relax in a mountain cabin overlooking peaceful ridges and valleys. Explore charming mountain towns. Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Discover our rivers, streams, lakes and waterfalls. Hike, fish, shop or simply relax....read on....

Georgia's Blue Ridge Web Site

Blairsville Union County
Blairsville •  Suches GA ~ Each Season Something New

Each season there’s something new in Blairsville-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.

Blairsville - Union County's Web Site

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