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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
Green Bean Festival

Green Bean Festival

Bushels of fun for the whole family including handmade arts, farm fresh foods, green bean contests, a 5K run, and a little bean sprout beauty pageant.

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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....

It is hard to believe how quickly the time is passing this year. This past week we have noticed that all the trees have buds on them, some have tiny little green leaves, some larger and some are bright with flowers. The mountains are waking up after a long winter's sleep.

Spring is such a great time of the year, it really shows the miracle of life, from the smallest bud to a new born sheep or other critter. The earth is moving ahead in the natural order of life. Spring always inspires me to rejuvenate my thoughts to bring a more positive year.

Easter is this coming weekend and there are celebrations all through the mountains. Be sure to get out and enjoy this beautiful spring with your family and friends.

Have a Blessed Easter...Mrs. Highlander

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...

Chimney Rock State Park Easter Sunrise Service
59th Annual Easter Sunrise Service
at Chimney Rock State Park
Sunday ~ April 20th, 2014 ~ 6:30 AM

Celebrate the glory of Easter as our guest at this interdenominational community worship. This special service will be filled with song, scripture, music and spectacular sunrise views over beautiful Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge. John Mason, the Park's featured hammered dulcimer player, will perform.

This is a very special and moving event, a true Highlander favorite.

Arrive early, dress warmly and bring a flashlight.
Gates Open 5-6 am; Service 6:30 am.

For more information and a map...click here


John C. Campbell Folk School  Easter Egg Hunt
Brasstown, North Carolina
John C. Campbell Folk School
April 19th, 2013 ~ 1:00 Sharp

This is 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.

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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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Colors of Spring Art Gallery Opening and Reception
Young Harris, Georgia
Mountain Arts Association "Colors of Spring"
Meet the Artists Reception
Friday, April 18th, 2014 - 5:30 - 6:30

The earth is warmed and signs of rebirth abound as multiple shades of green slowly reveal colorful spring flowers.

Mountain Arts Association would like to invite you to the "Colors of Spring" Gallery Opening Reception, April 18th, 2014, 5:30 to 6:30 at Brasstown Valley Resort, 6321 US Hwy 76, Young Harris GA 30582.

Open to the public, free of charge.

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Cartecay Vineyards, Awakening of the Vines Festival
Ellijay, Georgia
Awakening of the Vines Festival
Saturday, April 19th - 11:30 am - 5:00 pm

Live Music, Vendors, Tastings, Burning of the Old Vine Cuttings.

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

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Blue Mountain Grill Easter Event
Murphy, North Carolina
Easter Breakfast & Lunch
Sunday, April 20th - 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Special Easter Breakfast Buffet, Baked Ham Lunch. Regular menu items also available.

Come by before or after you go to John C. Campbell Easter Egg Hunt

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The Chophouses in the Mountain are having an Easter Brunch
Lake Burton, GA ~ Hiawassee, GA ~ Murphy, NC
Easter Brunch
Sunday, April 20th - 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

All three Chophouses are having a Special Easter Brunch with a special great Easter menu in addition to their full luncheon menu

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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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