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Highlander Gallery in Brasstown North Carolina

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

Highlander Gallery is Open for Fall Festival Week...
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday10 am to 5 pm
10079 Old Highway 64 •  Brasstown NC
3/4 miles east of JC Campbell Folk School

Blairsville Sorghum FestivalBlairsville, Georgia
50th Annual Sorghum Festival
Saturday, Oct 19th
& Sunday, Oct 20th

The Blairsville Sorghum Festival has been a part of Blairsville's heritage for 50 years. While small in number, they accomplished by far the largest and most distinctive event of the year in Union County.

The Blairsville Sorghum Festival Club requests and gets help from hundreds of citizens, firms and organizations each year to make the Festival the success it has always been.

The Blairsville Sorghum Festival Club thanks all those that help produce the festival, but most of all they appreciate your attendance.

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Georgia Mountain Fall FestivalHiawassee, Georgia
Georgia Mountain Fall Festival
at the Georgia Mtn Fairground
through Saturday, Oct 19th
10 am to 8 pm

Looking forward to the 2019 Fall Festival. With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery there is no better place to be than the North Georgia Mountains in the fall.

Each October, the 9-day event features exciting musical performances, Arts & Craft vendors, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia's Official State Fiddlers' Convention.

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Punkin ChunkinHayesville, North Carolina
Annual Punkin Chunkin
Saturday & Sunday
Oct 19th & 20th, 2019

Come & Enjoy All The Activities  •  Zip Line

Bungee Jumps  •  Tractor Display

Pie Eating Contest  •  Air Plane Rides •  Outrageous Food Vendors  •  Quality Craft Vendors

Total Kids Play Area

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Great Island FestivalVonroe, Tennessee
Fort Loudoun Presents
The Great Island Festival
Saturday & Sunday
Oct 19th & 20th, 2019

The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum and Fort Loudoun State Historic Area are partnering for the Great Island Festival.

At the Fort Loudoun 18th Century Trade Faire visitors of all ages will enjoy strolling thru the Faire as they did in the 18th Century. There will be demonstrations throughout the day in artillery and musketry, along with several battles and skirmish re-enactments, the big battle demonstration daily. Merchants and artisans will be on hand to peddle food and wares reminiscent of the time. Stop in and get a cold Root Beer or Ginger Ale from the "Tears of the Tankard Tavern, and enjoy period food from "Two French Tarts."

At Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tennessee's only tribally owned museum visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to experience Native American food, Cherokee arts and crafts demonstrations, music and dance. Special demonstrations and displays will include Cherokee life in 1700's and a Civil War encampment and battle re-enactment.

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Blue Ridge Parkway...from Cherokee to Asheville

One of the special wonders in these mountains is the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The Parkway begins or ends on the edge of the Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia the Blue Ridge Parkway travels 469-miles southwestern along the high ridges and over the tall mountain peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains ending or beginning at the southern gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

To get the most out of your scenic road trip the Highlander suggest starting out early and begin your journey from the town of Cherokee where the Blue Ridge Parkway officially ends at the southern entrance gateway into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Read more...A day trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway...from Cherokee to Asheville

Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway

Take a trip on the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway and it is mobile ready. The Cherohala Skyway's 36-miles of scenic mountain views rival any scenic byway in the eastern United States.  Mountaintops, waterfalls and waterways joined together with wildlife and giant trees, adorn this high country of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina.  I was very impressed with Spirit Ridge Overlook with an elevation of 4,950-feet. This is by far the best handicap access location along the Cherohala Skyway.

The average trip over the Skyway takes 2 1/2-hours, if you just want to drive and view scenery.  I would recommend setting aside the best part of the day to enjoy some of the bigger than life features the Cherohala Skyway and Unicoi Mountain Wilderness have to offer.

Read more.. A day trip on the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway

The Highlander is celebrating 22 years on-line this year

Moving to these mountains in 1995, and seeing the wealth of healthy resources available to everyone led us to wanting to explore more That exploration led us to wanting to share that information. Having a history in marketing and publishing and the desire to publish a magazine about these mountains led us to research the Internet and its potential in 1995.

We started developing in 1996, and launched it in 1997. Our next biggest challenge was to go around the mountains and explain to many what the Internet was and the value it had as a communication medium. Today 88.5% of the US population uses the Internet regularly.

The Highlander has been redesigned and re-programmed many times over the years. We are always looking into new ways to benefit our readers and sponsors, and are working on new benefits to add this coming season. We know you are going love the new additions and changes as we continue to grow out of the box.

We would love your input as to what you would like to have in the Highlander, after all, we are doing this for you, our readers, as a way to enjoy and plan your trips to the mountains.

Use this link to share your ideas of what you would like to see added to the Highlander. Continue to check out the progress, each week you will see something new...enjoy..

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