November 30, 2015

8 Tips to Winterize Your House

Colder weather is coming and with that we need to get our houses ready for winter. One year I went away for a few days and came home to water spewing out of the wall and a flooded downstairs. I forgot to turn the water off and drain the pipes before I left and the bitter cold froze and then burst the pipe in the bathroom. What a mess. What a hassle. Now, of course, I take extra care in the winter. I make sure to turn my thermostat down over night or when I’m leaving the house to go […]
November 20, 2015

What Are You Thankful For This Thanksgiving?

Guest Blog by Kathryn Harris, assistant to Sandy Wilbanks I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I love everything about the holiday. All of the food, family, and football makes for a perfect day. It’s a shame we don’t have more days out of the year set aside just to be thankful for all we are blessed with. I remember as a child traveling to upstate New York to visit family. It was always bitterly cold with snow on the ground and grey skies. The whole family, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, would cuddle in to my aunt’s […]
November 13, 2015

Have Fun with the Fall Bucket List

The air is crisp and the leaves have mostly fallen. However, it’s not time to hibernate yet! Gather the family or a group of your friends and have everyone pick an item off this Fall Bucket List. The catch is everyone has to participate in the activities chosen. The fun of this activity is stepping outside your comfort zone and trying something new. Plus you’ll get to spend some quality time with your favorite people. One year we all did this and over a couple of weeks we decorated pumpkins, made cupcakes, took a fall hike collecting leaves, went to a […]
November 7, 2015

North Georgia Apple Picking – Family Fun

Have you ever tasted a fresh apple? I’m not talking about a “I just went to the grocery store and purchased” apple, I’m talking about a “just picked off the tree 200 yards away” apple. If not, you must. They don’t even taste the same! We are so fortunate in North Georgia to have apple orchards galore with outstanding fruit. Fall is so busy here with apple festivals and u-pick opportunities, tractor rides, petting zoos, fresh fried pies, apple fritters, cider, and more. One of my favorite orchards is Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Georgia. They are a family owned […]
September 21, 2015

Easy Home Winterization Projects

Autumn is here and winter will be here before you know it. Now is the time to make your home winterizing game plan. Don’t wait until the temperatures start dropping or the snow begins to fall. Do it now. Don’t let something like a frozen and broken water pipe in wintertime destroy your home investment. Below are some tips to help you develop your own winterizing plan. Turn water off to outdoor spigots and remove hoses from spigots. If not shutoff valve, cover spiot with an insulated cover. If your cabin or home is unoccupied for long period during winter […]
July 10, 2015

Swim, Bike, Run in our Beautiful Mountains!

Have you ever thought about competing in a triathlon? Blue Ridge will be host to it’s wildly popular Tri the Mountains Triathlon on Sunday, July 19th, 2015. Although a sprint triathlon is a short distance triathlon it is grueling and fiercely competetive. All three legs of the race – swimming, biking and running – will be done amidst our beautiful mountains and Lake Blue Ridge. What a breath taking venue! Imagine the sun coming up over the mountains and reflecting on Lake Blue Ridge as hundreds gather to both compete and cheer on the racers standing at water’s edge ready to […]