November 11, 2016

Wildfires in the north Georgia Mountains

There is a wildfire in the Cohutta Wilderness Area – specifically the Rough Ridge Trail area – that has been burning for almost 4 weeks. It’s no wonder since we haven’t had any significant rain in over 75 days. Even with a burn ban and crews working around the clock, the fire continues. Luckily the only affected area is at ground level, not expanding into the tree’s canopy and there has not been any threat to lives or personal property. However, the smoke is thick at times and the smell is a constant reminder, even as far south as Atlanta. According […]
November 4, 2016

Fall Chores for Home

Although we have had very warm weather of late the temperatures are now taking a dip and it’s feeling like fall with crisp temperatures. Time to think of some fall house chores to keep up with your home and ensure it is in tip top shape for the winter upcoming. You’ll want to make sure you will be warm over the next several months so have the furnace checked, the chimney cleaned, and firewood stacked. Another important heat saver is to check and make sure your windows and doors are weatherized, weather stripping is in good shape, and there are […]
October 28, 2016

Celebrating Halloween in Blue Ridge GA

Halloween is here and Fannin County and Blue Ridge GA knows how to make it special and fun for all, young and young at heart. The streets will soon be full of scary and creative costumes. Thousands will flock to the area with children and pets to take in all of the activities and festivities all weekend long. I look forward each year to the laughing, smiling, happy faces on all those who dare to join in. Halloween festivities began last Sunday with the Pumpkin Express Train where the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway transported passengers to Farmer Brown’s field to […]
October 21, 2016

Sell The Lifestyle Through Staging

Most of the time I blog about our North Georgia Mountains. I love our area and all the unique events, stores, and restaurants make those posts pretty fun to write. However, I’ve noticed it’s been a while since I’ve posted about real estate. I came across an interesting article recently with a premise I’d like to share: when you’re selling your house, you’re not just selling the building, you’re also selling your lifestyle. I’ve written before about the importance of staging your home in preparation for selling. All that staging holds true like going through your home and decluttering, keeping […]
October 10, 2016

Paws in the Park in Blue Ridge GA

One of my favorite weekends in Downtown Blue Ridge is Paws in the Park. It’s no secret that my two dogs are a big part of my family. And rarely do opportunities like this come along that let me celebrate all the fun and love they have given me. Not to mention that all proceeds from the day go to support the Humane Society of Blue Ridge. An organization that I feel should be well supported for all the love and care they provide for area animals. Paws in the Park kicks off early Saturday, October 15th with the very […]
October 3, 2016

Project Chimps in Blue Ridge GA

Our little town is so calm and quiet, sometimes I’m surprised by big things that happen here. However, over the last year, Project Chimps has been renovating the Dewar Wildlife Trust in anticipation of retiring 220 chimpanzees from biomedical research. Several weeks ago, the first nine chimps arrived in Fannin County from their previous home, the University of Louisiana’s New Iberia Research Center. The current layout and size of the facility can house up to 80 chimps in small social groups with plenty of enrichment and outdoor exposure. There are plans to expand to allow all the 220 chimps from […]