April 7, 2016

Whitewater Rafting on the Ocoee River: Serious Fun!

In 1996 the Olympics came to Atlanta and with that, the Olympic whitewater events came to the Ocoee River. Here in North Georgia, we not only have beautiful scenery, the Appalachian Trail, hiking, biking, and camping, but we also have whitewater adventures. There are two sections of the river you can raft: the Upper Ocoee and the Middle Ocoee. The Middle section opened the end of March this year and will be open weekends April, May, September, and October. The main season you can raft five days a week, Thursday through Monday in June, July, and August. Rafting for the […]
March 30, 2016

Fannin County GA: Trout Capital of Georgia

Trout Fishing is Addictive! Did you know that Fannin County is officially designated as the trout capital of Georgia? Actually, people travel from all over the country to fish here. Because the dam at Lake Blue Ridge releases water from the bottom of the lake, the water flowing into the Toccoa River stays nice and cold even through the summer months. This makes for ideal trout living conditions. Although there are other places in the country that you can fish for trout, most of those fishing holes are seasonal because of bitter cold winters. Our mild ambient temperatures and cold […]
March 24, 2016

Where to Stay in Georgia’s Blue Ridge

Sometimes I forget there are people that read my blog that don’t actually live here in the North Georgia Mountains. Although there are great real estate and business opportunities in the area, maybe you just come for a visit. I understand why. Each week when I look at the activities and events ahead, I’m amazed at everything going on in our little neck of the woods. If you’re from Atlanta or Chattanooga, Blue Ridge is just a short drive away so come relax in our very quiet, secluded, peaceful mountains. Sometimes it’s hard to get started when visiting a new […]
March 18, 2016

Easter Eggspress on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railroad

I love that I get to boast about how family friendly our North Georgia Mountains are. There really is fun for the whole family here – think hiking, strawberry picking, tubing the river, fishing, swimming at the lake, camp fires etc. Get ready to load the kids in the car and head out for an adventure that will be remembered for a lifetime. One of our beloved annual events is the Eggspress train ride aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Kids get to hunt for Easter eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny. There are two departures on Saturday, March […]
February 29, 2016

Real Estate Agent vs FSBO

Have you ever wondered if you’d be better off selling your own home instead of using a realtor?  Take a minute to look at these 3 facts about For Sale by Owner. The average sale price of a home sold by the owner is $174,900 where as the average sale price of a home represented by a realtor is $215,000.  That’s almost a $40,000 difference and  $40,000 is a lot of money!  The reason for the significant difference is that real estate professionals are trained to market a property in the best light and as such are able to close […]
February 18, 2016

Out of this World Experience at Rollins Planetarium at Young Harris College

I must admit that I’m not really all that into science. That being said, Rollins Planetarium at Young Harris College is very cool and very interesting. It opened in 1979 through the philanthropy of Wayne and Grace Rollins. It features a GOTO Chronos Space Simulator star projector, a state-of-the-art device that uses light guide technology to project a realistic and beautiful starry sky. Somehow, with just the click of a mouse, they can set the dome ablaze with stars at any point in time: past, present or future! The planetarium was renovated in 2011 providing seating for 104 guests under […]