Letter from the Editor – April May 2016

By on April 5, 2016

Appalachian Country Living Magazine

So we’ve all survived winter and by the time this issue hits the stands it won’t be long before the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Yay for spring! 
After being snuggled up under a big pile of blankets next to the woodstove for the last 3 months, we’re all good-and-ready to throw open the windows, get up-and-at-‘em and grab some of that sunshine.

Maxine, Billy Zoom and I have been hiking up some steep mountain trails around the cabin trying to gain back flexibility and strength in my foot and ankle. Regardless of the weather, we’ve been getting in 3 good hikes a day, with lots of bushwacking around the property- carefully now- to assess the state of things. Best to get that done before the bugs come out to eat you alive and the greenbriar makes the wooded mountainside impassable. If anyone is wondering– my ankle is healing up just fine. Thanks to Kim and Theresa at Benchmark Physical Therapy in Ellijay, I’m doing great for being only 6 months out from surgery. Still hurts some though.

Because of my injury, I had to give up my old office. I’ve done the last four issues sitting at my dinning room table here in the cabin with a beautiful view of the Toccoa and on up over the Blue Ridge. Starting April, we move into a new office space downtown, this time above Huck’s General Store. I know Maxine will be happy to get back to town so she can visit all her friend’s shops who give her way too many dog biscuits. I swear if I let her loose she’d know just where to go.

Ok- so down to business now. This is our Annual Spring & Sumer Festivals issue and there are five pages full of amazing stuff to do here in the mountains. Arts in the Park, the Blue Ridge Adventure Race, Bear in the Square, the Scottish Festival, Apple Blossom Festival, Green Bean Festival, Butternut Festival, Water Fest and plenty of Wine Festivals. Golly- there’s so many I doubt you’ll be able to get to them all.

In this issue we have some famous traditional recipes to celebrate the Kentucky Derby, including the Legendary Hot Brown, direct from the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Derby Pie and the infamous Kentucky Burgoo. With or without adding Kentucky Bourbon, it seems like you’ll be able to eat your way to the finish line!

The foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains are known for their pristine spring-fed lakes and our cover story featuring Lake Arrowhead is a fine example. The new exclusive community there is all about embracing the Lake Life. Boating, golfing, pickleball and gorgeous views make living at Lake Arrowhead year round feel like a constant vacation. If you’re looking to settle down in these parts, Lake Arrowhead just might be your spot.

That’s it for now folks. The next edition is our Summer Fun issue and we’ll be showing off the best of the outdoors the area has to offer.

Until then…