Ahhhhh. The Holidays– Fabulous, Frantic, and Finally Over! Once again this year my Mom and her dog Natalie, and my brother joined me in my little cabin for the festivities. Being that Xmas and New Year’s were on consecutive weekends- everyone stayed for both. What could go wrong with three crazy family members and three dogs in a one-bedroom cabin for a week? Luckily, not too much. In the end we only had three dogs fights over new toys and two family squabbles- close, but no punches thrown. Yes- family love is what its all about! And I love my family dearly (XXOO)– but Maxine, Billy and I are happy to get back into our regular groove.
January finds us recuperating from the holidays, and then February seems to stretch on forever while we wait for spring. We’ve been extremely fortunate to have a very mild winter– so far– let’s keep our fingers crossed. This month we feature a sure-fire winter-buster: The Fire and Ice Chili Cook Off in Historic Downtown Blue Ridge. Originally founded to help shake of those winter blues, Fire & Ice serves up a smokin’ hot chili competition alongside beautiful ice sculptures displayed throughout town. Taste the chili and then stroll through town– where you’ll find boutiques, art galleries, antiques, micro-breweries and plenty of dining options. What a way to spend a weekend in the mountains.
For a different vibe, take a trip to one of our local wineries. In this issue we have family-owned and operated Engelheim Vineyards in Ellijay. A beautiful drive through the countryside brings you to their vineyard and lovely tasting room. With a nod to their German heritage, the Engels have created a very special place where there’s surely a vintage to please everyone. Engelheim Vineyards is open 7 days a week- so bring your Valentine, or the whole gang, for a lovely special day.
The month of March will fly by with several St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations. St. PETrick’s Day Parade, Saturday March 18th in Ellijay is one for the dogs– and cats, pigs, goats, donkeys, whatever. Starting at 1pm, the parade truly is a gem. In Blue Ridge– the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Noon- Saturday March 18, is mostly for people (but Maxine & Billy will be there!). Sponsored by The Boro Inn & Irish Pub–the whole town rolls out the green carpet for a fun-filled day of music, food and shenanigans.
Right around the corner comes spring, yay! Our April/May issue is of course, “Everything Spring,” getting your cabins, landscaping and outdoor spaces ready for the summer season. April/May is also our Spring & Summer Festival Preview- with the most complete listing of Festivals- surely one issue that you don’t want to miss. Slainte!
See y’all out and about–