Well hello again from my humble mountain cabin home/office. Here we are after the holidays wondering how we managed to make and eat so many delicious cookies and how our pants will ever fit again! Family is close to our hearts during the season, and mine was filled to bursting with my Mom and her dead-grass Chesapeake Bay retriever, Natalie (Nantahala) here for a few weeks. Three dogs and two humans in a small rustic cabin might not sound ideal to some, but we had great fun spending time with neighbors, friends and fuzzy squeaky toys.
On New Years Eve we danced the night away at the Blue Ridge Brewery with AC Mag contributor Ray Higgenbotham. I think this is the first time I’ve managed to stay awake until midnight in a long time! Like my grandfather used to say, “It’s not the late nights that getcha, it’s that darn disco dancing!” Ringing in the New Year reminds me to share what I discovered many years ago and reaffirm yearly as my resolution— to emphasize the positive. There’s plenty of negativity in our daily lives and while it does take a little extra thought, I vow each year to try and focus on the positive. Simple things make a big difference. It takes the same amount of effort to report a job well done as it does to file a complaint. You’ll be amazed at the reaction when you ask to see the manager and say, “Jane/John Smith, went above and beyond in helping me with [whatever], he/she did a great job.” Think of the mistakes we all make and how insignificant they are compared to the good we can do. Stay positive my friends for 2013.
In this issue you’ll find fantastic resources for your North Georgia Mountain Dream Wedding. Gerard Monte and Hector Rosano, co-owners and chefs of Coast 2 Coast Catering, share their vision, design expertise— and recipes!— ensuring that your wedding is a lasting, cherished memory. ‘Rustic Mountain’ and ‘Country Chic’ themed weddings are the latest trend; two couples describe their unique and special day with us. Bill Craig of North Georgia Diamond tells us how to select the perfect diamond, photographer Bob Colley gives insider tips on getting the wedding photos of your dreams, and don’t forget that fabulous cake.
Our next issue, April/May 2013, will bring you “All Things Spring.” We’ll feature arts, festivals, fairs, home & garden tips, info on cabin rentals and all things spring. I can’t think of a better way to bring the great outdoors of the North GA Mountains to our readers than by adding Greg Dunn to our ‘virtual’ staff’. As Outdoor Adventure Editor, Greg will be bringing you the best of the best in the area— hiking, biking, camping, water sports and all things outdoors.
Welcome Greg, this is gonna be awesome!