Wowza, it’s been a hot one for up here in the mountains, nearly 100 degrees in the shade and no rain for the last couple of weeks. Seems it’s either feast or famine. One month, there’s so much rain that every piece of my clothing is covered in mold and all of my wooden drawers are swollen shut, the next it’s so dry that my dirt road and driveway kick up enough dust to camouflage my car. You can tell who lives on a dirt road around here because we have to use our windshield wipers (front and back) to clear off the dust. Wash your car one day, and the next it looks just like it did before.
As true southerners do when it gets this hot, Maxine, Billy and I have done pretty much a lot of nothing. Get our chores and dog walks done early and knock off just after noon. Not much to do after that besides take a nap in the shade. And that’s exactly what we’ve done this summer, a whole lot of napping.
While our earth makes its way around the sun once again, here comes fall with all its glory. This is our big tourist season. Sure, summer is good with the kids out of school and all, but the crisp mountain air and the bright fall colors invigorate everyone. A harvest and the last hurrah before hunkering down for winter makes for some fun for all.
In this issue you’ll find some great ways to avoid the apple crowds and venture a little deeper into the Southern Appalachian Culture.
If you’re thinking of building your mountain dream home, Covered Bridge Estates in Ellijay is a stop you’ll want to make. Nothing like living in a gated community deep in the woods, yet only a short drive to all of the small town mountain amenities:, hiking, fishing, golfing, shopping, dining, arts and theater. Check out their Craftsman style homes during their open house, you might find exactly what you’re looking for.
Prefer a more active community lifestyle? Then Old Toccoa Farm (OTF) might just be for you. Group events centered around this golfing community give a sense of place and belonging. Join in, or head out on your own, it’s up to you. Right on the Toccoa River, and now with all 18 holes open on their world-class course, OTF offers stunning views, river access and exquisite golf, all just minutes from all the haps in Historic Downtown Blue Ridge.
Named one of the best mountain art towns, Blue Ridge is host to the Annual Fall Arts in the Park. The whole town turns out for this awesome event where you’ll find mountain arts, crafts, food vendors, and maybe that perfect piece you’ve been looking for.
A little off the beaten path you’ll find The Cider House Orchards, Café and Market. Skip the crowds and commercialism. Take a walk in their orchard, sip some hard cider, eat a fried pie, and relax. This is what Fall is all about.
Here in the mountains, Thanksgiving weekend announces our transition to winter and the beginning of the Holiday Season. Santa arrives, trees are lit, and everyone gets in the spirit. Get your cabin rentals reserved and come enjoy the quiet winter season with us.
Have a Great Fall Y’All!