Letter from the Editor – April/May 2018

By on April 4, 2018

A Season of Change

Sure was a long chilly winter for us here in the north Georgia Mountains. Luckily this past fall I replaced the original windows in the cabin (from 1973!) so at least I wasn’t scraping ice from the INSIDE of the windows again this year. Maxine and Bill Zoom are great at snuggling under the down duvet, however I think they are more interested in keeping themselves warm than me. Spoiled doggies!

It’s been a season of change for us three. Sorting through my Mom’s things and many trips to the women’s shelter thrift store in Houston. I moved my office from downtown back into the cabin. Downtown Blue Ridge is growing fast with big money investors, so it’s not the same quaint place we used to like to hang out. Change is good, however unsettling it might be at first, but I now have boxes stacked upon boxes in my tiny rustic home. More sorting to do once this issue is put to bed.

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.

This is our Annual Spring & Sumer Festivals issue and there are five pages full of amazing stuff to do here in the mountains. The Apple Blossom Festival in Ellijay, Arts in the Park in Blue Ridge, The Dahlonega Art & Wine Fest, The Teardrop 5 & 10K, and even three new festivals: The First Annual Spring Festival in Murphy, NC, The Get Outdoors! Expo at Lake Chatuge and the Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival in Ellijay. Golly- there’s so many I doubt you’ll be able to get to them all. But of course you should try!

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!

And what’s up with all of those Ladybugs in our cabins? Turns out they’re actually beetles- who knew?

The next edition is our Summer Fun issue and we’ll be showing off the best of the outdoors the area has to offer, everything from white water rafting & kayaking, hiking, biking, horse back riding, and zip lining. You name it we’ve probably got it here somewhere. So git on out there and have some fun.

See y’all in the summer sun!
-Alice, Maxine & Billy Zoom