Monday, August 29, 2011

North Georgia Fall Vacation- Apple Festival

Guess all you people must be busy planning for your fall vacation and am sure most of you get the feel, that you are revisiting the same places yet again. If you are the kind of person who would like to experience a new kind of travel and want to expand your travel endeavors. One of the best places to choose will be the North Georgia Mountains. These mountains in North Georgia are part of the Blue Ridge mountain chain which is believed to be a billion years old. This information may give you an old fashioned feel, but the things to do in the mountain are trendy. Be it tubing, hiking, canoeing or kayaking the Georgia Mountains offers you all. This is a place which will woo your lens eye with its cascading waterfalls and sensational scenery. North Georgia Mountains offer you nature at its best.

Fall is one of the best times to visit the Georgia Mountains as they have a number of festivities happening and the apple of the eye is the apple festival. The festival happens in the second and third week of October at Ellijay lions club fairground. The festival has an intriguing history. The story is that the boll weevil which is a beetle, fed on cotton crops which were the major source of income for Georgia. At this juncture when the boll weevil where causing havoc to the cotton crops, the apple was introduced and the apple orchards boosted the economy saving Georgia from the crisis. So in order to show their gratitude towards the apples, the apple festival goes on the floors every October.

This year would earmark the 40th Georgia Apple festival. The festival would consist of a lot of activities and would enthrall audience of all ages. The arts & crafts fair in the festival has been admired by many, they have around 300 artists showcasing their crafty skills in handmade, hand-crafted items. Also the craftsmen would demonstrate how they carve these wonderful crafts. Next to the apple festival will be an antique car show, this would be one loved by the car fanatics.

We got just one advice for those who are planning to go for the apple festival- spend some extra hours at the gym because your taste buds are going to witness the most delicious food, which feels like made from heaven’s kitchen at the apple fest. There are number of delicacies at the apple fest- apple fritters, fried pies, apple breads and much more apple delicacies. It’s very tough to choose your favorite food at the apple fest as every item you have keeps you wanting more. For suggestions I would say don’t miss the Greek salad, fried turkey legs and the steak/lamb gyro. Don’t miss to try the trout which is a local favorite. You got other delicacies lined up your mouth too like the funnel cakes, candy apples, pork skins, rice and more. You have delicious deserts too which make the meal complete.

There are number of activities for kids too like rock climbing, animal exhibits etc. The apple festival costs 5$ for adults and is free for children under 10 but the joy and happiness you get over there is priceless. Stay at The Villas at Coosawattee for accommodations near the festival with prices less expensive than a hotel or hotel, complete with resort amenities! The Villas at Coosawattee has a Recreation Center that is sure to please each and every kid (and adult kid!) in your group with year-round swimming in a Junior Olympic indoor pool, putt putt golf, arcade, fitness center, and more!

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

End of Summer Travel and Labor Day Weekend Discounts – North Georgia Cabin Rentals

Need an end of summer get-away? How about the perfect location for your Labor Day weekend? Well, don’t look any further as we have some tremendous ideas that are not only inexpensive but also filled with excitement and fun! Take a trip to the North Georgia Mountains to end your summer with cabin rentals, some tubing or kayaking, live music, and a rustic general store!

With a cabin rental from The Villas at Coosawattee (706-276-1075), you can take advantage of all the fun and adventure inside the Coosawattee River Resort. Along with the rental, all of the resort amenities are at your finger-tips! Renters enjoy three pools, sunning decks, miniature golf, walking trails, fishing, enjoying the six river parks, fitness facility privileges, and so much more. All of the features of a resort are yours for a rate cheaper than a local hotel or motel. Super end-of-summer specials for August and September are sizzling:

o Pay for 3 nights and stay 2 more for FREE!
o Take 10% off the price of a one bedroom cabin if booking for 2 or more nights!

Just outside one of the resort’s gates is The Coosawattee Tubing Company (706-635-1609) where you can take a tubing or kayaking trip down the Coosawattee River. The tubing float is a fun-filled 2-1/2 hour inner tube, and while walk-ins are accepted upon trip availability, reservations are strongly suggested as trips are limited and book fast. Tubing fee is $15.00 per person and includes everything necessary: shuttle service, tube, and life vest. Kayak trips are $25.00 per person / per kayak with reservations preferred. Tubing and kayaking run all summer long and are a perfect way to enjoy those last days of summer.

Pickin' on the Porch in front of The General Store at Eagle Mountain is an event you must not miss this summer. The live music is free (you can’t beat that!) and scheduled the 2ndand 4th Saturday night of each month (weather permitting), with a variety of local entertainment and music from gospel to blue grass to Old Time Rock 'n' Roll. Bring your own lawn chair, pull up your seat next to the bon-fire, and roast some marshmallows while enjoying the entertainment and mountain ambiance!

While taking your get-away in the North Georgia Mountains, be sure to stop by The General Store at Eagle Mountain (706-635-1609) where you can step back in time to slower days of the old general mountain store where friends gather for special activities, every day needs, good food, good times, and arts & crafts. Boasting a full deli, breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, this quaint little gathering spot is a perfect retreat from all of your summer activities. Whether after a tubing float or a hike through the woods, The General Store has something to quench that thirst or take a bite out of that hunger pang. While you’re restin’ and relaxin’, take a stroll around the arts and crafts of the store— it is rustic mountain charm at its finest. And if you need supplies or munchies for your rental with The Villas at Coosawattee, this convenient general store has a nice little selection.

Make it a weekend, a week, or even more! The North Georgia Mountains is your southeast destination summer and Labor Day weekend fun-- at discount prices! The Villas at Coosawattee has accommodations for up to 8 people, and the tubing / kayaking at Coosawattee Tubing Company offers group discounts. And how many people can you fit around a campfire while listening to Pickin’ on the Porch? Bring your group, and that fire surely will be a cozy and accommodating spot for all. And surely, everyone will enjoy the old general mountain store with all of the treats in the little retreat. Certainly a trip to the North Georgia Mountains is the perfect way to end a perfect summer and celebrate the Labor Day weekend.