Monday, October 15, 2012

Fun Fall Festivities in North Georgia

Fall is upon us and what better way to enjoy the season than to experience some of the mountain festivities in North Georgia. Inexpensive yet filled with fun,  the Blue Ridge Mountains offer not only vibrant colors, crisp air, and peaceful scenery but also pumpkin patches, corn mazes, apple farms, fall festivals, hay rides, and more!  Only a little over an hour from Atlanta, Ellijay and Blue Ridge feature so many festive options, you can make a long weekend or a full vacation out of the trip!

MOUNTAIN CABINS: The perfect place to stay during your fall fun is at The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort, which offers very affordable accommodations within close proximity of mountain attractions. The Villas offers one, two, and three bedroom cabins and villas, some of which feature hot tubs, lofts, river views, and mountain scenes. The Villas is located inside the Coosawattee River Resort off of GA Highway 382 and features 300+ miles of rambling roads to enjoy all the kaleidoscope patterns of fall foliage.

THE GENERAL STORE CRAFTS: Now off to the local flavor! Just right outside of the Eagle Mountain Gate of the resort is The General  Store that features a craft market every Saturday from 8am to 2pm. 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 and crafts. Enjoy shopping amidst the mountains and grab a bite to eat at The General Store while you are at it.

HUCKLEBERRY HOLLER: From cow train rides, jumping pillow, corn maze, pedal carts, giant inflatable slide, haunted corn maze, pig races, hay rides, bounce house, haunted house, pony rides, and petting zoo, Huckleberry Holler has filled with fantastic fall fun! The location is very close to the main road and right on your way to the Ellijay apple orchards and the Georgia Apple Festival! Hours are Monday to Friday 11 to 6pm, Sat. 11 to 9pm and Sun. 11 to 6pm.

HILLCREST APPLE PICKIN’ JUBILEE: The top apple farm that makes our list is Hillcrest Orchards. Hillcrest Orchards is located along ‘apple farm alley’ and offers pick-your-fun. During the annual "Apple Pickin' Jubilee", visitors can pick their own apples, milk a cow, watch live pig races, visit the petting farm, take a wagon ride through the orchard, visit the Moonshine Museum and watch live bands & cloggers on the Hillcrest Stage. A giant slide and jumping pillow add extra fun for the kids! And before leaving, make sure to gather a bag of crisp apples to take with you! Hillcrest Orchards is located off of Highway 52 E.

BURT’S PUMPKIN PATCH: Then, just minutes down the road from the Hillcrest Orchards is the best pumpkin patch around: Burt’s Farm. One of the most impressive features of Burt’s Farm is the vast array of pumpkin types, winter squash, gourds and fall decorations. Indian corn, cornstalks and hay bales are also in never-ending supply. Don't forget to check the "barn" store for Burt’s fresh baked pumpkin pie and pumpkin roll, candied popcorn and a whole assortment of other goodies. And take a hayride through the mountains to soak in all of the autumn flavor. From 75 N, Burt’s is located 1/2 mile on your right from the highway 183/52 intersection on highway 52.

Come and be part of the lively atmosphere of spectacular North Georgia! You’ll gather as many happy memories as apples. Enjoy the colorful pumpkin patches, winding hayrides, and adventurous corn mazes. Don't forget all the extras that come along with the trip, such as The Villas’ 300 miles rambling roads with kaleidoscope patterns of fallen leaves, the Apple Pickin’ Jubilee at Hillcrest, and the fresh baked goods at Burt’s. All of this is only a short drive from Atlanta with a quaint and rustic rental from TheVillas at Coosawattee .

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