Friday, March 26, 2010

Blue Ridge is the Trout Capital of Georgia

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Great news!  Blue Ridge is now the Trout Capital of Georgia after the Georgia Legislature passed HR 1773 this week.  The designation was proposed by the Blue Ridge Chapter of Trout Unltd and sponsored by Rep. and Speaker David Ralston.  According to the resolution, Fannin County is home to 13 bodies of water that have been designated by the Georgia DNR as trout waters -- actually over 550 miles of pristine streams, including The Toccoa River's diverse tailwater, which can be fished all year.  Fannin County is also home to the federal trout hatchery in the Chattahoochee National Forest. 

The Blue Ridge area is known as one of the top five places to fish for trout in the southeastern U.S., according to Trout Unltd.  How fitting that the Georgia House recognize Fannin County as the Trout Capital of Georgia for its abundance of trout fishing opportunities!

Monday, March 22, 2010

What Makes Blue Ridge Special?

Blue Ridge Georgia - What makes Blue Ridge Ga special?  It's the people who live here and the small town, "Mayberry" feeling you get when you visit here (and live here).  Consider a few of the things that make our little town special.  We still have hometown pharmacies, like Blue Ridge Pharmacy, on our Main Street.  The First United Methodist Church downtown chimes on the hour.  The folks at Royal Cleaners or the Blue Ridge Post Office know you by name.  The Swan Drive-In is one of Georgia's three remaining drive-in theaters, and the Swan has first run movies every weekend in the winter and daily in summer.  We have our own fresh seafood market, Highland Seafood, and real butcher at Enchanted Mountain in Morganton.  The Village Restaurant serves food like grandma use to make, and Sue's diner has old fashioned milkshakes, sundaes and the best hamburger in town.  Just a few reasons Blue Ridge is the real deal -- and Georgia's favorite mountain town.

Some folks have to go to Disney to get the feel of Main Street, but we get that feeling every day right here at home in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Friday, March 19, 2010

More Places to Eat and Meet in Blue Ridge GA

Two more new area restaurants are the Blue Ridge Brewery, 187 Depot Street, and Christy Lee's Courtyard Grille, 588 East Main Street.  Both are in Downtown Blue Ridge.  What's special about these new ones?  Not only great food but outdoor spaces to enjoy in this beautiful weather.  The Brewery has a back deck for outdoor lunches and dinners.  Christy Lee's, which is right next to Harvest on Main, has a lighted courtyard for romantic dinners (date night out). See  There are also many other restaurants that make eating out in Georgia's Blue Ridge a better and better experience.  Downtown Blue Ridge Victorian House and Serenity Gardens for example.  Serenity is expanding into a new space, but is temporarily next door to Wrapsody in Blue on East Main Street.  Don't forget L & L Beanery's breakfast and lunches!  Friday is free cookie day.  Coming next -- more restaurants outside of downtown Blue Ridge.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

What's New? Lots of Places to Eat & Hang Out

The talk of the town in Blue Ridge Ga --  all the new restaurants and fun places to meet.  Just last weekend, sampled two:  Pizzeria at Cucina Rustica on Friday night and Harvest on Main on Saturday.  What a great feeling!  Cucina Rustica is our fabulous Italian restaurant on Forge Mill Road east of town toward Blairsville.  It's hard to imagine a better place to eat than "Cucina", and the Pizzeria is just as good only laid back, with big screen TVs wonderful pizza from the woodfire oven and cold beer on tap. We had a Parma Pizza and Caesar salad.
Harvest on Main is at 576 East Main Street in a gorgeous rustic dining room with Danny Mellman's imaginative cuisine.  For the last two weekends there has been entertainment upstairs at Harvest on weekend nights, Lisa Jacobi's Steel String Session bluegrass band on Friday and a wonderful acoustic guitar player on Saturday night.  Friday, we sat at the bar and had appetizers before going to the Blue Ridge Community Theater's great play "Leading Ladies."

Soon -- much more about eating out and hanging out in Georgia's Blue Ridge.