Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fabulous Fall in Georgia's Blue Ridge

Fabulous color in years past near the Depot in Downtown Blue Ridge. 
 Blue Ridge, GA 
It's finally Fall in Georgia's Blue Ridge and time to celebrate the harvest! Now showing -- rapidly changing colors in the hills -- brilliant red dogwoods and sourwoods and early golds on display. Goldenrod and fall wildflowers, red sumac berries, hay bales and corn shucks along the roadsides. Locals especially watch the trees near the Depot in Downtown Blue Ridge for early changes in color; they are sure signs that Fall is here.

  The best way to experience the Georgia Mountains in the fall is by simply taking a driving tour.  Driving tour suggestions?  There are three great choices on our Fannin Chamber website, http://www.blueridgemountains.com/, select Self Guided Tours.  Driving Tour Number One is a loop through the mountains and countryside, Driving Tour takes you on an adventure in the Cohutta Wilderness, and Driving Tour Number Three is a day trip to Dahlonega and Ellijay's Apple Alley.

Fall is the season of festivals in the Georgia Mountains, and Blue Ridge celebrates the season each year with the Mountain Harvest Fair on the last two weekends of October; this year beginning on Saturday, October 16th. But festivals aren't the only way to celebrate the bounty of fall in Blue Ridge. Help harvest the apples yourself at Mercier Orchards and Mountainview Orchards by picking your own! Load up on mountain honey, apple butter, fried pies and apple fritters.

You can't beat the view from the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway anytime during Fall as it travels along the Toccoa River between Blue Ridge and McCaysville.  But kids especially enjoy the Punkin' Pickin' Special, this year on October 24th.
The train visits the "great pumpkin patch" of Farmer Brown and kids pick their own special pumpkins.

Mercier Orchards has its own "SPOOF," Spooky Pumpkin Old Orchard Fest beginning October 22, with lots of fun activities.  More info on their Facebook Page.  Become a fan while you're there!

Paws in the Park is a fun new fall celebration on October 23rd in Downtown Blue Ridge.  Bring your pet for a parade, pet costume contest and more, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For more information, call 706-632-7311.

More to come soon on a Fabulous Fall 2010 in Blue Ridge, GA.  If you haven't booked your cabin yet for Fall, Thanksgiving or Christmas, hurry up!  See cozy cabin specials on our website before it's too late!

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