Exploring The Chattahoochee Nature Center on the Chattahoochee River

Chattahoochee Nature Center's Kingfisher Pond Reflection

Growing up in the heart of Atlanta in the 1970s, nature was something we really only saw on school field trips. Whether it was the Atlanta Zoo, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, or Stone Mountain Park, these magical places offered a taste of peace and serenity we rarely experienced in the city. The first time our … Read more

The 20 Best Things to Do in Asheville NC

[Updated Jan 23, 2021] For a relatively small Blue Ridge mountain town with a population of under 100,000, there is a surprising wealth of unique things to do in Asheville NC. Thanks to an infusion of wealth brought in by the Biltmore Estate in the early 20th century, there’s historic art deco-influenced architecture. There is … Read more

Exploring The 12 Best Asheville NC Breweries

Best breweries in Asheville North Carolina

For people visiting the North Carolina mountains (or for those simply seeking out great beer), the number of quality breweries in Asheville NC is astonishing. The burgeoning mountain metropolis has been noteworthy in the US craft brewing scene since the 1990s. But after Sierra Nevada set up shop in nearby Mills River NC, Asheville exploded … Read more

The 13 Best Restaurants in Blue Ridge GA

Exterior of Black Sheep Restaurant in Blue Ridge, Georgia

[Updated Jan 19, 2021] During our 2009 visit to Blue Ridge, Georgia, restaurants were not really among the small town’s major selling points. Sure, there were a few decent places to eat in Blue Ridge back then, but none were especially worthy of note. The only one I remember fondly– a New Orleans eatery on … Read more

How to Get to Dukes Creek Falls Near Helen GA

Small Cascades at Dukes Creek Falls near Helen GA

Anytime someone in our Blue Ridge Mountains Facebook groups asks about the best easy to moderate hiking trails in North Georgia, we recommend the waterfalls near Helen GA.   Anna Ruby Falls (.8 miles) and Helton Creek Falls (.3 miles) are both easy hikes that offer extraordinary payoff for minimal effort.   DeSoto Falls offers … Read more

40 Fascinating Facts About The Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway - Linn Viaduct

Arguably ranking among the world’s great road trips, the Blue Ridge Parkway was built in the 1930s to connect Great Smoky Mountains National Park with Shenandoah National Park. Spanning 469 miles in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the BRP offers sensational scenic vistas, historic landmarks such as the Daniel Boone Native Gardens and the … Read more

The 10 Best Places for Snow-Skiing in North Carolina

Best Snow-Skiing in NC

The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains may not have the jaw-dropping 13,000- to 14,000-foot peaks you’ll find in the Rockies of Colorado or Utah. But for those looking to see the snowy summits of Appalachia, there are actually numerous great places to go snow skiing in North Carolina. There are impressive options for skiing near Asheville, … Read more

Exploring Emerald Village: North Carolina Gem Mines in Little Switzerland

Emerald Village Discovery Mill in Little Switzerland NC

Located just 31 miles from Asheville and three miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway, Emerald Village proved to be one of our favorite things to do in Little Switzerland NC. Featured on shows such as National Geographic Channel’s The Savage Line and Travel Channel’s Ultimate World Access, the complex offers a family-friendly immersion in NC … Read more

The 20 Best Places to Live in the Georgia Mountains

Best Places to Live in the Georgia Mountains

As we’re exploring the North Georgia mountains for our Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide, we’re also empty nesters searching for our future home. When our outdoor adventures take us to the natural areas near some of the best small towns in Georgia, we’re also taking time to explore those towns for ourselves. We try to visit … Read more