The 10 Best Helen GA Hotels, Motels & Inns to Visit

Places to Stay in Helen GA-Hampton Inn

With its Bavarian architecture, traditional German restaurants, and kitschy gift shops, Alpine Helen GA is arguably the most popular small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia.  And while there are a plethora of interesting places to stay in Helen, some of the most colorful options for lodging in Helen GA are right near the … Read more

Top 20 Things to Do in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia

Black Rock Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia

I’ve been exploring the North Georgia mountains since I was a young boy, camping and hiking with my parents and our church youth group (which they led).  In my 20s I got my start in professional photography by exploring the North Georgia State Parks, whose myriad hiking trails and waterfalls provided a great escape from … Read more

Christmas Fun at Rock City Enchanted Garden of Lights

Christmas at Rock City Enchanted Garden of Lights in Lookout Mountain GA

Growing up in North Georgia, you couldn’t drive very far into the Blue Ridge Mountains without seeing the famous “SEE ROCK CITY” signs painted on barns, birdhouses, and more.  And yet, for some odd reason, my family never visited Rock City Gardens, which has been a popular Chattanooga-area attraction for 90 years now.  Located atop … Read more

10 Fun Things to Do at Stone Mountain Christmas (Stone Mountain GA)

Snow Angel Christmas Parade at Stone Mountain Christmas in Stone Mountain GA

As a boy growing up in the North Georgia suburbs east of Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park (the state’s most-visited tourist attraction) was a huge part of my childhood.  So when I grew up and had a daughter, visiting Stone Mountain for its fun festivals (including the Pumpkin Festival and Stone Mountain Highland Games every fall) became … Read more

The 20 Best North Georgia Christmas Events for 2022

Santa at Lights of Hope in Woodstock GA

[Updated November 15, 2022]   Although Mary and I have been working as a travel writer/photographer team for over a decade now, we always make sure we’re home in time to spend Christmas in Georgia. Growing up in Atlanta, with extended family who lived far north of the city, I was blessed with so many … Read more

20 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Christmas in the Blue Ridge Mountains

During the Christmas holidays, there are countless things to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains region, which stretches from the state of Georgia all the way north to Pennsylvania.  Honestly, it’s hard to narrow down myriad ways you could celebrate Christmas in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains during the holidays recalls … Read more

The 20 Best Christmas Lights in Atlanta and North Georgia (2022)

Garden Nights Holiday Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

[Updated November 12, 2022] When the “most wonderful time of the year” finally arrives, nothing gets us in the holiday spirit quite like watching millions of colorful twinkling lights. Whether we’re driving through an epic 5-mile attraction or strolling along on foot while enjoying a cup of hot cocoa, looking at Georgia Christmas lights is … Read more

10 Ways to Celebrate Old Fashioned Christmas in Dahlonega GA

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides in Dahlonega GA for Old Fashioned Christmas

Widely regarded as one of the best places in the North Georgia mountains to live, Dahlonega GA is one of those old-timey small towns that visitors often compare to Mayberry. It originally grew out of the gold mining boom of the early 19th century, when the Georgia gold rush brought thousands of prospectors to Dahlonega and nearby Helen.  … Read more