The Best Travel Tips from Visit Northeast Georgia Mountains

Waterfalls in the Northeast Georgia Mountains ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Waterfalls in the Northeast Georgia Mountains ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

“Blue mountains, sparkling rivers, lush green forests, adventure, history and enchantment await you in the Northeast Georgia Mountains.”

How’s that for an opening line on a travel website?

Makes it hard to stay motivated for the Stuff of Life — laundry, kids, overdue projects, broken gizmos and actually going to work once in a while.

Visiting the Northeast Georgia Mountains makes all that hard work pay off.

There’s so much to do.  The hills, lakes, dales, towns and trails of Northeast Georgia have something for everyone.

  • Rent a cabin on a creek
  • Dine at a busy popular restaurant
  • Pan for gold
  • Blue Ridge Scenic Railway ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

    Blue Ridge Scenic Railway ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

    Take a train ride by a rushing river

  • Tour a dozen wineries
  • Have a Spa Day
  • Hike the Appalachian Trail
  • Dine at a busy, popular restaurant
  • Cruise a lovely lake on a rented pontoon boat
  • Fish for trophy trout or bass or crappie or whatever nibbles your bait
  • Have a romantic dinner for two
  • Spend an afternoon or a week in a state park
  • Go rafting … shopping … tubing … or simply enjoy country living.
The Bridge at Gibbs Gardens ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Bridge at Gibbs Gardens ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Stroll around the magnificent scenery at Gibbs Gardens and its 220-acres of landscaped glory any time of the year.

What’s the best way to stay informed about the most interesting destinations?

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That’s where you’ll find

an Appalachian heritage, culture and scenic beauty mixed with plenty of outdoor recreation, interesting sights, delightful dining and a variety of places to stay.

Crane Creek Winery is a perfect spot to visit in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Even if you don't drink wine. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Crane Creek Vineyards is a perfect spot to visit in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Even if you don’t drink wine. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Lake Lanier is always perfect, but even perfection can get a bit old once in a while.

You don’t have to drink wine to get high on life at Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris.  Treat your designated drivers to a day in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, but don’t be surprised if it takes a while to wake them from their naps.

The next time you hear the mountains calling your name, look at Visit Northeast Georgia Mountains  for the perfect spots to get a little motivation to face life … and smile.

Take a tip from a guy who has tasted some of the finest food offered in them thar hills.  Don’t go back home without stopping at The Back Porch Oyster Bar in Dahlonega for a taste of their Thai Chili Calamari.

Thai Chili Calamari from The Back Porch Oyster Bar in Dahlonega ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The most mouth-watering, yummy dish ever: Thai Chili Calamari from The Back Porch Oyster Bar in Dahlonega ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Granted, it doesn’t look all that good.  I mean, what the heck are all those squiggly things?

(Better not to ask, trust me.)

Eat the Thai Chili Calamari anyway.  I have never tasted a meal that was so delicious.  In my life.  Ever.

Of course, I haven’t eaten everywhere in the Northeast Georgia Mountains.

There might be something even better out there … waiting for you and your friends.

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