Monday, December 5, 2022 / by Nathan Fitts
7 Tips to Winterize Your Home
Mother Nature has a way of gently reminding us to do certain things. She provides us with beautiful fall color as a subtle way of saying – ahem, seasonal change is coming, and you might want to think about what’s next. But we get all ga-ga over the pretty colors and sometimes we forget. So, she gets a bit more forceful, with heavy late-autumn rains and blustery winds, and we start to get the point. If we’re smart, it’s a wake-up call reminding us to ready our homes for winter.
The cardinal rule in preparing a house for the cold is to do it while it’s relatively warm and pleasant. There’s nothing quite so unpleasant as to be outside in the ice and snow trying to winterize. So, simply said – let’s get on it, and we at Nathan Fitts & Team have put together a few tips to help you out.
Inspect your home inside and out. It might sound weird, but binoculars could be a key tool in this; ...
Friday, November 11, 2022 / by Nathan Fitts
Welcome to Lake Chatuge!
A Lake in Two States
Perfectly situated in the Enchanted Valley of Hiawassee you will find the stunning Lake Chatuge whose shores stretch from North Georgia to North Carolina. Here the 7,200 acres of crystal blue waters beckon boaters, anglers, and water lovers to explore the coves and the 132 miles of shoreline. Framed beautifully by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, you will realize that once you are here, you have just discovered heaven on earth!
Lake Chatuge Dam
On the North Carolina side, surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest, the Lake Chatuge Dam rises 150 feet high and stretches 13 miles across the Hiawassee River. Originally built in 1942, the dam was used to store water to help reduce flood damage downstream. Eventually a hydro-power generating unit was added in 1954 to harness electricity. In partnership with the Clay County Park and the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Chatuge Dam Reservation Trail was created. Perfect for small chi ...
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 / by Nathan Fitts
Apple Season is Upon Us!
It’s not at all clear why Johnny Appleseed, proud purveyor of produce, might have stopped sowing seeds somewhere just beyond Ellijay, on the southern side of the Blue Ridge region. Who knows? Maybe it was some menacing dogs at the county line, or maybe he didn’t get a conditional use permit, but it doesn’t really seem to have anything to do with jurisdictional boundaries.
It’s not like grapes, where certain types, vinifera, for example, grow best at particular elevations or proper ph. But somehow good ol’ Johnny either stopped for no reason or ran out of seed after a productive sojourn to the east of Ellijay, about 20 miles south of Blue Ridge. The good news is, there’s a high concentration of apple trees close by, and if you overshoot that’s not a bad thing. Maybe you land in Dahlonega, where the good grapes grow. But that’s another story, for another time.
An apple hunt foray is an easy day trip,; ...
Thursday, August 4, 2022 / by Nathan Fitts
Meet Watkins Home Builders
Living and working in the North Georgia Mountains of Ellijay, Jeff Watkins and his associates are lifelong residents of these parts. With over 45 years of combined experience in constructing homes, they have built a tremendous reputation offering exceptional services. Simply put, they live here, work here & are here to stay providing each client with their hometown quality. Being licensed, insured and members of the National Association of Home Builders and the International Code Council, when you contract with Watkins Home Builders you can relax and focus on the more exciting aspects of home building like picking out your color palettes!
Watkins Home Builders is ready and willing to help you select a lot and home plans or if you have your own already, they are ready to start building! Regardless of the beginning process, you will complete your custom home building experience with a 1-year warranty! If you want a new home built ! ...
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 / by Nathan Fitts
Meandering through East and West Ellijay you’ll find the Coosawattee River. What was once an intense 50 mile river that inspired James Dickey to write the 1970 novel “Deliverance”, has since been tamed by the construction of Carters Lake. Back in the day, the Coosawatee River was raging with spectacular class 4 rapids that rivaled those of the Chattooga River. Today, you can enjoy a comfortable float with only class 1 and 2 rapids. Amazingly enough after the river passes through Ellijay it continues on converging into the Conasauga River, the Oostanaula River, and finally the Tallapoosa River, before flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. Most notably in Ellijay, a large land development, The Coosawattee River Resort, planned its footprint around the beautiful Coosawattee River. Come out and explore the shoreline, fish from its banks, and float down her current!