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Tuesday, October 4, 2022   /   by Nathan Fitts

Apple Land!

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,; ...

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Thursday, August 4, 2022   /   by Nathan Fitts

Watkins Home Builders

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 ! ...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022   /   by Nathan Fitts

Coosawattee River Resort

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!

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021   /   by Nathan Fitts

Apples, Pumpkins, and Festivals, Oh My!

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; ...

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