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An Apple a Day....

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An October 2000 trip to Ellijay by barbara

Outside of Atlanta Photo, Ellijay, Georgia More Photos
Quote: If you want to escape the traffic and pace of Atlanta, head north to the mountains and find some small town charm.

An Apple a Day....

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Overview

Outside of Atlanta Photo, Ellijay, Georgia
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Ellijay is an apple lover's haven. In addition to the apple orchards galore, however, one will find beautiful mountain scenery, winding creeks and rivers, and lots of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.Quick Tips: Fall is a wonderful time to visit North Georgia. The leaves are changing colors and the weather is at its best being neither too hot nor too cold. Fall Festivals also abound and are a fun change of pace for the children. Don't forget your camera (like I did), and save room for the caramel apples you'll find to eat in the orchard stores! This is also a great place to pick out a pumpkin to carve before Halloween.Best Way To Get Around: Unless you rent a bike, kaya...Read More

Boiled Peanuts

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Restaurant

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One thing that I love about small towns in Georgia is you can ALWAYS find SOMEONE selling boiled peanuts. This is truly a Southern tradition. Just pull up where someone has posted a handpainted sign and let them scoop a huge ladle full of salty, hot, wet peanuts into a styrofoam cup for you to take and eat. They are absolutely terrible for you, astronomically high in fat content, but boiled peanuts have a taste all their own that remind me of my Southern upbringing as much as cheddar cheese grits on a Sunday morning. If you are from the North, you should buy some. In Ellijay, you'll see an opportunity to do so on just about every street corner! Don't forget to ask for a bag or cup to discard you...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2000

Boiled Peanuts
On the roadside
Ellijay, Georgia

Hillcrest Apple Orchard

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Attraction

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Hillcrest Apple Orchard is a fairly large orchard in which to spend time. The day we were there many activities had been set up for children. There were pony rides ($2 per ride) along with a petting zoo ($2 admittance fee) that my son really enjoyed. The petting zoo had all kinds of animals, from goats to pot bellied pigs. There was also a calf and lots of rabbits. There was a Moonshine Museum that my husband and I walked through that was semi-interesting though a little hokey. There was a path through the woods in which we learned interesting things about Georgia trees such as the fact that early pioneers used the twigs from Black Gum trees as toothbrushes! There was a playground for kids to r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2000

Hillcrest Apple Orchard
9696 Highway 52 East
Ellijay, Georgia 30540
(706) 273-3838

Arts and Antiques

Attraction | "All Over"

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I would not say that the antique shops in North Georgia are upper end, but they are fun to look through. If your house is full of country decor, you will be in rustic interior design heaven. If you go for a more modern-chic look, it's fun to make fun of all the country decorations! Everyone in the stores is so friendly, however, that you will find you might want to buy that kitchen apron with the apples all over it just to be nice, too.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 16, 2000

Arts and Antiques

Ellijay, Georgia

Why visit North Georgia?

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Story/Tip

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North Georgia is one of the biggest draws for the ever growing Atlanta population. One can leave the city and find pristine woods and camp grounds just an hour or two away from home. There are many local festivals in towns such as Jasper and Ellijay. Huge pumpkins can be found in October, or fresh produce can be bought at street stands from local farmers most any time of the year. I've taken my shoes off and just skipped across the rocks on a random creek. I've sat near the Appalacian Trail and enjoyed a picnic. I've spent time with my family selecting apples at the many orchards. When the pollution and noise and traffic of Atlanta have you depleted, a day trip up 575 will restore you quickly. ...Read More

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barbara

barbara
Atlanta, Georgia

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