As the days shorten, and frosty mornings greet those of us who find ourselves in the mountains of North Georgia, late autumn is a wonderful time to take in those last trips to the apple orchards that dot this unique landscape. From farm to table, scrumptious family recipes made with genuinely fresh apples are never beyond reach, as numerous varieties are still coming into harvest…a sweet reward of life in this region. The breathtaking landscape of the North Georgia Mountains warrants a drive on any given afternoon, whether to stop and pick apples for use in baking pies, or to sip the ready-made cider many establishments offer the cold passerby. Early fall in North Georgia welcomes numerous tourists, drawn to the area, eager to attend the plethora of annual fall festivals, choose pumpkins and delight in the novelty of picking apples. It is this time of the season, as autumn wanes, that locals can relish the benefits of living in this relaxed and awe-inspiring part of America. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, and fiery foliage just past, many people have retreated to the warmth and comfort of the indoors. Those of us in and around Big Canoe, who relish the invigorating change of seasons, however, embrace this opportunity to enjoy such local excursions as a brisk hike up to Springer Mountain, or a visit to the nature center and well-groomed trails of Amicalola Falls State Park. A candlelight dinner at the Oar House restaurant in Dahlonega offers a chance to experience the cool evenings and ambience of nature while dining in an intimate setting along the Chestatee River. Take a weekend, with tourist season on hiatus, to visit and see what North Georgia has to offer, and why so many who have come as tourists, have stayed on as residents.
Although sweltering temperature and intense humidity suggest that summer is still in full swing, the occasional evening breeze reminds us that our fall trip back to Big Canoe is just around the corner. This is, perhaps, a collective favorite annual tradition of mine as well as my husband and two children. There is an invigorating feeling, brought on by the cooler temperatures, after the lethargic “dog days” of summer.
Unlike our sojourns at Thanksgiving, Christmas or even Spring Break, our Fall odyssey permits flexibility in planning, as we are not hemmed in by specific dates. Any weekend we choose will promise festivals, music celebrations and any number of activities in and around Big Canoe.
One activity we know we can’t miss: apple picking! Our favorite orchard to visit is nearby R and A Orchards in Ellijay, GA. Their website has the dates of harvest for all of their apples (by name and specifics), and any other fruit that is ripe for picking. For a city girl like me, such information is tremendously helpful, especially as we plan for baking! Another outing we always take in is to Cagle’s Family Farm, located a short drive south in Canton. A working farm, with lots to do, but the highlight is undoubtedly the impressive corn maze, which, for the not-so-faint-of-heart, is also open at night! For a trip into the city, Zoo Atlanta is high on our to-do list at this time of year, the moderate temperatures making it a pleasant outing for us and we also know that the animals will be more active than they are during the heat of summer. Before we head home, a stop at the Burt’s Farm, open only during the fall months, to choose the family’s future jack-o’-lantern never disappoints – their motto sums it up: “a one-day Fall vacation!” Lastly, we never pass up a drive through the mountains to see the beautiful fall foliage. I recently learned that there is a term for those of us who take a drive specifically for this purpose: “leaf- peepers!” Whether it’s hiking at nearby Amicalola Falls State Park, or driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway, there are ample “leaf-peeping” opportunities!
So, unplug, lace up the hiking boots, and head for the mountains of North Georgia to celebrate one of the most dramatic seasonal transitions.
Like most of us, at one time or another, you probably have a dream house file with magazine pictures of kitchens you like, bathrooms with features you love, and pictures of exteriors or architectural details that say “home”. And maybe you even have a floor plan in that file that perfectly suits your lifestyle. There has never been a better time to put all those ideas together and give your home plans a site they deserve on a lot in the best of all north Georgia gated communities, Big Canoe.
Big Canoe, a Choice Building Location
Imagine your house plan on a piece of paradise nestled in the mountains of Big Canoe. Yes, you’ve heard of Big Canoe. It has been the choice locale for the Southern Living Plan of the Month home, the Southern Living Cooking Light home, the Southern Living Dream Home, the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles home, and the Street of Dreams. What do the professionals know about Big Canoe that makes them select this premier gated community to showcase their home projects? The list is extensive!…
*choice building sites
*good inventory of Big Canoe lots
*location close to a metropolitan area
*a community that is well run and maintained
*security and public safety
Professionals know that this assortment of attributes makes Big Canoe a unique and attractive choice. Follow their lead and begin your search today for a lot in Big Canoe that meets your needs. Let Emory Williams, of Georgia Foothills Realty, and long time Big Canoe resident, help you find just the right property. In Big Canoe, Emory is known for his leadership, integrity, and professionalism. He will make the discovery and purchase of your Big Canoe lot an exciting and easy process. Purchasing your own piece of this extraordinary place is just the beginning of years of enjoyment for you, your family, and friends.
Big Canoe® Real Estate
The Williams Group is a great choice for someone who really wants a knowledgeable and experienced team to assist them in purchasing home or property in the Community of Big Canoe®. Emory Williams is a long time resident and is a member of the POA Board. He has a unique perspective and takes a consultative approach to guide prospective homeowners in their purchasing of real estate in Big Canoe®. His partner “Paula Jones” like Emory is a Certified Public Accountant. She really works hard to find just the right home to meet her client’s needs. She really stays on top of the market and is consider in expert in helping homeowners stage their property for sale.
Big Canoe® Foreclosures.
Yes there are many great real estate agents that serve Marble Hill and that show property in Big Canoe®. The Williams team approach is different. They understand the complexities of the market in today’s economic whirlwind. They are willing to work as a buyer’s agent and guide you through the process. Today there are many bargains to be had in north Georgia. Yes there are also many foreclosures including several in the community of Big Canoe®. Sorting through these to find the best deal for your situation can be tedious. The Williams team help makes this process easier to understand the value of the property combined with your ideal housing situation.
Community of Big Canoe®
Big Canoe® Community is a great place to live. The golfing, hiking, fishing, social groups, and did I mention the food all makes this place simply wonderful. There is also tennis, state of the art workout facility, swimming indoor and outdoor, and of course a spa. If you are looking for more than just a house; then the Big Canoe® lifestyle may be for you. Click here to learn more about Big Canoe®.