Issue Features

The Crossroad of Past & Present II

Jul   03

Part II Melissa Detto “Wow!” Jenna ran her hands through her long, blonde hair. She blew out a breath of air and looked down at the churning water, which was tinged with purple hues from the sun’s climb down the sky. “You haven’t touched your drink.” Margaret watched her niece from wary eyes. “I feel nauseous.” Jenna turned her head, her eyes taking in the crowded balcony of the restaurant that overlooked the river below. She smiled at a girl who was begging her p read more

Mountain Vacations

Jul   03

Resorts vs. Cabins Kelley Ross The differences between resorts and cabin hotels may seem obvious, but the truth is that both types can offer relaxation in a unique way. Cost, service, and preferred amount of privacy can differ wildly between cabins and resorts. To catch the best deals, travelers should research ahead of time and book the kind of leisure lodging best for them. On average, renting a cabin is much less expensive than staying at a resort. In fact, travele read more

Three Hours in 30 Minutes

Jul   03

The Efficiency of Flying Kelley Ross The difference between flying and driving in the mountains is the vast amount of time you can save in the air. Thirty minutes of airtime can equal roughly three hours of mountainous driving, but there are many benefits to choosing a path in the sky. While road trips can be enjoyable, they aren't always efficient. On the ground, travelers have the physical limitations that come along with roads and predetermined routes. Of course, a read more

Now This is Living With Marcie Culpepper

Jul   03

Summer Exterior Design Katrina M. Randall When Marcie Culpepper first moved to Blairsville, Georgia, the view from her front porch was a sloping, patchy, weed-covered hill. “Every time I walked out the front door, that space was screaming, ‘Help me, I want respect,’” said Culpepper, owner of M-Design, an interior design firm based in the area. Entry points and outdoor spaces are the first impression guests get when visiting a home. That’s why they’re so important. Ac read more

Swallowing the Sun

Jul   03

Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 Samantha Sopher A pair of wolves chase an orb of light, yipping and snapping at the edges of its rays. One of them catches it and the light goes out, surrounding them in darkness. This is what the Vikings believed caused solar eclipses. A pair of wolves chased the sun, and when it was caught the eclipse started. Many ancient cultures believed that a solar eclipse happened when someone, or something, swallowed the sun, only to spit it out later. read more

Meeks Park in Blairsville

Jul   03

Gives Recreation, Nature & Memories Elizabeth Mann Almost every day at Meeks Park in Blairsville, Georgia, there’s a man who visits to feed the squirrels and birds. People stop to talk and little kids skip alongside mothers pushing strollers. The elderly take walks and people sit to watch the ducks glide across Butternut Creek, which flows through and along the edge of the property. As spring and summer roll in there’s fragrant dogwoods, elegant rhododendrons, and read more

Union County High School Implements INCubator Entrepreneur Program

Jul   03

Kelley Ross Flipping burgers at a drive-thru might be a viable career choice for some teenagers, but an elite group of students at Union County High School (UCHS) in Blairsville, Georgia, are gearing up for a higher level of success. From tourniquet design to smartphone app marketing, the students of UCHS are in creation mode thanks to a brand new entrepreneurial class. The INCubator program, which just completed its first year, is the first of its kind among Georgia hig read more

Kindness on the Appalachian Trail

Jul   03

Trail Angels & Southern Hospitality Katrina M. Randall When Bob Gabrielsen was 15 back in 1977, he set out to hike the Appalachian Trail (AT) with a few older kids. While he eventually found himself abandoned by them on the trail, a benevolent hiker he met gave him food, means to survival, and gifted him with a pay it forward sentiment that he’s emulated as an adult. There’s a lot of paying it forward on the Appalachian Trail, at least in the southern region where read more

Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa

Jul   03

Hosts Local Appalachian Artists Katrina M. Randall From Marilyn Greiner’s “Nature in Miniatures” to Carolyn Molder’s “The Flower Garden,” Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa hosted a variety of spring-themed artworks from local artists at its recent Spring Art Exhibit. For the art lover, the exhibits are hosted in conjunction with the Mountain Arts Association three times a year during the spring, summer, and fall and run for three to four months. The spring exhibit featu read more

Places to Go Camping in the Southern Appalachian Mountains

Jul   03

Maranda Stone Waking up to the peaceful sounds of bird song in the fresh mountain air, while drinking your morning coffee as the river rolls just feet from your front door is mountain camping at its finest. North Georgia, Western North Carolina, and Eastern Tennessee offer many ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you want to tent deep in the forest and enjoy fly-fishing in a trout stream, or set up your luxury RV site, complete with cable and Internet access, you c read more

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