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Glorious Pearls Created by The Oysters in Blue Ridge, GA

Shannen & Bill Oyster of Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

It’s easy to tell people we meet, “Oh! It’s great to get to know you!”  But it might not be a big deal. That can be a nice thing to say before we go our separate ways and never think of them ever again. Until you meet Bill and Shannen.  They live, work and love one another […]

Get the 2015 Georgia Travel Guide with Fried Green Tomatoes

2015 Georgia Travel Guide

On January 27, 2015, Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal met with Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Commissioner Chris Carr and Georgia’s tourism industry leaders for the annual Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day at the state Capitol where Gov. Deal revealed the cover of Georgia’s official 2015 state travel guide. Our pal Governor Deal presented the latest travel guide to […]

Georgia State Parks Offer Warm Deals for Camping Snowbirds

The Atlanta Camping and RV Show

First the geese fly south from the northern parts of the United States.  Then snowbirds — folks fleeing winter to enjoy a few months of almost-perfect weather in Georgia — are right behind them, in their RVs or towing their campers. When the weather cools off, the deals warm up for campers who want to […]

GA Gun Law Doesn’t Apply to USACE Parks

Sample Georgia Weapons Carry License from

Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal signed into law House Bill 60 on April 23, 2014. That new law, according to the governor’s office, “protects law-abiding, licensed Georgia citizens’ Second Amendment rights.” Governor Deal says, “This legislation will protect the constitutional rights of Georgians who have gone through a background check to legally obtain a Georgia Weapons Carry License. Roughly […]

Pictures of Dahlonega’s Trail Fest 2014

Dahlonega Trail Fest 2014 ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Dahlonega is a wonderful place to enjoy free olde tyme music, first dates, buying treasures, popping The Question or celebrating a treasured anniversary. Dahlonega’s fame among Appalachian Trail enthusiasts extends beyond its mere proximity to the Trail. The town welcomes adventurers who hit the Trail and sends them off each spring with the Dahlonega Trail Fest.  This […]

Good News from Lake Allatoona’s Corps of Engineers

Lake Allatoona Dam ~ Photo courtesy of US Army Corps of Engineers at Allatoona Lake

Spring hasn’t sprung, but we’re getting closer day by day. On Sunday, March 9, 2014, Daylight Saving Time returns, so it’ll look like spring at least. Our friends at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) office at Lake Allatoona have a number of friendly updates for us.  We’re thankful for all they do. Allatoona […]

DOT: “Stay Put! Don’t Drive” (2-12-14)

Most area roads in North Georgia look like my driveway.

Georgia is closed.  A State of Emergency has been declared for 91 counties in the state. More than 60,000 customers in Atlanta are without power. Roads are frozen and worse weather is coming. With the threat of a “catastrophic” storm looming, Georgia DOT dump trucks mounted with snow plows and spreaders, escorted by Georgia State […]

Snow Coming: Gov. Deal Declares State of Emergency

Governor Nathan Deal ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for much of North Georgia, with sleet and ice in the forecast. After enduring scathing attacks following the traffic gridlock in Atlanta from the most recent snowstorm, Gov. Nathan Deal this morning declared a state of emergency for 14 North Georgia counties: Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Union, Towns, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin, […]

Georgia Travel Guide for 2014

2014 Georgia Travel Guide

Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day at the state Capitol went quite well, as Georgia’s Governor s economic prosperity. Representatives from the tourism, hospitality and arts industry presented Deal with a check representing the $1.361 billion in state tax revenue generated from tourism-related expenditures in 2012. In response, Governor Deal said, “Tourism is a powerful jobs and […]