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50 years of events

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Alpine Helen may be known widely for its charming Bavarian-themed façades, but it is also some to several popular events that draw crowds to the city.

Transforming a town

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The vision of four men changed the destiny of a small Georgia town forever. Before becoming the alpine town it is today, Helen was a sawmill town when three local businessmen – Pete Hodkinson, Jim Wilkins and Bob Fowler – decided in 1968 they wanted to help improve the town, according to the...

Small town, big draw

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Who would’ve thought that a town covering just over 2 square miles with a population of less than 600 people would be one of the most visited cities in Georgia? State tourism research director Ashley Barfield said the Northeast Georgia Mountain Region, which includes White County, is the...

Dockside in DAHLONEGA

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Dahlonega is known more for its gold mines and mountain getaways than lakeside attractions. But that doesn’t mean the city is anywhere near high and dry, because on the outskirts of town sits Lake Zwerner at Yahoola Creek Reservoir. A little more than a decade ago this...

AFTER THE SPAWN: summer fishing heats up

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Summer is upon us, which means it’s not only time to be out on the water, enjoying North Georgia’s pristine lakes, but for many folks it’s also the time to cast those lines and see what’s biting just below the shimmering surface. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of all things fishing, or...

Cool water, HOT BOAT

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The only thing better than spending an afternoon or weekend at the lake may be enjoying your lake-time in a hot new boat. Several marina managers shared what trends – and what boats – are popular this year. One thing they all agree on is that tritoons, or pontoon boats with three...

Racing in the dirt

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Sixty-four years old and still sporting the fastest 1,650 feet of dirt in Georgia. That is an up-to-date description of Toccoa Raceway, which hosts stock car racing every Saturday night from early April through Labor Day weekend. The 5/16ths-of-a-mile track sports a variety of racing classifications...

Gold in the hills

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Three separate gold-related sites should be on your itinerary for your trip to Dahlonega. Each attraction offers its own unique experience and perspective on the gold history of the area. Crisson Gold Mine If you want to see how rock is crushed and mined for gold, look no further than the oldest...

Splish splash!

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When summer days are hot, the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center in Gainesville is a go-to place to cool off. The center is available to Hall County residents and visitors alike. The state-of-the-art facility features a 10-lane indoor competitive pool, a four-lane instructional pool, a fitness center...

Don’t worry, be happy

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Scott Low was thinking about the happiness of his fellow man when he started Hatch Camp and Art Farm. Hatch Camp and Art Farm, a campground built around fly fishing, music and art, hugs a half-mile of Warwoman Creek on Joe Speed Road in Clayton. It provides a guided trout stream and is one of only...