'Round These Mountains

What Will You Bring to the Mountains?

Packing for a Georgia Mountains stay usually includes hiking shoes, bug (or bear) repellant, maybe a bag of marshmallows tucked in among the t-shirts, socks, and shorts.  Along with the kayaks racked on the roof and the bikes lashed to the bumper, don’t forget that extra patience as you merge into the slow-moving mountain lane.

Our few coffee shops stay busy, and restaurants seem forever slammed these days. Keep in mind that folks here are fond of saying we run on mountain time. Just breathe deep as you step out of the car and notice the bright blue skies and fine air filling your lungs.

Bring along that deep appreciation you hold for great times with good people and let the little frustrations fall away. Stand on the porch at dusk and listen to the owls calling. Before you turn in, slip out to admire the brilliant stars above. Sleep under them when you can.

Each day here is your laidback opportunity to practice really seeing the people you interact with. Get another perspective while listening to advice on trails or concerts or eateries.

Be open to shifting the schedule to experience a new adventure when the chance arises. If you’re not ready to rent a boat, try a paddleboard. See the beauty beyond every turn and in everyone you meet—it is there.

Wander through the Butternut Creek Art Festival in Blairsville this weekend to truly elevate your energy. The National Photography Show also opens Saturday in Blue Ridge at the Art Center. Events in the column to the left of this post offer something for almost every inclination over the coming weeks.

Venturing into the forests? Remember that our cell service is sketchy here and let someone know where you plan to be. Mark your GPS where you park to track your way back from a hike and resist jaunts off the trail.

Whether you come for a visit or to start a new life here, bring your best and brightest self, having shed the aspects we all come here to escape. Dream about opening your second-act shop, offering a new service, or joining a business team already in place here. And if you have the right connections, do bring news of a Publix coming soon. You’ll be the most popular Floridian this side of Blood Mountain.