Cultivating a Lifestyle in the North Georgia Mountains

Cultivating a Lifestyle in the North Georgia Mountains: The villages of Rabun County celebrate the renewal of their mother land with festivals.  The arts abound here as the talented painters, weavers, potters, and jewelers capture the colors of the earth in objects both beautiful and practical.  The music of the mountains can be heard along with laughter and catch-up conversations as people stroll and shop and indulge in festival foods.

Cultivating a Lifestyle in the North Georgia Mountains

 

Cultivating a Lifestyle in the North Georgia Mountains

As spring stretches, yawns, and finally stirs, all the facets of cultivation come to mind in the mountains of northeast Georgia.  The rich ancient earth pulses with life as bud and blossom begin to celebrate the season of awakening.

The villages of Rabun County celebrate the renewal of their mother land with festivals.  The arts abound here as the talented painters, weavers, potters, and jewelers capture the colors of the earth in objects both beautiful and practical.  The music of the mountains can be heard along with laughter and catch-up conversations as people stroll and shop and indulge in festival foods.

Rabun County is growing.  It’s growing corn, tomatoes, strawberries, melons, sheep, goats and cows.  And it is growing wine.  Cultivate your palate: Heritage sheep not only provide wool for local spinners and weavers but milk for delicate cheeses as well.  Goats produce sweet milk for local artisanal goat cheeses.  Contented cows provide milk for the smoothest, creamiest, ice cream you can ever imagine eating at the creamery picnic tables where the Little Tennessee River casually flows north.  Busy bees produce various flavors of honey from the mixed hardwood forests and fields of the mountains.  When the Mountain Laurel reaches the height of pale pink bloom, Osage Farms opens its May – to – October market with the biggest, juiciest, sweetest strawberries you’ve ever put in your mouth.   Anticipation of simple summer meals sets in, for soon, the bounty of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables will fill the market bins to overflowing.

As spring invites you out, cultivate your sense of exploration and adventure. You will celebrate the season on all levels in Rabun County.  Pick up some home-made bread.  In Clayton, visit Fromage restaurant and purchase some fine aged cheese for a picnic in a vineyard.  Of course a bottle of wine can be readily purchased at the vineyards to round out your mid-day ramble.  After your picnic, check in at the Amara Center and cultivate your inner peace.  The state of the art medi-spa offers ultimate relaxation and pampering and features natural products.

Mountain SunsetSpring evenings in Rabun County offer experiences from the simple to the sublime.  Who can resist a mountain sunset as the air cools and a billion sparkling stars come into view.  The sheer expanse of sky and the peace of dusk are as renewing as the afternoon smell of sweet spring meadows.

Cultivate your mind:  watch first release movies at Tiger Drive-in, our home-grown center for local culture.  Before each show the grill is open for dinner offerings.  There are also special event nights such as “Hot Rod” night – or local competitions like the “Tiger Idol Contest”.  Pets are welcome so the whole family can enjoy an evening of casual fun.

In Clayton, Prater’s Books is a perfect stop as you find time to read – at long last.  George and Vicki Prater’s charming vintage bookstore is the perfect place to nestle into a comfortable chair and pour through the latest releases by authors near and far while sipping a coffee or indulging in the many flavors of ice cream offered. If you are really relaxed, you might even have a visit from Sidney Lanier, Praters’ literary cat.

For foot tapping fun under the stars, the Tallulah Falls town square is the host for Saturday night Blue Grass jams all summer.  Bring your fiddle and join in! Or visit our newest music venue the Nichols Center/Blue Ridge Music Academy, just a short walk from Beechwood Inn.

The Northeast Georgia Players provide professional level theater entertainment at the Dillard Playhouse.  Rabun abounds in talented songwriters, poets, and authors.

There is so much to enjoy.  Shopping, dining, hiking, rafting.  But these simple things seem to stay with us longer than we expect.  As you head home and realize you didn’t really do all that much this past weekend, enjoy.  You allowed yourself to be on your own schedule and you took in the very best Rabun County has to offer.  Relaxed?  Maybe you should cultivate a new habit.  The North Georgia Mountains beckon – Rabun County is calling . . .

By Gayle Darugh, Innkeeper, Beechwood Inn

Cultivating a Lifestyle in the North Georgia Mountains

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