The Ride the Rails Festival is this weekend!

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The Historic Mineral Bluff Depot now houses a miniature train set accurately portraying the location of the buildings and land in 1952. Donna Boyer | Dreamview Cabin

Come experience a fun excursion by railroad motor car this weekend, June 23-25 (10am-3pm). The Ride the Rails Festival is a unique event that takes you on a 5-mile round-trip ride from the Historic Mineral Bluff Depot over the mighty Toccoa to the Murphy Junction on Hogback Rd. You can also experience a ride on an authentic hand car. Remember those? Me, neither, as it’s a slightly before my time, but it sure does sound fun!  After your ride you can explore the detailed scaled model train layout of the 1952 line from Marietta, Ga to Etowah, TN which is housed inside the historic 1887 L& N Depot.

43rd Annual Spring Arts in the Park – Fannin County Chamber of Commerce – Blue Ridge, Georgia

Source: 43rd Annual Spring Arts in the Park – Fannin County Chamber of Commerce – Blue Ridge, Georgia

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  “43rd Annual Arts in the Park Festival. Admission is $5.00. Sat & Sun – 10 am -5 pm. A southern tradition, features over 200 arts, crafts and food booths. The best in mountain crafts and fine arts, artist’s demonstrations, music and dance. Arts in the Park has been recognized as one of the Top 20 Events by the Southeastern Tourism Society. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. “

 

Visit Mercier Orchards on you next visit to Blue Ridge!

Be sure to put Mercier Orchards on your bucket list of things to do next time you stay at the cabin! It is Georgia’s largest orchard with over 300 acres and was founded in 1943 by Bill & Adele Mercier. A large variety of apples is not all you’ll find there. They also grow peaches, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. They offer several types of tours throughout the year one of which is their popular ‘U Pick Tour’ where you can pick your own fresh fruit. They even have a hard cider tour where you’ll get a presentation of how they grow, ferment and bottle their famous cider. They produce about 150,000 gallons a year! Now that’s a lot of cider!

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http://aclivingmagazine.com/mercier-orchards-celebrates-70-years-of-fruitful-harvest/

Donna Boyer | Dreamview Cabin

 

Best Places to View the Total Solar Eclipse: Nashville, Charleston, St. Louis | JetSet

Best place to watch the total Eclipse? Blue Ridge, GA made #5 according to Bravo TV!

This summer, there’s a pretty phenomenal celestial event that will have many eyes glued to the sky: On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will cross the country from central Oregon through South Carolina in a 70-mile-wide path.

Source: Best Places to View the Total Solar Eclipse: Nashville, Charleston, St. Louis | JetSet

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