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.
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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Donna Boyer | Dreamview Cabin
If you are looking for an adventure, this Cashes Valley excursion is for you! Located only 4.5 miles from the cabin this completely off the grid trial goes deep into the mountains. Be forewarned though, this is only for those who are well prepared with a high clearance all-terrain, all-wheel drive vehicle. You will need this to cross numerous fjords and rocky terrain. If you follow the trail out about 3 miles or so you will be rewarded with cascading waterfalls, beautiful mountain laurel, and an old cemetery (Cashes Valley Church of Christ Cemetery) that dates back to the late 1800s.
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