The University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute recently announced a Renaissance Strategic and Planning Process for the Copper Basin, including the cities of McCaysville, Copperhill and Ducktown, funded by the Lyndhurst Foundation. The Chamber will assist in coordination of the project, which will take a year to complete.
The next step is public participation and input on July 17, 18 and 19, including focus groups and interviews of interested citizens and groups. If you are interested in participating in a group or interview, please email Jan Hackett, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sarah Mickens, Sarahfccoc@outlook.com.
The Renaissance project assists downtowns through the creation of a community-supported vision and plan. The RSVP is a downtown master planning process that result in the creation of a downtown planning document that illustrates the community’s vision for the future and provides the steps to get there. The final RSVP planning document helps local governments and community partners prioritize top downtown issues and work to establish a consensus around what must be achieved in the short and long-term.
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Taste of Amish Has Moved
Same great products, new location! Be sure and visit Taste of Amish at their new location, 1412
Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge.
Mercier Orchards Downtown
Visit Mercier Orchards Downtown for deli and bakery goods as well as hard cider and wine tastings! Serving breakfast and lunch. You can find them in the historic 1926 People’s Bank building at 260 West Main St., Blue Ridge. (706) 946-3411
Scenic Railway Celebrates 20 Years
Congratulations to the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. They recently celebrated 20 years and more than one million riders during that time! In 1995 Wilds Pierce, owner of GNRR Railroad, met with members of the Blue Ridge Mountains Preservation Foundation, a local group hoping to save the rail line railway between Blue Ridge and McCaysville. Subsequently GDOT purchased the line from CSX, Members of the Preservation Foundation and North American Railcar Owners’ Assn. began clearing the line from Ellijay north to Blue Ridge, which had not handled traffic in over 20 years. In June 1997, GDOT leased the line to GNRR and on May 30, 1998, the first tourist excursion was made between Blue Ridge and McCaysville.
A River Runs Through It is a cabin rental available through Mountain Laurel Cabin Rentals. Enjoy this newly renovated 3 bedroom 3 bath cabin located just steps from the Toccoa River in beautiful Blue Ridge, Georgia. Enjoy fishing, kayaking and tubing from the property. Some amenities include a charcoal grill, pool table, hot tub, gas log fireplace and wifi.
Black Dog Mountain Rentals
Mineral Bluff, GA, 30559
Black Dog Mountain Rentals is a full service cabin rental company, serving Blue Ridge, Georgia. Introducing their flagship rental, Huckleberry Hill on VRBO and Airbnb.
Born in the mountains of Blue Ridge, GA, Buck Bald Brewing is dedicated to brewing the highest quality beer. They combine the best quality ingredients with careful attention to every detail. So when you’re thirstin’ for a tasty brew, look for the Hollerin’ Man on your tap handle or bottle. You’re sure to find beers that will whet your whistle and make you holler for more.
Copperhill Brewery has a passion. A passion to brew high quality, diverse, and exceptional tasting craft beer. Brewing craft beer is truly an art form, and our goal is to brew an exceptional selection of craft beers that will set Copperhill Brewery apart from all others. They plan to create a tap room that will become a local hangout and loved establishment.
Okinawa Steak & Sushi has been serving Ellijay a variety of fresh sushi delicacies and Japanese style cooking for 10 years. At Okinawa, each Sushi roll is an edible work of art masterfully created by trained Sushi Chefs. Now serving delicious Italian Desserts.
Skyfall is a brand-new, 3200 square foot modern cabin nestled in the North Georgia mountains. Skyfall is situated on a 1.5 acre lot with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, sleeps up to 8 adults and 4 children, 4 fireplaces, 3 levels, over 1500 square feet of outdoor deck with fireplace, hot tub, 65 inch TV, hammock, grill and stunning sunrise views over the mountains. Located in a brand-new, gated community with access to the Toccoa river, 10 minutes from downtown Blue Ridge, GA. 30 minutes to Aska Adventure area.
Ribbon Cuttings – Congratulations!
Congratulations to Wrapsody in Blue! They cut a ribbon to open their beautiful new addition, a porch custom designed to showcase the outdoor living space options available.
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