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Dream Big in 2017!

What are your goals and dreams for this year? Are you looking to spend more time with your family, get outside, or be more active? Are your goals more business oriented, like lowering your overhead, improving your workforce, or growing more overall? The good news is that you can achieve both your family and business goals right here in Blairsville!

Perfect for Families
Blairsville-Union County is perfect for families! Why not live in your dream location knowing that your family has access to everything they need to grow and thrive? We’ve got everything the suburbs can offer you and more! Our top-rated school system can provide your children with an education that will equip them for the future and our award-winning hospital can handle all of your medical needs.

Aside from the lakes, trails, and mountains perfect for outdoor play, our incredible parks provide more chances for playing in the greater outdoors than you would ever have in the “big city”! There’s always something to do here, with many festivals and special events perfect for every member of the family. Our fantastic food scene has options to please every palate, from down-home southern to farm-to-table sophistication. You’d be hard-pressed to find a higher quality of life for you and your family anywhere else!

Business Friendly
Blairsville-Union County’s business friendly environment makes it easy to start, relocate, or open a new location. We want your business to grow and succeed, so you’ll find a host of helpful individuals and tons of great resources from the city, county, and chamber of commerce to help you get up and running. From paperwork to ribbon cutting and beyond, we’re here for you.

Blairsville-Union County has the resources to help your business thrive! Looking for the perfect location? We have a wide variety of locations available – from business parks and build-from-scratch to beautiful and historic downtown spaces, we can accommodate businesses of all sizes and industries. Need the right staff? Our skilled and qualified workforce is ready to start whenever you are. Need top-notch internet speeds? Our world-class broadband can handle just about anything. Proximity to big cities a must? Blairsville is centrally located to several southeastern hubs. We’re just a couple hours from cities like Atlanta, Greenville, Chattanooga, Charlotte, and more!

Make those dreams and goals a reality this year! Contact us to get the ball rolling on making 2017 the best year yet for your family and business!

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Top 10 things to do in Blairsville-Union County for 2017

  1. Eat collard greens & black eyed peas
    After all, it’s a southern tradition. Eat these as your first meal for the New Year and you will increase your luck and prosperity for the year ahead. Let the Chamber connect you with local farmers so all your meals are sure to be fresh.
  2. Hike Brasstown Bald
    Experience the wonders of nature at 4,784 feet above sea level. Get your blood pumping and oxygen flowing through your lungs with this moderate difficulty 0.6 mile Summit hike.
  3. Wear a kilt at the Scottish Festival
    You don’t have to be Scottish to wear a kilt. Find out your tartan colors, enjoy the Highland Games and nosh on some Scottish delicacies the second weekend in June.
  4. Fly fish on the Nottely River
    Brown trout, rainbow trout, and native trout are abundant in our freshwater mountain streams. Stop by Southern Highroads Outfitter shop for some flies and a pole and head out to the headwaters of the Nottely River, Coopers Creek, or Rock Creek for premier trout fishing.
  5. Sip Moonshine
    You can’t visit the south without tasting our famous moonshine. Grandaddy Mimms’ moonshine recipe has been passed down through the generations since the days of prohibition. Swing by the moonshine museum and learn about the history of this beverage.
  6. Take a garden tour at GMREC
    Meander through a .25 mile loop of The Woodland Medicine Trail and discover numerous woodland wildflowers, herbs, fern and shrubs that were used extensively by Native Americans and early settlers. Then enjoy the Ethnobotanic Gardens containing plants that were harvested and often cultivated by early inhabitants of the region for medicinal, food, and craft uses.
  7. Get wet at Helton Creek Falls
    A rock slide for the kids and a veil of water to stand behind make Helton Creek Falls a must do activity for the young and young at heart. A short hike allows you to explore the beauty of both the upper and lower falls of Helton Creek.
  8. Enjoy some grits & boiled peanuts
    Highway 129 South hosts Logan Turnpike Mill and Sunrise Grocery, home to the best stone ground grits and world famous boiled peanuts, respectively. Grab a couple of bags of each and enjoy with your family and friends.
  9. Discover past & present ghosts
    History is alive in Union County. With abundant heritage tracking resources at the Union County Public Library, the Historic Courthouse on the Square, and a plethora of cemeteries, exploring your heritage back to the pre-Civil War era is a great way to connect with the past.
  10. Sop up some sorghum biscuits
    Nothing says Union County like the sweet smell of sorghum syrup cooking. Join the festivities of the Blairsville Sorghum Festival the second and third weekends in October for biscuit sopping, pole climbing, rock throwing, horseshoe throwing, and log sawing fun!

For more information about any of the above or various other activities available in Blairsville-Union County, please contact the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce at 706-745-5789, online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com, or by visiting the Welcome Center inside the Union County Community Center at 129 Union County Recreation Road.

 

Christmas Services in Union County

Blairsville is a spiritually rich community where faith, worship and service are integral to daily life. There are a variety of churches in the area, each offering a unique worship experience and family programs to enhance your “church life.” If you’re looking to attend a Christmas Eve service in the area this year, we have a full roundup for your consideration. Here are a few options to help you choose the service that best fits your spiritual needs this holiday season.

All Saints Lutheran Church

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All Saints Lutheran Church – LCMS

 

 

Christmas Eve – 5pm, Traditional worship with holy communion and candlelight

Christmas Day – 10:25am, Traditional worship with holy communion

 

 

Coosa United Methodist Church

Coosa United Methodist Church

Coosa United Methodist Church

Christmas Eve Candle Light Service with Communion at 4pm

 

 

 

 

Fairview Baptist Church

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Fairview Baptist Church

Christmas Day at 11am only

 

 

 

 

 

First Baptist Church of Blairsville

First Baptist Church of Blairsville

First Baptist Church of Blairsville

Christmas Eve Service at 5pm, dress is “come as you are” (casual)

 

 

 

 

 

First United Methodist Church of Union County

First United Methodist Church of Union County

First United Methodist Church of Union County

Christmas Eve – 5pm & 7pm

Christmas Day – 10am

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain Presbyterian Church

Mountain Presbyterian Church (USA)

Mountain Presbyterian Church (USA)

Christmas Eve – 8:00pm

Christmas Day – 11:00 am

 

 

 

New Life Family Church

New Life Family Church

New Life Family Church

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 5:00 pm

Christmas Day Communion Service at 10:30am

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shady Grove United Methodist Church

Shady Grove United Methodist Church

Shady Grove United Methodist Church

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Christmas Eve: Children’s Mass 4:30pm, Mass at 7pm

Christmas Day: Mass at 8:30 and 11:00am

 

 

Unity Church of The Mountains

Unity Church of the Mountains

Unity Church of the Mountains

Christmas Eve Service at 7pm all are invited for a fun filled casual service

 

 

 

 

 

For a full listing of area churches, please follow this link: http://members.visitblairsvillega.com/list/category/churches-61

 

 

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Christmas Lights & Displays

Every year, many of our friends and neighbors put a lot of time and effort into crafting the perfect Christmas light display at their home or business. If you and your family are looking for Christmas light displays to enjoy this year, we have properly stalked all our Facebook friends to pull together this list for you. If you have other locations, please share them with us!

Blairsville:
Visit The Browns  and have your kids leave a letter for Santa! Take Old Blue Ridge Highway out past Mulkey Gap. Right on Ed King Road. Just before the solar panel field. Note: if you  leave a letter to Santa in the mailbox, you just might receive a reply!

Down the Old Blue Ridge Hwy. Near Reds gas station, you can find The Whites at 10806 Blue Ridge Hwy in Blairsville.

Check out the beautiful Nativity Scene at Stonehenge Assisted Living, located Hwy 129 North towards Murphy, about 7 miles north of Hwy 76/129 intersection.

Come and see Downtown all lit up On the Square & at Season’s Inn Plaza.

You’ll find lots of lights on Murphy Hwy, just past the Owen Glenn entrance.

There’s a beautiful display at The Duckworth’s. Go 129 south to Arkaqua Rd. and take a right on Gene Nix Rd.

Look out for the Jones’ great display located on Jones rd off of Mulkey Gap.

Don’t forget about the display at Meadows of Ivy Log off Hensen Rd.

Last, but not least – there’s the Sprayberry’s, located at 257 Windy Hill Rd. in Blairsville. It’s the 2nd street past Wendy’s on the left going towards Young Harris.

Morganton:
On certain nights, you just might see Santa at the Williams’ on Forge Mill Road off Hwy 515 across from Cucina Rustica.

Santa can be found on certain nights at Spur 60, between Mineral Bluff and NC State line.

Hiawassee/Young Harris:
Through the town of Hiawassee, but before the School, there are some fantastic displays on Bugscuffle Road. After you see Uhaul & Parker Oil, Bugscuffle is the next road on the left.

There’s a red glow on Scataway Road that’s worth checking out. About 5 minutes past the Towns County School, see sign for Mount Zion Church on left and follow the red glow. 

Be sure to visit the display at Panter House, located on the Towns County side of Gumlog.

For lights and much more, go to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Mountain Country Christmas in Lights, Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun, 6-10 PM. Food, music, arts & crafts, hot chocolate and Santa. ($5 per person)

North Carolina:
On Hwy 75, just across the NC/Ga line, you’ll find the lovely display at Penlands.

There’s much to see on Harshaw Road,  near Cherokee Hills Golf Course.

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Embrace the Cold

Blairsville-Union County, in the heart of North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is one of Georgia’s best kept secrets. Only a two- to three-hour drive from cities like Atlanta, Ga., Chattanooga, TN and Greenville, SC., it is worlds apart – an authentic pre-Civil War mountain community located deep in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest and enveloped in North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a setting that lends itself, beautifully, to plenty of outdoor adventures.

Almost anywhere you go in Union County, you’ll find a hiking trail. Visitors may choose easy routes through our picturesque Meeks Park or choose a hardcore trail that traverses streams, scales mountains and descends into deep gorges. The most famous trail in the area is the Appalachian trail. Accessible from several locations within Union County, the AT winds 80 miles through the Chattahoochee National Forest.

There is pure seduction to the outdoor pursuits of Blairsville-Union County; this Georgia gem is uncrowded, serene and overwhelmingly picturesque. From its high peaks to its green valleys to its verdant forests to its bubbling creeks and streams, Blairsville acts as a lightning rod for those who want an outdoors escape. Shadowed by Brasstown Bald – Georgia’s highest peak – and the ancient Blue Ridge brimming with Cherokee Indian lore, it’s easy to spend a few days exploring all there is do in this magical mountain town.

There is plenty to do in the mountains. Sometimes it’s challenging to motivate for outdoor fun when it is so chilly outside. However, being active outdoors is a great way to enjoy the mountains in a whole new way. Not only is it less crowded, but there are no bugs to contend with! To make the most of your outdoor fun and not be cold and uncomfortable, layer your clothing so you don’t wimp out and head back for the cabin. Here are a few ideas to keep you active during our winter months:

  1. Winter Hiking – There’s no better place to take in the beautiful mountain sky than from Georgia’s highest peak – Brasstown Bald.
  2. Winter Camping – Build a bonfire, roast some marshmallows, and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa.
  3. Winter Picnic by Helton Creek Falls – Take blankets, sandwiches, and hot soup in a thermos.
  4. Photo Expedition – Snow, ice, and the crispness that comes with freezing temperatures can add a new dimension to your photos.

Are outside activities not really your speed? No worries. Blairsville-Union County offers several options during the winter season for fun and entertainment.

  1. Made from scratch donuts and pastries, farm to table menu selections, and the best coffee bar in the mountains.
  2. Book a couples’ massage at one of our many luxurious spas.
  3. Visit the tasting room at our local moonshine distilleray or one of our two local farm wineries.
  4. Discover quaint shops on the 22-mile Artisan Corridor full of arts and craft shops, galleries, and boutiques.

Blairsville-Union County is a perfect location for destination weddings. There are multiple venues to choose from and the best part is your photos will have a backdrop of the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.

Learn more about all of the winter fun that awaits you in Blairsville, GA here!

 

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Blairsville Tour of Trees

Take your family and friends on an unforgettable Christmas experience – the Blairsville Tour of Trees! Starting December 1 and running until New Years Eve, view more than 45 beautiful and expertly decorated large and small Christmas Trees and wreaths in the Blairsville Welcome Center, open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Celebrate Christmas in the mountains and find inspiration for your own Christmas decor.

The Blairsville-Union County Welcome Center is located at 129 Union County Recreation Road. You can also call 706-745-5789, email tourism@blairsvillechamber.com, or visit us online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com.

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Union General Receives Patient Safety Award 2 Years in a Row!

In Blairsville-Union County, you can rest assured that we’ll take care of you. Even in the event of a medical emergency, you’re in good hands here. The capable and highly qualified doctors and staff at Union General Hospital are here for you!

In fact, Union General was recently recognized with a Patient Safety Award for the second year in a row! This year’s award was in recognition of the hospital’s project to reduce hospital readmissions. Union General even received 2nd place in the Hospitals Under 100 Beds category!

This award is given by the Georgia Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation and PHA congratulating Union General for outstanding efforts in creating and maintaining a culture of safety and encouraging the prevention and reporting of errors to improve healthcare in Georgia.

Way to go Union General, keep up the great work!

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What we’re thankful for…

Thanksgiving is the time to pause and reflect on everything we have to be thankful for. Here at the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce, we are so thankful that we couldn’t possibly fit it all in one blog post. 2016 has been a big year for our area, and as we take stock of a year that has seen growth all around, we just wanted to take a minute to say a huge “Thank You” to everyone who made that possible. From record-breaking crowds at events to the many new businesses that opened their doors this year and the continued success of so many existing businesses, none of that would be possible without the good people of Blairsville-Union County.

Business owners, employees, customers and patrons all play a vital role in keeping our community not just up and running, but growing and thriving. All of the festivals and special events that go on in our area wouldn’t amount to much without the people who care enough to put in the time and effort it takes to make those events so special. Whether you’re graciously volunteering your time or just doing your job, people here genuinely care about their town and getting things done the right way, and that’s part of what makes Blairsville so special. We are truly blessed to live in a place where people take the idea of community so seriously.

There’s nowhere quite like Blairsville, and that has as much (if not more) to do with the amazing people who make up this community as it does the beautiful mountains and lakes that surround us. So, as you gather with your family, friends, and loved ones this Thanksgiving, remember to give thanks for the big things, the little things, and everything in-between. We’re certainly counting our blessings this year, and it’s all thanks to YOU!

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Hometown Holiday Shopping Event

The Christmas season is fast approaching, and so is the biggest shopping day of the year – Black Friday. It seems like the sales, and in some cases the crowds, get crazier every year! While we certainly salute the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping warriors, the local businesses here in Blairsville offer a unique opportunity to get ahead on your Christmas shopping. Just prior to Thanksgiving, the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce hosts a Hometown Holiday Shopping event where patrons to participating business can get a jump start on seasonal shopping. To get your coupons for participating merchants, you can either:

  1. Go to www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com, click on “request a Newsletter” and subscribe to Buy Local Coupons & Events.  The coupons will be emailed to you prior to the Buy Local Holiday Shopping Event Weekend.
  2. Give us a call at 706-745-5789.
  3. Visit the Chamber offices to pick up your coupons.

This year, the Hometown Holiday Shopping event takes place from November 17th-19th. This provides the perfect opportunity for our local retailers to beat the “big guys” to the holiday rush. So, before you wait in the long Black Friday lines or cross your fingers that your internet connection is fast enough on Cyber Monday, make your lists, check them twice, and Buy Local this holiday season!

In addition to the Hometown Holiday Shopping event, the Mountain Regional Arts and Crafts Guild will host their annual Mistletoe Market on November 19th and 20th where you can buy the finest in mountain arts and crafts. Whatever your style of “shop ‘til you drop” might be, Blairsville-Union County has plenty of options during this wonderful season! For more information about these events and more, contact the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce at 1-877-745-5789 or visit us at www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com.

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Ho Ho Ho, What do you know?

Blairsville-Union County is not your average sleepy mountain town. There seems to always be something going on in these mountains. As we wind down on a fun, fall season, full of festivals and music, we look ahead to cooler days, crackling fires and special holidays.

Cooler days mean outdoor adventures and exploring. Choose one of many hiking trails on or adjacent to the Appalachian Trail, down to waterfalls, or even up to the highest peak in Georgia. From moderate to extreme and short to long, hiking trails are abundant in and around Blairsville-Union County. Consider a short hike to Helton Creek Falls or Wolf Creek Falls at Vogel State Park. Maybe choose a more moderate hike to the summit of Georgia’s highest mountain, Brasstown Bald rising 4,784 ft above sea level. For a more strenuous challenge, hit the Appalachian Trail at the top of Neel’s Gap and conquer Blood Mountain.

Whether you decide to camp or rent a cozy cabin, a warm crackling fire is in order this time of year. From rustic to chic, you can find a cabin on the banks of the Nottely River or on a mountaintop with endless vistas. With 90% of the county protected by the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, you have your choice of prime campgrounds. The act of gathering around a fire dates back to prehistoric times. So, unplug your phone, grab a bag of marshmallows and enjoy that mesmerizing glow of the fire with your loved ones.

So, now you know that as the last leaf falls off the trees and cold air nips at your nose, you can keep busy or unplug, shop till you drop or rejoice with the holiday season. Blairsville-Union County has everything you need for a well rounded mountain vacation with your family and friends. For more information about camping, hiking, lodging, events or area information call 706-745-5789, check out www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com, or stop by the Welcome Center at 129 Union County Recreation Road in Blairsville.