Learn more about starting or moving a business to Blairsville-Union County here.
It’s hard to believe, as surely many of us still haven’t finished all of the Halloween candy yet, but the Christmas season is rapidly approaching! Most people probably haven’t even started on a Christmas list, much less checked it twice, but there’s no better place to get a jump on your shopping than the 18th Annual Mistletoe Market! This incredible indoor arts and crafts show features local and regional vendors showcasing their distinctive handmade creations, including wood crafts, jewelry, pottery, soap, and much more.
Come on out to the North Georgia Technical College Blairsville on November 17 from 9am – 4pm and November 18 from 11am – 4pm to support local and regional artisans and find some truly unique gifts for your loved ones this year. Admission to the Mistletoe Market is free and there will be a light lunch available for purchase. Learn more on the Chamber website.
Calling all Food-Lovers! The First Annual Taste of the Mountains in Blairsville on August 25th from 4pm-7pm the Butt-Mock House (located 1 block south of the Downtown Square). Take a taste from many of our incredible area restaurants and sample locally produced wine, beer & spirits. This family friendly event will feature live music from Steven Phillips & the Midnight Express, cooking demonstrations by the North Georgia Technical College Culinary Department & Amazing Grace Catering & Events, bounce houses for the kids, and some good old fashioned Southern Charm. The Blairsville Cruisers will also be there for the car-lovers in your family!
$20 admission will give you 20 tickets to sample food and beverages from area businesses. Children 12 and under are $10. Additional Taste tickets are available for $1 each. Parking is free. Alcohol only available for those age 21 and up. All proceeds go to the North Georgia Technical College Scholarship fund. What a fun and delicious way to support higher education in our area!
Learn more about Taste of the Mountains in Blairsville.
Summer is drawing to a close and school starts back soon, but it’s not too late to squeeze in some family fun in Blairsville-Union County! From parks, lakes, and trails to fantastic food and excellent shopping, we’ve got something for every member of the family to enjoy.
Blairsville is the perfect place for getting outside and having an adventure or just relaxing and unplugging before the back to school blues set in. Check out our Summer Activities page for a complete listing of things to do in our area!
Explore The Greater Outdoors at Georgia’s Favorite State Park, Vogel State Park.
Visit Georgia’s Highest Peak at Brasstown Bald.
Get out on the water at one of our incredible area lakes.
It’s finally here! Opening day for the Union County Farmers Market is this Saturday, June 2! Come on out from 7am to 1pm for the freshest foods that Blairsville-Union County has to offer. This market provides local farmers, both big and small, with a place to sell their goods and supports a sustainable regional food system that helps small family farms stay in business, protects land from development, and provides all of us with fresh, local food. Check out this great video about the Farmers Market and be sure to come on out to 148 Old Smokey Rd Saturdays from 7am to 1pm and Tuesdays from 2pm to 6pm for the finest home grown and handmade food and goods around!
Friendly reminder: Mother’s Day is THIS Sunday! Looking for the perfect way to celebrate the Mom in your life? We’ve got you covered! There are some great ways to show your love and appreciation right here in Blairsville-Union County…
Go to Lunch (…or Brunch…or Dinner)
We have a vibrant food scene here in Blairsville, featuring cuisines for every kind of eater. From traditional Southern food to Cuban and Italian fare to Farm-to-table sophistication, there’s something here Mom is sure to enjoy. Learn more about there restaurants in our area here.
Take a Hike
For the outdoorsy Moms, there are several excellent trails in our area perfect for experiencing the splendor of Mother Nature. Check out our Hiking Page for a complete list of trails in the area.
The local shops and markets here feature expertly crafted art, crafts, decor, apparel, and more, so Mom can shop ’til she drops. Check out our Shopping page to learn more.
There are a number of amazing spas and luxury experiences in our area, perfect for pampering the special lady in your life. Explore the resorts and spas in the area here.
If your Mom prefers something with a good vintage, the wineries and distilleries in Blairsville-Union County are second to none! The soil in our area has the same AVA designation as the soil in Napa, and the wineries and distilleries deliver modern excellence with flavors rooted in the history and heritage of our region. Learn more about our Wineries and Distilleries.
Downtown Blairsville now has a great new app that lets you stay connected to everything happening in Blairsville-Union County! Update your calendar with upcoming events, explore all of the restaurants, shopping, and other businesses in the area, learn about some of the local history, and much more! The FREE Downtown Blairsville app is available for download on both Apple and Google. Check it out and let us know what you think!
Still figuring out what to do with your kids over Spring Break? Look no further than Blairsville-Union County! Explore the Greater Outdoors and experience all of the food, culture, and shopping that Blairsville has to offer. Here are a few tips for having a perfect Spring Break Adventure in Blairsville-Union County…
1. Have an Outdoor Adventure
Blairsville-Union County is the perfect place to unplug and reconnect with your family, and there’s no better way to do that than Exploring the Greater Outdoors!
Get an unforgettable view of four states from Georgia’s highest peak. Learn more about Brasstown Bald here.
Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Union County boasts the only covered portion of the famous Appalachian Trail. You can also hike to the peak of Blood Mountain or brave one of the many other connecting trails. Learn more about hiking and other outdoor activities in Blairsville-Union County here.
We have many waterfalls here in Blairsville-Union County, like Helton Creek Falls and Wolf Creek Falls, to name a few. Learn more about our waterfalls and where to find them here.
Riders of all ages and levels can experience the countryside on horseback. Find out more about riding and a listing of stables here.
2. Get Your Park On
We’ve got some of the finest parks in the state, complete with activities for every member of the family to enjoy.
Vogel State Park
Enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking, paddle boats, and more at Vogel. Learn more about Vogel State Park, and other parks in our area here.
Play 18 holes of Frisbee Golf at Meeks Park’s excellent 18-hole course, let the kids play hard on the playground, batter up at one of four batting cages, let your pups have a ball at the dog park, and much, much more! Learn more about Meeks Park here.
3. Eat Well
Dine at one of Blairsville’s many amazing restaurants. There’s something to please every palette, from traditional southern food to fine dining! You will be absolutely amazed at the quality and variety of different cuisines available in our area. Browse listings and see a map of restaurants in the area here.
4. Shop ‘til You Drop
Blairsville offers a unique shopping experience, from local artisans to designer duds! Plan your shopping trip here.
Ready for your Spring Break Mountain Adventure? Call us today at 877-745-5789 or visit us online to learn more about all the fun your family can get into in Blairsville-Union County!
Lots of aspiring entrepreneurs come in pint size packages. Children have ideas about building a better mousetrap, and as adults, we have a tendency to pat them on the head and remark about the cleverness of their idea. What would happen if you explored that idea with your child?
Here’s what one family of four did as a summer project. Their 9 year old daughter had made a portable herb garden out of recycled materials for her end-of-year 4th grade Science project. Her Mom saw a good deal of potential in the project. She knew that kids are great at cut and paste, so with a little extra training, they could be taught to assemble. They began by recycling 16 ounce green tinted plastic soda bottles. They then purchased a $25 bottle cutting tool from a large online retailer.
Next, they invested in old barn boards that they purchased for a song from a local online yard sale. They purchased herb seeds and potting soil and took a box of Dixie cups and began their herb plantings. Dad did the cutting of the plastic bottles as well as cutting the barn wood in appropriate size pieces. The two youngsters were in charge of the planting, marking, and care of the herbs in the Dixie cups. Mom then sanded the backs of the boards, added a hanger, and attached the cut bottles in a decorative fashion onto the boards. When the plants were at a healthy size, Mom and the kids replanted them into the bottles on the boards. They went to their local Farmer’s Market on Saturday and sold out that day. They were now in the portable herb garden business. Customers went crazy for the idea of hanging this rustic barn wood on their back porch, and having an herb garden all ready to go.
Mom kept track of the time invested, as well as the material costs. The four of them had 68 hours into the project, including their day at the Farmers Market. Their material costs were $89, including the cutting tool. That day they sold the 50 portable herb planters that they brought to Market, at an average price of $18 each or a gross profit of $900. With a net profit of $811, it was as if each of them made $12 an hour for their efforts. Now imagine how the ideas started flowing as they headed home that evening. How could they expand this concept? They say the children had the best ideas, and were so invested in the project it was hard to get them to focus on their schoolwork again, come fall.
When considering what business you want to develop, don’t just consider how much time it will take away from your family, but more importantly consider how you can engage the family in the process. The learning experience will only be exceeded by the strengthening of family ties as you take on the new challenges together. Your children will also begin to develop the skills to be the leaders of tomorrow.
Our Chamber is proud to annually host the “Youth Leadership Union”, whose mission is to develop the knowledge and leadership skills of young people in our County so they may confidently become our leaders of tomorrow. For more information about this program, visit our website.