Immerse yourself with Bluegreen Resorts in the picturesque wooded hills of North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and create some long-lasting memories. The vacation company’s Golf Club Villas and Petit Crest Villas at Big Canoe offer more than 7,500 acres of natural beauty amid the Southern hospitality of the town of Marble Hill. And Bluegreen Resorts guests in Marble Hill will be only about 60 miles from the big-city sophistication of Atlanta, with its wide variety of restaurants, boutiques, shopping malls, and cultural opportunities.
Marble Hill and other towns in North Georgia are known for their variety of antique shops, coffee shops, and eateries featuring traditional Southern home-style cooking. The quiet ambience extends throughout Pickens County, the challenging history of which includes strong divisions in the town over the Civil War. A long-lasting marble quarrying industry developed, beginning in the 1830s. Some sources state that more than half the marble used in the monuments in Washington, D.C., originated in the area.
Bluegreen Resorts members can find the entrance to the Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge foothills within Amicalola Falls State Park, home to the highest falls eastward of the Mississippi River. The park itself offers plenty of opportunities for hiking within its 1,000 acres, including a five-mile trek to the Len Foote “Hike Inn” for travelers.
The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest covers much of northern Georgia. The forest contains within its borders nearly 40 recreation areas and hundreds of campsites, as well as beaches for swimming, picnic areas, and more than 500 miles of trails. Hundreds of species of fish and animals make their homes in the forest, an excellent site for cold-water stream fishing.
North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountain area in general holds numerous possibilities for family fun and relaxation. From the city of Blue Ridge, hop aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway and take a four-hour excursion in a vintage train car through stunning vistas along the Toccoa River. The depot itself is nestled right inside the Chattahoochee National Forest. Bluegreen Resorts members can make another day trip to Mercier Orchards, one of the state’s most beloved tourist destinations. A fourth-generation family-owned business, the orchard produces blueberries, strawberries, cherries, plums, and peaches. And the orchard store sells its own preserves, jellies, fruit butters, muffin mixes, and more.
The town of Dahlonega was the site of the first true gold rush in the United States, in 1828. Today, visitors can tour the Dahlonega Gold Museum, take a tour of the area’s award-winning vineyards, or go horseback riding. Dahlonega is also home to a sparkling nightlife, with pubs, live entertainment, karaoke nights, poker, and more. The George E. Coleman Sr. Planetarium, on the campus of North Georgia College and State University, is open to the public for free Friday night shows during the school year.
Bluegreen Resorts members who consider themselves arts enthusiasts may enjoy a shopping trip to the city of Blue Ridge, which is home to numerous galleries, specialty boutiques, and distinctive restaurants. The Swan Drive-In, one of the few remaining drive-in movie theaters remaining in the state, has been a popular local attraction since 1955. The active Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association promotes a range of cultural events.