The Dillard House

Kurtis Miller photo •

In the Little Tennessee River Valley of North Georgia in 1917, Carrie and Arthur Dillard served their first meal at The Dillard House to a circuit-riding minister. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Tucked into the North Georgia hillside are dozens of fairy houses, sized for the smallest, daintiest fairies to the tallest, proudest dwarves. Dubbed Whimsical Fairy Gardens, the spellbinding estates live up to the name. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Walking all 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail is a dream for some. To make the trail more accessible, we’ve broken a few classic parts down into small trips in an occasional series called Appalachian Trail Weekends. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Two hundred years ago, early explorers of the Southern Appalachians pondered the piles of stone they encountered at “all the gaps in the mountains.” While most of those cairns have disappeared, they remain a mystery. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

From a special planetarium program to tailgating and commemorative wine glasses, Georgia has plenty of special events to make the eclipse even more fun. more


Scenic waters

Peter McIntosh photography

On a sunny day in mid-March, the hardwood trees lining Highway 197 in northeast Georgia reveal only the smallest of green buds, while cherry blossoms blush pale pink and forsythias herald spring in vivid bursts of yellow on the edges of the road. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

You see them in nearly every folk potter’s shop in northeast Georgia. With crooked teeth and smoky brown and olive green visages, they stare unblinkingly with googly, sometimes menacing eyes. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

Away up there

Treehouse Hideaways photo

Southern Appalachia’s latest crop of guest retreats deepen the experience of some of the region’s most popular destinations—from the glitz of Dollywood and Biltmore Estate to the rugged allure of Pisgah National Forest and Lookout Mountain. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

Knox County’s first stone home

Chuck Cooper photography

Long before the advent of icicle string lights and inflatable snowmen, holiday decorations brightened even the humblest of log cabins. Celebrate the season—and connect with our region’s roots—at these historic residences around Southern Appalachia. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

“Here you will find fantastical worlds all around you,” reads the oversize decorative book at the entrance to Sleepy Hollow, a labyrinth of “fairy houses,” impish garden gnomes, and spinning whirligigs in North Georgia. more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments

A region of North Georgia and Western North Carolina has been named an American Viticultural Area—making the Upper Hiwassee Highlands appellation the first in Georgia and the fourth in North Carolina. more

Nov 6, 2014 10:28 AM Sweet Appalachia

For some reason, my parents can’t seem to let the table go. Sure, it’s been replaced by a gleaming and newer model in a cream-colored wood, but the history surrounding that old dinette set is too priceless for departure or relegation to the Goodwill. more

Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM Good Reads

Yonah Mountain Vineyards in Cleveland, Ga., has opened an expanded tasting room on a 200-acre vineyard that features the state’s only known wine caves. more

Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM Departments

Hurricane Falls

Photo courtesy of Jim Parnham

A motorist crossing over the dam that forms Tallulah Falls Lake, might never guess that Georgia’s most rugged gorge is just below. Tallulah Gorge State Park is home to five major waterfalls dropping hundreds of feet over a two-mile stretch. more

Aug 1, 2012 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Kathryn Stripling Byer

Donated photo

I came to the North Carolina mountains looking for my grandmother. She had been gone for years by the time I arrived, but I hoped to find some trace of her spirit here, a spirit that longed to return to her birthplace in the north Georgia. more

Jun 1, 2012 12:00 AM Good Reads

Pip and Otto were the youngest of Gilead Tattnal’s 24 known offspring, but their older siblings couldn’t, or wouldn’t, take them in. Life at the orphanage is rough, but the boys have each other, until the morning Pip awakes to find Otto missing. more

Jun 1, 2012 12:00 AM Good Reads

Black Rock Mountain State Park

Anthony Lampros photo

Hard as it might be to imagine, North Georgia’s Blue Ridge mountains once shot up five to 10 miles in the sky, dwarfing today’s Himalayas or the Rocky Mountains of Western U.S. They are some of the oldest mountains on earth. more

Dec 1, 2008 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer