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Invitation to the Big Canoe Fine Art Event Sep 24, 2014
Coming up in late October/November is an event you don't want to miss. The Big Canoe Fine Art Event features works by fourteen of the southeast's finest artists, all arranged for viewing in one of Big Canoe's beautiful new custom homes in The Bluffs neighborhood.
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"The Season" is Back at Last Sep 24, 2014
After waiting eight long months for football season to return, it is back with a vengeance! If you are avid/diehard football fans like we are, you probably couldn't wait for the polls to come out so you could see your favorite football team's standing, and once "game day" arrived there you were, either back in front of the television or road-tripping to your favorite campus to tailgate.
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A Fantasy Family Vacation Sep 24, 2014
“To travel is to live” – Hans Christian Andersen.

I would like to share some of the really fun trips my colleagues and I have planned for our clients this summer. Many families are traveling with their children to fascinating destinations. We had two mothers and their 6 year old sons go to Iceland to see puffins. They had studied puffins in school and loved them so their mothers decided to take them to see a real one in it’s natural habitat!
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Tomatoes Fresh From the Vine Aug 28, 2014

My favorite summertime food - tomatoes, ripe and juicy fresh from the vine. Of course, we can eat them sliced with a little salt and pepper, put them thru the canning process to enjoy in the winter or just make a tomato pie and eat the whole thing as one meal which is what my husband and I do.


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The Big Canoe Building Group Aug 28, 2014

This month we are featuring The Big Canoe Building Group.  This is the division of Big Canoe Company LLC responsible for building new Big Canoe homes in anticipation of the growing demand.   The group is headed up by Vice President of Building Matt Barnes, who brings over twenty years of experience in the home building business.


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Wild Onion Grille: New Restaurant Opens in Wolfscratch Village Aug 28, 2014

The next time you're staying in Big Canoe, you'll want to try the new restaurant that just opened in the village... just down from the Postal Facility.


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The Enchantment Land Jul 28, 2014

Visit the Land of Enchantment!  I just returned from a fun-filled weekend in Santa Fe, New Mexico and highly recommend a visit to this delightful city.


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Fun on the Water in Big Canoe By David Holty Jul 24, 2014

Big Canoe's beautiful Lake Petit is the place to be this summer!  The biggest of Big Canoe's five lakes, Petit has it all.  Over 106 acres with a gorgeous shoreline and a forested island right out in the middle, the lake is easy to enjoy.  It all starts at the Lake Petit Marina.


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A Summer Treat - Mexican Corn on the Cob Jul 24, 2014

Our family always loves having corn on the cob in the summer because it is so sweet, juicy and tender.  Although we still like it cooked in boiling water and slathered in butter, preparing it by the following recipe is a special treat and once you have tried it this way, you may never go back to the basics again.  I know, when you see the word mayonnaise, some of you may balk and say, "this sounds awful".  I promise you, once you have tried it, you won't even realize what you are tasting "is" mayonnaise - in this case, the oil in the mayonnaise is the substitute for butter bringing out the natural flavor of the corn.


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More Fun on the Water at the Swim Club Jul 24, 2014

If you're planning to stay in Big Canoe and enjoy the fishing and boating from the Marina on Lake Petit, we have another idea for you!  Just a half-mile from Petit you'll find Lake Disharoon, and this is the lake where families love to spend a warm summer day.


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June Living Georgia Mountains - Mother Nature Jun 24, 2014
I've been asked "What makes this community truly one-of-a-kind? What's it really like to live in Big Canoe?"
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June Living Georgia Mountains - Zucchini - Surprise Favorite Jun 24, 2014
Now that the fresh vegetables are arriving at the local markets, don't bypass the zucchini. Years ago when we lived in California, my husband planted too many zucchini plants (we had no idea they were so prolific).
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June Living Georgia Mountains -Exploring Beautiful Argentina Jun 24, 2014
I just returned from a fantastic trip to Argentina that I would like to share with you. Our group was hosted by the Argentina Tourist Board and the Tour Operator Mai 10, who arranged unique and amazing experiences for us.
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May Living Georgia Mountains - Club Med Impresses in Punta Cana May 29, 2014
I just returned from a visit to Club Med Punta Cana and loved it. Club Med was the first all-inclusive resort and has been in business for 65 years. They are now “all-grown up” and have evolved to wonderful family resorts at affordable costs.
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May Living Georgia Mountains - Don’t Miss the Big Event at Lakota Cove May 29, 2014
The weather has turned delightful in the North Georgia Mountains, and we are writing to suggest that this would be a great time to visit. How about reserving one of our beautiful rental homes for a long weekend and coming up to Big Canoe to look around? Just call the rental office at 706-268-3178.
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May Living Georgia Mountains - Something You Made May 29, 2014
If you like fresh fruit, a little something sweet and tart at the same time, you will want to try this curd recipe. Trying to find a nice hostess gift when you are invited to a friend's home for dinner is always a dilemna, but if you have this on hand in the refrigerator, just tie a ribbon around the top, include a note and voila - you have the perfect gift!
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April Living Georgia Mountains - RW Design and Exchange Gallery Apr 30, 2014
Rhonda White [the “RW” in RW Design and Exchange] has just opened her second retail gallery, in the Wolfscratch Village of Big Canoe in the downstairs space recently vacated by The Tavern. Rhonda White founded her interior design business in 1987, and she has completed literally hundreds of design projects within the Big Canoe community.
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April Living Georgia Magazine - Unexpected Guests Apr 30, 2014
All of us have experienced the unexpected telephone call of friends who will be "in the vicinity" and ask if they might drop in for a visit within the next several days (or even tomorrow). The last minute scurry to find a little something to serve is always a dilemma.
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April Living Georgia Mountains - Traveling Made Easy Apr 30, 2014
Travel can be one of the best experiences of your life but it does have its challenges. That is why it is so important to develop a personal relationship with a travel agent who listens to your needs and who will also be your advocate if you encounter any problems. I have had the pleasure of working with many of you in the past but have also had inquiries from previous newsletters regarding the services I can provide.
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March Living Georgia Mountains - Village Festival Mar 26, 2014
Visitors to North Georgia are in for a real treat on Saturday morning April 5th. The highly successful Village Festival at Big Canoe is holding its grand opening from 9 AM to 12 Noon that day. There will be a special drawing and prizes will be awarded! Read on for more details.
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March Living Georgia Mountains - From Frozen to Table Mar 26, 2014
My husband and I just returned from a short trip to St. Simon's Island where we enjoyed fresh seafood almost every day. Blackened, broiled, fried, pan sauteed - they prepared it to your taste and seasoned it perfectly. While my personal favorite seafood dish is sole meuniere, and although sole was not offered, several equivalent substitutes were. The following recipe using tilapia comes close to duplicating the method and flavors of meuniere (fish fillets dredged in flour, cooked in butter with lemon).
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March Living Georgia Mountains - Escape to the Hawaiian Islands Mar 26, 2014
Not only is Hawaii one of the most beautiful places on earth, it offers unique activities for each traveler in addition to their reknown beaches. Hawaiians are inspired by their love of the land, a strong cultural identity, and a supreme connection with ancestors.
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February Living Georgia Mountains - Gibbs Gardens’ 2014 Daffodil Festival begins March 1 Feb 21, 2014
Goodbye winter. Hello sunshine! Chase away those lingering winter doldrums at Gibbs Gardens’ 2014 Daffodil Festival, beginning March 1 and running through April 15.
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February Living Georgia Mountains - A Snack for any Occasion Feb 21, 2014
Do you need a little something to snack on while watching sports on television or a little munchie to enjoy while watching your children's or grandchildren's sporting activities? Well, the recipe below will definitely fit that niche and more.
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February Living Georgia Mountains - The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville Feb 21, 2014
Last month we directed guests and visitors in North Georgia to make sure they scheduled a visit to Cartersville to see the Tellus Museum. There is another great attraction in Cartersville, and both can be seen on the same day. We encourage you to consider a side trip from the Pickens/Dawson county areas to experience the Booth Western Art Museum.
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February - A Visit to London Feb 21, 2014
London has certainly thrived in the last few years with all of their recent exciting events. The Olympics, the Queens Jubilee and a royal baby have all brought worldwide attention to this wonderful city.
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January Living Georgia - Winter Fishing is Great in Big Canoe Jan 23, 2014
One of the most popular amenities in all of Big Canoe is the fishing on our beautiful lakes. This would be an excellent time for visitors to plan their next stay in our community, because the fishing is so good right now. Here’s why:
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January Living Georgia - A Healthy Diet for 2014 Jan 23, 2014
Here we go again with those New Year's resolutions; lose weight; stay away from any and all sweets; drink no more carbonated beverages; refrain from eating potatoes and breads; exercise every day. Good grief, if we do all that we resolved to do, we will be hungry, angry and tired with no friends.
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January Living Georgia - The Tellus Museum in Cartersville Jan 23, 2014
Visitors staying in Big Canoe in February, or driving up to North Georgia for the day, are in for a treat if they’ll head up north to Cartersville to visit the Tellus Museum. This is one of the best museums in the Southeast and guaranteed enlightening and fun for the whole family.
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December Living Georgia Mountains- Big Canoe Wins Major Award! Dec 17, 2013
Big Canoe residents got some good news last week when it was announced that Big Canoe has been chosen as a Silver [and possibly Gold!] award winner for Master Planned Community of the Year 2014 by the National Association of Home Builders.
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December Living Georgia Mountains- Is it a Sweet Potato or a Yam Dec 17, 2013
I'll bet you already knew this but the sweet potato is actually a root vegetable and is only distantly related to the potato. Although the soft, orange sweet potato is often called a "yam" in parts of North America, the sweet potato is botanically very distinct from a genuine yam which is native to Africa and Asia.
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December Living Georgia Mountains- Get Away to Saint Lucia Dec 17, 2013
“Saint Lucia is the perfect destination, whether you're after romance, rejuvenation or adventure. A genuine, natural landscape of gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest and the majestic Piton Mountains are sure to indulge every taste."
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November Living Georgia Mountains - It’s Easy to be Thankful for Living in North Georgia Nov 22, 2013
As the holidays approach, residents in Big Canoe have much to be thankful for. We get to live in the beautiful part of North Georgia that the Cherokee called “The Enchanted Land.”
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November Living Georgia Mountains - Candied Apples Nov 22, 2013
Yes, I just shared an apple recipe last month but this one is so good for the holidays - both Thanksgiving and Christmas - I just couldn't resist!
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November Living Georgia Mountains - Creating an Environmentally Friendly Community Nov 22, 2013
Here’s an example of how highly regarded Big Canoe is in the regional environmental community. Georgia State University’s Linda DiSantis brought a large group of professionals from the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership [IGEL] to visit Big Canoe two weeks ago.
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November Living Georgia Mountains - Hawaii is a Dream Vacation Nov 22, 2013
Aloha!

Hawaii is a dream vacation for anyone – a great family trip, honeymoon or escape to Paradise. The tiny island of Lanai offers two of the most luxurious hotels in Hawaii. This tiny island is a short distance from Maui and you will find an unspoiled paradise of spectacular sea coast and enchanting highland forests.
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October Living Georgia Mountains - Gibbs Gardens: Your Passport to Japan Oct 10, 2013
Just down the road from Big Canoe, you're invited to step into another world, a place where the serene beauty of Japanese culture is set against the singular splendor of the largest Japanese gardens in the nation.
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October Living Georgia Mountains - Paddling down the Etowah River in October Oct 10, 2013
October is a beautiful month for a leisurely paddle down the Etowah River. "Leaf peeping" is so much more satisfying from a canoe than from a car on the highway!
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October Living Georgia Mountains - An Apple A Day Oct 10, 2013
My generation is well aware of the old adage, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" but have you ever applied that to your cooking choices - especially when it involves appeasing that sweet tooth?
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October Living Georgia Mountains - A Trip to Qatar and Vast India Oct 10, 2013
I just had the most extraordinary trip to the tiny nation of Qatar and Vast India. The following was published in The Week Magazine, Sept 27, 2013 about Qatar.
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September Living Georgia Mountains - Pumpkins in North Georgia Sep 23, 2013

Chances are, even if you don’t live up here in the North Georgia Mountains, you’ve heard of Burt’s Pumpkin Patch.  Burt’s is a famous destination all over the southeast; we know a young family from Decatur who won’t miss a chance to come up to Big Canoe for a visit.  Shopping at Burt’s Pumpkin Patch is just a short drive away.  One of the great things about living in Big Canoe is that it puts us so close to all these great attractions.
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September Living Georgia Mountains - Corn Maze Sep 23, 2013
If you’ve never been to a Corn Maze, you might want to consider a visit when you are up in North Georgia shopping for pumpkins.  What’s a Corn Maze?  Well, glad you asked!  There are several Corn Mazes a short drive from Big Canoe; we’ve listed some of the best ones in the article above about pumpkins.  Many of them have their own web sites for further information.
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September Living Georgia Mountains - Game Day Treats Sep 23, 2013
When football season arrives, age goes out the window! If you are college football fans like we are, you revert to those days when youth and vigor were as prevalent as aging and bone-creaking are now.
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September Living Georgia Mountains - Fall Travel Values Sep 23, 2013

As we enter our wonderful fall season, the southern Hemisphere is entering their spring and summer which offers us many warm weather travel opportunities!
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Big Canoe Wins Gold for Best Amenity Package Feb 26, 2013
The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association has awarded Big Canoe Gold for their Amenity Package in its 32nd Annual Obie Awards.
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January Living Georgia Mountains Jan 18, 2013
Hot Toddy A great evening relaxer when you need something to help relieve that irritating cold
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January Living Georgia Mountains Jan 15, 2013

Top Survival Kits

Here’s REI’s most popular:

REI Day Pack Dirst-Air Kit $12

Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival $34

Adventure Medical Kits UltraLight $27    
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January Living Georgia Mountains Jan 15, 2013
Celebrate the Spirit of the American Artists Gala Artist Party Saturday Feb 9th 1 to 4 pm
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January Living Georgia Mountains Jan 14, 2013
Winter hikes with your faithful canine are like no other season:
streams freeze, views expand with less foliage and sound
travels farther. While your buddy may look good to go at a
moments notice, your dog is risk for hypothermia, frost bite and
paw damage if you’re not vigilant.
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Wall Street Journal Aug 08, 2012
Home Prices Climb As Supplies Dwindle
by Nick Timiraos

Homes prices rose by their largest percentage in at least seven years
during the second quarter, propelled by low inventories of properties
for sale and high demand for bargain-priced foreclosures, according to
two reports Tuesday.
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Wall Street Journal May 23, 2012
U.S. Economic Recovery Starts to Hit Home
by Justin Lahart

The U.S. is now in the thick of the home selling and building season and the data continues to flash recovery.
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Wall Street Journal Apr 27, 2012
Stunned Home Buyers Find The Bidding Wars Are Back
by Nick Timiraos

A new development is catching home buyers off guard as the spring sales season gets under way: Bidding wars are back.
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Big Canoe: Beautiful, Mature and Financially Sound Apr 02, 2012
by Eric Snider
Atlanta Magazine, May 2012

Even as America works its way out of economic doldrums, Big Canoe homes continue to sell. The 8,000-acre community located in the Appalachian foothills an hour north of Atlanta is a model of stability in a topsy-turvy market.
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2011 Community of the Year Award Nov 28, 2011
The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association has awarded Big Canoe its top prize, Community of the Year, in its 31st Annual OBIE Awards. Community of the year is judged on the basis of overall objectives met, overall community appeal, overall design and integration of product mix, overall signage and theme. Judges take into consideration the developer's ability to maximize aesthetic values, use of the land and accentuating positive features.
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Gilmer Times Courier Oct 20, 2011
Piedmont named 2011 Small Hospital of the Year
by Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

Piedmont  Mountainside Hospital, of Jasper, was named 2011 Small Hospital of the Year by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals (the Alliance) at its 28th annual conference Oct. 14.
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The Second Home: Never A Better Time Aug 25, 2011
THE SECOND HOME, once just a dream for so many, is now within the realistic grasp of an ever-increasing number of Americans. Are you a dreamer... or a doer?
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Smoke Signals Aug 04, 2011
Big Canoe's farmers market keeps growing. The Market at Big Canoe is growing - and will grow even more over the next few weeks. Nine distinctly different vendors, including the Village’s Mexicali Joe's, greeted crowds of Big Canoe shoppers for the Saturday, July 23 Market Day. The new merchants represented an eclectic mix of merchandise.
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Smoke Signals Nov 01, 2010
This is the season to give thanks for living in the 'Enchanted Land'
The Indians called the mountains and valleys of Big Canoe "the Enchanted Land." When the community of Big Canoe came to life, all who entered were awed by its natural beauty. Today, thirty-five years later, Big Canoe is still inspiring us with its beauty.
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Newspaper Sep 01, 2010
Fine Mountain Arts and Crafts show opens Sept. in Choctaw Village
Ann Young will present the fall art show, "Fine Mountain Arts and Crafts," over three weekends in September at Big Canoe's Choctaw Village.
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Magazine Jul 01, 2010
Points North - The Time Is Now
Looking toward retirement in five years or so, Janice and Grant Anglemyer decided it was time to put their long-standing plan into action. Since her 20s, Janice’s mind had been set on living her golden years in Charleston — that historic, elegant city on the water in South Carolina.
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Newspaper May 23, 2010
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Big Canoe Residents Brad & Leigh Ann Haertel

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Newspaper Apr 28, 2010
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Big Canoe Residents Clark & Lane Howard
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Magazine Apr 01, 2010
DuPont Registry: Big Canoe - Atlanta's Premier Mountain Home
Each weekday, shortly after 6:00 p.m., Melinda Wesseling drives under the covered bridge at the entrance of Big Canoe heading to her home, a sanctuary in the mountains an hour north of Atlanta. As she traverses the curvy roads flecked with leaves and lined by tall trees and vividly colored foliage, she feels her body loosen, her breathing ease.
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Atlanta Magazine’s Dream Home Set to Open in BIG CANOE® Sep 22, 2009
At a time when the mountains are wild with color, Atlanta Magazine's 2009 Dream Home will be presented in Big Canoe, an 8,000 acre oasis of exceptional natural beauty in the North Georgia Mountains just an hour's drive from Atlanta.
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Parsons Christmas House Opens October 3rd in Big Canoe® Sep 22, 2009
Decorated just like it's your home - but with one difference - the Christmas House in Big Canoe's Choctaw Village has been orchestrated by Parsons, North Georgia's first and last word on holiday decorating. And no wonder! With its130-year track record in retail sales, Parsons has a clear idea of what dazzles.
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Fine Art Shows at Big Canoe - Chattanooga Times Free Press May 24, 2009
Big Canoe is an 8,000-acre gated resort community an hour north of Atlanta near Jasper, Ga. From June 6 through July 19, two fine art shows will be held on-site.
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Big Canoe Fine Art Show Promises to WOW - News Release May 15, 2009
Big Canoe, Atlanta's nearby mountain community prized for the breathtaking natural beauty of its 8,000 acres, is presenting the equally spectacular work of 14 master craftsmen in a summer showing open Wednesdays through Sundays from June 6th to July 19th.
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Newspaper Apr 22, 2008
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Big Canoe Residents David & Helen Russo
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March Living Georgia Mountains

The Village Festival at Big Canoe is getting ready to start up again in April. The public is invited to this outdoor market which is just a mile north of the Foothills Shopping Center on Steve Tate Highway.


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March Living Georgia Mountains

Wonderful open air markets await every European traveler – especially in the summer.


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March Living Georgia Mountains

It can be challenging to exercise in the winter. Outdoor options may be limited and if you’re not a skier or hiker.


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March Living Georgia Mountains

Spring is just around the corner and I look forward to seeing my favorite birds arrive.


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April Living Georgia Mountains

The Lumpkin County Vineyards are only a short drive from Big Canoe


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April Living Georgia Mountains

Living in Big Canoe provides so many delightful opportunities! We have enjoyed many great concerts at the Terraces over the years.


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April Living Georgia Mountains

These tasty appetizer bites pair well with Fume Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines.


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April Living Georgia Mountains

Imagine discovering the unique scenic treasures of Europe from the luxurious serenity of your river cruise ship.


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May Living Georgia Mountains

There’s no doubt about it! Fishing is and has always been one of Big Canoe’s most popular amenities.


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May Living Georgia Mountains

Fishing has always been popular in Big Canoe.


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May Living Georgia Mountains

One of my favorite entree recipes is for tilapia. You don't even need to thaw the fillets - just remove them from the freezer and away you go!


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May Living Georgia Mountains

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June Living Georgia Mountains

Big Canoe’s location in the north Georgia Mountains is a great “jumping off place” for all kinds of activities a short drive away.


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June Living Georgia Mountains

What could be better for your health than a vigorous hike in the woods, beautiful scenery all around, clean fresh air, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are getting a good workout and staying in shape!


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June Living Georgia Mountains

Even though you may already have a recipe for buffalo wings, try this one - it will not disappoint and the blue cheese dressing is my favorite!


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June Living Georgia Mountains

Come up to the North Georgia Mountains to find your summer fun.


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July Living Georgia Mountains

One of the most popular attractions for residents and guests here in Big Canoe is the proximity to dozens of excellent antique malls and markets.  To be sure, there are plenty of antique markets south of us, in Woodstock or Canton... but today we are concentrating on the North Georgia antique stores a short drive away from the Big Canoe community.


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July Living Georgia Mountians

For most antique shoppers, browsing for antiques is a leisurely pastime shared by young and old alike.


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July Living Georgia Mountians

With all the rain and damp weather we have had recently, coffee has tasted better than ever especially after making some biscotti to enjoy with it.


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July Living Georgia Mountians

There are many special amenities and prices that we offer when you book with our travel agency.  We have a special relationship with many hotels and cruise lines that give you extra value and prices.


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August Living Georgia Mountains

This is not an idle boast!  A recent taste test conducted by the University of Georgia found that consumers overwhelmingly preferred North Georgia apples to those grown in Washington State.  Apples have been called “the crop that saved Gilmer County from the boll weevil,” referring of course to the fact that many years ago this was cotton country.


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August Living Georgia Mountains

Don’t miss all the fun in the North Georgia Mountains in September. As leaves start to change color, air grows crisp and acorns begin to drop, music, festivals and outdoor events ramp up in the Mountains of Big Canoe and nearby Gibbs Gardens. 


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August Living Georgia Mountains
Lianne Haber, a vendor at the Festival,  shared her easy but good recipe for pulled pork using her bottled Lillian's Sweet Hawaiian  which is made using her husband's grandmother's 100 year old recipe. 
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August Living Georgia Mountains

The big Mercier Orchards store in Blue Ridge, GA is a well-known North Georgia destination, and rightly so.  Besides their more than two-dozen varieties of apples, they also sell many other seasonal fruits including fresh peaches and nectarines, sweet cherries, plums and berries.


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February Living Georgia Mountains
Gibbs Gardens’ Daffodil Festival ushers in spring with the largest display of daffodils in the country. Beginning March 1 and running through April 15, the Gibbs Gardens Daffodil Gardens are, according to Southern Living Magazine, “the most spectacular display of blooms this side of Holland”.
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February Living Georgia Mountains

Trade winter’s grays for Tuscany’s green hills with recipes from Nona Whipple. Thieves’ Pasta Focaccia


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February Living Georgia Mountains

Our wine connoisseur shares secrets on underpriced Italian reds.


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February Living Georgia Mountains

Explore Tuscany your way with tips from a 30-year veteran.


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