Only two years ago, SeaBloom Farms was an uninhabited patch of dry grass amidst the towering trees and trickling streams of rural Sugar Valley. Today, the farmland is completely transformed—a colorful world of thick corn mazes, fruitful pumpkin patches, and bright sunflowers. Hay wagons traverse the verdant grounds, bumbling past pine trees and crops carrying passengers of visiting families and friends. Come winter, the farm staff peddles its pines as Christmas trees and treats guests to holiday-themed attractions, including hot cider and Santa-led Zumba classes.
Golfers across Texas, Arizona, and Georgia get an expert's opinion on their local private and public courses through AvidGolfer Magazine. The professionals also offer some basic instructions, in-depth product reviews, and careful explanations of why a lower score is better. Besides expert advice, the magazine releases an annual passbook that grants subscribers entry into several local courses.
Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters utilizes its location in the Aska Adventure Area to gift outdoor recreation fans with sweeping views during inimitable excursions. Navigate the two provided kayaks down the Toccoa River for the two- to three-hour unguided kayak expedition to encounter serene waters, as well as rainbow trout working on their ROYGBIV dissertations. The kayak rentals come with life jackets, paddles, and a shuttle ride from the Outfitters' Lilly Pad meeting location to the kayak-launching area.
In 1848, railway workers embarked on a project to open up trade between the Midwest and East Coast by digging a 1,477-foot tunnel through the base of the Chetoogeta Mountain. Around them, the town of Tunnel Hill sprouted up, as well as Clisby Austin's antebellum-style home, which would go on to serve as a hospital and the headquarters of William Sherman during the Civil War. Train cars eventually outgrew the tunnel, leading to the construction of a larger, parallel tunnel and the retirement of the Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel in 1928.
Today, visitors can take a step back in time by walking though the restored tunnel's stone arches or gleaning factual tidbits at the Heritage Center Museum. Civil War reenactments bring the grassy fields to life, as the Federals and Confederates engage in battle and hoop-skirted civilians struggle to stitch up the field's time-space wormhole.
Ellijay Marketplace changes with the seasons. During the summer, an open-air flea market sprouts at its perimeter and during the colder months, it's a purely indoor shopping center. And while it's less seasonal, the indoor space is far from static. The merchandise in the 10,000-square-foot consignment center, for example, rotates regularly, as do the antiques and curiosities sold at live auctions. Local retailers, such as The Man Cave Shop and Kristina Lee's Boutique, also show their wares at select indoor tables. Visitors can shop the market's quirky finds, or simply browse while listening to the eclectic bluegrass performances.
Retro Bowl celebrates the long-held tradition of tossing balls into things. Groups of friends can saddle up to the alley?s lanes and try their hand at rolling spares and strikes. Fall and summer leagues bring together bowlers for evenings of friendly competition, while hosted parties celebrate birthdays and passing the third grade. When the sun sets on Friday and Saturday nights, the alley is illuminated with disco balls and colorful lights during Cosmic bowling.