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									NORTHEAST GEORGIA MOUNTAINS TRAVEL REGION Regional Tourism Representative Report September 2004 STATEWIDE REPORT ON TOURISM
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Statewide Tourism Reports: Go to www.marketgeorgia.org. Click on Media and then click on Newsletters
and click on month of interest.

NE GA Mtns Regional Tourism Rep Reports. Go to www.marketgeorgia.org. Click on Media and then click on Regional Updates. Scroll down to Northeast Georgia Mountains and the click on month of interest.
Parks Miller recently resigned from the Chattahoochee Oconee Forest Interpretive Association.

REGIONAL NEWS
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o Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests website (www.fs.fed.us/conf/fall/falcolor.htm) provides reports on the best fall color from week to week, thanks to the help of the U.S. Forest Service officials, as well as leaf spotters throughout the area. There's also a photo gallery, a Webcam link and contact information for other Georgia regional Forest Service offices. You can also call the Forest Services national fall color hotline (800-354-4595) for updates. The Weather Channel's website (www.weatherchannel.com/activities/recreation/fallfoliage) provides upto-date foliage information and reports nationwide. Leaf Watch 2004 is available through the Georgia State Parks website (www.gastateparks.org). Here, visitors can find out when and where to see the leaves at their peak as well as educational information about fall foliage in Georgia. The site is updated regularly throughout the leaf season. For more information call 800-864-7275

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Dawson County News: o Outdoor Traditions is new innovative and rustic outdoors experience in an indoor 25,000 sq ft mega-

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store that promotes the great outdoors. Climb North Georgia’s highest indoor climbing wall FREE! The Nature’s Classroom is an educational program of instruction, safety and ethics associated with outdoors recreation. Free 20-yard indoor archery range, Professional archery instruction. Jim Barna Log Homes Wildlife Art Gallery. Open M-F 10 am until 8 pm and 9 am - 8 pm on Saturdays and it’s closed on Sundays. 243 Stowers Road (on GA 400), Dawsonville, GA 30534 706-216-4868. www.outdoortraditions.com Deborah Raptis submitted the U.S. Open Stock Dog Trials & Farm Festival to the American Bus Association and it was chosen for Top 100 Events in North America for group travel in 2005! This will give them lots of publicity and place them in the "Destinations" publication for group travel all over the US. Other area attractions that Deborah submitted that have also been mentioned are; Kangaroo Conservation Center, Amicalola Falls State Park, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Burt's Pumpkin Farm and Hill Crest Apple Orchard. Ty Cobb Museum: John Moss, President, of Sally League recently visited the Ty Cobb Museum. Ty Cobb was a recipient at the First Annual Sports Hall of Fame sponsored by the Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University in Gainesville. The Ty Cobb Healthcare Systems / Ty Cobb Museum was represented at the event. The plaque will be placed in the Museum. Our 4th Commemorative Collectors Baseball Card will be released Saturday, October 2nd, at the Ty Cobb Museum Gift Shop. If questions, please call (706) 245-1825. The Museum continues to have Senior Groups from Georgia and surrounding states visit and spend time in the area. Toni Childress is the new contact for the Lavonia Chamber.

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Visitors at Dirt Bag Pottery will see a working studio and Gallery featuring 18 potters, decorative works of art and functional pieces. Located in a charming red barn on Historic Highway 441 (.5 mile north of Clarkesville Square). www.dirtbagpottery.com Over 18,000 square feet of the Old Clarkesville Mill has been brought back to life as an Art and Antique Mall with over 100 vendors. Find the original artwork, unique crafts, vintage jewelry and antique furniture you have always wanted. Located on Historic Highway 441 ½ mile north of the Clarkesville Square. www.oldclarkesvillemill.com

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Glen Ella Springs is now scheduling 4-day cooking schools. For more information go to www.glenella.com or call 706-754-7295. To find out what’s going on throughout the year, register to receive their electronic newsletter. To find out about sales and events at Eden Heirloom Gardens and Daylily Farm, email ellennash@alltel.net. Northeast Georgia History Center inducted 68 Top area sports legends into their new Northeast Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. For more information about the Hall of Fame, the “Land of Promise”, The Adventures of Mark Trail” and the “Folk Pottery Exhibit”, check out www.negahistorycenter.org. Pat Fritz is the new Main Street Manager in Hartwell. Welcome! Dale Steenbergen is the new Dahlonega Lumpkin County Chamber President. Welcome Dale! Wine Down South, Doc Lawrences’ new and regular feature for the fabulous new magazine, Y'all is in the September issue which just hit the newsstands. The full-color, very mainstream publication has his wine feature opposite the article by my friend, esteemed Chef Marvin Woods, the red-hot star of Turner South's TV cooking hit, Home Plate, Wine Down South contains commentary from many gourmets, wine experts and wine makers including Atlanta's culinary legend, Lynda Allison, retailing giant Doug Bryant and Three Sisters Winery owners Doug and Sharon Paul. There are observations from Tim McNally, who hosts one of the country's finest radio wine shows in New Orleans each Sunday morning and the GM of fabled Galatoire's, Melvin Rodrique. Each Wine Down South feature is dedicated to the Jeffersonian tradition of hospitality: through wine and food served to friends and strangers, a bridge of understanding and friendship is built. Doc welcomes your suggestions for future columns. Doc Lawrence, Lehmann Desloge Media, Inc., editors@docsnews.com www.docsnews.com

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Madison County News o The staff at Watson Mill Bridge State Park have handcrafted an old style log cabin that they built from Rabun County News
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trees from the park. It has been available for use for about a year. It sleeps 8 people in each unit and has 2 units. To view log cabin see www.negia.net/~watson/logcabinbunk.html

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Sylvan Falls Mill Bed & Breakfast is now selling ground cornmeal and grits. Nestled against an 80 foot waterfall this historic gristmill inn offers four unique guest rooms with private baths. Visit the gardens and tour the mill centrally located between Dillard and Clayton. For reservations and information, please call: 706-746-7138 or visit their website at www.sylvanfallsmill.com Tiger Drive In is located 4 miles south of Clayton, Georgia on Old US HWY 441 South. Originally opened in 1954, and closed in the mid 80’s, the Drive In was reopened in 2004. It’s open three days a week rain or shine: Friday, Saturday and Sunday! The “Tiger Drive In” will not only be used to show the latest movies, but will have Saturday “Drive In” Flea Markets, Vegetable Markets, Sunday afternoon antique Car Shows, and Art Festivals etc.. Car or Motorcycle Clubs, Corporate or Social get-togethers, Birthday Parties and other special events are welcome. For Information on reserving room in the theatre for your event or for information about weekend daytime events at the theatre such as Flea Markets, Antique Markets and Car Shows call 404-680-5066 or email us at tom@tigerdrivein.com. Hillside Orchard Farms Country Store and Farm has moved. It is now located at 18 Sorghum Mill Drive and Old U.S. (Historic) Highway 441. Corn Maze, Fresh local produce, working Sorghum Pan, Sorghum Mill Café, Bakery, .5 mil long walking path, picnic area, Bluegrass and Country Gospel Music every Saturday and Sunday Evening. Great for groups. Chattooga River Fall Special ~ Escape from a busy day at the office, and go experience the Chattooga River during the week. Southeastern Expeditions is offering 20% off all weekday trips through the end of September. (Reservations must be made in advance. Special must be mentioned at time of booking and may not be combined with any other offer. Cannot be applied to existing reservations.) Visit www.southeasternexpeditions.com to make your reservations today! Plans are getting underway to celebrate the Stephens County Centennial 1905-2005

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Towns County News o Mike Pelham is the new manager at The Fieldstone Resort. o The Fieldstone Resort announced the opening in late August 2004, Fun World at Fieldstone, part of the
10 acre Fieldstone Family Entertainment Center. There is a Four Theater Cinema, one of which will be a large screen format. Arcade Games • Laser Tag • Foam Factory • Inflatable • Rock Climbing Wall • Go Carts • Toddler Arena • Batting Cages • Party Room • Pizza Buffet • Indoor Miniature Golf and more… Call 706-896-7777 or email fun@funworldatfieldstone.com to Plan your Special Events...Birthday Parties

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• Baby Shower • Company Parties • Anniversaries & Celebrations • Holiday Parties • Corporate Functions • Church Retreats Click the logo below to go to our web site

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Farms for unforgettable Saturday evenings of Bluegrass and Blues…richly flavored with Chjef DeeAnna’s famous country cuisine. Neverland Farms is located 10 miles north of Cleveland, GA near Turner’s Corner…100 magnificent acres surrounded by the incomparable Blue Ridge Mountains. The music events allow a rare “up close and personal” connection with the talented musicians. The wonderful staff will make you feel like family. Sunday afternoon Concerts (Oct. 3 and Oct. 10) will feature the Celtic phenom "Emerald Rose" and the incomparable Bluegrass Gospel group "On Solid Ground" respectively! www.neverlandfarms.com. Coming Attractions ~ Halloween @ Neverland! & Oct. 30 (camping available!) and a Christmas Bazaar (Dec. 4). o Old Sautee Market opens in White County. The market is located at the intersection of Hwy 17 and 255, beside the Old Sautee Store. Owners, Galen and Jean Greene say the market will carry specialty Scandinavian and Norwegian home foods, such as jellies, herring and other canned fish, cheese, and beverages. Along with the specialty items, it also has fresh baked bread, New York bagels, specialty coffees, muffins and cookies baked fresh from the bakery in the basement of the store. Breakfast and lunch is served daily with inside and outside seating. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm Monday though Saturday and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. 706-878-2281. Southern Highroads Trail: Report on the progress of new 2004 Southern Highroads brochure. They have completed the collection of information for the new brochure. Their first design meeting took place Monday 9/13/04, and a contract for design is imminent. Design will take about 1 month and printing about 2-3 weeks. Distribution should begin around 12/1. For more information, contact: Stephen F. Bailey, PO Box 1528, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. E: sbailey1@tds.net W: www.southernhighroads.org

White County News o Neverland Farms Dinner Concert Series (September 4, September 25 and October 16) Join Neverland

MISCELLANEOUS ~ Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing, & Educational Opportunities
• Publicize your event (s): The Times will publish the winter edition of the Northeast Georgia Guide in November. To get a jump start, they would like to start gathering calendar and event information from local counties and organizations during October. Please send Keith your event info by Oct. 25 to this e-mail address, kalbertson@gainesvilletimes.com; by fax to (770) 532-0457; or by mail to me at The Times, PO Box 838, Gainesville, 30503. Include all holiday events set for Thanksgiving through the end of the year, plus all January and February events on your schedule. We appreciate your feedback and ideas to make the Guide better for our readers and advertisers and the folks you serve. Keith Albertson, Managing Editor, The Times, (770) 532-1234, ext. 202, kalbertson@gainesvilletimes.com As part of the We the People initiative, the National Endowment for the Humanities seeks proposals for public programs that use one or more historic sites to address themes and issues central to American history. Projects may interpret a single historic site, a series of sites, whole neighborhoods, communities or towns, or larger geographical regions. The place taken as a whole must be significant to American history and the project must convey its importance to visitors. The projects should: increase the public's knowledge and appreciation of American history; encourage historic sites, communities, or regions to develop interpretive programs that address central themes and issues in American history; encourage consultation with humanities scholars and organizations in the development of heritage tourism destinations and itineraries; and focus on the development or implementation of interpretive content that tells a significant national story appropriate to the place. Possible activities include docent tours, publications (e.g., brochures, guidebooks, etc.), driving or walking trails or tours, annotated itineraries, exhibition labeling or trail signage, films, and digital media. Visit http://www.neh.gov/wtp/grants/index.html to apply for a grant. HomeTown Neighbors Magazine announces a new addition to their website. To make sure they are providing their readers with what they want to see, they have included an online survey. They hope you will take a few minutes of your time to give them your opinion about features in their magazine. Just go to www.hometownneighbors.com and click the survey link in the upper right-hand corner. Also, Friday October 1st is the deadline for November's issue. October's issue, which has grown by 8 pages, will be out toward the first of October. Raina and Barbara, HomeTown Neighbors Magazine, 817 Grogan Street Suite 102, Lavonia, GA 30553. Phone: 706-356-0273/Fax: 706-356-0274 www.hometownneighbors.com Information Requests: o Ruth Endo, 2005 Woodland Road, Annapolis, MD 21402 “My husband and I will be heading from Annapolis, MD to Alpharetta, GA in early November. We will pass thro the NE Mountain part of GA around Nov 6/7. Trying to make a plan of what we want to visit on our way. Can you send me literature on the area?”

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Curtis Kynerd, PO Box 491, Raymond, MS 39154 “We plan to visit north Georgia the last weekend of October. Please send us any information you can to help us plan our trip. We especially hope to see the fall foliage.” o E. DiMauro, 1711 Adams Street, Longwood, FL 32750. “We are planning a fall trip to your area. When is peak leaf season predicted? Are there any apple orchards suited for picking in your area? Please send us a vacation planner for your area. Thank you for assisting us in our vacation planning.” Gerald Baygents (gbaygents@cpapronet.com) has a question…Does anyone use their regional airport as a tourism product, i.e. shows, sky diving, fly-ins, etc. Contact him if you have any suggestions or best practice on this subject. (please copy me) HPD was recently asked to write an article about historic preservation and heritage tourism for the Focus on Tourism newsletter produced by Georgia Tech's Economic Development Institute - Tourism and Regional Assistance Centers (TRACS). The article, entitled Historic preservation makes heritage tourism possible by HPD's director Ray Luce, highlights the role historic preservation services and programs play in developing heritage tourism across Georgia. www.edi.gatech.edu/FocusonTour/Focus_pdfs/FoT%20Summer%2004.pdf o TRACS has multiple partners with a common mission to provide innovative economic development assistance focused on tourism-related issues to Georgia's communities. Visit their Web site at http://www.ceds.gatech.edu/tracs/index.cfm?Fuseaction=tracs_main. New book you might be interested in…Heads in Beds : Hospitality and Tourism Marketing by Ivo Raza. You can find it on www.amazon.com.

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ADDITIONAL GEORGIA TOURISM DIVISION NEWS/ACTIVITIES
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For those of you who have been wondering about the Governor’s “Commission of a New Georgia”, you can find out more by going to www.new-georgia.org. Click on “Growing Georgia” and then click on “Tourism” There is still space available for the Birmingham and Orlando Southern Women's Shows! According to a recent report by the Travel Industry Association of America, family travel is growing and accounts for 74% of all vacation travel in the United States. A family vacation is viewed as critical to a family’s well being. A whopping 69% of families take vacations using their own vehicles, while 20% travel by air. Women collected the travel information, 23% decided on a destination in the same week they traveled, 55% decided within a month, and 78% decided within three months. GDEcD feels these shows are important to tourism and reaching the family market. There is one space for brochure distribution and one space for a partner to work the booth for the Birmingham and Orlando show. Sign up now while there is space still available. Contact Nija Vereen-Torrence, TMP at nvereen@georgia.org for more information. Lake Lanier Islands & Emerald Pointe recently took advantage of the SPECIAL OFFERS program on www.georgiaonmymind.org. Check out how you can do the same!\ Georgia Scenic Byway Program has created a new Designation Guide. Now in its seventh year under GA DOT, the Scenic Byways Program continues to attract local citizens from around the state who are interested in having the intrinsic qualities of their roads protected, enhanced and publicized for all to visit. The new guide establishes specific guidelines and qualifications for the scenic byway process. These new procedures provide the framework from which local sponsors work throughout the course of designation and focuses on activities at the local level to ensure that high standards are upheld, that local sponsors play the largest participation role, and that all residents are able to be involved. The guide addresses notification of affected parties, including all property owners along a proposed Byway route and provisions relating to public meetings. Contact: Dana Wright 404-6517603 dana.wright@dot.state.ga.us.

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Travel Writers o Doc Lawrence: He just started work on a wonderful feature for Where Georgia, Where Atlanta and

Travel Georgia on cookbooks from Georgia restaurants, resorts, inns, chefs and cooks. He wants this to be a wide geographical, very inclusive project that balances gourmet with country and soul and encompasses some interesting ethnic cooking (there's plenty in Georgia!). By way of example, he does have a couple cookbooks from Paula Deen at Blue Willow Inn, from Barrie Aycock at Glen-Ella Springs Inn, and Mary Mac's Tea Room in Atlanta. Emeril's in Atlanta just sent theirs to him. He envisions a continuing feature project, reviewing them from a culinary and heritage perspective, and encouraging readers to visit the places where they originate, eat there and utilize the recipes and cooking styles. And, stay a few days! In order to do this, he need cookbooks and contact info for the group or business, (name, business name, address, phone, email and website). Many of these are collections from local Garden Clubs, Arts Councils, Charities and Social Clubs as well. This has some solid potential for everyone. Cookbooks are fascinating and tell tourists (and even natives like him) a lot about a community. What he writes will be positive and promotional. This project now not only includes publication features but also a book, tentatively titled THE GEORGIA COOKBOOK COOKBOOK. He has a publication offer at this moment on his desk. Thanks to those of you who have sent him their cookbook. For those who are interested, cookbooks should go to his Atlanta address rather than

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South Florida: Doc Lawrence, Lehmann Desloge Media Inc, 3008 Newfield Way, Scottdale, GA 30079. Requests from TIA (Respond directly to them, but please copy me) HAUNTED HOUSES. Amanda Kazdoy, Managing Editor of Funworld Magazine (the publication of the International Association Amusement Parks and Attractions) is working with a freelance writer on a story about haunted houses (freestanding or attached) that will rent space and services for weddings, corporate gatherings, or other such events. She is looking for attractions that can send information, do telephone interviews, and provide digital images. If you have any suggestions, contact her by email only at akazdoy@iaapa.org. NEW STUDENT GROUP TRAVEL MAGAZINE. Shoreline Creations Ltd., publisher of Group Tour Magazine, has announced a new publication that will offer travel news updates, itineraries, and articles on destinations and attractions with a student focus. Student Group Tour Magazine will be published three times per year, and each issue will feature a regional format for easy reference. The premiere issue of Student Group Tour Magazine will be published in January 2005 with an initial circulation of 15,000 educators, youth group leaders, and group travel professionals. For more about Student Group Tour Magazine visit online at www.GroupTour.com <http://www.GroupTour.com. Send releases to 2465 112th Ave, Holland, MI 49424 or e-mail aris@grouptour.com RESORTS WITH HEALTH FACILITIES. The Travel Industry Association of America's Tokyo office has a query from a Japanese journalist who is looking for resorts which have medical clinics, rehabilitation centers for athletes or hospice facilities. Please send materials to Mr. Kunihiko Kondo at kondo@sogo-uni.com

DATES TO REMEMBER
Sept 28/29 Oct 1 Senate Economic Development & Tourism Committee Meeting in Dublin Effective on October 1st, Carey Dye Ferrara will assume the duties of the Colonial Coast Regional Tourism Rep. Carey’s most recent position was the Event Marketing Coordinator with the Jekyll Island Authority. Prior to that, she was the Director of Community Relations for the Savannah Sand Gnats. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University and is a high-energy detailed person with excellent people skills. Virginia Motorcoach Marketplace in Valley Forge, Virginia www.vamotorcoach.com Change in date for the Northeast Georgia Mountains Travel Association ~ Legislative Reception: Tickets for Travel Association members are $10.00 each if reserved prior to October 1st, and $15 at the door. Tickets for the general public are $20.00 each before October 1st, and $25.00 at the door. Reservations may be made by calling Gail Lee at 706-754-3406 or by E-mail to gol@hemc.net Senate Economic Development & Tourism Committee Meeting in Athens Annual Appalachian Regional Commission Conference in Abington, Virginia (I will be a panelist representing the ARC Tourism Council and the National Geographic Map/Guide. Have you interested in registering for the 2004 ARC Fall Conference? Register on-line today at www.arcfallconference.com Oct 21&22 Oct 27-29 Nov 3-4 Senate Economic Development & Tourism Committee Meeting in Rome TIA Marketing Outlook Forum in Phoenix, Arizona www.tia.org Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Workshop in Washington, GA The Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Community Affairs are co-sponsoring a 1«-day workshop designed to explain federal and state tax incentives available to help Georgians rehabilitate and continue to use their historic buildings as well as clarify the application procedures. These incentives can play a vital role in the revitalization of commercial districts all across the state. Identifying historic buildings and developing projects that meet the Secretary of Interior*s Standards for Rehabilitation will be highlighted. Of special interest is discussion of Georgia*s new State Income Tax Credit Program for Rehabilitated Historic Property. The workshop targets Georgia Better Hometown / Main Street Program managers, regional preservation

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planners, and staff of preservation non-profits and provides up to 2 complimentary registrations for the target group. The general public and private consultants will be charged a nominal fee of $30 per person. Specific location, lodging informa*tion and directions will be provided with registration confirmation. The registration deadline is Friday, October 22, 2004. Reserve your space now! Spaces are limited. Topics to be discussed are: Overview of the Federal and State Tax Incentives Program, The Georgia/National Register Process, Evaluating Historic Properties for the Tax Incentives Program, Preservation Standards, Rehabilitation Issues, Tax Incentives and the Application Process, Case Studies, Group Tour of Buildings with Potential Rehabilitation Issues and of a successfully Completed Tax Incentive Project. For more information, contact Kimberly Carter by phone at 404-679-0604 or by email at, kcarter@dca.state.ga.us. Nov 11-13 Nov 12-16 Mar 7, 2005 World Travel Market in London England www.worldtravelmarket.co.uk National Tour Association Annual Convention in Toronto, Ontario Canada www.ntaonline.org Winter Chautauqua ~ North Georgia's Annual Tourism Educational Experience. Celebrating 15 years of continued education in tourism. Sponsored by the Historic High Country Travel Association and the Northeast Georgia Mountains Travel Association. Registration information will be available soon. Until then call Janet Cochran, 706-281-1289 or visit online at www.GeorgiaHighCountry.org. See you in March in Georgia's Historic High Country - Land of Sights and Legends!

REGIONAL CONTACT INFORMATION
Cheryl Smith, Regional Tourism Representative ~ GA Department of Economic Development Telephone: 770-535-5757 Fax: 770-535-5732 Email: csmith@georgia.org


								
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