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New Years in the Mountains


Coming from Sandusky Ohio, which is directly in between Cleveland and Toledo, there is quite a bit to do for New Years, so moving here I was not sure there would be that much to do.  Well, I was wrong.  Not only is there quite a bit to do, there are unique experiences one can be a part of.

Being that the weather here is not as bad as in Ohio currently, there are outdoor activities going on without 6 ft of snow to hinder your enjoyment.  Also, being a short drive from Atlanta is a perk as well.

I compiled a little list of some activities right here in Gilmer County as well as the Atlanta area, if the bigger city experience is what you crave.

Gilmer County happenings:

One of the local vineyards, Cartecay Vineyards, is kicking of the New Year from 1:30 to 5:00 on New Years Eve where you can sample wine and listen to live music. Click here for more information.

Looking for a family friendly vineyard?  Chateau Meichtry’s is hosting a New Year’s Eve Celebration Concert and Low Country Boil.  There will be live music all day and night starting at 1 pm with Matty Croxton.   Make sure you don’t leave and miss the Low Country Boil Concert & Dinner with live music.  Click here for more information.

Now if you’re looking for just a nice dinner and would like to take in the view of the mountains, Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge is hosting a special New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet on Sunday.  Tickets are $27.95 per person and starts at 5 pm till 9 pm.  Reservations are required. Click here for the event information.

This next event is awesome and would never be held in the winter so I am excited about this.  Cartecay River Experience and Annual Chili Run.  This event will be on New Years Day with shuttles ready to roll and paddles set to begin between 9-10ish am.  Paddles meaning kayak paddles. There is also a bonfire blazing, food and a lot of trash talking. It is a bring your own stuff kind of event.  There will be electricity for anyone who needs it.  So make sure to bring your chili fixin’s and whatever else you may need.  Click here for all the event informationChili-River-Run-1024x383

Picture courtesy of Gilmer Co Chamber

Now for sure we have this next event in Ohio but it is called The Polar Plunge.  This southern version is known as the Black Bear Plunge and if you are brave enough to run, walk or swim into a mountain lake, then this is for you.  This plunge will take place on New Year’s Day at Fort Mountain State Park.  Times are 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Click to see more details.

Atlanta area goings on:

I can remember being a kid and looking so forward to the ball dropping at midnight.  Of course I could never stay up late enough to see it but I tried.  So for a family event that the little ones can enjoy, Stone Mountain is set to host an early New Year’s Eve Celebration.  The festivities begin at 2 and run till 9 pm.  There will be an Angel Snowfall and fireworks finale.  Immediately after the fireworks finale, there will be characters in costumes, music and a dance-a-long.  For more information please click here.

So in a little town just west of where I used to live, they have the Walleye Drop because the city, Port Clinton, is right on Lake Erie.  So in Atlanta, it only makes sense that it would be called the Peach Drop.  Come ring in the New Year with this time-honored tradition where an 800 pound peach falls in Woodruff Park.  See here for more details.

New Year’s Weekend At World of Coca-Cola will be the last weekend you will be able to savor the season here.  New Year’s weekend through January 2nd is the last chance to experience this holiday celebration.  Guests will enjoy festive decor, samples of limited-time beverages, plus exhibits.  Click here for more information.

Well, I could go on and on with all the activities in just these two areas alone, instead, I will have you click below to a link to all the happenings courtesy of

For more information on all the events in Atlanta please click here for more information.

Now, for a place to rest your head and just relax before and after enjoying these festivities…. just picture yourself relaxing in a nice hot tub overlooking the mountains…it CAN happen.  Check out a couple of beautiful cabins that this can happen in on our website at