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COME SUPPERTIME, the Dillard House feast overflows with fried chicken, cornbread, corn-on-thecob, locally-cured ham, potatoes and gravy plus
homemade relish that, ooh, tastes so great atop any
kind of bean. Such spreads stretch as wide as the
valleys and as majestic as the mountains surrounding
the Dillard House in Georgia's Rabun County.
"What we're trying to do is carry on our greatgrandmother's recipes and do as well as she did, if
not do better," says John Earl Dillard, general manager of the decades-old Dillard House. "We cure our
own ham. And there's the cabbage casserole. A lot of
people haven't had a lot of cabbage casserole."
Far more than a place with bountiful feasts, the
Dillard House boasts overnight lodging, a picturesque pool and horseback riding, just off U.S. 23,
close to northeast Georgia's borders with both
Carolinas. The surrounding mountains of the
Peachtree State - from Helen and Hiawassee to

Blairsville and Brasstown Valley - lie close to the
Appalachian Trail, packing a wealth of waterfalls and
wineries.
Here for nearly a week with my 7-year-old son,
this land lures me to chase the rapids of the
Chattahoochee River and brave back roads along the
White-Habersham county border.
We, in turn, took the easy bus-ride to Georgia's
rooftop at Brasstown Bald - the highest point in the
state, at 4,784 feet. "The number-one draw here is
the view," says Pam Fox, one of Brasstown Bald's
managers. "Our weather is more like Massachusetts
than it is Georgia. It's the elevation."

Left: There's horseback
riding at the Dillard
House in Rabun County.
Above: Breakfast feasts
are overwhelming at the
Dillard House, thanks to
host John P. Dillard, one
of many generations of
the Dillard family.

BESIDES PAM FOX, we also find the Foxfire Museum,

boasting a collection of cabins, near downtown
Clayton. And we ramble by horseback across the
wild, rain-soaked pastures of the Chattahoochee
Stables in Sautee. We stop to see a giant chair the size
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014

Cover
Table of Contents
From the Editor / Worth a Click
From the Farm
Digital Help Guide
Creature Feature
The Hike
Mountain Report
Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Festivals & Events
Country Roads
Sip the Best: Mountain Wines, Brews and Spirits
Experience North Georgia
Wild Ponies of the Grayson Highlands: The Photoessay
‘Favorite Restaurant in All The World’
Sadie, Ace Baseball Dog
Sleeping in the Museum (No, on Purpose! In a Bed!)
Mountain Garden
Cabin in the Woods: The Expansive Welcome of Primland
Guest Column
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Intro
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Cover1
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Cover2
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Table of Contents
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 4
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - From the Editor / Worth a Click
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - From the Farm
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 7
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Digital Help Guide
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - The Hike
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 11
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 15
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 16
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 17
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 19
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Sip the Best: Mountain Wines, Brews and Spirits
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 22
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 23
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 24
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 25
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Experience North Georgia
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Wild Ponies of the Grayson Highlands: The Photoessay
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - ‘Favorite Restaurant in All The World’
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Sadie, Ace Baseball Dog
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Sleeping in the Museum (No, on Purpose! In a Bed!)
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Mountain Garden
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 61
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Cabin in the Woods: The Expansive Welcome of Primland
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 63
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 64
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 65
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Guest Column
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