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BLUE RIDGE, GA Distance from ATL: 100 miles / 1.5 hours Fall can be a tough time of the year to take a week off from work. One of my favorite day trips to take where you can squeeze in as many fun filled Fall activities as possible is to Blue Ridge, Georgia. THE JOURNEY On the way up to Blue Ridge, make a quick stop at Burt’s Pumpkin Patch, where you will find the biggest pumpkins you’ve ever seen. They even have hayrides for the kiddos! Tip: Get to Burt’s Pumpkin Patch right when they open at 9 AM, so you can beat the crowd and take as many pictures as you want in never ending rows of pumpkins. If you love to hike, head on over to the Amicalola Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders in Georgia at the Amicalola Falls State Park. Warning: don’t bring dogs on the metal stairs part of this hike consisting of over 88 stairs—it’s a little tough on their paws. Continue your journey up to Blue Ridge, GA for some fabulous lunch spots like Joe’s BBQ or Fightingtown Tavern for their famous Glenn Fries, a mountain full of deliciousness topped with spicy chorizo, creamy beer cheese, onion, tomatoes, and jalapeños. After lunch, walk around Blue Ridge and do a little shopping at one of their many stores—one of my favorites is Juliana’s Boutique—before heading back home. On the way home, make a stop at either Mercier Orchards or BJ Reece Orchards to pick your own apples! REVEAL | Q3 2017 15