Mountain Glory

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
Trip End Dec 25, 1998

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Flag of United States  , Georgia
Friday, August 22, 1997

Go with me? We're headed for a high country retreat in Georgia's Appalachian Mountain territory. High country indeed! Brasstown Bald is the highest point in the state, rising to a glorious 4,784 feet. Catch the shuttle to the topside observation deck that gives you a fabulous 360-degree view of the rest of the world.

Two spots below call us down for daytime and evening fun. Lake Chatuge, a 7,000-acre TVA lake, laps against the shore at Cedar Cliff Mountain. There we can find a marina and rent a pontoon boat for a lazy ending-of-summer cruise.

Nestled in the evening shadows of Gumlog Mountain is the college town of Young Harris. And that is where we'll catch this year's last performance of Georgia's Official Mountain Drama, "The Reach of Song."

Centered around the period of World War II, the multi-media presentation celebrates the history of the Southern Appalachian Mountains with dance, song, humor, and drama. It's a delightful way to become acquainted with the region's background, as we're treated to tunes from old mountain fiddles, verse from shape-note choirs, stories from the whittler's bench, and gossip from the quilting bee.

"'The Reach of Song' shows the impact of change as electricity came to the mountains, and the men went away during World War II," says Bill Wolf, executive director. "But though it deals with a fading lifestyle, the play has a joyous quality."

Choreographer for the show is Chattanooga's own Lindsay Fussell.

We'll indulge ourselves with some hearty mountain cooking while we're there, served with a peaceful view. Pick a resort!

The dining room at Brasstown Valley Resort treats us to mountain views and a spacious veranda. We can stay overnight in a cottage or the lodge, and play a little golf or tennis.

The dining room at Fieldstone Inn Resort faces Lake Chatuge. The grounds are lovely and invite strolling along the water's edge, afternoon fishing, or doing absolutely nothing. That's my choice. See you there.

Brasstown Bald, Lake Chatuge, and Young Harris, Georgia
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