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-Small town: Blue Ridge

And finally, for a small-town getaway, the North Georgia mountain community of Blue Ridge beckons. Blue Ridge sits among a tapestry of beauty where sky, water, and mountain silhouettes collide into jigsaw puzzle of natural elements. A trip here can be as relaxing or as active as you want it to be.

Play: Visit the fourth generation-owned Mercier Orchards, at 300 acres Georgia's largest orchard, for more than 50 varieties of apples, strawberries, cherries, plums, blackberries and peaches. The you-pick days are the fun part and the gift shop and restaurant are complete sensory overload.

Take a scenic drive through the Cohutta Wilderness through mountains, forests, waterfalls and valleys or the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, which glides along the Toccoa River on a day journey to McCaysville on the Tennessee line. Blue Ridge is also crammed with boutiques for locally-made mountain crafts, antiques, arts, sweets, and jewelry. Then there's the outdoor for fishing, rafting, tubing, horseback riding, or hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Fun fact: All of the produce at Mercier Orchards is handpicked.

Eat: Breakfast at Mercier Orchards is a must, as the apple French toast simply explodes with fruity flavor. For lunch, try the homemade chicken salad or tomato basil soup at L&L Beanery Bakery Café, where you'll likely be sitting next to the police chief or mayor. Then for dinner, head to Harvest on Main for freshly-caught fish, as Fannin County is the trout capital of Georgia. Later, mosey over to The Vine Wine Bar & Bistro, which carries practically all wines made in Georgia.

Sleep: It's all about mountain cabins and bed-and-breakfast inns like Aska Lodge, in a certified wildlife habitat two miles from town, or the Blue Ridge Inn Bed and Breakfast nestled in the heart of downtown. If you prefer the comfort of a chain restaurant, Days Inn and Comfort Inn and Suites are nearby.

Contact: Visit the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce at http://www.BlueRidgeMountains.com or call (800) 899-6867.

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An earlier version of the story referred to Atlanta Perimeter Hotel and Suites by its former name, W Hotel Atlanta Perimeter.

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2012 McClatchy-Tribune News Service