North Georgia retirement is probably one of the best kept retirement secrets in the country.
The Appalachian Mountains in North Georgia are not only a thing of beauty but also act as a buffer against the cold winters of the north as well as the hot summers to the south. Life here is simpler with a laid back lifestyle. The people are friendly and southern hospitality is at its finest.
According to a story published in U.S. News & World Report on June 3, 2007, Dahlonega was chosen as the third most economical retirement location in the United States. This small town of about 4,000 located about an hour north of Atlanta is a place where many people still don’t lock their doors. Nearby North Georgia College and State University is a great place to take advantage of the free education that Georgia has to offer its residents over 62. There are also 5 local wineries that offer tours of their vineyards. In Amicalola Falls State Park in western Lumpkin County there are beautiful hiking trails as well as a breathtaking waterfall. And did you know that Dahlonega was the site of the first U.S. gold rush back in 1828? Today you can still pan for gold in one of the many creeks or at the site of one of the many gold mines.
The small Alpine village of Helen attracts visitors from around the world. Complete with its storybook cobblestone streets and old-world towers, you’d think you were in Bavaria. There are over 200 specialty shops that offer everything from Cuckoo clocks to a Christmas shop that is open year round. The restaurants offer true southern cuisine as well as all types of German cuisine from Schnitzel and Sauerbraten to imported German beer and wine.
From mid September through October, you can enjoy Oktoberfest, the longest October festival in the south. If you enjoy the outdoors, there’s plenty of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking as well as canoeing, fishing and tubing on the Chattahoochee River. The South's oldest hot air balloon event and the United States only long distance hot air balloon race, takes place every summer starting in Helen and ending 225 miles away at the Atlantic Ocean.
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