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Old 11-19-2016, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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We are thinking of retiring in Northern Georgia. The places that currently hold our interest is Dalton, Blue ridge, and Blairsville. Does anyone have information about these areas, things to do, see, amenities etc....
We are looking for a relaxing place but want to make sure we still have access to descent stores restaurants, medical (not getting younger).
Thanks
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Old 11-20-2016, 09:31 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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If you have already visited Dalton, Blue Ridge and Blairsville, how do you rank them by greater interest?
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Old 11-20-2016, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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We haven't been there yet, planning on doing a trip next summer and driving around for a week to see the area. Right now we are looking for information about these places.
Anything would help
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Old 11-20-2016, 05:55 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Dalton will be the larger of the three cities. It may have more options to retail, dining, and medical care. Blue Ridge and Blairsville are smaller cities that will have limited options.
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Old 11-20-2016, 08:02 PM
 
Location: N. Ga
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Several threads about Blue Ridge and Blairsville if you give it a search....
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Old 11-21-2016, 05:30 AM
 
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If you can take more time than a week to scope out areas, I would strongly suggest it. I would also add the following cities to your search - Dahlonega ,Young Harris, Hiawassee and Clayton .
As for medical things like specialist, Gainsville is where a vast majority of them are.It is roughly an hour and a half from Blairsville.Young Harris is a little over an hour to get there, as is Clayton. Dahlonega is one hour or less depending on what part of Lumpkin county you might choose.
For general care ,I have found the clinics set up by Union County Hospital( Blairsville ) in various parts of the county ( and in Young Harris ), to be great.I have received excellent care at these clinics when I have needed it.

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Old 11-21-2016, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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I spend a lot of time in Blue Ridge and really love the place. Downtown Blue Ridge is very nice with numerous boutiques, restaurants, etc. Lake Blue Ridge is one of the prettiest lakes you'll find anywhere. And, the Chattahoochee National Forest and Toccoa River offer numerous outdoors activities (awesome place to trout fish!).

The hospital is just fine - had to get stitched up there several years back. Now, if you need sophisticated treatment, you'll likely want to go to Atlanta for that. But for routine needs, the hospital is perfectly fine.
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Old 11-21-2016, 07:28 PM
 
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Definitely add hiawassee ga to your list!
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Old 11-22-2016, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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Thank you all for the replies! I will try to add more days to my visit.
I read on other post that these areas are very conservative which for me is a good thing (no offence). Medical which I currently don't need is important for the future, but for now good amenities would be nice.
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Old 11-27-2016, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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So I'm reading up on the drought how is northern Ga holding up with this?
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