High Country Art & Antiques in downtown Blue Ridge During the early 1900's, visitors from the city journeyed to Blue Ridge by train to enjoy the health resort's pure mineral waters. Today, growing numbers of tourists are coming to historic Blue Ridge and McCaysville to shop for Appalachian arts and crafts, pottery, quilts, antiques, mountain home furnishings, apples, smoked trout-- even hand-made alpaca sweaters and shawls. Artists are attracted to the Georgia mountains because the peace and quiet, misty mountains and clear starry nights provide time, tranquility and inspiration for creating wonderful art, from tradition art and craft to contemporary painting and sculpture. Examples -- blacksmithing, pottery making, wood carving, weaving, folk art and jewelry, handcrafted furniture, watercolor and oil painting, hand blown glass -- all and more are produced by fine local artists and craftsmen. Georgia Mountain Fibers, one of the newest shops in Blue Ridge, weaves hand spun alpaca sweaters and shawls made in Blue Ridge from alpaca wool produced at Sugar Creek Farm. High Country Art and Antiques, in downtown Blue Ridge, displays the work of nationally known painters, potters and sculptors, along with a colorful array of folk art in the courtyard. Serious antique shoppers can spend hours or days snooping through a growing number of shops and antique malls from Blue Ridge to McCaysville and back. Blue Ridge's Main Street is dotted with unique specialty shops, galleries and eateries from one end to the other. In Fannin County, you can furnish a mountain cabin from top to bottom with period antiques, mountain furnishings and handmade twig furniture in the blink of an eye. specialties! Mercier Orchards, one of the largest apple orchards in the southeast, grows 50 varieties of apples and makes delicious fried pies, apple cider doughnuts and apple bread from scratch. Take home some pickled okra, hot pepper jelly, locally smoked trout or sourwood honey. Buy some homegrown vegetables from a fruit stand or a pick-up truck. Or pick up a case of mountain water drawn and bottled right here in Fannin County!