By: OLIVIA VARNSON
(Gainesville, Ga.) — With only a few more weeks before the weather turns colder, it is time to make the most of the gorgeous fall scenery while it lasts. Lucky for Gainesville residents, there are several places made for enjoying the season.
Just outside of Helen, about an hour’s drive away, is the Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway. It is a 40-mile loop of beautiful mountain landscape. And at this time of year, the leaves on the trees are an array of reds and greens and browns.
Adventurers can make the most of their day and explore the town of Helen as well. Although the month-long Oktoberfest has come to an end, the festivities in Helen are far from over.
Throughout the month of November, the Hardman Farm across from the Nacoochee Indian mound will be available for rare tours every Saturday and Sunday. The tours will take place from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. with tickets priced at $10 per person.
In Gainesville, there are several events to help locals get ready for the upcoming holiday season.
The Jingle Mingle on Nov. 20 will feature carriage rides, open houses, live music, a visit from Santa and a lighting of the Square and the Chicken. The Jingle Mingle will be the first of many holiday events in Gainesville, including the Mingle with Kringle and Christmas on Green Street traditions.
To learn more about events in Gainesville, visit Gainesville.org/events.