If you’re headed to the mountains to look for that perfect vacation retreat or retirement home, why not coincide your visit with some of the many events and activities happening this summer around the region. Here are a few suggestions:

Blairsville Scottish Festival
Bagpipes, drums, games, food and fun bring the Scottish Highlands to Blairsville June 13-15. Admission is $10 per day or $15 for both days. Children under 12 get in free. For more information, visit

Tallulah Gorge Hikes
Explore the rim of Tallulah Gorge in the moonlight during these 1-mile hikes set for June 1-2, July 1 and 30, and the Holiday Gorge Hikes on July, 3-6, a strenuous 3.5 mile trek to the bottom of the gorge to scamper over rocks, water, trails and stairs. For more, visit

Georgia Wine Country Festival
The festival will be held every weekend in June at the Three Sisters Vineyard & Winery in Dahlonega. The event features a wine garden with samples from wineries from around the state, jazz music, barbecue and more. For more, visit

12th annual Simply Homegrown
Head up Highway 76 to the Clayton City Hall Complex for a giant farmers market, held every Saturday in June, July and August from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find out more details at

Rabun County Music Festival
A summer of music is planned in the Rearden Theater on the campus of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. The lineup: Atlanta Symphony (June 21); Simply Diamond: A Tribute to Neil Diamond (July 5); Jason Coleman (July 19); Joe Grandsen and His Big Band (Aug. 2); and Satisfaction: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones (Aug. 16). For tickets and information, visit

Highlands Village Square Art & Craft Show
Held in the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park in the town of Highlands, North Carolina, the June 20-21 event features art, live music, food and more. For information, visit

Georgia Mountain Fair
The 65th annual event will be held July 17-25 at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawasee. Rides, live music (Brenda Lee, Neal McCoy and Herman’s Hermits are on the bill this year), food and much more attracts thousands of visitors to the fair. Learn more at