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Here’s How to Explore Gainesville, Georgia, Like a Local

Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Gainesville, Georgia, is known for lush green spaces, an expansive lake, quaint university town culture. It’s only an hour north of Atlanta, but it’s well worth a day trip or even an overnight visit. Once internationally recognized for being a major host to several 1996 Summer Olympics events, more than two decades later, Gainesville has channeled that popularity into becoming known as a top city for visitors in Georiga, and residents love it too.

Interior designer Maggie Griffin makes her home in Gainesville and says, “Gainesville is what we call our big small town.” Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy Gainesville like a local.

Jump in the Lake:
Lake Sidney Lanier spans 38,000 acres and surrounds three sides of the city. Known by locals as simply, “the lake,” Lanier boasts 16 varieties of fish and often hosts professional fishing tournaments. Thanks to its long stretches of uninterrupted water, Olympic hopefuls still train along its shores. Read more…

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