What do you know about Gainesville, Georgia?  Gainesville is located at the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains, About an hour from Downtown Atlanta, 45 minutes from the University of Georga, Go Dawgs!  Gainesville is surrounded by Lake Lanier on three sides and was established as Mule Camp Springs in the 1800’s.  We have a festival every year in October “, Mule Camp” This fun for the whole family.    After World War II Jesse Jewell’s innovations led poultry to become the states largest agricultural Industry. Today, Gainesville is known as the poultry capital of the world.  A billion dollar a year industry.   There is a huge chicken on top of Main Street Market that is dressed in lights at Christmas.  In 1961 the city council voted to make it illegal to eat chicken with a fork, I am not making this stuff up.

Gainesville hosted the rowing and kayaking events for the 1996 Olympics and became known as the Hospitality Capital of the World. Gainesville’s location, climate, award-winning medical facilities, and top-rated golf courses make it very popular with retirees. Gainesville is home to Brenau University,  University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus, Riverside Military School, and Lakeview Academy.  Gainesville High produced Deshaun Watson,  the former star quarterback, Clemson University and current quarterback at Houston Texans.

Do you like to eat?  We have amazing local restaurants: Two Dog Cafe,  Avocados, Recess, Yellowfin, Atlas Pizza, Mellow Mushroom, Scott’s, Luna’s, The Collegiate Grill,  & El Griton. Oh and Longstreet Cafe where ” You are somebody “. You may run into Nathan Deal,  Deshaun Watson, Tommy Aaron, or maybe even me.   After your meal, you may want to take a walk at one of Gainesville’s many parks or stroll the square and do a little shopping.  If your timing is right you may be able to sit back and enjoy a blue sky concert on the square.

Coffee anyone?  Midland Station or Inman Perk.

Craft Beer? Yes!  Left Nut Brewing Company, Downtown Drafts or Tap It.  Check out 37 Main for live music.

Gainesville Georgia: Lake Lanier, watersports, hiking, museums, festivals, shopping, amazing local dining, great schools, beautiful communities. The  Atlanta Botanical Garden has a Gainesville location. It is a beautiful work in progress. A  must see.  If you want to slow it down, Enjoy mountain and lake view and see the stars. Really see the stars. Join me in Gainesville Georgia.  Whether you’re looking for a permanent lake home, lake retreat or a great home in a good school district Call me I would love to show you around.


  • Kelly Jones-Smith

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