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Trade Up

If your boat has seen its better days, next weekend could be your opportunity to get back on the water again.  100's of boats and PWC's will be on display at the Atlanta Boat Show.    There will also be 100's of additional vendors in related industries.  The show runs fromJanuary 18th-21st at the Georgia World Congress Center.  Tickets are $14, but you can buy discount tickets in advance here through the 17th.‚Äč  Have fun and let me know which one you pick.  If you don't already have a place to keep it, let us help you find your spot on the lake.

Skiing In January

I have posted dozens of water skiing videos over the last 10 years, but this is the first time I have ever featured skiing on the frozen stuff.  I decided to give props to the snow this week when I found this video on the GoPro channel.  This is absolutely breathtaking.  But if you are thinking of building your vacation home here, you will need to plan for some extra pavement or a private plane.  It's about 70 miles to the nearest blacktop.  Enjoy!

Welcome to Georgia

When traveling on I-85 South from South Carolina into Georgia, Nathan Deal is the first person to welcome you with a sign as you cross over Lake Hartwell.  The next welcome you will receive is from the SpotOnTheLake team.  We have just installed a new billboard immediately after you enter the state.  We want SpotOntheLake to be the first thing everyone thinks of when they are considering buying or selling a lake property.  Click here to see the finished product.  And if you are interested in purchasing three acres on Lake Hartwell, the property where the sign is located is for sale (see below).

Pea Soup

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport was plagued with a power outage and an unusually thick fog at the beginning of the week.  Travelers were delayed for hours as flights were cancelled and rescheduled.  Lake Hartwell is not immune to some foggy mornings as well.  You won't believe the mayhem captured in this time lapse video near Tugaloo State Park.  (Video credit:  Stephen Joerger) 


Slippery Slopes

December snow events at Lake Hartwell are a rare occurrence, but when they happen, they sure can be pretty.  Last week, we were mostly spared from the pains that usually go along with frozen precipitation in Georgia (slippery roads and power outages) due to the milder temperatures.  Sitting beside the fire with a coffee overlooking the snow and the lake is one of my favorite ways to pass the time.  Come let us help you find your spot on the lake.

All About That Bass

After securing the National Bassmaster's Tournament and two other tournaments for 2018, Lake Hartwell just reeled in the fourth major tournament for next year.  The Ram Trucks American Fishing Tour will be casting off from the Green Pond Recreation Area in February and in October.  Jason Burroughs has made a strong showing at past events and would be one of the anglers to keep an eye on in the point standings.  Come test your own fishing skills at Lake Hartwell and save some time to let us help you find your spot on the lake.

Who Cut The Cheese

This week, I had the opportunity to visit some acreage north of Lake Hartwell in Walhalla with prospective buyers.  I learned that this area has some fascinating history.  In the 1850's, the Blue Ridge Railway proposed a connecting route from Anderson, SC to Knoxville, TN going through the Blue Ridge Mountains.  One of the tunnels was to pass through Stumphouse Mountain.  After excavating about 1/3 of the 5800' tunnel at a cost of over a million dollars, construction was halted.  The partial tunnel remained unused until nearly a century later when Clemson University found that the constant 50 degree temperature was perfect for curing blue cheese, and Clemson's Stumphouse Blue Cheese  was born. Operations have now moved on campus, but the cheese is still highly regarded.  Now the Stumphouse Tunnel is a state park and with the Issaqueena Falls practically adjacent, it makes a great destination for a day trip.  If you can't make it up, click here for a short video tour of the tunnel.

No Turkeys Here

I am excited to be celebrating Thanksgiving this week with my extended family, and one lucky turkey will certainly be a part of that celebration.  But today, I want to take the opportunity to celebrate something else.   Over 600 of these weekly lake updates have gone out over the last 12 years.  I have the responsibility of coming up with a topic, but our small but powerful team, including Janet, our Client Services Manager, and my son Michael, our Buyer Specialist, are both integral in constructing, proofing and sending the note.  Because of the care our team takes with this note, our click-through rate is more than three times the industry average.   I am thankful for my team for their diligence, and if you have read this far, I am thankful to your for being a part of our success.   Let us know if there is anything we can do to make this note more meaningful to you.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Clemson Wins Again

Clemson football is following up its National Championship season with another great year, beating Florida State for their 9th win this season. But Clemson scored another huge win last week. Real estate developer and Clemson alum, Steve Mudge, announced that he and his partners will be developing a $30MM condominium development on the shores of Lake Hartwell with easy access to Clemson University. The complex will have hotel-like services allowing owners to easily rent their units to visitors and provide full service housekeeping on a daily basis. The 116 unit complex is planned to be complete in 2019. For more details, click here and we will send them along to you.

Warm it up

Things move a little more slowly at Lake Hartwell when the cooler temperatures arrive.  Some of the lakefront restaurants take a break for a few months before gearing up for the next season.  But 83 Degrees West in Lavonia, stays open through the season serving dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.  83 West is a New Orleans style grill, serving some of that cities favorites including shrimp and grits, po-boys and a great gumbo.  The atmosphere is warm and relaxing and they frequently have live music on the patio of weather permits.  We hope to see you there, and make sure to save some time to let us help you find your spot on the lake.

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