Jackson County Real Estate Trends, Community Events, and Hot Spots!

You’ll find this blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings, events, and hot spots. That’s because I care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Please reach out if you have any questions at all. I’d love to talk with you!

April 3, 2022

Jackson County's Best Of- Spring Break Daytime Adventures

Spring Break is here! For kids, this means a week off of school and lots of fun, but for parents, it means a whole week of keeping your children entertained!

So if you don't have the budget or availability to pack it up and vacation for a week, what can do you do keep your kids occupied? Check out some of our favorite daytime adventures that are fairly local and would make great spring break activities!

1. Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville offers tons of fun things to see, especially if the weather is beautiful. They even have a day camp for spring break if you need a place to take your kiddos while you work! For more information on what there is to do at Elachee: https://www.elachee.org/plan-your-visit/campus-overview/

2. Bear Hollow Zoo in Athens is another fun (FREE!) outdoor activity if the weather is right! See the animals, enjoy outside, and then stop over at the playground to run off some energy. Check it out: https://www.accgov.com/bearhollow

3. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK) in Gainesville is always a good time! Great for imaginative play for kiddos. For more information: http://www.inkfun.org/

4. Stone Mountain Park: Alright, it's definitely a hike to get there, but Stone Mountain offers a day full of fun adventures! We always love to climb the mountain and get a treat at the top (but if you haven't done it before, would not recommend with children younger than probably 6-7!). Ride the train, and it looks like they have a dinosaur adventure going for spring break! For more information: https://www.stonemountainpark.com/Activities/Events/Spring-FUN-Break

5. Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary: As a child, visits to Yellow River Game Ranch were ALWAYS a favorite, and when I took my kids last year after it reopened, they loved it just as much as I always did! For more information: https://yellowriverwildlifesanctuary.com/visit/

6. Fishing at Jefferson City Lake- We took the kids today, and while they didn't get a bite, we had a GREAT time enjoying the sunshine!

7. Parks! My kids always love a great trip to the park. Talmo Park is one of their favorites, and we always enjoy a lunch trip across the street at Talmo Market Grill for a delicious burger.

8. Washington Farms for strawberry picking- If they have days available, this is always a favorite! We'll be headed that way tomorrow for U-Pick strawberries and then head home to make some strawberry shortcake...YUM! Stay up-to-date on their availability on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonFarms

March 3, 2022

2022 Easter Egg Hunts

As a kid, what is more fun than an Easter Egg Hunt? My kids love to go to as many egg hunts as we can find! So check out the list below as it continues growing the closer we get to Easter. Know of any {public} egg hunts not on the list? Drop a comment so I can add them!


Saturday, March 26
2PM- Empower Center (hosted by Crossroads Church of Jackson County)


Saturday, April 9th
11AM-3PM- Statham Spring Fling
2PM- Gainesville First
7PM- Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 10th
3-4:30PM- Celebration Church
4:30- New Hope Baptist Church


Saturday, April 16
9-11AM- Jefferson City Park
10AM-2PM Easter & Octane
Noon- Galilee Christian Church Egg Drop
2-2PM- New Hope UMC Egg Hunt & Cookout

Saturday, April 23
10AM-2PM- Easter Egg Hunt Cruise-In

Posted in Egg Hunts, Things to Do
Jan. 2, 2022

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Posted in Market Updates
Nov. 22, 2021

Jackson County Tour of Lights- 2021

Christmas Lights! What a fun tradition to drive around with some hot chocolate and enjoy beautiful Christmas light displays! This has become one of my family's favorite traditions, and we can't wait to see the beautiful light displays around the county again this year!

The following is a list/map that has been crowdsourced from our Living in Jackson County (Georgia) Facebook group! PLEASE help us to expand this list by contributing addresses of places in & close-by Jackson County with great light displays! You can e-mail them to me (Sarah@SarahProutyRealty.com) or comment in the Facebook group!

Link to the Google Map

Map not working well for you? Below is a list of the addresses in list form!

*= Confirmed for 2021
?= Awaiting confirmation for 2021- Can you help with these so we can get them confirmed? 🙂

* Hunting Hills neighborhood- specifically 61 Pointer Lane (*with music- Beaucamp Christmas Light Show), 20 Beagle Court, and Hunting Hills Drive
* Braselton Town Hall
* Vineyard Gate neighborhood- specifically Summerbrook Road & Walnut Woods Drive
* Mulberry Park: Rivermoore Drive, Riverwood Drive, Grand Hickory Drive, Bald Cypress Drive, Silk Tree Pointe
* Sienna on the River neighborhood- specifically Sienna Valley Drive
* 1535 Pocket Road

* 41 Stone Creek Drive
* 69 Granite Drive
? 27 Stoneview Drive
* Heritage Point neighborhood- Especially 1324 Old Glory Court
? 7767 Pendergrass Road
? Braselton Farms Drive
* Legendary Drive (whole neighborhood)
* 74 White Street
* Brighton Park neighborhood

* Traditions of Braselton (whole neighborhood)- Specifically Traditions Way
* Magnolia Pointe neighborhood- specifically 172 Blackjack Oak Drive, Chickasaw Trail, Magnolia Pointe Drive, Buckthorn Drive
* Red Bud Road (whole neighborhood)
* 112 Fairfield Drive (& the whole neighborhood)
* Wood Farm neighborhood- Wood Farm Drive, 296 Ryans Run, & The Cloisters  (with music)
* 169 River Mist Circle (*with music- The Peck Christmas Light Show)
* 203 Raven Ridge (*with music- Raven Ridge Lights)
? 250 Hickory Hollow Drive
? 177 Academy Woods Drive
* Bailey Farms (Bailey Drive), especially 58 Grandville Court
? Lake Vista Drive (whole neighborhood)
* 1617 Burnt Oak Court
? 102 Vantage Drive
* 78 Cheathem Bluff
? 21 Randolph St
? 474 & 500 Jimmy Reynolds Drive
* 239 Coopers Hawk Lane
* Downtown Jefferson
? 660 Washington Street
* 635 Callie Circle
? 212 Still Water Lane
* 3146 Ethridge Road
? Abe Lincoln Way (The whole neighborhood of Heritage at Jefferson)
? 167 Red Bird Drive
* Briar Rose neighborhood (Briar Rose Blvd)
* 1988 Washington Street- Bright Beginnings Light Show set to music

* 151 Iron Horse Circle
* 1428 Mountain Creek Church Road

* 1904 Pond Fork Church Road

? 111 Hawks Court
* Sawdust Trail (whole neighborhood)
? 18 Old Kings Bridge Road
? Staplers Bridge Road
? 215 Stapler Drive
? 293 Watkins Farm Road

? Unity Church Road

* 384 Edgefield Drive (and others in the neighborhood)
* 36 Hampton Creek
* Washington Street
* Homer Road (across from Auto Zone)
* Shankle Heights & Bowden Street
* Waterworks Road
* 1577 S Broad Street
* Walnut Street
* Orchard Drive/ Orchard Circle
* Intersection of Paula & Leigh Street
* Ridge Mill Manor neighborhood

Outside of Jackson County:
* Reunion (whole neighborhood)- Specifically Grand Reunion Drive, Cedar Springs Lane, Sycamore Drive, Hickory Branch Drive, Golden Maple Court 
? Windward Road, Winder
* Mockingbird Lane, Flowery Branch
? Hidden Falls Drive, Buford (whole neighborhood)
? 2735 Legislative Lane, Buford
? 2929 Mockingbird Circle, Duluth
? 1833 Smokerise Summit, Stone Mountain
? 2250 Linstone Lane, Grayson
? 1270 Great Oaks Drive, Lawrenceville
? 3690 Vinyard Way, Lawrenceville
? Franklin Circle, Dacula
? Whistleville Court, Winder

Sept. 26, 2021

Jackson County's Best Pumpkin Patches

Happy fall! Boy, does this weather feel delightful- and makes me want to take the family to a pumpkin patch ASAP! What's great about pumpkin patches (especially right now) is that they are outdoor, and you can typically keep a distance from others. So take a peek at the list below of some of the most recommended pumpkin patches in & around Jackson County!

  • Sunny Hill Farm in Nicholson- Pumpkins and beautiful farm setting
  • Jefferson First United Methodist Church
  • Pharr Farm in Winder- Local farm with lots of pumpkins
  • Kinsey Family Farm in Gainesville- Pumpkin patch, hayrides, shopping, farm animals, and more
  • Jaemor Farms in Alto- Corn maze, pumpkin patch, hay rides, farm slides, a petting zoo, farm skeeball, a pumpkin train, duck races, tricycle races, apple cannons and concessions!
  • Randy's Pumpkin Patch in Lawrenceville- pumpkin patch, inflatables, bunnies, and more!
  • Washington Farms in Watkinsville- Pumpkin Patch, Petting Zoo, Cow Train, Jumping Pad, Zip Lines, Wagon Rides, and more
  • Buford Corn Maze- Corn maze, hayride, two popcorn jumping pillows, animal viewing area, pumpkin patch, pony rides and more
  • Uncle Shucks in Dawsonville- Corn maze and pumpkin patch
  • Burt's Pumpkin Patch in Dawsonville- Pumpkin patch & hayrides
  • With other votes for Aldi & Kroger for the budget-friendly pumpkin folks!

April 25, 2021

Hot Spot of the Week: Warren's Snack Shack

Living in Jackson County Hot Spot of the Week Warren's Snack Shack in Jefferson, GA

To me, Warren's Snack Shack is the ULTIMATE "grab a bit to eat" kind of place. Reminds me of sweet summertime dinners! Located in Jefferson, Warren's is a bit tucked away. I had driven by it a million times before we finally stopped by for a quick lunch! We had cheeseburgers, and honestly, they were really tasty and obviously fresh! The fries were yummy, too.

Make sure you check out Warren's the next time you're looking for a quick, freshly made burger or hotdog!

For more information, check them out:
Address: 627 Lee Street, Jefferson
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warrenssnackshack/

April 12, 2021

Hot Spot of the Week- Super Baked Pizza & Wings

Could anyone else eat pizza EVERY day and not get sick of it?? I certainly could! So I was thrilled to hear a new pizza spot was opening- Super Baked Pizza & Wings!

Located next to the U-Haul spot on 53 (close to Moonshiners and Cork & Keg), if you blink, you may miss it! But it is SO worth seeking them out! Fresh baked pizza (reminds me of a Marcos style pizza), plus a LOOOONG menu of other yummy-sounding items. I can't wait to try some other things on the menu!

For more information, check them out:
Address: 6562 GA-53, Braselton, GA 30517
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Super-Baked-Pizza-Braselton-130603058843530/
Phone: (770) 535-1331

April 5, 2021

Hot Spot of the Week- Hoschton Coffee Company

NOW OPEN! Hoschton Coffee Company fill such a need in our community, and I am thrilled they are here! And based on the crowds, it seems many people agree.

Coffee was DELICIOUS, bagels were super fresh (and I'll be back to try the jalapeno cheddar cream cheese!) and yummy, owners were friendly, and I can't wait to grab a cup of coffee and sit and work at one of their tables. And there were some delicious-looking FRESH pastries (muffins, cookies, etc) tempting me for my next visit. Plus it's woman & Veteran-owned, and there's a great story behind the coffee.

They told me a mobile app is coming with the potential for curbside delivery and loyalty rewards. I, for one, am already planning to be a regular!

For more information:
Address: 73 City Square, Hoschton (Hosch Hall next to City Hall!)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HoschtonCoffeeCompany/

March 29, 2021

Jackson County 2021 Egg Hunts

Not nearly as many egg hunts to feature this year as we've had in years past, but it's better than 2020! Take a peek at the egg hunts happening in & around Jackson County!

Saturday, April 3rd
9AM- Egg Hunt at Hoschton Park
9AM- Egg Hunt & Activities at Celebration Church
10AM- Charity Egg Hunt at Jug Tavern Park (*Tickets required)
10:30AM- Easter Parade in Commerce
11AM- Egg Hunt & Cookout at Ebenezer Church
Noon- Egg Drop at Galilee Christian Church
2PM- Egg Hunt at Encounter Church Gainesville

Posted in Egg Hunts, Things to Do
March 22, 2021

Hot Spot of the Week: The Inside Story Bookstore & Cafe

There is nothing better than a hot cup of coffee, a comfy chair, and a great book. And how lucky are we to have a spot with ALL of those things in the same space?? I am so excited to welcome The Inside Story to our area- a bookstore & cafe that is family-friendly, delicious, and adorable!

My kids LOVED the play area- blocks & drawing supplies, plus a great selection of books to choose from. And I got to sit by and supervise while sipping a yummy mocha. Seriously- such a fun family activity!

To check out The Inside Story:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theinsidestorybookstoreandcafe
Address: 55 Freedom Parkway, Hoschton (in the Laguna shopping center)