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Would you look forward to a scenic hike in the mountains? How about an evening of fine dining in Atlanta? If you want to unwind with excitement, pure relaxation, or vibrant tastes, we have that here.

Excitement, relaxation, and adventure.
We have it all right here.

Explore the links below to get a better sense of our city and culture.


Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find at one of the many shopping malls and downtown shops of Northeast Georgia. From Helen, Ga’s, quaint collectibles to great furniture, clothing and specialty items in the Southeast’s largest mall (The Mall of Georgia) we’ve got plenty of options, so you can shop ’til you drop.

Below are a sampling of shopping choices provided by the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.

Alpine Helen

An alpine village 40 minutes north of Gainesville on Highway 75. Plenty of dirndls, leiderhosn and German beer.
Phone: 800-858-8027 Website:

Appletree Farms

A beautiful gift shop that offers a wide variety of merchandise, local pottery, home decor, special gifts and accessories and food items. Also houses a winery tasting room and restaurant. 365, Alto.
Phone: 706-776-8381

Colonial Lakeshore Mall

Features major department stores as well as many specialty stores, services and restaurants. The mall features one of the few handcrafted Venetian carousels on the Southeast. Location: Pearl Nix Parkway and Hwy. 53.
Phone: 770-535-8877  Website:

Commerce Outlets

40 minutes from Gainesville. Tanger Outlets bring people to Commerce.
Phone:706-335-3354 Website:

Flowery Branch Main Street Square

Founded in 1874 and part of Georgia’s Better Hometown Revitalization Program, Flowery Branch features many unique stores, restaurants and a restored train depot, located in south Hall County.

Gainesville’s Main Street Marketplace

Built in 1886, newly opened in December 2002, this open air market offers an array of distinctive shops with local artists paintings and sculptures on the walls and in the atrium. There are many local small businesses located in the market such as a book store, art gallery, a deli, a yoga studio and much more. This market is a must see on the historic square, and they also offer art lessons!
Phone: 678-776-1346

Hewell’s Pottery

Since 1860 the family has been making pottery, from glazed collector pieces to flower pots. The large shopping area is opened year round and features pottery, house ware accessories and gift items.
Phone: 770-869-3469

Historic Dahlonega

Quaint and historic town, with an array of shops and restaurants, north of Gainesville on highway 60. Site of the first U.S.goldrush.
Phone: 800-231-5543 Website:

Jaemor Farms

The market is the main outlet for the peach and apple production of Echols Orchards and Jaemor Farm. Year-round gift and pottery sales, jams, jellies, relishes, fruits and vegetables. Farm tours available.
Phone: 770-869-3999 Website:

Mall of Georgia

Southeast’s largest mall combines shopping, dining and entertainment. Includes JCPenney, Macy’s, Von Maur and Dillard’s. Mall features include a 500-seat outdoor amphitheater, a 20 screen movie theater and seven-story, 3-D IMAX theater.
Phone: 678-482-8789 Website:

Mark of the Potter

Largest collection of hand-thrown pottery, hand blown glass and wood jewelry items for sale in Northeast Georgia. Located next to a waterfall on the Sogue River in nearby Habersham County housed in a gristmill. Also feed the huge native trout who frequent the river next to the mill.
Phone: 706-947-3440 Website:

Nora Mill Granary

This historic gristmill is located just 40 minutes from Gainesville. Established in 1876, Nora Mill Granary remains operational and continues to use the original stones in its grinding and production. The gristmill also has a small country store with their product and thousands of choices.
Phone: 706.878.2375 Website: https//

North Georgia Premium Outlets

Located in Dawsonville-30 minutes from Gainesville. Over 140 Premium Outlet store all within one area.
Phone: 706-216-3609

Sugarloaf Mills

20 minutes from Lake Lanier Islands. Has over 200 stores and outlets with enticing deals.
Phone: 678-847-5000 Website:


Gainesville Parks & Recreation Agency and the Hall County Parks & Leisure Services support award winning programs for both youth and adults. Hall County has more parks than any county in the United States – with 23 U.S. Corps of Engineers parks on Lake Lanier, and another 47 parks located throughout the county.

Rowing & Kayaking

Lake Lanier Olympic Center, the rowing, canoe and kayak venue for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, is now home to the very active Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club and the Lake Lanier Rowing Club.


Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, a 2500 acre park, features miles of nature trails, the Elachee Nature Science Center, a wildlife garden and nature activities. More than 2,000 people every year enjoy hiking, biking, jogging and horse back riding in Chicopee Woods. The Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center hosts a number of major horse shows, dog shows and livestock shows annually.


Avid golfers will find an array of challenging golf courses with breathtaking scenery and unique features against the backdrop of the mountains and Lake Lanier. Check out the following courses for your next 18 holes:

State Parks

Hall County is ideally situated for residents to take advantage of the many state parks that exist in the mountain foothills. To learn more: