The North Georgia mountain region is the smart, affordable solution for second home buyers looking to quickly get away from it all. At just over a minute expressway drive due north of Atlanta, we're the closest real mountains north of the big city, not to mention the retirement mecca of Florida. Smart Money selected Blue Ridge, GA as one of the five best places in the country to buy a vacation home. Northern Georgia has long been a second home getaway secret for many Georgia families. After a cheap flight to Atlanta and a short drive on the four-lane, you're ready to relax with the wildlife in the clean mountain air. Lake Blue Ridge, located less than 5-minutes from the center of town, is the icing on the outdoor enthusiast's cake, not to mention the Toccoa River and the Aska Adventure Area. Ellijay, Georgia is also a popular choice, blessed with an abundance of beautiful, trophy trout streams and a little less driving time from the Atlanta airport. Property Buildings Businesses.