There are many unique restaurants and businesses close to campus that allow you an escape from your daily routine. Whether you want to go shopping or to try some new foods, there’s plenty of options around Young Harris. Before I begin, however, I need to mention that these are all recommendations from my friends who have been at YHC for more than a year. Personally, I haven’t explored much off campus yet, so I will happily mention some options they gave me. 

Within the town of Young Harris, there are multiple businesses within walking distance such as the Dollar General. It’s right down the road and allows for easy access to groceries and practically anything you can think of. If you’re feeling like Italian food or subs, Moschetto’s Continental Café is across the street from campus. Another Italian restaurant closer to the YHC tennis courts is Enrico’s Italian Restaurant. Lastly, if you crave some ice cream, students can find Here’s the Scoop in that very same shopping center. 

A lot of students make the short drive to Blairsville or Hiawassee to shop or eat. Each town has its own personality and draws YHC students in with its delicious menus and great products. 

Blairsville has Galaxy Bowling Alley and Blairsville Cinemas, which provide plenty of entertainment for students on the weekends. Closer to town is FATZ Café, a resturaunt that serves classic American meals for families and students to enjoy. There’s also Treasured Creations Art Store and the Collage Boutique, unique stores that sell interesting art and fashionable clothing. Lastly—and maybe most important—the Walmart in Blairsville is only a short drive away to get the essentials in every student’s life.

When heading towards Hiawassee, I definitely recommend stopping in at Brother’s at Willow Ranch. I have fallen in love with this restaurant because of their southern cooking. Continuing on up the road, you’ll find El Cancun for Mexican food and Café Portofino, which serves low-priced wings on Wednesdays. I’ve also been told to mention the Blue Otter Restaurant and Asiano’s. The Blue Otter serves practically everything, while Asiano’s focuses on Asian cuisine. The Loft in Hiawassee is a favorite among the College’s female students. They sell fashionable clothing and accessories for any women out there looking to stay ahead on trends. 

With so many options to choose from, Young Harris students may have a hard time trying to figure out where to get dinner if they go out. Luckily, YHC positioned its campus in the perfect location to allow its students to appreciate the valley’s beauty while still keeping them within short distances of Blairsville and Hiawassee.