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Kia Sedona in Gainesville


Located near the northern tip of Georgia, Gainesville originally started as a small camp in the early nineteenth century when it was named Mule Camp Springs, but by 1821 the city was officially established and renamed Gainesville.  Gainesville was named after Edmund P. Gaines, a military surveyor and general in the War of 1812, the city was later named the county seat.  A gold rush in the 1800s brought settlers and prosperity to the city, until much of it was destroyed in a fire in 1851.  Still, Gainesville rebuilt and continued to grow through the 1870s, when the addition of a railroad stop led to higher population and the importance of textiles to Gainesville’s economy.  After the Second World War, Gainesville established itself as a leader in poultry, which has become a $1 billion industry.

Gainesville is now home to more than 30,000 people.  This small city is often referred to as the “Poultry Capital of the World,” known for its expertise in the industry and its exceptional local dining areas.  You won’t find anywhere as friendly or welcoming as Gainesville, one reason we here at Carriage Kia are proud to call it home.


But Gainesville isn’t just a place with a storied past and a whole lot of chicken, though you should definitely check out the local southern dining spots.  Gainesville is home to some of the best cuisine in the region, especially when it comes to poultry.  The Yellow Fin Restaurant, Cosa Nostra Italian Kitchen, and the Mule Camp Tavern are all great places to visit downtown, while classic Southern cooking can be found at the Collegiate Grill, Big Bear Café, Longstreet Cage, and more.  Visit Gainesville’s official website for more information on local dining.

Gainesville is also a great place to visit for people who love the outdoors and especially for families.  Nearby Lake Lanier is one of the most popular attraction for those in Gainesville, with fishing, boating, and other water sports. This 38,000-acre lake receives roughly 7 million visitors each year, many of whom love the recreational activities available. Check out the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club and the Lanier Rowing Club, as well as exceptional fly fishing.  Don Carter State Park is a beautiful place for day-trips or overnight camping, and Wilshire Trails Park is a great hiking location. Also, be sure to try the Kinsey Family Farm for a fun, educational outdoor adventure!

Kids will love everything Gainesville has to offer them.  The Interactive Neighborhood for Kids is a great place for children to go exploring, or you can head to Oaks Mini Golf Course to play a game.  Local museums are also popular, demonstrating the city’s unique history. Visit areas like the Northeast Georgia History Center, the Riverside Military Academy, or even Chief Whitepath’s Cabin. Multiple tours are available, including the Civil War Heartland’s Trail, the Alta Vista Walking Tour, and the Green Street Walking Tour.

There’s arts and culture for adults to enjoy as well.  Don’t miss the Masterpiece Mixers Paint and Party Studio, which has classes for both adults and kids and lets you explore your creativity.  And you’ll love the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, which combines fine arts and music for a perfect evening of entertainment.

These are just some of the many reasons Gainesville is an incredible place to live and work.  Plan your visit today.  We hope to see you soon!


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