Located on the shores of Lake Sidney Lanier and at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Gainesville, Georgia is the tourism and economic center of Northeast Georgia. The city sits halfway between the Appalachian Mountains and the urban city center of Atlanta. Also known as a City of Excellence, Gainesville is home to over 35,000 people.
Gainesville has earned many nicknames over the years because of its’ valuable location and because of its people. The most notable are Queen City of the Mountains and the Poultry Capital. The most recent and honorable designation came following the 1996 Olympics. An NBC broadcaster covering the Rowing/Kayaking event referred to Gainesville as the Hospitality Capital of the World.