A Look Behind the Magazine

The mission of North Georgia Living magazine is to inspire our readers to explore the beauty and charm of North Georgia, whether it is a new destination or their own hometown. That was true with both the original Northeast Georgia Living started by publisher Melissa Herndon in 2000 as it is for the next generation purchased by publisher Julie Hostetter in 2019. For nearly 20 years, Northeast Georgia Living magazine set the standard for elegant and informative community magazines in its hometown of Royston, Georgia. And while the torch has been passed, the quality and community appeal will not only continue but flourish and fly across all of North Georgia and Greater Atlanta. And this new generation of North Georgia Living will offer so much more to love! Based in Milton, Georgia and now reaching 33,000 plus readers each season, North Georgia Living magazine is poised to become the favorite community magazine of North Atlanta! The next generation of this local treasure will expand rapidly beyond the 19 counties of Northeast Georgia and add the affluent North Fulton and Cobb County communities as well as Northwest Georgia counties across the state. The magazine is published by Country Roads Media and is distributed by subscription, direct mailings, more than 100 distribution points and growing as well as expanded distribution in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia’s Golden Isles, Savannah and at select Barnes & Noble Bookstores, CVS and Publix newsstands.

A Letter From the Editor

I’ve always loved to travel, to take off on that “road less traveled.” A quiet walk in the woods, a sip of wine on a quaint patio drinking in the expansive views or popping into local shops and restaurants savoring the local flavor. When I moved to Georgia twenty years ago, it was all so new and exciting. I loved every single new adventure. I met my husband here and later settled in our nest among the quiet horse pastures of Milton, Georgia. But I’ve still maintained that yearning to fly, to explore. And I hope that is a gift I have passed on to my young daughters, to have a curiosity and thirst for life that is always ready for the next adventure.

And I hope that when you flip through the pages of the new North Georgia Living, it inspires you to explore the many gems to be discovered right in your own back yard. This decade marks the next generation of the nearly 20-year-old Northeast Georgia Living magazine from Royston and I hope it rekindles the curiosity of your youth ‑ the wanderlust and appreciation for the beauty and wonder found throughout North Georgia. Whether you are walking the swinging bridge over the Toccoa River, marveling at “Georgia’s little Grand Canyon” or lacing up your boots for a journey on the legendary Appalachian Trail, I hope you savor every single minute. This is the good stuff. This is North Georgia.

Happy Travels,

Julie Hostetter

Editor In Chief

Topics We Cover


Spotlights on all things North Georgia, from interesting people to fascinating places and then some.

georgia made

Your shopping guide for all things made in Georgia.

food for thought

North Georgia’s best restaurants.

hops & vines

North Georgia’s best wineries, breweries and distilleries.

home & garden

Inspiration and ideas for your home and garden.


Where to go and what to see in and out of Georgia.


New and noteworthy in North Georgia.


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