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lifestyles 2013 Answer Book • from Appen Media Group You’re the best! Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth revealed On the town * We give you the best places to visit in the area It’s 5 o’clock somewhere Find your brewery, growler store or brew pub 2 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 Unparalleled Service - vice should be the heart that keeps any business beating. We work very hard to gain the trust of each client and guest. From the initial meeting to the date of the event, we take pleasure in going above and beyond to execute each event to perfection for the sake of our clients and their guests. 5895 Windward Parkway Alpharetta, GA 30005 (678) 527- 2000 How to Book Your Next Event? Check us out online or call us at (678)527-2000 to give us an idea of your dream event. We’ll ask some questions to get a preview of who you are and the exact kind of event you’d love for us to host, from food to guest count. 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New businesses are being created and expanding. And everyone needs to be connected and informed. That is what we do at Appen Media Group with our weekly newspapers, Northside Woman, our Answer Books and our increasing number of digital publications and assets. All of our print products are home-delivered. All of our content is posted on the highest-hit regional news website, northfulton.com, and all of our publications connect the community in a unique way. All of this gives our advertisers huge value and economies of scale in both the print and online worlds. Look for new product development from Appen next year, including Apple and Google apps for all of our Answer Books early in 2014. We connect you. We promise. PUBLISH E RS Ray & Christina Appen EDITORIA L Amelia Appen Jonathan Copsey Hatcher Hurd Aldo Nahed Ryan Pieroni Shubi Tangri RAY APPEN, Publisher In the pages Madison Thorburn-Gundlach Katie VanBrackle Candy Waylock P RODU C TION Kelly Brooks David Brown FEATURES Arthur J. McNaughton 8 On the town Suzanne Pacey 14 Beer Scene A DV ERTIS ING Popular spots in North Fulton and South Forsyth Phyllis Anderton Discover places to buy and drink quality beer Hans Appen 18 Best of North Fulton and South Forsyth You voted, we reveal. See who won. Linda Cohen 36 Top 5 Mike Dorman Your definitive list of the top spots around the state 42 2014 Calendar 46 Service Directory Events and attractions across Georgia Find out who to call EDITORIAL Abby Breaux Wendy Goddard photos by abby breaux/staff On the cover North Fulton and Forsyth feature plenty of places perfect for unwinding at the end of a long day. Historic Roswell, Ga., strikes the right balance between cosmopolitan amenities and small-town ambiance. With its central location between urban Atlanta and rural Georgia, patrons can eat simply or elegantly. The bustling Canton Street in particular offers day-or-night dining surrounded by locally owned galleries, gift shops, antique stores and more. Salt Factory Pub, pictured on the cover, is one of the street’s many eateries boasting cozy outdoor seating ideal for kicking back and catching up with friends and neighbors. 6 Staycations 23 Top 10 bed and breakfast inns 24 Banning Mills 26 Sunset canoe trips 27 Georgia's top romantic getaways 32 North Georiga Mountain Getaway 28 Barnsley Gardens 34 Top 9 outdoor activities in Georgia 30 Gibbs Gardens 35 Top nearby attractions Places to go on one tank of gas Quaint places to escape the city The world's longest canopy ziplining tour Right down the 'Hooch Romance the one you love Blending history and the holidays Offering a stunning getaway Blue Ridge offers big family fun From skateboarding to mountain climbing No need for a long road trip; these places are close Susan Hernandez June Meltzer Becky Nelson Jade Rodgers firstname.lastname@example.org TO ADVERTISE IN THE 2014 ANSWER BOOK CALL: 770-442-3278 Reproduction of the content of the Answer Book—including all maps— is prohibited without expressed written permission. The Answer Book is a trademarked title. All efforts have been made to verify content. Appen Media Group publishes the Education Answer Book, the Relocation Answer Book, the Medical Answer Book, and the Lifestyles Answer Book. Online versions are accessible on NorthFulton.com at the bottom of the home page. Contact us at 770-442-3278. 319 North Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009 www.northfulton.com Email additions/corrections for the next edition to email@example.com Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 •5 6 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group Round-trip staycation Fill up and go By JESSA PEASE For the adventurous at heart and the outdoor lovers out there. These trips are great for a weekend or just a day, and they still require only one tank of gas or less. ADVENTURERS: Stone Mountain is the world’s largest piece of exposed granite. As a natural wonderland, Stone Mountain offers 3,200 acres of family fun. The Geyser Towers feature multiple levels of suspended rope bridges and net tunnels connected to towering platforms that overlook a geyser. SkyHike is one of the nation’s largest adventure courses, and the Summit Skyride offers a fantastic view of the Atlanta skyline. Other activities like Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 4-D Experience, Scenic Railroad, Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf and the Great Barn are sure to keep every member of your family entertained. This experience is waiting just 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta. Visit www. stonemountainpark.com for more information. Wild Animal Safari is a drive-through animal park that brings you face to face with exotic animals from around the world. Ride in the park’s guided Zebra Bus, rent a Zebra Van or drive your own car and feed the various species that will dazzle you and beg for treats. With 200 acres of environment on three-anda-half miles of paved road, you can touch giraffes, come face to face with American Bison and see many other animals in a natural setting. The animals live only one hour and 15 minutes from Atlanta and they can’t wait for you to visit them. Visit www.animalsafari.com for more information about the safari. OUTDOOR LOVERS: Helen is a re-creation of an alpine village complete with cobblestone alleys and old-world towers. There is tubing and fishing among the beautiful scenery, complete with shopping, camping, family activities and waterfalls. Helen has many wonderful things to interest all of the family all year round. Located only an hour and 45 minutes from Atlanta, this beautiful setting makes for the perfect location for multiple outdoor activities and summer fun. Visit www.helenga.org for more information about Helen, Ga. Sandrock Rock Climbing (Ala.) has something to offer for beginning to expert climbers. The approaches are short and easy, and the climbing walls have large jugs and horns on easy-toclimb sandstone. The area is comprised of huge islands of gray-featured sandstone with a maze of canyons, passages and caverns between them and some beautifully uncharacteristic rock formations. The trip takes only two hours and 10 minutes, so pack a picnic with the climbing gear and go have some fun. Visit www.southeastclimbing. com and search Sandrock for more information, or search for some other great climbing opportunities. Edge of the World Rapids is a loop trail that starts at the canoe ramp on the north end of the gravel parking lot Families can take a dip in the Edge of the World Rapids, ride the rapids in an inner tube or have a picnic by the water enjoying the beauty of Dawsonville’s park. Jillian Pease and Katie Skender at the summit of Stone Mountain enjoying the view. on Ga. 53. The trail climbs into the mountains of the Dawson Wildlife Management Area that includes babbling brooks and the typical North Georgia forest. The loop is about 1.7 miles and ends at the beautiful Amicalola River right above the waterfall. Hop in the water for some cool swimming or ride the rapids on an inner tube. Pack a lunch and lounge in the sun while your dog enjoys splashing around the water. The drive is about an hour and 15 minutes, so pack up whenever is convenient. Visit www.georgiatrails.com/gt/ Amicalola_River_Trail for more information. The beauty of Helen’s restored alpine village, cobblestone alleys and old-world towers draws crowds for outdoor activities, shopping and more. Climbers can choose from a number of rock formations in Sandrock, Ala., with climbing levels ranging from beginner to expert. Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 •7 Laid back to luxury Ideal Georgia getaways By JESSA PEASE Savannah is known worldwide for its 200-year-old park-like squares. Château Élan’s stately hotel is ready to spoil its guests with fine dining, wines and golf. The North Georgia Premium Outlets feature a collection of designer labels and brands in Dahlonega, Ga. Lake Lanier, only minutes up Ga. 400, offers the best boating in the state. The luxurious pool at the Barnsley Gardens Resort in Adairsville, Ga. The haunting beauty of Barnsley Gardens by night is breathtaking. There are many fun and adventurous opportunities close enough to the North Fulton and Forsyth County areas that one tank of gas or less is all that stands between you and a wonderful staycation. For beach goers: Savannah — Organized on a grid of 21 squares, children play, couples wed and ghost tours are never in short supply. Head to the beach on Tybee Island to catch some summer sun or catch a charter boat at Lazaretto Creek or Wilmington Island. Fun is never hard to find with the frequent festivals on River Street and in Forsyth Park. Southern cuisine reigns supreme in this charming city. Take the ghost tour to hear the spooky history of Savannah and maybe even catch a glimpse of one. Enjoy the dolphin tours or cruise the city and its historic cemeteries. Visit www.visitsavannah.com for more information. Lake Lanier — Located in the foothills of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains, Lake Lanier Islands is the major resort area on the lake. The complex provides picnicking, camping, beach areas, a water theme park, tennis courts, golf courses and rental boats. If the resort isn’t your thing, there are a number of other areas operated by the county and city agencies that provide recreational opportunities around the lake. A skip away from North Fulton and Forsyth and only about an hour from Atlanta, Lake Lanier is the perfect beach substitute. Visit www.lakelanier.com for more information. For luxury seekers: Barnsley Gardens — A golf resort on the grounds of a historic former plantation in Adairsville. It features two restaurants: The Grill and The Rice House. There are many recreational opportunities including tennis courts, a Grecian-style pool and a spa. Barnsley Gardens offers small English cottages equipped with bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms for your stay. At only an hour and 20 minutes from Atlanta, comfort and relaxation awaits at Barnsley Gardens. Visit www.barnsleyresort.com for more. Château Élan — The largest winery in Georgia. The winery hosts two dining options: Le Clos French restaurant and Café Élan Mediterranean bistro. The Wine Market greets individuals with Château Élan’s wide variety of wines and culinary items. The property also features a four-star inn, a golf club with three 18-hole golf courses and day and overnight spa facilities. The nearby vineyards grow an assortment of grapes including; Chambourcin, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Muscadine. The winery waits only an hour away from Atlanta. Visit www. chateauelan.com for more information. North Georgia Premium Outlets— A collection of designer labels and brands can be found at the Atlanta area’s only upscale outlet center and bargain hunter’s haven. The 140-store center features designers and manufacturers such as Calvin Klein, Coach, Kenneth Cole and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. Visit www.premiumoutlets. com for more information. 8 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group On the Town Content in this section provided by our advertisers With so many places to go and things to see in North Fulton and South Forsyth, how do you pick which ones to try? We’ve made it easy to choose with ‛On the Town.’ The hottest scene on the Northside By JESSICA DIAMOND for Roswell Inc Originally, the City of Roswell was created to house a textile mill and its employees. The community was designed to support the mill and businesses catered to the needs of its families. Obviously, as the City matured and the mill fell dormant, the needs of the community changed. Over the course of more than a century, Roswell has developed into one of the most dynamic and community oriented cities in the country. Suburban families fleshed out the neighborhoods and the schools and parks flourished. The fine arts were celebrated and the historical culture preserved. Roswell became the ideal place to raise a family, and in more recent years, an ideal place to start a successful business endeavor. The last few years have seen enormous growth in the business community and the City has taken great strides to nurture and encourage that growth. The results of these efforts include economic development entities like Roswell Inc, formerly Roswell Business Alliance. Some of the most prominent participants in this economic upturn are the restaurants. Roswell is now home to 197 restaurants, the majority of which are locally owned, independent businesses. Native fine dining enthusiasts, who would previously commute inside the perimeter, now look no further than their own backyards. What’s more, fine diners are traveling from numerous other communi- ties to sample what Roswell has to offer. Roswell is quickly blossoming into a foodie’s paradise. Roswell’s restaurant scene draws its edge from a number of unique factors. On the one hand, many of the restaurants boast a hip, modern flair with innovative food design and preparation techniques. On the other hand, you’ve got a more rural, historic small town setting that offers sanctuary from the hustle, bustle and cold concrete of the big city. The dining experience extends beyond the table to include immersion into a friendly and thriving community. This means that the owner is typically close by and willing to stop for a chat. Fellow diners recognize one another and may have a “regular table.” Business owners know one another and work together to help the entire community succeed. Many are embracing the farm-to-table movement that encourages kitchens to serve food responsibly grown and raised on nearby farms by local farmers. Massi Mekhmoukh, owner of Etris Kitchen and Bar, and his executive chef David Guildford have taken the farm-to-table movement even further by opening their new restaurant on former farmland. “Where better to have a ‘farm to fork’ restaurant then in Roswell . . . specifically, in an area that was once the Etris family’s farm?” Mekhmoukh said. “The location on former farmland and the intimacy of Sweet Apple Village, not to mention an existing imported Italian wood oven, called to us.” Roswell Inc asked several local restaurateurs, like Mekhmoukh, to comment on their experiences and share their beliefs on what makes a successful restaurant in Roswell. “It’s the people,” Rich Clark, owner of Hugo’s Oyster Bar in Roswell, said. “I mean the people here are some of the best. So community driven and with such a sense of pride. They just want you to succeed.” When asked about his hopes for the future of the restaurant industry in the City, Clark responded, “I hope that the competition only makes us all perform at the top of our game. I worked in restaurants in Buckhead, Atlanta Fish Market, Bluepoint, Blue Ridge Grille, Brassiere Le Coze, La Grotta, the Ritz-Carleton just to name a few and there has always been a feeling that restaurants «OTP» (Outside the Perimeter) were not on par with restaurants in town. I can tell you that stigma is going away and hopefully, with more quality restaurants coming in the area, we will only better our culinary reputation.” See ROSWELL, Page 47 Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 OFFICE OF THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR Two South Main Street • Alpharetta, GA 30009 Phone: 678.297.6075 • Fax: 678-297-6001 • Web: www.alpharetta.ga.us Alpharetta – The Work Hard, Play Hard City By PETER TOKAR III, Economic Development Director W e’ve all heard the debate of urban vs. suburban living. Most argue that central cities are home to the highend shopping, fine dining and large entertainment venues that consumers crave. While suburban communities offer the high quality of life for families with better public services like police, fire and schools. In the case of the City of Alpharetta, these two worlds have collided making it an ideal destination for Metro Atlanta residents and visitors alike. As the northern hub of Atlanta, Alpharetta with its 60,000 residents, swells during the daytime to over 100,000 people who to come to the city to work and play. This has had a direct impact on the remarkable variety of lifestyle amenities Alpharetta offers over other communities. one of the largest malls in Atlanta, has over 200 stores and continues to re-invent itself. In 2011, Von Maur opened its first store in the Atlanta market at the mall. Currently, AMC is building a 12 screen theater at the mall that will feature recliner seats and offer IMAX movies. North Point is also major draw because of its American Girl Boutique and Bistro, the only store in the southeast. Downtown Alpharetta is home to a wide range of boutiques. From antiques to apparel, stores like the Cotton House, the Queen of Hearts, Ivy Interiors and Sis & Moon’s offer an American Girl Boutique and Bistro intimate and personalized shopping experience. No matter what type of shopping you are looking for, Alpharetta has the right stores for you. Food Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (photo by Chris Lee) Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Built in 2008, the 12,000 seat Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park is a state of the art venue that offers both covered and lawn seating options. It is the only venue outside of the Atlanta Perimeter where music lovers can go and see the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, often in collaboration with the nation’s best musicians. During any given season, concert goers can enjoy the Eagles, Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan, Chicago, Maroon 5, Tom Petty and Phish to name a few. The amphitheater also hosts a wide variety of community events, competitions and acrobatic performances like the world famous Cirque du Soleil. Still, the Amphitheater isn’t the only thing drawing in visitors to the area. Shopping From boutiques to large retailers, Alpharetta has shoppers covered with its large assortment of retail options. North Point Mall, originally Whether its causal food or fine dining you’re looking for, Alpharetta has all that you need and more. An Atlanta staple, the Varsity Jr. in Alpharetta packs in customers obsessed with their burgers and hotdogs. Ethnic food is all the rage with offerings from India, the Caribbean, Greece, Latin America, Japanese, Thai, Brazilian and Italian. Fine dining selections are also available at the Cabernet Restaurant, Vinny’s on Windward and Ray’s on the Creek. Alpharetta has also seen a recent boom in local breweries lately with Jekyll Brewery and Hop Alley opening this year. Having this range of food options is rare for communities, and will only get better with the new Avalon project. Avalon Alpharetta will soon be known for its luxury retail and dining amenities once only found in-town with the addition of the $600 million Avalon project. Avalon will create over 500,000 square feet of new high-end retail that includes tenants like Arhaus, fab’rik, West Elm and Anthropologie. An additional 350 residences and 100,000 square feet of office space will complement the retail development. The first gigabit community in Georgia, Avalon will offer its tenant’s internet speeds vastly above any other area of the state. Moreover, several in-town restaurant favorites and chefs have committed to opening locations in Avalon. These include Antico’s, Bocado Burger Bar, Bantam Biddy and a new concept restaurant by Atlanta’s Chef Ford Fry. Visitors to Atlanta who used to have to brave the city’s Avalon Boulevard downtown traffic will soon be able to enjoy all the same great shopping and dining experiences in the comfort of Alpharetta’s Avalon. Green Way The Big Creek Greenway Trail snakes over 8 paved miles in Alpharetta. Set mainly in a covered forest, the trail runs north to south along Alpharetta’s main artery, Georgia State Route 400. Cutting through several large business parks, the trail is enjoyed by workers on their daily lunch breaks looking to get in some exercise. Nature walking, cycling and running are a few of the activities enjoyed by residents and visitors alike to the trail. The City of Alpharetta offers a unique bundle of amenities that are hard to find in other communities. It’s no wonder that Alpharetta was the nation’s sixth fastest growing city in 2012. As the pace of growth and development ramp up, Alpharetta continues to stand out as a premier business, lifestyle and recreation destination for Metro Atlanta. Contact: Peter Tokar III, MBA Economic Development Director City of Alpharetta • 2 South Main Street 678-297-6075 • firstname.lastname@example.org •9 10 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group Wake up and smell the pancakes Fresh, buttermilk pancakes. Is there anything more comforting? There certainly is, and you will concur when you discover delicious FLAVORED pancakes, offered with the quality and succulence only The Original Pancake House can provide. We make our buttermilk pancake batter from scratch with our own sour starter. Every egg is cracked to order and all batters, including waffles and crepes, are made fresh daily from scratch. We do not have any Pam, vegetable oil, or imitation butter; every gourmet dish at The Original Pancake House is cooked in the highest quality clarified butter. What’s the only Buttermilk Pancakes Served with whipped butter and hot syrup. Yeasty Old Fashioned Buckwheat Pancakes On the Town factor that can improve our made-fromscratch pancakes? Our superior and multiple flavors. At the Original Pancake House, you’re not just having breakfast. You’re experiencing the very taste of quality. Come visit us on Windward Parkway and you won’t just find a great breakfast, but a delicious lifestyle choice. cream and lightly dusted with powdered sugar. Hawaiian Pancakes Served with whipped butter and hot syrup. Shredded pineapple in buttermilk pancakes. Lightly dusted with powdered sugar. Served with whipped butter and our own tropical syrup. Sourdough Flap Jacks Georgia Pecan Pancakes This recipe was the favorite of the Klondike Gold Rush. Served with whipped butter, hot syrup and lightly dusted with powdered sugar. Blueberry Pancakes Served with fresh blueberry compote, whipped butter and lightly dusted with powdered sugar. 49’er Flap Jacks From the famous Mother Lode Country. Strike of the century—thin, chewy, gooey. Swedish Pancakes Three paper thin pancakes served with imported Lingonberries and butter. Chocolate Chip Pancakes Real semi-sweet chocolate chips in buttermilk pancakes. Banana Pancakes Buttermilk pancakes filled with diced ripe bananas and lightly dusted with powdered sugar. Served with whipped butter and our own tropical syrup. Strawberry Pancakes Buttermilk pancakes topped with fresh frozen strawberries. Lightly dusted with powdered sugar and served with warm strawberry syrup and whipped cream. Peach Pancakes Buttermilk pancakes topped with brandied peaches. Served with whipped Free upgrade to any flavored pancakes instead of buttermilk pancakes with any egg specialty plate or omelet. Expires May 1, 2014 The Southland’s favorite!!! Buttermilk pancakes filled with fresh Georgia pecans and topped with hot toasted pecans. Lightly dusted with powdered sugar, served with whipped butter and hot syrup. Wheat Germ Pancakes Served with whipped butter and hot syrup. Coconut Pancakes Buttermilk pancakes topped with toasted coconut. Lightly dusted with powdered sugar, served with whipped butter and our own tropical syrup. Three Little Pigs in Blankets Link sausage rolled in buttermilk pancakes. Lightly dusted with powdered sugar, served with whipped butter and our own tropical syrup. French Toast Real French bread dipped in egg, cream & Amaretto batter, then grilled golden brown. Lightly dusted with powdered sugar and served with whipped butter and hot syrup. Le Petit “Dollar Pancakes” Silver dollar sized buttermilk pancakes. 10 cakes 12 cakes 18 cakes Bacon Pancakes Real bits of bacon in buttermilk pancakes. Served with whipped butter and hot syrup. Senior Egg Plate One egg, any style, and three buttermilk pancakes. Senior Bacon Plate 2 slices of bacon and 3 buttermilk pancakes. Senior Sausage Plate 2 sausage links, or 1 sausage patty and three buttermilk pancakes. Our own strawberry, apple or tropical syrup served on request. Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • 11 The Best Breakfast in Atlanta is in Alpharetta. ON WINDWARD PARKWAY E ating breakfast can be just a meal or it can be an event. It can be an event because the food is so fresh, so made from scratch, so healthy and savory that, well, it’s no longer just eating. It becomes an indulgence — a reward you give yourself. You take your time and enjoy the conversation. You relish the meal. It’s like the difference between drinking Starbucks® coffee instead of convenience store coffee. Or as the famous commercial we all know says, using Grey Poupon® instead of mustard. Or drinking fresh squeezed orange juice instead of concentrate. The Original Pancake House turns your breakfast into an event that helps you get through the week – something that you can look forward to and enjoy instead of just having a meal. Enjoy our various breakfast courses, ranging from sausage and eggs to french crepes. All made from scratch. All fresh. All indulgently delicious. The Apple Pancake: Our Apple Pancakes are a great example of the quality and preparation that goes into all our breakfast courses: We peel and slice fresh, tart and tangy Granny Smith apples. The apples are placed in an eight inch skillet and lightly sautéed in clarified butter. Next, the egg based German batter is added from a batch that was made fresh that morning. The skillet is then placed in a 200 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes. At this temperature the German batter will solidify, but will not bake. Then the skillet is removed from the oven and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, the pancake is flipped over and baked in a 450 degree oven. At this point the German batter will rise in the skillet as it bakes and the cinnamon sugar mixture on the bottom begins to caramelize. After approximately 15 minutes of bake time The Apple Pancake is flipped back over onto a plate, and served. The Apple Pancake is very large when it comes out of the oven, but after it is served, it will shrink on your plate right before your eyes as it cools. Even though it takes over an hour to prepare one of these pancakes, we are always baking one, so it should not be much more than 10 to 15 minutes before you can enjoy your fresh Apple Pancake after it is ordered. Dutch Baby Bacon and Eggs Cherry Kijafa Crepes Strawberry Pancakes Cinnamon French Toast Corned Beef Hash Plate Spanish Omlette The Apple Pancake $5 OFF GA 400 The Original Pancake House Any purchase of $25 or more One coupon per table. Not valid with any other offer. Expires May 1, 2014 $3 OFF Any purchase of $13 or more One coupon per table. Not valid with any other offer. Expires May 1, 2014 (678) 393-1355 | Regions Bank Windward Pkwy. Cracker Barrell Cabernet The Best Breakfast in Atlanta www.originalpancakehouse.org 5530 Windward Parkway • Alpharetta | Mon-Fri 6:30am-2:30pm | Sat & Sun 7am - 3pm 12 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group The elegant evolution of Alpine Bakery and Trattoria and the satisfying end to one man’s quest On the Town By LEISA ODOM-KURTZ My husband has been on a perpetual lookout for three decades. A born and bred New Yorker, he has always regaled me with stories of his favorite hometown Italian eateries. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1982 at age 22, and that’s where his search for great “outside of N.Y.” pizza and Italian food started. To him, it was a search for food to warm his heart, and remind him of home. Thirteen years later, having deemed his L.A. quest an unmitigated failure, he relocated to Atlanta. Atlanta in 1995 appeared even bleaker. It was 10 years of a decent pizza here and a fair-to-middling Chicken Parmigiana there before he walked into a newly opened place called Alpine Bakery just a few miles from our home in 2005. Not sure what he’d walked into (Alpine?), his hopes ran high at the sight of the pizza oven, and a report from an employee of a Brooklyn connection in ownership. In the eight years since, his high hopes have yet to be dashed by a single meal at Alpine, the one place that he faithfully identifies as “like home.” It’s THE place that continually reminds him of warm holiday celebrations with extended family regardless of when we are seated, or for what occasion. Today, those just beginning their own quests can walk into Alpine Bakery and Trattoria for lunch or dinner, and be immediately drawn—compelled, really--toward the right by the visually stunning array of art on display inside the pastry cases. It’s a collection that’s colorful, immense, and fortu- nately for dining enthusiasts like me, entirely edible. Utterly mesmerized, it takes a few minutes to remember you are indeed standing in a bakery, but not just any bakery. The aromas waft through the air; garlic and Italian spices are equally demanding of your senses and impossible to ignore, and there’s a strong pull toward the warm and inviting restaurant on the left. Owners William Clementi and Stephen Bishop set out to establish a dynamic trattoria with a spectacular menu of Italian cuisine in a stylish, comfortable setting, and this patron thinks they’ve succeeded. While Southern Living magazine in 2012 named Alpine Bakery and Trattoria as having some of the best cakes in the South, it’s just part of their story. The bakery began as a wholesaler and then evolved into a retailer featuring an assortment of high-quality items such as real cream layer cakes, pies, cheesecakes, pastries, cookies, artisan breads, New York style pizza, stromboli and calzones baked fresh on the premises. Nowadays, the restaurant is thriving because of the mouthwatering Italian flavor profiles, and beautiful and sometimes unexpected takes on the usual suspects. Impeccably presented plates like Seafood Risotto, Linguini with Clam Sauce, Veal or Chicken Scaloppini are all elevated to new heights. The Trattoria also offers a fantastic wine list from regions around the world, and offers diners an exceptional selection of wines by the glass. Live entertainment is a weekly staple and includes two different piano soloists, a jazz trio and a two-piece jazz duo. As longtime customers, this evolution from wholesale bakery to thriving restaurant has been fun to watch, and very satisfying. Perhaps most satisfying is that my husband has been able to declare his “away from N.Y.” search for great N.Y. pizza and flat-out GREAT Italian food and bakery items CONCLUDED. Alpine Bakery and Trattoria is open for lunch Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and for dinner Monday through Thursday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are not required. They are located in historic Crabapple at 12315 Crabapple Road in Alpharetta, Georgia. www. alpinebakeryandtrattoria.com Leisa Odom-Kurtz and her native New Yorker husband Ken live in Milton with their two daughters, and can be seen eating in and taking out food from Alpine on a regular basis. Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 ALPINE BAKERY TRATTORIA • 13 14 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group Beer Scene Brew pubs, micro-breweries and growler stores in your area Sponosred By in high-alcohol drinks. Unfortunately, many of these brewers are so small, they cannot afford to bottle their beer; instead selling it in kegs to restaurants. With the growler store, these small brewers can still sell their kegs, but to people who want to take the beer home. State laws were also relaxed about breweries, leading to much interest from local entrepreneurs to start their own beers. IS TE R NN BA Y RD 1. Ale Yeah, 603 Atlanta St. Roswell www.aleyeahbeer.com (770) 992-2246 ◄ Cherry Street is a must-visit for any beer connoisseur. From left, Nick Tanner, Dan Reingold and Jonny Bradley toast with their award-winning beer —Ta Ta Cream Ale. Photo by Aldo Nahed BR OW NS PILGRIM MILL RD CANTON HWY JO TE 2. The Beer Growler, 865 North Main St. Alpharetta www.thebeergrowler.net/alpharetta (770) 696-2542 M J D DO OTWE NM W R N RD D 3. The Beer Growler, 3000 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek www.thebeergrowler.net/johnscreek (770) 676-9434 JOT EM DOWN RD BR ID G E HW DR. BRAMBLETT RD HEARDSVILLE RD HU RT MA TT Growler Stores AC SMIT HR D RD stores are somewhere in between a bar and a liquor store, in that they sell beer in containers, but they pour the beer into the container in-house, out of a keg. Athens, Ga. was the first city in the state MOUNT to allow growlers. TABOR The state legislature changedRDthe law to allow for the sale of beers with high alcohol content, which opened the door to small craft breweries that specialize Looking around North Fulton and Forsyth County lately, chances are drivers have seen new alcohol-related businesses pop up like mushrooms, seemingly in every shopping center. Growler stores, micro-breweries and brew pubs have become increasingly popular in the area. For those unfamiliar with the concept, a growler is the actual 64-ounce container that beer is poured into. The 4. Blind Murphy Craft Beer Market, 53 South Main St. Alpharetta www.blindmurphy.com (770) 807-0186 BRID GE R D SAWNEE DR CUMMING DREW CAMPGROUND RD 5. City Growler, 214-C Atlanta Highway, Cumming www.citygrowler.com (678) 456-8058 5 KELLY MILL RD VIE HEL BET 9 D YR RR BE LE ST CA ST D WR BUF ORD DAM RD RD HOPEWELL RD PO 7 RD IL O H FRA RED RD RD Mc E W PE MAJORS RD SH MILTON LL FA R HO LA ND 7. Crafty Draught, 415 Peachtree Parkway #215, Cumming www.craftydraught.com (770) 887-3153 OLD ATLANT A RD D R NCIS RD BETHANY RD SH COGBURN RD HOPEWELL RD AR D OL 10 RD ID G E ST AT E 3 1 ABAMA OLD AL RD RD LL JOHNS CREEK S D BR BE RD E JON RD . RD NS RD GE SO RS ID PAR W AT E BR RD BO LE S RD GE R Y S BR ID GE RD LC OM BAR NW ELL R D. DEFINITIONS HO B BR ID G E RD OLD ATLANT A RD PK WY RE E Y TT BRID KW FE LOCK NP S RR BO . ILT O NI AC IN PE cG HT M 6 AB 8. Tap It Growlers, 5354 McGinnis Ferry Road #204, Alpharetta www.tapitgrowlers.com (770) 667-2337 Micro-breweries RD 11 DM RG BU 8 WINDWA M CU ES M JA AL ST OL SANDY SPRINGS A PH RD MED G MIN ACADEMY ST ROSWELL RD S ES RE 2 12 4 A TT ON 6. Crafty Draught, 4180 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta www.craftydraught.com (770) 302-6753 Brew Pub: Pub or restaurant that brews beer on the premises. Growler Store: Place to buy and take home beer, often transported in a large glass or ceramic jar. Micro-brewery: Limited-production brewery, typically producing specialty beers and often selling its products only locally. 9. Cherry Street Brewing Co-Op, 5810 Bond St. Cumming www.cherrystreetbrewing.com (770) 205-5512 10. Jekyll Brewing, 2855 Marconi Drive Alpharetta www.jekyllbrewing.com (770) 596-8788 Brew Pub 11. 5 Seasons Brewing, 3655 Old Milton Parkway Alpharetta www.5seasonsbrewing.com (770) 521-5551 12. Hop Alley, 25 S Main St. Alpharetta www.hopalleybrew.com (770) 696-2097 (Points on map are approximate) Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 An Award Winning Brewpub and the Only Brewery in Forsyth County Finalist Best Brew Pub Last Tuesday Beer Bash Each Month Local Fundraiser • Special Beer Release, Live Music & Pint Glass Giveaway Check out our website for events www.cherrystreetbrewing.com 2013 People’s Choice Winner at Classic City Brew Fest 2013 Silver Medal Winner U.S. Beer Championship 2013 Best of Show at Grayson Beer Fest Great Rotating Draft Beer Selection 12 Hand Crafted Beers on Draft Every Day! Cherry Street Brewing Co-op Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth 2013 Find Cherry Street at all the local growler shops! Catering • ToGo • Sports Banquets Corporate Luncheons & Meetings Holiday Parties • Reunions Your Football Headquarters Every Saturday and Sunday. As About Our Football Party Packs For Game Day! Ask “NFL”, the NFL Shield and NFL SUNDAY TICKET are registered trademarks of the NationalFootball League and its affiliates. Featuring Michigan Football • 15 16 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group Content in this section provided by our adver tisers For advice on hearing loss Question: Is hearing loss common? Answer: Yes, it is estimated that over 34 million Americans experience some form of hearing loss. Six out of 10 people with hearing loss are men, and 60 percent of men with hearing loss are under retirement age. Question: How will I know if I have a hearing loss? Answer: Problems following a conversation or the need to keep the TV or radio turned up are symptoms of hearing loss. You may be experiencing an annoying ringing sensation in your ears. Family members and co-workers may be noticing inappropriate responses or your withdrawal from social activities. Question: Is there a test to determine the extent of any hearing loss? Answer: An initial test as part of a routine healthcare checkup may be given by a primary care physician. A complete diagnostic evaluation should be administered by a Doctor of Audiology who is uniquely qualified to diagnose the cause and extent of hearing loss. The ears are first examined, and the Doctor of Audiology then proceeds with a number of tests done in a calibrated sound booth. Question: What can I do to improve my hearing if a hearing loss is determined? Answer: Once hearing loss is confirmed, the Doctor of Audiology may recommend medical intervention if needed, discuss hearing aid options, and provide extensive counseling for patients and family members. Question: Can untreated hearing loss get worse? Answer: Yes. Studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a range of physical and emotional conditions including irritability, anger, fatigue, tension, stress and depression. Question: If hearing aids are recommended, where can I get the facts about the best hearing aids for my lifestyle and budget? Answer: Choose a trusted Doctor of Audiology who will offer options tailored to your listening situations, lifestyle and budget and who is knowledgeable of the proper fitting, adjustments and latest technology available in hearing aids. Question: I’m bombarded with hearing aid advertisements and am uncertain of which hearing aids to choose. How can I be sure that I am making a good decision regarding the purchase of hearing aids? Answer: Although hearing aids look similar, they are not all alike. Don’t be lured into a purchase of hearing aids that may not be appropriate for your need or budget. Ask about the manufacturer’s customer service background to insure that the hearing aids can be serviced properly if needed in future years. Question: Does Medicare pay for hearing aids? Answer: Hearing aids are not currently covered by Medicare. A few insurance plans have a hearing aid benefit or allowance. To find out whether your insurance covers hearing aids, call the member services number on your insurance card for verification. Question: Is there a reputable Doctor of Audiology in the area? Answer: Yes. Doctor Deborah Woodward has a long-standing reputation in the community for outstanding patient care and is located in the Johns Creek area. An appointment with Dr. Woodward can be arranged by calling Johns Creek Audiology and Hearing Aid Center at 770-814-1260. Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • 17 Content in this section provided by our adver tisers Vacation memories you’ll treasure! Nestled in the Southwest region of Florida, Anna Maria Island is your ticket to a simpler era where spending quality time with your loved ones was the number one priority. Come and find out for yourself why this “Old Florida” island has been voted No. 4 on the “Top 10 US Islands List” by Trip Advisor and spend your days exploring the 7-mile stretch of white sand beaches. Offering fun for family members of all ages the Island ranks 12th in “Best Family Vacation Spots in the World” by FlipKey.com. The quiet, charming and intimate Anna Maria Island is the ideal destination for your dream getaway! Easily accessible, the Island is closely located to two airports and is just a short five-to-six-hour drive away from the greater Atlanta area. Escape all of the hustle and bustle of daily responsibilities and treat yourself and your family to an unforgettable beach vacation! Wake up to the sights and sounds of the stunning Gulf of Mexico and spend your days lounging by the beach or pool, fishing, collecting shells, playing volleyball, shopping at local boutiques and eating the catch of the day! Feeling adventurous? Rent a deep sea charter, go parasailing or book a jet-ski tour. No matter how you choose to spend your vacation, the Island truly offers something for everybody! Anna Maria Island is only a 20-minute drive to Sarasota and all of its activities, which includes fine dining, The John and Mable Ringling Museum, the popular St. Armands Circle and fantastic shopping. Take a day trip to visit Tampa and its two amusement parks, Bush Gardens and Adventure Island, or go catch a Spring Training Baseball Game, Rays Game or Buccaneers Game. Of course, no trip to Florida would be complete without visiting the iconic Disney World located in Orlando – just a short two-hour drive away from the Island. At Anna Maria Vacations, we limit ourselves to representing the finest vacation rentals on the Island. You can rest assured that when you choose to vacation through us, you will be guaranteed that special getaway experience you have in mind! We strive to offer exceptional service and start with our live to the minute reservation website, where you are able to access all of our properties that are available for your selected dates. Our friendly staff is always ready to assist and answer any questions over the phone and can be reached Monday through Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at 800737-9855. We offer a wide variety of homes in our rental program including cozy one and two bedroom properties all the way up to nine bedroom direct Gulf front luxury homes. While on your visit you can leave the car behind and rent bicycles or scooters to get around, or take advantage of the free Trolley service which runs from the tip of the Island to Coquina Beach, every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. Come find out for yourself why the Island is considered a hidden Florida treasure and give Anna Maria Vacations a call today – we’d love to help you book your dream vacation rental! 18 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth 2013 Lifestyles Antique Store Winner: Queen of Hearts Antiques- 670 N. Main Street Alpharetta, Ga 30004 (also Buford & Marietta) www.queenofheartsantiquesinteriors.com, 678-297-7571 Auto Repair Winner: Back on the Road2875 Bethany Bend Milton, GA, 30004, (678) 566-6663 www.backontheroadauto.com Bank Winner: BB&T Windward Parkway- 5520 Windward Parkway Alpharetta, Ga 30004, 770-343-6399 www.bbt.com Finalist: KeyWorth Bank www.keyworthbank.com 11655 Medlock Bridge Road Johns Creek, GA 30097 770-418-2772 9925 Haynes Bridge Road, Suite 100 Alpharetta, GA 30022, 770-753-2300 Bar-B-Que Winner: ‘Cue Barbecue13700 Hwy. 9 N., Alpharetta, Ga 30004, 770-667-0089 www.cuebarbecue.com Finalist: SmokeJack- 29 S Main St, Alpharetta, GA 30009 www.smokejackbbq.com (770) 410-7611 Beer Growler Store Winner: Blind Murphy Craft Beer Store- 53 S Main St, Alpharetta, Ga 30009 http://www.blindmurphy.com (770) 807-0186 Your Vote Counts Finalist: The Beer GrowlerAlpharetta – 865 N. Main St Johns Creek – 3000 Old Alabama Rd, 770-696-2542 www.thebeergrowler.net Breakfast Winner: J Christopher’s300 Old Alabama Rd., #126 Alpharetta, Ga 30040 www.jchristophers.com 770-360-0970, & 3070 Windward Plaza Alpharetta, Ga 30009, 770-740-8571, & 11725 Alpharetta Hwy. Roswell, Ga 30076 770-817-0200 Finalist: Original Pancake House-5530 Windward Pkwy #120A, Alpharetta, GA 30004 www.originalpancakehouse. org, (678) 393-1355 Brewery Winner: Jekyll Brewing2855 Marconi Dr, Alpharetta, Ga 30005, jekyllbrewing.com Finalist: 5 Seasons Brewing 5seasonsbrewing.com 3655 Old Milton Pkwy Alpharetta, GA 30005 770-521-5551 Brew Pub Winner: Hop Alley Brew Pub- 25 S Main St, Alpharetta, Ga 30009 www.hopalleybrew.com (770) 696-2097 Finalist: Cherry Street Brewing Cooperative- 5810 Bond St, Cumming, GA 30040 www.cherrystreetbrewing.com (770) 205-5512 Burger Winner: Scratch Fresh12872 Alpharetta Hwy, Milton, Ga, 30009, (678) 393-9059 www.scratch-fresh.com Finalist: BurgerFi5475 Windward Parkway West Finalist Best Maid Service Mini Maid Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth 2013 770-360-9000 www.MiniMaid-ga.com 271 North Main Street Alpharetta, GA 30009 Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 Dance Lessons Alpharetta, Ga 30004 (770) 817-4656 www.burgerfi.com Winner: Cactus Car Wash12905 Hwy 9 North Milton, Ga , 770-343-9960 www.cactuscarwash.com Winner: Cumming Dance Academy- 419 Tribble Gap Road, Cumming, Ga 30040 www.cummingdanceacademy. com770-781-4922 & 230 Elm St. Ste. 100-200, Cumming, Ga 30040, 770-781-4922 Finalist: Mammoth Hand Car Wash & Detail Salon- 255 S Main St, Alpharetta, Ga 30009 www.mammothdetail.com (770) 521-0300 Finalist: Arthur Murray7855 North Point Parkway Alpharetta Ga 30022 678-795-9854 arthurmurrayatl.com/alpharetta/ Car Wash Consignment Store Winner: Designer Consigner670 N Main St #101, Alpharetta, Ga, 30009 www.designer-consigner.net (770) 777-0032 Finalist: Alex N Sis- 29 Milton Ave., Alpharetta, GA 30009, (678) 566-3973 www.alexnsis.com Corporate Lawyer Winner: Hipes Belle Isle Law Group-178 South Main Street, Suite 250 Alpharetta, Ga 30009, 770.664.6699 www.hbilawfirm.com Day Spa Winner: Spa Sydell- Multiple Atlanta Locations (404) 2557727 www.spasydell.com Finalist: LaVida Massage Johns Creek – 678-624-9091 Cumming – 678-947-4642 Alpharetta – 770-740-0654 www.lavidamassage.com- Dessert Winner: Alpine Bakery12315 Crabapple Rd, Alpharetta, Ga 30004 www.alpinebakeryandtrattoria. com, (770) 410-9883 Financial Advisor Winner: KeyWorthBank-9925 Haynes Bridge Rd, #100 Alpharetta, GA, 30022 www.keyworthbank.com 770-753-2300 11655 Medlock Bridge Rd. Johns Creek, GA, 30097 770-418-2772 Other offices in Duluth & Marietta Hair Salon Winner: Aria- 10 Roswell St #100, Alpharetta, Ga, 30009 www.ariasalonspashoppe.com (770) 475-8111 Finalist: Bob Steele Salon5530 Windward Pkwy #1260, Alpharetta, GA 30004 www.bobsteele.com (404) 262-9499 Happy Hour Winner: Village Tavern11555 Rainwater Dr Alpharetta, Ga 30009 www.villagetavern.com 770-777-6490 Finalist: Pure Taqueriawww.puretaqueria.com 103 Roswell St, Alpharetta, GA 30009, (678) 240-0023 1143 Alpharetta Street Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 817.7873 Jewelry Store Home Care for Seniors Finalist: Atlanta Diamond Design Johns Creek – 3000 Old Alabama Road, Forsyth - 410 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 120 770-751-9555 www.atlantadiamond.com Winner: ElderCare Companions- www.eldercarecompanions.com (770) 977-9111 3939 Roswell Rd NE Suite 350 Marietta, Ga Finalist: Pat McArdle • 19 Finalist: Senior Helpers- 294 South Main Street ste #500 Alpharetta, Ga 30009 770-442-2154 Seniorhelpers.com/northatlanta Interior Designer Winner: Allison Havill Todd Interiors-5325 Lake Pointe Center Drive, Ste 100 Cumming, GA, 30041 www.ahtinteriors.com 678-648-4548 Finalist: Donald MitchellP.O. Box 657, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009 (770) 712-2290 Winner: Iroff & Son Jewelers 3960 Old Milton Pkwy #300 Alpharetta,Ga, 30005, www. iroff.com, (770) 751-7222 Local Store Winner: Parsons- 7300 N. Point Pkwy Alpharetta, Ga, 30022, (678) 879-1050 www.parsonsgifts.com 525 Lakeland Plaza Cumming, Ga 30040 770-887-9991 Finalist: Sis & Moon's- 24 Milton Avenue, Alpharetta, GA 30009, (404) 414-5765 Maid Service Winner: The Maids- 1105 Woodstock Rd #130 Roswell, Ga, (770) 579-6442 www.maids.com Finalist: Mini Maid- 271 North Main Street Alpharetta, Winner Best Dance Lessons Cumming Dance Academy Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth 2013 770-781-4922 www.CummingDanceAcademy.com CDA 1: 419 Tribble Gap Rd Cumming, GA CDA 2: 230 Elm St, Ste 100-200 Cumming, GA One Hour New Client Custom Massage Session $ 3995 Reg. $69.95 For new clients with coupon Reg. $69.95 Reg. $139.90 For new clients with coupon Open 7 Days a Week – Extended Hours Book online • GA Licensed Therapists Therapeutic • Convenient • Affordable Johns Creek 10945 State Bridge Rd. • Johns Creek, GA 30022 678.624.9091 • JohnsCreek.GA.LaVidaMassage.com Alpharetta 12460 Crabapple Rd. • Alpharetta, GA 30004 770.740.0654 • Alpharetta.GA.LaVidaMassage.com 20 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth 2013 GA 30004, (770) 360-9000 www.minimaid-Gacom Music Lessons Winner: Music Matters- 631 North Main St. Alpharetta, Ga 30004, 770-619-3456 www.musicmatters101.com Finalist: RISPA- 14155 GA Highway 9, Milton GA 30004 www.rispa.net, (678) 620 3500 Pet Services Winner: Alpharetta Animal Hospital- 80 Milton Avenue Alpharetta, Ga 30009 www.alpharettaanimalhospital. com, 770-475-7613 Finalist: Little River Animal Hospital- 15710 Birmingham Hwy, Alpharetta, GA 30004 www.animal-dr.com 770-619-1616 Photographer Winner: Clayton Camera Craft Clark Savage- 28 North Main St. Alpharetta, GA 30009 www.atlantaphotographer.com 770-475-0022 Pizza Winner: Mellow Mushroom6000 Medlock Br. Rd. Ste. A-500 Johns Creek, Ga 30022 www.mellowmushroom.com 770-813-0818 11770 Haynes Bridge Rd #301 Alpharetta, Ga 30009 770-663-3812 3070 Windward Plaza Alpharetta, Ga 30009 678-566-7888 Finalist: Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint- 5215 Windward Parkway Alpharetta, GA 30004 www.unclemaddios.com 404-234-2300 Printer Winner: Alpharetta Print & Sign- 9305 Industrial Trace Alpharetta, GA 30009 www.alpharettaprintsign.com Realtor Winner: Atlanta Fine Homes - Sotheby’s- 1125 Sanctuary Parkway, Suite 140 Alpharetta, Ga 30009 770.442.7300 www.atlantafinehomes.com Finalist: Harry Norman- 7855 North Point Pkwy, Ste 100 Alpharetta, Ga 30022, 770-9937906 www.harrynorman.com Restaurant (all around) Winner: Village Tavern- 11555 Rainwater Dr. Alpharetta, Ga 30009, 770-777-6490 www.villagetavern.com Finalist: Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails- 800 Mayfield Rd, Milton, GA 30009 www.miltonscuisine.com (770) 817-0161 Seafood Winner: Atlantic Seafood Company-2345 Mansell Rd. Alpharetta, Ga 30022 www.atlanticseafoodco.com 770-640-0488 Finalist: Ray’s on the Creek 1700 Mansell Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30004, (770) 649-0064 www.raysrestaurants.com Steak Winner: Little Alley Steak955 Canton St. Roswell, Ga 30075, 770-998-0440 www.littlealleysteak.com Finalist: Cabernet- 5575 Windward Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30004, (770) 777-5955 www.cabernetsteakhouse.com Sunday Brunch Winner: J Christopher’s300 Old Alabama Rd., #126 Alpharetta, Ga 30040 www.jchristophers.com 770-360-0970, & 3070 Windward Plaza Alpharetta, Ga 30009, 770-740-8571, & 11725 Alpharetta Hwy. Roswell, Ga 30076 770-817-0200 Finalist: Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktail- 800 Mayfield Rd, Milton, GA 30009 www.miltonscuisine.com (770) 817-0161 Visitor Information Services Winner: Alpharetta Convention & Visitor’s Bureau178 S. Main Street, #200, Alpharetta, Ga 30009 www.awesomealpharetta.com 678-297-2811 Finalist: Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau 617 Atlanta St, Roswell, GA 30075 (800) 776-7935 Wine/Spirits Store Winner: Total Wine- 380 North Point Cir, Alpharetta, Ga, 30022, (770) 772-0694 www.totalwine.com Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 Finalist: Red’s Liquor- 270 S Main St Alpharetta (770) 664-7337 Medical & Hearing Aid Center 4045 Johns Creek Parkway, Suite B, Suwanee, Ga 30024 www.johnscreekaudiology.com 770-814-1260 Cardiologist Allergist Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic- 401 South Main St., Suite C-1, Alpharetta, Ga 30004, 770-475-0807 www.atlantaallergy.com Assisted Living Facility Piedmont Heart Institute1357 Hembree Rd #150, Roswell, 770-664-6075 www.piedmont.org Cardiovascular Physicians of North Atlanta- 1285 Upper Hembree Rd Roswell, Ga 30076, 770- 343-8565 www.cpnapc.com Cardiovascular Specialists, Dr. Laura Gonzalez- 5669 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Suite 170, Atlanta, Ga 30342, 404252-8377, www.cvsmd.com Benton House- Alpharetta 678-319-3000 Johns Creek 770-754-5446 Sugar Hill 770-904-0099 www.bentonhouse.com Gardens of Roswell- 9212 Nesbit Ferry Rd. – Alpharetta, Ga 30022, 770-992-0505 www.Gardensofroswell.com Atlanta Heart Specialists4375 Johns Creek Pkwy Suite 350, Suwanee, Ga 30024, 770622-1622, 1505 Northside Boulevard, Suite 2500, Cumming, Ga 30041, 678-679-6800, 5671 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE, Suite 320B, Atlanta, Georgia 30342, 678-679-6800 www.atlantaheartspecialists.com Audiologist Chiropractor Assisted Living Service Dr. Deborah Woodward of the Johns Creek Audiology Willis Chiropractic- 317 N Main St, Alpharetta, Ga 30009 770-740-8740 www.willischiropractic.com Dentist Crabapple Dental- 12670 Crabapple Road, Suite 110, Alpharetta, Ga 30004, 678379-4066 www.crabappledental.com Dermatologist Johns Creek DermatologyDr. Shereen Timani, 6300 Hospital Pkwy., Suite 100, Johns Creek, Ga 30097, 770771-6591,www.johnscreekdermatology.com ENT ENT Institute- 3330 Preston Ridge Road, Suite 240 Alpharetta, Ga 30005 770-740-1860 www.entinstitute.com Endocrinologist Southeastern Endocrine, Dr. Chip Reed- 1475 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, Ga 30076, 678- 325-2250 www.seedreed.com Winner Gastroenterology Advanced Gastroenterology Associates- 3400 Old Milton Parkway, Building A, Suite 340, Alpharetta; 1505 Northside Blvd, Suite 2000, Cumming; 3890 Johns Creek Pkwy, Suite 250, Johns Creek; 1340 Upper Hembree Rd, Suite A, Roswell,1-866-468-6242 www.atlantaGastro.com Internal Medicine Johns Creek Family Medicine- Dr. Zack Charkawi, 6300 Hospital Pkwy., Suite 100, Johns Creek, Ga 30097 770-771-6591 www.johnscreekfamilypractice.com Nutritionist Renew Health Medical Center- Alpharetta 678-688-9996 Milton 678-261-3222 www.renewhealthmedical.com OB/GYN North Atlanta Women’s Specialists- Johns Creek 770-623-0910 Atlanta 404-256-4667 Marietta 770-977-1510 www.awhg.org Oncologist Georgia Cancer Specialist- 3330 Preston Ridge Road Suite 110, Alpharetta, Ga 30005, (678) 566-6995, 6300 Hospital Parkway Suite 300 Johns Creek, Ga 30097, 770623-8965, www.Gacancer. com Other locations available Ophthalmologist Thomas Eye Group- 11690 Alpharetta Hwy, Roswell, 30076, 770-475-5515; 1120 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 101, Suwanee, 30024, 770-809-3366 www.thomaseyegroup.com Optometrist Thomas Eye Group- 11690 Alpharetta Hwy, Roswell, 30076, 770-475-5515; 1120 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite 101, Suwanee, 30024, 770809-3366 www.thomaseyegroup.com SureSight EyeCare- 3975 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 2, Come, Make Yourself at Home Best Urologists Georgia Urology Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth 2013 404-256-1844 www.GAUrology.com 1357 Hembree Rd Ste 250 Roswell, GA 30076 3400-C Old Milton Pkwy 11459 Johns Creek Pkwy Ste 535 Ste 170 Alpharetta, GA 30005 Johns Creek, GA 30097 • 21 Sunday Worship – 9:00 and 11:00 am Children are always welcome to attend worship services. Nursery care is available (6 weeks – 2 years old). Sunday School (For All Ages) – 10:00 am www.JohnsCreekUMC.org Johns Creek United Methodist Church 11180 Medlock Bridge Road • Johns Creek, GA 30097 Dr. D.B. Shelnutt, Jr. • Senior Pastor 22 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth 2013 Alpharetta, Ga 30005, 678-624-7766 www.suresighteyecare.com Ga 30097, 404-575-4505, www.resurgens.com Other locations available Orthodontist Pediatrician Awbrey Orthodontics- 4895 Windward Parkway, Suite 200, Alpharetta, Ga 30004, 770-751-1688 www.awbreyortho.com Orthopedics Resurgens Orthopedics- 1285 Hembree Road, Suite 200-D, Roswell, Ga 30076, 770-772-5540, 6335 Hospital Parkway, Suite 316 Johns Creek, Roswell Pediatrics- 12385 Crabapple Rd #100, Alpharetta, Ga, 770- 343-9900 3400-C Old Milton Pkwy, Suite 545, Alpharetta, Ga 30005, 770-751-0800, 110 North Corners Pkwy, Suite 100, Cumming, Ga 30040, 770-888-2882, www.roswellpediatrics.com Pediatric Dentist Children’s Dental Zone- 3719 Old Winner Best Audiologist Dr. Deborah Woodward Alabama Rd, Alpharetta, Ga 30022, 770-777-1222 www.childrensdentalzone.com Podiatrist Village Podiatry- 1350 Upper Hembree Rd., Suite 100, Roswell, Ga 30076, 770-663-8011, www.vpcenters.com Atlanta Podiatry- Atlanta Podiatry-4355 Johns Creek Pkwy, Ste 200, Johns Creek, Ga 30024, 770-4180456, www.atlpod.com Physical Therapis Resurgens- 1285 Hembree Road, Suite 200-D, Roswell, Ga 30076, 770772-5540, 6335 Hospital Parkway, Suite 316; Johns Creek, Ga 30097, 404-575-4505 www.resurgens.com Other locations available Sleep Fusion Sleep- 4265 Johns Creek Parkway, Suite A, Suwanee, Ga 30024, 678-990-3962 www.fusionsleep.com Sports Medicine Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth 2013 Resurgens- 1285 Hembree Road, Suite 200-D, Roswell, Ga 30076, 770772-5540, 6335 Hospital Parkway, Suite 316, Johns Creek, Ga 30097, 404-575-4505, www.resurgens.com, Other locations available Surgery (Oral) 770-814-1260 Johns Creek Audiology & Hearing Aid Center Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery- Dr. Pausa-4895 Windward Parkway, Suite 102, Alpharetta, Ga 30004, 678-3199930, www.drpausa.com Surgery (General) North Atlanta Surgical Associates3400 Old Milton Pkwy Suite C440, MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME AT Sea Side Villas Enjoy all that Panama City Beach has to offer while staying at Sea Side Villas Condominiums. Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico, minutes away from St. Andrews State Park. Our familyfriendly, low rise property features 2 and 3 bedroom condos, and a spacious central courtyard flanked by 1 & 2 bedroom condos. Each 1, 2 and 3 bedroom residence is furnished with fully equipped kitchens and screened patios or balconies. Amenities include heated pool, shuffle board courts, beach volleyball court, grills, and a clubhouse facility with a full kitchen. Many great restaurants and other attractions are nearby. We welcome you to come and enjoy our quiet setting and white sand beaches! 800-784-5527 4701 Thomas Drive • Panama City Beach, FL 32408 Alpharetta, Ga 30005, 678-297-9707, 2500 Hospital Boulevard Suite 410, Roswell, Ga 30076, 770-886-1074 www.northatlantasurgery.com, Other Locations available Surgery (Cosmetic) Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser10779 Alpharetta Highway, Suite 140, Roswell, Ga 30076, 770-645-4310, 4553 N. Shallowford Rd., Atlanta Ga 30338, 770-457-6303 www.picosmeticsurgery.com Urgent Care Bethany Bend Urgent Care-13081 Highway 9, Alpharetta, Ga 30004 www.bethanybendurgentcare.com 770-521-6690 Urologist North Fulton Urology- Dr. Rutland, Dr. Kriteman-1357 Hembree Road Suite 250, Roswell, Ga 30076, (770) 475-7550, www.Gaurology.com/northfulton-urology.com Vein Specialist Vein Innovations- 5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Suite 340, Atlanta, Ga 30342, 678-731-9815, 4255 Johns Creek Pkwy, Suite D, Suwanee, Ga 30024, 678-731-9815 www.veininnovations.com Veterinarian Loving Hands Animal Clinic & Pet Resort- 13775 Hwy 9, Alpharetta, Ga, 30004, 770-667-9022 www.lovinghands.com Weight Loss Renew Health Medical CenterAlpharetta 678-688-9996 Milton 678-261-3222 www.renewhealthmedical.com Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • 23 Find the Answer Book™ and all our publications on NORTHFULTON.com Top ten bed and breakfast inns Sugar Magnolia Bed and Breakfast Located at 804 Edgewood Avenue NE, near downtown Atlanta, the inn offers a mix of yesteryear Southern charm and the South’s Olympic city. Moreover, there are numerous attractions nearby in the busy city of Atlanta. Call 404-2220226 or visit www.sugarmagnoliabb.com. The Blue and Gray Bed and Breakfast Located 2511 Kingswood Drive, Marietta, the bed and breakfast offers breakfast either in their dining area or on the porch. Call 770-425-1530. Inman Park Bed and Breakfast Built by Robert Woodruff, the anonymous Georgia donor and the Coca-Cola magnate, the bed and breakfast is acclaimed as one of the state’s historic destinations. Located at 100 Waverly Way NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30307. Call 404-688-9498 or visit www. inmanparkbandb.com. Shellmont Inn Listed as a National Historic Destination, the Shellmont Inn, 821 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, offers luxury and many amenities. Its award-winning service and ambience combined with its advantageous location in the Atlanta Theatre ensure a wonderful experience. Call 404-872-9290 or visit www.shellmont.com. Long Mountain Lodge Bed and Breakfast The inn, located in Dahlonega, offers a great view of the mountains and gardens no matter which room a visitor is assigned. It also offers many luxuries, amenities and a full breakfast. Located at 144 Bull Creek Road, Dahlonega. Call 706864-2337 or www.longmountainlodge.net. The Colonels Located at 3890 Barnett Shoals Road in Athens, Ga., the inn offers serenity amidst the Angela Oaks Farm and cotton fields. The inn also serves as a wedding venue. Call 706-559-9595 or visit www.thecolonels.net Ashford Manor The 5-acre estate overlooks Main Street. The inn has been owned by the same family for over a century, 5 Harden Hill Road, Watkinsville, Ga. 30677. Call 706-769-2633 or visit www.ambedandbreakfast. com. The James Madison Inn The manor offers many luxuries such as spas and concierge services along with wedding venues. The boutique hotel is located in the center of downtown Madison and is within walking distance of many of the city’s attractions, located at 260 W. Washington Street, Madison, Ga. 30650. Call 706-342-7040 or visit www.jamesmadisoninn.com/ conference.html. Brady Inn Bed and Breakfast Located at 250 N. Second Street, in the Madison Historic District, the inn is near the University of Georgia in Athens, the Masters Tournament in Augusta and the golf courses of Lake Oconee. The inn offers a wide variety of outdoor sport activities or indoor pampering. Outdoor wedding and other receptions venues are also available. Call 706-342-4400 or visit www.bradyinn.com. Southern Cross Guest Ranch/Bed and Breakfast Located at 1670 Bethany Church Road in Madison, Ga., in Georgia’s central historic heartland, the inn serves as a guest ranch, farm and bed and breakfast. Many amenities and horseback riding are available. Call 706-342-8027. Cherry Grove Beach Houses.com 1•800•418•9279 • Students • Families • Large Groups • Snow Birds • Biker Groups • Youth Groups www.CherryGroveBeachHouses.com Best Pet Services Alpharetta Animal Hospital Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth 2013 24 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group climb up 52 WOOD AND CABLE SKY BRIDGES High-flying thrills at Banning Mills World’s longest zipline canopy tour is right here in Georgia By KATIE VanBRACKLE The view was incredible. Standing on tiptoe atop the 120-foot Screaming Eagle timber pole tower with the wind whipping my clothes, I looked out over an uninterrupted sea of green treetops, stretching to the horizon. Securing the “crab claw” hooks that connected my body harness to a thick overhead cable, I squinted my eyes, trying to follow the cable’s steep downward path as it disappeared into the trees far below, knowing that soon I would be zipping down the same trajectory at 65 miles per hour to a platform a half-mile away and 300 feet below. Swallowing hard, I tried not to feel dizzy. “All clear Ridge Runner,” came the radio signal as my guide double-checked my harness, then gave me a grin and a thumbs-up. Now or never. My heart hammering, I gripped the ropes, took a deep breath, stepped off the platform and…flew! Soaring over the treetops, then plunging into the canopy and whizzing through a narrow leafy tree tunnel at top speed, I felt like an eagle chasing its prey. Then, with breathtaking suddenness – whoosh – it was out of the trees and into the open air again as the land dropped away over a steep ridge, 20 stories down to the rushing waters of Snake Creek. All fear long gone, I whooped with delight, wishing I could pause time to enjoy the spectacular view just a bit longer. Extreme thrills like the Screaming Eagle zip lines bring people from all over the world to Carroll County, Ga., about Photo 4: JONATHAN HORSLEY; Photo 8: BRAD LYONS; All other photos: KATIE VANBRACKLE an hour southwest of Atlanta where the Historic Banning Mills Retreat and Conference Center claims not one, but two spots in the Guinness Book of World Records. Located along a beautiful river gorge, Banning Mills is home to the world’s longest zip line canopy tour and the world’s tallest artificial climbing wall. It’s also home to some first-class scenery, making it a beautiful spot for an actionpacked daytrip or unforgettable weekend retreat. Owners Mike and Donna Holder spent years transforming the previously neglected and overgrown “lost gorge” property into a nature-loving, thrill seeker’s paradise and they want their guests to get out and enjoy it. “If you are looking for luxury, this might not be the place for you,” said Donna. “We’re not trying to be the Ritz in the woods. When you come to Banning, you can expect clean lodging and good food, but our goal is for people to be outside connecting with nature and stepping out of their comfort zone in a new way.” There are ample opportunities to do just that with over nine miles of zip lines and sky bridges in a beautifully designed eco-canopy course. Guests can choose their level of difficulty, ranging from the Woodland tour that’s good for kids and those who want just a touch of adventure ($49) to the All Day Rush – an eight-hour tour including up to 60 different zip lines and 47 sky bridges ($249), where you experience the best thrills Banning Mills has to offer. And oh, what thrills they are! Hold your breath while hopping from plank to plank along a 600-foot-long sky bridge, 18 stories high over the Snake Creek gorge. Leap from the 10-story free fall platform or fly headfirst, Superman-style from the new Flight of the Falcon 3,400-foot zip line. But what about those who are afraid of heights, you might ask? “Everyone is afraid of heights,” said Donna. “It’s totally normal. But we are here to help you work through that fear, one step at a time.” Strict safety protocols and two very patient and welltrained guides (thank you, Jonathan and Brad), helped my family feel confident and at ease during our four-hour canopy tour. Well, as at ease as you can feel while balancing tightrope-style between two tall trees on a cable sky bridge. My teenaged son, the adrenaline junkie, was totally in his element while my 10-yearold son, who had never zipped before, grew in confidence as he mastered each new challenge. After completing the difficult Pattern Plus level, he agreed to take on the Screaming Eagle, much to our astonishment. “People surprise themselves on our course, doing things they never thought they would or could,” Donna said. “It’s part of the magic of this place.” Whether or not you seek high-flying thrills, there are plenty of ways to explore Banning Mills’ 1,200-acre property. Multiple hiking trails full of wildflowers follow the Snake Creek gorge, one leading to the red brick shell of a cotton mill built in 1860. At one time, Banning was a thriving mill community and one of the first towns in Georgia to produce its own electricity – long before Atlanta. A small museum in the Banning Mills lodge details the area’s rich history. Other outdoor activities include guided kayak trips on the nearby Chattahoochee River, horseback riding, skeet shooting, miniature golf and paddleboats and catch-andrelease fishing on the lake. Or you can choose to simply settle back in a rocking chair on the lodge’s wraparound deck, enjoying the view with a good book. Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 65 MPH · 300 FT ELEVATION CHANGE zip down Popular with youth groups and corporate team-builders, Banning Mills is also a fun spot for a girlfriends’ getaway (yes, there is a spa!) or a couple’s retreat. “One guy actually proposed to his girlfriend from the top of the Screaming Eagle tower,” Donna said. “And I got a call this morning from a group of seven women, all with college-age sons, who want to plan a mother-son weekend.” Pre-trip planning is a must, especially regarding food. Banning Mills does not have a restaurant onsite, but meals at the lodge can be arranged with advance notice and some of the cabins are equipped with small kitchenettes. Cool water is provided at rest stops throughout the canopy course, but packing some fruit or trail mix is a good idea. The eco-tours are a lot of fun, but also quite a workout. After a full day of physical activity, my husband and I enjoyed stretching out in the sun on a wooden bridge crossing Snake Creek while our boys swam and splashed in the water, skipping rocks and climbing over small waterfalls. The only sounds were flowing water, birdsong and the breeze in the trees. Occasionally, we would hear a whizzing whir from the cables crisscrossing the creek far above and look up just in time to see a zipper flying by overhead, belting out a loud “Woo hoo!” We just grinned and waved, knowing exactly what he was feeling.much to our astonishment. “People surprise themselves on our course, doing things they never thought they would or could,” Donna said. “It’s part of the magic of this place.” Whether or not you seek high-flying thrills, there are plenty of ways to explore Banning Mills’ 1,200-acre property. Multiple hiking trails full of wildflowers follow the Snake Creek gorge, one leading to the red brick shell of a cotton mill built in 1860. At one time, Banning was a thriving mill community and one of the first towns in Georgia to produce its own electricity – long before Atlanta. A small museum in the Banning Mills lodge details the area’s rich history. Other outdoor activities include guided kayak trips on the nearby Chattahoochee River, horseback riding, skeet shooting, miniature golf and paddleboats and catch-and-release fishing on the lake. Or you can choose to simply settle back in a rocking chair on the lodge’s wraparound deck, enjoying the view with a good book. Popular with youth groups and corporate team-builders, Banning Mills is also a fun spot for a girlfriends’ getaway 205 Horseshoe Dam Road, Banning, Ga. 30185 historicbanningmills.com 1. Tightrope-like cable sky bridge. 2. The Banning Mills lodge overlooks Snake Creek. 3. Wooden sky bridge. 4. The Screaming Eagle’s Ridge Runner zip line. 5. Snake Creek hiking trail leads to the ruins of an 1860 cotton mill. 6. Goob the horse is ready for a trail ride. 7. Experienced guides lead each canopy tour. 8. The VanBrackle family with canopy tour guide Jonathan Horsley. • 25 26 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group Sunset canoe trips great ‘Hooch getaway HANSEN ARCHITECTS The 79th ANNUAL Savannah TOUR OF HOMES & GARDENS A rare opportunity to enter some of Savannah's finest private homes March 27-30, 2014 SAVANNAHTOUROFHOMES . ORG 912-234-8054 Where can you go in metro Atlanta and feel like you’ve escaped the traffic and noise? Imagine paddling serenely down the Chattahoochee River at dusk with your date. You may see herons, beaver, kingfishers, hawks and other wildlife in the beautiful dusk hours on the river. If you are interested in having an enchanted evening observing wildlife and hearing about the ecology and history of the Chattahoochee River, consider the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s guided canoe trips to learn about one of our most precious resources. Join CNC’s trained naturalist and guide for an interactive, sunset voyage down the Chattahoochee River. Learn interesting facts about the river and the plants and animals that call it home. CNC’s naturalist can help you discover nature and under- Finalist Best Breakfast Original Pancake House stand where the beavers lodge and where the herons swoop. Save your gas money – you don’t have to go far to have a sunset eco-adventure! Canoe trips in summer start at 5 p.m. These two-and-a-halfhour trips cost $25 for CNC members and $30 for nonmembers. Participants must be able to paddle their canoe and be at least 6 years old. No prior canoeing experience is necessary. For information or to register, call 770-992-2055, ext. 237 or visit www. chattnaturecenter.org. The Chattahoochee Nature Center is a 127-acre, awardwinning, private nonprofit facility dedicated to environmental education. More than 100,000 visitors each year enjoy the Nature Center’s forest trails, river boardwalk, native plant Book your river adventure: • May: Saturday and Sunday, 6 p.m. – dusk • June, July and August: Saturday and Sunday, 6 p.m. – dusk • September: Saturdays and Sundays, 5 p.m. – dusk • October: Saturdays and Sundays, 4:30 p.m. – dusk gardens, family and children’s programs and live animal exhibits. Chattahoochee Nature Center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Capturing Life’s Moments Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth 2013 678-393-1355 www.OrignalPancakeHouse.org 5530 Windward Pkwy, Ste 120 A Alpharetta, GA 30004 Lifestyle Photographer • Graduation • Wedding • Engagement • Family, Children and Single Portraits abby breaux photography www.abbybreaux.com Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • 27 Georgia’s top romantic getaways By MADISON THORBURNGUNDLACH Georgia doesn’t have to be known for just its peaches – it’s also home to some popular romantic getaways. Whether you’re looking for some time at the spa or some fantastic views, we’ve got it, too. If you’re looking for a trip to the beach or hours of poolside relaxation, we’ve got you covered. Sea Island is a worldclass resort island. The spa at the Five-Star Cloister at Sea Island is devoted to health and wellness and offers a wide variety of services to enhance your stay. If you’re looking for a little more excitement, but don’t want to miss out on the island getaway, Cumberland Island is the place for you. Forbes recently named Cumberland Island one of “America’s Island Paradises.” Fish, bike, kayak and hike Cumberland’s wilderness, keeping an eye out for wild hogs and horses that roam freely. If you’ve overdone your escapes to the islands, Georgia has many alternatives. For a trip to the mountains, you can check out Forrest Hills. Their range of cabins, from luxury to countryside, and bed and breakfast rooms are perfect for a quiet getaway in front of the fire. Dillard House also has cabins, as well as cottages and luxury rooms. Château Élan Winery and Resort is an AAA 4-Diamond facility featuring indoor/outdoor pool, an open air restaurant beneath the 45- foot glass atrium reminiscent of a Parisian train station and various wineries and other restaurants, some more intimate than others. If all you need is a scenic location, the cities of Helen or Savannah are the places to go. If you love the mountains, hang around in the quaint Helen village, look over the river and just relax. What makes it one of the most romantic North Georgia mountain getaways, however, is the ability for couples to literally get away from everything in a cozy mountain cabin deep in the woods. Couples have all the amenities of city living with the privacy that can only be found in the mountains. Add breathtaking views to the mix, and you get an atmosphere made Romance at a glance • 9 top romantic spots • Cumberland Island nps.gov/cuis • Sea Island www.seaisland.com • Forrest Hills bit.ly/1aplNT3 • Dillard House dillardhouse.com • Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort And Spa starwoodhotels.com/ westin for romance. The close proximity to dozens of nature trails and a waterfall or two is just icing on the cake. Or, if you want a beach and historic setting, Savannah is your ideal destination. Steeped in culture, history • Barnsley Gardens Resort barnsleyresort.com • Callaway Gardens callawaygardens.com • Lake Lanier Islands Resort lakelanierislands.com • Château Élan chateauelan.com and tradition, live oaks cloaked in sweeping Spanish moss create the perfect touring backdrop. Riverboat rides down the Savannah River are sure to spark romance, as will romantic strolls or dining throughout the city. Finalist Best Visitor Information Services Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth 2013 www.VisitRoswellGA.com 617 Atlanta St. • Roswell, GA 30075 770-640-3253 28 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group Blending history and the holidays at Barnsley Gardens story & photos By KATIE VanBRACKLE The ruins of Godfrey Barnsley’s 19th-century country manor in Adairsville offer a holiday open house experience like none other. In this case, the term “open house” is literal. Look up and you’ll see only twinkling stars overhead and the edges of green vines creeping over aging brick walls. And yet dancing flames crackle in the fireplaces, candles glow amid freshly scented evergreen garlands on the mantels and beautifully decorated Christmas trees stand in each of the main rooms. Just steps from the manor house’s front door, a boxwood path planted over 160 years ago leads to a parterre garden where a sparkling fountain trickles amid thousands of colorful holiday lights. Though it may seem an unlikely pairing, the combina- Guests stroll near the fountain in the parterre garden. tion of pre-Civil War ruins and Christmas trimmings at Barnsley Gardens is magical. The historic manor, gardens and museum are part of Barnsley Gardens Resort’s 3,300-acre property. Located just 60 miles north of Atlanta, the luxury resort is close enough for a day trip or a weekend getaway. During the month of December, the ruins will come alive with lights each evening from dusk until 10 p.m., and admission to the gardens is complimentary for the public as well as resort guests. When the holiday season at Barnsley Gardens kicks off, when over 1,000 people attended the first annual Lighting of the Manor House Ruins. The event included musical performances, visits with Santa and his live reindeer, s’mores and refreshments. For more information on Barnsley Gardens Resort, visit www.barnsleyresort.com. Winner A candlelight tour of the historic ruins is a magical experience. Winner Best Antique Store Best Senior Care Queen of Hearts Antiques ElderCare Companions Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth 2013 2013 www.QueenOfHeartsAntiques-Interiors.com 770-977-9111 www.ElderCareCompanions.com 670 N. 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Main St., Ste 106 • 29 30 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group The Manor House Terrace Gardens. Courtesy of gibbs gardens katie vanbrackle Daffodils at GIbbs Gardens. The Grandchildren’s Sculpture Garden. katie vanbrackle Gibbs Gardens offers stunning getaway By G. MALONEY Driving through the delightful horse farm country, Gibbs Gardens is just under an hour’s drive from Roswell. The entrance on a tree-lined gravel road with a glimpse of Mount Oglethorpe will entice you for what’s inside. Once parked, (1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, Ga. 30107) you’ll cross two beautiful flower-lined bridges built over flowing creeks with waterfalls. After getting your ticket, the tram is a short walk and close to the Arbor Café. During the ride, you’ll pass crape myrtles that umbrella over multi-colored rose bushes that must be magnificent in the spring. The tram drops you off at the Japanese garden with wonderful benched trails for taking in all the tantalizing views. Laughing Buddhas, pagodas and lanterns greet you with the background sounds of crickets, birds and rushing water. The 40 acres of Japanese gardens is the largest in the United States with 2,000 Japanese maples with varieties of gold, yellow, orange and red that will be at their height this year between the second and third week of November. What a delight to walk on the tranquil trails with their meandering streams, babbling brooks, waterfalls surrounded by an abundance of ferns, azaleas, rhododendrons, bald cypresses, cherry blossoms, dogwoods and wildflowers. Landscape Architect Jim Gibbs has spent 30 years developing 220 acres of 16 well-planned gardens and woodlands that seem like they pop out naturally. Designed to bring visitors out all year, they offer different sensational experiences. Bronze statues add whimsical touches to weeping willowgraced ponds with koi fish and colorful boulders. Bridges and decks are throughout with a Monet bridge that crosses a large water lily garden of white, purple, pink and yellow blossoms. The Manor House gardens can be walked to uphill; but a tram can take you there as well. The cedar shake, gray stucco home of the Gibbs sits If you go Tickets are $20 for general admission to all 16 garden venues. Seniors (65 and older), tour groups of 10 or more and children 4-18 can visit the gardens for $18. Children 3 and under are free. Families (two adults, two children ages 3-17) can visit all 16 gardens for $75. There is no charge for parking. on the highest crest in northeast Cherokee County and overlooks the North Georgia Mountains, the Appalachian Trail and layers of gardens. A stone walkway takes you to the beautiful pool with stone waterfalls and lush arbors. Taking the trail back to the center, you’ll walk through a winding arbor with roses, begonias, elephant leaves, salvia and wisteria, among just a few of the blooming explosion of color. Not to be missed is the 50-acre daffodil display in the spring, which is the largest in the country. Plan a trip by coming to seven free concerts or cooking events, and you’ll really have a grand experience. For more information, visit www.gibbsgardens.com. Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • 31 HAYLEY HAMBLEN The board members of the NFAYP take a moment with the cake. From left, they are Michael Tillitski, Kristin Rome, Peter Tokar, Hans Appen, Kellie Jureka, Zee Jennings, Zach Mullins and Kristina Appen. NFAYP celebrates first year at Olde Blind Dog Networking, social group turns 1 By JONATHAN COPSEY The North Fulton Alliance of Young Professionals marked its first birthday with a party at Olde Blind Dog, in Milton, where the first meeting was held a year ago. More than 70 people attended the gathering, a far cry from the initial 12 at the inaugural meeting. The networking and social group now has more than 75 members. Founder and President Hans Appen said the group has grown larger and faster than he had hoped. “It is beyond my wildest expectations,” Appen said. “We have gotten to the point where we are way beyond what I thought we could accomplish in a year. That’s a credit to the board and our membership.” The NFAYP is a social and networking group aimed at young people in North Fulton. During its first year, the group has volunteered at local charities, held social events and organized placing volunteers on the boards of local non- profits. Appen said he has high hopes for the coming year, wanting more than 300 members to come for the next birthday party. Among forthcoming programs are contacting the larger employers in North Fulton to get their younger workers involved in the group. “I think that will really jumpstart our membership,” Appen said. “That will allow us to create new programs and do more events.” For more on the NFAYP, visit them online at www.nfayp. com. HAYLEY HAMBLEN More than 70 people attended the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the North Fulton Alliance of Young Professionals Aug. 20. 32 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group North Georgia Mountain Getaway Blue Ridge offers big family fun and not far away By RICHARD DAIGLE In the Internet age in which we live, everyone seems to be connected to just about everything, whether it’s through an iPod, iPad, iPhone, laptop or cellphone. But as we get more connected through technology, in a sense we get less connected with each other — face-toface and person-to-person. So what’s a great way to rediscover the important relationships we have with family and friends? For us, it was a mountain cabin getaway in Blue Ridge, Ga. With a grown son working in college and two daughters at two different colleges, it’s hard for my wife and me to get the family all together. When we united in Blue Ridge, however, it was a time to put away our computer gadgets and enjoy each other’s company. We played cards, enjoyed the dartboard and pool table in the game room, told stories and jokes and, in general, had a grand time. Away from the bright lights of the city, tucked away in the beauty of the mountains, we made some wonderful memories together. It’s nice to have a family gathering at your house, but when you can get out of the house to a place as beautiful as Blue Ridge, it makes a world of difference. Hot coffee never tastes so good as when you are in a rocking chair on the deck of a mountain cabin, enjoying a breathtaking sunrise view sprawled in front of you. A mountain getaway provides much-needed quality time with family and friends and is much easier to manage than you may think. There are several companies you can use to rent your mountain cabin, but we had a great experience with Mountain Top Cabin Rentals in Blue Ridge (www.mountaintopcabinrentals.com). Our cabin, cloud nine, was perfectly named: with our view that overlooked the smoky ridges, we felt like we were on Cloud Nine. It rained part of the time during our three-night stay, but that didn’t put a damper on the experience of being in the mountains and the amenities we enjoyed in the cabin. We also went shopping in Blue Ridge, armed with discounts provided by Mountain Top. We cooked our meals at the cabin, but there’s a nice variety of restaurants in town as well. For us, the cabin experience was all we needed, but there’s plenty to do in and around Blue Ridge including helicopter rides, zip lines, whitewater rafting, golf, tennis, spas, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, wineries, horseback riding and more. If that’s not enough, you can always take a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. In choosing the cabin, it was nice that there was such a big selection. There are cabins big and small, some with great views and some so close to a creek you can hear it babbling. Some cabins are also dogfriendly like Cloud Nine, which also had an awesome view and sleeps eight people. In addition to the game room, it also had big screen TVs upstairs and downstairs, and of course, it came with a hot tub. For the times we wanted to connect, there was Wi-Fi throughout. It was just what we needed because we wanted to have room to roam around inside, indoor entertainment and a place we could bring the whole family, which includes our two small dogs. In an hour-and-a-half or so, you can enjoy an unforgettable mountain cabin experience in Blue Ridge. It’s an investment of a little time and money that will pay big dividends as you cherish close relationships you have with family and friends. Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • 33 34 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group Top 9 outdoor activities in Georgia By SHUBHI TANGRI If you’re looking for a thrilling outdoor experience in Georgia, look no further. From relaxing activities such as kayaking to exhilarating activities such as sky diving, here is a list of the eight most exciting adventures in which you can participate. Whether alone or with friends and family, these are just a few ideas. 1. Zip-lining North Georgia Canopy Tours, in the North Georgia mountain region, offers this outdoor activity, which is by far one of the best ways to have an exhilarating experience! By a simple pulley suspended on a cable, you can transport yourself through anything from canopy tops to mountain peaks. Allow at least two to three hours for zip-line tours. Each participant should be at least 10 years of age, around 70 to 250 pounds and able to hike at least half a mile. Reservations are required. Prices vary depending on tour. For more information, visit www. northgeorgiacanopytours.com or call 770-896-7272. 2. Parachuting Also known as sky diving, this activity gives you the opportunity to jump from a plane thousands of feet above land and then eventually glide in the air with the help of a parachute before landing back. Skydive Atlanta in Thomaston, Ga., provides many exciting opportunities. All participants must complete certification and ground school before proceeding to the activity. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Reservations are required. Prices vary depending on chosen session. For more information, visit www. skydiveatlanta.com/getting-certified or call 800-950-JUMP. 3. Rock climbing Adults and children can enjoy a fun yet challenging experience. Participants must complete 15 minutes of training before beginning and can also ask for a professional climber to accompany them during the climb. Additional training and rock-climbing exercises are available. Adrenaline Climbing, located in Suwanee, Ga., offers training for competitive teams as well. Prices vary depending on chosen session. For more information, visit www. adrenalineclimbing.com/index.html or call 770-271-1390. 4. Mountain biking Participants can improve their endurance, core strength, bike handling skills, self-reliance and balance through biking over rough terrain. Specially manufactured bikes help bikers maneuver through both natural features and specially constructed ramps and jumps. Participants should stretch before biking and be in excellent physical health. Prior biking experience is recommended. For local listings, visit www.singletracks.com/Georgia-bike-trails_10.html. 5. Skateboarding Fowler Park’s 23,000-square-foot skate park continues to draw enthusiasts of all ages. The skate park was designed by renowned architect Wally Hollyday, of California. In addition to skaters, stunt scooters and BMX bikers share the numerous ramps, 4110 Carolene Way in Cumming. You can also enjoy your experience on two pairs of wheels at the Skate Parks of Athens in Athens, Ga. The park features a bowl five with a depth of 10 feet and a width of 4,500 square feet and a street that consists of rails, edges, steps and more. Helmets and pads are required. Admission is free to both skate parks. 6. Mountain hiking Reward yourself for all your hard work. Hiking Sawnee Mountain near Cumming, Ga., is a worthwhile endeavor given that the end of the trail leads hikers to the Indian Seats, a place where one can enjoy a the North Georgia Mountain range on the Sawnee Mountain top. Water and snacks are recommended. Pets are not allowed. Admission is free. For more information, visit sawneemountain.org or call 770-781-2217. 7. Kayaking If you’re planning a day to relax and enjoy nature, Georgia Kayak Adventures’ Eco-tour may just be right for you! Tours are designed for a minimum of two. Tours are available on the Lower Etowah River and the Tallapoosa River on Saturdays and Sundays. For a three-and-a-half to a four-and-a-half hour tour, the cost is $99 for each participant. For more information, visit georgiakayakadventures.com or call 770366-3839. 8. Jet-skiing and other water sports Relax at Tybee Island while still keeping your adrenaline pumped. Enjoy water sports such as jet-skiing, canoeing and water skiing on the beautiful Savannah beaches. Tybee Island Water Sports offer various tours and private sessions. Reservations are required. Parking is at no charge. All ages are welcome. Prices vary depending on chosen session. For more information, visit tybeejetskii.com or call 1-877-9JETSKI. 9. White water rafting Challenge yourself by rafting on white water or different degrees of “rough water” on the Chattanooga River. The oldest rafting company in the Southeast, Southeastern Expeditions in Clayton, Ga., offers several sessions – each varying on the degree of rough water. Rates, duration time and age requirements vary depending on chosen session. Lunch is always included. Reservations are required. For more information, visit www. southeasternexpeditions.com or call 1-800-868-7238. Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 Top nearby attractions Historic Savannah Theatre Enjoy family-friendly shows year-round in the Broadwaystyled atmosphere. The building is listed as a National Historic Destination and is locate at 222 Bull Street, Savannah. Call 912-233-7764 or visit www.savannahtheatre.com. Dollywood The multi-park, multi-day theme park offers attractions, food, rides and entertainment. The park is located in the Smoky Mountains area. Located at 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tenn. 37863. Call 1-800 DOLLYWOOD (1-800365-5996) or visit www.dollywood.com. Six Flags Over Georgia The theme park offers “every kind of ride for every kind of rider.” From the Goliath to your everyday carousel, you can be sure to find something here for you. Fast passes (flash passes) are available. Visit http://www.sixflags.com/overGeorgia. St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum The view of the island after 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse is fantastic. While coming back down, visitors can tour the house of the lightkeeper, which has been restored to how it was back in the 1800s. Located at 610 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, Ga. Winner Best Audiologist ▲ The High Museum of Art ► Six Flags Over Georgia 31522. Call 912-638-4666 or visit www.saintsimonslighthouse.org. High Museum of Art The leading museum in the Southeastern region includes See NEARBY, Page 47 Winner Best Happy Hour & All Around Restaurant Dr. Deborah Woodward The Village Tavern Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth 2013 2013 770-814-1260 Johns Creek Audiology & Hearing Aid Center 770-777-6490 www.villagetavern.com 11555 Rainwater Drive Alpharetta, GA 30004 • 35 36 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group TOP 5 Your definitive list of the top spots in North Georgia TOP FIVE DESTINATIONS to FLOAT DOWN THE RIVER Toccoa River Tubing The Toccoa River, located in north Georgia, offers great float trips for families with young children. Children must be at least 5 years of age. Located at 340 Toccoa Ave., McCaysville, Ga. 30555. Call 706-492-5280 or visit www.tubingthetoccoariver. com. Helen Tubing and Water Park The Helen Tubing Company drops visitors off at the top of the river where they can continue onto their tubing trip. Visitors can enjoy the Chattahoochee River and relaxation all day long. Located at 9917 Georgia 75, Helen, Ga. 30545. Call 706-878-1082 or visit www.helentubing.com. Appalachian Outfitters are provided. Find them at 203 Azalea Dr., Roswell, Ga. 30075, call 770650-100 or visit www.shootthehooch.com for more information. Cool River Tubing Company Enjoy quality time with friends and family on the Chattahoochee River, which flows through the scenic Alpine village in Helen, Ga. Minimum age for tubing is 3 years old and at least one participant over the age of 18 must be present at all times. Alcohol is not permitted. All tube trips include U.S. Coast Guard-approved life preservers and shuttle service. Located at 590 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, Ga. 30545. Call 706-878-2665 or visit www.coolrivertubing.com. Suzanne Pacey The tubing trips last about 45 to 30 minutes on the Chestatee River in Dahlonega, Ga. Guests are welcome to enjoy a picnic in the middle of their trip at the designated picnic area. Children must be at least 4 years of age to participate. Find them at 2084 S. Chestatee, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533. Call 706-864-6156 or visit www. canoegeorgia.com. Chattahoochee Outfitters Headquartered in Roswell, Chattahoochee Outfitters offers tubing starting at Azaela Park. Children must be at least 5 years of age. Headquarters are located on the river and dining options Float down the Chattahoochee with Chattahooche Outfitters in Roswell, Ga. Tucked in the North Georgia mountains, Helen, Ga., is home to the Cool River Tubing Company and the Helen Tubing and Water Park. TOP 5 Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • 37 TOP FIVE GEORGIA WINERIES Habersham Winery Located in Helen, Ga., the winery is one of Georgia’s oldest and largest. The winery offers daily tastings, a gift shop and gourmet food products. Located at 7025 S. Main Street, Helen, Ga. 30545. Call 706-878-9463 or visit www.habershamwinery.com for more information. Cavender Creek Vineyards and Winery Courtesy of Crane Creek Vineyards Located in Dahlonega, Ga., the winery is designed as an “old fashioned family farm,” which offers loft housing and tasting. You can also enjoy the farm’s view from an extended deck, located at 3610 Cavender Creek Road, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533. Call 770-823-9255 or visit http://home.windstream. net/ccvw. Montaluce Winery and Vineyard The winery is located in Dahlonega, Ga., and nestled in between the North Georgia mountains. Wine tasting is available. Located at 946 Via Montaluce, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533 Call 706-867-4060 or visit www. montaluce.com. Cartecay Vineyards Western-facing slopes allow for the vines to receive maximum sun exposure at elevations ranging from 1,650 feet to 1,750 feet. The vineyard also offers tasting barns, located 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, Ga. 30536. Call 706-698-9463 or visit www.cartecayvineyards. com. Crane Creek Vineyards The vineyard is located on top of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Gift shops and wine tastings are available. Located at 916 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris, Ga. 30582. Call 706-379-1236 or visit www. cranecreekvineyards.com. Courtesy of Crane Creek Vineyards Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards Courtesy of Cartecay Vineyards Courtesy of Cavender Creek Vineyards and Winery 38 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group TOP 5 Stone Mountain offers a unique experience for climbers of every skill level. TOP FIVE ROCK CLIMBING/CLIMBING DESTINATIONS Adrenaline Climbing The family-owned rock climbing gym in Suwanee offers training and orientations before partaking in the activity itself. Special group and training goal sessions are also offered. No reservations are required. Newcomers may climb independently after a 15-minute orientation. Minors should have liability waivers signed by parents before being able to climb. For more information, call 770-271-1390 or visit www. adrenalineclimbing.com. Atlanta Rocks! An indoor climbing gym near Atlanta offers climbing for large groups or novices and training. Waivers and reservations are required. Make sure to tell the staff when making reservations if you do not know how to belay. With reservations, no experience is required. Minors should have liability waivers signed by parents before being able to climb. For more information, visit www.atlantarocks.com or call 404-351-3009. guardians should be present while signing the waiver. Call 678-720-9882 or visit www. ssclimbing.com. Atlanta’s Stone Summit Climbing Walk Crawler and Fitness Center Rock Club Located near Atlanta, the center is the nation’s largest climbing gym that welcomes all regardless of experience. Group and party reservations are available. Liability waivers for all minors should be signed by parents before being able to climb. Legal The club, located near Atlanta, offers classes, summer camps, kids programs and memberships. Waivers for minors are required. Both indoor and outdoor sessions are available. Call 404-371-8997, or visit www. wallcrawlerclimbing.com. Stone Mountain Park Climbers can walk up to the top of the mountain and enjoy some of North Georgia’s most beautiful scenery. No pets are allowed and appropriate footwear is required. Trails to the top of the mountain are open from dawn till dusk. Visit www.stonemountainpark. com or call 770-498-5600. TOP 5 Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • 39 TOP FIVE LOCAL BIKING ROUTES North Oconee River Greenway The 3.5-mile biking route is available for all non-motorized uses. The trail extends from the Sandy Creek Nature Center to the south of the Oconee River and eventually to Dudley Park. The trail surface is concrete. Visit http://athensclarkecounty. com/Facilities/Facility/Details/23, contact the Greenway office, 705 Sunset Drive, Athens, Ga. 30606 or call 706-6133801 for more information. Atlanta Beltline Divided into three sections, the trail encompasses numerous neighborhoods and parks in its 33-mile trail network. The trail makes use of Atlanta’s former rail corridors. The trail surface is concrete. Visit www.beltline.org for more information, or call 404-4773003. Arabia Mountain National Heritage Trail The 12.5-mile trail, located in Lithonia, Ga., passes through giant rock formations, rushing streams and farmlands. There are several side trails as well. The trail also offers activities such as biking and fishing. The trail surface is concrete. Call 770-492-5231 or visit www. arabiaalliance.org. Augusta Canal Trail The 7.5-mile trail, located in Augusta, Ga., encompasses the only unbroken, accessible, industrial waterway in the South and period structures that display its textile history, including ornate Sibley Mill and a Confederate-era parapet. Trail surfaces are asphalt, dirt and grass. Visit www.augustacanal.com for more information or call 706823-0440. www.beltline.org East Cobb Trail Located in Marietta, Ga., the 2-mile trail connects various neighborhoods, shopping centers and the East Cobb Park. The park offers picnic areas, trails, fields, playgrounds and an outside stage. The trail surface is concrete. Visit www.prca.cobbcountyga. gov/EastCobbPark.htm or call 770-528-8825. www.prca.cobbcountyga.gov www.athensclarkecounty.com Winner BESTof NORTH FULTON & SOUTH FORSYTH 2012 WINNER ™ Winner Best Dentist Best Hair Salon Crabapple Dental ™ Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth 2013 Best of North Fulton & South Forsyth 2013 770-475-8111 www.ariasalons.net Alpharetta Town Commons The Collection at Forsyth 40 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group TOP 5 TOP FIVE PLACES TO CAMP Unicoi State Park and Lodge Campground Situated in the North Georgia mountains in Helen, Unicoi is one of Georgia’s most wellknown parks. Campground activities include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, swimming, canoeing and more. Nearby attractions include Babyland General Hospital, the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian Trail. Unicoi State Park and Lodge is located at 1788 Highway 356, Helen, Ga. 30545. Call 706-8782201 for more information. Sawnee Campground Located in Cumming along Lake Sidney Lanier, the campground offers beautiful views of the lake, boating and swimming. Campground amenities include flushable toilets, electrical and water hookups, showers, laundry facilities, fuel available and dump stations. The campground is located at 3200 Buford Dam Road, Cumming, Ga. 30041. Call 770-887-0592. Oconee River Campground The campground, located on the banks of the Oconee River, offers picnicking, hiking, boating and fishing. Amenities include tent pads, grills, restrooms and drinking water. The campground is located at 1755 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville, Ga. 30501. Call 770-297-3000 or visit www.bit.ly/1b4KOWb. Allatoona Lake Campground Located in Cartersville, Ga., near Lake Allatoona, the campground is best known as one of the most frequently visited U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sites in the nation. Visitors can also enjoy picnicking, camping, hunting, fishing, swimming and other water sports. Other attractions include video exhibits and displays of the area’s history. Call 706-878-2201 or visit www. unicoistatepark.org. www.allatoonalake.org Bald Ridge Creek Campground Located on Lake Sidney Lanier, the campground is famous for its aqua-blue waters and beautiful scenery. Campground activities include boating and fishing. Some of the campground amenities include flushable toilets, showers, electrical and water hookups, fuel available and dump stations. Call 770889-1591. www.unicoistatepark.org www.recreation.gov WWW.Lakelanierparks.com www.n-georgia.com Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 TOP 5 • 41 TOP FIVE HIKING TRAILS Stone Mountain State Park The Stone Mountain State Park, located in Stone Mountain, Ga., offers a variety of trails of about a length of 5 miles to choose from, ranging from forested lake trails to the popular mountain trail that leads to the Stone Mountain summit. Hikers should make sure to bring plenty of water! 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain, Ga. 30083. For more information, call 770-498-5690 or visit http://www.stonemountainpark.com/. Old Mill Covered Bridge Road The Old Mill Covered Bridge in Roswell, Ga., offers a hiking trail which leads to two historic mills, a covered bridge and a historic dam along the Big Creek canyon. The mill also features the Vickery Creek covered bridge or the “Old Mill Covered Bridge,” which leads to the Roswell Mill. The trail length is about one mile. 85 Mill Street, Roswell, Ga. 30075. For more information, call 770-640-3253. Martin’s Mine Loop Trail This trail, located in Helen, Ga., starts with a wooden bridge that extends across the Duke Creek. Expect to see plenty of bats and a small waterfall. The trail is about a length of 2 miles. Palisades-Whitewater Creek Trail The Palisades Trail, in Marietta Ga., is an ideal spot to enjoy hiking, fishing and a boat launch. The White W ater Creek is a part of the Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area, which makes fishing and hiking to the Indian Trails convenient. Trail length is about 3 miles. Jones Bridge Trail Located in Johns Creek, this trail is a fun spot for picnicking, fishing and hiking. The trail stretches parallel to the Chattahoochee River and connects to the Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center. john trainor The covered bridge at the Roswell Mill Ruins connecting to the Vickery Creek unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. john trainor Roswell Mill Dam on Big Vickery Creek in Roswell, Ga. 42 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2013-2014 December 2013 Nov. 7 – Dec. 29: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Center For Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. Northwest, Atlanta, Ga. 30309 “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” adapted by Jon Ludwig and based on the classic television special. Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Please call 404-873-3391 or visit www. puppet.org. Nov. 9 – Dec. 1: Stone Mountain Christmas 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain, Ga. 30083 Have a holly jolly Christmas at Stone Mountain Park, where the true magic of the season is in the air. Enjoy the glow of more than two million lights, festive music and visits from some your favorite holiday characters, including the world’s most famous red-nosed reindeer. Start a new tradition and create memories that will last a lifetime for the family. Please call 770-498-5690 or visit www. stonemountainpark.com. Nov. 15 – Dec. 31: Magical Nights of Lights 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, Ga. 30518 Featuring holiday entertainment and attractions including a driving tour through more than seven miles of characters and scenery comprised of millions of twinkling lights. Drive over the magnificent snowflake bridge and down through the 12 days of Christmas, all the way to the Holiday House, Santa’s Workshop, Christmas Carnival and more. Holiday Village is a must-see for everyone, complete with a bonfire for roasting marshmallows, delicious holiday fare, pony and amusement rides, holiday shopping and more. Please call 770-945-8787 or visit www.lakelanierislands.com. Nov. 18 – Jan. 1: The Cobb Galleria Festival of Trees 2815 Akers Mill Road SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30339 Make a difference in the lives of others by embodying the true meaning of Christmas through fundraising for local charitable organizations. During the fourth annual event, 38 trees representing Atlanta charities will be on display. Admirers can vote for their favorite trees and charities. Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, holiday cookies, carol singing and more at this free event. Please call 678-4602561 or visit www.wcghotels. com/galleria-atlanta-hotel/ festival-of-trees. Nov. 21 – Jan. 5: Global Winter Wonderland 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, Ga. 30315 Hosted by Turner Field, this event will take your breath away. With giant illuminated lantern designs of international landmarks, families can celebrate the rich cultures of the world all in one place. Unlimited carnival rides, Christmas holiday village, dinosaur land, lanterns, shopping, dining and live entertainment. Call for group rates or special events. Please call 770-723-3862 or visit www.igogroupinc.com. Nov. 25 – Feb. 17: Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain, Ga. 30083 Spend a fun-filled day playing across five football fields of frosty joy. Zoom down the 400-foot hill all together in family-sized tubes, or go it alone as a single rider. From snowman building to snowball shooting, tubing to togetherness, enjoy all the moments that will make for the perfect snow day. Please call 770-498-5690 or visit www. stonemountainpark.com ▲D ec. 6: Christmas Tree Lighting Historic Downtown Alpharetta, Milton Square City Park, Alpharetta, Ga. 30004 All the magic of Christmas glistens at the annual lighting of the 45-foot live spruce tree with 10,000 white lights and 3,000 people. Beginning at 5 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with children in the gazebo. Mayor David Belle Isle will read the children’s classic book “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The tree and downtown will come aglow at 6:15 p.m. Pre-lighting entertainment will consist of train rides, holiday crafts, face painting and strolling elves creating free balloon sculptures. Surrounding shops and restaurants will also feature holiday activities. This celebration began in 1977 with about 100 people gathered around a 6-foot live blue spruce tree. Free parking at City Hall and Milton Center (the old Milton High School). Please call 678-2976078 or visit www.awesomealpharetta.com. Dec. 7: SEC Football Championship Georgia Dome, 1 Georgia Dome Drive Northwest, Atlanta, Ga. 30313 The Southeastern Conference Championship Game has made its place among the games to see each year in college football. The title game has catapulted teams to national championships each of the previous five years. The SEC’s Eastern and Western Division winners will meet in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome for the 19th consecutive year to battle for the league championship and the right to represent the conference in the Bowl Championship Series. Please call 404-223-9200 or visit www.gadome.com. Dec. 15: Reindeer Day Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Alpharetta, Ga. 30075 Come out for this unique holiday tradition. Live reindeer will be making a special holiday appearance. Create reindeer crafts and warm up with campfire treats. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit www.chattnaturecenter.org. Dec. 31: Peach Drop Underground Atlanta, 50 Upper Alabama St., Atlanta, Ga. 30303 A full day of family fun and an evening of top-notch entertainment. Just before the clock strikes midnight, the 800-pound peach begins its descent. Ring in 2014 at the 25th annual Peach Drop, the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the Southeast. More than 100,000 spectators watched the iconic peach make its descent last year, and this year there’s even more to love. Head down to Underground Atlanta for a day that will be jampacked with activities leading up to the main event, including children’s games, a sports zone and dozens of talented musicians. Abbey Road LIVE! headlines, bringing some of the most iconic songs in music history to the stage. Please call 404-523-2311 or visit www.peachdrop.com. January 2014 Jan. 25: Rattlesnake Roundup U.S. 84, Whigham, Ga. This event is fun for the whole family, with arts and crafts, snake handling demonstrations, concessions, children’s activities and more. The Rattlesnake Roundup has been celebrated for more Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 than 50 years and is held on the last Saturday in January. Please call 229-762-3774 or visit www.caironet.com for more information. Jan. 31 – Feb. 2: Athens Wine Weekend The Classic Center, 300 North Thomas St., Athens, Ga. 30601 A benefit for the Classic Center Cultural Foundation, the event continues to evolve and now includes a VIP reception Friday evening at the Rialto Club at Hotel Indigo to kick off the weekend’s festivities. Saturday features a silent auction, a grand tasting with hundreds of wines, and expert seminars covering a variety of topics. That night, the gourmet dinner is a treat for the senses, featuring carefully selected wines with each course. The weekend closes with a brunch Sunday morning featuring complimentary beverages. Please call 800-918-6393 or visit www. athenswineweekend.com. February ▲ Feb. 1 - 28: Festival of Camellias 100 Massee Lane, Fort Valley, Ga. 31030 The Camellia Festival at Massee Lane Gardens is a month-long celebration of the camellia, also known as the winter rose. It includes camellia care classes, a painting class, a photography class and a kids’ day. Visit the gardens, home to the American Camellia Society headquarters, to see thousands of camellias in bloom during February. Unparalleled beauty will be on display Feb. 23–24 as the Middle Georgia Camellia Society presents its annual show. Please call 478-967-6723 or visit www. americancamellias.org. Feb. 15 – 16: Taste of Athens 300 North Thomas St., Athens, Ga. 30601 Wine and dine for a great cause at Taste of Athens at the Classic Center. Sample food from more than 50 local restaurants, enjoy wine and beer tastings, listen to live music and bid on fabulous silent auction items. Proceeds benefit Community Connection of Northeast Georgia, an umbrella agency overseeing crucial social services in Northeast Georgia and assisting more than 70,000 people each year. Enjoy an affiliated 10k Walk/Run Feb. 15. Please call 706-357-4444 or visit www.tasteofathens.com. Feb. 19 – 23: 24th Ga. National Junior Livestock Show 401 Larry Walker Parkway, Perry, Ga. 31069 More than 2,000 youth show in classes for hogs, heifers, steers, commercial dairy heifers and breeding ewes. Admission to the livestock show is free and open to the public. Please call 478-9873247 or visit www.gnfa.com. Feb. 21: National Arbor Day Celebration 1646 College St., Eastman, Ga. 31023 Celebrated annually on the third Friday in February, Eastman’s National Arbor Day Celebration is hosted by the Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber distributes free trees to promote community awareness of the importance of one of Dodge County’s vital resources. Please call 478-374-4723 or visit www. eastman-georgia.com. Feb. 28 – March 1: Albany Marathon and Half-Marathon 112 North Front St., Albany, Ga. 31701 Runners travel from around the world to run and find this course to be fast. You will find entertainment along the course to cheer on the runners and keep them focused on the finish line. Please call 229-3174760 or visit www.albanymarathon.com. March March 1: Mardi Gras Festival 111 Osborne St., St. Marys, Ga., 31558 A family-oriented festival in Historic St. Marys featuring a bicycle tour, 5K run, street dance, parade, art, crafts and food vendors. On-stage music and entertainment and karaoke contest. Fun for all ages. Free admission. Please call 912-882-4000 or visit www.stmaryswelcome.com. March 1 – 31: St. Patrick’s Festival 314 Academy Ave., Dublin, Ga. 31021 The St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin takes place the entire month of March, with the main events on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The first weekend in March features the barbecue cook-off and First Friday at the Market on Madison. Super Saturday features the St. Patrick’s parade, arts and crafts festival, gospel sing, leprechaun road race, quilt show, Main Street munchies and more. March 22-24 includes the BalloonFest and bike ride weekend. Please call 478-272-5546 or visit www. dublinstpatricks.com. March 1 – April 30: Callaway Gardens Azalea Season 17800 Georgia Highway 27, Pine Mountain, Ga. 31822 Each spring, Callaway Gardens’ landscape explodes with one of the world’s largest displays of native and cultivated azaleas – more than 20,000 of them – plus fresh blooms of dogwoods, crabapples, daffodils, pansies, tulips and more. These sweeping floral vistas form the stunning backdrop to invigorating recreational pursuits, fascinating educational experiences and special events designed to celebrate the grandeur of the season. A series of themed weekends, known collectively as Celebrate Spring!, feature activities against the backdrop of these dazzling surroundings. Please call 706-663-2281 or visit www. callawaygardens.com. March 14 – 15: 10th Annual Peaches to the Beaches Yard Sale 800 Main St., Perry, Ga. 30169 Georgia’s Longest Yard Sale. More than 200 miles of yard sale fun along Highway 341. Held the second Friday and Saturday of March annually. Please call 478-988-8000 or visit www. peachestothebeaches.com. March 21 – 22: Athens Slingshot Music and Arts Festival Westend of Downtown Athens, Athens, Ga. 30603 Athens welcomes back Slingshot, an international music, art and technology festival March 21-22. Slingshot will be spread over four city blocks and will feature local, national and international acts on stage, with boundary-pushing artwork throughout the urban environment, and tech talks during the day with leading thinkers in arts technology. Please call 706-372-800 or visit www. athensslingshot.com. April April 4 – 11: Avenue of Flags for National Former POW Recognition Day Andersonville National Historic Site, 496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, Ga. 31711 U.S. flags will be displayed on both sides of the avenue from the main • 43 entrance into the cemetery in a display of patriotism and national pride. At Andersonville National Cemetery, the Avenue of Flags display occurs five times each year: National Former POW Recognition Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day weekends. Please call 229-924-0343 or visit www.nps.gov/ande/ planyourvisit/aveofflags.htm. April 4 – 5: Swampfest Downtown Waycross, Ga. 31501 Don’t miss this annual spring event featuring arts and crafts, children’s games, great food and live music and entertainment. Swampfest starts Friday afternoon and continues through Saturday night with a street dance and concert. Watch the Southeastern reptile rescue show, the marvelous mutts dog show, fire clowns, and cloggers and other dancers. See a classic car cruise-in and fireworks, and compete in or cheer for contestants in a Dilly Bar-eating contest, Coca-Cola chug and a Krystal-eating contest. Please call 912-287-2969 or visit www.swampfest.us. April 5: University of Georgia International Street Festival College Avenue, Athens, Ga. 30601 The UGA International Street Festival celebrates world cultures and creates connections between international students and the Athens community. Visit downtown Athens April 5 from noon to 5 p.m. to see cultural displays, traditional costumes, dances and international bands. Dozens of UGA international student organizations and local community groups will sponsor informative and interactive cultural displays as well as musical and dance performances. Featuring giveaways from local businesses and a children’s corner. Please call 706-357-4430 or visit www.uga.edu/isl. 44 • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 • Appen Media Group ▲ April 5: Annual Rail Watch 3795 Main St., Folkston, Ga. 31537 Rail watchers from all over the world come to watch trains at the Historic Depot Train Museum and the Folkston Funnel Platform April 5. Enjoy photography, videos and other rail fans. The Folkston Funnel is located in downtown Folkston, Ga. It is a CSXT double-track main line. All of CSXT’s trains moving to and from Florida (except the few trains that go west) must pass through the funnel. There are six Amtrak trains passing through the funnel each day; the Auto Train is one of these. The Tropicana Juice Train moves from Bradenton, Fla., to Kearney, N.J., five nights a week. A picnic table, grill and restrooms are available for visitors. Please call 912-496-2536 or visit www.folkston.com. April 11 – 13: 26th annual Perry Dogwood Festival Carroll, Ball and Washington streets, Perry, Ga. 31069 Visit Perry for two days of arts and crafts, a hot air balloon rally and a DockDogs competition. The April 12 rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds will feature kids’ activities, 15 hot air balloons offering tethered rides, an entertainment stage hosting live music and more. The DockDogs competition will be held in conjunction with the arts and crafts festival, which features more than 100 unique vendors in downtown Perry. Watch retrievers vying for points to enter the DockDogs national competition in the fall. Please call 478-9871234 or visit www.perrydogwoodfestival.com. April 13: Classic City Brewfest 295 East Dougherty St., Athens, Ga. 30601 Celebrate craft beer at the 19th Annual Classic City Brew Fest at the Foundry Park Inn in Athens. This year’s fest offers 300 regional and world craft beers to sample. Check out the popular Cask Ale Pavilion, which features 15 rare and unique beers that are unfiltered and carbonated naturally inside 10-gallon casks known as “furkins.” All event areas (three of the Foundry’s meeting halls, the Melting Point music venue and terrace, and Hoyt Pavilion and the Steam Company Pub) are covered, so rain or shine, come sample some delicious beer. Proceeds benefit the Athens Area Humane Society. Please call 706-357-4430 or visit www.classiccitybrew.com/ brewfest.html. April 19 – 20: Easter Egg Hunts, Sunrise Service and Brunch at Callaway Gardens 17800 U.S. Highway 27, Pine Mountain, Ga. 31822 Visit Callaway Gardens on Easter weekend for egg hunts, buffet meals, a sunrise service and the natural beauty of the gardens. All ages are invited to the Easter Egg Hunts from 2 4 p.m. April 19 at Robin Lake Beach. Egg hunts are free with admission. The Easter Bunny will visit from noon to 5 p.m. The Easter sunrise service, led by Leighton Ford, will be 7:30 a.m. April 20 on the lawn near the Gardens Restaurant. Admission is free before 8 a.m. Guests can enjoy the gardens’ popular Easter buffets, featuring something to please every palate. Please call 706-6632000 or visit www.callawaygardens.com/easter. April 19: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Callaway Gardens Intersection of Georgia Highways 18 and 354, Pine Mountain, Ga. 31822 Enjoy an evening of Symphony on the Sand at Callaway Gardens with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) 8 p.m. April 19, when the talented ASO musicians will take the stage on Robin Lake Beach. Bring your own picnic basket or pre-order one. See website for details and selection. The ASO overnight package includes general seating tickets for two to the ASO concert, Friday and Saturday admission to Callaway Gardens and Friday night lodging. Please call 706-663-2281 or visit www. callawaygardens.com/events/ signature-events/symphonyon-the-sand. April 21 – 27: Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa, Savannah, Ga. 31401 The Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, part of PGA Champions Tour, always exceeds expectations, with more than 40,000 attendees visiting the Club at Savannah Harbor each year. The nationally televised tournament continues to showcase Savannah in a favorable light on a national stage. Please call 912-236-1333 or visit www. pgatour.com/champions/tournaments/liberty-mutual-insurance-legends-of-golf.html. April 24 – 26: 93rd annual Thomasville Rose Show and Festival Broad Street and Paradise Park, Downtown Thomasville, Ga. 31792 A Southwest Georgia tradition since the early 1920s. The free family-friendly festival encompasses the Rose Show, which presents contemporary and heirloom roses against a backdrop budding with thousands of the blooms; the Rose Parade, known for its flowery floats; the Street Dance, which brings out boppers young and old; plus live music, arts and crafts, a car show, Southern-style festival foods, children’s fun and games and more. Please call 229-227-7020 or visit www. thomasvillega.com. April 24 – 27: Vidalia Onion Festival 2921 Airport Road, Vida- lia, Ga. 30474 Each spring, Vidalia anticipates the harvest of Georgia’s Official State Vegetable, the internationally famous Vidalia Sweet Onion. The festival has been featured on the Food Network and recognized as one of the five “Don’t-Miss Festivals Across the U.S.” by MSNBC. Pre-festival activities begin with a youth boys’ baseball tournament, the Miss Vidalia Onion Pageant, Battle of the Bands and more. A children’s parade, culinary extravaganza, movie under the stars and opening ceremonies kick off the weekend’s activities April 24. Other events include the Golden Onion Professional Cooking Competition, onion walk/run, recipe contest and public tasting, an airshow, concerts, carnival, arts and crafts festival, downtown sidewalk sale and an onion eating contest. Please call 912-538-8687 or visit www. vidaliaonionfestival.com. April 25 – 26: Terrapin Twilight Criterium Downtown Athens, Ga. 30601 The 35th annual Athens Twilight Criterium in downtown Athens is a professional cycling event and festival tailored for fans, families and racers alike. The criterium is a favorite spot on the national cycling tour circuit, both for its unique evening format and the large crowds that gather in Athens’ vibrant downtown area. Founded in 1980 by Gene Dixon, the criterium was the first nighttime race in the United States in over 60 years. What began as one race with 40 competitors has since grown to 150 competing cyclists. Please call 706-357-4430 or visit www. athenstwilight.com. April 26 – 27: Bear on the Square Mountain Festival Historic Public Square, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533 Celebrating Southern Appalachian music, art and culture. Friday pre-festival activities include jammers on Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square during the day and a live and silent country auction/dinner in the MainStage tent that night. The festival features non-stop bluegrass and old-time concerts. A juried artists’ market fills the town’s historic Public Square with pottery, photography, folk art and more. Also enjoy workshops, music classes, storytelling, a mountain dance and a Sunday morning Gospel Jam. Acoustic musicians gather from the across the southeast and beyond to jam all weekend. Please call 706-864-7817 or visit www. bearonthesquare.org. May May 2 – 3: Three Rivers BBQ Fest 45 Riverwood Trail, Hazlehurst, Ga. 31539 A professional barbecue competition held the first weekend in May on the banks of the Altamaha River. The contest is sanctioned by the Georgia Barbecue Association. Please call 912-2098805 or visit www.hazlehurstjeffdavis.org. May 3: Sweet Onion Century Ride 3001 East First St., Vidalia, Ga. 30474 With five loops of varying lengths, cyclists are sure to find the stretch that suits them. The ride begins and ends in Vidalia and travels through five counties with nine rest stops along the way. Please call 912-538-8687 or visit www.letsride.net. May 8: Taste of Alpharetta Downtown Alpharetta, Ga. 30009 The Southeast’s premier dining festival celebrates its 23rd year in its new location in downtown Alpharetta. Dine at more than 50 restaurants in one night that has become an annual tradition for 50,000 foodies and festival-goers. Sample delicious appetizers, Appen Media Group • Lifestyles Answer Book™ 2013 entrees and desserts along downtown streets. Experience the culinary competition, cooking demonstrations and exhibits at the culinary arts and music stage. Play at the fun zone and party with metro radio stations. Participating restaurants will charge $1-3 per food sample. Free admission, parking and shuttles. Please visit www. awesomealpharetta.com. May 11: Mother’s Day Brunch at Callaway Gardens 17817 U.S. Highway 27, Pine Mountain, Ga. 31822 Surprise the most important lady in your life with a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch at Callaway Gardens. Mothers enjoying this brunch in the Plant Room will also receive a complimentary pass to enjoy Callaway Gardens, valid for the day. The Country Kitchen atop Pine Mountain serves Southern fare and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Please call 706-663-2281 or visit www. callawaygardens.com. May 10 – 11: 24th annual Colors Festival of Arts Historic Downtown Roswell Square, Ga. 30075 Fine Arts, original crafts, music and performing arts, children’s activities, festive foods and more. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day. Please visit visitroswellga.com. ▼ May 26: Roswell Memorial Day Ceremony 38 Hill St. Roswell, Ga. 30075 The Largest Memorial Day Ceremony in Georgia. In 1997, 12 patriotic individu- als came together to create a truly unique Memorial Day event; a non-political, noncommercial ceremony honoring veterans and the sacrifices they made in protecting freedom. That first ceremony attracted approximately 1,800 individuals. From that humble beginning came the Roswell Memorial Day Ceremony, an event which attracts about 6,000-7,000 people from throughout Georgia and the Southeast. Please visit www.roswellmemorialday.com. June June 7: Georgia Great Steak Cookoff and Young Chef Hamburger Cookoff East First Avenue, Hazlehurst, Ga. 31539 Grillmasters from across the state gather in Hazlehurst each June to compete for the $1,000 grand prize and bragging rights on who grills the best steak in the state. The event also includes the Young Chef Hamburger Cookoff for aspiring grillmasters. Please call 912-375-4543 or visit www.georgiagreatsteakcookoff.com. June 7 – 8: 15th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, Ga. 30075 The Flying Colors Butterfly Festival delights everyone all weekend at the Chattahoochee Nature Center when the air fills with the beating wings of hundreds of beautiful butterflies. Please visit www. chattnaturecenter.org. June 18 – 22: AthFest Music and Arts Festival 300 North Thomas St., Athens, Ga. 30601 Experience more than 150 bands on outdoor stages and in Athens’ renowned clubs during this massive four-day event. Original music, art, local film screenings and KidsFest provide entertainment for all ages. The Main Stage Area of AthFest is in front of the 40 Watt Club (285 West Washington St., Athens, Ga. 30601) and the Morton Theatre. Club crawl venues are located throughout downtown. This event was named a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society. Please call 706-357-4543 or visit www.athfest.com. June 20 – 21: Mountain Top Rodeo 65 R Ranch Road, Dahlonega, Ga. 30533 The 25th Annual Mountain Top Rodeo at R-Ranch in the Mountains will be a highlight on the rodeo circuit for the competitive action and the beautiful North Georgia location. The PCA-sanctioned rodeo begins at 8 p.m. each evening. Events include horse riding (bareback and saddle bronc), bull riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, break away roping, team roping and barrel racing. Featuring family entertainment, great food and vendors selling Western goods. Food vendors will sell fried green tomatoes, funnel cakes, corn dogs, hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecue, sausages, fried dill pickles, snow cones, cotton candy and more. Please call 706-864-6444 or visit www. mountaintoprodeo.com. July July 3: Ninth annual Fireworks Display Extravaganza 1605 Highway 61, Villa Rica, Ga. 30180 See the largest fireworks display in Northwest Georgia at the Villa Rica Civic Center and Sports Complex. Everyone in the family will enjoy live • 45 entertainment, concessions, games and the spectacular fireworks. Please call 770-459-7011 or visit www. villaricaparks.com. and Sept. 11. The Robin Lake Beach area as well as the gardens will be open. Please call 706-663-2281 or visit www. callawaygardens.com. July 4: Fourth of July Celebration Wills Park, 1835 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009 Celebrate Independence Day with family and friends at Wills Park. The City of Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Department will provide two free inflatables for children. The Alpharetta City Band will perform a medley of patriotic favorites. Serious Business, a local band, will take the stage to entertain the crowd with country and rock favorites. Food vendors will be in the park from 5-10 p.m. The spectacular fireworks display begins at dusk, regardless of the weather conditions. Visit www.awesomealpharetta.com. Sept. 6 – 7: Battle of Tunnel Hill Civil War Reenactment 215 Clisby Austin Road, Tunnel Hill, Ga. 30755 The Battle of Tunnel Hill Civil War Reenactment presents living history and battle action during this annual event held the weekend after Labor Day. Set on the historic grounds of the Clisby Austin House and adjacent to the Western and Atlantic Railroad Tunnel, the weekend brings to life the significant era of history during the War Between the States. Visitors can walk through the period encampments, talk with reenactors, shop in the sutler tents, and be eyewitness to the gun fire, cavalry charge and troops on the ground as they authentically depict the Civil War. A period ball with live music by the 8th Georgia Regiment Band is held on Saturday night with the warm sounds and graceful moves of reenactors as they engage in the social life of the 1860s. The ball is free and open to spectators. Please call 706-876-1571 or visit www. railroadtunnel.com. July 18 – 24: Georgia Mountain Fair 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee, Ga. 30546 The 64th annual Georgia Mountain Fair will be held at the historic Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in July. With firstclass musical performances, carnival rides and a glimpse into North Georgia’s rich history and culture, the fair provides something for everyone. Enjoy a flower show, country music, an exhibit hall and arts and crafts. The pioneer village, a replica of how the old mountain towns used to be, includes soap and hominy making, moonshine, quilting, a blacksmith shop and more. Please call 706-896-4191 or visit www.georgiamountainfairgrounds.com. September Sept. 1 and 11: Free Admission at Callaway Gardens 17800 U.S. Highway 27, Pine Mountain, Ga. 31822 Callaway Gardens is offering free admission Sept. 1 November Nov. 1: SteepleChase at Callaway Gardens 17800 U.S. Highway 27, Pine Mountain, Ga. 31822 A Callaway Gardens tradition on the first Saturday of every November, the Steeplechase features thoroughbreds racing through woodland surroundings, plus pony rides, a foxhound parade, a hat contest and more. Steeplechase beneficiaries include the nonprofit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation and its mission of environmental conservation, education and land stewardship. 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Many are from other Metro-Atlanta cities and even other states. “We know and love Roswell. We saw the strong need for quality restaurants ‘Beyond Canton Street’ - especially now that the surrounding areas see Roswell as a din- 2100. www.amicalolafallslodge.com or call 706-344-1500. permanent collections encompassing European art, African art, African-American art, 19th and 20th century art and modern and contemporary art, located 1280 Peachtree St. Northeast, Atlanta, Ga. 30309. Visit www.high.org/Atlanta or call 404-733-4400. Booth Western Art Museum Located in Cartersville, Ga., the museum focuses on American history and the American heritage – the good, bad and ugly. The museum is the second largest museum in Georgia and offers annual openings, exhibitions and lectures. Visit www.boothmuseum.org or call 770-387-1300. The Fox Theatre The historic venue, 660 Peachtree St. Northeast,, Atlanta, Ga. 30308, offers an enjoyable night for anyone looking to host a big event or enjoy a Broadway show. It is also registered as a National Historic Destination. Visit www. foxtheatre.org or call 404-881- Amicalola Falls State and Lodge Park The state park, 418 Amicalola Falls State Park Road, Dawsonville, Ga. 30534, houses the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast. The park also offers various hiking trails, campgrounds, lodging and a breathtaking view. Visit Fort McAllister Located at 3894 Fort McAllister Road in Richmond Hill, Ga. 31324, near Savannah, this is a preserved historical earthwork from the Civil War. It is conjoined by a museum that houses Civil War artifacts and other facilities. Call 1-800-864-7275 for more information. 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