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Salon Viv This one-stop beauty shop can not only use balayage highlights to give your locks a new hue, but can even correct DIY home hair coloring gone wrong. 227 Sandy Springs Pl. NE. SalonViv.com

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The Lash Lounge of Sandy Springs This location recently celebrated its one-year anniversary in April and was nominated for the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber’s small business of the year award. They offer everything from lash extensions to brow tinting.

These board-certified plastic surgeons have more than 25 years of cosmetic and reconstructive procedure experience. Their physicians stay up-to-date with technological advancements that aim to benefit the patient experience. 5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. AtlPlasticSurgeon.com

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Spectrum Home Repair From repairing leaky faucets to installing lighting and appliances, there is no job too small or too big for this team. (770) 864-9341 SpectrumNorthAtlanta.com BEST INTERIOR DESIGNER

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Sandy Springs Plumbing Xperts The pros here can tackle everything from emergency plumbing and water leaks to sewer and drain cleaning, odor detection, clogs and more. (404) 495-5074 SSPlumbingXperts.com

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Glazer Design & Construction, LLC. Since 1995, Randy Glazer has used his professional knowledge of design and construction to remodel all areas of the home from the kitchen and bathroom to the outdoors. 4167 Roswell Rd. NE. GlazerConstruction.com

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Since 1992, this group of personal injury trial lawyers has helped people deal with everything from car and pedestrian accidents to nursing home abuse and workers’ compensation. 352 Sandy Springs Cir. LawyersAtlanta.com

These sitters watch, walk, and entertain your pets while you are on vacation or at work all day. (404) 478-7206 Atlanta-Neighborhood-Pet-Sitters.Business.site BEST GROOMER

Perk-N-Pooch Sit down for a cup of coffee while your doggie gets a calming bath. 6690 Roswell Rd. Perk-N-Pooch.com BEST PET DAYCARE

BEST AUTO REPAIR

Magic Mike’s Automotive Have your car serviced by the same technicians trusted to maintain the Sandy Springs Police Department’s fleet of vehicles. 6560 Roswell Rd. NE. | (404) 252-0057 MagicMikesAutomotive.com see ad on p. 16

Fido Fido Dog Daycare & Boarding Sylman Battle and his daughter Marea White teamed up to open a place where dog owners can leave their “babies” while they are traveling for work or pleasure. 275 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE. FidoFido.com BEST VET

Chastain Wealth Management Founded by Larren Odom, the team here works to help its clients with everything from retirement and education planning to investment management and more. 7000 Central Pkwy. ChastainWealth.com

Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs For over 30 years, this trained staff has offered comprehensive medical, dental, diagnostic and surgical services in a state-of-the-art facility. 6023 Sandy Springs Cir. AHSandySprings.com

“Our two little ones had a blast and came home exhausted and smelling delicious.”—Kelly W. on Fido Fido Dog Daycare & Boarding

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BEST DOG PARK

Heritage Sandy Springs Take in the natural scenery and traverse the trails while walking your leashed pup all around this vibrant park. 6110 Blue Stone Rd. | (404) 851-9111 HeritageSandySprings.org

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Fulton County 4-H Zoonosis

Concourse Corporate Center Lawn 6:30pm Free entry Bring the whole family to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display and outdoor concert. SandySpringsGa.gov

8610 Roswell Rd. 4-9pm $25 Food and fashion pair perfectly at this event featuring live cooking demonstrations and tastings. TasteOfTheRunway.com/ Summer-2018

395 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE. 1pm Free entry, registration is required With help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kids ages 8 to 12 will learn healthy habits and how to become a Zoonotic Disease Detective. Facebook.com/FultonCo4HGa

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Concerts by the Springs: Electric Avenue

Tai Chi with Taian

World War I Lecture Series

Sandy Springs Branch 7-7:45pm Free entry Gently unwind with this 45-minute class aimed at practicing stretching, breathing, and meditation. FPLS.org

6110 Blue Stone Rd. 6:30pm Free entry Come learn with other history enthusiasts about the Great War from lecturer Render Davis. HeritageSandySprings.org

Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Celebration

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6110 Blue Stone Rd. 7-8:30pm Free entry Relax at Heritage Green while listening to hits from the ’80s performed by the cover band Electric Avenue. HeritageSandySprings.org

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NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes

8750 Roswell Rd. 8am-Noon Free entry Take part in this 2.5-mile walk in celebration of those who have achieved long-term recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. MaryHallFreedomHouse.org

Did You Know?

The Sandy Springs Police Department has a mobile crime scene investigation lab that includes a handheld metal detector, a Master Shake-N-Cast™ Impression Kit, and more.

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Locations vary 10am-4pm $20 in advance, $25 day-of event This self-guided tour features the best in kitchen, bath, and whole-home remodeling. AtlantaRemodelingTour.com

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Phidippides Fun Run Wednesdays

Cody Matlock & Friends Live

220 Sandy Springs Cir. 6:15-8pm Free entry Join this running group for a 3- to 5-mile jaunt around Sandy Springs. VisitSandySprings.org

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234 Hilderbrand Dr. 8:30pm-Midnight Free entry Head to Darwin’s Burgers & Blues for live music with lots of funk and soul influences. VisitSandySprings.org

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ts Calendar North Atlanta Voices Information Session 4945 High Point Rd. NE. 7pm Free entry Find out how you can share your vocal talents with this community chorus. NorthAtlantaVoices.org

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If you’re a fan of “The Vampire Diaries,” you might recognize Glenridge Hall, which served as the Salvatore Boarding House on the TV show.

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REI Backcountry Navigation 1414 Indian Tr. NW. 8am-2pm $60 for members, $70 for non-members Learn how to properly use a map and compass to navigate the outdoors. REI.com

SEPT. 8 Taj Mahal Trio Live

SEPT. 7-9 Fall Atlanta Home Show and Outdoor Living Expo Cobb Galleria Centre 10am-6pm on Friday, 10am-8pm on Saturday, 11am-5pm on Sunday $10 for adults, free for children 12 and under, and free for senior citizens Browse more than 300 home improvement businesses and speak with experts who are available to help you tackle your latest project. AtlantaHomeShow.com

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American Girl® and Boy Club

Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center 7pm Prices vary This award-winning artist will perform with multiple instruments including a guitar and a harmonica. CitySprings.com

4001 Powers Ferry Rd. NW. 10am-Noon Free entry Join North Fulton Master Gardeners at Farm Chastain to learn more about horticulture. ChastainParkConservancy.org

6075 Sandy Springs Cir. 10-11:30am $8 for members, $10 for non-members Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to bring their American Girl® doll and learn about the Civil Rights Movement through activities and stories of how Motown music inspired the African-American character, Melody. HeritageSandySprings.org

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EVERY SATURDAY

Flashlight Friday Night Urban Hike

Candela Latin Party

70 Abernathy Rd. NE. 8:30-9:30pm Free entry Gather the family and explore the surroundings of Abernathy Greenway Park. HeritageSandySprings.org

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8540 Roswell Rd. 7:45pm Free entry Join friends at CasAgave for a night of salsa lessons and live music by the Sudaka Latin Band. CasAgaveAtl.com

Did You Know?

Mercedes-Benz USA recently opened its headquarters in Sandy Springs. The 200,000-square-foot building holds 1,000-plus employees and features a coffee bar, fitness center, and outdoor playground.

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Egg Harbor Café

Darwin’s Burgers and Blues

What started as the dream of breakfast enthusiasts in 1985 has grown to over 20 locations and provides diners with hot meals from 6:30am-2pm daily. 5920 Roswell Rd. NE. EggHarborCafe.com

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Grub on handmade burgers like the Mammoth that comes with two patties, chili, and cheese. While there, jam to soulful blues tunes from live bands. 234 Hilderbrand Dr. DarwinsBurgers.com

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Pig-N-Chik BBQ This eatery doesn’t just serve up delicious barbecue, it also offers options like the smoked salmon special and half-priced meals on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays for kids ages 12 and under. 4920 Roswell Rd. | (404) 255-6368 PigNChik.net see ad on p. 22

For over 40 years, knowledgeable outdoor enthusiasts have helped customers with their sporting needs. Visit its paddle shack for stand-up paddleboarding lessons and rental equipment. 200 Morgan Falls Rd. HighCountryOutfitters.com

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Hammocks Trading Company Here, business partners Jason Sheetz and chef William Sigley offer Sandy Springs residents Southern- and Baja Californiainspired fare. Expect fresh fish, oysters, seafood platters and more. 7285 Roswell Rd. | (770) 395-9592 HammocksTradingCompany.com see ad on p. 24

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LeeBrant Watch and Jewelry Company

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For more than 25 years, this establishment has serviced everything from a Rolex to Cartier timepiece. Plus, its master jeweler repairs even the most intricate jewelry. 6690 Roswell Rd. LeeBrant.com

With kids constantly growing, keeping them in clothes that fit can be a challenge. Parents come here to exchange their children’s outgrown clothes for new sizes, styles and more. 5920 Roswell Rd. NE. OnceUponAChildNorthAtlanta.com

Recycle your wardrobe to get cash on the spot or store credit. Find current, vintage, and party styles here. Upon checkout, forgo a shopping bag and receive a 5-cent token to drop into a container to support a charity of your choice. 6500 Roswell Rd. NE. | (404) 497-0701 RagORama.com see ad on p. 16

BEST WINE/LIQUOR STORE

Total Wine & More Offering approximately 8,000 wine selections from a variety of regions, find your favorite bottle of vino and more here. 124 Perimeter Center W. TotalWine.com

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Ship & Anchor Pub Brush up on your British slang (the menus are filled with fun words like gormless, which means clueless) and be gobsmacked by the flavorful Bangers & Mash. 5975 Roswell Rd. NE. | (404) 256-3550 DunwoodyRestaurantGroup.com/ ShipAndAnchor see ad on p. 22

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Keeping Sandy Springs Beautiful

Enhancing the quality of life for its patients is the No. 1 goal of

Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging.

Led by certified anti-aging and regenerative medicine expert, Dr. Monte Slater, and his wife, Gail, men and women turn to this practice to restore their youthful glow and vitality. By Stacy Moser

S

andy Springs resident Dr. Monte Slater has built his career on fighting the effects of aging.

He and his wife of 36 years, Gail, established the Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging on Roswell Road 11 years ago. They built the business together—he’s a successful surgeon and she is a marketing expert—and their goal is to dramatically change their clients’ lives for the better. “We want to optimize and revitalize, to expand our patients’ quality of life while they grow older. That’s for women and men alike. We believe you can look and feel beautiful at any age,” says Dr. Slater.

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One of the main reasons I got into this is that, as an ob-gyn, I was dealing with patients where I sensed an undercurrent of dissatisfaction. A lot of women just weren’t happy about how they felt and looked after the childbirth experience and as they progressed through life and into and beyond menopause. So I decided to explore the anti-aging and aesthetics side of medicine. Once I experienced the ability to make people feel better about themselves, inside and out, my interest grew. I realized that this was a big need for a lot of people! It all boils down to this—I love going to work in the morning knowing I’m going to make people feel so much better about themselves by the end of the day.

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can look and feel beautiful at any age.” —Dr. Monte Slater

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One of our top treatments right now is Dream Body Sculpting, which involves absolutely no downtime and doesn’t hurt. This treatment is exclusive to our clinic and is noninvasive. It basically destroys fat cells and also tightens skin. We are super excited to offer immediate guaranteed results to our patients. We also offer The Vivace Experience™, which combines micro-needling and radio frequency to turn back the clock and restore that youthful glow as it tones and tightens the skin. We also find that a lot of women struggle with urinary incontinence. V-Lase® and our other modern feminine rejuvenation techniques address these issues with great success. We also offer pain-free laser hair removal for all ethnicities. These treatments really are groundbreaking stuff.

Turning the Light Back On Clinical Director Gail Slater talks about what brings patients in their clinic’s door. “When a 47-year-old woman, who isn’t sleeping and doesn’t feel like herself, comes to us for help, we know her ‘inner light’ is on a dimmer switch. We balance her hormones so she

What makes your approach to aesthetics unique?

feels better internally. Then, we

My approach focuses on helping women and men take control of their lives. This practice is devoted to procedures and treatments that have little to no downtime. Gail and I consult with patients together. We try to personalize everything. Like she says, people want things explained by someone who is passionate. Everyone L-R (back row): Kibby Pearce, Stanasha Goodwin, Vianka Garza, Christina Perez, Cassie Draper. on our staff has a very upbeat, (front row): Gail Slater, Dr. Monte Slater. nurturing personality. We are there to create long-lasting relationships with our patients and to make them feel cared for.

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focus on aesthetic treatments so she feels better externally. It’s like

Behind your polished medical-doctor persona lives a rocker with his own band—the Slater House Band. Yes, we’ve even produced a music video and it’s posted on YouTube! We perform a song I wrote called ‘How Handsome Dan Became a Zombie.’ It was a lot of fun. The video features my whole family, with my daughter, Breanna, as the lead singer and my son, Cameron, on guitar and drums. I played guitar and bass. We are known amongst our friends and family for how much we love music. We host an annual Slater-Palooza at our home, where we take all the furniture out and get different bands to come in and go wild. We’re lucky because in Atlanta there are so many concert venues we can visit. Then, we hit some of our favorite local restaurants like Mirko Pasta and 10 Degrees South. SlaterMD.com, 4840 Roswell Rd. NE., Bldg. D #100, 770-777-7707 The content for this article is brought to you by Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging.

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bright. Then, she goes home and her spouse sees the difference in her and he comes to us wanting treatments too!”

No Downtime “Many treatments are super quick, noninvasive, and require no downtime at home.”

Results Right Away “Our clients see a difference and reduce their size that very day.”

No Ouch Factor “We’re always looking to provide pain-free treatments, offering the most comfort—and with great results.”

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rian F. Durkin has spent most of his life making choices that didn’t make much sense to his friends and family. His father, a successful businessman, hoped his

son would follow in his footsteps, but Brian had different ideas. Now, he’s a TV and film actor on the rise, playing bad cop Turk Franklin in the recent “SuperFly” remake, shot in Atlanta, and deputy Prentiss Oakley in Netflix’s “The Highwaymen,” starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson, to be released in October 2018. When you ask Brian what lured him to the actor’s studio, he tells a poignant story about a pivotal moment when he was 13 years old. “I was cast as Jesus in our church production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar.’ But I had a huge fear of falling off this big cross in the last scene. So the day before the play, I backed out—because of fear, straight fear. When I watched the understudy do the play and saw the crowd’s amazing reaction, I was devastated,” he recounts. “It pissed me off for the next 13 years! I knew I had the itch to act. I said to my family, ‘I have to do this.’ Backing out as Jesus did it for me.”

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Far from an overnight success, Brian paid his dues for nine years in Los Angeles, moving there after college in 2001 to study acting. “I met my wife, Mary Catherine, there and we decided we wanted to raise our kids in the South. The film industry is huge in Atlanta, so we moved back to Sandy Springs.” He says he was down on his luck at one point and spent 14 months without landing a gig. “I’d had some surgeries on my back and went to The Welch Martial Art Experience—they guided me through the healing process.” He says he didn’t just gain physical health there, “I found energy and learned to go with my gut—it grounded me.” He enjoys taking his kids, Wiley and Samuel, there for its Juniors Martial Art classes, then he treats them to pizza at Mellow Mushroom. He says with satisfaction, “I’m finally at a point where it’s nice to feel like the work is paying off.” BFDurkin.com

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CALL FOR YOUR COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION

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Madigan McGillicuddy L I B R A R I A N • P O S T- I T N O T E P R O • H I K E R By Stacy Moser

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adigan McGillicuddy presides over the stacks at the Sandy Springs Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. As branch manager, Madigan oversees the circulation of about 20,000 books per month—her branch welcoming nearly 1,200 visitors per day. Now, due to funds from a bond

measure, the branch is poised to receive a face-lift. The building’s renovation, which has begun, will include basics like a new roof and HVAC system as well as technological innovations like a radio frequency identification system that allows patrons to check out books with a scanner. “And when they pop books in the book drop, blip! The books will instantly come off your account,” Madigan says.

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The masterminds behind the renovation strongly considered the needs of the neighborhood. Community input meetings coupled with Madigan’s own interactions with library visitors have shaped the plans. “I get requests all the time from people who need a place to make a cellphone call or a place for a Skype job interview. This building wasn’t built for that type of use. Now we will be able to accommodate that,” she says.

“THEY’RE NOT MAKING THE BUILDING BIGGER,” SHE SAYS. “BUT IT WILL FEEL BIGGER BECAUSE OF THE WAY IT WILL BE LAID OUT.”

When Madigan is out and about in Sandy Springs, where her husband grew up, she says they love to go to The John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest Preserve for a hike, followed by a visit to Hammocks Trading Company, on Roswell Road, for their 3-year-old daughter’s favorite “Backyard S’Mores” dessert. “They bring out a little flame and you can toast your own s’mores!” And when you do visit the renovated library, which will close in early August and reopen in February 2019, don’t let Madigan catch you dog-earing the pages of a library book—that’s one of her biggest pet peeves. “I can’t stand it! Use bookmarks or Post-it notes, people!” she laughs. AFPLS.org

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She says that her favorite part of the renovation, however, will be the reallocation of interior space. “They’re not making the building bigger,” she explains. “But it will feel bigger because of the way it will be laid out.” When asked why space is an issue, Madigan eagerly lists the library’s many popular programs—all of which must be squeezed into nooks and crannies throughout the building. “We offer all sorts of classes—yoga, safe driver, Tai Chi, Spanish, ESL.” Groups and classes compete for space with others who seek an area to study or those who work from home and need room for a group meeting.

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2018 FALL/WINTER

Good-For-You Getaways •Mountains •Lakes •Rivers •Coast

Great Destinations in the Southeast to Rejuvenate, Relax and Have Fun! By Jennifer Colosimo

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nce the temperatures dip, the allure of indoor fun intensifies, and a short drive from the city opens up countless opportunities to avoid cabin fever and keep the entire family loving life and each other while staying adequately entertained. Here’s your guide for where to go in the Southeast and what to do when you get there.

Start by checking off the state’s best museums with a stroll through the High Museum of Art, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, and Fernbank Museum of Natural History. You’ll also want to tour the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville or experience the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum in St. Marys. You often don’t have to go far to include these educational stops on your vacation itinerary.

Celebrate on the Lake Lake Lanier (and its surrounding towns) includes numerous family-friendly farms with pumpkins, hayrides and u-pick crops along with petting zoos and craft tables and plenty of rentable cabins to cozy up in during seasonal festivals. Plus, the entire family can enjoy holiday highlights during Magical Nights of Lights at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. Find a bevy of fall fun around Lake Allatoona, with costume contests, parades, avid bird watching and more surrounding its 12,000 acres of lake. Nearby Barnsley Resort provides a season full of fun such as signature holiday dining, lights and wreath-making workshops in December, as well as horseback riding through the changing leaves, toasting s’mores over an open fire, enjoying football, lawn games and craft brews in the outdoor Beer Garden or joining in on a Saturday Artisan’s Workshop, featuring a different local artisan every weekend.

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In Georgia, the lake life doesn’t stop when the weather turns cooler. In fact, if you’ve got the right itinerary and a dose of holiday spirit, the entertainment actually ramps up.

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In North Georgia, revel in picturesque fall-hued vistas, don coats and grab hot chocolate mugs when strolling through the holiday lights festival at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee or indulge in the holiday buffets and craft shows at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa.

Cooler on the Coast Just because the swimsuits are packed away doesn’t mean the beach is out. In fact, much of the drivable coastline for Georgians offers plenty of cool-weather calendar choices.

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Alabama’s beaches serve up small-town charm with ample entertainment. From Orange Beach and Gulf Shores to Perdido Key, soak up a vivid arts scene, maritime history, adventure parks and one of the most adorable zoos you’ll ever visit. End any day at the famous Flora-Bama Lounge for

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cocktails and five stages of live music and fun. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee Along Florida’s 30A, you’ll find some of the most sought-after residences in spots like Destin and Sandestin, Panama City Beach and Grayton Beach, Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach, Seagrove and Seaside. Attend one of the food, wine or holiday festivals, or take advantage of an area where the golf season never really ends.

Often the holiday season inspires a sense of giving, and several resorts have answered the call for a growing voluntourism trend. Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Fla. offers Disneyfaring families a way to give back during their trip, helping in a storybook resort created for sick children and their own families.

Escape to The Mountains Snow or shine, valleys and peaks, day hikes or the Appalachian Trail, the mountains provide bucket-list-worthy stops to schedule any vacation around.

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Just outside of Athens, Georgia in historic Greene County, Lake Oconee offers cozy campgrounds, golfing, nature walks, a renowned food and wine festival, a fall Rhythm & Brews concert and more. Christmas at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee includes breakfast with Santa Claus, holiday lights on the lake and a life-sized gingerbread house.

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Small-town vibes draw travelers to cities like Blairsville, Helen, and Hiawassee in Georgia, North Carolina’s Hayesville, Franklin and more. Apple picking runs into the early part of the fall in North Georgia, with stops like Mercier Orchards or B.J. Reece Orchards. Ski, board and tube throughout North Carolina at Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain Resort and Appalachian Ski Mtn., or venture farther north into West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain. Trade equipment for hiking boots to explore picturesque hikes, such as North Georgia’s easy uphill Brasstown Bald trek. Off the hiking path, Asheville invites you to fill your itinerary with eclectic eats, brewery tours and the Biltmore Estate. One state over, Chattanooga is a classic destination with stops like Lookout Mountain, Rock City and more. If do-it-yourself is the key to holiday happiness, start your Christmas tree trimming from scratch and visit Hunter’s Christmas Tree Farm in Milton or take a trip to North Carolina to cut down your own.

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The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

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The Pearl Hotel

Rosemary Beach, Florida ThePearlRB.com | (855) 969-3303 This award-winning boutique hotel boasts private balconies with views of the Gulf of Mexico, contemporary décor, upscale spa products, and amenities including complimentary beach setups, in addition to a menu comprised of locally sourced food.

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