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Relocation, Lifestyle & Living in Atlanta

February/March 2013

First-Rate Dining Discover Some of Atlanta’s Best Restaurants Plus!

Romantic Retreats Six Georgia Getaways

Summer Camps

Choosing the Right One

Housing Forecast

Is Now the Best Time to Buy?

Perfect Pet Care

Finding Vets, Trainers and More

February/March CONTENTS FEATURES Perfect Pet Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Atlanta’s Best Restaurants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Finding the most reliable care for your pets is an essential part of any move. Find out how to to make the right choice for your four-legged friends.

From outdoor activities to academics, cooking and more, summer camps have many ways to entertain and educate your child.

Atlanta is home to many top-class restaurants. Our introduction to the city’s dining scene includes great choices for Valentine’s Day, family dinners, Sunday brunch and more.

Finding a Summer Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Romantic Georgia Getaways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 From mountains to beaches, gardens to historic buildings, Georgia is full of destinations where sparks are sure to fly.




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In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

The inside scoop on news, events and happenings around Atlanta.

Homes & Communities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

A comprehensive guide to help you find your way before, during and after your move, including counties, neighborhoods, relocation tips, a map to Metro Atlanta and much more.

Experts say now is the perfect time to buy a new home in Atlanta. We tell you where to start and offer some helpful advice.

Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Neighborhood Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Get caught up on the best exhibitions, theatrical productions, special events and live music across the metro area.

Grant Park is filled with historic homes, great restaurants and some of Atlanta’s most beloved landmarks, including Zoo Atlanta and Turner Field.

Hidden Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

School Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Less than an hour away from Atlanta, Braselton’s Chateau Elan resort offers an oasis of wine, recreation and luxurious pampering.

Rabun Gap-Nacoochee, a boarding school in Rabun Gap, Ga., strives to provide a high-quality, individualized education for children from diverse economic backgrounds.

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Imagination in Drawing inspiration from nature’s ever-changing imagery, Botanica creates a spellbinding world of dance, illusion and wonder. Through a mix of costumes, projections, puppetry and props—not to mention the breathtaking choreography of the world-renowned company MOMIX—the show explores the rhythms and beauty of the seasons and the evolutionary dance of life. Feb. 2 at the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech. For tickets and other information, call 404-894-9600 or visit

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Step back into a bygone era and experience the excitement of old-school circus thrills as the Big Apple Circus presents its latest show, LEGENDARIUM. This 35th-anniversary production features beauties, daredevils and clowns from another time, giving modern-day audiences an up-close look at gravity-defying trapeze flips, agile acrobatics, high-wire escapades and other sights from the early days of timeless circus traditions. Feb. 1-18 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. For tickets, call 888-541-3750 or visit

One for the Record Books Thirty-three local children helped make history recently by participating in Guinness World Record Day at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Phipps Plaza. Builders in eight cities across the globe set the world record for the largest toy construction lesson, successfully building a LEGO Christmas train at the same time on the same day. Armintie Price and Lindsey Harding of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream served as official timekeepers for the event. 8 | Newcomer Magazine |

Vampires are all over the place these days, but the original bloodsucker remains far and away the most compelling. And you’ve never seen his story unfold quite the way it does in the Atlanta Ballet’s Dracula, a darkly seductive production featuring atmospheric sets, rich costume design and a stirring score performed live by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Feb. 8-16 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. For tickets and other information, call 800-745-3000 or visit PHOTO: Kim Kenney/Courtesy of the Atlanta Ballet

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More than 400 athletic-minded kids and adults participated in the Bedford Dasher 5K and Elf Run on Dec. 8. The event was a fundraiser for the Bedford School for children with learning disabilities, located in Fairburn, Ga. In other news, the Sophia Academy Eagles won the Atlanta Private Athletic Conference championship in boys and girls soccer during their first year competing in the sport, while fielding only 11 players—the absolute minimum allowed. Congratulations to all involved!

What a Feeling

Showcasing more than 75 works by the late Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera (including “Sunflowers,” above), Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting showcases two of the most revered artists of the 20th century, exploring their work within the political and artistic contexts of their time. The High Museum of Art will be the only U.S. venue for this exhibit, which runs Feb. 14 through May 12. For tickets and other information, call 404-733-5000 or visit

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On On Dec. 4, 1956, producer Sam Phillips convened the biggest musical supergroup in history as Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis jammed together for the first and only time. The Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Million Dollar Quartet brings that magical night to life with electrifying performances of such classics as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Great Balls of Fire” and “Hound Dog.” March 12-17 at the Fox Theatre. For tickets, call 855-285-8499 or visit

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Based on the hit film about a woman’s quest to become a professional dancer, Flashdance the Musical pulsates with unforgettable choreography and an invigorating soundtrack, including the Academy Award-winning title song “Flashdance … What a Feeling.” This energetic production follows the inspirational story of Alex Owens, who toils in a steel mill by day while chasing her dream to attend the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy. Feb. 5-10 at the Fox Theatre. For tickets, call 855-285-8499 or visit | Newcomer Magazine | 9



Finding the Best Provider for Your Pet By Susan Flowers

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but most of the time, it’s better to meet. The client and the vet need to be able to meet during the exam particularly.” During your visit, make sure the facility meets your needs. “Every practice doesn’t offer the same things,” Smith says. “Some pet owners might require boarding, grooming, bathing, dentistry and surgery or hospitalization. Do they have their own X-ray machine?” And take note of the cleanliness of the facility. “Extreme odor is not a good thing,” Smith says.

Moving to a new city usually means finding new doctors, dentists, daycare facilities and other essential providers. If you’re a pet owner, similar tasks loom when it comes to your furry family members—and you want to make sure that you’re getting the most reliable and ethical care for your animal companions. Following the advice below should make the transition a little easier for both you and your pets.

Grooming, Boarding and Doggie Daycare

Veterinary Care Whether for routine care or treatment of serious illnesses, choosing the right medical services for your pet can be one of the most important decisions you make. Dr. Michael Smith of Beaver Crossing Animal Hospital in Lilburn suggests that you start with personal referrals. But be choosy about whom you ask. “Ask a neighbor who not only has a dog, but takes good care of their dog, playing with it, interacting with it, walking it,” he says. Once you’ve settled on a potential provider or two, schedule a visit to determine your rapport with the vet and his or her staff—and your pet’s rapport as well. Beaver Crossing tells potential new clients that they’re welcome to schedule a meet-and-greet appointment to assess the client’s level of comfort with the operation.

“Are they greeting and meeting you properly?” Smith asks. “Is the vet willing to meet with you? Some folks do everything out of sight, and the technicians act as the liaison between the client and the vet. In certain instances, the pets do better when the owner is out of the room,

For services that may require you to leave your pet behind, asking the right questions is even more important. After all, it’s not as if your dog or cat can tell you whether he or she had a good or bad experience while out of your sight. If your pet requires grooming on a regular basis, your search can be made easier with a few simple questions. Aside from inquiring about a groomer’s experience and certification, “probably the most important thing is to ask how many dogs they do a day,” says Barry Bourgeois, a nationally certified Master Groomer and owner of Canine House of Style in Atlanta. Be wary of someone who claims to routinely groom more than seven or eight dogs in a day— especially if they claim to groom 15 or 20 dogs a day, or that they have no limit. “There’s no way to be gentle and do a good job if you’re going that fast,” Bourgeois says. A high-volume groomer can also produce a stressful environment for your dog, as too many animals in one space make so much noise that the other dogs become nervous, he adds. Doggie daycare can be a great way to socialize your dog and make sure he or she gets plenty of exercise while you’re at work. And many vets and other providers offer boarding for different occasions, as well. As with any other service, it pays to know what to look for ahead of time. When screening potential daycare centers, start by asking about the maximum number of dogs per caregiver. “You don’t want any more than 10 to 12 dogs per person,” Bourgeois says. The Pet Care Services Association recommends one staffer per 15 dogs, although one person for every 10 dogs is preferred when dealing with more active pets. X | Newcomer Magazine | 11

Mixing large and small dogs is also generally not a good idea, Bourgeois says. In addition, make sure the provider separates dogs by age, activity level and other traits. With a daycare or boarding facility, treat the screening process much as you would when selecting a daycare center or school for your child. Is the staff screened and properly educated? Is there proper supervision at all times? Are there adequate security and emergency measures in place? The same process applies if you’re hiring a pet sitter to stay with or check in on your dog or cat while you’re away. Check for sitters who are bonded and insured and are members of a professional pet-sitting organization. Be sure to meet the sitter in person, and ask for references.

Finding a Trainer Once you’ve found a new vet, you’ve also found a good source of recommendations for a trainer. Certified Master Trainer Ashleigh Kinsley suggests asking friends and searching the Internet for trainers with positive reviews. “It’s important to find a reputable, experienced trainer with good references,� she says.

If you’re trying to address behavior problems, you may wish to stay away from group classes. Always ask about a trainer’s experience, accreditation and certifications, as well as whether the trainer offers any sort of guarantee. Ask whether training includes the owner as well as the dog. If you’re trying to address behavior problems, you may wish to stay away from group classes.

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If the trainer has a facility, he or she should be willing to let you see it. Reluctance to schedule a visit to tour the facility should be a red flag. Other warning signs include lack of certification, lack of references or numerous bad references. With a little research and the right questions, you’re that much closer to finding the right providers for your four-legged friend, and Atlanta should feel like home for you both in no time.


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oving is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. But with a little preparation, your move to a new city doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you’re relocating for work or just need a change of scenery, here are a few tips to help you keep your sanity.

Make a List There are so many things to do when moving to a new city that it can be difficult to keep track of them all. Sit down and write out a checklist of everything you need to take care of, from logistical issues down to the smallest personal detail: Has your company hired a mover, or do you need to find one? Do you have everything you need to enroll your child in his or her new school? How are you going to transport the family pet?

Get the Lay of the Land Buy a travel guide and bookmark online resources to help you get to know your new home. Once you’re there, take some time to walk around your new neighborhood. Spend a weekend driving to and from work and familiarizing yourself with major roads, highways and landmarks.

Do Your Homework If you’re moving with your family, make sure to educate yourself on the area’s schools, as well as the best neighborhoods for kids. You should also learn which services—water, electricity, sanitation—are provided by the city. Lastly, don’t forget to look into nearby parks, restaurants, theaters and other amenities for ways to spend your downtime. For additional tips and information to help you before and after your move, visit and find us on Facebook (Newcomer Magazine) and Twitter (@NewcomerAtlanta).


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BUYING A HOME in Atlanta Why Now Is the Perfect Time

By Kevin Forest Moreau


f you’re dreading your impending move to the Atlanta area because of the current economic situation, you’re hardly alone. The real estate market is still recovering from the recession, and many homeowners who would otherwise be selling are holding back, resulting in fewer homes on the market. But that cloud presents a silver lining for potential buyers. “There are still a lot of uncertainties in the current economy,” says Steve Palm, president of SmartNumbers, which provides statistics, analysis and forecasting for real estate brokers, developers and banking professionals. “But you can absolutely get good deals.”

The fact is, this is the ideal time to buy a home in Atlanta. “Interest rates are at an all-time low and affordability is at an all-time high,” says Kathy Connelly, senior vice president of corporate services for Prudential Georgia Realty. What’s more, “it’s actually less expensive to buy right now than it is to rent, in many cases,” Connelly says. According to the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, “the biggest divide between rents and prices, both over the last year and the last three years, has been in Atlanta. … prices have continued falling in the last three years, even as equivalent rents in Atlanta have been rising slightly.” || Newcomer Newcomer Magazine Magazine || 15

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“Interest rates are at an all-time low and affordability is at an all-time high.” — Kathy Connelly, Prudential Georgia Realty to be better than purchasing new-construction homes” in the short term, says Connelly. But Ellis adds that new home sales have been increasing at a steady rate, and “we should see that increase in 2013. There’s reason for optimism there if you’re selling homes.” So where should you concentrate your search if you’re looking to move to the area? And where are the deals? Ellis points to proven areas such as north Fulton, Cobb County and the southern part of Forsyth County. And as always, prices get more attractive if you’re willing to look a little further out. “You can still pick up a good deal in East Paulding, southern Henry or southern Hall County,” Palm says. But the good news is that for the most part, good values aren’t restricted to any particular area. “I think we’re seeing a pretty broad demand across the city,” Connelly says. “There’s good value all around,” Ellis agrees, adding that “everything depends on where you work and where you want to live.” “For someone looking to move within a specific timeline, then the urgency of that and the number of available properties are going to dictate [where you live],” Connelly says. “Newcomers to the area also usually have school considerations and things like that to take into account,” she adds. 18 | Newcomer Magazine |

Be Patient Another thing to take into account, the experts agree, is that a good price doesn’t necessarily equal a good investment—or the right home for your family. “With a short sale or a foreclosure, for instance, on the surface, it may look like a great deal,” Connelly says. “But it’s safe to assume that if people aren’t making mortgage payments, they may not be maintaining the property, either. If a buyer is getting a home for the right price, they may decide it’s worth it to make repairs. But all of that needs to be taken into consideration.” “Make sure to understand your market. Do your research and be patient,” Palm advises, noting that if you don’t see a deal right away, more are likely to appear soon. Many people wait until the end of winter to put their homes up for sale. “We’ll get a lot of homes coming on the market in the spring,” he says. And as the market improves, more and more sellers who haven’t been willing to risk taking a loss will become encouraged and enter the market, Connelly says. Above all, she adds, a home is only really a good investment if it fits your desired quality of life. “We always tell people, don’t just buy because it’s a great value,” she says. “You have to make sure it fits your lifestyle needs or it’s not going to be a great value.”


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stablished in 1895, Grant Park is housed in the heart of Atlanta and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Named after Lemuel P. Grant, who helped bring the railroad to Atlanta, it houses some of the city’s most beloved landmarks, and its craftsman cottages and Victorian architecture are sought out by both families and young professionals.

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Grant Park is home to many Victorian-era homes, with prices ranging between from the $200,000s to the $400,000s. Oakland Park (404-6880300) boasts energy-efficient condos from the $190s to the $360s. Condos at the mixed-use Jane at Grant Park development (404-8653877) range from the $360s to the $480s. The Mattress Factory Lofts (404-659-7988) offer affordable, spacious studios and one- and twobedroom homes with breathtaking city views. The one- and two-bedroom apartments at the Burnett at Grant Park (404-635-1234) feature washer-dryers and stainless steel appliances.

Local Treasures The Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum (404-658-7625) presents a rotating panorama of the 1864 Battle of Atlanta; at 42 feet tall and 358 feet in circumference, it’s said to be the largest painting in the world. Oakland Cemetery (404-688-2107) is filled with beautiful mausoleums and sculptures, winding paths and an oasis of green space. Turner Field (404-5227630), the home of the Atlanta Braves, features the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame.

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Doc Chey’s (404-688-4238) serves appetizing noodle bowls and stir-frys. Chef Ria Pell, winner of the most recent season of the television

competition “Chopped,” oversees Ria’s Bluebird (404-521-3737), a character-filled breakfast joint famous for its fluffy pancakes and delicious omelets. If you’re looking for a jolt, visit Octane Coffee at the Jane (404-815-9886) for fresh French press coffee and sweets from Little Tart Bakeshop. Tin Lizzy’s (404-554-8220) dishes out tasty soups, salads, tacos and quesadillas along with frosty margaritas. Locals flock to the Republic Social House (404-577-3997) for salads, sandwiches, wings and an impressive rooftop deck. Six Feet Under (404-523-6664) boasts its own deck, plus a bounty of seafood options. Grant Central Pizza (404-523-8900) is the preferred spot for pies and pasta. Daddy D’z BBQ Joynt (404-222-0206) serves huge portions of savory barbecue.

Arts and Entertainment Grant Park (404-521-0938), from which the area takes its name, is the city’s oldest surviving park. Zoo Atlanta (404-624-9453) is home the country’s largest collections of orangutans and gorillas, and is one of only a handful of zoos displaying giant pandas. There are more than 1,500 species on the 40-acre grounds. Each August, the Summer Shade Festival (404-521-0938) features food vendors, live music, art vendors, a 5K run and a fine food and wine event. N

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Choosing the Right Fit for Your Child By Daniel Beauregard

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ABOVE: High Meadows Summer Day Camp stresses outdoor activities and learning new skills. LEFT: Campers at the Children’s School’s Camp Discovery.

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children independence and how to rely on themselves away from the comforts of home. Day camps, meanwhile, “are a good choice for children and parents who are not completely comfortable being apart for an extended amount of time and for kids who might have other evening or weekend obligations,” he says. Once you’ve decided which type of camp is best for your child’s age and development, there are a great many options to choose from—many of them specializing in a particular pursuit, such as academics, dance or even circus arts.

systems, but it also boasts a wealth of summer camps to keep your children engaged during their summer vacation. Each year, more theme camps for young chefs or aspiring writers pop up alongside traditional day camps. With dozens of options to choose from, the time to start investigating is now.


our first choice is to decide whether to send your child to a day camp or an overnight camp. The difference between these two types of camps boils down to much more than whether your child comes home at the end of the day.

Traditional Summer Camps

“Overnight camps are great for kids who are comfortable being away from home and family, who make friends easily, adapt well and are excited about new situations and adventures,” says John Dovic, camp director for High Meadows Summer Day Camp. These camps teach

When most of us think of summer camp, we envision a strong focus on outdoor activities, such as swimming, archery or canoeing. High Meadows Summer Day Camp offers a traditional camp setting focused on the outdoors and experiential learning, in which campers learn about subjects through direct, hands-on | Newcomer Magazine | 23

experience. High Meadows, which accepts children ages 3 through 15, offers a range of activities including arts and crafts, woodworking, drama and more. Over a three-week session, campers explore new activities, grow and achieve success. “If they’ve never shot a bow and arrow before, by the end of three weeks they’ll certainly have picked up some skill,” Dovic says. Traditional camps give children time to explore their hidden talents and broaden their horizons. And in today’s fast-paced world, it’s important for them to learn that there’s more to life than staring at a computer screen. “We really want the kids to disconnect from a lot of the electronic things that they’re learning in their typical day,” he says.

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ferent cultures. At Camp Discovery, the Children’s School’s day camp, young children tackle art projects, conduct science experiments, go on weekly field trips and follow themed curricula, such as Kreative Kids, an exploration of product development, design, marketing and advertising. Budding Einsteins can attend the Big Thinkers summer day camp, which introduces children to the world of science through a series of experiments, demonstrations and hands-on activities. The Bedford School’s Squirrel Hollow day camp is both academic and recreational. Students with learning disabilities between the ages of 6 and 16 receive instruction in reading, math and other areas to ensure that they don’t struggle during the coming school year. They also participate in recreational activities and work on building their social skills. “The students are able to get the academic help they need and the exercise they enjoy,” says Betsy Box, camp director and founder of the Bedford School.

Children need to learn that there’s more to life than staring at a computer screen.

Other camps allow students to supplement their education by getting ahead or catching up on certain subjects. The Darlington School in Rome, Ga., offers a number of themed camps, including Reading Rockets, which helps students

develop their academic skills and become independent readers, and Intercultural Camp, which helps ESL students build their English language skills while learning about cooperation and dif-

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Pursuing Your Passion Other camps afford children the opportunity to pursue a particular interest or passion. The Atlanta Young Writers Institute (AYWI), a nonprofit organization that fosters and develops the skills of adolescent writers, hosts a week-long writing workshop for seventh- and eighth-graders and a two-week intensive writing course for high school students. “We also have professional writers visit the classes and do team-building because we want to build a sense of real community among students,” says founder Leslie Quigless. Themed camps at the Darlington School include Artistic Expressions, an exploration of music, drama and arts and crafts, along with a musical theater camp and camps focused on cheerleading, fencing, tennis and other athletic activities. Participants at Circus Camp explore their creativity while learning about circus, performing and visual arts, with activities including juggling, magic, acrobatics and more. The Young Chefs Academy (YCA) hosts camp sessions centered on such themes as baking with chocolate or Cupcakepalooza, in which students tackle savory and sweet cupcake recipes. The camp caters to a wide age range, from high school students to 4-year-olds.

When considering a camp, speak to an administrator or camp director, and ask the same kind of questions you would ask of a potential school. “Who are the counselors?” asks Dovic. “What is the camp’s philosophy? Do the camp policies and procedures match parent expectations?” Armed with the right information, you’re sure to find the right match for your child, and enroll them in a summer camp experience that’s both enriching and life-changing.

ASK AROUND Five things to ask friends and staff before signing off on a summer camp:

“Even at the age of 4 and 5, a lot of kids love to participate in the kitchen in some way, shape or form,” says YCA’s Jennifer Fox.

Making Your Decision Once you’ve decided on the best kind of camp for your child, it’s time to narrow down your options. Referrals from other parents are a good start, and a little Internet research is crucial. The American Camp Association’s website ( is a great resource, with more than 2,400 accredited camps.


PHOTOS: Courtesy of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School


Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School

Quality, Accessible Education for All Students By Susan Flowers


alf of its roughly 350 students live on campus, but Rabun GapNacoochee School doesn’t fit the stereotypical image of a boarding school. That’s because Rabun Gap, as it’s known, is committed to making education available to children of all different racial and economic backgrounds. “We are unusual in the fact that we have a real commitment to financial aid, and a large percentage of our students are on financial aid,” says Head of School Dr. Anthony Sgro. “We aim to have an institution where any child of any socioeconomic level can access a quality education.” Rabun Gap educates children of wealthy parents as well as children from less fortunate environments, Sgro says. One quarter of Rabun Gap students are international, representing 23 countries, Sgro says. Rabun Gap prides itself on a challenging academic environment, with 100 percent college placement for graduates. When students have completed Rabun Gap’s Advanced Placement offerings, they work one-on-one with faculty members in research courses, maximizing their educational opportunities. A key factor in the school’s academic success, Sgro says, is a focus on catering educational offerings to each child. Knowing each student’s strengths and weaknesses, “We’re able to meet them where they are and help them and really work with them, whether that’s on an accelerated or remedial level. We pride ourselves on being small enough that we know the kids really well,” he says. In addition, Rabun Gap is committed to the spiritual and personal development of its students through its chapel program, fine arts offerings and extracurricular activities. In the arts, students are able to participate in dance,

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drama, music and the visual arts, as well as the school’s nationally recognized Cirque program. Athletic activities include soccer, football, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, track and cross country, swimming, wrestling and softball. The school also stresses the importance of helping others through programs emphasizing environmental stewardship and community service, as well as tending to the school community through the Rabun Gap Work program. Tuition ranges from $16,150 for day students to $40,850 for boarding students. The school works with families to clarify the financial aid process and explain financing options, such as payment plans. It’s this commitment to accessibility that helps make Rabun Gap one of the most affordable independent schools in the nation, says Director of Communications Fran Hawkins. Approximately 70 percent of the school’s students received nearly $3.5 million in financial aid grants during the past school year. Currently serving grades 6 through 12, the school will offer fifth-grade classes in the fall of 2013. Boarding is more common among the upper grades, and carries with it distinct advantages. Students take increasing responsibility for their personal, academic and social lives, while under the supervision of faculty who live in the dorms. “Great care is taken to aid students in developing effective study habits and social skills that will allow for meaningful relationships with adults and peers,” she says. N

The Specifics Grades: 6-12 Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1 Tuition: $16,150 - $40,850 Location: Rabun Gap, Georgia

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Discover Some of the City’s Best Restaurants By Hope S. Philbrick

Atlanta is home to more than 4,000 restaurants—enough to dine out three times a day, every day of the week for a year without ever visiting the same place twice. While that multitude of choices means there’s something for everyone, it can also be overwhelming.

The Kaleidoscope Burger from Kaleidoscope.

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PHOTOS: (Top Right) Jeff Moore, (Bottom Left) James Camp Courtesy of Green Olive Media, and (Bottom Right) James Camp.

TOP: (Left) Ray’s on the River; (Right) Copper River King Salmon at Aria. BOTTOM: (Left) Cook Hall’s stout beer ice cream sundae; (Right) Fried green tomatoes at Chicken & the Egg.


ot to worry. To simplify your introduction to Atlanta’s dining scene, we’ve got the scoop on some of the area’s best restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a special spot for Valentine’s Day, a place capable of feeding everyone in your family or a great destination for a luxurious Sunday brunch, we’ve got you covered. We’ve also shared our picks for some of the city’s can’t-miss dining experiences to help you further navigate the culinary landscape. Bon appétit!

takes dining seriously while retaining a sense of humor, underscored by its quirky art collection. Fresh ingredients are Chef Gerry Klaskala’s inspiration, so the menu changes daily. Signature dishes including the warm lobster cocktail, slow-roasted pork and Zinfandel-braised beef short rib always impress. Pastry Chef Kathryn King creates equally scrumptious desserts, such as strawberry angel cake with pink pepper ice cream and chocolate hazelnut praline cakes. 404-233-7673,



Aria Romantic in the classic sense—soft lighting, white tablecloths and flickering candles—Aria

Canoe delivers a relaxed dining experience for all senses. Chef Carvel Grant Gould knows seafood and has even been known to travel far and wide to reel in catches herself. But the seventh-

generation Atlantan knows Southern cuisine, too, so her menu also showcases rabbit, chicken, duck, lamb, beef and an impressive range of vegetables, all raised to new levels of sophistication. If you only have eyes for your date, you’ll miss the spectacular view of the Chattahoochee River, colorful gardens and artful menu items. 770-432-2663,

Cook Hall The city’s newest gastropub is already popular, and the innovative bar menu created by the James Beard Award-winning Belinda Chang is just one reason why. Featuring carefully selected draft beers, boutique wines and handcrafted cocktails including the stellar hibiscus flip, the bar also offers a build-your-own cocktail kit that | Newcomer Magazine | 29

Park 75 at the Four Seasons offers plenty of romantic atmosphere.

Park 75 Located in the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, Park 75 offers fine dining without formality. Choose any number of hot or cold dishes (starting at $5) to build your own small or multi-course meal. Opt for casual comforts (short-rib grilled cheese or BLT sliders), house-made presentations (charcuterie or citrus-grilled tuna steaks) or even inspired innovations such as red velvet pancakes or red pea succotash. Servers can suggest pairings from a wine list with an emphasis on red varietals and boutique labels. For a unique dining experience, ask about the chef’s table inside the kitchen. 404-881-9898,

Ray’s on the River An Atlanta tradition since 1984, Ray’s on the River boasts a panoramic view of the Chattahoochee. While the windows open to one of the city’s best vistas, the modern supper-club interior

is worth admiring, too. Chef Josh Warner’s menu features fresh seafood flown in daily, in addition to steaks and chops. Classic surf and turf options including lobster tail and petite filet mignon and such perennial favorites as oysters Rockefeller and fresh jumbo lump crab cakes are offered alongside mouthwatering creations: Parmesan scallops, ginger soy tuna, horseradish crusted grouper and Guinness-marinated pork chops. 770-955-1187,

FIVE GREAT FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS Bantam & Biddy This new fast-casual restaurant proves that it’s possible to please the kids without compromising adult preferences. Regional, all-natural pastured poultry is featured on the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus at this cozy eatery. In addition to top-quality chicken, Chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere also present eco-friendly pork, organic seasonal vegetables and a variety of gluten-free dining options. Fried chicken tenders with wasabi honey, pork Schnitzel with fried egg, meatloaf with Kentuckyaki gravy and chicken sausage with loaded mashed potatoes will lure you back for more. 404-907-3469,

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Chicken & The Egg Trust Chef Marc Taft for exceptional authentic Southern cuisine prepared from ingredients chosen with a careful eye on sustainability. The brunch, lunch and dinner menus present classic dishes with innovative twists. Fried green tomatoes are served with pimento cheese fondue, the chicken and waffles duo is paired with braised greens, pork chops are brined in sweet tea, and there’s even a Georgia peach and Virginia ham flatbread. Save room for Pastry Chef Karie Brown’s creations, including chocolate bread pudding and blackberry corn cake. 678388-8813,

The Original El Taco Inspired by bold Tex-Mex flavors and the sunny street markets of Mexico, this menu features simple classics made from fresh ingredients. While grown-ups enjoy margaritas, frozen mojitos and beers, kids sip fruit punch and Mexican Coca-Cola. Fill up on large Mexican “pizzas” (grilled, hand-pressed tortillas with toppings), Mexican corn dogs, green chili chicken enchiladas, wood-grilled fajitas and creative tacos, including smoked trout with sweet lime mayo and red habanero cabbage. Save room for fried apple pie. 404-873-4656,

PHOTO: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

invites couples to play at the table. Chef David Gross serves an all-day menu of made-to-share bites, from deviled eggs with Gulf blue crab to kale Caesar salad, crispy duck tacos and Nutella torte. Slip into a comfortable leather chair and relax in the warm, inviting dining room. 404-523-3600,

RIGHT: The Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision. LEFT: (Top) The Decatur Book Festival; (Bottom) Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Over Georgia.

TOP: (Left) Roasted summer squash at the Lawrence; (Right) Bantam & Biddy’s lemon pie. BOTTOM: (Left) Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub; (Right) Ted’s Montana Grill.

PHOTOS: (Top Left) Garnish Photography Courtesy of Green Olive Media and (Top Right) Angie Moser.

Farm Burger – Decatur This popular spot often draws long lines. But it’s well worth the wait for burgers made to order from 100-percent grass-fed beef, dryaged and ground fresh. (Chicken and veggie quinoa options are also available). Customize your sandwich with a creative pick of topping combinations including house pickles, fresh jalapenos, roasted garlic, arugula, red bean chili, Maytag blue cheese, feta and oxtail marmalade. And take your pick from sides: sweet sweet potato fries, deviled eggs and pickled veggies. 404-378-5077,

Ted’s Montana Grill Co-founded by philanthropist Ted Turner, Ted’s celebrates the culinary bounty of Big Sky Coun-


prepared and artfully presented, including such options as fresh and smoked seafood, cheese and charcuterie, made-to-order omelets and creative risottos and pastas. There are also traditional breakfast favorites like eggs Benedict and Belgian waffles, and carving stations with roasted meats and fish. Indulge in Pastry Chef Dallas Marsteller’s just-baked breads, pastries and impressive desserts, which she thoughtfully presents on small plates to minimize guilt about sampling more than one. 404-237-2700,

The Café at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub

Always an upscale dining choice, the Café pulls out all the stops for its decadent Sunday brunch. Choose from more than 50 dishes, skillfully

Crave eggs but your dining companion prefers a burger? This brunch menu is a pleasing mix of dishes enjoyable any time of day. Even better:

try, and its made-from-scratch dishes will have you feeling right at home on the range. Choose a tasty beef or bison steak or a burger—the bison meatloaf and pot roast are standouts. Save room for desserts including fresh-baked cookies and hand-made malts. The restaurant’s mantra— “Eat great. Do good.”—underscores its goal of environmental responsibility. 404-521-9796, | Newcomer Magazine | 31

Chef Joey Riley’s Brookhaven eatery serves food so good and so reasonably priced that each bite seems like a bargain. Featuring high-quality ingredients like meats that are antibiotic- and hormone-free, the menu offers breakfast favorites including frittata, eggs Benedict and scrambled eggs, alongside savory bites, such as wok-fried calamari, country-fried chicken and the awardwinning burger topped with pimento cheese, slaw, green tomato chow chow and bread and butter pickles. 404-474-9600,

The Lawrence Opened in early 2012, this spot was quickly embraced by neighborhood residents thanks to its upscale menu offerings, moderate prices, friendly servers and cozy surroundings. Brunch makes for a tasty introduction. Once named “Best New American Chef in Atlanta” by Bon Appetit, Executive Chef Jonathan St. Hilaire is considered one of Atlanta’s premiere pastry chefs. But he’s also a skilled savory chef, proven by such dishes as the spicy whole-grilled shrimp, the lamb sandwich with horseradish cream and the Georgia trout with haricot verts. Still, the bread basket with chocolate and pistachio croissants is tempting. 404-961-7177,

South City Kitchen – Midtown Housed in a historic bungalow with two fireplaces, this Atlanta favorite is known for its contemporary Southern classics and has been a mainstay on the city’s dining scene for 18 years. On the brunch menu, Chef Chip Ulbrich puts a creative spin on classic dishes, offering fried green tomatoes topped with goat cheese and pepper coulis, Caesar salad with Calabash shrimp and smoked salmon Benedict with truffle hollandaise. Ease into the week, pampered by skilled servers, throughout your relaxed feast. 404-873-7358,

STG Trattoria Chefs Josh Hopkins and Adam Waller team to present local, seasonal fare with an Italian twist. Airy-crusted pizzas topped with combinations like eggs Benedict with prosciutto and arugula (as well as traditional margherita) not only taste great, they’ve earned a stamp of approval from the Italian Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani, which certifies pizzas as authentically Neapolitan. The brunch menu also offers hearty oven-roasted duck hash; oven-baked eggs with ham and sausage Bolognese; artichoke, pepper and Fontina frittata and more. 404-844-2879,

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THE A-LIST Bacchanalia This West Midtown institution offers an $85 prix fixe menu that includes two appetizers, an entrée, a cheese course and dessert. 404-365-0410, Bone’s Since 1979, this Buckhead landmark has been hailed as one of the top steakhouses in the nation. 404-237-2663, Holeman & Finch Public House Small plates and specialty cocktails are the focus of this popular gastropub. It also serves one of the city’s most coveted burgers, available only after 10 p.m. on Sunday. 404-948-1175, Rathbun’s Celebrity chef Kevin Rathbun’s flagship restaurant offers an upscale but accessible menu with a sense of humor, as evidenced by its “second mortgage” selections. 404-524-8280, Restaurant Eugene Recent James Beard award-winner Linton Hopkins oversees this atmospheric Buckhead spot renowned for its locally sourced take on Southern and American cuisine. 404-355-0321,




Six Picture-Perfect Georgia Getaways

The gorgeous Ruins at Barnsley Gardens are conducive to romance.

PHOTO: Barnsley Gardens Resort Georgia

By Hope S. Philbrick

Valentine’s Day is an annual reminder that the flames of romance burn brighter with periodic rekindling. Pack the kids off to Grandma’s and ride off into the sunset with your sweetheart for a memorable escape. From mountains to beaches, gardens to historic buildings, Georgia is full of destinations where sparks are sure to fly. X | Newcomer Magazine | 33

Whether you stay for one night or a week, it’s easy to ignite romance at this 1,400-acre resort in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Canoodle in front of a fire in your private cottage. Go horseback riding along scenic trails. Play golf. Tour the history museum. Meander through 160-year-old gardens. Kayak on the lake. Savor a couples’ massage at the spa. Or enlist the help of the onsite fairy godmother, Denise Webb, to cast a “love spell.” Webb is eager to help set the stage for romance, whether you’d like to return from a delicious dinner at the Rice House to find rose petals strewn across the bed, a picnic basket stocked with fixings for s’mores or your claw foot tub decorated like a tiki hut. 877-773-2447,

Callaway Gardens Love blooms at this 13,000-acre resort and preserve nestled in the southernmost foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Explore the peaceful gardens and woodlands by car, foot or bike. Or you can play tennis or golf, or rent a boat and go fish. For a jolt of adrenaline, try the TreeTop Adventure course, with five zip lines and 19 suspended surfaces. If the weather looks 34 | Newcomer Magazine |

TOP: Enjoy great meals at one of Callaway Gardens’ 10 restaurants. CENTER: An individually decorated bedroom at Dresser Palmer House. BOTTOM: Go horseback riding at the 14,000-acre Barnsley Gardens resort.

frightful, explore one of the most advanced garden greenhouse complexes in the world and the enclosed butterfly conservatory. Feast at any of the resort’s 10 restaurants, all dedicated to serving sustainably grown and regionally produced food whenever possible. Choose accommodations that are just right for you: Mountain Creek Inn, Southern Pine Cottages, Mountain Creek Villas or The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens (which is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection). 800-225-5292,

Dresser Palmer House Find your bliss at this historic bed and breakfast in Savannah, located one block from famed Forsyth Park. Built in 1876, this Italianate townhouse is now a spacious, upscale hideaway. Retreat into your private, individually decorated room and sink into a claw foot tub or a king canopy bed. Opt for plush chairs in front of a fireplace in the main room or stroll along the charming Historic District, where

PHOTOS: (Top) Courtesy of Callaway Gardens, (center) Christopher Hornaday Photography and (bottom) Barnsley Gardens Resort Georgia.

Barnsley Gardens

the tri-pool recreation area, from the stunning beach to the pampering spa, from the breakfast buffet to each cozy bed. 800-342-0212,

entertainment options abound. Guests can also take a horsedrawn carriage tour of Georgia’s oldest cities, hop in unique boutiques, visit museums and dine at a restaurant, pub or bakery. Need help planning? Choose the Custom Concierge package for an itinerary specifically tailored to your interests. If you want champagne and chocolates delivered upon arrival, that can be arranged, too. 912-238-3294,

The Lodge at Smithgall Woods

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort

PHOTO: Courtesy of the Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Feeling like royalty comes naturally here, starting with the specWalk the beautiful beaches at the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. tacular oceanfront setting. Guests have been lured to this St. Simons Island loca- a member of the Historic Hotels of America, tion since it first opened in 1935 as a private the resort offers multiple dining options and dance club. After transitioning into a resort several different types of guestrooms, includbefore World War II, the King and Prince has ing suites and villas. The golf course occupies built a reputation for elegance and Southern dramatic low country acreage and was recently hospitality, while serving as a haven for dignitar- treated to a $3.6 million transformation. The ies, celebrities and discerning travelers. Listed King’s Tavern provides splendid ocean views. on the National Register of Historic Places and A relaxed vibe reverberates from the tee box to

If you like the idea of seclusion, try this former private estate. A wilderness retreat in Helen, the Lodge at Smithgall Woods is tucked into a protected 5,555acre Heritage Preserve managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Five mountain cottages with a total of 14 bedrooms offer private baths; some cottages feature porches along the stream, while others boast private hot tubs. Full capacity is 28 guests, which averages out to nearly 200 acres per person. Elegant amenities await—this isn’t roughing it. Once tucked into a comfortable bed, listen as the creek babbles a lullaby. A onemile trail leads to Dukes Creek Falls. Hikers and bikers adore the five miles of trails and 18 miles of roads. Anglers can enjoy catch-and-release fly fishing in Dukes Creek, one of the state’s | Newcomer Magazine | 35

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation.

premier trout streams, which runs through the property. 800-864-7275,

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation At this haven on the shores of Lake Oconee (Georgia’s second largest lake), lavish yourself with the royal treatment you deserve but too rarely experience. The luxurious AAA Five Diamond resort boasts stunning décor, rich amenities, exceptional service and impressive attention to detail. Situated on 35 acres in Reynolds Plantation, a 10,000-acre golf and lakefront community, the resort rests under towering pines and is surrounded by water on three sides. Each of the 251 guestrooms offers a private terrace, feather bed and dozens more scrumptious treats. While cuddling may be priority No. 1, you can also golf 99 championship-caliber holes, hike for miles, get pampered with any of 90 spa treatments, indulge at the Linger Longer Steakhouse or take a few spins on the new ice skating rink. 706-467-0600,

MORE ROMANTIC DESTINATIONS Greyfield Inn This elegant mansion on Cumberland Island off the Georgia Coast is the ultimate getaway. The island is accessible only by ferry, and occupancy is limited. Turn-of-the-century décor and modern amenities make for a timeless escape. 866-401-8581,

Eagle Island This private, 10-acre island is hard to beat for romance. The rustic, luxurious lodge features a wraparound screen porch, hot tub and roaring fireplace. 912-222-0801,

Burnham House Make this stylish 19th-century cottage your home base as you explore the hiking and horse trails and other idyllic environs of General Coffee State Park. 800-864-7275,

Jekyll Island Club Hotel This National Historic Landmark, the only four-star resort on Jekyll Island, offers a blissful retreat. Explore nine miles of sandy beaches, 63 holes of golf, horseback riding, bicycling, tennis, historic tours and more. 855-535-9547,

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THERE Driver’s License

Out-of-state drivers are required to obtain a Georgia driver’s license within 30 days. To obtain your license, you will need to provide the following: 1) Previous driver’s license; 2) Two pieces of identification; 3) An eye exam at the time of issue; 4) A $20 fee (in cash) for a five-year license, or a $35 fee for a 10-year license. Licenses are issued through the Georgia Department of Driver Services at several sites across Atlanta. Call 678-413-8400 or visit

Mass Transit

One way to avoid long commutes is to take advantage of the city’s local transit system, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Offering both train and bus service, MARTA is a convenient way to travel to downtown or the airport. The fee for traveling one way is $2.00 including transfers, and payment is even easier now with the Breeze limited-use and extendeduse cards. Weekly and monthly passes can be obtained at discounted rates. For fares, schedule and route information call 404848-5000 or visit

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Car Tag

MARTA Rail Service

You must register your car within 30 days of residency. Bring with you the following information: 1) Car title, name and address of lienholder, or copy of lease agreement; 2) Current tag registration; 3) Mileage reading of vehicle; 4) Proof of insurance; 5) Emission certificate (if applicable). There is an approximate $20 fee for your tag. In January 2006, the state began charging sales tax on vehicles. Your tag office will

GETTING STARTED provide the amount of sales tax on your vehicle. For information on a specific county, contact the appropriate county’s Tax Commissioner’s Office.

Vehicle Emission Inspection

Vehicles dating from 1985 through 2006 model year must be checked each year for emission standard compliance. Visit a statedesignated inspection station for the service. Call 800-449-2471 or visit

Driving Tips

Georgia 400 is the only toll road in Atlanta. If you travel it daily, obtaining a Cruise Card is recommended. Purchased in advance, the Cruise Card allows drivers to bypass the tollbooth and avoid long lines. Call 404-893-6161 or visit www. to purchase a card. The Georgia DOT provides daily updates of road work, road closings and traffic delays, which are helpful when commuting. Updates can be obtained by calling (toll free) 1-877-694-2511, by dialing 511, or by visiting

NEED TO KNOW Voter Registration

Registration applies to U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age. You have up to 30 days before an election to register. Register at your local Voter Registration Office and most public libraries. Refer to the AT&T directory for locations, or download a registration form at

Making a Phone Call All phone numbers in the metro Atlanta area include the area code plus the sevendigit number. To make a phone call, dial one of the four area codes (404, 770, 678 and 470) and the seven-digit number. In general, 404 is designated for intown areas and 770 for suburbs; the 678 and 470 area codes overlay both areas. Cell phone subscribers can choose from any area code when signing up for service.

Registering for School By law, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 to enter kindergarten and 6 years old on or before September 1 to enter the first grade. To enroll your child in either kindergarten or first grade, you will need to provide the child’s social security number; a vision, hearing, and dental screening from a family practitioner or local health clinic; and immunization records on Georgia State Form 3231. | Newcomer Magazine | 39

COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION public schools Cherokee County Schools Board of Education 770-479-1871

Cherokee County QUICK INFO

Elementary Schools 22 Middle Schools 7 Intermediate Schools 1 High Schools 6 Alternative 1 Evening 1 Per-pupil expenditures $8,578 School & bus information: 770-720-2112 Avg. SAT Scores Cherokee Co. Georgia National

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 Electricity Amicalola EMC 706-276-2362 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 770-887-2363

Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit Telephone AT&T 888-436-8638 ETC Communications 678-454-1212 TDS Telecom-Nelson Ball Ground 770-735-2000 Windstream


Water Cherokee County Water Authority City of Ball Ground City of Canton City of Waleska

770-479-1813 770-735-2123 770-704-1500 770-479-2912

City of Woodstock


Cable TV Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Comcast


ETC Communications


Hospitals Northside Hospital-Cherokee 770-720-5100 Wellstar Kennestone Hospital


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pRivate schools Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

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County Neighborhoods Schools

Median household income: $63,518 Median age of residents: 34 Population: 210,529 Sales tax: 6% Chamber of Commerce Cherokee County 770-345-0400, Property Taxes Per $1,000 of assessed value is: Unincorporated Cherokee County, $26.80; Incorporated Cherokee County, $24.06. Tax Commissioner: 678-493-6400

Cagle Dairy Farm, Canton

Located northwest of Atlanta, Cherokee County gets its name from the original inhabitants of the area, the Cherokee Indians. The county seat, then called Etowah, was established in 1833 and renamed Canton in 1834. Today, the city is enjoying its greatest economic boom in its history since more than $60 million was invested in residential and commercial development in 1998. Despite developing its own industrial base, Cherokee County remains idyllic and serene. Farming, especially poultry processing, remains a leading industry. Canton and the neighboring community of Woodstock have seen tremendous growth as subdivisions crop up to accommodate newcomers. In fact, nearly 60 percent of the county’s population are commuters. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median value of homes in 2006 was $194,900. Homes for well over $1 million can be purchased in such neighborhoods as Bradshaw Farms, Bridge Mill and Town Lake Hills. Interstate 575 and Ga. Highway 92 traverse the county, affording residents easy access to Atlanta and the nearby attractions of Town Center Mall, Lake Allatoona and the North Georgia Mountains. Other great places to live,

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Ridge Mountains and along the banks of the Etowah River, Canton is prime location for development.


work and play in Cherokee County include the cities of Ball Ground, Holly Springs and Waleska.


Canton Canton was incorporated in 1833 and renamed in 1834 at the request of two founding fathers who had visions that the town might become a silk center similar to what existed in Canton, China. Canton did become famous for its “Canton Denim,” known worldwide for the high-quality denim produced by Canton Cotton Mills. Today, Canton is attracting new industry and residents. As a result, the city is re-investing in its downtown. As part of its “Streetscapes” program, downtown Canton will be restored to its historic look and features a newly designed theater on Main Street. Located at the foothills of the Blue

Twelve miles south of Canton, Woodstock is the fastest-growing city in Cherokee County. With a growth rate of 70 percent over the past 10 years, the city has doubled in size. Residents enjoy easy access to Interstate 575 and Ga. Highway 92, allowing short commutes to Cobb and Fulton counties. While affording convenience to big-city attractions, Woodstock still maintains its small-town appeal. Buildings dating back to 1879 characterize the downtown, where antique and other specialty shops are located. Various golf courses are located in Woodstock, including Arnold Palmer’s Eagle Watch, a course with wooded countryside views that is considered to be one of the top places to play in Atlanta. The 11,860-acre Lake Allatoona provides additional recreation. Woodstock is also convenient to more than 13 state parks. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at


pUBLIC schools Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Magnet Charter Special Per-pupil expenditures

Cobb County

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One of Family Circle magaCobb County came zine’s “Ten Best Towns for Famiinto being in 1832 when lies,” Kennesaw takes pride in its the state redistributed land small-town atmosphere and boasts County once part of the Cherokee abundant parks and green space, Neighborhoods Nation. Named after Thomas exceptional recreational programs Welch Cobb, the county and top-notch schools, includ experienced a devastating ing Kennesaw State University. setback during the Civil Kennesaw’s Historic Downtown War when most of it was features shopping, dining and atSchools destroyed during the Battle tractions such as the Smithsonian at Kennesaw Mountain. affiliated Southern Museum of Median household income: $65,123 Today, Cobb County, Civil War and Locomotive History, Median age of residents: 35 located north of Fulton the Smith-Gilbert Arboretum and Population: 698,158 County, is one of the fastnearby Kennesaw Mountain NaSales tax: 6% est-growing counties in the tional Battlefield Park. Chamber of Commerce nation. With a diverse ecoCobb County nomic base that includes 770-980-2000, Rapidly defining what’s new jobs in the service, retail, Property Taxes and progressive in quality of life aerospace and technology The property tax is $28.75 per $1,000 of assessed and citizen services, Smyrna sectors, Cobb County offers value. Tax Commissioner: 770-980-2000 delivers an amazing sense of style a quality of life unsurpassed and love of life. The new Market in the Southeast. More than $770 million has been spent on apartments and condos near Cum- Village, home to fabulous restaurants, transportation improvements in re- berland Mall, secluded subdivisions bars and upscale shops and services, cent years, allowing residents easy in East Cobb and horse ranches in is the final piece of a master plan for access to Atlanta and the commer- the northwest corner of the county. success. Call it “Main Street USA” or cial districts of Vinings Overlook, The small towns of Marietta, Vin- “Disneyland,” but don’t overlook its Cumberland Parkway and the pres- ings, Smyrna and Austell still retain charm and ability to offer the best in tigious “Platinum Triangle” in the their Southern charm amidst urban fresh, trendy lifestyle options. N Galleria area. settings. According to the Census For more counties and neighborhood A variety of housing options ex- Bureau, the median value of homes information, visit our Web site at ist in Cobb County, including luxury in 2006 was $205,200.



Marietta City Schools Board of Education

71 25 16 6 6 4 $8,816 770-422-3500

Elementary Schools 7 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Sixth-Grade 1 Magnet 1 Per-pupil expenditures $9,061 School and bus information 678-594-8000 Avg. SAT Scores

Cobb Co. Marietta City Georgia National

1534 1514 1460 1509

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UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 ELECTRICITY Acworth Power 770-974-5233 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Marietta Power/ Columbia Energy 770-794-5100 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit TELEPHONE AT&T 888-436-8638 Comcast 404-266-2278 MCI Worldcom 770-541-7235 Outside Georgia 800-356-3094 WATER Austell Water Cobb County Water Systems Marietta Water Powder Springs Water Smyrna Water

770-944-4300 770-423-1000 770-794-5100 770-943-8000 770-319-5338

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Coweta County

EDUCATION pUBLIC schools Coweta County Board of Education 770-254-2800 19 6 3 3 3 $8,219 770-252-2820

Avg. SAT Score Coweta Co. Georgia National

1476 1452 1498

pRivate schools Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity Georgia Power Company


Coweta-Fayette EMC


Photo: Courtesy of the Georgia Department of Economic Development

Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Charter Alternative Per-pupil expenditures School & bus information

Downtown Newnan

Telephone AT&T Residential 800-356-3094 Water Coweta County Water and Sewer Authority


Cable TV AT&T 770-599-2000 Charter Communications 770-253-8328 Hospitals Piedmont Newnan Hospital 770-400-1000


Newnan, the county seat, is steeped in history. The city survived the Civil War largely intact, due to its status as a hospital city for Confederate troops, and retains much of its original architecture. The city is known as the “City of Homes,” and boasts six historic districts. Attractions include Dunaway Gardens, a rock and floral garden that hosts weddings and special events, and the Ashley Park shopping development. The city is also home to the Heritage School, an independent college-preparatory school for children from age 4 through high school. Notable natives include country singer Alan Jackson, NFL wide receiver Calvin Johnson and former Georgia Gov. Ellis Arnall.

Coweta County, the 64th county in Sharpsburg, Turin, Raymond the state of Georgia, covers 443 square and Roscoe. The town of Haralson is miles in the west central part of the state. split between Coweta and Meriwether The land on which Coweta County Counties. Attractions in Coweta County now sits was originally part of the Creek Nation, which chief William McIntosh Jr. ceded to the United States government in the Treaty of County Indian Springs in 1825. The land Neighborhoods Founded in 1860, Sewas divided into five counties. The settlement of Bullsboro noia is filled with historic Schools architecture from the early became the first county seat in 1826, but the seat of government 1900s and dating all the Median household income: $61,550 soon moved to Newnan, named way back to the 1840s. Median age of residents: 33.6 for Georgia Secretary of State The Senoia Historic DisPopulation: 127,317 Daniel Newnan. This new city, the trict, comprising much of Sales tax: 7% county’s largest, soon became the the city, is on the National Chamber of Commerce center of economic activity. During Register of Historic Places. Coweta County the Civil War, it was chosen to host The city has twice hosted 770-253-2270, a hospital for wounded soldiers, the Southern Living Idea Property Taxes due to its location on two major House. Senoia is a popular The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed railroad lines. location for film producvalue is: Coweta County is filled with tions and has been seen Unincorporated Coweta County, $28.41; historic homes and buildings, in such pictures as “DrivNewnan: $43.90, Senoia, $35.53. some predating the Civil War, with ing Miss Daisy” and “Fried Tax Commissioner: 770-254-2670 more than two dozen landmarks Green Tomatoes” and televithroughout the county listed sion shows including “The on the National Register of Historic include the historic courthouse in Walking Dead.” The city is also Newnan’s town square; Oak Grove home to Raleigh Studios Atlanta Places. In addition to Newnan, Coweta Plantation; the Lewis Grizzard (formerly Riverwood Studios), a County is home to the cities of Museum and Erskine Caldwell production facility. N Grantville and Senoia. Part of the Museum, both in Moreland; and city of Palmetto is located in Coweta Oak Hill Cemetery. In recent years, County, with the majority residing in Coweta County’s growth has placed it For more counties and neighborhood Fulton County. Coweta is also home among the top 100 growth counties in information, visit our Web site at to the towns of Moreland, Sargent, the nation.


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DeKalb County

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Located east of Fulton County, DeKalb County is the second largest county in the state with a population of about 705,000. DeKalb County contributes to Atlanta’s status as an “ international city” with its businesses and residences representing more than 30 different countries and 120 languages.


Decatur The county seat of DeKalb, Decatur is a charming historic city known for its recreation and pedestrian-friendly streets. Its beating heart

The square is also home to some beautiful public art, and hosts numerous festivals, town celebrations and neighborhood events. Decatur is home to a diverse population, attracting young professionals, families, retirees and bright young college students—the city is home to the prestigious women’s university Agnes Scott College, and world-renowned Emory University is just outside the city limits. Older brick homes, smaller bungalows and cottage homes distinguish the community and the surrounding neighborhoods of Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Candler Park.


Emory University


DeKalb County prosNeighborhoods pers in part due to its ex- cellent transportation sys- tem. Five major road ar- teries traverse the county: Interstates 20, 85, 285, Schools 675 and US Highway 78. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is only six Median household income: $51,753 miles from DeKalb’s south- Median age of residents: 35 Population: 739,956 ern border and the DeKalb Sales tax: 7% Peachtree Airport, a general aviation field, is report- Chamber of Commerce DeKalb County ed to be the second busiest 404-378-8000, airport in Georgia. DeKalb County is also a leader in Property Taxes the biomedical commu- The property tax rate is $41.50 per $1,000 for unincorporated DeKalb County. Tax Commissioner: nity with The Center for 404-298-4000 Disease Control headquaris the Courthouse Square, which tered there. The median value of homes in features an eclectic mix of store2006, according to the Census Bu- front boutiques and shops, restaurants and entertainment options. reau, was $190,100.

In the northern corner of the county is Dunwoody, a popular neighborhood among established professionals and young, upwardly mobile professionals raising families. It is often referred to as the “tennis set” neighborhood because of its numerous recreational outlets that include Lynwood Park and Recreation Center, as well as Blackburn Park and Tennis Center. Cultural attractions include the Dunwoody Nature Center and the Spruill Gallery. A variety of housing is available in Dunwoody, including apartments, townhomes, ranch-style homes, bungalows and mini-mansions with manicured lawns. Nearby Perimeter Mall provides shopping, dining and family entertainment. With its proximity to all major expressways and North Fulton’s booming business opportunities, Dunwoody is a hot-spot for families. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at

EDUCATION pUBLIC schools DeKalb County Schools Board of Education 678-676-1200 Elementary Schools 83 Middle Schools 20 High Schools 20 Per-pupil expenditures $9,896 School & bus information 678-676-1300 City Schools of Decatur Board of Education


Early Learning 1 Elementary Schools 4 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Per-pupil expenditures $13,444 School & bus information 404-370-8737 Avg. SAT Scores DeKalb Co. City of Decatur Georgia National

1334 1577 1460 1509

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UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity Georgia Power


Snapping Shoals EMC


Walton EMC


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404-780-2355 Water

DeKalb County Water System 770-621-7200 Cable TV Charter Communication


Comcast Cablevision


Hospitals Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston


DeKalb Medical Center


Emory University Hospital


Piedmont Hospital and Medical Care Center

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PUBLIC SCHOOLS Fayette County Schools Board of Education 770-460-3535

Avg. SAT Scores

Fayette Co. Georgia National

1550 1431 1483

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES ELECTRICITY Georgia Power Company 888-660-5890 Coweta-Fayette EMC 770-253-5626 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit TELEPHONE AT&T Residential


WATER Fayette County Water 770-461-1146 Comcast

CABLE TV 404-266-2278

HOSPITALS Fayette Care Clinic 770-719-4620 Piedmont Fayette Hospital 770-719-7000


Old-fashioned community pride mingles with a progressive sensibility on the streets of historic downtown Fayetteville, where antique stores and boutiques sit side by side in refurbished buildings. Boasting a population of approximately 16,000 residents, Fayetteville is home to the Fayette County Historic Society, Research Center and Museum. A haven for family fun, Dixieland Fun Park offers an assortment of activities for young and old alike. The HollidayDorsey-Fife Museum provides a fascinating link to the past thanks to its association with several historical figures, including Margaret Mitchell and "Doc" Holliday. The 1,500-seat Southern Ground Amphitheater attracts national touring acts with its annual summer concert series.

17 6 5 1 1 $8,359 770-460-3520 Photo: Courtesy of the City of Fayetteville

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Fayette County


Starr's Mill in Fayetteville

Located southwest of Atlanta, the land comprising Fayette County was ceded from the Creek Indian Nation in 1821, thus creating Georgia’s 49th county. The county seat, the city of Fayetteville, was established in 1823 and contains the oldest courthouse in the County state, built in 1825 and located Neighborhoods The area now known as on Fayetteville’s historic town Peachtree City was originally square. Both the county and city Schools settled by Woodland Era were named for the Marquis de Indians several thousand LaFayette, who fought alongside Median household income: $82,216 Median age of residents: 42.4 years ago, and ceded to George Washington in the Population: 107,104 the Federal government Revolutionary War. Sales tax: 6% in 1821 by Chief William Author Margaret Mitchell Chamber of Commerce McIntosh, Jr. spent many summers at her 770-461-9983, Comprising some grandfather’s home in Fayette 12,000 acres, Peachtree County, which helped to inspire Property Taxes Per $1,000 of assessed value is: City was chartered in the locations in her novel Gone With Unincorporated Fayette County, $30.70; 1950s as a masterplanned the Wind. Fayetteville, $31.64; community of five separate Today, the 199-square mile Peachtree City, $34.54. villages. Today, the area area is renowned as a thriving Tax Commissioner: 770-461-3611 is linked by a 90- mile economic center that features network of trails and golf numerous attractive incentives for businesses, including the 2,200From 1984 to 1994, Fayette cart paths connecting homes, acre Peachtree City Industrial Park, County was the fifth-fastest growing businesses, schools and parks. Gol carts, bicycles and walking are the which features its own Foreign Trade county in the U.S. Zone, which allows merchandise to Fayette County boasts several preferred modes of transportation enter from or exit to foreign countries golf courses and two amphitheaters, among its 35,000 residents, who without a formal U.S. Customs entry among other attractions serving a enjoy its wooded scenery and or payment of duties. In addition, family-oriented population of more wealth of parks, playgrounds and Fayette County maintains a rural, than 106,000 residents. Single-family recreational areas. N . small-town allure, and has been housing in Fayette County ranges For more counties and neighborhood recognized as one of the nation’s from the $50,000s in moderateinformation, visit our Web site at most attractive communities for income areas to more than $2 million corporate family relocation. in affluent neighborhoods.

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Peachtree City


Fulton County

PUBLIC SCHOOLS Fulton County Schools Board of Education 404-768-3600

Buckhead is also the epicenter for the city’s entertainment and dining industries. With more than 200 restaurants, luxury hotels and nightspots, it has long been a young professional’s paradise. The area also offers numerous antique stores, art galleries and mall shopping at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.

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Downtown Atlanta skyline




Considered Atlanta’s “silk stocking district,” Buckhead is “where old money lives and new money parties,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With its one-of-a-kind Georgian and Neoclassical mansions and uniquely styled homes from the 1950s and 1960s, Buckhead is a favorite locale among architecture and history buffs. It is home to the Governor’s Mansion, the historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center.

County Neighborhoods Schools Median household income: $57,586 Median age of residents: 35 Population: 963,676 Sales tax: 7%, Atlanta City: 8% Chamber of Commerce Greater North Fulton 770-993-8806, Metro Atlanta 404-880-9000, South Fulton 770-964-1984, Property Taxes The property tax rate per $1,000 is: $30.49 for the City of Atlanta; $28.03 for incorporated Fulton County; $33.69 for unincorporated South Fulton and $31.90 for unincorporated North Fulton County County. Tax Commissioner: 404-730-6100

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development.

At the center of the Metro Atlanta area is Fulton County. Bordered on the west by the Chattahoochee River and encompassing Interstates 85, 75, 285 and Ga. 400, Fulton County is at the hub of the area’s financial, transportation, retail, communications and cultural services. Most Fortune 500 corporations maintain national or regional facilities in the area; many are headquartered here, including Coca-Cola, Equifax, United Parcel Service, Home Depot, Delta Airlines and Turner Broadcasting System. More than 3 million live and work in Fulton County. Older, innercity neighborhoods, such as Inman Park, Candler Park and trendy Virginia-Highland offer eclectic living amidst unique boutiques and restaurants. Midtown is at the heart of the city’s cultural life, home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, Alliance Theatre and the historic Fox Theatre. Many outdoor festivals are held at Piedmont Park. According to the Census Bureau, the median value of homes in 2006 was $270,000. Homes in the millions can be found in such affluent neighborhoods as Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Alpharetta.


one of Atlanta’s most affluent neighborhoods. Homes range from elegant subdivisions to those with acreage. The Country Club of the South is a planned community home to several sports stars, high profile executives and celebrities. A successful combination of old and new, Alpharetta has become a haven for singles, families and professionals wanting a bit of country living with all the amenities that city dwelling offers. While many residents shop at nearby Northpoint Mall and Gwinnett Mall, many still enjoy the old stores on Main Street— a visit to the Alpharetta Soda Shoppe is a special treat. N


Once a small farming community, Alpharetta has greatly boomed within the last 20 years to become

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58 19 16 6 $9,746

Atlanta City Schools


Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Charter Non-Traditional Per-pupil expenditures: School & bus information:

55 16 22 7 2 $13,710 404-753-9815

Avg. SAT Scores Atlanta (City) 1285 Fulton Co. 1584 Georgia 1460 National 1509 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 ELECTRICITY City of College Park 404-669-3772 City of East Point 404-270-7093 City of Fairburn 770-964-2244 City of Palmetto 770-463-3377 Georgia Power Company 404-395-7611 GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit TELEPHONE AT&T 888-436-8638 Outside Georgia 800-356-3094

Fulton County



CABLE TV Charter Communications 877-728-3121 Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Atlanta Medical Center 404-265-4000 Center for the Visually Impaired 404-875-9011 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding 404-785-9500 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite 404-785-5252 Emory Crawford Long Hospital 404-686-2513 Fulton County Health Dept. 404-730-1211 Grady Memorial Hospital 404-616-4307 North Fulton Regional Hospital 770-751-2500 Northside Hospital 404-851-8000 Piedmont Hospital 404-605-5000 Shepherd Center 404-352-2020 South Fulton Medical Center 404-466-1170 St. Joseph’s Hospital 404-851-7001 | Newcomer Magazine | 45

COUNTY INFORMATION pUBLIC schools Gwinnett County Schools Board of Education: 678-301-6000 Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Alternative Open Campus Per-pupil expenditures: City Schools of Buford Board of Education:

72 24 20 6 1 $8,338 770-945-5035

Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Academy Per-pupil expenditures

1 1 1 1 $10,198

Avg. SAT Scores Gwinnett Co. City of Buford Georgia National

1526 1455 1460 1509

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UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity City of Buford 770-945-6761 City of Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 City of Norcross 770-448-2122 Georgia Power 404-395-7611 Jackson EMC 770-963-6166 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 Walton EMC 770-972-2917 Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit


Telephone 888-436-8638

Water Buford Dacula Gwinnett City Water Lawrenceville Norcross

770-889-4600 770-963-7451 678-376-6800 770-963-2414 770-448-2122

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404-266-2278 Hospitals

Emory Eastside Medical Center


Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital 678-584-6800 Gwinnett Medical Center


Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 678-312-4770 Summit Ridge Center for Behavorial Health 770-822-2200

Gwinnett County

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development


Some of Duluth’s neighborhoods include Edgewater Estates, Sweet Bottom Plantation, and Riverbrooke. Affluent estates with antebellum architecture can be found as well as apartment communities, older brick, ranch-style homes and subdivisions. Duluth still retains some of its original small-town businesses, along with chain businesses, many accessible by Ga. 400 and I-85.


Suwanee is named after the Shawnee Indians who settled here Mall of Georgia in the latter part of the 18th century. Following the official founding of Originally part of Georgia’s the city in 1837, Suwanee became Native American territory, Gwinnett a railroad stop along the Southern County was created by the State Railroad route. It remained a small Legislature in 1818 and named after country town well into the ’70s when Button Gwinnett, the third signer of construction of I-85 and U.S. 23 the Declaration of Independence and brought easy access to the region. a former state governor. Since then, Suwanee has exWhile the county was perienced tremendous once largely rural with small growth, from 2,000 resiCounty towns, country stores, farms dents in 1990 to more Neighborhoods and forests, today it is home to than 10,000 today. To more than 245 international help manage growth, companies and 450 high-tech the city has developed firms. With an average of 260 a comprehensive developSchools new professional and industrial ment plan that promotes companies relocating to the pedestrian-oriented deMedian household income: $64,005 county each year, attracting more velopment and mixedMedian age of residents: 33 than 6,000 new jobs, Gwinnett use zoning. Designated Population: 789,499 County remains in the top 10 a Tree City USA for more Sales tax: 6% ranking for growth nationwide. than 10 years, the city Chamber of Commerce The county supports many is committed to preserving Gwinnett County cultural events, restaurants 27 percent of its land as 770-232-3000, and shopping opportunities, green space. Property Taxes including the Mall of Georgia. Such foresight has The property tax in unincorporated Gwinnett Gwinnett County remains allowed Suwanee to retain County is $31.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. affordable for renters and first-time its old-fashioned charm Tax Commissioner: 770-822-8800. home buyers, many of whom find while providing contemhomes in the communities of Doraville, in Metro Atlanta and is home to porary convenience. Only 35 miles Lawrenceville and Snellville. The median some of the best golf courses and from downtown Atlanta, Suwanee is value of homes in 2006, according to private tennis clubs. There are close to big-city attractions, business numerous parks for recreation and districts and shopping. Many anthe Census Bureau, was $193,100. participatory sports, including tique shops and historic structures, Bunten Road Park and “Shorty” including several Victorian and reHowell Park. Two major malls, gional farm-style homes, are located Gwinnett Place and Northpoint, near downtown Suwanee. N are located near Duluth. The Southeastern Railway Museum, Amidst the pristine setting of which preserves and operates old For more counties and neighborhood Gwinnett County, Duluth has some railroad equipment, is a must-see information, visit our Web site at of the most exclusive neighborhoods for any railroad aficionado.




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The Mikado, Ferst Center for the Arts The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players bring this comedy to life with wonderful humor and musical skill. Part of the “Ferst Center Presents” series. March 10, 404-894-9600,

Lady Gaga, Philips Arena

PHOTO: Charlie McCullers/Atlanta Ballet

The recording artist, known for her unconventional costumes and performances, appears in support of her upcoming album. March 11,

Atlanta Ballet: New Choreographic Voices, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Theater & Concerts Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Fox Theatre The internationally renowned dance company performs pieces celebrating the richness of the African-American cultural experience. Feb. 14-17, 855-285-8499,

Atlanta Ballet’s Cinderella, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre See this classic fairy tale in a new light with the Atlanta Ballet’s family-friendly production featuring company members and dancers from the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. Feb. 16-17, 800-745-3000,

Yo Gabba Gabba, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Your children will delight in the antics of their favorite television characters DJ Lance Rock, Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee and Plex, joined by hip-hop legend Biz Markie for a brand-new show, “Get the Sillies Out!” Two shows, 3 and 6 p.m.


The Harlem Globetrotters, Arena at Gwinnett Center The acrobatic basketball team visits Atlanta on the “You Write the Rules Tour,” which allows audience members to decide on the rules of the game and possibly affect the final outcome. The Globetrotters appear at the Gwinnett Center at 7 p.m., following a 1 p.m. performance at Philips Arena. March 16, 800-745-3000,

Nnenna Freelon, Ferst Center for the Arts

The acclaimed jazz vocalist, a multiple Grammy Award nominee, celebrates the work of singer Lena Horne in this evening of song and story, part of the “Ferst Center Presents” series. Feb. 23,

Atlanta Ballet: New Choreographic Voices, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre


Jake Shimabukuro, Ferst Center for the Arts The Hawaiian-born musician, renowned for his lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary work on the ukulele, performs as part of the “Ferst Center Presents” series. March 2, 404-894-9600,

The Atlanta Ballet’s mixed repertory program returns with a look at bold new directions in the world of contemporary dance. Performances include the Atlanta debut of Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s “Minus 16,” the world premiere of Gina Patterson’s “I AM” and an encore staging of Christopher Wheeldon’s “Rush.” March 22-24, 800-745-3000,

Eric Clapton, Arena at Gwinnett Center

La Traviata, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

The legendary rock guitarist performs. Clapton is the only three-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a solo artist and as a member of the bands Cream and the Yardbirds).

For its second performance of the 2012-2013 season, the Atlanta Opera stages this worldfamous tragedy overflowing with memorable music. This production is staged in celebration of the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth. March 2-10, 800-745-3000, The Mikado, Ferst Center for the Arts

Feb. 21, 800-745-3000,

Celebrating the Year of the Dragon, this unique circus spectacular features performers from the farthest reaches of the globe presenting astonishing feats of athleticism and courage. The circus stops at Philips Arena Feb. 13-18 before pulling into the Gwinnett Center. Feb. 21-March 3, 800745-3000,

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Maroon 5, Philips Arena The Grammy Award-winning pop rock band, fronted by Adam Levine of NBC’s singing competition “The Voice,” performs in support of its 2012 album “Overexposed.” March 27, 800-745-3000,

PHOTO: Courtesy of the Ferst Center for the Arts

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Dragons, Arena at Gwinnett Center

March 27, 800-745-3000,

America’s Got Talent Live All-Star Tour, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Hosted by Jerry Springer, this tour features some of the most popular performers from recent seasons of the TV talent competition, including the Olate Dogs, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., SpencerHorsman, Eric Dittelman, Dave Burleigh and Anna Graceman. March 28, 800-745-3000,

Exhibits & Events Masterpiece Gala, Sophia Academy Sophia Academy’s annual fundraising gala, held in the school gymnasium, promises a Mardi Gras theme with music, dancing, food and a raffle, as well as special guests and a live and silent auction. Funds raised will go toward a mini-bus and items for the gym. Feb. 9, 404-303-8722,

Build and Blast! Model Rocket Workshop, Tellus Science Museum Build your own rocket and launch it into the sky! In the event of severe weather or winds greater than 20 mph, this event will be rescheduled. Feb. 9, 770-606-5700,

Lunch and Learn: … And Now For a Really Hot Topic: The Sun!, Tellus Science Museum Join astronomer David Dundee as he discusses the coming solar maximum, the peak of an 11year sunspot cycle, which brings more solar flares, auroras, coronal mass injections and other solar phenomena than have been experienced in many years. The talk begins at 12:15 p.m. Feb. 27, 770-606-5700,

Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial, High Museum of Art This exhibit delves into the work of Dial, a self-taught artist who constructs large assemblages from discarded materials. Through March 3, 404-733-5000,

National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West, Booth Western Art Museum Drawn from the National Geographic photography archives, this exhibition features approximately 75 Western images spanning more than 100 years of history. Subjects include westward expansion, Native Americans and conservation efforts. Through March 10, 770-387-1300,

Spring Art Walk, Downtown Newnan Stroll the streets of downtown Newnan for this unforgettable afternoon, as merchants host local artists in their establishments. Enjoy great restaurants and shops as well. This event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. March 23,

Healthy Habits Child and Family Wellness Expo, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids Join the Junior League of Gainesville Hall County, United Way of Hall County, the Boys and Girls Club of Hall County and Interactive Neigh-

borhood for Kids for an informative afternoon that will help teach families how to incorporate physical activity and healthy nutritional habits into their everyday routines, and will discuss the importance of preventative health care. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. March 24, 770-536-



Suwanee SculpTour, Suwanee Downtown Suwanee’s walkable outdoor exhibit of original sculptures returns for a second year, featuring 15 all-new sculptures created by 11 artists representing Georgia and five other states. A self-guided tour is available on iTunes. Through March,


10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Closed Sunday



10th Anniversary Celebration, Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum The Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum, a mainstay on the Marietta Square, celebrates a decade of showcasing memorabilia related to the world-famous book and film. Guests include cast members Patrick Curtis, Greg Giese and Mickey Kuhn and author Anne Edwards. April 19-21, 770-794-5576,


Scarlett on the Square Original Gone With the Wind memorabilia on display from the private collection of Dr. Christopher Sullivan. GIFT SHOP, FACILITY RENTALS ANNUAL EVENTS

Spring Taste of Newnan, Downtown Newnan


This bi-annual event attracts more than 6,000 attendees to Newnan’s historic downtown to sample the best food the city has to offer, with more than 60 vendors offering everything from barbecue pork sliders to artisan pizza and much more. April 19,

Gogo: Nature Transformed, High Museum of Art This exhibition explores the role the natural environment plays in shaping the jewelry and home wares of Georgia designer Gogo Ferguson, who derives her inspiration from her home base of Cumberland Island. Through July 7, 404-733-5000,

Inside CNN Studio Tour, CNN Center Get a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the world’s first and most famous 24-hour news network. Watch the CNN newsroom in action and have your picture taken reading the day’s news. Ongoing, 404-827-2300,

Southern Quilt Trail, Powder Springs Tour this series of quilt patterns painted on the sides of historic barns and other buildings in an effort to promote and preserve the history of this traditional art form that has been handed down for generations. Ongoing, 770-439-1780, | Newcomer Magazine | 49



he views may transport you to the hills of France or Napa Valley, but Chateau Elan sits right in Atlanta’s back yard, roughly 40 minutes away in Braselton, Ga. This 3,500acre resort boasts a full European spa, eight restaurants, an equestrian center, miles of trails and Georgia’s largest full-production winery, with 75 acres of lush, green vineyards surrounding a 16thcentury-style French chateau. The winery was opened by Donald and Nancy Panoz in 1984 and currently produces chardonnay, viognier, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and muscadine wines, among others. The soil below the vineyards is similar to that found in fertile regions of California and France. Winery tours are available, and August brings Vineyard Fest, with wine tastings, seminars, live By Muriel Vega music and much more. In addition to its winery, Chateau Elan offers the perfect weekend getaway. The Inn at Chateau Elan features 275 guest rooms with mini refrigerators, coffee makers, bathrobes, wireless Internet, hair dryers, cable television, a laptop safe and luxurious bathrooms with oversize tubs, among other amenities. For an even more indulgent experience, the Spa at Chateau Elan offers a variety of services including massages, skin and nail care, wraps, masques and other body treatments, as well as fitness and wellness activities. Fourteen recently renovated overnight guest suites include spacious bathrooms equipped with air-jet pedestal tubs or large glass showers with waterfall showerheads. If you’d rather be outdoors, take your pick of four golf courses, seven tennis courts or bike trails around the property (complete with on-site bike rental). The upscale dining ranges from Southern cooking and Mediterranean to classic French and Irish pub dishes in a casual or formal atmosphere. An in-house French-style market offers wines and gourmet foods for purchase. The chefs also offer cooking classes and demonstrations. For special occasions, the resort offers packages for couples and families; there’s also a large meeting space to accommodate events and weddings. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a wine connoisseur or simply looking for a little pampering, Chateau Elan has the escape you’re looking for. For reservations, seasonal specials and tours, call 678-425-0900 or visit

Chateau Elan

Escape to a World of Wine, Recreation and Luxury

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Newcomer magazine is Atlanta’s leading relocation and new-resident guide, providing an invaluable resource for businesses, executives and fa...