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SUMMER GETAWAYS

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It’s about time to pack up the rowdies and hit the road for that long-anticipated summertime escape. Whether you’re shucking oysters in Apalachicola, watching the Blue Angels soar over Pensacola, or strolling the cobbled streets of Amelia Island’s historic Fernandina Beach, we believe you’ll love these sun-soaked locales.

The long-time vision of local landscape designer Jim Gibbs, this recently opened 300-acre garden estate in Ball Ground, beckons visitors to the North Georgia foothills for beautiful blooms and engaging experiences.

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32 ON THE COVER: MAKING MEMORIES WITH MOM Mark your calendars: Mother’s Day is May 13! Whether you want to spend quality time with Mom this month or you’re looking for just the right gift to show how much you love her, we’ll point you in the right direction.

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Five metro Atlanta artists put our city on the map with their chair-turning performances on NBC’s “The Voice,” and though they might be back home by the time you read these words, we recommend keeping an eye on these local talents.

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On the Cover: Katie Rials with daughters Sutton & Parker; shot on location at the home of Don & Judith Turner, Roswell; landscape design by Rusty Baum Landscaping Photo by Liz Erikson Photography | www.lizerikson.com; assisted by Merry Waldroup

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mom

HOME IS WHERE YOUR IS

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health teacher an apology. She was fresh out of college when she came to our school, practically a student still herself and certainly younger than I am today. She started out sweet-faced and shy, but after a few weeks with my rowdy senior class, she quickly became calloused, projecting a tough new demeanor that didn’t win any points with us. When she was out sick for a few days and we learned that she had gone to stay with her parents, we made fun of her behind her back. Running home to mommy? What a baby. Fast-forward five years to my own first job out of college, and my perspective did a 180. I was truly on my own for the first time in my life and wondering how the real world had snuck up on me so quickly. I remember the revelation like it was yesterday. I was exhausted, fighting rush hour traffic and just plain under the weather. I wanted to go home; not to the “home” where all the bills came in my name, but

to my real home — to my mom. And I recalled my attitude toward that high school health teacher with sincere remorse. Because, really, do we ever get too old to run to Mom? I think not. There’s a country music song that says it best: “Call up Mama when all else fails.” My mother is often the first person I call no matter what life throws my way, because no one empathizes with me like she does. She shares the load of my heartaches, and she multiplies my joy. This month’s cover story pays tribute to the mothers like mine with gift ideas and suggestions for spending some quality time together (page 32). As Mother’s Day approaches on May 13, I thank God for blessing my life with such a wonderful woman, and I pray that someday my own children will have a mom just like her.

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Enter to Win a Getaway for Two to Williamsburg, Va. In the past, we’ve given away pampering trips, educational trips and downright thrilling trips. This month, we’re wrapping all of those into one. Historic traditions and sophisticated experiences converge in Greater Williamsburg, an area with top-tier museums and cultural experiences uniquely combined with small-town charm. A prime example is Wedmore Place, a hotel built on a farm that was settled in 1615. Its 28 rooms and suites are themed in the style of a different European province, and all rooms have fireplaces, individual floor designs, 10-foot ceilings and king size beds. The style of each room reflects different periods of history from the Corinthian room inspired by the classic Greek forms of Antiquity featuring a large marble statue, Corinthian columns and large white ceramic

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One lucky Points North reader will win a getaway package that includes a two-night stay at Wedmore Place, a Williamsburg Winery tour and tasting for two, plus two tickets to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, two tickets to Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center and two tickets to Colonial Williamsburg. Known as America’s Historic Triangle, Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown showcase the foundation of the United States from settlement to democracy. This prize is valued at approximately $850. To register, visit us online at www.ptsnorth.com by May 31.

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it is hard to ignore the allure of The Forum in Norcross. With an array of retail and dining experiences, this European-style, outdoor mall is the perfect place for a shopping spree. While strolling down the sidewalk, stop into Carnegie Jewelers. With a wide selection of products and services such as PANDORA, Michele Watches, watch batterOne lucky Points North reader will win a $500 ies, engraving, jewelry repair, certified gift card to Carnegie Jewelers simply by regisappraisals, jewelry cleaning, and more, this tering online at www.ptsnorth.com by May 31. is the perfect destination to find something In addition, Carnegie is offering a second gift special for Mom this month. Find them at card valued at $250 to anyone who registers 5155 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 220 (next to in-store, giving you not one, but two chances Belk) or visit www.carnegiejewelry.com. to win this month!

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Great Food and a LITTLE INSPIRATION Unfortunately, the weak economy has determined the fate of many small businesses, but Dennis Barber, owner and head chef of The Copper Door in Hayesville, N.C., made the bold decision to turn that fate around, and he and his New Orleans-inspired restaurant have been reaping the benefits ever since. In 2008, Points North featured The Copper Door as a great Appalachian dining spot, but that same year, economic troubles caused Barber to put his dreams on hold and close up shop. For the following year and a half, it was back to the drawing board, and in May 2010, The Copper Door reopened with a full bar and a wine cellar that would go on to win Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. With such ambition behind The Copper Door, it is no wonder Open Table has listed them as one of the top 100 restaurants in the United States. Today, The Copper Door offers its guests a variety of experiences including wine pairing dinners once a month, prime rib entrées every Wednesday night, and live music every Thursday evening. To learn more, visit www.thecopperdoor.com. – Rachel Buckley

So you can’t quit your job or ignore your household expenses, but you can erase the stresses in your life with a tranquilizing day at the spa. Mango Bliss Spa in Alpharetta offers a variety of therapeutic options including a signature Swedish massage; the Maternal Bliss, a complete body massage designed to increase circulation, reduce water retention, and alleviate the muscles of expecting mothers; a scalp massage prepared with organic jojoba oil; and the Blissful Four-Hands Massage, featuring two synchronized therapists. If you can’t find time to escape, the Lavender Dreams Home experience will bring the spa to you. The home therapy is offered in 90- and 60-minute sessions. For those who prefer all-natural products, the spa provides an ultramoisturizing body treatment with fucus algae that grows along the shorelines of France’s Brittany Coast, an organic facial with plant-derived ingredients and a back treatment with Dead Sea mud. For more information, call 770-569-9969 or visit www.mangoblissspa.com. – Artisha Johnson

Three years ago, Susan Devitt and her husband, Tom Gallo, fell on hard times. Tom lost his job, and Susan’s salary took a heavy hit. With very few options and the fear of having to leave their native Asheville, N.C., Tom started inventing. Putting his creativity to work, he built several contraptions, but none of them seemed to hit the mark. Little did the Gallo family know, Tom had already invented a great product; in fact, it was baking in their oven. Made with his grandmother’s special sauce, Tom’s pizza had been a family favorite for years and would turn out to be their ticket to success. With Tom’s passion for organic foods and Susan’s graphic design experience, GalloLea Organics was born. Since spring of 2010, Tom and Susan have been supporting local farmers and giving families healthier alternatives to frozen and processed pizza, and their products have recently become available in the Atlanta market. Find them at any of the four Natural Foods Warehouse locations in metro Atlanta. For more information or to make an online purchase, visit www.gallolea.com. – Rachel Buckley 10

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Yogli Mogli franchise owners Tina Lee, Fran Woodward and Irene Soong

CONNECTING WITH COMMUNITIES, ONE YOGURT CUP AT AT TIME When fro-yo first hit the Atlanta market several years ago, the spots that served it were few and far between; now, the self-serve ice cream alternative has taken the Northside completely by storm, thanks largely to the appearance of Atlanta-based Yogli Mogli. Not only is the locally owned aspect an incentive for owners, it also allows individual locations to connect intimately with the neighborhoods around them, making it a great fit for female franchise owners with a heart for kids and their communities. “[Founder] Roi Shlomo is definitely involved with the community and he really promotes that with the

franchisees as well,” said Tina Lee, who owns a location in Dunwoody. “We sponsor every school and sport in our area,” said Fran Woodward, whose West Cobb locations are at the center of schools like Marietta High School, Hillgrove High School, Kennesaw High School and Mount Paran Christian School. Her locations, as well as Lee’s and Irene Soong’s in Johns Creek and Virginia Highland, regularly host spirit nights for nearby schools, which typically involve giving a percentage of sales back to the school or PTA. “When we do spirit night, we have the kids write down which

class they are from, and whoever has the most participants gets a free yogurt party,” said Soong. Her locations and those in West Cobb often donate yogurt for sporting events so that the Booster Clubs can sell it to raise funds. And Woodward also provided refreshments at a seventh grade dance, bringing catering cups of a few popular flavors and creating quite a stir with all the kids. In Dunwoody, Lee’s location supports a variety of organizations like the Marcus Jewish Community Center and local swim clubs. And the communities seem happy to support the shops in return. “There were so many people who come in and say ‘We are so happy to see a small business thrive,’” Woodward said. When the heat waves hit this summer, one thing’s for sure — we’ll be happy to support these local businesses ourselves! For more information, visit www.yoglimogli.com.

GET READY TO WRITE! For children who are interested in creative writing, Barrington Hall, a historic venue in Roswell, will host writing camps this spring and summer. The “Kids Can Write” series is led by award-winning children’s book author Mary Ann Rodman and will help children clarify their storytelling abilities and learn to engage the audience through exercises, brainstorming, creative thinking and fieldtrips. The camps are open to children ages 10 to 14 and cost $250. The Saturday camp takes place May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9 and June 16, and weeklong summer day camps will be held on June 25 – 29 and July 23 – 27. Each camp has a capacity for 15 children, and reservations are required. To reserve a spot or learn more, call 770-640-3855.

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DINE LIKE A CELTIC There’s nothing more Irish than grabbing a pint of Guinness at your favorite local pub. Don’t have a favorite pub? Well, not only do we know of a great one, we can give you the perfect excuse to go. Located in Sandy Springs, Meehan’s Public House serves up authentic, Irish lager, stout and cuisine at a great price. On May 10 at 7:30 p.m., the restaurant will welcome Judith McLoughlin, chef and author of “The Shamrock and the Peach.” Join Meehan’s Chef Val Domingo as he prepares a special menu inspired by McLoughlin’s favorite Irish dishes with a southern twist. Mouth-watering menu items will include pan-roasted Maple Leaf duck breast, seared sea scallops a la plancha and much more. Indulge in an authentically Irish, four-course meal while enjoying the sounds of the Ballybeg Band for just $47 per person. For more information, call 404-843-8058 or visit www.meehanssandysprings.com. – Rachel Buckley

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WHAT IS GUM DISEASE? WHAT ARE BETTER WAYS TO CURE IT (instead of deep cleanings)? An estimated 80% of American Adults have some form of gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection underneath your gumline – areas that you can’t reach with brushing. Your body tries to ward off the infection by launching an inflammatory response (gums bleed) which can quietly spread throughout your body placing you at risk for systemic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and other diseases. One way to identify gum disease is to have your hygienist measure the depths of your gums around your teeth. Depths of 1 to 3 mm is healthy. Anything deeper increases your risk for gum disease.

Atlanta Dental Spa uses leading-edge treatments, like Perio Protect™ — a unique tray that you wear at home that kills the infection below the gumline. Once the infection is gone, your body has the chance to heal itself. Couple this with our pharmaceuticalgrade supplements, and you have an alternative — without scraping or deep cleaning — to cure the infection and allow your body to heal from the inside-out!

IF IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE YOU VISITED A DENTIST, or if your dentist and hygienist are not regularly discussing oral-systemic health and leading-edge treatments, then it may be time to join a “new school” dental practice. At Atlanta Dental Spa, we focus on providing leading-edge and minimally invasive treatment for all of our patients while serving each patient with pampering hospitality. For a limited time, we are offering a $49 screening and exam to check for gum disease. Call us (770) 998-3838 or go online (www.AtlantaDentalSpa.com) to schedule your screening and take a step toward better overall health.

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Known for Its Fresh Seafood and Sense of Nostalgia, This Working Fishing Village Invites Visitors to Step Back in Time

fresh and estuarine fish, 127 rare species of plants and vertebrates, and also boasts the highest density of amphibians and reptiles

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in the country. More than 50 species of

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mammals reside here, including the threat-

nce the third busiest port on

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ened Florida black bear, the endangered

the Gulf Coast during the 19th

West Indian manatee, the Indian bat and

century, Apalachicola is now a

gray bat.

wonderfully anachronistic, working fishing

While there are many tour operators

village that boasts an intriguing mixture of

offering scenic and wildlife river tours, fish-

adventures to lure tourists from all parts of

ing and oystering trips and the Apalachi-

the world.

cola National Estuarine Research Reserve

Gone are the glory days of the port

is located in nearby Eastpoint, another no-

when cotton was king, and lumber and

table mammal was spotted in Apalachicola

cypress were princes, but the town, found-

recently. Three Sports Illustrated swimsuit

ed in 1831, has maintained its royal place

issue models, Ariel Meredith, Julie Hen-

throughout the Southeast and beyond.

derson and Kate Upton, visited the area

Its fertile waters are teeming with fresh

for a 10-day photo shoot, and many of

fish and shellfish, particularly oysters, and

the images were used in the 2012 issue,

Apalachicola Bay supplies 90 percent of

which was released in February. While the

Florida’s oysters and 10 percent of those

publicity certainly shone the spotlight on

produced in the United States. This vital

the town and the Gulf Coast region, the

bio-diverse area is home to 131 species of

resulting voluptuous images are in direct


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contrast to what Apalachicola truly is for

nicely and is a great option for a more pri-

most visitors — a relaxing, sentimental

vate stay complete with its own bathroom.

vacation spot.

We were unencumbered by other guests

A visit to Apalach (as the natives call it)

and had the nicely appointed kitchen, two

is a breath of fresh air. Here, you can walk

bathrooms and dining area (and washer

nearly everywhere in town, engaging in

and dryer) to ourselves. A spacious upstairs

conversation with many of the shopkeep-

loft and the cottage house also are avail-

ers and townsfolk and feeling as if you’ve

able to rent. Owner Ouida Tartt, who pur-

taken a step back in time. Apalachicola has

chased and restored the property with her

more than 900 historic homes and build-

husband Innes before

ings listed in its extensive National Register

his death, could not

district and it was named one of the nation’s

have been more gen-

Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2008 by

teel and attentive

the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

to our needs.

Numerous galleries also are present here, providing opportunities for unique finds of both art and antiques. For accommodations during a long weekend stay, we opted for the House of Tartts Guest House & Cottage House. My wife and I stayed in the king room, while our 14-year-old daughter and a friend stayed in the queen suite, which was configured

Above: House of Tartts Cottage House Right: The Cape St. George Lighthouse was relocated and rebuilt in 2008.

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Summer ' etaways | apalachicola Continued Heading

The 23-room Coombs House Inn, the

Upscale options include Caroline’s River

Gibson Inn, Bryant House Bed & Breakfast,

Dining, Veranda’s Bistro & Wine Shop (try

Apalachicola River Inn and The Consulate

the fried oysters in a horseradish-Dijon

are other in-town options to consider.

cream sauce) and The Owl Café, which

For those in search of a beach ad-

offers The Wine Room. Also onsite, The

dress, St. George Island is a 15-minute

Tap Room and The Stuffed Owl are among

drive from downtown Apalach, and fea-

the best in the area. However, if you are

tures a gorgeous stretch of beach that is

looking for more laid-back options befitting

home to approximately 900 full-time resi-

of the locale, Boss Oyster, Papa Joe’s Oys-

dents and thousands of seasonal guests.

ter Bar & Grill and Up the Creek Raw Bar

The 17-room St. George Inn and the Buc-

are highly recommended.

caneer Inn are the two hotels on the island,

In fact, Up The Creek is a bit of an

but beach homes rent in all price ranges.

anomaly, offering such menu items as ga-

There are several companies that provide

tor empanadas, shrimp, avocado and black

assistance with rental properties, including

bean salsa served with tortilla chips, little

Resort Vacation Properties, which specializes in upscale home rentals and offers a vacation planner free of charge on its web-

neck clams from nearby Alligator Point, Clockwise from top left: Up The Creek Raw Bar Conch Fritters; Bowery Art Gallery; The 23-room Coombs House Inn

site. A visit to Eddy Teach’s Raw Bar for

sensationally crispy pork egg rolls with Asian curry cabbage and Thai sweet chili sauce. However, a dozen raw oysters are

oysters, cold beer and lots of local flavor is

offshore saltwater or river guide services.

just $6.99, and Chef Brett Gormley’s world-

a must.

Pam Vathis’ Reel Memories, located at 109

famous conch cakes and alligator meatball

St. George Island State Park, an 1,800-

Long Ave. in Apalachicola, offers custom-

sub are phenomenal. And you simply can’t

acre natural paradise, offers nine miles of

ized trips on a 25-foot Proline with license,

leave town before stopping at Papa Joe’s.

sandy beaches plus fishing, picnicking,

bait and tackle included.

As we enjoyed a dozen signature oys-

hiking, nature study and camping. At the

West of Apalach, a trip to the 12,300-

ters — procured from a special location

center of the island, the Cape St. George

acre St. Vincent Island is another intriguing

near St. Vincent Island — and a heaping

Lighthouse, which had succumbed to

adventure for nature lovers and fishermen.

plate of boiled shrimp one evening, a cou-

beach erosion and pounding waves in Oc-

Accessible only by boat, the island offers

ple from Germany were doing likewise at

tober 2005, has been reconstructed with

experiences for hikers, cyclists and bird

an adjacent table. After all, a trip to Apalach

as many original materials as possible.

watchers. The St. Vincent Shuttle leaves

would be remiss without indulging in this

Climb the 92-step winding staircase for a

from Port St. Joe and must be booked in

local delicacy. PN

spectacular view of the island.

advance.

Approximately 50 professional fishing

As you might expect, there is no

guides reside in the area and they typi-

shortage of restaurants offering fresh sea-

for more

cally specialize in either inshore saltwater,

food and shellfish from the local waters.

www.apalachicolabay.org

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pensacola Boasting White-Sand Beaches and a Bustling Downtown District, This Piece of Florida’s Gulf Coast is Both Resurgent and Resplendent [ WRITTEN BY CARL DANBURY ] ALL PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CARL DANBURY UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

Perdido Key boast the same sugar-white sand beaches you’ll find elsewhere along the Gulf with the added bonus of proximity to the city of Pensacola, laden with excellent dining, historical tours and top-notch musical venues. Between Perdido Key and downtown Pensacola, the National Naval Aviation Museum, featuring an IMAX theatre, flight simulators and the United States Navy’s Blue Angels Flight Demonstration

Mayor Ashton Hayward III

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Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island and

AIR’s Ambition modern-day aircraft model

Squadron, draw countless visitors to the

Blue Angels’ practice sessions, held most

area. You can still enjoy sipping, sand,

Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 8:30

shopping, serenity and sunblock, but en-

a.m. from March through November, though

tertainment options abound here.

sessions are subject to change without no-

ensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward

P

The history of Pensacola traces back

III leaned back in his desk chair

to 1528 when Panfilo de Narvaez originally

from his seventh floor City Hall

landed at Santa Rosa Island. But the first

Pensacola’s new National Flight Acad-

office, which overlooks the just-complet-

settlement was founded in 1559 when Don

emy and its Aviation in Residence (AIR)

ed Community Maritime Park, and talked

Tristan de Luna arrived with seven ships

program launches in June. The Academy’s

animatedly about the future prospects of

and 1,557 soldiers and civilians to establish

mission is to inspire students in science,

Pensacola. Despite the numerous initia-

a permanent colony for Spain in the New

technology, engineering and math by us-

tives and improvements the city has made

World. The colony was abandoned in 1561

ing aviation as a basis for learning. The

under his watch, Hayward has even higher

after a hurricane destroyed his fleet and

Academy is a 100,000-square-foot facility

hopes for the area, with plans to further

many of his supplies.

modeled as a modern-day aircraft carrier

tice due to weather conditions, flight operations or other unforeseen events.

develop its infrastructure and increase

Educational tours of Historic Pensa-

called Ambition. During AIR camp sessions,

enthusiasm for the area as a destination.

cola Village, Fort Pickens, Fort Barrancas,

students are assigned a 12-person squad-

He and city administrator Bill Reynolds

the Pensacola Lighthouse, the Discovery

ron and participate in a mission where they

took an hour from their busy schedules to

Gallery inside the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Flor-

have to work together to solve a problem

discuss some of the advantages the city

ida State Museum and Veterans Memorial

based on real-world scenarios. Squadrons

and surrounding area have over some

Park, a permanent replica of the Vietnam

compete against each other in intense

of the beach-only communities nearby.

Veterans Memorial, are great options for

real-life scenarios that combine the thrill of

Truthfully, the Pensacola Bay area

history buffs. I recommend planning your

flight with critical thinking techniques. Tu-

has a bit of an identity problem with

visit to Fort Barrancas and the Pensacola

ition is $1,250 per student, which includes

those seeking Gulf Coast serenity. In fact,

Lighthouse to coincide with the thrilling

overnight quarters and catered meals.

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Sports lovers will be glad to know that, for the ďŹ rst time since early 1962, minor league baseball has returned to Pensacola. The Blue Wahoos opened in early April to sold-out crowds and rave reviews. In a spectacular setting overlooking the bay, much like AT&T Park in San Francisco, the Cincinnati Reds affiliate may become the envy of most minor league baseball teams; the Blue Wahoos sold 230,000 tickets for the season before the ďŹ rst pitch was even thrown. We enjoyed two different styles of lodging during our visit to Pensacola, and both were of superior quality. The Lee House Bed & Breakfast Inn, overlooking

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the bayfront and beautiful Seville Square and Fountain Park, captures the charm of the original 1866 home that once stood on its site. Owners Norma and Patrick Murray, residents of Pensacola for more than three decades, recreated the original ediďŹ ce but added modern conveniences for guests. Booked solid for most weekends for weddings and other social occasions, a mid-

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lic. This is a favorite among all Gulf Coast restaurants. Other noteworthy tables may be found Above: The Blue Angels fly over the first Blue Wahoo’s game; Right: Deck Bar at The Fish House

at Dharma Blue, Hopjack’s Pizza Kitchen & Taproom, Tops Choice Hamburgers, CJ’S

Beach enthusiasts with a penchant for

family-friendly Gulf vacations, condomini-

Kitchen & Grille, Five Sisters Blues Café,

amenities need to look no further than Por-

ums abound and provide great beach

McGuire’s Irish Pub, Another Broken Egg

tofino Island Resort & Spa, situated within

access. ResortQuest is a solid resource for

Café, Bagelheads and the Dog House

the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The

finding the right unit.

Deli.

resort’s five majestic triangular towers pro-

Finding a suitable dining option is

Fisherman’s Corner, owned by New

vide guests with unparalleled views of the

never a problem in the Pensacola area

Orleans transplant Jim Green, has brought

Santa Rosa Sound and the Gulf of Mexico

and Perdido Key. On Pensacola Beach,

a Creole flair to dining in Perdido Key. In

from each unit’s private balcony. Unlike

Peg Leg Pete’s is a great call for casual din-

addition to steak and fish dishes, I recom-

typical beachfront condominiums, these

ing, while the Grand Marlin Restaurant and

mend the shrimp and grits, Cajun mac &

are not your basic cookie-cutter units.

Oyster Bar is a more upscale spot for fine

cheese and bread pudding.

We stayed in a gorgeous three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath unit owned by

dining.

Of all the Gulf Coast destinations,

In downtown Pensacola, the Great

Pensacola may be the easiest to access

Louis and Sheri Brown of Smyrna. Louis’

Southern

operates

with an approximate 5 1/2 hour drive from

favorite times to visit are in May and Oc-

Jackson’s Steakhouse, The Atlas Oyster

Atlanta’s Northside, but if time is of the es-

tober, when the weather is warm, but not

House and The Fish House, which hosts

sence, Airtran and Delta offer a total of 11

too warm, and the skies are clear with less

Girls Night Out every Wednesday on its

daily non-stop flights from Atlanta to Pen-

threat of afternoon showers, prevalent in

Deck Bar. If the $2 drinks don’t capture the

sacola International Airport. PN

the hotter summer months. Despite its re-

ladies’ attentions, certainly the world-fa-

mote location, guests can drive to down-

mous Grits À Ya Ya will. This signature dish

town Pensacola within 15 to 20 minutes

combines spiced Gulf jumbo shrimp atop

from Portofino.

a sauté of spinach, Portobello mushrooms,

for more

Amenities at Portofino include seven

Applewood-smoked bacon, garlic, shallots

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swimming pools, five Rubico tennis courts

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From its Sun-Soaked Coastline to the Charm of Historic Fernandina Beach, This Northeast Florida Destination Has It All [ WR ITTEN BY BR E H U MP H R IES ]

“I

could live here,” I told my husband as we reflected on a day in Amelia Island from the porch

of the Green Turtle Tavern, a local hangout in downtown Fernandina Beach. Despite my love for the ocean, this was a statement I’d never made about any other beach destination. Known as the Isle of Eight Flags for its tumultuous history, the barrier island

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off the coast of northeast Florida offers 13 miles of beaches and plenty of opportunities to enjoy Mother Nature, but I was most enamored by the historic district of Fernan-

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dina Beach, which emerged in the 1800s as

with complimentary wine, beer and hors

an important Atlantic coast seaport. Today,

d’oeuvres like innkeepers Bob and Shan-

Fernandina Beach is still a lively seaside

non Tidball’s signature homemade hum-

town bustling with restaurants, shops and

mus. Not only is this a good time to unwind

bars in a walkable area characterized by

before dinner, it’s also a fun chance to so-

Victorian-era architecture, giving it a small-

cialize with other guests and Bob himself,

town allure that captured my heart.

who truly enjoys joining in on the conver-

Since we were more interested in ex-

sation and making area recommendations.

ploring the local scene than soaking up the

Little details like this make a big impression

sun, my husband and I booked a room at

at The Addison. There’s also a cookie jar

The Addison on Amelia, a charming prop-

filled with freshly baked treats in the dining

erty in the historic district. The inn’s main

room whenever your sweet tooth strikes,

house, built in 1876, still boasts its origi-

and breakfast is a lavish, multi-course

nal heart-of-pine floors and 11 1/2-foot

affair well worth rising and shining each

ceilings, and two additional houses were

morning.

added in 1996 to replicate the initial archi-

For lunch or dinner, one highly rec-

tecture. Well-appointed guest rooms sur-

ommended dining option is 29 South,

round the inn’s central courtyard, where

a Fernandina Beach bistro with a com-

a lovely verandah overlooks overflowing

mitment to local ingredients, an on-site

greenery and a three-tier fountain. A high-

herb garden and playful menu options

light of staying at The Addison is Happy

like lobster corndogs with vodka-spiced

Hour on the verandah each evening

horseradish ketchup. Just a block away,




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Espana’s is a fun dinner spot housed in a

a quarter mile of coastline. Here,

building shrouded by vines where a gar-

you can literally spend sun-up to

den patio made the perfect place to sip

sun-down by the water, with sun-

sangria with Spanish tapas like calamari a

rise coffee on the boardwalk, three

la plancha and a fantastic beef tenderloin

beach access points, two outdoor

in creamy blue cheese sauce. As we left

pools and a play area for kids, plus

the restaurant, dusk was just setting in and

romantic chimeneas and fire pits

we could already hear live music drifting

for making s’mores in the evenings.

from another restaurant nearby. Here, eve-

Even the resort’s fine dining esta-

ning entertainment starts early and lasts

blishment, Salt, pays tribute to the

late into the night. In addition to The Green

sea by incorporating premium salts from

Turtle Tavern, which hosts live music on the

around the world in artful dishes.

weekends, Karibrew Brew Pub & Grub is a

Another oceanfront option is the Omni

notable spot serving home-brewed beer

Amelia Island Plantation, a 1,350-acre

alongside gussied-up pub fare.

resort with 3 1/2 miles of beaches, cham-

Anglers will want to pay a visit to Fer-

pionship golf, a shopping village and nine

nandina Harbor Marina at the heart of the

dining options ranging from casual fare

downtown district, but while my husband

to Southern-inspired fine dining at The

Opposite page: Biking on the boardwalk at Amelia Island Plantation’s Drummond Point Top: Beachfront chimenea at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Above: Happy Hour at The Addison on Amelia Island

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Verandah, where the menu features offer-

learned about the island’s history, explored

daily, so you can pick up a fresh catch to

ings from local farms and fisherman. Plan-

the historic Kingsley cotton plantation, and

cook yourself or order from the menu; my

tation guests can explore the property’s

enjoyed the natural eco-system, including

butterflied shrimp poboy with crispy onion

natural wonders by bicycle, Island Hopper

a gofer tortoise sighting.

straws was the best seafood I’ve eaten in

or segway, but for further island explora-

We worked up an appetite as we navi-

recent memory. It was yet another casual

tion, I recommend EcoMotion Tours for

gated the segways, so we headed down

but memorable experience that catapulted

off-road segway tours through Amelia Is-

A1A to the St. Johns River Ferry for a short

this area into one of my new favorite desti-

land’s Fort Clinch State Park and nearby

ride to Singleton’s Seafood Shack in Jack-

nations in the South. PN

Fort George Island Cultural State Park.

sonville, a hole-in-the-wall right on the water

We chose the latter, a 2-hour maritime

with kitschy nautical décor and a covered

tour through wooded paths that reminded

porch overlooking the shrimp boats. The

for more

me of Sleepy Hollow. Along the way, we

restaurant cleans its own fish and shrimp

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M A K I N G

MEMORIES W I T H

Mom

Mark your calendars: Mother’s Day is May 13! Whether you want to spend quality time with Mom this month or you’re looking for just the right gift to show how much you love her, read on for our recommendations.

SPEND A DAY AT SERENBE IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A Mother’s Day experience off the beaten path, Serenbe may be the place for you. The 1000-acre community focused on land preservation, energy efficiency and agriculture is located only about 30 miles south of Atlanta, but once you reach the Serenbe community sign, you may get the inkling that you have traveled much farther. Horses, pastures, fences, barns and dirt roads confirm that you are no longer in the

city, as well as the sound of gravel crackling underneath your vehicle. Serenbe offers visitors the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of life and connect with nature. Here, you can feed farm animals, take flyfishing lessons, enjoy a trail ride, or get an AromaTouch massage. While the community offers the slow pace of days gone by, it also offers plenty of modern-day amenities, so pamper Mom at the Spa at Serenbe, get her hair styled at Paisley Salon, pick up some restyled décor at Repurpose, or enjoy art, wine, cheese, chocolate and artisan bread at Me…Jane. If you want to make a weekend of it, the Inn at Serenbe offers a variety of living quarters, including a house overlooking the lake with a screened

porch, a full kitchen, a view of the farm animals, televisions and Internet connections; a two-bedroom cottage with an air whirlpool and a fireplace; and a restored 1930s horse barn converted into a three-bedroom, fourbath house with an outdoor fireplace and a nearby pool. If you are looking to treat mom to a special brunch, The Farmhouse and The Hil restaurants both prepare their dishes with ingredients from Serenbe Farms and will be open on Mother’s Day. And HGTV is currently giving away a home in the Serenbe community. Talk about an awesome Mother’s Day gift! For contest details, visit www.hgtv.com. For more information about Serenbe, visit www.serenbe.com. — Artisha Johnson

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GIFT IDEA

UNCORKED GLASSWARE, $36 – $60

Looking for a sustainable and sentimental Mother’s Day gift? Atlanta’s own Uncorked Glass Company offers a rich collection of glassware certain to bring enjoyment to mothers of all ages. Founded by Atlanta’s own Daniel Hart in 2011, this progressive company is concerned not only with crafting a quality drinking glass, but producing a locally sustainable product to help support recycling efforts. Each piece of Uncorked Glass is made from material donated by local restaurants and businesses. This offers a sustainable alternative to rid landfills of used glassware. Perfect for any meal setting, these 100-percent post-consumer drinking glasses are available for purchase in colorful sets of four and six, with sizes of 12- and 16-ounces. Give a set to Mom along with her favorite bottle of wine! Where to find: Online at www.uncorkedglass.com — Ryan Phillips

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FROM MOTHER’S HOUSE TO THE FARMHOUSE THE FROST AND CHILL HAVE long retreated, giving new life the freedom to stretch across Georgia’s beautiful landscape. This year, give your special mother the opportunity to enjoy everything nature and spring have to offer. The Farmhouse at Persimmon Creek gives guests the unique opportunity to escape metro Atlanta to dine outside of Clayton, Ga. From quiet, open-air picnics to relaxed, weekend dinners, this quaint restaurant proves to be the perfect place to indulge in fresh, natural cuisine this spring. And on May 19, owner and chef Vincent Scafiti will be presenting a special treat, just in time for Mother’s Day. Join him for “Cooking With Vince,” an exclusive class featuring lessons in pasta, sauces and salads followed

by a scrumptious dinner. Tickets are $85 per person, and an RSVP is requested by May 12. For more information, call 706-782-9834 or visit www.thefarmhouseatpersimmon creek.com. — Rachel Buckley


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MEMORIES WITH MOM

GRITS BITS, $4.50 – $18.95

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GIFT IDEA

CHAMILIA CHARM

Every Georgia mom loves grits, and Grits Bits offers a new and exciting way to enjoy one of the South’s favorite foods. Created by Atlantan Diane Pfeifer, this bite-sized treat is made by baking grits in a variety of flavors. With so many options, such as cheddar, jalapenõ and Vidalia onion biscuits and sweet cream cookies, you can find the perfect Grits Bits package to tantalize your mom’s taste buds. Where to find: www.gritsbits.com — Rachel Buckley

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GIFT IDEA

BRACELETS, $40 – $160; CHARMS, $15 – $135

Mom will love the wide selection of bracelets and charms available at Woodstock Art & Glass. Fit for every Mother’s Day budget, bracelet selections include braided leather, metallic leather and silver. As a special incentive to honor Mom, the store is offering a free pair of Chamilia earring hoops valued at $40 with the purchase of a pair of Chamilia beads and Chamilia earrings May 3 – 6. You can also melt mom’s heart by enrolling in one of Woodstock Art & Glass’ bead-making courses and making your own charm as a personalized addition to her new bracelet. The store offers fine art by local artists. Where to find: Woodstock Art & Glass, 8670 Main Street, Woodstock, 404-806-0448, www.woodstockartglass.com. — Rachel Buckley PHOTO COURTESY OF GRITS BITS

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PHOTO COURTESY OF DONNA KRUEGER

MARIETTA SQUARE SHOPPING SPREE

THIS MOTHER’S DAY, prove that you have come a long way from popsicle stick picture frames and fingerpainted cards and let the pros handle the gift. Take Mom shopping for a one-of-a-kind present and support a local artist by choosing a treasure from the Marietta Square Artists Market. This artisan market will be open to the public on the second and fourth Saturday of each month through November. Conveniently located across the street from the Farmers Market on Mill Street, the market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. But don’t stop there! Take in all that historic Marietta has to offer and visit the shops and restaurants on the square. Stop by Sugar Cakes Patisserie and have a French-style lunch (the French chicken salad croissant is a local favorite), and try SweeTreat’s Ice Cream and Coffee House for a classic summer sweet. For more information on the artist market, visit www.artistsmarketmarietta.com. — Kathrina St. Flavin

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GIFT IDEA

“EIGHT LITTLE LESSONS” AND CHIBELLA JEWELRY, $26 Strength, determination, passion and courage. All the things that make your mom great, Laurie Beck channeled to battle and overcome cancer. In the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Beck recounts her incredible journey in “Eight Little Lessons of Hope and Healing.” The meditative book was inspired by Beck’s discovery of the power of positive thinking. ChiBella, her corresponding jewelry line, complements the chapters of her book by highlighting eight concepts she incorporates every day: awaken, serenity, healing, hope, positivity, passion, courage and humor. The pieces are handmade from natural leather and genuine gemstones from all over the world and are handmade by Beck herself as a reminder to focus on the healing process. Lift your mom’s spirits and remind her of how amazing she is this Mother’s Day with the gift of positivity. Where to find: Online at www.lauriebeck.com — Chelsea Stratso

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Mom may rule the roost every day of the year, but here’s the opportunity to shower her with royal treatment: House and Garden Boutique in Historic Downtown Woodstock welcomes mothers with a day full of shopping specials, photographs with their children, refreshments and giveaways from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. The shop specializes in unique gifts, jewelry and home accents, and also offers interior redesign, staging services, window treatments and decorating services. Stop by at 103 Bowles Drive or find more information at www.houseandgardenboutique.com.

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SWEETS for MOM

Satisfy your mother’s craving for a cool summer treat (without the guilt) at Cowlicks Yogurt & Floats in Vinings or Sandy Springs. On Mother’s Day, purchase a cup of yogurt or a float for yourself and Mom gets one free. Choose from 10 rotating avors and 28 toppings — nothing beats a completely customized dessert on a day that’s made for celebrating! For more information, visit www.cowlicksyogurtandoats.com.

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One day,

Atlanta resident Jim Gibbs came to his

wife and told her, “I’m going to create a world-class garden.” The idea was not completely far-fetched; Gibbs studied horticulture and landscape design at the University of Georgia, apprenticed under a master gardener in Japan, and is the founder and retired president of Gibbs Landscape Company, a leading landscaping firm in the Atlanta area for more than 40 years that is now run by his son. He comes from a family of gardeners and was taught by his mother to garden the hard way: by picking weeds and doing other chores he admits he disliked as a kid. The result of his statement to his wife that day is Gibbs Gardens, a 300-acre garden estate in Ball Ground, Ga., approximately an hour’s drive from Atlanta, which opened to the public for the fi rst time in early March. Gibbs searched for six years to find a property suitable for his master garden. With lofty goals and a dream in the forefront of his mind, he purchased the property in 1980 and moved there in 1987, envisioning the day he would welcome guests into the scenery. He intentionally created the garden with guests in mind, making the paths large enough for couples to walk side-by-side and allocating space for restrooms, a welcome center and an eatery, ensuring that the entire visit to Gibbs Gardens would be an engaging experience.

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Exploring the Garden I recently paid Gibbs Gardens a visit myself, following GA 400 north and then winding off the highway into the rolling foothills of the North Georgia mountains before I reached the entrance. It was a beautiful day, with mild weather and not a cloud in the sky. I entered Gibbs Gardens under a canopy of Red Sunset Maple and Leyland Cypress trees, which seemed like a natural transition from the wooded mountainous area, and then popped out to the other side to see a manicured green grass area and gravel parking lot. I walked over two bridges lined with flowers and spotted Gibbs, who was holding up an illustrated map of the property and speaking to a large group of visitors. “Don’t forget to walk over to this area,” he said, pointing to a numbered garden area on the map. Later, he told me that visitors were getting so sidetracked by the daffodil display, which boasts more than 16 million blooms each year, that they would completely forget to follow the paths into other areas of the garden. I could understand why they got sidetracked, as I was in awe of the daffodils, too. Growing up in Asheville, N.C., a dozen daffodils would sprout in the middle of our lawn every spring, and as a child, I couldn’t comprehend why they came back year after year — this random piece of yellow-gold beauty in the grass that seemed to exist all on their own, without care. I recalled this while looking at the blanket of daffodils flowing down the side of the

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Gibbs is fond of traveling, and while visiting Monet’s garden at Giverny, just outside of Paris, he pulled out his measuring tape and measured Monet’s steel bridge, then came home to build an exact replica in his garden.

mountain, and continued to feel amazed, as I did back then. The daffodils cover 50 acres of land, and Gibbs Gardens is believed to be one of the largest hosts of them in the country. According to Gibbs, the daffodils are dedicated to his mother, who loved them. As a young girl in grade school, she was assigned to memorize a poem and chose William Wordsworth’s “Daffodils.” She continued to quote the words throughout her life. The sentiments and love for family in Gibbs Gardens are also reflected in the grandchildren’s sculpture gardens, where 11 sculptures represent each one of the grandchildren and are strategically placed throughout the water lily and Japanese gardens. The first sculpture to appear in the garden resembles two of their oldest grandchildren riding on the back of a large sea turtle. The other children are also playing in the garden: fishing on a log, playing the flute, reading a book, playing with a pet and chasing geese. In real life, children seemed to be enjoying the gardens as much as their parents and grandparents. I watched two boys lean over a pond to take a peek at the orange koi along the bottom, and another little girl pose for a picture next to the sculpture of a boy reading a book. Seasons of Color Every two weeks, a new flower blooms in Gibbs Gardens. There will always be a festival of flowers in bloom according to the bloom calendar (see page 48), a

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colorful, overlapping rotation of cherry blossoms, dogwoods, azaleas, rhododendrons, roses, hydrangeas, water lilies, day lilies, crape myrtles, wildflowers and of course, the daffodils. Starting in October through the end of November is what Gibbs has named “Octoberfest,” when

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AZALEA FESTIVAL — Starts in April, continues through summer into fall RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL — Starts in May, ends 2 – 3 weeks later ROSE FESTIVAL — Starts in the first week of May, continues until November HYDRANGEA FESTIVAL — Starts in May, ends in October WATER LILY FESTIVAL — Starts in May, ends in November DAYLILY FESTIVAL — Starts in June, ends in August CRAPE MYRTLE FESTIVAL — Starts in July, ends in August WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL — Starts in September, ends in November OKTOBERFEST — Starts in October, ends in November

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thousands of trees covering 292 acres are alight in all the spectacular colorful glory of fall. In addition to the grandchildren sculptures, Gibbs planned out and placed another piece of art in the water lily garden. Gibbs is fond of traveling, and while visiting Monet’s garden at Giverny, just outside of Paris, he pulled out his measuring tape and measured Monet’s steel bridge, then came home to build an exact replica in his garden. Besides Monet’s bridge, there are several wooden bridges, a covered bridge, a Japanese pagoda viewing deck and several benches beckoning visitors to sit and relax. My favorite garden to wander through was the Japanese garden. “Tsukiyama,” the Japanese hill and pond stroll garden, is the largest in the nation, and is decorated with Japanese lanterns and natural stones that were chosen for their specific shape and positioned in accordance to Japanese traditions. A weeping willow hangs above the pond, and even though several visitors chose to linger around the Japanese gardens, it was therapeutically quiet and serene. For good measure, the Japanese garden also features a zigzag bridge believed to ward off evil spirits, because spirits can only travel in straight lines. An Engaging Experience Gibbs Gardens’ website recommends blocking out three to four hours to spend inside the gardens, but I would tell you to plan to spend the day there. If you happen

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to arrive around lunchtime, grab a bite from the Arbor Café, located in a central spot near the water lily gardens. Gibbs laughed good-naturedly as he told me that his guests are so pleasantly surprised by how good the food is, they come back just to eat. Gibbs used to frequent a local sandwich shop down the road from his home, and liked the food and fresh-baked goods so much that he convinced the owner to open up another location — on his property! On my way out, I stopped to check out the gift shop, which was fi lled with guests looking at giclees by local artist Ann Young, who happened to be visiting that day, and guests ordering daffodils to take home. The daffodils come from the same place Gibbs buys his bulbs, and after selecting the type of daffodil, you can place the order to be delivered to your home. Talk about taking home a souvenir! Who wouldn’t want a piece of this magical place in their own garden? PN

F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N Gibbs Gardens is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $18 for children over three. If you enjoyed your day at Gibbs Gardens, you can turn in your one-day ticket for credit towards a one-year season pass, which is $70 for individuals, $100 for couples and $150 for families (two adults, two children). 1998 Gibbs Drive Ball Ground, Ga. 770-893-1880 www.gibbsgardens.com

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MARISA LAWRENCE, MD   sWWWCOSMETICSURGERYCC YOU ARE RIGHT: varicose veins are not attractive. More important is that those unattractive, painful varicose veins can also be a health risk. Women are more likely than men to suer from abnormal leg veins. While heredity is the number one contributing factor causing varicose and spider veins, puberty, pregnancy, menopause, birth control pills, estrogen and progesterone are also factors, which means up to 50 percent of American women may be aected at sometime in their life. Potential complications from untreated varicose veins do exist and their severity will vary individually. Many people experience continued symptoms of pain, fatigue and swelling of the legs, but varicose veins are a progressively deteriorating condition. By the time a patient notices visible varicose veins or experiences symptoms of leg heaviness, nighttime cramping, achiness or tenderness, they need to be evaluated by a physician. At Circulatory Centers, diagnosing the problem is as simple as a painless ultrasound done in our oďŹƒce’s accredited ICAVL vascular lab. Once the problem is identiďŹ ed, an individual treatment plan is oered. And believe it or not, 95 percent of our procedures are covered by insurance. So what do you have to lose? Only those ugly, painful varicose veins.

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Changing IMAGES ONE PATIENT at a TIME FOR MANY WOMEN, getting diagnostic tests, such as a mammogram or MRI, doesn’t rank among the most pleasant experiences. The procedure may be uncomfortable, rooms cold and equipment intimidating. Add to this the time spent waiting for results and it is easy to see why these tests often make patients anxious. The new WellStar Kennestone Women’s Imaging Center strives to change these perceptions. The Center, located on the WellStar Kennestone Hospital campus, follows the WellStar patient-centered care model and was conceptually designed to evoke feelings of ambiance and comfort throughout a patient’s visit. From the spa-like dÊcor to the comfortable patient robes, this 18,000-square-foot facility is one of the largest women’s imaging centers in the country. The center’s design provides for three separate subwaiting areas for screening,

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Healthy Gums, Healthy Moms WE UNDERSTAND how important it is for pregnant women (or women trying to get pregnant) to get and keep their gums healthy. Most likely, healthy gums aren’t even on your radar, but they should be because the impact is significant. Healthy gums may make it easier for you to get pregnant and just might keep you and the baby healthy throughout your pregnancy. Decades of research points to periodontal (gum) disease as a risk factor for pre-term labor and low birthweight babies. And recent research suggests that periodontal disease may play a role in infertility. How do you know if your gums are unhealthy? One simple at-home test is to floss all of your teeth, making sure the dental floss goes under the gum line as far as you can. If your gums bleed at all, then you at least have early stage periodontal disease also known as bacterial infection, which causes your body to launch an inflammatory response. This response happens

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HONING IN ON HORMONES DID YOU KNOW that when you begin menopause, your body immediately begins to reduce production of estrogen, progesterone and other hormones? It’s true, and as you age, the production continues to decrease. Having found that women feel their best when treatment is customized to their individual needs, Dr. Byrd has had great success in relieving menopause symptoms by treating her patients with

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The Voices of Atlanta From her first step on that stage with a southern take on Mary J. Blige’s “I’m Going Down,” it was obvious that Team Christina had a powerhouse to look out for … Going Down,” it was obvious that Team Christina had a powerhouse to look out for … we’re guessing mostly because although Hill was the last contestant to make it on Christina’s team, she earned an impromptu duet on stage with the Real Diva herself, thanks to those impressive high notes. Since her debut, she won her battle round but her road on “The Voice” ended after the first live show. “I really don’t want to go back to the hotel,” she told us. Though Hill could not be reached at press time, we see a singing career in this gal’s future. www.facebook.com/serahillthevoice

Chris Cauley

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hough Cumming, Ga., native Chris Cauley has been singing for as long as he can remember, he still has trouble pinpointing his musical genre. “I just call it soul music … I try to make people feel something,” he said. The soulful, smoothtalking artist has been performing professionally for years, and is quick to count his blessings. “I’ve gotten to tour the world and do what I love to do and make a good living at it. I’m truly satisfied. You don’t necessarily have to be on the radio every single day to be successful, and I like to

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think I’m an example of that.” Cauley admitted that he was initially skeptical of the reality show concept, but the experience proved to be invaluable because of the connections he made. “This is actually a legit show where you get to work hands on with incredible people and mold your craft,” he said. Though his run on “The Voice” came to an early end after a close call in the Battle Rounds, Cauley’s future is looking brighter than ever with a new deal with Redlight Management, which also manages high profi le artists like Alicia Keys, Dave Matthews Band and Tim McGraw. When he’s not traversing the country — or even the world — on college tours, you can find Cauley leading worship at North Point Community Church or one of its affiliates on Sunday mornings and heading up the live entertainment at Alpharetta’s FireFly restaurant — catch him there on most Thursday nights this month. www.facebook.com/chriscauleymusic

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The Voices of Atlanta Already an established teenage favorite in Loganville, this preacher’s son plays his heart out on stages across the South with a lot of rockin’ country soul every weekend (after homework, of course), so much so that when “The Voice” came around, the show requested his audition and put him one step ahead of the cattle call. Rager. Already an established teenage favorite in Loganville, this preacher’s son plays his heart out on stages across the South with a lot of rockin’ country soul every weekend (after homework, of course), so much so that when “The Voice” came around, the show requested his audition and put him one step ahead of the cattle call. Of course, this sultry, young voice who writes songs reminiscent of Alan Jackson’s homegrown tunes was a guy they’d already been searching for. And when the stars aligned (err — meaning, his mom secretly sent in a tape), this guy was years ahead of his debut. Despite his loss in the battle rounds, he’s right back on track writing and performing at home. If anything, his own fan base has multiplied. His inspiration? He claims that Mr. Jackson himself is the “whole entire reason I do music. He is the epitome of a country artist,” Rager said. “If I could be anything like him, do anything as great as he did for music, then I would say I really got somewhere.” Catch him this month at Friends Sports Bar & Grill in Dacula on May 11 and the Georgia Theatre in Athens on May 26. www.jordanrager.com PN

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PERFORMING ARTS P E TE R PA N

[Through May 27] This beloved classic will surely give audiences plenty of happy thoughts. Bring the entire family to Neverland and experience the magic all over again. Center for Puppetry Arts Atlanta 404-873-3391 www.puppet.org

TH E F OX O N TH E FA I RWAY [May 3 – 27] It’s a hole-in-one for this hilarious farce. Follow two country club owners as they dapple in love, money and mistaken identities in this over-the-top production. Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville 678-226-6222 www.auroratheatre.com

B O N N E V I LLE LOV E [May 4 – 19] The Polk Street Players present this dark comedy written by local playwright Raymond Fast. Follow a desperate wife as she schemes to care for her terminally ill husband while keeping the finances intact. St. James’ Episcopal Church Marietta 770-218-9669 stjames-marietta.episcopalatlanta.org

A Y E A R W ITH F R O G A N D TOA D [May 9 – 13] This heartfelt story of friendship is both comedic and educational. Follow

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these two companions as they journey through the seasons and find the value of friendship. Zaban Park, Dunwoody 678-812-4002 www.atlantajcc.org

ATL A NTA F R I N G E F E S TI VA L [May 9 – 13] Experience the production of 29 eclectic shows from artists across the country. Shows range from familyfriendly to mature audiences only. Various venues around Decatur and Atlanta www.atlantafringe.com

NEW CHOREOGRAPHIC VO I C E S [May 18 – 20] Join the Atlanta Ballet as they introduce and celebrate three of the world’s most talented choreographers during this unique production of music, movement and diversity. Alliance Theatre Atlanta 404-892-3303 www.atlantaballet.com

W H O S E LI N E I S IT, WO O D S TO C K ? [May 18 – 26] Join the iThink Improv Troupe for some well-mannered improv at this hilarious event. Shout out your ideas and watch the madness light up the stage. City Center, Woodstock 678-494-4251 www.elmstreetarts.org

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J E R S E Y B OYS [May 22 – June 10] Follow the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in this widely popular, Tony Award-winning musical. Fox Theatre Atlanta 800-745-3000 www.foxtheatre.org

ARTS/EXHIBITS A R T C O NTE S T

[May 3] The Sawnee Woman’s Club is holding this annual event, which features the artwork of talented elementary students. All artwork will be displayed with one winner from each category. Barnes and Nobel at The Avenue, Cumming www.sawneewomansclub.org

B A R E F O OT I N TH E PA R K A R T S F E S TI VA L [May 4 – 6] Visit approximately 100 tents filled with fine artwork from artists from across the Southeast. With numerous musicians, dancers and activities, this is sure to be one of the biggest events this season. Duluth Town Green 678-677-0172 www.barefootinthepark.org

3 R D A N N UA L A R T S I N TH E PA R K : “ LI V E YO U R LI F E I N A R T ” [May 19] Join the North Gwinnett Arts Association for this anticipated event, which features new artists and vendors and offers fun for the entire family. Suwanee Town Center Park www.suwaneeartsinthepark.com

CONCERTS/COMEDY ATL A NTA S Y M P H O N Y YO UTH O R C H E S TR A

[May 13] Join 120 of Atlanta’s most talented young musicians as they perform master works at this finale concert. Atlanta Symphony Hall 404-733-5000 www.atlantasymphony.org

CHARITY EVENTS C E LE B R ATE C I N C O D E M AYO

[May 5] Come celebrate in a fun, charitable way. Shop for shoes and handbags while enjoying wine and light hors d’ oeuvres. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Orange Duffle Bag Foundation and their efforts to give at-risk foster children a bright future. Southern Soles Marietta 404-955-7463 www.odbf.org

H O R S E S H E LP I N G H O R S E S P O LO M ATC H [May 6] This polo event will feature a silent auction, VIP sitting area and derby hat contest. All proceeds will benefit Save the Horses, an organization that ensures happier and healthier lives for horses in need. Chukkar Farm & Polo Club Alpharetta 770-886-5419 www.savethehorses.org

DOGGIES ON TH E C AT WA LK [May 18] This tail-wagging fashion show supports Pets Are Loving Support (PALS), an Atlanta organization that provides pet-care to the companion pets of critically ill and disabled Atlantans. Watch celebrities strut down the catwalk with their favorite canines. Room & Board, Atlanta 404-876-7257 www.palsatlanta.org

S TR I N G O N TH E R I V E R [May 19] This event benefits the Ken Ford Foundation, an organization that focuses on enhancing youth academic excellence through music appreciation. Join them for live performances, concessions and an instrument drive. Rays on the River, Sandy Springs 770-955-1187 www.raysrestaurants.com

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[May 21] Enjoy a relaxing day of golf, lunch, a silent auction and awards dinner during this special charitable event. All proceeds beneďŹ t the Dawson County Humane Society. Chestatee Golf Club, Dawsonville 706-265-6360 www.dawsoncounty humanesociety.org

SPECIAL EVENTS

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N ITE I N O LD E C U M M I N G [May 4] Join the Sawnee Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club for this 27th annual event as they celebrate Cinco de Mayo. With live music, a Mexican buffet and dancing, this event will surely be a night to remember. Forsyth Conference Center Cumming www.sawneewomansclub.org

GEORGIA M O U NTA I N B I R D F E S T [May 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6] Participants will enjoy three days of ďŹ eld trips, art classes, educational nature lectures and more. Admission is $135 for three days with a parking fee of $5. Unicoi State Park and Lodge, Helen 706-878-2201 www.georgiastateparks.org

S C OT T S DA LE S P R I N G E V E NT S [May 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 13, 10, 17] Make something special for Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day (May 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 13), enjoy authentic Italian gelato (May 10) and create some

exciting dishes with Chef John Griffin (May 17). Scottsdale Farms, Alpharetta 770-777-5875 www.scottsdalefarms.com

TA S TE O F A LP H A R E T TA [May 10] This 22nd annual event will feature numerous appetizers, entrĂŠes and desserts from more than 60 local restaurants. Guests will enjoy cooking demonstrations, friendly chef competitions, exhibits and more. Downtown Alpharetta 678-297-6000 www.alpharetta.ga.us

R O C K I N â&#x20AC;&#x2122; AT TH E R I V E R G A L A [May 12] Show your support for the Chattahoochee Nature Center as you enjoy signature cocktails at the open bar, live music, a silent auction, hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; oeuvres and much more. Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, 770-992-2055 www.chattnaturecenter.org

TU R TLE TO U R S : S P R I N Gâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; S FAVO R ITE C O LO R [May 12] Preschoolers age 2- to 5-years-old will have a blast getting to know Sandy and Spring, two museum mascots who love teaching history in a fun and unique way. Heritage Sandy Springs Museum 404-851-9111 www.heritagesandysprings.org

WO M E N â&#x20AC;&#x2122; S E M P OW E R M E NT CONFERENCE [May 12] This motivating conference will be hosted by entrepreneur, business coach and marketing expert Nina Ijere. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Egwuena Girls School in Nigeria. Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta 770-955-8000 www.thebloomevent.com

M A S TE R G A R D E N E R S TO U R [May 19] Rain or shine, this tour will feature ďŹ ve gardens throughout Gwinnett County and will supply numerous gardening experts to answer all your questions. Gwinnett County 678-377-4010 www.gwinnettmastergardeners.org


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[M AY 1 0] TASTE OF ALPHARETTA F L AVO R S O F F O R S Y TH [May 20] Enjoy food from tons of local restaurants, stop by the Kids Zone and explore work from dozens of local artists. Admission is free and food tickets are just .50 each, with samples costing two to six tickets. Forsyth Conference Center Cumming, 770-781-4110 www.unitedwayforsyth.com

FRIENDS, FUN A N D F LOW E R S [May 25 – 26] The Roswell Garden Club is excited to present this anticipated event. Attendees will watch ballroom dancing, Tai chi, Zumba and gentle yoga. Advanced and amateur gardeners are also invited to experience the Horticulture, Growing and Showing division, which requires advanced registration. Adult Recreation Center, Roswell 770-641-3950 www.roswellgov.com

BOOK READING A N D S I G N I N G W ITH K I M B E R LY B R O C K [May 26] Show your support for local writer Kimberly Brock as she debuts her promising first novel, “The River Witch.” Brock calls Alpharetta home and is eager to bring positive attention to her native North Georgia. Peerless Book Store, Alpharetta 770-650-7323 www.kimberlybrockbooks.com

TH E H A R RY M A Z I A R CLASSIC [June 4] Join the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta in celebrating Bernie Marcus, chairman of the board of The Marcus Foundation, who has shown enormous dedication in shaping the vibrant Atlanta Jewish community. Hawks Ridge Golf Club, Ball Ground 770-205-6889 www.hawksridge.com

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Host a Sip ‘n Sew. With the help of volunteers, The Serenity Creations Project creates beautiful dresses, shirts and shoes for children in need from gently used clothing and scrap fabric. By hosting a Sip ‘n Sew party, you can have fun with friends and support a great cause. Serenity Creations will invite your guests, bring all the necessary equipment and provide easy instructions and guidelines. All you need to do is provide the place and some light refreshments. For more information, email serenitycreationsproject@gmail.com or visit www.serenitycreationsproject.com. Celebrate the South. The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is back for another exciting season! On May 10 – 13, indulge in the South’s rich history and culture. With a variety of events, entertainment and comforting cuisine, this event is sure to hit the spot. Indulge in learning experiences, tasting tents, dinners and more by choosing one of the many tantalizing packages offered this year. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com.

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Jazz up Your Month. All month long, the city of Atlanta will be celebrating this beautifully sporadic music, and you can too! On Memorial Day weekend, gather with fellow jazz enthusiasts at Piedmont Park and experience performances by up-and-coming jazz musicians and legends. Join the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs in celebrating our heritage and help expose the art of jazz to the entire community and surrounding areas. For more information, visit www.atlantafestivals.com.

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Party with Pinterest. Paint ladybugs on your toenails and knit your own party dress … we found the perfect event for our Pinterest-addicted readers! Presented by Re-Inspiration Store and Capitol de Beaute, The Perfect Pinterest Party will feature pinning games, delicious small bites, music and more. Come join the celebration and let those creative juices flow at Re-Inspiration Store in Poncey Highland on May 17. For more information, email pinterestatlanta@gmail.com and let the “pinsanity” begin.

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Take a Home Tour. Presented by the Roswell Woman’s Club, the 16th Annual Showcase Home Tour features the home of retired Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Mark Wohlers and family through May 20. After being destroyed by a fire in 2011, the home has been rebuilt and designed with a purpose. Come enjoy events such as furniture make-over paint demonstrations, book signings and an exclusive look at the designs of nine talented interior designers. For more information, visit www.roswellwomansclub.org.


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