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{ ON THE COVER } Shot on location at the historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta by Kelle Mac Photography (kellemacphotography.com). For more details, flip to page 16. S P E C I A L A DV E R TI S I N G S E C TI O N S 37 | Head to the Mountains 64 | Outdoor Living

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STEALS THE SHOW Whether a matinee or night on the town, this month we’re playing dress up with inspiration drawn from a visit to the theater. Time to close the curtain on cold weather clothes and let spring take center stage.

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FEMALE FILMMAKERS Running March 20 through 29, the 39th annual Atlanta Film Festival is one of only two dozen Academy Awardqualifying festivals in the country. Sit back and share the popcorn as we celebrate this year’s independent female filmmakers calling the shots.

30 A CHANGE OF COURSE Finding a passion and a purpose larger than ourselves can be one of the best motivators for going the distance. Meet two runners who’ve dedicated themselves to raising awareness and giving back to their communities one race at a time.

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EXPLORING THE EVERGREEN STATE Crazy for Washington and its wine, we’ve given March Madness new meaning. From a casual pace of sampling Spokane’s finest to discovering how Seattle and two quick detours became true destinations, we went West and had such a great experience, we did it again.

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BACKYARD BLISS Working with Mother Nature to expand your family’s happy places into outdoor oases, we’ve found a few ways to create a haven for just about everyone in your household. From gardens and grills to play spaces, our experts weigh in on trends and safety tips.

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Holmes and Alfred “Tup” Holmes and Charles Bell undoubtedly noticed the golfing exploits of Sifford, Wheeler and the accomplished champions Ted Rhodes, Zeke Hartsfield and Bill Spiller. After being rejected at Buckhead’s public Bobby Jones Golf Course in 1951, they filed a lawsuit, Holmes vs. Atlanta, aiming to desegregate golf courses and public parks. They lost. The plaintiffs pursued the matter (with assistance from NAACP’s legal team led by Thurgood Marshall) to the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans. When the initial ruling was upheld, the litigious foursome issued another mulligan — a hearing in the fall of 1955 before the U.S. Supreme Court. The favorable ruling came just 24 days before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus. Thus, a game for the affluent became the teeing ground of Atlanta’s first case against segregation, leaving a legacy that extends far beyond the month of February.

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Black History Month, Charlie Sifford died at 92. If you don’t play or follow golf, you likely didn’t know of his passing, his significance or his autobiography “Just Let Me Play.” African-American golfers were forbidden by the Professional Golfers of America (PGA) to participate in most tour events until 1960, when Sifford received an approved tournament player card. In 1961, he became a full member and the first to play on tour, essentially becoming golf’s Jackie Robinson. He earned his first win at the 1967 Hartford Open, followed by the L.A. Open in 1969 and the PGA Seniors Championship in 1975, all after the age of 45. When a young Sifford moved from Charlotte to Philadelphia, he discovered that unlike in the segregated South, he could play unimpeded by race. There, Sifford often faced off with Cobbs Creek’s undisputed champion at the time, Howard "Butch" Wheeler, a former caddie for Bobby Jones at Brookhaven Country Club (now Capital City Club). Others, like Atlanta’s Dr. Hamilton Holmes Sr., his sons, Rev. Oliver Wendell

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WITH THE MASTERS RIGHT around the corner, what better way to get excited than by booking a round of golf at The Harbor Club golf resort on Lake Oconee? Tucked halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, Harbor Club is the perfect destination for a full-on golf break with a course designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish. Tee times at Harbor Club during Masters Week start at $199 with replays available for $90. The package includes cart rental, range balls and a Harbor Club golf hat. To reserve a tee time call 800-505-GOLF or visit harborclub.com. — Nicole McLaughlin 8

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CUPCAKE MADNESS Now celebrating their 30th anniversary, Piece of Cake continues to be one of Atlanta’s favorite bakeries. Established in 1985 in Buckhead by Melissa Bunnen and her friend Helen Cleveland, Piece of Cake serves layer cakes, pound cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more. From early beginnings in her apartment, Bunnen’s business has blossomed into 10 locations and their customer favorite flavors like pumpkin spice, chocolate, red velvet and peanut butter have become staples at parties. For March, the sweet duo are rolling out special Green Velvet cakes and cupcakes just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Baked fresh every night with only the best ingredients, cakes can be ordered up to 7 p.m. the night before for a next day pick up or delivery. pieceofcakeinc.com — Nicole McLaughlin

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PACK YOUR GYM BAG Last month, the national leading boutique wellness brand, exhale spa opened the door to its latest 1,400-square-foot yoga and barre studio at Avalon in Alpharetta. Armed with the core mantra, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you,” guests can transform both mind and body with exhale’s exclusive yoga and Core Fusion programs. The upbeat classes like Barre+Cardio, Boot Camp, Extreme and Sport can surely get your body in bikini shape before spring break, but the soulful

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LAST MONTH, we officially launched sound no trumpet, a new fundraising initiative for 2015 that will reward at least one nonprofit organization with a MATTHEW 6:2-4 $100,000 donation to help fund their operations within 12 months of the launch. sound no trumpet is a communityoriented group of members who will be invited to join a society of like-minded individuals that share

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the giving spirit, but may prefer to do so either anonymously or with little fanfare. To submit a society member consideration form or to submit a nonprofit consideration form, visit pointsnorthatlanta.com/ soundnotrumpet. You may also call Carl Danbury 678-648-4592, Heather Brown 678-648-4594 or Sean O’Keefe 404-228-7903 for more information. Join us Tuesday, March 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Foundation Social Eatery in Roswell for a Spring Break Sound-Off event.

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Song For Kids Festival co-chairs (pictured left to right) Scott "Ski" Feinstein, Josh Rifkind and Bo Wilkins

SET SAIL FOR GOOD CAUSES Feeling nautical? First, don your

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Emerald Ball to benefit Circle

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an organization of women who

integrates musicians into the lives

provide aid — both financial and

of kids facing illness and hardship,

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Inspired by an abundance of local talent

in both boutiques and community theaters like the historic Earl Smith Strand on Marietta Square to the Dancing Goat in Johns Creek, actors aren’t the only ones playing dress up. No matter if you choose a matinee or night on the town, here’s your ticket to looking good.

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Hayley Markowitz in a dress by Pink Martini Collection from South Harmony Boutique; earrings and rings from Bohemia; hair by Dayne Newman and makeup by Michele Franco for Lenny’s Hair Salon

Rujuta Apte in a dress by Pink Martini Collection and necklace by Vintage Green from South Harmony Boutique; earrings from Bohemia; hair by Sarah Cox and makeup by Michele Franco for Lenny’s Hair Salon; model’s own shoes

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Stuart Smith in clothing provided by Miller Brothers Ltd.; model’s own shoes. Nicole McLaughin in a top by Piko, Party Pants by Show Me Your Mumu, booties by Frye, necklace and beaded bracelets from Henry & Pearl; ring from Bohemia; hair by Ashlee Shaw and makeup by Patty Guzman for Muse Salon Photo by Steve Glass Photography | Steveglassphotographyblog.com


Mitchell in clothing provided by Miller Brothers Ltd.; hair by Sarah Cox for Lenny’s Hair Salon

Hayley in a Missy Robertson skirt, Greylin sweater and Velvet Heart top from South Harmony Boutique; hair by Dayne Newman and makeup by Michele Franco for Lenny’s Hair Salon; model’s own shoes

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Now that you’ve got the award-winning outfit, it’s time to see a show! T H E E A R L S M I T H S T R A N D T H E AT R E A noted landmark on the historic Marietta Square, the Strand got its start as a major motion picture house in 1935 until 1976. Then in 2003, the nonprofit organization Friends of The Strand was formed and began a capital campaign to bring back the theatre to its original Art Deco glory, with a grand reopening in 2009. Now the red seats regularly fill for guests to screen films as well as watch live theatrical productions, with upcoming performances of “Legally Blonde Jr.” scheduled for May. Walking through the theatre’s lobby, you can almost imagine the early nights when the marquee outside was first lit. Experience it for yourself this season with a visit to the vintage atmosphere of the upstairs Lumière Lounge. In true fashion, the theatre is paying homage to the days of old with the silent film inspired piano bar and lounge, open Friday and Saturday nights with specialty cocktails. And because the theatre is anchored on the lively square, there’s ample options for grabbing a bite before or after the show. Visit earlsmithstrand.org or call the box office at 770-293-0080 for a full schedule and tickets.

T H E DA N C I N G G OAT T H E AT R E Home to Performing Arts North, The Dancing Goat Theatre in Johns Creek is a more recent addition to the Northside’s arts scene. Inside the small black box style theater, handpainted sets bring rising stars, young and old, to the stage for performances, classes and camps. From any seat in the house, the audience isn’t far from the action, creating an intimate atmosphere to introduce young ones to works by Shakespeare. Margarita Moldovan, founder and education director, enjoys putting a modern twist on these timeless tales. Learn more about PAN at performingartsnorth.com. PN Edit Note: Before going to print, the Dancing Goat Theatre unexpectedly had to close, but will hopefully reopen in the future.

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LEADING

L ADIES FEMALE FILMMAKERS SHINE AT THE 39TH ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL { W RI TTEN BY KATHLEEN STEV ENS MO O R E }

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Ah, March,

you breezy thing. With the Oscars wrapped and spring break still a chilly month away, what’s an Atlantan to do? We say keep the cinematic ball rolling by attending the 39th annual Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF). Running March 20 through 29, the ATLFF is one of only two dozen Academy Award-qualifying festivals in the United States. Kristy Breneman, the festival’s programming director, is a powerhouse in the local arts community, serving on the Board of Directors for three of the city’s


Above: Guests mingle at the Atlanta Film Festival; Documentary filmmaker Danielle Beverly is well equipped to bring stories that matter to the screen.

most influential creative organizations — WonderRoot, Association Internationale du Film d’Animation Atlanta chapter and The Plaza Theatre Foundation. The latter benefits the city’s oldest, continuously operating independent theater. Built on Ponce de Leon Avenue in 1939, The Plaza’s rich velvet curtains and original sconces lend historic sparkle while hosting the bulk of the festivities. And while Breneman is busy overseeing one of the largest and longest running film festivals in the country, she’s not the only woman calling the shots this year at an event proud to acknowledge the

girl power of female filmmakers. Points North Atlanta spoke with four of them, picking their brains on story telling, sexism and rolling tape on anti-antebellum sentiment deep in the land of Scarlett O’Hara. Pass the popcorn as we celebrate independent female filmmakers brimming with moxie, and a movie industry cranking away on our home turf. New Focus, Old South Danielle Beverly is a documentary filmmaker on constant surveillance for a story that matters. And it had better be a good

one. On average, the director spends three to five years camped out wherever she needs to be listening, following and filming. No rush jobs allowed. When an old friend rang Beverly up and told her what was brewing in a little town we like to call Athens, she threw cameras in the car and headed deep into Dawg Nation. Shot entirely in Athens, “Old South” traces the fall out when Confederate flagflying Kappa Alphas at the University of Georgia decide to build their new plantation-style fraternity house in an AfricanAmerican neighborhood that is 150 years old. In response, Hope Iglehart, a softspoken professional, hits the gentrification pause-button, fighting to save the historical integrity in the community she was raised. “Love Athens,” I gushed. “Great town!” “Athens,” Beverly schooled, “is an extremely racially divided town.” The director shot scenes during a three-and-a-half year duration, grabbing her camera and tearing down the street whenever action called. She admitted feeling a deep responsibility to the people she films, mindful of their trust. Though the KA chapter undoubtedly creates a contentious situation, the boys start philanthropic work in the community garden and install irrigation piping. Both sides

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start to chill and accept each other. In the end, Beverly summarized the work with a single word: legacy. When conversation flipped its focus, Beverly described herself as an observational documentary filmmaker, meaning she feels more like a professional listener than a movie director. “Documentary making is very good for me,” Beverly reflected. “It allows me to be quiet and observe, not talk.” The one-woman gusto is unfazed working solo, often playing triadic roles of director, producer and cameraperson. After all, a lone-wolf filmmaker has distinct advantages. Think about who you would feel more comfortable filming you: a bulky camera crew comprised of a dozen men, or a petite lady sporting pixie tresses and a single lens? “I’ve found people will open up more to a woman than a man,” Beverly said. “Especially men. A man might not share his personal thoughts with another man, but he will with a woman.” She conceded that hurdles remain for female filmmakers, with sexism and difficulties garnering funds topping the list. Credit goes to her mother for loading daughter up with fortitude, and an oh-sohandy indomitable spirit that never gives up. When asked her advice for local girls aspiring to be filmmakers, the director enigmatically switched focus again. “I would encourage moms to pick up a camera and start filming a movie.” “Moms?” I repeated. “They’re the ones who have something to say,” she offered, voice turning decisive. “They’re the ones with stories.”

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Above: African Children's Choir singing at a Braves Game. Left: A look behind the lens at director Jiyoung Lee

The Sound of Activism The Northside’s own Erin Bernhardt graduated from Centennial High School before bounding off to the University of Virginia and the Peace Corps. A former CNN writer/producer, the perky blond with a super-sized heart describes herself as a creative activist, committed to making movies that matter. Her dedication to the developing world could not be more evident than in her independent documentary “IMBA MEANS SING.” For producer Bernhardt, this isn’t just her film; it’s her baby. While living overseas, she fell in love with the African Children’s Choir and their mission to train young people via music, education and travel. After touring, the program returns kids to their homelands stockpiled with

TICKETS, PLEASE The best way to attend the ATLFF is with a Pass or a MovieHopper Card. These options allow you to see as many films as you want on a priority seating basis. Don’t have the right red carpet ensemble? Relax — this film festival is for everyone, with general tickets starting at $10 and discount passes available for teachers, students and military.

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tools for bettering their communities’ future — a bonafide help-us, help-ourselves operation. Bernhardt has spent the past three years bringing the story of a young boy named Moses, a drummer from the slums of Kampala, Uganda, to cinematic life. She’s poured heart, soul and a zillion sleepless nights into crafting this film, so the least we could do is scoot across town and watch it. “I wanted to do something 100 percent meaningful,” Bernhardt explained. If you guessed “imba” translates into “sing,” you earn a gold star. The uncomplicated Swahili word pops off the tongue like a happy staccato note, weaving together a fitting title to this character portrait. One of the coolest aspects of the film? Its success stands on the shoulders of not one superwoman, but two. Director Danielle Bernstein is also a native Atlantan who is passionate about creating environmental and social-impact documentaries. Years ago Bernstein and Bernhardt met at a benefit concert, instantly clicked and swapped contact info. When time came to nab the right director for this project, Bernhardt didn’t flip far through her Rolodex. “I firmly believe a beautifully told story can make a difference,” Bernstein explained, dark lashes framing somber


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eyes. “I love making documentaries because they give a voice to people who don’t normally have one.” Not that it’s easy. Bernstein cautioned she’s learned the hard way that no one is going to help you if you don’t help yourself. Considering the accolades and awards her past work has garnered, she seems to have it figured out. In 2006, Bernstein founded Atlantabased Clear Film Productions and now operates it with filmmaker and photographer Jason Maris. This unique film production company is on a mission to partner with organizations that offer solutions to social movements. Creating beautiful imagery is a must, yet it is half the battle. People like Bernstein and Bernhardt crave viewers willing to act. For example, after watching “IMBA,” easy action steps would include plugging into nonprofits like Atlanta Music Project and Girl Talk or, calling Bernhardt directly. She and Bernstein will come out to your school, church or synagogue, loaded with educational materials and discussion guides to accompany a screening. Many of us muse about changing the world, or at least making a dent. This talented duo is actually doing it. From LA to ATL Of course, not every feature at this year’s ATLFF is a documentary striving for epic social impact. Some movies are born to make you laugh. Or jar you. Or somewhere in between. Take "Female Pervert," a narrative written and directed by Jiyoung Lee, for instance. The story follows a young Asian woman named Phoebe as she trips from fellow to fellow making uncomfortable, ah … blunders. “It’s a dark comedy,” Lee described, “about a female sociopath dealing with the world as she travels down a path to self improvement.”

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Let’s just say this one’s not for the kiddies. Hailing from South Korea and Los Angeles, Calif., Lee migrated to Atlanta seven years ago and plans on staying. She can create here. Her film was shot entirely in Georgia, and Lee was quick to praise Atlanta for supporting filmmaking through ease of securing location permits, tax incentives and good old community support. Lee insisted loads of hidden culture is tucked into her adopted home town, if one knows where to look. For aspiring writers, she suggested Write Club Atlanta — a group of wordsmiths who dual against each other on opposing concepts in timed competitive bouts. The linguistic brutality takes place every second Wednesday of the month at the Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. The filmmaker revealed she digs the creative writing process possibly more than directing, but it’s a close call. She learned the fundamentals of her trade by surviving film school at Syracuse University, yet counsels aspiring filmmakers here in the Southeast to consider North Carolina School of the Arts. “So many of their alumni have been successful in their fields,” Lee said, adding, “It’s a great place to make connections that will help later on in a career.” The 39th annual Atlanta Film Festival is another opportunity to mix and mingle with creative minds. PN

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that, in fact, the act is synergistically reciprocating. What would have been a devastating blow for many, Smith took as an opportunity to help others. As the executive director for The Gateway Center in Atlanta, he has spent almost 10 years providing support and a continuum of care to individuals as they gain the necessary tools to move beyond homelessness. Along with the cancer diagnosis last September came the unappable resolve to run 12 races, all 5K distances (3.1 miles), before the end of 2014. “I decided to do that when encouraged by the folks at Orion Racing. They believed that could be a goal that could be achieved,â€? Smith said, adding, “There are so many things happening in my life, it became a personal challenge to myself amidst many other challenges that I have no control over. This one I can manage.â€? Not only was he bringing awareness to an often overlooked cancer, he was encouraging others — with or without cancer — to make the best of their lives “with the time and energy [they] have left.â€? In true Smith fashion, the 64 year old hit the ground running by ďŹ nishing three 5K

races in a 24-hour period, with the help of daylight savings: one in North Fulton in the morning, a second in Piedmont Park which he started late but managed to ďŹ nish and the third, a race called Finish Before You Start, held at Town Center in Kennesaw during the time change. “For me, running is a time of peace and solitude. I see lots of faces from my life’s past and I have an opportunity to pray for those individuals,â€? Smith said. “I ďŹ nd that [as a result] my spirit gets brighter and my head gets clearer.â€? His face lit up when he talked about the finish line at each race. He doesn’t recall how tired his muscles felt or whether he beat his personal best — only the smiles and enthusiasm others expressed for him when he ďŹ nished each race. “Always in the run, there’s a moment where you don’t think you can do it. Those thoughts of ‘This is too hard’ come in, but you dig deep in your soul and keep putting one foot in front of the other,â€? Smith said. This advice that gets him through his own struggles during a race has resonated well with the people walking into The Gateway Center, looking for help of their own.

Crossing Paths Ade Olude is the founder of AdeTheVegan Runner.com; he is an Atlanta-based ultra marathoner that has run multiple races of more than 100 miles; he is a former professional soccer player and Olude is currently experiencing homelessness. Even though he has no idea where he will be living next week, or what he will eat each day, he is ďŹ lled with smiles and joy. Why? Olude describes his as a life of total freedom. “Everything people are afraid to lose, I have lost,â€? Olude said. His purpose when running is to raise awareness for the homeless. Olude runs to show others what is possible when life has taken everything comfortable and familiar away from you. He runs to show the world that those without homes are not all drug-addicts and mentally incapacitated. “It is not as difďŹ cult to be homeless as it is to deal with other’s apathy,â€? he relayed with conviction. Olude ďŹ rst crossed paths with Smith a couple of years ago when he walked into The Gateway Center and joined a program called Life Changers.

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“I want to get to know the men that are here and let them know we are in it together,” Smith said. “I’ve always said that these are not homeless individuals; they are people that matter who are experiencing homelessness.” As Smith began to learn about Olude’s running and the way in which it encouraged his life, he continued to have personal conversations with him, helping the longdistance runner through a tough patch until he was able to move forward and leave the center. Last month, Smith sent 12 men like Olude — discouraged and empty in spirit — back into their communities with 12 full-time “livable wage jobs.” “We’re all running a journey. We’re all in this together so when somebody needs help along the way, you give them an arm, help get them on their feet and they pick up the pace again,” Smith said. He and Olude, like many before them and those that will find their way after, have merged the running community with their own life purpose, bringing their personal causes to the forefront. The New Goal These men are not celebrities nor did they wait until someone gave them validation to

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act. They signed up and ran because they had dedicated themselves to a higher cause of their choice. Regardless of which path we take to get there or why, finding a passion and purpose larger than ourselves can be one of the best motivators for creating change. This year, both men will toe the line several times together in a brand new race series coming to Atlanta next month. For Olude, it’s a warm-up for much longer races on his calendar; for Smith, however, it will be his longest run to date and a new goal for the year. “The Gateway Center is a beneficiary of the Hotlanta Half Marathon, so I’m running my first half with the longterm goal of finishing a marathon distance over the course of the year,” Smith said excitedly. “The ATL Race Series is an exciting new event involving a unique distance,” said Victoria Seahorn, race director for The ATL Race Series and seasoned runner, whose unconventional idea is likely to become a popular new pastime for runners of all abilities. “The quarter marathon is a bit different from the usual 10k, as it is a 6.55mile race,” she said, adding, “The ATL

Race Series allows runners to participate in three different events throughout the year, including the virtual quarter marathon [this spring], the Hotlanta Half Marathon in the summer and the ATL Quarter Marathon in the fall. I think runners will truly enjoy this series as it will keep them motivated throughout the year and enable them to attain that 26.2 mile goal.” Finishers of all three races will receive their ATL Race Series 26.2 medal as they cross the finish line November 15. Whether you see Smith and Olude or not, remember their spirit as you lace up your own shoes and take a step toward change. PN

F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N : To learn more about Vince follow him on Twitter @vincesmith247 and Ade on his website AdeTheVeganRunner.com. The ATL Race Series: * Quarter Marathon (virtual race done within a timeframe) - April 20-26, 2015 * Hotlanta Half Marathon - Aug. 23, 2015 * Quarter Marathon - Nov. 15, 2015 Visit hotlantahalf.com or email victoria@marathonmajic.com for more details.


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More than 220 acres of breathtaking gardens adjacent to springfed streams, ponds and lakes are surrounded by hillsides covered with mature woodlands. In March, the spring season kicks off with the Daffodil Festival when more than 20 million daffodils bloom over a period of weeks, beginning in March and continuing through mid-April. As the season progresses rhododendrons, hydrangeas, roses, ferns and the Japanese Garden ŵOOHGZLWKDVWXQQLQJFROOHFWLRQRI Japanese maples enchant visitors. New for 2015 are the monthly

informal garden talks and plant sales. For music lovers, their Twilight series will appeal. Lunch is available at the Arbor Café as are unique items for purchase in the gift store. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with last admission at 4 p.m. 770-893-1881, gibbsgardens.com

peaceful Blue Ridge Mountains. This charming Georgia town has more than 100,000 acres nearby in the Chattahoochee National Forest, 600 miles of hiking trails and more than 1,00 mountain cabins and vacation homes for that great escape. blueridgemountains.com

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Both located in Blue Ridge, Christy Lee’s Courtyard Grille and The Black Sheep Restaurant Bar & Patio, each serve great food in their own unique way. Downtown at Christy Lee’s, enjoy beer, wine and cocktails to the sounds of live music in a casual atmosphere.

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Creek Falls in Blue Ridge on March 21 between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m. This event includes a handcrafted one-of-a-kind bowl to take home as well as the chance to eat great local food and hear live music. 706-946-1001, feedfannin.com

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Meanwhile in a historic home uptown, Black Sheep is committed to providing guests with great service and an innovative menu in a historic setting. Call ahead for reservations because you won’t want to miss either one. Christy Lee’s, 706-946-5100, christylees.com; Black Sheep, 706-946-3663, blacksheepblueridge.com

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charming B&B is located in one of the oldest residences in Blue Ridge. Built in 1890’s, the threestory, bed and breakfast Victorian inn features eight rooms, 12-foot ceilings, original hand-carved ZRRGZRUNDQGKHDUWSLQHŜRRUV — all just one block from the downtown antique shops and local restaurants. 706-632-0222, blueridgeinnbandb.com

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Harry Norman Realtors – Blue 5LGJH2IžFHLVDIXOOVHUYLFHUHDO estate brokerage offering residential, commercial, and investment representation to both buyers and sellers. Established in 2004 and located in the heart of downtown %OXH5LGJH\RXFDQžQGDIULHQGO\ agent like Kim Knutzen to help you throughout the process of buying your second home, vacation home or investment property in the North Georgia Mountains. Whether you are looking at a mountain, river, lake or golf property, the same customer service \RXžQGLQWKHPHWUR$WODQWDDUHD is guaranteed to be found just 90 PLOHV1RUWKRI$WODQWD 706-632-7211, harrynorman.com/BlueRidge

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Spring, summer, autumn or winter, Mercier Orchards has something special to offer every member of your family. Since 1943, four generations of the Mercier family have planted and raised 300 acres of apples, peaches, strawberries, blueberries and more, in the beautiful mountains of Blue Ridge. They offer seasonal u-pick events, popular with families, and foodies alike, from May to November along with a bakery, deli, and farm market for hours of fun. 1-800-361-7731, mercier-orchards.com

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ĹľVKLQJJROGKRUVHEDFNULGHVDQG the famous Blue Ridge Scenic Railway train that winds it way through the mountains, now the Blue Ridge area is booming. New shops continue to open, restaurants continue to thrive and the way of life here continues at a peaceful, joyful pace. Come experience it for yourself. 706-632-7211 or 706-258-8067, HarryNormanBlueRidge.com

NOONTOOTLA CREEK FARMS

The top independently rated white water rafting company on the Ocoee River in the Cherokee National Forest, Raft One is sure to be a memorable experience for your group. The river’s class 1-5 rapids are perfect for rafting. Raft One also offer mountain biking and zipline canopy tours. It’s the adventure you’re looking for at a price you can afford. 888-723-8663, raft1.org

Escape to Noontootla Creek Farms, a place where “beautiful watersâ€? GHĹľQHVWKLVSULVWLQHPRXQWDLQ stream where trophy-sized Rainbow, Brook and Brown trout abound in the 2.5-mile private trophy waters. Walk through the whispering pines and enjoy a competitive round of sporting clays at their 12 shooting stations, visit the 3D Archery Course and much more. Let Noontootla Creek Farms help you plan your big Blue Ridge Mountain adventure. 706-838-0585, ncfga.net

RACHEL CALLIHAN COWART FOR HARRY NORMAN REALTORS

A native of Fannin County, Rachel Callihan Cowart’s family was one RIWKHžUVWWRVHWWOHKHUH7KHUHDUH two mountains, a book and a creek named after them. She grew up riding her horse along the beautiful trails of Cashes Valley, and also grew up in real estate and construction, as her dad sold a lot of mountain properties, so she naturally has a good working knowledge of the locally built cabins. Already well-known for its

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HEAD TO THE mountains Snowbird Mountain Lodge Bed & Breakfast…

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, N.C. If you enjoy a variety of outdoor and indoor activities, the towns in Cherokee County, N.C. offer bicycle and hiking trails, lakes, wineries, music, arts, festivals, distinctive shops, wedding venues, waterfalls and plenty of history. Visit the Cherokee County Historical Museum which strives to preserve, protect and display artifacts, implements, records, photographs and crafts of the past. Surrounded by several mountain ranges and centrally located for accessing a new adventure each day, Cherokee County is located just 20 minutes from Blue Ridge. Find your balance of rest and adventure here. visitcherokeecountync.com

MARK OF THE POTTER Driving up Scenic Highway 197 N. from Clarkesville, you will stumble upon Georgia’s oldest craft shop, Mark of the Potter. Celebrating 45 years of quality functional stoneware pottery and other artful items in “an interesting shop of contemporary crafts,” Mark of the Potter is a must-see in Northeast Georgia and in Habersham County. See the insides of Grandpa Watts’ old gristmill and feed the protected trophy-sized trout. 706-947-3440, markofthepotter.com

TOWNS COUNT Y, GA. Visit Hiawassee this spring to experience a variety of activities, from day hikes on the Appalachian Trail to sunsets atop Brasstown Bald Mountain and photo shoots at High Shoals Falls to evening

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pontoon rides on beautiful Lake Chatuge. Other events awaiting you at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds include the 2015 Georgia Mountain Eggfest on May 16 and the 2nd Annual Appalachian Wine, Jazz and Art Festival on June 12 and 13. 706-896-4966, mountaintopga.com

RABUN COUNTY, GA. The Farm to Table capital of Georgia, Rabun County is a great place to explore for a weekend getaway or a full week of resting, relaxing and playing. You will ŵQGVFUXPSWLRXVO\GHOLFLRXV dining experiences and so many wonderful outdoor treasures, not to mention the incredible oneRIDNLQGVKRSSLQJŵQGV5DEXQ County is the natural choice. 706-212-0241, explorerabun.com

HABER SHA M COUNT Y, GA. Mark your calendar for great monthly events coming this spring and early summer to downtown Cornelia. First, the Gatsby Gala, a roaring 1920s inspired bash and casino night fundraiser on March 7, followed by the Apple Blossom BBQ & Brews Festival April 17 and 18. When the weather is too nice to stay indoors, enjoy Friday Night Flicks (held April through July) and the Cornelia Summer Concert Series (May through July). 706-778-8585 x 280, explorecornelia.com

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. Anytime is a great time to enjoy the Historic Hendersonville area


SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION hospitality, known for its gentle climate, beautiful scenery, richness in culture, history and friendly people. The Historic Hendersonville area has been a popular vacation destination for more than a century. Located in Western North Carolina, 22 miles south of Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains on a plateau, Hendersonville boasts waterfalls in Dupont State Recreational Forest, the Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock Playhouse, historic sites, recreation, family activities, festivals, shopping and a variety of accommodations, and restaurants. Enjoy a unique garden experience at this year’s 22nd annual Garden Jubilee Festival May 23 and 24, sponsored by Lowes, where you can shop more than 200 garden-related booths on Main Street. historichendersonville.org

LAKE KEOWEE, S.C. JUSTIN WINTER FOR SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY

According to Justin Winter, broker/owner of Justin Winter Sotheby’s International Realty, Atlanta area residents are EHQHŵWLQJIURPWKHLUSUR[LPLW\ to such a beautiful and natural environment as Lake Keowee and the Jocassee Gorges region, located just across the border in northwestern South Carolina. The Jocassee Gorges was recently named one of “50 of the World’s Last Great Places—Destinations of a Lifetime” in a special edition of National Geographic magazine. Unspoiled forest canopy, an “intense” concentration of waterfalls, emerald lake waters, rare plant and animal species, hundreds of miles of trails, and

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HEAD TO THE mountains thousands of acres of state and natural parks are just a few of the reasons why. Only minutes away, set on the shores of Lake Keowee and nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is The Cliffs at Keowee Falls. Whether it’s ERDWLQJWHQQLVJROIKLNLQJžW ness, wellness or simply enjoying the company of friends, Keowee Falls provides a lifestyle rich with wellness for mind and body. Contact Winter and his team today and discover why so many families from across America make our community their home. justinwinter.com

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In the mountains, springtime is the season of new. New wildlife, new foliage and, this spring at The Reserve at Lake Keowee, newly released lakefront property. The Reserve, nestled in the foothills of South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, has recently UHOHDVHGLWVĹľQDOZDWHUVLGHORWV And while these rare tracts are new, they likely won’t be available for long. “We know the weather is going to warm up, but we also expect sales to be very brisk,â€? said Rutledge Livingston, the Reserve’s director of sales. The Reserve, which sits on 3,900 acres and 30 miles of Keowee shoreline, is home to a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course (there are home sites DYDLODEOHWKHUHDVZHOO DVOLS PDULQDDQGPLOOLRQLQFRP pleted family amenities, including 1,400 acres of parks, preserves and trails. The course, one that Nicklaus carved out between the mountains and the lake, will again this spring be a host site of the annual BMW

&KDULW\3UR$PSUHVHQWHGE\ SYNNEX Corporation. This Web. com tournament attracts a host of celebrities and has raised more than $10.8 million for more than 150 charities. The Golf Channel will air the tournament May 14 – 17. That kind of exposure has helped The Reserve reach full bloom: More than 60 homes are currently under construction, which represents the most at any given time in the community’s history. Not only that, but Reserve members – now numbering more than 700 from 30 states – are spending more WLPHWKHUH)RUWKHĹľUVWWLPHHYHU FRQVWUXFWLRQRIIXOOWLPHKRPHV outnumbers that of seasonal new builds. “It’s a great time to be at The Reserve,â€? Livingston said. “No matter the season.â€? To learn more about The Reserve, read the community’s RIĹľFLDOEORJDWLifeOnKeowee.com. 877-922-5253, ReserveAtLakeKeowee.com

SANTEETLAH GAP, N.C. SNOWBIRD MOUNTAIN LODGE

Just three hours north of Atlanta lies a hidden mountain oasis, Snowbird Mountain Lodge. High atop Santeetlah Gap in the Southern Nantahala National Forest your view from this historic property is of mountains piled on PRXQWDLQV$Q$ZDUG:LQQLQJ ZLQHOLVWDQGWUXHIDUPWRWDEOH meals await you. Don’t you think it’s time you escaped? Close to home, but far away, Snowbird Mountain Lodge is where the mountains kiss the sky. 828-479-3433, snowbirdlodge.com


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On the Waterfront A 15-minute drive from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and a warm welcome were exactly what we needed to kickstart our quest through the Northwest. The first of three boutique properties we would visit within the Destination Hotels Pacific Northwest Collection, The Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club and Spa sits on the shores of Lake Washington and is the only Seattle-area lakefront lodging available. Here, nautical couches, a fireplace and amazing views of both the city and the Olympic Mountains assist in greeting guests into what immediately feels like a waterfront home.

From the balcony of our wellappointed room, we debated an afternoon of paddle boarding, kayaking or a cruise aboard a private boat reserved just for guests, but ultimately, we decided to bike into the suburban town of Kirkland for lunch and a little shopping. It’s worth noting here that when I say biked, I mean we pedaled for less than 20 minutes. Total. Fear not, we didn’t burn nearly enough PHOTOS COURTESY OF VISIT SEATTLE; DESTINATION HOTELS & RESORTS

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calories to even warrant calling it exercise; however, the ride home could have been tricky balancing too many shopping bags had we let willpower slip away inside Crush, a store specializing in unique and hard-to-find shoes. Back at the hotel with enough time to explore the property’s onsite spa, cozy library and casual Beach Café, we were more than ready for dinner at bin on the lake, where Executive Chef Matthew Steffen graciously spoiled us with incredible Northwest fare. I’d love to be able to recreate his tomato soup with white cheddar and grilled bread and should culinary talent descend just for one day, I also wouldn’t complain about whipping up his S’mores bread pudding with bacon, bourbon anglaise … ahem, and the ricotta doughnut holes with strawberry jam, peanut cream and aged balsamic. A girl can dream is all I’m saying. Thankful for the pampered palate, we left the suburbs of Seattle and headed toward the Cascade Mountains. In the Mountains As the topography changed during our drive, so too, did our dispositions. Less than two hours in the car rarely, if ever, counts as a road trip for Atlantans, but sophisticated are-we-there-yet moments quietly surfaced, due no doubt, to 50

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anticipation of all that Suncadia Resort and Lodge, A Destination Hotel, has to offer. Awaiting our arrival was the majestic mountain lodge we would temporarily call home, not to mention miles of biking and hiking trails we would have covered, if not for scheduled treatments at Glade Spring Spa. Located in Cle Elum (a city that few outsiders, ourselves included, can pronounce on the first try), this mountain resort is a haven for families and anyone with the slightest inclination for outdoor activities. For Seattle residents, it’s a quick commute into Mother Nature’s Playground regardless of the season. For us, it was a welcome respite in the woods, where normally we’d opt to run for hours. Instead, we chose to chill. Ready to unwind, we wandered into the mineral springs for a quick dip. Not long after, I sank into my table for the Evergreen Mountain Escape treatment, a head-to-toe organic experience that surpasses most signature massages — largely because of the warmed herbal booties and scalp massage. Relaxed doesn’t begin to describe my demeanor even before I sauntered fireside with champagne in one hand and a good book in the other. It sounds rough, I know, but we earned it. Earlier in the day, we ate a hearty breakfast at Portals, the high-end

restaurant onsite, and donned our warmest duds for a day on the water with Troutwater Fly Fishing, the property’s exclusively contracted outfitter for fly fishing and river rafting excursions. Our expert guide, Johnny Boitano, whisked us from the resort, fit us with waders and the next thing we knew, we were casting for trout. The sun dodged the clouds as often as we recast our flies, but we outran the rain and each of us triumphantly caught two trout. We adjusted nicely to mountain life, venturing later into the neighboring town of Roslyn, once the setting for the 1990s hit television show, “Northern Exposure.” There, we drank craft beer with locals at the town watering hole, better known by some as the world famous Brick Saloon. It was the perfect nightcap to our journey. Sleeping in isn’t an option for many moms, but when said women are sent to the Pacific Northwest for a girls getaway in the mountains, let’s just say the view from our balcony of the 2.2-million acre Wenatchee Washington National Forest proved equally impressive an hour later. Our well-equipped two-room lodge was hard to leave, but city life in Seattle beckoned and so did its coffee shops. Around the City Here’s what everyone already knows about Seattle: it’s a very cool city, you’ll need an umbrella, the seafood is incredible and lattes are liquid works of art. Finally settled in the Emerald City, named for its lush greenery in every direction, we were more than ready to uncover what we didn’t know about Seattle. Since we couldn’t stop time, speeding up was the only option, and Espresso Vivace did not disappoint. Another favorite we discovered, Slate Coffee Bar, serves deconstructed espressos in wine glasses but requires an extended detour and a fair amount of good vision to find. Our caffeine kick combined with the incredible convenience of Motif, our third Destination Hotel experience, nestled right


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in the heart of the city’s energy and culture couldn’t have been more perfect. The striking upscale property, located on Fifth Avenue between Pike and Union Streets is perched with prime access to many of Seattle’s landmarks and has the largest outdoor deck in all of downtown. Pike Place Market is easy to identify, thanks to its iconic sign. So too, is Pioneer Square, where the original Starbucks coffee shop resides — this fact we didn’t know until we saw a never-ending line down the sidewalk and a bunch of people snapping photos. Hands free of recycled cups, 52

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we shopped with little inhibition in Pike Place Market, where we tried anything and everything made with lavender — tea, lotion, skin balm, cookies, ice cream — as well as in many fashion-forward shops like Alhambra. In true journalistic style, we pulled up a stool for a necessary lunch of clam chowder and seafood tacos. Topping our list of places to see was the amazing work of Dale Chihuly. Located next to Seattle’s famous Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass is packed with brightly colored blown glass pieces promising to take your breath away and leave

you wondering how in the world he and his team did that. Throughout the exhibition are details about how he started, how he has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as a fine art and plenty of visual proof why his work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide. We opted for the audio tour, slowing down long enough to mosey through each of the eight galleries, the lush Garden and the Glasshouse, which is, as it should be, the centerpiece of the exhibition. With a Seattle City Pass, the options were endless … should we pop into the Pacific Science Center, view the city from atop the Space Needle or explore the EMP Museum at Seattle Center? EMP, which stands for Experience Music Project, provides locals and guests alike with fascinating exhibits like “Star Wars and the Power of Costumes,” which gives a behind-the-scenes peek at some of the most iconic costumes in film history, music exhibits featuring rare memorabilia owned by Jimi Hendrix, one of Seattle’s favorite sons, and plenty more to keep curious minds entertained for hours. Housed in a 140,000-square-foot building designed by Frank O. Gehry, the EMP Museum was most tempting, but then again, when the sun is out in Seattle, it’s simply too hard to go indoors. For dinner, we headed to Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails located on the fifth floor of our happening hotel. Amidst its vibrant décor and electric energy, we sipped craft cocktails and enjoyed a final fabulous meal, followed by more drinks outside in front of the über hip fireplace on the expansive deck overlooking the city. Life is so good in Seattle, even moms on the run can’t help but stop and smell the flowers, even if they are glass. PN

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above the country’s second largest urban waterfall is not what I initially envisioned for our mother/daughter adventure, but it proved to be a fortuitous stop nonetheless. Each time the Skyride hovered while more onlookers boarded, I realized that unlike the rushing rapids below us, I had finally slowed down to enjoy a vacation. While there’s something to be said for destinations within driving distance, every once in a while, my inner explorer begs to let loose. We set our sights on Spokane, Wash., and after four fabulous days of

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border of Idaho and less than four hours east of Seattle. After hosting the World’s Fair in 1974, the city transformed the fairgrounds into its highly popular 100-acre Riverfront Park, where the SkyRide, twice ranked among the world’s top 15 gondola rides by Conde Nast Traveler, carries locals and visitors alike across the falls from high above the gorge. Another haven of happiness resides a quick drive from downtown through Spokane’s Victorian-style South Hill neighborhood to Manito Park and Botanical Gardens. Nestled inside this expansive park are five gardens, a greenhouse conservatory


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and the impressive Nishinomiya Japanese Garden. With the sun setting behind the Japanese sculptures and traditional bonsailooking trees, we followed a pebble path as it guided us around a beautiful pond and cozy coves perfect for pondering life. At the time, we were much more interested in fulfilling our appetites and Luna, a beloved bistro among Spokane residents, awaited. The bustling restaurant, where friends and family convene over fine wine and fabulous food, believes in living deliciously and nowhere was this more apparent than my spaghetti made with kale pesto, house bacon, portabella, sundried

tomatoes, asparagus and pistachios. With our first glass of wine from Washington’s Walla Walla Valley in hand, our expedition in the Inland Northwest quickly evolved into a food and wine pattern we honestly didn’t even try to break. Generations of Grandeur As much as we loved Luna — everyone loves Luna — the next best thing to culinary creativity is sleeping at a legendary locale. Best known as Spokane’s living room since 1914, the Spanish Renaissancestyled lobby inside the Historic Davenport Hotel is nothing short of stunning. Named

for its proprietor, Louis Davenport, Spokane’s grandest hotel has its own walking tour during which guests can architecturally visit Italy, France, England, Spain and Imperial Russia. Knowing the Davenport aspires to pamper its guests, we settled in for unparalleled privilege. The Isabella Ballroom, just off the lobby, holds a Sunday brunch the likes of which most guests rarely, if ever, have experienced before, compliments of the mirrored walls, endless tables of food and the original “electroliers” still hanging in the room. The Hall of Doges (dough-jez),

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the only flying ballroom in the world, gets my vote purely for the logistics necessary to construct the masterpiece in one place and then move it — intact — by crane into the hotel. Of course, a glass of champagne after a heavenly spa treatment inside the Forbes Four-Star Davenport Spa only added to our attachment. Narrowly saved from demolition, The Davenport Hotel was spared by Walt and Karen Worthy and is now part of The Davenport Collection, along with the Davenport Tower, Hotel Lusso and the highly anticipated Davenport Grand Hotel opening late spring. Of Grapes and Growlers Two reasons to visit Spokane are The Cork District and The Inland Northwest Ale Trail. Washington state is one of the American wine industry’s heavy hitters — ranking as the second largest premium wine producer in the country, with more than 850 wineries and wine regions ranked among the world’s finest — and is well on its way to becoming a getaway for wine enthusiasts. Staying at the Davenport provides proximity to several of the wineries in The Cork District. Among the most convenient are Cougar Crest, Whitestone Winery and Patit Creek, all with tasting rooms in the same block as the hotel. Spokane is easy to navigate and very walkable, so we earned our sips at Barrister Winery and then cruised further afield to Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. Though this winery has an in-town tasting room, go for the short drive — the view from the Cliff House Tasting Room is worth it. Veering back downtown, we ventured into Overbluff Cellars. Once owned by Jerry Gibson who now focuses his time and talent as the winemaker, Overbluff Cellars specializes in big wines. Intense, complex

and sustainable, these wines reflect the passion of Gibson, who never ceases to draw a crowd, due in part to his wine knowledge and the rest to his irresistible personality. Ready to share stories and sizable pours, Gibson is onsite often, which makes the experience even more memorable. We left with several bottles of wine in hand and a signed stave from one of the barrels. Wine isn’t the only libation landing Spokane on the map and after sufficiently hydrating for a day, we put a stopper in the wine tour and ambled along the Inland Northwest Ale Trail. Had we followed the Ale Trail Map to 10 of the participating craft breweries, we could have earned a growler to call our own, but a cold pint served us just as well. No-Li Brewhouse, situated right on the banks of the Spokane River, proved to be the perfect place to start. The internationally award-winning brewery prides itself on innovative beers made in Spokane by locals, using ingredients sourced from within 300 miles of the city. As a girl who loves dark and delicious craft beer, I ordered the Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout and anxious awaited its promise of coffee, chocolate and brown sugar. Meanwhile, Stacks at the Steam Plant might not have the familiar pub ring, but the dual smokestack building that once provided heat to most of downtown now supplies necessity in the form of surprisingly good bites, a fun tour and plenty of good brews. The Culinary Trail While no one left breadcrumbs for us to follow along a bonafide culinary trail, all roads led to a fine meal regardless of which direction we went. Walking around hungry or thirsty in Spokane is like not being able to find sweet tea in the South — it just doesn’t happen. Between wine stops, we lunched at


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CREATING USEFUL SPACES FOR EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY { WRITTEN BY MEGAN K. SMITH }

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standing. I love the winter holidays, adore the fi rst few times I can bundle up in my winter coat and warm scarf and cannot get enough of beautiful sweaters. The first time I see my breath is magical. The second and third times drastically lose their luster. When the cold season hits and the kids are stuck inside, my cozy (alright, small) house seems to shrink. My dreams of a playroom where I can shut the door and hide the clutter becomes a very detailed plan of exactly which walls to knock down and how to soundproof the house. Then, as if Mother Nature has a plan of her own, the sun starts to shine a little brighter,

the temperatures start to rise and the inside voices — for all of us — are finally unleashed outside. Our back yard magically increases the square footage of our home, bringing the desire of a playroom to life. Toys can be sprinkled here and there without fear of tripping en route to the kitchen. Yelling and running are not only allowed, they are encouraged. Our yard, like most, is a blank canvas begging to create new memories. This month, we’ve tracked some trends for creating your own oasis, where entertaining in comfort and carving a special place for everyone is the goal.

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Meccas for Moms and Dads In my household, I do the majority of the indoor cooking and my husband handles the grill. Rising temperatures mean I am released of dinner duty and he can tame the flames to deliver perfectly charred steaks, flavorful skewers full of shrimp and vegetables and even the occasional grilled dessert. No matter who holds the spatula, outdoor cooking is definitely on the rise. While most of us own a freestanding grill, the real trend is creating a fully functional outside kitchen. “People are beginning to mold their outdoor space into an [expansive] living area creating an extension of their home,” said David Esau of North Atlanta Fireplace. Outdoor kitchens can be quite stylish and the price points can vary drastically. The market includes weatherproof cabinets and the appliances run the gamut from refrigeration to deep fryers. Companies are also diversifying when it comes to cooking styles. 60

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Want the taste of charcoal, but the ease of cooking on gas? Check out charcoal trays, which enable home chefs to accomplish exactly that. When it comes to prep space, consider either a mobile island configuration using casters or take your time building the outdoor kitchen of your dreams by using component-based products. As your budget increases, you can easily add on that new sear burner or work in some infrared cooking products. Add music and an outdoor television and your family has the ideal hotspot to watch the game while cooking your own game day food. Of course, if your idea of an oasis brings to mind a sense of calm and relaxation, the best addition to your yard might be a water feature. “A water garden, whatever the size or style, can add a soothing quality, delightful sound effects, a sense of whimsy and, on even the hottest days, it can create the illusion of some coolness,” said Erica Glasener, former HGTV star and current marketing manager


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for Gibbs Gardens, located 60 miles north of Atlanta in Ball Ground. Glasener shared that the best way to incorporate a water garden into your yard is to use it to complement your house and garden. It’s important to note that water features come in all sizes, shapes and styles. A small dish with floating flowers could be an optimal water feature for a small yard, while a bird bath might be a better choice for tighter areas. Those with bigger yards (and larger budgets) might consider a more complex feature, perhaps a waterfall or lily pond. When stumped on what to do, Glasener said, “Take cues from nature.” In other words, before you decide on anything, make sure to look around your area and answer a few questions: What rocks and stones are abundant? How does water flow into this area? What types of plants and flowers seem to thrive in places with water? The more you can incorporate local materials into your water feature, the more you’ll create a finished and natural look.

They Want it All A perfectly grilled dinner served al fresco while listening to the calming sounds of a beautiful water garden sounds like the perfect outdoor oasis … unless you are 5 years old. Let’s face it: the back yard does not constitute a sense of zen for the little ones; it’s a green light for fun and adventure. The metal swing sets that were installed via posthole diggers and concrete are a thing of the past and as a mom, I can admit to being completely overwhelmed by today’s options. Arthur Sweetland of Sweetland Outdoors stressed the importance of safety and emphasized that play structures are as varied in price as they are in features. If the adage, “You get what you pay for” comes to mind, be sure to keep it there. When looking for a safer product, Sweetland pointed to three main components: the wood type (cedar is a great option), larger bolts and bigger, wider boards. Some of the less expensive units do not hold up and can create safety hazards. “These are your kids, so if you aren’t quite ready to spend the money, save and invest in the right product down the road,” Sweetland said, adding, “These play structures are a long term investment.” In terms of the long haul, both Sweetland and Al Adkisson, of Superior Play Systems mentioned the importance of buying a product that can grow with your kids. Adkisson said he’s noticed a lot of people these days are buying play structures with higher rooflines and more headroom. This makes the forts a space that the kids and their parents can share. He also mentioned that another great backyard option that can be enjoyed by parents and kids alike is a sports court. “A multi-purpose sport court is the perfect place for parents to have some unplugged time with their kids as they grow,” he relayed.

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I asked my daughter what her preference would be and it came as no surprise that my bundle of perpetual energy would request a trampoline. The thought of her springing even higher than normal gave me heart palpitations, but thankfully, Sweetland once again addressed the safety features. His recommendation is not to buy a trampoline without researching “the safety net design.” At Sweetland Outdoors, they use a frame made in the States and underscored how important the location of the net and the netting material is. A net with wide spaces is actually more of an enticement to climb, increasing risk of harm. Also, be sure to look at the warranty and the weight rating, remembering both of these factors have a direct implication on overall safety. At the end of the day, the ideal back yard is an opportunity to celebrate time together. As we head into warmer weather, here’s hoping you’ll channel the advice of the late Robin Williams who said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party!’” PN

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FIRING UP FUN ARTISTIC POOLS ACCORDING TO RON COKER of Artistic Pools, many clients are interested in total backyard transformations. “The pool is the focal point, but amenities like outdoor pavilions are becoming increasingly popular. These pavilions can act as an outdoor room and come complete with outdoor fireplaces and full outdoor kitchens. Take that a step further and add a bathroom and perhaps a guest bedroom, and you have a separate pool house.” New this year, Coker added artful fire bowls or fire and water bowls are very popular trends. As licensed general contractors, Artisitic Pools can facilitate the permitting and construction of the amenities you choose, taking a client from the beginning of a project to fruition. 770-458-9177, artisticpools.com

BRINGING YOUR PERSPECTIVE TO LIFE ALISON POOLS SWIMMING POOLS CAN BE MADE to last longer with the proper engineering and more aesthetically, organically pleasing by taking an artistic approach to the back yard. “We are pleased to see more customers are aware of the improvements in construction practices and creative things we can do with swimming pools,” said John Martinez of Alison Pools. Taking the time and attention to detail will increase the life span of the pool and bring the overall perspective to life for the customer. The team at Alison Pools is up for any challenge, from designing interesting water shapes such as a perimeter overflow for the whole pool to renovating an existing pool by changing the shape. “We are excited and energetic to see what the market will bring next,” Martinez added. 678-528-4521, alisonpools.net

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Defining ATLANTA’S LUXURY POOLS

Superior Pools

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S P E C I A L

A D V E R T I S I N G

S E C T I O N

OUTDOOR LIVING

& POOLS

RELAXING, ENTERTAINING AND CREATING MEMORIES BOYCE DESIGN & CONTRACTING BOYCE DESIGN & CONTRACTING, Atlanta’s premier outdoor design and build firm, prides itself on strong communication, passion for quality, and relentless pursuit of excellence. They specialize in transforming outdoor living spaces into a haven for relaxing, entertaining, and creating memories. Through an integrated process of project design and implementation, they create the ideal home addition. The experienced design team accommodates every style to create a customized outdoor living space, including your pool and spa. While the pool is the focus, Boyce helps develop an entire outdoor living area to make the project you are envisioning a reality. This focus has helped them become the National Association of the Remodeling Industry Atlanta Chapter’s Contractor of the Year for residential exterior projects exceeding $100,000 for five consecutive years. 678-582-8499, boycedesign.com

FINDING PEACE OF MIND DESJOYAUX POOLS FAMILY FUN, relaxing with friends, exercise and maybe even a little escape from the every day? A swimming pool doesn’t have to be a difficult process, but it should be a well thought out one. With Desjoyaux Pools, it’s about peace of mind and simplicity. Their pools are built with innovative construction technologies, a monolithic concrete structure and feature an eco-friendly pipeless filtration system. Their technology and warranties leave you with only one thing to think about: how big of a splash can you make with your cannonball this year? 770-225-0825, desjoyauxpools.com

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PLANNING STARTS NOW SYNERGY LANDSCAPE GROUP EVEN THOUGH temperatures are south of 35 degrees most evenings, don’t let that scare you from calling a landscape design ďŹ rm because spring is right around the corner. So let’s start planning!  The experts at Synergy Landscape Group recommend starting to look for and interview landscape design ďŹ rms (big or small) this month. Feel out the person(s) and their ideas to see if they “clickâ€? with your vision and where you want to take your property in the future. The idea is to add value to your property, curb appeal and to help you enjoy personal space. 770-889-4968, SynergyLG.com

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PERFORMING ARTS

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 404-733-4444, high.org

ANNE FRANK: WITHIN AND WITHOUT

EINSTEIN & EDDINGTON

[Through March 8] Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta 404-873-3391, puppet.org

[March 17] Earl Dolive Theatre, Atlanta 404-364-8552, museum.oglethorpe.edu

DETROIT ’67

A TOUR THOUGH TIME

[Through March 8] True Colors Theatre, Atlanta, 877-725-8849, TrueColorsTheatre.org

[March 25] Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta 404-364-8552, museum.oglethorpe.edu

WICKED [Through March 8] Fox Theatre, Atlanta, 1-855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org/wicked

CONCERTS/COMEDY SONGWRITERS OPEN MIC

RAINFOREST ADVENTURES [Through March 15] Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, 404-873-3391, puppet.org

[Every Monday] Red Clay Music Foundry, Duluth, 678-892-6373, eddieowenpresents.com

THE HOUSE OF YES

OPEN MIC

[March 13 – 28] Out of Box Theatre, Marietta 678-653-4605, outofboxtheatre.org

[Every Wednesday] Atlanta Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre, Buckhead, 678-244-3612, improvatlanta.com

FROZEN AND OTHER REPERTORY WORKS

[MAR. 4 – 29]

[March 20 – 22] Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Roswell 770-998-0259, tututix.com

THE EXPLORERS CLUB

Eye of the Beholder Gallery 4463, Acworth

[March 26 - April 19] Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville 678-226-6226, auroratheatre.com

THE ART OF DIPLOMACY: WINSTON CHURCHILL AND THE PURSUIT OF PAINTING

ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO

[Through March 15] Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum, Rome 706-236-5005, romegeorgia.org

[March 27 – 29] Conant Performing Arts Center, Atlanta 678-301-8013, ccityopera.org

MISS GAIL AND THE JUMPIN’ JAM BAND [March 28] Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville 678-226-6226, auroratheatre.com

ARTS/EXHIBITS ALTERED STATES: THE ART OF SUSAN EASTON BURNS AND JULIA BURNS [Through March 15] Booth Western Museum, Cartersville, 770-387-1300, boothmuseum.org

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COLOR FIELDS [Through March 21] Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta 404-492-7718, hfgallery.org

ARTISTS AS FRIENDS: A CELEBRATION OF SELF-EXPRESSION, CREATIVITY & FRIENDSHIPS AND INTERTWINED: CONTEMPORARY SOUTHEASTERN FIBER ART [Through March 21] The Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, 770-623-6002, thehudgens.org

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OPEN SEASON: THE FAIR GAME PROJECT [Through March 29] Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta, 404-612-0500, hamondshouse.org

SUSTAINABLE SHELTER [Through April 5] Museum of Design Atlanta, Atlanta, 404-979-6455, museumofdesign.org

EXPLORING EINSTEIN: LIFE OF A GENIUS [March 3] Earl Dolive Theatre, Atlanta 404-364-8552, museum.oglethorpe.edu

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER [March 4 – 29] Gallery 4463, Acworth 770-485-8554, gallery4463.com

OPEN STUDIO FOR TEENS [March 6]

UNBOXED IMPROV [March 7] Out of Box Theatre, Marietta 678-653-4605, outofboxtheatre.org

CHARITY EVENTS MOSTLY MUTTS 7TH ANNUAL INDOOR YARD SALE [March 6 – 21] The Space Shop, Marietta 770-325-7387, mostlymutts.org

11TH ANNUAL ALL KIDS COUNT GALA [March 7] Grand Hyatt, Buckhead fostercares.org

ST. BALDRICK’S EVENT [March 13] Fado Irish Pub, Buckhead 770-393-4988, stbaldricks.org

WHITE COAT GRADY GALA [March 14] Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, whitecoatgradygala.com


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PHOTO COURTESY OF A PINK AFFAIR

[ MA RC H 7] Shamrockin’ for a Cure Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre, Alpharetta

[MARCH 2 1 ] 14th Annual Pink Affair Retreat at Perimeter Summit, Atlanta SHAMROCKIN’ FOR A CURE [March 7] Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre, Alpharetta, 404-325-6973, shamrockinforacure.com

14TH ANNUAL PINK AFFAIR [March 21]

Retreat at Perimeter Summit, Atlanta 770-360-9271, myturningpoint.org

CHARITY PING PONG TOURNAMENT BENEFITTING AUTISM AWARENESS [March 24 – 25] Norman’s Landing, Cumming, 770-886-0100, normanslanding.com

PREMIUM IMPORTED TEAK FURNITURE FOR LUXURIOUS OUTDOOR LIVING

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HIGH MUSEUM ATLANTA WINE AUCTION

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[March 26 – 28] High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 404-733-4444, high.org

EMERALD BALL: CIRCLE FOR CHILDREN ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

SANDY SPRINGS SOCIETY’S 24TH ANNUAL TOSSED OUT TREASURES

[March 28] Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, 404-791-0692, circle4children.org

[March 27 – 28] Marshall’s Plaza, Sandy Springs

BABA’S GYRO & KABOB Authentic Greek, Persian & Italian Cuisine

Exciting New Menu Items and Time-Honored Favorites Try our Lamb, Kubideh, Chicken, Steak & Cornish Hen Kabobs! Enjoy our Gyros, Souvlaki, Falafel, Moussaka & more! Don’t miss our Spanakopita, Baba Ghanush & Mirza Ghasemi! Italian entrees too: Penne Milano, Chicken Parmesan, Ravioli ala Vodka, Chicken or Shrimp Disaronno. Amazing Daily Lunch Specials! Full bar including wine, spirits & beer

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RIGHT TO HIKE’S 4TH ANNUAL SPRING GOLF CLASSIC [March 30] TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, 404-446-6709, righttohikeinc.com

SPECIAL EVENTS OSCAR VIEWING PARTY [March 2] Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta, 770-293-0080, earlsmithstrand.org

SPRING INTO EDUCATION 5K [March 7] Awtrey Middle School, Kennesaw, 770-975-6615, active.com

SOUTHEASTERN CHUCK WAGON COOK-OFF [March 14] Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, 770-387-1300, boothmuseum.org

No matter what the occasion, ROSAMIA RISTORANTE ITALIANO is Johns Creek’s answer for creating timeless memories and lasting impressions without breaking the bank! We RIIHUWKHà H[LELOLW\IRU\RXWRHQMR\DFDVXDOGLQQHUZLWKIULHQGVRUEXVLQHVVDVVRFLDWHV private parties, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons or wedding receptions (delivered WR\RXUYHQXHIRUDQ\VL]HJDWKHULQJRULQRXUUHVWDXUDQWIRUXSWRSHRSOH Open IRUOXQFKDQGGLQQHU0RQGD\6DWXUGD\'LQQHUUHVHUYDWLRQVDUHVXJJHVWHG For private events or your catering needs, contact Maria at 678.520.3336 or send her an e-mail at rosamiaitalian@gmail.com 11730 A JONES BRIDGE ROAD JOHNS CREEK • 770.772.6456 ROSAMIAITALIAN.COM

SUWANEE BEER FEST [March 14] Suwanee Town Center Park, Suwanee, 678-482-2270, suwaneebeerfest.com

GWINNETT COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS ASSOCIATION MEETING [March 16] Bethesda Senior Center, Lawrenceville 678-377-4010, gwinnettmastergardeners.com

GRAND RE-OPENING [March 26] Youthtopia Med Spa, Alpharetta, 770-772-4806, youthtopiamedspa.com

11TH ANNUAL DAHLONEGA LITERARY FESTIVAL [March 28 – 29] Historic Downtown Dahlonega, Dahlonega literaryfestival.org

2ND ANNUAL ATLANTA SCIENCE FESTIVAL EXPLORATION EXPO 2015 [March 28] Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta 770-322-4992, atlantasciencefestival.org pointsnorthatlanta.com | March 2015 | Points North

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THE NORTHSIDE

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Each issue this year will end with black and white photography submitted by our readers. All photos not printed will be saved for the December issue, when Northside View returns to ďŹ ll our pages front to back. Want to see your images in here? Know someone else who would? Please send images for consideration to editorial@pointsnorthatlanta.com

PHOTO GRAPHER | ALICE PARK NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR

Spring can't swing around fast enough for us.

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