In this September 2015
ISSUE POINTS NORTH Atlanta
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Celebrating 15 Years
Songwriters Spotlight Tune into where the von Grey sisters, Wesley Cook and Kara Claudy find inspiration and what’s next for the local musicians.
Where the Art Lives The once family home of The Coca-Cola Company legacy Charles Howard Candler, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center finds new harmony.
Cabin Fever From Georgia’s own town of Blue Ridge to North Carolina’s Snowbird Mountain Lodge and Tennessee’s Buckberry Creek, we’ve found idyllic mountain getaways made for fall weekends.
Barrels and Bushels Should your palate be bored of brew, turn to locally distilled libations like white lightning from Kennesaw’s Lazy Guy Distillery and delicious hard cider from Marietta’s Treehorn Cidery.
Maine Motivation An adventure in Maine without exploring quaint towns, hopping aboard a Downeast lobster boat or witnessing the awe of Acadia National Park? No thanks! We explored the craggy coastline and then some.
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More often than not, I can be found running the trails at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and as often as I can, I join fellow runners for a long day in the North Georgia mountains. Tucked into the folds of towering trees, I no longer hear the noise of everyday life. With every turn through a meadow, glimpse of a historical monument and tiptoe across rocks at the water crossing, my to-do list fades and technology doesn’t function. In its place are peaceful moments to myself, easy conversation with friends and time to enjoy the scenery. How fast and how far are irrelevant — I just go. It is my version of a mountain getaway. This month, we’ve found a few more havens beckoning us far from the madding crowds deep into the mountains of Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. Equipped with lazy luxuries like hammocks and wraparound porches with a view, each retreat encourages the art of relaxation. Of course, should the upcoming fall season prove alluring, plenty of activities and action-packed agendas await as well. Much like mountain time, my inclination to sprint in and out of Maine’s every nook and cranny naturally slowed the longer I stayed. By the time I reached Bar Harbor, days after cruising the state’s coastline, I might as well have been a buoy. I bobbed along, tossing this way and that, with little concern of drifting too far. And thanks to one of our readers, I knew to save time for a popover pastry at Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park. We love when readers suggest a story, share an experience or comment on what they’ve seen on our pages. Sometimes, these tips turn into stories, like in 2011 when we first heard about the highly talented von Grey sisters. We catch back up with them in this issue to see how four siblings manage together as band mates while growing as individual musicians. As explained by two other rising stars, Wesley Cook and Kara Claudy, life in the spotlight is best with a little back up. Whether watching the stage or staging your own getaway this fall, I say just go … then slow way down.
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“When we are songwriting or discussing future steps, we are so open and honest with each other.” ANNIKA VON GREY
REATER ATLANTA communities continue to rise in population, and for each person counted, double that for the number of ears tuning into the equally expanding music scene. There’s no shortage of national acts touring through our amphitheaters, the Georgia Dome and downtown green spaces — in fact, the city’s premier festival, Music Midtown, fills Piedmont Park again this month with big crowds to see acts crossing multiple genres. We’re swapping wristbands for intimate venues and Rolling Stone cover stars for hometown pride, supporting three local gems as they shine in the spotlight.
DOUBLE TAKE In 2011, Points North Atlanta first met the four sisters of von Grey and was awed by the young prodigies with Alpharetta roots. Arguably more jaw dropping than watching 10-year-old Petra play piano back then is seeing the transformation she and her older sisters Annika, Fiona and Kathryn have made in the years since. We’re not just talking about looks here; the folksy, bluesy, soulful songs that once captured audiences as an opening act for Sarah McLachlan at Chastain Park have turned a corner, and then another to enter an ambient-electric alternative frontier. Their unique sound has been compared to Mumford and Sons, or rather, dubbed Mumford and Daughters. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARY CAROLINE MANN
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“I turned around to a sea of lighters and was like, ‘Oh, wow’ and the next night I went back to playing open mics.” WESLEY COOK
CHECK OUT Wesley Cook during the Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival Oct. 15 through 17. wireand woodalpharetta.com
Along the way, the foursome has checked off major milestones like standout sets at South by Southwest and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, late night performances with David Letterman and Conan O’Brien, the latter leading to an iTunes Top 10 spot. All of these dreams became a reality before any sister reached her 21st birthday. Recent performances on stages closer to home range from Lake Lanier’s Full Moon Party and Heritage Sandy Springs Festival to CounterPoint Festival and Aisle5. Now 19-year-old Annika (vocals, violin, banjo, guitar, keys) sings and writes the songs with 17-year-old Fiona (vocals, guitar, violin, percussion) and has emerged as pseudo-spokesperson for the group when verbalizing their creative process. “The last few years have been a period of pretty extreme musical evolution,” Annika said of their artfully crafted and more sophisticated arrangements. “Because we started so young, we’ve had the chance to evolve dramatically while still maintaining support from people that listen to our music because they all understand … It’s such a lengthy and complicated process when you’re growing up, especially when you’re documenting that through songwriting, releasing music and playing it live.” Of course, teenage life is transformative for
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anyone. Top that with an unconventional upbringing through home schooling, navigating separate personal lives and seemingly nonstop musical immersion leading up to their second EP “Panophobia” released last month. The tracks expose an edgier, yet more vulnerable side than what they’ve done in the past. Perhaps most impressive is the apparent family bond. Annika said their innate sense of connectivity is the biggest benefit to being related to her band mates, and shared how each sister’s strengths come into play: 20-year-old Kathryn (cello, bass pedals, keys, background vocals) often serves as mediator and peacemaker, while Fiona stars when scheduling and organizing logistics and Petra (keys, electronic percussion, background vocals) supplies the spark and spunk. “When we are songwriting or discussing future steps, we are so open and honest with each other,” Annika added. “When you have four moving pieces and you’re all young and exploring what it’s like to be independent, it’s nice to have the communication to make sure nothing gets pushed aside.” Close ties don’t only apply to each other; von Grey draws inspiration from the sense of community among other vibrant artists nearby, as well. “Atlanta is a huge city and there’s so much talent
here, but I think it’s underappreciated by the industry in a lot of ways just because it’s been categorized as a mecca for hip-hop music, which is true, and there’s a lot of country music that comes from here, which is also amazing, but there is another entire scene of alternative music and creative individuals who are breaking boundaries,” Annika said. “Being part of something that is big, but still feels so intimate and supported, is really one of the highlights of the artistic scene here.”
HAT SENTIMENT of an artistic community is one that is echoed and exemplified by the charismatic Wesley Cook. With 11 years of experience to his name and a fourth record in the works, Cook recalls many people helping him along the way, making it easy to return the favor for upcoming artists. After all, communicating with others comes naturally to Cook who was born in Germany near the French border. “[Living abroad] shows you a Venn diagram of all humans,” Cook said. “It shows you what universally makes them happy.” His family also lived in South Korea before he first came to the United States for college, studying linguistics at the University of Georgia and cutting his teeth playing open mic nights in Athens. “I’ve always known this is what I’ve wanted to do,” said Cook, who played in front of his first live audience at a 10th grade talent show. Another moment of clarity came just after college when Cook, who was working security for major events and considering joining the military, helped in the pit for Dave Matthews Band — one of his heroes. “I turned around to a sea of lighters and was like, ‘Oh, wow’ and the next night I went back to playing open mics,” he said. Cook hasn’t looked back since. He has been recognized locally as “Best Atlanta Singer/Songwriter of 2014,” but Atlantans aren’t the only ones enjoying Cook’s talent. He has opened for Santigold at Summerfest, the world’s largest music PHOTO COURTESY OF SHARIF HASSAN
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“One moment I was on one path and the next moment another whole possibility opened for me.” KARA CLAUDY
festival annually held in Milwaukee, Wis. and travels to Nashville, Tenn. regularly to collaborate with veteran hit songwriters like Roger Cook (no relation) and Steve O’Brien. When at home, some of his favorite venues to play are Crimson Moon in Dahlonega, Matilda’s Music Under the Pines in Alpharetta and The Red Clay Theatre in Duluth, and he regularly gets requests for corporate functions or private house parties. The sage singer/songwriter even owns his personal record label, Little Sun Records. Cook finds songwriting inspiration here too. The creative soul approached the tourism manager and the now-mayor of the City of Brookhaven with an upbeat idea: to pen an original song just for them. “Brookhaven” fans can download the tune for free online. Similarly, Cook has worked with companies including Bloomingdale’s to create jingles, as well as with couples to create a one-of-a-kind song for their wedding. “A lot of artists can only write what they’re feeling, what they’re thinking,” Cook said of the experience. “I’m realizing I can move myself and absorb what I think is someone else’s point of view, and I really think my upbringing has a lot to do with it.” Of course, other reasons Cook remains at home are his family, friends and fans. Songstress Kara Claudy happens to be one of them.
BUCKHEAD BALLADS OU MAY HAVE RECENTLY spotted Claudy on the keys or guitar at The Mill Kitchen and Bar in Roswell, Atlanta Beer Fest, Rock Atlantic Station concert series or the landmark Smith’s Olde Bar. She describes her sound as “’90s crossover,” reminiscent of McLachlan, Lisa Loeb and even the rock flavor of Sheryl Crow. Claudy shares a few commonalities with Cook: both had “watershed” moments that directed them toward pursuing professional songwriting while watching another artist perform (for Claudy, it was Vanessa Carlton at Terminal West); both have international upbringings from parents that worked with the military, which they believe has given them unique perspectives for their writing; and both know Joe, Claudy’s supportive husband, who reached out for Cook’s advice for his wife. They’ve since shared a stage in Birmingham, Al. and Claudy credits Cook for tips on breaking into the business. As for her husband? She credits him for inspiring the “Shirt Song” track on her first EP “Right Here” that debuted last May. She scribbled the hopeful ballad PHOTO COURTESY OF RUSSELL DREYER
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a week after the couple met for the first time at Five Paces in Buckhead, although she admits it took her much longer to tell him that. “I write a lot about love, and love is what brought me back to Atlanta,” said Claudy, who also enjoys commissioning customized songs for weddings. After living here for seven years, she calls the city “home base,” despite being raised in California, Colorado, Indiana and Okinawa, Japan. Songwriting has been in her heart and a hobby since age 14, but only in April 2014 did Claudy decide to cut back on her full-time corporate job to pursue her passion. “I might be driving in the car and a chorus pops in my head, and I’ll write around it,” she said. Drawing on her background in business, she formed a plan and dove in. Through regional gigs, she met a producer and is now well on her way. You could say Claudy just finished her first “international tour” after she returned to Japan last month for a special performance at the USO (United Service Organization) on the base where her dad was stationed. Another track on the EP, “Children” also has international ties and was a request from her mother. “The song is about a massive rush of children crossing
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the border between Mexico and the United States last summer. There was an influx and nobody knew what to do with the kids, so they were just stuck in these impound centers,” Claudy said. “I wanted to write from a very human perspective, with all the politics out of it — just what I thought that journey would look like, and it was in the back of my mind how Atlanta is this hub for sex trafficking.” Ultimately, she — like von Grey and Cook — deeply understands and, as a songwriter, contributes to the power of song. “Someone can hear a song and it can literally change their life, or open up a whole new way of thinking, like me being at that [Carlton] concert,” Claudy said. “One moment I was on one path and the next moment another whole possibility opened for me.” Experience that power for yourself when Claudy performs later this month at Red Hare Brewing in Marietta on Sept. 18. PN
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CALLANWOLDE FINDS NEW HARMONY
written by JENNIFER COLOSIMO
IS WHERE THE ART LIVES,” said the front of last month’s bulletin at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Clever, because in fact, the historic Candler family home was once a musical mecca in the Druid Hills neighborhood. For starters, it housed an Aeolian organ with more than 3,700 pipes that Mrs. Candler played, as did their two daughters. In fact, a story not included on the tour recounts Dr. Charles Sheldon (the daughters’ teacher) playing the organ for a live nationwide radio broadcast in 1924. The family of The Coca-Cola Company legacy Charles Howard Candler gathered in the courtyard with a Neutrodyne radio receiver so they could listen to the radio broadcast while simultaneously watching Dr. Sheldon play through the windows — a true wonderment. Through the years, the famous Aeolian attracted quite a guest list, including The Metropolitan Opera, Enrico Caruso, Luciano Pavarotti and even Maya Angelou. Even when an organist wasn’t
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in attendance, the organ played scrolls — many of which still exist today. Aside from autopilot musical scores, 12 acres remain of the original 27-acre estate. The house still boasts original bathrooms, a Tiffany chandelier and the walnut paneling that architect Henry Hornbostel (Emory University and New York’s The Williamsburg Bridge) brought from Southern Railway Company’s Pullman cars; but, in spite of decades of disrepair and juggled ownership, what remains most interesting is an overpowering spirit for the arts. Now, in the midst of revitalization, Callanwolde serves a bigger purpose as a
501c3 nonprofit, striving to preserve the distinguished property as a creative outreach program, helping veterans, low-income families, individuals with disabilities and seniors grasp their inner artiste — a cause Mr. Candler would surely celebrate.
A NEW MAESTRO That celebration began about three years ago. Most Atlantans likely remember the peppy Peggy Still Johnson for her recording studio and music school on the Northside. In fact, The Peggy Still School of Music exists today (now called The North Fulton School of Music), but after training many successful artists, she sold the business to
pursue a deeper place in the industry. She moved her family from South Forsyth to Sandy Springs and started working with John Mellencamp and T. Bone Burnett as a vocal coach and copyist for their musical debut, “The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” co-written by Stephen King. “It was time for me to do something different after 24 years,” Johnson said. She’d casted for movies, rubbed shoulders with stars and honed her skills as a sharply talented and creative artist playing the keys, singing and composing. She worked with Mickey Thomas (you know him from Jefferson Starship), Oscar-winner MoNique, Dean Roland (of Collective Soul) and Brandon Bush (Sugarland and Train). She also helped teach developing talent with Phil Tan and Nico Constantine (the former musical director for Lady Gaga). Never would she have placed herself at a nonprofit, planning curriculums or schooling herself in local history, but when a friend suggested she apply for
the executive director position at Callanwolde in 2012, something tugged at her intuition. “I was thinking I’d be working in TV by then,” Johnson admitted. “But when I got to the estate and saw the gardens, I knew I wanted this job. I was so impressed with the potential and I knew I wanted to work here to help the organization. I’m passionate about the arts and saw the good that Callanwolde could do for outreach in our community.” The rest is history. She was hired in 2013 and has since sparked the upheaval of creativity from within the many walls of the Candler estate, including a powerhouse team under her direction.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Callanwolde’s historic music room; the formal gardens; Executive Director Peggy Still Johnson
“Peggy’s background in music has helped shape our program to be more forward thinking,” said Nancy Sokolove, arts education director. “She’s brought in new teachers, and through her incredible connections, new classes and a curriculum in Music Recording. “She inspires me to be a compassionate leader,” she added. “[Johnson] is the type of director who is always encouraging and positive. She always thanks employees for their work and she thanks them often. She makes connections with other organizations and individuals that will benefit
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LEFT TO RIGHT: West African dance class; contemporary dance; new Director of Recording Phil Tan
Callanwolde as a whole.” As a part of that whole, Johnson reiterated, “music is the window to the soul.” Through that window, she has opened the brand to a deeper love for the arts and breathed new life into the spirit of this family’s similar history. “Callanwolde has not had a big music program in the past,” Johnson added. “We have been known for having one of the best dance and pottery programs in metro Atlanta and great programs in the visual arts, but music education was missing. It was a great way to bring a wider demographic to Callanwolde.” Since then, Callanwolde has built a reputation as being one of the finest music schools in the state, sending students on to become professional musicians and further education at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Harvard, Princeton and Vanderbilt.
SCHOOL IS IN SESSION Proof of the resurgence at Callanwolde is also in the powerful new covers you’ll see on current bulletins. Recently, they’ve included vibrant African dance, scholarship yoga classes for veterans and a glimpse at Callanwolde’s new director of recording, the aforementioned three-time Grammy Award winning Phil Tan. “People don’t realize how big recording is in Atlanta,” Johnson said. “I have known Phil for a number of years. He is loved by the music community and has done so much good here.” Johnson added that Tan joined the team because he was excited about the potential Callanwolde has in the industry. So much so, he donated all of the equipment for the new Music Recording program. Tan also designed the curriculum himself and started the Phil Tan Certificate of Recording and Phil Tan Scholarship Program. “We wanted to reach a larger demographic at Callanwolde and we believe this program will help. Our goal is 600 students and a large number of scholarships to 18 | POINTS NORTH | September 2015
bring in kids and teens from low-income areas and give them an opportunity to learn from amazing artists,” Johnson said. “Peggy has made it her mission for Callanwolde to be more inclusive regarding the diversity of [our] course offerings and therefore, diversity of people enrolling,” Sokolove added. “For instance, we’ve expanded our dance program to include Irish, Chinese, hip-hop and contemporary dance.” In addition, The Gallery — located upstairs and curated by Christina Bray — works with emerging Atlanta-based artists to present five shows each year. Every show lasts about eight weeks and includes local artists, recent art school graduates or unsolicited works from the community. Sokolove said the gallery may be one of the biggest accomplishments she’s seen
since Johnson came on board. Everyone believes how important it is for children to be exposed to high-quality art, with classes including photography, jewelry making, writing and more. “Her desire to create a first-class program is not solely for music,” Sokolove said. “She pushes me to create high-caliber programming for all of the classes here.”
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF There’s another story often told about Charlotte Rowell, a member of the Druid Hills ladies club who was shopping in
CALLANWOLDE’S CALENDAR A drive into the city may not top your fall bucket list, but the entertainment teeming from Callanwolde should get your family motivated for a trek down 400. That, and the fact that proceeds from these events benefit Callanwolde’s schools and scholarships: SALUTE TO AMERICA
Kids can trick-or-treat throughout
& THE ARTS
the house, hear spooky stories,
September 11, 6 p.m.
meet LEGO mascot Bertie and sign
An all-star concert hits the 600-seat
the family up for a costume contest.
amphitheater including headliners Mickey Thomas, Jeff Carlisi, Jeff
Adams, Peter Stroud, Richard Smith
and Michelle Malone.
December 6 through 17 The historic mansion gets dressed
HALLOWEEN NIGHT ON
for the holidays by some of Atlan-
ta’s most elite interior designers.
October 30, 6 p.m.
Visitors can tour the mansion, enjoy
Callanwolde puts on a musical
the Atlanta Pops Orchestra and
program with performers from
American Idol celebs, get hands on
Callanwolde Concert Band and
with seasonal workshops and even
Matthew Kaminski (you know him
check a few things off of the holiday
as our own Atlanta Braves organist).
antique stores many years after the mansion had gone into disrepair. In the middle of her perusal, she spotted a familiar Tiffany chandelier for sale. Suspicion stirred within, and after comparing it to old photographs, Rowell claimed that chandelier as the original one from Callanwolde. She battled, she won and the chandelier was returned to its rightful place — where it remains today. Almost a hundred years ago, when the chandelier was first hung, the Candler family couldn’t imagine their 27,000-square-foot home sprawling along Briarcliff Road impacting the community so powerfully. Or, maybe they could. That’s the thing with art — life’s boundaries begin to blur once you’re lost in a good song, going dizzy in a perfected ballet routine or hypnotized by the way a paintbrush has found its way across a canvas. If home is where the art lives, Johnson has proven that given enough support, encouragement and room to grow, art can make a home within the community as well. PN
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REVELING IN AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURES IN The best seat in the town of Blue Ridge, Ga., is arguably on the expansive second-floor balcony of the Mustard Seed Trading Company building. Here you can kick back with your favorite beverage and soak up the sights and sounds of the bustling Main Street below. But don’t get too comfortable. During your visit, you’ll also want to explore the bounty of outdoor adventures and family-fun activities for a wonderful mountain getaway that’s only about 100 miles north of Atlanta.
DOWNTOWN DIVERSITY The town of Blue Ridge was founded in the 1880s, after the Marietta and North Georgia Railroad built a line along the Toccoa River Valley to transport cotton and other crops. Today, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway runs on the tracks — the 1905 depot is in downtown Blue Ridge — and offers visitors a 26-mile round trip, with layovers in McCaysville, Ga., and Copperhill, Tenn. 20 | POINTS NORTH | September 2015
The railway is a beloved part of the town’s historic charm, and Blue Ridge’s beating heart can be found in its downtown. Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals has dozens of cabins, as well as several luxury one- and two-bedroom suites at the Mustard Seed building outfitted with jetted tubs, gas fireplaces, full kitchens and dining areas, perfect for those who want to stay in the middle of the action. Directly below the second-floor suite’s
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balcony is a cozy courtyard with several topnotch restaurants. At Harvest on Main, located inside a gorgeous stone building with cedar roof shingles, noted chef/ owner Danny Mellman uses local ingredients to create an international, Southern-inspired menu. Highlights include cornmeal-dusted trout and oven-roasted turkey topped with crabmeat. Next door is Christy Lee’s Courtyard Grille. This elegant but laid-back spot has a mouthwatering selection of steaks, seafood and pasta, along with a lively outdoor bar and patio where you can enjoy live music. For delectable desserts, be sure to stop in The Sweet Shoppe, which is noted for winning Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” in 2014.
Elsewhere downtown, you’ll find an eclectic lineup of boutiques, galleries, restaurants, bars and a spa. For a little bit of everything, grab a bucket at the old-fashioned Huck’s General Store and fill it with such varied goodies as candy, clothes, toys, books, soaps and other gifts.
A favorite hangout among the locals is Blue Ridge Brewery, which has six house craft beers, munchies such as burgers, pizzas and salads, live music and an outdoor patio. For fine dining, look no further than Black Sheep, located inside a beautifully restored 1914 house that was built by Colonel William Butt, a former Blue Ridge mayor. Black Sheep specializes in upscale Southern comfort food, such as shrimp and grits, BBQ pulled pork, steaks and meatloaf. To really embrace your historic mountain surroundings, imbibe in the restaurant’s own brand of moonshine, including apple pie, peach and chocolate cherry flavors. Just outside downtown is Mercier
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Rooms with a view, compliments of Southern Comfort Cabin's expansive suite in downtown Blue Ridge, Ga.
Orchards, a fourth-generation orchard where visitors can pick their own strawberries, blueberries and apples. Guests can also take tractor tours of the 300acre property and peruse the gift shops, gourmet pantry, winery and tasting room. Mercier Orchards is a popular destination for breakfast, with biscuits, omelets, waffles, pancakes and, of course, the “apple orchard delight” — apple cinnamon French toast served with warm cinnamon apples.
GOOD TIMES ON THE TOCCOA As irresistible and charming as downtown is, a trip to Blue Ridge isn’t complete without visiting some of the attractions that showcase the area’s natural beauty.
Many of these attractions can be found along the Toccoa River, which flows north through Georgia for nearly 60 miles before turning into the Ocoee as it snakes into Tennessee. At Toccoa Valley Campground, located about 12 miles from downtown Blue Ridge, you can rent a tube or raft for a leisurely 6-mile float. There are several sandy beach areas along the way, where you can stop and play and soak in the beautiful mountain surroundings. A shuttle will bring you back to the campground at the end of the three-hour trip. A short drive from the campground is The Lilly Pad Village, a great place for some laid-back family fun. Grab a fishing pole and cast a line in the half-acre pond, which
is regularly stocked with bass, bream and catfish. There’s also a nine-hole miniature golf course and a gem mining area where you can search for emeralds, sapphire rubies and other treasures. For something a little more adventurous, explore the vast Chattahoochee National Forest with nearly 750,000 acres in northern Georgia alone and hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails that wind through rugged woodlands and past scenic rivers and streams. Some of the forest’s not-to-miss destinations include the 50-foot Long Creek Falls, and the 270-foot swinging bridge – the longest swinging bridge east of the Mississippi River – that covers the expanse of the Toccoa River along the Duncan Ridge National Recreation Trail. Fed by the upper Toccoa, the 3,290acre Lake Blue Ridge is another must-see attraction in the Chattahoochee National Forest. There’s a convenient access point (including a boat ramp) near the intersection of Hwy. 76 and Aska Road. Lake Blue Ridge Outfitters, in nearby Morganton, Ga., offers kayak and SUP (stand-up paddleboard) rentals as well as guided fishing trips on the lake. To really get your adrenaline pumping, continue traveling north along the Toccoa as it flows out of Lake Blue Ridge. Once the river crosses into Tennessee and becomes the Ocoee, the gentle waters give way to roaring Class III-IV rapids, including the 5-mile Upper Ocoee section where whitewater athletes competed in the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Local outfitters include Ocoee Adventure Center in Ducktown, Tenn., and Rolling Thunder River Company in McCaysville, Ga. Having undoubtedly worked up an appetite, a great place to end the day and enjoy a hearty meal is the Toccoa Riverside Restaurant, a favorite spot among locals and newcomers alike. Be sure to ask for a table on the expansive deck that overlooks the slow-moving river — it rivals the second-floor balcony back in downtown as the best seat in Blue Ridge. PN FOR MORE INFORMATION southerncomfortcabinrentals.com PHOTOS COURTESY OF SOUTHERN COMFORT CABIN RENTALS
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Serenity of SNOWBIRD THE
In the 1913 poem “Trees,” Joyce Kilmer penned, “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.” I must admit, I’m not a huge admirer of poetry, but in a few short days I have come to appreciate these particular lines of verse. It’s easy, at times, to overlook the beautiful or the magnificent, even when it looks you squarely in the eye. I believe it’s all about context. Remove the ordinary from its mundane surroundings, place it in the midst of indescribable beauty and a metamorphosis occurs. Its colors become
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more vibrant, its purpose much clearer — it becomes the extraordinary. Nestled under a canopy of poplars, dogwoods, numerous large oaks and pines, Snowbird Mountain Lodge manifests this notion poetically.
A NATURAL RESPITE Just three hours north of Atlanta, a short distance from Robbinsville, N.C., Snowbird Mountain Lodge is not an obtrusive, man-made building forced into a setting in which it does not belong; it is an extension PHOTOS COURTESY OF SNOWBIRD MOUNTAIN LODGE
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SNOWBIRD LODGE bird shine, even the seemingly smallest ones like insect repellant and binoculars located in storage boxes on the hiking trails, or supplying ice for sore muscles after a long trek.
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worn hardwood floors, we felt as if we had arrived at the home of a dear friend. Equipped with a stone fireplace, an extensive library and an impressive view of the North Carolina mountains, the large common area is also furnished with buttery soft leather chairs and couches. For the sojourner, rest and relaxation can easily be achieved in one of the main lodge’s 15 picturesque rooms, showcasing hand-sewn quilts, paneled hardwoods and idyllic views. of its surrounding natural beauty, serving as a respite and sanctuary for all who come to stay. Located in the Western North Carolina Cheoah District, Snowbird Mountain Lodge, originally established in 1941, has a very rich history. Brothers Arthur and Edwin Wolfe had both the vision and deep conviction to make the woodlands of the Nantahala National Forest and the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest available to the general public. Nearly 75 years later, Robert Rankin, the lodge’s current innkeeper, is still keeping that dream alive. Snowbird offers guests a choice of accommodations that are divided between its Main Lodge, Chestnut Lodge and Wolfe Cottage. Each option is distinct, and yet equally warm, rustic and beautiful. My wife Jill and I stayed in the Main Lodge and from the moment we walked through the front door and stepped onto the well-
A DAY WELL SPENT Snowbird is well prepared for active travelers, offering plenty to see and do, both on and off the property. Guests can choose from hiking the forest trails to Sunrise or Sunset Point, mountain biking through one of the many backcountry roads, canoeing or paddle boarding on Lake Santeetlah, or admiring the impressive remnants of old-growth trees in the nearby Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. At every turn, the Lodge's helpful staff is ready to assist, ensuring guests are equally prepared for their adventures. If, however, relaxing while reading a good book sounds more along the lines of a day well spent, fret not. Among the well-manicured lawns, wraparound deck and the lodge’s screened-in summerhouse, finding a comfortable and quiet place to kick off shoes and dive into a favorite novel is easily achieved. The details make Snow-
Snowbird includes three freshly prepared gourmet meals each day. Daily breakfast is prepared to order while picnic lunch requests are placed during dinner the night before and include one of their signature sandwiches like the homemade pimento cheese accompanied by a bag of chips, fruit, dessert, a pickle and bottled water. The staff packs your lunch in an insulated backpack, which makes it convenient for your day’s adventure. As the sun sets, there’s no better way to end a day of hiking or canoeing than a chef-prepared, four-course meal, made with fresh local ingredients, many of which are grown in the property’s garden. Freshly caught local trout is a staple on the menu and is served a variety of ways. Also tempting our palates were the lightly seasoned and seared duck breast served with a cheesy risotto cake and braised kale with cranberry-plum sauce, and the grilled-to-order lamb chop loin, marinated in red wine and served with Montchevré whipped potatoes, haricot verts, jalapeno honey-glazed carrots and a mint demiglace. The dinner menu changes daily, providing a different culinary masterpiece every evening of your stay. Choose a vino from the extensive wine list or enjoy an evening coffee on the deck while watching the sun melt behind the silhouette of the mountains. Need more reasons to visit? Wine dinners with professional sommeliers, hiking excursions with experienced guides and photography classes with the trained pros are just some of the events remaining on the 2015 calendar. The upcoming Fly Fishing Festival Nov. 5 through 7 will help novices and pros alike to improve their skills. Space is limited, so the early bird gets the worm. A getaway at Snowbird Mountain Lodge is unlike most and the best reason to visit just might be to experience it for yourself. PN FOR MORE INFORMATION snowbirdlodge.com PHOTOS COURTESY OF SNOWBIRD MOUNTAIN LODGE
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Thomas Hardy would approve of the Lodge at Buckberry Creek as it is far above Gatlinburg, Tenn.â€™s madding crowd. Amidst the areaâ€™s plethora of national chains, hellish motels and spritely adorned cabins at the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Lodge offers an uncharacteristic, unspoiled side to Gatlinburg that mirrors what mountain getaways should be.
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When I left my office on a hot, late July afternoon with temperatures hovering in the mid-90s, I opted to take I-985 and highways 23 and 441 to Gatlinburg. The route took less than 150 minutes through Clayton, Ga., Franklin, Sylva and Cherokee, N.C., and then through a substantial portion of the Great Smoky Mountains. The shaded roadway ran adjacent the gorgeous Oconaluftee River, past Newfound Gap, the turn-off to Clingmans Dome (where my thermometer read just 76 degrees) and the entrance to Cades Cove. I had to make just two turns to get to the Lodge. Minutes from the downtown tourist tribulations, the Lodge provides seclusion, unsurpassed views of 6,593-foot Mount Leconte and the concierge skills of a center-city hotel rather than those within rock-skipping distance of a revered state park. While attraction-seeking folks scurry
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ager Andrey Antonenko and the servers do an excellent job from start to finish. Should further pampering of a refined palate be on the list of things to do, the wine and smallbatch whiskey lists are inspiring.
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to and fro in both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Lodge guests may engage in a chance meeting with a black bear, an ethereal hike to Mount LeConte (the highest peak completely within the borders of The Volunteer State), a quick half-mile climb to the spectacular vistas from Clingmans Dome or a thrilling walk, bicycle or car ride at Cades Cove to observe diverse wildlife from forest trails or Abrams Falls.
COUNTRY COMFORTS Owners Buddy McLean and Jeanie Johnson, who also impeccably handled the interior design for the Lodge, have created a venue marked by rustic elegance. A blend of Bavarian, Adirondack and Scottish styles create a menagerie of comfort in all spaces, from the commodious suites to the communal areas. The need to unwind and unplug makes Buckberry Creek an enviable venue for couples, families, cor-
porate retreaters and destination wedding parties. A fire in the fall of 2013 destroyed one of the lodges, but corporate guests are the beneficiaries of the result. Built in its place, a newly constructed conference center offers gracious views of Mount LeConte with comfortable seating and ample room to break into smaller groups. The doors on both sides of the venue swing open to provide a perfect mountainside meeting atmosphere in late spring and early autumn. Onsite catering is available. Speaking of food, the restaurant features a daily continental breakfast and is one of the few fine-dining destinations in the Smokies. Guests and locals alike enjoy amazing views from the wraparound deck as well as the highlights from an innovative menu that features fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Executive Chef Ian Krystik, Sous Chef Connor Johnson, man-
While nearby outdoor opportunities are plentiful, guests may simply revel in the amenities offered by the Lodge, which includes the Orvis Fly Fishing School, hiking trails, in-room massage treatments or gathering at the stunning, shaded pavilion alongside Buckberry Creek. Accessible by a swift downhill hike or via staff-driven Swiss Army transporters, the pavilion is complete with a large stone fireplace, a nearby fire pit, hammock, picnic tables and the ability to install a largescreen television for football games in the fall. None, however, can really compare to the creekside repartee generated once guests get a glimpse of the natty outhouses with crystal chandeliers. Since opening in 2003, Buckberry Lodge has always captivated kids and this year’s fall lineup upholds that tradition with activities such as scavenger hunts, pumpkin carvings, story telling and more. Those who enjoy fine cuisine will enjoy the Lodge’s Annual Wild Game Weekend, held each November, which includes dinner, live music, fine craft artisans and a special whiskey and wine tasting. The 12 Days of Buckberry, Dec. 19 through 30, captivates both children and adults, while the New Year’s Eve celebration also promises to be a big hit with guests. Every so often, you find a certain place that resonates with you — one that affects you not only during your stay but also long after you leave. For me, the Lodge is such a place. Maybe it was because of the people I met and spent time with. Maybe it was because of the place itself. Maybe because it provided exactly what I needed at the time I visited. Perhaps it was an unlikely and unexpected combination of all of those elements? I’ll let you know when I return from my next visit. PN
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Alabama Gulf Coast
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With its sparkling turquoise waters, delicious culinary options and beautiful views, the Alabama Gulf Coast is the perfect location for couples to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with one another. Alabama’s beaches are home to some of the ﬁnest accommodations on the Gulf Coast. Couples can choose from quaint, cozy cabins to luxury resorts and condominiums. The area is also home to many nationally recognized restaurants. From ﬁne dining to local seafood joints, no one ever leaves hungry. And nothing goes better with seafood than live music. Restaurants and music venues bring in national talent and locally cultivated musicians to perform almost every night in the fall. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach also host several exciting seasonal events. From the National Shrimp Festival and the Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival to the month-long activities during Coastal Christmas, these events provide opportunities for couples to explore the culture of the Gulf Coast while spending quality time together.
Great food, unique events and an array of accommodations make the Alabama Gulf Coast an ideal location for couples of all ages looking for both a romantic and a fun getaway. 877-341-2400
Art Council of Henderson County
The 56th annual Art on Main Fine Art / Fine Craft festival will be presented Oct. 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, in historic downtown Hendersonville, N.C. Join 75 juried artists selling ﬁne art and crafts with styles ranging from traditional to contemporary, and many other artists presenting live art demonstrations. 828-693-8504
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s (ASO) 2015-16 season is packed with incredible concerts and pays homage to the 100th birthday of the legendary Robert Shaw, featuring his favorite composers as well as the world-famous ASO Chorus. All single tickets and subscriptions are now on sale online, including the Opening Night Celebration — a red carpet event with a pre-concert champagne toast and Music Director Robert Spano conducting the Orchestra and Chorus in Mahler’s Ninth Symphony. 404-733-4900
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Bring the whole family to Blairsville for colorful leaf peeping and festival fun during The Indian Summer Festival on Oct. 4 and 5, or experience one of the most unique traditions in North Georgia – Cookin’ Sorghum Syrup. The Blairsville Sorghum Festival runs for two weekends: Oct. 10 & 11, 17 & 18. Also, the Vietnam Moving Wall will be on display from Oct. 8 through 12. Find local area information including dining, lodging and upcoming event information online. 877-745-5789
City of Milton
Bowen Center for the Arts
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City of Norcross
The historical 1930s “Old Rock School” became The Bowen Center for the Arts in 2000. This beautiful gallery is featuring a Juried Photography Show Sept. 8 through 25, Annual Quilt Show Oct. 3 through 31 and Juried Art Show Nov. 13 to Dec. 12. More than 10 art shows are featured throughout the year. 706-216-2787
Held Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic downtown Crabapple, Crabapple Fest will again see the City of Milton and nonproﬁt Crabapple Community Association (CCA) combine to put on one massive destination festival. To talk about the festival, ask questions or spread the word, use #crabapplefest on Facebook and Twitter. 676-242-2500
A Place to Imagine is also a great place to play! Join your neighbors in Historic Norcross for what has the makings of an awesome autumn with events such as: The 15th Annual British Car Fayre and Boot Sale on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., when hundreds of classic British cars and motorcycles help rev up the fall festival season. New this year is a British take on the “yard sale” from the “boots” (a.k.a. trunks) of participating cars; Gateway International Food & Music Festival on Sept. 19 from noon to 7 p.m. allows you to sample from international fare, enjoy cultural music and dancing and celebrate the diversity that makes our community such a wonderful place to work, live and play; Norcross Art Splash on Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and again on Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. is a fabulous artist market meets Kidz Zone with live music and fantastic festival food – discover why this event draws 50,000 attendees each year! Next on Oct. 24 from 3 to 6 p.m., Boo Fest is a costume parade and contest for the kiddos, with a hot dog feast for all. For a list of additional events including Italian Car Day, Sparkle, Movie Mondays, Wind Down Wednesdays and more in Norcross, be sure to visit the online Calendar of Events.
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ebrate the history of Georgia Marble with a full weekend of activities, from the 5K Run/Walk road race Saturday morning to Georgia Marble Quarry Tours, sponsor showcase, live marble sculpting, chainsaw carving, children’s area and more. 706-692-5600
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Dorchester Shooting Preserve
Dorchester Shooting Preserve is a 5,000-acre hunting preserve on the southeast Georgia coast that offers the ﬁnest in quail hunting, continental pheasant shooting, wild boar hunting, sporting clays and ﬁshing. The Gaskin family has painstakingly converted this plantation into a classic Southern hunting experience with a large mature quail habitat to rival any in the South. Great hunting with fast ﬂying quail, great dogs, experienced guides, outstanding Southern cuisine, a beautiful lodge and a devoted staff help to ensure the perfect Southern plantation experience for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages — only 40 minutes south of Savannah. 912-884-6999
Georgia Marble Festival
With a hint of fall in the air and bursts of color sitting atop trees, you know it’s time for the 35th Annual Georgia Marble Festival. Held Oct. 3 and 4, the city of Jasper and the Marble Valley of Pickens County cel-
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Join Gibbs Gardens for spectacular gardens, beautiful blooms and brilliant fall color at the French-inspired Waterlily Festival with hundreds of waterlilies ﬂowering against the backdrop of its Monet bridge. “En Plein Air” artists create original works in the Gardens available for sale. The juried photography exhibit will also be on display. Purchase tickets for Oct. 3, 4, 10 or 11 for tasty French food and wine tasting. Enjoy face painting for children, and live music from the Michael Allen Radio Show band on Saturdays and classical strolling musicians on Sundays. The Japanese Arts and Culture Festival returns later in October, held on the 17, 18, 24 and 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. See demonstrations and performances including tea ceremonies, classic and Taiko dancing, karate, archery, sumo wrestling and more. Japanese food will be available for purchase, and entry fees to the gardens include admission to festivals. 770-893-1881
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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
Habersham County, known for its outdoor beauty and friendly people, invites you to make one of Habersham’s hotels, cabins or historic B&Bs your destination while you enjoy fall and leaf season in the mountains. Inhale the fresh mountain air as you explore Tallulah Gorge (1,000 feet deep and 2 miles long), visit waterfalls, lakes and hiking trails or enjoy camping, swimming, and (non-motorized) boating at Lake Russell. With two rivers (Chattahoochee and Soque), Habersham is known for the best ﬂy-ﬁshing east of the Mississippi. Habersham has it! Come visit this fall. 1-800-835-2559
• markofthepotter.com RE/MAX of Rabun
There is no questioning Budget Travel Magazine’s accolade as one of the “World’s 16 Most Picturesque Villages,” the moment you drive into this quaint little town. A vibrant downtown boasting more than 165 antiques dealers, boutique shops and unique eateries, there is plenty to satisfy a multitude of interests. Fall is jam-packed with festivals – you’ll not want to miss the Chili Cook-off and Fall Festival Oct. 10 and The Bostwick Cotton Gin Festival Nov. 7. Download the app – search “Visit Madison Ga!” on iTunes – to take a virtual tour. 706-342-4454
Mark of the Potter
Driving up scenic Highway 197 N. from Clarkesville, you will ﬁnd Georgia’s oldest craft shop, Mark of the Potter. Celebrating more than 45
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Looking to buy real estate in the Rabun area? Barbara Cantrell, Associate Broker of RE/MAX of Rabun can help with properties on Lake Burton and Lake Rabun. The ﬁrst is a beautifully landscaped 1.64-acre, level lot – the perfect setting for this three bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home with a master on main and ﬁnished lower-level family room. Just outside, a two-slip boathouse on 173 feet of shoreline awaits. The unique Lake Rabun home is also on the water’s edge with an attached two-slip boathouse under an oversized party deck. Want to call the contemporary ﬁve-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom open ﬂoor plan with a stone wood burning ﬁreplace and master on main “home?” Call RE/MAX of Rabun today. 706-782-7133, 706-490-1707
Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival
On Sept. 26 and 27, the Service League of Cherokee County presents the 31st annual event, featuring more than 200 arts and crafts exhibitors, entertainers, children’s activities and concessions at Boling Park in Canton. Admission is a $5 donation with proceeds beneﬁtting needy children. 770-704-5991
Sawnee Association of the Arts
Sponsored by the Forsyth County Arts Alliance and the City of Cumming, The 2015 Colors of Fall Art Exhibition and Sale begins Sept. 25 and continues through Oct. 4 at the Historic Brannon-Heard House in Cumming. The weeklong celebration of the arts includes original works from local and regional artists, Painter’s Essential Workshop on Sept. 25, Lunch n’ Learn and Twilight Talk series, Plein Air Quick Paint Challenge on Oct. 2, and a Children’s Art Day on Oct. 3.
Southern Road Yachts
Wherever your fall weekends take you, from tailgating to vacations, camping or special events, arrive in style with Southern Road Yachts.
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809 Highway 441 South Clayton, GA 30525
Rent one of the luxury Mercedes Benz Airstream Coaches for the weekend, week or month for an experience that’s better than ﬂying. 404-843-1199
• southernroadyachts.com The Divide at Bald Rock
The Divide at Bald Rock is your mountain sanctuary. The Divide is located adjacent to the Panthertown National Forest along the Eastern Continental Divide in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their mountain properties present the best North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains can offer. Each lot takes advantage of its mountain features, be it bold streams, cascading waterfalls, grand views, the nestled comfort of a cozy cabin lot
or the simple beauty of a Blue Ridge Mountain wilderness. The gated community is located at the center of the Lake Toxaway, Cashiers and Highland resort areas, offering visitors a variety of dining, lodging and shopping opportunities. Activities for outdoor enthusiasts include golf, ﬂy ﬁshing, boating, white-water rafting, hiking, water and snow skiing, plus much more. 800-228-0431
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BLUE Black Sheep and Christy Lee’s
Located in Blue Ridge, The Black Sheep Restaurant and Bar & Patio and Christy Lee’s Courtyard Grille 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. Meanwhile in a historic home uptown, Black Sheep is committed to providing guests with great service and an innovative menu in an authentic setting. Call ahead for reservations because you won’t want to miss either one. Christy Lee’s, 706-946-5100; Black Sheep, 706-946-3633
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Formerly the Kincaid House, this charming B&B is located in one of the oldest residences in Blue Ridge. Built in 1890s, the three-story Victorian inn features eight rooms, 12-foot ceilings, original handcarved woodwork and heart pine ﬂoors – all just one block from the downtown antique shops and local restaurants. 706-632-0222
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Climb aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway for a sightseeing trip through one of the most beautiful places in the South. The route starts in downtown Blue Ridge and goes to the twin border towns of McCaysville, Ga. and Copperhill, Tenn. then back to Blue Ridge. You can enjoy the ride from a vintage, climate-controlled coach, an open-air car or in the new Premier Class coach. 877-413-8724
Blues & BBQ Festival
The air in downtown Blue Ridge ﬁlls with the sweet smell of slow-cooked meats and the smooth sounds of blues musicians when Blue Ridge Lodging Association and Fannin County Chamber presents its 5th annual Blues & BBQ Festival on Sept. 12. Between noon and 9 p.m., join thousands of people who participate in this day of soul music and soul food, including the smoking lineup of headliner Dwayne Dopsie – “King of the Accordion.” Come early for the Friday Night Blues Crawl Sept. 11 to make it a jam-packed weekend. A portion of proceeds beneﬁt Snack in A Backpack, a community and volunteers supported program that provides food for students who get their meals at school, and may have little or nothing to eat on the weekends. 770-546-9614
Discover a Different Pace
Discover picturesque antebellum homes in one of Georgia’s oldest and largest National Historic Districts. Explore stunning attractions, one-of-a-kind shopping and savory restaurants. Celebrate the outdoors on beautiful hiking trails in one of the state’s largest state parks – Hard Labor Creek. Relax in some of the South’s most amazing inns, bed and breakfasts and hotels. Come for the day or stay for a lifteime to experience an authentic Southern town. www.VisitMadisonGA.com
Visitor Center Open Daily, Call 706-342-4454 One Hour East of Atlanta on I-20, Exit 114 Scan here to begin a walk through history, or search “Madison GA Downtown Tour” in the App Store
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THE most beautiful gallery IN GEORGIA!
JURIED PHOTOGRAPH SHOW September 8 - 25
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DOWN HOME ANNUAL QUILT SHOW JURIED October 3-31 ART SHOW OPENING RECEPTION Nov 13- Dec 12 October 3, 2 - 4 p.m. OPENING RECEPTION Nov 13, 5-7 p.m. Meet the Quilters JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ 334 Highway 9 North Dawsonville Located just North of Dawsonville’s Historic Square
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WEEKLONG CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS INCLUDES:
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Sept. 25th – Oct. 4th
Historic Brannon-Heard House 111 Pilgrim Mill Rd. Cumming, GA FREE ADMISSION!
• Original works from local and regional artists • Art Essentials Workshop Sept. 25 • Lunch n’ Learn and Twilight Talk series • Plein Air Quick Paint Challenge Oct. 2nd • Children’s Art Day Oct. 3rd Visit sawneeart.org for event details and hours
Sponsored by the Forsyth County Arts Alliance and the City of Cumming
Family owned and operated for 72 years, this orchard is now in its fourth generation! Boasting more than 35 varieties of apples, the orchard also grows several types of berries and fresh produce. There are many u-pick opportunities throughout the year. Also available is a deli, a farm winery and a bakery offering famous fried pies and so much more. Check out what’s happening online and like them on Facebook for the most current info. 800-361-7731
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Mountain Top Cabin Rentals
Accommodations do not get any better than those at Mountain Top Cabin Rentals (MTCR). Stay once with them and you’ll never want to leave! MTCR offers luxury rental cabins and downtown accommodations in Blue Ridge, only 90 minutes from Atlanta. Their local staff and friendly, impeccable service is truly what deﬁnes this company. With Mountain Top Cabin Rentals, it is not just a vacation — it’s an experience. Get the scoop using their premier “Blue Ridge Travel Guide” and “MTV Discount Card,” both exclusively created for guests of MTCR. Enjoy amenities such as mountain views, water frontage, riveraccess properties, stone ﬁreplaces, WIFI, king beds, exceptional modern rustic decor, ﬂat-panel TVs, hot tubs, game rooms and much more. Call Mountain Top Cabin Rentals today to book your mountain experience. 866-40-CABIN
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Noontootla Creek Farms
Welcome to Noontootla Creek Farms, a place where “beautiful waters” deﬁnes this pristine mountain stream, and where trophy-sized Rainbow, Brook and Brown trout abound in the 2.5-mile private waters. Walk through the whispering pines or trod through their cornﬁelds following the nose of tried-and-true Bird Dogs to hunt quail or pheasant. Enjoy a competitive round of sporting clays at their 12 shooting stations, visit the new 3D-archery course and much more. Let Noontootla Creek Farms help you plan your big Blue Ridge Mountain adventure. 706-838-0585
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Sept. 11 – 19, Clarkesville
Livestock shows, Canning Contest, Rides, Rodeo, Entertainment and more
A TASTE OF CLARKESVILLE Sept. 26, historic downtown Clarkesville Square 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. 28TH ANNUAL BIG RED APPLE FESTIVAL Oct. 10, downtown Cornelia
Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals wants you to seize the moment. Slow down this season to surround yourself with the natural beauty of the North Georgia Mountains. From rushing waterfalls to breathtaking vistas of fall foliage and festivals, the escape you deserve awaits. See our ad in this edition for a unique promo code offering discounts, complimentary upgrades and more. The perfect Blue Ridge experience begins with where you stay, and Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals offers more than 70 privately owned homes near the town of Blue Ridge. Find your place less than 90 minutes from Atlanta … Blue Ridge is calling. 1-866-4-CABINS
Car Show, Arts and Crafts, Entertainment, Food, Kid’s Activities
2015 LAKE RUSSELL 5K & FUN RUN Nov. 14, 2015, Register at Active.com Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest 304 Lake Russell Road, Mount Airy, Georgia
Run along the peaceful shore of 100-acre Lake Russell Registration opens 8:00 a.m., 5K 9:00 a.m., Fun Run 9:30 a.m.
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Blue Ridge, Georgia Fall in Love With Blue Ridge
Unique 1890s Victorian Inn All rooms have Private Bath, Cable TV and WIFI Open Year-Round Full Country Breakfast
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Your 2015 Blues and BBQ Festival Headquarters
Noontootla Creek Farms
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MARK ALLEN ASPIRES TO BE, but he has a long way to go. I first learned this fact when the seasoned entrepreneur and owner of Lazy Guy Distillery, one of the few (legal) operations of its kind in Cobb County, spoke at the Inaugural Andrews Moonshine Festival in Buckhead last fall. A wild-eyed audience, dressed in either overalls or suits, listened intently as Allen explained what it takes to get a first-generation whiskey micro-distillery up and running, from using traditional methods and developing recipes to navigating modern legalities of the trade. I had come for a sample, but left with a fascinating history lesson about the mysterious American spirit and still thirsty for another round of both.
Since the late 18th century, moonshine has flowed from southern stills, but Allen’s story is an uncommon one. “I don’t have a family that has done this for years, which is actually quite different from all but one or two distillers in the state,” Allen said when we met for a tour of his still. “Most are usually the second, third or up to fourth or even fifth generation.” Rather than continuing a family pastime, Allen saw the opportunity to build his own after watching market trends in craft distilling and bourbon. “I got into it as a retirement plan,” he said. Drawing on past business experience, Allen was looking to launch something unique and knew it also had to be enjoyable. “I started looking specifically at what would be marketable to the area, what I could produce well and what was trending as an industry. [It] is difficult in today’s society to find something with longstanding power.”
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At the time, several popular television shows were documenting the once hushhush industry in which discussions were discreet and sips came infamously from an unlabeled Mason jar. Then in 2009, Georgia state laws changed to allow onsite tastings. That’s when his idea for modern day white lightning struck. After all, from the Whiskey Rebellion in the late 1700s to the Prohibition Era in the 1920s, the hard stuff has been the cornerstone of many American events and served as a means of currency at certain points in history. Craft brewery tours are increasingly popular, and now leading tours of his own, Allen has seen firsthand the interest people still have in moonshine. “It’s really fascinating how it works, and maybe it’s a little bit of a fascination because it was illegal [and taboo] in the past,” Allen said. “To see the equipment,
to smell the [mash] and to experience [the process] is impactful from a creative side.” At the 2015 Distilled: San Diego Spirit and Cocktail Competition, judges were fascinated, too. Lazy Guy’s Kennesaw Lightning (a 100-proof combination of corn and barley delivering a cornbread note with a hint of graham cracker sweetness) won the Bronze medal in the “American White Unaged Whiskey/Moonshine” category. But just as bootleggers throughout history can attest, the moonshine business is far from easy.
N MARCH OF 2014, LAZY GUY had secured the property on Moon Station Road. Dating back to the 1800s, the space is located in the heart of Kennesaw, just around the corner from the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive. As
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he started the heavy-duty tasks of getting paperwork together, applying for a license and purchasing equipment, the reality of opening a distillery started to sink in. “I got a much more accurate idea of what it takes to get [a distillery] started, which is clearly why not many people do it: it’s a very risky, highly-capitalized venture and an upfront business.” Second to the misconception that a distiller must be taste-testing all day, Allen said the bigger myth about moonshine is that you can make it legally for yourself. “We submit a lot of money to the government to be legal,” Allen said. “You basically have to be a turnkey operation before the federal government and the state will even permit you. And while they are doing that, you can’t legally turn that still on.” For any nitty-gritty answers, you’ll have to go see Allen yourselves. Any naysayers don’t faze him, either. “There are always going to be people who don’t like what you do,” he said. “The reception for us has been really good, from the city, from the county, and, to some degree, from the state.”
ONSIDERING THE GROWING list of off-premise retail locations and restaurants that sell Lazy Guy spirits, we’d have to agree. As of July, the Beer Jobs law has enabled Allen and staff to provide tour guests with souvenir whiskey that they can take home
Tours are offered Saturdays from 12 to 6 p.m., although hours are modi-
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Those of us accustomed to descriptors such as tannins, full-bodied, dry and flavor profiles will now have to consider another source for discussion. Apples are rising in rank and bringing bushels of cider to bars near and far. Before the latest crop of craft beverage hits the market this month, we caught up with the makers of metro Atlanta’s only locally crafted cider. Andrew Wheeler and fellow ciderist Mallory Law will be the first to tell you that making hard cider from scratch is much more difficult when 1,100-gallon fermentation tanks are involved. “Everything took longer than we initially thought,” Law said, adding, “pumping juice into the tank, we thought, would maybe take three or four hours. It took 12.” Law and Wheeler both cracked a smile, which I’m sure comes much easier with those first-time lessons now behind them. The initial idea for Treehorn, founded by seven visionaries in total, came in the fall of 2013 and was followed shortly thereafter in the spring of 2014 with the decision to make their dream a reality. One conditioning tank, two fermentation tanks and months of trial and error later, the busy duo behind Treehorn Cidery has officially hit their stride. When I visited the cidery last month, they provided a sneak peek at the process and, upon request, poured a sample for me to taste. There I was, sipping delicious hard cider at 10 a.m. on a work day as they shared their long-term plans of opening a tasting room and offering cidery tours. For now, though, they are singularly focused on bringing their original dry cider to market. Designed for wine drinkers, beer drinkers and those gluten-intolerant souls in search of something palatable minus the consequences, cider has taken off on the national level with brands like Crispin, Woodchuck and Angry Orchard. “Our cider tastes very different than the commercial brands. It’s not as sweet and is much drier,” Wheeler said, adding that it’s a fantastic choice when eating spicy foods because the acid cuts through the spice. Asked for a few core details about where they get their apples and whether it matters what kind of apples they use, Law said, “It’s more like wine-making than it is brewing beer; we take what we can get each season and make the best out of it.” This year, apple varieties such as Granny Smith, Rome, Cripps Pink and Braeburn among others made their way into the cider and if the taste I had was any indication, Treehorn Cidery will have no trouble selling its dry cider this fall, giving those of us who prefer to go local a nice alternative.
You can expect to see the cider take over a few taps at local bars and growler stores. No bottles yet, but as they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, so you know it’s coming. In the meantime, plan to sip your own samples and chat with the ciderists at any of their launch parties scheduled this month (each starting at 5 p.m.):
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Let’s See That Smile! with them – a huge, and championed, shift in legislation for both distilleries and breweries in Georgia. But once Allen had the legal green light, how did he decide, or even know for that matter, what actually goes into the bottle? He explained that by definition, corn whiskey is 80 percent corn, leaving 20 percent creativity to add barley, grains, sugar or other ingredients. Lazy Guy is dedicated to capturing flavors that can only be found in Georgia-grown fruits and grains, produced in small batches to offer a taste unmatched by others. In addition to the Kennesaw Lightning, Lazy Guy is crafting more varieties of liquor including a bold 150-proof four-grain, slow-distilled corn whiskey named The General, in honor of The Great Locomotive Chase of 1862, as well as fellow Bronze medal winning Side Track Bourbon (slowly aged with the goal to create the perfect Georgia Bourbon Whiskey). At 90 proof, this bourbon has a caramel note, rich character and smooth finish that reflects Allen’s passion for a truly unique pour. The first limited release produced 518 bottles; another release is anticipated this fall. There’s no secrecy behind Allen’s recipes; in fact, the curious can find them – as well as clever cocktail suggestions – published on his website. Knock-offs are no concern due to his special ingredient: barrels. “The fact of the matter is, if I took Maker’s Mark exact recipe or Woodford Reserve with my grains on my still, it’s going to taste completely different. If I had my recipe with my grains on their still, it’s going to taste completely different,” he assured. “We like to think we’re going to know what will come out, but in reality, every barrel is slightly different in its flavor profile… that’s the allure of craft.”
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LOCALS HAD URGED AN EARLY MORNING ATTEMPT,
preferably predawn. Instead of heeding this advice, we leisurely allowed sunrise to come and go. I regretted every minute of that decision until I finally stepped onto the summit of Cadillac Mountain. Staring into the endless horizon, I fully understood why Acadia National Park, despite being one of the smaller parks, is one of the most visited â€” almost two and a half million people a year endeavor to see the vista I witnessed. Granite ridges reach out of the ocean like the clenched claws of a lobster. Mountains that might otherwise go unnoticed gracefully carry pristine pockets of the evergreen trees presiding over them. Waves crash against the craggy coastline, sharing a scenic spotlight with iconic lighthouses, many of which now stand for their story rather than their light. This was not the Maine I expected. What I loved most about this discovery is that similar to the colorful buoys that identify the stateâ€™s hardworking lobstermen and their traps, Maine notably distinguishes itself. In a place where the mountains meet the sea perhaps letting this undeniable character come to you is best, even if it bobs at a pace distinctly its own.
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Portland. What better way to start a road trip than to park the car and eat? Cruising up to the counter of the nearest lobster shack, we perched on dockside stools with a lobster roll in one hand and a bowl of New England clam chowder in the other. From our stoop at Portland Lobster Company, we soaked up the bay’s brackish air and mapped our next stop: Old Port. Strolling the cobblestone streets in this downtown shopping hub will lead you to everything from more local seafood and craft beer to Made-in-Maine souvenirs and one-of-a-kind finds from a bevy of boutiques. With appetites and retail cravings
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• Tour the Maine Maritime Museum • Take a photo • Eat at Portland Lobster Co.
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• Shop in Old Port • Begin your coastal journey on Hwy. 1 toward Bath
I say that, but in a state with 3,478 miles of coastline — surprisingly, more than California — restraint is not easily achieved. It is, however, quickly rewarded. Truth be told, my mom and I did not arrive with a proclivity for patience. Motivated to see as much as we could along Maine’s spectacular coast, we started in Portland, the state’s largest city, and drove the scenic U.S. Hwy. 1 north to the tiny town of Lubec, the easternmost point in the contiguous United States. Days later, we would take the sinuous route south to Bar Harbor. Knowing we were following The Lobster Trail made it nearly impossible to get much farther than the waterfront in
satiated, we stopped stalling and hit the trail. No sooner had we settled into navigating the constant ribbon of road than we spotted signs for Bath, where 400 years of shipbuilding have left a legacy best known as “the city that ships built.” To celebrate the area’s culture and many of the industry’s most prominent shipbuilders, Bath offers a trolley tour that guides guests through some of the city’s seafaring personality. We opted for a self-guided tour of the Maine Maritime Museum, which we found easily thanks to the full-scale sculpture of “Wyoming,” the largest wooden U.S. sailing vessel ever built, residing in the country’s only surviving shipyard where these ships were crafted. Five original buildings still stand, each with its own history. Dotting the rest of this maritime campus are several long-term exhibits including the newly released “Lobstering & the Maine Coast.” Caught in the moment, I hopped inside the life-sized lobster trap in the shipyard, but unlike the crustacean celebrities captured regularly, I escaped unscathed and eagerly continued on my journey.
ROCKLAND RETREAT Teetering just under an hour from Bath and tucked into the commercial center of Maine’s midcoast is Rockland, a popular stop for many travelers. Art aficionados flock to the world-renowned Farnsworth Museum while foodies fawn after the culinary creations of two-time James Beard award-winning chef Melissa Kelly at Primo, and outdoor enthusiasts either hit the water aboard a windjammer or hike to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. PHOTO COURTESY OF HEATHER KW BROWN
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The LimeRock Inn, a charming B&B in Rockland; Captain John checking his lobster traps aboard “Lulu”; West Quoddy Lighthouse in Lubec
• Visit Mt. Battie in Camden Hills State Park
• Take in the art at Farnsworth Museum • Hike to Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse • Spend the night at The LimeRock Inn
Sometimes, though, all you want to do is sit in a porch swing and watch everyone else scurry. That was us and turning onto Limerock Street felt like returning to our own summer home in Maine. Turns out, innkeepers Frank Isganitis and PJ Walter felt a similar pull after years of commuting between New York and New Jersey. They purchased the LimeRock Inn in 2004 and have been pampering guests ever since. Offering eight well-appointed rooms, a beautiful garden and every bit of the gracious elegance you expect of a New England B&B, the turreted Victorian home
has garnered plenty of praise. A five-time Certificate of Excellence Award Winner from Trip Advisor (2010-2014), LimeRock Inn is one of the Historic Inns of Rockland as well as one of the eight destinations affiliated with Inns Along the Coast. Beyond the hospitality and accommodations, breakfast in the hands of Isganitis is not one to miss. The former Snellville resident and graduate of both South Gwinnett High School and Georgia State made orange ricotta pancakes, the likes of which sparked conversation at every table that morning. Within minutes, we were talking like we were old friends with another family coincidentally visiting from Buckhead. Our next outing was in Camden, a quintessential New England town, where stopping occurs more often than starting. For us, that included a brief detour to the top of Mount Battie inside the picturesque Camden Hills State Park. Boasting incredible views of the Maine coast, this stone tower was dedicated in 1921 as a memorial for those who served in World War I. Be sure to dedicate an entire day, maybe two, for exploring Camden. It’s way too quaint to cruise through quickly. PHOTOS COURTESY OF PJ WALTER, HEATHER KW BROWN AND RENEE DAVIS
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EASTERNMOST EXCURSION Should the game-winning question ever come your way, I want you to be prepared, so trivia tidbits to know about Maine are: the state’s name is derived from “mainland,” the locals are best known as Mainers, the town of Lubec is home to West Quoddy Lighthouse, which is the easternmost lighthouse in the contiguous U.S., and, Maine is the first state to see the sunrise every morning. I know this because every morning, I woke up feeling like I’d fallen asleep only hours ago. I believe it is the state’s way of letting vacationers know they can sleep when they get home. Fueled by several cups of strong coffee, we set out again to explore. Overlooking Sail Rock, West Quoddy Lighthouse is famously recognized by its candy-cane stripes and is every bit as beautiful as advertised. Although the lighthouse has been built and rebuilt, the light has the original Fresnel lens and the U.S. Coast Guard, which maintains the light, still uses the original 50-step iron circular stairway in the tower. Anyone inclined for an international outing should cruise across the Canadian border to see the East Quoddy Lighthouse. Located on a rocky outcropping at the northern tip of Campobello Island, East Quoddy is one of the oldest and most photographed Canadian lighthouses. There is a fee to cross the narrow walkway and as the incoming tide rises 5 feet per hour, it is a hazardous undertaking. Having lost my sense of invincibility years ago, we snapped a photo from the car and headed to Whiting Bay B&B. Whiting Bay owner Brenda Gay opens her peaceful waterfront retreat to guests and truly seems to enjoy getting to know — and cook • Visit West Quoddy for — every single one of them. We Lighthouse, the found ourselves looking forward easternmost to her charming conversation as lighthouse in the U.S. much as her incredible culinary • Stay at nearby skills every time we surfaced from our Whiting Bay Bed & Morning Side Suite. Breakfast Days after immersing ourselves in quiet communities along the coast, we cruised into the bustling village of Bar Harbor. A happening haven of locally owned shops, gastropubs, coffeehouses, bed-andbreakfast options and more than enough activities to keep us busy for days, Bar Harbor is an active traveler’s best friend.
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Teeing up Memories of Mountain Golf
written by CARL DANBURY, JR.
The frame of reference is a combination of awakening scenery, rousing colors, infrequently indelible shot making and the reminiscence of those with whom you played and undoubtedly laughed. For me, that’s golf. It began at an early age at municipal or public courses, and others with a low-entry cost. Money earned shoveling snow, delivering newspapers, and then later when I was old enough to caddy at Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J., funded my early passion for the game. The game, however, was more than round-by-round improvement (frustration), posting a career best score or hitting a memorable tee shot; it often was about the comical aspects of the Mountain Air Country Club’s First Hole game that provided the fixation. My father stepped to the first tee box at Princeton Country Club with no impeding play in front of us. That early one summer afternoon. His job allowed such trivialities in the changed on No. 13 when we spotted three mid-‘60s and neighbor Ferdie Reeves and I were the beneficiaries of his afternoon groups on the same hole. As there were no off. Dad paid our $6 greens fee and we sauntered gleefully over to the tee box, toting groups behind us, the three of us circled our clubs behind us on a pull cart. Ferdie and I dribbled our tee shots down the back, sped across the 12th fairway and fairway about 90 to 110 yards, and then my father stepped to the box. through the rough in our carts, hoping After a few practice swings, he addressed the ball and swung mightily expectant to play a few extra holes while the slower of a 210-yard drive (passable in the days of small-headed persimmon drivers), just groups ahead finished the next two holes. slightly right of center in the fairway. Instead, the ball rose off his club like a wounded On our way back to the 11th tee, my sparrow, floated as if on a cotton pillow with butterfly wings, and then landed softly friend Greg and I were racing over a rise in a nearby oak tree. The ball then rolled vertically down the massive trunk of the when we heard an unforgettable scream oak, its descent seemingly taking minutes rather than seconds. In an instant, Ferdie and turned to our left. We spotted Jeff, and I were rolling around on the ground, laughing hysterically at the embarrassing the third in our threesome. His cart was attempt. Nonplussed, my dad teed up his mulligan, struck it well and we were off for airborne and flying into a cavernous sand 18 holes of unbridled pleasure. trap that was hidden from view from the ROUND AFTER ROUND direction we were headed. We screeched Some 40 years later, I joined two friends for an afternoon round at Marsh Creek on our brakes and returned quickly to Country Club, just south of St. Augustine, Fla. We sailed along for the first 12 holes the befuddling scene, only to find Jeff PHOTOS BY WARREN GRANT
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central or coastal part of the Garden State, which fueled another fixation: mountain golf.
Sky Valley Country Club’s 15th Hole
standing upright, with the side rails that held the roof of the cart on either side of him. The cart, wheels still spinning, was laying on its side, undamaged but in need of some T.L.C. We helped Jeff turn the cart upright, pushed it out of the sand trap as quickly as we could, and then half-heartedly raked the trap to hide any of the tracks or other evidence. We were shocked that he wasn’t seriously injured — or dead — and as such, laughed without remorse for the next 30 minutes between shots. There were many other funny instances along the way, but in addition to the comical allure of the sport, is the addiction of wanting to play as many courses as possible. Monday was caddie day at Springdale, and we rarely missed the
chance to play for free on those days. Pete Consoli, the caddiemaster, always yelled at us for playing in our bare feet: “There’s chemicals on that grass!” Once I acquired my driver’s license — in between my summer job and four to five baseball games a week — most of my recreational spare time was spent playing any course that would allow passage, no matter the distance. Mountain View, Cranbury, Hominy Hill, Howell Park and Hopewell Valley were the favorites. A few years later, my brother-in-law clued me in on Bowling Green Golf Club in Oak Ridge, which was about a two-hour drive and well worth every second. The Morris County course had topography and elevation changes, something we rarely got in the
Playing in the peace and quiet, often away from housing communities or subdivisions is the ultimate treat for me. I particularly enjoy playing in the fall, with its soothing cool breezes, striking colors and playfully active wildlife. Your shots are framed by myriad colors of the hardwoods and the bent- or bluegrass has recovered from the summer heat, making it more lush and providing more favorable lies. Since we began publishing Points North Atlanta, I have been fortunate to play many great courses, both for media or personal visits. The following is a curated list of memorable courses for both categories: One of my personal favorites is the Cascades Course at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va., which was once home to the venerable Sam Snead, and nephew J.C. Snead. Designed in 1923 by William S. Flynn, the timeless layout was rated in the top 100 courses by Golf Digest for 40 consecutive years. The second 18-hole layout, the Lower Cascades, designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1963, is an excellent test of golf as well. Not too far away, the Highlands Course at Primland Resort, Meadows of Dan, Va., was opened in 2006. Architect Donald Steel crafted a masterpiece atop a mountain plateau with stunning scenery. Another memorable course is Mountain Air Country Club, Burnsville, N.C. The Scott Pool-design is majestic, and if you’re lucky, you will see a private plane land on the community’s mountaintop landing strip, 4,400 feet in elevation. Closer to home in Dillard, Ga. is the recently renovated Sky Valley Country Club course at 3,500 feet in elevation. The original course, routed by Bill Watts, was redesigned by Bill Bergin in 2007 and is a very entertaining layout. Nearby Waterfall Club in Clayton overlooks Lake Burton and is simply breathtaking. Another Scott Pool design,
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Linville Golf Club’s Third Hole
the signature par-3 second hole features a 210-foot drop from tee to green, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a finer collection of finishing holes than at Waterfall. Holes 14 through 18 are very challenging. Brasstown Valley in Young Harris is situated at 1,923 feet in elevation and features a 6,957-yard Denis Griffiths design that challenges golfers of all skill levels. Currahee Club in Toccoa, while only around 1,000 feet in elevation, is a course that seems much more mountainous than it is. Elevation changes, gorgeous vistas and first-rate conditions make it a must-play venue in Northeast Georgia. Acclaimed golf course architect Jim Fazio crafted a gem with views of Lake Hartwell and the surrounding mountains.
THE WAITING LIST There is another list of mountain courses that I have not played that are perched high above others in terms of reputation, significance and perhaps grandeur. Those that are the icons on this list are: Grandfather Golf and Country Club, Linville, N.C., which was designed by Ellis Maples and is regularly ranked only behind Pinehurst No. 2 as North Carolina’s finest. Dan Maples, Ellis’ son, has updated the course twice since and it remains one of Western Carolina’s golf masterpieces. The younger Maples also designed a relative unknown, which offers breathtaking scenery and exhilarating shot values. Redtail Mountain, Mountain City, Tenn., is located just 20 minutes from
Boone, N.C., and features striking elevation changes and great conditions. Linville Ridge is another on the list and I won’t have to drive far from Grandfather to play it. Designed by George Cobb and updated by Bobby Weed in 2007, Linville Ridge soars to an elevation of 4,945 feet on the 13th hole. It is acclaimed for its playability as well as for its views. Also nearby is the aptly-named and ultra-exclusive Diamond Creek, created by partners John McNeely and Wayne Huizenga, with a revered golf course designed by Hendersonville’s Tom Fazio. The few lucky enough to play here have commented that the experience is unparalleled. Another Tom Fazio design is Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club in Cashiers. Available only to members and their guests, this stunning 18-hole layout is framed by hardwoods. A friend who played it recently called it one of his top 5 golf experiences ever. Wade Hampton Golf Club, also in Cashiers, is a perennial No. 1 on Golfweek’s best residential courses list and among the top 15 of all U.S. Modern Courses. Following its 1987 selection by Golf Digest as “Best New Private Course” in America, the Wade Hampton quickly ascended to prominence, entering the magazine’s Top 20 two years later. Fazio created a gentle, walking course with the more rugged terrain flanking the fairways and hardwoods,
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Read Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of “All Over but the Shoutin’,” “Ava’s Man,” and “The Prince of Frogtown,” Rick Bragg reminds us of what it means to live in the region of good cooking and football done right in his newest novel “My Southern Journey.” Bragg’s book is filled with essays about traditions and other facts we know about our part of the country, from delicacies like spoonbread to the simplicities that can make a summer day memorable. Coming to a bookstore near you on Sept. 15, “My Southern Journey” is a novel that people can feel right at home reading. If you’ve always wanted to
meet the author in person, wait another week and catch him in town promoting his new book at The Carter Center on Sept. 28. –Jennifer Arthurs
See Find the inner artist within yourself at MUSE & Co. Fine Art’s new September exhibit: “Carpet Superstore,” which features artwork from Georgia State graduate Marissa Graziano. The show, inspired by Graziano’s relationships with the subjects of her paintings opens with a reception Sept. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m., and is on display through Sept. 30. musecofineart.com. —Lily Lou
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They’ve been setting the standard in the beauty industry for 41 years, but for the past four years, Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique has been giving back to the community through their annual “Angels of Life” Hair and Fashion Show. The show’s philanthropic efforts, which have collected just over $160,000 in four years, benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation. This year’s show takes place Oct. 4 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and focuses on children and their experiences with organ transplants. “Angels of Life” will not only display the exceptional hair, makeup and fashion designs of the creative team at Three-13, but also the personal journeys of those within the transplant community. Tickets for the event range from $59 to $113 and include the fashion show, cocktails, music and a silent auction. three-13.com/ angels-of-life.html. — Torrie Miers AS MUCH AS WE STRIVE to find and share stories and events that warm the heart, oftentimes, it is our duty to shed light on topics that are less comfy to discuss, but are equally important. In 2014, according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), its hotline received phone calls, online tips and e-mails totaling nearly 4,000 cases. Georgia ranked 7th highest in call volume. Atlanta attorney David Boone, a nationally board certified trial lawyer and managing partner of Boone & Stone, recently created a nonprofit organization, Civil Lawyers Against World Sex Slavery (CLAWS). CLAWS’ stated mission is to bring
pro bono lawsuits on behalf of survivors of sex slavery to empower victims, take economic resources away from those who are benefiting from trafficking and raise public awareness. CLAWS’ inaugural Fundraising Gala “Now That We Know” will be held Thursday Sept. 24 at The Atlanta History Center. The evening of food, wine and enlightenment features honorary hosts, Sam Olens, attorney general of the state of Georgia, and human trafficking prosecutor Camila Wright, from the office of the attorney general. A special screening of the feature film “8 Days” will be shown. “Human beings should not be able to purchase other human beings. My primary focus is to save our children,” Boone said. “The vast majority of these young people enter the business between the ages of 11 and 13. Statistics show 85 percent are female and 15 percent are male, but the most sought after escort in America is a 12-year-old boy. Boys get more money than girls, and young girls get more money than older girls.” “This issue transcends economic barriers, although the main targets for exploitation remain the poor, the underprivileged and especially those children from homes that are socially unstable, and where they are abused physically, mentally and economically,” Boone said. CLAWS’ motto is “Using Civil Laws to Restore Civility” but the most important focus is to inform those who are most likely to witness a potential incident. “We are just now beginning to educate the medical community and law enforcement is only now being educated to use standard interrogation tactics that require separation when they have an older man, and a younger girl or boy that don’t
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RUMCK, and r emaining items will be given to the Foster Care Support Foundation. For more information, go to rumc.com/ rumck or call 770-998-8699. —Lily Lou CROSS THAT 5K OFF YOUR bucket list, and sign up for Walk Like MADD or the MADD Dash on Sept. 26 at Kennesaw State University. In addition to getting your exercise, you are also helping fundraise for a cause. MADD, or Mothers Against Drunk Driving, began in 1980, after Candace Lightner’s 13-year-old daughter was killed by a drunk driver. Today,
One of Edwards Andrews’ homes is showcased on Fox’s reality TV series “HOME FREE.” MADD promotes awareness of drunk driving accidents and underage drinking, keeping families and communities safe. If you’re looking to help the cause without walking, you can sign up as a volunteer, donate to a team or become a virtual walker. madd.org —Lily Lou JOIN NEARLY 750 PEOPLE from across the Northside and Walk to End Alzheimer’s North Fulton on Oct. 3. A movement
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