We Asked, You Answered: Springtime in Georgia

Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

Springtime in Georgia is full of blooming flowers, festival food and warm weather! We asked our Explore Georgia fans what they loved most about spring in Georgia and here are the top 5 answers!

  1. Flowers: Georgia turns into a floral fairyland during the spring months. Want to know when your favorite flower is going to bloom? Visit our spring blooms blog.
  2. Warm weather: Springtime means front porch sittin’, lake swimming and windows down weather. What could be better?
  3. Macon Cherry Blossom Festival: Festival attendees are treated to an extravagant display of springtime beauty in Macon. More than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees and dozens of fun and exciting events and attractions await you during this annual springtime festival. This year’s festival dates are March 21-30, 2014. For more information on this year’s festival, visit http://www.cherryblossom.com/.
  4. The Masters: The world’s most prestigious golf tournament takes every April at the Augusta National Golf Club. Although tickets to the event are extremely difficult to come by, practice-round tickets can be secured through a lottery system. Please visit the Masters website for more information on tickets. If you can’t get tickets to this highly sought-after sporting event, Augusta still has great attractions to keep you busy while you aren’t glued to Masters TV coverage. Start by touring the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area for some insight into Augusta’s historical importance to the state of Georgia.
  5. Braves Baseball: It’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out, at the old ballgame! Don’t miss a chance to see the Atlanta Braves run the bases at Turner Field during the 2014 season starting April 8th at Turner Field.

Featured answers:

  • “Well, where do I start. All the beautiful trees, shrubs, and flowers blooming. The warm weather that I love. All the spring festivals around the state. Love all of it! ♡” – Glori Boria Longworth via Facebook
  • “Dogwoods, azaleas and weather warm enough to sit on the porch on a lazy Saturday and just take in all the beauty nature has to offer!” – Gail Human via Facebook
  • “I love all the beautiful colors of the azaleas, daffodils and cherry trees against the stark white of the Bradford pear and Dogwood trees. The buds of the Cherokee Roses and the mountains start turning different shades of green. Spring is my favorite season in Georgia.” – Suzan Counts Farmer via Facebook
  • “I love to see the cherry blossoms trees bloom in Macon, Georgia. It lets me know that spring is definitely here.” – Kelli Hands Pierson via Facebook
  • “Azaleas, warmer weather, & watching the Masters!” – Amy Hagan via Facebook
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Click here to see all of our fan responses.

Revolution Doughnuts in Decatur, Georgia

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Photo Credit: Whitney Ott

It’s a funny thing- if you live in Atlanta and mention Revolution Doughnuts among friends, there is always at least a couple people who start salivating on the spot. They shout out their favorites, “the Almond Joy Nut,”…  “Nutella Cream Puff” or “Raspberry Sprinkle,” and all this enthusiastic talk of scrumptious doughnuts reminds you how good this place really is.

revdonuts13Maria Moore Riggs has always loved to bake. When she moved to Atlanta from San Francisco, she started selling her homemade scones, muffins and cookies at the local farmer’s markets and quickly found a following. When the thought came to try something new like doughnuts, the response was very encouraging. And so, with all of her savings and a lot of hard work, Maria opened Revolution Doughnuts in Decatur, Georgia during the summer of 2012. Maria attributes the shop’s success to a tried and true product that also has good timing. Maria, “These are nostalgic treats offered during a downturn in the economy…. a doughnut offers that feeling of comfort and happiness.”

She also is a smart business woman. After listening to all the diet restrictions and flavor preferences of her customers over the years, she created a variety of doughnut options including Cake Style, Yeast Style and Baked Cake. Cake Style is tender but also dense and moist with a slightly crunchy exterior. The Yeast Cake is fluffy and puffy with a bit of a chew…

revdonuts2And the Baked Cake has a texture like a pound cake or a muffin. The dough is a little sweet and vanilla like. Because every day they bake from scratch, Maria has the ability to offfer various options in the doughnuts, many of which are vegan and gluten free. But it’s important to note this is an open kitchen and as Maria shared, “We can’t guarantee these doughnuts are trace free from cross contamination.”

revdonuts24What she can guarantee is a fresh, delicious doughnut that is made from scratch that day. There are no hydrogenated oils, no synthetic flavors or colors. Instead you’ll find ingredients like organic flour, local dairy and produce and 100% trans-fat free vegetable oil. Above is their popular, Big ‘Ol Cinnamon Bun.

 

revdonuts7aWhen I visited the shop, it was an all girls day in the kitchen. Together they began their day at 4am to create the mainstay of their menu, including seasonal and daily specials. On this day, the special was a Coconut Creme Brulee…

One of their most popular treats is the Caramel Bacon doughnut. Maria was inspired to make the glaze because of her father-in-law, who grew up eating southern cakes. He remembers fondly a boiled caramel icing that his mom used to make. Once Maria perfected it, she realized it would make the perfect glaze for a doughnut. She then adds bacon via The Spotted Trotter, an excellent, slow food style charcuterie business here in Atlanta, whom she got to know while working the farmer’s markets.

revdonuts18If the menu is a bit overwhelming, it’s only because she has created something for everyone, including savory options like the ridiculously good, Crunchy Mister…

Photo Credit: Maria Moore Riggs

Photo Credit: Maria Moore Riggs

As spring is almost here, look forward to the Fresh Strawberry Slider and then in the summer, the Peach Slider. Plus, every holiday gets a doughnut and new concoctions pop up from time to time like the popular S’mores doughnut or the Bar Snack, made with crushed salty peanuts and pretzels atop a beer caramel glazed yeast doughnut.

Their slogan is “Put something good in your mouth.” It’s funny, I couldn’t of said it better myself.

 

pamselfiePamela Berger is a television producer and writer based in Atlanta. She also has a daily blog celebrating the best in Southern design and artistry, called Sweet Peach

 

‘Tiques Boutique Shopping Tours in Savannah

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The tastemakers behind Savannah’s tastiest and highest-rated food tours, Savannah Taste Experience, have launched a new way for visitors to enjoy The Hostess City. ‘Tiques, Savannah’s only boutique shopping tour, may just be the best way to spend three hours in Savannah during a girls’ getaway, Mother’s Day vacation, or sisters’ trip. And women who would rather not drag their unwilling male from store to store will also love joining these lively shopping parties to pick up something new for a dinner date with their beau that night.

1622414_746502092035826_1234964745_oInstead of getting an insider’s view behind some of Savannah’s best off-the-beaten path restaurants like Best Sandwich in America contender Zunzi’s, ‘Tiques tour goers will experience VIP treatment as they stroll between Savannah’s best boutiques. The tour starts with a chocolate treat at the renowned Chocolat by Adam Turoni and includes exclusive discounts. You’ll be guided by a Style Host from SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) or Bauder College’s fashion programs, and a light lunch is also included to fuel your shopping excursion.

‘Tiques is more than just a group of women shopping (and laughing!) together; this shopping tour will include demonstrations, the opportunity to shop samples not available to the public, and a chance to meet local designers. It’s truly an experience, not just another shopping trip. You’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry, or a new ensemble that goes together just so, plus an armload of discounts that more than cover the cost of the $37.50 ticket price.

Kickoff weekend for ‘Tiques is April 11 & 12, and these opening weekend guests can use the code LAUNCH for a buy one ticket, get one half off discount. Can’t make it for the ‘Tiques grand opening? Then use the code HONEYMOON for any other date in April. Tours run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 12:30pm and meet on shopping haven Broughton Street at Chocolat by Adam Turoni’s beautiful store.

Now you don’t have to spend all day wondering where to shop and pay full price along the way; a ‘Tiques tour lets you shop with experts who will show you the best boutiques in Savannah, while providing a memorable time with your newfound friends who love to shop too.

For more information, visit boutiqueshoppingtour.com and follow ‘Tiques on Facebook and Twitter for news, specials, and plenty of fashion and lifestyle advice to help you be and look your best.

ShawndraRussellBioPicShawndra Russell writes and collects stories and helps businesses share their best stories through social media. Her latest work is How to Become a Freelance Writer in 30 Days. Read about her services and projects at shawndrarussell.com

St. Patricks Day Events in Georgia

Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia

Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia

Break out your cheesiest shamrock jumper and put on your best Irish accent: it’s St. Patty’s Day and we know exactly how you can celebrate! From rediscovering your Irish roots in Dublin to marching in the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade: one of the largest parades in the country. However you choose to celebrate, make sure to wear green and find the luck o’ the Irish here in Georgia.

3/14/14 – 3/17/14: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on River Street in Savannah

3/14/14 – 3/16/14: Irish Balloon Fest & Carnival in Dublin

3/15/14: St. Patrick’s Annual Book Sale in Dublin

3/15/14: St. Patrick’s Day at Tiger Mountain Vineyards in Tiger

3/15/14: Leprechaun-a-thon in Rome

3/15/14: St. Patrick’s Day Happy Hour in Ringgold

3/15/14: Cypress Grill’s St. Patty’s Day Party in Cordele

3/15/14: St. Patrick’s World Safari Collection Exhibit in Dublin

3/17/14: Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade

3/21/14: Shamrock Dulcimer Blast in Blairsville

3/22/14: St. Patrick’s Arts & Crafts Festival in Dublin

3/22/14: Leprechaun Road Race in Dublin

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Savannah, Georgia. Photo by Vicki Delrie via Facebook.

Savannah, Georgia. Photo by Vicki Delrie via Facebook.

Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve Dekalb County. Photo by 65mb via Flickr.

Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve Dekalb County. Photo by 65mb via Flickr.

Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by @gmmarcela via Instagram.

Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by @gmmarcela via Instagram.