Geocaching in Peachtree City

PeachtreeCityCVB_golfcartsDid you know that there are hidden treasures everywhere you go? They’re part of an outdoor game called geocaching. It’s a modern day twist on treasure hunting. Players use a GPS device or smartphone to locate boxes filled with trading items. It’s fun for the whole family.

Peachtree City’s GeoTour adds a unique twist to this treasure hunting game. It begins by picking up a pamphlet from the Visitor Center. The pamphlet lists all the geocaches and presents players with a mystery to solve. The GeoTour leads players to local historic sites, nature parks, athletic fields, and popular filming locations. Each cache contains a trading card that holds a clue to solving the final mystery! Once we solved the mystery, the boys couldn’t wait to turn in our pamphlet and receive the special souvenir.

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When we discovered Peachtree City‘s 90 miles of paved paths, we turned the GeoTour into a staycation. Wyndham Peachtree Hotel gave us a beautiful balcony view, a hot breakfast and a golf cart to help us navigate the GeoTour! Spending the night offered us a leisurely pace to find all the geocaches and enjoy the great places we discovered along the way.

Get started by joining the game on the official Geocaching website and viewing the Peachtree City GeoTour map.

candycookCandy is Georgia’s official Outdoor Explorer and the author of the blog “Happy Trails Wild Tales.” Click here for more Outdoor content from Candy.

RECIPE: Reynolds Plantation’s Root Beer Braised Lamb Shanks

Reynolds Plantation Lamb Shanks

By Chef Edward G. Leonard, CMC

Ingredients

6 lamb shanks from Quality Lamb like Colorado

Kosher salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 Sweet Maui onions diced medium

3 large red or yellow carrots, cut into 1/4″ rounds

6 cloves garlic (sliced)

2 tablespoons whole butter

2 tablespoons flour

3 tablespoons tomato paste

3 bottles Artisan Root Beer

1 cup chicken broth

1 cup lamb broth

15 small roma tomatoes (peeled)

2 teaspoons fresh chopped rosemary

1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme

2 teaspoons chocolate mint (minced)

Method

  1. Season shanks with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in heavy bottomed SS pot (medium-high heat).
  3. Working in batches, brown shanks nicely on all sides, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Transfer shanks on a platter and reserve.
  5. Add oil, onions, carrots and garlic to pan and sautee until golden brown (about 6-8 minutes).
  6. Add butter, stir for about a minute.
  7. Add flour and tomato paste, stir and cook 2-3 minutes more.
  8. Add root beer and deglaze pan.
  9. Add tomatoes whole, plus herbs.
  10. Return shanks to pan, dredge in sauce.
  11. Cover and place in a 325-degree oven for 2.5 hours or until shanks are tender.
  12. Remove shanks and reserve in a warm oven.
  13. Take liquid and vegetable and puree in a blender until smooth.
  14. Place in a sauce pan, whisk in four tablespoons of whole very cold, diced butter.
  15. Transfer shanks to platter
  16. Spoon sauce over shanks, top with fried onions and serve with olive oil mashed potatoes.

Explore Georgia by Zipline

 

Treetop Quest is a fun adventure that takes families on a thrilling flight through the forest. Two Atlanta area locations feature exciting ziplines, fun tarzan swings and challenging obstacles with a birds eye view. Treetop Quest’s innovative courses offer excitement to children as young as four while still maintaining exhilarating experiences for older children and adults.

Over the years, Treetop Quest has become a family tradition. My boys and I navigate the treetop adventure, meeting the challenges of each obstacle, together. We think it’s a great bonding experience that creates lasting memories. So, we return every year! The boys have conquered fears, built confidence, and had a blast at both Treetop Quest locations.

CandyCook_TreetopQuest02Treetop Quest is located at Gwinnett Environmental Heritage Center and in Dunwoody’s Brook Run Park. Each Treetop Quest location boasts its very own unique elements. In Gwinnett, we enjoy six courses ranging from easy to very challenging. SpiderQuest, also at the Gwinnett location, is a playground in the trees. Adventurers explore treehouses, slides, and obstacles above a giant safety net. While the Dunwoody location offers younger kids their very own Kiddie Quest and a huge net trampoline!

Mark your calendars for fun-filled days of adventure and explore both of these exciting Metro Atlanta outdoor adventures.

candycookCandy is Georgia’s official Outdoor Explorer and the author of the blog “Happy Trails Wild Tales.” Click here for more Outdoor content from Candy.

These Georgia Mountain Bike Trails Are Suitable For All Skill Levels

Mountain biking makes me feel like a kid again! I love the feeling of freedom that I get splashing through creeks and racing downhill. My whole family loves mountain biking and we vary in skills. These three mountain biking destinations cater to all skill levels. They offer something fun for everyone.

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Blankets Creek – Blankets Creek offers 15 miles of mountain biking trails near Atlanta. The seven trails feature a variety of terrain, creek crossings, boardwalks, and downhill speed. A training area gives riders a chance to practice before enjoying an easy pedal winding along Blankets Creek or a fast-flowing ride with technical elements.

Allatoona Creek – Nearly 20 miles of trail, ranging from beginner to expert, make this park perfect for bridging the gap between beginner and intermediate mountain biking. Follow up the one-mile beginners trail by advancing to slight elevation changes and more rock features on Turtleback Loop. Advanced riders pick up the speed on Mason’s Bridge and take on the challenge of the expert-only Whipper Snapper Trail.

DCIM100GOPROFive Points Recreation Area  – This diverse trail network gives beginners a trail to get comfortable with mountain biking and adrenaline-pumping expert trails that twist through the forest. It’s a great place to plan a mountain biking getaway, with camping nearby, at Cloudland Canyon State Park.

candycookCandy is Georgia’s official Outdoor Explorer and the author of the blog “Happy Trails Wild Tales.” Click here for more Outdoor content from Candy.

Where to Eat Irish Food in Atlanta

Who needs a pot o’ gold when you can feast on these Irish treats?

Bite Bistro & Bar

Bite Bistro & Bar is getting a visit from a leprechaun this St. Patrick’s Day! On Tuesday, March 17, the restaurant will offer a variety of spirited specials from green beer to Irish whiskey cocktails made with Uisce Beatha. An “Irish coffee” will blend the whiskey with Irish Manor Irish cream and coffee topped before topping it with whipped cream, for $10 apiece, and “Irish mules” mixing whiskey with fresh lime juice, simple syrup and Fever Tree ginger beer, for $11 each, served in the classic copper mug. Victory’s “golden monkey” and Three Tavern Brewery’s “white hops” will also feel the luck o’ the Irish when they turn green for one night only!

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Bourbon Bar

Bourbon Bar is spreading the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate like a true Irishman (or woman) on Tuesday, March 17, as Bourbon Bar pours $3 draft beers, $3 bottles of Guinness and $5 Jameson cocktails all night long. Those craving some authentic Irish food are also in luck with plates of shepherd’s pie available for only $7. For more information please call 404.946.9070.

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Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta

Get your green on with Hard Rock by feasting on an Irish classic – the corned beef and cabbage dinner includes sliced tender corned beef served over quartered cabbage, topped with herb butter and parsley and served with red potatoes and carrots. Guests can also enjoy the Irish Reuben, a sandwich featuring slow-cooked, hand-carved corned beef brisket, layered with crispy sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and aged Swiss cheese and served on a salt-crusted pretzel roll with crispy fries and citrus-spiked coleslaw. Sip on St. Patrick’s Day-inspired beverage for those looking to further celebrate the luck of the Irish. Guests can enjoy an Irish Mule, made with Jameson Irish whiskey, ginger beer and lime. An Irish twist on an old favorite!

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In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Shake Shack is bringing Atlanta its special edition “When Irish Fries Are Smiling” special featuring crinkle-cut fries topped with horseradish cream, scallions, and crispy all-natural Applewood smoked bacon. The Leprechaun-approved fries will be available from Friday, March 13, through Tuesday, March 17. Guests will also be able to celebrate the holiday with a cup or cone of rich and creamy Mast Brothers chocolate mint frozen custard, available from Monday, March 16, to Sunday, March 22. 

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Get lucky with True Food Kitchen’s selection of power greens! Scale back on the green beer and opt for some liquid lean, green fighting machines like True Food Kitchen’s “Kale-Aid” made with kale, apple, cucumber, celery, lemon and ginger, and “Green Arnie” featuring a blend of matcha green tea and honey lemonade. Other vitamin-rich ingredients to get your green fix can be found across the menu including black kale, mizuna, bok choy and spinach.

Twenty-Two Storys

Venture downtown to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Twenty-Two Storys, Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s gastropub. Festive specials include Irish spring rolls filled with corned beef, cabbage, potato and malted whole grain mustard, $8 Guinness beer and “Lucky Leprechaun” cocktails featuring Midori, Malibu rum and pineapple juice. All Irish liquors will be one dollar off and guests are welcome to make any beer a shandy for free.

LaurenLauren Cleland is the voice of Explore Georgia on social media. She loves ice cold sweet tea, anything peach flavored, channeling Scarlett O’Hara in her daily life and sharing the wonders of her beloved Georgia with all of you!