Georgia Fall Bucket List

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  1. Admire the fall foliage at Georgia State Parks: A blanket of red, orange and yellow covers Georgia each fall and there is no better place to take it all than at a Georgia State Park. Check out the Top 15 Georgia State Parks for Peak Color and plan your autumn visit. Don’t forget to keep an eye on Georgia State Park’s Leaf Watch to make sure you visit when fall color is at its peak.
  2. Cheer on your favorite football team: ‘Tis the season for tailgating! Whether you’re a Bulldog, Yellow Jacket, Falcon or an Eagle – fall is the perfect time to sport your team colors and cheer on your favorite team!
  3. Find the perfect pumpkin at a Georgia patch: Pile the whole family in the car for a pumpkin pickin’ adventure! Georgia is full of fantastic farms that produce some of the prettiest pumpkins you’ve ever seen. Click here to find a pumpkin patch near you.
  4. Get lost in a corn maze: Combine #3 & #4 for the best fall day ever! There are top-notch corn mazes all across the state each bearing a unique design. Click here to find your way to amazing family fun.
  5. Rent a cabin for the weekend: Take advantage of the cooler temperatures by cuddling up in a cabin with the ones you love! Trust us, a cozy cabin will be exactly what you need after a day full of leaf peeping, corn mazin’, and pumpkin picking! Search Georgia’s cabin rentals here.
  6. Scare up some fun at a haunted house: Be prepared to face your fears at one of Georgia’s famous haunted houses. Georgia is home to such famous haunted houses as Netherworld & Haunted Cavern. Learn more about Georgia’s haunted houses here.
  7. Pick apples in northwest Georgia: Autumn is apple season in Georgia and several Georgia farms offer U-Pick apples during the fall season! Pick a bushel full of apples and impress your friends with fresh apple pie, apple cider, apple cobbler (we could go on). Click here to learn more about apple picking in Georgia.

13 Budget-Friendly Things to do in Augusta, Georgia

Riverwalk

Georgia’s second oldest and second largest city, Augusta, has been welcoming guests with Southern hospitality for decades and continues to with its charm and easily accessible location along Interstate 20, 150 miles southeast of Atlanta. Steeped in history, culture, art, music and more, this is the place for nonstop fun that doesn’t break the bank.

Did you say “free?!”

1. Plan to visit Augusta during a free First Friday event, a family-friendly celebration in downtown Augusta held on the First Friday of each month from 5 until 9 p.m. Watch as local artists create masterpieces on the sidewalk, browse art galleries and watch live musical performances.

2. During the week Tuesday’s Music Live is America’s largest luncheon concert series. Held in the nave of Saint Paul’s Church, the concerts include musical styles ranging from classical to jazz. After the concert, eat a catered lunch in the River Room. The concert is free, but lunch is $10 and served at noon.

3. Take a hike! Well, maybe just a stroll. Walk along the Augusta Riverwalk, Augusta’s top attraction, featuring a children’s playground and various gardens. Two museums are located off the walkway along with the Jessye Norman Amphitheater and several restaurants. Great for families out for some fresh air along the Savannah River. This two-tiered park runs for three blocks.

4. Did you know? Sundays are free at the Morris Museum of Art. See the work of Southern artists and art of the South at the Morris Museum of Art. Look for Artrageous! Sunday activities for children are also free.

5. Have your picture taken anytime with the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown. His life-size statue is located in downtown Augusta across from Augusta Common Park.

6. Do you dare? Tempt your fate at the Haunted Pillar, at the corner of 5th and Broad Streets. According to legend, an attempt to move or even touch it could result in death.

7. Visit the oldest independently formed black Christian church, Springfield Baptist Church, and then see the sculptures next door at the Springfield Village Park.

8. Sacred Heart Cultural Center, c. 1897, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features towering twin spires, graceful arches, 15 distinctive styles of brickwork, ninety-four stained glass windows, a barrel vaulted ceiling and intricately carved Italian marble altars. Free tours are available as well as a gift shop showcasing local artists, gifts and accessories.

Hungry for more? Try these almost free options:

Enjoy regular admission into any of the following Augusta museums and historic homes for less than $5: Augusta Museum of History, Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History and the Morris Museum of Art.

Nacho Mamas BurritoGet your fill-up at Nacho Mama’s in downtown Augusta where they “roll’em fat.” Enjoy unusually large portion sizes for unusually low prices. Don’t believe us? How about grubbing out on The Godfather – loaded with pulled pork, guacamole, black beans, their house-made spicy mango habanera salsa, piled high with cheese, lettuce, salsa and sour cream. Served with Spanish rice and pinto beans all for $8. We recommend grabbing a to-go box in advance.

Free fall fun! 

Ferris WheelAugusta is the destination for fall fun…sample these options without touching your savings during the annual Westobou festival, October 1-5.

1. Wander and wonder at art exhibits by Savannah College of Art and Design Alumni.

2.Take a ride on the Westobou Wheel, a Ferris wheel, set up on the Parade Grounds of the Old Richmond Academy, offiering a bird’s-eye view of Westobou, October 1-5.

3.Catch a screening of “The Goonies,” 6 p.m., October 4, at the Historic Parade Grounds at the Old Academy of Richmond County. Check out all of Westobou’s offerings.

Where to Stay?
With a convenient location just off Interstate-20, Augusta is just a short drive from many southeastern cities. Budget-friendly hotels and packages are available with rates ranging from $40-$139 a night. For more information about Augusta, please contact the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800.726.0243 or find them online at VisitAugusta.com.

Fan Photo Friday

Submit your Georgia photos for the chance to be featured:

Nacoochee Indian Mound in Helen, Georgia. Photo by Randy Clegg. Submitted via Facebook.

Nacoochee Indian Mound in Helen, Georgia. Photo by Randy Clegg. Submitted via Facebook.

The Cotton Exchange in Savannah. Photo by @Ale_Na_va. Submitted via Twitter.

The Cotton Exchange in Savannah. Photo by @Ale_Na_va. Submitted via Twitter.

Photo by Todd Evans. Submitted via Flickr.

Photo by Todd Evans. Submitted via Flickr.

LaGrange, Georgia. Photo by @richardjv. Submitted via Instagram.

LaGrange, Georgia. Photo by @richardjv. Submitted via Instagram.

 

Where to Eat (& Drink Coffee) in Savannah

Photo Credit: Visit Savannah

Photo Credit: Visit Savannah

I first made it a point to visit Savannah in depth for my Girl Meets City: Savannah project on my website Make It Work Molly. I was able to discover quite a few culinary favorites while there, and even went back later for a few more, and plan to go again for those that have opened since and will open soon. Come take an epicurean journey through Savannah with me!

GirlMeetsSavannahPhotos-4Goose FeathersGoose Feather’s is a “go-to” spot in Savannah, Georgia on Barnard Street- just a turn off of Broughton. They have this amazing bacon, egg, and cheese croissant… and amazing coffee!

The Paris MarketAnother coffee shop here (you will soon see a trend)! This time within the confines of an antique/jewelry/book/everything store. This is one of those fun unique to Savannah spots with the feel of a European Store and also a classic American South boutique with a little bit of everything.

The Coffee Fox and Foxy LoxyThese sister stores are in opposite parts of Savannah: The Coffee Fox on Broughton and Foxy Loxy on Bull Street across from SCAD. Upon my visit at The Coffee Fox I would get the Café Cubano: a sweetened double shot of espresso. This both kicked my rear and left me begging for more. Savannah local roaster, Phillip Brown (owner of PERC coffee) locally brews their coffee.

Foxy Loxy is the parent location of The Coffee Fox. This is the perfect spot where every busy lady (or gentleman) can stop and reenergize with tacos and coffee and a spot to plug in and catch up on work.

GirlMeetsSavannahPhotos-17The Savannah Bee CompanyThe Savannah Bee Company is well known both in and out of Savannah- they have this lovely little honey bar where you can sample different types of honey! They also have an amazing coffee.

jazz’d tapas barDuring Savannah Fashion Week I stopped by jazz’d tapas bar with my crew for a late night cocktail and food. I’m not a big martini drinker but the bartender convinced me to try their Sweet Tea Martini- we’re in Savannah, after all! It’s made with Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, peach snapps, and a splash of sweet and sour and Sprite. It was truly rather good. While there we would order the hummus, Chorizo sliders and Jalapeno BBQ shrimp and grits. All very very yummy, and I highly recommend the Chorizo sliders- especially if you need something just a tad on the heavier side of a tapas.

GirlMeetsSavannahPhotos-186Wright Square CaféDo you love chocolate? Do you love truffles? Be sure to stop in here- they’ve got the most amazing truffles. Even an Earl Grey truffle. But the Key Lime might be my favorite!

Since my last visit to Savannah, Hugh Acheson’s The Florence has opened up- and I’m hearing it’s simply to die for. If you want to take a look at what they’ve got going on I would follow them on Instagram, they’re also super quick to respond to questions on there. And…. They have a coffee car too! If they have the Cortado then get it, I’ve had it at both Empire State South and 5&10- Acheson’s places in Atlanta and Athens. Soon to open in Savannah is Rue de Jean, of the Holy City Hospitality Group out of Charleston, South Carolina.

Suffice it to say- there are a LOT of dining options in Savannah! It’s worth doing your research prior to your trip just to make sure you don’t miss out on anything you really want to experience.

Molly McWilliams Wilkins is a freelance writer based in Macon, Georgia writing about fashion, food, and Southern lifestyle topics. You can follow her journeys at www.makeitworkmolly.com, on Twitter @MakeItWorkMolly, or Instagram at makeitworkmolly.

Guide to Georgia’s Fall Festivals

Enjoy cooler temperatures, falling leaves, kettle corn, candied apples and smiling faces at these fine fall festivals!

Georgia National Fair [Photo Credit: @daydream890 via Instagram]

Georgia National Fair [Photo Credit: @daydream890 via Instagram]

September 6 – October 26, 2014: Apple Pickin’ Jubilee at Hillcrest Orchards in Ellijay

September 11 – November 2, 2014: 44th Annual Oktoberfest in Helen

September 18 – 28, 2014: North Georgia State Fair in Marietta

September 19 – 20, 2014: 4th Annual Blues & BBQ Festival in Blue Ridge

Septemver 19 – 20, 2014: WILD About Screven Festival in Sylvania

September 19 – 21, 2014: Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival in Augusta

September 19 – 21, 2014: Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival on Jekyll Island

September 19 – September 28, 2014: Slow Exposures Photography Festival in Concord

September 20, 2014: Happy Days Festival in Hapeville

September 20, 2014: Rome Beer Fest in Rome

September 20, 2014: Sumner Egg Festival in Sumner

September 20, 2014: Farm Fest in Hartwell

September 20, 2014: Blues and BBQ in Hinesville

September 20, 2014: 15th Street Pizza & Pub Brew Fest in McDonough

September 20, 2014: Farm Heritage Day Festival at Hunter Cattle Company in Brooklet

September 20 – 21, 2014: Roswell Arts Festival in Roswell

September 20 – 21, 2014: Ocmulgee Indian Celebration in Macon

September 20 – 21, 2014: Suwanee Fest in Suwanee

September 20 – 21, 2014: Shakerag Arts & Crafts Festival in Peachtree City

September 20 – 21, 2014: Arts Festival at Rose Lawn in Cartersville

September 26 – 27, 2014: Mid Georgia Doc Holliday Festival in Griffin

September 26 – October 5, 2014: Georgia State Fair in Hampton

September 27, 2014: 17th Annual Bear Creek Festival in Hampton

September 27, 2014: Berrien County Harvest Festival in Nashville

September 27, 2014: International Festival & Dragon Boat Races in Peachtree City

September 27, 2014: Downtown Dalton Beer Festival in Dalton

September 27 – 28, 2014: Duluth Fall Festival in Duluth

September 27, 2014: Heart of South DeKalb Festival in Decatur

September 27, 2014: Brazillian Day Festival in Mableton

September 27, 2014: Water, Wings and Wildlife Festival in Albany

September 27, 2014: 8th Annual McDonough Jerk & International Parade in McDonough

September 27, 2014: International City Festival in Warner Robins

September 27 – 28, 2014: The Cotton South Fine Arts Festival in Greensboro

September 27 – 28, 2014: RiverFest Arts & Crafts Festival in Canton

September 27 – November 15, 2014: Fall Family Fun Days at The Rock Ranch

September 29 – October 4, 2014: Hahira Honeybee Festival in Hahira

October 1 – 5, 2014: St. Simons Island Food & Spirits Festival on St. Simons Island

October 1 – 5, 2014: Westobou Festival in Augusta

October 2 – 12, 2014: Cumming Country Fair & Festival in Cumming

October 2 – 12, 2014: 25th Annual Georgia National Fair in Perry

October 2 – 4, 2014: Great Southern Music Festival in Ochlocknee

October 3 – 4, 2014: 4th Annual BridgeFest in Stockbridge

October 4, 2014: 45th Annual Rock Shrimp Festival in St. Marys

October 4, 2014: Chili Cook-Off & Fall Festival in Madison

October 4, 2014: Foxfire Mountaineer Festival in Clayton

October 4, 2014: CoastFest in Brunswick

October 4, 2014: Cedartown Fall Festival in Cedartown

October 4, 2014: Turpentine Festival in Portal

October 4, 2014: Suwanee Wine Festival in Suwanee

October 4, 2014: AutumnFest in Holly Springs

October 4, 2014: Monastery Fall Festival & Health Fair in Conyers

October 4, 2014: Social Circle Annual Friendship Festival in Social Circle

October 4 – 5, 2014: Shady Days in Gay Arts & Crafts Festival in Gay

October 4 – 5, 2014: Avondale Estates AutumnFest in Avondale Estates

October 4- 26, 2014: Rocktoberfest in Lookout Mountain

October 7 – 11, 2014: Kiwanis Henry County Fair in McDonough

October 8 – 11, 2014: Dublin Fall Fair in Dublin

October 9 – 12, 2014: Tybee Island Pirate Festival on Tybee Island

October 10 – 11, 2014: 5th Annual Real Squeal: Lyons BBQ and Music Festival in Lyons

October 10 – 11, 2014: Jeff Davis Cotton Festival in Hazelhurst

October 10 – 18, 2014: Georgia Mountain Fall Festival in Hiawassee

October 10 – 11, 2014: Norcross Art Fest in Norcross

October 11, 2014: Big Red Apple Festival in Cornelia

October 11, 2014: Hambridge Center Fall Festival in Rabun Gap

October 11, 2014: Royston Fall Festival in Royston

October 11, 2014: Paulding Fine Arts 12th Annual Fall Fest in Dallas

October 11, 2014: Rock’n Ribville Festival in Lawrenceville

October 11 – 12, 2014: Glynn Art in the Park Fall Festival on St. Simons Island

October 11 – 12, 2014: Oktoberfest Beer & Arts Festival in Stone Mountain

October 11 – 19, 2014: 43rd Annual Georgia Apple Festival Arts and Crafts Show in Ellijay

October 11 – 19, 2014: Georgia’s Official Sorghum Festival in Blairsville

October 17, 2014: Third Annual Butler Island Plantation Homecoming Festival in Darien

October 17 – 19, 2014: Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival in Richmond Hill

October 18, 2014: 2014 Bremen Towne Festival in Bremen

October 18, 2014: Deep Roots Festival in Milledgeville

October 18, 2014: Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival in Cartersville

October 18, 2014: Oconee Chamber Fall Festival in Watkinsville

October 18, 2014: Georgia Peanut Festival in Sylvester

October 18, 2014: 57th Annual Sacred Heart Fall Festival in Warner Robins

October 18, 2014: Cochran-Bleckley Country Fest in Cochran

October 18, 2014: Milan Harvest Festival in Milan

October 18, 2014: Family Fun Fest in Rockmart

October 18 – 19, 2014: Black Bear Festival in Chatsworth

October 18 – 19, 2014: Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega

October 18 – 19, 2014: Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival in Perry

October 18 – 19, 2014: Hogansville Hummingbird Festival in Hogansville

October 18 – 19, 2014: Korean Festival in Suwanee

October 18 – 19, 2014: Fall Festival on Ponce in Atlanta

October 18, 2014: OCAF’s 15th Annual Fall Wine Fest in Watkinsville

October 20 – 25, 2014: Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair in Statesboro

October 24 – 26, 2014: Country Living Fair in Stone Mountain

October 24 – 25, 2014: Hawkinsville Harvest Fest in Hawkinsville

October 24 – 25, 2014: Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown and Fall Leaf Festival in Cleveland

October 24 – 26, 2014: 35th Annual Boston Mini-Marathon Festival in Boston

October 25 – 26, 2014: Chiaha Harvest Fair in Rome

October 25, 2014: Chitlin Hoedown in Yatesville

October 25, 2014: Liberty Tree Festival in Dalton

October 25, 2014: Batesville Fall Festival in Clarkesville

October 25, 2014: 34th Annual Olde Town Fall Festival in Conyers

October 25, 2014: Georgia Sweet Potato Festival in Ocilla

October 25, 2014: Downtown Vidalia Music Festival in Vidalia

October 25, 2014: Hartwell’s Depot Days Fall Festival in Hartwell

October 25, 2014: Fireman’s Fall Festival in Rossville

October 25, 2014: Rutledge’s Spooky Fall Festival in Rutledge

October 25, 2014: Jacksonville Heritage Festival in Jacksonville

October 25 – 26, 2014: Mountain Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville

October 25 – 26, 2014: Johns Creek Art Festival in Johns Creek

October 28 – November 11, 2014: Decatur County Fall Festival & Fair in Bainbridge

October 31, 2014: KidsFest in Woodstock

October 31 – November 1, 2014: Annual Mule Day Festival in Calvary

October 31 – November 2, 2014: IrishFest in Atlanta

November 1, 2014: Bostwick’s Cotton Gin Festival in Madison

November 1, 2014: Granite City Fall Festival in Elberton

November 1, 2014: Unicoi Wine Festival in Sautee Nacoochee

November 8, 2014: 37th Annual Old South Day Festival in Ochlocknee

November 10 – 16, 2014: Savannah Food & Wine Festival in Savannah

November 15 – 16, 2014: Lean Ox Festival in Lenox