Three Georgia Restaurants with Postcard-Worthy Views

By Kate Parham Kordsmeier

It’s no secret Atlanta is home to several sky-high restaurants with incredible views—the spinning blue dome at Polaris is a city icon, most Atlantans have celebrated a special occasion at rotating restaurant The Sun Dial, and Nikolia’s Roof, which sits on the 30th floor of the Hilton Atlanta hotel, has been an institution in the city since 1976. But these soaring spots aren’t the only restaurants in town suited for a postcard. Check out three more scenic restaurants where the views are as jaw-dropping as the eats:

Photo courtesy of Canoe.

Photo courtesy of Canoe.

Canoe (Atlanta): An Atlanta mainstay since 1995, Canoe is as close to dining in nature as you can get without actually camping in the woods. Nestled along the banks of the Chattahoochee river, tree-lined pebbled walkways surround lush gardens and a beautiful outdoor patio where outstanding service comingles with Asian-influenced seasonal fare (think yuzo-spiked crab cakes and crispy Georgia shrimp with curried cauliflower).

Photo courtesy of Ritz Carlton, Reynolds Plantation.

Photo courtesy of Ritz Carlton, Reynolds Plantation.

Gaby’s by the Lake (Greensboro): Few restaurants afford serene waterfront views like the sights you’ll snag at this lakeside and poolside restaurant (Hint: it’s located at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation). Signature chilled cocktails like champagne mojitos are best sipped on the sprawling patio overlooking Lake Oconee.

Photo courtesy of The Bohemian.

Photo courtesy of The Bohemian.

Rocks on the Roof (Savannah): Situated on top of The Bohemian, a riverfront boutique hotel, is small-plates favorite Rocks on the Roof, where sweeping views of the Savannah River and Talmadge Bridge are best enjoyed at a seat around the blue-flamed fire pit, truffle fries in hand. There’s even live music five days a week.

KateKate is Georgia’s official Culinary Explorer and a freelance food and travel writer for more than 100 publications. Click here to read more culinary content from Kate

3 Family Summer Camps in Georgia

Why should kids have all the fun of summer camp? Summer camp is a time to disconnect and reconnect; make new discoveries with new friends, experiment with new activities, or just enjoy old favorites. You can enjoy that special summer experience, and make memories with your kids, by attending family camp. Family camps offer activities for a range of ages, and allow groups to do their own thing, as well as spend time together. Here are three places in Georgia to enjoy summer camp with your kids.

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At Callaway Gardens Summer Family Adventure families can take circus and acrobatic classes from The Florida State University Flying High Circus, which resides at Callaway Gardens each summer. Of course, there are also more traditional activities such as golf lessons, biking and swimming. During the evenings, families can enjoy spending time together with bingo, campfires with marshmallow roasts, stargazing, and camp traditions like enjoying muscadine ice cream and singing the Callaway Kid Camp Song.


Photo courtesy of Greyfield Inn

Island Camp at Greyfield Inn – For a few weeks in late July, early August, Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island transforms into an island camp for families. Camp time is allocated toward island exploration, beach-time fun, and crafts & activities with an island theme. From making homemade ice cream to creating a “garden to table” appetizer for the Inn’s guests, campers explore life on the Island in the native sense, even participating in Island sports like seining and kayaking.

Photo courtesy of Cohutta Springs Youth Camp

Photo courtesy of Cohutta Springs Youth Camp

Cohutta Springs Youth Camp – Cohutta Springs is a Christian summer sleep away camp for kids, but they also offer family camp for all ages. Mom and Dad can join the kids in activities such as horseback riding, paintball, zipline, water slide, wakeboarding, crafts or just swimming in the lake. The program mirrors what children do during the weeklong kids camps. Families sleep in the camper cabins, and all meals are included in the camper dining hall.

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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.


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


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)


  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.