Reconnect in LaGrange, Georgia

Unplug and actually have fun with your family

Find summer fun in LaGrange, Georgia – just about an hour south of Atlanta. A cool spot for entertainment on a hot summer day, the LaGrange Art Museum showcases the talents of world-renowned artists and now offers a new gallery for children which includes art hung at the eye-level of little ones as well as posted questions designed to engage kids and parents in dialogue about the masterpieces. Dedicated to the history of West Georgia, admission is also free to Legacy Museum on Main.

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Jump right in! Families love the pool at Pine Mountain RV Resort. Credit: LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce

In search of true R&R, enroll little ones in the Bible Land Adventure summer camp at Explorations in Antiquity Center and relax while the children are in a boredom-busting and educational setting. Call 706-885-0363 to make a reservation; numbers are limited.

26,000-acre West Point Lake, Highland Marina is the go-to place for renting watercraft. Toodle along in a pontoon boat or create a splash with a wave runner. For rental pricing and details: www.HighlandMarina.com.

Tour Hills and Dales Estate, the 1916 Italian-inspired home of the Callaway family, opened to the public in 2004. Pick up the Earle the Squirrel Tour guidebook for the young ‘uns – a free activity booklet. Call 706-882-3242 for more information or check the website: www.HillsandDales.org.

4th of July

Bikes and wagons make for an adorable celebration of all things Americana at the can’t-miss July 4th LaGrange Sweet Land of Liberty Parade for Youth. Credit: LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce

When you get hangry (that’s when you’re so hungry you start to get angry), plenty of places abound to turn your mood around. Try Mighty Joe’s, where pizza by the slice or whole calzones are to die for and, for the healthier set, fresh salads are offered, too. Trammell’s Smokehouse Grille at Highland Marina offers outdoor waterside dining as well as an indoor option.

LaGrange’s downtown area is full of hidden gems like Stephens Exclusives, popular with teenage girls and the old-school army and sports supply store, Edelson’s Army and Sporting Goods – for the boys. The whole family will find a souvenir worth taking home at Solomon’s Department Store where traditional style mingles with the latest in clothing and shoes.

When you go:

Camp in the comfort of air-conditioned yurts at Pine Mountain RV Resort.  The tent-like structures are affordable and several sleep a crowd of up to 12 people; pool and playground onsite.

The Baymont Inn and Suites offers comfortable, family-friendly lodging and an indoor pool.

Sleep at the Best Western PLUS LaFayette Garden Inn and Conference Center and spend days perfecting your tan, lounging by the best outdoor pool in the area.

LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, www.LagrangeChamber.com, 706-884-8671.

katieMom-on-the-go and Laurie Rowe Communications PR pro Katie Reeder graduated at the top of her class from the Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University with a degree in Communication Studies. Katie resides in Cumming, Georgia – between the beautiful mountains of North Georgia and the lights and action of nearby Atlanta.

Fan Photo Friday

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photo by @akatjohnson16. Submitted via Instagram.

photo by @akatjohnson16. Submitted via Instagram.

Cumberland Island. Photo by Darryl W. Moran Photography. Submitted via Flickr.

Cumberland Island. Photo by Darryl W. Moran Photography. Submitted via Flickr.

Bostick, Georgia. Photo by Rick Stepp. Submitted via Facebook.

Bostick, Georgia. Photo by Rick Stepp. Submitted via Facebook.

 

 

10 Ways to Use Georgia’s 2013 Travel Guide

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The official 2013 Georgia Travel Guide is the state’s premiere marketing resource for visitors and vacation planning. This FREE full-color, magazine-size guide provides visitors with information on Georgia’s tourism assets including trip ideas, attractions, accommodations, events and more. The Georgia Travel Guide is organized by nine travel regions to help you plan your visit.

To get a copy of state’s official 2013 travel guide – visit our brochure room on ExploreGeorgia.org, stop at one of our 11 Visitor Information Centers or call 1-800-VISIT GA.

  1. Get inspired by Zac Brown’s favorite Georgia destinations featured on page 11
  2. Go to page 12 and add these 100 heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping Georgia adventures to your bucket list
  3. Find an attraction that fits your interests in any Georgia city
  4. Looking for things to do outdoors – check out the ‘Best of Georgia State Parks’  feature on page 28
  5. Use the map on page 33 to plan your route and travel our back roads to and through Georgia’s picturesque small towns
  6. See why Senoia, Georgia shines like a Hollywood star on page 10
  7. Plan your trip to Georgia’s major Civil War attractions on page 26
  8. Use our accommodations listings to find a hotel, bed & breakfast, resort and more in any city in Georgia
  9. Check out lists of Georgia’s  festivals
  10. Discover Georgia’s small towns and best kept secrets

 

 

Exploring Cumberland Island

Cumberland Island TreesGeorgia is home to many unique historic locations. One of my favorites is Cumberland Island. Located just off the coast of St. Marys, it’s one of the most secluded and remote spots that you can visit. A while ago, while camping at Crooked River State Park, we decided to take a day trip over to the island. Our adventure started with a ferry ride over to Cumberland. It’s a quick trip across the water, and before we knew it, we were there. We planned ahead for our trip, bringing sunscreen, water, a picnic lunch and cameras. (There is no place on the island to purchase things like snacks and sunscreen, so you have to bring your own!)

Cumberland Island HorsesOnce we arrived, we found different trails to explore throughout the island with lots of sights to see, including the ruins of one of the homes that used to belong to the Carnegie family. We also spotted a few of the wild horses that call the island home. There were also troops of armadillos that darted through the woods and onto the trails.

Cumberland Island Beach ShellsBeing able to “unplug” for the day was fantastic. I didn’t have cell phone service; there was no background noise or traffic, just nature. If you want to best-horoscope.com are air signs, which means that they have light, airy personalities, with an effervescence that seems to draw people to them. escape all the commotion of your everyday life, even for just a little bit, this is the place! We eventually made our way to the other side of the island where we enjoyed the beach, which was full of seashells and a few seagulls. I’ve only visited a few times but have never been lucky enough to catch a group of horses trotting through the surf. Guess I’ll have to go back again!

After a day spent trekking through several of the trails and relaxing on the sand, we made our way back to the dock. Most everyone who had ridden the ferry with us earlier in the day returned as well. You can camp on the island, but I haven’t had a chance to do that yet either, so I will have to start planning my next visit soon!

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Anna Lee Mikell is a Southern girl raised in Georgia and South Carolina. She loves Southern food, photography and SEC football. You can often find her searching for old records at the flea market or sipping sweet iced tea.

 

 

Georgia Grown: Georgia Winery

18238_485992701440359_777554813_nWhat: Georgia Winery & their sweet southern wine

Where: Ringgold, Georgia

The Story:  Come discover the surprisingly flavorful wines of the Chattanooga Valley’s oldest and most celebrated winery- The Georgia Winery and Vineyards. Established in 1983, the Georgia Winery is the first of its kind in Georgia and is the only winery in the North Georgia and Chattanooga area. Serving as a pioneer in the farm wine-making industry, Georgia Winery has lead other vineyards and wineries to open across the state in recent years.

191075_457001127672850_2099460832_oGeorgia Winery is a family owned and operated facility producing award-winning fine wines. Specializing in capturing the fresh flavor of the fruit results in unique wines that explode with flavor and tantalizes taste buds across the nation.

If you are planning a visit to the Chattanooga or North Georgia area the Georgia Winery is your next stop! Enjoy complimentary wine tasting of all signature wines at the elegant tasting bar. Winery tours are offered every Saturday at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock pm. Peruse through the beautiful gift shop including unique gifts, gourmet foods, homemade fudge, hand-crafted wine, chocolates, and more.

Prepare your palate for a taste of true Southern hospitality at its best. With over 20 different wines to choose from, ranging from dry to sweet, from light to full-bodied, Georgia Winery offers something for every discriminating taste. Bring your taste buds and come on in for a delightful experience.

gawineryThe Georgia Winery is open Monday – Saturday from 10:00am till 6:00pm.

6469 Battlefield pkwy. Ringgold, Ga. 30736 | GeorgiaWines.com | 706.937.WINE