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Georgia's Old Capital Museum in Milldgeville, Georgia

Georgia’s Old Capital Museum in Milldgeville, Georgia

Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia

Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia

Valdosta, Georgia

Valdosta, Georgia

Hills & Dales Estate in LaGrange, Georgia

Hills & Dales Estate in LaGrange, Georgia

Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris, Georgia

Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris, Georgia

Steve Bell Lake in Eastman, Georgia

Steve Bell Lake in Eastman, Georgia

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Tybee Island, Georgia

The Landing at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia

The Landing at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia

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Atlanta, Georgia

Surprising Suburbs: Harlem

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Silly is good in the suburbs, especially when you choose little Harlem, Georgia.  Consider this a suburb of Augusta and Thomson in Columbia County, which Grammy winner Lady Antebellum calls home.

Laurel and Hardy pull raucous laughter out of thousands of visitors all year long, and by the thousands during the annual first Saturday in October festival tied to their museum in Harlem.  Movie dates are noisy, a cause and effect of laughter from the Laurel and Hardy Museum’s non-stop run of classic film.

Family travel builds bridges here, with some children seeing their first silly slapstick black-and-white short films; first wondering why their parents are stricken with the giggles, before contracting them, too. Laurel and Hardy films are a good counterbalance to the werewolf and vampire dominance in film-watching America today.

Laurel.Hardy.MuseumThe Laurel and Hardy Museum is a homey, unpretentious, sort of simple place with thousands of memorabilia items. Most everybody poses for a picture with Stan and Ollie in their car, known from their 1929 film “A Perfect Day.”

Museum docents are proud to tell this is the only Laurel and Hardy museum in America, and one of only three in the world. As such, it attracts visitors from all over. You don’t see signatures listing Saudi Arabia as home in just any museum guest book, but I did here. This idiosyncratic museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

You might consider staying overnight at nearby Red Oak Manor bed and breakfast. That will give you another day to watch more films and laugh longer.

horizonal tree through trees webBuilt in 1885, seven years before Norvell “Oliver” Hardy was born, Red Oak Manor has five guest rooms; the downstairs room and bath are handicap accessible. Two upstairs guest rooms have private baths, and two share one. Acorn is the name of the Manor’s restaurant with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pass under centuries-old oak trees walking through the yard to the museum.

Christine 12. 2007 4Christine Tibbetts claimed Georgia as her home state in 1972.  She covers Georgia destinations, and the world, always offering prompts for exceptional experiences and opportunities to muse. Tibbetts earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the prestigious School of Journalism at the University of Missouri and is the recipient of numerous gold, silver and merit awards from North American Travel Journalists Association writing competitions. Follow her at www.TibbettsTravel.com.

Just Off The Highway – Old Mill Park in Roswell

IMG_7974Atlantans are famous for their OTP vs. ITP rivalry. Ask anyone who has lived in the Atlanta metro area for more than a few weeks, and they’ll tell you that OTPers have to have a reason to head downtown, and when they do, they go to the Dome or the Fox. You may also hear that ITPers think anything beyond Dunwoody is “the sticks” and a trip to Dahlonega takes an entire day.

Whether you’re Team OTP or Team ITP, you’ll want to take full advantage of some of Georgia’s best restaurants, plenty of hiking and a ton of history. Two out of three of those combine at Old Mill Park, an area along Vickery Creek where Roswell’s original cotton mill was established and where remnants and ruins sit today.

IMG_8003I recommend parking at the Old Mill lot close to the covered bridge (follow the signs from Mill Street). Plentiful mounted maps guide you along the site, and you’ll want to make sure you’re wearing sneakers for the journey, which covers areas with stairs, wooden planking and muddy slopes. Some parts of Old Mill Park are handicapped accessible.

Heading left from the parking lot will take you through the twisted remnants of a building original of Roswell Manufacturing Company. Head a little further toward a 30-foot dam, which has water roaring over it because of all the rain northern Fulton County has had this year. Hike a bit further up the patch and you’ll come across the calm area above the dam, a great spot to practice skipping stones.

IMG_8008Heading back down toward the parking lot, your trek will take you to a repurposed mill building where there are clean bathrooms and a beautiful covered bridge that you can cross to continue your journey through the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Besides sneakers, make sure you bring your camera when you take your trip to Old Mill Park. It’s a favorite spot in North Georgia for photographers.

 

 

eileenEileen Falkenberg-Hull is a digital marketing professional based in Atlanta who first visited Georgia in 1994 and decided that when she graduated from college she would make Georgia her home. Since 2007 that dream has been a reality. She is the founder and executive director of Occupy My Family.

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Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Photo by David Banks. Submitted via Facebook.

Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Photo by David Banks. Submitted via Facebook.

St. Simons Island, Georgia. Photo by @acountrygirlsdabbles. Submitted via Instagram.

St. Simons Island, Georgia. Photo by @acountrygirlsdabbles. Submitted via Instagram.

Pike County, Georgia. Photo by 65mb. Submitted via Flickr.

Pike County, Georgia. Photo by 65mb. Submitted via Flickr.

 

 

 

 

Just Off the Highway: Serenbe

428540_10150305868559949_1341953892_nJust off I-85, south of Atlanta and Windows Server 2012 Product Key tucked into the serene shade of Chattahoochee Hill County is the incredibly beautiful land that makes up the Serenbe community. Buildings ooze farmhouse charm while maintaining a nationally recognized eco-friendly footprint that makes a trip to the community a must for any visitor to Georgia.

Only 30 minutes from Atlanta, visitors are greeted by fresh air, farm life and a village among the 1,000 acres, including renowned restaurants The Hil and The Farmhouse at Serenbe. Within minutes of your arrival at Serenbe, you’ll understand why the area has been dubbed the “Sonoma for the New South” by the New York Times.

Serenbe isn’t just a few farmhouses, a village and some great restaurants. It’s a community with schools, stores, festivals, a theater and a hotel. Here are a few of my must-visit stops on a trip to Serenbe:

374098_10150728970173329_644448988_n1.) Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop (9065 Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia)- Led by pastry chef Cindi Pitman, the 2012 winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, the shop is the smallest Silver LEED-certified building in the United States. Cupcake flavors vary daily, so visit their Facebook page before you go.

2.) The Farmhouse at Serenbe (10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia)- Atlanta Magazine’s Best New Restaurant in 2007 has become known for its fried chicken lunch, which is served Saturdays and Sundays. The menu changes weekly depending on what is in season on the farm. Be sure to make reservations before you go.

3.) Peachtree Bikes (9119 Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia)- Looking to explore Sernebe like a local? Rent a bike from Peachtree Bikes and enjoy a new adventure around town.

251000_10151652364242220_1235212912_n4.) Serenbe Playhouse (9110 Selborne Lane Suite 210, Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia)- With programming to serve a wide variety of age groups, the Serenbe Playhouse currently has The Velveteen Rabbit on stage through July 27 and offers season tickets for as low as $50.

Want more out of your visit? Perfect for weekend getaways and romantic overnight stays, The Inn at Serenbe has several different types of accommodations to choose from, including the main house, guest house, cottages and village suites.

For an escape from the hustle and bustle of reality, escape to the eco oasis that is Serenbe.

eileenEileen Falkenberg-Hull is a digital marketing professional based in Atlanta who first visited Georgia in 1994 and decided that when she graduated from college she would make Georgia her home. Since 2007 that dream has been a reality. She is the founder and executive director of Occupy My Family.