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Are We There Yet? Historic Banning Mills

By Mary Ashton Mills   What if you could take your teenager out of their daily environment to a place to reconnect and explore the world’s longest and largest zip line canopy tour? What if it was less than four hours from home? Would you be ready to take the plunge? Thrill-seeking adventures like this may as well be a teenager’s love language. For parents of teens, Historic Banning Mills should be added to the top of the “must see” list. In addition to offering six levels of zip lines, this attraction also has the world’s tallest freestanding artificial...

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Are We There Yet? STONE MOUNTAIN, GA

By Mary Ashton Mills   No holiday season is complete without a little snow, festive lights, hot cocoa and caroling. Add spectacular fireworks and more than 2 million lights and you’ve got all the makings for a memorable trip! Load your family and friends up and see for yourself what makes Stone Mountain Georgia’s most popular attraction. Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain are two annual events that take place at Stone Mountain each winter, providing fun for the family. Children love trains and it isn’t everyday that they get the chance to experience the feeling of hopping aboard...

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Keep Kids Safe in the Kitchen at Thanksgiving and Every Day

By DR. NATALIE LANE, MEDICAL DIRECTOR FOR EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF GEORGIA AND SAFE KIDS GREATER AUGUSTA   Each year, there are nearly 103,000 emergency room visits to treat burns in children. Contact with a hot surface or flame causes the greatest number of injuries.  The traditional Thanksgiving feast calls for a lot of preparation and cooking. But, when family, friends, and especially children gather in the kitchen, it’s very easy to get distracted and forget about what’s on the stove and who’s in the room. Experts at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia offer these safety tips...

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Are We There Yet? GREENVILLE, SC

By Mary Ashton Mills   Yeah, THAT Greenville.” Not sure of the meaning behind Greenville’s catchy new ad campaign that has successfully blanketed the Southeast? It’s time to make a trip to find out! The city of Greenville has invested in attractive streetscapes, sidewalks, parks and bridges making this a perfect place to safely explore by foot or bicycle. Main Street can serve as your walking-tour headquarters. Falls Park on the Reedy is a must-see natural wonderland with waterfalls, a curved suspension bridge and pockets of gardens and natural beauty. Restaurants, craft brew pubs and shopping are all very...

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Are We There Yet? PROVIDENCE CANYON, GA

By Mary Ashton Mills   If the majestic landscape of the Grand Canyon allures you, then you are in luck. Georgia’s own natural wonder, Providence Canyon, offers similar topography with majestic views and hikes and it’s only about four hours away so you can skip the costly airfare to Arizona! Also known as Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon, Providence Canyon is a result of rainwater run-off from farmers in the 1800s. The farming communities poor soil management led to the formations of gullies, which continued to grow deeper, creating unique sandstone formations.  Reminders of this are still present today with...

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