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Are We There Yet? Daufuskie Island

By Mary Ashton Mills If you want to get back to the basics and experience a trip that gives you that “off the grid” feeling while still close to civilization, check out Daufuskie Island.  Located between Hilton Head and Savannah, the island is easily accessible by ferry or private boat charter so it definitely takes some advance planning to pull off a trip here.  They say that Daufuskie is minutes away, but worlds apart and you’ll soon see why as the coastal breezes hit your face on the boat ride to the island.   Your sense of time and...

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Are We There Yet? Dahlonega, GA

By Mary Ashton Mills North Georgia is home to the largest gold deposit found east of the Mississippi River and a visit to Dahlonega’s many gold sights is worth its weight in gold!  In 1828 a deer hunter had no idea the craze he was about to ignite when he stumbled over a rock a few miles outside of Dahlonega.  Upon further investigation, he realized this rock contained gold, marking the beginning of the gold rush in Georgia.  Today, signs of this gold heritage are everywhere from the gold dome that crowns the state capital in Atlanta to the...

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Are We There Yet? Athens, Georgia

By Mary Ashton Mills   Nestled at the base of the Georgia foothills, Athens is the epitome of a college town with a cool vibe.  It is hard to experience Athens and not pay a visit to the campus of the University of Georgia so plan accordingly when you make your trip.  With football in the air in the fall, it is an ideal time to make an overnight or day trip. Arrive on a Friday and stop at the Bear Hollow Zoo where you can see rescued animals that are a sampling of Georgia’s native wildlife. Next hit...

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Are We There Yet? Highlands, North Carolina

By Mary Ashton Mills Dust off those hiking boots, grab your portable hammock and don’t forget the picnic! Highlands offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation and the cool mountain temperature provides a nice reprieve from Augusta’s thick, hot August air.  Stop at Mountain Fresh Grocery for gourmet food, home-style breakfast food, picnic fare and more.  Just a stone’s throw from there, walk over to the Highland Hiker to grab information on trails in the area, pick up the latest hiking gear or book a guided fishing trip.  Next stop: Whiteside Mountain. Whiteside Mountain is over 400 million years old...

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Are We There Yet? Splash in the Boro, Statesboro

By Mary Ashton Mills       The dog days of summer in Georgia require creative ways to stay cool. When your kids grow bored with all of the local splash pads such as the backyard slip and slide, the lake, the pool and the river, opt for a day trip to one of Statesboro’s largest attractions, Splash In The Boro Water Park. For this easy day excursion, make plans to leave Augusta early in the morning to arrive at the park by the time it opens at 10:00 am.  As always with large attractions, the early bird gets the...

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