Category: Editor’s Picks

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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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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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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