Day 234 – Little Shop of Stories

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Little Shop of Stories is every mom’s dream. It’s a book store that engages kids of all ages, with awesome murals, great books, a play section, and tons of scheduled events.  Plus, there are books for Mom, too.  You can feel good about supporting a locally-owned shop, and grab some seriously yummy lunch in this part of town.  You can also have a birthday party here, which I think is pretty neat. We left with a few books on Space and Trains…and a huge wish list!

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Day 233 – Goats on the Roof

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I couldn’t believe my eyes. We were heading toward Mountain City for a stay at Black Rock Mountain, and there on the side of the road is a big yellow building with GOATS ON THE ROOF.  Well of course we had to stop. Goats on the Roof is a gift shop…a restaurant with fudge and ice cream…and an arcade.  But you really go for the goats. They walk along the roofs of the building complex.  We bought a cup of food and used a bicycle contraption to hoist the food to the roof for them. The boys loved this! There is also a firepit for marshmallow roasting. It’s fun stop on the way to Tallulah Gorge or Black Rock Mtn State Parks.

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Day 232 – River Revelry on the Coosa River Basin (Date Night Series)

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I’m super excited about River Revelry going down this weekend. What do you think of this:

  • Watch the recycled raft race down the Oostanaula River
  • Jam to some live music
  • Take a boat ride down the river
  • Chill out to some beer from New Belgium Brewing Co. or wine from Barefoot Wines & Bubbly
  • Chow down on yummy BBQ in a Battle for The Best
  • Peruse a series of silent and live auction items

Lastly, you can do all of this, knowing that you are helping the incredible biodiveristy of the river basin

This party is at Heritage Park on Rome, Ga on Saturday from 6-11pm.  Tickets are available on line. This is seriously right up my ally….food, brews, music, rafting, river fun…. Hope to see you there.

 

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Day 231 – Chalk the Walks

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We’re doing something a little different today…celebrating the 4th annual Chalk the Walks.  Last year almost 1,000 people joined….this year almost 4,000 have signed up.  Spend 10 minutes outside today with some chalk, leaving a positive  message on your driveway, sidewalk, or parking lot.  By the end of the day, there will be a wonderful collection of images from all over the U.S. (and even the world!) spreading joy, optimism and inspiration through the playful, magical power of sidewalk chalk.

Be sure to share your images with the hashtag #chalkthewalks If you send us a photo of your chalk message of inspiration, we’ll share it here, too! I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Day 230 – Sleepy Hollow Enterprises

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A special thank you to my friend Amanda from Kids Around Cobb, who told me about this fun place in Blairsville.

Sleepy Hollow is a store AND an “enchanted garden” of fairies and gnomes.  The fairy homes found here are the work of Art Millican, Jr, a former Disney artist and model-maker. His whimsical fairy cottages range in size from birdhouses of about 1ft tall, to garden decor about 2 ft tall, to playhouses for kids. My kids loved walking the Enchanted Garden filled with playhouses and gnomes hiding in secret places. The gift shop is sells a few items for purchase (we left with a gnome door for our garden,) and art supplies.  I asked about any workshops for teaching the craft, but they told me that the elves are so busy filling orders that teaching seemed impossible. If you are in the Blairsville area, possibly hiking or staying the weekend, this is definitely worth a stop!

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Day 229 – Cascade Springs Nature Preserve

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If Cascade Spring Nature Preserve looks familiar, it’s because I mentioned it briefly last month.  Seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle, though, so I wanted to highlight it again. Especially because it is such a neat place.

It’s hard to believe this peaceful place is in the heart of the city.  There are towering trees, draped with moss. The Battle of Utoy Creek was fought here, nad you can see evidence of Civil War earth mounds throughout the hike (just under 2 miles.)

The spring waters here are said to have some healing effects, and in fact it was once bottled and sold.  At the beginning of the hike is a pretty spring house with a moat – evidence of times passed.

After you park in the parking lot, take the boardwalk to the beginning of the trail. You’ll pass a few old buildings, which used to be an exclusive resort that utilized the mineral springs. Keep walking until you see the spring house.  If you want to get the toughest part of the hike over first, then head to the right.  If you want to see the waterfall first (and play in it for hours, like my guys did) then head to the left. You’ll circle back to the spring house.

Thanks to Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests for turning me on to this trail. I highly recommend the book! There is even a secret path (about half-way through the hike) that leads you to some really awesome boulders just beyond the fence of the nature preserve – picture below. You have to get the book for that tidbit.

If you don’t have the book, no fear.  Atlanta Trails can get you there.

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Day 228 – Piedmont Park Arts Festival

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It’s supposed to be a gorgeous weekend for a fun family festival: Piedmont Park Arts Festival. Want some highlights?

  • 250 local and regional artists’ work on display
  • Artist demos
  • Live music
  • Kiddo play area
  • An attempt at the Hula Hoop World Record
  • Food Trucks!

 

Also…It’s FREE! Hope to see you there!

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Day 227 – Foxfire Museum

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If you find yourself up near Dillard, Tallulah Gorge, or Black Rock Mountain then be sure to stop at Foxfire Museum. It is right before the entrance into Black Rock Mtn State Park, down an unassuming dirt road, and what waits for you at the end of that road is educational, fun, and inspiring.

The Foxfire Magazine and anthologies are about the self-sufficient life of the Southern Appalachia people of long ago.  Students of this program used proceeds from the book to replicate a town from this period.  Visitors are free to roam the “community.”  You will see homes, a chapel, workshops, and so much more.

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Day 226 – The Parks of Chehaw

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While our family visited Albany this summer, we made a stop at The Parks of Chehaw.  We played on a huge playground, petted a snake, fed a camel, rode through the safari with wild animals, and gazed at an abundance of alligators.  We didn’t even make it to the campsite, nature trails, disc golf, BMX track, bald eagle aviary, or the banks of Lake Chehaw. Whew! This “zoo” is like no other. It is so much more! I highly recommend a visit here…better yet, a weekend!

If you are in town for a short time, definitely spend some time at the Wild Animal Park.  Pet a python, take the Veldt ride, feed Bogart the Bactrian (two-hump) camel who loves people. Chehaw is a special animal sanctuary that obviously takes pleasure in learning about and growing with their animals.  If you can stay longer, then camp or cabin in the park for an even more enjoyable adventure. Two-thumbs up from everyone in our family.

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Day 225 – Canoeing with Chattahoochee Nature Center (Date Night Series)

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This is the second installment of our weekly “Date Night” series, and I’ve already made a faux pas….This activity isn’t at night, but it sure makes a great date!

Sunday marks the last guided canoe trip of the month for Chattahoochee Nature Center. My husband and I did this in fall last year, and we loved it.  Our guide took us along the Chattahoochee, past the towering rock/stone walls, and into parts of the Chattahoochee that you can only see by water.  He pointed out various birds and other critters, and told us stories about the changing watershed. It was calm and peaceful, informative…but he wasn’t too chatty.  It was a perfect balance.

If you want to make it a family date, then a third seat can be purchased for 1/2 price. Kids 6 and older can be in a canoe as long as an adult is also in the canoe.

You’ll finish about lunch time, so mosey over to Historic Roswell for a bit. You can’t go wrong with any of the selections, but on a sunny Sunday afternoon I’d pick a spot on the lawn at Nine Street Kitchen.

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