Author: Linda Erbele

Not goodbye – but See You Later

Not goodbye – but See You Later
It’s been fun sharing Georgia with you for the past year-and-a-half, but it’s time for me to move on. I’ve made some friends, learned so much and hope I’ve told you about places and things you wouldn’t have known of otherwise. I plan to keep in touch and write some guest...
March 31st, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Hillside Orchard Farms – off the four-lane goodness

Hillside Orchard Farms – off the four-lane goodness
If the fruits and vegetables shipped to your grocer from South America have made you wistful for local produce, make a trip to the North Georgia town of Tiger. Home to Goats on the Roof (see my blog post about it here) and the Tiger Mountain Vineyard, an off-the highway turn will take you to Hillside...
March 29th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Forget the passport – take a canopy tour in Georgia

Forget the passport – take a canopy tour in Georgia
There are several zip line adventures within a few hours drive of Atlanta — two within the state and three just across the state line.  Historic Banning Mills Eco-zip line Canopy Tour is listed among the top ten zip line tours on www.Americasbestonline.net. Banning Mills is located in Whitesburg,...
March 27th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

See America’s Stonehenge in Georgia

See America’s Stonehenge in Georgia
Twenty years ago, a mysterious blue granite monument erected in a field near Elberton was revealed to the world. Five  19-foot-tall stones, connected by a capstone, and together weighing 119 tons, stand starkly alone in a field off a lonely Georgia road. Carved on the face of the stones — in twelve...
March 26th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Off-the-highway beauty in Tallulah Falls

Off-the-highway beauty in Tallulah Falls
In 1970, people flocked to the little town of Tallulah Falls to see the Great Wallenda walk 1,200 feet across Tallulah Gorge on a wire. The Gorge, 1,000 feet deep and two miles long is breath-taking from the fenced-in lookout points — much less balanced on a wire above it. Then 65 years old, Karl...
March 19th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Bottle Tree Tradition in the South

Bottle Tree Tradition in the South
Have you been losing things lately? Maybe what you need is a bottle tree. In the rural South, you’ll occasionally happen upon a tree whose leaves consist entirely of colorful wine bottles. You may have thought it was simply the result of a big party the night before — but actually the bottle...
March 16th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Experience Battlefield at the National Infantry Museum

Experience Battlefield at the National Infantry Museum
Last June, with little fanfare, the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park opened in Columbus, about two hours south of Atlanta. (See map.)  This world-class $91 million museum features interactive displays that allow visitors to shoot an M-4 and experience a taste of what  soldiers...
March 13th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Taste the Cork and Keg Festival in Helen

Taste the Cork and Keg Festival in Helen
Put April 10 on your calendar to try some beer and wine and attend a new festival in Helen. The Cork and Keg festival will feature tastes of craft-brewed beers from some of the country’s best independent brewers (among them Georgia’s own Sweetwater Brewing and Terrapin) plus tastes of award-winning...
March 12th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Join the Pinkest Party on Earth in Macon

Join the Pinkest Party on Earth in Macon
Spring is really here when its time for the Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon — and that’s March 19th through the 28th. People have been known to dye their poodles pink for the ten days of these events. It starts with a ribbon cutting at noon in Central City park on Friday, then there are...
March 11th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Picturesque Sautee Nacoochee

Picturesque Sautee Nacoochee
Some places in Georgia don’t get much press yet are very special and rare.  One of those special spots is the North Georgia community of Sautee-Nacoochee.  Located between the Alpine Village of Helen and the historic town of Clarkesville, the community has personality, peaceful beauty and sights...
March 7th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Savannah shows off with its Music Festival

Savannah shows off with its Music Festival
The Savannah Music Festival starts March 18 and runs through April 3. This is Georgia’s largest music festival and offers the opportunity to hear multiple genres of music — classical, jazz, Southern soul, bluegrass, Zydeco. There’s something for everyone — from master classes...
March 6th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Eat-like-a-local in Oakwood

Eat-like-a-local in Oakwood
Sometimes you want a chef, and sometimes you just want a meat-and-three. When you’re heading up I-985 to Lake Lanier or the North Georgia mountains, there’s a great place with little advertising or signage that the locals flock to. Take the Oakwood exit and head east (right if you were coming...
March 3rd, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Spring’s coming to Atlanta

Spring’s coming to Atlanta
In spite of today’s snow, March is usually the turning point here in Atlanta. The crocuses and jonquils are pushing  little determined blooms through and outdoor events are beginning. Not only will our snow be gone in a few days, but Snow Mountain at the Stone Mountain Park is ending this Sunday. ...
March 2nd, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Spring and Georgia’s Wine Highway Weekend

Spring and Georgia’s Wine Highway Weekend
It’s time again for the Wine Highway Weekend. This will be a beautiful spring weekend, and North Georgia’s wineries are all in scenic areas — so a drive through the mountains along with visits to the wineries and tastes of food and wine is a combination that will make a weekend of very...
February 27th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Sport of Kings is alive and well in Georgia

Sport of Kings is alive and well in Georgia
Humans have always been fascinated by the ability to teach an animal to work alongside us. It’s all the more interesting when it is a truly wild animal that does our bidding. I joined about 20 other people for a falconry program recently organized by Smithgall Woods State Park in Helen to learn...
February 25th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Planet Shark grabs attention at the Georgia Aquarium

Planet Shark grabs attention at the Georgia Aquarium
The scene opens on a crowded beach. The music swells as people begin to scream and race out of the water. A blond toddler, sitting in the sand, wails as he sense the panic in the air. The camera turns to the ocean, where ominously awaiting a victim is — a floating toaster. The caption tells us...
February 24th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Enjoy your oysters on the deck in Virginia-Highland

Enjoy your oysters on the deck in Virginia-Highland
A gorgeous day like today calls for an outdoor dining experience. After all the  cold and wet, it was 60 degrees and sunny – and everyone was outside.  Fontaine’s Oyster House was our choice for lunch — because we didn’t have time to enjoy the Oyster Fest at the Steamhouse Lounge...
February 20th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

The Dutch Monkey offers Doughnuts with a Difference

The Dutch Monkey offers Doughnuts with a Difference
Do you remember the first time someone brought doughnuts to the office and everyone was excited? Then doughnuts became a cliche and it took sausage and biscuits, later chicken-biscuits before anyone was enthusiastic about attending a meeting. I’ve seen crowded conference calls end with whole boxes...
February 20th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Cirque: Moravia at Rabun Gap

Cirque: Moravia at Rabun Gap
Did you miss the Cirque last time it was here? Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School has performed its own Cirque for nine years.  Over 80 performers and technicians will take part in director Bill Patti’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, entitled Cirque: Moravia.  This performance has mushroomed in popularity...
February 19th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More

Hard-to-find artisans found at Fireside

Hard-to-find artisans found at Fireside
Nothing adds distinction to an urban decor like beautifully hand-crafted items. Additionally, you search for gifted artisans can be an investment.  The Fireside Art and Craft Show at Unicoi State Park has become recognized in its 35 years for truly fabulous arts and crafts. A juried show, Fireside has...
February 16th, 2010 | Atlanta | Read More