Author: Linda Erbele

Lighting and fun nearby

Whoops – it’s Saturday morning and you haven’t made plans. Or there’s lots to do, but you just don’t want to go very far today. Log onto the website of your nearest small town. Everyone is having some kind of Christmas festival, Tour of Homes or Lighting of the Tree. Here...
December 13th, 2008 | Atlanta | Read More

Learn about the Leo Frank case before the exhibit ends this year.

Nothing to do with the holidays but ending December 31 is the Breman Museum’s exhibition, “Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited.” This is the truly tragic story of a murder that happened in 1913 that had a tremendous effect on Georgia and the nation.  Very briefly, Leo Frank...
December 12th, 2008 | Atlanta | Read More

Helen’s Christkindlmarkt

In the German tradition of combining food, music and entertainment with markets of imported and local Christmas specialties, Georgia’s “Alpine” village is holding its first annual Christkindlmarkt. Long a tradition in Chicago, there are Christkindlmarkts in Pennsylvania, Colorado and...
December 5th, 2008 | Atlanta | Read More

Lake Lanier’s Magical Nights of Lights

About an hour north of Atlanta, Lake Lanier Islands offers six and a half miles of lights and a carload price. It bills itself as the “world’s largest animated light extravaganza” and includes a live nativity scene, carnival rides, pony rides and the Santa Shop. The Holiday Village...
December 5th, 2008 | Atlanta | Read More

Fantasy in Lights a Christmas Tradition

With gas prices so low at the moment, you might consider driving south of town to the Fantasy of Lights at Callaway Gardens, just over an hour away. Famous for its azalea trails in the spring, the gardens light up for the holidays with 8 million lights. If you’re concerned about your carbon footprint,...
December 1st, 2008 | Atlanta | Read More

Legendary eating at the Dillard House

I had heard a lot about the Dillard House before I went. The food is delicious, the service is great, it’s just something you have to do in the mountains – so my expectations were high. There is a long line at traditional meal times, but it moves quickly. (You can admire the view from the...
November 26th, 2008 | Atlanta | Read More

Goats lure North Georgia tourists

There you are driving along enjoying the mountain views and trying to ignore whatever the kids are doing in the backseat when the clamor becomes a little louder, “Those are sheep!” and “No they aren’t. It was goats on that roof. Dad, tell her that goats have horns.” What? Indeed there are...
November 21st, 2008 | Atlanta | Read More

Boiled peanuts and fried apple pies

No, that’s not a brush fire over there. Smell that? It’s the smell of the South – boiled peanuts. For many who grew up here, this is truly comfort-snack food. After I-985 becomes Georgia highway 365 on the way to North Georgia, Jaemor Farms is one of the most visible stops for boiled peanuts....
November 18th, 2008 | Atlanta | Read More

Have I missed the peak of fall leaf color?

While most media reported the “peak” around the 8th of November, it’s a nebulous term. You can find yourself admiring one view thinking, if just those spots would spring into color, this would be peak. Almost overnight those trees will light up in yellow, but you’ll discover that...
November 17th, 2008 | Atlanta | Read More

Welcome back! The Atlanta Traveler has come out of retirement!

I’m Linda Erbele and I’ve dusted off the backpack and shaken the moths out of the old Atlanta Traveler hoodie. I’m going to tell you about places in Atlanta (and out of the city) that you’ve never been, and maybe things you don’t know about places you have been. Our readers...
November 15th, 2008 | Atlanta | Read More