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East Cobbers on vacation! Show us your summer photos!

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Addison & Ainsley Clark
Spring break 2013
Marco Islans, Floria
Submitted by Maria Clark

Schools are letting out, summer is in session and it’s time for fun in the sun for many East Cobbers! Share your vacation photos with us by emailing photos@eastcobber.com. You may just see yourself on our website!

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King and Prince Golf Course Ranks #1 in Georgia Available to the Public ~ By Golf Advisor

 

From the courses along the Atlantic coast to metro Atlanta-area favorites, GolfAdvisor raters had a busy year on the many golf courses in Georgia.

More than 4,000 reviews were submitted within the state, and 93 courses received the minimum 20 reviews needed in 2014 to be eligible for the publication’s first yearly ranking.

Coming out on top in the inaugural ranking in the state was the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort in St. Simons Island. The course was added to the historic resort in 1989 on the site of a former antebellum plantation.

Often, reviewers are basing their rating on the dollar amount they paid to play that specific round. However, this ranking represents how a course met or exceeded a golfer’s expectations as a customer rather than simply a course’s design, history or potential. Unlike most of the big magazine rankings, Golf Advisor ratings can be submitted by anyone with a user account, no matter how low or high their handicap or how often they play.

One voter writes “Lots of majestic oaks dripping with moss and the water holes are breathtaking. We usually see a gator or two and today was no exception. The greens are fast and fairways forgiving. We all had a great time, as usual!”

The magazine was pleased to announce the top 15 courses — all available to the public — you can play in Georgia.

Top 15 Golf Courses in Georgia for 2014

  1. King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, St. Simons Island
  2. Achasta Golf Club, Dahlonega
  3. The Georgia Club, Statham
  4. The Club At Savannah Harbor, Savannah
  5. Brasstown Valley Resort, Young Harris
  6. Oak Mountain Championship Golf Club, Carrollton
  7. Stonebridge Golf Club, Rome
  8. Canyon Ridge Golf Club, Rising Fawn
  9. Indian Mound Course at Jekyll Island Golf Club, Jekyll Island
  10. Crosswinds Golf Club, Savannah
  11. Cherokee Run Golf Club, Conyers
  12. SummerGrove Golf Club, Newnan
  13. Fields Ferry Golf Club, Calhoun
  14. Butternut Creek Golf Course, Blairsville
  15. Orchard Golf & Country Club, Clarkesville

Information provided by Brandon Tucker, Managing Editor Golf Advisor, 2015

 

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30-A Condo Available For Rent

snippit- seacrestbeach

 

Book this upscale 3 bedroom/2 full bath luxury condo in beautiful and tranquil Seacrest Beach Florida.  This condo is located between Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach.  Featuring 2 KING size beds, a bunk room with a double on the bottom and twin on top.

This condo comes with everything to make you feel like home….. from top notch linens, a well equipped kitchen, flat screen TV’s in every bedroom, and a 55″ big screen TV in living room with Wii game system.

Leave your beach chairs, towels and umbrella at home because we supply those too! Go to www.VRBO.com/507775 to inquire about this property.

 

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New water park at Wild Horse Creek and Sewell Pool opening this month

Cobb’s newest water park attraction is opening on Memorial Day weekend. The water park at Wildhorse Creek Park in Powder Springs will provide cool water fun for children and adults alike.

The facility has four unique areas, including an activity pool, water slides, spray play area, and fountain features. There will be pavilions available to rent as well as chairs and picnic tables on the deck and there will be a concession stand for food and refreshments.

There are a few daily lockers that will be available on the pool side of the bathhouse. Parking is located on both sides of the facility.

Looking for a pool closer to home? Sewell Pool and Splash Pad, located at 2085 Lower Roswell Road in East Cobb opens May 23. For more about Sewell Pool click HERE.

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Historic Banning Mills is the Adventure Cure for ODD (Outdoor Deficit Disorder)

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With the weather being as rainy as it has and people being confined to their home, we are seeing more and more cases of ODD occurring. ODD, also known as Outdoor Deficit Disorder is a disease that can be cured with the simplest of medicines: the great outdoors! As warmer temperatures approach, Historic Banning Mills is prepared to cure all cases of ODD in adults, teens and children of all ages with their large variety of outdoor adventures. http://www.historicbanningmills.com/

This spring and summer, break away from the typical beach vacation and experience the thrills and excitement of Historic Banning Mills. Defy gravity on two aerial adventure courses, reach speeds up to 60 mph on almost 10 miles of zip lines and free fall from 100 feet in the air. Historic Banning Mills, in Whitesburg, Ga., provides an exhilarating escape where everyone can discover a new, more exciting way to be “wired in.”

Banning Mills holds two Guinness World Records, including one for the World’s Longest Continuous Zip Line Course and Eco-canopy Adventure Tour with six different adventure levels. In addition to the famous zip line canopy tour, Banning Mills has the World’s Tallest Freestanding Climbing Wall, standing at 140 feet. Other exciting outdoor adventures include Sky Trek (a 600-foot long bridge suspended 180 feet over Snake Creek Gorge), team building and GPS Trek courses, two aerial adventure parks and a 100-foot power free fall. If one adventure isn’t enough to treat symptoms of ODD, turn it into a longer experience with an All Day or Two Day Rush package available for guests who just can’t get enough thrills!

The newest, family-friendly aerial adventure course at Banning Mills, Crazy Squirrel Village, is a two-tiered obstacle course that is fun for the entire family. Children, ages four and up, can climb and zip through the trees on the lower tier at heights of 20 feet off the ground, while children ages nine and up can experience thrills on the second tier at heights of 60 feet off the ground. The course includes kid-friendly aerial elements, shorter sky bridges and zip lines. The Crazy Squirrel Village features a Closed Continuous Belay System for maximum safety, and trained CPR and Wilderness First Aid guides are always present.

At Banning Mills, having fun and being safe is their number one priority. With the use of Vertical Trek Innovations’ new Closed Continuous Belay System, called the Quick Trekker, thrill-seekers will soar through the trees at the greatest of ease. This ground-breaking belay system, which was developed in France and is new to North America, provides a safer and easier way for guests to enjoy their aerial adventure. Once guests are hooked on the cable on the course, they never have to unhook. This system not only improves the safety of guests while on the canopy course, but also increases the amount of fun they have without having to worry if they are hooked in correctly.

For visitors who prefer to be grounded, Banning Mills offers several other outdoor activities that don’t involve going to extreme heights to cure ODD. Kids, teens and adults can experience Falconry and live Birds of Prey shows, kayaking on the “Hooch” and horseback riding, which are all available on the property. Also, onsite is an Olympic-sized swimming pool, two miniature golf courses and several nature trails that are free of charge to all Banning Mills’ guests.

After a fun-filled day, don’t rush home, stay a while! Continue the tree-top adventure in Banning Mills’ newest addition the Tree House Village. Tree house suites include a king bed, jetted tub, bathroom and panoramic forest views with rope bridge access. The village has seven new tree houses, two of which are two stories, large enough for the entire family. Each tree house has amazing views of the beautiful gorge. Rustic cabins, cozy cottages and creek side cabin rooms are a few other lodging options for a getaway at Banning Mills. Be sure to check out Historic Banning Mills Facebook page for monthly discounts, https://www.facebook.com/banningmills.

Stop and smell the roses: 10 places to soak in beautiful spring weather in the Atlanta area.

Soak in beautiful Spring weather all around the metro area. Thanks to Piedmont Healthcare for rounding up this list.

 

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Family Fun Awaits at Barnsley Gardens

Barnsley Gardens’ Fairy Godmother offers enchanting experiences for the young and young-at-heart

 

This summer escape to Barnsley Resort for adventure, kids activities and even a little magic from their Fairy Godmother. Guests can take advantage of the Family Fun Special available from $285 per night, including admission for two children in the Explorers Club for each night’s stay from June 1 through August 27, 2015.

 

Be an Explorer

The Barnsley Resort Explorers Club for kids ages five to 12, offers fun and educational activities to keep young guests entertained. Rotating themes such as “Grow What You Sow,” “Horsin’ Around,” “Tyin’ and Flyin,’” and “A Trek Through Time” highlight a variety of encounters that are unique to Barnsley Resort, creating fun and eye-opening experiences that incorporate the fascinating history, diverse outdoor adventures, and expansive gardens.  Each day’s activities include both crafts and active components to provide a fun and engaging program, while teaching lessons related to the theme along the way. The program costs $40 per child and starts Monday, June 1, 2015.

 

Fairy Surprises

The resort’s Fairy Godmother uses her crystal wand to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences just for kids.  Her menu of Fairy Godmother Surprises includes the “Fairy Welcome,” which is a customized gift package full of treats to enhance a child’s stay; the “Buggin’ Out” garden adventure; or a farm-tastic “Barnyard Picnic,” where families can enjoy a traditional picnic with treats to share with the horses.  To ensure little ones will drift into dreamland, the Fairy Godmother even offers a “Fairy Turndown Service” complete with a storybook, new snuggle friend, a bubble bath in a big claw foot tub, and milk and cookies.  The surprises range in price from $55 to $100 and should be reserved 48 hours in advance.

 

Family-Friendly Resort Activities

Guests can spend the long summer days enjoying some of Barnsley Resort’s family activities, such as Frisbee golf at the nine-hole course or paintball at Wolf Cave Mountain Field. Complimentary poles are available for catch-and-release fishing, and miles of trails at Barnsley Resort are perfect for hiking or bicycling, with bicycle rentals available at SpringBank Sporting Club. Guests can also enjoy a pristine pool with kids’ playground, tennis, volleyball or lawn games such as bocce ball and croquet. As a perfect ending to a full day, ingredients for s’mores are included with every stay to toast in the fire bowls scattered throughout the resort.

 

Nearby Summer Adventures

Families looking for additional child-friendly attractions in the area can venture to nearby Cartersville for two unique museum experiences. At the Booth Western Art Museum, Georgia’s second-largest museum, families can visit the largest permanent installations of Western art in the country, including paintings, sculptures, replicas of stagecoaches and covered wagons, or attend one of the museum’s summer events. The Tellus Science Museum features a number of interactive exhibits that are perfect for kids of all ages, including gem and fossil digging and magnets, rainbows, mirrors and more.

For families wanting to explore the great outdoors, Redtop Mountain State Park, Lake Allatoona and the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site are located within 30 minutes from Barnsley Resort.

For additional information about Barnsley Resort, the summer children’s programs, or Fairy Godmother Surprises, please visitwww.barnsleyresort.com or call 1-877-773-2447.

The Best National Park Vacations

Did you know you can visit a different national park each day of the year and STILL not see them all. That’s right; there are more than 400 national parks in the National Park Service. While some of these parks are smaller sites or even structures, a handful of them are huge expanses of some of the most beautiful acreage on earth. Obviously, we’re a bit biased since Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier National Parks are practically in our backyard; however, our passion for preserving our country’s crown jewels runs north to south – from Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park to Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park.

In honor of National Park Week, April 18-26, we’re sharing a list of our favorite national park vacations. These are week-long adventures led by the best guides in the business. The benefit of going with an experienced park “insider” is that you’re afforded the opportunity to experience these special places in ways that you couldn’t on your own.

So without further ado…

9 National Park Vacations for the Books

Grand Canyon National Park – Everyone in the family is invited on this 6-day/5-day vacation in the middle of Arizona’s high desert. Watch jaws drop as you set your sights on this colorful and humbling mile-deep canyon. Board the Grand Canyon Railway and ride over the Colorado Plateau, stand up paddle board on Lake Pleasant and take a refreshing dip in the waters at Slide Rock State Park. These are just a FEW of the highlights found on this new itinerary. From $2,158.

Grand Canyon

Glacier Bay National Park – Don’t plan on driving to Glacier Bay in Alaska. There are no roads, so you’re best off boarding a comfortable small ship cruise for eight days of exploring this isolated, yet incredible, national park. Marvel at the surrounding peaks, listen for calving glaciers, kayak between the narrow fjords, and have your camera ready for a visit to Chichagof Island where there are more bears per square mile than anywhere else on earth. From $4,395. 

Alaska Family Cruise
Bryce Canyon & Zion National Parks – Fall head over heels when it comes to hues. This 6-day/5-night vacation takes you to both the “most colorful park in America” and the “land of rainbow canyons.” Cruise on your bike through Snow Canyon, hike among the curious-looking hoodoos and walk between the Narrows where you can wade in the Virgin River and stare up at impressive, sheer rock walls. From $1,918. 

Bryce Canyon National Park
Yellowstone National Park – Get up close and personal with our country’s first national park on this 6-day/5-night best-selling itinerary. Your experienced guides will take you “behind the scenes” to lesser-known, but more scenic backcountry trails. They’ll show you the best vantage points for watching the geothermal activity, and at night, they’ll even throw a pizza party for the kids so the adults can enjoy a nice night out. From $2,298.

Yellowstone National Park Grand Prismatic
Grand Teton National Park – Jump on a bike, set off on a hike and get comfortable in a kayak. These are just a few of the ways you can be active while admiring the spectacular scenery that makes Grand Teton National Park so beloved by national park enthusiasts. Although there’s a ton of fun to be had within the boundaries of the park, a highlight on this 6-day/5-night multisport vacation is attending the famous Jackson Hole Rodeo. From $2,318.

Kayaker in Grand Teton National Park

Yosemite National Park – Graduate from “climbing school,” ride horses into the wilderness, paddle the scenic Merced River and trek to park icons like Vernal Falls and Taft Point. This 6-day/5-night family-friendly adventure in the Sierra Nevada also features a visit to the world famous Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. From $2,558.

Yosemite Family Photo
Glacier National Park – Hikers call it paradise, and the Native Americans call it the “backbone of the world.” Yes, Glacier National Park is truly memorable—from its alpine vistas to its healthy population of wildlife and its seemingly-sparkling lakes. This 6-day/5-night package features a Going-to-the-Sun Road bike ride, an epic hike on the Trail of Cedars and a fun rafting excursion on the Flathead River. From $2,398.

Glacier National Park
Utah Arches & Canyonlands – Count as many stone arches as you can (hint, there are more than 2,000) in one of the Southwest’s most adored national parks, Arches National Park. Need a faster speed? Cruise 14 miles downhill as you bike along the Island in the Sky in Canyonlands National Park. Itching to get wet? You’ll have your chance on day one of this 6-day/5-night multisport vacation when your guide takes you rafting on the Colorado River.  From $1,998.

Arches and Canyonlands Family Photo

San Juan Island National Historical Park – You only have to see one or two of the 172 islands that make up this Washington archipelago before you understand what makes this place so worthwhile. Keep your eyes peeled for orcas as you kayak in the bays and inlets, and brush up on your American History while biking to historic sites on San Juan Island which was once a strategic military point. Of course no trip to the Northwest is complete without fresh seafood dinners, so get your fill on this 6-day/5-night vacation. From $2,998.

San Juan Islands Orcas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– See more at: http://www.austinadventures.com/travel-resources/the-best-national-park-vacations/#sthash.2uYRB8WM.dpuf

 

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Spring Wine Tasting Tour this Saturday at Callaway Gardens

Spend the afternoon of Saturday, April 18, discovering at least 16 new wines while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Spring at Callaway Gardens®.

The three-hour afternoon, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., of wine sampling will begin at the Callaway Discovery Center and include stops at the John A. Sibley Horticultural Center, Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, and the Overlook Azalea Garden. A complimentary shuttle will transport you to each location through the amazing natural beauty of the season for which Callaway Gardens is famous.

Wine Tour Admission includes:

  • Gardens Admission (a $25 value)
  • Sampling of four wines at four locations (16 total)
  • Access to wine experts to answer your questions
  • Transportation along the Wine Tour

Make it a getaway! To purchase an overnight package starting at $199* with two tickets, visit http://www.callawaygardens.com/SpringWineTour2015 or call 1.800.463.6990.

To purchase day tickets in advance for $35, $40 day of event, visitwww.callawaygardens.com/SpringWineTour2015 or call 1.800.463.6990.

For more information or to make arrangements, call 1.800.463.6990 or visitwww.callawaygardens.com.  Keep up with news from Callaway Gardens at www.facebook.com/callawaygardens and at www.twitter.com/CallawayGardens.

Callaway Gardens® is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.

*Rate is per room per night, double occupancy in a Non-View Room at the Mountain Creek Inn. Offer valid April 18, 2015. Additional pricing is available in the Southern Pine Cottages, Mountain Creek Villas and Vacation Homes. Tax not included. Based on availability. Other restrictions may apply.

**Tax and gratuity not included. 

 

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Start Your Engines: Navigate Blue Ridge with Scenic Driving Tours

Peel back the curtain to unveil what makes Blue Ridge special: Hidden waterfalls, black bear sightings, foliage and more 

While thoughts of North Georgia’s Blue Ridge, located about 90 minutes north of Atlanta off Interstate-575, conjure images of scenic hikes, waterfalls and breathtaking views from the expansive decks of well-appointed cabins, some of the town’s most charming treasures are best explored by car.

Try these four self-guided driving tours during your next trip to Blue Ridge.

Mountains & Countryside

Beyond the charming downtown, Blue Ridge is mountain roads and country churches. It’s pastoral valleys and river rapids, a place where history and nature sweep guests miles away from the ordinary. Catch a glimpse of a hawk or owl soaring silently above. Watch for woodpeckers, turkeys and mountain grouse near the forest edges. The flash of a white-tail deer is an everyday occurrence. Rarer, but not impossible, is sighting a black bear or bobcat.Follow this driving tour to discover it all. A word to the wise: do not try to drive on any rough forest dirt road in low clearance cars.

 

Nature in the Cohutta Wilderness  

In Fannin County the Cohuttas rise in the west and the Blue Ridge to the south and east. The Cherokee Indians considered the Cohuttas to be the “poles of the shed,” holding up the sky in this, their “Enchanted Land.” Although there were no Cherokee villages within the Cohutta wilderness, Cherokees hunted the area extensively and played their own version of field hockey on the ball fields at Little Bald Mountain, today’s group camping area. The Cohutta Wildlife Management Area (WMA) encompasses 95,000 acres, 40,000 of which are within Fannin County.
Follow this tour to drive the Cohutta Wilderness, the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River inhabited by black bears and wild boars, along with smaller animals like bobcats, raccoons, squirrels. The changing seasons bring blooms to mountain laurel (May), rhododendron (June),  and a profusion of wildflowers (early spring), with ferns dotting the landscape all summer long. Averaging about 15 to 20 miles along the Forest Service Roads, this driving tour takes visitors on a three-hour trip through the forest. Make the drive a day-trip with stops along the way to enjoy the view; take a hike and picnic at beautiful Lake Conasauga. Vehicles need to be in good mechanical condition with adequate fuel; low clearance cars are generally a bad idea on these rough roads.

 

Daytrip to Dahlonega & Apple Alley

This day trip, originally produced by the U.S. Forest Service, is beautiful any time of year, but autumn highlights the fall foliage, presenting a particularly scenic drive. With great opportunities for stops along the way, this half-day drive begins and ends at the intersection of Georgia Highways 5 and 515 in Blue Ridge, with round-trip mileage at just over 102 miles. Covering a variety of North Georgia treasures, this tour takes guests to a swinging bridge, a vineyard, an apple orchard and more.

 

Fannin County Town & Country

Named for Col. James Walker Fannin, who fought for the independence of Texas and was killed in the Goliad Massacre after the fall of the Alamo, Fannin County was founded in 1854 from lands in Gilmer and Union Counties. Prior to that time, the land belonged to the Cherokee Indians whose fate was sealed when gold was discovered in Dahlonega in 1829. Georgia’s gold rush created more problems between the settlers and the Indians, and in 1830 the U.S. Congress passed the Cherokee Removal Act, which ultimately resulted in the tragic “Trail of Tears.”

In 1860, the first Fannin County census counted 900 families or 5,139 residents. When the Civil War began in 1861, most residents were small subsistence farmers, who had little interest in the slave issue and had mixed loyalties, some for the South, some for the North. Today, some of the unique and most fascinating features of Fannin County are its historic rural communities and settlements. Use this tour to find these “hollers” or coves, often in isolated and remote areas surrounded by mountains and nestled along the banks of picturesque streams or rivers.

FanninCounty Chamber of Commerce, www.BlueRidgeMountains.com, 1-800-899-MTNS.

 

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