Get our e-newsletter

Travel

Ring in the New Year at Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta

23

Giving the gift of an overnight stay is not only a delight to receive, but it’s fun to give. Consider staying overnight at Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Atlanta this New Year’s Eve.

So I’m sure you’re thinking “I live locally, why stay at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Atlanta?” How about enjoying safety and convenience in a luxurious setting. With all the New Year’s Eve activities available close by the hotel, why worry about drunk drivers, or getting caught trying to drive under the influence. A New Year’s Eve getaway is a great excuse to snuggle with your sweetie and not have to worry about driving home with all the drunk drivers
on the roads. At The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta hotel you will find an exceptional retreat in the heart of downtown. With impeccable service and an ideal location, this luxury hotel in downtown Atlanta combines a truly modern setting with sophisticated Southern hospitality.

23At a recent overnight stay (for our 28th wedding anniversary) we were wished a Happy Anniversary at check-in. There was champagne on ice and an elegant little welcome plate of chocolate-covered strawberries with a little Happy Anniversary card waiting for us in our spacious and elegant hotel room. The romantic room was topped off with rose petals—some arranged in the form of a heart—on our king-sized bed!

Our deluxe room included access to The Ritz-Carlton Club. Located on another floor, The Ritz-Carlton Club is a spacious lounge area furnished to  resemble a comfortable living area and offers five complimentary food and beverage presentations daily. A dedicated concierge is on duty from 6am until 11pm to meet any needs from hard to get restaurant reservations to assistance with changing airline flights. Only guests registered on Club level can access the floor through use of a special elevator key, ensuring a sense of personal security. We enjoyed cocktails and pre-dinner snacks at the “Club.” Then it was onto dinner at the Atlanta Grill, located on the second floor of the hotel. Service was very attentive and the dinner was perfect. The Atlanta Grill is charming southern restaurant, dimly-lit—perfect for our romantic rendezvous. We were very impressed by the kind, helpful staff.

They began catering to us immediately upon our arrival. Every single staff member gave impeccable service! The customer service made us feel like we  were the only guests in a sold out hotel. Of course, the room, amenities, and hotel were fabulous, but it was the people working at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta that made our short stay unforgettable and a reason to return! For 24 hours of carefree, childless adult-time, we could not have made a better choice! From check-in to departure, the entire experience was exceptional. Hope you’ll consider giving a gift of an overnight stay at The Ritz-Carlton for New Years’ Eve or any time during the new year!

(Written by Cynthia Rozzo)

LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love our newsletter! Click HERE to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and be a neighbor in the know!

Spend a week at the Coastal Georgia Kayaking Family Camp this January

 

Paddlers of all ages are welcome on this kayaking adventure that includes freshwater swamp and saltmarsh, plus four nights of camping and meals. From January 2-6, 2015, join park rangers to explore Stephen C. Foster State Park in the Okefenokee Swamp, Crooked River State Park, Sapelo Island and the Reynolds Mansion. Some paddling experience is helpful but not required. Register in advance by calling 912-882-5256.

$649 per adult and $549 per child (12 and younger) includes camping fees, kayak rental, meals and guides.

For more information and a detailed schedule, visit http://gastateparks.org/CrookedRiver. Crooked River State Park is located at 6222 Charlie Smith Sr. Highway, St. Marys, GA 31558.
 

LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love our newsletter! Click HERE to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and be a neighbor in the know!

 

Start the New Year with an Inspiring “First-Day Hike”

 

Since New Year’s resolutions often include exercise, Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are offering ways to make the goal more fun. Those wishing to increase their metabolism and decrease their waistline are invited to start 2015 with a healthy walk in the woods. Dozens of parks have planned ranger-led hikes as part of the national “First Day Hikes” movement sponsored by America’s State Parks.

From easy family-friendly strolls to more challenging treks, Georgia’s State Parks offer a variety of choices for “First Day Hikes.” Some focus on history, such as walks through Civil War camps or to ancient Indian mounds. Others highlight geologic wonders, such as Tallulah Gorge. A list of all hikes can be found on GeorgiaStateParks.org/events and a map of all locations can be found at GeorgiaStateParks.org/map.

Those who want to celebrate a peaceful New Year’s Eve in nature can reserve one of Georgia State Parks’ cozy cabins, heated yurts, lodge rooms, or modern campsites with hot showers. For reservations, call 1-800-864-7275 or book online atGeorgiaStateParks.org/reservations.
First-Day Hikes in Georgia

Metro Atlanta

Hard Labor Creek State Park – Rutledge, GA
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This 6-mile guided hike is the perfect winter outing for the first day of the new year. Enjoy meandering creeks cascading over rocks, and bring a light lunch to enjoy on the way. For children older than 10 and adults in good walking shape. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.

Fort Yargo State Park – Winder, GA
2 p.m.
Bring in the New Year with a brisk walk and afternoon viewing of beautiful Marbury Creek watershed. Hikers will meet at the Nature Center for the 1/2-mile hike around Bird Berry Trail. No minimum age. ADA Accessible. Pre-registration required. $5 parking. 770-867-3489.

Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge, GA
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Start the New Year off right with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain. Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year’s burdens. Hike to the top of the mountain to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2015. Finish with s’mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Register in advance. Ages 6 and up. $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Sweetwater Creek State Park – Lithia Springs, GA
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Bring your four-legged companion on this moderate mile-long hike to the rapids of Sweetwater Creek and to the five-story Civil War-era New Manchester Mill ruins. Ages 6 and older. Sturdy, closed toe shoes required. Reservations recommended. $5 plus $5 parking. 770-732-5871.


Northern Georgia

Don Carter State Park – Gainesville, GA
2 p.m.
Join a ranger as we explore a beautiful backcountry area of the park before the trail is built. Our 2-mile cross-country adventure will follow old road beds, ridges, hills and valleys. Moderate to strenuous. Call the Visitor Center to reserve a spot. Limited to 15 hikers. $5 plus $5 parking. 678-450-7726.

James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park – Summerville, GA
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Start your New Year off right with a 1.5-mile hike around the lower lake. This easy hike is good for all ages. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.

Smithgall Woods State Park – Helen, GA
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Hike a moderate 1.3 miles on flat roadway to Smithgall’s beautiful cottage facility where hot cider will be waiting. Learn more about Charlie Smithgall whose generosity made the park possible. All ages are welcome. No pets please. $5 parking. 706-878-3087.

Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls, GA
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join a ranger on a moderate 3.5-mile hike along the rim and through the woods. Children must be 8 or older. Bring water and snacks. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Tugaloo State Park – Lavonia, GA
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Welcome the New Year with a 1.2 mile moderate hike on the Muscadine Trail. We will meet in the Day Use Parking Area. We will finish the hike at the beach pavilion where hikers can add a little “luck and wealth” to their year. Come enjoy a sampling of black eye peas and collard greens to your New Year. Register in advance by calling 706-356-4362 by December 30. $5 parking. 706-356-4362.

Victoria Bryant State Park – Royston, GA
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Meet at the office for a ranger led hike on our scenic Victoria’s Path trail. This trail follows along Rice Creek which runs through the middle of the park. This trail is fairly easy walking but closed toe shoes are recommended. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Vogel State Park – Blairsville, GA
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Ring in the new year by joining us for a hike along the Bear Hair Gap Trail. This is a moderately rocky, four-mile hike led by Georgia Appalachian Trail Club. Please meet at the Visitors Center Parking lot. Closed toe shoes required. It is recommended that hikers bring water and a snack. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.


Coastal Georgia

Crooked River State Park – St. Marys, GA
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Greet the New Year with a hike on the Bay Boardwalk trail. Vistas include wetland habitats plus our unique longleaf pine/saw palmetto ecosystem. Enjoy the great outdoors, camaraderie on the trail, cookies, and party hats. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.

Fort King George Historic Site – Darien, GA
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
As the sun sets on the first day of the new year, enjoy a hike into the past. Visitors will be guided through the half mile nature trail as they encounter various historic figures of Fort King George. $7.50 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, $4.50 for youth. 912-437-4770.

Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill, GA
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Join us for a 3-mile nature hike on the Redbird Creek Trail. This hike is medium difficulty and requires sturdy shoes and water. At 1:00 there will be a history hike around the fort. An Interpretative Ranger will walk you through the past and tell you about the daily life at Fort McAllister during the Civil War. $3. Children under 5 free. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Fort Morris Historic Site – Midway, GA
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. interpreters will present soldier talks, musket demonstrations and a guided walk around the historic remains of the Revolutionary War fort. $3- $5. 912-884-5999.

Laura S. Walker State Park – Waycross, GA
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Join us for a 1.3 mile ranger-led nature hike along our beautiful Big Creek Nature Trail. We will see and discuss flora and fauna that are native to our area while getting fit for the New Year. The trail is an easy hike for almost all ages. $5 parking.912-287-4900.

Skidaway Island State Park – Savannah, GA
1 p.m.
Enjoy an afternoon hike through the marsh. This guided hike will discuss the history of Skidaway Island, marsh plants and local animals. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Stephen C. Foster State Park – Fargo, GA
9 a.m.
Meet at the park office for a hike on our 3/4 mile Trembling Earth Nature Trail. This hike will take you on our boardwalk through a mixed cypress and blackgum forest. On the way we will be on the lookout for the wildlife that inhabit the area, as well as unique plant life. $2 plus $5 parking. 912-637-5274.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site – Brunswick, GA
11 a.m.
Come to a compass-orienteering event where participants learn how to use a compass in finding information about this old antebellum plantation. $4.50 – $7.50. 912-264-7333.

Wormsloe Historic Site – Savannah, GA
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Hike to the Civil War earthworks of Battery Wimberly. Wear comfortable shoes suitable for hiking, no open toe shoes. $4.50-$10. 912-353-3023.


Middle & South Georgia

A.H. Stephens State Park – Crawfordville, GA
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Get started with your New Year’s resolutions by joining us on a pet-friendly ranger-led hike. We will identify plants, animals and historic structures. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.

Elijah Clark State Park – Lincolnton, GA
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Bring in the New Year with a revitalizing lead hike on our three-mile trail that includes a beautiful outlook to rest and gaze upon the serene Clark Hill Lake. $5 parking. 706-359-3458.

F.D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain, GA
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Join this 3.4-mile, easy to moderate hike on the Pine Mountain Trail. Geared towards ages 8 and older. Bring water and snacks. Dress for the weather. Meet at the Trading Post in the campground. $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

General Coffee State Park – Nicholls, GA
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Take a ranger-guided birding hike on the 1.5 mile Gopher Loop Trail. We will also discuss resource management and longleaf pine re-introduction. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.

George L. Smith State Park – Twin City, GA
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Come join us New Year’s Day for a hike down our 3-mile nature trail behind the Mill House. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring your own water and snacks. Dog welcome but must be kept on leash. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.

High Falls State Park – Jackson, GA
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This 1.5 mile moderate hike will take you past several scenic and historic sites including the falls, the old powerhouse, and through a mixed pine/hardwood forest. You will learn about the park history and the local ecology. Meet at the park office, wear comfortable shoes, and bring water and a snack. $5 parking. 478-993-3053.

Indian Springs State Park – Flovilla, GA
10 a.m.
Join a park ranger for a journey through time. Discover the history of Indian Springs State Park, sample the famous spring water, and tour the park museum. This moderate hike will involve some steps and hills. Participants meet at the park museum. $5 parking. 770-504-2277.

Mistletoe State Park – Appling, GA
10 a.m.
Come start the new year off the right foot. This ranger led hike will allow guests to discover nature’s winter wonder along the Cliatt Creek nature trail. We will meet at the nature center. $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Reed Bingham State Park – Adel, GA
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Time to wind down the first day of the new year, so why not wind down with a relaxing night hike on the Upland loop Trail followed by a bon-fire with s’mores next to campsite 14. Meet at trailhead. $1 s’more and $5 parking. 229-896-3551.

Seminole State Park – Donalsonville, GA
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Kick off the New Year with Seminole’s First Day Fitness Challenge. Purchase your First Day fitness game board in the park office for $5. Complete each of the four tasks and receive 25% off your next camping trip at Seminole State Park. $5 plus $5 parking. 229-861-3137.

 

LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love our newsletter! Click HERE to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and be a neighbor in the know!

Festive Fun at Calloway Gardens this season

 

Take the family for some festive fun at Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens through December 30. $24/Adults. $12/Children 6-12. Ages 5 and under: free but require a “free child” ticket. Prices vary with prime and value days. Check for times and purchase tickets in advance for best rates. Enjoy the
scenic five-mile drive, featuring over eight million lights with holiday tunes. Hwy. 27, Pine Mountain. 800-225-5292 | www.callawaygardens.com

 

For more Holiday Happenings around East Cobb and beyond, click HERE to read our December issue online.

Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites Celebrate Traditional, Old-fashioned Holidays

If shopping-mall Santas and crowded parking lots have your family feeling “bah-humbug,” plan an outing to one of Georgia’s State Parks or Historic Sites. Dozens of parks across Georgia are hosting old-fashioned holiday celebrations that will remind you of yesteryear. Below is a sampling of events, and the latest calendar can be seen atwww.GaStateParks.org/events. Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites are operated by the Department of Natural Resources. To reserve cabins, campsites and yurts, call 1-800-864-7275 or visit www.GaStateParks.org/reservations.


Metro-Atlanta

Christmas at the Cabin
Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Red Top Mountain State Park – Acworth, GA
Yuletide celebrations of the 1800s come to life as demonstrators take you back in time to Christmas at the Vaughan cabin. Santa will be available for families to take their own photos and for special Christmas visits. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.
Northern Georgia

Lights Up on the Lake
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.December 5 – December 28
James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park – Summerville, GA
Enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.

Holiday Tours at Hardman Farm
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.December 7 – December 14
Hardman Farm – Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Tour the “Big House” at Hardman Farm, gently dressed with simple holiday decor from the natural world. Tours are available at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. An additional 5:00 p.m. tour will provide an opportunity to see the candle-lit house at twilight. $8 Adults, $7 Seniors 62 and over, $5 Children 6-17, $3 Children 5 and under. 706-878-1077.

Christmas by Candlelight
Friday, December 12 until Saturday, December 13
Chief Vann House Historic Site – Chatsworth, GA
In 1805, Cherokee Chief James Vann opened his new brick mansion to the Moravian missionaries to hold one of the first Christmas celebrations in the Cherokee Nation. To honor this tradition, visitors are invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of a 19th century Christmas in one of America’s best-preserved Cherokee Indian homes. $4 – $6. 706-695-2598.

Victorian Christmas
Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Traveler’s Rest Historic Site – Toccoa, GA
Visits Georgia’s last standing stagecoach inn while halls are decked with decorations reflecting the Victorian Era. Historical interpreters dressed in period style clothing will be on hand to help you experience the inn as an 1830s visitor. Free hot cider and teacakes will be served. $3-$5. 706-356-4362.

Caroling Through Victoria Bryant
Saturday, December 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Victoria Bryant State Park – Royston, GA
What’s better than Christmas parties? How about caroling, hayrides, homemade ornaments and cookies? $2 for the hayride, $5 per photo for Pictures With Santa. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 13, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Vogel State Park – Blairsville, GA
Join us for the 11th annual L\lighting of a 35-foot live Blue Spruce. There will be caroling, hayrides, Santa Claus’ visit, bonfires and refreshments. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child 0-12 years of age; no toy guns or knives. The donations will help the Union County Sheriff’s Office toy drive. 706-745-2628.
Middle & South Georgia

Christmas at A.H. Stephens
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.December 5 – December 28
A.H. Stephens State Park – Crawfordville, GA
Tour the new 10-acre event field and visitor center area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.

Christmas On The Lake
Saturday, December 6, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Florence Marina State Park – Omaha, GA
Make Christmas decorations out of natural ornaments such as pine cones, sweet gum balls, magnolia seedpods and seashells. We provide all the materials you will need. Then bring your wish list as pictures will be taken with Santa Claus. $1 – $5 plus $5 parking. 229-838-4706.

A Jarrell Plantation Christmas
Saturday, December 6, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Jarrell Plantation Historic Site – Juliette, GA
Greenery from the woods decorates the 1847 plantation house and 1895 farm house. Learn to make simple paper decorations. Enjoy homemade spiced cider cooked on the wood burning stove and old style cookies, and warm up by the fireplace for music and stories. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.

Festival of Lights and Frosty 5k Race
Saturday, December 6, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Seminole State Park – Donalsonville, GA
Celebrate the park’s 3rd annual Festival of Lights with a visit from Santa, inflatables for the kids, crafts, music and food. For the Merry Mile and Frosty 5k, come dressed in holiday attire and you may find your picture on our Facebook page. Registration forms available from Friends of Seminole, our Facebook Page and the park office. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.

Christmas Comes to Liberty Hall
Saturday, December 13, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A.H. Stephens State Park – Crawfordville, GA
Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens’ home, Liberty Hall, will be decorated with styles of the Victorian Christmas past. Come enjoy Victorian Era games, music, role players, our Confederate museum. Refreshments will be served. $1.00 – $5.00 706-456-2602.

Candy Cane Express Train Ride
Friday, December 5, 10 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Tuesday, December 9, 10 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Thursday, December 11, 10 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Monday, December 15, 10 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
SAM Shortline Train – Cordele, GA
Enjoy a popular excursion with an hour and ten minute layover in Plains. The town will be all dressed in its Christmas wrapping and ready for your visit. Free candy canes for every passenger. Santa will be aboard for the ride. Buy tickets in advance. 229-276-0755.

Lake Paddle with Santa
Saturday, December 13, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
F.D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain, GA
Join Santa’s flotilla on Lake Delanor. Hot chocolate and cookies included. We provide Santa and basic paddle instruction for canoe or kayak. Register in advance. $15 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Christmas on the Pond
Saturday, December 13, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
General Coffee State Park – Nicholls, GA
Join us to usher in the holiday season. Visit with Santa, enjoy storytelling, hayrides, a marshmallow roast and homemade refreshments. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.

Christmas at the Park
Saturday, December 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Reed Bingham State Park – Adel, GA
Celebrate Christmas with lights, decorations, hot chocolate, refreshments, Christmas crafts, music, a silent auction, and a guest appearance from Santa. $1/craft $5 parking. 229-896-3551.

Holiday Crafts with Santa and Sleigh-Hayride
Saturday, December 20, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
F.D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain, GA
Join up with our picture perfect Santa and his elves at their workshop. Create holiday ornaments and crafts to take home. Enjoy music, hot chocolate, and a 15-minute hayride around the campground. Pay in advance at office and bring receipt. Cash only at the door. Meet at Group Shelter below Lake Delanor dam. $6 ages 4 and up $5 parking. 706-663-4858.
Coastal Georgia

33rd Annual Plantation Christmas
Friday and Saturday, December 5 and December 6, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site – Brunswick, GA
This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house, hot wassail and cookies, Civil War re-enactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. $5-$8. 912-264-7333.

A Colonial Christmas at Fort Morris
Saturday, December 6, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fort Morris Historic Site – Midway, GA
Get away from the over-commercialization of the holidays and visit Fort Morris for a more peaceful celebration. Join park staff for colonial refreshments, a yule log, bonfire, 18th century music, caroling, dance and firing of the Christmas guns. Free admission sponsored by the Friends of Ft Morris, Flemington and Liberty County. 912-884-5999.

Colonial Christmas at Fort King George
Friday, December 12, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fort King George Historic Site – Darien, GA
Join the garrison for a traditional dinner in the soldier’s barracks and an evening of colonial-style Yule Tide jollification. Menu consists of traditional colonial Christmas fare. Event ends with a cannon firing. $35 for dinner. Reservations required. 912-437-4770.

Luminary Night with Santa
Saturday, December 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Skidaway Island State Park – Savannah, GA
Bring your children and pets for pictures with Santa. Enjoy a walk along our enchanted luminary trail and take a hayride around the park. Sip on hot chocolate while decorating cookies and making holiday crafts. $5 picture, $2 hayrides. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe
Sunday, December 21, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Wormsloe Historic Site – Savannah, GA
Participate in activities such as caroling, burning of the yule log, dancing to live period music, and other holiday observances of the colonial period, including games and refreshments. $4.50-$10. 912-353-3023.

Santa Hustle 5K/Half Marathon Coming to Wilderness at the Smokies

Santa Hustle trio of runners

Time to channel your inner Santa and sign up for the 2014 holiday season’s best race – the 4th annual Santa Hustle 5K & Half Marathon taking place in Sevierville, Tenn. on Sunday, December 14 beginning at 7:30 a.m.

This unique race course through the streets of Sevierville and neighboring Pigeon Forge offers the beautiful scenery of winter in the Great Smoky Mountains, miles of festive holiday decorations and lights in virtually every business along the race route, cookie & candy stations along the way, holiday music and elf volunteers to help along the way. All participants receive Santa hats, beards and a dri-fit hooded sweatshirt for a festive race like any other holiday sporting event, and runners are encouraged to dress in the most outrageous holiday outfits for a chance to win the best dressed award given out at the end of the race. Participants will also enjoy a fun after-party at the Wilderness resort.

The Sevierville event is sponsored locally by the Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, Sugarlands Distilling, the Sevierville Convention Center, Wilderness at the Smokies resort, B97.5 radio, the Knoxville News Sentinel and WVLT-TV. A portion of the proceeds from the race benefit Toys for Tots and Keep Sevier Beautiful.

Adrenaline Sports Management created the Santa Hustle race series in 2008. In addition to the Sevierville event on December 14, Santa Hustle events are scheduled for 2014 in Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Cedar Point, OH, Galveston, TX, Buena Park, CA, and South Portland, ME. More information on all races is available at www.santahustle.com.

To register for any of the Santa Hustle races, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/santa-hustle-smokies-5k-and-half-marathon-registration-11372901655 For information on staying at Wilderness at the Smokies for the Santa Hustle in Sevierville, call (865) 868-2170 or email nharrell@wildernessatthesmokies.com.

 

LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love our newsletter! Click HERE to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and be a neighbor in the know!

Don’t be a stranded turkey this traveling season!

23

Don’t get stranded going over the river and through the woods! Get road trip ready with Sellars Goodyear. See page 11 of our November issue for details on the $39.95 Road Trip Ready special.

 

LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love our newsletter! Click HERE to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and be a neighbor in the know!

Where will your travels take you in 2015?

Start planning your dream vacation at the Travel Showcase at Atlanta Country Club on Thursday, November 6, 6-8pm. Sponsored by Valerie Wilson Travel, Cheryl B. Weldon, CTC, Managing Partner.

Can’t make the Showcase? Visit their North Atlanta Office in East Cobb at 151 Village Parkway NE, Bldg 6-207 or call (770) 565-7600.

 

Room with a Boo! Win a Stay at a Haunted Historic Hotel.

 

There is still time to enter the Room With A Boo Sweepstakes for a chance to win two nights of spooky fun at a haunted historic hotel! Five lucky winners will get a chance to stay at one of the following hotels:

  • 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa (1886) Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Francis Marion Hotel (1924) Charleston, South Carolina
    The Wort Hotel (1941) Jackson Hole, Wyoming
    Omni Parker House, Boston (1855) Boston, Massachusetts
    Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa (1847) Point Clear, Alabama

To enter, visit the Historic Hotels of America Facebook page HERE.

Unwind this weekend at the Unicoi Wine Festival

The Unicoi Wine Festival will take place on Saturday, November 1 at the Hardman Farm on Hwy 17 in Sautee Nacoochee, across from the Indian Mound. Enjoy wine tastings, gourmet food, live music and local art!

Entertainment for the day will include:
Mat Fried – 11am – 1:00pm
Jeremiah and Chris Bahre – 1:15 – 3:15 pm
Free Steak Dinner Band -3:30 – 6 pm

Participating wineries are:

  • The Cottage Vineyard & Winery
  • Frogtown Cellars
  • Habersham Vineyards & Winery
  • Sautee Nacoochee Vineyards
  • Serenity Cellars
  • Sylvan Valley Cellars
  • Yonah Mountain Vineyards

For more information click HERE.

 

LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love our newsletter! Click HERE to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and be a neighbor in the know!