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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

To register for any of the Santa Hustle races, visit For information on staying at Wilderness at the Smokies for the Santa Hustle in Sevierville, call (865) 868-2170 or email


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Don’t be a stranded turkey this traveling season!


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.


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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.


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Celebrate Fall in Blairsville this weekend

Vogel State Park visitors listen to ghost stories during the annual Fall Hoedown. This year’s event is Oct. 18. Source:


It’s Fall Hoedown time! Head to Vogel State Park in Blairsville on Saturday, October 18, to celebrate autumn’s arrival with chili, hotdogs and drinks for sale, followed by a 3 p.m. cakewalk, 4 p.m. hayrides, 5 p.m. bonfire and square/line dancing, 6 p.m. trunk or treats, and 7 p.m. professional storytelling. A $3 fee will be charged per hayride for 13 years and older. $5 parking. 706-745-2628.

For more information visit

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Hardman Farm Opens as Georgia’s Newest State Historic Site


Georgia’s newest state historic site, Hardman Farm, opened recently in Sautee Nacoochee in White County. The beloved landmark in north Georgia is best recognized for its gazebo-topped Indian mound and field of black-and-white cows. The farm’s main house, built in 1870 by Captain James Nichols, is a grand example of Italianate architecture and was originally known as “West End” because it was at the west end of the Nacoochee valley.

The last owner was the family of Dr. Lamartine Hardman who was Georgia’s governor from 1927-1931. The property was preserved by the Hardman family for many years and donated to the state in 1999. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has been restoring the property and several buildings.

Today, visitors can tour the furnished main house, as well as a dairy barn. The site has a particularly nice 19th century parlor, and many furnishings are original, including lighting fixtures.

The site is open for guided tours Thursdays through Sundays until November 9. From November 19 until December 30, it will be open Fridays through Sundays. The site will then close for the season until March 2015. Reservations can be made by calling 706-878-3087. Current fees are $8 for adults and $3 for children younger than six. Group tours are available.

Hardman Farm is located at the intersection of Hwys. 17 and 75. The temporary entrance is on Hwy. 75 just north of the intersection. To learn more, visit


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Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium at Booth Museum

Celebrate the ways of the West at the 12th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium October 23-26, 2014.

The four-days are packed with events such as gunfight re-enactments, Native American dances, a workshop and lecture by Featured Artist Krystii Melaine, concert by Featured Entertainer Suzy Bogguss, children’s activities, and so much more.

Weekend highlights include a concert by Suzy Bogguss, a Western art history symposium, artists, writer’s guild events and more. For a full schedule of events click here.


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The Rock Ranch to Honor Local Heroes this Saturday during First Fall Family Fun Day of the Season


The Rock Ranch will host “Hats off to Heroes” during its First Fall Family Fun Day of the Season on Sept. 27 from 10am-8pm. The day will honor teachers and home school educators; plus, public servants in law enforcement, fire, EMS and related fields.

  • Trucks, Helicopters, Bulldozers, Fire Trucks, EMS, Police, Sheriff, Forestry – Families will enjoy displays and equipment from these and more community heroes
  • Skydiving demonstrations
  • Public servants in law enforcement, fire, EMS and related fields will receive a free “bounce back” pass (up to 4 paying guests)with professional service badge or ID
  • Teachers and Home School Educators will receive a free “bounce back” pass (up to 4 paying guests) per school ID or proof of homeschool status
  • Military families are half-off with military ID (this week and every Saturday in the fall)
  • The Rock Ranch annual corn maze opens. This year’s maze theme celebrates 75 Years of Wizard of Oz, the movie, and it features the likeness of Dorothy, Toto, The Scarecrow, The Cowardly Lion and The Tin Man (this week and every Saturday in the fall)
  • Guest photos with costumed characters from Wizard of Oz (this week and every Saturday in the fall)

The Rock Ranch is located at 5020 Barnesville Hwy. The Rock, Ga 30285. The Rock Ranch is a beautiful 1,500 acre cattle ranch located about an hour south of Atlanta in Upson County. It’s a place where families, school groups and even businesses can come to enjoy what we call “agritourism.” The Rock Ranch was founded by the late S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A and is dedicated to “Growing Healthy Families.”Visit for more information.

Take a Day-cation to The Ritz at Lake Oconee


Celebrate Fall at The Ritz Carlton Lodge at Lake Oconee.   

The Great Pumpkin Festival (October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25, 2014) – Enjoy fall activities such as Bewitching Rides on the Linger Longer Express, Classic Autumn Hay Rides, Twilight Tales, The Great Pumpkin Carving and the Fire Lighting Ceremony with Chief Winterhawk followed by delicious s’mores. Cost for The Great Pumpkin Carving is $75 per pumpkin by reservation. All other activities are complimentary.

Autumn Rituals (September 1-November 30) – This fall, the award-winning spa is offering seasonally inspired treatments including the Pumpkin Caramel Body Scrub and Wrap (sweet cream salt exfoliation, warm pumpkin clay body masque, Vichy shower and caramel body milk); the Pumpkin Hydrating Facial(pumpkin purée exfoliation and hydrating pumpkin masque); and the Caramel Coffee Manicure and Pedicure (sweet caramel coffee sugar scrub, honey mask and caramel body lotion).

For more information and reservations, please call toll-free (800) 826-1945(706) 467-0600 or visit