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30-A Condo Available For Rent

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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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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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East Cobbers on vacation! Show us your Spring Break photos!

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

Cobb County Schools Spring Break is next week and means 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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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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Website maps U.S. landmarks for road travel

East Cobber Karen Hallacy alerted us to this :

Want to drive across the U.S. and see all major landmarks? MSU computer scientist Randy Olson created a map for this purpose. To view the map, visit http://news.discovery.com/tech/gear-and-gadgets/how-to-really-drive-across-the-us-hitting-all-major-landmarks-150309.htm.

Do you have a travel tip? Email cynthia@eastcobber.com. Include “East Cobb Travel Tip” in the subject line. 

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Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate will begin accepting reservations on March 2

 

Biltmore’s newest lodging offering – Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate – will begin accepting reservations starting March 2, 2015, for stays beginning in late 2015.

Village Hotel joins the Inn on Biltmore Estate to provide a range of options for guests who want to stay overnight on the estate.

Village Hotel will be centrally located in Antler Hill Village, a convenient home base steps away from shopping, dining, the Winery, live music and outdoor activities. It offers a casual and inviting atmosphere, inspired by the eclectic mix of cottages and farm homes that dotted the property when George and Edith Vanderbilt lived here.

Village Hotel’s location is set in a lively atmosphere, while the Inn offers a luxurious private, hill-top setting, with elegantly appointed surroundings.

Each of the hotel’s 209 guest rooms and suites offers a cozy cottage setting with a window seat, 400-thread count linens, a 42-inch LCD-screen TV, refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker and walk-in shower.

Dining at Village Hotel will feature The Kitchen, a quick and easy stop for freshly prepared breakfast items and on-the-go lunches and picnics. The Village Social is the hotel’s casual restaurant and bar serving light breakfast, lunch and dinner emphasizing a small plate tasting menu featuring seafood, Biltmore Wines, craft beers and signature cocktails.

Hotel amenities include a fitness center, an outdoor pool and complimentary shuttle service around Biltmore estate.

Reservations may be made by calling 866-851-4668, or visiting www.biltmore.com.

 

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Spend a FREE night at a Bed & Breakfast in Kentucky

The Ashley Inn

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Kentucky(BBAK) is giving away a free overnight at member bed and breakfast inns. From February 15 through April 16, 2015, guests who book an overnight stay at a participating BBAK-member property will get one night free.

Plan a romantic getaway. Celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Gather your BFFs for a girlfriends’ getaway. Spirit the kids away for a spring fling. And book your good times at a BBAK-member inn, choosing from antebellum mansions, former churches, log homes, elaborate estates, charming cottages, farm stays – even Painted Ladies.

You will find bed and breakfasts tucked in historic buildings, perched at lake’s edge, sitting in the midst of hundred acre woods; in Victorian neighborhoods, on working farms, near Kentucky’s many themed trails, including the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and culinary and heritage trails. There are nearly 100 BBAK members, located in every region in Kentucky, each offering professional, quality-certified and licensed operations that provide fine Southern hospitality and service.

Enjoy luxury amenities, homemade gourmet breakfasts, antique-laden rooms, rolling countryside, sweeping vistas and unexpected goodies like special turn-downs, fresh flowers in the rooms or complimentary wine and cheese. Some inns offer spa services; others might have farm tours, wine tastings or onsite specialty gift shops. All have hospitable innkeepers who want nothing more than for your bed and breakfast experience to be everything you want it to be. Of course, complimentary beverages and snacks, free Wi-Fi and free parking are always part of the B&B experience.

The BBAK’s “Try Us, You’ll Like Us” Buy One Night/Get 1 Night Free offer requires a Sunday through Thursday reservation and is based on member availability and a consecutive nights stay. This offer may not be combined with other discounts, specials or redemption of gift certificates. Reservations must be prepaid. Use Promotion Code “B&B BOGO Offer” when making reservations.

Search BBAK members on the Bed and Breakfast Association of Kentucky website at www.KentuckyBB.com. Choose your B&B. Then contact the innkeeper regarding availability for the nights of your choice, Sunday through Thursday, through April 16, 2015.

 

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Sandals Caribbean Night at Rosner Travel

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Rosner Travel presents Sandals Caribbean Night on Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7-8:30pm at La Madeleine Perimeter, 1165 Perimeter Center W, #330, Atlanta 30346.

There is no charge for this event but space is limited. Please RSVP to 678.860.2491 or email Marsha@RosnerTravel.com.

 

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