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Georgia Fall Festivals offer fun for everyone


Looking for Fall festivals around Georgia? Check out Funtober’s list of September and October fall festivals in Atlanta and beyond. A quick glance at the list reveals a really diverse set of parties celebrating fall, the harvest, specific crops, craft beer, and even hummingbirds. You should definitely be able to find an enjoyable way to celebrate a weekend from this list of festivals.

How do you celebrate Fall? Visit our Facebook page or comment below and tell us your favorite Fall festival.


Get your muse on at King and Prince Girlfriend Weekend


L to R: Cathie Parmelee, Artist ~ Traci DeForge, Get Your Muse On


The research is in. Girlfriends, creativity and shared experiences help women live healthier, happier, and longer lives. Get Your Muse On is hosting the first ever Color Your World Creative Retreatfrom Oct 8 – 11, 2015 at the historic King and Prince Hotel. This long weekend is designed for women to embrace colorful expression and expand their creative community while enjoying a beach vacation on one of Travel and Leisure’s one of the World’s Best Islands, St.  Simons Island, Georgia (voted in 2015).

Traci DeForge, owner of Get Your Muse On says, “Women are yearning to express their creativity and take a break from their hectic, everyday lives. Color Your World Creative is the perfect chance to get away with a girlfriend or make memories with new friends. While we instinctively know this type of retreat is good for your health, the research gives you a rational reason to take advantage of a weekend beach vacation where you get your creative juices flowing.”

The trifecta of research below reiterates the health and wellness benefits:

  • A study from Harvard Medical School showed that the more friends that women have, the less likely they are to develop physical impairments as they age.
  • An article on National Endowment for the Arts stated, “Research has shown that the arts have  the amazing capacity to increase social engagement and improve health, cognitive functioning, quality of life, and longevity.”
  • Research cited in an article on stated, “The happiest people put their money toward travel, experience and memories.”



While creating art and capturing memorable moments is the main event, this long weekend includes more than art. Women who attend Color Your World Creative will enjoy chef-prepared culinary delights at the King and Prince Resort Hotel, a Ghost Walk (rated #1 by Trip Advisor), an Island Native Trolley Tour, morning yoga and on the beach, a poolside wine party with views of the Atlantic Ocean, and more.

With instruction by award-winning artist Cathie Parmelee, hands-on art creation time begins at the King and Prince Resort on Thursday evening followed by studio time on Friday and Saturday at the Get Your Muse On warehouse. In 2014, Parmelee was named “Best Local Artist in the Golden Isles” by Elegant Island Living Magazine.

Limited to 25 women, those interested in finding out more about the Color Your World

Creative Retreat and registering should visit:


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Smithsonian magazine announces 11th annual Museum Day Live!


Smithsonian magazine designates Saturday, September 26 the 11th annual Museum Day Live! For one day only, participating museums across the United States, with a wide range of diverse exhibitions, will emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission everyday, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

The public can visit to learn more, and, beginning in August, download a Museum Day Live! ticket. Each ticket grants the ticketholder, and one guest, free access to any participating museum on September 26. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be updated as more museums sign on, can be found at

“Museum Day Live! unites a spectacular array of museums across the country around Smithsonian’s commitment to make knowledge accessible to everyone,” says Stephen Giannetti, Chief Revenue Officer of Smithsonian Enterprises. “This year we hope to welcome more guests to experience a cultural institution in their area.”

Museums in all 50 states have signed up to participate in Smithsonian magazine’s 2015 Museum Day Live!, the largest event of its kind. Over 1,300 museums are expected to participate this year. Museum Day Live! is sponsored by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau and GEICO.

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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

School is 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 You may just see yourself on our website!

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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 to inquire about this property.


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First international flight at Cobb County International Airport

A flight returning from the Bahamas landed on the tarmac at Cobb County International Airport this week, marking the official opening of the airport’s $800,000 U.S. Customs facility.

The 2,900-square-foot facility includes waiting and inspection areas, a holding cell and an interview room. The new customs facility is expected to boost business in Cobb County and provide a bump in fuel sales. It will also help McCollum Field better compete with DeKalb-Peachtree Airport and Brown Field in Fulton County.


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The King and Prince Honored with TripAdvisor’s “Hall of Fame”



The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort wins many travel awards that are well earned and deserved. This month, the historic hotel (circa 1935), has been recognized for the coveted TripAdvisor ‘Hall of Fame’.

Acknowledged in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 ~ TripAdvisor’s President Marc Charron knows how important Certificate of Excellence is and has added a new award to the globally popular award. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition”.

The Hall of Fame honors properties that have won the award all five years. These businesses deserve to be especially proud of the quality and service they offer in the hospitality industry to make it easier for travelers to learn about the importance of Certificate of Excellence.

Florida cities top AAA’s Summer Destination List

This summer is an ideal time to travel to Europe as the U.S. dollar is nearly equal in value to the euro, helping travelers stretch their vacation budgets further. In addition to warm-weather destinations across the U.S. and Caribbean, European cities including Rome, Dublin and Paris are among AAA’s top vacation destinations this summer. According to the U.S. Office of Travel & Tourism Industries, the number of Americans traveling to Europe so far in 2015 has increased 2.4 percent over last year.

Domestic travelers are seeking sunny destinations this summer, and many are planning vacations to Orlando and beaches throughout the U.S. According to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey, 77% of people will take a least one summer vacation; 76 percent of travel plans include driving, 43 percent will fly. Travelers who book a vacation with AAA by June 20 can receive up to $500 in savings or onboard credit.

“Florida cities continue to top the list of desirable summer destinations for their theme parks and beautiful beaches,” said Brent Stahlheber, Sr. Vice President – Brand Marketing and Travel, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Now is an excellent time for travelers to plan and book their dream vacations to Europe. Not only can travelers save big money by booking through AAA right now, but favorable exchange rates make popular European destinations more affordable than in recent years.”

This summer, many travelers are choosing AAA Vacations for trips to Europe, as well as destinations across the world. This collection of specially designed cruises, guided tours and independent vacations feature unique, engaging travel experiences. Each itinerary is designed with the AAA member in mind and includes built-in value along with exclusive member benefits such as 24/7 Member Care and Best Price Guarantee. AAA Vacations can be booked at more than 1,000 AAA Travel offices.

AAA’s Top International Summer Travel Destinations:

  1. Cancun, Mexico
  2. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  3. London, England
  4. Rome, Italy
  5. Montego Bay, Jamaica
  6. Dublin, Ireland
  7. Paris, France
  8. Vancouver, British Columbia
  9. Nassau, Bahamas
  10. Edinburgh, Scotland

To maximize a summer vacation, AAA recommends travelers seek the expert advice of a trusted travel advisor, who can provide personalized service, inside information to experience local and authentic moments and first-hand destination knowledge and first-hand destination knowledge to create a memorable vacation experience. Also, download the AAA Mobile app for easy access to hotels and car rentals, maps and routing tools, trip planning resources from AAA travel experts, current gas prices, exclusive member discounts and more.


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Up, Up and Away at Historic Banning Mills



Never one to pass on an outdoor challenge, I traveled to Historic Banning Mills for a fun overnight visit. Perfect for a one-day outing or last-minute escape with family or friends, Banning Mills is located just one-and-a-half hours from East Cobb in rural West Georgia.

Founded in 1998, the owners have worked to create a unique travel destination as well as to conserve the area’s beauty and history. First settled by indigenous people, Banning Mills was founded by Georgia pioneers as a company town to produce paper, pulp and textiles due to its ideal geography along the Snake River. Today the property boasts an RV park & campground, bed and breakfast inn, lodge, rustic cabins, full-service restaurant, treehouse rooms, and its famous Screaming Eagles Zip Line Tours. I planned my trip to arrive the evening before my zipline adventure, in time for a delicious dinner and to enjoy a restful night in a cozy treehouse. Hidden in the forest but just across from the lodge, their  treehouses are wonderful private accommodations – simultaneously rustic and modern. With the sound of the Snake River Gorge below, you truly feel “up a creek” and away from it all. After a morning Keurig coffee on the balcony to enjoy the view and the chirping birds, I walked down the road to a trail that crossed the river and led to the lodge for an included breakfast. Don’t miss their tasty homemade biscuits!

If travelling for the day, make sure you arrive early enough to check in for the scheduled tours. I’d recommend that you pre-register to guarantee a scheduled day & time for your zipline tour.

This being my first time to “ride” a zipline and arriving with an open mind, I dutifully signed the required waiver and listened carefully to the instructor-guides from Screaming Eagles Zip Line Tours, the zipline operator.

You’re joisted to the zipline redundantly, meaning you’ll be attached with 2 cables (one at the waist, another at the back) while on any segment of their 10 miles of aerial playground. It was only when I hooked up to the secure cable and crossed the first of many suspension bridges did I realize: this is going to be much, much more of an adventure than I imagined. There are 6 different zip line tours from novice to expert – all delivering on their promise of a thrilling flight on the world’s largest and longest zipline!

Galvanized steel cables are used on all bridges and ziplines, and your ziplining is always supervised. Guides not educated about the nature you see all around you. (Fun fact: Historic Banning Mills has partnered with conservation organizations to protect over 1500 acres of natural beauty!) I enjoyed a safe and comfortable ride on the zipline. It was surprisingly quiet, too, and I didn’t hear a buzz or flutter despite swooping at speeds up to 60 mph.

Screaming Eagles boasts the Guinness Book of World Records for the tallest freestanding platform: a 30-story tall structure for those who want to fly like a falcon or like Superman. On every tour, the vistas of the Snake River and tree canopy are breathtaking and awe-inspiring… and the zipline is exhilarating! You’ll want to keep flying onward and upward!

The ziplines are only half the thrill. The cable, suspension and monkey bridges also will test your agility, focus and energy. You’ll be tempted to pause as you make your way from tree to tree, but you’ll be reminded to move along – there are others on the bridge! Once you walk across a bridge, you’ll land at a stable platform to continue on either another bridge or zipline.

Fresh water and a clean port-a-potty at the occasional shaded pavilions allow you to sit and rest a few minutes to prep for your next big jump. If you get wobbly knees or tired at any point of your tour, your guide can accompany you back to the lodge to await your friends or team, or to unwind in the terrace overlooking the winding, rushing river gorge below.

After several hours of energetic ziplining, I wanted to feel the earth beneath me and so relaxed along the
riverside trails. Historic Banning Mills schedules family-friendly events such as falconry shows, nature tours, horseback riding, kayaking and other outdoor activities.

Everyone needs a getaway that is not too far away and what more perfect place than Banning Mills Resort? This country inn and retreat center has a bed and breakfast atmosphere that will start you off on your road to relaxation! Or maybe you want a little adventure or even an extreme adventure! Either one you choose…. It’s all here! Go beyond a typical vacation and experience Historic Banning Mills. Make sure to check their website for age, health and height/weight requirements as well as for lodging  reservations and discounts. If you are looking for your next group outing or a romantic rendevous, consider Historic Banning Mills.


Historic Banning Mills
205 Horseshoe Dam Road Banning, GA 30185

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(Written by John Francis. Reprinted from the June/July EAST COBBER magazine. Flip through our digital edition HERE.)

AAA tips to Prepare for your summer road trip

Emergencies are one of the fastest ways to put the brakes on a great vacation. While some motorists may not encounter problems, travelers can minimize the risk by planning ahead and preparing properly.

According to the American Driving Survey provided by AAA, Americans drive the most during the summer months, July-September. More than half (55.6%) of calls AAA receives from stranded motorists are due to dead batteries, flat tires, low fuel and lockouts. AAA service technicians are able to get those motorists back on the road. The other forty-four percent of stranded motorists have problems that cannot be resolved on the roadside, requiring them to be towed.

“Nothing ruins a summer trip faster than a flat tire, overheated cooling system or battery that quits working on a hot summer day,” said Montrae Waiters, AAA spokeswoman. “That’s why it is important to perform basic safety checks before you get on the road.”

Kicking off the summer driving season, AAA offers theses precautionary tips to ensure you arrive safely:

Car Maintenance:                                              

  • Get your car inspected by an automotive technician before a long trip.
  • Check the tires regularly for uneven or excessive tread wear. Make sure all items, including the spare, are inflated properly. Do at least one check BEFORE hitting the road, as tires hot from driving give inaccurate inflation readings.
  • Check the coolant level and condition, making certain the proper 50/50 mixture of water and coolant is present.
  • Check the level and condition of the engine oil. If driving under extreme conditions- such as very hot summer weather or pulling a heavy trailer- you may want to consider switching to oil with higher viscosity. Check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations.
  • Look for worn, cracked, blistered or soft belts or hoses. Always perform this check with the engine off.
  • Hot weather can shorten the life of a car’s battery. If there’s concern; have it tested by a qualified automotive technician.

Is your car road-trip Ready?

Don’t let car trouble spoil your travels this summer. Know what to do if your encounter a problem:

  • Carry an emergency kit with a flashlight, extra batteries, warning devices such as flares or reflective triangles, jumper cables, a first-aid kit and extra water.
  • When driving at night on unlit roadways, use high beams whenever possible.
  • Don’t let the gas level get below one-quarter of a tank.
  • Select your route on a map or smartphone ahead of time and study it to know exactly where you’re going. If you have a smart phone- use the new AAA MOBILE app.
  • Reserve all accommodations in advance.
  • Lock your car when you leave it and keep valuables out of sight.

AAA offers digital travel planning resources

AAA’s digital tools for travel planning ‘on the go’ include eTourBook guides for tablets and smartphones, available free to members at Choose from 101 top North American destinations including city titles, like the award-winning Las Vegas, regions, like Wine Country, and National Parks.

The free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android uses GPS navigation to help travelers map a route, find current gas prices and discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance. Members using the iPad version can access interactive Top Destinations travel guides for 10 popular cities. Travelers can learn more at

On, travelers can find thousands of AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants using AAA’s TripTik Travel Planner or the searchable Travel Guides at Every AAA Approved establishment offers the assurance of acceptable cleanliness, comfort and hospitality, and ratings of One to Five Diamonds help travelers find the right match for amenities and services.

AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight. The Colorado-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during the major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA / IHS Global Insight 2014 Memorial Day Travel Forecast can be found here.


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