A SHORT DRIVE TO SOME BIG WHITEWATER

DISCOVER A DIFFERENT, MORE DRAMATIC CHATTAHOOCHEE IN COLUMBUS, GEORGIA

Drifting in a raft in the calm, swift current down the Chattahoochee River toward the churning Class III, IV and V rapids ahead, our river guide, Mookie, gives a brief history of Columbus, Georgia.

“If you look ahead you’ll see a building with a tin roof,” he begins. “That’s where Christopher Columbus first landed after sailing the Nina, the […]

SHIP AHOY!

RENT A HOUSEBOAT FOR AN OUT-OF-THE ORDINARY OVERNIGHT ON LAKE LANIER

After hours spent navigating through waves and around bends, your boat lands on a private island dotted with trees. You climb ashore and hit the sandy beach to collect shells, enjoy a picnic lunch and relax under the sun. This idyllic scene feels a world away from the bustle of Buckhead, and yet it’s so close you’ve probably driven by it dozens of times.

If […]

AWAY TO ALPHARETTA

A 24-HOUR VISIT TO A BURGEONING ATLANTA SUBURB

Alpharetta’s picturesque downtown is ideal for a family stroll.

I’ll admit it: I’m a bit of an intown snob. I love being close to the beating heart of the city and the interesting people it attracts. So when my family and I took off for a quick staycation in Alpharetta, I was unsure what this suburb 20 […]

TIME TO UNWINE-D

The best of Helen, Georgia, beyond the kitsch.

Helen’s architecture embraces the designs traditionally found in Germany’s Bavaria region.

Driving two hours north of Buckhead can feel like crossing into a totally different country— especially in the Alpine town of Helen, which is as close to Germany as you can get in Georgia without a passport. Originally inhabited by Cherokee tribes and later European miners, […]

SHOP, DROP, REPEAT

New hotel offers a revival oasis between binges.

The recently-opened AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead sits on the edge of Phipps Plaza.

The recently-opened AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead sits on the edge of Phipps Plaza.

The sun begins to edge around the corner of the dark drapes covering two picture windows. The crisp linen sheets and the fluffy duvet are hard to leave, but there’s a […]

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON IN COVINGTON

Relax in style at the charming Twelve Oaks B&B, an 1836 estate that has been lovingly restored to its former glory.

Relax in style at the charming Twelve Oaks B&B, an 1836 estate that has been lovingly restored to its former glory.

This quaint Georgia town will both entertain and refresh

Traffic. Deadlines at work. Presidential campaign overload. You name it: Sometimes the stresses of […]

A TOURIST IN TOWN

Part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, The Glenn Hotel provides a boutique, intimate stay.

Part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, The Glenn Hotel provides a boutique, intimate stay.

Experience the best of downtown Atlanta.

Atlantans tend to “get in and get out” of downtown Atlanta, stopping by for concerts or sporting events and then fleeing for more familiar territory. But the area begs a wary local’s second […]

CHASE THE BLUES AWAY

Three perfect days in Blue Ridge.

Centrally located, Blue Ridge Grocery is a great place to stop for a bite.

Centrally located, Blue Ridge Grocery is a great place to stop for a bite.

Summers are made for vacations, but far-flung destinations sometimes require enough planning to make us feel we need a vacation from the vacation. A near-perfect antidote to the planning blues is […]

REDISCOVER THE PAST

ANTIQUING IN MONROE.

The body of a Jeep as a desk? Ian Henderson's Antique Mall has got one just for you.

The body of a Jeep as a desk? Ian Henderson’s Antique Mall has got one just for you.

Around the turn of the 20th century, cotton was king, and Monroe, Georgia, thrived as a textile giant. Fast-forward more than a century, and now those […]

FOOD REVIVAL

Culinary thumbs elevate a 100-year-old North Georgia inn.

The front porch beckons with lounge chairs and daily wine tastings.

The front porch beckons with lounge chairs and daily wine tastings.

Looking to explore a new piece of North Georgia country, I took off for a Saturday in Clayton, which sits only an hour and a half north of Buckhead. The main attraction on my visit was […]