HIGH-STANDARD SKIING

A vacation on the slopes at Park City’s Stein Eriksen Lodge offers the ultimate spoiling

STORY: Giannina S. Bedford

I sat on the bench of the equipment locker room and readied myself for the battle that is shoving my foot, encased in a thick wool sock, into my ski boot. Just as I was about to give it the big heave, I heard a ski valet ask, “Can […]

PORTABLE POWER

Keeping smart devices running all day can sometimes be a challenge, which is why mobile chargers are so popular.

4XEM Solar Charger

STORY: Jessica Dauler

Depending on the size of the apparatus, you can count on a power boost or full charge from these handy devices when you need it most.

4XEM Solar Charger ($31.99) – pictured above

While solar chargers don’t have quite as much charging capacity […]

BIG FUN IN A TINY CABIN

Getaway’s compact lodgings offer a unique North Georgia escape

The author and her kids play around in the cabin’s top bunk.

STORY: Sherri Dickens
Photo: John Dickens

The welcome packet includes a s’mores kit and activities guide.

A few months ago, I had the chance to visit Getaway, a recently opened tiny cabin retreat in the North […]

A HOME OF THEIR OWN

Giving disabled persons the gift of independence

Mari Doyal (second from right) and friends peruse the brochure for the annual golf tournament that raises funds for “Just” People.

BY: Mickey Goodman
PHOTO: Jennie Helderman

As parents of a child with developmental disabilities, Buckhead residents Mari and Larry Doyal worried what would happen to their daughter, Julie, as they aged. Although Julie and others with issues such as […]

THE ABBEY IN ASHEVILLE

The world of Downton Abbey arrives at the city’s historic Biltmore estate museum

The Biltmore’s roofline mimics the ridges of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.

STORY: Amanda Morris

For fans of the hit PBS show Downton Abbey, the Biltmore estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is an ideal U.S. destination to view an authentic example of the upstairs/downstairs life portrayed in the series. A three-and-a-half-hour drive from […]

FOR THE LOVE OF ART

Helping unleash creativity in kids

Under the leadership of Lydia Mays, teens at the Covenant House center for homeless youth paint a mural to beautify their residence.

BY: Mickey Goodman

Children’s book author and illustrator Lydia Mays of Buckhead has been volunteering with Paint Love for the last five years. The local 501(c)(3) partners with Title I schools […]

JINGLE ALL THE WAY

LOCAL TRADITIONS THAT MAKE THE SEASON JOLLY AND BRIGHT

CANDLELIGHT NIGHTS

STORY: Sue Rodman

Holiday traditions bond families and make the season all the more special, whether it’s baking cookies together using a handed down recipe, bundling up for a trip to a pop-up stand to pick out the perfect Christmas tree (see related story on page 56) or taking in the numerous events happening around […]

MILITARY MENTORS

Encouraging entrepreneurship among veterans

Former Air Force captain Jason Smith helps lead Bunker Labs’ efforts to assist returning veterans in starting their own businesses.

BY: Mickey Goodman

“Twenty-five percent of veterans and spouses transitioning from the military want to start their own businesses but don’t know how to begin,” says Jason Smith, a former Air Force captain and one of three Atlanta leaders of Bunker Labs, […]

LIVING IT UP IN A VIRTUAL WORLD

Lego fans dreaming of morphing into the world of The Lego Movie can come close at Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta’s newest attraction.

BY: Karon Warren

Launched a few months ago, The Great Lego Race VR Experience brings together kids and parents in a virtual world where they compete against Lego Mini figures in brick-built vehicles. The 360-degree-video experience features such scenes as a rocky mountain, a rolling river […]

SMALL TOWN, BIG ADVENTURES

Black Mountain, North Carolina, offers a charming alternative to nearby Asheville

Nestled in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town of Black Mountain boasts a quaint downtown district.

Nestled in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town of Black Mountain boasts a quaint downtown district.

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Ready for some fall foliage viewing but sort of over the Asheville scene? That mecca […]