A Town Called Senoia

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My husband and I were watching television one evening when a special came on about a small country town located not too far from us called Senoia, Georgia; located just southeast of Atlanta.  Its total area is 5.4 square miles.  At the 2010 U.S. census, there were 3,307 people residing there.  Living so close to Senoia and never having been there, after watching the television special, we decided to visit.  We found a quaint little town, seemingly frozen in time (reference the pictures found in this post.) We found it to be simplistic and leisurely – a great escape from the fast-paced lifestyle of the larger nearby cities. The citizens there are proud of their historic downtown, museums, antique treasures strewn throughout, their unique restaurants, even a race track.  In fact, Southern Living Magazine chose Senoia as the site of its 2010 and 2012 Idea House. These houses are designer showcases of the finest trends in home design and furnishings.  We certainly enjoyed our visit.

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Sweetness in Color

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Even in the midst of a rainy week, my husband and I still found a way to press forward and find some “liquid sunshine” anyway. We started by an enjoyable trip to the farmers market.  It was nice to see the incoming Autumn beauties being placed among the plants and flowers.  The fruit was nice also.  Always a great trip to one of Georgia’s nine state farmer’s markets located just south of Atlanta.  The fruits and vegetables were beautiful.

Table Service at the Market

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After a terrific time at Georgia’s State Farmer’s Market in Forest Park, located just south of Atlanta, my husband and I drove over to Oakwood Cafe, found right inside the Market.  We enjoyed a delicious lunch.  The market’s abundance of vegetables and fruits enables the cafe to serve fresh produce year-round.  The veggie plates we ordered were scrumptious.  They also serve breakfast; we certainly made a mental note of that.  Visits to the market and the cafe made us forget all about the rainy day.  Didn’t slow our pace whatsoever!

Falling for Beauty

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Had a marvelous time today with my husband visiting High Falls State Park.  It is one of Georgia’s beautiful parks where visitors can experience the pristine falls among the rousing southern landscape.  We started our day trip early this Saturday morning, enjoying the drive while anticipating the wonder of what the park has to offer.  While we have visited the park several times before, we’re still always in awe of its beauty.  Located near the town of Jackson, Georgia, the park is known for having the largest waterfall in middle Georgia, and a 650-acre lake.  By-the-way, the park spreads over a thousand acres with so much to see and do.  Visitors can enjoy the convenience of camping sites, picnic shelters, miniature golf, a swimming pool, and hiking trails.  Our favorite is simply standing and appreciating the magnificent 135 feet cascading waterfalls. Definitely suggest a visit.  You’ll most likely fall in love with nature at its best.

A Day at Indian Springs State Park

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Had an amazing time recently at Indian Springs State Park with my husband.  The scenery, especially at this time of year, is breathtaking.  Located in middle Georgia, we enjoyed the lovely springs…so captivating and tranquil.  Visitors can actually sample the spring water.  The park also offers cottages, camping, swimming, fishing, boating, nature trail, miniature golf, and areas for picnicking.  While there, a must visit is the museum which highlights the area – especially the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).  Definitely suggest a visit.

Just RIPE for a Good Ole Time!

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It is that time again – to visit the apple orchard.  And so we did; two busloads of women who enjoy each others company and who enjoy all the fun and excitement offered each year at the Mercier Orchards during this beautiful harvest season.  The farm is nestled in the North Georgia Mountains near Blue Ridge.  Open all year, it is family owned and very well operated.  There are so many things to do;  pick the apples yourself or visit the market store where you’ll find a bakery, deli, winery, and so much more.  The specialty farm items they grow include strawberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches, plums, nectarines, and apples! The apple cider, fried pies, and apple butter are just a few shopping favorites.  Definitely suggest a visit to the largest apple orchard in the southeast.

Feel the Thrill

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Count our household among those who love the state fair.  Georgia’s 26th annual fair was held October 8-18 in Perry, Georgia. As most fairs do, our state touts its national fair as “famous for fun” for the entire family.  It is also an opportunity to showcase Georgia’s agricultural achievements, provide educational and entertainment programs.  My husband and I had lots of fun on the rides such as the popular ferris wheel and roller coaster.  School field trips were numerous; the students were lively, extremely excited, and happily enjoying the attractions.  There’s something for everyone – all ages can feel the thrill!

Ice Cream and Happiness

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Recently visited the Mayfield Dairy Plant in Braselton, Georgia.  Along with relatives, my husband and I enjoyed touring the Dairy, located in the visitor center.  One of our favorite parts of the tour included the ice cream parlor where each of one us had an opportunity to sample our favorite flavor.  The gift shop was fun too where we saw a multitude of branded items.  They do a really good job of merchandising and marketing, such as providing us recipe cards for cookies and cream smoothie, orange smoothie, apple pie in a glass, berry dairy dream, citrus fizz, and purple cow – all conveniently requiring milk, “er” Mayfield milk!  The staff members at the visitor center were friendly and engaging.  They were proud to showcase their full line of milk, ice cream and cultured products.  We even had an opportunity to learn about the production and distribution channels.  They offered interesting historical details about the operation such as its founding in 1910, in Athens, Tennessee, by T.B. Mayfield, Jr.  A popular tag line for the Mayfield story is “one of the nation’s favorite dairy brands.”  The four of us are in total agreement; enjoying every lick of our favorite ice cream.  It brought us so much happiness.  Definitely recommend a visit.

A Georgia Vine

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A visit to the Chateau Elan Winery proved to be very informative and quite fun.  The Winery, opened in 1984, is home to many acres of vineyards.  We enjoyed the view as we dined at Cafe Elan, located at the Winery.  The property offers so much to see and do such as visiting the Wine Market, which features the wines of Chateau Elan.  We certainly enjoyed tasting the variety of delicious red and white wines.  There is also an opportunity to participate in cooking classes on weekends.  Definitely recommend a visit to this North Georgia resort located in Braselton.