Valhalla Resort Hotel at Innsbruck in Helen is a luxury all-suite retreat that opened in mid-July. My husband and I were married in the North Georgia Mountains six years ago and come back every anniversary to visit the wineries and take in the mountains and fall foliage. For our recent 6-year anniversary, we were hosted by Valhalla and couldn’t have asked for a better weekend, with all the leaves bursting in color, luxurious accommodations, and an ideal location.
Start your season off right with some of these Atlanta traditions, and join generations of families who have made special memories at these places. Some are very old, and some are newer, but all are worthy of putting on your nice list.
1. Pink Pig
Take the small ones for a spin on the Pink Pig, a cherished Atlanta tradition since 1953, when kids began riding a more compact version on the roof of Rich’s department store downtown. Now, the Pink Pig resembles more of an open-air train and can be found in the parking lot of Lenox Square near Lenox Road.
Dates: Now through Dec. 31 (closed Nov. 19, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
There is so much to do with kids in Savannah and it’s less than a 5-hour drive from Forsyth County. My sister lives there so it’s a place we go with the kids every few months and we are always discovering new things to do! Over Fall Break, I took the kids to visit my sister’s family for a couple days and we spent two full days exploring downtown Savannah.
Here are 5 musts to do with kids in Savannah.
1. Visit Forsyth Park
On our first day, we played in Forsyth Park which was fun since our last visit here was my sister’s wedding when Gavin was 18 months old and I was 12 weeks pregnant with Teagan. It was fun taking them back here along with my 1 year old nephew. This park is across from The Mansion and there’s a great playground for the kids. We love visiting all the squares and fountains throughout the city and admiring (and hugging) the live oaks with the beautiful Spanish moss hanging off of them.
From trunk or treats for the kids, fall festivals for families and date night festivities for adults, here is a round-up of festive things on this Halloween weekend! Be sure to check with the event location before visiting in case of rain cancellations. Also, for additional ideas on things to do, check out our event calendar!
Tricks, Trunks and Treats
Join Avalon for Tricks and Treats on Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to Noon. Stop by Concierge to pick up a Trick or Treat map and visit participating retailers who will be handing out candy and treats to the kids. Once you’ve collected all of your candy, drop your completed map off at Concierge to be entered to win an Avalon family fun prize package!
We love going up to Gibbs Gardens, which is only about 20 minutes from where we live in Forsyth County. It’s such a great place to connect with nature and unwind and there’s always something new in bloom. This place is so perfect for little ones because it’s shady, there are tons of trails to explore and it’s beyond beautiful!!
Here are 8 things to do on your next visit to Gibbs Gardens.
Sometimes, you just want to do a little Atlanta shopping, but your pint-sized partners need to stop for a rest. Here are some popular in-town shopping spots and corresponding places to stop for a quick snack and rest.
After you’ve walked around this Buckhead destination with 250 stores, specialty shops and boutiques, be sure to stop at Sprinkles Cupcakes on the Peachtree Road side of the mall. Direct from Beverly Hills, this popular stop’s cupcake flavors change daily but include chocolate marshmallow, red velvet and vanilla chocolate, all with a perfect amount of icing. Try the olive oil cupcake (available Sept. 28-Oct. 11) or a Sprinkles sundae with your choice flavor of ice cream between a split cupcake. Cookie sandwiches are also available, with one scoop of ice cream between two cookies or brownies. You might need to get a few samples.
Fall is here! In Cumming, that means crisp air, colorful leaves to spice up your Sawnee Mountain hikes and walks on the Greenway, and weekends packed with family-friendly festivals and activities. It’s the perfect time of year to head to North Georgia to pick apples and pumpkins, go for a hayride and even meander in a giant sunflower field.
Growing up with two sisters, it was quite an adjustment having a son and realizing that boys are so different from girls. Gavin is all about LEGOS, trains and planes so I wanted to share some attractions that are perfect for boy moms!
Located on the top level of Phipps Plaza is LEGOLAND, which may as well be called Dreamland since it’s my 5-year-old son’s dream destination! In MINILAND, let your child help you seek out all of the prominent Atlanta buildings and landmarks made of nearly 1.5 million LEGO bricks. The educational components are everywhere but this place is so fun that kids won’t even realize how much they are learning! Build a spaceship, working inside the control center and count down to zero to see a LEGO rocket blast off into outer space in the temporary exhibit, Space Mission. Construct a boat and steer it down the stream or build a racecar to race on the track against other friends. During the LEGO Factory Tour, kids can find out their weight and height in LEGOS. Toddler Time is Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and features guided play and story time in DUPLO Village. Your tickets give you access to all the attractions, the two rides and the 4D movie. Kids 2 and under are free.Continue Reading
On Aug. 21 at 2:35 p.m., the wind will pick up, temps will drop significantly, birds will roost and the world will prepare for sunset in the middle of the day. Stars will pop out and you may even catch a glimpse of Mercury! We all have a unique opportunity to see a total eclipse when the moon will completely block the sun, the earth will go dark and the sun’s corona will cast an ethereal light against the blackened sky.
When my family visited Disney World, Pandora World of Avatar was days away from opening at Animal Kingdom. My friend Sarah O’Connell is a Disney fanatic and is sharing about her Avatar experience in the following guest post!
Disney has done it again. They have fantastically blown my mind and redefined my idea of a theme park. For me, Disney has always found a way to create a tangible magic that truly has it’s own distinct signature and Pandora World of Avatar is no different.