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)
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.
We attended an Atlanta Braves game at the new and cutting-edge SunTrust Park and it is SO amazing!!! It’s much easier for Forsyth County residents to get to this stadium which is located at the intersection of I-75 and I-285 about 10 minutes before downtown Atlanta. It’s 20 percent smaller than Turner Field and has an intimate setting, plus modern amenities, chef-driven restaurants and tons of entertainment both inside and right outside its gates. From the second we stepped into The Battery Atlanta all the way to the splash fountain experience on our way out, SunTrust Park and The Battery create a fun and memorable family-friendly adventure.
Check out some of these places at Atlanta’s attractions for enjoying fun in the sun!
Piedmont Park – the Legacy Fountain Splash Pad features 70 jets and is free to the public. The Pool at Piedmont Park in Midtown requires a fee and features beach entry with a floating channel, four lap lanes and a landscaped deck.