Take the kids to Raisin’s Ranch in Milton, GA for fun on the farm! We’ve been to birthday parties here and had memorable photo shoots on the property. It’s home to mini horses, pygmy goats, mini donkeys, rabbits, chickens and ponies. The animals are so well taken care of and the grounds are beautiful! Here is information on Little Ranchers, Summer Camp and Birthday Parties. Please reach out to Susan at email@example.com or 770-617-1521 for additional information or to inquire about renting the barn for special events!Continue Reading
February is a month for making memories with those you love and we rounded up some of our favorite local spots for dates!
For the sweetest date in town, take a candy making class at Behind the Sweets. From making truffles to decorating cupcakes, a variety of interactive classes are offered. Check the website for the schedule.
Dine at Tam’s Backstage, located in the lower level of the historic 1927 Cumming Schoolhouse, and then head upstairs to the Cumming Playhouse to see the show Southern Sirens. This Southern comedy runs Feb. 8-25.Continue Reading
From Sawnee Mountain to the Big Creek Greenway, Forsyth is made for adventures and exploring. The hiking trails, bike paths, parks, playgrounds and ideal weather make Forsyth County the perfect place for enjoying the outdoors while staying fit. Our town is also home to outdoor camps, recreational programs, healthy eateries, yoga and fitness studios and indoor play centers for kids making it the ideal town for everyone in the family to get and stay healthy.
EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS
Take a leisurely family bike ride or meet your friends here to walk or run. This 12-foot-wide concrete and boardwalk path meanders through the woods along Big Creek and is ideal for biking, jogging and inline skating. We like to bike from the Bethelview entrance over to Fowler Park for some playground time before heading back. Continue Reading
A couple weeks before Christmas, in December 2017, Forsyth County received more than half a foot of snow. It seemed to come out of nowhere and it just kept snowing and snowing and snowing. The next few days were spent building snowmen, making snow angels, sledding, cozying by the fire with hot chocolate and enjoying the beauty of our town covered in snow.
The next time we get snow, if you are looking for some local hills for sledding fun, here are three great local spots!
I love my iced coffee every morning, but when the weather cools and Christmas approaches, it doesn’t get much better than cozying up by the fire with hot chocolate and marshmallows or a warm festive drink. Hot chocolate is also a fun treat for the kids and makes a great date outing!
From on the go to sit down, here are 7 of my favorite local spots for hot cocoa.
Located on Highway 9, this independent coffee shop features pastries and desserts made locally. In addition to hot chocolate, you’ll find Italian chocolates and caramels, a full breakfast and lunch menu and lots of specialty coffee drinks.
Whatever your budget or age, we’ve got 25 experiential gift suggestions just for you!
For Babies and Toddlers
1. Musikgarten winter music class.
2. Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, GA to adopt a Cabbage Patch Kid. It’s free to visit!
Did you know that music awakens and stimulates neural pathways in the brain that are associated with higher forms of intelligence? Yep, that includes things like abstract thinking, math and science. The melodic and rhythmic patterns of music also provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory. This is why I chose to get my son in a music class as a baby (where we met our future mom group) and why I did the same with my daughter. To help your kids develop their love for music and give them an educational boost, consider enrolling in a local music class. It makes such a great experiential Christmas gift!
Teagan’s former music teacher, Christina Hart is starting up an amazing series through Musikgarten catered toward newborns all the way up to 5 years old. Teagan took classes with Miss Christina as a baby and I attribute her current dancing on the table belting out Frozen’s “Let it Go” to her early exposure to different music genres, dancing and playing instruments.Continue Reading
Lace up those skates and make it a date night or family outing to the ice rink! From parks to shopping centers, stretching from Atlanta to North Georgia, here are some of our favorites spots for taking spins around the ice.
1. Avalon on Ice
The Plaza has transformed into an ice-skating rink the size of Rockefeller Center and is open through mid-January! After skating, warm up by the outdoor bonfire, grab some hot chocolate from Cafe Intermezzo or the MalviMobile and get in some holiday shopping. There are also plenty of great dining options, including Antico Pizza, El Felix, Marlow’s Tavern and Rumi’s Kitchen.
West Milford Farm is a rustic chic events facility situated on a century-old farm in East Cherokee County. Between visits to Gibbs Gardens and picking up custom orders from Nibble Cookie Co, I pass this piece of land often and just stare in awe at the place every time.
The farm is named for Lightner West, who built the historic home around 1900, and the Milford family, who have lived on the property since 1938. Owners Thomas and Chad live in the picturesque folk Victorian farmhouse steps away from the six historic outbuildings. Four years ago, the barn was full of hay and was a working farm with cows. Today, it’s a gorgeous event facility and Thomas and Chad are working hard to ensure guests leave with the best experience. Based on my experience meeting them and touring the property – plus all the rave reviews – they provide top-notch service and are a pleasure to work with.
Grab some blankets to cozy up in the car with hot cocoa and go cruise around to some of the best local light shows. The first four on this list are FREE!!
From Nov. 30 through Dec. 23, tune your radio to 89.9FM and come witness an incredible 15-20-minute light show set to four songs at Christmas at Castille. More than 59,000 twinkling lights transform this home into a magical, festive attraction and this year will have even more lights and cool new effects! Frozen’s “Let it Go” makes the lineup again this year in addition to some new songs. You can catch the show Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-9 p.m. The neighborhood is gated, but the gate will be open during these hours. Visit Christmas in Castille’s Facebook page for any schedule updates.
Christmas in Castille is located at 4220 Tivoli Way in Alpharetta (Forsyth County). The light show is free, but donations will go to a local charity through West Forsyth DECA Club.