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Lifestyle, Reviews

A review of Elevation Chophouse and Skybar in Kennesaw, Georgia

October 18, 2016 • By

I was searching for a unique place to take my daughter, Carisa for her birthday this past weekend.  As luck would have it, I learned about a restaurant that was located in the Cobb County International Airport at McCollum Field.  Okay, that sounded compelling enough for me to want to check it out.

Of course, I didn’t tell her where we were going, so she began to get concerned when we pulled into the airport entrance.  lol  There were plenty of signs directing us where to go, which is a good thing because otherwise, we would have been lost.


North America, Travel Advice

A Fisherman’s Paradise called Lake Ramona

May 24, 2016 • By


It’s the unexpected, magical things in life that keeps you excited about it.  There’s always something special that you can find in your own backyard that makes you realize how lucky you are to be in such close proximity to it.

Lake Ramona is such a place.  I was surprised how close it was to my own house.  Literally, serenity is just a short drive away from my humble abode.  This man-made lake was built by  William Abner “Bill” Waters and his family.  After four years of construction, he opened it up to the public in the summer of 1968.READ MORE

Travel Advice

Spotlight On: The Georgia D.O.T.’s HERO Unit

August 12, 2013 • By

Today, I wanted to write about one of our unsung heroes. Literally. like the old saying, you never miss your water until the well runs dry; you don’t realize the value of these folks until you need them.

It is inevitable that you will come across one of these bright yellow vehicles during the course of your rush hour commute if you live in Georgia. They are responsible for moving disabled vehicles from the highway onto the shoulder or clearing wrecks from the highways in order to facilitate a smoother traffic flow.


courtesy 11Alive news

courtesy: 11Alive news

The Georgia D.O.T.’s HERO Unit

The Georgia DOT Office of Traffic Operations Highway Emergency Response Operators (HERO) patrols Georgia’s highways 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The majority of their time is spent assisting stranded motorists who may:

  • have a flat tire
  • need a jump start
  • need transport
  • need fuel or water
  • need to use a phone

If they happen to see a car on the side of the road, they will pull up behind them to assist (providing that the driver hasn’t already left the vehicle to seek help at an off-ramp).  They are not a wrecker service, so they will not be able to tow you.  They can, however, contact a towing service for you.

There’s something comforting about knowing that should you experience a breakdown while traveling on Georgia’s highways, you can easily summon help by dialing 511, then press 1 to reach a HERO dispatcher. It’s nice to know that you will be taken care of whether you live here, visiting or are just passing through.  Caveat:  For obvious reasons, during major traffic incidents or severe weather, HEROs may not be available for routine motorist assistance.READ MORE

North America, Reviews, Travel Advice

A Review of the Lodge at CopperHead in Blairsville, Georgia

March 9, 2012 • By

“How y’all doing?”

While I live in the city that traditionally epitomizes “Southern Hospitality”, it’s a phrase that is slowly but surely falling out of favor. Despite all of the challenges this region has dealt with, there was always a silent edict that no one was a stranger and most lived by it. When I arrived in the city of Blairsville a small town north of Atlanta in the North Georgia mountains, I’d forgotten how much I’d missed hearing it. Especially since it was offered so generously and graciously at every turn. I’d began to wonder if Atlanta had lost a part of its southern charm; a bit of its soul during its conversion into the International city it has grown into. To some degree, it has lost some of its warmth and genteel spirit. I’d been to the North Georgia Mountains before, Helen, Georgia was a fantastic experience, but it took over four hours to get there. Taking a different route this time yielded a trip of a little under 2.5 hours and Helen is another 30 minutes away.READ MORE

City Views, North America

Travel Photo Thursday – Helen, Georgia

December 22, 2011 • By

There are some things that you do not expect to see in rural Georgia…..and this is one of them.  This windmill  is located right outside of downtown Helen, Georgia.  However, given its surroundings and the bavarian cottage in the background, you would think otherwise.   It nice being surprised like this and is just another reason for anyone to visit this beautiful town north of Atlanta.


A Review of the Atlanta Travel & Adventure Show

December 11, 2011 • By

When you have decided that travel is an integral part of your life, it’s the natural order of things to do all that you can to learn your craft from people who know a whole lot more than you do.  So, when I’d heard that a new travel show was coming to Atlanta, I had to check it out.

This type of show is primarily aimed at travel agents who want to learn more about different destinations that they may consider promoting for their clients’ future travel plans. However, as a travel blogger, I felt it was necessary to stay on top of what’s shiny and new in the world of travel and pay them a visit as well.  Rest assured that these shows are open to the public at large so there is a lot of great information here for people who are planning class reunions, family vacations or honeymoons to peruse.

The Atlanta Travel & Adventure Show was exhibiting at the Cobb Galleria on October 22 & 23 for the first time, so my daughter and I made sure that we would be in attendance.  The parking was free and the entry fee was $15.00 at the door, but we scored a pre-show discount online of $8.00.


City Views, North America, Trip Reports

36 Hours Of Fun In Historic Downtown Savannah, Georgia

October 29, 2011 • By

We wanted to get out of town, the problem was deciding where and how far could we go on such short notice. My sister had never been to Savannah and it had been over a decade since Carisa and I’d seen it, so we decided to go for it. After a four hour pre-dawn drive, we arrived in the city around 10 am just in time for our first activity, the Grayline Trolley Tour that we scored for $15.00 pp.

It was a great way to get an overview of the city so that we could investigate it fully later on in the day. We were enjoying the sights and sounds of this cultural gem until we happened upon the funeral of Troy Davis, the man who was executed days earlier despite a world-wide outcry against it.

It dampened the mood, undoubtedly, but we decided to stay focused on what was destined to be a world-wind of activity for the three of us. Immediately after our hop on hop off tour, we decided that one time around the bend was enough for us. We knew that it was getting close to ‘supper time’ (southern vernacular for lunch) so it was time to stop by the Lady and Sons eatery to try their 15.99 buffet(drinks and dessert included).

The Lady’s reputation certainly preceded her because we were warned to come by early in the day to make reservations for lunch and/or dinner due to the overwhelming demand for a table there. Still we were fortunate because we only had a two hour wait given that we gave no prior notice of our arrival.

We decided to kill some time by walking across the street and spending probably too much money purchasing souvenirs from a store that sold its goods for half off. I’m willing to bet that the half off sale is a perpetual event, but it was worth the effort. After one and a half soul-killing hours we walked over and luckily was told that a table was ready.READ MORE

North America, Reviews, Travel Advice, Trip Reports

Discovering Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw, Georgia

May 16, 2011 • By

This is the first in a series of infrequent articles that will spotlight Hidden Treasures within a city that are usually overlooked by the locals. We will be searching for some of the best little known secrets from every city imaginable. Lean closer and tell me what’s special about yours…….

Life is always full of surprises. Sometimes we can’t see the trees for the forest because we’re so invested in the big picture instead of looking a little closer at what’s in front of us. I’d been making big plans to visit a renowned local botanical garden, Callaway Gardens, which was located roughly 120 miles away. Being a total garden nut, nothing would please me more than to visit a botanical garden that’s a little closer to home for once.  Just by happenstance, I discovered the existence of one that was located a mere 15 miles away in Kennesaw, Georgia. Smith-Gilbert Gardens sits on 16 lush acres of fertile southern soil. Founded in 1970 by Richard Smith and Robert Gilbert, their initial intention was to purchase the historic Hiram Butler House (circa 1882) to settle in, but decided to develop the expansive property to accommodate their new-found avian friends.

Eventually, it became larger than life and over time more varied plant life was added to the landscape. Today, several thousand plant species surround the house along with 30 sculptures that are carefully positioned throughout.  Dr. Gilbert’s horticultural interests was in trees, shrubs and other woody plants while Mr. Smith enjoyed perennials and rock gardens.  Each part of the garden is segmented by plant type and the plants have signs that lists its botanical name as well as the year it was planted which can give the visitor an idea about growth rates in this region.  From its Cedar field, rose, rock, bonsai, camellia, shade and perennial gardens, Smith Gilbert has something special for everyone and is well worth the visit.  What Hometown treasures have you discovered that took you by surprise?

Still, I am quite surprised that a city whose only true claim to fame was in requiring its residents to own guns , would have something so unexpected within its city limits. Hey! Maybe I should have named this article Garden and Gun….that’s pretty unique….I’m sure no one would have thought….to…….uh….never mind.

Except on holidays, the Gardens are open year round Monday through Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and active military, $5 for children 6 — 12, children 5 and under are free. Memberships are available.  The Gardens are located at 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152, off of Cobb Parkway.