5 Unique and Fun things to do in Georgia that will keep it on your mind

5 Unique and Fun things to do in Georgia that will keep it on your mind

There is something special about my hometown, Atlanta, GA.  People tend to be friendly, helpful and believe in taking the time to smell the roses.  That means, we find really cool things to do to keep us busy:

1)  Take a day trip to Helen, Georgia

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Lederhosen lives! Celebrating Octoberfest 2009 in Helen, Georgia!   Photo credit: helenga.org

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Enjoying a carriage ride in the town square. Photo credit: helenga.org

Located just a mere 90 minutes north of Atlanta in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Helen is a Bavarian treat for young and old alike.  If you want to be whisked back to simpler times and experience what life must have been like in early 1800’s Germany, this re-creation of an Alpine village is the place to be.  Helen is in close proximity to the Chattahoochee River and the Appalachian Trail which lends itself to various outdoor activities that you can enjoy while you are there like: horseback riding, rafting, mountain biking and viewing one of the 30 waterfalls in the area.  I will be visiting Helen in March, so I will have a full report for you then.

2)  Experience the Sundial Revolving Restaurant

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Situated at the summit of the Westin Peachtree Hotel, the Sundial gives you a 360-degree view of the Atlanta skyline!


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It takes about an hour for the circular dining room to complete a revolution.


This is absolutely the best salad that I have ever had…to this day!


This meal did all Southern cooks proud….delicious!


Looking out at the breath-taking view from our dining table at the Sundial


We got to enjoy a stellar lunch at the Sundial last summer.  I enjoyed a scrumptious peach pecan crusted summer salad with baby greens, gorgonzola cheese, pecans and freshly cubed peaches and port wine vinaigrette.  The main dish was the Blue cornmeal crusted trout with tasso cheese grits cake, sauteed garlic spinach, and corn cream.  The food was excellent and mid-priced, the view was fantastic and we never got dizzy as the restaurant revolved.  Amazingly, only two short years ago, the hotel was significantly damaged by a tornado, but the Sundial managed to escape unscathed.

3)  Dahlonega  Wineries

One of metro Atlanta’s best-kept secrets is the picturesque city of Dahlonega, GA.  Most people don’t know this, but the first major gold rush in the US took place here in 1828  long before the (18)49’ers struck gold in California.  In fact, the Georgia State Capitol Dome is covered with gold mined from the city.  Dahlonega is also the gateway to the Appalachian Trail where you can literally hike from Georgia to Maine.  It is also the heart of Georgia’s wine country.   Here you can find five outstanding wineries:

BlackStock Vineyards

Montaluce Vineyards and Estates

Frogtown Cellars

Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery

Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery

4) Stay a spell at The Martyn House in Ellijay, GA

Ever heard of the term, “Glamping”?   It simply means Glamourous Camping which takes the tried and true ways of camping to another level.  Here you get to stay in real beds, while camped out in vibrantly colored hand-painted luxury tents imported from India.   The main house on the property is a century old farmhouse located on 30 acres.  The property is very green as they use Eco-friendly toilets and showers.   So, if you are looking for that happy medium, give these folks a call.  You can enjoy all of the comforts of home and still be able to say that you slept in a tent with a straight face.

5)  Tour the CNN Center in downtown, Atlanta

Queuing for the tour after paying the entry fee.


Yes, the anchors will continue reporting as if you weren’t there staring at ’em.


The tour guide doing what he does best.

Ever wanted to experience the inner workings of the world’s first 224-hourcable news network?   Are you are certified news junkie?  Well, you should make it your business to join this lively and informative peek into one of our major news bureaus.  Your tour guide will lead you through the control room to the anchor desk.

Not much is off limits, so you really get a bird’s eye view into what it takes to disseminate news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  “Visitors are assigned specific tour times. You can avoid disappointment during busy times by making advance reservations: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET, (404) 827.2300.”

Now it’s your turn.  Imagine a friend is coming to visit your hometown.  What special place would you want them to see above all else and why?




Renee King
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  • robin
    Posted at 10:47h, 09 January Reply

    Yet another place I knew next to nothing about. Thanks!

    • Renee
      Posted at 23:35h, 10 January Reply

      HA! Glad to give you a small peek into the Georgia landscape!

  • inka
    Posted at 11:23h, 09 January Reply

    That kind of camping certainly appeals to tbe glamour granny. When I go back to Miami I often change planes in Atlanta. Next time I”ll stay over for a day or two.

    • Renee
      Posted at 23:34h, 10 January Reply

      Somehow I am not surprised that this appealed to you….I can just see you staying there….it does look pretty nice doesn’t it?

  • Jozef Maxted
    Posted at 12:03h, 09 January Reply

    Looks like a great place to visit, and I didn’t really know what Georgia had to offer before reading your post.

    That view from your dining table is amazing, I would love a view like that! Not good if you’re scared of heights though!

    The food looks mouth watering as well! You’ve made me really hungry now (Luckily I’ve got a second christmas dinner in a min, don’t ask me why haha)

    • Renee
      Posted at 23:33h, 10 January Reply

      I am too scared to ask where you got a second Christmas dinner, so I won’t. lol It is a lovely view…you should come visit Georgia…definitely!

  • Jade
    Posted at 12:07h, 09 January Reply

    I had no idea that GA had Vineyards- esp. so close to Atlanta. We might be checking these out next time we visit Bob’s grandmother! Awesome!

    • Renee
      Posted at 23:32h, 10 January Reply

      Please do….just save lots of room in your luggage for souvenirs!

  • Lorna - the roamantics
    Posted at 14:01h, 09 January Reply

    i seriously need a cross-country road trip! gorgeous photos and new info for me 🙂

    • Renee
      Posted at 23:31h, 10 January Reply

      C’mon down, Lorna….you will have a blast!

  • Cathy Sweeney
    Posted at 17:37h, 09 January Reply

    I’d love to do all of these things. I never suspected vineyards or a place like Helen GA to be so close to Atlanta. Very cool!

    • Renee
      Posted at 23:31h, 10 January Reply

      Agreed….I really wouldn’t mind trying glamping at least once in my life.

  • Amy
    Posted at 23:18h, 09 January Reply

    I;ve not been to Georgia, but I’m impressed with how much diversity there is! I love the look of that little ‘German’ village.

    • Renee
      Posted at 23:30h, 10 January Reply

      Yes…I can’t wait to visit Helen myself….don’t know I’ve put it off so long!

  • Laurel
    Posted at 08:50h, 10 January Reply

    I had no idea that there were wineries near Atlanta! I’d also love to do the CNN tour!

    • Renee
      Posted at 23:29h, 10 January Reply

      Yep….I was surprised when I first heard too. I did the CNN tour…very informative!

  • Christy
    Posted at 18:08h, 10 January Reply

    Georgia seems like such an interesting place. I love southern food, so I bet I would love to try all the dishes. Thanks for the great list!

    • Renee
      Posted at 23:28h, 10 January Reply

      You’re welcome, Christy! Georgia is a pretty cool place.

  • Migrationology
    Posted at 22:19h, 10 January Reply

    Great list of things to do, I would especially be inclined to sample all that Southern cooking!

    • Renee
      Posted at 23:27h, 10 January Reply

      You are a wise man!

  • Jeremy B
    Posted at 02:57h, 11 January Reply

    Been to Georgia MANY times but only have done #5! However, right now I have lots of SNOW on my mind. That’s a fun thing to do in Georgia right now! 🙂

    • Renee
      Posted at 15:33h, 07 March Reply

      Ok, it’s time for you to play catch up, Jeremy!

  • April Thompson
    Posted at 00:00h, 17 March Reply

    After all these years in GA, I still haven’t been to Helen! I have to go soon. The Sundial is always on my top to do list when visitors come into town and a handful of soul food joints of course.

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:03h, 19 March Reply

      You should definitely go, April. We will be in Helen next weekend, so I look forward to reporting my findings there.

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