Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Enjoy the 'Best of the Best' At Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa This Fall

/PRNewswire/ -- Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa was recently recognized by the radio talk show Speaking of Golf for its outstanding Golf Pro Shop and its Equani Spa. The syndicated show addresses golf and the lifestyle of golfers. The recognition comes at a time when Brasstown Valley Resort is offering its Fall Awakening Getaway Package which includes a choice of activities.

Catch the beautiful leaf season in the North Georgia Mountains and enjoy a specially priced getaway from $185 (Sunday - Thursday), or from $235 (Friday - Saturday). The Fall Awakening Package is for two guests sharing a traditional guestroom and includes: a full Breakfast Buffet for two in the Dining Room, and a choice by each of the two guests for either a round of golf at the Denis Griffiths-designed Brasstown Valley Resort Golf Club, or a one hour trail ride from the Resort Stables. Guests may also upgrade their activity to a 50 Minute Swedish massage or a manicure/pedicure at the Equani Spa for an additional $20. Upgrades to deluxe guest rooms with a balcony or a fireplace are also available for an additional $20 per night. Rates are based on availability and exclusive of resort fees and taxes. For information or reservations visit: or call 800. 201.3205.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Great deals, seasonal activities make pre-holiday a great time to get away

(ARA) – A vacation may be the last thing on your mind as the holidays draw near this year, but contrary to popular belief the holiday season is a great time to take a break. Pre-holiday season deals sweeten the appeal of a weekend getaway to decompress from the stresses of a busy fall and winter season.

“While airfares and hotel rates do rise on and immediately surrounding major holidays, the weeks leading up to those times can yield amazing deals and wonderful opportunities to escape the hectic pace of the holiday season,” says Brad Dean, president and chief executive officer for the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Still not convinced now is the time for a quick getaway? Consider these facts:

Getting There

Airports will be crowded and frustrating as soon as the holidays arrive. Yet airfares are lower and airports are less crowded in the weeks leading up to peak holiday season. You’re much more likely to score a good deal on airfare – and a less stressful airport experience – if you travel pre-holiday.

Driving trips are also easier before the holiday. Come Thanksgiving or Christmas, everyone will be visiting family and friends to celebrate. Highways are less likely to be clogged with traffic in advance of the holidays. To make the most of your weekend getaway, choose a driving destination that’s easily accessible and offers the most “bang for your buck.” Myrtle Beach, S.C., for example is a popular driving destination from many parts of the eastern seaboard and Midwest.

Hotel Deals

Hotel prices typically increase a day or two before a holiday – rates may even double over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. However, hotels are relatively empty and inspired to offer better deals in the weeks leading up to the holidays. In fact, rates can be reduced to more than half the cost of a room during peek summer season. You can find great package deals if you travel before the holidays, especially to affordable locations that are in their “off” seasons. Many beach resorts and hotels offer all-inclusive packages with admission to local attractions and many feature heated indoor swimming pools and even indoor waterparks.

Cool Prices on Hot Attractions

Attraction tickets that might seem pricey during high season will likely be more appealingly priced during the pre-holiday, “off season.” Some outdoor attractions in more temperate climes, such as Myrtle Beach will stay open through the holidays, as will shows, indoor attractions and sites. Plus, you won’t have to fight the “peak season” crowds or lines at year-round attractions like popular museums and aquariums.

A Taste of the Holidays without the Expense

What commercial venture in the United States doesn’t stretch the holidays? With Halloween items appearing on store shelves in early September, is it any surprise that resort attractions will don their holiday d├ęcor and feature holiday-themed events and shows long before the actual dates arrive?

It’s possible to get into the holiday spirit and enjoy themed shows, attractions and activities when you travel before the holidays. For example, the Myrtle Beach area offers everything from live holiday shows to candlelit gardens with carolers, Christmas tree festivals to holiday markets.

To learn more about a pre-holiday getaway to Myrtle Beach, go to

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fall for Leaves in Georgia

Looking for some fall leaf colors? Look no further than our great state of Georgia. It is currently estimated that the leaf color change is at 30%.

The excessive rainfall in Northwest Georgia has delayed the leaf color change in the area, however, the leaves are just starting to pop in North Georgia.

Head on up to the Lake Rabun, and the Jasper area for some great views.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Callaway Gardens® Presents a Mystery Theater Dinner: Halloscream

Looking to add a little scare to your Halloween weekend? Bring your detective skills and appetite to Callaway Gardens® on Friday, October 30, 2009, for another Mystery Theater Dinner. Those, not faint of heart, will participate in a symposium on paranormal research and development.

At this fictitious annual gathering, the world’s top experts on paranormal activity will report on the year’s greatest moments in the weird and bizarre. But, the night will become more unusually evil with a mysterious murder.

Who could have done it? Possibilities include the likes of Professor Alfred Hitchhike, the foremost authority on paranormal activities and a representative of The Paranormal Institute of Technology; Doctor Victor Von Beerenstein, the good doctor who has dropped his family practice for mysterious research; Doctor Heckyll/Mr. Jive, the prim and proper doctor who sometimes like to take a walk on the wild side; Helga Von Beerenstein, the lovely dear and departed yet - present and accounted - for wife of Victor; or Monique LeSpat, a beautiful, wealthy widow whose midnights cravings can sometimes be bloody awful.

This evening of mystery and macabre will include opportunities for guests to interact with the cast. Before the show, selected guests will receive reading parts and will be cued to deliver their award winning performances. Solving the mystery comes with prizes for the winning team.

Halloscream is calling your name. Reserve your spot today by calling 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292). Registration is limited, so make your reservation soon.

Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus. For additional information, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or visit

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Huge yard Sale! Celebrate Family Fall Festival at Historic Indian Springs October 31

Looking for a really good yard sale?

The Historic Village at Indian Springs is having a Huge Event on October 31st, traditionally known as Halloween. The Village is giving away $500.00 in CASH PRIZES for the best costumes. Now, everyone knows you have to be home on this Night of Trick-or-Treat, so this event starts at 7:00 AM and closes at 3:00 PM. Visitors can find some funky things to wear, paint pumpkins, enjoy homemade pies at the Cafe' , drink cider, and just enjoy being outdoors while they find those really awesome bargains on clothes, furniture, and all the things you need to buy before the holidays.

All the Village Shops will be open and every store will have sale merchandise during this event. If you want to sell, a booth can be yours for just $5.00. Stop in at THE BIG CHIEF COUNTRY STORE or call 770-775-5350 to register, but do it today, because space is limited.

To get an early start, folks may want to stay in one of the vintage cottages in the Village, or there's camping, RV space and cabins inside the Indian Springs State Park across the street. Start a new tradition - Bring the whole family, enjoy the lake, go hiking, and pick up some great buys. Ms Frankie Willis is looking forward to a big crowd. "People love to be outdoors when the weather starts to cool.

Now is the best time to enjoy The Whimsical Botanical Gardens with the kids. Be sure to visit Daisy Pearl's Fashion Boutique and LadyBug and Tadpole's Children Store.. We have just brought in the new fall styles. Plan on having lunch at Pinky's Parlor & Cafe'. We will be serving breakfast and lunch with homemade pies and cold beverages. " Mrs. Lee's Stagecoach Sweetstop is where friends meet and enjoy rich ice cream and homemade fudge. "We will have warm apple cider ready for you -but the weather is never too cool for ice cream, " says Ms Diann. "And don't forget, the children can paint pumpkins, draw and do art activities all day for free at Generations Gallery - and then come have ice cream here. It is a lot of fun."

"The writers are meeting every Saturday, and on the day of the Yard Sale we have a special guest, Rita Lewis, who will be talking about her new book, " Excuse Me, Your Honor..." , exlains Andi Kulp. "Rita came to our very first "Open Mike" at our Writers Conference two years ago and here she is - with her first book completed."

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Boo at the Zoo Returns

T2F Note: What better way to spend a fall day than at the zoo? This week's highly coveted Fayette Front Page Day Tripper Award goes to Zoo Atlanta for hosting this year's event during daylight hours.

Fun family Halloween festival runs October 24, 25 and 31

Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival is set to return – this year on three fun-filled days. Zoo Atlanta’s signature seasonal event, Boo at the Zoo, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25 and Saturday, October 31. Activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The popular celebration invites guests of all ages to sample sweet treats, meet whimsical costume characters, and enjoy live entertainment. Costumes are not only welcome, but encouraged: costume contests will take place during each day of the event.

Successful 2007 and 2008 installations of the event took place during the evening, with just one disappointment for Boo at the Zoo guests. Most of the Zoo’s star attractions – more than 1,000 animals from around the world – had gone to bed by the time the event began. With this year’s return to a daytime event, visitors will get to see their favorite Zoo residents, many of them joining in the fun themselves with their own Halloween-themed enrichment treats.

Boo at the Zoo is free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; free with general admission.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

All-Star Southern Gospel Concerts Headline Dollywood’s National Gospel & Harvest Celebration Presented by Humana

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nowhere does fall make its arrival so abundantly known as in the Smoky Mountains, and Dollywood’s annual National Gospel & Harvest Celebration presented by Humana (Oct. 2-31; closed Tuesdays & Thursdays) honors the season with special music, crafts and food.

Southern gospel music takes top billing during the monthlong festival with more than 200 free concerts. Some of the artists appearing include Mike & Kelly Bowling (Oct. 2 & 3), Gold City (Oct. 4 & 5), The McKameys (Oct. 9 & 10), The Ball Brothers (Oct. 9 & 10), Brian Free & Assurance (Oct. 11 & 12), Michael Combs (Oct. 12), Legacy Five (Oct. 11 & 12), The Kingsmen (Oct. 16 & 17), Mark Bishop (Oct. 16 & 17), The Crist Family (Oct. 18 & 19), The Greenes (Oct. 18 & 19), The Inspirations (Oct. 23 & 24), The Whisnants (Oct. 23 & 24), Mark Trammell Trio (Oct. 25 & 26), The Isaacs (Oct. 25 & 26), Karen Peck & New River (Oct. 30 & 31) and The Perrys (Oct. 30 & 31). Plus, Dollywood’s own award-winning Kingdom Heirs quartet performs daily.

Southern gospel and bluegrass music share a common ground with great songs deeply rooted in beautiful vocal harmonies and a powerful message. In addition to a lineup of gospel music’s most popular acts, the festival welcomes special gospel performances by Riders in the Sky (Oct. 2 & 3), Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen (Oct. 4 & 5), Dailey & Vincent (Oct. 18 & 19), and The Gibson Brothers (Oct. 14 & 21).

All concerts are included with Dollywood admission. A complete concert lineup is available at

The country’s most talented crafters visit Dollywood throughout the festival, showcasing a one-of-a-kind display of beautiful and unique artistry as well as up-close demonstrations as they create their works of art. Craft demonstrations include woodturning, spinning, dyeing, basket weaving, wool rug hooking, papermaking, and weaving. Crafters also will make hats, sorghum, fiddles, Windsor chairs, rugs, woodworking tools, and rope. Other featured crafters’ booths will showcase stained glass, handmade jewelry, woodcarvings, glassworks, dulcimers, harps, oil and acrylic artwork, games, toys and more.

Dollywood’s 18th annual Woodcarving Showcase and Competition, one of the Southeast’s top woodcarving events, takes place Oct. 2-4 with daily demonstrations by master carvers who showcase this unique art form through a variety of carving styles. This year’s competition features a special competition honoring Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s 75th anniversary. The exhibit will be displayed throughout the event. Each day also features a special carving competition. The Team Carving Championship is slated for Oct. 2 (2 p.m.) The Whittling Competition takes place Oct. 3 (1:30-3:30 p.m.) and the always-fun Pumpkin Carving Competition wraps things up on Oct. 4 (1:30-3 p.m.)

Rusty’s Trailblazing Chuckwagon returns to this year’s festival, bringing with him the nostalgia of the Western frontier as Rusty shares stories of feeding hungry cowboys from his completely restored 1901 John Deere wagon. From “tongue to tailgate,” Rusty’s working wagon is an accurate model of chuck wagons that date back to the 1860s. His trusty Dutch oven is the vessel through which Rusty prepares a variety of campfire dishes that are slow-cooked over an open fire. And don’t miss Rusty as he shares the secrets behind the age-old technique of cowboy coffee.

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