Jessica Shops Pick of the Month
Shop ‘til You Drop
Boutique shopping is the perfect way to get outdoors while cooling off with some retail therapy! So, head out to your favorite neighborhood and make a day of shopping and dining on a dime.
Little 5 Points: My favorite stops include Junkman’s Daughter, Stefan’s Vintage Clothing (a must visit for vintage deals!) and of course, stop in for some zucchini chips at Vortex to refuel after all that shopping.
The Highlands: Mitzi & Romano has the best discount racks around at 30-60% off and you can cool off at Wired & Fired while making a pottery piece for you or a friend before grabbing lunch for around $10 at Yeah! Burger.
Marietta Square: It may be OTP, but it’s definitely in-the-fun with boutiques like Pendleton, whimsical gifts from Doodlebugz, trolley tours from the Historic Marietta Trolley Company and some of the best pizza for miles at Marietta Pizza Company.
Buckhead: Don’t miss Brina Beads where you can make trendy jewelry at a fraction of the cost, pair it with a new outfit from Range Boutique or Poppy’s of Atlanta and then head over to Souper Jenny for a lunch combo under $10.
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If a private island getaway sounds like your speed, then head away from the mainland to the secluded Eagle Island off the coast of Darien, Georgia. Whether it’s a romantic weekend for two or a fun vacation with friends, there is plenty to do on this 10-acre island. The gorgeous, rustic cabin comes complete with both an indoor and secluded outdoor shower, full kitchen and sleeps 12. You can enjoy views of the Georgia salt marsh eco system from the deck while fishing, cruise around in a two-seater kayak or nap on the deck hammock. The island is only accessible via boat, which ensures the utmost privacy. Although you can bring your own boat, round-trip boat transportation is also provided.
Details: (912) 222-0801, www.privateislandsofgeorgia.com
The Rock Ranch is a beautiful 1,250 acre cattle ranch located about an hour south of Atlanta in Upson County. Owned by Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, a day at The Rock Ranch is packed full of adventures including train rides, zip lines, cane fishing, paddle boats and horse rides. If getting back to nature is what you’re after, they also offer Conestoga Campouts aboard a Conestoga wagon. Each Conestoga wagon is fitted with four sets of bunk beds for a total of eight bunks per wagon. Camp out under the stars and enjoy a magical country night while you sit around a fire roasting marshmallows.
Details: (706) 647-6374, www.therockranch.com
A modern utopia just 30 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Serenbe offers the type of getaway that has something for everyone. Get closer to nature as you enjoy everything this 1,000 acre community has to offer including the Farm, the Inn, restaurants and shops, special events and much more. With a focus on land preservation, energy efficiency and green building, there is a real sense of community and fun. Enjoy the Serenbe Farmers’ & Artists’ Market every Saturday beginning May 7 where you can shop for organic produce.
Details: (770) 463-2610, www.serenbe.com
Explore the beautiful countryside and let someone else do the driving! All aboard for a ride you are sure to remember when you board an excursion train and take a fantastic journey through some of the most scenic routes in the state. The air-conditioned 1949 vintage cars of the SAM Shortline Excursion Train offer a comfortable setting as the train takes you through the Georgia Veterans State Park at Lake Blackshear, the Telephone Museum, Leslie GA, Americus GA, Plains GA, and Archery. The last stop is at President Carter’s Boyhood Farm.
Details: (877) 427-2457, www.samshortline.com
From scenic views to award-winning wines, Meinhardt Vineyards and Winery in Statesboro, GA is truly a unique experience. Fun activities include wine tastings, hay rides, tours of the vineyard and more. They have also begun a dinner service which runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 5 – 10 p.m. Enjoy a delicious meal either inside in their dining room or on the outside patio. In September, Meinhardt hosts the annual Grape Stomp and Muscadine Festival. If you ever wondered what it’s like to crush grapes and see how wine
is made, then you won’t want to miss this grape stomping
Details: (912) 839-2458, www.meinhardtvineyards.com
For a pampering experience, drive just 40 minutes north to Braselton and you’ll find an oasis of relaxation. From their full-service spa and sprawling vineyards, to the gorgeous scenery, Chateau Elan is a must-see whether you are planning a romantic getaway for two or a fun trip with friends. There is something for everyone to enjoy including activities for the active traveler (bike trails and golf) and the not-so-active traveler (spa treatments and three swimming pools). Whatever you decide to do, this is sure to be a favorite summer destination.
If outdoor fun is what you crave, then there is no better way than to enjoy the gorgeous landscape of this 13,000-acre Pine Mountain resort. Whether you come for the day or a weekend, Callaway Gardens is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. The Farmers Market takes place each Friday afternoon from 4 - 7 p.m. and features farmers, food, and fun! Take a tour of the landscape which is home of the world’s largest azalea garden or take a walk or bike ride along one of the many trails. Cool off at Robin Lake Beach, the world’s largest, man-made, inland beach, and then top off the day with a relaxing spa treatment at Spa Prunifolia.
Details: (800) CALLAWAY, www.callawaygardens.com
Let the professional guides at High Country Outfitters take you and your friends away on a sea kayaking trip you’re sure to remember! The Cumberland Island Sea Kayaking Trip begins in St. Mary’s with an overnight stay at Riverview Inn. The next morning you begin your first paddle over the intercoastal waterway to Sea Camp. This three day adventure also includes camping at the Backcountry Camp site and overnight stays on beautiful Cumberland Island. There is also the opportunity to explore the island by walking or hiking. If you’re craving a little outdoor fun, this is the trip for you. Meals and gear are provided by High Country Outfitters. $550 per person.
Details: (404) 814-0999, www.highcountryoutfitters.com