Whether stopping in for fresh-baked scones and bread, ordering organic coffee, or perusing the fresh produce, guests at Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery, which is located along the Swamp Rabbit Bike Trail, are assured that the majority of the food is locally grown and produced. The staff prepares espresso drinks with local dairy and assembles boxes of seasonal produce for its grocery-store patrons. The grocery also carries raw cow and goat milk, local honey, and locally crafted chocolate. Swamp Rabbit continues its eco-friendly mission by hosting seasonal art markets, as well as an outdoor music series where donations go to community gardens.
The staff members at Carolina Health Innovations don’t stop at simply treating chronic pain—they delve into its source to try and correct the cause. Their thorough approach advises a combination of several disciplines, including chiropractic medicine, acupuncture, massage, and nutritional counseling. With licensed experts manning each branch, the wellness center dispenses noninvasive treatments that are tailored to every client's needs.
At Tree Of Life Massage Therapy Center, certified therapists bring a holistic approach to pain management. Gentle hands help circulate the blood, relieve knots, and promote relaxation as therapists blend styles from Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and neuromuscular therapy. Sessions help combat common ailment such as lower-back pain and headaches, as well as soothe the symptoms related to fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Soak in the autumnal landscape at Jaemor Farms, boasting a horn o’ plenty’s worth of farm-themed attractions for all ages to enjoy. The eight-acre corn maze, mowed into the shape of the continental United States and the Statue of Liberty’s disembodied head, offers fun facts about our great nation and starchy twists and turns around every corner. Jump on the bandwagon and enjoy a hayride, offering pastoral views of Jaemor Farms’ verdant and sprawling spread, and then choose three more activities to round out your day. Pedal-cars and a giant farm slide foster fun-minded ambitions, while the adult-supervised kiddie maze lets children escape corn clutches on their own. Exercise your inner William Tell at the apple slingshot, or line up and launch off at the hand-pump duck races.
Athens native Emily Ullrich began cultivating a fervor for food at an early age, spending her youth cooking southern-style dishes under the guidance of her grandmother. At age 16, Emily took a job at the local Hawthorne Drugs’s soda fountain, working there intermittently before taking charge and transforming it into a full-service restaurant 12 years later. Visitors to the drugstore can meander into the restaurant’s intimate dining room, where apple-green and azure walls and antiques create a welcoming household kitchen atmosphere. The eatery’s menu of classic and specialty sandwiches placed it among the top local restaurants at Taste of Athens 2012, and its signature Brunswick stew landed it in the list of finalists for the Flavor of Georgia 2012. If the scent of baking cheesy biscuits and roasting authentic Cuban sandwiches don’t inspire nostrils to belt out the chorus of Yankee Doodle, the dexterous chef welcomes guests to suggest their own creations from kitchen ingredients.
For the past decade, Blue Sky Café owners Julianna and Mark Pletcher have continually added to a menu nearly as big and cheery as the restaurant’s namesake. Cooks are proud of their hefty, hand-formed burgers and their chicken—each served in a dazzling array of preparations—but there are just as many health-conscious wraps and salads and vegetarian and vegan dishes. A recent development is a creative, sweet-and savory brunch service, where cheese and garlic turn grits into a bowlful of decadence and prosciutto and parmesan put the Sicilian in a Sicilian frittata.
Kids get their own, more-flexible-than-usual menu, though they’ll have to weigh whether to dig in or finish what they’ve been drawing with provided crayons on the paper placemats. A further draw for tots is the playhouse that stands on an oasis of a patio, whose tall wooden fence encloses hanging lanterns, huge umbrellas, and plants trailing from every wall as they toward their goal of trying the sweet-potato fries everybody keeps talking about.
For owners Anita and Wayne Tamme, City Scape Winery represents a dream turned hobby turned full-fledged business. The Tammes only sell their own wine, created in small batches to allow for more customization. In the summer, City Scape offers lighter, sweeter varietals; the winter brings classic, more traditional wines. Oenophiles stopping by the winery can typically sample up to eight of City Scape's wines, or peruse the retail store for its extensive inventory of winemaking supplies, including extracts, flavorings, yeast, and wine kits.