Only two years ago, SeaBloom Farms was an uninhabited patch of dry grass amidst the towering trees and trickling streams of rural Sugar Valley. Today, the farmland is completely transformed—a colorful world of thick corn mazes, fruitful pumpkin patches, and bright sunflowers. Hay wagons traverse the verdant grounds, bumbling past pine trees and crops carrying passengers of visiting families and friends. Come winter, the farm staff peddles its pines as Christmas trees and treats guests to holiday-themed attractions, including hot cider and Santa-led Zumba classes.
Golfers across Texas, Arizona, and Georgia get an expert's opinion on their local private and public courses through AvidGolfer Magazine. The professionals also offer some basic instructions, in-depth product reviews, and careful explanations of why a lower score is better. Besides expert advice, the magazine releases an annual passbook that grants subscribers entry into several local courses.
Dalton Falls Mini Golf and Laser Tag gives families plenty of options for entertainment. The facility boasts a beautiful miniature golf course that?much like a billionaire's bedroom?features waterfalls, ponds, streams, and hills, as well as realistic contours that mimic the appearance of a fully grown golf course. Away from the mini links, guests can trade in their putters for laser guns and storm into battle in the property's 16,000-square-foot outdoor laser tag arena. Of course, all that action could leave stomachs empty, which is why Dalton Falls fills its freezers with hand-dipped ice cream cones, shaved ices, and various other snacks.
Ellijay Marketplace changes with the seasons. During the summer, an open-air flea market sprouts at its perimeter and during the colder months, it's a purely indoor shopping center. And while it's less seasonal, the indoor space is far from static. The merchandise in the 10,000-square-foot consignment center, for example, rotates regularly, as do the antiques and curiosities sold at live auctions. Local retailers, such as The Man Cave Shop and Kristina Lee's Boutique, also show their wares at select indoor tables. Visitors can shop the market's quirky finds, or simply browse while listening to the eclectic bluegrass performances.
Retro Bowl celebrates the long-held tradition of tossing balls into things. Groups of friends can saddle up to the alley?s lanes and try their hand at rolling spares and strikes. Fall and summer leagues bring together bowlers for evenings of friendly competition, while hosted parties celebrate birthdays and passing the third grade. When the sun sets on Friday and Saturday nights, the alley is illuminated with disco balls and colorful lights during Cosmic bowling.
Dalton boasts the state of Georgia's fifth largest downtown district, and that's no accident. The Downtown Dalton Development Authority strives to fill the city center with an eclectic array of businesses, from tanning salons to coffee shops. The team also draws crowds to the thriving area with special events, such as beer festivals, farmers' markets, and outdoor movie screenings, which is how people watched movies before the invention of theaters.