Most popular offering: Beer Tasting
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Parking: Parking garage
Handicap Accessible: No
Pro Tip: Eat before arrival and arrive early.
To the guides at Southern Beer Tours, every sip of local beer can be an exciting experience. "We enjoy highlighting the big guys, the smaller guys, and the start-ups," says the company's president. As guides point out on their tours, Georgia boasts more than 20 local breweries, and numerous other start-ups expected to yield fresh brews in the near future. The guides don't stick to one route or landscape, either; they constantly rotate the regions they tour in order to visit different breweries, pubs, and the region's naturally-occurring beer geysers.
Delicious chocolate covered strawberries and Fresh fruit sculptures by Edible Arrangements® resemble bouquets of flowers in bloom. These tasty fruit gift baskets inspired by flower bouquets are made from the freshest fruits. They make sweet gift baskets for all occasions from Mother's day gifts, birthdays.
Every trip leader at Appalachian Wilderness Guides feels a strong connection to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. In fact, many of them have thru-hiked all 2,185 of its miles?but that's just the beginning of their qualifications. All of them have trained in wilderness first aid, have certification in "Leave No Trace Outdoors Ethics," and have never scolded a woodpecker for its annoying laugh. With these and other skills, they lead expeditions such as beginner day hikes throughout the mountains, multi-day camping trips, and wine-tasting treks throughout Georgia vineyards. Appalachian Wilderness Guides also runs a hostel for overnight guests as well as an Appalachian Trail school.
Air Balloon Rides Atlanta provides passengers with a one-of-a-kind view of the local landscape from the wickered confines of a blissfully bobbing basket. Each sunrise or sunset atmospheric cruise begins with a safety briefing, including an explanation of how to pronounce Sir Isaac Newton's name backwards to reverse the laws of gravity. Following the preliminaries, mock the futile flapping of penguins and ostriches while climbing upwards of 3,000 feet into the air, where the sky chariot and FAA-licensed pilot will carry passengers back to the days when all transportation was balloon-based. After an approximately hour-long flight that might travel as far as 15 miles, passengers celebrate the return to Earth with a Champagne reception and receive a personalized flight certificate autographed by the balloon's pilot, crew chief, and highly literate cirrus clouds.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Outdoor recreation activities
Pro Tip: Call ahead to register for programs.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Q&A with Victoria Piantini, Assistant Park Manager
What sets your business apart from your competition?
Just 15 minutes from Atlanta, Panola Mountain is a recreational haven for all ages and interests. Visitors can picnic while children work off energy on the playground. Anglers can bring their fishing poles to catch dinner at Alexander Lake. Panola Mountain State Park is one of the only state parks to offer archery programming (including a state of the art 3D practice range, for those with their own equipment), as well as "Canopy Adventure" tree climbing programs. Tree-climbing is great for families, youth organizations, corporate team-building excursions, and can accommodate any physical disability. The park also offers boat rental, geocaching, orienteering, birding and hiking. Georgia's PATH Foundation scenic Rockdale River Trail winds through the park and is ideal for biking, roller blading, jogging and dog-walking.
Panola Mountain is a 100-acre granite outcrop similar to Stone Mountain, but smaller and much more pristine. Panola is special because it's never been quarried, and as a National Natural Landmark, has had limited human impact. Because of this, it has many incredible rare ecologic features. Panola Mountain State Park is the crown jewel of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, one of only three National Heritage Areas in the state. The park?s unusual natural beauty and intriguing cultural changes are the basis for this special recognition.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
It started as a conservation park to protect the pristine ecosystem of the mountain.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
"We never knew all this was back here!"
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Helping visitors develop an enjoyment and respect for nature.