In Chattahoochee National Forest, high in the north Georgia mountains, Fort Mountain Stables serves as the base camp for a 25-mile network of scenic trails at elevations between 1,600 feet and 2,000 feet. The Fort Mountain area has long attracted those daring enough to venture into the thin Georgia air to experience its dense hardwood forests, craggy cliffs, mesmerizing panoramic vistas, and eponymous 855-foot-long rock wall, thought to have been built by Native Americans. Visitors embarking on trail rides venture out into the lush Georgian foliage atop horses suited to their size and skill level while an expert guide points out notable attractions. Along the way, riders may encounter deer, turkey, or bears strolling through their natural habitat. Old talc mineshafts also populate the trails, blowing cool air out of their once-valuable depths in the summer and warm air in the winter, offering a source of warmth more pleasant than yeti breath.
In its inaugural year, Spoil Me 2012 celebrates and bolsters the diverse lives of women of all ages with health and wellness workshops, yoga classes, and professional speakers. Participants stroll or practice their runway strut through the center, sampling cuisine bites or swilling sips of wine while watching fashion models exhibit burgeoning trends and accessories. Although everyone has access to classes and workshops, VIP visitors also get to bask in pampering sessions from local spa personnel, who whisk away stress caused by long workdays and nights spent robbing ATMs. During the silent purse auction, all eventgoers can bid, with proceeds going to domestic-violence shelters and homeless shelters for women in Dalton and Chattanooga.
Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters utilizes its location in the Aska Adventure Area to gift outdoor recreation fans with sweeping views during inimitable excursions. Navigate the two provided kayaks down the Toccoa River for the two- to three-hour unguided kayak expedition to encounter serene waters, as well as rainbow trout working on their ROYGBIV dissertations. The kayak rentals come with life jackets, paddles, and a shuttle ride from the Outfitters' Lilly Pad meeting location to the kayak-launching area.
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.