While other boys spent the bulk of their days trading baseball cards, 9-year-old David Luckie took his jon boat and headed out onto the gentle eddies of Lake Acworth. Today, the grown-up Luckie shares his years of angling experience through Trophies of Lanier Fishing Guide Service. Supplying clients with all necessary gear, Luckie specializes in finding and hooking up with Lanier's feisty, muscular striped bass. The guide's techniques also sometimes entice strikes from other deep-dwelling creatures, such as spotted bass, largemouth bass, and liopleurodons. When not angling, Luckie continues his passion for outdoor work as a firefighter, EMT, and scuba diver.
Located near the 38,000-acre Lake Lanier, Don Carter State Park provides visitors with a tranquil escape. Nature lovers can relax on the sandy beach or take a boat out onto the water. After rinsing off in the bathhouse, wander through the hardwood forest or bike on the park's trail. For those who want to experience the outdoors morning, noon, and night, the park houses more than 50 campsites and cottages, where guests can prop up a tent, roast marshmallows, and teach the local owls how to howl on cue.
Sweetwater Outfitting Company makes hunting and fly-fishing getaways a cinch to organize. National forest surrounds 1,500 private acres of land and five miles of streams, perfect for those seeking trout, turkeys, deer, and tree-climbing fish. Some opt for day-long packages, while those choosing overnight packages can stay in a cabin nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Once you’ve bellied up to the cozy tasting room’s bar like an urbane, sophisticated cowboy, you’ll be treated to a few flavorful wafts and quaffs of Montaluce's finest 2008 and 2009 red and white wines, fermented from the carefully maintained fruits of its 35-acre vineyard. The 2008 chardonnay massages the nose with aromas of green apples, pear, and lemon zest mixed with smoke, walnut, and honeysuckle. And the 2008 risata (Italian for laughter) will put your palate into hysterics with notes of cherries, raspberries, cranberry, savory herbs, and just the faintest hint of Joker venom. Otherwise, go snorkeling for the dark chocolate notes buried in the oaky, deep violet, kraken-filled deeps of the cabernet sauvignon. Much like wine itself, your experience at Montaluce will be different depending on the exact point in time you partake of it. Gracious guests who arrive for their wine flight Tuesday through Saturday will be treated to a complimentary guided winery tour at 2 p.m. Likewise, Sunday sippers can tune their taste buds to live musical performances on the veranda from noon to 5 p.m.