At the summit of Mount Yonah, hikers bask in the dying sunlight and soak up views of verdant foothills that span the horizon. Before the sun dips below the peaks, they meander back down the craggy trail toward Habersham Vineyard, where they can toast to a wholesome day of hiking. This scenic hike is one of dozens of possible routes led by Skywater Georgia Wine Hiking?s knowledgeable guides. They draw upon their knowledge of the region to showcase the best trails and wineries during daylong tours. Based on each group?s fitness level, interest, and ability to tolerate photo-bombing sasquatches, guides can plan easy-going three-hour hikes around Victoria Bryant State Park, or embark instead on a 10-hour journey up the steep foothills of Standing Indian. Regardless of the tour route, guides take time to point out local flora and fauna, and energize groups? with a light lunch.
Trained by Zumba founder Beto Perez, Janet Ackerman has spread the gospel of Zumba worldwide, teaching classes in Chile, Mexico, India, China, and Hong Kong. Back home, she became one of Atlanta’s first Zumba instructors and now shares her fitness passion with hordes of willing participants. ZumbaAtlanta.com offers group dance parties several days a week, helping attendees burn calories through fun, hip-shaking dance steps set to modern Latin music, and offers events such as motivational team building for corporate groups or private Zumba Fitness parties for bachelorettes.
Filled with whippersnappers soaring down slides and giggling as they hop on giant trampolines, Superior Play Systems' sprawling showrooms seem more like lively amusement parks than retail stores. As youngsters explore the professionally assembled play sets and basketball courts, staffers attend the parents, answering inquiries and guiding them through the store's extensive selection of safety-tested trampolines, and sports and recreation equipment. The store is home to a sweeping variety of imaginative play sets, made from durable materials like certified California redwood and cedar.
Threshing Floor Academy is a children's art and music program with a mission of helping children and families Find Purpose in the Arts™. The academy offers quality and innovative art, music, dance, culinary arts and fitness classes out of a 3,000 sq.ft.children's art gallery Tues.-Sat. and is open for field trips on Monday
Tiny Towne is any little kid's dream village: the year-round temperature is a balmy 72–78 degrees, the skies are always free of clouds, and they're the ones in the driver's seat. At Tiny Towne, the philosophy is that no child is too young to learn the rules of the road. Here, in a 36,000-square-foot facility, kids aged 3–15 take the wheel in a real-life video game, as they cruise down streets in scaled-down cars. But instead of going on a joyride to the nearest toy store, little drivers must obey all traffic signs and signals, especially if they want to move up a level. Drivers make their way through three such levels, by displaying proper driving skills and completing activities on the high-tech facility's touch-screen computers and traffic safety educational programs.
As their kids drive, parents can stroll through the town or observe from an umbrella-shaded table on the balcony. Three different car sizes are available for children from 3 to 16, and toddlers climb into their own pintsize cars that move back and forth with a touch of the steering wheel, but do not enable them to drive, since everyone knows toddlers have lead feet. A train circles the town and goes through a tunnel, and after older siblings' sessions, they can join their families in Tiny Towne's restaurant for a bite to eat or the arcade to play a few games.
Among the countless ways people choose to unwind, playing golf and drinking wine are certainly two of the most popular. But how about doing both in the same day? Such a dream becomes reality at Georgia Wine Golfing, where individuals and groups take to the links with wine glasses in tow.
The concept is as simple as it is brilliant: for each excursion, the company dispatches one of its expert guides to a local course such as Rabun Golf or Highland Walk. That guide will lead your group through a full 18-hole round of golf complete with a picnic-style lunch. Following the round is a wine tasting at Boutier Winery in Royston or Stone Creek Vineyards in Tiger, where players can toast to their on-course success. Every Georgia Wine Golfing experience includes all necessary supplies, though guides recommend that you also bring your own water, camera, and funny golf-cart horn.