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 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 Stone Mountain, 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.
Certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association, the instructors at Skywater Atlanta Tennis impart their ball-whacking wisdom to students of all ages in private, group, and team settings. As protégés learn stroke basics and strategic fundamentals such as scoring, court positioning, and footwork, teachers foster a welcoming environment that encourages improvement without fear of reprisal for common mistakes such as faulting on a serve or strumming the wrong string on the racket during a mock guitar solo.
Using the experiences gained during years as a professional racecar driver and builder, Competition 101 Racing School founder Stuart Lycett trains the next generation of podium finishers during one-on-one racing lessons. Whether behind the wheel of stock cars, Trans Am T2 sports cars, sprint cars, or open-wheel cars, pupils soak in on-track experience on dirt tracks, short ovals, speedways, or road circuits while radios and on-board video cameras record every turn for scrutiny during future feedback sessions.
In addition to their introductory class, instructors also offer one-, two-, and three-day school programs. After the three-day program, studious speedsters may complete their training by competing in a sanctioned race event in front of paying spectators and a real checkered flag. Stuart and his crew also welcome interns willing to work for six months in exchange for a free three-day racing school program.
Artistic opportunities abound at Mudpatch Creations. The locally owned pottery studio hosts classes and birthday parties that focus on painting techniques and of course, pottery. The staff helps visitors decorate bisque and greenware items, such as animal figurines or plates for those same animal figurines to use when eating. Mudpatch also sells pottery supplies including glazes, acrylic paints, and a selection of brushes.