Worth the Drive: A Brr-Fectly Fun Time

by Christina Mimms for The Aha! Connection

Christmas at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville returns with a chill this year – a welcome one, with the ICE! exhibit headlining the holiday extravaganza at our neighbor to the north.

The ICE! exhibit is a signature experience at Opryland dating to 2001, when the first team of Chinese artisans hand-carved 5,000 tons of ice into massive sculptures with a holiday theme.… Read More »

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Worth the Drive: Berry Patch Farms

by Christina Mimms for The Aha! Connection

If you’re a little behind on your pumpkin picking this year, it’s not too late! Venture up 400 to Old Milton and about 10 miles to Woodstock and you’ve arrived at a fabulous pumpkin farm – Berry Patch Farms. Family owned and operated since 1978, the farm offers fall pumpkins, Christmas trees in the winter and blueberries in the spring. … Read More »

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Smith Family Smoky Mountains & Dollywood Trip!

By Peggy Smith for The Aha! Connection

I read somewhere that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited park in the nation. With over 800 miles of trails, mountain vistas, forests, waterfalls, and scenic views, there’s no doubt why.  Between the park and its surrounding tourist-friendly towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, there’s truly something for everyone here. … Read More »

Worth the Drive The Ultimate Pit Stop: Buc-ee’s

By Christina Mimms for The Aha! Connection

Venture down I-75 from Atlanta and you’ll likely see a series of billboards showing a friendly little creature saying, “Ain’t no potty like a Buc-ee’s potty” or “Smiles for all your miles.”

This is Buc-ee’s, a relative newcomer to Georgia, having opened an iteration of the “world’s largest convenience store” in Warner Robins in November 2020, and adding 200 jobs to the area in the process.… Read More »

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Vacation with Lauren: Asheville, North Carolina!

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Our family was lucky enough to take a summer getaway to Asheville, North Carolina. My husband and I had visited many years ago, but we have never been with our children. Since it was really a trip for my husband, I opted to stay in a VRBO about 20 miles from Asheville on a 40-acre horse farm and not a hotel downtown.… Read More »

Worth the Drive: Roosevelt’s Little White House

By Christina Mimms for The Aha! Connection

Just south of Atlanta lies an important piece of American and presidential history – Franklin Roosevelt’s Little White House in Warm Springs, Ga. A drive here makes for an easy day trip from Atlanta and a glimpse into a time capsule of sorts with its significance.

Roosevelt learned of Warm Springs and its therapies for polio patients in 1924, long before he was elected U.S.… Read More »

Worth the Drive: Pumpkin Patch on Holcomb Bridge Road

by Christina Mimms for The Aha! Connection

Is the rain putting a damper on your pumpkin farm plans this season? A local option not far from Dunwoody is the pumpkin patch at Bridge to Grace Church, 2385 Holcomb Bridge Road. 

With a wide variety of pumpkins – including gourds and some funky colors – you may find just what you need without venturing outside the metro area.… Read More »

Worth the Drive: Alpharetta’s Amphitheatre

By Christina Mimms for The Aha! Connection

Note from Audra:  I’ve  heard a bunch of DHS Seniors are headed to see Brad Paisley next Friday night!!!

Atlanta has the good fortune to draw most major artists on concert tours, even giving them their pick of venues to play – will they choose State Farm Arena, Chastain Amphitheatre, Gwinnett Arena, Cobb Energy Centre or … Alpharetta’s Ameris Bank Amphitheatre?Read More »

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Worth the Drive: Atlanta Botanical Gardens’ Latest Exhibit

by Christina Mimms for The Aha! Connection

For some people, a green thumb is hard to come by. The few flowers I’ve planted in my gardens over the years mostly remain, some of them barely clinging to life while others surprisingly hang on from one year to the next. Others, well, not so much.

The good news is that our fair city offers a gorgeous plant life to admire just a short drive away at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.… Read More »


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Top 5 Reasons Why Avalon is Worth the Drive

By Christina Mimms for The Aha! Connection

Venture about 20 minutes up GA 400 from Dunwoody and you will discover the delightful, delicious outdoor venue known as Avalon. More than just restaurants and shops, the complex hosts numerous special events all with a family-friendly vibe. Here are the Top 5 reasons to go OTP to Avalon in Alpharetta:

  1. Avalon includes a number of restaurants, all with outdoor seating options.
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Worth the drive – ‘Salad Days’ return with Salata expansion

By Christina Mimms for The Aha! Connection

If you mourned the closing of Doc Green’s years ago, there’s a new restaurant in town to finally fulfill your custom salad dreams.

Salata, with multiple locations around Atlanta, offers more than 50 different items to build your own salad. From proteins to fruit to vegetables, you can fill your bowl with as many healthy delights as you wish.… Read More »