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These are a few of my favorite things…

Augusta, Georgia is a beautiful city. Its milder year-round temperatures make it an excellent place to live, and also a great place to visit. I love Augusta, I love its history and heritage, its people, its architecture, dining options and more. But, I must admit that I am partial to a certain things that make Augusta great. These are a few of my favorite things…

Some of my favorite attractions…


The Augusta Canal Heritage Area – Explore the nation’s only industrial power canal still in use today for its original purpose. Enjoy it on bike or foot along the tow path or by canoe, kayak or a guided boat tour. Also make time to see the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center to learn more about the Augusta Canal, its history and how it helped make Augusta what it is today. Watch Augusta Canal Video

The James Brown Exhibit at the Augusta Museum of History – The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown himself. This first of its kind exhibition features rare memorable and personal artifacts which vividly tell the story of Brown’s rise to worldwide fame. Did you know that James Brown was from Augusta and used to shine shoes in downtown Augusta as a boy? Watch Augusta Museum Video

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park - Explore a swamp right here in the heart of Augusta! See wildlife in its natural habitat at this 1150-acre park complete with trails, boardwalks that carry you over the wetlands, observatory decks, guided tours are also available. The park is open seven days a week from dawn till dusk. Great for the little ones! Watch Phinizy Swamp Video

Storm Thurmond/Clarks Hill Lake – With more than 1,000 miles of shore line, it is the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River. You can camp, hike or bike trails, enjoy outdoor and water sports or visit one of the many designated swimming areas. It is also home to the International Disc Golf Association, a new, fun and innovative alternative to ball golf.

Of course all the fun and excitement can make a person hungry, luckily if you’re in Augusta we have more than 300 restaurants to enjoy. Here are a few of my favorites…

Bees Knees Tapas Restaurant & Lounge - They take a global approach that includes cuisine and flavor from many different cultures. And, tapas are small, so feel free to order several, and make sure to share with your group so everyone has the opportunity to try it all. You won’t be disappointed. They make excellent red and white homemade Sangria.

Boll Weevil Cafe and Sweetery – This has to be my absolute favorite place for dessert. They offer an extensive dessert selection. Cakes, cheesecakes, pies and more; the slices are larger than you can imagine. One of my favorites? The Tiramisu. Yummmm….

This is just a sample of the things there are to do, see and eat in Augusta, Georgia. Visit our website for more information! www.AugustaGa.org.

Weekend Whirl

“Whirl (N): a rapid round of events, affairs, etc”

We all need a little mini-vacation sometimes and a weekend whirl to freshen things up is always fun. November in Augusta, Ga brings vibrant colors, a chill in the air, and anticipation for the holidays. So start planning your weekend getaway for November 11th through November 13th.

Friday Night

Dinner and a Show. Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre brings a funny and fresh holiday play to life this season with Christmas Belles. Don’t worry about trying to catch dinner before the show, you can grab dinner at the theatre!

Saturday 

Breakfast and a Cruise. Grab breakfast from  Fat Man’s Mill Café before heading right across the parking lot to the Augusta Canal and Interpretive Center. After you’ve had the chance to explore the history behind the canal, hop on a Petersburg Boat and cruise down the canal to enjoy all the beautiful fall foliage!

Head back to the hotel to rest and get ready for dinner!

Follow the Crums. Grab an early dinner at the trendy Crums on Central. Make sure you try the Bacon wrapped Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms or a fire grilled pizza!

Relive West Side Story. The Symphony Orchestra Augusta brings this classic story to life with all your favorite songs from the Broadway musical and the movie.

Sunday

Shop til You Drop! Christmas Made in the South provides the perfect place to shop for every hard-to-buy-for friend and relative on your holiday shopping list!

The A List

Top 5 things to get excited about in Augusta, Ga during November

November 5

Just in time to see all the beautiful fall colors, take a hike through Phinizy Swamp this weekend for Swamp Saturday! A trained volunteer will guide you through an 2.5 mile hike through the trails at Phinizy. And best of all, it’s FREE! Make sure you bring your camera!

 

November 11 – 13

The clock has begun ticking down for the holidays and Christmas Made in the South is the perfect opportunity to get some early gift shopping done. All those hard to buy for friends and family will be happily surprised! One of our favorite things about Christmas Made in the South is the free samples – so your taste buds will be happy too!

 

November 11, 12, 18, 19 & December 2 – 3

 In the South, we take our annual Christmas pageants very seriously. Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre’s Christmas Belles takes an annual Christmas play, throws in three crazy sisters, a vengeful sheep, and a family secret to create one holiday show you won’t forget!

 

November 17

The holidays make us think of warm cookies, hot chocolate, fireplaces, beautiful decorations, caroling and family.  Savor the sounds, smells, and tastes of the season at Sacred Heart Cultural Center during the annual Holiday Open House.

 

November 26 – 28

 This Thanksgiving weekend, you can spend an evening with your family at the historic Imperial Theatre for a night of magic and sugar plum fairies during The Nutcracker. Dance Augusta’s grand production has become a local favorite and a holiday tradition in Augusta.

Lurking in the Orange

A few days ago, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with a night out on the town. We had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants – The Bees Knees – which was FABULOUS, as always! Then we decided to go to the new art gallery downtown – Gaartdensity Gallery – because I’d heard that a new Halloween themed exhibit was opening.

When we got there, what we found “Lurking in the Orange” was a celebration of the spirit of Halloween. It pays tribute to the classic horror figures, but it also had new perspectives on scary, weird and creepy along with an element of fun that made the exhibit devilishly delightful.

It was our first time visiting the gallery, although I’ve heard that they have events and art shows quite frequently. If you’re in town before “Lurking in the Orange” closes, stop by and get into spirit of the season. And make sure you check back to see what kind of other fun events are happening!

Bees Knees Tapas Restaurant & Lounge

211 Tenth Street

706-828-3600

Gaartdensity Gallery

1155 Broad Street

Experience Art & Get Inspired!

When I was in college I needed a place to escape the daily grind of research, writing papers, reading textbooks, projects, and the list goes on…So I found a place. Where was my sanctuary? Where is it that I went for a refill of creative inspiration? It was the Morris Museum of Art.

The Morris Museum of Art is located on the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta. It is “The first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the American South.” Each and every item found in the museum was either created by an artist in the south, or the subject material is related to the South.

There is a permanent collection which holds paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs and more. In the collection you can find works for the Antebellum and Civil War periods, all the way to Contemporary Works created in the South. It’s an extensive collection with around 5,000 pieces.

To walk around from room to room and take it all in is an excellent escape from the world outside. Someone actually created this– it is inspirational! This mental, visual break helps me regain the composure I need to finish my assignments.

The Morris Museum of Art also offers eight to ten temporary exhibits yearly. Currently museum visitors can find two astonishing exhibits. One is Preservation of Place by Edward Rice. The Morris commissioned 40 paintings, drawn from public and private holdings in the Augusta area and elsewhere. The collection portrays recognizable Augusta landmarks such as the Sibley Mill, Sacred Heart Cultural Center and more. He uses bright, vibrant colors to draw the eye in through various layers creating a remarkable three-dimensional effect. The exhibit is on display until November 20, 2011.

The second temporary exhibit is Down South: Paintings by Art Rosenbaum and Photographs by Margo Newmark Rosenbaum. Famed painter, muralist and illustrator Art Rosenbaum (also 2011 Westobou Festival Signature Artist) and his wife Margo, well-known photographer joined forces to create a Grammy award-winning box set of field recordings of roots musicians performing songs and hymns unique to the South. The exhibit is on display until November 6, 2011.

The museum is not just a place for adults to escape the world and become engulfed by creativity, but also for children. There are several family fun days! For example, the first Sunday of each month is Artrageous! Family Sunday – where kids of all ages can get crafty and create their own works of art. And remember, Sunday admission to the Morris is free! The next Artrageos! Family Sunday will be November 6 at 2:00 p.m.

For more information on the fun things for both adults and children visit the Morris Museum of Arts’ website http://themorris.org. Or stop by and visit the friendly staff.

The Morris Museum of Art
One Tenth Street
Augusta, Georgia 30901
 706-724-7501

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday Noon – 5 p.m. (Free admission on Sundays)

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