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October Weekend Whirl

We all need a little weekend getaway to keep things fun and to relax a little. October in Augusta, Ga brings cooler weather and bright fall colors along the Augusta Riverwalk and the Canal. Start planning your weekend whirl for October 18 – 20, 2013. Click here to see which hotels are available for the weekend.

What to do: It’s all about enjoying the cool weather and exploring outside this month!

Take a Moonlight Music Cruise. Enjoy an early fall cruise down the Augusta Canal with live music on the Petersburg Boat by Brandon Cocker.  Food and drink is allowed on-board, so grab a bottle of wine or your favorite drink and a few snacks for the trip. Click here to reserve your seats online.

Weave your way through The Maize at Steed’s Dairy. Pick a pumpkin from the patch, wind your way through the corn maze, take a hay ride and enjoy candy apples and hot cider – it doesn’t get much more fall than this! $10 gets you into everything except the corn cannon (those are $1 per shot). Visit SteedsDairy.com for more information.

Experience what life was like during Colonial Times. North Augusta’s Living History Park brings the colonial period from 1735 – 1785 to life with demonstrations and living exhibits. Try your hand at colonial dances or see if you’re fit to join the militia. Since Colonial Times is free – you’ll have some extra cash to do a little shopping later! For more info, visit ColonialTimes.us.

Where to shop: Augusta has lots of unique shops where you can find one of a kind gifts, clothes and more!

Get your vintage fix. Vintage Ooollee is located in the heart of Downtown Augusta on Broad Street. You’ll find vintage clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women.

Get “the look” for less. Vignettes is a women and teen clothing boutique. The best part? Everything in the store is under $80! So grab everything you need to recreate your favorite fall look without breaking the bank.

Get an Augusta t-shirt to take home. Who doesn’t love t-shirts? You’ll have plenty to choose from along with men’s polos, hats, sunglasses and lots more Augusta themed gifts at the Augusta Visitor Center located inside the Augusta Museum of History. When you stop in to get your ticket for the Trolley Tour, make sure you take a look and take something home!

What to eat: The local food scene in Augusta makes it hard to choose – but here are a few suggestions. You can always come back another weekend and try more!

Tacos & Beer. Sound good? Then try Nacho Mama’s – a quick-serve funky little local favorite serving up creative burritos, nachos, tacos and quesadillas along with cold beer. And don’t forget the cheese dip or fresh guacamole.

Burgers & Shakes. This classic combo just got a whole lot better than your average fast food joint can serve up. Farmhaus Burgers uses fresh, farm-to-table ingredients to make burgers loaded with flavor and lots of personality. Add to that a fresh, thick & creamy shake made with local ingredients and you’ve got a match made in burger paradise.

Cake & Coffee. Imagine a cake that’s a foot tall with lots of moist layers and sweet icing paired with the perfect cup of locally roasted coffee. Now open your eyes – you’re at the Boll Weevil! Cakes are baked fresh daily and the coffee is locally roasted in Augusta and is so smooth you won’t need sugar or creamer. You’ll leave on a cloud of sugar and caffeine – and that’s a promise!

Want more info? Visit www.AugustaGa.org for a full calendar of events and list of restaurants and attractions.

See you soon!

Not Gaddy & I DRUM 2 U: Augusta Canal Moonlight Music Cruise

Ashton Randall, the Electronic Media Manager at the ACVB, went on her first Moonlight Music Cruise down the Augusta Canal. See video clips and photos from the cruise in this new video blog. For more information visit http://www.augustacanal.com 

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ESi Ironman 70.3 in Augusta, Ga

Three ladies from the ACVB participated as Team Visit Augusta in the ESi Ironman 70.3 in Augusta, Ga. We were so proud of them! Peggy (pictured above), the cyclist for the team, shares her experience from the triathlon along with some fun pictures from last year.

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Make plans to go downtown on September 30th to watch this year’s Ironman 70.3 – it’s super inspiring!

Ironman Website

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.

Mountain Biking in Augusta

Mountain biking is a great activity to explore the area around Augusta.  With over 100 miles of single track, you can take your pick from all sorts of trail options.  This weekend we decided to check out a new section of Bartram trail that connects two parks at Lake Thurmond.  The new section extends the length of the original trail to 18 ½ miles one way from West Dam Park to Wildwood Park while passing by Spring Lakes and Petersburg Campground.  Depending how far you want to ride on this in and out style of trail, you can start at any of the four trailheads.  We met up with friends at the trailhead just outside the Petersburg Campground to ride the new section that extends towards Wildwood Park.

The new trail is considered intermediate level and was designed with exciting banked turns, dips, and jumps.

With all those fun features and the occasional beautiful view of the lake while meandering through the woods, this trail could easily become a favorite of mine!

If you’d like to ride Bartram Trail or explore some of the other trails in the area check out SORBA-CSRA, our local mountain biking club. Their website  and forum are great resources for biking information and directions.

If you need to rent a mountain bike during your visit, contact Chain Reaction Bicycle Shop at (706) 855-2024.

See you on the trails!

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