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