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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!

Boll Weevil Cafe and Sweetery

I had a lunch date with a few friends the other day. We decided to meet at Boll Weevil Cafe and Sweetery located on 9th Street in Downtown Augusta and catch up and of course eat!  This restaurant has a little bit of everything. It offers some traditional southern dishes like fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits, there is plentiful  wine selection available by either the glass or the bottle and also several out-of-this-world homemade desserts. As a matter of fact, the readers of Augusta Magazine have voted the sweetery Best Desserts for four years in a row!

Michelle had the Havanna Chicken, grilled chicken rubbed with jerk seasoning served with dirty rice and black beans with cheese.

Leza had the Mahi Mahi, an 8 oz. mahi fillet blackened and served over dirty rice with a cream sauce.

Tamara and I had the half and half special with the Curious George Sandwich, which is turkey topped with spinach dip and provolone cheese. I had the Caesar side salad and Tamara had the vegetable soup with her sandwich. It was Delicious!

And of course we had to have some of their award-winning dessert! We decided to split one of their famous desserts, the 7th Heaven Cake, two rich chocolate layers of cake sandwiching a layer of cheesecake covered in butter cream, topped with ganache and chocolate chips. So tasty, but so large, between the four of us had trouble finishing it!

The cafe offers fantastic lunch and dinner specials, but are known in the Augusta area mostly for their desserts. Check them out!

Boll Weevil Cafe and Sweetery
10 Ninth St
Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 722-7772

March Survey's from Facebook Fans

Every Monday we survey our Facebook Fans. Here are some of the results of the surveys from this month.

Where can you find the best slice of pizza in Augusta?

Giuseppi’s (2 votes)

Yo, Pizza (2 votes)

Pizza Central

Pizza Joint (2 votes)

Mellow Mushroom

And the winner is Romas Pizza with 3 votes

What do you like to do in Augusta on a beautiful day?

Go outside and soak up the Vitamin D in my beautiful Hometown. If I could I would walk on Riverwalk.

Play Disc Golf

Take a walk on the Augusta Canal

Ride a bike from 5th Street Marina (you can rent one there) to all points Augusta

Trail running!

Where can you find a good sandwich in Augusta?

Panera Bread

Manuel’s Bread Cafe in Hammond’s Ferry

Sub Station

Inner Bean Cafe

Du Jour on Broad Street (3 votes)

Village Deli (3 votes)

Jones Creek Clubhouse

Walton Way Deli

RSVP (3 votes)

Sandwich City

New Moon Cafe (2 votes)

Casa Blanca Cafe

Hildebrandt’s Food Store

Delta Sandwich Shoppe

Baldinos (3 votes)

Sconyers BBQ

Pizza Joint

And the winner is Boll Weevil with 4 votes.

What is your favorite Masters week event?

I’ve had the privilege of going to the Masters several times for the four days of play and so I would say my favorite is all of it! Just to be able to walk the grounds and be there is quite an experience.

Rock Fore Dough!

We have been several times to the Masters. The entire week is great! We rent our home so others may enjoy the Masters. Some times I want to stay, it is such an exciting week!!! Oh, don’t forget to play Jones Creek. Food at the club house is great too

Surveys from Facebook Fans

Every Monday we survey our Facebook Fans. Here are some of the results of the surveys from this month.

Where can you find the best dessert in Augusta?

The Snug’s Bourbon Pecan Pie

Casa Blanca Café

Calvert’s

Villa Europa

O’Charley’s Caramel Crème Pie

The Boll Weevil Café (3 votes)

And the winner is French Market Grille, Surrey Center with 4 votes

Where is your favorite place to take out of town guests when they visit Augusta?

Beamies

First Friday Festivities

The Boll Weevil Café

Petersburg boat tour on the Augusta Canal

1102 Bar & Grill

And the winner is Somewhere in Augusta with 2 votes

Where can you get the best glass of sweet tea in Augusta?

Daddy O’s Steak Subs

Blue Sky Kitchen

Chic-fil-A

French Market Grille

S&S Cafeteria

Wife-Saver (2 votes)

Zaxby’s (2 votes)

Sunshine tea from the Sunshine Bakery (3 votes)

And the winner is Sconyers BBQ with 5 votes

Who serves the best fried chicken in Augusta?

Stonecrest Steakhouse

Fat Man’s Café

Ryan’s Steak House (2 votes)

Café 209 (3 votes)

Harvest Table (4 votes)

And the winner is Wife Saver with 6 votes

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