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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!

Nacho Mama's, Downtown Augusta


One of my favorite places to venture to on my lunch break with co-workers is Nacho Mama’s, located in downtown Augusta. If you find yourself downtown and hungry make sure to find your way to this atypical Mexican eatery for either lunch or dinner. What establishes Nacho Mama’s from its competitors are their large serving sizes, fresh and delicious ingredients, and its prime location to downtown shopping and attractions.

Nacho Mama’s menu looks much like a menu should look for a typical Mexican dining establishment. The hunger-stricken guest can find nachos, burritos, hard and soft shell tacos, quesadillas and taco salads. But, each dish is larger than one would expect and has an authentic taste unlike anything I have ever tasted. My favorite is the chicken and black bean taco, loaded with fresh, all white meat chicken, black beans, Monterey-jack cheese, lettuce and pico. Also, add an order of the nacho cheese and the Nacho Mama’s house salsa, mango habanero salsa, which makes the perfect appetizer while you are waiting for your taco, burrito, etc. to be prepared fresh to order.

There is plenty of seating upstairs or downstairs and they are happy to accommodate larger parties of families, friends, co-workers, whomever. They offer a great selection of beer, both domestic and imports. Drop by for happy hour daily from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. They also make an excellent top shelf margarita and also serve several well drinks.

After you are nice and full, take a stroll down Broad Street and enjoy the authentic shops that can only be found in Downtown Augusta. Most are open later in the evening, especially during First Fridays.

Nacho Mama’s

976 Broad Street
Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 724-0501

Lunch at Blue Sky Kitchen

One of my favorite local places to grab a quick lunch is Blue Sky Kitchen.  Located in downtown Augusta, this restaurant offers a variety of choices from Cuban sandwiches and Korean beef to their signature Redneck Stir Fry. I love that all of their food is always fresh! The last time I was there for lunch, I ordered a veggie sandwich that had avocados on it-well, they were out of avocados. They insisted that they run down to their other restaurant, Nacho Mama’s and get me some for my sandwich. I have always had great food and service when I go there! It is such a great place to sit outside and enjoy downtown on a nice day in Augusta.

Cirque du Soleil in Augusta!

What a fun night out. No kids this time. My girlfriend, Miriam, and I went to see Cirque Du Soleil – Alegria at the James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia. We met at Nacho Mama’s in downtown Augusta for dinner first. The place was hopping for a Wednesday night. In line in front of us to order was the owner of a great art shop just a block down – Art on Broad. Kristen was with her sister and nieces, also heading to the show. At Nacho Mamas, you order at the counter because they “don’t need no stinkin’ waiters.” My fish tacos were fantastic and I am guessing Miriam’s spinach and mushroom quesadilla was not bad either, because neither of us left a crumb on the plate.

The James Brown Arena is just two blocks off the main street in Augusta, so we were there just in time to make the 7:30 show. We did stop for two seconds to say hello to the arena general manager, Monty Jones, Jr. He was in the box office just making sure things were running smoothly for the opening night. I do love that about Augusta. Seeing people you know – and seeing people caring about their job.

At any rate, the show was fantastic. If you haven’t seen a Cirque show – you should. It is amazing what they train these humans to do. It’s just a testament to human athleticism, endurance and choreography-plus some fabulous costumes!  Miriam said it made her feel like she needed to work out. Please… Miriam is tiny and in great shape. For me, not in shape or tiny, but they made it look so easy that I thought for sure “I could do that.”

It was a great night out in downtown Augusta, Georgia – a fabulous dinner and great show at the James Brown Arena. I can hardly wait for the next fun show to come to town.

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