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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!

Specials at the Augusta Visitor Center

It’s hard to believe that October is finally here! Thankfully, it is bringing very pleasant weather to the Garden City. While you are visiting downtown, you should stop by the Augusta Visitor Center, located inside the lobby of the Augusta Museum of History.  During the month of October the ‘Play Augusta’ t-shirt is on sale for 20% off.  What better way to show off your pride in Augusta, than to sport one of these tees?  This is just one of the Augusta souvenirs that the Visitor Center has to offer, along with many different products made in Georgia, like pecan brittle and muscadine cider. You can also find specialties by Augusta’s own Very Vera, who was recently featured on Throwdown with Bobby Flay.

Throughout the rest of the year, there will also be other items on sale, including peach jam and Augusta canvas tote bags, which are both great ideas for the upcoming holiday season. You can also find a wealth of information on things to do and where to shop and dine in Augusta!

Augusta Visitor Center
560 Reynolds Street
(706) 724-4067
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.

Augusta Visitor Center

The Augusta Visitor Information Center continues to draw visitors and tourists from all over the world   For example, in January our visitors included couples from Australia and Alaska. 

I asked the couple from Australia what brought them to Augusta. They replied that they both had never visited before and wanted to tour our city. They enjoyed a tour of the Augusta Museum of History, which includes a James Brown (Godfather of Soul) exhibit.  The couple expressed to me that they enjoyed the hospitality we offer in Augusta and that they really felt welcomed.

The couple from Alaska decided to stay in Augusta for the night and tour before leaving the next day to go to Florida.  I provided them with information about what they could do while in Augusta and places they could eat.  After exploring Artists’ Row (a section in downtown with several art galleries) and downtown Augusta, the couple came back to say goodbye and how they really enjoyed their time in our city.

As is true of many of our visitors to the Augusta Visitor Center, they find out what Augusta has to offer.  All of our guests express satisfaction and appreciation for the information and special attention they receive from the visitor center staff and volunteers.

If you plan to visit, make sure the Augusta Visitor Center is one of your stops. We love to help you enjoy your stay while you are in Augusta!

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