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Hospitality Highway: Cumming is the 'gateway to leisure living'
Sawnee Mountain

There’s so much to do along this stretch of Georgia, and we’ve highlighted just a small portion in five cities: Alpharetta, Cumming, Dahlonega, Dawsonville and Roswell. There’s everything from spectacular hikes and mountain views to sophisticated dining and shopping along with loads of history and options for play. 

See the full issue of the March 400 Life magazine here.

Cumming

WHAT TO DO

Sawnee Mountain Preserve

Here’s arguably the best spot to catch a sunset in Cumming. Hike to the top to the Indian Seats and get a panoramic view all the way to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the horizon. Explore other hiking trails, taking mountain climbing lessons, have a picnic lunch at one of two pavilions or wander into the visitor center and enjoy information on flora and fauna, Native American artifacts and more.
Where: 4075 Spot Road

Sawnee Mountain


Lake Lanier

It’s not the most visited lake in the Southeast for no reason. Constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s, Lake Lanier now features 76 recreational areas, 10 marinas and Lanier Islands, among other amenities and outdoor opportunities. Locally, enjoy a day of fishing or swimming at Mary Alice Park with beaches, pavilions and boat ramps. 

Where: 1820 Mary Alice Park Road

Mary Alice Park


Anderson’s Sunflower Farm

This Instagram mecca won’t be around for much longer, so visit the scenic stopover this summer. The Anderson family has been growing 10 acres of sunflowers since the early 1990s, and groups flock from around the state to take pictures among the tall flowers. You can also get some local goods, like honey, lemonade and clothing.

Where: 3360 Shiloh Road

Anderson's sunflower farm

WHERE TO EAT

Tam’s BackStage

Located in the lower level of the city’s historic 1927 schoolhouse, Tam’s BackStage offers a blend of American cuisines with a northern Italian flair in a vintage atmosphere. Upstairs is the School Street Playhouse, a cozy community theater with regular productions, making Tam’s a great stop before or after a show.

Where: 215 Ingram Ave.
Visit: tamsbackstage.com

Tam’s BackStage


Indian Flavors

With the area’s rapidly-growing Indian-American population, it’s only fitting to pay one of the many ethnic eateries a visit. Indian Flavors is relatively simple as far as atmospheres go, but its menu is full of authentic Indian cuisine for lunch and dinner.

Where: 3020 Old Atlanta Road, Suite 300

Visit: indianflavorsrestaurant.com

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Indian Flavors