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.
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WHAT TO DO
Roswell is full of history, and that’s no more apparent than in a trio of 19th-century homes in the downtown area: Barrington Hall, Smith Plantation and Bulloch Hall. Barrington Hall is the home of Barrington King, the son of Roswell’s founder, Roswell King. Smith Plantation was the home of Archibald Smith with his wife, children and 30 slaves. Bulloch Hall is the childhood home of Mittie Bulloch, the mother of future U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt and grandmother of Eleanor Roosevelt. Each offers guided tours that provide a glimpse back into Georgia’s past.
• Barrington Hall: 535 Barrington Dr.
• Smith Plantation: 935 Alpharetta St.
• Bulloch Hall: 180 Bulloch Ave.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
The CNC is one of the best places in metro Atlanta to “get your nature on.” Founded by local activists in the mid-1970s, the CNC offers the community a variety of ways to connect with land, water, wildlife, plants, educators and more on its 127 acres adjacent to the Chattahoochee River. The Discovery Center features live and native animals, interactive exhibits, a nature exchange and gift shop. Outside, pick one of five wooded hiking trails, glide in the trees on a zipline, take a guided canoe trip or say hello to dozens of native raptors and reptiles. CNC also offers tons of fun summer camps for kids and several classy events (think picnic and jazz) for adults.
Where: 9135 Willeo Rd.
Imagine playing a sport that combines basketball, hockey and Jai-Alai while riding something that resembles a bumper car. That’s WhirlyBall. And WhirlyBall Atlanta has been offering a wild group-bonding or team-building experience for 20 years. With a Jai-Alai-style plastic scoop in one hand and steering crank in the other, two teams of five “WhirlyBugs” whiz around the 4,000-square-foot court passing a softball-sized ball. Ultimately, teams try to get the ball through the 15-inch hole in vertically-hung backboards at each end of the court.
Where: 5130 Commerce Parkway, Roswell
WHERE TO EAT
This upscale restaurant combines the vibe of a 1920s speakeasy with “globally-inspired” cuisine. Together, it creates a unique pub that offers a mix of cocktails and spirits along with brunch, lunch and dinner featuring fresh greens, market-fresh seafood, soups and salads, burgers and sandwiches and much more.
Where: 948 Canton St.
The Fickle Pickle
Located in an 1890’s Victorian house in the heart of Historic Roswell, this Southern-style deli and café has been serving “dill-licious” lunch and dinner since 2003. Famous for its Cajun fried pickles with creole remoulade sauce, The Fickle Pickle offers a full menu of sandwiches, sides and salads, along with beer and wine. And naturally, all of its pickles — Dill, Bread and Butter, Cajun, and Sweet Little Devils — are made from scratch.
Where: 1085 Canton St.