Many towns also have a variety of shopping experiences in a less hectic environment, from Scott’s Bookstore in Newnan to High Country Art & Antiques in Blue Ridge. Most areas host annual fairs and festivals where local art, crafts, and jewelry are displayed and sold. Bargain hunters will enjoy the many discount stores near Atlanta. North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville, Calhoun Premium Outlets, and Tanger discount stores in Commerce and Locust Grove are only an hour away. The Smoky Mountains are home to the largest concentration of discount stores in the country, housing two Tanger Outlets, Pigeon Forge Outlet Mall and Belz Outlets. There are also many traditional shopping centers, led by Lenox Square in Atlanta, the first closed shopping center in the southeastern United States. It is another relaxing alternative for the weekend. The wine industry in Georgia has grown dramatically over the last decade, with dozens of new vineyards opening and winning prizes. The North Georgia Wine Trail links eight established vineyards in the mountains, including Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris, Three Sisters Vineyards in Dahlonega, Habersham Winery in Helen and Tiger Mountain Vineyards in Tiger.
I sat in the FBO’s lounge working while monitoring the radar. Around noon, I was surprised to see that the thunderstorms over central Illinois were quickly dying out, just in the direction I needed to go. I borrowed a car to go grab a sandwich, then got ready to take off. By the time I was ready, central Illinois had only spotty light rain, according to the radar. There were still thunderstorms to the northeast, over Lake Michigan, and to the southwest into Missouri, but that one hole was all I needed. The remaining concern was the cloud cover: There were several airports just west of the Illinois/Indiana border reporting very low clouds, but gradually improving. And Galesburg, Illinois, a few miles east of the planned destination, tiny Monmouth, Illinois, had a one-degree temperature/dew point spread and clouds too low for visual flight. But I figured I’d go ahead and, if it didn’t improve, land somewhere else. But Monmouth was attractive because they sell autogas for about $1 less than aviation fuel!
If you aren’t enjoying the process, mistakes are more likely. Consider hiring a professional if you feel that this is happening to you. When completing a home improvement project, the tools you use can be the difference between success and disaster. The correct tools will help make the job easier to do and you will better results. Of course, it also helps to understand exactly how each tool should be used. When doing home improvements, there’s an easy way to save money on energy use. Utilize a power strip instead of keeping all your home’s electronics plugged in to the wall. You can turn a surge protector on and off. This will save money on your electric bill. Your electronic stuff will not suck power when they are not in use. Make sure you have a solid plan when getting ready to do home improvements. Making choices about price, the changes you will make, and the amount of time you are willing to spend will save you valuable time and money.
“Middletown.” Streams through Sunday, April 4 at 8 p.m. Stream this story of two couples as they endure the rollercoaster of life together. Sandy Duncan, Didi Conn, Donny Most and Adrian Zmed star. Toy Swap Meet. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 3. Free admission, $10 for a table. Parking lot of Treasure Hunt Antique Mall, 3217 New MacLand Road, Powder Springs. Set up a table to sell your toys from the ’60s to the present or shop for GI Joe figures, Transformers, comics and more. Drive-Thru Easter Egg & Scavenger Hunt Extravaganza. Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, April 3. Free. Exchange Park, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur. Bring kids in kindergarten to fifth grade to have fun with a drive-by scavenger hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny and more. Family Fun Easter Weekend. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 3 and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, April 4. Free. Stone Mountain Mall, 5615 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain.
things to do in atlanta this weekend When it comes to the best things to do in Georgia this weekend, you simply cannot pass up a trip to the famous Marietta Diner. 1 diner in Georgia, if that tells you anything! The diner has also made appearances on Food Network – for good reason. The menu is super extensive, so you’re bound to find something you like. And don’t forget to grab a (jumbo sized) slice of cake on your way out or a chocolate covered cannoli. If you love Mexican cuisine, make sure you check out Superica! The interior of this place is on point, and the food is just as good. The location at the Krog Street Market is ideal if you’d like to get some shopping done and check that attraction off your list of things to do in Georgia this weekend while you’re at it. Cheesecaked is a specialty milkshake shop and bakery in Atlanta, but it’s so much more than that. With milkshakes practically the size of your head, this southern sweet shop is definitely worth a spot on your list of things to do in Georgia this weekend.