There’s a lot to see and do in the Peach State. If you’re looking for some ideas to fill your summer holiday this year, look no further than the sweet hills of Georgia. This southern state is a gem often overlooked for its eastern neighbor – but Florida can’t hold a candle to the goodies Georgia has to offer.
Take a look for yourself. We’ve rounded up 4 of the biggest can’t-miss stops throughout the state. Once you’ve had your fill, you won’t want to leave – we guarantee it!
You can’t come to Georgia without having a taste of Georgian peach cobbler! The sweet nectar from the peaches mixes perfectly with light, flaky crust and is best when topped with a giant dollop of vanilla ice cream. Few do it as well as Mary Mac’s.
Previously just one location of nearly 20, the present-day Mary Mac’s is the last of its kind. Founded in 1945, the tea room has remained a bustling eatery and draws in celebrities and locals alike. While you’re there, be sure you don’t miss out on their famous sweet tea.
They call themselves “a Savannah tradition” and they’re not wrong: Leopold’s Ice Cream has been around for 97 years and is still going strong. Named one of the best soda fountains in the US by Food and Wine Magazine, this is definitely a place you don’t want to skip out on.
Leopold’s was opened in 1919 by three Italian immigrant brothers who learned about desserts from an uncle. Still a family business, the local sweet factory is owned and operated by Hollywood producer Stratton Leopold. In 2004, Leopold and his wife opened a new location and used many of the fixtures from the original store, including the old marble soda fountain and a wooden phone booth. If you’re looking for a cool treat and a little nostalgia, stop in at Leopold’s.
If you’re more of an outdoorsy person, check out all that Augusta has to offer. From beautiful rolling golf courses to a bustling riverwalk to the gentle flow of the Augusta Canal, there’s plenty to see and keep you busy.
If you’re up for a little exercise, rent a kayak from Savannah Rapids Kayak Rental just outside Augusta. Novice kayakers can paddle their way down the canal and get picked up by the Savannah Rapids team; more experienced kayakers can try an alternative, more challenging route, weather- and water level-permitting. No matter the time of year, the canal is open to visitors. Don’t forget your sunblock!
If you’re into slam poetry (or any poetry), don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event. The NPS is the largest event of its kind in the US, drawing hundreds of applicants annually and thousands of attendees at gatherings all across the country. Tickets may be hard to come by for this popular affair, so don’t waste time getting yours! The event will be held August 1-6.
Officially founded in 1997, Poetry Slam Incorporated grew from a group based in Portland, Oregon to become the international non-profit organization it is today. PSI exists to “promote the performance and creation of poetry while cultivating literary activities and spoken word events in order to build audience participation, stimulate creativity, awaken minds, foster education, inspire mentoring, encourage artistic statement and engage communities worldwide in the revelry of language.” Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?
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