Day Trips/Get­aways

Where Atlanta - - THE GUIDE -

THE BIG HOUSE MU­SEUM— The All­man Broth­ers Band lived in this house from 1970-1973. The house now pays homage to the leg­endary band with rooms packed with mem­o­ra­bilia, fan art and an in­side look at the band’s daily mu­sic-mak­ing. Open Th-Su. Tick­ets: adults $10; mil­i­tary/stu­dents/se­niors $8; ages 10-18 $4; ages 9 and un­der free. www. the­big­house­mu­seum.com. 2321 Vineville Ave., Ma­con, 478.741.5551. BLUE RIDGE— En­joy nat­u­ral beauty and out­door fun only 90 miles north of At­lanta. With 106,000 acres lo­cated in the Chat­ta­hoochee Na­tional For­est, Blue Ridge of­fers hik­ing, fish­ing, bik­ing and other out­door pur­suits, plus shop­ping, an­tiquing and more. Rent a cozy cabin or a lux­ury moun­tain home, or stay in a bed and break­fast inn or ho­tel. www.blueridge­moun­tains.com. Fan­nin County Cham­ber of Com­merce and Wel­come Cen­ter, 152 Orvin Lance Drive, 800.899.6867. BOOTH WEST­ERN ART MU­SEUM— West­ern Amer­i­can art as well as pres­i­den­tial, Civil War and movie poster col­lec­tions. Plus, a chil­dren’s gallery, a gift shop, the­aters, a cafe and a re­search gallery. Closed M. Adults $10, se­niors $8, stu­dents $7, mil­i­tary and chil­dren un­der 13 free. www. booth­mu­seum.org. 501 Mu­seum Dr., Cartersville, 770.387.1300. Map2/B2 LAKE OCONEE— Lake Oconee boasts a rich Na­tive-Amer­i­can his­tory, plus many his­tor­i­cal build­ings, museums, and more. Ex­plore the beau­ti­ful lake coun­try and drink in the cul­ture and his­tory that makes Lake Oconee so unique. Peruse the shops that let you bring some of Ge­or­gia’s lake coun­try home. www.vis­it­lakeo­conee.com. Greene County Tourism Of­fice, 1034 Sil­ver Drive, Ste. 201, Greens­boro, 706 453-0380. MADI­SON— Stroll along clean streets framed by myr­iad flower beds and pic­turesque homes. A one-hour drive from At­lanta, Madi­son’s at­trac­tions in­clude the Madi­son-Mor­gan Cul­tural Cen­ter, St­ef­fen Thomas Mu­seum of Fine Art, Rogers House and Her­itage Hall. www.visitmadis­onga.com. Wel­come Cen­ter, 115 E. Jef­fer­son St., 706.342.4454. MCDONOUGH— Es­tab­lished in 1823, this pic­turesque town is the coun­try seat of Henry county. It was named a “Na­tional Main Street City” and “City of Char­ac­ter.” Don’t miss Nash Farm Battlefield, sev­eral parks and the an­nual Gera­nium Fes­ti­val on May 21. www.mc­donoughga.org. McDonough Wel­come Cen­ter, 5 Grif­fin St., 770.898.9311. SERENBE— Only a 40-minute drive from At­lanta, this charm­ing con­ser­va­tion- and well­ness-fo­cused com­mu­nity of­fers a his­toric farm-turned-inn, bou­tique shops, fine din­ing, horse­back rid­ing, hik­ing trails and an im­mer­sive the­ater group. www.

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