How to Get the Best Black Friday Deals

Make your list and check it twice because ’tis the season for the best shopping deals! When it comes to Black Friday shopping, it’s best to have a plan ahead of time. Of course, you may already know where to find the best shopping hotspots in Atlanta, but do you know how to get the best Black Friday Deals? Here are a few tips!

 

Create an Itinerary

When in doubt, make a plan ahead of time. After scouring those ads, make an itinerary and follow it! Use Google Maps to help you plan the most efficient route around Atlanta. For instance, you might want to hit those doorbusters at Atlantic Station, continue to the Westside Provisions District, and later, travel south to the Calhoun Premium Outlets. Don’t forget about Black Friday restaurant specials either! Midtown has some great options to explore.

 

Download Some Apps

Staying on a budget may be your number one goal, but you can work smarter this year with a bunch of sweet deals. RetailMeNot.com, ShopKick.com, or TGIBlackFriday.com are all sites that help you receive alerts and awesome Black Friday deals.

Berry Patch Farms is the Perfect Fall Destination

There’s more to getting into the fall spirit than ordering that pumpkin spice latte. Now that we’re officially in Autumn, it’s time to hit the pumpkin patch, hop on a hayride, and sip on some delicious homemade apple cider. Luckily, you can do all of that and more at Berry Patch Farms! Here’s everything you need to know to plan your trip.

 

When to Go

During “Pumpkin Season,” Berry Patch Farms is open from September 30th to October 29th on weekends from 10 am to 7 pm. It’s about a 40-minute drive from your apartment and parking is only $3. Berry Patch Farms is located at 786 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock.

What to Do

Of course, you’re going to want to find that perfect pumpkin. The pumpkin patch is also a great place to snap a pic for a family photo. Take a hayride and be sure to fill up on the homemade pie, popcorn, cider, and boiled peanuts. Berry Patch Farms is also home to a few baby farm animals, so even after you find that perfect pumpkin, there’s a ton of cuteness to look forward to.

 

Take a Break at These Nearby Hiking Destinations

Where do you go when you just want to take a break from it all? If you need a break from city life, we have a few ideas that might help.

 

Arabia Mountain Top Trail | directions

If you’re a beginning hiker or want to bring the little ones along, Arabia Mountain Top Trail is a great outdoor destination. The views aren’t too shabby, either. You can make your way around Arabia Lake as you soak in the surrounding mountain scenery.

 

Sope Creek Trail | directions

This is a pretty popular trail, mostly because it’s part of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Trails will take you through forests and along creeks as well as past Civil War ruins.

 

East Palisades Trail | directions

Ever wanted to walk through a bamboo forest? Well, you can do just that on the East Palisades Trail near the Chattahoochee River. The trails may require some experience as they’ll take you up several large bluffs. Once you get to the top, you’ll have clear views of the river below.

Your Guide to Labor Day Weekend Events in Atlanta

Atlanta is one of the best places for Labor Day fun. Labor Day weekend is full of events and we’ve chosen a few that are sure to be a good time.

 

Get Nerdy

The annual Dragon Con is back in Downtown Atlanta from September 1 – 4. Ready for a weekend of sci-fi and fantasy? Then, put on your favorite cosplay outfit and head over to the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. From Star Wars to Game of Thrones, you know there’s an inner nerd just waiting to be released. Superhero costumes are encouraged.

 

Hot Air, Anyone?

Though the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival is set to take place at Callaway Gardens this September 1 – 3., it’s worth the 1-hr drive. The festival features a brightly colored sky filled with hot air balloons. Tethered balloon rides are available as well if you’re feeling up for it! Besides beautiful balloons, there will be live music, a classic car show, and even beach games.

The Best Weekend Road Trips from Atlanta

 

Don’t worry. There’s still time to plan your last hurrah this summer. Weekend destinations are perfect for those spontaneous trips away from home. That’s why we’ve put together a few of the top weekend road trip destinations from your Atlanta apartment.

Summerville | 1.5 hours away

A little under 90 miles going Northwest will get you to the sleepy little town of Summerville. Nestled in the mountains, this is the top nearby destination for the nature enthusiasts. It’s also known for Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, which includes a variety of arts and culture displays, performances, attractions, and more. If you’re looking for a little bit of fun in the great outdoors, Summerville might just be the ticket.

Toccoa Falls | 1.5 hours away

Heading 90 miles in the opposite direction will bring you a hiker’s paradise: Toccoa Falls. Plus, the iconic waterfall here is one of the most spectacular views you’ll find in the entire state of Georgia.

Even Your Pets Can Live a Life of Luxury at Azure on the Park

Dog spa

Let’s face it. When you love your pet, it’s hard not to spoil them. They’re part of the family, after all. At Azure on the Park, even your pets can live the life of luxury. That’s right. Having a furry friend to complete your apartment living experience has never been easier. Here are some of the awesome pet features you’ll find here.

 

Doggie Spa

Does your doggie need a bath? Save time and money by heading over to the nearby Doggie Spa! Conveniently located on the property grounds, the Doggie Spa has everything you need: a full-service dog wash station and plenty of room. Now, your pup can always stay fresh.

 

Dog Walk on Property

Who says you can’t have it all living in the city? When you live at Azure on the Park, your pet will always have access to the Dog Walk. It’s the perfect way to help keep your dog healthy and happy.

Tips for a Fabulous Summer in Atlanta

Don’t let the summer pass you by without checking out some of these tips for a fabulous summer this year!

 

Spend Time with Your Family

With school out for the summer, it’s the perfect time to spend valuable time with the little ones in town. Head to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta for hands-on learning, games, education and more. Don’t worry, the adults will have some fun, too. Want to do something a little more adventurous? Knuckleheads Kayak Adventures is one of the best organizations for setting up an afternoon of kayaking with the family.

 

Find Free Things to Do

Don’t let your budget affect your 2017 summer plans! Here in Atlanta, there are plenty of events, festivals, and concerts that are absolutely free. Are you a film lover? Then, you might want to check out The Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival happening July 16 through September 3 at the beautiful Fox Theatre. If live music is your thing, then don’t miss the Vinings Jubilee Summer Concert Series happening July 22 and August 12. Now you can have a blast and save some of your hard-earned cash.

Affordable 4th of July Destinations Near Atlanta

July 4th is approaching this Tuesday, and it’s the perfect time to plan a weekend getaway with the family. There are a few locations that are within driving distance and are completely affordable. If you’re itching to get out of town, then why not make a trip out to one of Georgia’s many State Parks? They’re beautiful, inexpensive, and hosting some exciting Independence Day events this year.

 

Vogel State Park | 2-hour drive

405 Vogel State Park Road

Blairsville, GA 30512

Don’t miss the flag-raising ceremony at 8:30 am followed by a day of games for the entire family. Parking is only $5 but the entire event is free!

 

 

Lawrence S. Walker State Park4.5-hour drive

5653 Laura Walker Road

Waycross, GA 31503

For an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration, make a trip out to Lawrence S. Walker State Park. From 9 am to 12 pm, there will be old-fashioned games, free watermelon, and free cookies. Have fun in the great outdoors! Parking is $5, but this event is also free.

Atlanta Summer Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss

When you live in the South, you know what that summer heat feels like. And yes, it’s coming. One way to beat the heat? Make sure you have a good time doing it. Summer festivals are a great way to do just that. Make sure to put these Atlanta festivals on your summer calendar!

 

SUNSET SESSIONS AT PIEDMONT PARK| Now – 10/1/17 

Make sure you head to the Sunset Sessions at Piedmont Park. Experience an amazing night of FREE music while the sun sets behind the Atlanta Skyline! There will be plenty of live music, vendors, and games.

 

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival | Saturday, July 22 | 11 am – 6 pm

We think ice cream is one of the best ways to cool off this summer. If you agree, then chill out at Piedmont Park for a bunch of ice cream and a “double-scoop” of fun at the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival. All puns aside, there will be plenty of ice cream vendors, local artisans, and national ice cream favorites. It’s perfectly fine to grab seconds (and thirds)!

Spend Father’s Day at the Atlanta Zoo

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Don’t know what to get your Dad this Father’s Day? We know how tough it is to shop for the special man in your life, which is why finding a fun event he’ll love is one of the best ways to make Father’s Day exciting. Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 18 and one event he might like is the “Art Gone Wild” show at the Atlanta Zoo!

 

“Art Gone Wild” is a recurring event that will be taking place June 17-18 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Atlanta Zoo. More than 35 artists come out to use the animals, botanicals, and zoo scenes as their artistic inspiration. Every single art piece that has been created will be available for purchase. We don’t know about you, but this could be an amazing gift idea for the guy who has everything.

 

You can purchase your tickets online here. When you’re finished with the art display, stroll around the zoo and be sure to check out the Panda Cam! If he has a great time, which he just might, why not surprise him with a year-long pass?