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7 Classic Hiking Trails In Georgia To Take Before You Die

by Marisa Roman

7 Classic Hiking Trails In Georgia To Take Before You Die

Hiking is a coveted pastime in Georgia and there are a plethora of hiking trails to choose from in order to get your nature fix. We’ve written about some of the most unique trails in the state (See: The Hiking Trail Hiding In Georgia That Will Transport You To Another World), but realized that there are some of those tried-and-true trails that before we get specific, should be highlighted and admired. Take a look at these 7 classic hiking trails in Georgia to take before you die.

How many of these classic hiking trails have you tackled? Let’s keep this list going by adding your favorite hiking trails in the comments section!

This School Bus Graveyard In Georgia Is Truly Something To Marvel Over

Most people tend not to think about what happens to a school bus when it retires from taking children to and from school. However, there is one particular place in Georgia that can answer your question, plus show you just how a school bus graveyard comes to be. This weirdly wonderful place known as Wade Alonso’s Auto Parts & Wrecker Service, is also dubbed the School Bus Graveyard in Georgia, and one look will have you in awe.

To visit the Schoolbus Graveyard, you can use this address to find your way:

Rudy Drive, Alto, Georgia 30510

Again, make sure that you contact Walter of Alonzo Wade Auto Parts before entering the property. Also, a HUGE thanks to Keith Nelms of the Foothills Photography Group for the wonderful photos! If you liked this abandoned bus graveyard then you’ll probably love to Step Inside This Eerie Graveyard In Georgia Where Automobiles Go To Die.

So does Pinterest have you going down one rabbit hole after another? It has a tendency to suck me in. I may get an email that has pins that will interest me this week and lo and behold 2 hours later I come up for air. It is a dangerous place for me to go. 

Because I work with a lot of new construction I have Real Estate boards galore. Below are a few of my favorite pins for homes. If I ever build again my builder is going to hate me due to Pinterest.

Hidden shoe closet in the mudroom! Find home plans with mud rooms here: #Mudroom #Hidden #Storage

I want to show you all the creative hidden kitchen storage solutions I came up with and how they make my life so much easier. I LOVE cooking in my kitchen!

I love love love this bathroom with multiple places to store shampoo and liquid soap, There is never enough space in my honest opinion. I had a client who did this and I thought it was such a great ideal he had 2 little girls so he put one of his opening lower for them to reach. Shout out to Dee Patel.

Bathroom shower tile - More

Snag our tips and hints on creating the perfect coffee station with these few essential items and ideas via A Blissful Nest.

How genius is this? Of course if you have small kids this might not be a genius storage place for them unless you locked the cabinet.

How cool is this slide-out knife block?? | 43 Insanely Cool Remodeling Ideas For Your Home

Toe Kick Drawers for additional storage below cabinets!

I'm gonna do this one! So I keep telling myself. I hate when I pop a breaker and I have to go out and turn off several or many before I get the right one.

Color Coding Your Circuit Breaker Box #diy #home #homeimprovement #organize #colorcoded #tipsandtricks

Funnel them straight into the garage.

See what I mean no rhyme or reason just random amazing ideal for a house. So many that it makes you want to build one so you can do some cool amazing wow things. 

So when you are ready to build that perfect house call me and I will hook you up with a great location and an amazing builder. Have a great week!


You’ll Absolutely Love The Bird’s Eye View At This Incredible Georgia Restaurant

Everyone loves a good view when they dine, right? There is nothing like sharing a meal with a loved one and taking the entire experience up a level (pun intended) with some beautiful views of the state of Georgia. The particular bird’s eye view from this incredible Georgia’s restaurant is a staple in the capital city and you can easily understand why. Anyone visiting Atlanta should at least take the elevator up to check out the views from this iconic restaurant in Georgia.

Have you ever been to Sun Dial Restaurant? Share with us your experience! Or if you need help finding this bird’s eye view spot, then use the address below to guide you:

Sun Dial Restaurant

The Westin

210 Peachtree St NW

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Ready for more insanely iconic Georgia restaurants? Take a look at The Unforgettable Themed Restaurant In Georgia That Will Take You Back In Time.


Back to School


It's that time of year when families consider moving to get their children into a good school district. At we recently conducted a back-to-school survey to see how much weight schools have in the home-buying decision. The results show that school-district boundaries do impact the buying decision for more than 60 percent of home buyers.

We also found that home buyers are willing to pay more and give up certain features for a home located in their district of choice. These buyers are especially willing to give up access to shopping and nearby parks and trails, among other amenities, to reside within the school-district boundaries of their choice.

A majority of the home buyers surveyed said that school-district boundaries will have an impact on their buying decision:

  • 23.59 percent would pay 1-5 percent above budget
  • 20.70 percent would pay 6-10 percent above budget
  • 8.98 percent would pay 11-20 percent above budget
  • 40.33 percent would not go above budget

For home buyers who said that school-district boundaries will have an impact on their decision, the majority rated the boundaries as an "important" consideration:

  • 90.53 percent said school-district boundaries are  "important" or "somewhat important"
  • 2.04 percent were "neutral" about the importance of school-district boundaries
  • 7.43 percent said school-district boundaries are "unimportant" or "very unimportant"

A new house can mean more space, great neighborhoods and good schools. Follow these five tips to find your dream home near the right school:

  1. Know your family's needs. Is your family growing? Is square footage the most important factor, or a large backyard? Make a list of exactly what you need in your family's new home.
  2. Search for homes by the best schools with the mobile app. Only lets you search for the home you want near the ideal school or school district.
  3. Review school information in the app. The Schools tab provides detailed information about the grades taught at each school, including the student-teacher ratio and the GreatSchools rating.
  4. Look for parks and play areas in the map view. View your search results on a map and narrow results by homes that have a place for your kids to get the wiggles out. You can also look for other things that matter to you, like how far away it is from a baseball diamond. Draw your own search boundary with your finger, if a specific area really matters to you.
  5. Make a list of questions for your Realtor. When you're ready to tour the homes on your short list, be prepared with the questions that will help you make the best investment. Ask about things that matter specifically to you and your family but also what matters for the home's future value. Your Realtor will be able to guide you to find the right home, in the right location, near the right school.

Fireworks, Fireworks, Fireworks

by Jacque

Whatever your 4th of July plans are this year in middle Georgia, have fun, be safe, and enjoy your holiday celebrations with family and friends. Don’t forget to take time to watch the fireworks displays too…you know they will be lighting up the sky in all their splendor.

The City of Centerville will be hosting it's 3rd annual Independence Day Celebration, June 30, 2016 6-9:30. Bring the family and come out for a FUN filled night of entertainment. This year the showcase band will be A27. There also will be a Kid Zone (Kathy's Rock), food vendors, Rock D Entertainment and grand finale Fireworks display by Pyrotecnico Fireworks, Inc. 

Freedom Fireworks
June 26, 2016
Hosted by Perry Area Chamber of Commerce
West Parking lots Kids Zone for kids, bring picnics, Please No Alcohol or Dogs
Gates open  7:00p.m.  Fireworks  will be shot 9:30p.m.
Free Admission
For additional information contact the Chamber at (478) 987-1234

Monticello Farmer's Market

by Jacque


Monticello farmer's market from May 7 to September 24, 2016 at 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Join us for 21 weeks of fresh produce, homemade jellies and preserves and more. Enjoy local musicians the second Saturday of the month. Website:



Company Brings 140 Jobs To Houston County

by Jacque

About 140 jobs are coming to Central Georgia as Houston County welcomes its newest industry.

Last September, the German company Sandler AG decided to open its first plant in the United States.

They supply a nonwoven textile to make products like baby wipes and air filters.

On Tuesday, the company president Tobias Baumgaertel spoke at the commissioners meeting. This was the first time the company publicly introduced themselves to the community, explaining why they chose Houston County for their expansion.

“We feel like family here,” says Baumgaertel, “In general, the state of Georgia is so proactive in bringing new companies, especially foreign companies, so we feel very welcome. People here in Houston County are like us -- family oriented, very open, very friendly. Therefore, we found the right place.”

Angie Gheesling, Executive Director for the Houston County Development Authority, estimates the industry will have a $30 million economic impact.

She says the company spent a year looking at 150 communities in 13 different states before selecting the spec building on Perry Parkway. 

The space sat vacant for about 15 years, and the developer says construction should be completed by September. 

Baumgaertel says they will be hiring "very soon."

5 Tips to Spruce up your Home for Spring

by Jacque

1.     Apply a fresh coat of paint

Weather can take a toll on your whole house, but especially your house’s paint job. If you notice your shutters and siding are looking a few shades lighter than usual it may be time for a new coat of paint. So get that paint can out of the garage and apply a fresh coat. Or if you’re feeling daring, go to your nearest hardware store and pick out a bright, new color for spring.

2.     Check your roof for possible damage

Winter storms can hit the roof the hard, so make sure to give your roof a careful inspection this Spring. Get up on a ladder and check for missing, cracked or broken shingles on your roof. Be sure to make note of those areas that may be in need of repair. 

3.     Give your yard some much deserved attention

You most likely forgot that you had a yard underneath all the snow this winter, so be sure to give your lawn some extra care this spring.The fastest way to give your yard a makeover is with a fresh layer of mulch. Be sure to also fertilize and aerate your grass as to ensure a fresh green lawn this Spring.

4.     Wash and re-stain your deck

Pressure washing your deck or patio can make all the difference this spring. A new coat of stain on your deck can also give it the extra oomph it needs to look fresh and clean. Replacing your old deck or adding a new custom deck can be the focal point your own outdoor living room.

5. Landscape 

This is a natural for spring home maintenance. Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures. Limbs and leaves can cut into your home's paint and force you to have that side of the house repainted. A little trimming can save a lot of money and time

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

by Jacque

A fast-casual restaurant that's new to Middle Georgia is planning to open in Warner Robins.

Wichita, Kansas-based Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers recently broke ground at 678 Lake Joy Road near the intersection of Lake Joy Road and Ga. 96, according to a news release. The restaurant, which is expected to open this summer, serves ground beef steakburgers, beef hot dogs and shoestring fries as well as desserts including freshly churned frozen custard.

"We're excited to bring our family-friendly restaurant concept to the Warner Robins community," Ray Yarbrough, franchise owner, said in the release. "Our dining experience brings to life the America of the late 1940s and early 1950s."

The eatery will seat about 100 people inside, and it will have a patio and drive-thru window.

The company has 172 franchise locations and 14 company-owned locations, and it has stores in 28 states. In Georgia, in addition to the Warner Robins store, the restaurant is in Athens, Conyers and McDonough with one opening soon in Duluth.

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