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Peter & Beth’s guidebook

Peter & Beth
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Peter & Beth

Peter & Beth’s guidebook

Good Things in Gainesville
The Gainesville Square (200 Main Street) Coffee, shops, a growler store... While some of the shops change, it is a good place to have a drink, enjoy food, peruse used books (The Next Chapter in the Main Street Market), shop the Farmer’s Market on Friday afternoons and, on the right days, enjoy a parade (Spring Chicken Festival is in late April!) It served as our remote living room when we were building this house. The historic Brenau University (women’s college) campus is a few blocks away and a good place to walk.
Gainesville Square
The Gainesville Square (200 Main Street) Coffee, shops, a growler store... While some of the shops change, it is a good place to have a drink, enjoy food, peruse used books (The Next Chapter in the Main Street Market), shop the Farmer’s Market on Friday afternoons and, on the right days, enjoy a parade (Spring Chicken Festival is in late April!) It served as our remote living room when we were building this house. The historic Brenau University (women’s college) campus is a few blocks away and a good place to walk.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden-Gainesville (1911 Sweetbay Drive) A new facility with wine nights, concerts and other events. Just 6 acres now, they will gain another 17 to develop when Gainesville’s primary benefactor, Lessie Smithgall, meets her maker (she’s 105 now~!)
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Atlanta Botanical Garden, GAINESVILLE
1911 Sweetbay Dr
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The Atlanta Botanical Garden-Gainesville (1911 Sweetbay Drive) A new facility with wine nights, concerts and other events. Just 6 acres now, they will gain another 17 to develop when Gainesville’s primary benefactor, Lessie Smithgall, meets her maker (she’s 105 now~!)
Green Street & the Quinlan Art Center (514 Green Street, N.E.) Green Street is the remaining Antebellum Row in Gainesville, with most of the buildings now businesses. As little people, our children both picked their favorites. The Quinlan is the local art museum, with a changing small-but-frequently-fun exhibit hall: free admission.
Green Street
Green Street & the Quinlan Art Center (514 Green Street, N.E.) Green Street is the remaining Antebellum Row in Gainesville, with most of the buildings now businesses. As little people, our children both picked their favorites. The Quinlan is the local art museum, with a changing small-but-frequently-fun exhibit hall: free admission.
When we moved here, we were shocked to find this hybrid college/professional theatre company did VERY good theatre: musicals, dramas and comedies with GREAT production values and a respectable blend of student and professional talent. They perform in Oct., Nov., Feb. and April for around $25/seat on the Brenau (downtown Gainesville) and UNG-Gainesville (exit 16) University campuses.
Gainesville Theatre Alliance
When we moved here, we were shocked to find this hybrid college/professional theatre company did VERY good theatre: musicals, dramas and comedies with GREAT production values and a respectable blend of student and professional talent. They perform in Oct., Nov., Feb. and April for around $25/seat on the Brenau (downtown Gainesville) and UNG-Gainesville (exit 16) University campuses.
Elachee Nature Center (2125 Elachee Dr) Local nature preserve with trails you can enjoy with your dog. The nature center is pretty basic, and there are lots of summer day-campers there on weekdays. They have a monthly star-gazing night with good telescopes, and you can go for Snake Day!
Elachee Nature Science Center
2125 Elachee Drive
Elachee Nature Center (2125 Elachee Dr) Local nature preserve with trails you can enjoy with your dog. The nature center is pretty basic, and there are lots of summer day-campers there on weekdays. They have a monthly star-gazing night with good telescopes, and you can go for Snake Day!
The James Longstreet Museum (827 Maple St) A small museum in a recently discovered relic of his original Piedmont Hotel (just south of the Square in town), Longstreet is the much maligned 2nd in command to Robert E. Lee. He was banished from Southern history books for disagreeing with Lee on Gettysburg strategy and for embracing the Reconstruction, but most historians consider him the tactical mind that kept the South going as long as it did. His grave is here at Alta Vista cemetery.
827 Maple St
827 Maple St
The James Longstreet Museum (827 Maple St) A small museum in a recently discovered relic of his original Piedmont Hotel (just south of the Square in town), Longstreet is the much maligned 2nd in command to Robert E. Lee. He was banished from Southern history books for disagreeing with Lee on Gettysburg strategy and for embracing the Reconstruction, but most historians consider him the tactical mind that kept the South going as long as it did. His grave is here at Alta Vista cemetery.
Lake Lanier Olympic Rowling/Kayaking Venue (3105 Clarks Bridge Rd.) Across the lake from here (or a 10 minute drive), the Venue is the only ATL Olympic construction still used for its original purpose, hosting college rowing teams from the northeast for training and regattas every spring, and numerous national and international rowing and kayaking events throughout the year as well as occasional concerts and plays. The Rowing Club and Canoe/Kayaking Club both offer lessons, and the Kayaking club rents kayaks in the summer (beginning May 30) and offers moonlight paddles on the Friday nearest the full moon in June, August and Oct.
Lake Lanier Olympic Park
3105 Clarks Bridge Rd
Lake Lanier Olympic Rowling/Kayaking Venue (3105 Clarks Bridge Rd.) Across the lake from here (or a 10 minute drive), the Venue is the only ATL Olympic construction still used for its original purpose, hosting college rowing teams from the northeast for training and regattas every spring, and numerous national and international rowing and kayaking events throughout the year as well as occasional concerts and plays. The Rowing Club and Canoe/Kayaking Club both offer lessons, and the Kayaking club rents kayaks in the summer (beginning May 30) and offers moonlight paddles on the Friday nearest the full moon in June, August and Oct.
Solar System Walking Tour (begin on the Square or at Longwood Park, 1.8 mi walk) Who knew? Gainesville may be the only place in the world where you can walk a scale model of the solar system. We like to park in the middle (at Wilshire Trails Park) head to Pluto (in Longwood Park across the street, along the lake), then work our way back to the sun on the Gainesville Square, have a beer, then walk back. A friend who spearheaded the project for the Northeast Georgia Astronomer’s Club, use to keep extra planets in his desk to replenish from the inevitable vandalism. (“Someone broke the rings off Saturn again…”)
Solar System Walking Tour - The Sun
Solar System Walking Tour (begin on the Square or at Longwood Park, 1.8 mi walk) Who knew? Gainesville may be the only place in the world where you can walk a scale model of the solar system. We like to park in the middle (at Wilshire Trails Park) head to Pluto (in Longwood Park across the street, along the lake), then work our way back to the sun on the Gainesville Square, have a beer, then walk back. A friend who spearheaded the project for the Northeast Georgia Astronomer’s Club, use to keep extra planets in his desk to replenish from the inevitable vandalism. (“Someone broke the rings off Saturn again…”)
Sightseeing
Good stuff in the broader area: • Wineries: We’ve been among the scoffers at Georgia wines, but we DO really like the Monteluce Winery for a tasting and sometimes lunch. (The tasting room is gorgeous!) • Waterfalls: Over 25 can be reached within an hour to hike. We like Dukes Creek. • Sautee-Nacoochee Valley: A sweet general store, a great operating grist mill, a couple places to grab a snack and antique shops – a great 30 min drive (but don’t continue to Helen – cheesy and crowded!!) • Dahlonega: Just a 25-30 minute drive north on GA-60, another great little downtown square with shops and restaurants. The site of the original U.S. gold rush. • Jaemor Farm: A little further up 985, this apple/peach farm has staked its claim for NE mountain tourism with a produce store (featuring all kinds of veggies not grown on the farm), peach ice cream and smoothies, hay rides and fried pies. (Alas, none of it is organic though, and it can get really crowded on weekends.)
North Georgia Mountains
Good stuff in the broader area: • Wineries: We’ve been among the scoffers at Georgia wines, but we DO really like the Monteluce Winery for a tasting and sometimes lunch. (The tasting room is gorgeous!) • Waterfalls: Over 25 can be reached within an hour to hike. We like Dukes Creek. • Sautee-Nacoochee Valley: A sweet general store, a great operating grist mill, a couple places to grab a snack and antique shops – a great 30 min drive (but don’t continue to Helen – cheesy and crowded!!) • Dahlonega: Just a 25-30 minute drive north on GA-60, another great little downtown square with shops and restaurants. The site of the original U.S. gold rush. • Jaemor Farm: A little further up 985, this apple/peach farm has staked its claim for NE mountain tourism with a produce store (featuring all kinds of veggies not grown on the farm), peach ice cream and smoothies, hay rides and fried pies. (Alas, none of it is organic though, and it can get really crowded on weekends.)