Escape Real Life with a Stay in a Treehouse

I can recall the days of my childhood like they happened yesterday.  We had an enormous backyard and a BIG house with a secret little room under the stairs that I used as a my clubhouse.  My sister and I created all sorts of games that we played to entertain ourselves in the days of no technology. One of our favorite places to play was my father’s garden.  He had planted an enormous vegetable garden full of all his favorites like corn and okra.  My sister and I had plenty of fun playing hide and seek among the corn stalks.

But there was one special place that we called our treehouse.  Although it was not technically a real treehouse, our imaginations lead us to believe that the willow tree in our backyard was the perfect treehouse for us.  My sister and I spent many hours hiding among the  Weeping Willow. It’s branches  created a protective canopy that was perfect for holding secret meetings and climbing.  It was our “treehouse,” and she was loved very much.

As one would expect, I grew older, and we moved away.  The days of my treehouse adventures were over, or at least I thought.  Within recent years we have seen a revival (in my mind) of treehouses.  Adults are rediscovering their youth and building treehouses to enjoy.

Recently my husband and I had the opportunity to visit the Blue Ridge Treehouse at Bear Claw Vineyards in Blue Ridge, Georgia.  Nestled among the trees overlooking a working vineyard, this beautiful treehouse is the perfect place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of real life.   Located off the beaten path and close to downtown Blue Ridge, GA, you will experience your little piece of heaven at the treehouse resort.

 

Bear Claw Vineyards, scheduled to open to the public in September of 2017, is owned and ran by Michelle and Kevin Swim.  They have a love for wine, and they want to bring that passion to the public by providing wine that is as authentic and as real as one can get.  We will tell you more about the vineyard in a later blog post.  Today, we want to focus on a fun looking whimsical treehouse (think Dr. Seuss and Swiss Family Robinson)  nestled in the beautiful Northeast Georgia mountains.

With a beautiful property full of walnut, pine, oak and maple trees, Michelle contacted the Tree House Guys to design their first treehouse.  Wanting a treehouse that would “become the be all, end all place for friends and family to gather on the cool fall nights the Blue Ridge Mountains,”  the Treehouse Guys created an amazing customized treehouse for guests to enjoy.

With a copper tin roof, crooked windows, and barn doors, the 300 square foot treehouse is situated 15 feet high among real living oak trees that gently sway in the breeze.  It is nothing short of luxurious.

A queen sized loft bed with  a bear theme is located above the open treehouse.  To reach it all you have to do is step one foot at a time on this winding staircase.  Although it may look like you may fall, you won’t.  Plus when you get to the top, you are going to ENJOY the view!

Downstairs you will find plenty of room and plenty of amenities that make you feel like you have not left home .  The kitchen includes a dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, and toaster oven.  They even provide guests with a Keurig machine featuring an assortment of coffee.

Guests can enjoy wine from their Dual Zone Wine Refrigerator.

Staying connected even though you are located off the beaten path is a breeze with WiFi high-speed internet and television.  Plus, even if it is the dead middle of summer and the days and nights are heating up, you are going to stay cool with their remote control state of the art Daikin HVAC system.


Traveling with more than just your sweetheart?  That is not a problem here.  Downstairs is a leather couch with a Queen Sleeper Bed that provides plenty of room for a family or a group of friends.

 My post would not be complete if I did not tell you about their steam shower with massage jets.   This space looking capsule is the ultimate when it comes to bathing.  You have to experience this!

Relax for a awhile on the enormous front porch featuring rocking chairs and breathtaking views of the Little Sugar Creek and Bear Claw Vineyards.  The sunset from here is spectacular, and you can’t forget to enjoy a blazing fire under the night sky.

My husband and I enjoyed our romantic night in this treehouse.  The weather was perfect and the moon and stars were out providing for a tranquil night outside by the fire roasting marshmallows and enjoying a glass of wine.  It is easy to sit back and unwind with the sounds of nature surrounding you, the trickling sounds of the water in the creek, and the moonlit views of the vineyard.  It is the perfect getaway for couples and families.

You can catch the Treehouse Guys on the DIY Network.  The Blue Ridge Treehouse episode will play Tuesday, May 16 at 12pm or 11C.  Be sure to tune in so you can see for yourself this magical place that will help transport you back to a time of carefree fun.

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Disclaimer:  We were provided a night in the treehouse to facilitate a review.  All opinions presented are 100% mine.  

 

Augusta, Ga – A Hidden Jewel in Georgia Waiting to be Discovered by YOU this Summer!

Augusta, Georgia

Reduce your carbon footprint by skipping the plane ticket abroad in exchange for a backyard adventure in Augusta, Ga., a city steeped in tradition with a fresh new vibe.  Augusta’s River Region is a bustling hub for outdoor enthusiasts who prefer the riverside to the mountainsides with various outdoor activities for visitors to dive into. Whether you are looking to cruise down the Savannah River by boat, kayak or paddleboard or navigate miles of trails by bike or foot, this summer Augusta is showing visitors that the grass is just as green outside the golf courses.

Augusta Riverwalk

Augusta Riverwalk

Augusta Canal

Augusta Canal

Augusta Riverwalk

Augusta Riverwalk

The Augusta Canal National Heritage Area is an outdoor enthusiast’s mecca, with several activities centralized on and around the Savannah River. During the day, visitors can rent kayaks and paddleboards at the Savannah Rapids Park or embark on a tour with Cole Watkin Tours and rentals. Another local favorite, Betty’s Branch, is a tributary to the Savannah River with a particularly challenging route around Germany Island, which is abundant in wildlife. While a challenge, this 3.5-hour journey offers perks outside its cardio-burning but also passes a small sandbar that is perfect for a mid-voyage picnic. Shake off river-legs by exploring the conveniently accessible nature trails that surround the heritage area by foot or bike. Additionally, guests can unwind on a Petersburg boat tour and lazily cruise through time on these gentle river giants. Additionally, visitors are encouraged to stroll along Augusta’s Riverwalk and absorb the views of stunning greenery, historical monuments and architectural masterpieces that line the river.

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art

Phinizy Swamp is an ecological gem for those who want to experience nature and catch glimpses of wildlife such as blue herons, otters and alligators in their natural setting. Additionally, in the charming mystique of the swamp, over 14 miles of trails can be traversed in solace. The park also offers monthly activities such as yoga gatherings, art programs and organized group hikes.

Phinizy Park Walkway

Phinizy Park Walkway

 

Phinizy Nature Park

Phinizy Nature Park

For bicycle enthusiasts and top-performing cyclists, Augusta offers world-class biking trails at every level. For a casual ride, visitors can choose between the Greeneway Trail, a 7 mile out-and-back paved trail or the Augusta Canal Trail a 10.9 mile trail, both replete with views of the river. For an adrenaline-filled challenge, mountain-bikers can traverse the 37-mile, renowned Forks Area Trails System.

Get the competitive juices brewing at Augusta’s Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex, a fun alternative to traditional golf, where guests attempt to successfully float a disc into a suspended basket. While a frisbee can be thrown around in a park anywhere, Hippodrome offers various courses that test different skill levels and takes disc-golfers through various landscapes, from open-air fields to the wooded greens.

Augusta Dining Scene

Augusta Dining Scene

 

Augusta Dining Scene

Augusta Dining Scene

To round out the outdoor adventures, explore Augusta’s River Region beverages. Cool down with a ‘Nanas Puddin’ boozy milkshake from Farmhaus Burgers, a customized burger joint that uses locally-sourced ingredients and has prime real estate in downtown Augusta. For the craft beer connoisseur, check out Augusta’s recently opened breweries Riverwatch Brewery and Savannah River Brewing which are family-friendly. For visitors who want to truly taste a bit of Augusta, several establishments throughout the city are proud pourers of Augusta’s Fruitland Peach Vodka, the only peach vodka made with real Georgia peaches, and have taken on their own variations that are refreshingly light.

Partridge Inn

Partridge Inn

Partridge Inn

Partridge Inn

Augusta offers several overnight accommodations from Southern classics to chic modern stays. Stay the night in an Augusta icon, the recently renovated Partridge Inn, Curio Collection by Hilton has upgraded feature but has retained its antebellum charm. For a prime location in downtown Augusta with sleek features, guests can book their stay at Augusta Marriot, perfectly positioned for overviews of the Savannah River.

If you are looking for a quick weekend getaway or planning a vacation for your family, Augusta is the perfect hidden jewel in Georgia just waiting to be discovered by you!

Set Your Garden Aflutter with Butterflies and Other Pollinators This Summer

Thriving gardens herald the return of fluttering friends! Butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators are fun to watch but also critical for healthy gardens, ensuring plants are cross-fertilized and able to bloom their brightest. In honor of National Pollinator Week, which takes place June 19-25, 2017, the experts at Pike Nurseries have the buzz to help gardeners keep landscapes a welcoming pollinator oasis.

Planting a butterfly garden in the backyard is one of the simplest ways green thumbs of all kinds can bring life and color to their landscapes. Following a 10-15 day metamorphosis from crawly caterpillars, butterflies initially emerge into a new life with clear wings. Many are unaware that the vibrant patterns seen by the human eye are actually tiny scales reflecting the sun! In addition to providing more color to backyards, these fascinating creatures keep plants cross-pollinated to produce vibrant flowers and delicious produce, keeping gardens happy and healthy!

The professionals at Atlanta’s favorite garden center recommend the following tips to create a safe refuge for these fan favorite pollinators:

Build a Healthy Habitat: Butterflies are very delicate and prefer to seek shelter on plants that will protect them from nature’s harsh elements. Shrubs with larger leaves, such as laurels and anise, provide the best places for them to land. Gardeners looking to attract pollinators to their yard can also consider butterfly houses as favorable options for these fluttering friends to make their home!

Provide Fresh Food: Along with nutrients gained from the nectar in flowers and the leafy goodness of shrubs, plants producing berries also attract pollinators. Establishing a garden that is friendly to butterflies provides an aesthetic benefit while also creating a dependable food source throughout their life.

Food for caterpillars: Host plants, such as dill, parsley and fennel, are particularly important for butterflies in the early stages of life. Crawling caterpillars consume a lot of food to gather strength for their transformation, eating through much of these popular herb host plants. Gardeners should consider planting extra of these varieties if caterpillars have taken up residence!

Food for butterflies: When butterflies first emerge from their cocoons, they begin the hunt for nectar to gain their strength. Gardeners can plant nectar supplying flowers, such as lantana, coneflowers and butterfly weed, that double as gorgeous color additions to the garden. Butterflies also enjoy tasting overripe fruit and can be placed in a butterfly feeder along with nectar to ensure plenty of tasty treat options!

Create a Bath:  Like most living organisms, pollinators need water to survive. To guarantee these colorful garden helpers are getting ample amounts of hydration, birdbaths or small saucers can be incorporated in a butterfly garden. Butterflies prefer shallow water and will not drink from open water, instead siphoning from moist soil. To create a station from which butterflies and birds can drink, stones, pebbles or even sand can be added into a shallow birdbath to create a variety of depths for drinking and bathing.

Set up a Sun Soak: Unlike birds, butterflies are cold-blooded and need to absorb heat from the sun to warm their wings so they can fly. To ensure they have plenty of turf to soak up the rays, large flat stones can be placed in the garden for additional sunbathing spots. Butterfly gardens should be situated in sunny locations that are sheltered from the wind.

 

Both kids and adults can learn more firsthand by attending Pike Nurseries’ upcoming free classes on attracting butterflies and other pollinators, lead by the experts at select store locations. Pikes Kid Series: Butterflies will teach kids the benefits of these buzzing friends while building their own butterfly feeder on Wednesday, June at 10 a.m. Adults can learn how to build the perfect pollinator garden during the Attracting Butterflies and Pollinators class taking place on June 13-15 at 6:30 p.m. and June 17 at 9 a.m. For more information on these free events and for location information, please visit pikenursery.com/classes.

Whether installing a large landscape or a petite patch of flowers, Pike Nurseries has everything families need to begin planting the seeds for a stunning sanctuary for pollinators. For more fun facts on butterflies as well as tips to create a butterfly garden, please visit pikenurseries.com or stop by any of the 17 Pike Nurseries locations and speak to the garden experts.

Henson Cove Place B&B- The Perfect Place to Getaway

Henson Cove Place

I love being able to escape to one of Georgia’s greatest treasures, the picturesque North Georgia Mountains.  Whether you are in the Northeast region or the Northwest or at places in between, one thing is for certain, you will find that this area of Georgia has a way of providing locals and tourists with the much-needed break from the chaos of work and life.

Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northeast Georgia is a charming and secluded 3 bedroom farmhouse and cabin bed and breakfast called Henson Cove Place.  My husband and I were recently given the opportunity to stay the night in a century old, well-loved bed and breakfast.  We knew after we rode through the twists and turns of the scenic mountain countryside roads, that we were traveling to the perfect atmosphere for a romantic getaway.  A place where we could relax, unwind, and unplug from the world we knew and get to know one another again.

Henson Cove Place is owned and operated by Mariah and Dave Nugent.  After realizing that life is about more than just the hustle and bustle of corporate  America, Mariah and Dave left their jobs and settled in Hiawassee, Georgia.   As the 3rd owners of this farmhouse, Mariah and Dave share their love of life with others and treat each guest like family.  They welcomed us and showed us around, making sure that we knew that their home was ours for the evening.

 

 

 

Upon entering through the front doors, you immediately step into the tastefully decorated rustic themed common living room with gorgeous hardwood floors.    All the comforts of home ready for you should you need them.  They even offer guests a library full of books that you are free to enjoy during your stay, and believe me, there are plenty of places where you can escape into a good book for hours.

 

 

 

Henson Cove Place Bed and Breakfast features three bedrooms with private baths, and a secluded guest cabin with private bath.  Each guest room is named according to the view and area of the home it is in and it decorated accordingly:  Mountain View. Garden View, and Rainy’s Hideaway.

We were given the largest room in the home, the Garden Suite. It features a queen pine log bed and a private reading area.  This room looks out to their garden and a 100-year-old white pine tree.

One of the things that their website boasts is that the bed in this room is so comfortable that “You’ll be assured a very restful sleep…in fact we bet you’ll be late for breakfast.”  Is it true? YES!  My husband is an early riser, and he was up and at it like usual talking with the other guests of the B&B as I slept soundly in this amazing bed.  I literally woke up about 15 minutes before our scheduled breakfast time, but only because my husband insisted that I get out of bed.  I would have been perfectly fine enjoying more time to sleep; however, that gourmet breakfast that Mariah and Dave prepared was well worth getting out of bed for!

 

 

Rainy’s Hideaway, pictured above is another of their rooms that they offer.  It is a secluded room that offers views from the treetops as it is tucked above the dining room.  It features a queen bed with a green iron headboard from an old gate in New Orleans.

 

In the evening, we returned to our room to find a note waiting for us on the door.

Guests are spoiled with wine,  chocolate dipped strawberries, and other evening snacks.  The kitchen is available throughout the night for guests.

 

 

Porch living is just something, in my opinion, that should come standard with a B&B.  There is just something about swaying or rocking while taking in the surroundings that is soothing to the soul.  As you might expect,  we took every opportunity to get cozy on the front with our plush Turkish robes that the B&B provides guests during their stay.  We sat for hours on the porch just enjoying one another’s company while being serenaded by the wildlife around us.  The songs of the birds were simply beautiful!

 

 

 

 

Of course, no B&B would be complete without a gourmet breakfast.  Providing 5 Star quality restaurant food, Mariah and Dave know how to make their guests feel at home with delicious food baked right in front of you.  Breakfast is served at two times each morning, and you choose what time works best for you.  From the summer eggs to the applewood smoked bacon, these meals are satisfying!   The puff pancakes with fresh fruit was absolutely exceptional.

 

Here are our Top 10 Reasons to Stay at Henson Cove Place B & B.

  1.   Complimentary wine tastings at nearby vineyards.
  2.   Evening treats – Wine and chocolate dipped strawberries!
  3.   Secluded and Picturesque Views
  4.   Gourmet Breakfast – 5 Stars
  5.   Tranquil and serene all while being serenading by the birds.
  6.   Front Porch Living – Sit for a spell and take in the beautiful Kelly Ridge as you listen to the    songs of birds and gaze upon the horses grazing in the field.
  7.   Guest Wi-Fi – Need I say more?
  8.   Afternoon Snacks and Drinks –  Fresh baked cookies and a variety of beverages offered free to  guests.   It is like being at home!
  9.   Immaculate  It is truly spotless!  Mariah and Dave want to make sure that they provide guests with the absolute best and that means a VERY clean room.
  10.  All rooms have in room temperature control which allows you to adjust it to your personal   liking.  For a girl that it COLD, I was in heaven.

 

Henson Cove Place Bed and Breakfast is one of those destinations that you need to experience. The charm that this place has to offer thanks to its fabulous innkeepers makes it a place you will want to visit over and over.  It is truly like visiting family.   They are genuine and make you feel at home.  Like a family would, they want to make sure that they provide you with the absolute best. That includes helping to direct you to the best places to eat locally to telling you the perfect places to explore in the area.  They want to make this a memorable visit for you!  So if you are looking to plan an unforgettable anniversary for your significant other or just want to get away for the weekend, head to the B&B that promises breathtaking views, personal service, and pampering.   Be sure to check out Groupon as they frequently offer specials there.  They have one right now that you need to take advantage of.   I know my husband and I plan to get back there soon to experience the charm this place has to offer and to reminiscence with what feels like old friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gifts that pop: Pike Nurseries presents the ultimate Father’s Day gift guide

 

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and the experts at Pike Nurseries have the perfect gift guide for those looking to celebrate their main man! Whether dad is a grilling connoisseur or dreams of creating the perfect landscape this summer, he is sure to dig the gift selection provided by the Pike Nurseries’ professionals.

For the Barbeque Professional:
For every dad who considers himself the neighborhood grill master, Pike Nurseries has the ultimate burger HQ, sure to get him all fired up. The versatile, ceramic Kamado Joe Grill and the Saber Stainless Steel Grill are both top choices for gadget lovers, sure to arm dad for cooking success! Each delivers the ultimate grilling experience for smoking, searing and baking tasty treats that the whole family can enjoy year-round.

For the Dad on the Move:
Dads who are always on the go need to stay healthy and hydrated! Family and friends looking to score a top spot in pop’s fan club can pick up stainless steel tumblers that are leak proof, dual insulated, convenient and trouble-free: the perfect surprise for the hardworking dad. They even keep temperatures constant for hours, so he won’t have to fret when he forgets his drink in the hot car or the cold office!

For the Outdoor Dad:
Let dad kick back and catch some rays this summer with new patio furniture for the backyard! The Eucalyptus Bar Height Dining Set provides the perfect spot for beers with the boys or game night with the family. For the dad looking to soak up the sun and some well-deserved “zzzs” with some quality R&R, the Eucalyptus Adirondack Chair with Retractable Ottoman is just the thing to help him unwind. While rocking and relaxing, he can also enjoy the sweet sounds of Majesty Bells Wind Chimes while melting his cares away.

For the Creative Landscaper:
Give dad his dream yard with help from the experts. Pike Nurseries offers on-site design consultation to find spots with the best sunlight, soil and water conditions to keep gardens flourishing and full. Not only will they work with dad to manifest his vision, the Pike Nurseries’ team will also scale out placements for plants, pathways, decks, container plants, walls and entertainment areas. Book an appointment at the nearest Pike Nurseries’ location this Father’s Day to help that green thumb guru obtain the outstanding oasis he deserves.

For the Everyday Dad
Sometimes, dad just knows best. Let him fulfill his own wish list with a Pike Nurseries gift card. Available both online and in-store, it can be loaded with any amount and never expires!

For more gifts to keep pop on top this Father’s Day, visit pikenurseries.com/fathersday.

MISSION: THANK YOU, Nominate a Veteran

Harley-Davidson believes that every American should be able to experience the profound freedom of motorcycle riding, especially those who risk their lives to protect our freedom. To show its appreciation and support for military personnel, Harley-Davidson has partnered with Adam Sandoval, founder of ScootinAmerica, and the Wounded Warrior Project for a cross-country ride where they will give away new motorcycles to eight lucky veterans. Adam recently spoke with us to about this project —MISSION: “THANK YOU”— and his upcoming stop in Los Angeles.

Q: How did your journey begin?

AS: I hit the road in November 2014 with my Chihuahua, Scooter, to visit every Harley-Davidson dealership in the lower 48 states to raise awareness and money for our military and their families. A lot of bikers are veterans, and riding is sort-of wind therapy, especially for those with PTSD. Scooter and I rode over 80,000 miles during our two-year journey, raising $300,000 in donations in the process.

Q: What is MISSION: “THANK YOU”?

AS: Scooter and I are hitting the road with Harley-Davidson to thank those who have protected our freedom. We’ll be honoring a total of eight deserving members of the military with a free motorcycle powered by the new Harley-Davidson Milwaukee Eight Engine. I think this might be the most impactful trip of my life.

Q: You already kicked off the tour in San Diego. What was the first stop like?

A: It was great. I had the pleasure of presenting Shane Kruchten with a new motorcycle during my time there. He was wounded while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and riding his Harley-Davidson helped him cope with his PTSD. The experience was a reminder of why I started my journey back in 2014, and it’s great to partner with Harley-Davidson to do this for veterans. I can’t wait to do it again in L.A.

Q: Why did you choose to partner with Harley-Davidson on MISSION: “THANK YOU”?

AS: Harley-Davidson does so much for our veterans and active military. For example, they offer the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy New Rider Course at a discounted rate for military personnel and first responders and their spouses. There’s also Operation Extend the Ride, which extends factory warranties by the number of days you’re deployed. As a Harley-Davidson rider myself, it was an obvious choice to partner with them for a cause I’m so passionate about.

Q: How can people get involved with MISSION: “THANK YOU”?

AS: Folks can go to my website, AdamSandovalRides.com, until early November to nominate deserving military personnel. They can even nominate themselves! A panel consisting of representatives from the Wounded Warrior Project, veterans working at Harley-Davidson and myself will select seven more military members to surprise with a new motorcycle this summer and fall, with the final bike being awarded in New York City on Veterans Day prior to the world’s largest Veterans parade. I also urge everyone to listen to the stories of any veterans they know, follow my ride on social media and share the mission with their friends.

Veteran Shane Kruchten was the first recipient on the MISSION: THANK YOU tour and was honored at a ceremony in San Diego in May.

This summer Adam Sandoval is hitting the road with Harley-Davidson for a cross-country ride to honor those who have served and give away bikes to eight lucky vets.

Adam is an avid H-D rider, and he and his chihuahua Scooter have crossed the country in support of military vets. His ScootinAmerica initiative has raised awareness for several veterans organizations, and he’s honored to partner with H-D to bring relief to more riders. He understands that riding can be a relaxing, restorative hobby for vets, especially for those suffering from PTSD.

Anyone can nominate an active military member or veteran to MISSION: THANK YOU by submitting their story of sacrifice, strength and courage to http://missionthankyou.com. Adam will be part of the group reviewing and selecting deserving patriots for the award.

Follow the mission on adamsandovalrides.com or on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

Cars 3 Races Into Theaters June 16

 

Cars 3 Movie

Oh how my family LOVES the thrill of racing.  NASCAR is one of our favorite sporting events of all time, and we eagerly sit and watch our favorites hug the track as they travel at ridiculously high speeds.  When the first Cars movie came out back in March of 2006, we were beyond excited. Now we had a movie that we could share with our little ones so that they would get excited about racing too.   The series of movies has become one of our all time favorites, and we are thrilled that the newest movie, Cars 3, races into theaters June 16.

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage! Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2”), produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short) and co-produced by Andrea Warren (“LAVA” short).

 

 

 

My family had the chance to see this movie a few days ago, and we LOVED it and so did the crowd that was there.  There have not been many times when I have been in a theater and had the audience cheer and clap as loudly as they did with this film.  After a not so favorable Cars 2, Pixar has come back with Cars 3 and it is something to cheer about!

 

 

We do not want to give away what happens, but here are a few things we feel movie watchers are going to love:

 

Trip Down Memory Lane 

All of your favorites from Cars make an appearance in this film from Mater to Doc.

Speed

Cars fans are going to love the amount of speed racing associated with this film.

Mentors

 This movie focuses on how others influence us and what we can learn from others.

Empowerment

(Girl Power) – Cruz Ramirez is going to steal your hearts!  It is a story that nearly everyone watching can relate to.

Perseverance

 Do not ever believe that you are not good enough no matter what anyone says.

 

Make sure you are not late though!  You do not want to miss Pixar’s newest short, LOU, and the message it gives.   A bully that enjoys ruining others recess by stealing their toys finally meets his match and learns a valuable lesson.    This heart-warming and funny short literally ‘hits” it out of the park, and is going to be something you can talk with your kids about!

short-film-lou

 

 

We hope that you will make plans to go to this movie this summer!  If you fell in love with Cars from the start, you are going to love this just as much if not more.  Although there is no official word that there will be more movies to come, I have a feeling you are going to leave hoping that there is.  To celebrate the upcoming release of this beloved Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3”movie, there are plenty of cool ideas to do with your kids.  Click on any of the images below to find out more.

 

 

Miss Fritters Corn Fritters, Cars 3 Movie, Lightning McQueen

 

Make Your Own Race Course, Cars 3 Movie, Lightning McQueen

 

 

Cars 3 Movie, Piston Cup, Lightning McQueen, Piston Cup Race Maze

 

Cars 3 Movie, Lightning McQueen, Race to the Finish Board Game

 

Cars 3 Movie, Spot the Difference, Lightning McQueen

 

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Fox Theatre 2017 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival

If you are in need of relief this summer from the heat, The Fox Theatre is the place to go!  The  2017 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival schedule featuring family-friendly titles is sure to entice both kids and those who are kids at heart.  Guests will be singing a tune with sing-a-long versions of Walt Disney’s animated gem “Beauty and the Beast,” as well as the Julie Andrews’ timeless classic “Mary Poppins.” Additionally, wizards and muggles alike will be mesmerized as all eight “Harry Potter” films will be showing at the Fox Theatre with triple- and double-headers throughout August. Fan favorite Saturday AM Cartoons will be returning, and in celebration of its 75th anniversary, “Casablanca” will have fans “playing it again” with Rick and Sam.

The festival kicks off Sunday, July 16 with a FREE afternoon at the movies! To celebrate the Fox Theatre’s rich and storied history, guests are invited to enjoy a double-header of GPB’s “The Legend Lives On: Atlanta’s Fox Theatre” paired with the Walt Disney classic “Steamboat Willie” –  a nod to the Fox Theatre’s magnificent 1928 grand opening, in which a sold out audience experienced Mickey Mouse’s first feature film.

As in previous years, Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival will showcase films on its impressive 26-foot high x 56-foot-8-inch wide big screen. Patrons will enjoy movies under the “stars” beneath the Fox Theatre’s distinctive blue sky with twinkling stars and fluffy clouds, and for select showings, a magical pre-show experience including a sing-a-long with a vintage cartoon and performances on the world-renowned Mighty Mo organ.

To extend the movie-going experience, the Fox Theatre offers exclusive Movie Tours prior to select film showings. Guests will be taken on guided tours through the projection booth, screening room, celebrity dressing rooms, and the iconic Fox Theatre stage – all while learning about the history of movie palaces and Mr. William Fox’s innovations.

2017 COCA-COLA SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

*Special Movie Tours will take place prior to this film at an additional cost

 

Sunday, July 16  @ 2 p.m.

The Legend Lives On: Atlanta’s Fox Theatre & Steamboat Willie*  

Thursday, July 20 @ 7:30 p.m.

Casablanca*, 75th anniversary

Sunday, July 23 @ 2 p.m.

Mary Poppins Sing-a-Long*

Saturday, July 29 @ 10 a.m.

Saturday AM Cartoons

Saturday, August 5 @ 12 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone*

Saturday, August 5 @ 4 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Saturday, August 5 @ 8 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Saturday, August 12 @ 12 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire*

Saturday, August 12 @ 4 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Sunday, August 12 @ 8 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Sunday, August 13 @ 12 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1*

Sunday, August 13 @ 4 p.m.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Sunday, September 3 @ 2 p.m.

Beauty and the Beast (’91) Sing-a-Long*

General Admission Movie Ticket Pricing

Discounted $8 general admission movie tickets are available NOW at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office, online at FoxTheatre.org or by calling 855-285-8499. Starting Saturday, July 1, general admission movie tickets will increase to $10. Tickets purchased on the day of the show will be $12. Additional fees may apply.

Specialty Movie Ticket Pricing

“The Legend Lives On: Atlanta’s Fox Theatreand “Steamboat Willie” – While tickets are free, guests MUST reserve tickets at the Fox Theatre ticket office or at foxtheatre.org. Please note: ticketing fees are applied when reserving online. Seating is first come, first serve. There is a limit of six (6) tickets per person and everyone must have a ticket, including infants.

Saturday AM Cartoons – Tickets are $5 now through show date. Additional ticketing fees may apply.

“Mary Poppins” and “Beauty and the Beast” – Sing-a-longs are Reserved Seating only. Tickets are $15.00 in advance or $20.00 on the day of the show. Additional fees may apply.

Harry Potter Movie Packages

For Harry Potter fans, the Fox Theatre offers discounted packages, including a full movie eight-pack ticket package as well as multiple film packages. Please visit FoxTheatre.org for more information.

Movie Tours

Tour tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased with a movie ticket. The following films will host movie tours prior to the showings: “The Legend Lives On: Atlanta’s Fox Theatre” and “Steamboat Willie” (7/16), “Casablanca” (7/20), “Mary Poppins” (7/23), “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (8/5),
“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (8/12), “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” (8/13), and “Beauty and the Beast” (9/3).

Note on Movie Tours: Space is limited; 20 people per individual tour. Movie Tours are not recommended for children under seven years of age due to the travel and tight locations. Children 2 and under are not permitted. Everyone must have a ticket. A few of the locations on the tour route are not ADA accessible and there are many stairs involved.

Parking Pricing

While spaces are available, select Lanier parking lots surrounding the Fox Theatre are offering discounted $5 parking for Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival patrons. For more information, please visit FoxTheatre.org.

To purchase tickets or get additional information, please visit FoxTheatre.org.