Ladies on staycation visiting Paddy's general merchant


   How’s your summer shaping up? Will you enjoy some beach time with the family? Or maybe you’re planning to visit an out-of-town friend. If a traditional vacation isn’t in the offing this year, why not create a “staycation” instead? With a little creativity, you can enjoy the advantages of a vacation without the expense and hassle of travel.

    The Atlanta metro offers endless opportunities. If you haven’t yet visited the Center for Civil and Human Rights (, plan to get there this summer. It’s located in the Centennial Olympic Park area (, where you can also enjoy the Georgia Aquarium and the College Football Hall of Fame. Within a half mile you’ll find the Atlanta Movie Tour bus, a fun look inside moviemaking in the ATL.

    Day trips can be a wonderful addition to your staycation. Head north to Atlanta’s Wine Road ( and visit some of the area’s beautiful wineries. Dahlonega, the heart of Georgia’s wine country, is home to 5 wineries and 12 tasting rooms. While you’re in town you might want to pan for gold at one of Dahlonega’s historic gold mines.

    If destination dining is your thing, you’ll find delicious options in every neighborhood in the city. Check out Fox Brothers Barbecue near Little Five Points for chicken fried ribs or a barbecue brisket sandwich. The Battery ( is a shopping and dining zone near the new SunTrust Stadium in Cobb County. Sample one of the Battery’s many restaurants when the Braves are out of town to avoid the crowds and traffic.

    Our residents love to explore. But wherever we wander, we love coming home. One of our favorite staycation activities is a lovely day by the Mt. Vernon Towers pool. It’s the perfect spot to catch up with friends or settle in with a glass of sweet tea and a good book.

    Learn more about the stimulating, gracious lifestyle at Mount Vernon Towers, Sandy Springs’ leading senior residential community, by calling (404) 255-3534.


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