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GEORGIA Magazine's Readers' Choice Awards 20072007 Readers' Choice Awards:
Simply the ‘best’

Readers vote for their favorites across the state

Thanks to all our readers who cast a vote for their favorite Georgia people, places and things in the GEORGIA Magazine 2007 Readers’ Choice Awards contest!

Congratulations to Barbara Best of Fort Valley, winner of our grand prize of two nights’ stay at Blood Mountain Cabins in Blairsville. Second-place prize winners Zina Coley of Carrollton, Kathy Ruth of Clarkesville, Sam Elliott of Athens and Susan Granthan of Rocky Face also were chosen to win $100 each.


 

Historic site

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Photo by ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/JENNIFERWOOD425.)Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr., Kennesaw, GA 30152; (770) 427-4686; www.nps.gov/kemo

Other top picks:

Stone Mountain Park, U.S. Highway 78 East, Exit 8, Stone Mountain, GA 30087; (770) 498-5690; www.stonemountainpark.com

Andersonville National Historic Site, 496 Cemetery Rd., Andersonville, GA 31711; (229) 924-0343; www.nps.gov/ande

Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site, 401 Little White House Rd., Warm Springs, GA 31830; (706) 655-5870; www.fdr-littlewhitehouse.org

 

Mountain destination

Alpine Helen (Photo by IMAGECONTROLPLUS.COM.)Helen, Alpine Helen-White County Convention and Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 730, Helen, GA 30545; (800) 858-8027; helenga.org

Other top picks:

Blue Ridge, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce, 3990 Appalachian Hwy., Blue Ridge, GA 30513; (706) 632-5680; blueridgemountains.com

Brasstown Bald, Blue Ridge District, 1881 Highway 515, Blairsville, GA 30512; (706) 745-6928; Brasstown Bald Visitor Information Center, (706) 896-2556; www.fs.fed.us/conf/rec/btb_overview.shtml

 

Beach destination

Tybee Island (Photo courtesy GDEcD.)Tybee Island, Tybee Visitors Center, P.O. Box 491, Tybee Island, GA 31328; (912) 786-5444; www.tybeevisit.com. Tybee Island Light Station, P.O. Box 366, Tybee Island, GA 31328; (912) 786-5801; www.tybeelighthouse.org

Other top picks:

St. Simons, Brunswick and the Golden Isles Visitors Bureau, 4 Glynn Ave., Brunswick, GA 30382; (912) 265-0620; www.bgivb.com

Jekyll Island, Brunswick and the Golden Isles Visitors Bureau, 4 Glynn Ave., Brunswick, GA 30382; (912) 265-0620; www.bgivb.com

 

Annual event

Cherry Blossom Festival (Photo courtesy GDEcD.)Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival, held annually in March, Macon Cherry Blossom Festival; (478) 751-7429; cherryblossom.com. Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 450 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Macon, GA 31201;www.maconga.org

Other top picks:

Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities, held annually in March, Savannah Convention and Visitors Bureau, 101 E. Bay St., Savannah, GA 31401; (912) 644-6401; www.savannah-visit.com      

The Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, held every July 4, Atlanta Track Club, 3097 E. Shadowlawn Ave., Atlanta, GA 30305; www.atlantatrackclub.org/at02000.htm

Georgia Mountain Fair in Hiawassee, held annually in July, Georgia Mountain Fair, 1311 Music Hall Rd., Hiawassee, GA 30546; (706) 896-4191;www.georgia-mountain-fair.com

 

Place to get barbecue

Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q (Photo by Jennifer J. Hewett.)Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q, 1425 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA 30062; (770) 971-3201; realpagessites.com/williamsonbros

Other top picks:

Fincher’s Barbecue, 3947 Houston Ave., Macon, GA 31206; (478) 788-1900

Sprayberry’s Bar-B-Q, 229 Jackson St., Newnan, GA 30263; (770) 253-4421; sprayberrysbbq.com

 

Place to get biscuits

Flying Biscuit CaféFlying Biscuit Café, 1655 McLendon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307; (404) 687-8888; flyingbiscuit.com

Other top picks:

Martin’s, 1215 Powder Springs Rd. SW, Marietta, GA 30064; (770) 425-1495

The Dillard House, 1158 Franklin St., Dillard, GA 30537; (706) 746-5348; www.dillardhouse.com

 

Downtown or town square

Marietta Square (Photo courtesy GDEcD.)Marietta, Marietta Welcome Center and Visitors Bureau, 4 Depot St. NE, Marietta, GA 30060; (770) 429-1115; www.mariettasquare.com

Other top picks:

Dahlonega, Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center, 13 South Park St., Dahlonega, GA 30533; (706) 864-3711

Savannah, Savannah Convention and Visitors Bureau, 101 E. Bay St., Savannah, GA 31401; (912) 644-6401; www.savannah-visit.com

 

Diner

Marietta Diner (Photo by Jennifer J. Hewett.)Marietta Diner, 306 Cobb Pkwy., Marietta, GA 30060; (770) 423-9390; mariettadiner.net

Other top picks:

Buckhead Diner, 3073 Piedmont Rd., Atlanta, GA 30305; (404) 262-3336; buckheadrestaurants.com/diner.html

Landmark Diner, 2277 Cheshire Bridge Rd., Atlanta, GA 30305; (404) 636-8240; landmarkdiner.com

 

Museum

High Museum of Art (©2005 Johnathan Hillyer Photography, Inc.)High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309; (404) 733-HIGH; www.high.org

Other top picks:

Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Rd. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307; (404) 929-6300; www.fernbankmuseum.org

Museum of Aviation, P.O. Box 2469, Warner Robins, GA 31099; (478) 926-6870; www.museumofaviation.org

 

Place to bike

Callaway Gardens (Photo courtesy Callaway Gardens.)Callaway Gardens, 17800 U.S. Hwy. 27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822; (706) 663-2281; callawaygardens.com

Other top picks:

Silver Comet Trail, running from Smyrna to Alabama; PATH Foundation, P.O. Box 14327, Atlanta, GA 30324; (404) 875-7284; www.pathfoundation.org/index.cfm?event=showSilverComet

Jekyll Island, Brunswick and the Golden Isles Visitors Bureau, 4 Glynn Ave., Brunswick, GA 30382; (912) 265-0620; www.bgivb.com

 

Bed-and-breakfast

Henderson Village (Photo courtesy GDEcD.)Henderson Village, 125 S. Langston Cir., Perry, GA 31069; (888) 615-9722; hendersonvillage.com

Other top picks:

The 1842 Inn, 353 College St., Macon, GA 31201; (877) 452-6599; 1842inn.com

The Whitlock Inn, 57 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, GA 30064; (770) 428-1495; www.whitlockinn.com

 

Celebrity

Alan Jackson (Photo by Russ Harrington.)Alan Jackson, Newnan

Other top picks:

Julia Roberts, Smyrna

Paula Deen, Savannah

Trisha Yearwood, Monticello

 

 

 

 

Place to see a live show

The Fabulous Fox Theatre (Photo courtesy GDEcD.)The Fabulous Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308; (404) 688-3353; www.foxtheatre.org

Other top picks:

Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta, GA 30342; (404) 733-4800; classicchastain.com

Anderson Music Hall at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Georgia Mountain Fair, 1311 Music Hall Rd., Hiawassee, GA 30546; (706) 896-4191; www.georgia-mountain-fair.com

The Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry Street, Macon, GA 31201; (478) 301-5470; www2.mercer.edu/theGrand

 

Place to get Sunday brunch

Ray’s on the RiverRay’s on the River, 6700 Powers Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs, GA 30339; (770) 955-1187; www.raysontheriver.com

Other top picks:

The Dillard House, 1158 Franklin St., Dillard, GA 30537; (706) 746-5348; www.dillardhouse.com

Renaissance Waverly Hotel, 2450 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339; (770) 953-4500

 

Day trip

Callaway Gardens (Photo courtesy GDEcD.)Callaway Gardens, 17800 U.S. Hwy. 27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822; (706) 663-2281; callawaygardens.com

Other top picks:

Helen, Alpine Helen-White County Convention and Visitors Bureau, P.O. Box 730, Helen 30545; (800) 858-8027; helenga.org

Savannah, Savannah Convention and Visitors Bureau, 101 E. Bay St., Savannah, GA 31401; (912) 644-6401; www.savannah-visit.com

 

GEORGIA Magazine feature article from 2006

GEORGIA Magazine covers“No excuses: At 4 feet, Kyle Maynard stands tall among men,” about wrestler and motivational speaker Kyle Maynard, November 2006, by Jackie Kennedy

Other top picks:

“On a large scale: The Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans of the World Tour,” on the opening of the new Georgia Aquarium and its founder Bernie Marcus, March 2006, by Glenda Rogers

“Bringing home the enemy: ‘My Christmas Soldier,’” a film about German prisoners of war who were sent to Georgia during World War II, December 2006, by Mauriel Joslyn

“From trash to treasure: The ‘Cash in the Attic’ television show turns its cameras on Atlanta families,” September 2006, by Margie Fishman

 

October 2007

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