I’m a firm believer that reading and writing go hand and hand. A southerner through and through, I love my Georgia peaches and pecans while curling up with a good book. I’m more than convinced that my characters love Georgia as much as I do.
They spend countless hours trampling around the state seeking out the next great adventure and Georgia hasplenty of adventure to offer. Even for those with fictitious worlds a taste of my beloved Georgia can’t help but seep into the seams of the story. Settings are the foundations of my stories and location, location, location sums up the variety of experiences Georgia has to offer.
Whether a lover of city life or a dreamer of country outings like me, Georgia has something for everyone. Mountains in the north, beaches to the east, cities with monuments and rich histories, Georgia sings a song ofits own.
“Welcome to Sparta,” is a saying most natives know; a reminder of In the Heat of the Night, filmed in Sparta, GA. The trademark “Yeee…Haaww!” can still be heard as the members of some of the smaller counties pay tribute of the Dukes of Hazard. Visitors can even speak with a real Southern Belle, when they visit Stately Oaks for a Gone with the Wind tour.
With Civil Right history galore, Georgia is the home of Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site, and the APEX (African American Panoramic Experience) Museum. For others with a love of historic houses, take a tour around Savannah or visit The Little White Whitehouse. Interested in the native population? The Kolomoki Mounds, Etowah Mounds, or Rock Eagle might grant you the answers
The major cities are the places to schmooze with local celebrities. The FOX Theatre in Atlanta always has a show. The High Museum of Art and The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University give visitors a taste of art and the past from around the world. We even have something for every race fan: drag strips through out the state with Road Atlanta and Atlanta Motor Speedway hosting major events during balmy fall nights and hot summer days.
Regardless of what wets your whistle or tickles your fancy, Georgia has something for everyone. So come on down and get a taste of our Southern style sweet tea and hospitality. You might just find that hidden gem toenrich your mind and spirit.
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