Eat a pie or sip some cider in part seven of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution series on fun things to do in the North Georgia Mountains.
Zip lines at Unicoi (and five others) in part seven of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution series on fun things to do in the North Georgia Mountains.
The neglected poetic legacy of Georgia's Byron Herbert Reece is getting a much needed boost in his hometown of Blairsville.
Twilight is descending on tiny Rock Creek Lake, a pond in the hills above Suches. Pink light hovers in the trees. The crickets trill. Barking frogs send up a serenade that sounds like a smoker’s cough. This mild North Georgia mountain evening should be a perfect night for fly fishing. And we’re in a good place.
For beer lovers looking for a getaway in the mountains of Georgia, there’s just one place to go: Brew Ridge. More widely known as Blue Ridge — it’s the only town in the North Georgia mountains where you can get locally crafted beer and cider. Blue Ridge is the gateway to the Appalachians for travelers coming up I-75/I-575 from Atlanta and points farther south.
A waterfall trail in North Georgia offers refreshing views. Part three in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution series on fun things to do in the North Georgia mountains.
In part two of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution series on fun things to do in the North Georgia mountains, we take a look at the increasing number and growing prestige of wineries in the area.
Consider the lowly gourd. A member of the Cucurbits family of flowering vines that includes the cucumber and the pumpkin, the gourd is a curious anomaly in the plant world because it produces a large fruit that is inedible due to its tough rind.
The mountains of North Georgia are a fairly easy destination for those seeking respite from the heat, traffic and general hullabaloo of Atlanta. What’s more, a weekend in these parts is pretty darn affordable. (This gal fished out all of $81 and change for a night at a decent hotel in Clayton, Ga.) For the food-focused, that means more moola to spend on meals.
Hartsfield-Jackson expects a record number of travelers over the busy holiday period, and knowing what to expect can increase your chances of handling the hassles with ease to make it to your destination smoothly. This year there are a variety of new roadblocks, airline policy changes and expanded airport amenities.
Delta Air Lines is ordering another 10 Airbus A330 wide-body jets while deferring some orders for Airbus A350 extra wide-body jets as it looks toward “measured growth.” Atlanta-based Delta will be the first U.S. airline to operate the A330-900neo, and expects to take delivery of its first one next year.
Since Richard Hogan was a boy, watching military planes fly from the Air Force base not far from his home, he’s been drawing designs for new aircraft. He dreamed of being a pilot. But when he was 12 years old, his grandfather took him for ice cream and a frank talk. “He said, ‘Richard, your eyes aren’t good enough’” to be a pilot.
More guns have been seized at Hartsfield-Jackson International’s security checkpoints in 2018 than at any other airport in the nation, setting a record even before the year is out. The Atlanta airport has held the No. 1 spot in the nation for guns uncovered at checkpoints for the last two years.
When we think of festival season in the Southeast, we tend to think of spring or fall. But winter has its charms, and there are a variety of special events throughout the region that either embrace the season’s chilly temperatures or seek ways to warm things up. Here are eight reasons to quit hibernating and hit the road over the next couple of months.
Delta Air Lines is adding more de-icing vehicles at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, in a move to ease flight delays and cancellations in the winter months. Atlanta-based Delta is adding 20 new de-ice trucks at the world’s busiest airport, where it operates its largest hub.
“The hottest travel destination of 2018.” “The Cool List 2018.” “Best Places to Travel in 2018.” These are all just a few of accolades the booming city of Nashville, Tenn., has received this year.
Tucked away in the rolling green hills of south central Tennessee, the charming small town of Lynchburg has just one traffic light and a quaint Main Street lined with eclectic shops. But for a town with a population less than 6,000, Lynchburg feels busier than one would expect.
The biggest cruise ship in the world is now at Port Canaveral.
The unusually warm fall may have caused fall colors to be muted this year, but colors are quickly bursting now. Georgia State Parks spokeswoman Kim Hatcher said weather conditions have been less than ideal for intense colors, saying it’s been “far too warm, especially at night.
Mustering my courage, I stepped onto the battlefield at Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi, steeling myself against the horrors that awaited, ready to assist where I could. My ears rang from the relentless barrage, and the air was thick with a repulsive miasma of sickness and death, but I tucked my face deep into the sleeve of my billowing habit and soldiered on.
As the cruise industry grows, so does the choice of ships and itineraries, appealing to a broader range of travelers than ever before. Honeymooners, families with young children, even senior travelers who require some assistance, are hopping aboard vessels filled with the promise of adventure.
New documents filed this week in Orange County, Florida, offer a first look at plans for Universal Orlando’s fourth theme park. The plans will transform 540 acres of empty land near Lockheed Martin. That’s in addition to the construction of two hotels on the old Wet ‘n Wild property as part of the 4,000-room Endless Summer Resort.
On the 10-year anniversary of Delta Air Lines’ merger with Northwest Airlines, Delta employees got a glimpse of a new jet that the carrier will use to upgrade its fleet. The 109-seat Airbus A220-100 has wider seats, large overhead bins and bigger windows — there’s even a window in one of the lavatories in the back of the plane.
When Joe Jackson walked into flight control at Delta Air Lines on his first day as an assistant dispatcher in 1980, he noticed something. “I didn’t see anyone else” who was black, said Jackson, who was 32 at the time. “The first time I came in and I looked around, the only thing I saw was older white men.
In the 10 years since Delta Air Lines acquired Northwest Airlines, the Atlanta-based carrier has transformed itself from a struggling company fresh out of bankruptcy into a financial powerhouse. Along the way to making billions of dollars in profits a year, Delta has also expanded its workforce in Georgia and vastly improved its on-time performance. But it hasn’t been all smooth sailing.
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport officials are seeking approval of funding for pedestrian bridges that are expected to cost a total of $55 million. The pedestrian bridges will be built between the parking decks and the domestic terminal, allowing travelers to walk from parking to the terminal without dodging traffic.
Walt Disney World guests will have another place to call home in a few years. Company officials announced Thursday plans to build a nature-inspired resort along the shores of Bay Lake, situated between Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said he wants to eventually make in-flight Wi-Fi free, but it could be two to three years before that happens. That’s partly because the technology is not yet up to par, Bastian said. “I don’t think our customers should have to pay for Wi-Fi in the air,” Bastian said.
You can look at the upcoming Labor Day weekend in one of two ways: As an annoying reminder that much of the rest of the country is just starting to put a period on its leisurely summer while Georgia has been back to the 9-to-5 grind for a month now.
Atlantans begrudging the annual Labor Day traffic nightmare this weekend may have more than Dragon Con to blame, according to a recent ranking. In Travel Channel's recent "21 Top-Searched Cities for Long Weekends" list, Atlanta ranked No. 4 in America for U.S. cities most searched for on travelchannel.com for long weekend getaways. Chicago ranked No. 1, Las Vegas made it to No.
Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled plans on Friday for a $35 million aviation academy to train aircraft mechanics at the Paulding County airport, a plan that could effectively block efforts to commercialize a second airport in metro Atlanta.
Metro Atlantans are only gradually digesting just how brutally Hurricane Michael treated the Gulf Coast region they have flocked to, invested in, vacationed at, partied with and cherished for generations. It wasn’t pleasant. Paradise took a beating.
With the ongoing federal probe at Atlanta City Hall, the procurement process at Hartsfield-Jackson International must be as transparent as ever, said the man appointed as the general manager of the city-run airport.
Gov. Nathan Deal plans to announce plans for a $35 million aviation academy at Paulding County’s airport that could stymie a push by some officials to commercialize the facility. The question of whether Paulding officials would commercialize the airport and attract airline flights has created conflict in the county since 2013.
She’s only 5 months old but a little girl is finishing up something that may be on the bucket lists of many adults -- to visit all 50 states in the U.S. But age isn’t stopping Harper Yeats. Her parents have taken her on a road trip to end all road trips and hope to finish the journey on Oct. 18 when the family gets to Vermont, “Good Morning America reported”.
Monday marked the first big business travel day amid new road closures at the Delta Air Lines curbside at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The Atlanta airport over the weekend started construction of a massive canopy over the Terminal South curbside, which remains open but has some some lane closures and overnight closures of the upper roadway.
In the City Too Busy to Hate, perhaps it’s fitting that the airport is too busy to worry about architectural attractiveness. At least that’s the rep Hartsfield-Jackson International’s domestic terminal has earned over the decades.
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a long-awaited Federal Aviation Administration bill, which includes a number of measures that could benefit consumers and some items expected to help Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Savannah-based Gulfstream. The bill, approved with a 93-6 vote, “means a lot for citizens traveling to and from our Georgia airports,” Georgia U.S. Sen.
Delta Air Lines disclosed Tuesday that Hurricane Florence took a roughly $30 million hit on its finances. The Atlanta-based airline said the September storm negatively affected its pre-tax income and drove its unit revenues down half a percentage point, according to an investor update filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company still expects to report earnings of $1.
Most city slogans are kind of dumb. Even if they sound clever at first, they begin to annoy over time. I’d be happy if I never heard, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” again. Or “Keep Austin Weird.” If you’ve been to Austin lately, you know that battle has been lost. But whoever came up with the slogan for Marfa, Texas, nailed it: “Tough to get to....
Whether your style is rough and tumble or refined and discriminating, the western United States is brimming with adventures and attractions sure to satisfy every itch, from theme parks and cowboy culture to train rides and world-class art. Here are seven destinations for a fun winter getaway.
Every year, Georgia’s leaves turn spectacular shades of yellow, burnt orange, deep magenta, even crimson. It’s getting to be that time of year — even if it feels like a never-ending summer. Typically, Georgia’s mountain parks peak in hues in late October; however, color can be seen as early as September and throughout much of November.
While admiring the reflection of a brilliant sunset on the water, a roseate spoonbill with a glorious fan of pink and crimson plumage swept in from nowhere and scooped up a wiggling flash of silver in its long bill. After gulping the fish down, the long-legged wading bird stood basking in the fading orange-pink glow, watching me watching him.
Delta Air Lines plans to launch what it calls the nation’s first “biometric terminal” by deploying facial recognition at multiple points in the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson. At the Maynard H.
In November 2016, James August was somewhere over the Pacific Ocean on a Hawaiian Airlines flight to New York, when he lost his temper in an outburst that included yelling at his girlfriend, threatening to cut her throat and striking a flight attendant. His violent behavior was so alarming that the captain diverted the plane back to Honolulu where authorities arrested him.
Atlanta officials say a provision in bond and airline lease documents restricts any change of control of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport — and that the city has no plans to relinquish control. A state Senate study committee is examining the idea of creating an authority to take control of Hartsfield-Jackson International.
An airport executive from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport has been named general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced John Selden, deputy general manager at JFK, will take the helm of the world’s busiest airport.
Joe steered the rental car onto the gravel driveway. The cluster of two-story, concrete buildings looked like a ghost town. Downed palm trees lay on the rooftops. The grounds were littered with clothes, broken bottles and wooden slats from shutters ripped off windows. I stepped over a high-heeled shoe as I walked up the busted stairwell to the reception desk. We were back.
Earlier this year, travelers looking to while away the time at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport could have browsed for designer brands at Clutch, Luxury Boutique or Sunglass Icon at the center of Concourse F. But go back today, and those three stores are no longer there. In their place is a huge Hudson, the ubiquitous convenience store and bookseller found at airports across the nation.
Whether it’s west of the Mississippi or western Europe, there’s something about heading westward that fills one with anticipation. It’s been explored, settled and re-invented, but there’s still plenty to discover at points west on the proverbial compass. Here are some things to check out, as well as fresh takes on the familiar.
Travelers looking for new adventures are advised to look east, to both the near and far locations of that compass point. From Atlanta, the Eastern seaboard offers a wealth of attractions at the end of a short flight or a leisurely car drive. Farther afield, countries of the east also offer new reasons to make the long-distance trek.
Now that school is back in session and the promise of cooler temperatures is in the air, snowbirds are planning their annual pilgrimages south. But a balmy climate is not everyone’s idea of paradise. Cold weather fans embrace the chilly weather and set their sights north this time of year. Here are nine locations worthy of breaking out a parka.
Whether traveling in the United States or the tropical climes of the Caribbean and Central America, check out what’s new and noteworthy at points south on the compass, or get a different perspective on familiar destinations. Once called “the Cradle of the Confederacy,” Montgomery has come a long way since Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era.
In the wake of security breaches, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has begun installing concertina wire on fencing around the perimeter of the airfield. The coiled razor wire is being added on top of the existing three rows of barbed wire on about 20 miles of perimeter security fencing that surrounds the airport.
I took one look at Edelweiss, a gingerbread-trimmed German chalet built atop the bluff in downtown Natchez, Miss., in 1883, and a melancholy swept over me like an unexpected draft. The average passerby wouldn’t understand my gloominess.
California authorities are searching for a mother and daughter from Canada who disappeared after arriving in San Francisco last weekend for a camping trip on the West Coast.
Atlantic City hasn’t had much reason to celebrate in recent years. In 2014, four of the city’s 12 casinos closed. A fifth, the Trump Taj Mahal (owned by President Donald Trump until filing for bankruptcy in 2014) shuttered in 2016.
State senators discussed Wednesday how creating an airport authority to run Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport could bring a change in management amid a federal investigation into corruption at Atlanta City Hall — and bring up the possibility of a second airport.
GEORGIA Blairsville — The Grape Stomp Fest, Sept. 1, features live music, local vendors, food and wine and a Lucille Ball lookalike contest. www.exploregeorgia.org. Douglas — The South Georgia BBQ & Outdoor Festival, Sept. 7-8, has a barbecue competition, car and motorcycle show, aviation display and fly-in and shows. www.cityofdouglas.com.
BrewDog will celebrate the opening of its new “beer-hotel” in Ohio this weekend. The brewery said the hotel, named the DogHouse, is the “world’s first craft beer hotel,” according to BrewDog’s website.
Do you have a real thirst for adventure, and well, booze? A bar group in London is looking for some parched patrons to travel the world sipping gin to stock a new bar that’s scheduled to open in the fall. The owners of Mr. Fogg’s is looking to stock its new Society of Exploration bar, the Evening Standard reported.
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Atlantic City hasn’t had much reason to celebrate in recent years. In 2014, four of the city’s 12 casinos closed. A fifth, the Trump Taj Mahal (owned by President Donald Trump until filing for bankruptcy in 2014) shuttered in 2016.
The world’s busiest airport is mulling over how it can add more gates and become even busier. But the challenges Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport faces are numerous — finding space to build more gates, predicting airline growth in the years and decades to come, and figuring out how to keep the price tag under control.
The Friday night theft of a commercial airliner from a major airport by an airline worker, who then flew the plane around the Seattle area and crashed it into an island, is prompting new scrutiny of aviation security and screenings of workers.
In the wake of a massive data breach involving chat software on Delta Air Lines’ website, potential class-action lawsuits point a finger at the airline for putting its customers’ information at risk. Atlanta-based Delta says it has no liability and the online chat provider, a company called 7.ai, is liable for the breach disclosed in April.
Fall is festival season in the South. Nearly every small town and big city hosts a seasonal shindig to get people outside when the leaves are changing and the air’s turning cool. Whether you head to the coast, the mountains or back in the time, there is a festival for you. National Shrimp Festival.
Opponents of the commercialization of Paulding County’s airport do not have to reveal who is financially backing their effort, the Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled. Some have speculated that Delta Air Lines is secretly funding the grassroots organization of residents fighting the project.
Federal investigations into matters involving Atlanta City Hall and Hartsfield-Jackson International could make it harder to attract a new manager for the airport, possibly driving up the salary requirements. An investigation into City Hall corruption has been ongoing since 2016 and has included a subpoena for records related to a number of airport contracts.
A woman who has waited a year for her husband to get a visa to join her in the United States organized a group performance at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to mark their reunion. Jon Eastwood’s homecoming was delayed a day after his flight from New York was canceled amid bad weather.
A fall visit to Columbia, S.C., offers food and football, along with plenty of attractions, events and shopping to fill a weekend road trip with friends or kids. The city, home to the state capital and the University of South Carolina — its largest university — blends Southern charm and history with modern culture.
Frustration over the shrinking size of airplane seats has sparked debate over whether it’s a safety threat when passengers need to evacuate a plane.
The fate of Paulding County’s tiny airport could shift, now that residents have voted out several commissioners who were opposed to a plan to add commercial flights. For the residents of the bedroom community west of Atlanta, the recent runoff elections could signal movement in the years-long fight over their local airport and a proposal to pursue commercial flights.
Delta Air Lines is stuck in the middle of a scrap between China and Taiwan, just as the carrier expands in the lucrative region. China has demanded that airlines stop referring to Taiwan as a country on their websites, and pinpointed Atlanta-based Delta as one of four airlines that was “incomplete” in making changes by China’s deadline this week.
Disney is taking a step it said will help the environment. The entertainment giant will phase out single-use plastic straws in its theme parks.
The first thing that stands out about Americus is its remoteness. Not remote in terms of hours driven to get there — it’s only a 2.5-hour drive south of Atlanta — but how it stands like an oasis of a city surrounded by so much farmland, rolling plains and pecan groves miles away from any interstate.
The art world and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York owe one Atlantan a big “thank-you.
Delta Air Lines is reconnecting a key link between the Southeast and China with the resumption of flights from Atlanta to Shanghai this week. It’s the culmination of a years-long effort to bring the service back, after years with no nonstop flights between the world’s busiest airport and China.
When Carl Dukes learned that Maleka Jackson had been killed in a freak boating accident in the Bahamas, a shiver ran through his body. Dukes had never met Jackson, although they lived near each other in Woodstock. But what really got him was how and where Jackson died. Jackson and her husband, Tiran, were celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary when their tour boat exploded.
Paulding County’s airport may try again to commercialize and attract airline flights, after its last effort was brought to an end by the Federal Aviation Administration. That’s because a long-term lease with an airport partner could obligate it to do so, according to the Paulding airport director.
For more than two decades, I’d driven by Hilton Head Health on my visits to the South Carolina barrier island and wondered if it was for me. It was once known primarily as an extended-stay weight loss resort, but several friends had told me it had undergone major changes.
High fuel costs are translating into higher air fares for Delta Air Lines and other U.S. carriers. Atlanta-based Delta announced Thursday it will trim its flight schedule for this fall as it grapples with the rising price of oil. The airline plans to focus on under-performing routes when making its cuts.
Two security breaches in two weeks have highlighted a weak point at Hartsfield-Jackson International: the 29.5 miles of security fencing surrounding the world’s busiest airport.
Andalusia, the Milledgeville farm where Flannery O’Connor wrote most of her fiction, is welcoming visitors once more. Its new owner, Georgia College and State University, has spent much of the past year painting, sealing and repairing the 200-year-old farmhouse and its outbuildings. It reopened to tours June 19, with extended hours.
Airport parking is becoming one of the biggest hassles at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, with travelers often encountering full decks and lots and even some off-airport lots running out of spaces at times. The parking squeeze is caused by an increase in the volume of travelers flying to and from Atlanta and is being exacerbated by airport construction.
Growing up in Alabama, I remember visiting Chattanooga many times on weekend family excursions and Boy Scout outings. We never actually went to Chattanooga proper, but to Lookout Mountain six miles southwest of the city to visit Rock City, see Ruby Falls and ride the Incline Railway. Or we went to the Chickamauga battlefield for camping and history lessons about the Civil War.
A years-long effort to commercialize a second airport in metro Atlanta came to a halt this week as the Federal Aviation Administration closed its file on the Paulding County airport’s application. The move comes more than four years after Paulding County and its airport authority announced an ambitious plan to attract airline service.
Two multi-million dollar settlements paid by American Airlines and Southwest Airlines in an air fare collusion lawsuit leave some questioning what it means for the remaining defendants: United Airlines and Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines.
An incident in which a man scaled a fence, ran onto an active taxiway and towards a plane full of passengers exposed a long-standing security vulnerability at the world’s busiest airport: Its miles-long perimeter.
GEORGIA Young Harris — The first Made in Georgia Festival, through July 1, offers a variety of products made, grown, brewed, harvested, stitched and inspired by Georgia. www.golakechatuge.com. Valdosta — La Fiesta, July 14-15, is an event featuring authentic food, music and dancing in Wild Adventures amusement park. It celebrates Hispanic and Latin culture. www.wildadventures.com.
As travelers flock to northwest Florida beaches this summer, an unwelcome guest may await them. According to the Pensacola Beach Lifeguards Facebook page, purple warning flags indicating dangerous marine life have been flying along the shore this week thanks to an itch-inducing pest commonly called "sea lice.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is getting closer to naming a permanent general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and said she has five finalists for the job. Bottoms made the comments after remarks at a Rotary Club of Atlanta luncheon on Monday. She said she has not yet interviewed the candidates, and declined to name the finalists.
Just one week after a billboard telling liberals to get out of Texas went viral, a new sign is offering a unifying message. According to KVII, Amarillo resident Roman Leal started a GoFundMe page Wednesday to put up a more welcoming sign after learning of a billboard near Vega that read, "Liberals, please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS.
Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration transferred two employees from City Hall to high-paying positions at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the final days of Reed’s term.
New Jersey is honoring native son and award-winning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain with a “food trail” of his favorite New Jersey restaurants.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian said he opposes a state takeover of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, as Georgia’s legislature plans a committee to study the idea.
By opening a branch and ATMs at the world’s busiest airport, SunTrust hopes to gain national visibility. The Atlanta-based bank has a new contract to operate a branch and 16 ATMs at Hartsfield-Jackson International in the first quarter of 2019, replacing Wells Fargo ATMs.
Delta Air Lines has expanded its partnership with Atlanta-based sharing economy delivery service Roadie to get delayed baggage delivered to customers. Atlanta-based Delta has partnered with Roadie since 2015 to deliver delayed bags, and recently expanded its use of Roadie to more than 50 cities, including Atlanta.
A state study committee set to look at the idea of creating an airport authority to run Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is raising questions about the best way to operate the world’s busiest airport. The state has raised the possibility of taking over the Atlanta airport periodically over the years. The most recent push came earlier this year when State. Sen.