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Surrounding Area Attractions

Shopping Trip for the Day

Take a trip for the day to the North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall. 140 OUTLET STORES 
Find impressive savings at Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet, Hugo Boss, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Williams-Sonoma and more. North of Atlanta. Located at 800 Highway 400 South, Dawsonville, GA 30534. Phone: (706) 216-3609

Gibbs Gardens

The gardens are designed for your comfort and pleasure in every season of the year. The 126 benches along the paths on the south side of the Valley Gardens invite you to sit, rest and let your senses take over. Take a deep breath of fresh clean air scented with the natural fragrance of flowers and plants. Gaze around at the vast Fern Dell, thick with hundreds of varieties running almost a mile along a gentle stream. Don't miss the aerial acrobatics of dragonflies zooming across the Japanese Gardens seven ponds before they rest just for a second or two -- on the blooms of water iris. A grove of soaring mature hardwoods shades The Arbor Cafe dining area. Listen to the birds sing and waterfalls splash as you bite into a sandwich made with fresh-baked artisan bread. Even the names are appetizing: Cranberry Walnut, Black Olive Asiago and Cheddar Jalapeno are just a few of the delicious choices. And, make sure to leave room for the best pound cake you've ever tasted. Treat yourself to Gibbs Gardens. Less than an hour north of Atlanta, there's no charge for parking. Trams -- $5 for a day pass -- will take you between the Welcome Center and Manor House Gardens and the Welcome Center and Japanese Gardens. There's nothing like a day at Gibbs Gardens to renew your spirit and refresh your sense of wonder.  North of Atlanta.  Located 1987 Gibbs Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107.  Phone: 770-893-1881

Kangaroo Conserervatory

Dedicated to the preservation of Kangaroo Species. NEW Aussie Outing for 2009 lets you explore the "Outback" to view mobs of kangaroos on the KangaRanger and experience a variety of animal shows and exhibits, as well as enjoy our hiking trails surrounded by Australian wildlife! KangaRanger and Show times vary through out the day.  Clildren must be at least five to enter. Rates are from $22.00-$32.00 per person. Contact information: 706-265-6100 ● tours(at)kangaroocenter.com. Located at 222 Bailey-Waters Road, Dawsonville, Georgia 30534.


Chain Saw Carvings by Kelly Madsen. Kelly's chain saw wood carvings include animals, human faces and forms, and architectural beams, totems and other structural pieces for home interiors or exteriors. Some of her favorites are all kinds of bears, eagles, and Indian figures. Kelly is available for carving demonstrations. Contact Kelly at 931-242-6208.

Chief Vann House Historic Site

The Vann House survives as Georgia’s best-preserved historic Cherokee Indian home. A guided tour allows visitors to see the house which features beautiful hand carvings, a remarkable “floating” staircase, a 12-foot mantle and fine antiques. Admission is $3.50-$5. Facilites at this location include 99 Acres, Guided House Tour, Visitor Center (film, exhibits and artifacts), Gift Shop, 1/2-Mile Nature Trail, 6 Picnic Tables and Bus Parking. The Chief Vann House Historic Site is located at 82 Ga. Highway 225 N., Chatsworth, GA 30705. For more information, call (706) 695-2598.

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