• Fall is here in Georgia!

    If you live in the state of Georgia, you already know that there is plenty of places to go and things to do in just a short drive! If you’re not from Georgia or have never visited, you might want to consider it. I promise you, you wouldn’t be disappointed! There’s something for you, no matter what season you choose to visit in, but Fall is one of the best times to explore and see what Georgia has to offer!

    I live in the southern portion of North Georgia. In a drive of 2 hours or less you can visit corn mazes, pumpkin patches and hayrides, country stores, apple orchards or just amazing views of the North GA Mountains and the beautiful changing colors of the leaves.

    Blue Ridge, GA – offers beautiful views, drives up country roads around the mountain or highway if you prefer. Apple Orchards and peaches, roadside country stores and boiled peanuts! It’s worth the drive!

    Jaemor Farms – Alto, GA. Right up Hwy 985, easy to find but if you blink you might miss it! Fresh pumpkins, fruits, veggies, jams, pies, ice cream, pumpkin patch and corn maze, this place has plenty to offer the family! It’s such a nice little place to go to on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, spend an hour or two looking around at all their homemade jams, sauces, pick out your pumpkins or get homemade pies.

    Helen, GA. 3 Million people visit Helen every year! Which to me, is crazy! Considering I’ve grown up an hour away and have visited it so often, it’s amazing to know that so many people visit this tiny little town each year! But the reason for it, is that it’s essentially a “little Germany”, located right off of the Chattahoochee River. Helen’s main draw is Oktoberfest! Weekday activities are more family friendly, but if you’re looking to drink and party like you’re in Germany for Oktoberfest, you’ll want to go on the weekend. Personally, I love Helen for it’s shops. It’s just a strip full of shops along each side of the road and down it’s side streets. They have lots of local homemade trinkets, leathers, clothing, you name it. You can spend hours window shopping, looking for the perfect little souvenirs. As well as candy shops or restaurants, and of course the beer.

    Now that it’s Fall and the air is cooling down and the leaves are changing colors, I can’t wait to take some road trips to these and other areas nearby! Nothing but the road and my camera, looking for the perfect places to share!

    photo by crossingcreeksrvresort.com
  • Who am I, and Why Travel?

    Yeah, Yeah, I know… everyone “travels” and everyone wants to blog about it. So why am I creating yet another blog on such a heavily flooded topic? Because I LOVE IT!

    A little back story: My name is Maranda. I grew up moving around a lot as a child, primarily living in the then small town of Buford, GA. We didn’t have much money so any kind of “traveling” was the occasional drive to/from the mountains of North Georgia (of which I lived for a few of those young years), even more occasional drive up to Tennessee, random one day trips usually when my parents got the whim to take a drive. Very Rarely would we get to stay overnight anywhere. The first time I ever saw the ocean I was 14 and a friend of mine invited me on her family vacation to Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. And I fell In Love! I left that beach with the worst sunburn of my life, but also with this passion and desire to see and breathe the ocean air every chance I could get.

    I spent pretty much all of my 20s being a young mother and not really traveling much of anywhere. I spent my days working full time, taking care of my family and making sure my kids got more than I did, all those things.

    Now: I’m now 37 years old, I am happily married, and we have 3 beautiful kids! My husband and I Love to Travel, and over the last 6 years we’ve had some amazing adventures so far and can’t wait for where we go next!

    I VERY RECENTLY Quit my corporate job of 13 years, to be a stay at home mom. Life’s getting busier as our kids get more active in school/sports and we finally decided that it might be best for everyone if I didn’t have to worry with the stress of work while trying to juggle so much that we have going on at home with our kids. I have spent the past 20+ years sitting at a desk, in front of a computer, to put money in the bank and food on the table. My days are a new kind of busy, but I also want to spend some of my time feeding the things that I enjoy and am passionate about, a way to fill my cup a bit. So, here we are.

    Welcome to my travel blog – where I can feature so many of the most beautiful pictures from trips we have taken or where I dream of going to in the future. There’s a lot to do and see here locally in Georgia also, I plan to share all of that with you too!

    MarandaTravels / IG: @marandatravels