From Native American history and Civil War battlefields to high-flying adventure and fine dining, local library patrons got a taste Thursday of northwest Georgia offerings.
Janet Cochran, regional tourism representative for Georgia's Historic High Country, gave library patrons a glimpse of what can be found in their own backyard through personal experiences with sites and attractions around the region. Cochran shared descriptions of communities and festivals along with free resources for staying up to date with what's happening in the surrounding area and throughout the state.
This latest offering is part of the library's focus on saving money. Upcoming presentations will look at new facets and requirements of the Hope scholarship program and car maintenance. In November, the library will host a coupon swap as well as representatives from Georgia Power giving tips on home energy savings.
Shirley Wynkoop attended Thursday evening's presentation on travel to learn a little more about her new hometown and nearby attractions.
"I just wanted to find out what was in my own backyard to see and do for traveling," Wynkoop said. "I've only lived here about seven years, so I'm still exploring and I'm just amazed at how much Cartersville has to offer. ... The people here are so wonderful."
Wynkoop moved to Cartersville from a suburb of Denver and admitted the change ushered in a bit of culture shock leaving the big city for a small town but as Cochran evidenced with photos and recommendations, Bartow County residents needn't go far for a good time.
"I like the arts and the Pumphouse Players are phenomenal, the Tellus Museum, the Booth Western Art Museum -- I mean, our county has a lot to offer," Wynkoop said.
Those sentiments were certainly echoed throughout Cochran's presentation as she detailed the highlights of northwest Georgia shopping, dining, lodging, museums and historical attractions. Among those listed were Cartersville's Moore's Gourmet Market, Adairsville's Barnsley Gardens Resort and many sites including the Etowah Indian Mounds, Tellus, and the Booth.
Outside of Bartow, however, Cochran shared detailed descriptions of adventurous entertainment in the form of hang gliding at Lookout Mountain, zip lining at Banning Mills and sky diving in Rockmart. The zip lines were an obvious favorite for Cochran, who described the adrenaline-packed ride and historic setting with great enthusiasm.
Other unheard of destinations were Jasper's very own dude ranch, the Seventy-four Ranch Bed and Breakfast, and a new take on an old favorite in Ellijay called 'glamping.' Glamping is an amalgamation of glamour and camping. At The Martyn House Bed and Breakfast visitors sleep in double-walled canvas tents complete with a full-size bed, a bathroom, heating and air and all the amenities of a plush hotel room.
Cochran ended the evening with a list of resources from the state's tourism and economic development team. The state's tourism website, www.exploregeorgia.org, has a variety of downloadable brochures from attractions around the state as well as links to sign up for free e-newsletters including This Weekend in Georgia, This Week in Georgia, This Month in Georgia, a monthly newsletter of travel discounts and a monthly Civil War newsletter available throughout the sesquicentennial.
Explore Georgia can also be found on Twitter and Facebook for exclusive giveaways and travel offers. Another tip for local excursions is the availability of state park parking passes at the Cartersville Library for check-out.
For more information on upcoming library events, visit www.bartowlibraryonline.org or call 770-382-4203.