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Get lost in a corn field

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Location: Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze

Date taken: October 12, 2013

Once you enter the giant (yes, more than 4 miles of paths) corn maze at Uncle Shuck’s, you mind be tempted to pull out your smartphone compass. But really, where’s the fun in that? Wander around, hit the checkpoints, check out the views from the raised platforms, get lost and have fun next to corn stalks growing 12 feet tall. Uncle Shuck’s is just one of many corn mazes dotting the North Georgia landscape in the fall. You can find haunted corn mazes, trivia corn mazes, kids corn mazes (made from berry bushes) and all sorts of fall activities (hay rides, funnel cakes, pony rides, etc.).

Show your pride in a parade

Pride 2

Location:  Atlanta Pride Parade

Date taken: October 13, 2013

It is easily the longest (about 2.5 hours) and most elaborate parade in Atlanta each year. Thousands of people line the streets for the  Atlanta Pride Parade — one of the highlights of the annual Pride festival. Local businesses, politicians, corporations, places of worship, community groups, nonprofits and more create elaborate floats, don costumes and wave rainbow flags in support of equality for the LGBTQ community. It is, all at the same time, celebratory and emotional.

Eat an apple a day

Apple house2

Location:  Mack Aaron’s Apple House

Date taken: October 12, 2013

Cooking apples. Eating apples. Dried apples. Apple pies. Apple cider. Apple donuts. Apple slushies. Apple butter. Do you prefer a Jonagold? Mutsu? Honeycrisp? September Wonder? Rome Beauty? Pink Lady? Take a short day trip north to Ellijay, Ga., and you’ll find as many apples and apple goodies as you can carry home. October is the prime time for traveling to apple country, primarily because the Georgia Apple Festival is held that month.  So, if you go, get an early start and know that the apple houses with kids’ activities (hay rides, apple picking, petting zoos, pig races, etc.) are the most jam-packed. Looking for a quieter, more relaxed and personal apple shopping experience — try one of the smaller houses.

Say ‘cheese’

Cheese festival

Location: Atlanta Cheese Festival at Park Tavern

Date taken: Nov. 11, 2013

There’s really only one thing you need to know about the first annual Atlanta Cheese Festival — grill cheese meltdown!  Yes, eight local restaurants put their best grill cheese forward for festival goers to enjoy and vote on. High Road Creamery got my vote with its creative take — french toast grill cheese with vanilla ice cream. Of course, no cheese fest is complete without pimento cheese, mac and cheese, beer cheese soup and dozen of cheeses to taste and buy.

Eat, drink, be Greek for a day

Greek festival

Location: Atlanta Greek Festival

Date taken: October 5, 2013

It’s the only festival I know of in Atlanta with a drive-thru and god of napkins. Yes, if you don’t have the time to park and walk around the annual Greek Festival, located at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral off Clairmont Road, you can simply drive through the parking lot and pick up your Greek meal.  I recommend the pastries. Honey fritters — just the name made my mouth water — wedding cookies and baklava sundaes are all an integral part of this festival, which will appeal to your tastebuds more than your other senses. The entertainment lineup (dancing, music, etc.) is enjoyable, the tour of the cathedral is fascinating and the jewelry vendors might peak your interest, but you’ll likely come back for the food.

Hashtag your love of Atlanta

We love atl

Location: #WeLoveAtl Mobile Photo Gallery

Date taken: October 5, 2013

It started as one art show. Now, it’s a ongoing exhibit with dozens of new photos added next week. #WeLoveAtl showcases Atlantans’ photos of their city and love of their city. Atlantans — those on Instagram — have been sharing their photos of skyline views, resident portraits, landmarks, neighborhoods and even various modes of transportation. #WeLoveAtl’s photos are now available for purchase, with proceeds going to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  Want to participate? Just grab your camera or smartphone, and snap a photo of your favorite Atlanta spot — don’t forget to hashtag #weloveatl.

Climb the walls

Rock climbing

Location: Wall Crawler Rock Club

Date taken: October 6, 2013

Intimidated by giant rock climbing walls? Don’t know where to put your hands and feet amid all the colorful holds? You like the sound of the word “belay” but have no idea what it means? Follow the smell of cookies baking (yes, there is a cookie factory just across the train tracks) to the Wall Crawler Rock Club on Dekalb Avenue, and you’ll find a intimate and laid back climbing gym. The walls are tall, but the learning curve feels a little smaller here. Of course, this is by no means a beginners only spot — there’s a crew of neighborhood regulars who call Wall Crawlers their home gym. Stop by, and you might become one of them.

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