Thursday, October 29, 2009

Girlfriend’s Getaway

Admit it – you need a getaway! You deserve one. And so do your best girlfriends. Whether they be sisters, daughters or friends, gather them together and take the time to celebrate just being girlfriends. Roswell provides all you need for a fun time together. You provide the laughs, love, and late night girl talk. Pack your bags, don’t forget all the accessories you need for a grown-up pajama party, and head to Roswell to create memories that will keep that sisterhood bond strong.

Once you get here, what are you going to do? Roswell has something for everyone’s unique tastes.

Accommodations: Check into one of our hotels and let someone else make the beds and pick up after you for a change. With eleven different properties in all price ranges, you’ll be sure to find exactly what you need. From full service hotels to all suite accommodations, Roswell has it all. Just click on to choose the perfect place for you.

Daytime is Fun Time: Decision, decisions. Day of beauty? Shop ‘til you drop? Nature? History? A little of each?

Day of Beauty: Are you going to go wild and create a new you? Roswell’s spas and salons offer everything from a new hair style or color to different types of anti-aging treatments. Just up for some pampering with a manicure & pedicure or message? Go to and click on the Beauty link for many different choices. Hmm, I think a full body massage has my name written all over it!

Shopping: Roswell is a shopper's paradise, from the period storefronts of the historic district to the eclectic treasures throughout the city. A great selection of items in a delightful setting, mixed with friendly service and warm smiling faces, makes shopping in Roswell an experience to remember. Enjoy the variety and great prices you will find in the Shops of Roswell. For a sampling of the variety of shops, click on and map out your strategy.

If your shopping tastes are more artistic in nature, Roswell has an active and thriving arts community. Many galleries and artists call Roswell home. Click on for a sampling of the galleries.

Food: If all of this activity is making you hungry, there are many great food choices for everything from tea and coffee to unique soup, salad, and sandwich restaurants. Several of the restaurants that are open only for breakfast and lunch are one-of-a-kind restaurants that reflect tastes as varied as the owners. Click on and get those taste buds revved up.

Nature: Tired of cookie-cutter attractions? Ready to get back to nature, but still enjoy the amenities of a city? Roswell, Georgia, is just the place for you to “Walk on the Wild Side.”

One of the most beautiful areas in Roswell is Old Mill Park. This park has an interpretive walk highlighting the old mill ruins of Roswell and allows visitors to get close to Vickery Creek and its dam. The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is linked by the Vickery Creek Covered Pedestrian Bridge. Throughout Roswell you will find 16 miles of trails that allow you to enjoy the history and the natural beauty of the area. The 7-mile linear park along the Chattahoochee River provides the opportunity to follow one of Georgia's most unique resources as it winds its way through Roswell. Along the river, you’ll find playgrounds, picnic areas, boat ramps, fishing, raft rentals, and more.

For more information, click on

History: Around every corner in Roswell sits a piece of history. Roswell’s Historic District offers 640 acres of vintage homes, historic sites, museums, monuments, churches and cemeteries, with 122 acres of area listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Begin your exploration at the Historic Roswell Visitors Center where you’ll enjoy a video of the area, view exhibits including the new Heritage Center which houses exhibits showcasing the history of the Roswell Mills and Mill Life, and pick up maps and brochures. The Visitors Center is located at 617 Atlanta Street at the intersection of Atlanta Street (Hwy 9) and Sloan Street.

Roswell was founded as a Cotton Mill town prior to the Civil War. During the war, only the cotton mills and a woolen mill were burned, leaving beautiful antebellum homes and buildings for you to enjoy. Click on to find out more about the historic sites and tours available. A self-guided walking tour is available at and our newest tour option is the downloadable MP3 Mill Village Walking tour at

Evening Activities: After your fun-filled day, it’s time for a change of pace while you enjoy dinner at one of Roswell’s many restaurants. There’s plenty to choose from ranging from casual to elegant atmospheres. Yummy food choices include Italian, French, Thai, upscale southern and authentic Georgia barbecue plus many more unique tastes. Click on for a great choice.

Before retiring to your hotel to enjoy your adult pajama party, consider taking in a play at one of Roswell’s theatres or a performance at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Links to information about each venue and their schedules can be found at

If you’re here during late November through December, Christmas in Roswell offers many evening activities to celebrate the season. Full details on all events is at NOTE: Many events offered by “A Southern Trilogy – The Historic Homes of Roswell” such as the reenactment of Mittie Bulloch’s wedding sell out early so advance reservations are required.

Regardless of your tastes, Roswell has everything to offer to you for the perfect Girlfriends Getaway! Hope to see you soon.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Halloween Fun in Roswell

As much as we “grown-ups” hate to admit it, Halloween brings out the child in all of us. I remember fondly the costumes my mom made for me and the excitement of wondering what treats the neighbors would have each year. Even more fun were the parties. Between sipping on ice-cold cider, eating homemade popcorn balls, and bobbing for apples, I was in kid-heaven.

This Halloween season, Roswell has many Halloween treats for young and old.

Chattahoochee Nature Center Halloween Hikes:
Take your child on a well-lit hike through the forest to meet woodland and wetland creatures and hear about their lives. It's the perfect non-scary alternative to traditional Halloween events.

On these hikes, you will experience the mystery of a guided night hike! Each group of 20 - 25 people will have a guide lead them safely on a lighted trail where they will meet nature-costumed characters including everyone’s favorites, the Box Turtle and the Opossum. At the end of the hike, or while waiting for your hike to start, create fun crafts in the gym such as cat magnets, pumpkin headbands and sun catchers, spider mobiles and more. Crafts are prepared by crafts by Cadette Troop 2346 from Marietta!

For even more fun, show off your Halloween spirit by having your face painted with one of CNC’s “wild” Halloween designs. It’s also a great time to visit with some of the non-releasable wildlife in the pavilion and to explore the Discovery Center and take home a fun nature souvenir.

Don’t forget those Halloween treats: Purchase a cup of coffee or hot cocoa provided by Whole Foods and Harry’s Farmers Market and enjoy some popcorn and candy treats! Relax and enjoy your treat and the bonfire as you play along with world music provided by Scott Douglas

Ticket sales begin at 6:30 PM and end at 9:00 PM each evening. Hikes begin at 7 PM and run continuously throughout the evening. You will receive an approximate time that you will meet for your hike on your ticket.

Halloween Hikes:
Friday and Saturday, October 23, 24, 30
7:00 – 10:00 PM
No Pre-Registration Needed
Admission: $8 all ages, Children 2 and under are free (Trails are not suitable for strollers).

The Manor Haunted House:
If you’re looking for screams and thrills this Halloween, visit the latest addition of Roswell’s spine-chilling and bloodcurdling adventures at The Manor Haunted House, sponsored by Roswell Recreation and Parks Department. The Manor will be open October 23-31 (closed on Sunday, October 25) beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Manor is located at 9100 Fouts Road in Roswell. Tickets are $10 per person.

The story of The Manor: In 1939, the Crawford family began a dream of a warm, welcoming Bed & Breakfast on the outskirts of a historic town in Georgia. Then, four years later, something happened, something went terribly, horrifyingly, grotesquely wrong. The family, their guest, their dream was never the same. Today, some of the Crawford family tries to continue the family business, but the spirits of the past lives.....on.

For the little ones, or those less brave, there will be a much less scary experience held from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. Tickets are $7 per person.

For more details, visit, or call 770-641-3705.

Roswell Ghost Tours:
Experience the charm and mystery of the Deep South while learning about Roswell’s deep history from Roswell Ghost Tours’ guides. In the heart of this historic village, one will be surprised by how many spirits reside behind the walls of the antebellum mansions which General Sherman never burned. The deep ravines with their ruined mills hold secrets of exiled mill workers whose toilsome moans may still be heard.

Your experienced guide will lead you on this approximately two hour tour through the historic district of Roswell. One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to Founders Cemetery, the burial site of the founder of Roswell, Roswell King. Grand Greek revival mansions and humble mill worker’s apartments are some of the haunted sites you’ll see on this mile of easy walking. All tour guides are active paranormal investigators who promise to thrill, educate and enlighten with this experience.

For more information or to reserve your tour, go to or call 770-649-9922. Tours are held on weekends, year round, with additional tours scheduled during the month of October. Reservations are required for all tours.

Beasties at Barrington Hall:
Two nights of fun and slightly eerie folk tales at Barrington Hall. Stroll the grounds and encounter storytellers whose tales of old Roswell and of bygone days will delight the whole family! A great way to get into the Halloween spirit! Admission is $5 per person, October 30 & 31. Guides will take small groups every 15 minutes beginning at 7 p.m., last group will leave at 9 p.m. The tour is outside on the grounds of Barrington Hall and will consist of four stories. Allow one hour.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Taste of Roswell - October 17, noon - 5:30 pm

The annual Taste of Roswell is a great chance to enjoy a beautiful fall day while sampling yummy food from Roswell’s favorite restaurants. Throw in a radio station playing oldies and live music from local favorites and you have a great recipe for a fun afternoon.

On Saturday, October 17th from noon to 5:30 pm, over 25 Roswell eateries will be selling samples of some of the items on their menus on the square in downtown Roswell. Make the ticket tent your first stop to visit the smiling volunteers and purchase your food tickets for 50 cents each. Samples are one to six tickets (50 cents to $3 in value). I usually start with $5 worth of tickets, scope out the tents to see what each restaurant is selling, buy my samples and chow down. If I still have room left in my stomach (sometimes the “tastes” are so large that I’m already full), I figure out how many more tickets I need and purchase a few more and start the fun all over again.

After you’ve eaten your fill, make sure you stop back by the ticket tent and vote on your favorite restaurants. One restaurant has won the “best food” category each year so you know that the others will be vying to stop the winning streak. I’d tell you which restaurant this is, but that would spoil the fun!

While you’re digesting your food and deciding if you really need just one or two more “tastes,” grab a chair in front of the bandstand and enjoy the entertainment. In addition to the DJ spinning oldies from 106.7 Atlanta’s True Oldies Radio Station, the following will be performing:

The Reminiscents is a girl group that covers the music of the late 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s. Members have varied resumes, including degrees in Vocal Performance, experience in theatre arts, and dance. They entertain with music that will have audiences singing along and remembering earlier decades. A fun and delightful episode.

Barry Etris is a singer/songwriter recognized internationally as well as popular with Roswell audiences. He has been published by some of the nation’s leading publishers and his most famous song, Reuben James, has sold in excess of thirty million copies world-wide. Audiences enjoy his unassuming style as he leads them on a path of remembering some of their favorites from years gone by.

Adam Komesar is a professional vocalist who enthralls audiences with his one-man tribute to “old Blue Eyes,” Frank Sinatra. In addition to recreating the Sinatra sound and style, he often tells the story behind the songs.

The Taste of Roswell …. Food and Music You Will Remember!
Some of the participating restaurants:
Aqua blue Restaurant
Artisan Foods Café and Bakery
Artuzzi’s Italian Kitchen
Bella Italia
Brick House Pizza & Pasta
Bridge Mexican Gourmet
Brookwood Grill
Café Zest at DoubleTree Atlanta/Roswell
Da Cajun Kitchen
Diesel Pizza
Ethyl’s at Andretti’s
India Chef
Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee House
Magnolia Café at Holiday Inn Atlanta/Roswell
McAlister’s Deli
Moe’s Southwestern Grill
Moksha restaurant
Pollo Campero
Shallots Sushi and Thai
Shane’s Rib Shack
Spiced Right Ribhouse
Sugo Restaurant and Tapas
Taco Mac
Thai Emerald
The Fickle Pickle

Presented by:
Roswell Visitors Center
Roswell Restaurant Marketing Council
Roswell Recreation & Parks Department

And Our 2009 Sponsors:
106.7 Atlanta’s True Oldies Radio Station
Adler Family Chiropractic and Sudano Family Chiropractic
Bank of North Georgia
Dixie Homecrafters
Facelogic Spa
The Home Depot #0146
Trader Joe’s

The annual Taste of Roswell is a promotional effort to elevate awareness of the many outstanding restaurants in Roswell and is an extension of the Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau’s on-going promotions.