Johns Creek, GA
Visit the energetic city that sings with the arts. Minutes to metro Atlanta, a day in Johns Creek could be spent fishing and picnicking along the banks of the Chattahoochee, hiking at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center, or dining at eateries serving up sumptuous offerings from around the globe before ending the night with an all-professional symphony serenade. Rest and refresh at one of two Johns Creek hotels: Hilton Garden Inn Johns Creek or Hyatt Place Johns Creek. The city’s lush and verdant landscape, with trees and flowers blooming nearly year-round, paints a picturesque scene for making memories.
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center
This forty-six-acre nature center boasts two miles of walking trails, scenic creeks, native plants and animal life, farmstead buildings from the 1800s, and native American dwellings, and the Visitor Center houses animal exhibits. Park grounds and trails open 8 a.m.–dusk. Free. Call or click for info on special programs, rentals, and parties. 678-366-3511, autreymill.org
Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra
All professional musicians from all around the greater Atlanta metro area. Maestro and founder J. Wayne Baughman is the music director and conductor and has been a fixture on the local music scene for thirty-five years. JCSO musicians are among the finest instrumentalists in America, with an average of sixteen years experience in professional orchestras. johnscreeksymphony.org
North Atlanta Dance Theatre
North Atlanta Dance Theatre is a non-profit performing arts organization providing the North Fulton/Greater Atlanta community with professional ballet/dance performances. NADT has entertained audiences with a balance of classical and contemporary works. Each year the company has matured, continually expanding its repertoire and including annual performances of the Nutcracker and Swan Lake. northatlantadance.com