Sunday, October 13, 2013

Traveling Destinations

Have you ever wanted to visit a small town that managed to merge the wonderful days gone by charm, with modern times? Then Vienna, Georgia is the place for you to visit.
This bedroom community offers opportunities to relax and enjoy the culture of a town steeped in history. The Dooly County Courthouse, built in 1891, has been carefully restored and maintained by the citizens of Dooly County. The courthouse is located in downtown Vienna. A carefully maintained park is located in front of the courthouse. It is a great place to stop and rest for awhile and enjoy the views that this small town has to offer.
There are various shops downtown with a variety of offerings. Antiques and specialty items are abundant. Spend time in the George Busbee Park under the pavilion. There is a playground for children’s enjoyment and a tennis court for the more active children and adults.

While visiting this quaint town, don’t forget to stop at The Cotton Museum. The museum is open Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The museum offers videos on the history and production of cotton as well as displays showcasing the importance of this crop to Dooly County. A small cotton patch is planted seasonally. A driving tour brochure is available at the Cotton Museum. Enjoy a self guided driving tour of the lovely homes located in the city of Vienna.

Interested in genealogy? Visit the Dooly County library located in Vienna. The library offers genealogical research materials for those interested in finding out more about their family tree and has a section dedicated to the history of Dooly County. Vienna boasts several famous political residents including the late Senator Walter F. George and the late Governor George Busbee. Find out more about the famous past residents of Vienna at the Dooly County Library.
Festivals, parades and activities occur at various times throughout the year. This small town doesn’t disappoint. Visit us and enjoy the offerings and soak in the charm of this town, but be prepared to fall in love and stay for awhile. Vienna, Georgia is located just off Interstate 75.

While this beautiful southern town is my home, Kendra Thornton is now going to discuss hers.

Chicago has been my home for my entire life. I may be a seasoned traveler, but no matter where I end up, I always love coming home. While the places to stay, tour, and dine in America's third largest city are nearly endless, here are some of my very favorites in various categories.

Chicago's Front Yard
The beautiful Grant Park is located just south of the Chicago River and off Michigan Avenue. On a gorgeous fall day with the leaves changing colors, this is the place to be in Chicago. Containing beautiful wide-open spaces amongst the urban sprawl, the park boasts the dramatic Buckingham Fountain and is home to the Art Institute of Chicago, one of America's premier art museums. The architecture, landscaping and gardens provide a backdrop for hundreds of outdoor cultural events annually. The Blackhawks
even gave their speeches here after the victory parade this summer!

At the very top of my choices is the Peninsula, part of the worldwide chain renowned for its service and amenities. The Peninsula in Chicago offers a luxurious spa at a reasonable price, and is a wonderful option for a lady and her girlfriends. It is located near the “Magnificent Mile”, on East Superior. With a choice of restaurants and services, my personal favorite is the European inspired Pierrot Gourmet. Check out the site gogobotto read user reviews and deals on hotels and restaurants in Chicago. This delicious café
has a unique blend of options, and is the perfect ending to a relaxing day at the spa.

Outside Dining
While Chicago offers dining choices for every taste and budget, one of my favorite dining options is pizza for Pizzeria Uno. Many people want to visit the birthplace of Chicago deep dish pizza, and that would be at Uno Chicago Grille, founded as PizzeriaUno by Ike Sewell. Although Uno has spread across the nation, you'll find one of the
original locations downtown on East Ohio Street.

Better than Rodeo Drive
Heading back across the river, you'll pass the beautiful Wrigley Building on your left (built by the chewing gum empire) and the Tribune Tower, home of the Chicago Tribuneand WGN Radio, and you are once again on the Magnificent Mile, one of the greatest shopping districts in the country. Upscale department and specialty stores line NorthMichigan Avenue, from the river up to Oak Street near the lakefront. On the intersecting
streets, you'll find tons of specialty boutiques interspersed with a whole host of diningchoices, from the proverbial Chicago hot dog shop to upscale venues offering nearly every cuisine.

So Much To See and Do, So Little Time
Downtown Chicago, the Mile, and the "Loop" are the heart of Chicago, but travel just outside of the center city and you'll be treated to dozens of quaint neighborhoods that offer shops and foods of all ilks, whether it's Chinatown, Greek Town, or Polish Town, Chicago is a great destination for a weekend or longer stay.


  1. both, I'd like to visit both ;-) the Cotton Museum in Vienna and Grant Park in Chicago, well done ladies!

    1. We hope that you get that opportunity Lynn! Thanks for visiting!!!

  2. While I haven't visited Vienna, Georgia, we did visit Atlanta and also Stone Mountain. Vienna sounds like a fun place to visit. We were in Chicago this past summer and were most impressed. Thanks for sharing all this information. We love to visit new places.

    1. Stone Mountain is an interesting place to visit too! Thanks Nonnie and thanks for visiting!!!


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