Calling all couples that like great local food, long walks, antiquing, and giving a new sport a try. If this describes you, then Sandy Springs, GA is your kind of place. Adjacent to Atlanta’s perimeter lies the town of Sandy Springs. Once within Atlanta’s city limits, Sandy Springs incorporated as a town just 11 years ago and since then has grown into weekend getaway destination.

Dine at Under the Cork Tree Restaurant

Using only the finest ingredients, Under the Cork Tree’s chef is passionate about dishing up a Mediterranean menu with Spanish tapas, Moroccan tagines, and paellas. Since opening day, the crispy lamb ribs with a spicy-sweet sauce have been a hit. There are over 200 selections from wine list along with a menu of craft cocktails like Ginger-Peach Sangria. Many items are served family-style, so everyone can get a taste.

Hike Around Island Ford

Established by President Jimmy Carter as a national park in 1978, Island Ford Chattahoochee River National Recreation Park boasts 7000 acres of outdoor fun. Annually, 3.2 million visitors hike, canoe, kayak, standup paddleboard, and trout fish along the Chattahoochee River.

Eat at Food 101

Opened 16 years ago, this restaurant is a town favorite that shouldn’t be missed. The chef is inventive while staying true to his Southern roots. The house favorite is their fried green tomatoes with red pepper jelly and goat cheese, which has reigned on the menu since day one. Barrel aged bourbon specialty drinks dominate their specialty drink menu.

Go Antiquing at Kudzu & Company

This vintage-inspired home store has an eclectic mix of items from vintage, antique, and new furnishings to browse. The Kudzu’s owners travel the world looking for unique items for their customers. It’s not surprising to see pieces from England, France, and even India. It’s a popular stop for local designers and movie set staff looking for unique pieces.

Pick Up Some Susansnaps

This family-owned business was inspired by a mother’s love for her daughter who was dealing with chemo treatments from Hodgkin’s Disease. Ginger is a natural stomach smoother, so Laura started baking gingersnaps for her daughter, Susan. Luckily, Susan beat cancer and their gourmet cookie business bloomed. Specializing in a variety of gingersnap flavors such as coconut, peanut butter, and cocoa, this Sandy Spring’s business landed on Made in America segment on World News Tonight with David Muir.

Stroll Around Lost Corner Preserve

On 24 acres of serene nature preserve, Lost Corner is a great place for nature lovers. Along an almost mile-long trail, you will walk through beautiful woodlands and over a quiet stream. The park features a community garden, greenhouse, and renovated cottage.

Try Foot Golf

Started in the Netherlands, this new sport is a cross between soccer and golf and not at all intimidating to play. It’s as simple as kickng a soccer ball into a hole. Try it at Steel Canyon Golf Club, where you can play a round on their course designed just for this new sport.

Enjoy a Meal At Tupelo Honey Café

Newly opened, Tupelo Honey Café has its own spin on Southern dishes. Whipping up scratch-made dishes using responsibly sourced ingredients has the place hopping with a line out the door. One of their signature dishes is a Shoo Mercy pancake which consist of sweet potato pancakes topped with buttermilk fried chicken, apple cider bacon, and maple syrup. Another favorite is their own twist on Shrimp and Grits with spicy red pepper sauce.

Escape to Morgan Falls Overlook Park

This hidden treasure is the perfect place for a nature break. Come here to sit on a bench swing to take in breathtaking views of the Chattahoochee River. If you need a little action, you can rent a kayak or standup paddleboard to test out the waters on the reservoir.

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