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Belle Meade Hunt Opening Meet
Located just outside of Augusta and a little over an hour's drive from Atlanta and Athens, Thomson-McDuffie is quintessentially Southern in all aspects, comprised of a breath-taking landscape complete with sweeping fields of golden-hued grass dotted with picturesque farmsteads and accented with groves of pecan trees. A feast for the eyes, Thomson-McDuffie welcomes guests from near and far the first Saturday of November for the Belle Meade Hunt, a traditional fox hunt punctuated with just enough pomp and circumstance to make participants feel a part of something truly special. Tour a lavender farm at White Hills Herb Farm, an 1890s restored farmhouse. Shop for hidden treasure at Aunt Tique's and Uncle Junks or call out the winning bid at Sunset Auctions. The area's year-round mild climate makes it an ideal locale for outdoor activities from boating and fishing all 70,000 acres of Clarks Hill Lake - the largest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project east of the Mississippi River and one of the largest inland bodies of water in the South - to hiking and golfing. Festivals, such as the annual Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival, and special events provide endless opportunity for down-home revelry while historic points of interest such as the Wrightsboro Cemetery, where several veterans of the Revolutionary War are buried, root visitors firmly in the importance of the area. Local boutiques offer one-of-a-kind finds with a Southern twist while area restaurants satisfy the pickiest of palates. This is a slice of Southern heaven. This is Thomson-McDuffie.
Shop Local, Eat Local in Thomson-McDuffie
MAC on Main Gallery
Shops like MAC on Main offer residents and visitors alike locally-made products in a one-of-a-kind setting in downtown Thomson-McDuffie, a little slice of Mayberry, just outside of Augusta and a little over an hour's drive from Atlanta and Athens. At MAC on Main, the masterpieces - including paintings and sculptures - of local artisans fill a gallery with affordable art that would make for a heck of a souvenir. Attend an art class with the kids or plan a visit during a Sip and Dip or quarterly Open House event. Just outside the shop, behold the historic train depot, a centerpiece of downtown currently undergoing a renovation, marking the place where a locomotive regularly steams through town. Nearby Journal Street serves as a gathering place where regular festivals like Jack-o-lanterns on Journal are hosted each year. Stroll the tree-lined sidewalks and take turns dipping into one treasure trove after another. With a friendly smile Lori Ducey at Anna Lou Design's welcomes women into her cutting-edge boutique where most pieces are under $60 yet look just off the runway, giving a stylish edge to everyday life and sure to make green with envy the friends of any woman who shops here. Ducey is committed to combining customer service with style education and even offers in-home style evaluations. Check out Anna Lou Designs online if you're not fortunate enough to peruse the racks in
Hogie Joe's Sports Grill
person. Next door, find an on-point pint-sized outfit for any occasion at Rubie's Children's Boutique. Individual vendors proffer wares, from antiques to handmade pillows at Laura Lane's Home D├ęcor and Gifts, a shopping destination for dressing your house or the go-to place when it comes to picking up a gift for someone special. While here, don't miss getting your paws on some spicy cheese straws or pimento cheese spread locally-made by McDuffie County's Chinaberry Foods. Take a break from shopping to grab a bite at a downtown eatery. Try Fernanda's Grille and Pizzeria for a New York slice with an outside courtyard area - an ideal alcove for eating with a view of downtown. Or, grab a, hand-pattied burger or hand-cut filet mignon at Hogie Joe's Sports Bar. Once refueled, antique lovers will feel palpitations from the thrill of the hunt at Aunt Tique's and Uncle Junks, specializing in unusual antiques, stained glass, iron fencing and lots more. Happen upon finds like the much-sought-after but quite elusive barn door, toys from childhood, or even a miscellaneous assortment of black and white photos for sale by the cash register.
Elizabeth Vance, Executive Director
Explore McDuffie County . 149 Main St. . Thomson, GA . 30824
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