Georgia Bucket List

Now that we’re back in Georgia, I figured it was time to buckle down and get a solid bucket list going for us. We’ll be sticking around here (so the military says) for at least three years, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to cross the majority of these things off by the time we move on to our next location.

Right now my list looks pretty sad. I need to do some more research, but instead of having a full bucket, it’s like I have a few drops that barely cover the bottom. In other words: I need your help. Do you know of any fun things going on around the southeastern states? Please share them in the comments below so I can add them to our list! (If you check back and your suggestion wasn’t added it could be because we’ve already been there and done that that last time we were here!)

Hanging out in a Georgia corn maze a few years ago (circa 2010)

The Georgia (and surrounding area) Bucket List:
Callaway Gardens (one of our favorite places in GA!)
Eat a lot of peaches (because, duh!)
Braves game
Savannah (another favorite place in GA)
CNN tour (I’ve been there, but the husband wants to check it out)
Orlando (we went there on our first date, but we need to take the little one to meet Mickey)
Go on a cruise (Booked for February, 2014; going to the Bahamas for our anniversary)
Charleston, South Carolina
Appalachian trail/mountains
Go to Brunswick, Georgia and have some stew
Nashville, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Branson, Missouri
Have a meal at sunset on the North Carolina coast (ya know, like in a Nicholas Sparks book)
The beach!

and wherever else you tell me to go 🙂 


  1. We want to go to Savannah, too!! It looks so picturesque! Sadly, I've been here in NC 5 years, and haven't even seen a portion of what THIS state has to offer, say nothing about the surrounding areas!
    [And seeing you write about Branson, Missouri makes me think of the movie "She's Out of my League!" :)]

  2. Have you been to Zoo Atlanta yet to see the pandas? And the Aquarium?

    Athens, GA to walk around the pretty campus of my alma mater, UGA. (Eat at Weaver D's and see the Tree That Owns Itself)

    Climb Stone Mountain then go to the Laser Show

    Celebrate Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast — Mobile, AL actually has a big celebration since it started there (if you don't want to go to NOLA)

    Helen, GA–if you can, go tubing down the river. Or just walk around this pretty German town

    I've heard Charlotte and Asheville are 2 cool cities in NC, but I've never been to either 🙁

  3. I agree Stone Mountain is neat, also, while in TN go to Gatlinburg…it's such a beautiful place in the mountains, likes of hiking trails. Went there as a kid and would love to go back.

  4. You must let me know when you guys are heading to Nashville, TN! We are moving to Ft Campbell and will be there pretty much in a month 🙂

  5. Oh, I SO want to go to Savannah. I've heard such great things!

    And if you're willing to take the trip up the east coast…you should come visit me and we can play in DC. I bet Julia and Abbie would have fun playing together!

  6. If you're into Nicholas sparks in Beaufort there is a company called hungry town bike tours and they just started a Nicholas sparks bike tour! Look into it. Their tours are easygoing and a lot of fun!

  7. I agree with several of these, Savannah is amazing and I went to UGA, it's a beautiful campus that has awesome restaurants, bars, and cute little shops.

    Jekyll Island is really cool too. It's quieter than Savannah but beautiful and was the vacation spot of people like the Rockefellers and others from the boom.

    A lot of the things we've done in the SE are typically revolving around Charlotte as my husband works in NASCAR now. It sounds silly, but some of it can be really fun. The NASCAR Hall of Fame museum is great and it's really interactive and fun for kids (maybe in a couple years for her). Plus you can visit race shops and it's really neat to see all the work and craziness that goes into a bunch of guys driving in circles.

    I also understand the Biltmore in Asheville, NC is really great to visit. Haven't had a chance to go, but know plenty of people that have.

    There's a few places in the mountains that do Treehouse resorts, seems like that could be really fun, we were looking into one in either NC or SC (can't remember which).

    Good luck, there's a lot of see and do down here!

  8. I agree with Cat about Mardi Gras in Mobile! It's one of my favorite things about my hometown. If you decide to go, I can suggest a few other things to check out in the area too 🙂 Now I miss home, haha!

  9. I'm from Savannah! I suggest you go in October-it's not killer hot and you can catch an awesome living history play about the 1820s yellow fever outbreak in the city. It runs every weekend and is spooky but also very interesting.

    Charleston is nice too! But really you can't go wrong with the SAV. Toccoa, GA is nice if ou like mountains 🙂

  10. We loved Savannah and Tybee Island- there is an ice cream shop in Savannah called Leopold's that is to die for. Their Rum Raisin was my favorite. 🙂 We also went to the Savannah Bee Company and tried out all the different honey they sell. (winter white is like eating icing!) Their tour "carriages" were awesome and the guide we had was too funny and shared so many stories and local history. We ate at the Pirate House for dinner and it was amazing! Also ate at 'The Lady and Sons', but we weren't impressed.
    We toured Andersonville- definitely a must for military families!
    Loved Stone Mountain and the property around it. You can tour several houses on the property and 'Wisteria House' was really pretty. We went on July 4th one year and their firework and laser light show was spectacular!
    We toured a house in Atlanta called 'The Swan House'- so amazing!
    You HAVE to go to 'Intermezzo' in Atalanta. It is a coffee/wine/tea and dessert shop. It is small, and pretty crowded each time we went, but SO worth it!
    We also went to Helen, and enjoyed our weekend there.
    One place we didn't go but really wished we had was Plains, GA. You can ride a train from Cordele to Plains and then back to Cordele. President Carter still lives in Plains.
    We went to Juliet, GA and ate fried green tomatoes at The Whistle Stop Cafe. The fried green tomatoes were great, but that was about it and nothing else in the town to speak of. It was just cool to see where the movie was filmed.
    We loved the Rock Ranch so much and I don't even know how many times we went. They have so many cool events and activities. Their miniature village for kids is one of the neatest things! My kids played for hours there every time we went.
    Several of my sisters have visited The Biltmore and say it is amazing, especially at Christmas. We never went, but will eventually. 🙂
    Wished we would have gone to St. Augustine, FL as a couple while we were that close. They have a 'love tree' there that I wanted Ben and I to get a picture with. 🙂
    There are a couple of restaurants in Forsyth that are pretty cool. The Grits Cafe has some of the best appetizers and desserts. My favorites were the grits fritters and the chocolate caramel bread pudding. We ate there every year for my birthday. Reservations are a must.
    Jonah's Pizza in Forsyth put on the neatest Valentine's Day event and the food was killer. They had a back room that they decorated and had a special menu just for the occasion. I don't know if they still plan it, but worth checking into.
    Another awesome restaurant is in Macon and is called 'Downtown Grill.' We went for anniversary one year. Pricey, intimate, and oh so yummy food! I had a seafood bisque for an appetizer that was so good I could have just eaten that and been happy. 🙂 Ben said his steak there was the best he has ever had. I wouldn't know because I am not a steak connoisseur, so I can't vouch for it.
    Well, I looked back over my list and it seems like a lot of our outings revolved around food! 🙂 Guess those Southeners know how to cook some good food. 🙂 I hope you guys enjoy being back and get to cross everything off your bucket list while you are there. 🙂

  11. Oh, I agree with The Biltmore! That's one of those fun places I always dreamed of getting to go to, and I'd lvoe to see your photographs from there! Savannag is also on my list (like everyone else, I think! I'm excited to see those pictures!!!)
    I love your idea of a sunset meal on the Carolina coast! The Outerbanks are absolutely beautiful if you travel that far north! Have you been to Key West? That would be on my list as well 😀

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