Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gobble till you wobble..

Turkey day staycation or vacation…that is the question. This is the time of year that begins to get a bit crazy with soirĂ©e after soiree, family get togethers and if you’re like me- STRESS! People are pinching pennies more then ever and that is definitely reflected in travel plans….including my own. Thankfully the majority of my family lives in Orlando…semi driving distance (6 hours)…BUT STILL…it would be much easier to board the three (yes three) dogs, take a week or so off work, hire someone to clean the house and do the laundry while we are gone and purchase a plane ticket with the perk of being there in an hour and a half. Ahhhh wouldn’t that be dreamy! I don’t know about you but my thanksgiving isn’t complete without my mom’s turkey and dressing, staying in “comfy clothes,” stuffing myself and some good sleep. It was interesting to see that AAA just reported more Americans, and Georgians, will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. AAA projects 38.4 million Americans will travel a distance of 50 miles or more away from home throughout Thanksgiving weekend. Hmmmmm….will the trend continue through the holidays? Well…I will be one of those who travels more then 50 miles to get my fill of turkey…

I mean….who could pass this up!

Contributed by Lauren Yawn, Executive Director

Peachtree City Tourism Board Member Recognition

The Peachtree City Tourism Association (PCTA) would like to congratulate Dave Ring, PCTA Board Member, for receiving the distinguished award of “State Volunteer of the Year” by the Georgia Recreation & Park Association (GRPA). This award is given to individuals for their outstanding volunteer efforts throughout the year.

Dave has been a long time volunteer in Peachtree City (PTC) and member of the Peachtree City Recreation Commission. Also, he has served on the PCTA Board of Directors since it’s inception in 2004.

Dave is a tremendous resource to the PCTA Board of Directors and staff. He has contributed not only time and leadership but has helped build bridges in other tourism areas of interest, such as recreation. Dave is always contributing in the promotion of PTC and Tourism. Through his travels, Dave has been known to wear his PTC baseball cap and deliver the message to many, Peachtree City- “Plan to Stay.” We are proud to have Dave Ring as a member of our organization.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Fall Day in Peachtree City

One of highlights of the fall season has always been taking walks, bike rides and just being outside enjoying the fall colors and cooler weather. In Peachtree City, we have two nature areas that are perfect for enjoying these fall days. If you are planning a day trip to Peachtree City, the day should definitely include visiting these two nature areas.

Line Creek Nature Area
Located on the Coweta/Fayette County line, this 70 acre preserve on Line Creek has a picnic area and fishing pond with gazebo and pier, perfect for an afternoon picnic getaway for the family. The nature area also features two trails offering picturesque views for both the casual walker enjoying the scenery and the adventurous hiker.

Flat Creek Nature Area
This 513 Acre wetland includes a mulch trail, 1200 foot boardwalk and two viewing platforms with benches. The Southern Conservation Trust who manages these two nature areas offers a description of “a walk on the boardwalk in the Flat Creek Nature Area that reveals trees and plants typical of a Piedmont forested wetland, including red maples, chestnut oak, American hornbeam and other native plants like turtlehead ferns and cardinal flower.”

For residents and visitors alike, both of these nature areas offer a great option for a sunny cool day to enjoy nature and the fall colors. For more information on Peachtree City, go to and the nature areas, go to

Monday, November 2, 2009

Creative businesses and products in Georgia

     The Peachtree City Tourism Association, Inc. is encouraging local artisans, entertainers, festival planners and theaters to join and participate in the website from the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Tourism Foundation to assist them in gaining exposure and forming useful partnerships.
     The association also encourages Peachtree City businesses, residents and visitors to check out the website, a detailed creative industries database, as the best way to search for Georgia’s arts-centric businesses: from handmade jewelry to local festivals, pick-your-own farms to performers. This growing directory connects buyers and sellers, corporations and corporate suppliers, locals and visitors to Georgia's cultural assets and creative small businesses.

     Listings on the website are free, so artists, producers and retailers selling authentic Georgia Made Georgia Grown products and productions are eligible to be part of this marketing tool. It is never too late to sign up; simply visit to register.
     The Peachtree City Tourism Association also welcomes those businesses who participate in the to display their information on a short term rotating basis at the Visitors Center. Please contact the staff at or at the Visitors Center located at 10 Planterra Way, Peachtree City, GA 678-216-0282 for more information.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tourism Staff attends the Sunbelt Ag Expo

The Peachtree City Staff again attended the Sunbelt Ag Expo last week with another great experience promoting Peachtree City.

“The Expo allows Peachtree City Tourism to target vacationers and inform people on what, where and why Peachtree City is a great place to visit and live. There are not many trade shows that you can reach almost 100 thousand attendees at one time and sell your product.”

The expo showcases a diverse array of labor-saving products, cutting edge technology and interactive educational exhibits for visitors who attend the 32nd anniversary Sunbelt Ag Expo, October 20-22, 2009, in Moultrie, Georgia. As North America's Premier Farm Show™, the Expo attracts more than 1,200 exhibitors and 100,000 attendees.

From farm to market, garden to field, classroom to home, the Expo truly has something for everyone. The Expo’s permanent home is Spence Field, a former airbase on 1,680 acres. The Expo is located four miles southeast of U.S. Hwy. 319 on Georgia Hwy. 133.

Ambassador Program in Peachtree City.

The Peachtree City Tourism Association has started a new program this fall called "The Tourism Ambassador Program".

Tourism Ambassadors will offer a warm welcome to visitors as they visit and stay in our community and attend community events. Ambassadors will also be assisting visitors who come into the Peachtree City Visitors Center. The Tourism Staff is excited to be working with these wonderful ambassadors for Peachtree City and are always looking for more volunteers!

The Tourism Ambassadors have already been out promoting Peachtree City and assisting visitors at this year's Great Georgia Air Show. Two of our great Ambassadors can be seen in the picture above. Stay tuned for updates on the many activities the Ambassadors have planned for the future and remember to look for them at the next Peachtree City event.

If you would like more information about the Ambassador Program and how you can volunteer, contact Jeremy Hogan at

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Halloween Fun this weekend!

Here are some great ways to spend the weekend in Peachtree City.

Find your perfect pumpkin at the Peachtree City Volunteer Firefighter's Association Pumpkin Sale.  Purchase can be made at Weber Station (481 South Peachtree Parkway) and Leach Station (110 Paschall Road).

If you enjoy a fun and frightful Halloween, check out the Peachtree City Fire Department Haunted House and Haunted Trail on Friday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 24th (Also on October 30th and 31st) at Leach Station (110 Paschall Rd).

Finally, for the whole family don't forget the "Not So Frightful Storytelling Halloween Party" on Saturday, October 24th at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheather from 4:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.  There will be storytelling, a costume contest, trick-or-treating and more....

For more information on any of these events, check out or

Thursday, October 15, 2009

WWII Heritage Days April 24 - 25, 2010

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing has announced that they will be hosting the seventh edition of "WWII Heritage Days" on April 24-25, 2010 in Peachtree City, GA. Highlights for the 2010 event include:

  • Opening Ceremony honoring The Greatest Generation.
  • Vintage aircraft, including a p-51 Mustang, SBD Dauntless, and Japanese Zero and Kate.
  • Military vehicles, canteen shows, and educational displays and demonstrations.
  • "Keep 'em Flying" WWII-theme hangar dance, complete with 21-piece band, singers, and BBQ dinner.

WWII Heritage Days is an annual program that promotes historic preservation, education and citizenship through a celebration for the entire family. Last years event included living history displays and demonstrations, vintage aircraft, and vehicles. Reenactors came from all over the southeast to create mock battles set in Europe and the the Pacific. Pictures from the 2009 WWII Heritage Days can be seen at the following link, http:// Also, for more details on the 2009 event, please visit

The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II Aircraft.

Stay Tuned for more information as we get closer to the event.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Peachtree City in the News!

Check out the October addition of Southern Living. In the Georgia Living: People and Places section, there is a great article about a local Peachtree City company, Smart Energy Stuff, that sells Solar Golf Carts and other solar products. The article also compliments Peachtree City 's energy savings "conscience" in establishing 90-miles of receational paths with golf carts being an integral part of transportation in the City. If you would like to read more about Peachtree City, check out or

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The LEGO Experience Tour in Peachtree City

LEGO Systems, Inc. announced this week that they will bring their nationwide tour, The LEGO Experience, to Peachtree City, GA at The Great Georgia Airshow on October 10th and 11th.

The LEGO experience lets children and adults enjoy hands-on, minds-on fun from family building games and challenges to video games and inspiration models.

The Lego Experience features the following activity tents

  • The Welcome Experience: families start their LEGO Experience with an overview of the activities, LEGO trivia and are given their event passport to explore the fun,
  • The Model Mash-Up: a celebration of the creative minds of children, LEGO Master Builders drew inspiration from every LEGO theme and play set available today to create a stunning centerpiece landscape of a LEGO CITY full of hidden surprises, humorous moments, creative models and building ideas to showcase how, in a child’s mind, nothing is impossible.
  • The Family Challenge Experience: every member of the family is invited to step up to the podium and go head-to-head with other families in fun games and timed building challenges that get everyone in on the LEGO fun.
  • The Construction Experience: families are invited to get hands-on, minds-on with the LEGO brand by exploring their imaginations and challenging their inner builders to create custom models to add to a LEGO Cityscape.
  • The Bricks & Beyond Experience: families step into a showcase of the best of the rest of what the LEGO brand has to offer. Interactive game stations let families plug into blockbuster LEGO video games. They can take in fan-generated LEGO movies, explore the rich online activities at or sign up to become members of the LEGO Club.

For more information, or The Great Georgia Airshow website

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Great Georgia Air Show

For the 12th year, Falcon Field in Peachtree City will be host to The Great Georgia Air Show on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday October 11. Named as one of Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events,, this aviation festival showcases modern and historic military aircraft, thrilling aerobatics, and activities for the whole family. Some of the highlights of the air show include:
  • Marine AV-8B Harrier II and Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt Demonstrations Teams.
  • The Golden Knights, U.S. Army's precision parachute team.
  • Red Show Air Show Team, performing aerobatics in Russian and Chinese made trainers.
  • Daredevil teams, Red Eagle Air Sports, Kent Gordon and Greg Koontz.
  • Aircraft and helicopters from all military branches will be on display.

For more information, visit

Peachtree City's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Peachtree City caps a summer of 50th anniversary events with the a celebration on the City Hall Plaza tomorrow evening September 25, 2009 with music, cake, inflatables, and ground level pyrotechnics. Also, during the evening, the Promise Place will have it's "Run from Domestic Violence" 5k Run starting at 6:00 p.m. The celebration continues on Saturday with the Dragon Boat Races and International Festival starting at 9:00 a.m at Drake Field. There will be great international food, entertainment and activities and the highlight of the day, teams from all over Peachtree City in dragon boats racing on Lake Peachtree.

For more information on all of these events, please visit, the dragon boat website,, and the promise place website,

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Promise Place 5K "Run From Domestic Violence"

Promise Place will sponsor its annual 5K “Run from Domestic Violence” on Friday September 25, 2009 at City Hall in Peachtree City. All funds raised from this event will go towards the Emergency Shelter and Home, where victims of domestic violence can go for safety, protection and to begin to repair and rebuild their lives.

Domestic abuse occurs at all levels in our society. The victims flee and need immediate shelter and protection. It usually isn’t during an 8 to 5 workday. In most cases, the abused victims have escaped with little or no possessions. Lives must be repaired and rebuilt. That is the business of Promise Place.

In 2008 Promise Place provided service to the Griffin Judicial District which includes Fayette, Spalding, Upson, and Pike Counties to a total of 1,572 victims: 848 women, 709 children and 15 men. Our Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program reaches over 1,500 high school students and our Domestic Violence Awareness talks are presented to over 1,400 community members.

Promise Place is a 501c-3 non-profit organization, which depends almost entirely on community support and donations. We provide legal advocacy, crisis hot line help, counseling for victims, and their children, a food pantry, Safe Teen Dating Education in Fayette County schools, law enforcement education and Christmas presents for children.

Please join us for a good time and a great cause on Friday September 25, at 5:00pm.

We welcome your support in any capacity for this important fundraising event. All donations are tax deductible.

On behalf of Executive Directors Sonja Strickland and Vanessa Mottley and the Board of Directors for Promise Place, thank you for your generous support.

For information please call 770 632 8733 or email:

Registration and sponsor information on-line at

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Falcon Field Airport is developing a special place to honor our active military, veterans, and their families of all Services who have served and sacrificed for our country.

The Falcon Field Veterans Memorial will be located prominently at the entrance to Falcon Field Airport and will be highlighted by a mounted Air Force F-16 "Fighting Falcon" jet fighter. The Veterans Memorial area will be nicely landscaped, include night lighting, and feature a Military Walk of Honor and a brick paver recognition area dedicated to permanently recognizing those that have contributed to preserving our freedom.

The dedication of the Falcon Field Veterans Memorial is the opening milestone event of the renaissance of Falcon Field as the aviation gateway to Peachtree City and Fayette County. Falcon Field has many new and exciting developments underway that will firmly establish the airport as the premiere regional airport serving the southern metropolitan Atlanta area.

Freedom is not Free !
Thank those who have served and sacrificed.

For mor information, please go to

Monday, August 10, 2009

Georgia Dream Pass Program

Peachtree City is the newest participant in the Georgia Dream Pass program

The Peachtree City Tourism Association (PCTA) is the newest participant in The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Dream Pass Program. The Georgia Dream Pass is a free consumer “membership rewards” affinity program that gives members access to special offers and benefits that are exclusive to cardholders and these benefits are now available at the Peachtree City Visitor’s Center.

The PCTA is working closely with local hotels to offer a number of incentives for Dream Pass members to visit Peachtree City. These incentives include a hand painted Peachtree City ornament, a $25.00 Gift Certificate to Outback Steakhouse with a qualifying stay at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, and a Complimentary Breakfast with a qualifying stay at Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree as well as 10% discount at their Lakeview Dining Restaurant.

“The goal of the program is to increase the number of visitors to Georgia, while encouraging residents to discover what is in their own backyard,” said GDEcD's Deputy Commissioner for Tourism and Marketing, Charlie Gatlin. “We are the first state to develop a membership rewards program of this scope that will in turn provide us measurable results.”

The program has already seen success beginning with the launch of its first phase, “Georgia is Big on Golf,” in March 2007. The wallet-sized card is currently offering rewards and incentives at more than 35 participating golf courses and resorts, including Cuscowilla, Barnsley Gardens and Callaway Gardens, to name just a few. To date, more than 5,000 members are taking advantage of rewards that include special member rates on green fees, discounted rates at resorts, restaurants and attractions as well as many other exceptional offers.

To learn more about the Georgia Dream Pass program, become a member or participating partner, visit and/or or call the Peachtree City Visitor’s Center at 678-216-0282

Peachtree City Coupon Program

In a move to get more in-store traffic from visitors and residents of Peachtree City, The Peachtree City Tourism Association (PCTA) has implemented a coupon program at the Visitors Center. The Peachtree City coupon program is a free consumer affinity program that gives visitors, as well as, resident’s access to special offers and benefits to dine within Peachtree City. "This promotion is yet another example of how Peachtree city is reaching out to the community to assist people in a time of need,” said Peachtree City Tourism Association Information Specialist Jeremy Hogan.

The Visitors Center staff sent out of 100 letters to local restaurants requesting coupons and menu’s to be distributed through the visitor’s centers to local groups, residents, and visitors to boost local revenue. Since the letters were sent out, the PCTA has worked closely with local participating restaurants such as, Ruby Tuesday’s, Partners Pizza, I-HOP, McDonalds, and Maxwell’s on 54 to offer a number of incentives. The PCTA will be advertising the program on there website and through the local media.

“The goal of the program is to boost revenue within the city, as well as, offering an incentive to visitors traveling to Peachtree City., while encouraging residents to discover what is in their own backyard,” said Peachtree City Tourism Association Executive Director Lauren Yawn.

To learn more about the coupon program, visit or contact Jeremy Hogan, Event Coordinator & Executive Assistant at 678-216-0282 or

Welcome to Peachtree City, Georgia

For business, family fun, or outdoor adventures, Peachtree City is the place to stay and play. With its unique mix of Southern charm and hospitality, Peachtree City is a memorable visitor’s destination.

Hop on a golf cart and enjoy the town, exploring more than 90 miles of recreational paths and two nature centers. Bike, swim, fish, play tennis or golf and then catch a concert at “The Fred”. “The Fred” has been called one of the best kept secrets in the metropolitan Atlanta Area. Or, enjoy one of our local community theatres which offer productions throughout the year.

Peachtree City is a shoppers dream. With five villages, each centered around a full-service retail area, the local shops offer everything from fine clothing to unique home accessories and gifts. And dining is always a treat in our award-winning restaurants.

Peachtree City offers a small town ambiance with all the benefits of a large, metropolitan area. Should the mood strike you to see a Broadway play or an Atlanta Braves or Atlanta Falcons game, downtown Atlanta is just 26 miles away!

With two conference centers, great hotels, and an easy, 20- minute ride to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Peachtree City is the perfect alternative to the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Make the visitor’s center your first stop. It is conveniently located at the nationally acclaimed Peachtree City Tennis Center.

CNN Money Magazine 2009 Best Places to Live