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Posted by janet on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 5:07:11 PM
If you love antiques, down home Southern cuisine, beautiful historic homes, unique shops, and just good ole Southern Hospitality, then you'll love Vienna, Georgia. Vienna's beautiful historic downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can participate in a self guided driving tour of historic homes featuring more than 50 sites. The City sports a number of unique shops featuring gift items, home interior items, art, jewelry, accessories, women's and children's clothing , and of course - antiques galore. There are 3 antique malls just bursting at the seams with great buys, located just of the Interstate 75 Exit 109. If food is what you want, Vienna has a great coffee shop and deli, a downtown grill, barbeque carry out venues, a country cooking restaurant, and even a sports bar. Vienna is the county seat of Dooly County which is the #1 cotton producing county in the state of Georgia. If you visit Vienna in the fall of the year, the cotton is so thick and so white it appears to be snow on the ground with bright green trees framing the view. You can also learn about how the crop has played such an important role in the lives of not only the locals, but epople from wround the world at the Georgia Cotton Museum. Another agritourism site in Ellis Bros Pecans. You can actually see the orchards and how the pecans are harvested. While there enjoy candies that are made right their in the kitchen or a cool refreshing ice cream cone. Vienna is also known as the home of the BIG PIG JIG, a barbeque cooking contest. The event takes place each year in October when thousands come to BBQ City USA, a unique village where the cooks compete for the Georgia Championship trophy. You'll enjoy your visit here, I'm sure. Just come on down, we are waiting!

Posted by victoryknuckles on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 4:07:25 PM
There is only one Allegan, Michigan! Allegan is a community with an unbeatable combination of historic small-town atmosphere and sense of community. The one-of-a-kind riverfront boardwalk, historic downtown and homes, and friendly citizens give Allegan its distinctive small town ambiance. No matter how decided to spend your time, you will be a part of a unique experience found only in downtown Allegan. With its specialty shops and timeless appeal, downtown is truly the heart of Allegan, offering both the rare and the practical. While shopping, a variety of dining options are all within a few short steps. Hometown specialties and hometown treats will have you never wanting to leave. Just around the corner is the famed Regent motion picture theatre. This rare single-screen art-deco theater has maintained all of the 1930's charm including the newly restored marquee, which received the 2008 Michigan Governor's Award for Historic Preservation. The Regent is open nightly for first-run films. During the summer month the Regent offers free family-friendly movies Monday through Friday at 2pm & 4pm. The nostalgic look and feel along with first rate friendly service will make a night at the movies something special once again. Featured on the Travel Channel's "Steakhouse Paradise 2", The Grill House offers a world class dining experience. Just 2 miles south of downtown Allegan, discover the best that dining out has to offer at the Grill House, where you become the "grillmaster". The grill is hot and the choice steaks are ready to sizzle. All you need to do is have some fun and perhaps show off your talents at our 8' x 10' grill. Don't worry if you are not an expert grillmaster. A grill assistant is always available to lend advice if needed. During warm weather you can enjoy outdoor dining in our unique courtyard. From the musical, to the thrill seeking, Allegan plays host to a variety of events no matter the season. Whether it is classic Christmas events, art shows, the July 3 Jubilee, fresh produce from the local farmer's market, or the riverfront gazebo with diverse musical acts that will entertain the whole family; Allegan offers something for every age or personal tastes. World class entertainment, combined with intimate venues allows the community to take advantage of the many events that occur year round. A true splendor of Allegan is found in the breath taking natural beauty that so consumes every mile. Nature has painted Allegan like a beautiful canvas, in every season. Follow the deep blue sky to endless miles of tree line, down the hill side covered in beautiful evergreen and over the bold and glistening river, all a treat for all the senses. The "Old Jail Museum" displays the artifacts of Allegan's founding. Free to all, the museum takes pride in providing historical information for research and education for future generations. From the unique homes to natural landscape, enjoy the journey along Allegan's historic streets. The "Old Iron" 2nd Street Bridge, built in 1886 was restored in 1981 and has become a symbol of the city of Allegan. The 229 foot, single-lane truss bridge spans the Kalamazoo River and provides a unique entry point into the downtown area. This was one of the first truss bridges restored in Michigan. The 2nd Street Bridge remains as one of the most beautiful restored bridges in Michigan and contains more builder plaques than most truss bridges anywhere. The bridge also features extensive v-lacing and the portal bracing has an ornate portal bracing design to it. From the vintage, to the trendy, to the handcrafted, and the timeless, there is truly something for everyone. For more information check out www.onlyoneallegan.com . How cool is that?

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