Gritty City Guide: Volume 4




With 32 miles of sugar-white sand beaches, the Alabama Gulf Coast is the ideal location for creating family memories that will last a lifetime. The wide array of activities, attractions and events will have you and your family wishing for just one more day at the beach.





Columbia is a ‘Main Street America’ experience, Southern style, and you’ll find us just south of Nashville, TN. We’ve got an original downtown – beautiful town square, vibrant Main Street – filled with trendy shops, boutiques, antiques, and good eats. And we’re home to an American President. So come on over, you’re welcome here. We hope you’ll be enchanted by our city and feel connected to the stories, experiences and people of Columbia. We’re a classic Southern town…with a kick!



Bordered by the city of Atlanta on the south and the Chattahoochee River to the north, Sandy Springs, Georgia is perfectly situated between big city excitement and outdoor escapes. Celebrated dining, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and cultural experiences are all surrounded by more than 950 acres of parks and natural areas, including 22 miles of Chattahoochee River shoreline for kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing and more.



At 4118 feet above sea level, this mountain oasis is a pristine getaway for city dwellers and lowlanders craving rejuvenation amid nature’s most spectacular setting. Expansive mountain views, hundred-foot waterfalls, and miles of rivers and trails form the backdrop for a walking downtown filled with Wine Spectator restaurants, live music, seasonal festivals, boutique shopping and performing arts.




A city unexpected, Woodstock, GA is a place to escape, gather, and refresh with colors, sounds and tastes vibrant and diverse. Experience the energy and spirit of a community revitalized. This suburb between Atlanta and the North Georgia Mountains is no artificial city; it’s a true comeback, organic and authentic.



In the heart of South Carolina, tradition and tomorrow pair perfectly in the state’s capital city. With evidence of renewal everywhere, Columbia SC is the real Southern hot spot that leaves you looking forward to what’s next.