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May 4 2009

Staycation Ideas

by Amanda L

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Now that Spring break is over, Summer is not far away. Many of us will be looking for ways to have fun close to home. Last year was the first time I had heard of a staycation. The Library has many ways to enjoy your staycation. We have books, movies, music and free programs.

Libraries throughout Georgia have again partnered with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to be able to check out Georgia parks and historic passes for free. Here at DCPL, you may reserve a Georgia Park pass just like you would any other material. You may check it out for seven days. The Georgia Department of Natural Resource’s website lists all of the participating parks and historic sites. Georgia Parks that are located on National Forest land are not included in this park pass.

The Library has a few travel (staycation) books on Atlanta. These can be helpful to find some places that you would not have thought to visit. Some examples areFrommer’s Atlanta, Atlanta: A Complete guide and Around Atlanta with Kids.

The Library also has a few travel books on Georgia. For those day trips, try Hidden Georgia and Georgia Backroads Traveler. These books not only give suggestions on historic and interesting places, they also list a variety of restaurants and inns. One of my favorites that both books mention, is the Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle. The owners have recently added the Blue Willow Village with a museum and shops.

For those outdoor people, check out The Hiking Trails of North Georgia. The book gives estimated times and the difficulty of each trail. Finally, for those interested in fishing. Check out my blog post from last year. Have a wonderful staycation!

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Logo_go The new theme for Georgia State Parks is Get Out, Get Dirty, Get Fit, For FREE!  To help residents do just that, a new program allows library patrons to check out park passes.

A joint initiative of Georgia Public Library Service and the Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division (PRHSD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the public library ParkPass Program began June 2.

Folders include an annual ParkPass that exempts visitors from paying the daily parking fee at state parks, an annual Historic Site pass good for free admission for one visitor to any of Georgia’s 18 state historic sites and a copy of the Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites featuring descriptions, photos, directions and a map of all locations.

The folders can be located in the DCPL Catalog by a keyword search for the words “Georgia State Parks.”  They can be checked out for one week, and can be renewed twice if there are no holds waiting.  The overdue fine will be $0.50 per folder per day.  Most branches have at least two folders available for checkout; please check with your local branch for more information.  Be sure to keep up with the whole kit, though–a lost piece of the folder will result in a $30 replacement charge!

Among the park system’s most popular attractions are Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville, the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site in Cartersville, the Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site in Fitzgerald, Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site in Warm Springs, Tallulah Gorge State Park in Tallulah Falls and Unicoi State Park in Helen.  Visit the Georgia State Parks website for more information.  For more information on the GO Georgia Campaign, including tips and events, check the Get Outdoors Georgia website.