Four ways to get your peach fix in Oconee before summer ends

What’s a Georgia summer without peaches? Here are four places in Oconee to get your peach fix before summer ends:

Di’lishi recently announced that its “Just Peachy” frozen yogurt dessert is back! Cool off with peach-flavored frozen yogurt topped with sliced peaches at the self-served yogurt bar at Epps Bridge.

 

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Your Pie’s popular summer pizza is also back. The Peach Prosciutto Pie features a hand-tossed dough topped with freshly sliced peaches, ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses, basil, and house-made honey balsamic glaze. The pizza place is also extending its dish with gelato and crafted beer!

 

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A hometown favorite, Thomas Orchards’s popular peach ice cream is a must. The greenhouse and gift shop makes its ice cream fresh with locally-grown peaches. You can also grab a bag of peaches to-go and get creative with your peach dishes at home.

 

 

Oconee County Farmers Market is also a place to find a variety of peach items including gelato, jams, and baked goods. Stop by the farmers market in Downtown Watkinsville each Saturday during the summer to see what peach options local vendors have to offer.

Stop by these locations soon before peach season ends, and share your peachy summer with us online using the hashtag #OconeeEats. Click here for a complete dining guide.

4 New Restaurants to Try

 

The dining options in Oconee are growing! Four new restaurants have recently opened this year with great menus and atmospheres. Check them out during your next visit to Oconee.

Groove Burgers

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Located in Epps Bridge Shopping Center, Groove Burgers specializes in fresh burgers, but its options don’t end there. With a menu comprised of salads, chicken sandwiches and seasonal side options, the burger joint is sure to leave you full and satisfied. Like Groove Burgers on Facebook for the latest updates.

“Very friendly staff, food is well thought out and the owner is always around to say hello! Would definitely recommend!! –Austin Mize

 

Bella Noche

The Italian restaurant is located in the Bell’s Shopping Center. Guests rave over the homemade pasta, freshly-made sauce, and wonderful service. Another plus is the unlimited servings of irresistible homemade bread!

“Service was outstanding! We really enjoyed our meal!” –Lisa Berry Collette

 

Diablo’s Southwest Grill

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This Mexican-style restaurant brings the freshness and flavor of the Southwest with a burrito bar full of fresh veggies and flavorful meats. Diablo’s, with its convenient phone charging station and quality service, has an all-around welcoming environment! Follow their Oconee County location on Facebook.

“Great service, friendly environment, and the food was awesome!!!!” –Tavaris Hopkins

 

JB’s Smokin’ Pig BBQ

Located in downtown Watkinsville, JB’s Smokin’ Pig is the new barbeque place in town. The restaurant is popular for its flavorful ribs and delicious sauces. With musical performances from local artists on Fridays, the restaurant makes for an enjoyable night out.

“Great food and excellent service! I’ve only had the pulled pork and Brunswick stew so far, but I’m super excited about trying the hash. Sauces are AMAZING!” –Jonathan Simpson

 

Be on the lookout for more new restaurants! Use the hashtag #OconeeEats on social media and let us know how you enjoyed our local restaurants. For a full dining guide, click here.

The Ultimate Art Experience in Watkinsville, The Artland of Georgia

Watkinsville, deemed The Artland of Georgia for having more artists per capita than any other town in the state, is populated with unique art galleries, museums and exhibits showcasing local and national talents. Artists flock to this creative town to create, show and sell their work. Located just a stone’s throw from Athens, this artistic gem is worth a detour on your next trip to Georgia.

Get Fired Up about Pottery

Watkinsville is home to the largest pottery show in Georgia. In August and September, Perspectives: A Georgia Pottery Invitational showcases creations and demonstrations of 50 potters supported by the nonprofit Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF). A Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event, Perspectives attracts visitors from throughout the Southeast.

 

For an out-of-the-ordinary art experience any time of year, visit the quirky dwelling of Happy Valley Pottery. Home of art demonstrations like none other, at Happy Valley Pottery, you can see artists demonstrating glass-blowing, pottery-making, Raku firing and more. Continue reading . . . 

This blog post was first published on blog.exploregeorgia.org.

Locally Grown Food Destinations

 

 

Homemade, fresh, locally grown: Explore Oconee County’s food destinations from local farms to markets and restaurants. Feast your eyes upon these endless food options grown from and raised on Georgia soil.

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Washington Farms, located in Bogart, is one of the largest strawberry farms in Georgia. Hundreds visit the farm each month to pick fresh berries and other seasonal crops grown by the Washington family. In the spring and summer, sweet strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are available to pick or buy pre-picked, and beginning in September you can pick out the perfect pumpkin for the fall season.

During the spring and summer, you will also find customers stopping by Thomas Orchards for scoops of their famous homemade peach ice cream. Thomas Orchards is an orchard, nursery and greenhouse famous for its freshly picked peaches. Owned by the Thomas family, the garden and greenhouse are filled with a variety of beautiful and bright flowers and plants. Continue reading . . .

This blog post was first published on blog.exploregeorgia.org.

Summer Break in Oconee

 

 

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Photo courtesy of ocaf.com

 

The school year is coming to a close, and that means summer break is fast approaching. No worries, however. I’m here to serve you up some family-friendly fun that is sure to keep the kids busy and enjoying their summers!

First Friday on Main

First Friday on Main is sure to bring out the smiles with free snacks, games and fun activities and entertainment for the whole family. Come downtown on the first Friday of each month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to enjoy music, movies, games and more. Website: www.visitoconee.com

Washington Farms

Pick your own berries at Washington Farms! In April and May, stop by to pick delicious strawberries and a grab a scoop of freshly made strawberry ice cream. Blackberries and blueberries will be ready to pick in June and July. Also enjoy outdoor fun with hay rides, a petting zoo and more. Website: www.washingtonfarms.net

Welcome Center Scavenger Hunt

Stop by the welcome center during the week and discover the hidden treasures of Oconee County. Our interactive scavenger hunt contains riddles and photo clues that are sure to keep the little ones busy and their brains charged. Website: www.visitoconee.com

Georgia Antebellum Bike Trail

Grab your bikes and take a family stroll along Georgia’s Antebellum Trail. Attractions in Watkinsville include the Eagle Tavern Museum, Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast, the Historic Haygood House, and the Elder Mill Covered Bridge. Website: www.antebellumtrail.org

Thomas Orchards

Cool off and enjoy peach ice cream at Thomas Orchards. The nursery, garden and gift shop specializes in freshly picked peaches as well as outdoor art and plants. Website: www.thomasorchardsandnursery.com

Be sure to check our event calendar for updates on Oconee events.

See below for summer camps offered in Oconee:

OCAF Summer Art Camp

Oconee County Parks and Recreation Department Summer Camp

Hardigree Wildlife Day Camp

Mother’s Day in Oconee

 

It’s that time to shower the irreplaceable woman in your life with lots of love. Let your mother, wife, or grandmother know just how much they are appreciated by taking advantage of the unique gifts and activities our local shops have to offer. You don’t have to drive far to show your love and appreciation with intimate, unique and heartfelt gifts and outings for your superwoman.

  • You can never go wrong with an arrangement from Elizabeth Ann Florist & Gift Shop located in downtown Watkinsville. Their specially made arrangements are sure to make your mother’s heart flutter with bright and extravagant flowers. You may choose from the shop’s many arrangements, as well as other décor sold in their gift shop. Also, enter to win their Mother’s Day basket with special gifts from their flower shop and Hudson Butler Design. Visit their Facebook page for more information. Website: watkinsvillegaflorist.com

 

  • What’s better than creating a treasure your mother, wife, or grandmother will cherish forever? Purchase or create handmade jewelry from Gone with the Bead, also located in downtown Watkinsville. Gone with the Bead also offers classes in which you can learn how to create a unique piece that perfectly matches your mother’s personality and style. The bead shop will offer classes on Saturday, May 6. Spend quality time by bringing your mother out to enjoy this fun and unique activity. Call 706-769-2012 for more information on classes. Website: gonewiththebead.com

 

  • For the mother with the sweet tooth, visit Bee’s Knees Bakery to satisfy every craving with homemade and customizable desserts. This Mother’s Day, Bee’s Knees Bakery is serving up their special Cupcake Bouquets, something pleasing to the taste buds as well as the eyes. Other delicious treats for purchase include cakes, cookies, brownies and so much more. Website: beeskneesbakeryandgifts.com

 

  • At Paint with Class you are sure to find a unique gift for your uniquely-made mother, and if not, Paint with Class will give you the tools to create the gift you have in mind. The home décor and gift boutique offers art classes as well as specialized workshops. Call to find out more on the classes and special Mother’s Day pieces they offer at 706-769-8442. Website: paintwithclass.com

 

  • Purchase handcrafted art from the Chappelle Gallery & Happy Valley Pottery. The Chappelle Gallery and Happy Valley Pottery sells contemporary pieces from more than 125 artists. The works of art include garden art, pottery, glass, jewelry and so much more. There will be reduced pricing on select items just in time for Mother’s Day. At Happy Valley Pottery, you can watch artists showcase their talents in pottery making, Raku firing, glass blowing, and other techniques. Website: chapellegallery.com

 

  • Learn how to create beautiful works of art for your mother at one of OCAF’s many workshops and classes. Their classes can also be a fun activity to do with your mom and even the kids. You can also take a stroll through their SOUTHWORKS exhibit. The exhibit’s final week on display is the week before Mother’s Day. Check the OCAF website for class schedules and upcoming exhibits. Website: ocaf.com

 

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Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Ann Florist & Gift Shop, Bee’s Knees Bakery, and Paint With Class.

Welcome to Oconee, Tracks of Time

 

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Bishop has become quite the destination for antique stores. Joining our seven other antique stores and six in Bishop, Tracks of Time Antiques & More is a family-owned shop that sells items from jewelry to furniture and collectibles. The antique store is located in Bishop at 4860 Macon Hwy (Hwy 441), the location previously occupied by Long Road Studios.

Visit Tracks of Time on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. You may also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tracksoftime for updates on their store and merchandise. We are happy to have Tracks of Time share a part of history with us through their merchandise. Oconee County, where art and history meet, welcomes Tracks of Time!

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Oconee County Antique Stores