Going on Faith

AUG-SEP 2016

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going on faith [ august | september 2016 ] [ MARIETTA, GEORGIA ] Though many visitors may not feel connected to the Hollywood depiction of the South in thoroughly modern Atlanta, they will experience the charm and grace they expect in nearby Marietta. With six historic districts and attrac- tions such as the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum, the town wins the admiration of locals and visitors alike. "Our main square is our jewel," said Sarah Sloan, marketing and public relations coordinator for the Marietta Visitors Bureau. "It is a beautiful square with shops, restaurants and museums. Every weekend, we have our farmers market, where we shut down one street in the square and 50 or 60 vendors will set up shop. You can get some great local Marietta products there." One of the most visited spots along the square is the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum, which houses the original Bengaline honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara. Film fans can also wander past several of Margaret Mitchell's personal volumes of her novel, an educational display dedicated to the African American cast members and other original promotional materials from the beloved movie. Groups can sit back and enjoy quality theater performances in Marietta at a local musical production at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre. The Strand, a 1935 movie house, hosts traveling productions as well as concerts, musicals and screenings of classic films with live organ accompaniment. Guests should always check Marietta's calen- dar to see what event will correspond with their visit. "We have fantastic festivals," said Sloan. "Chalktoberfest is one where local chalk artists paint the streets. We also have a Friday concert series during the summer. There is always some- thing happening in Marietta." www.mariettasquare.com [ MARIN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA ] Just one famous bridge away from San Francisco, Marin County offers the unusual ability to stand inside a forested national park wilderness located just minutes from one of the country's largest cities. Almost 85 percent of the suburban destination's land has been pro- tected from development through federal park- land and zoning. Photos courtesy Marin CVB Marin sights, left to right: Muir Woods; Point Reyes; Mount Tamalpais Photos courtesy Marietta VB By Jill Blue Marietta offers public parks, boutique shop- ping and live theater near Atlanta.

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