Lisa’s List: Local Love

Lisa’s List: Local Love

At Explore Gwinnett, “Local Love” is one of our favorite things to write, blog, post or chat about. Unearthing a hidden culinary gem, marketing a female or Black-owned hospitality venture and feeling assured our shopping and dining dollars are returning to our...

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Road Trip: Enjoy the Holidays in the Hostess City

Road Trip: Enjoy the Holidays in the Hostess City

Just a quick trip down the road, Savannah makes a perfect getaway anytime that little bit of wanderlust pops up and demands a vacay. Savannah is known for its delicious food, Riverwalk, Historic District and proximity to beautiful beaches. We think it should also be...

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5  Within 50: The Season for Serving

5 Within 50: The Season for Serving

The Holidays can be a whirlwind. Often, we find ourselves surrounded by joy while also feeling a sort of heaviness for our neighbors. We eat so well, yet we know many do not. We gift so hard while so many go without. We gather with family enough to need an extra...

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Day Trip: Polar Express, Great Smoky Mountains

Day Trip: Polar Express, Great Smoky Mountains

A popular holiday book (and movie- Tom Hanks fans) by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express tells the story of a magical train ride on Christmas Eve, taking a young boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa himself. The story comes to real life when...

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Road Trip: Florence, Alabama

Road Trip: Florence, Alabama

Florence, Alabama is filled with small town charm and a huge appreciation of art and history. The town is known as 'Alabama's Renaissance City' because of the annual Renaissance Faire hosted each October featuring artists and live musicians. This among many other...

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Lisa’s List: Immersive Experience Like no other

Lisa’s List: Immersive Experience Like no other

With fall knocking on the door, outdoor festival season is beginning to slow down. As we head into winter, here’s what is on my arts/culture calendar as events I do not want to miss (and think you shouldn’t either...)  Just on the outskirts of Gwinnett, minutes away...

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Day Trip: A Bridgerton Experience

Day Trip: A Bridgerton Experience

For those who aren’t familiar with one of Netflix’s most streamed series, Bridgerton takes place in England during the Regency Era. The series revolves around eight siblings searching for love and happiness among the elite families in society. Combining romance,...

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5 Within 50: Arts & Culture Festivals

5 Within 50: Arts & Culture Festivals

Festival season is upon us. Gwinnett and surrounding cities will soon be taking to the streets to celebrate just about anything you could think of these next few months. Whether beer or wine, crawfish or BBQ, grape stomping or gourds, there’s a festival for it. The...

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Lisa’s List: Take it Outside this Summer

Lisa’s List: Take it Outside this Summer

Photo courtesy: Explore Gwinnett Time to pack your sunscreen and load up the car. We get many questions from locals on what to do and where to go when friends and family come into town. Here are a few of our favorites!     Lots of folks may not realize that the...

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Day Trip Covington, Georgia

Day Trip Covington, Georgia

This is the perfect day trip for any film junkie! Located about 30 miles south of Gwinnett County, lies the charming Covinting, Georgia. Covington has an extensive history in the film industry.  Covington is famously known as the backdrop of Mystic Falls in  the hit ...

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Hunger Games Road Trip

Hunger Games Road Trip

Atlanta Atlanta Marriott Marquis - Futuristic tribute headquarters in Mockingjay   International Clayton County Park -  The shoreline within the park is used for beach scenes in the Quarter Quell arena Chestatee Wildlife Preserve - This is where the scenes of elk...

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Gwinnett’s First-Ever Arts & Cultural Grant Fund

Gwinnett’s First-Ever Arts & Cultural Grant Fund

As 2022 rolls into spring, it is time for us to roll out year three of the Gwinnett Creativity Fund, Gwinnett’s first-ever arts and cultural grant fund! Created in early 2020, our first grant cycle was a challenge, but ultimately a success in terms of supporting arts...

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Road Trip: Congaree, National Park

Road Trip: Congaree, National Park

Sure, we all have Yosemite, Zion, Joshua Tree and The Grand Canyon on our bucket lists, but what about something a little more under the radar of US national parks? Something like Congaree National Park, one of the least visited national parks in the country? Don’t...

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Lisa’s List: Destination Experiences

Lisa’s List: Destination Experiences

These days everyone is looking for a unique, Instagram-worthy getaway. If you’re looking off the beaten path for your next overnight destination, you may be surprised to find options not far from home. Thanks to Airbnb and VRBO it’s not as far-fetched as you may...

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Road Trip: Providence Canyon State Park

Road Trip: Providence Canyon State Park

Sit down, kids. Let me tell you a little story about the time man negatively intervened with nature and inadvertently tried to further destroy the planet – but it actually turned out kinda okay. Located in southwest Georgia, in the city of Lumpkin, Providence Canyon...

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