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Leisure and luxury in Peachtree City

Picturesque Mill used in the filming of "Sweet Home Alabama"
Picturesque Mill used in the filming of "Sweet Home Alabama"
Larraine Stacey

Trees, trees, and more trees. So how many peachtrees are there in Peachtree City, Georgia? None – it’s just a charming name for an enchanting place.

Peachtree City CVB
Larraine Stacey

But the quaint community does contain over 90 miles of golf cart paths that wind around luscious greenbelts, two nature trails, four golf courses, three pools, eight tennis courts, great shopping and dining, a 2,500 seat amphitheater, and three picturesque lakes. Peachtree City even has designated golf cart parking spaces everywhere for these small, decorated by their owners for holidays and special occasions, vehicles that are used as local transportation. Even children twelve or over are allowed to operate golf carts, as long as they have a parent or guardian in the front seat with them. Unaccompanied fifteen-year-olds with a valid Georgia Learner's Permit can operate golf carts alone, and high school students are encouraged to drive golf carts to school due to limited car parking.

Peachtree City consists of five villages that are home to 37,000 people, over 100 restaurants and 10,000 golf carts. The city is so unique, it has won multiple awards, including:

“2014 Safest Cities” - and
“Georgia's Best Place to Raise Kids 2013” - BusinessWeek, 2012
“Top 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S.” - CNN/Money Magazine, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
“Top 10 Cities for Families” - Family Circle Magazine, 2011
“Top 6 Most Patriotic Cities” - Rand McNally/USA Today 2011 "Best of the Road"
“Most Airport Friendly Atlanta City” - KNOW Atlanta Magazine, 2010
Top 100 Places to Live” -, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
“Georgia's Best Affordable Suburb” - BusinessWeek, 2009
“10 Great Places for Boomers” - Newsmax Magazine, 2009

On a recent trip to Peachtree City, I was captivated by the scenic community and its friendly people. I even participated in a fun golf cart scavenger hunt around the city. But my favorite activity, besides eating all the incredible cuisine, was the Southern Hollywood Film Tour. Peachtree City has become filming home of television shows like AMC’s “Drop Dead Dive,” and “The Walking Dead,” as well as the movies “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Joyful Noise,” just to name a few. An air conditioned bus took us on a guided/narrated film tour transporting us to famous film and television sites. It was really interesting and fun. And just down the road in Fayette, the new Pinewood Studios is helping to transform the area into another Hollywood, with stars and celebrities sighted everywhere.

Of all the restaurants and chefs that hosted us, one stood out above the rest – Zac Brown’s La Mesa del Sur in the nearby town of Senoia, Georgia. Owned by country music legend Zac Brown and his Southern Ground & Social Club, La Mesa del Sur offers southern cuisine with a vibrant flair.

On Saturday night, we held a golf cart parade to the Frederick Brown Amphitheater, known locally as “The Fred,” for an evening concert with Gladys Knight. Opening for Ms. Knight, Toni Byrd wowed the audience with her vocals. Then the Empress of Soul took the stage and totally rocked it.

Then, too soon, it was time to return home. I would love to visit Peachtree City again and hope to get the chance. It is home to serene settings, great cuisine, and fun for everyone.

La Mesa Del Sur

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