Thanks to Katie Reeder of Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau for providing this most helpful information
Foliage.org: What are the projected dates for foliage season in Alpharetta, Georgia?
Peak foliage colors can usually be seen during the last two weeks of October.
Foliage.org: Are there areas, vistas, scenic lookouts or other destinations within Alpharetta that are known for their uniquely beautiful autumn foliage displays?
Alpharetta’s Big Creek Greenway, a 6.1-mile, 12-foot wide paved path that meanders through the city and includes additional mountain biking trails is a popular destination for viewing fall foliage color. Alpharetta is also home to two arboretums, outdoor living museums, and visitors can pick up complimentary walking tour brochures for each arboretum at the Downtown Alpharetta Welcome Center.
Foliage.org: What are the local and regional roads or highways that are favorite scenic routes for Fall tourists?
Georgia Highway 400, officially named the “Hospitality Highway” is a popular route for viewing spectacular autumn colors.
Foliage.org: What festivals or other public events are taking place during foliage season?
Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Art Festival takes place at the Historic Shops of Crabapple in Alpharetta. Here, American Country Antique Dealers & juried local artists are featured. The are also food vendors, children’s activities and roaming musicians. The event is free with free parking, too.
The Annual Scarecrow Harvest will also take place in Historic Downtown Alpharetta. Historically-themed scarecrows created by Alpharetta’s school children line Main Street! This family event celebrates the fall season and announces the winning scarecrows. Live folk music, storytelling, free hayrides, face painting, fall crafts for children and, of course, the announcement of the winning scarecrows make this an event not-to-be-missed.
The Downtown Alpharetta Farmer’s Market takes place at 8 a.m. in Historic Downtown Alpharetta every Saturday through October. You will find farmers with fruits and vegetables, gardeners with fresh flowers and plants and makers of all sorts of edible home goods from yummy desserts to local raw honey and homemade sauces and jellies.
The Bridal Showcase presented by the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau will take place during this season at The Manor Golf & Country Club.
Brides will be able to meet with more than 50 experts about wedding-related products and services. Attendees will also be able to secure hotel accommodations for the event & for wedding guests; find wedding event facilities; receive advice on flowers & décor; explore invitation options; taste cakes and meet with catering specialists; and, see unique bridal gift selections. Giveaways are included.
Foliage.org: are there historic or cultural sites that are popular destinations for Fall foliage travelers? What are they?
When viewing fantastic fall foliage in Alpharetta, take time to stop by the Downtown Alpharetta Welcome Center where you can pick up a complimentary walking tour brochure of the 17 historical markers located throughout the city. Also, stop by the Milton Log Cabin, which was built in 1934-35 by Future Farmers of America students and shows how life was during the late 1800s. Make time for Alpharetta’s Walk of Memories, the only memorial of its kind in Georgia, which pays homage to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, community and friends through a brick pathway inscribed with the names of all Georgia residents killed in service including and following WWII. A separate section is reserved for those who served in the military and survived. Tank, gun and helicopter are on display. The memorial is located at 201 Wills Road in Alpharetta. Pick up a complimentary brochure about the Walk of Memories at the Downtown Alpharetta Welcome Center.
Foliage.org: What are some other popular tourist attractions for autumn travelers to Alpharetta. What are some of the less well known, but much loved local attractions?
Alpharetta is home to the only American Girl Boutique and Bistro in the Southeast, which is a true girl’s world perfect for shopping, dining and birthday parties. Nearby, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Campus provides an opportunity to take your adventure to two wheels, as experts teach you how to safely navigate terrain using an ATV, motorcycle or dirt bike. Make time for a concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, a 12,000-capacity performing arts venue located in the heart of the city. The amphitheatre serves as the summer home to the Grammy award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and hosts big name acts like Sugarland and Kenny Chesney. Purchase tickets now for the October 10 concert featuring Third Day, Jars of Clay and Glory Revealed.
Foliage.org: Are there favorite destinations for history, literature, architecture buffs, or antique collectors? What are they?
Antique collectors will love Queen of Hearts Antiques and Interiors, an over 30,000 square foot store featuring more than 150 antique dealers.
Foliage.org: What are some favorite destinations or activities of families traveling during the Fall travel season?
Families traveling to Alpharetta during the fall season should explore www.awesomealpharetta.com for a complete list of itineraries providing ideas for entertainment, as well as special packages featuring unbeatable savings at Alpharetta’s 23 upscale and modern hotels.
Foliage.org: What are some helpful resources for discovering local inns, bed and breakfasts, lodges, boutique hotels, and other local lodging and dining?
www.awesomealpharetta.com provides comprehensive information about all 23 of Alpharetta’s upscale and modern hotels. Visitors can also call the Alpharetta Welcome Center at 1-800-294-0923 for complimentary Alpharetta trip planning assistance.