Beyond the Pumpkin: Autumn in Cartersville, Georgia

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Fall Cartersville

Arts, crafts, alpacas and a brand-new option for getting away from it all make for an autumn escape to remember

This fall, make the most of the season with four fall festivals, alpacas, hiking and a restorative escape to Barnsley Garden’s new Inn—all in Cartersville-Bartow County, Georgia, conveniently located 45 miles north of Atlanta via I-75.

Save the date for these can’t-miss autumn happenings:
38th Annual Pine Log Arts & Crafts Fair (September 9-10)
Held on the historic campground and tabernacle at Pine Log United Methodist Church, this juried arts and crafts fair features vendors from around the southeast. A wide variety of handmade crafts and paintings will be available for purchase. Live music and pit-cooked barbecue are two highlights of this great event.

42nd Annual Arts Festival at Rose Lawn (September 16-17)
More than 150 artists and handcrafters display their unique creations in this juried two-day festival on the tree-shaded estate of Rose Lawn, the Victorian home of Methodist Evangelist Sam Jones. Visitors will enjoy musical entertainment and performing arts, plus delicious food. Popular highlights include the AAUW book sale and the Master Gardener’s plant sale. Be sure to tour inside Rose Lawn ($7), where docents introduce Sam Jones’ legacy. Juried Artist Awards are presented on stage at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau Hospitality Heroes Awards and People’s Choice Awards for Best Restaurant, Best Shoppe and Best Attraction.

49th Annual Great Locomotive Chase Festival (October 6-8)
An October tradition in Historic Adairsville since 1968. See parades, arts and crafts, entertainers and pageants. Enjoy carnival rides, great music, food and fireworks.
$3 for ages seven and older; admission good all three days.

5th Annual Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival (October 28)
Held at Friendship Plaza, with free admission and free music, this event is a must for those who love to tap their toes to the beat. There will be lots of musicians, vendors, food and adult beverages available throughout the day.

Down on the Farm
Find family-friendly fall farm fun at these locales.

Pettit Creek Farms
See a camel, zebra, Padagonian cavey, emu, herds of ponies and buffalo roaming…not to mention the proverbial cow, donkey, chicken, turkey, pig, goats, sheep and much, much more on this 80-acre farm. Beginning October 1, visit Pumpkin Fest where families are welcome, after 2 p.m., to visit the corn maze, the petting zoo, hayrides and shop for the perfect pumpkin.

Southern Estate Alpacas
Southern Estate Alpacas is home to alpacas and goats. With 20-plus acres of lush green pastures on top of Eagle Mountain, the farm is surrounded with five-foot no-climb welded steel framed fencing and a 15-stall barn which also includes a vet-room and living quarters that provides a great getaway for overnight guests, traveling shearers or anyone that comes to help out around the farm. Take part in a farm tour, seminars about skeins, scones and scarves or plan a field trip for your group.

Take a hike!
Autumn is the perfect time to explore the outdoors in Cartersville. Just steps from Cartersville’s Main Street Exit on I-75, Pine Mountain Trailhead offers a challenging hike, taking visitors through a stream-filled forest studded with vast granite outcrops. With a summit that’s 1,562 feet above sea level, guests climb to the highest point in the city with rewarding views. This rocky mountaintop overlooks Lake Allatoona, Stone Mountain and Kennesaw Mountain.

New!
Escape to the new Inn at Barnsley Resort, expected to open first quarter 2018. This new three-story-high building, inspired by the works of noted British architect Edwin Lutyens, known for significant English country homes from the turn of the 20th century, will include 55 additional guest rooms and suites perfect for accommodating couples, families, corporate groups and wedding guests. The Inn will feature stained and hand-scraped hardwood floors, exposed beams and scattered area rugs. A new guest registration area and adjacent living room will serve as a relaxed gathering area for guests while a grand staircase and fireplace will be focal points, along with a boutique retail option. The bedrooms will range from 378 to 528 square feet with a mix of king and double queen beds and the Inn’s third floor will offer additional features such as dormer windows, sloped ceilings and window seats.

Plan your event
Barnsley Resort is also set to open another grand addition in early 2018—Georgian Hall, with vaulted ceilings, stained, hand-scraped scissor trusses, painted millwork, dormer windows and a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, featuring 4,700+ square feet of space in the Savannah Ballroom with 1,800+ square feet of pre-function space. The Savannah Terrace will offer an outdoor gathering space for up to 215 guests while additional indoor meeting and event space will include the nearly 1,340-square-foot Dalton room, the Georgian Verandah and the Estate Lawn. With state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, Georgian Hall will play host to corporate meetings, weddings and other special events, all in the picturesque setting for which Barnsley Resort is known.

Find more outdoor adventure, including festivals, events and other happenings at: VisitCartersvilleGA.org.