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The Scoop – Shower Your Pup With Love on National Dog Day

By Jennifer McKee | Photos courtesy Dunkin’ Donuts, Frenchie Bulldog and Grandin Road We know you never need an excuse to spoil your pooch—but you’ll want to stock up on these adorable items just in time for National Day Dog, August 26.   Frenchie Bulldog Basics Don’t let the name fool you, Frenchie Bulldog makes…

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The Scoop – These Vodkas Were Made to Sip

By Jennifer McKee | Photo Courtesy of NEFT Vodka When it comes to cool summer drinks, cocktails often overshadow liquor that’s good enough to drink plain. So before you stir up your next cocktail, consider chilling with these vodkas that make sipping an art form. NEFT Vodka Using oxygen-rich spring water that’s been filtering itself…

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The Scoop – Hoist a Cold Cocktail in Celebration of Rum

      By Jennifer McKee August 16 is National Rum Day. Whether you like your cocktails shaken, stirred or frozen, we’ve got recipes from some of the nation’s best rum brands. Drink up!   Golden Layered Pina Coladas courtesy of Koloa Kaua’i Rum Golden puree layer: 1 cup frozen pineapple 1 cup frozen mango…

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The Scoop – Athens Banners Share Messages of Hope

By Jennifer McKeeBanners courtesy of Athens Downtown Development Authority Downtown Athens just got a lot more colorful. In effort to brighten spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Athens Downtown Development Authority and Athens Area Arts Council commissioned five area artists to take part in the Athens Banner Project, one that showcases the city’s creative spirit…

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The Scoop – July/August 2020

Virtual Explorations Staycations have become increasingly popular due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If you’re looking for ways to explore Athens from the comfort of your house, look no further. A number of organizations are offering patrons a virtual experience. For a list of virtual events and experiences visit, visitathensga.com. Summer Reading If you’re looking for…

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The Scoop – Celebrate National Tequila Day with these recipes

By Jennifer McKee La Adelita photo courtesy Le Adelita TequilaWheatgrass Margarita photo courtesy Velas Resorts July 24 is National Tequila Day. Punch up your bartending prowess with these special recipes direct from Mexico. The one-of-a-kind wellness program at Grand Velas resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, has a special star: the Wheatgrass Margarita. It combines antioxidants…

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The Scoop – Five Ways to Get Quality Sleep This Summer

By Jennifer McKee | Hatch Restore photo courtesy of Hatch Do you fight the eternal battle of blocking out light when you sleep? Is the summer heat most uncomfortable when trying to fall asleep at night? Whatever your sleep time woes, there’s a product to help with that. These items promote a more restful night,…

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The Scoop – Summer Just Got More Entertaining with Fun Wine

By Jennifer McKee | Photos courtesy Tara Ink Ah, summer. While we welcome the sun’s bright ways, we have to deal with, well, the sun’s bright rays. Having a cool beverage close at hand is a must. Enter Fun Wine.   Launched last year at Miami’s Art Basel, the low-alcohol concoction comes in three delicious…

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The Scoop – Biltmore Reopens “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” for the Summer

By Jennifer McKee | Photo credit for all photos: ©Imagine Exhibitions, NBCUniversal International Studios and Carnival. Calling all fans of the Crawleys, Bates’ and Carsons: “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” is back. The exhibit, which runs from June 27 to September 7, is housed at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, and has been extended…

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The Scoop – Getaways: Tallulah Gorge State Park

By Jennifer McKee | Photos Courtesy of  Lee Reese/Shutterstock and SnoochTV/Shutterstock Known for its spectacular scenery and challenging hikes, the Tallulah Gorge State Park will take your breath away. The gorge, 67 miles north of Athens, is two miles long and 1,000 feet deep and was carved millions of years ago as the Savannah River…

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