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Something Different this 4th of July?

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
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If you’ve been in Atlanta for a couple of years or so, you probably know that some of the best 4th of July firework displays are held at Lenox Square, Centennial Olympic Park, Lake Lanier Islands, and Stone Mountain’s Fireworks and Laser Show. But if you’re looking for something a little bit more low-key and off the beaten path, or just different, here are a few places you might want try this year!

Callaway Gardens – July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party at Robin Lake Beach. The event includes beach activities, live music, a flying circus and a fireworks extravaganza. It will be a great time for the entire family! If you want to stay overnight, packages start at $209 at the Mountain Creek Inn and include admission to the festivities and gardens. More info here.

Mall of Georgia’s 14th annual Star Spangled Fourth – This event will include children’s rides and inflatables, live music, food and beverage vendors, and a variety of games with the chance to win prizes from participating Mall of Georgia stores. They will also feature a special Movies Under The Stars presentation on a 70-foot big screen and then one of the largest fireworks display in the county! If you live up this way, you won’t want to miss out on this 4th of July fun!

If you live up 75 in the northern parts, you might want to check out the fireworks in Acworth’s Cauble Park at Lake Acworth. There will be live music starting at 4pm, then at dark featuring a spectacular fireworks show overlooking the lake. There will also be food and drink vendors on site. More info here.

East Point’s Red, White and Blue 4th of July Hometown Celebration – This event will feature a merchandise vendor market, music all evening, a food court and fireworks show. Fireworks start at 9:30pm and will synchronize with the music! More info here.

Whatever you decide to do, be safe and enjoy! Happy Independence Day!

Written by Kimber Bond
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Weekend Adventures :: Escape the City

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Portrait of couple of hikers in the countryside at summer

Ready to escape the city for a quick get-away? If you live ITP (Inside the perimeter) you are so close to some of Georgia’s greatest hidden treasures. Why travel far when you can hop on 85 North and be at a bed and breakfast on lake lanier, wine tasting or hiking in the great Georgia Mountains? Only an hour away.

Adventure Seekers::

If you are itching to get out into nature and not sure where to go, here are some great options.

 

Rent a boat on Lake Lanier::

Did you know you can rent your own boat, jet ski etc? Click here for a great company I recommend. You can check out different restaurants along the lake and even stop by the Lake Lanier Water Park for the kids. My all time favorite restaurant is Fish Tails. They have a great patio overlooking the marina and live bands.

Go hiking, fishing, biking or camping::

There are so many options to explore here. I will name two of my favorite. Fort Yargo State Park is located in my hometown, Winder, Georgia. The park offers a 260 acre lake, over 20 miles of hiking, running and biking trails, disc golf, tennis courts, basketball courts and playgrounds. This is a great day trip or overnight camping trip. If you want to go even further north, check out Tallulah Gorge State Park. The gorge has six cascading falls that you can hike to.

Indoor Gold and Gem Mining::

On a rainy day, you can go gold panning, gemstone mining and take a tour of a mine. Great activity for the kids. They will have a great time finding treasures and learning. Check out Consolidated Gold Mine in Dahlonega, GA.

Relaxing Weekend::

If you need a vacation and need to unwind, here are some relaxing and rejuvenating places to visit.

Wine Tasting and resort::

At Chateau Elan you can enjoy the spa, a round of golf, wine tasting and an amazing hotel. They offer a variety of dining options. They range from casual to intimate fine dining. My personal favorite is the spa. (Guys, if you are looking for a romantic getaway for your wife, this is the best option!)

Bed and Breakfast::

There are numerous options for Bed and Breakfast. A great website to use is BedandBreakfast.com. If you want to combine bed and breakfast near a winery, check out Wolf Mountain Vineyards and find a place in Dahlonega. Lake Lanier Islands also offers a variety of accommodations. They have a lodge, private villas, lake houses, and campgrounds. When looking for fun and unique places to stay, I personally use Airbnb.com.

Eat at the Dillard House::

If you are looking for comfort food, you have to check out the Dillard House. If you are looking for a family style lunch/dinner with generous portions of southern food, this is a must. This is an easy day trip. It is located very close to other wineries. They also offer accommodations.

As you can see, Georgia has several options so close to home. Please let me know if you ever have any questions at all or would like more recommendations for getaways in Northeast Georgia. Residing in the Northeast part of Atlanta, I can point you in the right direction. Give us a call at 404-419-3619!

Written by Amy Wade, Buyer Specialist, The Peters Company

 

 

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Dog Friendly Restaurants in Atlanta

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

BirdieWe recently welcomed a new addition to the Peters family, a 20 lb bird dog/beagle mix we rescued from our favorite animal rescue organization, Angels Among Us. We call her Byrdie because she reminds us of a bird dog and has shown tendencies to point at birds, mice, snakes, you name it. Although I really didn’t want a second puppy dog, Birdie has quickly become a formidable member of the fam.

Lesley and I work quite a bit so we end up going out to dinner a fair amount. Byrdie, like most puppies, suffers from a little separation anxiety. She hates it when we leave. Luckily in Atlanta, we have a host of great restaurants that we can take our four legged friends to.  Here are a few of our favorite outdoor dog friendly restaurant options in the metro Atlanta area:

 

Floataway Cafe -1123 Zonolite Rd NE, Atlanta, GA, US 30306, (404) 892-1414

The Floataway Cafe is one of the most expensive meals I’ve ever had in Atlanta. For a gourmet meal on the patio with your dog, you will be hard pressed to find finer dining than at Floataway. By the way, this is the sister restaurant to Bachanalia, which is widely considered the finest restaurant in the city.

4th and Swift – 621 N Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, US 30308, (678) 904-0160

This is a great Old 4th Ward “new American” foodie spot. Your dog will love the great heated patio and the amazing craft cocktails even better! Much like Floataway, you’re going to dine well here.

Neighbor’s Pub – 752-C N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, US 30306, (404) 872-5440

In my single days, this was the place to be in Virginia Highlands. Neighbor’s always has great, cold beer on tap with casual pub fare. Your dog belongs here with you, and they have one of the best patios in all of Atlanta.

Kaleidoscope – 1410 Dresden Drive, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA, US 30319, (404) 474-9600

I can’t tell you about my favorites without mentioning K-Pub. This is our family’s go-to spot for a great, casual dinner in our own Brookhaven neighborhood.  We walk here, and they have a killer patio. Your pup will have lots of friends here.

If you are dog folks like us, you can rest easy in Atlanta and have fun with your pet as well as enjoy some of the best food around! The Peters Company wants to help you and your furry friend find a home so give us a call today at 404-419-3619.

Written by Andy Peters

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Is Atlanta A Fit City?

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Tpicture of a fitness classIn a 2015 study by the ACSM American Fitness Index, Atlanta (and surrounding areas) ranked 14th out of 50 cities. Not too shabby! Some of the areas we excelled in were: more park playgrounds, golf courses, recreation centers, swimming pools and tennis courts per capita.  We do, however, have some room for improvement. Atlanta has a high percentage of obese people, lower levels of physical education classes offered, and a lower percentage of people meeting the CDC aerobic activity guidelines.

With 2016 almost half over, how are your “New Year’s Resolutions” coming? If fitness was one of your goals (like mine!) you might find yourself starting to slack on your goals or maybe you gave up a long time ago! I urge you to not give up so easily! Re-energize and refresh your workouts by trying something new.

Yoga :: If you have never tried yoga or maybe gave it a ½ effort try one time, go give it another try. Not only is yoga good for the physical body, it can help you mentally and emotionally as well. Infinity Yoga has studios in Brookhaven, Dunwoody, and now in Old 4th Ward and offers a new student special of 30 days for $30.  You can’t beat it.

Crossfit :: I understand that many people are afraid of crossfit and I’ll agree it’s not for everyone. But everyone can do it. Finding a crossfit gym that suits you, is just like shopping for a new car.  You must test drive them.  Not every gym is the same and you just have to find the one that feels right for you.  The workouts can all be scaled to everyone’s fitness levels, ensuring you are getting a great workout, but not over doing it.  With workouts always changing in/out aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, cardio, and plyometrics, I promise you’ll never get bored! Most crossfit gyms will allow you to try a class for free, but call to double check before you go.  For more information about crossfit and a full list of Atlanta area gyms, click

Running :: Running isn’t my favorite thing, so I run “intervals”. Intervals are periods of time or distances that are ran faster (sprint) and then you return to your normal running pace.  You repeat this throughout your entire run.  I often change my intervals to keep them exciting.  For example: If I was running on the treadmill, I might run 3 min at a normal pace, then sprint for 1 min and repeat.  Or I might run a specific distance at speed 5, then speed 6, then speed 7, back to speed 5 and repeat.  Before you know it, your 3 miles (or whatever you’re running that day!) will be over! Looking for friends to run with? Check out The Atlanta Track Club.

If you’re looking for an area of town to live in that makes being fit and healthy super easy, call The Peters Company today at 404-419-3619.

Written by Katelyn Sheffield, The Peters Company Transaction Coordinator

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The Peters Company official YETI® COOLER contest rules:

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

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May The Best Selfie Win!
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Whether you are around the globe or just around town this summer, keep your drinks cool with our snazzy koozie and make sure to take a selfie.

Get creative, funny, inspirational or whatever floats your boat… the BEST entry wins!

(Entries can be posted on instagram, facebook or twitter)

1. Must use both hashtags to qualify.

2. Must like/follow us on at least one of our platforms:

Facebook: The Peters Company
Twitter: @thepetersco
Instagram: thepeterscompany

3. Must be able to pick up your YETI® cooler at our Brookhaven office.

4. No offensive pictures allowed!

5. No entry limits!

Contest begins May 27th and ends August 31, 2016. Winner will be posted on our Facebook page Thursday, September 2nd, just in time for Labor Day!

If you haven’t received your official Peters Company Contest Koozie contact kimber@thepeterscompany.com with your name and address an we’ll get it right out to you!

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Celebrate Father’s Day with the Ultimate Man Cave

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Man Cave PictureFather’s Day is right around the corner and what better gift is there for your father or husband than a space of their own? Man caves have become very popular in recent years and can sometimes be a “must have” for home buyers. Here are few key items that any man cave should include:

1 . Media Area – From curved screens to 4D, there’s certainly no shortage of awesome televisions available. Add that to a serious sound system and you’ve got the perfect spot for relaxing and watching your favorite sports team in the big game or an action packed new release. Most importantly, don’t forget to include some really comfortable seating to go with it!

2. Bar – Aside from keeping it fully stocked with cold adult beverages, there are some great options here. You’ll want to install a full appliance package including an ice maker, refrigerator, dishwasher, sink, etc. to make entertaining a breeze. Micro-brewing is becoming more popular so you may even want to set aside space for that too! Find some fun decorative items and bar stools and you’ll be on your way to the number one hangout spot.

 3. Gaming/Activity Area – Do you have a favorite pastime? Poker, pool, darts? You’ll definitely want to set aside room to have a little fun. Make sure that the space can accommodate the equipment that comes along with these activities. Lighting can make a big difference too. Then, put on your best game face and show them what you’ve got 😉

There are many more great options for the ultimate man cave…from saunas to gyms! Just do a quick search on sites such as Pinterest or Houzz and the options are endless. Don’t know where to start when turning your basement or garage into the man cave of your dreams? Want to find a home with a man cave already ready to go?

Let The Peters Company help you! Give us a call today at 404-419-3619!

Written by Heather Thomas, The Peters Company Listing Coordinator

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Does The Peters Company Matter?

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Image that says MATTEROne of my favorite things we do each quarter is to visit Austin, Texas with the Top 100 Keller Williams agents across the country and mastermind with our co-founder and owner, Gary Keller. Each quarter, we typically receive a list a books to read prior to the mastermind. This time, Andy and I were both surprised when we were only assigned one book – Matter by Peter Sheahan.

 

 

For the better part of our first day in Austin, we brainstormed with agents across the country on the question, “Does my business MATTER?”

Peter Sheahan says, “To become the obvious choice, the company that matters, you need to consistently create outcomes that are valued more than those of your competitors and that are not easily replicated.”

The Peters Company wants to matter. While most real estate agents are focused on getting a deal done, we are focused on the overall client experience that creates clients for life.

We want our friends, family, and neighbors to know we care. And, we go above and beyond to add economic value long before there is economic opportunity for us.

We place great value in getting to know our clients. That’s why, we schedule a consultation for all buyers and sellers where we find out what would make this experience an A+ for them.

While most real estate agents wear the hat of a part-time buyer agent, part-time showing agent, part-time listing agent, part-time transaction coordinator, part-time marketing coordinator, part-time admin, The Peters Company specializes. We know by breaking down job duties that our clients receive the best service and care when each individual is responsible for ONE main thing!

However, we know to be a business that matters, it doesn’t stop with our client experience. Our passion to help others should also transcend into our industry and community. That’s why you see Andy and I traveling to offices in the Southeast Region teaching and training agents! And, that’s why you see our team GIVING back in our communities. In the past week alone, our team hosted our past clients, friends and neighbors at The Peters Company 1st Annual Derby Party that raised $1,700 for a local Atlanta charity called CHRIS Kids. Then, we attended Keller Williams Red Day, where we volunteered with hundreds of other agents in our office as we put on a Field Day for the Fugees Family – the nation’s only school for refugee children.

It is our hope that we not only bring you the very best real estate experience but also that we can give back to our industry and community. What are some ways that we can matter to you? We want to be a business that MATTERS.

 

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Why Staging Your Home is Important

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Andy Peters talks with Tasha Moody from Simply Staged about why staging your home is important.

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The Peters Company Derby Party 2016 Raises over $1700 for Chris Kids

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Video-The Peters Company Derby Party 2016What a blast! We had so much fun at The Peters Company First Annual Derby Party and we are so glad that over 100 of our friends and clients could join us! This was a great turnout and we couldn’t imagine a better way to spend a gorgeous Spring afternoon.

We wanted to shout out a special thanks to Brittany Burnett from Chris Kids for coming to speak about the charity and thank you everyone for helping us raise over $1700! We are so thankful for your generosity!

As always, please keep us in mind if you or your friends or family are looking to buy or sell Metro Atlanta real estate! You’re always in good company with The Peters Company!

P.S. If you see any photos from the video that you would like us to email to you, just email kimber@thepeterscompany.com!

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Cinco de Mayo in Atlanta

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Cinco de MayoIt seems that everyone in Atlanta will find a reason or holiday to celebrate, and Cinco de Mayo is no exception! It’s not a traditional American holiday, yet people go out in droves to party and meet up with friends on this day, and for good reason… why not? Who doesn’t love sipping on margaritas and hanging out with friends?

Wondering where to go? We put together a few options for a hot spots in town. We hope you enjoy, whatever you decide to do!

Located at Krog Street Market at Inman Park, Superica is a tex-mex sensation. According to their website, “At first glance you may think you’re in Austin, Texas due to the mash-up of old and new findings like dang good margaritas, live music and our welcoming outdoor patio. Yup, that’s all reminiscent of the Great State alright.” The chefs Ford Fry and Kevin Maxey designed a “Mex-Tex” menu that plays to their own Texan roots. So if you want some good Tex-Mex in Inman Park for Cinco de Mayo, check it out!

Recently reopened by popular demand, Ray’s Rio Bravo has found a sweet spot near the river on Powers Ferry a few doors away from Ray’s on the River – both owned by Ray Schoenbaum. It should be a Great Evening to Celebrate “Cinco de Mayo”. A1A – a Jimmy Buffet tribute band – will be playing starting at 6pm and the outdoor patio overlooking the lake and fountain will be the perfect atmosphere for sipping margaritas with your buddies!

Rock’n’Taco has a lively atmosphere and is a great place to hang out with friends. It’s a gourmet taqueria with infusions of several different cultures and they use fresh ingredients, organic fruits and vegetables. The offer tacos in everything from the traditional chicken or beef to duck, oysters and more! If you’re a creative foodie, give them a try! Both locations will be offering drink and beer specials and the Sandy Springs location will also have live bands.

Rosa Mexicano is fairly new on the scene in Atlantic Station. And Lesley’s favorite! They are featuring a special Cinco de Mayo menu all day. Their fresh guacamole is insanely delicious… so go check them out! Quoted as “gold standard” in “upscale” “modern” Mexican cuisine by Zagat, it’s probably better known for their food than a hot nightspot, but would be a great place to hit before you enjoy a night on the town!

Tin Lizzy’s is always a good choice for tacos and margarita’s. Not mention, they’ve already started Cinqo de Mayo countdown with $10 TLC Margarita Pitchers, which started on April 5th! While they haven’t unveiled the festivities for the night, it’s always a good time with good friends at Tin Lizzy’s! They have several locations, but Buckhead is my favorite! Stay posted on their Facebook page.

Flip Flops – Cinco de Mayo Stache’ Bash 2016 – starts at 5pm. Named for its laid back atmosphere, Flip Flops is in midtown. They have two levels of live music, dancing and entertainment. If you want to feel like you’re at the beach while you’re sipping your cinco margarita, then Flip Flops might be a good choice. They will have guest DJ’s throughout the night. Bring your stash or get one from a bartender. Doors open at 5pm for Happy Hour Specials!

P.S. Fun fact: Americans consume up to 81 million avocados on Cinco de Mayo , according to the California Avocado Commission.

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