Lesli Peterson's Passport


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23 January 2013

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About Me & My Family

I'm a collector. I collect experiences. And I like to share them with people. I'm also a mom to two young boys and bonus-mom to two teenagers. My husband and I homeschool our kiddos, and make travel a part of that process as much as possible.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, quiet, structured, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, scheduled, artsy
We Just Got Back From
Cancun, Mexico
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Anywhere we can be together.
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Our dream vacation is the Galapagos Islands
Favorite Vacation Memory
Yellowstone National Park was a place we made incredible memories together. It was wonderful to spend an entire vacation in the outdoors. Climbing, hiking, running, cycling, riding horses, camping, and experiencing nature and her wonders. It was magical.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
St Simon's Island with my preschooler! Eating healthy is important to my family, and we try to do so even when we are traveling. I let it go, though. I gave in to too much sugar over the course of several days. It was my way of 'handling' the trip as I struggled to balance with a new baby. He had the worst meltdown to date. And mommy did too. Lesson learned.
Websites I Like:
Trekaroo 365AtlantaFamily Field Trips With Sue RoadTrippers Pinterest

Apple Picking in North Georgia

Families in Atlanta love to spend September and October picking apples, making apple pie, and enjoying the apple festivals in Ellijay and the neighboring towns in North Georgia.  The following farms offer U-pick or pre-picked apples, as well as family-fun apple farm activities. A special thank you to Field Trips with Sue for sharing her apple list with us!


9696 Hwy. 52 E.
Ellijay, Georgia

PYO, playground and petting zoo, GIANT SLIDE, and Apple Jubilee on the weekends with cow milking, pig races, and more

reviewed on: July 15 2013

"Great fun even on a weekday"
Hillcrest and its weekend Apple Festivals are famous Fall Fun in the Atlanta Metro area, but I am here to testify that even a week-day visit to Hillside is worth the trek into the mountains.

We went on a weekday in late September.  There were maybe 3 other families there.  First we went into the main store area and got a snack and some fresh pressed apple juice in apple sippy cups.

Then we went outside for some cute photo ops in an old tractor.  We walked through the apple orchards.  There is no "u-pick" on the weekdays (you can buy apples in the store though), but my son could not resist picking some off the ground.

On the far end of the property is a petting zoo with chicks and goats and a baby cow, and more.  Inside the petting area is a climbing "tractor" for the kids to play on.  

Next to the zoo is a small playground, as well as a huge slide cut into the side of the hill.  We literally played on this for over an hour.  My friend went down with a cast on her leg - it just looks so fun that you can't resist!

While I think my son would enjoy the  pig races, cow milking and "u-pick" that the weekend offers, I am not sure this mom could handle the huge crowds.  Going on a week-day, with fewer entertainment options, was a great compromise for our family.  He enjoyed it! And Daddy enjoyed the apple pie we brought home!


8660 Blue Ridge Drive
Blue Ridge, Georgia

A favorite of Southern Living, bakery and hard apple cider tasting for the grown ups


9131 Highway 52 East
Ellijay, Georgia

PYO, petting zoo, bakery and apple cannons on the weekend

3379 Tailscreek Road
Ellijay, Georgia

PYO, tractor rides, cider and other bakery goods available

5505 Hwy 52 East
Ellijay, Georgia

PYO, wagon rides