Happy July 4th
Alpharetta!

Where will you wave your flag on the fourth? Will you join your neighbors at Wills Park for fun and fireworks? The display begins at dusk. I love that is it a rain or shine event! Or, maybe you will start the night out over at Chukkar Farms or with music at Matilda’s Cottage.

Around Town

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails 2016 Garden Dinner Series begins May 15. Additional dates in the series are June 12, July 17, August 21, Sept. 18 and Oct. 9. Mouths typically start watering as soon as the first hors d’oeuvres and libations are passed out during the evening reception. During this time, guests have an opportunity to tour Milton's Acre. Then,…

Hope Ball

The American Cancer Society hosted the Hope Ball at the Delta Flight Museum raising close to $600,000, with $130,000 for lung cancer research in honor of Hope Award recipient Jeff Wigbels. Guests enjoyed the All-Star Celebrity Band, Kendra Scott jewelry and fantastic auction items. Marcus Krause Photography

Van Michael Goes Global

Van Michael Salon again welcomed more than 50 stylists, owners and entrepreneurs from Japan's hottest hair salons. Van Michael is a global powerhouse, teaching the newest techniques and sharing knowledge through these annual symposiums. The visitors pump thousands into the local economy, too! Photography by Scott Areman

Luxe Pools

Growing up, we belonged to a family swim club a few miles down a country road from our suburban Michigan home. To get there, I’d have to wait for my dad to get home from work (he swam slow and methodical laps during adult swim) or do more than my required list of chores to earn my mom’s attention for…

Three Trails, Three Ways

Alpharetta’s location on the outskirts of the city is flush with forests and trails, making it a prime location for outdoor recreation. Between its many parks and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, outdoor lovers can find plenty of options for hiking, biking and running trails. Grab the map and details off the National Park Service website, NPS.gov. These are…

Union Hill Polo

At Union Hill Polo Club in Canton, crowds are a diverse mix of families, couples, polo fans and newbies to the sport. The parking lot turns into a tailgating party, where spectators pull out all the stops: grills smoking with burgers and chicken, spreads of appetizers, and coolers of beer and wine.

Sun Warriors

While I am vigilant with the sun screen, wide-brimmed hats and serious after-sun serums all summer long, I was curious about what other options are at my fingertips for skin care and repair. I chatted with our friends at Aesthetic Specialty Centre and asked team members to share their favorite go-to non-invasive treatments. This summer, why not love what you…

A Charming Address

The bright white farmhouse on Oakview Court in Windward is a beacon on the perfect summer Alpharetta day. Nestled among mature pines and hardwoods on nearly one and a half acres on the Big Creek Greenway, the red shuttered farmhouse is the picture of tranquility and tradition.

Cool Moves

With heating and cooling accounting for 50% of a home’s typical energy usage, it makes sense to take a look at how your home is being cooled during one of our steamiest months. As the temperature hovers around 89, Georgia Power recommends we set our thermostat at 78 degrees during the summer and leave it alone. Have your heating and…