Outside Coweta - Wargo's Pumpkin Patch - Luthersville

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

It’s officially fall, and probably our favorite time of year!

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Halloween, cool weather, crunchy leaves and pumpkin flavored everything. It’s all right up our alley!

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

We also love a good pumpkin patch.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo’s Pumpkin patch is a new place to go for free fall family fun.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Corey and Monica Wargofcak live on the family farm that has been passed down through generations.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

They always wanted a fun place to take their kids in the fall to celebrate the autumn season.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

As a service to the community, they decided to open their property to visitors each October.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

The endeavor begins as a family affair way before the air gets that telltale crisp.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

In early June, the family sows a variety of pumpkin seeds in their fields.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

They pumpkins are tended until early October when they are harvested.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

This is a labor-intensive process as it is all done by hand.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

In addition to a large variety of pumpkins, Wargo’s offers a range of delicious fair food and fun activities for the kids like painting, a small petting zoo and hayrides.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

The animals in the petting zoo are the family’s goats and chickens. Monica laughs as she describes to us how friendly the chickens are. Apparently, they get lots of love from the Wargofcak kids and they eat up the attention.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

For those who can’t get enough of local markets, there will also be handmade items for sale from local artisans and crafters.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

We were excited to see Adam’s Honey had a booth. This is an award winning local honey brand we had never heard of, but are excited to try out.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo’s is open every weekend of October and admission, parking, hayrides, painting and the petting zoo are all completely free.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

The pumpkins are all for sale, but the Wargofcak's choose a different charity each year and donate the proceeds.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

We love the Wargo’s Pumpkin Patch t-shirts that feature the original artwork seen on the signs. These will be for sale alongside the arts and crafts.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Luthersville is a short drive from Newnan and the Wargo’s signs are everywhere showing the way to the farm.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

For more details, check out the Wargo’s Facebook page.

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Wargo's Pumpkin Patch Luthersville, GA © Susan Crutchfield Photography

Happy fall! If you make it to Wargo’s, we would love to see your photos and hear about your experience!

Outside Coweta - Providence Canyon State Park

As Cowetans, we have a love hate relationship with the rich, red Georgia clay. We have cursed it for clinging to our cars, shoes and pets. We also love the beauty that it lends to our Southern landscape.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in Providence Canyon State Park.

This series of canyons, nicknamed Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon, offers a spectacular display of the colors of the Georgia soil.

The most prominent of these is the deep reddish brown of the familiar clay.

The beauty of Providence Canyon has an unfortunate beginning.

Prior to the 1800s, the Cherokee people who had lived there since before recorded history tended the land where the canyon now lies.

The Cherokees were familiar with the sandy nature of the local soil and worked the land using techniques that preserved the integrity of the landscape.

In the early 1800s, soon after the Cherokee people were forced to cede their land, settlers moved in to farm the area.

They were unaware of the need to practice a different type of farming from that they knew. They worked the land using a plow.

Wind, water and time quickly began to turn the furrows in the land into deep gulches.

In less than 150 years, the deep gashes turned into canyons that are as deep as 160 feet.

Despite the canyon’s disastrous beginnings, they are absolutely stunning.

We made the hour and a half journey on one of the first days of summer that has not been oppressively hot.

The state park lies slightly south of Columbus near the small town of Lumpkin.

The canyon takes its name from the church established by the first people to settle the land after the Cherokee cession.

We enjoyed the light breeze as we took the steep trail that descends to the canyon floor.

The bottom of the canyon is below the water table, so it is always wet and muddy.

We suggest if you go that you wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. By the time we were done, we were up to our calves in mud.

The bottom of the canyon is stunning.

The trail is a path composed of muddy clay and sand.

We spotted several gorgeous plants, and the area was alive with beautiful butterflies.

Because it is so wet, there are a lot of pesky bugs.

We actually got the chance to try out the Bliss Creek Farm Buzz Off bug spray we purchased at the Newnan farmer’s market and were pretty amazed at how well it worked.

A short hike from the floor takes you into the canyons. There are nine of these.

When the canyon walls began to close in around you, it feels as if you have left Georgia and stepped into the American southwest.

The red Georgia clay is streaked with rose pink, light purple and stark white sands that make the canyon walls look like a sunset.

The erosion pattern causes some of the wall to rise into the sky like a giant chimney formation that would be more at home in a desert.

We were completely awe struck as we craned our necks to look up at the hundreds of feet of geological wonder.

The constant trickle of water has left some of the walls smooth and curvy, while others are jagged and rutted.

We took our time exploring and enjoying the beauty.

We only took the canyon trails because of the heat, but in the fall we would definitely consider doing the longer hike that leads out of the canyon and through the pines.

Along the canyon rim trail, you can view the rusted out remains of old cars that belonged to a long abandoned homestead.

The local wildlife has made a home of these automobile shells, and for this reason they are left to decay on the side of the trails.

At the top of the canyon, there are overlooks that offer a spectacular view of the entire area.

Standing there, we could not believe that this beautiful vista was created by a few donkey driven plows just a few decades ago.

Just as we were admiring the view, we heard a rushing noise from the canyon and realized a wall of water was headed our way.

We made it to the car just as a pounding summer rain drenched the landscape.

We think this beautiful hike is definitely worthy of a day trip.

Bring old, comfortable shoes, bug spray and a picnic.

The visitor’s center is closed during the week, but maps and restrooms are always available. Please let us know if you have visited Providence Canyon. We would love to hear your thoughts!

Meat N Greet - Newnan

There is one restaurant in Newnan that we find ourselves consistently drawn to.

We are frequent diners at Meat N Greet in downtown Newnan.

Ever since they opened their doors to the public a little over a year ago, Meat N Greet has been a staple for Cowetans looking for a relaxed environment and amazing casual American cuisine.

The interior of the restaurant is decorated a trendy blend of reclaimed barn wood, natural stone and upcycled light fixtures.

Located right across from Full Circle Toys on the square, Meat N Greet serves up craft beers and boutique burgers.

We visited on a fine spring day and chose to sit on their newly opened patio. The weather was perfect with sun’s rays softened by a light breeze.

We decided to celebrate the perfect weather by enjoying a honeysuckle martini. Neither of us are huge drinkers, but for those who like to indulge, the adult beverage menu includes an extensive selection of microbrews, wines and specialty cocktails. The Moscow mule, a Meat N Greet favorite, is delicious.

This cocktail turned out to be an amazing choice for a patio lunch. It was a refreshing vodka martini with flowery citrus notes.

 

We grabbed some onion tangles for an appetizer. Having dined here often, we knew we were getting into some sinfully fried territory. The havoc eating a massive plate of fried onions wreaks on your stomach later is worth the crispy, breaded treat that is a pile of onion tangles.

The Meet N Greet menu includes a selection of unique appetizers, hot dogs and burgers. There are vegetarian options for both burgers and dogs. We got a burger with fries and a hot dog with veggies on the side.

The one eyed willie is indescribably delicious. A juicy burger is piled with lettuce, onions, bacon and cheddar cheese. The whole burger is topped with a fried egg and finished off with smoky tomato jam. Meet N Greet fries are made from scratch in house and you can taste it. They are perfectly seasoned with a hearty potato flavor and just a slight sweetness.

The textbook dog comes with all the traditional hot dog toppings including ketchup, mustard and relish. Since Rebekah is a vegetarian, she ordered the meat free dog. It honestly tastes pretty similar to a pork dog and was absolutely spot on with the textbook toppings.

Meet N Greet offers in season vegetables as a side option. They just happen to be Brussels sprouts at the moment, which despite the universal negative reviews from children forced to eat their veggies, happens to be one of our favorites. They did not disappoint. They were caramelized in a sweet bourbon vinegar based glaze and sprinkled with pecans and a peppery seasoning.

Of course we had to try dessert. We don’t normally get dessert, but it was a treat yourself kind of day, so we went for it.

The bourbon pecan bar came with a scoop of cold, sweet vanilla bean ice cream. It was a little slice of brown sugary, buttery heaven. It is definitely a quintessentially southern dessert.

We also tried the moonpie bread pudding. We were a little hesitant about this one, but the server highly recommended it so we decided to give it a shot. We are very glad we did. It was amazing. It was served in a cute little jelly jar. The dessert was rich and buttery with an almost cake like consistency.

By the time lunch was over, we were so full we practically had to roll ourselves out of the restaurant. Meet N Greet is open seven days a week from eleven to eleven. You can follow their Facebook page to get updates on specialty menu items and beverages.