During a recent stay at the Red Oak Manor B&B, my friend, Ann, and I enjoyed an afternoon exploring the town of Harlem – “down to the stoplight and back.” The town is known for its pecan factory, so of course there’s a pecan factory store, Lucky Lady Pecans, selling spiced and candied pecans, gift baskets, and other delicious treats. We stocked up on Key Lime Pecans (surprisingly good!) and Cinnamon Spiced Pecans for Christmas gifts. There’s the Twisted Fence Art Gallery, filled with local art and a knitting and yarn store, Jack & Nitro’s Fiber & Yarn Shop (named after the owner’s alpacas), with alpaca yarn, made from the owner’s own alpacas. The staff is on hand to advise you and to tell you about the alpacas, their yarn products and even give you lessons in weaving!
And of course, we cannot forget to mention that Harlem is the home of the Laurel & Hardy Museum, since Oliver Hardy was born in Harlem in 1892. Harlem is also the home of the Oliver Hardy Festival every fall, with an Oliver Hardy lookalike contest, screenings of Laurel & Hardy films, a parade, and lots of celebration!
The town also has a historic movie house, an antique store, a consignment store and boutique and is the perfect place to find a little gem off the beaten path!
Plan a getaway to the Red Oak Manor B&B and explore Harlem for yourself! Whether it’s for Red Oak Manor’s upcoming Iron Chef Dinner on Thursday, December 2, 2010, or for the Lights of the South, acres and acres of light displays (click here for info on the Red Oak Manor Lights of the South getaway special!), it’s the perfect jaunt for a relaxing and romantic getaway from Atlanta!
WHERE: Harlem, Georgia – a great Georgia small town