Smol Girl Picking Strawberries in a Field

These are the best U-pick farms for summer fruit picking near Atlanta

Embrace your inner homesteader with these top spots for fruit and veggie picking, no garden required!

There are so many things to love about summer in the South and one of our favorites has to be biting into farm-fresh produce, like juicy tree-ripened peaches or sweet strawberries plucked right off the vine. Luckily, Atlantans are surrounded by farms that are open to the public during their picking seasons so you can enjoy a true farm-to-table experience without actually being a farmer!

Southern Belle Farms

Southern Belle Farms, located in McDonough Georgia, is open all 4 seasons of the year, but their berry picking is what they’re best known for. Starting in April, their u-pick season extends into summer where you can pick strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, and even flowers! As with any farm, it’s best to check their website for current hours but Southern Belle advertises that they are open “as long as they have fruit,” and currently that means 7 days a week. You’ll pay a small entry fee and then can pick your way through, paying by the pint, peck, quart, or more. There are also loads of family-friendly activities ranging from pedal karts to gem mining so you can really make a day of it; however, be advised that admission to the activities is extra. Don’t miss the Country Market on your way out to stock up on local jams, honey, and homemade ice cream. 

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Mercier Orchards

If you want to combo your day of U-pick fun with a real change of scenery from the city, head North to Mercier Orchards located in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Best known for their fall apple picking, we have it on good authority that Mercier has some delicious summer fruits you can self-pick as well. With tractor rides, a bakery, a market, and even a winery, there’s something for everyone at this popular family-run farm. While they do advertise that they are open daily, be sure to visit their website for any updates on the U-pick fields.

Jaemor Farms

At Jaemor Farms, you can start off the picking season as early as March (so mark your calendar for next year!) with bright and beautiful tulips. Head back in April/May for their strawberry season, followed by peaches in June and July. Located just north of Gainesville, Jaemor also has a full-scale market where you can pick up seasonal produce like tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, squash, and much more. This season, a $5 entry fee gives you access to the U-pick fields and a tractor ride. Strawberries are sold by the bucket for $16. Check their Instagram for current pricing and hours. 

Pearson Peaches

If your schedule won’t allow for a day of fresh fruit picking, then Pearson Farm was made for you. This fifth-generation family business has been growing peaches and pecans for over 100 years, and they are one of the best-known local Peach suppliers around. Pearson’s Peaches can be found all over the metro area at various farmer’s markets, or you can order their fresh peaches and pecans to be sent directly to your door via their website either as a one-time order or as a summer subscription. That’s right, fresh peaches on autopilot all summer long. We can’t think of anything sweeter than that!

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Walking trail with trees and pond.

Walk this way: 7 best scenic urban walking trails in Phoenix

Keep it on the beaten path in and around PHX.

Phoenix has earned itself a reputation as a day hiking destination. With easy access to scenic spots like Piestewa Peak, Papago Park, South Mountain Park and Preserve, and Lost Dutchman State Park, all just a short drive from downtown, it’s certainly easy to see why the Valley is a hotspot for hikes. 

Sure, our backyard is brimming with backpackable treks and rugged terrains. But the Valley’s urban walking trails are just as plentiful — and accessible. From the Greenbelt to Gilbert, here’s where you can get your steps in, without lacing up your hiking boots.  

Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt 

Spanning 11 miles, Scottsdale’s Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt isn’t just one park. Instead, think of this expansive green space as a park connector. Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt connects North Scottsdale’s Mountain View Park to South Scottsdale’s Vista Del Camino Park via its windy urban pathways and 24 grade-separated crossings, which means you never have to step into traffic to get to your next destination. There’s lots of shade along this urban trail. Plus, plenty of parks and recreation areas, plentiful photo points, lush lakesides, two city libraries, and a golf course or two, to boot.  

Encanto Park 

There’s no shortage of room to roam at Phoenix’s Encanto Park. Built in the 1930s to resemble Balboa Park in San Diego, this city park standout spans 222 acres and boasts amenities like a fishing lagoon, swimming pool, historic boathouse and clubhouse, sports complexes, two golf courses, and it even has its very own theme park. Encanto’s paved walking trails, which are surrounded by towering palm trees, twist and turn around the lagoons and lakes and provide up-close views of the urban city skyline and mountain ranges in the not-so-far-off distance.

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Phoenix Canal Trails

The Phoenix Canal Trails stretch across the entire Valley, from the West Valley cities like Peoria and Glendale to the East Valley suburbs such as Mesa and Gilbert. The canals of the Salt River Valley date back centuries and were built and used for agriculture by the ancestors of present-day Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Gila River Indigenous communities. Basically, the ancient canals served as the blueprints for Phoenix’s modern canal systems. In 1964, the first recreational path along the canal was built. And since then, over 80 miles of explorable urban pathways have been developed. Arizona Falls, a hydroelectric plant in the Arcadia neighborhood, is a popular walking spot. So is the Scottsdale Waterfront, which hosts the annual art festival, Canal Convergence each November.  

Riverview Park 

Riverview Park in Mesa isn’t just the home base for the Chicago Cubs when they’re away from The Windy City (although it does home the teams’ spring training facility and their ballpark, Sloan Park). The expansive city park is a homerun with East Valley locals, too. Ideal for families, Riverview Park features ample amenities such as splash pads and “sprayground” areas for kids, playgrounds with climbing towers, shaded picnic areas and ramadas, and most notably, miles of paved urban walkways to enjoy.  

Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park

From biking to boating, Tempe Town Lake, near downtown Tempe, is a hotspot for outdoor recreationists and urban park enthusiasts. Tempe Town Lake comprises various urban park sites, like Tempe Beach Park, and other noteworthy stops such as the Tempe Center for the Arts and Town Lake Marina along its paved and walkable shorelines. And even though Tempe Town Lake is hours from the nearest ocean, it does have its own beach — you can dig your toes into its sandy boat beach or play a game of scrimmage in the sand volleyball courts. Check out the 6.3-mile Hayden Butte and Tempe Town Lake Trail for scenic views from ASU’s “A” Mountain.

Fountain Park 

Fountain Hills’ Fountain Park is best known for its world-famous fountain that spouts off every 15 minutes from the center of a 29-acre lake. But you can’t forget about the 1.7-mile urban walking trail that winds around the massive water feature. These urban pathways connect visitors to sites around the park, which ranges from public art pieces and playgrounds to an open-air amphitheater, 18-hole disc golf course, kid-approved splash pads, and the park’s picnic-friendly great lawn. 

Freestone Park 

Built in the late 1980s, Freestone Park is among Gilbert’s best city parks. In total, the East Valley park encompasses an impressive 120 acres. Freestone Park features a paved walking path that clocks 3.4 miles, or 8,000 steps if you’re counting. In addition to its very own lake and undeveloped green spaces, the park also has basketball and tennis courts, picnic tables and ramadas, playgrounds, batting cages, a skate park, and the Freestone Railroad, complete with amusement park-style rides and a snack bar; great for when you walk-up an appetite. 

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Variety of colorful nail polishes for the best manicure in Dallas.

Nailed it: Here’s where to get the best manicure in DFW

Pick your polish and let these nail salons get to work.

Here in Dallas, we’re extra lucky: Our nail art community is thriving. Whether you’re a toxin-free natural beauty with a passion for polish or a pro-tip queen who’s ready to own every room she enters, you’ll find a sanctuary built just for you. So, let’s relax, soak our sets, and explore the best places in the metroplex for a flawless mani-pedi.

Verbena Parlor and Social House 

Uptown

Ready for a fresh new take on the neighborhood salon? You’re going to fall in love with this Uptown jewel. In fact, you might wind up popping by for a pistachio chai latte or a peach mimosa between appointments because the café area is simply that charming. Notice the air seems cleaner, too? Verbena is committed to being a non-toxic, fume-free environment, so they use only polishes and gels that rank either 5-free (no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP, and camphor) or 10-free (the same as 5-free, plus no xylene, TPHP, parabens, ethyl tosylamide and lead), and they incorporate cutting edge ventilation technology and sterilization methods to keep everyone protected. 

This philosophy of safety stretches into every element of your experience at this nail salon in Uptown, Dallas. For example, they’ll apply sunscreen on your hands before starting a gel service to protect your paws from the UV light. And they don’t use dip powders, opting instead for builder gel treatments, which are less toxic and less prone to cross-contamination. Still want nail art? Great news: Verbena’s pros work wonders on gel, and their Insta boasts stunning examples of intricately drawn dragons, decal-rich astronomy sets, and oh-so mesmerizing cat eye dazzlers. Go ahead, book an appointment, and celebrate your personal aesthetic, without the toxins. 

Bliss Nail Lounge

Lakewood

An East Dallas staple, Bliss Nail Lounge stocks one of the best color collections around, so make sure you arrive early to scope out your shades. And if you don’t have a Big Idea right off the bat, that’s okay. These nail techs are great guides. Just tell them a few thoughts or share some pics and they’ll point you to the exact shade of denim blue or juicy peach you have floating around in your head. Then, sit back, sip your wine, and let them shape your set. (If you’re doing a dip, they’ll make sure it comes out thin and smooth.) Planning a pedicure gossip sesh with your bestie? Be sure to book ahead so you know you’ll get to sit together.

Iris Nail Spa

Richardson

A true suburban gem, Iris’s packed menu of treatments is loaded with decadent ways to pamper yourself. Feet need a little extra love? Try out the healing pedicure with hot stone massage, hydrating paraffin wax, and your choice of milk and honey (for antimicrobial cleansing), fresh aloe vera (to hydrate), or Sunkist, a citrus sugar scrub to energize your tired tootsies. Naturally, if your main objective is more fashion-focused, they’ve got the right technicians to bring your ideas to life. Whether you’re looking to create a jazzy, organic pattern, a decal-rich party nail, or something more line-art-focused, share your inspiration with your tech and let ‘em cook. 

Adore

Uptown

Looking for some nail inspo? Venture into Adore, a soothing, non-toxic nail spa where you can truly customize your claws in the latest shades and styles. From pastel, easter egg-colored French tips to iridescent soft-tone metallics, this space has you covered, dipped, polished, and ready to shine. Ready to sink deeper into relaxation? Amplify the therapeutic benefits of your mani-pedi with a CBD treatment. These infusions help increase blood flow, improve circulation, and reduce stress and anxiety, so you can float back to your regularly scheduled life looking – and feeling – flawless. 

Paris Nail Bar

Frisco

At Paris Nail Bar you can relax knowing that your hands are in excellent hands. Trusted by Plano and Frisco locals as The Spot for good vibes and great designs, Paris has a long list of services to help you unwind and recharge. Their tiered menu of pedicure options ranges from express (soaked, shaped, scrubbed, and polished), to ultra-hydrating jelly-soaked methods, and they go all the way up to a fun volcano soak that uses a bubbly reaction to help soften and exfoliate your feet.

For your hands, the options are limitless. They will celebrate your natural nails with punchy bold colors, or help you build them out into whatever skyscraper masterpiece you dream up. Whether you’re #teamgel or #teampowder, Paris Nail Bar artists are ready to help you flaunt it with your perfect shape, thickness, and color palette. Not sure if you want a special, painted-on style or an ombre pattern? Source some inspo from their social accounts. They keep it fresh on Instagram so your next seasonal look is right at your fingertips. 

Pink Pedi

Dallas

Armed with the charming philosophy that self-care should be a treat, this “beauty bakery” whips up all of its products with essential oils and food-grade ingredients. Of course, they take it even further by packaging up these pamperings to look like sweet treats, so you can really delight in spoiling yourself. Some of Pink Pedi’s most popular recipes are Berry Beachy (strawberry, black currant, rosewood, and salted caramel), Lavender Milktea (lavender and coconut cream), and Peppermint Gumdrop (peppermint and vanilla), with new flavors rotating in and out all the time. 

This organic approach extends into manicure services, too. Enjoy delicious soaks and scrubs to energize your hands and tons of polish and Gel X options for your nails. (They are toxin-free, so no dip powders here.) Whether you choose the Sylvan Ave or Ross Ave location, be sure to book in advance. Your feet will thank you.