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Readers' Choice: Staycation Destinations

Support your local museum, park, historical site or other family location against others around the northwest Atlanta suburbs.

Memorial Day is only three weeks away, meaning summer vacation season is almost here.

But with gas prices still above $3.50 a gallon and round-trip airfare for a family of four running more than $1,200 to get just about anywhere, a staycation is an enticing option.

You avoid the expense and stress of travel. You don’t have to stop the mail or board the pets. But you still get the time away from work and with your family.

The challenge is to avoid getting bored or spending hour after hour in front of the TV. That’s where staycation destinations come into play.

You need entertaining options for the whole family, from parks to museums to historical sites. That’s what this week’s Readers’ Choice is all about.

What’s your favorite place to go in Cobb, Cherokee, Douglas, Paulding and Bartow counties to spend a morning or afternoon with your family? What’s your pick for a staycation destination?

Here are your options in this week’s poll:

  • (Acworth).
  • (Cartersville).
  • (Cartersville).
  • (East Cobb).
  • (Canton).
  • Downtown Woodstock (, and more).
  • (Cartersville).
  • (Marietta/Kennesaw).
  • (West Cobb).
  • Marietta Square (Glover Park, , , and more).
  • (Cartersville).
  • (Cartersville).
  • (West Cobb).
  • (Kennesaw).
  • (Kennesaw).
  • Stars & Strikes (Dallas-Hiram).
  • (Douglasville).
  • (Holly Springs-Hickory Flat).
  • (Cartersville).

We can’t add any other options to this week’s poll, but if your favorite staycation destination isn’t on the list, let us know in the comments for next time.

You have until 9 a.m. Friday to vote and support your local attraction against those in nearby Patches.

The winner will be based equally on the poll results and on positive reviews and ratings on the directory listings for the businesses. So after you vote in the poll, be sure to click on the name of the destination above to give your pick a five-star rating and review.

If there's a tie, we'll break it based on the most positive comments, so tell us why you chose your favorite staycation destination spot in the comment space below.

We will announce the winner at noon Friday.

Scrumpty a la cart May 07, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Any plae in Atlanta
Guinevere Khan May 07, 2012 at 02:10 PM
You forgot Pettit Creek Farms right here in Cartersville.
Michael Jacobs May 07, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Hi, Guinevere: We considered including Pettit Creek Farms, but we had so many Cartersville attractions compared with other Patches in the area that we had to trim the list. It was my call, so blame me, not Brande. We'll try to give Pettit Creek its turn next time.
Ezra Hall May 07, 2012 at 08:36 PM
You forgot Good ole' Rose Lawn!!!!
Michael Jacobs May 08, 2012 at 01:13 AM
HI, Ezra: Same answer as Pettit Creek Farms. We didn't forget it, but we had to make some hard decisions about what to include and didn't want too many entries from any one Patch.

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