Welcome to VisitRoswellGA, a monthly newsletter highlighting the great things happening in the city of Roswell with its Modern Spirit and Southern Soul. Roswell is an oasis of Southern hospitality full of local events, attractions, festivals, restaurants and more. For information regarding leisure activities and tourism in Roswell or the Roswell Visitors Center please visit www.VisitRoswellGA.com

I n this Edition...

Roswell Visitors Center / Spanish Brochure Released / Tourism Brings Strong Economic Impact to  Roswell / Roswell Roots / Brews in the News / Roswell Brews Collectors Glass / Roswell Beer Festival / Congratulations to Crazy Love Coffee House / Story of the American South /  Chattahoochee Nature Center Free Giveaway /  Honeymoon Grand Prize Winner /  Where to Take Your Valentine /  Mark Your Calendar

Roswell Visitors Center
617 S. Atlanta Street, Roswell, GA 30075

The Historic Roswell Visitors Center is an outstanding representation of the past, present, and future of Roswell. When you enter the building you are immersed into Roswell culture and history, a city founded before the Civil War. Here,  you can see photos, videos, artifacts and information that will help you understand Roswell's rich history and connect with its modern spirit. One of the must-see attractions is the reproduction of the water wheel that powered the original Roswell Mill at Vickery Creek. There is an information counter filled with a plethora of pamphlets about fun things to do and see. If you would like to plan ahead to visit Roswell, there is a full list of major events, festivals and gatherings on the website, 
However, it is much more enjoyable to be welcomed by Florence Anne Berna, Manager of the Visitors Center.

A native of the Poconos, PA, Florence Anne Berna has resided in Roswell for 24 years. She has a BS degree in Business and Finance and is a certified professional secretary who still uses her shorthand every day. She is active with the Roswell Garden Club and Roswell Historical Society. Having globe-trotted for many years, she considers it an honor and privilege to return the kind hospitality she received by helping to showcase all of the wonderful things about Roswell to visitors, residents and especially newcomers moving into the area.
Q&A with Florence Anne Berna, Visitors Center Manager 
Florence Anne Berna  
When was the visitors center opened?
The Visitors Center opened to the public in May of 1992.
What is the purpose of the visitors center?
To assist visitors, residents, businesses, and newcomers with information about Roswell and the things they can see and do to enjoy our community or entertain family & friends. Along with an array of printed materials, videos highlight attractions, tours and the history of Roswell. All meeting, wedding, special occasion, and group tour planning services are free of charge through knowledgeable RCVB staff.

What is the most asked question of the visitors center?
Where is the waterfall?
Describe the center and its location to the Historic District.
We are across from the Historic Town Square, providing easy access to all points of interest. 
How is the visitors center funded?  
The Visitors Center is part of the Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau program of work. The CVB is funded by a portion of the lodging tax paid to the city of Roswell by people who stay overnight in Roswell hotels.
How many visitors did the center host in the past 6 months?
In the past 6 months, the Visitors Center has been able to track  3,583 visitors from 40 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington DC as well as 21 countries.
What is your favorite thing about the center?
That it allows us to interact with visitors from across the U.S. and abroad and share our community with them.

Roswell's  Must See  attractions  brochure is now available in Spanish.   This will help reach a larger market share of visitors. RCVB is delighted with this first step towards better assisting those who speak Spanish as a native or additional language. The brochure is available on the CVB website, in the State of Georgia Visitor Information Centers in Ringgold, Lavonia, and Tallapoosa, and in the Roswell Visitors Center.

For the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017, the  Direct Spending Impact of  tourism in Roswell was  $115,951,686  (up $6,688,598 from the previous year).
The breakdown of categories of tourism spending creating that total:

On January 23rd,  Georgia Tourism celebrated with the unveiling of the 2018 Georgia Travel Guide and the announcement that tourism generates $60.8 billion in the state of Georgia. In state and local tax revenue alone, the impact is $3.1 billion.
Roswell CVB Executive Director Dotty Etris (L) with Janet Rodgers (R) at the unveiling of the 2018 Georgia Travel Guide.

Roswell Roots
During National Black History month, which runs through February 28, Roswell Roots will host one of the largest and most comprehensive celebrations of African-American history and culture in the State of Georgia. There will be a variety of unique events including art, music, food, historic exhibitions and more. High school students, or those who want to know more about colleges in the area, will want to check out the Roswell Roots College Fair for Students and Parents on February 25.  Roswell Roots takes place in numerous locations throughout the Roswell community.  Find the full details for all events in the   2018 Roswell Roots Brochure. 

Abbey of the Holy Goats - Celebrates First Anniversary   
Abbey of the Holy Goats is a small-scale craft brewery celebrating their first anniversary this year. Kathy Davis, who considered starting a goat farm in a remote wilderness or pursuing her passion of producing award-winning Belgian-style beers for the public, founded Abbey of the Holy Goats. She became the first female brewery owner and brewmaster in Georgia.
First Anniversary Celebration
February 14 at 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Beer & Chocolate Pairing
Enjoy this combination of delicious chocolates with Abbey of the Holy Goats Belgian-style brews.
The Abbey's celebration will continue with a selection of new brews this season. Keeping with the "chocolate" theme, the Taproom Only releases include a Coffee & Chocolate Chévre Noir, a Cherry Chocolate Red Strong, & a Licorice Brown Ale. In March, look for a Triple and a Flanders Red from the Abbey at a bar near you. Stay tuned for more information on beer releases as this is only the beginning. The Abbey of the Holy Goats can't wait to see what the rest of the year will bring for "The Herd." Cheers!
Update from Variant Brewing Company
Beer Guys Radio recognized Variant Brewing Company   with 5 awards. 
Best New IPA (Cashmere) - 3rd
Best Overall IPA (Cashmere) - 2nd
Best New Sour (Raspberry Lemon Gose) - 1st
Best New Brewery - 2nd
Best Overall Brewery - 3rd
And, just recently at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting (ACAT), Variant received the People's Choice Award for Midmorning. 
Tailgate and watch Super Bowl LII with Variant Sunday, February 4th starting @ 5:00pm - game begins @ 6:30pm!!! Several TVs, plenty of seating, and lots of beer to go around! Outside food is permitted so bring a bite to eat. Visit the website for additional details. 
Happenings at From the Earth Brewing Company
* Monday Madness - $2 off house draughts
* $10 Tuesday - sandwich and a 10 oz. house draught for $10
* Wine Down Wednesday - wine flights include four 2 oz. pours (flights change weekly) 
* Live Music Thursday - music starts at 6:30 p.m.;  February 1, 8, 15, 22  
2/13  Fat Tuesday party with a New Orleans style 7 piece jazz band and New Orleans inspired dishes 

2/14  Valentines Beer or Wine Pairing Dinner
Four course dinner with your choice of beer or wine pairings. Please call to book reservations 770.910.9799

Gate City Brewing Company's Birthday Weekend
February 9, 10, 11
Move over holiday season. It's finally the most wonderful time of the year From a wicked taplist and nightly bands, to special release packaged beers and daily food on-site, to anniversary tees + glassware,  Gate City Brewing Company's birthday weekend has so much in store.

Entry is FREE every day, 
and  includes access to the absolute best taplist  Gate City can  muster - some of which have aged years (!) in preparation.

For guaranteed access to limited edition shirts, glassware, and special release take-home beers, hop on 
their  ticketed options using the  Culinary Local ticketing  link. 

Roswell Brews Collectors Glass  

The group of friends, pictured left, visited all 4 breweries in one day, and picked up their  Roswell Brews Collectors Glass at the Roswell Visitors Center. Cheers to you!  

Click  here to print your brochure, learn more about the breweries, the promotion, and start collecting your stamps.

The promotion runs until October 15, 2018.

The RCVB encourages participants to drink responsibly and use a designated driver.

Roswell Beer Festival

The  6th Annual Roswell Beer Festival  will be held on Saturday,
March 24 in Historic Town Square, near the intersection of Hwy. 120 and Hwy. 9. All proceeds will go to the STAR House Foundation, providing after school tutoring and mentoring programs for at-risk children throughout North Fulton County. You can donate to a good cause while you drink some of the best beer Roswell has to offer. The Roswell Beer Festival begins at 2 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m. sharp.
Over 300 varieties of beer will be featured along with great food and music that is sure to please those who love killer rock, bluegrass, and everything in-between. There are ticket options of VIP for the ultimate event access, general admission, and even for designated drivers. This event sells out quickly and tickets are very much in demand, so be sure to purchase them early.   www.roswellbeerfestival.com

Congratulations to Crazy Love Coffee House
Crazy Love  has been recognized as  one of Atlanta's 9 Hottest New Coffee Shops. 
We salute Perry and Sandra Pettett on this recognition.
February is a great time to visit as the special taste treats will be  a chocolate covered strawberry waffle and a raspberry mocha drink. They will only be available for a month because Crazy Love will offer a new waffle and drink flavor every month of 2018!  www.crazylove.coffee

The "Southern Trilogy," Roswell's Historic House Museums - Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation - are open to the public 7 days a week for visits and exploration. Closely situated as neighbors in the historic town of Roswell, each home has its own cultural bounty to share and its own part of the Southern Trilogy Story to tell. Majestic trees and grounds, an antebellum garden, and stately homes filled with memorabilia, have withstood the test of time and tell stories that are as unique as the manors themselves.

Chattahoochee Nature Center is the oldest and largest private non-profit natural science learning center in the Southeast, encompassing 50 species of native wildlife and 127 acres of native plants and gardens. Hike woodland trails and stroll river boardwalks as you enjoy the beauty of the natural world. The Center is located at 9135 Willeo Road and open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Drawings will be held the end of February and March.

Where to take your Valentine?

Outdoor hiking trails, river boardwalks, gardens, historic tours, over 200 dining options, and four craft breweries make Roswell a wonderful place to spend time with your Valentine. Check out the dining choices and other ideas at www.visitroswellga.com. 

Mark Your Calendar - February 2018

This month our calendar has over 50 listings on it. So for your convenience, we are providing the link below to assist you in planning your fun-filled time in Roswell.

Click here for the calendar of events.

Personalize Your Visit 
Roswell, GA is all about Southern hospitality. We would love for you to meet the wonderful people at the Visit Roswell CVB and Visitors Center.

Stop by when you get a chance, and they will help you fall in love with Roswell.
For questions on what Roswell has to offer, please feel free to contact the Visitors Center. 

Roswell Visitors Center
617 Atlanta Street, Roswell, GA 30075
770-640-3253 or 800-776-7935