Good Day Road Trip: Maggie Valley and Asheville, North Carolina: It's been awhile since Good Day Atlanta's Paul Milliken and photojournalist Blaze Meier went on a road trip -- so we decided it was time to send them out exploring one of the regions most-loved by Atlanta travelers.
First stop is Maggie Valley, North Carolina, and Cataloochee Ski Area. Cataloochee contains 50 skiable acres, with an elevation of 5,400 feet and a vertical drop of 740 feet. Beginners can take lessons at Cataloochee, which offers a TBL (terrain-based learning) course, and there's a full-service rental department with skis, snowboard, and more.
Next up, it's a short drive to Asheville, North Carolina, and a stop at one of the country's most beautiful homes. Construction on Biltmore House began in 1889, after George Vanderbilt had visited Asheville a year earlier and decided it was the perfect place for a country home. The 250-room home officially opened in 1895, and today Biltmore is open to tours and the property also features a winery and the newly-opened Village Hotel on Biltmore Estates.
Paul and Blaze had a blast checking out both Cataloochee Ski Area and Biltmore House -- so be sure to follow along with them on Good Day Atlanta!
WEB LINK: http://cataloochee.com/
Gardening With Gurvir: Why late Winter and early Spring is a great time to plant? Gurvir Dhindsa joins Pike Nursery expert Melodie McDanal for tips on "Why to Plant Now?" For more information click here.
Daytona 500: FOX NASCAR analyst Darrell Waltrip and “rookie” FOX TV analyst Jeff Gordon join us live from the infield at Daytona International Speedway to discuss this weekend's 2016 Daytona 500 race which will be live on Fox 5 Sunday. For more information click here.
Keifer Sutherland "FORSAKEN": Best known for his role as Jack Bauer in the hit Fox Television series "24," Keifer Sutherland returns to the big screen with is real-life father, Donald Sutherland in the new Western drama "FORSAKEN." For more information click here.
Burgers With Buck: OTP Tap and Grill -Full disclosure, when the staff at #BurgersWithBuck heard the name OTP Tap & Grill, we were instantly intrigued. The question...could the burgers at OTP live up to the restaurant's clever name?
First things first...for those readers who, "ain't from around here", OTP stands for Outside the Perimeter. The Perimeter (I-285) is just that, a 64 mile perimeter highway that circles the city of Atlanta. Locals refer to anything inside the circle as ITP (Inside the Perimeter), and anything outside the circle as, you guessed it, OTP.
So this week, #BWB ventured from #ITP to #OTP to check it our for ourselves.
The OTP Tap & Grill serves classic American cuisine, but in their 18 months of existence, they are becoming more and more well known for their specialty burgers. All of the burgers are made from a blend of 50% chopped chuck and 50% short rib, and served on a fresh delivered Holeman & Finch bun.
The Classic OTP Burger is a basic choice served with American cheese, bacon and their signature OTP Sauce (The "secret" sauce is a mayonnaise based sauce with a little bit of soy sauce and a little bit of Worcestershire sauce).
And then there's Da' Cowboy. The same patty and bun complete with cheddar cheese, bacon, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, and pickles...and topped with a large onion ring with the middle filled with braised chicken. This is the selection that earned the coveted #BWB Thumbs Up!
The folks at OTP Tap & Grill aim to prove that you can get just as good a burger OTP as anywhere ITP.
For more information on OTP Tap & Grill, including menu, hours, and special events...go to their website, http://www.otproswell.com/.
And, as always, if you have a favorite burger that you would like to see featured on, tell me about it on https://www.facebook.com/BuckFOX5 or https://twitter.com/BuckFOX5, and don't forget to use the hashtag #BurgersWithBuck and/or #BWB.
"YOU'RE BACK IN THE ROOM:" FOX has announced a new comedic gameshow with a hypnotic twist and guess what they are casting right here in Atlanta. Casting director Randy Bernstein stops by Good Day Atlanta with information on how people can sign up for the casting. For more information click here.