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Best off-the-beaten path tourist attraction: Lake Claire Community Land Trust

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Just as the Atlanta History Center's Tullie Smith Farm allows visitors to tour an 1840s plantation, the Lake Claire Community Land Trust is a full-scale working version of a 1960s hippy commune, complete with good vibes. The wood-chip paths lacing the property lead to an impressive organic garden, children's play areas, compost toilets, a rustic gazebo, the coed sweat lodge and the hilltop drum circle, where the gentle folk behind the land trust have been hosting biweekly moonlight jams for the past two decades. You can also visit with the property's various animal residents, which usually include a collection of chickens, rabbits, cats and, of course, Lou the Emu. If you're looking for fellowship, drop by for one of the monthly potluck dinners held at the onsite Gorilla Grill. But mostly, the 7-acre property is an urban oasis, a sanctuary for strolls, contemplation and forgetting you're in the middle of a big city — in short, a place where no one's gonna harsh your mellow, dude. 280 Arizona Ave. lcclt.org.

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