Spring is well underway, and summer’s just around the corner. In Georgia, just about any time of year is a great time to be outside, but late spring through early fall, with long, warm days and pleasant nights, are especially great times to enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends. 

While Georgia has so much to offer, from the Blue Ridge Mountains and their foothills to the plains and coasts, you don’t have to pack up the car to be able to enjoy Georgia’s fine outside weather. You can do it right at home in your yard. All you need are the right amenities!

Let’s take a look at ways to enjoy your outside time this spring and summer in ways that are suitable for family and friends and how Greater Southern can help you do that.


For many people, the centerpiece of their outdoor spaces is their patio. It’s the place where people gather to eat, relax, socialize, etc. A well-designed and well-equipped patio makes time spent there more enjoyable, creating an incentive to enjoy that space more frequently.

Our area of expertise is furnishing them in ways that provide maximum value and enjoyment. For relaxation and socialization, you’ll want seating that’s all at once attractive, comfortable, and able to withstand outdoor conditions such as heat, rain, cold, and more. There should also be a variety– seats for dining, and recliners for enjoying a book or dozing in the warm sun.

Speaking of dining, a patio needs more than just seating. Consider the importance of outdoor tables for meals and entertaining. While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to add an umbrella as well so you can enjoy patio time even on the hottest days.

Visit our Outdoor & Patio page to see the full collection of luxury outdoor patio seating, dining, umbrellas, and accessories we carry to help you get the most out of your patio!

Fire Pits

A fireplace is a prized feature in a home, adding to both its ambiance, comfort, and resale value. Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits provide the same benefits that indoor fireplaces do. Even though they’re not nearly as common as indoor fireplaces, fire pits are already popular features, and that popularity is growing.

While you might first associate outdoor fire pits with extending nighttime outdoor enjoyment into the colder months, they’re great in the summer, too. On cooler nights, they can provide just that little bit of extra warmth, so you don’t have to put a sweater on. They also provide a great background atmosphere for a romantic dinner or a gathering of friends. And, depending on the type of fire pit you have, the family might be able to gather together to share the time-honored tradition of toasting marshmallows and making s’mores, and you can do that without all the time and effort required to go on a camping trip.

Outdoor fire pits can be wood-burning or gas-burning, depending on local regulations, and they come in a variety of sizes and styles. Although they’re typically added to patios, they can go just about anywhere else you think they’d make a great addition and can elevate any outdoor space.

Outdoor Ovens and Grills

Imagine this. You have guests over for dinner and you’re eating dinner together outside on your patio. While preparing dinner, you have to run back and forth between the patio and kitchen, trying to balance spending time with your guests and getting everything ready, cooked, and served. It can be exhausting, not to mention annoying, as the constant opening of the patio doors keeps giving bugs like flies and mosquitoes ample opportunity to get inside the house.

Maybe you have an old charcoal grill out back that you use for burgers and steaks, but there are so many other ways to cook outdoors now. Luxury outdoor cooking is possible with outdoor ovens/grills like Big Green Eggs, Louisiana Grills, and flat top grills. You can prepare and cook entire meals without all that back and forth between the patio and the kitchen, allowing you the chance to make dinner while not missing a second of time with your guests. If you have the space and really want something to wow people and enhance your cooking options, an outdoor pizza oven might be just the thing.

Outdoor Activities

Although the focus has been mostly on furniture and dining so far, we don’t want to create the impression that’s about all you can do outside in the summer. Actually, there’s so much more for kids and grown-ups alike in the way of recreational activities. How about some outdoor games?

Who says ping-pong tables always have to be down in the basement? And what about foosball, shuffleboard, and bocce? You can get outdoor-ready sets for all of these games. For those who love the crashing sounds of a pool hall, there are outdoor pool tables ready to enhance your evenings outside. 

There are also all kinds of smaller, family-friendly games that will provide hours of outdoor summertime fun.

Greater Southern Home Recreation: A Summertime Fun Supplier

Summer is a magical time that never seems to last long enough, but fun outdoor activities suitable for family and friends can be a part of everyone getting the most out of it. When you’re ready to outfit your outdoor living spaces for summer, come see how Greater Southern can help. You may send us a message or give us a call at (678) 240-0007 (Alpharetta) or (404) 352-3088 (Atlanta)