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What’s Sweet On The Grill At Your House For St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day weekend is upon us.  There are many ways to celebrate, but grilling may become your new favorite.  Have you ever cooked a cheesecake on the grill?  Have you ever had a Guinness Cheesecake?  Maybe it’s time for two firsts! Sweet and salty, full of beer, this dessert has it all.


Below is a recipe that sounds perfect for St. Patty’s Day. Whether you choose a Primo Grill, Kamado Joe, Green Mountain pellet grill, or are more into gas and infrared grills like Saber or Fire Magic, Southern Spa & Patio can have you up and grilling like a champ! Stop by our location in Downtown Watkinsville when you are in the Athens area and let us know how you liked this recipe!!


Guinness Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust

Serves 8

Prep Time:  20 minutes

Cook Time:  55 minutes


Pretzel Crust

1package (200g) pretzels

1 tbsp brown sugar

¼ cup melted butter


1 – 8 oz. package of chocolate flavored cream cheese

1 – 8 oz. package of cream cheese

1 cup plain Greek Yogurt

1 cup sugar

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg at room temperature

1 cup Guinness

1 cup roughly chopped dark and/or milk chocolate



Preheat the grill to 350 degrees and prepare for indirect grilling. To prevent your cheesecake from cracking, place a pan of water on the grill too.

Crush pretzels with a food processor or by hand to a powder.  In a bowl mix powdered pretzels with brown sugar and butter.  Mix ingredients until wet and clumpy.

Grease an 8” spring form pan. Press crust mixture on bottom and as far up the walls as possible.  Bake 10 minutes.

While the crust bakes, combine the sugar, flour, vanilla and cream cheeses using a hand mixer until nice and creamy.  Add the egg, Greek yogurt, and Guinness, mixing until smooth.

Pour the batter into the baked crust and top with the chocolate chunks.

Bake the cheesecake over indirect heat for 45 – 60 minutes.

The cheesecake is done when the edges are set and golden, and the center has a jello-ish consistency.  Remove from the grill and cool for a while before chilling.

Serve with whipped cream and some Guinness for the perfect Irish dessert experience.

Never Lose Your Grip With Govino!

Want a wine glass that looks and performs like fine crystal except for one thing….IT WONT BREAK?! Govino wine glasses are made from a flexible, BPA free polymer that is perfect for holding any type of beverage! The classic series Govino glasses were hand wash only… However, the NEW dishwasher safe series line of products are durable enough to withstand the dishwasher. That’s right, this new product is reusable, recyclable, and SHATTERPROOF!

When it comes to finding the perfect housewarming gift or simply a treat for you… Govino wine glasses are the way to go! Stop by Southern Spa and Patio, located in Downtown Watkinsville, Georgia, TODAY and get a set of Govino wine glasses. Where wine meets design, you cannot go wrong!


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Are You In the Market For A New Gas Grill?

Are you tired of having to buy a new gas grill year after year because they just don’t last? Here at Southern Spa & Patio we carry a variety of gas grills to meet your needs. One of our most popular brands is Saber. Saber is a division of CharBroil so you know that it is a quality product!


Saber grills are one of the only infrared cooking grills on the market. There are lots of advantages to infrared cooking including being able to better control grill temperature, avoid flare ups and be easier to keep clean. Saber grills are a leader in the pack when you want juicier meats. The patented infrared cooking system helps to lock in food’s natural moisture. Flare-ups are also eliminated because of their unique cooking grate design and other features to eliminate any drippings on contact. With it’s quick start starter, your Saber grill is hot and ready to go in ten minutes or less.


Saber grills also come in a variety of models with different numbers of burners as well as free standing and built in models instead. With a lifetime warranty on most components, this really is the last gas grill you will every buy! Proudly made in the USA, stop by and see why Saber is a step above all the rest.


At Southern Spa & Patio, our friendly, knowledgeable staff is here to answer all your grilling and outdoor living questions. Located in downtown Watkinsville, stop by today and let us help get you ready for spring. It will be here before we know it!


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Embrace the great outdoors with YETI!

At Southern Spa and Patio, we carry a wide variety of YETI accessories. These YETI accessories make the perfect gift for a friend, loved one, or a great treat for yourself! One of the newest accessories that YETI has come out with is the YETI Rod Holster. The rod holster is perfect fit for all rod sizes and fits with any YETI Tundra size, as well! Also newer to the YETI line is the YETI Ice! The ice comes in 4lb and 2lb sizes and is perfect for any YETI cooler!

Here at Southern Spa and Patio, we also carry the YETI Colster. The colster fits all cans and long neck bottles. This particular item will keep your beverage cold for HOURS! What is better than that? Along with the rod holster and colsters, at Southern Spa and Patio, located in Downtown Watkinsville, Georgia, we keep a variety of YETI hats and shirts in stock! Stop by and visit us TODAY and check out the variety of YETI products we have in stock!


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Consider bringing the outdoors in this winter!

So the weather outside might be frightful, but there is no reason that you can’t bring the spirit of the outdoors inside for the season. Have you considered using some of your outdoor accessories inside when the weather isn’t conducive to outdoor living?

Outdoor throw pillows work great inside as well. Perhaps even better than your regular pillows! Outdoor pillows are made from weather-resistant materials which also make them stain resistant as well. Elaine Smith makes gorgeous outdoor pillows that are fully washable and add loads of style to any space. With the kids cooped up in the house all winter, these pillows are a must since they are easy to clean up from spills and the other conditions that we put our furniture through!

Now is also the perfect time to get full use out of your fire pit and Adirondack chairs. If your fire pit has been outdoors this fall, consider bringing it onto a porch or screened in area to knock the chill off. Imagine lounging in one of your Adirondack chairs, wrapped in a blanket, with a good book and drink warming yourself by the fire.

Remember, just because you can’t sit outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your outdoor furniture!


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Warm Up With A Fire Pit!

Since it seems that cooler nights are finally here, consider warming up your outdoor space with a fire pit! Fire pits have come a long way since the galvanized barrel types that we all grew up with. Now fire pits are all about style and warmth!

If you are in the market for a top of the line fire pit, consider buying one made by OW Lee or Tropitone. These fire pits not only look great but put out serious heat! Tropitone fire pits put out over 75,000 BTUs which will definitely knock the chill off in your outdoor space. OW Lee offers the widest selection of fire pits with tile top options, cast aluminum and copper top options. They also offer a huge variety of fire media to burn from ceramic logs to lava spheres and rocks in a variety of colors and textures!

If you are looking for the look of wicker, consider a Lane Venture or Lloyd Flanders fire pit. These fire pits have a beautiful, synthetic weave that not only looks gorgeous but can be made to look very traditional or super contemporary based on what look you are going for.

Here at Southern Spa & Patio, we provide only the highest quality outdoor living products. With friendly, knowledgeable staff, stop by today and see why we are the area’s leader in all things outdoors. We’re located in beautiful Downtown Watkinsville. Remember Outdoor Living…Done Southern Style!


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Color Trends for 2016!

It’s hard to believe but 2016 is just around the color and will be here before we know it. While we have been living our lives in 2015, designers around the world already started working on design trends for 2016 back in January. Color is going to be bigger than ever this upcoming year with multiple palettes to suit any style.

Be bedazzled this upcoming year with vibrant colors that include amethyst, pink, citron and red-orange. These colors will be paired with warm metallic colors such as brass and bronze, colored glass, beading and other gemstone inspired designs.

If a softer palette is more to your taste, then serenity is key this year. Soft pale yellow, blue, pink and green undertones give whites and off-whites a hint of color without being too bold. Think of it as a tinted neutral. Pale blues, dusty greens and grays mix beautifully with whites and creams to create a welcoming and inviting space to come home to. According to Jackie Jordan, director of color-marketing for Sherwin Williams, “We’re seeing this interesting trend of people leaning toward this very light, white, neutral, kind of monochromatic palette. It’s honestly kind of refreshing because I think there is part of us that wants something very sanctuary-like and serene and peaceful, and whites do that very well.” Don’t be scared of white! Fabrics today are more durable than ever and can handle the daily wear and tear of life! Consider a Sunbrella fabric that can be bleached anytime to stay pristine.

If a bolder hue is more your taste, consider going bold with heavy saturated blues, greens and yellows. Many of these colors actually echo back to earlier days when the exterior of homes were often painted bold colors to stand out and as a sign of wealth and prosperity. Bring these colors indoors with bold window treatments, throw pillows and other accessories. Mix these colors with brass accents for the ultimate luxury look. Blues are also bigger than ever this upcoming year. “I actually have eight blues in my 2016 collection, more than I’ve had in any prior year” says Leatrice Eiseman, director of Pantone Color Institute. These blues and greens take their cues from nature and make bold statements in any space. Blues look great in bathrooms since blue is typically associated with water which is a calming, soothing resource itself. Don’t just think that the only shade of blue for your space is “spa” blue. These bold shades can be just as soothing when paired with crisp white.

Following along on inspiration from nature, botanical influenced palettes will also have a prominent position in next year’s color schemes. Sherwin Williams 2016 forecast leans more heavily on greens and purples. “We like it because it has floral notes to it, but then also has some neutrals that pair with it really well – a beautiful brown, a gray and then violets, corals, yellows that are just really fresh and can be used in some great combinations,” Jordan said.

So what does all this really mean? In 2016, color is king in a variety of hues, tones and saturations. If committing to the bright fuchsia pink sofa that you see in a magazine is a big leap for you then consider the bright fuchsia pink throw pillow on a neutral sofa instead. Regardless if you want to jump into the color water head first, or just stick a toe in, don’t be afraid to try some color in some capacity. You’ll be amazed at the impact it can make and the ability it has to pull a space together.


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Dress Up Your Table With Gorgeous Dinnerware From Le Cadeaux!

Looking for something festive and fun for your patio or indoor dining table but don’t want to break the bank buying new china? Consider Le Cadeaux! These melamine dinnerware collections have come a long way from the “old stuff” that was introduced back in the 1950’s! With gorgeous patterns and vibrant colors, you would swear that you are looking at fine porcelain china.

Le Cadeaux dinnerware is perfect for households with children as well. These plates are virtually indestructible and are dishwasher safe as well. Now your kid’s table can look just as festive as the grown up one.

In addition to dinnerware, Le Cadeaux also makes beautiful acrylic glassware as well. These gorgeous glasses come in a variety of styles and colors including water, tea and wine glasses in several patterns. This drinkware is also dishwasher safe so it makes clean up a breeze.

At Southern Spa & Patio, we offer the best in all things outdoor living from patio furniture to grills to coolers and beautiful home accessories. Stop by today and check out our great selection of Le Cadeaux as well as many other items to dress up your home. We are located in beautiful downtown Watkinsville and are open M-F from 10am-5pm and from 10am-3pm on Saturday!


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Jensen Furniture

When it comes to outdoor furniture, Jensen Leisure is one of the best in the business. For the past 23 years, Jensen Leisure has worked hard to build a great brand that their customers will have forever. Jensen Leisure furniture, which you are able to purchase right in Downtown Watkinsville, Georgia at Southern Spa and Patio, has a wide variety of traditional and modern designs that will go along with any home.

Jensen Leisure uses a type of wood called Ipe wood. Ipe wood is an incredibly strong and dense wood that is the same color through and through. It begins as a darker brown and over time, it will turn to an well-designed silver patina as all teak does. In addition, Jensen is now offering the Argento collection. This wood is 100% certified Roble. It is beautiful along with all of the other pieces of furniture that Jensen Leisure has to offer!

Here at Southern Spa and Patio, we offer a variety of Jensen furniture in stock along with special order. Stop by TODAY and check out what Southern Spa and Patio, located in Watkinsville, Georgia, has to offer in Jensen furniture, you won’t be disappointed!

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Betsy Drake

bd1 bd2 bd3 bd4Need just the right amount of color to spruce up your outdoor living space? Here at Southern Spa and Patio in Downtown Watkinsville, Georgia we have just what you need! We carry an outdoor pillow line from Betsy Drake. Betsy Drake Designs carries a variety of products that are designs of North Carolina artists Betsy Drake and her husband R. B. Hamilton. Out of their line we carry in stock a variety of their outdoor pillows and flags, which are beautiful! Each of their products, which you can purchase at Southern Spa and Patio, are realistic drawings and paintings of floral designs, scenes from their many travels, and a variety of wildlife. Even better, these beautiful outdoor accessories are made right here in the US!  Stop by Southern Spa and Patio TODAY and take a look at the variety of Betsy Drake pillows and flags that we have in stock!

Just a reminder that RIGHT NOW we are having a HUGE IN-STOCK CLEARENCE SALE! All of our outdoor pillows are 15% OFF! So take advantage of this great deal and get a Betsy Drake Designed pillow of your own at a great price, while supplies last!