One of the most overlooked cities in the Southeast for a wonderful weekend getaway is none other than the capital of Georgia, Atlanta. ATL, or Hotlanta, as it is lovingly referred to by locals, boasts incredible shopping, absurd amounts of delicious and one of a kind food, and outdoor excursions available within minutes of the city limits. So, if you have 48 hours to getaway to the A, where should you go? What should you eat? Where should eat or drink? Look no further! This is 48 hours in Atlanta, GA.
THINGS TO SEE/DO :
1. Piedmont Park
Atlanta is one of America’s greenest cities. Amidst the city is the enormous Piedmont Park, America’s 2nd largest city park. Piedmont spans 189 acres of trails, paths, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, and much more. The Atlanta skyline serves as a magnetic photo op after your excursion. Too, food trucks, food festivals, and art fairs frequent the grounds and make for an amazing time out from the bustle of the city.
2. Stone Mountain
Only 25 minutes east of Atlanta, Stone Mountain is a hiking spot that offers mesmerizing views of the Atlanta skyline and a plethora of greenery. The mountain itself is actually essentially an enormous 1,200 foot boulder. As a semi-experienced hiker, it’s one of the more intriguing hikes I’ve completed. It only takes an hour to reach the summit, but the last 5-7 minutes will push almost anyone with the dramatic incline. Note, however, that the view is still epic even if you can’t muster those last 100 feet up the mountain. Try to go on a sunny day to see the skyline more distinctly!
3. Ridiculously Good Shopping (Lenox Mall, The Avalon and Woodstock Outlet)
My wife and I know all too well the shopping offerings of most cities in the continental US. That said, Avalon in Alpharetta (30 minutes northwest of Atlanta) is a futuristic, contemporary, clean and truly beautiful shopping center. The structure featues an outdoor ice skating rink during the winter, has large green spaces for kids to run around, tremendous dining (including Antico Pizza) and high end shopping to accomodate people of all ages. The Outlets in Woodstock can’t be beat if you’re on a budget. They have one of of 7 Vineyard Vines outlets if you’re into that kind of thing, like we are. Lenox Mall, when not being frequented by rappers and sports stars alike, features your staple stores such as Nordstrom, Macys and Saks.
4. Atlanta Braves
5. Centennial Olympic Park
Located in the heart of ATL is Centennial Olympic Park, your one stop shop for all things tourist. World of Coke, CNN, Georgia Aquarium, and the Phillips Arena are hot attractions.
Where to eat when in the A...
1. Antico Pizza ( 2 Locatoins, downtown and Avalon)
For the most authentic Italian pizza experience in perhaps the entire southeast, head to Atlanta’s own Antico Pizza. With truly fresh ingredients brought in from Italy, this restaurant offers several made to order pizzas in a relaxed environment that serves both Italian sodas, beer, and wine and allows for you to BYOB as well. I hesitantly admit that I have driven over 4 hours for this pizza. It’s that darn good.
2. Treehouse Restaurant & Pub
The Treehouse is a local ATL favorite, especially for their spectacular brunch offerings on the weekends. The treehouse literally has trees that span throughout the restaurant. It is a casual restaurant with unique takes on traditional dishes. Treehouse features bomb.com burgers, tacos and quesadillas. Try the tequila lime hummus after a long saturday night. It’s fantastic and original.
3. Tim Lizzy's Cantina
There are plenty of tantalizing mexican joints in the A, but venture over to Buckhead’s Tin Lizzy’s Cantina for the best chips and salsa and lobster tacos. The food is definitely more Tex-Mex than traditional and authentic, but it’s a wonderful place to feel like a local and catch a football game, have a beer or margarita.
4. Cafe Jonah
This is hands down my healthy, vegan friendly, eclectic eating wife’s favorite Atlanta hot spot. With a killer brunch and lunch menu, Jonah is a restaurant within a small home that seats about 75. The restaurant serves a limited, healthy menu of mindblowingly delicious grub. While a bit pricey for brunch, it is AYCE and has oodles of dishes that taste like your crazy yoga-loving-vegan friend and your down home Grandma got together in the kitchen.
Thanks for jet setting with us. More to come from all over the United States of America. In the words of Usher, Peace Up A Town Down!
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