Don’t cry for the end of Summer, Celebrate Fall in the ATL

Don’t cry for the end of Summer, Celebrate Fall in the ATL

Labor Day has come and gone marking the end of Summer. As sad as this may seem, I am thrilled! Fall is my favorite season in Atlanta for too many reasons to count, but here are a few: football, parades and festivals galore! Football is back and in the South that means Saturday cookouts, beer, smack talk, tailgaiting and the SEC baby. As far as I am concerned, it’s Gurley time. Go Dawgs! My 3 favorite parades of the year are all coming up. September 6: Beltline Lantern Parade which kicks off the annual Art on the Beltline Exhibit each Fall. This is my first year participating and this may just become my favorite parade of the year. Come on out! Anybody can walk in the parade. October 10: Gay Pride Parade which starts Downtown on Peachtree, runs through Midtown and ends at Piedmont Park. This is the happiest parade of the year. October 18: Little 5 Points Halloween Parade is a wild, crazy, good time for the entire family. I suggest you take Marta and get there early. Over 35,000 folks will be swarming L5P to get a front row seat.   There are still plenty of awesome outdoor festivals going on through the end of the year and the weather is getting perfect to enjoy them. Sept 13: Jazzoo at Zoo Atlanta Sept 13-14: Atlanta Arts Festival in Piedmont Park Sept 27: EAV Strut in East Atlanta Village Sept 27-28: Fall Fest in Candler Park Oct 9-12: Atlanta Greek Festival at Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation Oct: 24-26 Taste of Atlanta in Midtown Nov 1: Chomp...
Fun things to do with your Dog in Atlanta

Fun things to do with your Dog in Atlanta

  My dogs are great company and I love to hang out with them. They make me laugh and give me reason to get out every single day. Atlanta is a great city to explore with your dog. Here are a few of my favorite Intown activities to share with my pups. ParkGrounds: This awesome coffee shop in Reynoldstown has it all. Excellent coffee, fun baristas, free wifi, an incredibly affordable menu (including beer and wine) and an attached dog park. Take a walk, stop for a treat and let your dog play in the park. What a great way to start (or end) your day. Railside Dog Park: This 2-acre dog park is the only off-leash dog park servicing Downtown Atlanta. The park offers a small dog area separate from the large dog area and amazing skyline views. Bring your dogs and mingle with neighbors from Castleberry Hill, Downtown, West End and Westview. Splish Splash Doggie Bash: Oct 4-5. Every year at the end of the summer season Piedmont Park pool opens it’s gates to the dogs. Advanced tickets are $25 and all proceeds support the Piedmont Dog Park. Morningside Nature Preserve: This hidden little gem consists of about 30 acres of forest on the northern edge of one of Atlanta’s oldest and most upscale neighborhoods. Hike, run or walk along the 2.5 mile trail. Take a break along the sandy shores of South Fork Peachtree Creek and let your dog go for a swim. Blessing of the Pets: Saturday Sept 27 10:00-11:00 am. North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Midtown (just south of The Fox). Every year churches...

Awesome things to do in East Atlanta that Don’t Involve Beer

  When you say EAV to most folks in Atlanta they think of the lively bar and music scene that goes on in the Village every evening. However, East Atlanta is a very eclectic, family friendly community with a rich history. Here are just a few of the upcoming events taking place in East Atlanta Village that don’t involve beer. EAV Farmer’s Market: From 4-8 pm Thursdays April-December I love how our community comes out every week to support local farmers, shop, eat fun treats and commune with their neighbors…before going out for beers. Lite Speed BMW Criterium: Sat Aug 16 This high speed bike race runs right through the Village. The best seats in the house can be found on the numerous patios in EAV, all of which are serving beer. EAV RunFest: September 27. This 5k race benefiting Burgess- Peterson Academy is the official kick off to the East Atlanta Strut. Run EAV also hosts group runs every Sunday at 8 am and on Tuesdays at 7 pm. I believe these folks like a cold recovery beer after a good hard run too! East Atlanta Strut: Saturday, September 27. East Atlanta’s Annual Music and Art Fest which features an early morning 5K, live music all day, an artists’ market, kids village, parade and beers galore. The beers are optional of course. Santa Fest: Series of events taking place in mid-December and includes a tree decorating contest, Red, White and Green Parade, Photos with Santa, ornament decorating workshops and the lighting of the EAV tree. Family fun for all! Santa may or may not be drinking beer throughout...

My 5 Favorite things about Cabbagetown

Cabbagetown is a small funky neighborhood located on the east side of town. It was built as a mill town around the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill which opened in 1881. You will find lots of shotgun houses and small cottages and new construction infill in the neighborhood. This is a close-knit community with a rich history stemming from the Appalachian Mountain folk who worked in the Cotton Mill. My favorite things about Cabbagetown: Chomp and Stomp – Cabbagetown’s annual bluegrass festival and chili cookoff takes place early in November every year. The festival kicks off with a 5k race called the Romp and Stomp. The neighbors really turn out to show their support lining the streets with coffee (and often beers) in hand to cheer on the runners and welcome them to the neighborhood. Some folks even show up with their guitars. This is one of my favorite 5ks of the year and my absolute favorite t-shirt. Krog Street Tunnel – The Krog Street Tunnel connects Cabbagetown to neighboring Inman Park. It is also canvas to the best street art (or graffiti if you aren’t a fan) in the city. Check it out here: http://thedailykrog.tumblr.com/ Carrol Street – Carrol Street Cafe, Village Pizza, Milltown Arms Tavern and Little’s Food Store. I can’t think of a negative thing to say about any of these places. Go there now. Eat good food. Meet cool people. Cabbagetown Park – Smack dab in the middle of the neighborhood is this lovely 3.5 acre greenspace with an awesome playground, plenty of seating, cool sculptures and a gorgeous oak tree…wooden swing and all. This...

Will Atlanta Ever Embrace it’s Downtown?

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of articles about exciting developments in Downtown. As a native Atlantan, I have often joked to my friends and clients that I don’t know my way around Downtown because I am from here and no one from Atlanta goes Downtown. As sad as it sounds, you know it’s true. There are so many neat things to do Downtown, and not just the touristy things like World of Coke or The Georgia Aquarium. Castleberry Hil, our loft district, is a great neighborhood with some cool restaurants and even cooler art galleries. Centennial Olympic Park has the potential to be a great venue…. at least one of Atlanta’s favorite local hip hop groups, Outkast, thinks so. Their 3 shows this September sold out almost immediately. For a smaller venue and more intimate vibe, The Tabernacle has always been one of my favorite places to catch a show. There are several upcoming projects that could really help turn Downtown into the next hotspot for tourists and locals alike. I am so excited about the much delayed Atlanta Street Car and can’t wait to hop on for a visit to Centennial Olympic Park. The sale and redevelopment of Underground Atlanta has amazing potential. I remember my mom taking my brothers and me there as a kid and I look forward to sharing that experience with my nieces and nephews. Turner Field is 77 acres of opportunity for greatness in Downtown. A mixed-use development there could be the game changer. Current real estate prices in Downtown are almost unbelievably low. There are so many historic buildings with amazing...