The Official Visitors Guide of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Atlanta 2018 | PEACHTREE CONNECTS GUIDE
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Peachtree Connects Guide 2018
WHAT’S INSIDE: The Road Paved by Peachtree...................... 6 From its humble beginnings, Peachtree Street has emerged as the artery that connects the city’s most spectacular areas from north to south.
Downtown....................................................... 8 Atlanta’s main event
Filming in Atlanta.......................................... 14 Atlanta CityPASS.......................................... 14 Peachtree Street Map.....................Centerfold An illustrated map of Atlanta created by Archer artists Chris Alvarez and Courtney Hicks
Midtown........................................................ 18 Heart of the arts
Buckhead...................................................... 22 Where decadence and style meet for drinks
Eastside........................................................ 26 Hip, eclectic and a little bit eccentric
Westside....................................................... 30 Trendy luxury
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Downtown Atlanta thrives with entertainment options for all ages, and includes the iconic Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel along with colorful new murals dotting the city landscape. Photo: Spencer Humphrey Photography
Woodruff Park in Downtown Atlanta
The Road Paved by Peachtree Every Atlantan can think of a story about Peachtree Street, and just about every Atlantan can tell you how this street connects to his or her life. Discover your own connection to the fabled road with help from this guide.
tlanta is home to more than 70 streets that display the name “Peachtree,” including the most well-known, Peachtree Street. This main thoroughfare travels through Buckhead, Midtown and Downtown, connecting attractions, restaurants, shopping and neighborhoods. You won’t find many peach trees on the road, for Peachtree Street was named for a large Creek Indian settlement called Standing Pitch Tree. As the story
goes, the Creek used trees with fresh pitch, or sap from a pine tree, for solemnizing treaties. “Pitch tree” became “peach tree” to English speakers. The Peachtree Trail stretched from northeast Georgia to Standing Pitch Tree along the Chattahoochee River. Peachtree Road began in 1812 at Fort Daniel in what is now Gwinnett County, and traveled along the course of the trail to the Chattahoochee. Some areas of the present road trace this
route. Peachtree Streetâ€™s official boundaries are from Memorial Drive on the south side to the Gwinnett and Hall county line on the north. In between, the byway is called Peachtree Street, Road, Boulevard and Industrial Boulevard. Landmarks on this welltraveled community connector include the Westin Peachtree Plaza, 191 Peachtree Tower, Georgia-Pacific Tower and SunTrust Plaza dominating Downtown. In Midtown, find Atlantaâ€™s tallest building, the Bank of America Plaza, plus The Fox Theatre, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Woodruff Arts Center. Buckhead boasts numerous luxury hotels, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.
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To find out more about attractions, shopping, hotels and dining on Peachtree Street, please visit Atlanta.net.
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xplore the obvious and discover the unexpected in Downtown Atlanta. With major venues and attractions within walking distance of many hotels, it’s no surprise visitors gravitate to these neighborhoods throughout Atlanta.
CONVENTION & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT LOCATION: One half mile southwest of Peachtree Street GETTING THERE: Take the Green or Blue MARTA line to the Dome/GWCC/ Philips/CNN station and exit into the heart of the convention & entertainment district. MARTA’s bus routes include The Peach shuttle (route 110, which connects Downtown to Buckhead via Peachtree Street). The Atlanta Streetcar stretches east to west on a 2.7-mile loop that runs from the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site to Centennial Olympic Park. The 12-stop route gives access to dining, attractions, hotels, parks and cultural establishments.
In the center of Downtown is the convention & entertainment district, a 15-minute trip from the airport. Each year, numerous meetings and events take place here, but you’ll also find dining, attractions and nightlife. Most of Downtown’s attractions form a ring around Centennial Olympic Park. This green space provides the Fountain of Rings Children’s Museum of Atlanta as well as playgrounds and many areas to explore. Centennial Olympic Park itself will be undergoing renovations until 2019. Please visit www.gwcca.org/park for the latest updates. Georgia Aquarium is one of these attractions around the park and is the largest aquarium in the nation. Discover more than 100,000 creatures and experience the AT&T Dolphin Celebration, the 4-D Funbelievable Theatre, the SunTrust Pier 225 Sea Lion Gallery and new in January 2018, puffins and other seabirds in the Cold Water Quest gallery. Next door, the World of Coca-Cola features a 4-D theater, the Vault of the
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Secret Formula, a live-action bottling line and the opportunity to taste more than 100 Coca-Cola products. The world headquarters of CNN, CNN International and HLN Networks also are located in this area. CNN Studio Tours allows visitors to go behind the scenes of their favorite daytime shows. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta recently added two additional permanent exhibits, a new 3,000-square-foot mezzanine level, enhanced existing galleries and programming with a new focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). The 200-foot SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel boasts more than 42 gondolas, each holding up to six people. A 15-minute flight gives visitors a spectacular view of the city. The Center for Civil and Human Rights is the first venue in the world where visitors can learn about the history of the American civil rights movement, contemporary human rights movements and how they are connected. The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience provides fans a shrine for recognizing the game’s top players and coaches, an indoor football field and rotating exhibits. West of Centennial Olympic Park, the Centennial Park District houses a thriving entertainment area. Restaurants provide both fine dining and family friendly options. Game-X, a two-story place to play, drink and dine, offers more than 60 games for the kid in everyone. Visit Philips Arena for NBA Atlanta Hawks action or a WNBA Atlanta Dream basketball game. The NFL Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC play at the new retractable-roof Mercedes-Benz Stadium. And, for live music, check out The Tabernacle.
SWEET AUBURN HISTORIC DISTRICT LOCATION: Approximately one mile southeast of Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta.
The Sweet Auburn Historic District is steeped in history. Walk the streets where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born and where many of Atlanta’s prominent black-owned businesses began. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site engages guests
GETTING THERE: Take MARTA Blue or Green lines to the Georgia State station and walk half of a mile to Sweet Auburn.
Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home
DOWNTOWN with a visitor center exploring King’s legacy, the King Birth Home, the historic and new sanctuaries of Ebenezer Baptist Church, the burial sites of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, and the International Walk of Fame — a memorial made of shoe prints from influential civil rights activists. In the 1940s and 50s, Sweet Auburn flourished economically with African-American-owned businesses, newspapers, churches and nightclubs. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, Sweet Auburn has invested in connectivity boosting initiatives like the Atlanta Streetcar, which runs from the King Center to Centennial Olympic Park. Originally opened in 1918, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market offers produce, meats and dairy from local farms as well as artisan shops and eateries.
CASTLEBERRY HILL LOCATION: Castleberry Hill is approximately one mile southwest of Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta.
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GETTING THERE: Take the Green or Blue MARTA line to the Dome/ GWCC/Philips/CNN station and walk one half mile southwest to Walker Street.
Castleberry Hill’s early 20th century commercial and industrial structures give the area a distinctive, urban look. Art galleries such as the Besharat Gallery, a hip, European style salon located in an 1880s building, restaurants including No Mas! Cantina, boutiques and loft housing make this place appealing to locals, visitors and the almost-always-present film crews shooting the newest movie or television show.
FAIRLIE-POPLAR HISTORIC DISTRICT LOCATION: Fairlie-Poplar is one quarter mile from Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta. GETTING THERE: Take the Red or Gold MARTA line to the Peachtree Center station. Walk south on Peachtree Street directly into Fairlie-Poplar.
The Fairlie-Poplar Historic District has been revitalized with artist studios, galleries, restaurants and nightspots. Located near Georgia State University, this neighborhood’s vibrancy is complemented by many of Downtown’s cultural institutions. Broad Street in Fairlie-Poplar District Rialto Center for the Arts amps up the night with national and international jazz, world music and dance. The Balzer Theater at Herren’s spotlights independent plays with a Southern edge from Theatrical Outfit. For national tours and concerts, visit The Tabernacle, a renovated church-turnedconcert venue. In Woodruff Park, take the kids to the Woodruff Park Playground in the northwestern corner. The area features a slide, climbing walls and the design depicts the letters ATL.
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A NEW CENTER FOR DOWNTOWN A plethora of new experiences will soon arrive at Peachtree Center in the heart of Downtown Atlanta. The Hub, an exciting and well connected collection of over 50 delectable eateries, fabulous shops and urbane gathering spaces, all accessible via MARTA, will transform this landmark project and bring it into the future. Looking for a new place to put in the work? Pining for coffee? Need to satiate your appetite? Drop something in the mail? Watch the world go by? Find exactly what youâ€™re craving at The Hub.
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CLOSE UP: FILMING IN ATLANTA “The Hunger Games,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Avengers” and Tyler Perry’s “Madea” all have one thing in common – each is among the hundreds of films and television programs filmed in Georgia each year. Dubbed the “Hollywood of the South,” Atlanta takes top billing for film and television production thanks to competitive tax incentives, location diversity, a Downtown filming moderate climate, state-of-the-art film studios and production facilities, professional support and ease of access via Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. When visiting Atlanta, it’s easy to stumble upon a movie or television film crew … just look for the bright yellow signs.
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Atlanta Movie Tours feeds the zombie frenzy with four tours dedicated to “The Walking Dead.” Victory Tour captures the real-life sites of “The Hunger Games” series while the Hero Tour transports fans to locations in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Best of Atlanta Tour, offering something for everyone, is jam-packed with location visits and fascinating behindthe-scenes stories. The Atlanta History Center takes fans of “The Hunger Games” inside the home used as General Snow’s mansion in “Catching Fire,” “Mockingjay Part 1” and “Mockingjay Part 2.” In the Behind the Scenes: Swan House Tour, tour the stately Swan House and visit a gallery of photos and props from the three films.
Atlanta CityPASS Big Savings on Top Attractions Atlanta CityPASS saves travelers nearly half off combined admission to several of Atlanta’s top attractions, including the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studio Tours, Fernbank Museum of Natural History or College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience, Zoo Atlanta or Center for Civil and Human Rights. CityPASS ticket booklets save time, allowing visitors to skip most main entrance ticket lines. The booklets have a nine-day validity period and allow users to choose from five of the seven offered attractions. Purchase Atlanta CityPASS ticket booklets at all participating attractions or online at Atlanta.net/CityPASS, where you can find current pricing.
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idtown is a cultural district full of stylish substance between Downtown and Buckhead. Walk along Peachtree Street and discover local boutiques and galleries, and take in Atlanta’s temperate climate while sipping coffee or a cocktail at one of the trendy bars and restaurants lining Peachtree.
ARTS DISTRICT LOCATION: The Arts District is located along Peachtree Street from Ponce de Leon Avenue to 17th Street. GETTING THERE: Take the MARTA Red or Gold Line and exit at Arts Center Station, located next to the Woodruff Arts Center.
The city’s arts scene thrives in Midtown. Major venues with award-winning performances and changing exhibits keep locals and visitors coming back to explore. The Woodruff Arts Center is composed of the High Museum of Art, the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Tony Awardwinning Alliance Theatre. The campus was created by two of the world’s most famous architects, Renzo Piano and Richard Meier. Across the street at 16th and Peachtree streets, explore exhibitions on architecture, industrial design, graphics, fashion and more at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). MODA is the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study of all things design. Look for changes happening at Colony Square, located a block south. The renovation includes removing the roof over the retail mall and adding sidewalk stores, as well as condominiums and a pocket park called The Grove. At 18th and Spring streets, the William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum celebrates Jewish culture and promotes social justice. Across the street is the Center for Puppetry Arts. The Worlds of Puppetry Museum with the Jim Henson wing houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of Henson’s work, and has more than 500 artifacts including characters from “Sesame Street,” “The Muppet Show,” “Fraggle Rock,” “The Dark Crystal” and more. Another of Atlanta’s architecturally inspired arts destinations is The Fox
Wonderful, walkable Midtown. There’s no better place to stay and play than Midtown Atlanta. Home to the Southeast’s largest concentration of arts and cultural venues, 300+ acres of parks and gardens, a flourishing restaurant scene with 150+ dining options, and over a dozen hotels to choose from. All in a walkable, vibrant community. Experience Midtown—in the heart of it all.
MIDTOWN Theatre. Designed in the 1920s, this National Historic Landmark was originally a Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque with lavish structures, painted details such as the indoor Arabian courtyard ceiling and a sky full of flickering stars. Throughout the year, The Fox offers guided tours, concerts and Broadway shows. Dive into the story of Margaret Mitchell at the Margaret Mitchell House, managed by the Atlanta History Center. Tours of the apartment where she Center for Puppetry Arts wrote “Gone With the Wind” are offered. Walk across 10th street to the Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum, where exhibits explain the history of American banking, and provide a glimpse of the bank’s automated vault and cash-processing areas. The Atlanta campus of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) offers four free galleries depicting fashion, photography and more. SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film celebrates the art of fashion by offering cutting-edge exhibitions, events, films and forums. Piedmont Park has provided a green space for Atlantans since 1904. Bordered by 10th Street, the park welcomes visitors to play sports, fish and picnic, with two playgrounds, a public pool and a dog park. Adjacent to Piedmont Park is the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The Garden features more than 30 acres of gardens, forest and wildflower trails, a restaurant, the 10,000-square-foot Fuqua Orchid Center and the Canopy Walk among the treetops of the Storza Woods. New in Midtown: Plans are underway for a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare. The Midtown Art Walk will extend along Peachtree Walk from MARTA’s Midtown Station at 10th Street to Arts Center Station at 14th Street, making room for public art, inviting plazas, and weekend festivities in the open air.
LOCATION: West Midtown is located between I-75/85, North Avenue and Northside Drive, just under a mile from Peachtree Street. GETTING THERE: Take the Red or Gold MARTA line to the Arts Center station and follow signs pointing to buses. Free Atlantic Station shuttles run every 5-10 minutes. The Georgia Tech Trolley is a free shuttle that operates on an east-west route and stops at the Midtown Marta station.
Originally the Atlantic Steel Mill, Atlantic Station is an outdoor mall, combining shopping, dining and entertainment. Enjoy free concerts in the park, catch the latest blockbuster at the Regal 18 movie theater and ice skate in the winter. There are more than 40 shops in Atlantic Station including boutique brands coupled with West Elm, H&M and IKEA. Grab a bite at Lobby Bar and Bistro at TWELVE Hotel & Residences, Chick-a-Biddy or The Pig & The Pearl. Atlantic Station gets a thumbs up for having ample parking with two complimentary hours. Public transportation is convenient, with those free shuttle rides mentioned earlier. Georgia Tech is located in this area, and includes Ferst Center for the Arts, hosting jazz, dance, other music genres, comedy performances and “Urban Nutcracker” by Ballethnic Dance Company in November.
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n affluent area, Buckhead is full of everything from sweeping mansions and high-end shopping to progressive restaurants and nightlife. LOCAL TIP: Same road, different name. Peachtree Street becomes Peachtree Road when entering Buckhead from Midtown.
BUCKHEAD COMMERCIAL DISTRICT LOCATION: Peachtree Road runs right through the Buckhead Commercial District where it intersects with Piedmont Road and Lenox Road. GETTING THERE: Take the MARTA North Springs Red Line and exit at Buckhead Station to land in the middle of the Buckhead Commercial District. Bus routes complement MARTA’s rail service: “the buc” is a free shuttle service connecting hotels, shopping areas, MARTA and more.
If you’re looking for hotel luxury, this area has it all, from The Mandarin Oriental and The St. Regis Atlanta to Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta and The Whitley (formerly The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead). Part of the city’s social scene can be discovered at the stylish bars of these hotels. High-end shopping awaits at both Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square. Cartier, Bloomingdale’s and more capture hearts at Lenox Square, while Tiffany & Co., Giorgio Armani and Versace tempt at Phipps Plaza. Also at Phipps Plaza, LEGOLAND Discovery Center features a 4-D theater, two rides and a MINILAND exhibit designed as the Atlanta
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BUCKHEAD skyline. Adjacent to Lenox Square is Shops Around Lenox, offering boutiques such as Luna Boutique, Draper James and Ona, as well as Crate & Barrel. All of that shopping is bound to work up an appetite. Bistro Niko, Aria, Del Frisco’s Grille, ATLAS Buckhead, Kyma and Ruth’s Chris Steak House deliver both taste and atmosphere.
THE SHOPS BUCKHEAD ATLANTA LOCATION: The Shops Buckhead Atlanta is at the intersection of Peachtree Road and East Paces Ferry Road and West Paces Ferry Road.
GETTING THERE: Take the MARTA Red Line and exit at Buckhead Station. From there, it’s a one-mile cab ride or rideshare to The Shops Buckhead Atlanta.
Almost a neighborhood in and of itself, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta is the city’s newest live-work-play development. It encompasses six blocks and is built around a walkable design with high end retail and delectable dining. The retail is anchored by Hermes, Atlanta-started Spanx and Etro. Local “bean-tobar” chocolatier Cacao offers boxed chocolate, chocolate bars, caramels and other specialties. Diptyque, La Perla and L’Occitane, plus Billy Reid, Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo are all found here. Alicia + Olivia, Brunello Cucinelli, Theory and Intermix produce luxury gift options. Dining options span from high-end to super affordable and include Shake Shack, The Southern Gentleman, Gypsy Kitchen, Taverna, Le Bilboquet, American Cut and Doraku Sushi.
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BUCKHEAD HAS EVEN MORE TO OFFER Explore one of the communityâ€™s design and gallery districts, which include Miami Circle, Peachtree Decorative Arts Plaza, Galleries of Peachtree Hills and Bennett Street. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia on Bennett Street houses more than 600 works by local artists. The Atlanta History Center features gardens, wildlife trails and woodland areas. The complex includes the 1840s Tullie Smith Farm and the fully restored 1928 Swan House mansion. The Museum offers exhibitions on the history of Atlanta encompassing the Civil War, African-American heritage and Southern folk art. The Atlanta Cyclorama moved from Grant Park to the History Center and will soon be open to the public in the fall of 2018. For music, Chastain Park Amphitheatre is one of Atlantaâ€™s most unique traditions during the summer, where you can hear live music under the stars with a star-studded lineup. Horseradish Grill is around the corner for updated southern eats. The Buckhead Theatre originally opened in 1931 and presents rock, country, hip hop, alternative and more in an intimate venue.
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hether youâ€™re into live music or street art, there is no short supply of creativity in these neighborhoods on the east side of the city.
EAST ATLANTA VILLAGE LOCATION: Three miles east of Peachtree Street down Memorial Drive. GETTING THERE: Take the MARTA Blue Line or Edgewood/Candler Park Green Line to Inman Park/Reynoldstown exit. From there, it is a two-mile cab ride or rideshare to East Atlanta Village.
For live music, guests will feel at home in East Atlanta Village (EAV). The area is home to music venues and clubs that hold only a few hundred people. Places like The Earl and The Basement at the Graveyard Tavern attract performances from local, regional and national bands. EAV is a walkable area of town with an edgy character. Along Flat Shoals and Glenwood avenues, there are restaurants, pubs, bookshops, LGBT friendly bars, clothing stores and more.
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GRANT PARK LOCATION: Two miles east of Peachtree Street on Memorial Drive. GETTING THERE: Take the MARTA Blue Line or Edgewood/Candler Park Green Line to the King Memorial Station. From there, it is a onemile cab ride or rideshare to Grant Park.
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Located close to Downtown Atlanta, Grant Park is characterized by Victorian-style architecture, local shops and restaurants, and the fourth largest park in the city. Visitors can visit Zoo Atlanta (home of America’s only twin Giant Panda cubs), and, on the northern most tip of Grant Park, explore the 48 acres of historic Oakland Cemetery, the final resting place of Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones and Zoo Atlanta many prominent Atlantans. Trees are a signature feature of Grant Park, and whether you’re enjoying a restaurant, patio or taking a bike ride down the street, a canopy of trees keeps your experience cool. Be sure to visit during the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival in August.
LITTLE FIVE POINTS LOCATION: Approximately three miles east of Peachtree Street down Freedom Parkway. GETTING THERE: Take the MARTA Blue Line or Edgewood/Candler Park Green Line to the Inman Park/Reynoldstown exit. From there, it is a one-mile car ride to Little Five Points.
Everything about Little Five Points is Bohemian chic. Take in the music of street performers or find treasures in vintage apparel shops, eateries, vinyl stores, tattoo parlors, independent bookstores, pubs — and even a giant, 30-foot-tall skull (home of The Vortex restaurant), but this edgy artfulness pales in comparison to the people who live and work in this area. Though the main strip of Little Five is relatively compact, running mainly along Euclid Avenue and part of Moreland, it is packed with visitors and vendors. Come to Little Five and get a dose of edgy theater at 7 Stages Theatre, music at Variety Playhouse or Star Community Bar (don’t miss the Elvis shrine), and visit Horizon Theatre Company for contemporary plays.
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LOCATION: Approximately three miles northeast of Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta. GETTING THERE: Take the Blue or Green MARTA line and exit at the Inman Park/ Reynoldstown station.
With its Victorian homes and tree-lined streets, Inman Inman Park Park was established in 1912 as Atlantaâ€™s first planned garden suburb. Many community restaurants, coffee houses and bars are located here. The area also is home to the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes in April, with costumed performers mingling with local city council members in the annual parade. On Highland Avenue, the scene changes from residential to a shopping and dining area with bakeries, restaurants, boutiques, lofts and more. Visitors can grab a bite to eat or a brew, and hop on the Freedom Parkway PATH trail or the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine.
VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND LOCATION: Approximately two miles north from Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta.
The area derives its name from the intersection of Virginia and North Highland avenues. Developed in the early 1900s, Virginia-Highland is known for bungalow homes and shopping villages. Goods found along North Highland Avenue range from quirky home dĂŠcor to artisan paper,
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GETTING THERE: Take the Red or Yellow MARTA line to the North Avenue Station, then a 2.5-mile cab ride or rideshare into VirginiaHighland.
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hard-to-find books to outdoor apparel, antiques and trendy salons. For food, prep yourself for gelato, Irish pub fare, fusion styles, seafood and more. In late summer, Atlantans gather for Virginia-Highland Summerfest. Nearby, down Ponce de Leon Avenue, find Fernbank Museum of Natural History, housing the world’s largest dinosaurs, the Giant Screen Theater, WildWoods and traveling exhibitions.
OLD FOURTH WARD LOCATION: Approximately one mile northeast from Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta.
There’s a lot going on in this neighborhood that has emerged as one of Atlanta’s hippest in just a few short years. Old Fourth Ward (OFW) is located in an area originally settled in the early 1800s. Visitors can see restored shotgun houses, Victorian homes and craftsman bungalows. One big asset to the area has been the proximity to Freedom Parkway and the Atlanta BeltLine, which has inspired growth and community investment. The Historic Fourth Ward Park encompasses 17 acres of new green space, a two-acre lake, playground, a splash pad, an outdoor theater, athletic field and a world-class skate park. Also in Old Fourth Ward is Ponce City Market with a food hall offering many local favorites, retail shops and Skyline Park on the roof. Venture down Edgewood Avenue for bars and other hot spots. Some of Atlanta’s top restaurants including Bon Appétit’s “2016 Restaurant of the Year,” Staplehouse, call OFW home. Nearby is the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, hosting exhibitions and displays about the former president’s life and presidency, as well as his Ponce City Market humanitarian work.
GETTING THERE: Take the Red or Gold MARTA line and exit at North Avenue station. From there, it is a 1.5-mile cab ride or rideshare into Old Fourth Ward.
Pedestrian bridge connecting Westside Provisions District to the Westside Urban Market
lso known as the Design District, the Westside is home to acclaimed restaurants, shopping and furniture and textile shops. From the Westside Provisions District to the King Plow Arts Center, the Westside is the place to shop, eat and wind down. LOCATION: The Westside is 1.8 miles west of Peachtree Street down 14th Street. GETTING THERE: Take the Red or Gold MARTA line and exit at the Arts Center station. It is a two-mile cab ride or rideshare to the area.
The Westside neighborhood has grown tremendously over the last few years. This area of town has a lively selection of urban lofts, art galleries, music venues, retail shops, restaurants and modern office space. Spanning from the southern tip of Howell Mill Road to 17th Street, much of Westside retains its loft-style industrial identity, as most of the new developments in the area have restored the once neglected factories and warehouses that date back to the 1880s. The Westside Provisions District on Howell Mill Road combines artisan tastes with industrial minimalism. Shop Westside Provisions for furniture, paper goods, breads, baby gifts and craft District ice cream. Restaurants include gourmet lunch counters, breweries and interesting cheap eats, with many chef-owned restaurants proclaimed as some of the best by the likes of Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler and Esquire. One popular outdoor location is the pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks that connects the Westside Provisions District to the Westside Urban Market, featuring luxury shopping and more acclaimed restaurants. The Westside is also home to four arts centers: the Goat Farm Arts Center, Westside Cultural Arts Center, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and King Plow Arts Center, where Actor’s Express performs. The area along Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard recently gained Bacchanalia and Star Provisions Market & Café, two loved local destinations relocated here by chefs/owners Anne Quatrano and Cliff Harrison.
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