July 5, 2012

Hotlanta is what they call it. One of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. I live in the very north part of Atlanta, where I can see the north Georgia mountains, a lake close by, and endless outdoor activites at hand. I also can hop on the highway that takes me downtown to all the city fun. Its the best of both worlds;) The key to getting the most out of Atlanta is avoiding its major vice…traffic. I never attempt to go anywhere that requires a major road during morning or evening traffic hours. This usually avoids the craziness. Here are some of this years top favorites from my city…

My husband and I really been enjoying the local farmer’s markets. Everyone in the south is friendly. Its cool to meet local farmers, and take home some organic foods makes you feel like you are boosting the local economy;)
Atlanta has some beautiful parks to offer. One of our favorites is Piedmont Park. Walking paths, big open fields, swings aside the ponds, and sometimes “Screen on the Green.” (Outdoor movies on the park fields.)

When it comes to eating out, the options are endless. The list of great joints depends on what area of Atlanta you are in. The Buckhead Diner was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on Food Network, and once you taste the food, you will understand why. Holy smokes.
You can also get a pretty sweet manicure for $10 in the ATL. Nail Salons are at every corner. Something unique in the beauty department? The Dry Bar. If you have an occasion you want to get prettied up for. You can actually go to a place where you can get a blow out for $35. Not to mention the place is a total escape from reality. Relaxing and fun, you leave feeling like a million bucks. Definately worth experiencing sometime!
If you like thrifting, shopping, or antiquing, Atlanta is loaded with each of these opportunities. 
The Mart- Atlantas place for wholesale shopping and business owners. Unique and trendy boutiques are one of my favorite things to discover. We also have an antique market that comes to our neck of the woods at the last weekend of every month. There are always hidden gems to be found.
Hope you get the opportunity to visit Hotlanta one day! So much to see and do, but I have to say its best feature is the beautiful weather. Come in the fall when the turn of leaves are in full swing and the air is crisp:)

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