In 1926 a crowd of 30,000 gathered for the grand opening of the first Sears retail store in Atlanta. At the time the structure on Ponce de Leon Ave was a symbol of the city’s rising prominence. In 1991, the massive building was converted into City Hall East, but the local government struggled to take full advantage of the largest brick structure in the South. (more…)
Pictured: New River Gorge. Photo by Malik Ahamed
Leaves turning, weather cooling, trout biting – fall is a great time to plan a weekend canoe trip. While the South has so much to offer in terms of lakes and rivers, your ultimate selection will no doubt be influenced by the purpose of your trip (whitewater, relaxation, fishing, scenery) length of trip (afternoon, day, overnight) and distance from home. (more…)
Photo: Sweetwater Creek State Park. Courtesy of Ga. Dept. of Natural Resources
Living in a city known for its sprawling metropolis, it’s easy to overlook Atlanta’s nearby nature areas offering outdoor exercise and a chance for solitude. For a quick escape from the concrete grind, here are a few of our favorite spots just outside the perimeter where you can trade your carbon footprint for a few real ones. (more…)
If the adage is true that you’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things: the books you read and the people you meet – we all may want to hang out with authors more often.
The Decatur Book Festival can arrange that, gathering more than 300 of them in one spot September 2-4 on the town square. The largest independent book festival in country, the free event mixes readings, talks, panel discussions, food, beer and wine over the course of the Labor Day weekend. (more…)
“Potluck” was once commonplace in our vernacular and customs. On a regular basis we paused, gathered and shared in a communal meal that was both a reprieve and nourishment. If lately the bulk of your meals have been hurried or merely for sustenance, this Sunday you should consider heading to Serenbe to join 150 other soon-to-be friends where food will be your common ground, indulgence and charity. (more…)