Why hello again! I've been out exploring a new city, and let me tell you - Atlanta is far more fun than it might seem from the outside - what a pleasant surprise! My MBA summer internship has taken me to the largest city in the Southeast, and at first, I'll be honest, I was a little terrified. Not of big cities, mind you - just of the overgrown urban sprawl, bad public transportation, daily panic-inducing traffic, and an unreasonable expectation that "all-the-best-restaurants-and-pubs-are-owned-by-a-big-corporation-and-have-no-personality."
Well folks, I was wrong about that last item. (The rest is true, but I manage to avoid 'em by living in one of the most awesome close-to-everything neighborhoods around!) Atlanta is chock-full of some really cool, off-beat, and fun places that you just have to check out the next time "y'all" venture down south. Here are a few of my favorite unique places that I've already visited. I have a "must-see-before-leaving" list which is rapidly filling up, so send me your recommendations!
|Kristen Hard, Founder & Chocolate Maker|
This is beyond mere infatuation or sugar-lust. I'm convinced that the chocolate from Cacao actually loves me back. It's a very decadent relationship. You may catch more bees with honey, but who wants to catch bees?
3. Bark ATL
Bark ATL. They have one of the cleanest, most fun, and pleasant pet facilities I've ever seen (that doesn't cost an arm, leg, and first-born child). It is also a 100% cage-free facility. Fo' real. There's none of this "I'm sorry we will have to conduct a month-long 'trial' to learn your pup's personality" nonsense before letting them romp with the rest of the pack.
On her first day, my little munchkin (75 lbs is little, right?) was having a total blast with the other Big Dogs, which I secretly watched on the webcam, and she came home with an adorable first-day-of-school photo with a magnet for the fridge. In addition, the staff takes lots of fun pics to post on Facebook, so you can make your friends jealous too that the doggies have more pool-time in one workday than we get all summer. If only my cubicle were half as much fun...
4. Everybody's Pizza
menu and take special note of something called a "pizza salad." Yep, really. It exists. Awesome.
5. Chastain Park Amphitheater
The venue is awesome - it's an outdoor amphitheater, but not a typical one. It was nice and shady in the evening, and there are wide comfortable seats so you aren't forced to sit on the grass. They allow you to bring in your own cooler of food and drinks (including beer or wine) which makes an ideal date spot, or simply a perfect way to catch some good music with great friends. I highly recommend getting to see to a show if you can!