Location: Grant Mansion
Date taken: Dec. 15, 2013
Atlanta boasts several home and loft tours throughout the year, but Grant Park’s is one of the few that combines a tour with the holidays. If you love in-town neighborhoods, historic houses and holiday decorations, then add the Candlelight Tour of Homes to your December to-do list. You’ll see modern upgrades and creative remodels to homes that have been standing for more than a century. You’ll get a feel for Grant Park now — and then, including who was Lemuel P. Grant and why was golf legend Bobby Jones born in his home.
Date taken: Nov. 4, 2014
Location: Silver Comet Trail
Not quite ready to tackle the hills of Atlanta on a bike? Looking for a long, traffic-less ride? Just want to say you’ve been to Alabama? The Silver Comet Trail, a paved path for walkers, joggers and cyclists, starts on the city’s Northwest side in Smyrna and continues 61.5 miles to the Alabama line, where it connects with the 33-mile long Chief Ladiga Trail. That’s almost 95 miles of paved trail! Built over an abandon rail line, the trail runs through suburban backyards, forests, sports complexes and a few restored depots (aka: bathrooms). Hit the trail on a beautiful Atlanta weekend, and you’ll find plenty of people joining you.
Location: Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Date taken: October 3, 2014
Fall is the season for pumpkins, apples, golden leaves and amazing weather. At the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, it’s also the season for Scarecrows in the Garden. Local businesses and organizations show their creativity in transforming this farm figure into an urban dweller. Stroll the gardens in the fall and you’ll get an extra dose of art along the paths — some scary, some playful and a few wonderfully classic.
Date taken: October 5, 2013
Atlanta has long been known for its place along the South’s Bible Belt. While many churches have left Atlanta’s downtown in favor of the suburbs, many still hold a prominent place in the urban landscape, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. But other faith traditions also have a presence in the metro area — from the tiny First Existentialist Congregation in Candler Park to the Buddhist Drepung Loseling Monastery in Brookhaven to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta in Lilburn, the world’s largest Hindu temple outside of India. No matter your faith, there’s likely a sacred space for you here.