Planning a trip? Pack your bags, but leave your Fodor’s and Frommer’s at home. Starting this fall, we’re asking some of our favorite bloggers to show us their hometowns! Whether it’s a trip through the Portland art scene or Brooklyn’s coolest music haunts, these are one-of-a-kind tours you’ll want to print out and staple to your maps!
Our adventure begins in the Deep South, where we meet up with Rhiannon of Liebemarlene Vintage for her carefully curated tour of Atlanta, Georgia. With the help of her photographer boyfriend Drew, Rhiannon shows us what she loves about the ATL, with a special focus on “the nerdy things I like best — museums, plantations, and graveyards!”
“I’ve only lived in Atlanta for a few years, so in a lot of ways, I’m still a tourist here, constantly trying to seek out new places to visit. It’s a pretty great place; sometimes I put it down, but I’m really lucky to live in a place with so much history and so many pretty sites. Plus, the food here is amazing. (I know some people who only visit for the food and can’t blame them one bit.)”
1. Plantations of Roswell, Georgia. “Roswell is a suburb and not really a part of Atlanta, but it’s really close, and if you’re looking for Gone With the Wind-style plantations, Roswell’s the place to go. There’s a cluster of plantations scattered around the old antebellum town square. If you’re a Civil War buff, there’s plenty of history to be found.”
2. Bakeshop. “My favorite breakfasts are the quick coffee and pastry sorts, and Atlanta has plenty of good bakery spots. Bakeshop opened up not too long ago and it’s especially good. Lots of homemade bread, bagels, even full lunches and breakfasts for those who are more patient than I am. I’m perfectly satisfied with a muffin or pastry, as long as it has chocolate in it.
3. Antique Row. “Antique Row is a treasure trove. Vintage clothing is sort of peppered into the stores — it can be hard to find, but when you find stuff it tends to be amazing (imagine a whole closet of vintage letter sweaters at my favorite shop, Rust & Dust). Other good shops are Kudzu and Lucky Exchange.”
4. Belly. “Every time I go to Belly, I wonder why I don’t go more often. Their tomato-basil-mozzarella sandwiches (with homemade pickles and deviled eggs on the side) are reason enough to visit, but what’s really amazing is the old building the place is housed in — an old early 1900′s pharmacy with the original brick walls and pharmacy-style shelves scattered around; only these days the shelves are piled high with candy and cupcakes instead of medicine, which is 100 times nicer. Other good food spots: Antico for pizza, and Cafe Intermezzo for desserts.”
5. Atlanta History Center. “The Atlanta History Center is nice because, like Roswell, it’s another history 3-in-1. When you walk through a hallway you’re suddenly in a very peaceful garden that leads to two very different houses, the 1920s Swan House and the more modest 1840s Tullie Smith Farm. Plus, there’s a museum, which, uh, I’ve yet to go to, but I swear I’ll get around to it soon because there’s an exhibit on Abraham Lincoln coming up and I’m sort of fascinated.”
6. Oakland Cemetery. “Is it morbid to want to see the cemeteries of every old city you visit? It probably is, but I’m really drawn to them, and Atlanta happens to have a couple of amazing ones. I just saw Westview and was blown away by its grandeur, but my favorite probably has to be the very first one I visited, Oakland Cemetery. It is cozy (for a cemetery), very Victorian (which, to me, means alternately beautiful and creepy). Margaret Mitchell is buried there, as are thousands of Civil War soldiers. Mainly it’s just beautiful, and fascinating if you’re into history, especially since it’s one of the few parts of Atlanta that can really make you feel like you’re standing in 1800s.”
Thanks, Rhiannon, for a lovely tour! If you’re from Atlanta, what would you add to Rhiannon’s list? If you’ve never been, do you now want to go?