You Should be Here: The Next Time You’re in Atlanta!

It seems like Atlanta is growing day by day. Don’t believe me. Just try driving down 75/85 on ANY given day of the week. That just means there’s more to see and do, and the traffic never stopped me anyway. I share my my favorite spots to eat and a few things t do in three neighborhoods: Virginia Highlands, Ponce de Leon, and Midtown.

Poncey-Highland

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A mix between the neighboring Ponce de Leon and Virginia Highlands, you can find Ponce-Highlands. This area caters to families and young professionals who have decided to live and work in the Atlanta area. From luscious green parks to small business and restaurants to lovely street art, you’re bound to find something that appeals you.

Eats
Sweet Auburn
I never let a trip to Georgia pass me by without making a stop here. I’m a sucker for bbq. I usually get their pulled chicken, but I recently tried there wings. Magnifico! I also love the rustic vibe of this place and how they have a community dining table which is perfect for a solo traveler like me.

-Folk Art
This is the place where my foodie adventures began. On my birthday, May 2014, I created a foodie tour for myself of different restaurants all around the city. This is one you cannot miss. Have you had their brunch?!

My fave: French Toast and a side of their fried chicken along side a mimosa will have your morning feeling just right! I guarantee it.

Other places to eat in the surrounding area:
-The best WholeFoods I’ve ever been to (and I’ve visited a lot)
-The Vortex

-King’s Pops (an ATL favorite)

-Front Page News

-LaFonda Latina

-Honey Bubble

-Mary Mac’s Tea Room

-Majestic Diner

-Fellini’s Pizza

-Gusto!

-Noodle

-Ponce City Market (several places to eat)

Things to Do:

-Go visit small boutique and custom goods shops such as Paris on Ponce and Citizen Supply with goods from local artisans.

-Take a bike ride through Freedom Park.

-Little Five Points is not too far. Check out the artsy scene here with vintage shops, bars, and street art on the corners of buildings.

-Watch an indie film at Plaza Theatre.

Midtown

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Ohh Midtown, you have grown on me. This neighborhood used to be a little too polished for my liking, but I love how the Midtown Alliance initiative has worked on making this area more of a community. In Midtown, you’ll find the Woodruff Arts center, historic neighborhoods, history, and places t stop and play. Midtown offers an experience and a beautiful city backdrop you’ll definitely want a picture of. In the mix between lifestyle, culture, art and business, you’ll understand why Midtown Atlanta was voted a 2016 “Great Neighborhood” by APA.


Things to Do:
-Checkout the “Autoeater” sculpture
-Take a picture at the midtown sign
-Play ping pong, Badmiton, etc. at one of the community play areas at different parts of the city.

-See a show at the Woodruff Arts Center or take the kids to the Center for Puppetry.

-Go see the new exhibits indoor and outdoor the High Art Museum.

-There’s most likely some festival happening in Piedmont Park, always.

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Eats.

-Woody’s Cheesesteaks (my all-time fave/go to)

-LaHacienda (soooo good!)

-5Church Atlanta

-Midtown Tavern

-The Nook at Piedmont

-Cypress Street Pint & Plate

-The Flying Biscuit

-Lure

-Tin Lizzy’s Cantina

-Zocalo Mexican Kichen & Cantina

-10th & Piedmont

-Mary Mac’s Tea Room

-Proof & Provision

Check back for updates and the Atlanta Coffee Shop Guide!

 

You Should Be Here: The Next Time You’re in California!

You know that trip to Oahu, Hawaii I took for my birthday? Yeah, that one! Well, I didn’t get a chance to go to a black sand beach because our schedules were already booked for a luau and snorkeling. So when the beau and I decided to take a road trip to Northern California for a quick weekend get-away, he left me to plan the adventure.

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How it all began?

I already knew I wanted to go to Muir National Monument Park. Wrote that down, set it in stone. We considered Yosemite and Redwoods National Park but both were a 4 hour drive away from where we were staying. So I typed on Google, “black sands beach” and bam!  Up pops a real picture of someone standing on black sand on my screen. And tah dah!!! We drove and drove and drove, and yeah we made it!

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There were a lot of precious moments shared that weekend.

-Spending time with the beau and his family.

-Breath being taken away by the gorgeous mountain views, clear water, and crisp air. I must add…the water was freezing!

-Hand-holding and sneaking kisses because young eyes were around.

-Watching the beau succeed in climbing yet another huge rock, Invincible!

-The release of negative emotions and doubts that sometimes cloud our judgement.

All in all, it was just what we needed…

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Things to keep in mind:

To get the best directions to this location, I used Google Maps. The location was best found with the address Black Sands Beach Marin, California.

The beach is located down a winding road past the tourists who are all tryin to get pics of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Plus: This location is not that well known. There were tons of cars pulled over to get pics of the bridge and only 3 cars that made their way to the parking lot of the hike.

Check the weather. We were there at the end of May and the weather was pretty chilly (I hear San Fran is pretty much like that year around.) I wore a popping red jacket that cut the wind perfectly!

It’s a little bit of a hike down a winding hill, so make sure you wear/bring appropriate shoes.

Happy Travels!

-Raven

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