36 Hours in Atlanta

No, I’m not going to blog about some new television show or experimental theater performance. This weekend’s edition of the august (think grand, not humid) New York Times includes a rather good rundown of our fair city by Shaila Dewan.

First, let me provide the caveat that I’m not a big fan of our city’s new slogan “Every day is an opening day” mostly because it conjures up, for me at least, only sports allusions and Atlanta is more than Braves et al. But I really like Shaila’s statement that I think best sums up The ATL, nee Hotlanta:

a city where optimism is liberally indulged

I think I like that estimation of Atlanta. A lot.

But the article is far more than just an admiration society newsletter. Dewan does a really nice job of highlighting some of the less tourist-y sights and eats of Atlanta.

From Ria’s Bluebird to Oakland Cemetery to rollerskating, I think she’s done a really excellent job of capturing the old and the new in Atlanta without being snooty or antebellum.

My own list would likely include Carver’s Grocery (because I like the hyper-locally old school that is also hip & trendy), Criminal Records (for shopping, which is light in the article) and maybe Dad’s Garage or Whole World Theatre for some funny improv before drinks, but I’m hopeless in that department, maybe Manuel’s?

In any event, the article is really good and it should start everyone thinking about what kind of itinerary to devise for folks who only have a day and a half in Atlanta. I’m sure you can come up with lists and ideas outside of my own.

Oh, also missing is mention of the local music scene and places to indulge your ears. Maybe Smith’s Olde Bar, Eddie’s Attic or the Playboy-endorsed The EARL make your list.

Heck, we’re all Atlantans, so why not create your own itinerary and leave a comment, trackback or get on a plane and hand deliver it.

No matter what, we’ve got a great city and I’m curious to see what other people deem worthy of showing off/sharing.

3 Comments so far

  1. james (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 2:48 pm

    criminal is a good call, seth. and seeing as the earl was just named one of the top ten rock clubs in america, i probably would have included it as well.

    actually i was suprised to see nothing from virginia-highland, little 5 or east atl.

  2. Smoove D (unregistered) on January 6th, 2007 @ 2:20 am

    I always send visitors to the world of coke, the aquarium, and underground. We have enough people here clogging up the highways. I don’t want anyone getting the idea that Atlanta is cool and they should move here. On that note, big ups to Playboy for ruining the Earl. Now every idiot yuppie in metro Atlanta will be showing up there. When free internet porn was invented, Playboy should’ve had the grace to quietly go bankrupt.

  3. ATLien (unregistered) on January 7th, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    Smoove, you must really hate your visitors if you send them to Underground. :) That place needs to be filled in. I usually tell people that The Colonnade, Mary Mac’s or The Varsity is a great taste of Southern food. Carver’s is a good call, but they’re only open for lunch.

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