Fall is my absolute favorite time of year and, in my opinion, when Atlanta is the most enjoyable. The heat and humidity has finally broken and we can all get outside for a little fresh air without dissolving into a puddle. While, this is not an exhaustive list, here are just a few of my favorite ways to enjoy all of Atlanta's autumnal glory. #fallismyfavorite
1. Breweries (or wineries)
Since I moved here in 2008, more and more breweries have sprung up around the city. While Sweetwater Brewing Company is the most popular (and don't get me wrong, an ice cold 420 will always be my favorite) there are also lots of other great options that allow you to skip the crowds. Monday Night Brewing and Red Brick Brewing are both great and Terrapin Beer Company in Athens makes for a great day trip. If beer isn't really your style, you can't go wrong at Frog Town Cellars and you'll catch some great fall foliage on the drive up to Dahlonega.
Just get outside! There is so much to see along the Atlanta Beltline (hello, Ponce City and Krog Street) and Piedmont Park is a must while you are in the 'hood. Stone Mountain Park is a unique morning outing and since its that time of year, stop at the Village Corner on your way out to celebrate Oktoberfest with some German fare. If you are looking for a long, flat running or biking path, visit the Silver Comet Trail. Kyle and I have done many a long training run here. Did I mention its flat?
3. Pumpkin Patch
If you have kids, a pumpkin patch is must for those fall photos. If you don't have kids, you just have to decorate your porch, right? If you love Fall as much as me, you will love the pumpkin patch! Burt's Farm can be a mad house on the weekends, but you won't find a better pumpkin selection!
4. Helen, GA
Helen, Georgia, located a little over an hour north of Atlanta, will always hold a special place in my heart. Okay, so any town that celebrates Christmas year round and resurrects itself as a Bavarian alpine village in order to promote tourism holds a special place in my heart. But still...its charming, its cute, its cheesy to the max, and its FUN. Go for the day or rent a cabin with friends for the weekend. Have a beer at the Troll Tavern and don't take yourself too seriously!
5. Restaurant Patios
There is no shortage of good food options in Atlanta and one of the best things about this city is the ability to enjoy a cocktail on a restaurant patio for 10 months out of the year. Cypress Street Pint & Plate offers an easy neighborhood burger joint with a great beer selection in the heart of midtown, while at Tap you can enjoy the people watching along with the hustle and bustle of Peachtree Street. Stop by Cafe Intermezzo for a coffee, but you'll leave full of some of the best desert in town. The trendy upstairs patio at JCT Kitchen & Bar can make a great night on the town and The Southern Gentleman in the new Buckhead Atlanta development has quickly become a go-to favorite for their outdoor seating, not to mention the cocktails and fresh take on southern home cooking!
*A special thank you to Pirate for making her first Sunny Sundays appearance.