Embracing Spring in Atlanta

This local Atlantan eagerly bids farewell to winter as she spends a day outdoors enjoying the start of spring.

Could it be? Can I go outside without a wintertime artillery of coats, umbrellas and scarves? You'll find me at the stops below soaking in every ray of sunshine and whiff of temperate breeze that come with Atlanta's incomparably beautiful springtime.

Atlanta BeltLine

Bask

Stroll, run, bike or blade the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, which was the first completed segment of the 22-mile loop. Sculptures, murals, restaurants and shops line the 2.25-mile trail, which winds through Piedmont Park, Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Freedom Park trail. The Eastside Trail connects five of Atlanta’s most popular intown neighborhoods—Virginia Highland, Midtown, Poncey-Highland, Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park—so we recommend hopping off the path to explore these charming areas replete with personality, restaurants and things to do.

Parish, Atlanta, GA

Brunch

Stop in at this charming, BeltLine-bordering brasserie and neighborhood café. The two-story restaurant is split between the two dining concepts. Locally sourced ingredients fuel the flavor in the brasserie’s seasonal brunch and dinner menus, while a rustic, relaxed ambiance begs this upstairs half to be on your list of regular stops. The downstairs neighborhood cafe takes on a communal vibe with picnic tables on the BetlLine, a cafe-style menu, a coffee bar, freshly baked goods and a small market.

Paris on Ponce, Atlanta, GA

Break

Hop off the beaten path at Paris on Ponce's designated "BeltLine Rest Stop," where you can buy bottles of water and perch on the store's BeltLine-facing stoop. Take full advantage of your break by perusing this massive ode to eclectic. This 46,000-square-foot market is actually three entities—Paris on Ponce, Pop Marché and Le Maison Rouge. Paris on Ponce and Pop Marché team up to create an eclectic bazaar of vintage and contemporary art, antiques, furnishings and oddities. Le Maison Rouge is the shop’s Moulin Rouge-inspired ballroom.

Michelle Khouri
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