Tuesday, November 17, 2015

If weathering the crowds for the sales isn't
your thing, not to worry—we've uncovered plenty of ways to stay busy in the
city on this day instead.
Instead of a shopping marathon this Black Friday in
Atlanta, why not take the opportunity to explore the city through its arts,
food, and greenery galore? Whether eating savory Southern fare or wandering
around the city's museums, use the free day as a chance to enjoy Atlanta and
the many things it has to offer.
1.
Visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden The weather hasn't gotten frigid in
Atlanta yet, so stroll past the beautiful flowers and greenery at the city's
botanical garden before they hibernate for the winter.
Stop at the the Café
at Linton's inside for garden-inspired eats like African squash soup and kale
salad, or a cup of coffee or hot tea and marvel at the surroundings.
2.
Hike Stone Mountain Just twenty minutes east of Atlanta, Stone
Mountain Park is the perfect place for a scenic hike for stunning views,
including the Atlanta skyline and the North Georgia mountains.
When you get to
the bottom, stroll around Crossroads and take in the park's annual Stone
Mountain Christmas, which features thousands of lights decorating the
buildings, and holiday specialties like freshly made fudge, whipped
cream-topped hot chocolate, or apple cider with fresh cinnamon sticks on
offer.
3.
Feast on Southern Fare at Mary Mac's Tea Room Mary Mac's in Midtown is
the heart and soul of Atlanta as far as Southern food is concerned.
From the
warm, buttery yeast rolls and cornbread to the tomato pie, proper Southern
iced tea and creamy macaroni and cheese, no one will leave with an empty
stomach.
For newbies, be sure to tell your waiter it's your first visit, and
you'll get a complimentary bowl of pot likker.
4.
Ice Skating at Centennial Olympic Park The site of the park built for
the 1996 Summer Olympic Games Atlanta hosted, the ice rink at Centennial has
become a treasured annual city tradition.
It opens at 10 a.m.
and closes at 11
p.m.
on Black Friday.
5.
Museum Hop Visit the Michael C.
Carlos museum to learn more about
ancient Egypt, then head to the Fernbank Science Center to dive into the world
of dinosaurs, and finally the Atlanta History Center to go back in time in the
1930s-era Swan House, or one of its award-winning exhibitions, such as the one
about the evolution of folk arts in the changing South.
6.
Dessert and Coffee at Cafe Intermezzo In this European-style eatery,
bar and coffeehouse, guests can enjoy a drink from the bar, a cappuccino, or a
slice of their many tantalizing desserts, all made in-house.
A full menu,
including breakfast all day and sandwiches, pasta, and salads also is
available.
The ambiance here is undeniable, with low lighting and candles
everywhere—and about as far away as you can get from the shopping frenzy
happening elsewhere.
Nneka M.
Okona lives in Atlanta and writes about the city for Travel +
Leisure.
Arts, Food and Fitness in Atlanta in lieu of shopping

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