June 2011 - Posts
What better way to spend the long weekend than on Atlanta's lush
links? Offering more than 100 public and private courses throughout the metro
area, you're never more than a short drive from a top-tier tee off. Whether
you've got an hour or a day, these in-town hot spots will have you swinging for
Charlie Yates Golf Course
Deemed "challenging and convenient" and located just four miles
from Downtown, the Charlie Yates Golf Course
is an 18-hole, Par 58 round. Tucked into the award-winning East Lake golf community,
this Rees Jones course is an elegant mix of Par 3s and 4s, as well as
gorgeous skyline scenery. Home of The
First Tee of East Lake, this course also enhances the year-round effort to provide
golfing and life lessons to area youth.
Bobby Jones Golf Course
Designed by John Van Kleek in 1932, this 80 year-old golf course
is a languid landscape filled with historic elements. Nestled in the Peachtree
Battle section of Buckhead, the Bobby
Jones 18-hole, Par 71 course features a twisting creek, elevated tees and
tree-lined fairways. Want a little extra luck on the links? Rumor has it that
leaving a golf ball on Bobby's grave (found in the shade of a gorgeous tree at Historic Oakland Cemetery)
will put a winning spin on your swing.
Other noteworthy championship courses can be found just outside
the perimeter, including Stone Mountain Golf Club,
Legacy on Lanier Golf Club,
and Bear's Best.
Celebrate and say thanks to those who thrive in the heat of the moment. The inaugural Rock-N-Ride is a traffic-stopping block party packed with music, motorcycles and men in uniform!
Rock-N-Ride Concert and Motorcycle Rally
Saturday, June 25
Hard Rock Café Downtown
Honoring all of Georgia’s first responders, this Party on Peachtree benefits the Grady Memorial Health Center - Atlanta’s premier Level 1 Trauma Center - as well as the Gold Shield Foundation - a support system for families of injured firefighters and police officers. Ride registration is just $40 and includes a commemorative tee and pin, as well as free food and live music.
Cranking up at Killer Creek Harley-Davidson in Roswell, the Ride begins at 2 p.m. then cruises Downtown to the Hard Rock Café. No bike? No worries - just head into town for the MusicFest, a free six hour concert featuring local artists. While you’re rocking out, be sure to check out the local artist market, nab exclusive Rock-N-Ride merchandise and taste the town from local food and beverage vendors.
After the last set, throw your own after-party at the Hard Rock Café. Hailing from the historic Cornerstone building, the Hard Rock is considered the cornerstone of Southern rock. Plastered with memorabilia and kitsch, to step through the doors is to step into the heart and soul rock ‘n roll. Offering its classic, #1 on the billboards menu, you can enjoy Angus burgers, hardcore chicken wings and tons of other finger-licking bites.
Known as the South’s premier Christian music festival, the 25th annual Atlanta Fest features more than 40 top artists, as well as inspiration speakers, seminars and tons of family-friendly events.
25th Annual Atlanta Fest Christian Music Festival
Stone Mountain Park
Celebrating 25 years of inspiration and faith, Atlanta Fest has packed four days and four stages with the country’s top Christian artists. Hot headliners include Casting Crowns, Switchfoot, MercyMe and Rush of Fools. Other activities include Christian living seminars, Bible study groups and, back by popular demand, the multimedia “Prayer Path” - an in-depth journey into the soul. New for 2011, a talent search competition will seek singers, musicians and speakers who are moved to spread their words of wisdom.
Whether you’re rocking out for one day or three, the Atlanta Fest Christian Music Festival encourages the use of blankets, chairs and umbrellas. While Stone Mountain Park offers numerous dining options, concert-goers can also bring coolers of drinks, food and water. Both One-Day and All Event tickets include unlimited access to each of the four festival stages, as well a Stone Mountain Adventure Pass, offering festival goers unlimited admission to all park attractions (well, except for the Ducks.) Free camping is also available and a free shower shuttle will run continuously.
Sleuth Savings: Use promo code SDEA for $10 off any ticket purchase. Included in the All Event ticket is a special Wednesday night kick-off concert and admission to the reinvigorated Stone Mountain Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision.
Guess what folks; I think I've found the coolest hotel in the city. A quirky haven amidst the hustle and bustle of Midtown's nightlife, The Highland Inn provides economy accommodations just steps from the shopping, dining and clubs of Virginia-Highland! The 1927 building has a venerable charm, perfectly complemented by its relaxed, cool kid vibe. Artwork by locals and autographed band portraits line the walls while the resident cat (who's attitude reminds me vividly of Skimbleshanks) keeps a calculating eye on every floor.
Top to bottom, The Highland Inn occupies three floors and offers 80 guest rooms, including a number of suites and a few with kitchenettes. While it's made quite clear that these budget beds and rooms offer basic amenities, the soft linens, sunlit breakfast room and "take one leave one" bookshelf are humble touches that make you feel right at home. Adding to the convivial, neighborhood atmosphere are the rooftop patio and private courtyard. There's also free Wi-Fi and parking, a laundry facility and vending machines available.
Sandwiched between Little Five Points and Virginia-Highland, the "geek- and shabby-chic" Highland Inn is just steps away from the casual nightlife of Atlanta's coolest alternative neighborhoods. Certainly a place to see and be seen, the hotel caters mostly to young travelers, nightlife lovers and, of course, tons of talent. Nicknamed "The Rock ‘n Roll Hotel of Atlanta", frequent famous guests include The All-American Rejects and Chloë Sevigny, as well as tons of talented locals. As hospitality is a top priority, the Inn boasts the city's latest checkout (12 p.m.) with the option for an extension.
Bars and clubs aside, nearby attractions include Dad's Garage Theatre Company (one of Atlanta's favorite stand-up comedy venues,) the Horizon Theatre Company (a must-try for independent theatre ) and Blind Willie's (the best live blues and soul food in the city.) The shops of Little Five Points are just around the block, while The Plaza on Ponce offers more shopping, a movie theater and the Majestic Diner - makers of Atlanta's best late-night omelet. Surrounded by quirky hangouts, cool locals and tons of hospitality, The Highland Inn is perfect for a quick Summer vacation (or staycation!)