Sizzling. Passionate. Hot. Ask any Atlanta resident to describe their lively city and any one of these colorful adjectives will surely come to mind.
Whether you believe Atlanta’s nickname “Hotlanta” refers to the Civil War and the burning of Atlanta, the hot weather and humidity, or the dynamic and hip nightlife, this weekend residents and visitors alike will feel the Atlanta heat at the ultimate food and beverage experience. The city’s culinary and cocktail creativity will be on full display Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 2 at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Last year more than 7,000 visitors enjoyed tasting seminars, mingled with mixologists, and got a true taste of Atlanta’s Southern favorites (fried chicken, craft beer, and barbecue) and its well-known hospitality.
Relaxing patio at Meg’s B&B
Speaking of hospitality, Atlanta, GA, bed and breakfasts are just a transit station away from the cooking classes and more than 70 culinary stations set up for the festivities. Located in historic Inman Park, Atlanta’s first suburb, Inman Park Bed & Breakfast is a showcase of 18th- and 19th-century antiques, oriental rugs, and fine china. The beautiful Charleston-styled walled garden is ideal for unwinding and admiring the blooming flowers and ancient oak trees.
Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium with more than 8 million gallons of fresh and marine water, is listed as one of the 1,000 places to add to your bucket list. Meg’s B&B is only a 7-minute drive to the Atlanta aquarium and many other Downtown Atlanta attractions. Located in the Glenwood Park neighborhood, it puts you walking distance to the famous Zoo Atlanta and historic Grant Park. If lounging on a balcony or playing cards and relaxing is more your style, Brewer Park, a beautifully landscaped park directly across from the inn, features a retaining pond and a waterfall (folding chairs are available if you would like to go into the inner, grassy area of the park).
Does your mouth water at the mere mention of barbecue and fried chicken? Although this is only the third year of the festival, it continues to satisfy the palates of all food lovers and leaves them craving more until next year. Visit our “It’s All in Atlanta” Pinterest board for a photo tour of top sights, attractions, local B&Bs and events in Atlanta.