I fell in love with Atlanta when I was here on a high school trip back in 1983. I visited many times after that and finally moved here in early 1996. Over the years I’ve developed a list of favorites, and these are just a few.

Piedmont Park Piedmont Park is gorgeous and has amazing views of the Atlanta skyline. The Dogwood Festival is held here and they used to show movies in the park.

Starlight Drive In The drive-in is quite nostalgic for me. I can’t remember how many times I went to the local drive-in when I was a kid with my family and friends. I was thrilled to find one after moving to Atlanta and I go often.

High Museum of Art The High is one of my favorite things in Atlanta. I spent many years here as a volunteer and served in many board positions in the Members Guild/Art Partners organization.

Bicycle Tours of Atlanta This is my friend Robyn’s company and yes, this is a shameless plug for a local business. I love her bike tours and even Atlanta natives learn new facts about their city. Even if you’re not an avid cyclist, you should go on one of these tours.

Dogwood Festival If you like arts & crafts or you just want to people watch on a nice spring day, you need to go to the Dogwood Festival. Many vendors congregate here to sell their art and you can find everything from hand-sewn items to paintings to pottery. And if you go, be sure to splurge on a crab cake sandwich.

Inman Park Festival This festival is fun and funky. Don’t miss the parade and try to check out the Tour of Homes if you can. The Inman Park neighborhood is one of the oldest and most beautiful areas in town.

Atlanta Beltline The Beltline is truly changing Atlanta. It started out in the Old Fourth Ward area and quickly became a hot spot for walking, biking and checking out local businesses. The Beltline keeps growing through additional parts of town – and raising property values along the way.

Ponce City Market Ponce City Market is super cool. It was the old Sears, Roebuck & Co. building and now it contains lofts, office spaces, shops and restaurants. It also has a rooftop space that you really should visit. And it’s on the Beltline.

Krog Tunnel Krog Tunnel may seem a bit scary to some, but don’t be afraid to check it out. It’s filled with street art and the smell of fresh spray paint is almost always present. Be sure NOT to refer to the art as graffiti!