Think of Vinings and swanky suburban real estate or high-end townhomes will probably come to mind or perhaps glimpses of the river from that bridge that brings you to the doors of Canoe restaurant. Situated on a ridge high above the Chattahoochee, Vinings' reputation as an upscale shopping and dining destination remains untarnished. A few miles northwest just outside the Perimeter, Smyrna has grown into its own notable destination, thanks in part to newer home developments and increased options for dining and shopping.
Explore the Silver Comet Trail
The trail begins in Smyrna at the Mavell Road Trailhead and runs 61 miles long to the Georgia/Alabama state line. The best time for quiet workouts, cycling, strolling, and dog walking is early morning when the sun's rays filter through the tall trees lining the path. Visual notes include creeks, suburban backyards, covered wooden bridges, and native flora and fauna.
See a show at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
The venue offers a variety of performances - from readings by humorist David Sedaris or food and travel writer Anthony Bourdain to Atlanta Ballet performances choreographed by Twyla Tharp to concerts by Tom Petty, Merle Haggard, or the Irish Tenors. Its John A. Williams Theatre has striking architectural and design elements while still offering a warm and intimate setting.
Eat at Heirloom Market BBQ
This fusion barbecue hot spot has made it onto several Atlanta foodies' best lists. A chef-driven menu combines Korean influences with Southern cuisine. Menu highlights include the Georgia Sampler: pork, chicken, ribs, and a choice of brisket, turkey, or sausage. There's also a cast-iron grilled burger, side dishes, plus a satisfying selection of sauces, including a sweet-spicy Korean option.
Unwind at Old Vinings Inn
Why? Because it's sill there after 150 years. The white wood-and-stone "home" and historic tavern is an oasis of Southern civility amid newish office buildings and condo complexes. Southern fare is served in the dining room nightly. Unwind with locals on the patio or head to the Attic Bar for classic cocktails and live music.
Get your Philly fix at Roy's Cheesesteaks
For those Smyrna-bound, the first thing you see when exiting I-285 at South Cobb Drive is a long impersonal stretch of gas stations, motels, and fast-food joints. If you're stopping to get refueled food-wise, it's worth veering just slightly off the main thoroughfare toward this tidy haven of brotherly love and Philly cheese steak goodness.
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