Go Explore: Atlanta’s Inman Park and Ponce City Market
By Stephanie Burt
Atlanta, like many big cities, is a city of neighborhoods, so getting off the highways and on foot is a great way to connect to the people and the pulse of the city beyond its big buildings. The Beltline fits that bill, a 22-mile pedestrian loop of multi-use trails, modern streetcar and parks, all based on railroad corridors that formerly encircled Atlanta. If you don’t know where to begin, the portion that runs from Ponce City Market (PCM) in Old Fourth Ward to the adjacent neighborhood of Inman Park is an area rich for urban exploration.
Ponce City Market
The historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building has a new life as this food, shopping and office hub. Get Indian street food at Botiwalla, take a bread making glass (or just enjoy a baguette) at Root Baking Co., enjoy a little retail therapy at Candlefish or San Fran-style Marine Layer, savor a scoop at Honeysuckle Gelato, then raise the roof (literally) with sips, fun and games at Skyline Park on the rooftop.
Atlanta’s first planned residential suburb is an ideal Victorian neighborhood of shaded streets, large homes and cozy bungalows, but isn’t sleepy in the least. The neighborhood has its own flag — a butterfly with two faces on the wings — one looking to the past and the other to the future, and its charming structures hold coffee shops, bars, and plenty of other independent businesses.
Root Baking co-owner and Inman Park resident Nicole Wilkins recommends The Albert for winding down a day exploring. It’s a definite locals spot (with plenty of TVs to catch sports) and has one of the best burgers in Atlanta.
Paris on Ponce
Cross the Beltline from PCM, and delve into 46,000 square feet of bohemian rhapsody at this rambling warehouse full of antiques, art, vintage clothing and those little weird trinkets you didn’t know you needed.
Stay Steps Away with AAA
AAA Four Diamond Loews Atlanta Hotel in nearby Midtown offers luxury at 15 percent off for AAA Members. Additionally, you’ll find a bevy of AAA Four and Five Diamond accommodations in the Atlanta area.
Skyline Park, located on the rooftop of Ponce City Market, is one of our #GoWithGo #2019RoadTripChallenge destinations! Have you checked it off your list yet?
Visit AAA.com/Hotels or call 800-374-2865 and book your Atlanta getaway today!
(Go Magazine July/August 2019)