Okay, so I know “the suburbs” can get a really bad rep, mainly because a lot of college kids or young twenties get really freaked out by the idea of everything that suburbia entails. But, let me say, the suburbs of Atlanta are the place to be (or at least in my humble opinion). Honestly, as much as I’m a city girl, I love the suburbs of Atlanta more than the downtown city part of Atlanta. There are still tons of growing companies, awesome restaurants, things to do, shows to see, outdoor space and maybe a little less traffic (but, lets be real, Atlanta will stop having traffic problems when pigs fly). So, if you’re coming to the Atlanta area, maybe consider a visit to the suburbs! For this post, I’ll be talking about my favorite places in the Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek areas, as well as day trips further north. I hope you enjoy!
Big Creek Greenway: This is a big green-way with walking trails and bike trails that spans over Roswell, Alpharetta and Forsyth County, GA. It’s an incredible space to go and just enjoy the great outdoors with family or friends.
Roswell Plantations: Archibald Smith Plantation is gorgeous and they give a really cool historically accurate tour of the grounds. I also hear great things about Bulloch Hall and Barrington Hall, so I can’t wait to tour those soon.
Canton Street: I love, love, love Canton Street. The shops, restaurants and old houses are the cutest. In my “restaurant” section, I mention a few of our favorite restaurants there.
Milton Center Theatre: I had to put this on here for anyone who might be interested in going to see the Nutcracker at this theater in December. It’ll be my first time at the Milton Center. Anyway, the Nutcracker might just be my favorite holiday tradition. Here’s ticket info if you’re interested!
Read It Again: My new favorite used book store! It’s adorable and the people who work there seem to know just about every book ever written so they can help you find just what you might want to read next.
Canton Street Antique Market: I love antiques like crazy. I could get lost in this place for hours.
Queen of Hearts Antiques: A really cute antique shop with great finds and furniture.
Avalon: A really cool take on modern living in suburbia. Basically, the design of this place is to live, work and eat all in one place. It’s the perfect date night place too.
Sis & Moon’s: Cute, spunky and one of a kind gifts. They have everything from home decor, clothing, jewelry, prints, quilts…you name it. They even have an art studio inside! It’s just a really happy place to visit.
Cotton House Antiques: Another great antique store for anyone who might be updating or decorating a home. They have super on trend pieces and a lot of variety.
Brilliant Jewelry: This is where we purchased our wedding rings and it’s the cutest little jewelry store! The couple who owns it are so personable and made our experience a good one.
Crust: This is a local favorite of ours. It’s always packed and you basically can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. My personal favorite is the margarita pizza.
Pure Taqueria: This place has a couple locations now, but we love the one in Alpharetta. It’s a fun bar/restaurant with an urban grunge sort of vibe, yummy margaritas and a packed menu.
Made: For fans of tapas, crazy cool decorations and great meet up places for friends.
South Main Kitchen: This place is right downtown in Alpharetta with brick interiors and perfect for a date night.
Mugs on Milton: One of my favorite coffee shops of all time. I’ve been visiting it a lot recently with all of these rainy days. A great place to study, meet up with friends or just read a book in one of their cute seating areas.
Collet French Pastry & Cafe: I love French food so much and I was so happy to discover this place. Collette’s has incredible pastries, coffees and my personal favorite…meringue.
Bantum & Biddy: We love spending time at Avalon, and this is just one of the great restaurants there. Sometimes I just need a little home cooking and this place hits the spot. I especially love the meatloaf.
Cafe Antico: For great gelato and pizza, check out this place at Avalon. The floor is kinda cool too. 😉
Fickle Pickle: Gosh, it’s just the cutest little sandwich and lunch place. The sweet shop out back is adorable too. On cooler days, enjoy the outdoor seating.
Salt Factory: This place has a great atmosphere and a yummy variety of food. We thought it was a fun place to take our family when they were in town.
Mac McGee: I like this pun because it looks like an actual Irish pub or one of the pubs I got to see while in the UK one summer. They even have live music at times and a fun atmosphere for those who like restaurants with a bit of spunk.
Ceviche: Another great taqueria and margarita place, but this one is on Canton Street.
Rice Thai: If you’re looking for Thai food and a beautiful, quaint little atmosphere…this is your place. Until recently, I really hadn’t eaten a whole lot of Thai food in my life, but I’m a pretty big fan now.
Roswell Provisions: A cute cafe, bistro and shop of just about everything you might want. Great desserts and coffees. The atmosphere is fun and the building itself is gorgeous. I pretty much just want to live in it. 😉
BJ Reece Orchards in Ellijay: It’s such a fun, must-do fall activity. They have great apple picking, plenty of trees and a store where you can buy other products. Plus, there are all sorts of fun activities for kids. See our photos and video from our last visit to the orchard!
Cartecay Vineyards: Just down the road from BJ Reece, this outdoor wine tasting, live music and vineyard in one is just the cutest. We’ve been the past two falls and every time, we love it. Feel free to bring your own snacks with you! Also, I love pretty much all of their wines.
Chateau Elan Winery: Another fun place for a wine tasting and dinner. We like the pub on the property for dinner. It’s a great activity to take your out of town guests. They do a really cool tour of the winery and teach you how they make their wine.
Amicalola Falls: This place is just plain beautiful. We really enjoy walking up the waterfall and then checking out the different trails. Definitely a fun thing for the whole family.
For a trip that’s a little more than a day trip, drive to Blue Ridge for a couple of days to relax in the mountains. We went to Blue Ridge for vacation this summer and it’s gorgeous!
Happy traveling, friends!