Summer officially begins June 21st. When I was younger, Summer was riding in a car, windows down and music all the way up, not thinking about the impending school semester or any responsibilities coming up, but instead trying to find any way to cool off from the Texas heat. Just because we are adults doesn’t mean that we can’t use our weekends to reminisce those days and enjoy the outdoors like we used to. Here are some ways I still like to spend my weekends in Atlanta soaking up the summer rays.
I have 2 forever puppies at home (they are 7 and 4 years old but have boundless amounts of energy that I thought would die down after the puppy years, surprise they didn’t). It is essential for me to get them outside in the summer to burn off some energy, but at the same time the scorching heat can take a real toll on them.
One of our favorite things to do is take them to different trails along the Chattahoochee River. Our neighborhood backs up to the river, so we are even able to do this after work most days. They love romping around in the water while we throw chuck-it balls and sticks in for them to chase. There are plenty of parks around Atlanta that have river access as well. We can take long walks on winding trails, while the pups are still able to cool off along the way. Highly recommend doing this in the morning, as we like to keep our dogs off leash and there tends to be more shade and less people out then.
One of my favorites is Jones Bridge Unit, Chattahoochee National Recreational Area. There is a short half mile trail if you are not wanting to trek too much that day that goes by the remains of an old, dilapidated bridge in the middle of the woods, but they also have a 5 mile loop if you are wanting a bit more of a hike that day.
Another one of our favorite summer activities includes checking out some of the local breweries, especially when they have sun-soaked patios that are dog friendly. There is nothing better than cooling off with a nice craft beer, while playing some corn hole or giant jenga with friends. We recently went to Three Taverns brewery and really enjoyed that atmosphere there. Like many craft breweries in Atlanta, Three Taverns is in a pretty unassuming building. The only real give away is the huge beer kettle with this logo on it out front. We were able to order a few beers and play cards games out front on a picnic table with friends under the shade. Being summer, I highly recommend their sours, but they have delicious IPAs and Stouts that can be had any time of the year! They even have one IPA – Rowdy and Proud – that is for the fans of our killer soccer team, Atlanta United.
Another one of our favorite spots for beer is Roswell. We enjoy meeting our friends in downtown Roswell, putting our name down at one of the mouthwatering restaurants like Ceviche, Salt Factory and Osteria Mattone (get the Agnolotti DI Oxo If you know what’s good for you!) and then heading over to Gate City Brewery to grab a beer while we wait for our table. They open up their multiple garage doors to make their tap room a completely open air atmosphere. After dinner, we walk over to Variant to have a beer flight before heading home (don’t worry, we definitely uber or lyft). Variant is one of my favorite breweries in Atlanta. They have a diverse and rotating lineup that is heavy on IPAs, Stouts, and once again my summer favorite – sours and Goses. You will not regret heading North to Roswell to experience some of the beers outside of perimeter.
Lastly, if summer doesn’t remind you of baseball, then we can’t be friends. Just kidding, but even if you don’t like baseball, a Braves game experience is way more than just baseball. The Braves organization did themselves a huge favor by creating the Battery around the stadium. There is something for everyone. My husband and I like to start out by getting to the Battery early and grabbing an Antico’s pizza. I am drooling just thinking about an Antico pizza (I could write a whole other blog on pizzas).
From there we head into the game, where we usually buy the cheapest tickets and post up in the Chophouse. This is a great spot to grab a few beers, meet up with friends and watch Acuna, Freeman, and now Riley hit some home runs! After the game, the Battery is a bustling place, with plenty of bars or food options to go to. Punch Bowl Social offers a little of everything. They have 3 bars, virtual reality, ping pong, billiards, bowling, arcade games, food, and drinks. What more could you really want?
These are just a few of my favorite ways to get out and enjoy the summer days. There are so many other things to do around Atlanta – I didn’t even mention the beltline, concerts, or the numerous art and music festivals. I am always looking for new, exciting ways to spend my summer nights and weekends, so let me know some of your favorites that I need to try!
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