I decided to try my hand at making a Succulent gardens in pots. I ended up with quite a few. Now, I just have to figure out to keep them alive.
I wish I could say these were all my flowers but no it isn’t true. They came from the Carter Center Freedom Parkway Farmer’s Market and were just lovely. Now, sometimes I do have beautiful flowers, roses and peonies are abundant early in the Spring. And now, I have a huge Zinnia bed with colorful stems. But, I will take flowers where I can get them and these were beautiful.
It is hard to believe what is happening all around the Urban Oasis. We are ground zero in the most walkable neighborhoods in Atlanta, Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward. I feel like I have dual citizenship in these two neighborhoods and they were already great but they both have just taken off. A big part of this is due to the Atlanta Beltline.
The Atlanta Beltline trail will eventually go 22.5 miles all the way around the city. At this point the Beltline Eastside Trail starts from the corner near our building at Krog and Lake and is paved for 2.5 miles taking you to Piedmont Park .
The Urban Oasis Bed and Breakfast is right on the Atlanta Beltline and and all around us parks, restaurants and shops are springing up like the wild flowers planted along the trail.
In the Winter and Spring before the trees leaf up we can see people on the trail everyday and night in all types of weather. The fence is louvered so we can see out but they can’t see in. Well they can if they try:-) But we love being on the trail and people watching from the backyard.
At one end of the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta Beltline is the Krog Street Market. It is literally two doors down the street from us. The wildly popular Krog Street Market is a high-end Food Hall and Emporium. Many top chefs in the City have opened small food stalls there, Fred’s Meat and Bread, for sandwiches, such as their specialty the Philly Cheese Steak, Yalla for Mediterranean, GC’s Barbecue, Gu’s Dumplings, Spotted Trotter, Little Tart Bakeshop, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream.
It also is the home of four sit down restaurants, Luminary, an American brasserie and raw bar with French influence, Seperica for Mexican, Craft Izakaya for Japanese and excellent sushi and Cockentrice for your basic meat fetish.
There are several retail establishments in the Krog Street Market. The Collective is a cute shop in it’s own little cottage at the corner of Lake and Waddell. Then inside the Krog Street Market you will find Mama Bath and Body, A florist, Nature’s Garden, Inman Park Petworks and the best yet, The Merchant. The Merchant is my favorite store in Atlanta and they are going to open a 3,000 sq. ft. location spitting distance from the Urban Oasis. I can’t wait because until recently our neighborhoods have been sorely lacking for places to shop for cool gifts.
Ponce City Market is located at the other end of the Beltline’s Eastside Trail. The former Sears, Roebuck & Company building on Ponce de Leon was a big, sad building for years. It was abandoned and then it was used City Hall East for the City of Atlanta. Soon this massive building is going to be another mixed-use development with eat, work and shop opportunities galore. We have already seen Anthopologie and West Elm open. Mail Chimp and General Assembly, a technical school have both opened offices there. People are already living in the cool apartment flats. And the many restaurants and top of the line retail establishments are scheduled to open in 2016.
When the Ponce City Market opens, watch out! Things will be buzzing and the throng of folks currently walking and riding on the Beltline who are currently spilling over Krog Street to the Krog Market will then have the opportunity to hangout at the other end of the path. We think this will ease the congestion over our way, but it just might double it.
Looking for a great time in Atlanta where you get out into nature and see our fantastic city up close and personal? My good friend, Robyn Elliott is the owner of Bicycle Tours of Atlanta which runs three hour tours of the Intown Neighborhoods, historic sites and hidden jewels off the beaten path. One of my favorite places on the tour is Oakland Cemetery, a victorian garden cemetery and city park where Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones, and Civil War soldiers are buried.
I also love the murals around town. We have some great wall art and Robyn takes you there. Of course the tours explore Civil War and Civil Rights history of Atlanta. Robyn takes you through some of the coolest neighborhoods, including Inman Park and Cabbage Town.
If you are coming to Atlanta check out her site and see what the schedule is. They start early in the summer and will be running evening tours as the days are longer.
Is it any wonder why I was compelled to buy this Painting by William Mize? Love the shotgun house and his use of color. It is stunning. And it’s size is deceiving. Looks so much bigger in real life. We love art and love to support local artists.
We have a firepit for those spring evenings with a chill in the air. This amazing fire was created with a log that was scored with a hole in the middle.
One of my favorite restaurants in the neighborhood is Barcelona Wine Bar. They have a cozy ambiance, great wine list and delicious seasonal tapas. Recently they had a Paella cooking class that I went to with a foodie friend.
We don’t get too fancy with breakfast at the Urban Oasis. During the week we set out a continental breakfast spread with great coffee, teas, fresh berries, yummy breads, granola, yogurt, juice, hard-boiled eggs.On the weekends we actually cook to your order bacon, eggs, and omelets along with the afore mentioned spread.
Had to make some breakfast for myself after feeding guests. Yum!