Inman Park and The Old Fourth Ward are Rocking and Rolling!

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.

The Atlanta Beltline as seen from the backyard of the Urban Oasis Bed and Breakfast in early Spring

The Atlanta Beltline as seen from the backyard of the Urban Oasis Bed and Breakfast in early Spring


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.

Krog Street Market

via Friday Night Date Night

Beginning of the Beltline

People coming off the Atlanta Beltline heading to Krog Street Market

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.

Products Carried at the Merchant located at the Krog Street Market

The Merchant, image from their website.

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.

Ponce City Market from the Atlanta Beltline

Ponce City Market from the Atlanta Beltline via


via Ponce City Market Website

via Ponce City Market Website

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.

Best Way to Get to Know Atlanta – Bicycle Tours of Atlanta

Bicycle Tours of Atlanta

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.bicycle-tours-of-atlanta

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.

Getting ready to cook Paella at Barcelona Wine Bar.

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.

Getting ready to cook Paella at Barcelona Wine Bar.

We each had our own Paella pan and burners.


Ingredients are all ready for us to make Paella at Barcelona Wine Bar in Inman Park. We each have our own pans and burners!

Fresh ingredients for class to use in our paellas.


Isvari's Paella goodness.

Ishvari’s Paella


Urban Oasis Breakfast. This could be yours.

Urban Oasis Breakfast. This could be yours. #bedandbreakfast  #atlfood 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!

Urban Oasis Gets New Flor Carpet and Dining Room Chairs!

New Flor Carpet at the Urban Oasis Bed and Breakfast. Very excited to get our new Flor Carpeting at the Urban Oasis Bed and Breakfast. Soothing blues.

Chairs #midcenturymodern #ilovecolor
My new Eames Shell Chairs are now assembled! They look just like the photoshopped pic I did. I love it when what is in my mind is manifested so precisely. With this much color in my place, I have to be careful adding to it.