Inman Park Festival (April 27th-29th)

Atlanta is famous for it’s many wonderful neighborhood festivals. But the best of all is our Inman Park Festival!

Each year, one weekend in late Spring,  the streets are blocked off and Inman Park has a party. The streets are lined with the best artists, great food vendors, music under a tent, and of course sidewalk drifters.

This year it will take place April 27th-29th with a highlight being the funky, funny parade on Saturday the 28th at 2:00pm. If you have been before, you know not to miss it. It is also your chance to tour some of the homes in this eclectic neighborhood.

If you have never experienced the Inman Park Festival, now is the time to get hooked–It will become your new favorite spring pastime.  If you are not local, we are all booked for Festival weekend  this year. April is a beautiful month to visit Atlanta and with the Festival as added incentive, you might want to get this on your calendar for next year.


Food Trucks by Urban Oasis

Every Wednesday afternoon food trucks from around Atlanta gather a block away from The Urban Oasis in The Stove Works’ parking lot. Trucks serving everything from Puerto Rican dishes to Asian sliders and all-natural popsicles cater to locals and professionals. The trucks are a great, alternative quick grab for lunch, or the perfect place to take in a slow lunch at a pick-nick table on a nice day.

Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward Neighborhood Highlighted in The New York Times

Urban Oasis is located on the border of two historic Atlanta neighborhoods: Inman Park and The Old Fourth Ward. Recently, The New York Times published a piece highlighting the up-and-coming Old Forth Ward neighborhood, calling it “a cradle of culinary and artistic innovation.”

The article spotlights several restaurants and hang-outs in the area, including Kevin Rathbun Steak, a wonderful high-end steak-house, located in the building next door to [Read more…]

Beautiful Weekend for the Inman Park Festival!

The 4oth Inman Park Festival is in full swing this weekend ( April 30 and May 1).  And isn’t the artwork that my friend and web design client, Jon Arge, did for the poster and tee-shirts this year absolutely fabulous?.

I’ll never forget my very first Inman Park Festival. We lived in Druid Hills( nearby beautiful but stuffy neighborhood) and came over to walk around the festival when I was a week overdue with my  first child, Amanda  (turning 25 next week) to be born. It was really hot that day and I hoped that walking around in the heat would send into labor, but the only thing I got was swollen ankles and she  took her sweet time to come another whole week later. I can’t believe that was 25 years ago. [Read more…]

Right in the Midst of the Best Restaurants and Bars Around

Location, location, location. We are in such a great neighborhood. In addition to lots of shopping and theaters and trails and history, we are smack in the middle of food and drink heaven. I hate to even begin to write this since I don’t have time to cover all of the good  places in this post. But, I wanted to give you a few of my favorites hangouts.

We are right next door to one of the best steak houses in the country, Kevin Rathbun Steak. It is a delight, dark with [Read more…]

Guest Post: Staycation in Atlanta from the Burbs



by Marcy Lamberson

Do you ever want to go on a mini vacation, but don’t have a lot of time for traveling? My husband and I opted for a “stay-cation” this year, right inside Atlanta. We had 2 nights available for a little adventure.

We live in the suburbs, but there’s so much to do and explore just half an hour away from our house in the city. So I started hunting for a B & B online. I’m a glass artist who looks for the unique and interesting places and we’re both the laid back types. I wanted to find a place that was fun, and casual to match our style.

The Urban Oasis Bed and Breakfast was perfect. I loved the colorful and funky mid century modern furnishings in a wonderful rehabbed building. The three Basset Hounds and two cats were the right touch too. So cute! Their varied art throughout the property gave me a lot to look at too. [Read more…]

Cool Event on Krog Street: I Love This Neighborhood

Convergent Frequencies highlights urban geography this weekend
By Susannah Darrow

Artist Matt Haffner and his assistant prepare shipping crates for this weekend’s opening of Convergent Frequencies at the intersection of Krog and Irwin streets.

i45 will once again challenge our understanding of the role of traditional galleries with their new public art installation, Convergent Frequencies, opening this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 17-19, from 6PM-12Midnight. The three-day event combines the talents of Matt Haffner, Nat Slaughter, and Matt Gilbert. The Skies Over Atlanta project, which [Read more…]

Slumber Party with “Talking with Tami”

I met a delightful young woman who has a blog and a talk show called Talking with Tami, at a business event where I was speaking to people about my web design business, New Tricks. She told me she had a WordPress blog and we got to talking and the next thing I know she is coming to the Urban Oasis with  her hubby, Terrell and her two kids to spend the night in a bed and breakfast for the very first time.

Breakfast with Talking with Tami

Now we have great people stay with us. But with Tami it was a slumber party. We had a great time. She took fabulous photos and wrote a terrific post about her stay on her website.

Old Fourth Ward Is Right Over The Tracks

I just saw this review of the Old Fourth Ward in Yelp. Old Fourth Ward is the neighborhood on the other side of the tracks from The Urban Oasis. It is where Martin Luther King Historic District, the Edgewood Corridor and Auburn Avenue, where I have done a lot of building. In fact the Yelp Article mentions, Lotta Fruita which is one of my buildings. Here is the article but you can go to Yelp and check out the reviews.

While neighborhoods like Inman Park and Midtown have been cool for years, Old Fourth Ward is finally getting its day in the sun. All along Boulevard, Edgewood and Auburn new hot spots are opening on the regular, offering up a diverse array of food and fun. Whether you’re a virgin to the scene or a local superstar (like our very own Martin Luther King, Jr.), check out this edition of the Weekly for Yelp-approved spots in the O4W.

Nestled amongst the beautiful homes on Auburn Avenue, you’ll find local treasures like MLK’s birthplace and LottaFrutta. According to Sara C, the latter is “lottagooda: it feels like you’re in another city, like somewhere in Latin America or Miami.” Pizzeria Vesuvius‘ only problem “is being delicious. Sometimes too delicious,” reports Justin H, as he often finds he has control issues during the Sunday night all you can eat fest. And if you want to finish your night off right, head to Miso Izakaya for the macha brulée. Jennifer E proclaims, “Even if the rest of the food was made from dog hair and banana peels, I would be back just for that.”

Morning or night, there’s always something goin’ down at local fixture Danneman’s. Barry G takes advantage of the happenings, be it coffee in the AM or “salsa, yoga or artwork in the evenings.” Next door, Josh H takes advantage of lunch and dinner at The Edgewood Corner Tavern, which is “the bomb, like tick-tick” at any hour of the day. Support those less fortunate at Café 458, where 100% of the proceeds benefit Samaritan House. Gerald S encourages you to “give it a try, fill your belly, and help the homeless.”

Nightlife is on lock in this little neighborhood, so start your eve off right at 4th & Swift, where “they’re firing on all cylinders.” Robert S has become a regular, and recommends you do the same – “food, service and atmosphere are all at their pinnacle.” If dancing is your thing, Noni’s is your place. Deli by day, “hands down the best late night dance party” by night: Tara J has never had a bad time! Or try out the newest kid on the block, The Sound Table. Vanessa T swears she could hardly stay in her chair with the music and ‘riddims’ playing while she dined; “I think I have finally found a dance space deserving of my devotion.” Old Fourth Ward certainly deserves the love!

I’ve also got to mention my favorite restaurant, Serpas which is around the corner from us. Scott Serpas and his wife Dawn have done a great job on the decor in an old cotton warehouse as well as the food. They are from Louisiana and call their cuisine, “True Food”.  Get some of their flash fried oysters for a little bit of heaven.

Then we also have to say Danneman’s coffee shop is the heart and soul of the neighborhood. If you want to know what is going on just head over to Danneman’s at the corner of Edgewood and Boulevard from 8-10 AM and you will meet and greet everyone you need to know to be in the know. My friend, Joe Stewardson who owns the building that houses Dannemans, Corner Tavern and Cafe Circa, says he just sits their like a grouper with his mouth open and takes it all in. I say he needs to run for Mayor next time around.

While you are cruising around the hood, check out the Wigwam Building, one of the hundred most important buildings in Atlanta. I restored it in 2004, and got a couple of historic restoration awards for saving it.