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
http://fridaydatenight.me/2015/05/17/krog-street-market-crawl/

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 poncecitymarket.com

 

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.

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

 

Snapperhead at Rathbun’s Barbecue on Krog.

Judi Knight and Kevin RathbunOur neighbor, renowned chef Kevin Rathbun has three restaurants on either side of our building here on Krog Street, Rathbun’s, Kevin Rathbun Steaks and The Krog Bar. Each year in the Spring and Fall Kevin sponsors a charity barbecue. This year the food was from Fox Brother’s one of our local Barbecue greats and music was by local band, Snapperhead.
Snapperhead at Rathbun's Barbecue on Krog.

Fritti corner of Highland and Elizabeth.

FrittiFritti is a great wood fired pizza and small plate Italian restaurant with a terrific patio. It is walking distance in the neighborhood,  just on the corner of North Highland and Elizabeth Streets. I love their charcuterie  platter and their arugula and beet salad. And it is a fun place to sit and people watch with a nice glass of Prosecco.

Atlanta Patio Dining

It’s spring time here in Atlanta, and you can tell by the crowds of people on the patios and decks of many restaurants and bars here in the area. There is nothing better than being with friends on a perfect spring night and enjoying your favorite food and drink. There are plenty of great restaurants where you can lounge outside near the Urban Oasis.

Barcelona
240 N. Highland Avenue Atlanta Georgia 30307

Barcelona Tapas and Wine Bar

This is the place that is hopping in Inman Park for cocktails and Tapas. Best to go ealry in the week and early in the evening if you’d like to get a table.

Six Feet Under
437 Memorial Drive S.E. Atlanta, GA 30312

With seafood to die for, a great roof-top porch, and fully-stocked bar, Six Feet Under (Grant Park) is a the perfect place to spend a night this spring. The deck overlooks Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery, which is a great place to take a stroll after lunch or sign up for an official tour.

The Book House Pub
736 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast  Atlanta, GA 30306

It’s a cozy place with a little bar and great food. Their Guiness mac and cheese paired with a pinot noir makes for a perfect drink and appetizer. They also have a patio covered in trees and lights, great for that spring time dinner that turns into an all night occasion.

 Victory Sandwich Bar
280 Elizabeth Street Northeast  Atlanta, GA 30307

Victory, nestled here in Inman Park, is a new Sandwich bar offering delicious 4 dollar sandwiches and Jack and Coke Slushies. A great spot for an afternoon snack or midnight drink on a warm night.