Downtown and Buckhead, the other areas to stay in Atlanta
Atlanta was almost completely destroyed in the past, because of this most buildings date back from the early 1900’s and this architectural time loop is still visible in the district to this day. One area in particular that pays testament to this quality is that of the historic, “Grant Park” Built up around the late to the early 1900’s this park is lined with stunning two story mansions and is also surrounded by quaint one story cottages and craftsmen bungalows to the east with a remnant of the Civil War to the south east that of Fort Walker.
Another nearby historic site is that of Inman Park, this park has some stunning Victorian era architecture of its own. Dating back to 1889, this park is considered to be Atlanta’s very first Suburb. Interestingly enough many of the famous homes and structures here were built and financed by Asa Candler the founder of Coca Cola soft drinks.
Right next door to this is the, “Little Five Points” commercial shopping square. This is Atlanta’s shopping, dining and sight seeing Mecca. This place has a, “come as you are” kind of vibe. Shopping and business here is an eclectic mix and those who frequent this location are a diverse bunch as well; ranging from Hipsters, Rastafarians, cosmopolitan socialites and even those with a it of a punk rock vibe like to hangout at this location.
After the shopping is done, for those of you interested in history take a walk over to the, “Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War museum”. This museum not only documents the ferocious Civil War that ripped the United States asunder, but in its telling it employs a Cyclorama as its story telling device.
This is a very unique thing to see, Cyclorama’s were in vogue in the late 1800’s this one was installed in 1887. Predating the days of the motion picture, the Cyclorama employs huge panoramic, wrap around paintings that suck the viewer right into the battle field. This one depicts the, “Battle of Atlanta” that took place on July 22, 1864. There are very few of these kinds of story telling devices left in the world. So this remaining Cyclorama telling of the Civil War is a very rare attraction to see in Atlanta.
Next door to mid town, take in some concerts at the Chastain Park Ampitheatre. This is the outdoor venue and the sister home of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra when it is not in Midtown. Created in 1939 as part of FDR’s New Deal, this is the place to be for summer concerts in Atlanta. From classical music to rock groups, many a good time has been held at these summer festivals in Buckhead.
The Nightlife in Buckhead is great too, check out, “Dante’s Down the Hatch”, a truly imaginative night club. This place is designed to look like an 18th century sailing ship! Why this pub is harbored in Atlanta no on is really sure, but it is a lot of fun! Immersed in the backdrop of an antique naval vessel eat the specialty fondue and jam out to some of the best Jazz music ever heard in Atlanta. Unique is definitely a good adjective for this Buckhead attraction.