Atlanta is a remarkable place all year round but fall time brings a particular magic to the area. The Ellis Hotel, a boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, is the perfect, centrally located place to call home while exploring Atlanta and the surrounding area. Here are a few of some fun, autumn activities in and around Atlanta.
There are tons of fall festivals for the entire family during September and October in Georgia. The Fall Georgia State Fair always has something unique and exciting to offer. This year, the fair will be held between September 30 and October 9 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. It will be filled with thrilling rides, live entertainment, and delicious food.
The famed Taste of Atlanta shouldn’t be missed by anyone that considers him or herself a food-lover. Thousands of tasters and diners descend upon Midtown’s Technology Square to discover what makes Atlanta the food capital of the South. Plus, the festival takes place in the heart of the city, just a few blocks away from your Atlanta hotel room at the Ellis. The 15th year of the annual festival will take place on October 21, 22, and 23.
If you have a way around the city, the Georgia Apple Festival is worth the hour and a half drive to Ellijay, Atlanta. From October and October 15-16, the festival will host over 300 vendors offering up handcrafted items. Don’t miss the antique car show on October 10, and the annual downtown Ellijay Parade on the morning of October 17!
In Atlanta’s Pouncey-Highland neighborhood in The Carter Center, the Freedom Farmers Market is open every Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. This market doesn’t just offer fresh produce, but vendors also sell locally-produced cheese and eggs, freshly made baked goods, honey and preserves, and more. A feature that you won’t find at any other farmers markets in Atlanta is their restaurant popup tent, where a different Chef will sell prepared food to go each week!
Another farmers market that is known as a kid-friendly, community gathering spot is the Grant Park Farmers Market. This Sunday morning market is the place to be, and has been voted as the Best Farmers Market in the city by Atlanta Magazine. This is the perfect place to pick up ingredients for an afternoon picnic in the park or to discover fresh, local Georgia products.
Catch some Fresh Air at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
Now through October 30, the Atlanta Botanical Garden will host a huge exhibition of world-famous Dale Chihuly’s art pieces will be present throughout the garden. All 19 of his installations pop against the Botanical Garden’s natural beauty. It’s hard to decide whether the artwork is more beautiful during the day or night, when each piece is beautifully lit.
Also included with your admission ticket are Garden Chef Demonstrations in the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen. Every weekend through October their talented chef will walk you through how to prepare healthy, but delicious, meals using fruits and vegetable grown right in the Botanical Garden. This provides an up-close look how to prepare seasonal, Georgian meals.
Take a Hike on One of Atlanta’s Beautiful Trails
The Atlanta metro area has many great hiking trails that grow even more beautiful with the fall foliage. Doll’s Head Trail in Constitution Lakes Park is a short hike that loops through the forest and displays several modern art pieces made up of toys, tiles and other items washed up from the banks of the South River. The 1.6-mile hike is one of Atlanta’s most unusual and memorable.
A trail that packs in an almost overwhelming amount of beauty is the 3.8-mile Iron Hill Loop Trail. Located in Red Top Mountain State Park, this trail follows along the Allatoona Lake and is especially beautiful in the evenings, as the sun is setting. The moderate hike displays picturesque views of the shoreline and the Red Top Mountain peaks.
A more demanding hike is the Kennesaw Mountain Trail, about 40 minutes from your downtown Atlanta accommodations at the Ellis Hotel. In addition to its abundant natural beauty, this trail also crosses several historical Civil War battlefields. The final reward of this 11-mile trail is the dazzling view of the Atlanta skyline.
For travelers who really want to get lost in the wilderness, the Sweetwater Creek State Park just minutes away from downtown Atlanta features a fantastic network of hiking trails alongside a rushing whitewater creek that meanders through a beautiful, rolling forest. Don’t miss the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company textile mill or the fields of ferns, magnolias and wild azaleas along the way.
Other Fall Outdoor Activities
Check out some of Atlanta’s most popular neighborhoods when they’re closed to traffic thanks to Atlanta Streets Alive. These temporary street closures shut down some of the city’s most trafficked areas to bring the streets to life with music, activity, entertainment and city pride.
Test drive a few of Porsche’s newest models at the Porsche Experience Center. Professional Drive Coaches will navigate you and give you pointers around the 1.6-mile track, giving you an improved understanding of the car’s features.
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze, located in Dawsonville, offers great family fun with the biggest corn maze in Georgia. The 12-acre farm offers four miles of trails, hayrides around the cornfield, a petting zoo, corn cannons and more seasonal activities.
If you’re looking for a great getaway this fall, take a trip down to Atlanta and book your accommodations at The Ellis Hotel. Located on historic Peachtree Street in the heart of downtown Atlanta, The Ellis Hotel’s boutique accommodations provide the perfect blend of modern luxury with historic southern charm. Come and see what makes Atlanta the crown jewel of the south and book a stay at the Ellis Hotel today!