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Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends. In and near Atlanta you can see these species: warblers, hawks, woodpeckers, flycatchers, Sedge Wren, Marsh Wren, Hooded Merganser, Blue-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, and Great-horned Owl.
At the Atlanta Audubon Society (atlantaaudubon.org/top-birding-sites) you can learn about several excellent and diverse birding sites.
The Fernbank Science Center (fernbank.edu/Birding/common_birds.htm) site provides a good sample of the common birds that live in or migrate through the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Another excellent source for Georgia Birding Hotspots is (camacdonald.com/birding/usgeorgia.htm)
Shopping: Everywhere you go in Atlanta there are shops, boutiques, stores and galleries to tempt your indulgence.
Transportation: (You need a car for this trip)
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) – Your connection to more than 500 stations in 46 states. For online information and train schedules visit www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)
Day One: Let’s go to the only place in the world where you can explore the fascinating story of Coca-Cola®. World of Coca Cola – Daily: 10-5, 121 Baker Street NW, 404-676-5151
Around every corner you’ll experience something new and inviting. You’ll see great interactive exhibits such as a thrilling, multi-sensory 4-D movie (3D glasses with moving seats) and a fully functioning bottling line.
You can view more than 1,200 artifacts from around the world that, until now, have never been displayed to the public before.
You can even give the 7-foot Coca-Cola Polar Bear a big hug! And of course, a World of Coca-Cola favorite—the tasting experience, will give you a refreshing opportunity to sample over 100 flavors from around the world.
Nearby is the Georgia Aquarium – Su-F: 10-5, Sa: 9-6, 225 Baker St. NW, 404-581-4000
The Georgia Aquarium features more animals than any other aquarium in more than ten million gallons of water.
Through a path of more than sixty exhibits, the Aquarium tells a global water story with features modeled after the greatest zoos and aquariums in the world. Each exhibit is designed to inspire, entertain and educate.
Miller Union – L: Tu-Sa, D: Nightly, 999 Brady Ave, 678-733-8550 is your choice for lunch
The smoked trout mousse with grilled bread is a good start with a glass of ’10 Dme Lafond “Roc-Epine ‘Gr Blanc / Roussanne / Viognier Lirac.
Then it’s a tough choice between house cured corned beef sandwich with sauerkraut, gruyere and russian dressing or the shrimp, oyster & andouille sausage gumbo with carolina gold rice.
Another favorite is the sauteed quail, acorn squash, kale, apples and pumpkin seed. Try the ‘11 Renato Ratti ‘Ochetti’ Nebbiolo Langhe.
Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University - Tu-F: 10-4, Sa: 10-5, Su: 12-5, 571 South Kilgo Circle, 404-727-4282
The Carlos Museum is one of the Southeast’s premier ancient art museums with major collections of art objects from ancient Egypt, Nubia, Near East, Greece, Rome, ancient Americas, Africa, and Asia as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present.
Time for some exercise at the Atlanta Botanical Garden – April-Oct: Tu-Su: 9-7, May-Oct: Th: till 10 PM, Nov-Mar: Tu-Su: 9-5, 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE, 404.876.5859
The Botanical Garden is composed of a number of smaller themed gardens. Each contains different landscapes to display a variety of plants.
Near the entrance are formal gardens, such as the Japanese Garden and the Rose Garden .
Two woodland areas, the 5 acre Upper Woodland and the 10 acre Storza Woods feature large trees and shade-loving flowers and undergrowth.
The Children’s Garden features whimsical sculptures, fountains, and interpretive exhibits on botany, ecology and nutrition. The Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory contains indoor exhibits of plants from tropical rain forests and deserts.
The rain forest room of the Fuqua Conservatory is also populated by tropical birds and turtles. The Fuqua Orchid Center is home to the largest collection of species orchids on permanent display in the U.S.
Dinner is at Sotto Sotto – D: Nightly, 313 N. Highland Ave NE, 404-523-6678
Start with the Buffalo mozzarella, roasted bell peppers, anchovies and capers and then the Bresaola, arugula, celery, Parmigiano, lemon and olive oil.
Enjoy a glass of the ’07 Vino Spumante di Qualità ‘Millesimato’ Brut, Contratto.
For your pasta go for the apple and sausage ravioli with a brown butter/sage sauce and finally the tuscan style veal chop with wild mushrooms and natural jus.
The ’09 Vermentino Toscana, La Spinetta would be a nice match.
Day Two: Breakfast at Alon’s Bakery – B,L: Daily, 1394 North Highland Ave NE, 404- 872-6000
Alon’s is a special neighborhood place to have your croissant and coffee or one of his other European inspired offerings. You might want to take out a few things also.
It’s a special treat for us to visit the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum – M-Sa: 9-4:45, Su: 12-4:45, 441 Freedom Parkway, 404-865-7100
The Museum of the Jimmy Carter Library includes photographs and historical memorabilia from the Carter presidency (1976 – 1981). An exact replica of the Oval Office and gifts received by the Carters are also featured.
A permanent exhibit of significant events occurring during Jimmy Carter’s life and political career includes photographs with interpretative text. The architect, Henry Jova, was a personal friend of ours.
Are we ready for a fun lunch at Empire State South? – L: M-F, D: Nightly, Br: Su, 999 Peachtree St NE #140, 404- 541-1105
Choose either the Pimento Cheese with bacon marmalade or the trout mousse and dill with a glass of ’10 Gruner Veltliner, Nigl, ‘Freiheit.
You can’t resist the catfish PoBoy with spicy remoulade and a vegetable salad unless you had your eye on the charred octopus with red peas, orange confit, ginger, urfa chili in squid ink.
We like the syrah from Stolpman, Estate with either dish and it also goes well with the bocce.
The CNN Center – Daily: 9-5, 190 Marietta St, NW, 404-827-2300
The CNN Center houses an Omni Hotel, a large atrium food court and CNN’s multi-channel output to the world is broadcast to large screens around the center. Studio tours are available and include demonstrations of technologies such as Chroma Key.
Viewing galleries overlook the newsrooms and anchors of CNN, CNN International, CNN Radio, HLN, In Session and CNN in Espanol.
We have just the right amount of time to visit the High Museum of Art – Tu-Sa: 10-5, Th: till 8, Su: 12-5, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E., 404-733-5121
The High Museum of Art is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. Located in Midtown Atlanta’s arts and business district, the High has more than 13,000 works of art in its permanent collection.
The Museum has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American art; significant holdings of European paintings and decorative art; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art.
The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art.
Highlights of the permanent collection include works by Giovanni Battista, Tiepolo, Claude Monet, Martin Johnson Heade, Dorothy Lange, Clarence John Laughlin and Chuck Close.
Prepare for a big time dinner at Restaurant Eugene - D: Nightly, 2277 Peachtree Rd NE, 404-355-0321
Start with the crab galette with citrus and pickled bamboo shoots or the charred asparagus with black truffle.
For your main the lacquered duck, maitake and coffee caramel or the red snapper with grits, ramps and butter beans are signature dishes.
Your wine is the ’09 Clos Rougeard Chenin Blanc and dessert is the triple chocolate grenache.
Day Three: Rise-N-Dine – B & L: Daily, 1565 N Decatur Rd, 404-377-4407
At Rise-N-Dine you can build-your-own fabulous omelet, put berries in your buttermilk or on your sweet potato pancakes, or on top of yummy French toast. What more do you need in life?
The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site – Daily: 9-5, 450 Auburn Ave.
The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site includes King’s birth home, church and grave.
The National Park Service’s Visitor Center at 450 Auburn Ave. features exhibits about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights movement.
The surrounding almost 70-acre Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site and Preservation District includes the Sweet Auburn Historic District.
Let’s go to Buckhead and visit the Atlanta History Center – M-Sa: 10-5:30, Su: 12-5:30, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, 404.814.4000
The Atlanta History Center is a unique campus that houses the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Smith Family Farm, six historic gardens, and the Kenan Research Center.
The Atlanta History Center’s property features six historic gardens representing Georgia’s distinctive flora, both native and introduced.
The Atlanta History Center also operates three historic houses, all listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Tullie Smith Farm and the Swan House take visitors back in time to explore the lifestyles of Atlantans from the 1860s through the 1930s
Your last meal in Atlanta on this Mini-Holiday is at 4th & Swift – D: Nightly, Br: Su, 621 North Avenue NE, 678-904-0160
Let’s start with the crispy Brussels sprout salad with an apple cider reduction, granny smith apples and crème fraîche or the cavatelli pasta with quail egg, arugula, roasted shitake mushrooms and sheep’s milk feta.
Share a half bottle of the Gruet Brut.
Then on to the pan seared Red Snapper with Hakurei turnips or the pan roasted pheasant breast with quince and chanterelle mushrooms.
Enjoy a bottle of the ‘10 Grenache/Syrah/Mouvèdre—Xavier—Vignon with either. For dessert let’s have the sticky toffee pudding with the candied pistachios and cream cheese ice cream.
Until next time, best wishes and happy travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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