Quality Inn & Suites Decatur - Atlanta East
5300 Snapfinger Park Drive
Decatur, GA 30035
Phone: (678) 418-0004
Fax: (678) 418-7131
Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve encompasses 2550 acres (1031.94 hectares) of pristine forest, and features many dramatic rock outcroppings amid the rolling hills. The park's mountaintop terrain bears a fragile ecosystem, including several protected species of flora. Brochures are available to help visitors identify these rare, endangered plants. Charted hikes include treks past the park's lakes, through the forests, and to the top of the mountain. Take Interstate 20 east to Evans Mill Road (exit 38) and turn right. Turn right again at Klondike Road and drive two miles to the park.
Just 17 miles (27 kilometers) southeast of Atlanta, this 617-acre (250-hectare) park offers a variety of outdoor activities. Explore the natural splendor on any of the park's trails, or stop by on the weekend for a guided hike to the top of the Panola Mountain. Hikers will enjoy the many species of flora and fauna that abound here, as well as the rock formations along the face of the 940-foot (286-meter) mountain itself. An interpretive center is located at the head of the trails, where regular nature hikes are organized by park rangers. See their website for maps, calendar of park events, and reservation details.
Just east of Atlanta, this 3200-acre (1300-hectare) park centers on the world's largest exposed granite mountain. Sky lift gondolas whisk visitors 825 feet (251 meters) to the top, where commanding views of the Georgia countryside await them. The north face's 90x100-foot (27x30-meter) bas-relief memorial to Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson is the world's largest. An antebellum plantation, an antique auto museum and a petting zoo are all located within the park, as are camping, dining and lodging accommodations. During the summer, there are evening laser light shows on the mountain.
This urban recreation center brings outdoor fun to the southeast side neighborhood of Little Five Points. In addition to a swimming pool (open during summer months only), the park features tennis courts, basketball courts, softball and soccer fields, a children's playground and a large picnic pavilion. The 48-acre (20-hectare) expanse has extensive paved pathways for biking and in-line skating, plus public restrooms and a specially designated pet area. Take the Flat Shoals Road exit off Interstate 20 and head north. Turn right on 2nd Avenue, then right again on Tilson Road to reach here.
Located near the Avondale Train Station, Wild Heaven Brewery is a fine example of Georgia's beer expertise. Established by Nick Purdy, in association with Eric Johnson, this awesome brewery offers skillfully designed handcrafted brews. Innovation is a strong point at this brewery - although it continues a time-tested European tradition of brewing, these creators infuse a dash of zesty American innovation to it. Big on flavor, beers such as Invocation - an earthy, vanilla oak Belgian golden ale, Let There Be Light, a citrusy and light American pale ale and Civilization, a tart English barleywine are refreshing and delightful, to say the least. Try their tasting tours - if you're a beer fanatic, you'd love this place!
This farm is not far from downtown Atlanta, and offers a sweet retreat from city life. Trail rides, picnics, and many other activities are offered on this 100-acre (40-hectare) estate, which features both farmland and woodlands. Perhaps the most popular events are the moonlight hayrides, offered nightly throughout the year in fair weather. Business retreats, office picnics, and private events can all be organised, and 15 acres (six hectares) can be for camping.
The Oakhurst Garden organizes field trips, seminars and events to spread environmental awareness among adults and children. It explains the various arenas of environmental science and nature in order to cultivate a better tomorrow. Visitors are also taught practical approaches of composting and agriculture so that they too can do their bit in preserving the environment. There is a playground for children too. Pets are allowed on a leash.
Agnes Scott College is a women's-only college that imparts education with the aim of empowering women for the changing times. It offers courses in Humanities. Established in 1889 by the Presbyterian Church, it is affiliated to the Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology among others.
The Old Scottish Rite Hospital is was originally established as the Scottish Rite Convalescent Home for Crippled Children. It basically functioned to serve the indigent lot of children, who were crippled or had been recovering post a surgery. The house site was swanked by six beds and was a rented cottage. After raising some funds, the hospital has striven its best to expand and currently possesses the space to house 18 patients at one time. The site has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Presently, the west wing is flanked by a full service bar, while the east wing brags of Solarium, which is a fine meeting place.
It's easy to miss this little park located at a busy intersection, in the largely urban neighborhood of Oakhurst. It more than makes up for its size however, by hosting a slew of cultural events and festivals. From musical concerts to art festivals, the park witnesses significant activity throughout the year. In quieter times, it's an excellent place to take a breather before you carry on with your daily grind.
Decatur is a small city located almost 6 miles away from the buzzing city of Atlanta. It has maintained its distinct identity, in spite of its proximity to this capital city. Today, Decatur is known for its numerous historical sites and the different cultural events that take place here. The town has become popular with young families, the gay/lesbian/transgender community and local artists. Hip bars and restaurants flourish in this funky community and there is liberal vibe to the culture and its inhabitants.
The Decatur Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in the region and is surrounded by a lush forest. The graves date back to 1823. Today, one can find a fish pond and a migratory reserve for Canadian geese. Ducks, swans and turtles also abound. To glean more regarding the rich history of the site, enroll yourself for a cemetery tour held regularly.