A Reason to Stay Put

It has been 11 days since I’ve posted. Apologies, but I’ve been busy getting ready to go nowhere. Last weekend was my number one reason to be in Atlanta – the Inman Park Festival. Of all of my ‘trips’ this one is the closest. I literally walk out of my front door into a festival.

Just me and my 40,000 closest friends

I spoke about festival for the first time in my Staycation posts, but really you must know more… if for no other reason than to convince you to come to festival yourself. Festival is held the last full weekend of April each year. (Unless Easter falls that weekend…)

The Feed + Seed Marching Abominables

Festival officially kicks-off  Friday night at a serious party for the neighborhood known as Butterfly Ball. It features dinner, cocktails, and most importantly a kick a** band. The Marching Abominables even play. Seriously, if band had been like this in high school, it would have been cool.

Shopping AND a parade!

Saturday we open the flood gates for our friends across the city. There are over 400 arts + crafts booths and street market vendors. You can find everything from yard art to cupcakes to dining room tables. My favorite booth of the year was Potsalot Pottery… gorgeous and seemingly practical ceramics. They are based in NOLA on Magazine Street. Be sure to check them out the next time you are there.

You Gnome You Love It

You Gnome You Love It

Arguably the biggest draw is the City’s most eclectic parade… marching bands, floats, politicians, and a gathering of 264 gnomes.

Beautiful Historic IP Home

When not watching the parade or perusing booths, visitors and residents wander through the 12 different homes on tour each year. There is an incredible range of housing types in the ‘hood and the tour reflects this marvelously.

See you at Inman Park Festival 2013!

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