Known as the “Jonquil City,” Smyrna derives this name from the thousands of jonquils that flourish in gardens and along the streets in early spring. Smyrna, Georgia: “Smyrna is located about 10 miles northwest of Atlanta, Georgia and is considered an integral part of the Metro Atlanta area. There’s a fun Jonquil festival that’s not to be missed if you’re visiting during the Fall. It is held at The Village Green in Smyrna, and hosts hundreds of local artisans. Click HERE for more information on this festival.
- Smyrna is known for its abundance of charming neighborhoods….AND, of course, shopping that includes up-scale boutique stores in Vinings; hundreds of stores inside the Cumberland Mall ( across from SunTrust Park and The Battery), and our very own Costco which is next to Cumberland Mall. Then there is Kennesaw and many more shops, restaurants (and another Costco!) all along Barrett Parkway and I-75.
- Smyrna is host to the Atlanta Braves baseball team with games played at SunTrust Park. You can bring your dog too! Check their schedule.
- And, of course, don’t forget the famous Silver Comet Trail that connects 2 minutes from The Greendream just across the East-West Connector Bridge. Just take a right on S.Hurt Road. This is dog-friendly.
In less than 15 minutes you can drive to the cute, village-like area called Vinings. It is full of unique shops and a variety of restaurants. The stores can be quite expensive, but it’s nice to just walk around and do some window shopping. Restaurants are very good as is the service. The area has boomed with apartments and businesses, but you can still feel the “quaint” vibe. People dress nicely in the restaurants, so no flip-flops and grungy t-shirts. Here’s a link to the “Vinings Jubilee” shopping and eating area. For a romantic meal go to the Old Vinings Inn. Yes, an old Inn. You will need to dress nicely, so buy something at one of the shops in Vinings!
Marietta Square is where to go for a nice stroll around an old-fashioned Square. Yes, there are restaurants, shops and craft fairs are held there. They have an old-fashioned Trolley that your kids can go on. They also have a Farmers Market on Saturdays and Sundays with over 65 vendors.
Marietta also has the most authentic and fabulous French restaurant called Doceur de France. It is actually not IN the Square, but on the outskirts which makes it easier to park. I go there EVERY time that I visit Atlanta, and if you’ve been to France, you will appreciate the authenticity of this place. Dress is casual. Get a dessert and anything that has bread. Last, but not least is the Marietta Diner. It’s open 24 x 7, and the menu is enormous as are the portions. It is so much fun to go there.