Atlanta, Georgia, USA

WRITTEN BY: Abigail Propst

Atlanta is the epicenter of the New South and a city rich in culture and diversity.

Of course, the South is famous (or infamous) for its food and Atlanta has no shortage of Southern soul food and barbeque. But the South has also been eating farm to table for 400 years and, as a transplanted Californian, I can attest to its many healthy culinary gems. With its many professional teams, Atlanta makes a great sports town. Locals get a chance to partake in their own sports and exercise as well, thanks in part to our superb location in the middle of a gigantic pine and hardwood forest that provides many parks, hiking trails and golf courses. Many of these same parks are home to numerous cultural festivals throughout the year.


Our family loves to ride bikes (you can also walk) on the Atlanta Beltline, a network of converted rail beds connecting our parks and in-town neighborhoods, many of which are covered in vast canopies of trees. We pick up the “trail” at Piedmont Park and ride all the way to exquisite Victorian Inman Park where a visit to the Krog Street Market is a must. Krog Street offers a wonderful collection of cafes, bakeries, market stalls and original retail shops. Further down the Beltline is the newly renovated and historic landmark building Ponce City Market, Atlanta’s newest development of shops and great artisan restaurants. Both markets are great spots for restaurants, popular with locals and let you experience the vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere that makes Atlanta so unique.


With four locations throughout town, Souper Jenny offers delicious homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches, including vegan, gluten and dairy-free options, as well as raw juices and smoothies. The menu changes daily, and is always healthy, fresh and inspired. They also offer cooking classes. Jenny’s family of restaurants includes Café Jonah & The Magical Attic, which serves the best breakfast in town. The Magical Attic, upstairs at Jonah’s, features a palm reader, monthly psychic fairs and other inspirational, healing events.


One of our favorite family hikes is along the Chattahoochee River — just 15 minutes from the heart of the city. The Chattahoochee, or the Hooch, as it is sometimes called, is surrounded by an extensive network of truly beautiful trails. It is a great place to paddle and fish. The lush forest, steep cliffs and creek valleys remind us that we are in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. This is a great place to partake in the ancient Japanese tradition of Shiren Yoku (the traditional purifying “forest bath”) while getting a good workout and celebrating Atlanta’s beautiful foliage and wildlife.

If you can’t get out of the city, Piedmont Park, our central oasis in the heart of Midtown, provides athletic facilities, rolling meadows, a dog park, and a venue for many festivals. visit/park_map.html


If you have the time, get a facial from Amy Bransford at the Aviary Beauty Collective. Renowned for its friendly and caring service, the Aviary offers a warm and peaceful environment and specializes in uniquely all-natural, sustainable treatments. Amy’s expert touch will make you feel fresh and beautiful.


Atlanta loves a cultural festival, be it music (orchestra, rock, electronic dance music or national favorites), film, painting, sculpture, photography, renaissance life, culinary arts, or beer and wine. There is almost always a major festival on for the locals; check out what’s happening during your visit HERE.

Atlanta is also a sporty town with teams in every major professional league, providing ample family time to root on the home teams. Downtown Atlanta is now home to The College Football Hall of Fame, which has several interactive exhibits where fans of any team surely leave with a true game day experience.


Emory University Hospital has locations both in midtown and near the Old Fourth Ward – call (404) 686-4411 for more information. Their ER is located at 1364 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30320 (404) 712-7100

Piedmont Hospital 1968 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 605-5000


Walgreens located at 595 Piedmont Avenue NE, #100 Atlanta, GA 30308 (404)-685-9665


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Abigail Propst

Abigail Propst is a wardrobe and fashion stylist transplanted from Los Angeles, CA to Atlanta, GA, where she has resided for the last 18 years. Her son, Emmett, was diagnosed with T1D and has been living beyond Type 1 since the age of 18 months and she also watched her older sister manage and live beyond T1D from the age of 11. She has worked with JDRF for many years. Abigail loves to cook, dance, sing, practice yoga, travel, read, enjoy great food, wine, and laughter with her family and friends.