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Hospitality Highway: Shop, dine, listen to music in Alpharetta
Alpharetta
Photo courtesy Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau

There’s so much to do along this stretch of Georgia, and we’ve highlighted just a small portion in five cities: Alpharetta, Cumming, Dahlonega, Dawsonville and Roswell. There’s everything from spectacular hikes and mountain views to sophisticated dining and shopping along with loads of history and options for play. 

See the full issue of the March 400 Life magazine here.

Alpharetta

WHAT TO DO

Alpharetta City Center

Explore the city’s modern take on small-town, historic charm with an eclectic mix of eateries, shops and galleries. The 26-acre mixed-use development is a lively destination for local retailers and casual and sophisticated food options. Visitors can also get outdoors at the five-acre Brooke Street Park. Heck, with 168 luxury apartments, you could even live there.

Where: 2001 Commerce St.

Visit: citycenteralpharetta.com

Alpharetta City Center
Photo courtesy Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau

Avalon

This 86-acre community has become the standard-bearer of live-work-play development in metro Atlanta that opened in 2014. There’s 500,000 square feet of shopping and restaurants along with a 12-screen movie theater, conference center, full-service hotel, single-family residences and luxury rental homes, all designed in a walkable environment. 

Where: 400 Avalon Blvd.

Visit: experienceavalon.com

Avalon
Photo courtesy Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau

Wills Park

Wills Park is Alpharetta’s premier recreation destination. On 110 acres, there’s plenty for the sporty-type, with baseball fields, disc golf course, tennis and an equestrian center. For the playful ones, there’s Wills Park Pool and Wacky World Playground. For those with a green thumb, Wills Park is home to the Alpharetta Community Garden and the Arboretum at Wills Park. Or just enjoy the park’s 1.8-mile walking trail.

Where: 11925 Wills Rd.

Visit: awesomealpharetta.com

Wills park

WHERE TO EAT

Antico Pizza Napoletana

One of Atlanta’s pioneering pizza restaurants, Antico Pizza Napoletana offers the classics along with some originals, like the award-winning San Gennaro (sausage, sweet red pepper, bufala mozzarella and cipolline onions) and Diavola (spicy soppressata salami, Calabrian peppers, bufala mozzarella and garlic). 

Where: 3185 Avalon Boulevard

Visit: littleitalia.com

Antico

Local Expedition Wood Fired Grill

Explore the flavors of the world with a combination of Southern hospitality and family atmosphere. “The Local” has a unique menu featuring the tastes of Asia, Europe and the Americas using locally-grown ingredients and hormone-free meats for the perfect combination of health and flavor.

Where: 5315 Windward Pkwy.

Visit: thelocalwoodfiredgrill.com

Local EXPEDITION Wood Fired Grill