Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/29/23

Get ready for a festive celebration as the ultimate pop-up holiday bar, opens its doors in Underground Atlanta on December 1st. This is the only place in the city where you can see three Christmas experiences at once—ideal for a fun date night, corporate party or group outings complete with non-stop holiday fun.

Mrs. Claus: A Holiday Bar

This winter wonderland promises an enchanting experience with 17 fully decorated Christmas trees, a full-sized sleigh for capturing the perfect holiday photo with your bestie, and a fully immersive Winter Wonderland walkthrough featuring icicles, snow, and lights. The centerpiece of Mrs. Claus is the stunning all-black monochromatic tree, framed perfectly with a hanging four-foot fully illuminated star that immediately captures the eye. The ceiling is a work of art, made to look like a multicolored bow with fabric draped down to each section, creating a mesmerizing visual experience. 

North Hole Mini Golf

For a unique twist on the holiday, check out North Hole: a hole in one mini golf. Say goodbye to the endless waits, as each hole is par one. Enjoy this marvelous Christmas-themed experience with candy canes, polar bears, and reindeer. 

Big XMAS: A Really Big Christmas

Step into the larger-than-life celebration at Big XMAS, your super-sized Christmas dance party. Marvel at hanging ornaments, giant inflatables and a towering 20-foot Christmas tree. Climb into the 10-foot-tall Santa Chair that seats three and spin while enjoying the in-house snow machine that will make you feel like a toy come to life. 

This holiday pop-up offers a curated drink menu with specialty drinks, including a Rumchata Iced Coffee and Mistletoe Martini. Sip on your cocktails served by a team of bartenders dressed in sexy Santa outfits, adding a slightly naughty take on Christmas. With its captivating decorations and festive atmosphere, Mrs. Claus is set to become the most Instagram-friendly Christmas bar in Atlanta.

Indulge in holiday cheer, purchase tickets to each section individually or opt for a group ticket for the ultimate Christmas adventure. With DJs, parties, and special events, this holiday pop up experience keeps the festivities going all night long. 

Event Details

  • Location: 50 Upper Alabama Street, Atlanta, GA 30303
  • Pricing ranges from $10 – $35.
  • Operating hours are Friday to Sunday, 8 PM – Late.
  • Corporate parties, special events, and group outings are welcomed—contact us via by email to plan your unforgettable celebration.

For updates, ticket information, and more details, please visit Eventbrite or follow on social media:


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/28/23

Witchcraft, Yule Celebrations and Art Emerge at Mystic District Marketplace: The Enchanted Slay Ride in Underground Atlanta

Kick-off the holiday season with a dark, underground artistic experience featuring witchy vendors, immersive art and live performances.

Mystic District Marketplace invites you to an unforgettable evening of mischief, as The Enchanted Slay Ride takes over MOM SAID ITS FINE in Underground Atlanta on December 1st. Frankie &  Marley Productions and cfcm | design present an immersive experience that’s more than just a ride – it’s a journey into a world of Yule magic, live performances featuring an all queer cast, and occult vendors. 

Embrace the darker side of the holidays and capture memories with Krampus, the mythical creature of folklore. Attendees will have the opportunity to take photos with this legendary figure, adding a touch of mystique to their holiday photo albums.

Watch the drag and burlesque show hosted by JayBella Bank$, with a live musical performance by Coruja and then “Get Slayed” at the dance party featuring local Atlanta DJs, Necromanny and Abby Dear

Mystic District Marketplace is the perfect opportunity to find unique gifts for the magical beings in your life. Explore unique vendors like aura photographers, palm readers and taxidermy artists and get playful with holiday themed art installations throughout the market. 

“Mystic District Marketplace is where multiple facets of art merge for a one-of-a-kind, accessible and community based night of underground entertainment. Our vendors and performers are specially selected to fit the vibe of the show and theme. We are thrilled to be back at Underground Atlanta for our seventh edition of this production.” – said Liz Peña, Producer of Mystic District Marketplace. 

Experienced event producers Liz Peña, an artist curator, designer and marketer, along with Chrissy Culver, the fabricator and designer who brought Red Bull Unlocked to life, will each share their unique talents to create a witchy and enchanted event posed to kick-off a hauntingly magical holiday season. 

“I’ve designed the Krampus costume to custom fit the vibe of the market. So expect touches of the most popularly known mystical and terrifying Krampus mixed with Tim Curry’s character,  Dr. Frank-N-Furter, from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. My aim is to capture the essence of the traditional Yule holiday mixed with the queer and feminine culture of Mystic District.” – said Chrissy Culver, owner of cfcm | design.

In addition, ticket holders can sip on non-alcoholic concoctions from the elixir bar featuring holiday drinks, engage with pop-up performances and have a chance to win a raffle with prizes from local businesses. A portion of the raffle proceeds will be donated directly to Sol Underground, a Black-led anti-fascist and anti-capitalist ecosystem fighting for Black & Indigenous liberation.

The market opens at 8:00 pm and the show starts at 10:00 pm. Purchase entry tickets to the show on Universe for $15 ahead of the show and $20 at the door. Photo packages for Krampus, which includes a handmade ornament and free drink from the elixir bar, start at $12. 


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/27/23

On a beautiful autumn weekend in October, Atlanta music lovers descended on the Pullman Yards to be mesmerized and moved by the Futurebirds carefully curated line-up at the first annual Highball Atlanta! Featuring headliners like indie rock gods Band of Horses, indie folk sensations The Head and the Heart, and of course two nights of psychedelic country rockers Futurebirds this was one high energy rock fest!  On top of that, they boasted a local food truck park featuring Grindhouse Burgers and a large “High, There” activation from our friends The Georgia Hemp Co with CBD seltzers to try! Plus, opt for VIP for access to lounge area, separate restrooms, and bar!  

On Saturday, we arrived to get our passes and roamed the grounds, but we so glad to catch a new, American rock band, Wednesday. Out of Asheville and formed in 2017 by lead singer Karly Hartzman, they incorporate great reverb guitars, strong lyrics, all with that rock edge. The last song brought me chills as it was reminiscent of Deftones. Next up was Futurebirds, a band out of Athens, GA that formed at the University of Georgia between King, Womack, Johnson, and Miles. They are a high energy indie rock, psychedelic country mashup band with their first album, Hampton’s Lullaby, in 2010.  

Of the headliners, Friday was Band of Horses. This is a band that John and I listened to a lot when we first got together and when we first bought our home, so they are special to us! Lead by Ben Bridwell, they had a unique sound that no one was really tapping into at the time, an indie, alternative rock for sure but with long, soft, mellow, mesmerizing interludes that followed by classic rock guitar or piano!  We have their first album that came out in 2006, Everything All The Time and fell in love with “The Funeral” and “Is there a Ghost.” The second headliner was The Head and the Heart that performed on Sunday. ️ Lead by singer Josiah Johnson, they’re a lovely, energetic, indie folk band! Out of Seattle, they boast albums like their It’s, the Head and the Heart and most current is Every Shade of Blue. The singer jumped into the pit and engaged the crowd!   

The night before the big two-day festival, Highball threw a pre-party at the Loft in the Center Stage complex with the Jerry Garcia Cover Band out of Athens, GA.  Starting with a VIP band meet and greet and special lounge area, we got to hang out with the band for a while. The music started and the band covered famous Garcia tunes for eager fans. It was a fun night of psychedelic rock. 

We can’t wait to see what next year holds. 


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/22/23

America’s Favorite Haunted Attraction to Give
Exclusive Lights On + Effects Off Experience Saturday, Dec. 9

 NETHERWORLD Haunted House is back just in time for the holiday season! For fans of fear and fright, the #1 haunt in America, NETHERWORLD, will reopen on Saturday, Dec. 9 for one day only to host VIP Lights On Tours. Throughout the day, experienced guides will take guests behind the curtains and into the haunts for an intimate look at the animatronics, creatures, and high-tech features that make NETHERWORLD one of the nation’s most visited haunted attractions each year.
“Our Lights On Tours are very popular for die-hard fans,” said Ben Armstrong, NETHERWORLD Haunted House Co-Creator. “It’s the one opportunity each year for haunt fanatics to truly get an inside look at what it takes to put on one of the world’s best-haunted attractions. Truly a can’t-miss event that’s fun for the whole family, especially around the holiday season.”
Tour-goers will get to see every detail, big and small, within both of NETHERWORLD’s 2023 haunts PRIMORDIAL and CRYPTID CHAOS; an experience that true haunted house fanatics will love. With the lights on and effects off, guests in very small groups will be led by a knowledgeable guide who will fully explore the storylines, operations, and history behind the attractions including discussions of movie sets, props from other classic haunts, and more. The event will also feature photo opportunities at select predetermined locations inside the haunts, and each person will receive a free souvenir printed photo to remember the occasion, as well as access to NETHERWORLD’s House of Creeps Monster Museum.
Just in time for the holidays, Lights On Tour tickets are the perfect early experiential gift for the Halloween enthusiast or NETHERWORLD superfan in your life. Tickets are on sale for $125 per person. Tour groups will contain a maximum of 6 people, and tours will be offered from 12-5 p.m. To check availability and purchase tickets, click here. It is highly encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance as this event has an extremely limited capacity and will sell out.
While NETHERWORLD’s haunted houses are officially closed for the 2023 season, the fun lasts year-round at House of Creeps Monster Museum and Escape the NETHERWORLD, which now offers five thrilling escape rooms, including the recently opened Alien Terror: Doom of the Dark Horizon.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/20/23

Atlanta’s Only Indoor / Outdoor Immersive Holiday Pop-Up Experience Will Feature Special DJ Performances, Holiday Cocktail Menu, Disco Santa, Karaoke, Silent Discos, Holiday Market, Fire Pits and S’mores, Car Show, and More

Westside Motor Lounge’s West Bar Available for Private Parties

 Get ready to put some head nod in your egg nog as the Westside Motor Lounge, ATL’s newest indoor/outdoor food, beverage, and entertainment experience, transforms into a winter wonderland with its immersive holiday pop-up experience- ATL, Yule! Starting Thanksgiving weekend, November 25th through New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31st, guests will feel like they’ve entered the North Pole South with plentiful fire pits with blankets and hand warmers to gather around, a holiday cocktail menu featuring drinks such as Frostines Dream, Grandma’s Christmas Clutch, Gumdrop Buttons, the Clausmopolitan, Big Nick Energy, and Squashed Elf, special DJ performances, holiday-themed karaoke, silent discos, a holiday market series featuring everything from plants to vinyl (umm…drink and take care of your shopping list- YES, PLEASE), pictures with Disco Santa, a car show, and more.  

“Enough of the cookies and milk nonsense. This is a time to throw down around the fire pit and get weird,” says Kris Kringle, Head of Sugar Plum Fairy Union 1225. “I could not be happier with the job my elves have been doing over the last several months and will be making a stop for pictures and a cocktail or two.”

The holidays can be stressful as it is, so ATL, Yule! has taken the liberty of planning some Holiday Hijinx for you to enjoy with the family or to escape from them. Featured events will include:

-Kick the week off with some pitch-perfect Holiday Karaoke each Wednesday in partnership with Ilegal Mezcal.

-Shake your holiday booty on ATL, Yule’s DJ Thursdays featuring some of Atlanta’s best plate spinners inside the main bar and out on the expansive courtyard.

-Sunday Funday with Bacardi, cranking the silent disco, mixing up hot toddies, DJs, and more.

-12/02: SEC Championship Brunch + Tailgate. When you’re located down the street from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, you kick it up a notch with live music, DJs, a brass band, and a second line to the stadium—presented by Creature Comforts, the official beer of UGA Athletics

-12/09: Wahine’s Hideaway is throwing a Holiday Luau during the day, pairing up disco with some special tasty treats.

-12/09: Captains of Revelry will bring their high energy experience to help kick things up a notch.

-12/16: Reindeer, Rims, and Rides- an ATL, Yule! car show benefiting Toys for Tots. Bring a toy and pose for a picture next to a vehicle that will not be in your driveway with a big bow on Christmas morning.

-12/30:  Shakedown Street Rock N Roll Vendor Market. Pop in for some kickin’ wares before the Widespread Panic NYE concert run.

“There will not be a place in town like this, and we are excited to showcase the uniqueness of Westside Motor Lounge throughout the holidays and long into the new year,” says Kelly Campbell, Head Elf and co-owner of Westside Motor Lounge. “From the stage in our expansive outdoor courtyard to the eclectic indoor settings and beer garden, our guests are in for a treat.”

Westside Motor Lounge’s West bar is available for private party bookings. The space, which can accommodate parties of 30 to 60, provides an exclusive feel while still being a part of the overall festivities. Carrying a funky cocktail bar vibe comes with a dedicated bartender, tunes, and TVs, with both indoor and outdoor space. Parties interested in booking this free space (reasonable minimums required) can email events@westsidemotorlounge.com for details. Larger parties can be accommodated upon request.

These not-so-silent nights, and every night of ATL, Yule!, will be happening Wednesday through Sunday, November 25 to December 31, from 5 p.m. to close. More nights will soon be announced on the Westside Motor Lounge site and their Instagram @Westside_Motor_Lounge. Westside Motor Lounge is located 725 Echo St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.  


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/17/23

The Family-Friendly Event Will Feature Over 30 Vendors, including Mushroom Cultivators, Handmade Goods, Pet Products, Health and Wellness Products, Supplements, and More

Guest Speakers and Live Music to Provide Daylong Entertainment

Atlanta Mushroom Festival, a quarterly event rooted in community education and awareness about all things fungi, returns for its final event of the year on November 25, 2023. The one-day, family-friendly will take place at Wild Heaven West End from 12 to 7 p.m. and feature over 30 vendors, businesses, presenters, and live music- to foster a diverse and equitable community where people can discover ways to enrich their lives through the power of mushrooms.

“We thrive on the community we continue to build with each Atlanta Mushroom Festival. Everyone from the vendors to the presenters, sponsors, and volunteers have our gratitude as this will be another memorable event,” commented Atlanta Mushroom Festival co-founders David Claassen and Paul Grzybowski. “As a non-profit festival, we rely on this community to help nurture the education and inclusiveness of the fungi kingdom.”

The daylong event will feature a collective of local live music performers and speakers focused on educating and engaging attendees. Live music goes from 1 – 7 p.m. with Dusty Roads, Summerlyn Powers, Lightnin Ray, Holy Scares, Paul McDonald, and Gringo Star. Educational presenters include Matthew “Mateo” Rader of Toadstool Traditions, Sam Landes with Mushroom Club of Georgia, Mira Joleigh and Alex Himes with Entheo Temple, The Hortil-Culture Crew, Cesar Marin with Cultivating Wisdom, and Paul Grzybowski with ENCAPSULATE. You can find a complete list of presenter topics HERE.  

Atlanta Mushroom Festival is free to attend and welcomes all ages and their furry friends. Food will be available for purchase from El Tesoro West End and Wild Heaven has a wide variety of its beers, cider, wine, and non-alcohol options for purchase. Wild Heaven West End is at 1010 White Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.

For more information on Atlanta Mushroom Festival, visit www.AtlantaMushroomFestival.com.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/17/23

he mixed-use village invites the community to experience the magic of the holidays this season 

 Mark your calendars to spread some cheer and create lasting memories at Halcyon’s beloved holiday events. Bundle up for the ultimate après ski experience at HOBNOB’s Ski Chalet Pop-Up Bar or immerse yourself in the whimsical holiday decor at Cherry Street Brewpub’s Brewville Pop-Up Bar. Beloved annual events return, including Halcyon Holiday Magic, Brunch and Brews with Santa at Cherry Street Brewpub, Santa Paws, Chanukah Menorah lighting and Ugly Christmas Sweater Bar Crawl. The Forsyth County destination is the perfect go-to spot for friends and families to start new holiday traditions together. 

The full holiday events schedule is outlined below:

HOBNOB Ski Chalet Pop-Up Bar

Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. – close, Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to close and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – close

HOBNOB at Halcyon is transforming the High-Up Bar on the second floor to a winter getaway! Escape to the comfort of a ski chalet pop-up bar to try some of the best après-ski fare east of the Rockies and new seasonal cocktails such as peppermint martinis, RumChata hot cocoa, Bulleit bourbon hot toddies plus delicious seasonal fare. Enjoy live entertainment every Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit the event page

Halcyon Holiday Shopping Event

Thursday, November 16 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Gather your crew for a holiday shopping spree at Halcyon! All of the boutiques along Town Square will be offering specials, including storewide discounts, gifts with purchase, holiday refreshments and more. Shoppers will receive complimentary premium gift wrapping at all Halcyon boutiques with purchase, and a beautiful, personalized ornament from Letters with Lanta with any boutique purchase of $50 or more. Enjoy the cheerful holiday spirit with Christmas carolers along Town Square, treat yourself with a Botox appointment at Willow Jane from 5 to 9 p.m., or stop by the to-go window at Never Enough Thyme to purchase a delicious holiday cocktail in an exclusive Halcyon for the Holidays cup. Wrap up your shopping extravaganza and celebrate the deals you scored with holiday-themed drinks at HOBNOB’s Ski Chalet Pop-Up Bar. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

8th Annual Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble 5K, 10K, and 1K Fun Run

Thursday, November 23 at 7:45 a.m.

Join Halcyon for the Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble race before your Thanksgiving feast! Runners can register online or in-person for the 5K, 10K race or the 1K Fun Run, which is reserved for kids ages 10 and under. In-person registration will be available at Big Peach Running Co. in Cumming until Wednesday, November 22 and on-site registration starting at 7 a.m. on race day if not sold out. All participants will receive a lightweight hoodie and a custom medal. Kids Fun Run participants will receive a lightweight hoodie and a custom Fun Run medal. For more information or to register, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page

Thanksgiving at Ocean & Acre

Thursday, November 23 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Gather around the table with your family and friends this Thanksgiving at Ocean & Acre! The restaurant will be serving a delightful four-course prix-fixe menu of elevated Thanksgiving favorites for $68 per adult and $28 per child. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For more information or to book reservations, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page

Thanksgiving at Cattle Shed Wine & Steak Bar

Thursday, November 23 from 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Take it easy this Thanksgiving holiday and let Cattle Shed Wine & Steak Bar handle the cooking! Gather around the table for a delicious four-course prix-fixe menu of Thanksgiving favorites and wine pairings for $95 per adult and $19.95 per child. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For more information or to book reservations, visit Cattle Shed Wine & Steak Bar Facebook page.

Santa Visits Tutu School

Saturday, November 25 from 4 – 6 p.m.

Join Tutu School to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with Santa and the cast from the Nutcracker! Ticket purchase includes a holiday craft, treats from the Land of Sweets, meet and greet with Metropolitan Ballet Theater’s Nutcracker cast, and a photo opportunity with jolly man, Santa Claus! This event will be held in 30 minute increments, starting at 4 to 4:30 p.m., 4:30 to 5 p.m., 5 to 5:30 p.m., and 5:30 to 6 p.m. All children must have a parent or caregiver present during the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Brewville Christmas Pop-Up Bar at Cherry Street Brewpub

Monday, November 27 through Saturday, December 30

The annual Brewville Christmas Pop-Up Bar at Cherry Street Brewpub returns this year, promising a delightful blend of holiday cheer and the creation of lasting memories among friends! Cherry Street will be transformed into a festive wonderland, adorned with the most enchanting decorations. Guests can indulge in a variety of delicious holiday-inspired cocktails, ensuring a merry and spirited celebration of the season. For more information, visit the Cherry Street Brewpub event page.

Halcyon Holiday Magic

Saturday, December 2 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Experience the wonder of the holiday season at Halcyon Holiday Magic – with special guests, Santa Claus, the Grinch, Minnie and Mickey Mouse and Anna and Elsa from Frozen. All characters will be available for photo opportunities, appointments are not required. Everyone can enjoy cheerful holiday activities, including free face painting, caricature artists, ornament making, balloon animals and more! Emceed by Galaxy Music & Arts, the event will feature live entertainment from talented teen dancers and singers in the community. Stop by the interactive teddy bear tent sponsored by Northside Hospital where the little ones can take home their own teddy bear. Help stuff the fire truck full of new, unwrapped toys to help children in the community have a wonderful Christmas. In order to make Halcyon Holiday Magic run smoothly and minimize lines, the event will be ticketed this year and all proceeds will be donated to Family Promise of Forsyth County. Tickets must be purchased in advance and select the 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. entry time. No walk-up tickets will be available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Brunch & Brews with Santa at Cherry Street Brewpub

Saturday, December 9 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Save the date for the fifth annual Brunch & Brews with Santa at Cherry Street Brewpub! Enjoy a delicious brunch with family and friends, snap memorable pictures with Santa, find out if you’re on the naughty list or nice list and tell him what’s on your wish list this year. Reservations are encouraged and walk-ins will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Santa Paws benefitting FurKids

Sunday, December 10 from noon – 4 p.m.

Spend your Sunday at Halcyon supporting Georgia’s largest no-kill animal shelter and rescue, FurKids. Bring the family, and of course your dogs, to take professional photos with Santa and visit Halcyon’s dog-friendly retailers, including Unexpected Pooch, and restaurant patios such as Cherry Street Brewpub, Butcher & Brew, Eclipse di Luna, HOBNOB, Never Enough Thyme, Ocean & Acre and Cattle Shed. The $25 registration fee includes hi-res download of your professional photos with Santa, make-your-own paw print ornament from Dogtopia, a puppicino, and a special Halcyon dog gift. All ticket proceeds will be donated to FurKids. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Halcyon Facebook event page.

Chanukah at Halcyon

Sunday, December 10 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Halcyon invites the community to gather and celebrate Chanukah. Meet in the Village Green for the lighting of the Menorah, gelt (chocolate coins), delicious latkes, games, exciting giveaways and music. This annual event is being held in collaboration with Chabad of Forsyth and Congregation Beth Israel. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page

Ugly Christmas Sweater Bar Crawl

Thursday, December 14 from 6 – 10 p.m.

Grab your crew and join Halcyon for the fifth annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Bar Crawl, featuring a special guest, the Grinch! Put on your tackiest Christmas sweater, enjoy delicious holiday cocktails from bars and restaurants throughout the property. Take photos with the Grinch, and stick around for your chance to win gift cards to select Halcyon restaurants when the Grinch announces the three winners wearing the ugliest Christmas sweaters! All ticket proceeds will be donated to The Place of Forsyth. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Halcyon Kids Club with Santa

Wednesday, December 20 from 10 a.m. – noon

Bring the kiddos for a morning spent with the jolly man himself, Santa Claus! The little ones can enjoy crafts, free face painting, treat bags courtesy of Renasant Bank, and a special moment with Santa for photos and to share their wishlist. This event is free and open to the community. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/17/23

Jingle All the Way to Boone’s for Christmas Eve Brunch 

Boone’s is teeing up a holly jolly celebration for its Christmas Eve Brunch on Sunday, December 24, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead, guests are invited to indulge in the flavors of the season and signature midday delights, including short rib hash, salmon croquette eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, traditional favorites and more. Along with their signature cocktails and award-winning wine menu, Boone’s will have specialty holiday cocktails such as the Nutcracker Martini and Naughty List, and plenty of craft beers on tap from local breweries. Boone’s is located at 2205 Northside Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30305. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.boonesatl.com or call 770-835-4267. Stay connected on Instagram and Facebook at @boonesatl.

Countdown to Claus at TWO urban licks Brunch & Dinner 

A favorite holiday dining destination, TWO urban licks is hosting a festive Christmas Eve brunch and dinner on Sunday, December 24, 2023. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the BeltLine staple will celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with signature brunch and lunch offerings, from the Fat Elvis French Toast and Cast Iron Baked Cinnamon Rolls to NOLA Shrimp & Grits, Barbacoa Lamb Tacos and the Smoked Pork Belly BLT. Serving dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Executive Chef Chad Clevenger will dazzle with holiday specials and house favorites including TWO’s coveted Salmon Chips and local favorites including Wood-fired Rotisserie Chicken, Smoked Brisket, Grilled Chilean Sea Bass and more. Imbibers are invited to toast to the night before Christmas with craft cocktails, craft beers and an extensive selection of wine on tap. TWO urban licks will be closed on Christmas Day. To make a reservation, call 404.522.4622 or visit www.twourbanlicks.com. TWO urban licks is located at 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atlanta, GA, 30306. Stay connected on Instagram at @twourbanlicks and Facebook at www.facebook.com/TwoUrbanLicks

Enjoy Christmas Eve Brunch & Dinner at ENZO Steakhouse & Bar

Before the little ones drift off to sleep with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, ENZO Steakhouse & Bar extends a warm invitation to friends and family to join in the festivities of the holiday season. Not only will the Italian steakhouse be open on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24th, for both brunch and dinner, but Executive Chef Andrea Montobbio has once again whipped up an ENZO at Home holiday to-go menu. Beginning at 11 a.m., guests are invited to relish in signature brunch favorites such as the Italian French Toast or Smoked Salmon Flatbread as well as a make-your-own mimosa bar. For those contemplating an evening affair, stay a while and explore ENZO’s specialty Christmas Eve dinner menu featuring Spaghetti + Lobster, Seared Scallops, Braised Lamb Shank, festive cocktails and more. Want to stay in? No problem, prepare a delectable Christmas Eve dinner that is sure to impress parties of two, four and six by ordering ENZO at Home at enzo-itl.com/catering or by emailing catering@enzo-itl.com, now through Friday, December 22, 2023. ENZO is open on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2023, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, visit enzo-itl.com or call (770) 756-9188. Located in the Town at Trilith at 300 Trilith Pkwy, Suite 230, Fayetteville, GA 30214, stay connected on Facebook and Instagram at @enzoitl.

A Football-Infused Christmas Eve Brunch and Lunch at Dantanna’s 

Sports enthusiasts can relax knowing they won’t miss any of the action on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 2023, at Dantannna’s. Open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and screening the full lineup of football games throughout the day, guests can cheer on their favorite teams while enjoying their pick of favorites from the brunch or all day menu. From favorites like their aged steaks, fresh seafood, juicy burgers and sandwiches and elevated bar bites to their bottomless brunch offering, there’s something for all tastes. With plenty of seating options, guests are invited to relax the bar, in the dining room or outside on the dog-friendly patio. Serving sports, substance, and sips for two decades, Dantanna’s is located at the Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Dr. Suite 304, Atlanta, GA 30326. Dantanna’s will be closed on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, 2023. For more information or to make a reservation visit www.dantannas.com or call 404-760-8873. Stay connected on Facebook at Facebook.com/dantannas and on Twitter and Instagram @dantannas. 

Toast to Tinsel and Tipples at Vesper this Christmas Eve 

Drink up at Vesper on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 2023, before the big guy in red comes to town. From 5 p.m. to midnight, the Glenwood Park haunt, decked out in deep jewel tones, plush lounge furniture, cozy corners and a welcoming bar, is ready to host its annual Christmas Eve bash. From seasonal cocktails including the Miracle on Garrett Street, Gingerbread Manhattan and Misses Clausmo, impressive zero-proof options to holiday-inspired treats, revelers are invited to let loose before it’s officially present time. And in the spirit of the season of giving, the first 50 customers will receive a gift from the elves at Vesper to add to their bar cart. Vesper will be closed on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, 2-23. Vesper is located on the Atlanta BeltLine at 924 Garrett St. Suite D, Atlanta, GA 30316. For more information, visit www.vesperatl.com or call 404.936.6902. Stay connected on Facebook and Instagram at @vesperatl. 

Sleigh Christmas Eve Dinner at Steak Market

With a modern atmosphere, top-notch service, and rich culinary offerings, elevate Christmas Eve dinner, on Sunday, December 24th, at Steak Market. Beginning at 5 p.m., the popular Midtown dining destination known for its extravagant cocktails and quality steaks sliced tableside is prepared to make an enchanting holiday dinner that promises to be merry and bright. Guests can celebrate the season with Steak Market’s signature favorites including its Coca-Cola braised beef ribs, charbroiled prawns, Wagyu surf & turf, creamy lobster mac and cheese, artful, decadent desserts and more. Playful holiday cocktails including Spritz-mas and Santa’s Ho Fashion along with nitro martinis like Sex and the City and Purple Rain and fan-favorite Chocolate Therapy and Minding My Bee’s Knees will only enhance the festive spirit, promising an extraordinary evening. Steak Market is located in Midtown at 793 Juniper Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308. For more information or to make a reservation visit www.steakmarket.com or call 470-355-6540. Stay connected on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SteakMarketATL/ and on Instagram @steakmarketatl. 

Spend a Holly Jolly Christmas Eve at Bully Boy 

Eagerly await Santa’s arrival with a delicious holiday dinner filled with sushi, sake and a Kaiseki-inspired menu at Bully Boy this Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 2023. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the culinary creatives at the BeltLine gem are ready to do the hosting with their signature offerings featuring the freshest and finest ingredients. Made for sharing, artful sushi along with delectable starters, an array of entrees and must-try specialty cocktails, will set the festive tone for what is sure to be an unforgettable evening celebrating the most wonderful time of year. Bully Boy will be closed on Christmas Day. For more information or to make a reservation for Christmas Eve, visit www.bullyboyATL.com or call 678-904-5607. A Concentrics Restaurants concept, Bully Boy is located at 828 W10 Ralph McGill Blvd, Atlanta, Georgia 30306. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @bullyboyatl, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BullyboyATL.

Holly Jolly Christmas Eve Dinner at Amore e Amore

Create merry memories at Amore e Amore this Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 2023, welcoming guests from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Mama Gale and Professor Giovani have adorned every corner with festive decorations and seasonal delights transforming the space into a whimsical winter wonderland for the holidays. Partake in the cherished and age-old tradition of the Feast of Seven Fishes, available at $110 per person, or opt for the condensed a la carte dinner menu paired with specialty holiday cocktails. For the little ones, Amore e Amore’s kid-friendly menu features pizza bites, meatballs, and child-sized portions of beloved entrees like fettuccine alfredo, cheese ravioli, and spaghetti with meatballs. Kids ages 12 and under are welcome to dine from open until 7:30 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.amoreeamore.com or call 404-600-2176. Amore e Amore is conveniently located at 467 N Highland Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307. Stay connected on Facebook and Instagram at @eatamoreatl.

Cheers to Christmas Eve at Wild Heaven 

Wild Heaven Beer is ready to crack open a cold one in honor of the most wonderful time of the year on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 2023. Start the day off at Wild Heaven’s West End location on BeltLine with coffee by Finca to Filter from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and bites and brews from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. For those on the Eastside, it doesn’t get much better than to toasting to the holidays at the Avondale brewery and taproom between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. With delicious, shareable plates, the good vibes and drinks will last all day, both locations are also ideal spots to pick up last minute brews for any holiday gathering. Wild Heaven Beer West End is located at 1010 White St SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. Wild Heaven Beer Avondale is located at 135B Maple Street, Decatur, GA 30030. Both locations will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2023. For more information, visit wildheavenbeer.com. Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wildheaven or on Instagram and Twitter at @beerwildheaven.

Christmas Eve Dinner & Holiday Tamales To-Go at Tio Luchos 

A traditional Christmastime favorite, Chef Arnaldo Castillo of Peruvian-inspired Tio Luchos is now taking orders for holiday tamales to go. Sold by the dozen for $80, his house-made tamales are stuffed with Botija olives, local aji Amarillo and pork belly wrapped in a Peruvian mote corn husk. Take holiday tamales orders to the next level with add ons including Pork Chicharrón, a Salsa Criolla Kit, and Crema De Aji. To go orders will be accepted until Saturday, December 23, 2023, and pick-up will be available at the Poncey-Highland restaurant between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. that same day and on the 24th. Tio Luchos is open on Christmas Eve, December 24th from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Christmas Day. Visit Tio Luchos at 675 N. Highland Ave. NE #6000, Atlanta, GA 30306. For more information, call (404) 343-0278 or visit www.tioluchos.com. Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tioluchosatland on Instagram at @tioluchos. 

Mountain Lodge Pop-up at Hampton + Hudson (Mon., Dec. 11-Sat., Dec. 23, 6-11pm) – This holiday season, Hampton + Hudson, the community bar and restaurant in Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood offering elevated pub food, craft cocktails, beer and wine, will host a Mountain Lodge Pop-up to celebrate the most joyful and cozy time of year from Monday, December 11 through Saturday, December 23. The pop-up will be open 6-11pm nightly, and walk-ins are welcome.  Big groups can email for reservation events@hamptonandhudson.com or go to the website.

The Blitzen Room at Ponce City Market’s Biltong Bar (Opening Wed., Nov. 22) – Biltong Bar is “Up to Snow Good” as they transform their space for the fourth annual holiday pop-up: The Blitzen Room. The restaurant will feature swanky, vintage Christmas decor and seasonally themed cocktails from Chartreuse Hot Chocolate to Frozen Egg Nog.

Holiday Social Bar on The Roof at Ponce City Market (Opening Fri., Nov. 17) – Just inside the tower lobby, the Holiday Social Bar will welcome Roof-goers with an over-the-top experience bursting with whimsical, floor-to-ceiling decor and holiday-inspired cocktails from an award-winning beverage team. Drinks include the likes of Sleigh Fuel, served hot with Old Grandad BIB Bourbon, Eggnog, Cinnamon & vanilla, and Christmas in Miami, made with Coconut Cartel Rum, mint, lime, bitter orange & angostura. No reservations required.

MixMas at 12 Cocktail Bar (Opening Fri., Nov. 17) – Located on The Roof at Ponce City Market, 12 Cocktail Bar will be home to a swanky holiday bar located in the tower on The Roof this holiday season, and every Friday night, they’ll host holiday themed cocktail classes. Reservations are highly recommended and can be booked at 12cocktailbar.com.

Igloos on The Roof at Ponce City Market (Opening Fri., Nov. 24) – Cozy up this holiday season in private, six-person igloos on Ponce City Market’s Roof, located alongside the ice skating rink and at 9 Mile Station! Skate the Sky’s rink-side igloos will be available for all ages and 21+ parties (based on time and day). Premium igloos will open on weekdays starting at 3pm for all ages and come with a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine or round of hot chocolate. Skate the Sky igloos include general admission to The Roof, skate rentals, 50 minutes of skate time, and unlimited games and rides at Skyline Park (when available). Reservations are now available here.

After ice skating guests are invited to Après Skate at Nine Mile Station. This holiday season, 9 Mile Station will transform into a Swiss woodland chalet with cozy igloos overlooking the skyline of Atlanta. The restaurant igloos will offer full-service dining, plus general admission to The Roof and unlimited games and rides at Skyline Park. Reservations for 9 Mile Station igloos are now available for booking here.

PRE-ORDERS OPEN – Holiday Lamb Leg from Delbar

The Shawarma Spiced Whole Lamb Leg is back at Delbar for the holiday season! The mouth-watering special features a 5-6 lb roasted whole lamb leg, 24 oz. Dill Labneh or Hummus, 5 qt. Sabzi Polo, 16 oz Torshi, 16 oz Garlic Toum, 16 oz, Sumac Onion, 16 oz Zhoug, Sabzi & bread. The feast is $235 and feeds 5-7 people.

Christmas orders must be placed by Tuesday, December 19 at noon for pickup on Sunday, December 24. Orders can be placed here while supplies last.

PRE-ORDERS OPEN – El Super Pan’s FESTíN Boricua Take-Home Menu

This holiday season, El Super Pan will offer a special FESTíN Boricua Take-Home Menu – a special Puerto Rican holiday feast – now available for pre-order here! The menu consists of appetizer, protein, side and dessert options, each portioned for 10-12 people. Menu highlights include the Paleta de Cerdo Asada, a succulent slow-roasted, bone-in pork shoulder with cuerito (crispy pork skin), Ham Croquetas, Empanadas and more. Perfect for large groups and families, the customizable, full-spread dinner features Chef Hector Santiago’s inventive takes on Latin-inspired dishes.

Customers can mix and match their own holiday feast using the link here or by emailing catering@elsuperpan.com to place an order. Orders for Thanksgiving will be available for pickup on November 23 from 11am-1pm at The Battery location (455 Legends Place), and orders for Christmas will be available for pickup 11am-1pm on December 24 at The Battery restaurant. Thanksgiving and Christmas orders will be accepted until one week prior to pickup. Orders may also be placed throughout the holiday season with three days’ notice.

Aziza’s Hanukkah Meal Kits & Sufganiyot Boxes (Accepting Pre-orders Now through Dec. 12) Aziza, the modern Israeli restaurant in West Midtown from Oliva Restaurant Group, is now accepting pre-orders for their popular Hanukkah meal kits, boxes of assorted Sufganiyot (Israeli doughnuts) and bottles of wine for festive celebrations at home! The meal kits serve six people for $180 and include the menu below. Customers can pre-order meal kits and additional Sufganiyot and/or wine, here at least three days prior to the requested pickup date. Orders for just Suganiyot are also available. Pick-up will be from 3-5pm Thursday, December 7 through Friday, December 15 at the restaurant.

  • Red Wine Braised Brisket & jus OR Hawaij Spice Roasted Cauliflower
  • Potato Latkes – citrus creme fraiche, apple pear butter & shawarma spice-cured salmon
  • Salatim – butternut squash chershi & babaganoush
  • Sides – orange carrot tzimmes & seasonal green salad
  • Assorted Sufganiyot (Israeli doughnuts) – strawberry-cardamom, dulce de leche & coconut (also available for purchase separately for $30)


Mariah Carey Holiday Drag Brunch (Sun., Dec. 3, 1pm) – City Winery, the one-of-a-kind restaurant, featuring an intimate music venue and fully operational winery, is kicking off the holiday season with a very special Mariah Carey-inspired holiday drag brunch featuring Performances by Cici Nicole, Dotte Com, Drew Friday, Ivy Fischer, Orchid and Ran Diosa. Tickets are available here for $25-$30 beginning this Friday, Nov. 3 with the option to add on brunch.

Holiday Pasta Classes at Bellina Alimentari (Dec. 5, 12 & 18) – While Bellina Alimentari offers pasta making and amaro classes year-round, the Ponce City Market Italian restaurant and market invites guests to join a holiday pasta making class to up their culinary skills for the best season of all. Attendees will be led by a culinary ambassador to discover the art of forming, cutting and stuffing fresh pasta dough. Along with enjoying their own pasta creations, guests will be offered mulled cider – all set to a gleeful soundtrack in the dough room adorned with holiday cheer. Classes are $65 per person and can be booked here. Other classes – Pasta 101 and Filled Pasta – will also be held throughout December. Registration is available here.

Hampton + Hudson’s Annual Brunch with Santa (Dec. 10, 10am-2pm) – Hampton + Hudson is hosting their annual Santa Brunch on Sunday, December 10. Guests are invited to bring a camera for free photos with the jolly man himself! Plus, four-legged furry friends can take pictures outside on the patio from 1-2pm. Inside, the restaurant will offer a special, self-serve hot cocoa bar. Kids can have fun making their own hot chocolate and adding their favorite toppings with a variety of options like marshmallows, whipped cream, sprinkles, peppermint candy, peanut butter & more. For the 21+ brunch-goers, the team will pour the “Let’s Get Elf’ed Up” Adult Hot Chocolate ($11) with Rumchata, hot chocolate & whipped cream and “The Loopy Snoopy” Cocktail ($11) with rum, hot cider, holiday spice & whipped cream.

For festive food specials, the restaurant will serve“Santa’s Favorite Pancakes,” a stack of silver dollar pancakes with holiday toppings ($15); “Christmas Biscuits + Gravy,” homemade biscuits topped with fried egg & sausage gravy; and “Mrs. Claus Baked Holiday Cookies,” a plate of baked cookies. There will be holiday movies playing on all TVs and Christmas music playing throughout!

Hampton + Hudson’s Ugly Sweater Trivia (Dec. 12, 8-10pm) – On December 12, the Inman Park neighborhood bar and restaurant invites guests to don their ugliest and most festive sweaters for their holiday-themed trivia night hosted by Adam Greene. Alongside cheerful decorations, Hampton + Hudson will be serving up a “Cha Cha Cocoa” with bourbon, peppermint horchata, cocoa & toasted marshmallows to make spirits bright!

Hampton + Hudson’s SIPPIN’ with Santa Party (Dec. 16, 8:30pm-Close) Hosted by DJ Xperience, Hampton + Hudson’s SIPPIN with Santa night will feature favorite Atlanta hits mixed in with holiday favorites all night for a holiday-themed DJ set. Alongside the festive beats, guests can enjoy the Saucy Santa beverage special: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire and Bailey’s shots for $8.

Hampton + Hudson’s Atlanta United Boxing Day (Dec. 26, 9am-12pm or while supplies last) – Hampton + Hudson invites the community to get an ATLUTD scarf and give a scarf as they team up with MLS team for the fourth year to host Boxing Day. In the spirit of the season of giving, Atlanta United will be partnering with United Way of Atlanta for the annual scarf donation taking place at the Inman Park restaurant. Hampton + Hudson will open early at 9am for soccer fans to get ready for the Premier League matches that will play on TVs throughout the restaurant.


Lazy Betty’s “12 Days of Christmas” Christmas Eve Dinner (Sun., Dec. 24, 5:30-9pm) – On December 24, Lazy Betty’s team will serve a special, elevated 12-course dinner menu for $500 per person, with optional wine pairings. Reservations are now available here.

Christmas Eve Prix Fixe At Le Bilboquet at Buckhead Village (Sun., Dec. 24, 5-9pm) – The decadent four-course Christmas Eve prix fixe menu is $105 per person. Patrons will receive a complimentary amuse bouche, a seared ahi tuna served with petite ratatouille and house-made Bilbo sauce. Menu highlights smoked salmon and salmon tartare; roasted pear salad complete with blue cheese, candied walnuts and mustard dressing; roasted duck breast made with sauteed curried salsify, chestnut confit, granny smith apple and honey-coriander sauce; braised paleron served with baby carrots confit, fingerling potatoes, button mushrooms and cabernet red wine sauce; and more. Dessert offerings include la mousse au chocolat with vanilla whipped cream; and more. To make a reservation, visit lebilboquetatlanta.com.

Hampton + Hudson Christmas Eve Brunch (Sun., Dec. 24, Open Until 6pm) – Hampton + Hudson, the community restaurant and bar serving elevated pub fare in Inman Park, invites guests to kick off their holiday with a laid-back and merry Christmas Eve brunch that’s sure to satisfy with Southern brunch classics like their Which Came First-Wich – a fried chicken sandwich with American cheese, Billy sauce, pickles, fried & a sesame bun – bowls and salads, Chicken + Waffles and more. On the beverage side, they’re offering a $5 Beer + Shot special. They will serve their full brunch menu until close at 6pm.

Christmas Day at The Americano (Sat., Dec. 25, 2-8pm) – Guests are invited to a special Christmas celebration at Atlanta’s Italian Steakhouse, The Americano, helmed by celebrity chef Scott Conant. The restaurant will serve a four course prix-fixe menu with highlights including: 

  • Olive Oil Poached Octopus with fingerling potatoes, olives & capers
  • Dry Aged Duck Breast with celery root purée, foie gras & porcini jus
  • Braised Pork Shank with truffle polenta, pine nut gremolata & apple cider jus

Reservations are encouraged and can be made by visiting OpenTable or by calling the restaurant at 404.946.9070. 


New Year’s Eve at Lazy Betty (Sun., Dec. 31, 5-11pm) – Lazy Betty will bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new with a special seven-course New Year’s Eve tasting menu. Reservations can be made here for $325 per person, with the optional wine pairing for an additional $175.

New Years Eve at The Americano (Sun., Dec. 31, 6pm-midnight) – Guests are invited to two seatings of a special New Years Eve dinner at Atlanta’s Italian Steakhouse, The Americano, helmed by celebrity chef Scott Conant. The restaurant will serve a four course prix-fixe menu with highlights including: 

  • Oysters on the Half Shell & Shrimp Cocktail with Prosecco Mignonette, Lemon, Cocktail Sauce
  • Dry Aged Duck Breast with celery root purée, foie gras & porcini jus
  • Tagliatelle Bolognese with Tenderloin, Wagyu & Pork Ragu & Fontina Fonduta

Reservations are encouraged and can be made by visiting OpenTable or by calling the restaurant at 404.946.9070. 

Skyline Park’s Noon Year’s Eve Celebration (Sun., Dec. 31, 10am-3pm) Skyline Park will host an all-ages, family-friendly celebration to ring in 2023 as guests countdown to Noon. All-Access tickets include admission and gameplay, and can be pre-purchased online here or at the door.

9 Mile Station’s New Year’s Eve Dinner (Sun., Dec. 31, 4pm–10pm) – 9 Mile Station will offer an unforgettable prix fixe dinner available for guests who book a holiday igloo or table at the restaurant to ring in the new year. Reservations can be made here.

New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe at Le Bilboquet at Buckhead Village (Sun., Dec. 31, 9-11pm) – Le Bilboquet at Buckhead Village will be servicing a three course prix fixe menu on New Years Eve for $125 per person, and includes a champagne toast at midnight. 

Live! at the Battery’s NYE Live! Hollywood Nights (Sunday, Dec. 31, 8pm-2am) Live! at the Battery is rolling out the red carpet and flashing lights for New Year’s Eve! Guests can be the star of the party with exclusive access to all the venues during this Hollywood Nights-themed event. Ticket packages include entertainment with live music, unforgettable photo-op moments and a midnight champagne toast featuring the Times Square Ball Drop on a 32-ft LED screen! Tickets are now available here.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/17/23

Popular Indian Eatery Gets into the Holiday Spirit in a Most Creative and Delicious Way

Atlantic Station and Buckhead 2-5pm


NaanStop locations at Atlantic Station and in Buckhead invite guests to a jolly Holiday Cookie-Decorating Party on Sunday, Dec. 17. From 2-5 p.m., the popular Indian restaurant will provide complimentary chai-spiced sugar cookies, frosting, sprinkles and sparkles. All guests need to bring is their artistic skills and to be prepared to have some fun.

After creating a masterpiece, participants can cozy up with a classic or bourbon-spiked masala chai near the fire pit or under the patio heaters. NaanStop’s full menu of authentic Indian cuisine—including naanwiches, rice bowls and fresh salads—also will be available.

At Atlantic Station, guests can take advantage of free two-hour parking in the parking deck and are advised to park near elevator #5 and follow the signs by Publix.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/13/23

Fall is the best time to head to the mountains. Being only 4.5 hours from Atlanta, we traveled up to Awe inspiring Boone, NC. It was a blustery, clear weekend and the rolling hills and mountains were changing to red, orange, and brown all around us. Plus, the temperature was brisk just like you’d want it on a mountain weekend getaway. Beyond the beautiful views and weather, Boone boasts a lively downtown, all types of food and brew options, stellar hotel accommodations, as well as a skiing destination in the winter. Some of our favorite places that we will explore are the Graystone Lodge just 3 miles from downtown, Lost Provience downtown and Hardin Creek just outside town, Boonshine, Dan’l Boone Inn & Restaurant, and The Beacon Boone!  

Stay: Graystone Lodge 

The recently renovated Graystone Lodge, Ascend Hotel Collection, is a cozy lodge inspired hotel where the minute you walk in you feel at home. You’re greeted with a large inviting stone fireplace to welcome guests, seating area with TV, and breakfast area where they serve the best complimentary hot breakfast buffet. Beyond that they’re close to shopping, restaurants, and only about 3 miles to downtown and 2 miles to App State.  

We got a large king room with a large comfy bed and plenty of room to lounge. One of the highlights of the room is the beautiful light-up Blue Ridge Mountains mural in the headboard. It looks just like the mountains blue and purple! In the bathroom, they’ve upgraded to beautiful floating vanity, upgraded shower and mirrors, as well as shiplap walls!  

The amenities abound as well at Graystone Lodge! In the lobby, there is a cozy fireplace with a reading area. The Lodge offers a hot buffet for breakfast with waffles, eggs, their own egg casserole bake, and even Dan’l Boone ham! They have a small market area for late night snacks and a large indoor pool great for swimming all year.  


Dan’l Boone Inn & Restaurant 

Dan’l Boone Inn & Restaurant is as southern as banana pudding. Dan’l Boone Inn & Restaurant located in the heart of Boone is near App State and the essential family style spot for all your country cooking favorites. It is nestled in a beautiful white home with lush grounds and epic mountain views. Inside, after waiting in line on the porch, you’ll start out with cool salads and drinks followed by a smorgasbord of tasty fried chicken, warm, buttery biscuits filled with Dan’l Boone’s signature cured, salty, meaty ham (must try), and savory sirloin steak in gravy! Then, paired with a slew of trimmings like creamy, dreamy, mashed potatoes, ham drenched green beans, buttery corn, creamy coleslaw, and the best, sweet baked apples (must try)! For dessert choose between their must try creamy perfect banana pudding, rich chocolate cake or strawberry shortcake!  

Everything is included in the price, that is adults are $23.95 before tax and tip and kids vary by age. Breakfast has its own pricing, and they don’t take credit cards, so you’ll need to bring cash, check, or use their ATM. Don’t forget to check out the store for preserves and that epic Dan’l Boone ham so you can take home a slice of Boone with you! And whatever you do, plan some time to get into the restaurant! There WILL be a long line during peak hours especially on the weekend.  

Lost Provience Gastropub – Downtown Boone 

On our first night, we went Downtown Boone to indulge in Lost Province Brewing co.’s gastro pub! In an old brick building on the corner, this spot has a large bar, ample seating, a large woodfire pizza oven, and a large patio. From a plethora of beers on tap, to fun shared plates, to wonderful handhelds, and even pizza, this is a spot you could hang out and relax for a spell! We’d recommend heading out back to the patio for mountain views! 

For you beer lovers, you’ll really enjoy their wide variety of brews like The Great Pumpkin Ale, a light malted ale filled with fall spices, yet drinkable. John really loved the sweet, slightly hopped and light Bless Your Heart Blonde Ale. On our flight, we sampled: Awww Puddin, a banana pudding ale, light and refreshing with some banana flavor and sweet, the tangy and tart Up Schitt’s Creek fruited sour, a robust and toasted London Porter, and an earthy herbaceous blackberry sour, Word to the Wise.  

Don’t only go for some suds, you must stay for their wonderful food like the favorite dish of the night, Hot Fried Chicken Sandwich that is crispy yet juicy chicken in a sweet apricot and spicy jalapeño glaze on fresh bread. It is topped with spicy pickled jalapeños, cool slaw, and a tasty aioli! John opted for the Wood fired pizza. It is Napoleon style with very fresh mozzarella and fresh tossed dough, tangy sauce, and spicy pepperoni! He was happy!  

For our starters we got the Apple burrata salad that is creamy cool burrata atop a bed of poached apple, sweet, toasty pecans, earthy greens, raisins, and a sweet maple vinaigrette  

The best appetizer was the Jalapeño hushpuppies are spicy and rich inside and oh so crispy out. They are paired with hot pimento cheese that is warm, spicy, creamy and sharp. These are a must try with pimento cheese. Finally, we got the Wood fired pretzel. It is tender inside, crispy outside pizza bread with a light char and marinara for dipping.  

The Beacon Boone 

On our second night, we visited the wonderful The Beacon Boone. Located just outside downtown Boone and just a half mile from our hotel, The Beacon is an upscale eatery with cozy-lodge style vibes, sweeping vaulted ceilings, large stone fireplace, lounge area, and beautiful bar. On the menu is an array of seafood, meats, shareable charcuterie and salads, a whole butcher menu, and some of the best cocktails in the whole area!  

If we had to pick one food and drink pairing, we had, it has to be the stunning peppered beef carpaccio. It is meaty and savory rare beef, earthy mushroom, tangy radish and a little bit of balsamic to round it out. It even comes with a cheesy, crunchy Parmesan dome on top for crunch! Then, pair it with Heaven Wept gin cocktail with egg white, Thai Basil, and earthy lemongrass. It’s sweet yet earthy, creamy, and has a hint of spice!  

If you’re looking at their butcher bar, we’d highly recommend the New Zealand Lamb Chop. This set of chips are tender and juicy with a spicy, bright, herbaceous chimichurri on top. It is matched with Brussels sprouts underneath with a Ceasar dressing that’s tangy and creamy to juxtapose the earthiness of the sprout. Plus, a sweet yet hearty cast iron corn bread that is warm and soft inside, crunchy out. We paired this entree with the A shot in the Foot, a boozy bourbon cocktail with hot honey that’s spicy, plus, vanilla up front and the peach purée on the back for a bit of sweetness. A flavor train for sure!  

Some other highlights include their Spinach and brie salad is earthy and tangy, bright dressing, and crunchy, earthy brie. As well as the Charcuterie board has it ALL! Raisins, pickled veggies, assorted meats and cheese and a spicy spread, plus honeycomb and some herbaceous crackers! It’s loaded. 



Just down the road from our hotel, we stopped by Boonehine Brew, a modern yet rustic brewery with a huge outdoor space. Sweeping mountain views and right next to a park, it doesn’t feel like you’re anywhere near a city. It’s the perfect spot to relax and take in the Boone air.  

They were having their annual Oktoberfest, so the first beer we tried was the malty and balanced Overlook Oktoberfest! Some of our other beer recommendations at Boonshine are the smooth and light East Boone Pils, a sweet and chocolatey Let Them Drink Cake Coffee Cake Blonde Stout, as well as the juicy Space Pegasus Hazy IPA! 

Lost Province at Hardin Creek 

Nestled in a small industrial area, Lost Province Hardin Creek is a hidden gem. Relaxed and chill vibes permeate this laid-back small brewery with a beautiful mural wall and cozy bar. Outside, they have a small patio that opens to the bar so you can sit and take in the scenery.  

Of the beers we tried our favorites were the coffee forward “The Walker” coffee Porter stuffed with Anchor Coffee, as well as the Friend of the Devil spicy habanero and earthy pepper cream ale. John adored the Kiss My Grits cornbread tasting lager, sweet, yet mellow. Everything we had there was delicious and recommended.