Today, Alpharetta is known primarily as an affluent suburb of Atlanta, just to its north, but this city is a distinct community with a history going back nearly as far as the city of Atlanta itself. Whereas Atlanta was nearly leveled during the Civil War and lost many of its heritage buildings, Alpharetta has been able to maintain a portion of its historic downtown core and a unique identity all its own.
Links to the Past
Take a stroll down memory lane with a self-guided tour through Alpharetta's past. There are 17 historical markers to explore through the heritage district in this community's downtown area. This includes the Milton Log cabin, built in 1934 and used as a school house, it has been meticulously maintained in its historic state, complete with student desks with ink wells.
The Mansell House, a Queen-Mary style home built in 1912, is perfectly maintained and surrounded by a beautiful garden, also available for wedding and event rentals. Finally, you can take a moment to remember those lost to war with the Walk of Memories, a tribute to Georgian veterans featuring a Huey Helicopter and M60 tank!
Breathtaking Natural Surroundings to Explore!
Alpharetta certainly takes full advantage of the temperate climate and beautiful surroundings of the Georgian landscape. There are a number of outdoor attractions just waiting to be explored in and around Alpharetta. The main park in the city, Willis Park, features a gorgeous community garden and arboretum where a wide variety of Georgia's indigenous plant life can really be experienced. The Big Creek Greenway trail is a unique linear park designed to follow Big Creek and features a continuous 8 mile trail, ideal for biking, jogging or hiking. The trail offers the opportunity to glimpse blue heron, deer, ducks and even Canada Geese.
One of Alpharetta's most stunning and impressive features though is the sizeable Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, a luminous outdoor venue for concerts that includes seating for 12 000, 7000 under its distinct fan-shaped roof design and 5000 more in the open park. The Amphitheatre sits in a 45 acre green space, creating a perfect coalescence of music and nature - not to be missed! They have the capacity to feature some of today's top acts.
Finally, what is the value of a place if there isn't somewhere good to eat? Alpharetta has some great places to refuel during a day of exploring. Alpha Soda is a fantastic stop for breakfast; in operation since 1920, Alpha Soda features delicious breakfast staples in a gorgeous historic setting. Then for lunch, why not try the Village Tavern for a fantastic variety of pub-style food including wood-fired pizzas. Or, for something lighter, Breadtime is the tiny ma and pa outfit that can be very easily missed. The tiny non-descript buildings sits innocuously on Alpharetta's main strip; they feature fresh made European style bread and delicious, made-to-order sandwiches.
And for dinner, how about some fantastic inland seafood. Try the seafood prepared at the expansive Atlantic Seafood Company where fresh seafood is flown in everyday from the coast. The restaurant features a wide array of seafood from the Atlantic including sushi and an amazing surf and turf.
Whether you are just visiting, or are a resident of this fantastic community, less than 30 minutes from Atlanta - Alpharetta has a stunning array of attractions, and distractions, to keep you entertained!