You can't stop progress, but it slows down to match a Southern pace of life in Virginia-Highland. Just two miles from Downtown, Virginia-Highland's loose federation of villages was bypassed by freeways and suburban sprawl in the 1960s. But instead of surrendering to smog and genteel decline, Virginia-Highland kick-started historic preservation initiatives and zoning rules to keep overpasses and Highland Avenue pub crawls in check. Rocky Horror shows at deco-fabulous Plaza Theatre are legendary, and shows at Blind Willie's have kept the blues live, local and lowdown for 30 years. Ponce City Market is being creatively repurposed into a gourmet food destination, and donations for tours of historic fire station #19 and its vintage 1925 fire truck underwrite renovation efforts. Renovated and rebranded Vi-Hi is now plotting to redecorate your place, with eccentric Southern antiques from Paris on Ponce emporium and colorful ATL character from Highland Ave. standbys Armour & Co. and Urban Cottage. Foodies can't miss Summerfest for homegrown food and art, or Morningside Farmers Market for certified organic and Georgia-grown eats. Atlantans will take any excuse to swing by Vi-Hi for breakfasts served 24/7 at vintage 1930s Majestic Diner, buffalo wings among fellow sports fans at Taco Mac's, or burgers with bacon jam on YEAH! Burger's patio. Detour for decadent dark chocolate macarons at local artisan chocolatier Cacao on your way to Key Lime Pie spa for Aveda aromatherapy oil massages in a cozy brick-walled bungalow.
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Getting Around Atlanta
The easiest way to get around Atlanta is by car. Parking in entertainment, restaurant and hospital zones is limited to 4 hours, as designated by street signs, and is enforced from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (http://www.parkatlanta.org/regulations.html) Atlanta's transit agency, MARTA, operates four lines through the city (http://www.itsmarta.com). MARTA Buses operate from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 5 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on weekends. MARTA Trains operate from 4:45 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends. From 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. trains run every 15 minutes on all lines and every 20 minutes from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. (http://www.itsmarta.com/hours-of-operations.aspx)
Nearby Airports
  • Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport-ATL
Airport Taxis
  • $50-$60
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