“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
The wrong side of the tracks never felt so right. Tucked behind a defunct rail yard, the neighborhood formerly known as Factory Town has industrial cool and street creds galore. Running under the tracks into Cabbagetown is century-old Krog Street Tunnel, which has a new lease on life as a graffiti art showcase and hip hop album backdrop. The center of Cabbagetown is the landmarked Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, which opened in 1881 and closed a century later. The factory was recently remodeled into the largest loft community in the United States, smokestacks and all. After a string of bad luck that included a 1999 fire, 2008 tornado and the U.S. mortgage crisis, most units remain unsold and unrented. But newcomers are already settled into Cabbagetown's shotgun houses, and weekend crowds arrive hungry for smoked Georgia trout guacamole at Agave and fried green tomato BLTs at 97 Estoria. The odds are definitely in starving artists' favor at the annual Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp, which features 60 bluegrass artists and 120 types of chili chased with craft SweetWater beer. If you feel a creative urge coming on, Cabbagetown Clay and Glass Works is a collectors-magnet art studio that also offers classes.