“Same old place, same Old City, What can I do, I’m falling in love…” Atlanta, our muse, is the topic yet again of our blog. Here’s more about the Atlanta we love.

Todd McCullough, Third-Year MDiv Student

Todd is a North Carolinian, a Pfeiffer University grad, and an all-around jovial bloke.

Todd’s Five Favorite Things About Atlanta

1. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Site

Atlanta’s most famous son Martin Luther King, Jr. was born and raised in Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn neighborhood, one of the country’s first middle-class African American neighborhoods. The area around King’s birth-home and Ebenezer Baptist Church has been designated a National Historic Site. Go when you have at least 2-3 hours to take in the “Courage to Lead” civil rights exhibits, The King Center with Martin and Coretta’s tombs, and a tour of historic Ebenezer.

2. Stone Mountain Park
Todd says going to Stone Mountain makes him feel like he’s in the mountains, and yet is only 10 miles east of the city. The mountain itself is 825 feet tall and the park covers 583 acres. The carved surface of the mountain is larger than a football field. Go any time of the day or night—closing time is 11 pm—to walk, bike, or jog the 5 miles around the mountain, or take a picnic and eat on the lake at the Grist Mill. There’s also a wacky laser show—a “cultural event” as Todd puts it. Well said, Todd.

3. Euclid Avenue Yacht Club
“For an eclectic mix and a taste of Atlanta flair”, Todd goes to Little 5 Points (a.k.a “Little 5”, sometimes written [but never spoken] as “L5P”) and the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club. The Yacht Club is neither anywhere near a body of water nor a destination for anyone who would likely go to an actual yacht club. So leave your docksiders, J/30 polo shirts, and Croakied sunglasses slung backwards around your neck at home and grab a beer and a ¼ lb. Original Yacht Dog (for omnivores) or a Black Bean Burrito (for veg folks). EAYC is the place to have a drink and watch the L5P Halloween Parade.

4. Ms. Ann’s Ghetto Burgers

The Wall Street Journal voted the Ghetto Burger at Ann’s Snack Shack best hamburger in America! Ann is not the Soup Nazi, but Todd makes sure to keep on her good side. It’s her shack, she’s got great food and dedicated regulars, and she only does things her way. Period. Or you’re out! Located on Memorial Drive on Atlanta’s east side, Ann makes every paddy to order so be prepared to wait up to 2-3 hours. But it’s worth it!

5. Intramurals at Emory
Todd is the unofficial intramural captain for Candler. Candler plays in the grad/faculty/staff division and typically fields multiple teams in softball, flag football, basketball, and soccer. Teams are co-ed and unisex, so check in with Todd if you’re interested in playing! This past spring, Hand of God, our soccer team, went into the playoffs ranked #2, but was upset by the med school in the semifinals.

Deborah van der Lande, Admissions Assistant

A native Atlantan, Deborah is a mother of three great kids and has been working at Candler for almost a year.

Deborah’s Five Favorite Things About Atlanta

1. Something old, something new
Deborah has lived in Atlanta for a few years and has seen much progress and many changes. And yet Deborah also appreciates old standards that haven’t changed a bit, like Evans Fine Foods in Decatur—that still has the same benches from when she went there for breakfast as a kid—and the DeKalb Farmers Market, which has changed location in the past 25 years, but retains its original flair.

2. Concerts at Chastain Park

There are many places to see great concerts in Atlanta, but there’s only one place to sit outside under the stars and enjoy the music with your picnic dinner and wine—Chastain. Deborah has seen Crosby, Stills, and Nash and Diana Ross, and last week caught Earth, Wind & Fire with her daughter Heather.

3. International Flavor

Well before the world came to Atlanta for the 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta has been an international city. Metro Atlanta is home to the world’s busiest airport and 49 international consulates. For international cuisine, try Buford Highway for Chinese, Korean, or Japanese, Cheshire Bridge for authentic Italian, and Memorial Drive for Jamaican/Caribbean.

4. Arts and Museums

Among all of the artistic offerings in Atlanta, Deborah particularly likes arts offerings at Emory University, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO)—the ASO has been known to collaborate with likes of the
Indigo Girls
and Wynton Marsalis—the Atlanta Opera, the High Museum—host to Friday Jazz on the third Friday of every month, and the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

5. Brio Tuscan Grille
Deborah loves this Tuscan take on an Italian trattoria. Dressed up or dressed down, Deborah enjoys the terrace dining at the Buckhead location, and recommends the Veal Marsala Clasico, the Chicken Limone, or the Wild Mushroom Risotto.