by By Hunter R. Slaton | November 30, 2009

Coca-Cola artifacts  

For cola nuts. Atlanta's most enduring contribution to global pop culture is Coca-Cola, which was first sold in a pharmacy here in 1886. Today, soda devotees can visit the World of Coca-Cola, a museum with more than 1,000 artifacts from the brand's long history. One highlight is Bottleworks, a working bottling facility that produces one million bottles of Coke per year.


Fried chicken  

Finger-lickin' good. Mary Mac's Tea Room, at 224 Ponce De Leon Ave., NE, has been a hub of down-home Southern cooking since 1945, with favorites like fried green tomatoes (with a Parmesan horseradish dipping sauce), fried chicken and Georgia peach cobbler. Wash it all down with iced tea, referred to here as "the table wine of the South."



Virginia Highlands 



Shop 'til you drop. Virginia Highlands is a colorful turn-of-the-20th-century community whose main drag, North Highland, is lined with clothing boutiques, antique stores, gift shops, restaurants and cool bars.



 Mexican Mule



For a fun night out, head to the Luckie Marietta district's boutique Glenn Hotel, at the corner of Marietta and Spring. Its rooftop bar, 11 Stories, has a hip vibe and serves up some drinks that pack a punch, including the Mexican Mule, made with tequila, ginger beer, agave syrup, lime and mint.



 Ebenezer Baptist Church


Hallowed ground. Atlanta's most famous son, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is celebrated at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site in the city's Sweet Auburn district. Here is the house where the civil rights leader was born and lived from 1929 to 1941; the nearby Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he taught the gospel alongside his father for eight years; and the great man's grave.



On the web
A couple of great Atlanta blogs: Inside Access, at, and, for foodies,