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  • Betsy Riley

    Executive Editor

    The editor of Atlanta’s former shelter magazine, Atlanta Magazine’s HOME, she specializes in lifestyle topics such as home and garden, education, healthcare, real estate, travel, and shopping. She also writes occasional narrative features. On the broadcast front, she is a regular contributor to local NPR affiliate WABE’s “Weekend Preview” segments. Before joining the editorial staff ten years ago, Riley was a freelance editor for the magazine for another ten years. During that time, she wrote many features and edited the magazine’s monthly “Atlanta Life” section. She has also written for other regional and national magazines, including O (Oprah’s magazine), Ladies Home Journal, Town & Country, Parenting, and Southern Living. With former Atlanta magazine art director Elaine Hightower, Riley is the author of the award-winning Our Family Meeting Book. She began her career as a medical journalist, eventually becoming publisher of national award-winning newsletters produced by a division of Medical Economics. A graduate of Wake Forest University, she and her husband Mark have lived in Atlanta since 1980. They have two college-age sons.

 

2. Treasure hunt at Chamblee Antique Row

Browsing through this line of shops you might strike gold

Though we’re still devoted to the monthly Scott Antique Market, rarely are we surprised by what we find there. Read More

8. Time-travel at the Southern Trilogy

Tour the mansions of Roswell's founding fathers

Yes, you can find white-columned antebellum mansions in Atlanta—just not in the city proper. Barrington Hall is one of three antebellum homes that belonged to Roswell’s founding families and are now house museums marketed as “A Southern Trilogy.” Read More

15. Hike Kennesaw Mountain

A place of scenic views and Civil War memorials

In 1864 this was the major obstacle between General William T. Sherman and his ultimate goal: Atlanta. Standing atop the 1,808-foot peak today, it’s easy to see why the site was so strategic. Read More

17. Cheer on the Yellow Jackets

Watch them in person at McCamish Pavilion

After a $50 million renovation in 2012, Georgia Tech’s old ThrillerDome (aka Alexander Memorial Coliseum) has morphed into state-of-the-art McCamish Pavilion. If the old arena had a cozy high school–gym vibe, the new one feels like a spaceship. Read More

26. Sip a Negroni on a terrace

Or lounge about in a glamorous bar

Okay, so Atlanta’s not Paris, but you can pretend you’re Owen Wilson and travel back to the Jazz Age, when the likes of Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tallulah Bankhead, and Charles Lindbergh mingled at the Georgian Terrace Hotel. Read More