In 1837, Georgia lawmakers authorized a “Lunatic, Idiot, and Epileptic Asylum.” Five years later, the facility opened as the Georgia Lunatic Asylum on the outskirts of the cotton-rich town that served as the antebellum state capital.
Where Oak Steakhouse aims to set itself apart from other steakhouses—as the genial, tall, bearded chef Chad Anderson will tell you if he comes by your table—is in its selling only Certified Angus Beef, all of it prime. If you order one of the four “classic steaks,” as I did the ribeye, the server will quickly ask, “Don’t you want the dry-aged?”
Interior designer Brooke Brantley Merrill and her husband, David, love their circa-1884 house in Macon, but the two are not wed to period decor. Their updated but classic approach is apparent the moment guests walk through the front door.
Southbound magazine, the newest ancillary title from the publishers of Atlanta magazine, showcases the top travel destinations in the Southeast. We visit idyllic small towns and exciting cities in search of outstanding vacation opportunities. Inside Southbound
Georgia offers diverse places to see and things to do, from the mountains in North Georgia to the coasts of Savannah and The Golden Isles. Take a tour in your own backyard and visit all that our great state has to offer. Begin your tour
Dining in has its advantages: You can wear what you want, eat when you want, and drink as much as you like. To craft the perfect dinner party but skip dirtying the kitchen, look to these seven purveyors for the best meat, cheese, pasta, wine, and dessert.
Last night I talked with some of Atlanta’s leading experts on contemporary art, design, and architecture. During our “Atlanta Embraces Modernism” panel discussion, they weighed in on whether the city reflects a modern spirit. Director Michael Shapiro reported the strong public reception of the High’s recent collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art, Picasso to Warhol. Cathy Fox, executive director of ArtsATL, talked about the recent groundswell of young, avant-garde arts groups. Renowned interior designer John Oetgen, the only native Atlantan of the group, pointed out that though many Atlantans are embracing a modern aesthetic, they still want some element of “nostalgia.” Doug Henderson, owner of Switch Modern, echoed Oetgen’s observation, noting that Atlantans haven’t really responded to the cutting edge of modern design. Merrill Elam, whose modern architecture has won major national awards, has not always found as much support in her hometown.
Whether Atlanta will ever fully embrace a modernist attitude, everyone agreed the city is evolving. The recent upswing in urban living, new technologies and materials, and economic difficulties have pushed Atlantans in new directions. The interesting question is where do we go from here? As Shapiro noted, Atlanta needs a new generation of leaders to keep up its momentum and maintain its standing as an ambitious, aspirational city.