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Can you even call yourself a Southerner if you don’t spend at least a quarter of the year griping about the heat (and don’t forget the humidity)? But during a season when the forecast seems permanently set to “scorching,” you can still find pockets of delicious coolness—and we don’t mean the blast radius around your air-conditioning vent.
When Andrea and Jerry Freeman found an empty lot in Roswell overlooking the Chattahoochee River, they got their opportunity to give suburban living their own twist. The goal: build a modern but warm sanctuary embracing the wooded surroundings.
Fly in a hot air balloon at the Helen Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Race, float down the Chattahoochee at Duluth's Whatever Floats Your Boat, or stay on land to celebrate all things Southern dining at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.
Beer at Oktoberfest, more beer at the Old Fourth Ward Fall Festival, and light up the night at the BeltLine Lantern Parade
Today’s river is much better shape than it was in the 1970s. That feeds my optimism, but it’s the next part that gets me excited. Another stretch of the river is under restoration. If our own generation is as successful as the River Rats were 40 years ago, the green ribbon that cuts across the entire metro area will truly be a gift for all Atlantans.
In a sense the river is a microcosm of Atlanta itself—a place that is constantly being redefined and reimagined to suit our evolving (and sometimes fickle) agendas. But no resource is as indispensable or as fundamental to who we are as the Chattahoochee.
Go wakeboarding on Lake Lanier, do stand-up paddle yoga on the 'Hooch, get some high-intensity water aerobics, or try a sprint triathlon with the YMCA