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Outdoor Dining, Cultural and Recreational Marietta Experiences

As we all safely venture out into the community, we wanted to share some of our ideas of things to do outside… please read on for our thoughts on dining, cultural and recreational activities in your own backyard.

There are many outdoor dining options around the Marietta Square and we’d like to chat about some of our favorites.  Piastra on the Marietta Square has quite a few sidewalk tables to choose from.  Their handmade pastas, freshly baked breads and other rustic Italian dishes will have your mouth watering.  Piastra has as extensive wine list and actually has won 2 Wine Spectator Awards for their wine selection.  For the carnivores, they offer a Tomahawk porkchop (pictured below) that is huge and cooked perfectly!  Don’t leave without trying one of Momma Betty’s seasonal homemade desserts.

a plate of food with a fork

House of Lu offers some of the best Chinese/Vietnamese food around and has many outdoor tables to spread out and socially distance.  We suggest starting off with some delicious handmade pork steamed dumplings and order a fun cocktail from the vast selection they offer.  For an entree, well it depends on your mood, so if you want a spicy beef or chicken dish they can certainly do that or for more savory flavors, their Pho never disappoints.  This place is the real deal, using family recipes that have been passed down for generations.

a bowl of salad on a plateimage credit- House of Lu Facebook page

Australian Bakery Cafe is another fav of ours on the Marietta Square and some people that haven’t been may think they offer just baked goods and sweets, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Choose a sidewalk table and pick from over thirty types of authentic Aussie meat pies, to include the original with ground sirloin and seasoned gravy, buffalo chicken pie and some breakfast pie options as well.  A little known item is one of their best…the Fish n Chips are delicious with a lightly battered Australian Northern Roughy fish and freshly cut thick chips (fries), trust us on this.  For the sweet tooth folks, try a Pavlova which is a light, airy meringue delight topped with strawberry and kiwi fruit, mmmm!

a bunch of food on a plate on a tableimage credit- Australian Bakery Facebook page

Marietta Square Art Walk is on 7/3/2020  Go and visit one of the many art galleries on Marietta Square to include The Loft, North Park Gallery and Muse just to name a few…they kindly ask you bring your mask and they will be limiting the amount of folks inside at a time.  You can also find artists inside other places such as Piastra, The Local Exchange, Lenny’s Hair Salon and Marietta Square Market.  So grab a bite to go or sit outside, then stroll around and support our local artisans.  If you prefer an at home experience, you can do the art walk virtually and we must say the way it’s set up is quite cool…you can visit many galleries on your phone or tablet and virtually walk around each place to see the fantastic art pieces. See links for both events

a close up of a streetimage credit- Marietta Square Artwalk Facebook page

If you’d like to get some socially distanced exercise, whether it be walking, running or biking then the M2R trail is for you.  This paved trail goes from Kennesaw Mountain which by itself has numerous offshoot shaded hiking trails that range from moderately difficult to quite flat and level terrain.  Then jump back on the M2R trail and continue Southward through some of Marietta’s best neighborhoods, then it runs adjacent to the Marietta Square and if you’re very adventurous you can take it all the way down the the Chattahoochee river area at Cochran Shoals.  It’s a really great way to burn off some calories and breathe the fresh air.  See map image below.

a close up of a mapimage credit- City of Marietta, GA

We would be very remiss if we didn’t mention Glover Park at Marietta Square as a place to visit to have a picnic lunch, soak up some sunshine or take Fido for a nice shaded walk.  There are many benches to socially distance and relax for a bit and everyone enjoys watching the mesmerizing fountain in the center of the park.  So, while we may not be able to take our normal vacations as usual this summer, there are plenty of ways to get outdoors, enjoy some culture, dine al fresco or get some exercise on the M2R trail.  Be safe y’all!

image credit- Marietta Square Facebook page




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