During our Super Bowl Experience, my brother and I stayed in Decatur, northeast of Atlanta. I initially wanted to do a story on Atlanta, but due to the Super Bowl festivities and the crazy weather, our plans changed. Hence, I would like to introduce Decatur, a cute little city, just outside Atlanta.

Decatur, Atlanta

The city is named after Stephen Decatur, a 19th century U.S. Naval hero and has the charme of a traditional small town in a Southern state, combined with the sophistication and excitement of a college town. Along with all the benefits of living in a major metropolitan area, it certainly is worth a little visit.

You can take a stroll through Decatur and see how friendly neighbors, tree-lined streets, great schools, parks and playing fields, libraries, colleges, and businesses all make this town a wonderful place to spend some time. It is just minutes east of downtown Atlanta, minutes west of Stone Mountain, and the MARTA rail station is right under the downtown square, so getting here is a breeze.

These sights are worth checking out: the Old Courthouse, the DeKalb History Center’s museum traces local history through furniture and Civil War artifacts and Woodlands Garden offers tree-lined trails and native plants. They also have neat little shops supporting local artists and the community where my brother and I bought some souvenirs.

So, instead of spending a week in Atlanta, we only stayed for the Super Bowl weekend, but loved every minute of it. Thank you, Decatur, for such a warm welcome and making us feel home away from home.


photo credits: V’s World