by Takara Swoopes
Located a three-hour drive away from Huntsville, Alabama, is the charming city of Sandy Springs, Georgia, Atlanta’s wealthiest perimeter city. Often overshadowed by its bigger neighbors, Sandy Springs beckons with its unique blend of southern charm, rich cultural experiences, and abundant natural beauty. If you’re seeking an escape that feels both familiar and fresh, Sandy Springs might just be your next perfect weekend getaway.
(Disclaimer: The Huntsville Magazine team was so excited to visit Sandy Springs, Georgia and learn all about city. The trip was sponsored, however the views and opinions expressed in this post are our own.)
Incorporated in 2005, Sandy Springs has more than 22 miles of river front along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Thus, it offers countless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and experience acres of parks and greenspaces. Sandy Springs is home to more than 15 parks perfect for hikers, kayakers, stand up paddleboarders, history buffs, wildlife enthusiasts, fishermen and more.
Sandy Springs, Georgia is rich in nature
One of the first things you’ll notice about Sandy Springs is its love affair with nature. The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is a must-visit, offering serene views and a plethora of activities – from kayaking to peaceful nature hikes.
Sandy Springs Vibrant Arts Scene
Sandy Springs isn’t just about natural beauty. The city’s arts scene is alive and vibrant. Consider visiting the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. The dynamic performances and cultural events on display are sure to leave an indelible mark on your heart. Then there’s City Springs, which promises a 50,000 square foot performing arts center for theatre productions of all kinds.
Where to Eat in Sandy Springs, Georgia
Curious about the food scene offered in Sandy Springs, Georgia? With more than 100 unique and independent restaurants, there’s no shortage of great food spots to explore. From Greek, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Mediterranean, Vietnamese, Brazilian, Caribbean, French, and Indian curisine, Sandy Springs offers something for every taste and palette.
Spots like Norifish, a modern Japanese restaurant of omakase style sushi and tapas style dining with modern flavors. This goregous resaurant flies in fresh fish twice a week from Toyosu Fish Market, Japan.
Then there’s Casi Cielo, an Oaxacan-inspired restaurant which boasts one of the largest mezcal collections in the Atlanta area, bring big city flavors to this small city. From mouth-watering BBQ joints to sophisticated bistros, the culinary scene of Sandy Springs is a delightful adventure in itself.
At the heart of downtown, City Springs – a 14-acre city center greenspace – offers weekly Sandy Spring Farmers Market, live music, food truck rallies and seasonal festivals and events; alongside a handful of eateries + the City Springs Art Walk.
The next time you’re looking to take a road-trip from Huntsville, we highly recommend considering Sandy Springs, Georgia as your next drive-to destination. It’s a city that has seamlessly blended urban luxuries with natural beauty and is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered.