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Show Your Love For Alpharetta: Your Happy Place Is Back (And Still Awesome!)

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Signs of vibrancy are emerging in Alpharetta with restaurant patios reopening just in time for a sun-soaked al fresco lunch, the chicest boutiques are back to outfit our summer wardrobe, and our gorgeous local parks are again open to the public and just waiting for us to stretch our legs. We invite you to show your love for Alpharetta with a leisurely day trip or stress-free getaway to do all the things you’ve missed the most.

Here’s what you have to look forward to:

1. Family fun (that doesn’t involve Netflix)

Our all-time favorite spots for family-centric camaraderie is back, baby! Main Event Entertainment has their bowling lanes waxed and ready for you to flex those Big Lebowski vibes, and their epic laser tag course is the perfect way to expend all that energy your family has been building up in quarantine.

2. Delicious dining (and no dishes to do afterwards!)

Ask just about anyone what they’ve missed most in quarantine and they’re bound to tell you a resounding, “Mexican food!” While Alpharetta’s take-out options have been a lifesaver these last—wait—how long has it been?!—we’ve all missed the feeling of congregating at our fave Mexican spot for chips and queso, margs, cervezas, and a heaven-sent hot plate featuring a taco plus a burrito plus an enchilada. If you can smell the tortilla chips as you read this, get ready: Ceviche Taqueria is back with perfect patio seating to satiate those undeniable cravings for Mexican food and making up for lost time with your besties.

While quarantine may have made you somewhat of a master chef, some delicacies just can’t be replicated. Beloved date night eatery, Rumi’s Kitchen in Avalon is back with limited seating for dine-in services. Delicate Chilean sea bass, expertly spiced chicken barg, and savory lamb sliders aren’t just on the docket for take-out and delivery anymore! With Rumi’s dining room offering partial capacity with social distancing regulations in place, you’re certain to have a transformative experience that feels absolutely VIP.

If you’re feeling strong vibes to watch someone else cook for a change, hit up Benihana for a Japanese teppanyaki dinner and a show! Kick back and relax while your own personal chef will take you on a dining adventure full of Benihana’s iconic hibachi tricks like onion volcano and tossing shrimp tails into the chef’s hat all while grilling up your fried rice, shrimp and steak. Grab your chopsticks and dig in!

3. The shopping situations you’ve been missing

We’ve loved having access to haute and hotter lounge looks thanks to online shopping options from our local boutiques, but we’ve certainly missed the feeling of touching the material and trying on that outfit to make sure we can pull it off. While many of our fashionista favorites like Perched and the Snooty Fox still offer online shopping and curbside pickup, many boutiques and chain stores have reopened to the public at a limited capacity. Honey & Hazel, Magnolia Moon and Fabrik are back and so ready to help you find a gorgeous sundress or pair of perfect sandals. If you’re SO OVER your home décor after weeks of staring at the same furniture, Queen of Hearts, Belso Home Studio, and The Porch On South Main are waiting to help you quell those quarantine blues. Oh, and if your man could use a bit of a post-isolation glow up, rest assured that Clothes Horse Men’s Apparel has the goods to guarantee he can be the dapper gent he was always meant to be.

Alpharetta’s three shopping havens—Avalon, North Point Mall, and Downtown Alpharetta—are all back with social distancing standards in place to keep patrons and employees safe. Be sure to click here for Avalon’s updated policies and here for North Point Mall’s COVID-19 safety measures. For Downtown Alpharetta’s new shopping policies and hours, visit your favorite store’s social media pages for updated info.

4. Outside Vibes Beyond Your Backyard

Long walks have been sanity-saving, but until recently, many limitations existed on just where we were able to go. Thankfully, Big Creek Greenway has reopened for scenic strolls, midday jaunts, and pulse-pounding bike rides. And if a bit of culture is what you’ve been craving, you’re now welcome to visit the Alpharetta Arts Walk and Alpharetta History Walk to reconnect with our sweet city’s creative wonder and rich background.
When the time is right and you are ready to visit Alpharetta for the day or a quick weekend getaway, Alpharetta’s 28 modern and upscale hotels are ready to serve you. Alpharetta’s hotels are committed to enforcing rules around social distancing and cleanliness, so you have peace of mind and a safe environment when traveling to the city. You can book an Alpharetta hotel directly here.

Believe us, we’ve missed you every bit as much as you’ve missed us! If you’re looking for ways to show your love for Alpharetta beyond a virtual hug, be sure to take pics of all the places you can finally experience and post to IG and FB with #ShowAlpharettaLove and tag @awesomealpharetta.
For updates on what’s open (and still awesome!) in Alpharetta, click here today.