Alpharetta in the News

Discover a musical mixing pot in Atlanta
Atlanta is known for its swathes of green spaces and being the epicentre of the Civil Rights movement, but it is also a place of festivals. A visit might coincide with the rock-centric Shaky Knees Festival in May, the hip hop-focused A3C Festival (and conference) in late September or the Wire and Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival in October.

Tea For Any Season
The Ginger Room is an English-inspired tea café, perfect for a romantic date, lunch with coworkers, or a delightful afternoon with friends. Located inside a charming, brick home from 1856, The Ginger Room occupies what was once known as the Skelton-Teasley House, the oldest house in Alpharetta, which sits on one of the city’s highest points. You will feel the essence of England with hints of the South at the Ginger Room, without the long flight or the rainy weather.

2024 Best Places to Live in Georgia
Ranked at #2, Alpharetta is an exceptional city to live, work and play in due to its mid-sized population and walkability. With many restaurants, coffee shops, parks and highly-rated public schools, it is no wonder that many families and young professionals live in Alpharetta.

Safest and Most Affordable Cities in the US by MoneyGeek
Ranked at #9, Alpharetta joined the list of the most affordable and safest cities for populations below 100,000. This ranking was determined by examining the cities from their 2024 safest cities analysis, matched with affordability metrics and weighted average affordability metrics, placing Alpharetta at #9!

Top 100 Cities for a Career Switch named Alpharetta in the top 20 of Cities for a Career Switch based on a survey of 3,000 professionals considering a career switch. The study illuminated economic diversification, family and lifestyle considerations, impact of technology and AI, targeted support for job transition and response to job market evolution.

The South’s Best Cities On The Rise 2024
Ranked at #9 by readers of Southern Living® Magazine, Alpharetta has an excellent food scene, cool yet quaint downtown district, incredible natural beauty, a thriving arts community, and the warmth our region is known for. And Alpharetta is not done growing. There are more exciting new projects on the horizon, like the upcoming entertainment districts in Alpharetta, Georgia.

10 Best Places to Live in Georgia in 2024
Alpharetta is named as the #1 Best Place to Live in Georgia in 2024! Known for blending the serenity of suburban life with energetic cultural events and metropolitan amenities, Alpharetta caters to a variety of lifestyles. For recreation, residents and visitors alike can enjoy parks, shopping centers, eateries and more!

18 Restaurants Worth the Trip to Alpharetta and Milton
The metro Atlanta suburbs are increasingly becoming exciting places to live and dine out these days. And the northern OTP cities of Alpharetta and Milton provide a great case for restaurants located outside of Atlanta offering diners experiences on par with what you can get in the city.

Alpharetta named one of The Most Exciting Suburbs Outside Atlanta
Northern suburb, Alpharetta has experienced booming development in recent years between mixed-use development Avalon and the transformation of its downtown now known as Alpharetta City Center. These spaces are beautifully designed with a central green area and surrounded by shops and restaurants, most of which offer outdoor seating.

Why The Trendy Town Of Alpharetta, Georgia Should Be On Your Radar
A recent family visit to Atlanta included a stay in Alpharetta and our jaws dropped at the remarkable transformation that has taken place. Over the past 20 years, Alpharetta has miraculously evolved from an afterthought into a trendy location with a plethora of amenities, activities, and attractions for locals and visitors alike.

StudyFinds named Alpharetta the 2023 #1 Place to Live in Georgia. Based on criteria of being affluent, safe, and features many unique options for residents like restaurants, shopping, and other entertainment.

Voted 2023  #1 Best OTP Downtown in Urbanize’s Inaugural Suburban Smackdown – The March Madness-inspired bracket had Alpharetta as the number one seed for Best OTP Downtown. True to its name, Alpharetta proved to be the “Alpha” in the competition. Thank you to Alpharetta locals and fans for voting to give our amazing community this well-deserved recognition! Read more about how Alpharetta earned the crown for Best OTP Downtown!

Named one of the 2023 Best Places to Live by Niche, including: Top 100 Best Places in America (out of 17,916); #54 Best Suburb in America; #2 Best Place in Georgia; #1 Best Suburb in Georgia – It is no secret to Alpharetta locals that they snagged the best place to live, especially as they enjoy all of the amazing dining, shopping, events and all around FUN that happens right in their backyard. Based on Niche’s multiple recognitions of Alpharetta’s thriving community, the secret is officially out! Check out the 13 titles that Alpharetta received in Niche’s 2023 Rankings.  

Alpharetta named one of 2023 South’s Best Cities by the readers of Southern Living Magazine
If you thought Alpharetta was just a suburb of metro Atlanta, think again. This city has become a destination in its own right and is a popular place to live as well as visit. With a newly redesigned downtown filled with indoor-outdoor restaurants, greenspaces for picnicking, and sidewalks for meandering with the family, it has become a must-experience place.

Tis the Season for Holiday Bar Shenanigans in Atlanta
Whoville and Grinch pop-up bar @ Mercantile Social

The Alpharetta restaurant on Main brings back its popular Whoville and Grinch-inspired pop-up throughout the holiday season, complete with movie-themed cocktails, food, and decor. Open now through December 31.

Santa’s Secret ‘Stache @ Avalon
Taking over the former Goldberg’s space at the Alpharetta shopping complex, Santa’s Secret ‘Stache features seasonal cocktails, sweets and treats from Milk Bar and local bakeries, and Instagram photo-op areas. A skating rink will eventually open next door to the pop-up bar, too. Open now through December.

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Avalon on Ice in Alpharetta
Glide into the holiday spirit on the monumental Rockefeller-inspired ice skating rink at Avalon on Ice Nov. 20, 2022 – Jan. 14, 2023, in Alpharetta.

Minnie Olivia Pizzeria in Alpharetta
For an Old-World-meets-New-Era wintertime dining experience, enjoy a rustic slice of pizza encapsulated in an adorable heated mini-igloo at Minnie Olivia Pizzeria. You’ll feel like you’re in a snow globe surrounded by the sights and sounds of sweet downtown Alpharetta!

Eat, Drink, and Play at These Atlanta Game Bars and Bowling Alleys
17. Fairway Social-Like golf? Fairway Social at the Maxwell on Main Street features a full-service restaurant and bar, a putting green, several bays with golf game simulators, and a rooftop patio. People can even join Fairway Social’s corn hole and golf leagues.18. Roaring Social-Located on the lower level of the Hamilton hotel in downtown Alpharetta, Roaring Social is described as a modern-day speakeasy that also happens to feature an eight-lane, boutique bowling alley. Take the elevator down to this 1920s-style watering hole where people can order up Sidecars, Last Words, and Vieux Carres on the menu, along with wines by the glass and bottle and a selection of after-dinner drinks. Pair those libations with snacks, small plates, and desserts, including DIY s’mores and German chocolate cake. The bowling lanes reside in back and cost between $20 and $30 an hour, depending on the day. 

10 Things to Do in Alpharetta, Georgia
A short drive north of Atlanta, Alpharetta is the suburb that has it all. From 750 acres of green spaces and parks to hundreds of restaurants and bustling attractions, Alpharetta is the place to go. You’ll find that families are just as comfortable exploring this town as, say, couples on a romantic getaway or friends looking for a fun trip.

10 Free Things to Do in Alpharetta, Georgia
Alpharetta, Georgia, nestles close to the North Georgia Mountains with Atlanta’s city center just 22 miles to the south, and the Atlanta airport 35 miles away. Many free things to do are outdoors, and a few invite families inside for affordable vacation experiences. And the city’s distinctly pedestrian friendly. Here are the free things to do while visiting Alpharetta.

Topside Tap Trail named a TravelBlazer
The Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (GACVB) has honored the destination marketing organizations of Visit Roswell, Awesome Alpharetta and Visit Sandy Springs with a TravelBlazer Award. The three North Fulton County organizations received the award for their collaboration to create the Topside Tap Trail, a seven-brewery trail that spans the cities. The GACVB award celebrates the craft brewery project as a great example of a community partnership and an out-of-the-box tourism approach that can make a positive impact.

Events and Live Music are Back and Better than Ever in Alpharetta
Awesome Alpharetta is abuzz once again as residents and visitors to the city can start to enjoy live music, a variety of special events and fun activities around every corner and every weekend. From fireworks to farmers market mornings, big name concerts to up-and-coming artists not to miss, Alpharetta is your go-to for events and live music this summer and beyond.

Plan The Perfect Spring Break Nearcation Road Trip
We’ve all been waiting for the weather to change up just enough for us to enjoy the road. Well, we the wait will be over shortly!

Alpharetta Gains a Rooftop Restaurant Serving Southern Comfort Food This Summer
A new rooftop restaurant, aptly named Up on the Roof, opens this summer at Liberty Hall on South Main Street in the heart of downtown Alpharetta. The 7,000-square-foot restaurant and bar, overlooking city hall in the north metro Atlanta suburb, features indoor-outdoor seating with fireplaces throughout and panoramic views of the surrounding area, including of Kennesaw Mountain to the west.

Alpharetta Restaurant Week showcases city’s culinary scene
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The Ginger Room spices up metro Atlanta
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Alpharetta Hotels Ranked Among 2021’s Best: U.S. News
Two Alpharetta hotels earned a nod on this year’s list. Now in its 11th year, the U.S. News ranking evaluates more than 30,000 hotels and resorts worldwide and is intended to help travelers find their ideal hotel, regardless of destination or budget.

The Hamilton in Georgia Reaches Key Construction Milestone
The 119-room property on Milton Avenue, downtown Alpharetta, is owned and being developed by Mayfair Street Partners and Hotel Equities will operate the hotel once open. Both companies are based in Alpharetta.

The Top 12 Things to Do in Alpharetta, Georgia
Located approximately 26 miles north of downtown Atlanta, the suburb of Alpharetta is a well-rounded, bustling city in its own right. Sure, it may not have marquee attractions like a zoo or large art museum, but it more than makes up for it with small town charm, a friendly vibe, and significantly less traffic. From parks and outdoor activities to shopping districts and music venues to a farmers’ market, food trucks and more, the city has something fun to offer for all ages, interests and budgets. Here is a guide to the top 12 things to do while visiting Alpharetta.

Alpharetta business ‘pies it forward’ during pandemic
Click over to the Crave Pie Studio website, and you’ll see these words: “Crave Pie Studio was started with the belief that some of life’s best memories are created and shared over food.” And right now, the company’s owner has cooked up a new idea that she hopes will result in very fond memories for those fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic

Here’s a great reason to try new restaurant, meal
Want to try some goat cheese pimento fritters as an appetizer? How about some shrimp and Geechee boy grits or a Benihana Delight for an entree? Alpharetta’s Restaurant Week returns Feb. 22-29. With more than 25 spots participating, diners have their choice of visiting an old favorite or taste-testing something new.

First Look: Jekyll Brewing debuts new restaurant at Alpharetta City Center
Recently opened in downtown Alpharetta’s City Center, Jekyll Brewing’s second location builds on the Alpharetta-based company’s reputation for award-winning craft beer, with a Southern-styled brewery restaurant, and a rooftop bar and patio situated around a converted Airstream trailer.

Shop ‘til you drop: Best places to dine and buy in downtown Alpharetta
More than just a suburb north of Atlanta, Alpharetta is home to many popular shops and restaurants downtown.With a variety of dining options and enough places to shop to your heart’s content, the area provides enough choices so you’ll never get bored.

Treasures abound in Alpharetta’s shopping districts
With three concentrated retail areas all within one mile of each other, Alpharetta is establishing itself as a top destination for shopping and dining.

Food tour: Come hungry to Alpharetta City Center
If you haven’t visited downtown Alpharetta in a while, you won’t recognize it. After years of planning and construction, 26 acres in the heart of the northern suburb have been transformed into bustling living, working and gathering spaces.