Autumn in Alpharetta is truly a magical time, full of memorable events and plenty of whimsy. When the leaves start to change and the temperatures dwindle down, it is the perfect time for a weekend adventure with your sweetie. Whether you want adventure or romance, you’ll be happy to cuddle up with your partner after a day of exploring. You’ll find plenty to enjoy during the warm, sunny days and chilly, clear-skied nights with your one and only, so pack up your bag and head to Alpharetta for your perfect Autumn getaway.
Revel in the Outdoors
Kick your weekend off with an early-morning bike ride or walk on the Big Creek Greenway. Bring your bikes to any of the multiple access points across the city and explore 9 miles of trails. If you would prefer to take it easy, tackle the trails on foot and enjoy the kaleidoscope of colorful foliage that Mother Nature graces the South with during the fall.
Stroll through Downtown Alpharetta to enjoy the Alpharetta Arts Walking Tour, featuring interesting, unique sculptures or hit the Alpharetta Farmers Market on Saturday mornings through December 11 to get your steps in while checking out locally sourced foods and goods. While enjoying your stroll, notice the more than 100 Scarecrows throughout Downtown Alpharetta displayed all October along the sidewalks. The scarecrows are one of the most popular autumn traditions in Alpharetta, and hours of work by local groups and schools go into preparing the many unique scarecrows. Each scarecrow has a different personality, so bring a camera and snap photos alongside your favorites!
While in the downtown area, skip over to Sis & Moons, Moops Boutique or Red Hound Gifts to peruse through the unique clothes, art and home décor and find the perfect fall fashion pieces you’ve been dreaming of.
Insider Tip: If you visit during the weekend of September 18 – 19, the European Market will be the “don’t miss event” of the weekend! Booth upon booth of handmade jewelry, art and other goods will blow you away while you stroll through this European style bazaar!
Get Positively Pampered with your Partner
You both deserve a bit of relaxation! We recommend the gentlemen head to Boardroom Salon for Men for a hair trim, shave and steamed towel treatment that will make him feel absolutely debonair. For the ladies, find the perfect hairstyle at Drybar and enjoy a glass of wine or fresh cucumber-infused water while getting pampered to perfection.
If a couple’s massage sounds like an enticing addition to your getaway, head to Natural Body Spa and Shop Alpharetta. Let your stress fall away when you enjoy a couple’s massage. Delay your return to reality a while longer by adding additional treatments to your itinerary. By the time you walk out of the spa, you will feel rejuvenated and relaxed with your sweetheart.
Satisfy Your Cravings
Do yourself a favor and kick off one of your mornings with a scrumptious brunch at Southern Porch where their menu has something guaranteed to please both of you before enjoying day of Alpharetta’s awesome activities. Try their Chicken and Waffle for a perfect combination of sweet and savory, and pair it with a bubbly mimosa. They offer multiple different juices, so if you want to branch out from the usual orange juice, you can mix it up with pineapple, cranberry, or multiple others!
Head over to Avalon to continue your exploring and satiate your inner shopaholic—finding your new favorite workout ‘fit at Lululemon, the perfect waxed jacket for fall at Orvis, or a dress for date night from Sundance. Once your stomach starts to rumble for lunch, enjoy a light snack at Biltong Bar where craft cocktails and jerky to snack on makes for a unique experience, or for a more filling option, split your favorite pizza on the patio at Antico Pizza. Don’t skip dessert—head over to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams to wink at each other over a shared flight of ice creams.
If fun and games are on the menu for you and your sweetheart, head to Alpharetta’s newest attraction Roaring Social to enjoy a 1920’s atmosphere paired with miniature bowling. You’ll feel like you’ve stumbled upon a secret that only the two of you share when you visit the speakeasy and see the intricate entryway design and discover the subtle glitz once you make your way inside. Afterwards, enjoy a glass of vino on the patio at Carrie’s Conservatory, a Parisian-style restaurant that offers light fare and drinks in the back courtyard of The Hamilton, a Curio Collection by Hilton Hotel. For dinner, recap the day with your love over charcuterie (the Tagli Misti), a delectable entrée, and great drinks at Rena’s Italian Fishery & Grill. Complete your indulgent experience with a sweet treat at Café Intermezzo where you can pick from a variety of decadent desserts and pair them with delightful drinks from the extensive menu. Stay indoors to enjoy the intimate atmosphere of an Italian café or venture out to seats by the fire pit to snuggle up and enjoy the crisp autumn air.
Liven Up Your Romance with Live Music
It wouldn’t be a romantic retreat without a slow dance or two. Enjoy live music all across the city with plenty of shows taking place at The Velvet Note, an intimate setting to enjoy the best jazz in Georgia. Amp up the musical fun at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, where you and 12,000 of your closest friends can jam to the biggest names in music. Make time for Matilda’s Music Under the Pines, where an eclectic venue is the home of folk, rock, country and more. Attend Avalon Nights Live for live music every Friday (through Oct 22) from 6-8 p.m. in Avalon’s Plaza, where you can enjoy your favorite food and beverages while dancing your socks off together.
Insider Tip: If music is the love language for you and your partner, plan your trip to Alpharetta during Wire and Wood Alpharetta Music Festival. Taking place on October 8 – 9, you’ll hear the stories behind romantic love ballads and fall in love all over again.
Book your romantic weekend stay at one of our 30 Alpharetta modern and upscale hotels. Want to add even more romance? Consider booking a romance package with a participating hotel!