A new year is right around the corner, and you’re likely pondering what promises you’ll eventually break as you try to become a better person in 2016.
But as an Atlantan, there are so many resolutions you can make that will make you a better resident. So make your own list of goals you want to accomplish in our city this year and get planning!
Here are six resolutions you should make to yourself as 2016 begins.
1. Eat something great this year.
Atlanta is such an underrated food town. You can eat a really good meal in this city no matter what taste you have a craving for. It’s not just Southern food (though there are plenty of quality options there, too) – you can get great meals from well-known chefs all over town.
If you’re a novice foodie, I’d suggest making a list of places you’d like to try. For starters, Eater Atlanta and Atlanta Magazine have solid lists of great restaurants around the city that you may want to consider. If you see the same restaurant on both lists, that’s a really good sign.
2. Get to Turner Field this season.
Now that we know what the fate of Turner Field will be when the Braves move out at the end of the 2016 season, at least we know it won’t be totally demolished. But when the upcoming season ends, it will be changed forever, so you should go see it before that happens.
Consider taking a Turner Field tour as well. You’ll get to see the parts of the stadium you’ve never seen before – parts that might be transformed completely when the 2016 Braves season ends.
3. When friends visit, don’t show them the same old places.
Yes, the World of Coke and The Varsity exist to suck in tourists and let them think that’s what Atlanta truly is, but if you’re a good friend, you’ll show them the true Atlanta. Instead of walking around Centennial Park, take them for a walk on the Beltline. They’ll feel like they’re in a vibrant town, and they’ll get to see the neighborhoods that make our city so special.
4. Have a cup of coffee in an unfamiliar part of town.
If you’ve never spent much time in Inman Park, look up a coffee shop in that neighborhood and go spend a few hours taking in the sights and sounds. If you’re constantly venturing to Decatur for nights out, take a trip to Morningside instead and check it out.
Each neighborhood has a personality, and you never know which one will attract you.
5. Find nature.
This one might already be on your general list of resolutions, but it’s even more important when you live in a big city. Luckily, it’s really not that far of a trip to see something naturally beautiful outside the city of Atlanta.
It doesn’t even have to be a trip to the mountains. Atlanta is dotted with nature trails that are as fascinating as they are relaxing. If you don’t believe me, Google “Doll’s Head Trail.”
6. Learn about our roots.
If you’ve lived here your whole life or just moved here last week, you can always learn something new about Atlanta’s vast history. From the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement, our city, and region, are packed with incredible history.
Take a day trip to the Atlanta History Center, or better yet, take a tour of Oakland Cemetery. See the birthplace, burial site and former church of Martin Luther King Jr. It’s all right inside the perimeter, and you’re never far from a great learning experience.
Of course, you’re also never more than six days from your next piece of Atlanta history on Breslanta.
Image: Flickr/Mike BoeningFollow @Sean_Breslin