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- clue town books: oakland cemetery -


clue town oakland cemetery - photo by: angela nichols

for my birthday, we got a babysitter and tried out our first scavenger hunt from clue town books. we had a blast for sure! we started out at the republic for some cocktails before walking over to historic oakland cemetery for our adventure.

for those of you who are unfamiliar with clue town, they are these great scavenger hunt books from local kirkwood resident jay carlson. the books come with a compass, a little pencil, and lots of puzzles to solve along the way. he has released 4 books so far, including: piedmont park, oakland cemetery, downtown decatur, and the beltline eastside trail. the scavenger hunts take roughly 60-90 minutes to complete, depending on which one you go with.

for our first clue town adventure, we went with the historic oakland cemetery. the hunt took us about an hour and a half, which was longer than the 60 minute estimate. we took our time strolling through the historic atlanta site however, soaking in our rare outing away from the kids. the puzzles were challenging at times, but definitely fun and not too hard. the compass was used quite a bit as well, which added to the experience!

although we didn’t bring our kids, the oakland cemetery hunt definitely seemed kid-friendly. everything was self-contained within the cemetery walls and parking was close and free, so it would be an easy scavenger hunt to try out with the kids.

you can buy clue town books directly from jay at most atlanta festivals, or you can find them at select atlanta shops, including: the beehive, youngblood boutique, heliotrope, oakland cemetery gift shop and the high museum of art gift shop.

up next for us is piedmont park, we can’t wait! we are going to try it out with clementine and grey!

- ryan & gub

historic oakland cemetery

248 oakland avenue se
atlanta, ga 30312

404-249-5000

the republic

437 c memorial drive se
atlanta, ga 30312

404-577-3997

- buckets of fun -


buckets of fun - photo by: angela nichols

one bucket of water. one bucket of sand. HOURS of entertainment!

highly recommended!!!

- gub

- rise & shine campers -


we got up at the crack of dawn and headed to the yellow river game ranch on groundhog day to see if georgia’s general beauregard lee would see his shadow. they claim he is 94% accurate, and we are always up for some agritourism, so we made our way to lilburn to see what it was all about. as the sun finally started to rise, the general came out of his house and did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring!

there was a fairly big turnout for the celebration, including various members of the press and medieval times. lots of people even brought signs to cheer on beau. waffle house was also on hand providing coffee and hot cocoa during the cold, foggy morning.

afterwards we walked around the ranch to check out the other animals before heading to dunkin donuts for a little treat for the kids! oh, we also watched bill murray’s groundhog day, as per holiday tradition!

- ryan & gub

yellow river game ranch

4525 us 78
lilburn, ga 30047

770.972.6643

- winter wonderland -


here are more photos from our recent snowmageddon! we thoroughly enjoyed the winter weather, hopefully it won’t be another three years before we see snow again in atlanta.

- ryan & gub

- ice cream sunday -


we spent a nice sunday afternoon at the peachtree dekalb airport playground watching the airplanes and helicopters take-off! afterwards we hit up bruster’s for some ice cream, which the kids clearly enjoyed!

- ryan & gub

- happy birthday gubby -


for gubby’s birthday, we had some cake with the kids before heading out to try the kimball house, the new restaurant in downtown decatur by the brickstore and leon’s full service owners. it’s in the old train depot across the street from the dq. the food was delicious, as were the cocktails! we are excited there’s a fun new place in such a beautiful old building.

check out their menu!

- ryan & gub

the kimball house

303 east howard avenue,
decatur, ga 30030

404-436-1825

- grey & clementine -


we were able to keep grey and clementine on our glider long enough for some photos. the results were adorable!

- ryan & gub

- kirkwood book club -


clementine and grey recently had a cute reading session! hop on pop by dr. seuss was their book of choice, which also happens to be one of clementine’s favorite.

here are some photos from clementine reading around the same age!

- ryan & gub

- patio dining -


with warmer days on the horizon, what better time to look at patio dining options in atlanta. here are 10 of our favorite local restaurants to enjoy outdoor eating and drinking in the spring or fall!

be sure to leave comments with your favorite in-town patios as well!

- ryan

leon’s full service (downtown decatur)

131 east ponce de leon avenue
decatur, georgia 30030

404-687-0500

leon’s has one of the nicer in-town patios! this old service station in downtown decatur has been converted to a restaurant with a little courtyard patio for outdoor dining. they are known for their pub frites and great selection of ol’ timey cocktails. they also have lots of tasty draught beers, wine and a pretty sweet outdoor bocce ball court!

sun in my belly (kirkwood)

2161 college avenue ne
atlanta, ga 30317

404-370-1088

sun in my belly is mainly known for their top-notch brunch. you’ll be thinking about their honey glazed bacon and stuffed challah french toast for days! what you might not know, is they also offer classy southern dinners and adult beverages. plus, all of this can be enjoyed on their street-front patio or open-air garden porch. they are the premiere kirkwood restaurant and also walking distance from our house, so we are big fans!

victory sandwich bar (inman park)

280 elizabeth street ne
atlanta, ga 30307

770-676-7287

victory sandwich bar offers amazing little sandwiches (you’ll want two) and great sides (hello fancy nuts and spicy ramen noodles), which can be enjoyed on their outdoor patio in inman park. they also have cocktails (frozen jack & coke slushie), beer, wine and a brand new decatur location.

woody’s famous philadelphia cheese steaks (midtown)

981 monroe drive northeast
atlanta, ga 30308

404-876-1939

•an atlanta tradition, woody’s has the best cheese steaks in town and a huge wraparound porch for outdoor eating in midtown! they also serve draft beer!

yeah burger (virginia highlands)

1017 north highland avenue ne
atlanta, ga 30306

404-437-7845

•does eating a warm bowl of homemade chili or an amazing local kale salad on a spring afternoon sound pleasant? well then head over to yeah burger in the virginia highlands to enjoy their patio! you’ll also find tasty burgers, craft cocktails, draft beer, milkshakes, crispy brussel sprouts and more at this fine establishment.

six feet under (grant park)

437 memorial drive se
atlanta, ga 30312

404-523-6664

six feet under has the best rooftop patio in town with great views of downtown atlanta and historic oakland cemetery. oh, and they also have delicious seafood, draft beer and cocktails (including oyster shooters), if you’re into that sort of thing!

taqueria del sol (downtown decatur)

359 west ponce de leon avenue
decatur, ga 30030

404-377-7668

taqueria del sol is a downtown decatur staple. they offer unique tacos & specials, strong margaritas and open-air seating in an old gas station! be prepared to wait in long lines for both lunch and dinner however.

urban pie (downtown kirkwood)

2012 hosea williams drive
atlanta, ga 30317

404-373-2778

urban pie serves up awesome thin crust pizza with plenty of outdoor seating in downtown kirkwood! they also have beer and wine available.

fox brothers bbq (edgewood)

1238 dekalb avenue
atlanta, ga 30307

404-577-4030

•it might not be our favorite bbq in town, however fox bros is super close to our house and has a very nice patio! they offer lots of adult beverage options and tasty, albeit overly smoked, bbq as well.

los bravos (decatur)

2895 north decatur road
decatur, ga 30033

404-508-0404

los bravos serves 32 oz draft beers, great margaritas and has a huge patio with oodles of outdoor seating! it’s the perfect mexican food option in the springtime.

- there’s always money in the banana stand -


i couldn’t resist this sweet arrested development t-shirt i found at target!

- ryan & gub