Atlanta Airport - College Park

Atlanta Airport-College Park Neighborhood Guide

By December 18, 2018 No Comments

Atlanta is far more than just a pretty skyline. Image courtesy of: ferrantraite/iStock/Getty Images Plus Collection/Getty Images.

Historic neighborhood charm meets international flair in College Park. The world’s busiest airport — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International — is located inside this small city that serves as a gateway between Atlanta and the world. Hotel Indigo Atlanta Airport-College Park sits at the heart of it all next to a MARTA train station and near lively Main Street.

Food & Drink

Main Street boasts a number of locally-owned establishments. Close by the hotel are Noodle, a longtime favorite notable for its pan-Asian cuisine, friendly service and no-frills decor, and The Corner Grille, which dishes out American fare with a Cajun influence and has a popular weekend brunch.

Two nearby watering holes with lively patio spaces are Brake Pad and the Manchester Arms. The former is housed in an old service station, and serves some of the best burgers in town. The latter is a British-style pub (bangers and mash, anyone?) in a converted red-brick house that also serves authentic barbecue from the smoker out back.

Even though it’s a national chain, Chick-fil-a is also locally-owned—its corporate headquarters is in College Park. The company’s first location, the Dwarf House in next-door Hapeville, is unlike a typical Chick-fil-a with its fairytale facade, expansive menu of diner food and table service. The location even serves hamburgers.

Music

One of Atlanta’s most popular mid-sized concert halls, the Tabernacle, brings in top rock and hip-hop acts. It’s housed in an old church with wraparound balconies across from a MARTA station 10 minutes away from the hotel.

For bigger outdoor concerts, the Cellairis Amphitheater at Lakewood (locals just say “Lakewood”) is also a short ride away. This 19,000-capacity venue is where many of the biggest names in music come to perform during their spring-to-fall tours.

For a more intimate experience, you can check out the scene in East Atlanta Village, which features a handful of nightclubs with live music, most notably The Earl. This dimly-lit, back-room venue is where you can discover up-and-coming local and touring indie rock acts.

Art

The most eye-catching art in the College Park area is a short walk from the hotel at the intersection of Harvard Avenue and Main Street. Here the mural artwork of acclaimed Atlanta street artist Yoyo Ferro covers an entire building. It’s part of the ongoing All City Murals project that’s literally painting College Park in multicolored hues.

Behind the Ferro mural building, Paper Plane Gallery, a small, community-oriented space, aims to make fine art more accessible, while also doubling as a yoga studio .

Some of the finest art installations in the metro area are at the airport. Hartsfield’s Airport Art Program features permanent and rotating exhibits throughout the concourses, terminal buildings and underground transportation mall.

Design

The College Park Historic District includes Main Street and its surrounding neighborhoods with over 850 listings on the National Register of Historic Places. Most of the listings are homes dating to the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries — think Queen Anne and Revival styles, as well as Craftsman bungalows and brick colonials.

The Hindu Temple of Atlanta stands out for its gleaming white domes and spires built in the traditional Indian style. Visitors are welcome to visit the solemn space; the inside is even more ornate than the outside.

Art Deco aficionados should make a stop at the Delta Flight Museum adjacent to the airport. Housed in restored circa-1940s hangers containing aircraft dating back to the 1920s, the museum will transport you back to the Golden Age of Flight between the two world wars.