Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House 2012: Travel Tuesday

Mark your calendars for November 16 through December 9. That’s when the 2012 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Christmas House will be open to visitors. Here’s the scoop:

As you meander through the hilly and sometimes hidden streets of Atlanta’s prestigious Chastain Park, you pass by stables, cyclists, runners, both modern and classic homes, and sometimes a treasure that causes you to pull over and just look. This year, on Dudley Lane, you have such a moment. With exteriors of stone and brick, multiple entrances, peaked rooflines and graceful columns, this home has the feeling of an updated New England farmhouse, welcoming and comfortable while still elegant and inspiring. French doors lead to a tiered pool area, visible from the kitchen and breakfast room. The first-floor rooms, designed for both entertaining and intimacy, are showered in light, with custom floors and ceilings.

The Christmas House by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles will be open to the public for tours Thursday through Sunday, beginning Friday, November 16, and ending December 9. Traditional highlights of the annual Christmas House include the Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts Holiday Boutique, the Holiday Tabletop display, Product Showcase and ongoing programs and seminars. A Champagne and Candlelight Opening Night Party will be held Thursday, November 15, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Opening Night tickets are available for $125 per person at Here’s more information:


The home is located at 4775 Dudley Lane NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327 (just south of the Dudley Lane/Powers Ferry Road split). Please note: There is absolutely NO PARKING at the Christmas House.
parking & Shuttle
Complimentary parking and continuous shuttle service are available nearby at Chastain Horse Park, 4371 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30327 (near the intersection of West Wieuca Road NW). Detailed directions can be found at Here’s more information:


From Buckhead  Powers Ferry Road forks off of Roswell Road, just north of the Piedmont Road intersection. Chastain Horse Park is approximately two miles on the right, just past West Wieuca Road.
From I-285, North Perimeter  Take the Roswell Road exit, heading south. In approximately 2.5 miles, turn right on West Wieuca Road. Continue on West Wieuca until it dead ends into Powers Ferry Road. Turn right. Chastain Horse Park will be on your right.


Opening Night Party—Thursday, November 15

Opens to the public—Friday, November 16

Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sundays, Noon-5 p.m.

Closed—Sunday, December 9

Closed Mondays through Wednesdays, and Thanksgiving Day


Advance tickets $18 each; $20 each after November 15th and at the door
Groups of 10 or more: $15 each
Children 12 and under are admitted free


Atlanta Food & Wine Festival: A Southern Event Like No Other

What a weekend! As you may have seen from my recent post, it was a big one for me. I was in Atlanta attending and speaking at two conferences:  the BlogHer Food Conference 2011 and the first ever Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Friday night at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, I was so excited to have a chance to dine at Miller Union, a wine and food dinner featuring the Lee Brothers. With 6 courses of fabulous food, wine and company, I was in a foodie wonderland. It was such a treat to be able to have dinner with the Editor and Publisher from Oxford American Magazine, an Editor from Southern Living, an Editor of the Nashville Scene, Chef Tyler Brown of Capitol Grill, the Marketing Director from the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, and Chef Chris Hasting of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham.

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival was the most incredible event I have ever attended in the South. Food and wine tents, speakers, chef food demos and more in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. Truly this was the first ever Aspen Food & Wine Festival of the south. See Warren Brown from Cake Love showing his cake making secrets (below).

More food samples, oh my.

I was honored to be speaking at this festival on Sunday with the talented Food Stylist, Tami Hardeman of Running with Tweezers; Bourbon Expert, Tom Fischer of the; and Dennis Byron of the amazing beer blog, Ale Sharpton (see below) on a food blogger insight panel. We had a full crowd, and our talk actually ran over 3o minutes since no one was leaving. I learned new things from this talented group as well as the questions asked. I can’t thank the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival enough for their incredible hard work on this event. You get a standing ovation and many thanks.


Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Muffins

I wanted to say happy Friday with Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Muffins. I thought I’d leave you with this recipe as I am off to the BlogHer Food conference in Atlanta and to the Atlanta Food & Wine event (I’m a speaker at both events). I am really looking forward to a packed weekend surrounded by foodies. I have never attended a BlogHer conference, and it is the first ever Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, so it should be a spectacular weekend. In the meantime, enjoy these muffins and have a great weekend!