When we think of vacation destinations, we often forget about the places in our own backyard. Our Inquisitive TravelingMom never thought about sharing one of her favorite hometown haunts as a tourist spot until recently. But the Marietta Square in Marietta, Georgia has everything a traveler could want: good food, good eats and good stories. Read on to learn more about the charm, history and highlights that make the Marietta Square a perfect day trip destination.
Established in 1834, the Marietta Square takes care of business. City business, that is. Nearby you can find any manner of government buildings that handle whatever official matter you have at hand. That’s not, though, why I urge you to spend the day there. Surrounding the traditional “village green” are all manner of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Day or night, the Marietta Square offers reasons for visitors to come on down and stay a while.
Feeling traditional? The Marietta Square has burgers, barbecue, and pub food. Feeling adventurous Which country would you like to sample today? The Square boasts restaurants featuring Mediterranean, Asian, Irish, Colombian, Mexican, Italian, French and Australian foods.
The last time I visited, we stopped in at the Marietta Pizza Company. I was craving their amazing chicken Parmesan sandwich while my kids had their usual mix of pizza and chicken fingers.
When I’m visiting solo, I make it a point to stop in at the Australian Bakery Cafe. Their meat pies and breakfast pies are tasty and unique.
The area’s dining environments are just as varied as the food. You’ll find small, casual cafes, family restaurants and more formal dining rooms that are perfect for those adult only nights.
There’s Always Room For Dessert
I hope you didn’t eat too much at your meal. You might need a little something special to cap it off! Are you traveling to the Marietta Square just to get a sweet treat? Regardless of your reason, you’ll have plenty of choices.
Want something cold? Sara Jean’s Ice Cream or SweeTreats Ice Cream will do the trick. Looking for baked goods? Head over to Miss Mamie’s Cupcakes (as seen on Cupcake Wars) or Sugar Cakes Patisserie. Wash it all down at Cool Beans Coffee Roasters or Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar. My high school son told me that bubble tea is all the rage at his school, so I had to try it. I’m thinking it might be an acquired taste, but the macarons I found there will definitely bring me back.
Shop Local at the Marietta Square
When it was time to do some Christmas shopping, my husband and I hit the Marietta Square. We knew we would find unique gifts there unlike anything found at a mall.
Of our regular stops, The Local Exchange is my favorite. It’s got a general store atmosphere and is full of products from other small businesses, many of them Georgia-based. If you’re a college football fan – this is SEC country – you’ll find all manner of hand painted items sporting your team’s colors and logo. Unique foods, kitchen linens, and bath goods abound.
My kids favor the store Rocket Fizz. There is candy. Lots of candy. Ditto for bottles of soda. The flavors and the names are clever and intriguing! Adorning the walls are humorous tin signs and the shelves are stocked with all kinds of kitschy items. I almost went home with a life-size cut out of The Avenger’s Nick Fury, but my husband wasn’t convinced this was a need. Be sure to check out The Keeping Room / Church Street Market if you need a gift for the foodie in your life.
Choose The Way You’ll Play
The Marietta Square offers up myriad entertainment options. The Art Deco style Earl Smith Strand Theatre opened as a movie house in 1935. It closed in 2002, but community efforts launched a renovation project. Now the theatre hosts concerts, stage productions and pays homage to its beginnings by screening classic films. Also hosting performances are Atlanta’s Lyric Theatre and Theatre in the Square. If you’re an art lover, you’ll be happy wandering through any or all of the five galleries in the area. Sign up to take art classes at the Marietta / Cobb Museum of Art. I might have to put the Marietta Square Food Tour on my bucket list. Pilates, yoga, massages – you can even commemorate your visit with a tattoo. If it’s an especially hot day, a trip to nearby Six Flags White Water will refresh the whole family.
A Sense of History
If there’s one thing we love in the South, it’s a good story. Marietta is full of them. Our history starts with the lives of the Cherokee people that once lived in the area and continues on to Sherman’s March to the Sea, Reconstruction and beyond. You can hear all these stories and view artifacts that go along with them at the Marietta Museum of History. The Marietta Gone With The Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square is a must for any fan of the novel or movie. The kids in your life might prefer the Marietta Fire Museum or the Aviation Wing of the Marietta Museum of History. Prefer to tour historic homes? The Marietta Square has those, too. You’ll want to plan another day to visit the nearby Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to soak up more Civil War history.
The Marietta Square is the perfect gathering place for locals and tourists alike. If the chance occurs, y’all come on down and meet me in the square.