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By Michelle Rosenthal
Follow along with Sweat Scene ambassador Michelle Rosenthal (Emory '16) as she shares her favorite Atlanta outdoor spots and not just for working out!
Get Moving: It’s time to switch up your workout routine and check out some of Atlanta’s best outdoor spaces. Here’s the lowdown on a few favorites close to campus.
Located in the heart of Midtown, Piedmont Park is a trip you might want to save for the weekend. The park is always bustling with activity, and its 185 acres are perfect for running, biking, or just strolling.
Amenities – Come with friends and play any sport your heart desires. The park has tennis courts, a soccer field, a softball field, volleyball courts, a running track, a swimming pool, basketball courts, and even bocce courts!
Dog Lovers Unite – There are two dog parks located side by side, one for big dogs and one for smaller dogs. This is a great place to let your dog off the leash and play with some other pups!
Rentals – Didn’t bring your bike to school? No worries. There is a bike shop called Skate Escape Bike Shop located right on Piedmont Ave where you can rent bikes by the hour.
Green Market – This farmer’s market runs from 9am-1pm every Saturday through December. It's a great place to stock up on groceries post-workout or bring a blanket and have a picnic lunch!
Blue Donkey – On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a Blue Donkey pop up in the park from 11am to 7pm. They have all of their flavors at this location, so feel free to mix and match and get your caffeine fix before or after your workout.
The Atlanta Beltline spans 22 miles across a historic railway that wraps around the city of Atlanta. Though the Beltline is not fully completed, there are plenty of paved areas to work out, refuel, shop, and enjoy some fresh air.
Brunch--There are tons of places to stop for a bite (or sip) before or after you workout. For brunch, try Parish, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, or Two Urban Licks. For coffee, Dancing Goats in Ponce City Market is a must. For juice, try Juice It Atlanta, Kale Me Crazy, or Lucky Lotus.
Take the Scenic Route – As you keep moving, you never know what you’ll see! Keep your eyes peeled for awesome street art and sculptures as you make your way across the beltline. These unique displays provide great motivation to keep on sweating.
Shopping – Paris on Ponce, located directly on the beltline, is home to over thirty chic boutiques! This is a great place to browse and even find some new apartment decor. P.S - Juice It Atlanta is located inside! Also, be sure to check out all the new stores that opened in Ponce City Market.
Location – Since the beltline extends around Atlanta, you can warm up outdoors before attending your favorite Yoga class at CorePower Yoga or kickboxing at X3. The beltline even connects to Piedmont park if you want to hit two sites in one day!
Located conveniently on Emory’s campus, Lullwater Park is the perfect place to work out before, after, or in between classes. The park is a beautiful and serene place to run and fit in your workout during a busy week.
It’s Not the WoodPec – While the WooPec is great for running in place, Lullwater has trails that allow you to run through the outdoors and still make it to class on time.
Surroundings – This park is full of natural beauty, with different varieties of trees and a small lake. There are tons of grassy areas to read, think, meditate, journal, or catch up with a friend.
The Terrain – Lullwater has a nice mix of flat ground and hills, making it a great spot to test your resistance.
Other Features – Lullwater is home to the President’s house which is a beautiful landmark to run by. Also, be sure to check out the suspended bridge and former powerhouse tower that still stands!
**THE SWEAT SCENE is a great go to site for health minded college students featuring timely guides for staying fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle written by a team of student ambassadors and contributors.
By Sarah Pfeiffer
JOIN SWEAT SCENE * AMBASSADOR AND LOS ANGELES SARAH PFEIFFER (WISCONSIN '19) AS SHE SHARES HER FAVORITE HIKES IN LOS ANGELES.
Take it Outside: Running on your gym’s treadmill or StairMaster tends to get boring after awhile, so head to your local parks, mountains, and trails for a literal (and figurative) breath of fresh air. Not only will your legs thank you, but your mind will appreciate the change of pace. If you are visiting Los Angeles, don’t forget there’s much more than just the beach to look forward to.
Iconic Hollywood: The definitive LA hike that comes to most people’s mind is the hike to the Hollywood sign. There are a few ways to see this famous attraction (it’s worth playing the tourist to see!). Starting out in Bronson Canyon, it’s a hefty 6.5 mile hike to the sign-- you'll definitely need good sneakers or hiking boots. Don’t forget a backpack full of water and some granola bars. This is an ideal hike if you're feeling adventurous and want to take the road less traveled. However, if you aren't up for that long of a hike, the canyon is still worth visiting. It's famous for several caves that you can walk through, (look out for bats),beautiful scenery and that several movies have been filmed here. Not to mention the view of the Hollywood sign is pretty great.
Fast and Furious: For those of you looking for a simpler hour-long activity to get your heart pumping and the sweat dripping, start your hike from Sunset Ranch. While this hike is on the easier side, the views are still great along the way, and you’ll definitely get a nice sweat going by the time you reach the top. This hike brings you right behind the Hollywood sign. It’s about 1.25 miles up a windy fire road and not very steep at all. This is the kind of thing you can do in Nike Free Runs as long as you don’t mind them getting totally dusty. At the end of the hike, walk down the road a few hundred feet and buy a cold drink from the hidden stand.
Scenic: If the first hike was too long, and the second was too short, then this last one will be just right. Starting from the Griffith Observatory and ending where the previous hike did, you get a two for one deal with views at the start and the finish. This hike’s trail style is similar to the previous shorter hike, but with a longer distance of 3.5 miles each way. It’s considered to be of moderate difficulty. What’s cool is that you can see where you started once you make it to the Hollywood sign and feel proud at the distance you covered. This is also the kind of hike you don’t need to be super prepared for, other than hydrating and bringing a bottle of water along for the road.
Last Thoughts: Don’t spend your time in LA stuck inside a gym or in a yoga class; explore nature’s gym, you won’t be disappointed.
***THE SWEAT SCENE is a great go to site for health minded college students featuring timely guides for staying fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle written by a team of student ambassadors and contributors.
Touring the Monticello Wine Trail with UVA Daytripper Ambassador Lindsey Bralower. (Class of 2017)
For many, Charlottesville is simply home to Thomas Jefferson, the rotunda, and the lawn. But, for those of us who have been fortunate enough to call Charlottesville our home for more than a weekend, we know there is so much more to explore outside of grounds. Nestled within the countryside and mountain ranges of Charlottesville County are a bounty of vineyard and breweries spanning the Monticello wine trail. It is the perfect activity for parent’s weekends, a twenty-first birthday celebration, or just your average Saturday afternoon. Here is a breakdown of my favorite places to stop, have a sip, and grab a bite.
Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard
Pippin is a Charlottesville vineyard staple. Located only 15 minutes away from UVA, and a favorite among UVA students. Whether you decide to sit inside the renovated barn for lunch or simply grab a few bottles of rose and enjoy the great lawn, you know you’ll be in for a treat. The beautiful views of the vineyard and the delicious crudité platters add to the overall welcoming ambiance. Its no surprise this picturesque venue is the backdrop for many weddings.
Blue Mountain Brewery
Looking for a great restaurant with an equally impressive variety of beers on tap? Than Blue Mountain Brewery, part of the Brew Ridge Trail, is the spot for you. Blue Mountain Brewery has both indoor and outdoor seating, lawn games, and often-free live music. I highly recommend doing the beer tasting paired with their spinach and artichoke dip. The brewery tends to get crowded on the weekends with locals and visitors alike, but its well worth braving the crowds for their Sunday brunch, you wont regret it!
Bold Rock Brewery
If choosing a perfect hard cider is not something that comes naturally to you; Bold Rock Brewery is aiming to change that! Bold Rock in addition to a fantastic tap house, offers tours of the cider making process, plus beer and cider tastings, all with great views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Bold Rock is one of my favorite Breweries to visit in the fall because of the changing leaves and fall flavors. It is a serious must if your parents are coming down for parents weekend or a parents formal this fall.
Before Dave Matthews was a national superstar he began his career here in Charlottesville. As homage to his hometown, Mathews started Blenheim Vineyards, just 20 minutes away from grounds. There are two vineyard sites thats grow grapes for Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The goal at Blenheim Vineyards is to make high quality wines that reflect the climate, soil, and beauty of the surrounding piedmont landscape. If you are looking for a wine tasting away from the crowds, I highly recommend stopping by the Blenheim tasting room.
Beyond the corner and the downtown mall
One of my favorite things about UVA is the plethora of activities there are beyond grounds. Now that I am in my fourth year, I am looking to explore more than ever. Wine and beer tasting is always at the top of my list. While I have shared a few of my favorite spots in the area, the great thing is that there are so many more—it’s impossible to ever get bored.
Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard
Address: 5022 Plank Rd, North Garden, VA 22959
Hours: Monday Closed
Tuesday- Sunday 11AM-5PM
Phone: (434) 202 8063
Blue Mountain Brewery
Address: 9519 Critzer Shop Rd, Afton, VA 22920
Hours: Monday – Saturday 11AM-10PM
Phone: (540) 456-8020
Bold Rock Brewery
Address: 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Nellysford, VA 22958
Hours: Monday – Thursday 11AM – 6PM
Friday – Sunday 11AM – 8PM
Phone: (434) 361-1030
Address: 1 Blenheim Farm, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Hours: Monday- Sunday 11AM – 5:30 PM
Phone: (434) 293-53
PARENTS WEEKEND, 1:00 PM FOOTBALL GAME
From the perspective of current Northwestern student, Brooke Y '17
Northwestern may not have the best football team in the Big Ten but its membership within the league is a big part of the campus culture. To fully immerse yourself in the NU experience, parents should join the festivities and celebrate the game as if they are students.
Proper Attire: One of the best parts of game day is getting decked out in purple. If your wardrobe does not contain the appropriate gear, then head to the bookstore on Sherman street. If you are really adventurous (and want to blend in) get the purple and white striped overalls.
Tailgate: There are endless options for tailgating. Follow your kids to their favorite locations. The best tailgates have students' BBQs - leave room for some delicious grilled fare. Tip: You will be on your feet all day so wear comfy shoes.
Game On: Head over to Ryan Field at least a half hour before game time. Students get in for free but be sure to book tickets in advance so you can sit with your kids and cheer like a WILDCAT! If you don’t know the Northwestern version to “Hey Baby” - brush up on it beforehand. It’s one of the many game day traditions you will want to partake in.
Dinner: I know you're exhausted but don't sleep yet! Evanston has great dinner options! Union Pizza is a student favorite. Its thin crust pizza is a draw (very different than the classic Illinois deep dish pizza.) Boltwood is fairly new to the Evanston lineup. It has a changing menu reflecting the seasonal produce. If you are looking for something super casual, try Edzo's. Their burgers are legendary.
Sweet Dreams: Your kids will probably want to go out. Don’t feel bad if you cannot keep up. You're not a college student (even though you pretended to be today.)
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