Tips For The Solo Traveler to Marietta

Tips For The Solo Traveler to Marietta

The popularity of Solo Travel is on the rise and Marietta has a lot to offer visitors and local solo explorers alike. According to research from Bokun (a Tripadvisor company), the allure of going off on your own continues to grow, with 74% of travelers citing their main reason, “I want to see the world and I don’t want to wait for others.” More reasons for heading out solo include enjoying self-care (a break from taking care of others), trying new things , a change of scenery, building self-confidence, and meeting people. 

Marietta is a terrific destination, offering a variety of options to meet your desires! Marietta Square is the heart of the city with a great assortment of culture, leisure, and hospitality.  

Meet New People 

Known for southern hospitality, there are plenty of local bars and restaurants, especially along Marietta Square to explore. Be sure to check out Silent Book Club of Marietta – the mission is to build a community around the love of books and reading, so it’s a great way to catch up with your favorite book and then grab a drink with new friends. It is always nice to have a built-in topic to help break the ice when meeting new people. The unique silent book club concept alleviates the pressure of traditional book clubs, where members are required to read the same book in a defined time period. Here, everyone brings their own book, reads during the designated time, and since the meetings are typically held in local bars or coffee shops, the scene is set for socializing as well. If you finished your favorite book on the plane or at breakfast, don’t worry, The Reading Attic in downtown Marietta has you covered! Located in a cozy upstairs space at 21 West Park Square, you’ll find the latest page turners and classics as well. You can also catch local author events on the weekends. 

Change of Scenery

If you are taking a getaway but still need to work, check out Fireworks Coworking space in the Lewis Park Neighborhood, just north of Marietta Square at 531 Roselane Street. The vibe here is friendly but offers a more focused environment for getting things done than a traditional cafe. Coffee and snacks are provided with occasional small networking happy hours. Day passes are available. 

The Lewis Park area is one of my favorite neighborhoods just north of downtown Marietta, with charming homes and guest houses sometimes available for short-term rentals. There is a dog-friendly park there too, if you are bringing your furry friend.  Not far from the park, you can find other local favorites.  With a laid-back neighborhood feel and plenty of room to spread out, Sessions Stand at 397 Sessions Street serves up homemade pastries, sandwiches, coffees, and specialty drinks with spacious indoor seating nooks and a lovely outdoor patio overlooking green space.  For a more complete meal experience, check out Good Kitchen & Market, at 116 Margaret Avenue open late for healthy and delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day (except Sunday when it closes at 3:00.)

Challenge Yourself in New Ways  

Art:  If you are ready to let your creativity flow, check out Atlanta’s oldest paint your own pottery studio, Just Kiln Time on Marietta Square at 27 Atlanta Street to create a keepsake to remember your getaway. It is open Wednesday – Sunday.  Another creative spot, Marietta Art Collective, is just east of the Square at 358 Roswell Street and is a combination art studio and local artist gallery. If you travel with your own sketchpad or canvas, teacher and artist, Jill Hooley can accommodate open studio time or drop in lesson options with advance notice. Marietta has a vibrant art scene.

Dance:  Check out partner dancing at Glover Park Brewery 65 Atlanta Street, on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00pm. As they say, “Come alone or with a partner! You’ll still have to rotate partners every five minutes – no exceptions.” Lessons are for beginners but a lot of fun for all levels of dancer.

Exercise:  Marietta offers some terrific options for body movement, including yoga, Be Yoga at 105 Church Street on the Marietta Square. Up your workout game at HOTWORX a few miles west of the Square at 800 Whitlock Avenue. Offering workouts in an infrared sauna, the studio is open 24/ 7 so you can exercise whenever it fits your schedule.

Kennesaw Mountain & National Battlefield Park is another location to challenge yourself, get some exercise, and learn something new. This 3,000-acre park has beautiful hiking trails. You can learn about the pivotal Civil War battle that took place here and how the topography influenced the outcome in the Visitors Center.

Accommodations, Dining and Entertainment 

Accommodations:  The Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs Street is south of the Square and offers beautifully, and recently renovated facilities that would feel pampering and welcoming for the solo traveler. Marietta also has a nice selection of homes and vacation rental options through popular short-term sites. 

Casual Dining:  Marietta’s Food Hall, on North Marietta Parkway is a place where you can blend in while dining solo, sit at the Forno Vero bar (barstool seating seems to make it easier to strike up a conversation), and their staff is always friendly. Or, place a takeout order to picnic outdoors in Glover Park.

Take in a live show:  Marietta boasts thriving live entertainment with a variety of shows at Marietta’s Theatre in the Square, The Alley Stage, and the historic Strand Theatre.

Local Live Music:  Check out the Visit Marietta Instagram midweek for up to the minute live music events. Some local music hot spots include Two Birds Taphouse, The Third Door, Lumiere Lounge at the Strand Theatre, and High Note at Hamp & Harry’s.

Specialty drinks:  Check out Tiny Bubbles Tea Bar, (with two locations) offering a wide selection of bubble teas or, for a little more of a kick, stop by The Frozen Goose frosty cocktail bar. You can find these and more on Marietta Square.

Marietta is a great place for your Solo Travel adventure – whether looking for something close to home in the Southeast, or taking a respite from more rigorous international travel, Marietta offers a vibrant, home away from home vibe, north of Atlanta with easy Interstate 75 or airport access from all over the world.

Author Kim Ellet is a free-lance writer, Marietta resident and enthusiast, and member of the Visit Marietta Board of Directors.