my atlanta summer bucket list

After last summer being particularly rainy and this winter being so cold and long, I couldn't be more excited for summer weather. I'm hoping for a sweltering, humid season where I constantly yearn for pool time and can boil an egg on the sidewalk (not that I've actually done that. But I want the option.).

Once the heat index hits 90, I'm officially kick-starting my summer bucket list. Here are my 14 to dos for Summer 14...

Cool things to do in ATL in the summer
  1. Shoot the Hooch. Last year we planned to do it twice and both times it got rained out. I ca.nn.ot wait. √ Done!
  2. Stay in this Intown Treehouse. Ah, life en plein air. Chris and I stayed here this past weekend (I know, I totally jumped the gun on the summer portion of the bucket list by already checking it off). You won't be disappointed. √ Done
  3. Go boating on one of Georgia's many lakes. One day I will have a lake house of my own, but until then, you can find me posted up on someone's dock. See you soon, Lake Lanier.√ Done!
  4. Make s'mores. Anyone have gluten free graham crackers? I'm going to need to purchase ASAP and get my bon[fire] on. 
  5. See a movie at the Starlight Drive-in. I've never been to a drive-in and I think it's high time I put my popcorn maker to use and hop to it. 
  6. Go to a concert at Aaron's Amphitheater or Chastain Park. Summer ain't summer without an outdoor concert. I'm gunning for country music. √ Done!
  7. Grow my own vegetables. After joining a CSA last fall, I realized there were so many perks to having locally grown, pesticide-free veggies. Why not try my hand at farming? Atlanta Botanical Gardens offers free consulting from their Plant Hotline, too.
  8. Go to a Braves game. I've got to bid the Ted farewell before they leave the city.  √ Done!
  9. Go berry picking in McDonough. And make a pie!
  10. Get a hammock for our backyard. And read in it all the time. 
  11. Make homemade ice cream. And have sundaes on a Sunday. 
  12. Go to Screen on the Green (or Flicks on Fifth or Chastain Summer Movie Series. Whichever one is happening this summer). 
  13. Try Morelli's ice cream. And basically eat as much ice cream as possible.
  14. Go to Shaky Knees. Hello Lone Bellow! Update: Not quite possible this year!
(A few other things that deserve honorable mention but I've already done plenty and/or have a conflict: 
- Run the Peachtree Road Race on the Fourth of July, of course. 
- Spend an afternoon at Sweet Water Brewery
- Spend a morning at the Goat Farm
- Eat King of Pops all the time
- Go to as many of the gajillions of amazing festivals and farmers' markets Atlanta has to offer as possible.)

Happy summering Atlantans!