About Giannina Smith Bedford

Giannina Smith Bedford is a travel and business writer whose work has appeared in a number of national and regional publications, including Condé Nast Traveler, Delta SKY Magazine, AirTran Airways GO Magazine, and Atlanta Business Chronicle, among others. Born in Miami, she grew up in Brazil, Chile, Hawaii and Australia and continues her worldwide adventures—always traveling with a pen in hand. Her published work can be viewed at www.gianninasmith.com.

A guide to Ponce City Market in Atlanta

Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward is undergoing a transformation, thanks in large part to Ponce City Market, the largest adaptive reuse project in Atlanta’s history. Housed in a historic Sears, Roebuck & Company building, Ponce City Market in Atlanta is a 2.1 million-square-foot development – the … Continue reading

Eat around Atlanta with Chef Fuyuhiko Ito

Umi is arguably Atlanta’s best sushi spot, and at the helm of this swanky, dimly lit Buckhead sushi house is Tokyo-born chef and partner Fuyuhiko Ito. With more than three decades of culinary credentials under his belt, including experience with both traditional Japanese and classic … Continue reading

Exploring the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta

In landlocked Atlanta, you sometimes need a respite from the concrete jungle. Luckily, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is nearby to answer the call. Running through the northern suburbs of the city, it’s is a top destination for running, walking and biking on shady … Continue reading

Exploring Atlanta’s Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area

When you need a break from the city, hop in your car and drive 30 minutes east of Atlanta to Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, home to the Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve and a haven of exposed granite fields, wetlands and forests. Visit the Preserve for … Continue reading

Atlanta day trips: a guide to Athens

Known as the home of the University of Georgia Bulldogs, Athens, Georgia is much more than a college town. A little more than an hour outside Atlanta, this laid-back city is a short-drive destination that is long on diversion. From the Antebellum architecture, boutiques and … Continue reading

A Tour of the Atlanta BeltLine

Atlanta is known for its harrowing traffic, but the city is undergoing a massive revitalization effort to help make it a more pedestrian-friendly place. The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable project aimed at providing a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit by re-using 22-miles … Continue reading

On Business in Atlanta

Business travel doesn’t have to be all meetings and presentations. When travelling for work, try to sneak in some pleasurable pursuits. In Atlanta, this means sampling a varied culinary scene””from down home “Southern” fare to landmark steakhouses””shopping at one-of-a-kind boutiques and taking in the attractions … Continue reading

The Best Peach Dishes in the Peach City

As spring turns to summer, peaches across Georgia ripen to perfect red and golden yellow hues. Picked off the vine and shipped across the state and country, many of these juicy fruits end up as feature attractions on the summer dessert menus of restaurants, particularly … Continue reading

A Neighbourhood Guide to Virginia-Highland

If you’re looking for a quaint neighbourhood in which to take a stroll, hang out in Virginia-Highland. Often nicknamed “VaHi” or “Highlands”, this buzzing district is located just a few miles from the heart of downtown Atlanta, and a short distance from Midtown’s popular Piedmont … Continue reading