Day Trip to Woodstock

Written By: Brittany Dean

This Historic Railroad Town is on the Fast Track to Summer Fun

In 1912, a railway depot was built in Woodstock, Georgia functioning as a passenger and freight depot. It wasn’t until 1929 that the City of Woodstock paved Main Street. Today, the depot and tracks still stand, but much has changed in the once-small agricultural town. The rail town is now a bustling center for shopping, dining and such attractions as the Noonday Creek Trail, Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater and the Woodstock Farmers Market.

Situated right in the middle of the gorgeous Blue Ridge mountains of North Georgia and the ever-growing Atlanta cityscape, the city of Woodstock offers easy access to both outdoor wonders, delectable restaurants and buzzing metropolitan action. Downtown Woodstock provides the perfect day trip or weekend getaway for any family or individual in North Georgia.

Where to Wander

There’s plenty of adventure awaiting in Woodstock, starting with a schedule of seasonal events at The Park at City Center right downtown. The most popular is the Summer Concert Series, a line-up of live music with free admission at the park’s outdoor Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater. (Visit for a list of upcoming shows.) You’ll find even more live entertainment nearby at MadLife Stage & Studios and the intimate Listening Room at Rootstock. If theater is more your thing, take in a show at Woodstock Arts, with upcoming productions in June and July.

Lovers of whimsy won’t want to miss the ever-popular FoxTale Book Shoppe ( or some throwback entertainment at the Blue Ghost Arcade, which features games from pinball to Playstation.

For those who love shopping, Woodstock is home to The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta with all your favorite name-brand stores, but Downtown Woodstock also offers many quaint boutiques, including several clothing shops for any style. To stay with the trends, make your way to Brooklynn’s, where young girls will adore the fashionable attire and colorful accessories. Just across the street, Dress Up will catch your eye with its chic décor and arrangement of clothing styles for women. Looking for some cute children’s clothes? Madison Ave. Boutique for Girls is just the place. The chill vibes of The Wanderers Collections will make women feel trendy and free. Branches Boutique gives you the styles and apparel that will wow a crowd, but if you’d rather not conform, consider Dare To Be Different On Main. Don’t let the name fool you, because Fashion Cupcake does not sell sweet treats, but rather a sweet variety of clothing, while Spirited Boutiques boasts looks that are both unique and boho chic. You’ll also find locally made wares at Made Mercantile and home goods at The Neighborhood Nest.

Though you could spend your whole day downtown, outdoor enthusiasts will want to venture north along Highway 575 to Olde Rope Mill Park, where you’ll mountain biking trails and easy access Little River, which is perfect for fishing, paddle boarding and kayaking.

Where to Eat

If all that shopping stirs your appetite, Downtown Woodstock is home to plenty of delicious dining options that will keep you satiated from morning to night.

There’s nothing like starting the day with the smell of fresh bacon and biscuits, so be sure to check out A&M Kitchen or the Maple Street Biscuit Company, as either will provide you with a breakfast worth the early wakeup call. And the popular chain J. Christopher’s boastsafun location right on the train tracks.

In the mood for traditional American food? Canyons Fresh Grill serves up some of the most bragged about burgers and chicken fingers in the state. If you’re seeking an ice-cold brew and a great basket of Nashville hot rub wings, The Daily Draft is the place to go. Here, you’ll find the perfect pub feel for sports fanatics and casual fans alike. You will leave with a full belly and your wallet will be pleasantly surprised with its affordable prices. Nearby, the original location of Reformation Brewery is another family-friendly locale for a local brew and a good time.

If you’re craving something a bit more exotic, Pure Taqueria delivers a kick of spice alongside refreshing margaritas and a happening rooftop bar or consider Dina’s Family Italian Restaurant for Italian authenticity and TEN Sushi Lounge for modern Japanese cuisine.

For chef-driven fine dining in a historic house setting, make a dinner reservation at Century House Tavern.

Finish each night with a new slice of pie from the exquisite Pie Bar (We recommend the peanut butter cream pie!) With all of these options, all of your tastebud’s desires will be fulfilled and your stomach will be completely satisfied.

Where to Stay

With so much to see and do, you might want to extend your Woodstock excursion into the weekend. Right in the heart of the downtown district along the railroad tracks, you’ll find some very cozy Airbnb rentals within prime walking distance to the area’s restaurants, shops and entertainment. Guests can choose between apartments or townhomes ranging in size, with multi-bedroom options making for great group vacations. These will give you prime access to all the area’s restaurants, shops and entertainment, all within walking distance. Of course, a short drive away, you’ll also find hotel options including Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn and Microtel Inn.

If you are looking for a destination that is quaint, artsy and outdoors, Downtown Woodstock will not disappoint. It is the perfect location to meet with friends, go on dates, or explore with your family. There’s no doubt this historic railroad town is on the fast track to summer fun.

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