Marietta Trolley coming down Church Street on its Morning Tour.
You can see our complete list of winners in our print edition. However, for a taste of some of the Best Of Cobb, we provide the following. Enjoy! They call it Uncle Ruban, in honor of the first streetcar to make the run between the cities of Marietta and Atlanta. To ride Uncle Ruban is to embark on an up-close and personal tour of the sights, sounds and stories relating to some of Cobb County’s most historic areas. The Historic Marietta Trolley Company’s rolling guide of history includes a trip through the Marietta Square, the Confederate, National and City cemeteries, Kennesaw National Battlefield, the Kennesaw House, and select grand antebellum homes and tree-lined city streets. “Even locals who thought they knew everything about our city have found they learn something,” says Cassandra Buckalew, who started the company with her husband, Brian, in 2008. “It’s not just a history lesson, but a great way to tour the area and learn how Marietta was first established.” So, what’s next? Cassandra says they are launching the Peachtree Trolley Company, which will begin touring some of downtown Atlanta’s best sites in late May. The tours will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning at Centennial Olympic Park. Charter service will be provided within a 100-mile radius of Marietta. 131 Church St. NE Marietta 30060 770.425.1006 www.mariettatrolley.com
Looking for the best garden accessories in Cobb? Well, just head north on Dallas Highway to Lost Mountain Nursery. Known as much for its expertise and customer service as its unique selection of gifts, accessories and plants, Lost Mountain Nursery has been a local favorite for 27 years. Owner Teena Barnes, who has a horticulture degree from University of Georgia and ran a high end Buckhead nursery and garden center before opening Lost Mountain Nursery, said everyday is like Christmas for her as her buyers bring in new and exciting garden accessories, including handmade paintings, benches, birdbaths, birdfeeders, ceramics, topiaries and more. Buyer Cindy Davidson said she always tries to buy things she would personally want in her garden. “I always try to think where and how I would use something,” Davidson said. “We also like things that are natural, so I’m always looking for things that will fit into people’s outdoor areas and give them a little zip.” 824 Poplar Springs Rd., Dallas 770.427.5583 www.lostmountainnursery.com
The best bicycling products, apparel and accessories on the market. The most knowledgeable minds in town. Superior customer service. If you’re ready to ride, Atlanta Cycling has what you need. For 30 years, this Cobb County institution has been a one-stop shop for cycling enthusiasts of all levels, offering everything from sales, to repairs, and service. “Choosing the right equipment isn’t always easy,” says GM Todd Melton. “Our team helps you navigate through the cycling world to find the newest and best equipment available.” To stay ahead of the curve, Atlanta Cycling also partners with some of the area’s best programs, including the Atlanta Triathlon Club, Athletic Training Services, Scott Rigsby Foundation, and the Get Fit Atlanta Marathon & Triathlon Training Program. For in-town riders, it also has a Midtown location. 4335 Cobb Parkway Atlanta 30339 770-952-7731 atlantacycling.com