I’ve been following @visitjohnscreek for months on Instagram – I’ve had my eye on tons of restaurants that they’ve posted about, especially after seeing some of their best bites from last month’s Johns Creek Restaurant Week!
I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with the Johns Creek CVB, taking over their Instagram for a beautiful sunny Saturday to highlight some of the best of this unique community.
Located just 25 miles north of downtown Atlanta, Johns Creek is full of hidden gems – excellent restaurants, beautiful outdoor recreation, and renowned arts & culture. If you’re an ITP’er like myself, you might have never even heard of what Johns Creek has to offer – read on to learn why it’s worth the drive!
Here are a few fun facts about Johns Creek:
- The population of Johns Creek is 25% international – you’re in close proximity to Duluth for great Indian & Korean cuisine
- Johns Creek was ranked as the #4 best city to live in the US in 2016!
- Johns Creek has over 300 acres of recreation space, including 13 miles of parks on the Chattahoochee River
- The Newtown Dog Park in Johns Creek was ranked the 3rd best dog park in the US by USA Today – my pup Riley loves to play here!
The stats are great – but you really need to experience Johns Creek to see the buzz for yourself! Check out more of my adventures from my Instagram takeover below!
Stop 1 – Seven Sisters Scones
The name says it all – Seven Sisters Scones was started by Chef Hala Yassine, one of 7 sisters (plus 2 brothers) who were looking for simple, delicious breakfast options. Hala sold her scones at farmers markets around the city before settling down with a physical location in Johns Creek.
This sunny spot is serving up both savory & sweet varieties, including their sconewiches – scones piled high with breakfast add-ons like cheese, bacon, and sausage. Seven Sisters has a full breakfast & lunch menu – I’m dying to try out their chicken pot pie!
Stop 2 – Jones Bridge Trail
Next up on my Instagram takeover – time to explore the great outdoors of Johns Creek!
The Jones Bridge Trail runs along the Chattahoochee River, with a little under 5 miles of trails for dog-friendly hiking. The beginning of the trail is relatively easy, with a gentle slope – perfect for a family walk. If you veer to the left at the very start of the trail, you’ll quickly reach the river, with great views of the old Jones Bridge, part of which was dismantled in the 1940s.
Parking is easily accessible ($3), but arrive early on a pretty day to grab a good spot! Read more about hiking the trails from Atlanta Trails here.
Stop 3 – Stone’s Cuisine & Cocktails
Stop 3 on my Instagram takeover is all about some bites al fresco on the patio at Stone’s!
Stone’s is a newer restaurant to Johns Creek with a focus on seafood & small plates. They bring in tons of local ingredients from around Georgia – everything from dairy from Thomasville to cured meats from Atlanta’s own The Spotted Trotter.
My favorite dishes were the Southern Charcuterie board (with local cheeses, meats, fruits, & honey) and the grilled oysters, stuffed with garlic butter, parmesan, and peach compote.
Want to try Stone’s out for yourself? Patio weather is calling…make your reservations here.
Stop 4 – Autrey Mill Nature Preserve
This was one of my favorites on my Johns Creek visit – it’s so cool that the city has its very own nature preserve tucked away just minutes from shopping & restaurants.
Autrey Mill was founded on an old mill site in the late 80’s as part of preservation efforts to keep this historic land intact. Today, Autrey Mill has a network of 2.5 miles of trails running through a pretty hardwood forest, with stops along the way to learn more about the Native American history. There is also a group of buildings called Heritage Village at the start of the trails, with a Visitors Center to learn more about the history of the preserve.
Points of interests include a small gold mine, overlooks of the preserve, and a scenic creek with plenty of spots to stop and picnic or just take in the view.
The best part about Autrey Mill – it’s dog friendly & totally free to visit. Learn more about the trails & plan your visit to Autrey Mill here!
Stop 5 – Luv-a-Bowl
To finish up my Instagram takeover of Johns Creek, I stopped in to Luv-a-Bowl for a delicious, nutritious afternoon snack.
Luv-a-Bowl is known for their acai bowls & smoothies – their most popular bowl is called the Johns Creek Bowl!
My personal favorite was the Dragon Bowl, which was bright pink from the Dragonberry fruit! Each bowl is topped with granola, chunks of real fruit, and add-ons like honey. It’s pretty and tasty!