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A Perfect Day: Sam Champion’s Atlanta

A Perfect Day: Sam Champion’s Atlanta

A Perfect Day: Sam Champion’s Atlanta

Our favorite weatherman shares his Atlanta haunts.

Photo courtesy of The Weather Channel

If there’s a silver lining to be found in a gloomy weekend forecast, it’s anchor Sam Champion, who, before joining The Weather Channel in 2014, spent the first 25 years of his career on WABC-TV and Good Morning America. This year Champion is supplementing his charming predictions with a new primetime show, 23.5 Degrees with Sam Champion, enlisting some of America’s brightest thinkers to discuss pressing topics like the environment, technology, alternative energy, and climate change. The series is filmed in New York City and Atlanta, where TWC headquarters is located—and where our favorite weatherman finds plenty to do, rain or shine. Below, his favorite spots there.

Antico Pizza

“You won’t find a better pizza in Rome. The ovens here are imported from Italy and guarantee a pie experience that will have your taste buds overwhelmed by cheesy, saucy goodness.” 1093 Hemphill Ave. NW;

ZinBurger Wine and Burger Bar

“Locally sourced organic beef makes these burgers weep-worthy. Also, the Double Truffle Fries are so decadent they may be illegal in some states.” 3393 Peachtree Rd.;

Dreamland Bar-B-Que

“I miss my Kentucky barbeque, but Dreamland knows how to do it right. Hickory-fired on an open pit, the ribs have a smoky crunch that I can only recall in my dreams.” 10730 Alpharetta Hwy.;


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Loews Atlanta Hotel Lobby

“My home office in Atlanta. It boasts one of the most Zen-like atmospheres to conduct business and grab a bite and vino in.” 1065 Peachtree St. NE;‎

Red Top Mountain State Park

“About an hour from downtown Atlanta, this park’s incredible sparkling blue lake, towering pines, and azure skies are unforgettable. We shot a great show here, and it’s one of my favorite experiences in the Atlanta area.” 50 Lodge Rd. SE;


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Piedmont Park

“My husband, Rubem, and I love to start that rare morning off with a coffee to go from Cafe Intermezzo before grabbing bikes and heading off for the urban trails. Ride from the peaceful oasis of Piedmont Park to the bustling Beltline. You’ll see the sights of Atlanta while breaking a solid sweat.” 1342 Worchester Dr. NE;

High Museum of Art

“An outstanding resource for art and culture, within walking distance from my home. Admire the alfresco exhibits, then head inside to see the featured artists for a surprising modern counterpunch to the city’s Southern style.” 1280 Peachtree St. NE;


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Scott Antique Market

“One of my favorite weekend activities is a trip to Scott’s: 3,300 different vendors showing everything from contemporary pieces to mid-century modern (my favorite). I get there early to beat the crowds, and browse the goods for hours." 3650 Jonesboro Rd. SE;

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