3011 Paces Mill Road. 770-438-2282. oldviningsinn.net
Paces & Vine
Murphy's has been a cornerstone of Virginia-Highland for more than 30 years, so Vinings residents can have high expectations that Paces & Vine, Tom Murphy's newest venture, will offer the same quality food and drinks. Opened last fall in the Vinings Jubilee shopping center, Paces & Vine taps the talents of Murphy's executive chef Ian Winslade, evident in its wide selection of shared plates and emphasis on fresh seafood.
4300 Paces Ferry Road, Suite 250. 404-205-8255. pacesandvine.com
Looking for activities after your meal? Vinings has no shortage of things to do, especially if you're looking to stay active.
Chattahoochee National Recreation Area
While only a small part of the 'Hooch and the National Recreation Area lies within Vinings' borders, that section includes a well-maintained and easy-to-use trail. The West Palisades Trail follows the river upstream, under I-75, before it switches to follow the tributary Rottenwood Creek. Walk, run or bike the trail's 3.6 paved miles, then use the Akers Mill trail connection to continue on to Cochran Shoals. The moderately steep climbs lead to a waterfall where the trail crosses underneath I-285, and such wildlife as deer, herons and geese call the area home.
Public access at Paces Mill, 3444 Cobb Parkway. nps.gov/chat
Atlanta Polo Club
A regulation-sized polo field, measuring 300-by-160 yards wide, provides an impressive expanse of manicured greenery near an urban setting. The organization offers instruction in "the king's sport" for both youth and adult players — even those with little to no experience riding horses.
4647 Polo Lane. www.facebook.com/pages/Atlanta-Polo-Club
>> Insider tip: Registration is open for this year's Vinings Down Hill 5K, an annual fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Vinings held in August. Visit viningsdownhill5k.com for more information.