Dunwoody: The City Spelled with an Extra “O”
Pioneered in the early 1930s, Dunwoody was named after Major Charles Dunwody. An extra “o” was accidentally added when the name was written incorrectly on a bank note. Dunwoody only officially became a city in 2008.
Located in the northern tip of DeKalb County, Dunwoody is recognized for featuring many of the metro-areas best dining, shopping, schools and recreation. The city is also “one stop from Tokyo” as it has three MARTA stations that can take residents of Dunwoody directly to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-International Airport. With so many appealing factors, it is no surprise that this city has approximately 46,000 residents and counting.
Children residing in Dunwoody have numerous options when it comes to schools, including Austin Elementary, Vanderlyn Elementary, Dunwoody High, Ashford Academy, Dunwoody Prep and Primrose School of Dunwoody.
Local attractions include:
Shopping and Dining:
• Perimeter Mall. A local favorite and a shopper’s dream, this mall is full of name department stores. Shops include Nordstrom, Macy’s, ALDO, J.Crew, Steve Madden, Urban Outfitters, XXI Forever and Zara.
• Perimeter Place. A mix used development with condos, shopping and dining, it is located near Perimeter Mall. Stores and dining include Super Target, Best Buy, TJ Maxx, Chipotle, Boneheads, Taco Mac and Cheeseburgers In Paradise.
• Goldfish. Located off Ashford Dunwoody Road in front of Perimeter Mall, this restaurant has a variety of seafood, sushi and steaks and has grown popular in the area. Menu items include Tempura Lobster Tail, Seafood Gumbo, Charleston Shrimp & Grits, Blackwood Mahi Mahi, Jumbo Filet and Cowboy Ribeye.
• Seasons 52. This fresh grill and wine bar surprises guests with sensational flavors for the palate. Menu items include Grilled Garlic Pesto Chicken, Grilled Jumbo Shrimp Cavatappi Pasta, Maple Glazed All-Natural Roasted Half Chicken, Oak-Grilled Filet Mignon and Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse.
• La Grotta Ravinia. Around for over 30 years, this Italian restaurant has earned a reputation of elegant dining and hospitable service. Menu items include Spaghettini con Salsa Bolognese (spaghetti with traditional meat ragu), Petto di Pollo Grigliatta (grilled herb marinated chicken), and Filetto di Manzo con Grogonzola (beef tenderloin, grilled with spinach).
Entertainment and Recreation
• Atlanta Wine School. A great place for a date or a girl’s night out, this “school” allows you to sample hundreds of wines and take cooking lessons as a group. The instructors have wonderful reviews, and the location is tastefully decorated.
• Georgia Shakespeare. Ten miles away from Dunwoody, this venue is a great place to catch a show. With wonderful productions, a variety of shows (not solely Shakespeare) and comfy seats, this hidden gem is something to check out.
• Spruill Center for the Arts. The largest community arts education center in the Southeast is right in Dunwoody Village! This great center offers art classes that would be great for the whole family.
• Jim Benson Bike Trail. Known as Dunwoody’s first bike trail, find and join local bike riders along this scenic route. This eight-mile bike trail begins and ends at Brook Run Park.
• Historic Farmhouse. Built in 1906 and also known as the Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse, this historic site is on the National Register of Historic Places. Located on Chamblee Dunwoody Road, this beautiful house has become a popular special event venue.
• Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church. Located on the corner of Roberts Drive and Spalding Drive and known as the first church in Dunwoody, it was built in 1829 and is still active to this day. It is home to one of the city’s oldest cemeteries where many of the founding fathers of Dunwoody are buried.
• Donaldson-Bannister Farm. A historical two-story home that was built in the mid 1870s, members of the Donaldson family, including patriarch W.J. Donaldson, are buried in the family cemetery north of the property. This scenic and unique location is available for public and private events.
• New Hope Cemetery. The New Hope Presbyterian Church is the third church established in the Dunwoody community. Still existing on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, many of the early Dunwoody community members are buried in this cemetery.
• Stephen Spruill Home Place. Located on Ashford Dunwoody Road, this gorgeous and historic site was home to Mr. Stephen T. Spruill, one of the earliest Dunwoody pioneers who owned large pieces of land in the Dunwoody area.
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