Colleen Ann McNally

Senior public relations professional with experience in diverse industries, including architecture and design, commercial and residential real estate, health IT, nonprofit, law, and more. My background in journalism informs my approach to storytelling and media relations.

Sustainable Communities
Member Spotlight on ULI Atlanta's Next Chair, Lisa Gordon

By The Wilbert Group for ULI From real estate to relationship advice, we spoke with Gordon about her tried-and-true work ethic, passion for helping others and where to find her outside of the boardroom. As President and CEO of Atlanta ...

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ULI Member Spotlight: Stacy Patton at the BeltLine

This post was originally shared by The Wilbert Group on the ULI Atlanta Website With all eyes on Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and affordable housing, we spoke with Patton about her tried-and-true passion for land planning, her involvement with ULI and how ...

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The Crossroads of Corporate Social Responsibility and PR

Some of Atlanta's leading companies also invested in meaningful activations beyond the TV screen, and garnered significant media coverage. Ahead of MLK Jr. Day, Delta Air Lines gave $83,500 to reopen The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park through Super Bowl weekend during the partial government shutdown.

The Gospel, According to Atlanta Biscuits

The buzzy arrival of Alabama-based Holler & Dash Biscuit House to the Westside’s Howell Mill Road makes one wonder: can Atlanta have too many breakfast spots serving fresh and flaky, light and fluffy biscuits? Director of Culinary Brandon Frohne-and gut instinct-beg to differ.

Atlanta City Shapers: The Local Names You Should Know

Each in their own unique way, these people and places that are redefining how the city is experienced by locals and visitors alike-even in some ways you may least expect. Brian Preston: Brian Preston's handcrafted furniture company is named for his grandfather Lamon Luther and not only uses reclaimed wood, but also redeems the lives of his employees.

6 of Atlanta's Favorite Spring Festivals

As the dogwoods and azaleas bloom in April, Atlanta comes alive again. While the weather finds a sweet spot between extremes, locals welcome the spring season with a full calendar of arts fests-both indoor and outdoor-that have been bringing communities together for years. Choose one, or

KREWE's Tiny House Is Coming to Atlanta and We Can Hardly Wait

Following its trip to Austin, Texas, the KREWE Tiny House, a mobile eyewear shopping experience, arrives at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta on April 20.Known for its modern, handcrafted frames often seen on famed faces like Beyoncé, Emma Watson and HAIM, the hip eyewear lines the shelves of the&nbs

The Sweet Story of Atlanta's Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate

Meet Matt Weyandt and Elaine Read. Their boy-meets-girl story is a sweet one, with all the ingredients of a good romantic comedy. But their tale is true, and instead, is included in a forth- coming documentary film, “Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story.”Xo

Why You Don't Want to Miss the 2018 Atlanta Science Festival

Founded by Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Atlanta Science Festival is now in its fifth year and is making a big bang with a two-week calendar packed with more than 100 engaging events across Metro Atlanta. From trying edible insects to buil

5 of Atlanta's Best Patios, According to Local Bloggers

Al fresco dining is about more than satisfying an appetite; it’s also a feast for the eyes. Three local bloggers share their go-to places to stay awhile. Of course, the photo lighting is on point, too.After moving to Atlanta a few years ago, Florida transplant Alyssa Fagien created the popular

4 of Atlanta's Favorite Free, Outdoor Yoga Classes

With daylight savings time and warm weather in our favor, gathering the motivation to head inside to a gym or studio to sweat gets more difficult. Instead, take advantage of the great outdoors with the abundance of free fitness classes offered in some of metro Atlanta's favorite spaces.[[{"type"

Is Four Season Atlanta's Pastry Chef the 'Best Baker in America?'

If you’ve been tuning into Food Network’s second season of “Best Baker in America,” you’ve seen Lasheeda Perry. It’s hard to miss her megawatt smile.In Atlanta, locals know and love her as the executive pastry chef at Four Seasons Atlanta and its hip Wes Anderson-

How King of Pops Became King of Frozen Treats in Atlanta

On a summer day in Atlanta, from busy city street corners to the shady pathways of Piedmont Park, at a Braves game or a local farmers market, you can’t go too far without spotting a rainbow.The multi-colored umbrellas above King of Pops pushcarts have become ubiquitous at outdoor festivals and

5 Iconic Atlanta Wedding Destinations, According to Top Local Photographers

Amid many charming wedding venues, we asked top local photographers for their picks on the most poetic places to tie the knot. Better yet, most of these destinations are open to the public throughout the year. Oakland CemeteryThe 48-acre Oakland Cemetery is a showplace of sculpture and architec

Make Some Noise for Shaky Knees 2018 in Atlanta

Calling all music lovers! Back for its sixth year, Shaky Knees Music Festival returns to Central Park on May 4-6 and draws together local and out-of-state fans alike.

Anthony DeCurtis Is Taking the Stage in Atlanta

Author, professor and music critic, Anthony DeCurtis, started contributing to Rolling Stone while living in Atlanta nearly 40 years ago. This month, he returns for a different role-performing “An Evening of Lou Reed” at East Atlanta Village's 529 on May 12 with the Andy Browne

First Look: Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta

The new Cobb County hotel opened earlier this month, and is an exhibition of Atlanta Braves art and history designed to excite locals fans and global travelers alike.The official hotel of the Atlanta Braves, Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta has 264 well-appointed guest rooms (including 28 suites),

'Something Borrowed' Emily Giffin Shares Her Favorite Spots in Atlanta

Emily Giffin’s books have been translated into 31 languages, with more than 11 million copies sold worldwide-and counting. Before the Buckhead-based, bestselling author’s ninth novel arrives this summer, she shares her favorite places on and off the page. You li

Meet Ryan Hersh, Atlanta's Head Pedal Pusher

Atlanta is infamous for its traffic-"Baby Driver,"anyone?-but Edison Electric Bike Co. has a bright idea on how to change that. Creator Ryan Hersh is blazing the trail, and he slowed down long enough to chat about speed and Southern hospitality. Take a joy ride on an Ediso

Easy Ways to Explore Atlanta by Bike

Want to borrow a bike? You won’t need to search far. From a touring service to rental shops and bike shares to adaptive bikes and even a cool cafe, these spots have you covered.

Fuel for the Jet-Set: Dining at the Atlanta Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport may be the world's busiest, but that doesn't mean a meal there must be restricted to fast food. Consider your boarding pass your ticket to a first-class foodie adventure. In fact, the aiport abounds with dining options, from high brow to hidden gems, so why not ask a globetrotter for advice?

How to Talk like a Local in Atlanta

Reference these 29 terms while navigating the city and you'll sound like you've lived here for years. 1. ITP“Inside the Perimeter.” Geographically, this refers to the area inside of Interstate 285, also know as “the Perimeter” which makes a loop around the city&r

6 New and Noteworthy Hotels in and Around Atlanta

The trend is clear: many travelers today crave a sense of place, eager to immerse themselves into the local culture of their destination. Luckily for Atlanta visitors and locals alike, these emerging leaders of the hospitality industry are apt to satisfy those appetites. From new architectural marve

The Podcasts You Didn't Know Were Recorded in Atlanta

According to Merriam-Webster, a podcast is “a program (as of music or talk) made available in digital format for automatic download over the Internet” and the first known use of the term was in 2004-still 3 years before the first iPhone was released. Even so, it wasn’t until

Looking Up: Art in the Atlanta Airport

Of the dozen recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities in Georgia, one winner stands out from the short list of creative individuals, a museum and a center for the arts: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.In fact, the Airport Art Program develops and in

Finding Your Center in Atlanta

Staying on the move can mean that by the time the calendar flips to fall, you may be thinking, "Where has the year gone?" If you're wondering how to hang on until the holidays for rest and rejuvenation-or maybe how to calm the chaos that often comes with the season-Mandarin

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Two-hundred Minutes in...Roswell

If you follow a car with a "Go with the Flow" bumper sticker on its rear hatch, odds are you'll end up in Roswell.

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Derby Daze

Kentucky's famed twin spires may be more than 400 miles away, but when the first Saturday in May comes around the bend, the spirit of Churchill Downs Racetrack is alive and well across metro Atlanta.

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Meet Chef Jennifer Hill Booker

Chef Jennifer Hill Booker's menu of professional accomplishments is longer than a family of four's weekly grocery list. In the past month alone, she traveled to Italy for the Terra Madre conference - also called the Olympics of Food - and her debut cookbook hit shelves.

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Touring Atlanta Tech Village

At the busy corner of Buckhead's Lenox and Piedmont Roads is what can feel like the longest red light in the city. On the bright side, there's the Atlanta Tech Village (ATV) sign to consider while you wait.

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Northsiders to Know: Alternative Apparel's Evan Toporek

AS CEO OF A GLOBAL corporation, the most challenging decision Alternative Apparel's Evan Toporek made to date was in May 2015 when he chose to move their Los Angeles, Calif. outpost under the same roof as the Atlanta office.

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2016 Summer Camps and Activities for Kids

ORRIN "CHECKMATE" HUDSON teaches children how to play chess as if his life depended on it, and that's no exaggeration. "The life I save may be my own," the fast-talking, two-time World Open Speed chess champion said.

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The Name Says It All: The Real Fix Pizzeria

It may take you 30 minutes to find a parking spot on Canton Street during the lunch rush, but then again, you may get lucky. Especially when you consider tasting mozzarella that was made fresh 30 minutes ago, the pros might outweigh the cons.

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Pillow Talk with Peacock Alley

There are people that see making the bed as a chore. Then there's Mary Ella Gabler, who not only takes joy in feathering the nest, so to speak, her family has built a business around it.

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Back to Life: Alpharetta's Lift Yoga

When Bob Dylan wrote, "May you have a strong foundation when the winds of changes shift," I doubt he was referring to six-pack abs and toned glutes.

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Familiar Faces: Mainstays of Local Microphones

Greater Atlanta communities continue to rise in population, and for each person counted, double that for the number of ears tuning into the equally expanding music scene.

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The Taste of Summer: Walking the Walk

If you haven't heard of Matt Moore yet, I'm happy to change that. When we spoke, he had just returned to his home in Nashville from a whirlwind trip to New York for appearances on "Fox and Friends" and VH1.


St. Barths

WITH A DEEP INHALE, I felt the tingle of citrus and florals, of lemon, jasmine, ylang-ylang and sage, mixing together with the omnipresent fresh sea air.


American Pastimes: Retracing the High Style of the Sporting Life to Aiken, South Carolina


Strolling down Main Street, I tried to put my finger on the Southern city that Columbia, S.C. most resembles.

Atlanta's Westside

ON A RECENT FRIDAY afternoon, I had just sat down for a routine visit to my regular nail salon when I overheard the woman next to me enthusiastically plotting her evening plans into her cell phone. "Let's meet at The Optimist," she said. "I've been really wanting to get back down there."

Ponce City Market

You can see it in the sunken bricks revealing worn concrete walls. Not that this place is old, but this place has a story. In fact, the National Trust for Historic Preservation recognizes Ponce City Market (PCM) as "history in the making," but it's also the perfect antidote to any cases of cabin fever this winter.


ANY GIVEN MORNING OF MY WEEK, the first few minutes involve some version of a simple ritual: open cabinet, grab a coffee cup, fill to the brim, sip and greet the day. It's a mindless practice for many of us, but a recent addition in my growing collection of mugs is currently stealing the spotlight...


A Road Trip for the Books: Trailing Fiction and Food Through Mississippi's Storied State I came to drink the water. A great fertile crescent, the Delta region of Mississippi is known for its deep topsoil and slightly askew horizon, sprouting row after row of cotton, soybeans and corn.


MY GPS ANNOUNCED I had arrived, but I accidentally drove right by the valet. I missed the left-hand turn because I didn't want to miss anything about the scene unfolding around me on Wentworth Street.

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Touching Down in Dallas

written by COLLEEN ANN MCNALLY | photography courtesy of THE HIGHLAND DALLAS; MADRINA "WHAT BRINGS YOU to Dallas?" the driver asked. What a loaded question, I thought as I settled into the black Cadillac Escalade emblazoned with The Highland Dallas logo. "Work" would be a simplified response.

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The Art of The Sporting Life

Have a blast at Barnley Resort's SpringBank Sporting Club and Wynfield Plantation in Albany, Ga., the quail hunting capital of the country. While in Albany, we also sat down with renowned wildlife artist David Lanier for a different perspective on sporting lifestyle.


Paradise, Uninterrupted: Wild beauty meets precise design in Mexico's Mayakoba THE IGUANA IS NEVER IN A RUSH. There is no hurry in her world and everything comes in due time. She's content and appreciates life as is. I found the lizard lying below my pillow.

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Small Towns, Big Tailgates

Regional Schools with a Tailgate to Tell written by J FREDRICK CLARK with special reporting by COLLEEN ANN McNALLY | photos courtesy of Eagle Creek Brewing Co., Georgia Southern University; The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Jane Scott.

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Power Play at the World's Largest Marriott Resort

written by COLLEEN ANN MCNALLY | photos courtesy of Orlando World Center Marriott TWENTY MINUTES AFTER EXITING THE ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, I STEPPED INTO THE LOBBY AND EXHALED. For starters, the instances of Mickey Mouse paraphernalia in sight could be counted on one hand.

New Orleans

H -O -T -E, then M - O - N -T. The first few letters of the iconic rooftop sign peaked above the skyline, growing larger as I made my way down Royal Street. I zigzagged past street performers, tourists and antique shop windows until I was facing the world-famous portico sheltering the doormen...

High Gear

The Journey is the Destination at this Cycling-inspired Boutique Hotel "Beautiful day for a ride,"a beaming voice greeted me inside the quaint lobby at Hotel Domestique. Yes, it sure was -sunny and a highly anticipated temperature of 75 degrees for late March in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Traveler's Rest, S.C.

Where to Wander: Charleston

Brightly color bicycles tied to lampposts and street signs turn a seemingly ordinary scene into something effortlessly artful. Charleston, S.C. is one lovely place to photograph - green ivy crawling over aged, brick row houses, stately American flags hanging above colorfully painted doors, and elegant, swirling wrought iron fences that coyly offer glances into private...

Amelia Island

Planted in Paradise: Handpicked Elegance at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation "Fish to Fork" "Diablo!" he shouted as he fought with the fishing reel gripped tightly in both hands. I couldn't help but chuckle, although I know I couldn't do any better - I had already tried before handing the job to Chef Hector Santiago.

St. Kitts

Enraptured Escape: Savoring the Islands of St. Kitts and Nevis The only passenger in my row aboard an otherwise crowded flight, I scooted toward the window with a sly smile and anticipated sailing through the sky over 50 shades of turquoise Caribbean waters. Waves of excitement washed over me, even before the pilot announced, "The weather...

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