As the City of Brookhaven’s tourism manager, Mike Vescio’s main focus is to drive tourism dollars to the city and fill its 10 hotels with guests. It shouldn’t be a hard sell, considering everything that makes Brookhaven an attractive place to live —proximity to downtown Atlanta, MARTA rail service, easy access to interstate highways and major thoroughfares. A wide range of dining, shopping and en-tertainment options also make Brookhaven an ideal location for tourists to stay and play alongside lo-cals while visiting metro Atlanta.
“The area is very diverse — I like bringing new guests to our area,” said Vescio, who brings with him 32 years experience in the hospitality business. “I enjoy spreading the word about our new city.”
In addition to putting heads in Brookhaven’s hotel beds, Vescio also champions the area’s ongoing citywide events and amenities, from Oglethorpe University’s art museum, theater and sporting events to the city’s 12 parks and outdoor concerts, art and food festivals.
Ongoing and seasonal events in the city include the Wednesday Night Food Truck Roundup at Blackburn Park from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. throughout October. The event features 15 food trucks, enter-tainment and various local vendors.
Visitors should also check out the Brookhaven Farmers Market Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon through Thanksgiving at Brookhaven Baptist Church located at 1294 N. Druid Hills Road.
More adventurous eaters may rather visit the Brookhaven Chili-Cook-off in October. Visitors might also enjoy the Ashford Park Elementary Fall Festival in November or the Brookhaven Christmas Tree Lighting in December. The City of Brookhaven also celebrates its second birthday in December. In addition, a weeklong Cherry Blossom Festival has been announced for the first quarter of 2015 with details forthcoming. Find out more at www.brookhavenga.gov.