Where are the best places in Atlanta?

December 5, 2006 at 9:38 am 3 comments

Am planning a girlfriends’ getaway to Atlanta in a couple of months. I usually do extensive online research about my destination city, printing out scads of travel data, points of interest, maps, etc. I also check AAA books and other sources. Then I narrow down my choices from the information I’ve found. And it usually works out to be a pretty good getaway. This time, I’d like to add YOU to my research mix.

  • Do you live in Atlanta?
  • Have you visited Atlanta?

What do you know about Atlanta? My getaways may include historic sites and traditional tourist haunts. But I much prefer finding the out-of-the-way places that make it a really fun and unique trip. Do you know any of those?

  • Terrific restaurants with a unique specialty? Maybe just a place with great southern home cooking?
  • Great little boutiques that offer local designer goods — clothing, table linens, gift items?
  • Real by-gosh factory outlet stores? Bargain stores featuring locally-made goods?
  • Sections of town (or suburbs) that you’d consider a perfect destination for women who like to browse?
  • What part of town would you recommend a group of girlfriends stay — that would be central to the area destinations they might want to explore?
  • Any leisure activities or sporting activities that you think some gals might want to try because they are unique to the Atlanta area?
  • Any spa recommendation?
  • Any place or event that you think is really special in the Atlanta area — that visitors might otherwise miss?

I’m sure a lot of you know a good deal about Atlanta. I hope you’re willing to share and help me plan the perfect girlfriends’ getaway to Atlanta. Then I’ll share the experiences and recommendations with everyone after my trip. Just leave a comment below — or e-mail me at girlfriends-getaway@midwestairlines.com


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. TW  |  December 6, 2006 at 6:42 am

    Little 5 points is the shopping area must see-hip, boutiques, fun. Virginia Highlands also worth the fun wander. Ikea and Atlantic Station also entertaining. Mary Mac’s and Silver Skillet to eat.

    Georgian Terrace a must not stay for women – rude, slow, horrid. (on the up side, the hotel is pretty and they have good sheets) Wyndham Midtown on the other hand is great if lacking in old hotel personality. Attentive staff, even when swamped, clean, safe rooms. Not only that, they have room service food that is AMAZINGLY good.

    In general, the night life is hopping but be prepared for valet parking fees everywhere, even daytime. Jot down complete directions (everything is on peachtree something…and you can drive for miles even on the right peachtree) Also, just driving around and looking at the houses around Buckhead can be a blast.

  • 2. tish  |  December 6, 2006 at 9:46 am

    TW — Thanks so much for sharing your experiences in Atlanta. It’s good to hear where not to stay as much as it is to hear where to stay. You gave a great overall starter for my getaway there.

  • 3. TW  |  December 7, 2006 at 1:28 pm

    I have stayed at a number of places in Atlanta. My favorite is way too peculiar to recommend to anyone and everyone…but a budget price in an interesting place-Highland Inn. No elevator, funny rooms with slanty floors, old, old hotel. The location can’t be beat though and neither can the price.

    I am not a fan of the Westin Peachtree Plaza but maybe that was just the unlucky fortune to have to deal with overbooked hotel on New Years Eve and then the next day vomit and alcohol remnants all over the place. Too few elevators, too long of a wait for everything, too few service staff.


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