Atlanta - small city/southern charm

Atlanta has all the charm of the south while still providing you that cosmopolitan feel. The climate and the locals make Atlanta one of my favorite destinations.


Atlanta - small city/southern charm

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Constance on June 23, 2000

A wonderful way to spend a weekend morning is driving down West Paces Ferry by all the old southern homes. Do it early before the traffic appears. The architecture and landscaping are top class. Other places for some amazing scenery are Virginia Highlands, Little Five Points and Inman Park. All feature original southern homes that have been rennovated. There are also quaint little streets with wonderful boutique shopping. If you're in for some major shopping, drive to Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza in Buckhead. They are located at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Lenox Road and right across the street from each other. Both feature an abundance of shops with Phipps catering to a more upper class shopper (i.e. Gucci, Prada). Warning: It's easy to lose an entire day and max out the credit cards once you enter the doors. ${QuickSuggestions} The humidity in the summer months is high and flash thunder storms may appear at any moment. Be prepared for anything. Pack cool clothing and sunscreen if you're planning on being outdoors and make sure you drink plenty of water. Heat stroke can affect anyone not used to this climate.${BestWay} Atlanta is definitely a driving city. There are so many fascinating areas spreading out from downtown that you'll miss out if you don't have your own vehicle. The public transportation, MARTA is the best way to get to major events (i.e. sports or concert venues) where the traffic can be unbearable.

Dante's Down The Hatch

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Constance on June 28, 2000

Dante's is a fondue paradise with a nautical theme. As you walk up the plank to the restaurant you'll cross a moat where live aligators swim about. The restaurant interior looks like a large wharf with a huge ship docked to it surrounded by 'shops'. A jazz band plays inside the 2 story ship who's cabin is filled with tables. The ambiance alone is enough to drive you here but the food is also wonderful. They have a great cheese fondue as a starter and then a combination of vegetable, shrimp, chicken, beef tenderloin and more. When the meal arrives it doesn't look like it would fill you. I assure you, it will! Dinner is delightful, as you cook your food and enjoy conversation the ambiance and the music. The wine list is extensive with over 100 bottles to choose from. Complete the evening with a heavenly and romantic chocolate fondue. Dinner here is not a quick experience. Plan on a couple hours to make the most of your evening.
Dante's Down the Hatch
3380 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, Georgia, 30326
+1 404 266 1600

Chops

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Constance on June 28, 2000

Chops is a wonderful restaurant, especially if you're on an expense account. The decor has the upscale masculine feel you'd expect from a fine steakhouse. Chops is popular among local and visiting celebrities and reservations are hard to get unless you're a regular. They feature a variety of seafood dishes, (including some of the biggest lobster I've ever seen) but this place is best known for it's steak. The a la carte side dishes are big enough to share with the table. Try the mashed potatoes! All the food here is amazing. The desserts here are wonderful and even the coffee tastes perfect. Chops is an expensive restaurant but well worth it for special occassions.
Chops
70 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, Georgia, 30305
+1 404 262 2675

Indigo Coastal Grill

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Constance on June 23, 2000

Indigo is one of my favorite places for brunch. A casual ecclectic restaurant that's like having brunch at Grandma's if she was a professional chef. They offer the traditional breakfast items with a twist (i.e. Jalapeno grits and rosemary potatoes). The blueberry pancakes are outstanding and they have some of the best fruit smoothies in town! The portions are just enough to satify without being uncomfortable but being a desert fanatic, we never seem to leave without overdoing it and topping our brunch with a fruit cobbler... then it's off to the gym!
Indigo Coastal Grill
1397 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30306
404-876-0676

The Food Studio

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Constance on June 23, 2000

Although a bit hard to find, this is one of the best restaurants in Atlanta. The decor is funky and hip and has amazing art. Just walking in the door makes you feel like part of the 'in' crowd. This can be an intimate dinner place or a great place for all your best friends. The food is a wonderful explosion of tastes and every bite''s a joy. The selection covers a bit of everything so vegetarians to carnivores will be pleased. Dishes are often a cultural fusion between southern, asian and american. The wine list is extensive and the waiters knowledgeable enough to assist you in the best selection for your taste. The deserts are first class and selecting only one is impossible! I've always been lucky enough to be with friends so we could experience several.
The Food Studio
887 W Marietta St NW
Atlanta, Georgia, 30318
(404) 815-6677

The Cabin

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Constance on June 23, 2000

As the name suggests, this is an old log cabin that was actually lived in at one time. The place has a 'hunting lodge' feel with an abundance of animal heads on the walls and dark wood everywhere. If you go in the winter try to be seated next to the fireplace. You''ll never want to leave. Dinner starts with a loaf of freshly baked bread and a whipped honey butter. It is delicious! The hardest thing you''ll do all night is to not spoil your appetite with it. The food varies from wild game (i.e. elk or buffalo) to some amazing seafood. I highly recommend the Low Country Boil (consisting of lobster, shrimp, clams, potatoes, corn, etc.) served in a metal pot. The staff is friendly and professional and this is one of those rare restaurants where you feel like you can sit back and stay a while.
Cabin
2678 Buford Highway
Atlanta, Georgia, 30324
+1 404 315 7676

The Peachtree Road Race - 4th of July

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Constance on June 27, 2000

Next to fireworks, the Peachtree Road Race is one of the most popluar 4th of July events. The 10K race starts at Lenox Mall and finishes in Piedmont Park. Entry applications are available in March and the race fills up quickly. Most runners get in via a lottery system. The course isn't all that hard, with the exception of 'Heartbreak Hill' by Piedmont Hospital. What really makes this race brutal is the temperature! The humidity, the blazing sun and the black asphalt are torturous. What keeps runner's coming back year after year are the spectators and the festivity surrounding this run. You'll see runners dressed in everything, from the Statue of Liberty to wearing the USA flag. The patriotism is wonderful. Spectators dress up too as they wave flags and cheer, holding up encouraging signs. Shopkeepers pass out the typical sports drink and water but also bagels, doughnuts and even beer. This isn't a competitive run, although finishing is a thrill. Even if you don't run in the race, seeing it is better than any 4th of July Parade I've ever watched. Bring some chairs and find a spot somewhere between Buckhead and Midtown to observe the action. In Buckhead the runners are still too tightly packed and in Midtown they're tired and not as vibrant. Get them somewhere in between and you'll see them at their best.
Peachtree Road Race
Peachtree Street, from Lenox to Piedmont Park
Atlanta, Georgia, 30305

Atlanta History Center

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Constance on June 27, 2000

The Atlanta History Center takes you on a tour of Atlanta from it's very beginning. You can watch the city grow over the years and see displays from the Civil War and Civil Rights movement. The Center has two historic homes on the property and offers tours of both. I recommend the Swan House tour. You'll be taken through the majestic 1928 mansion which has a repeating swan motif throughout. You'll see it in the architecture and even the dishes. This house was amazing for it's time. It even has a shower, something unheard of in those times. Your tour guide will tell you some wonderful stories and you'll be able to see almost every part of the house. After you've seen the inside, check out the gardens, fountain, playhouse and elephant scuplture outside. The museum and tour of the house only takes about 2 1/2 hours and is well worth it. There is a cafe in the museum but the food isn't great and it's overpriced. Buckhead is only 5 minutes away so plan on lunch in town.
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, Georgia, 30305
+1 404 814 4000

Fernback Natural History Museum / Imax

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Constance on June 27, 2000

The Fernbank Science Center has a great selection of things for adults and children. They have a 'discovery room', great hands on experience everyone will love. The exhibits inside feature a history of the state, including all the different natural environments in Georgia. A tour of the Okefenokee swamp is my favorite. You'll see and hear sounds of the animals that inhabit the area. The museum also features a wonderful IMAX theater that rotates several movies daily. Call to see what's playing. They run back-to-back and you can purchase tickets to more then one and save some money. A great bonus is their Martini's & IMAX evening. They have a wonderful jazz band playing along with a bar that serves cocktails before the movie. It's a great date place, something different that's a lot of fun. For more information call (404) 370-0960.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
767 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30307
+1 404.929.6300; +1

The World of Coca-Cola

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Constance on June 27, 2000

It's an Atlanta tradition. Visit the three story Coca-Cola museum to see where it all began. The tour is self guided so you can go at your own pace and see only what you want. They'll show how Coke is bottled and distributed, vintage Coke commercials, a history of the print advertising and even an old time soda fountain. My absolute favorite thing is the tasting room near the end of the tour. You'll start out in a room with the American beverages served up in a interesting 'shooting fountain' way. Then you wander into the international room. Here you sample all the products Coca-Cola owns and distributes througout the world! Try the most popular soft drink in Germany (yuck! - It's gross). The Asian drinks are light, fruity and delicious. It's so much fun to try them all. It's self serve but take small samples and even smaller sips until you've tested the taste. I wish they sold some of this stuff in America! The gift shop with 'everything Coca-Cola' is the last room you're taken through. They have tons of gift choices for those friends back home. This is a great tour and worth the trip. It only takes a few hours but you'll be singing Coca-Cola jingles for days! Call (404) 676-5151 or more information.
New World of Coca-Cola
121 Baker Street
Atlanta, Georgia, 30313
(404) 676-5151

CNN Studio Tour

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by Constance on June 27, 2000

This is a 45 minute guided tour through Ted Turner's media empire. Most of it is pretty boring but at the end of the tour you get to see the actual newsroom from overhead. CNN is always live so you'll see the actual newscasts as they're on air. You'll also get to play 'weather person' as they explain how those big moving weather patterns work on the screen. Did you know there's really nothing on the screens when the weather person looks at them? It's just plain. The map only shows up on video monitors. I was impressed. CNN Center is attached to the Omni Hotel and a mall of restaurants, bars, shops and a cinema.
CNN Studio Tour
190 Marietta Street
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303
(404) 827-2300

Centennial Olympic Park

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Constance on June 27, 2000

Built for the Olympics, Centennial Park is a fun stop on a hot day. The circular dancing rings provide a welcomed cooling off place for many children and the occassional adult. There's shade trees and benches and a playground. Check out the bricks that line the walkways. Each with the name of a person who sent money to sponsor the park. You might even see some impromptu street performances.
Centennial Olympic Park
285 International Blvd NW
Atlanta, Georgia, 30313
(404) 222-7275

Key Lime Pie - Salon and Wellness Spa

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Constance on June 23, 2000

This is THE place to go to escape and unwind. Located at 806 Highland Avenue in Virginia Highlands, Key Lime Pie offers a full range of spa treatments in an ecclectic environment. Soothing music, refreshments and an amazing staff greet you when you open the door. Leave behind any stress you may have, you'll feel like a differnt person when you emerge. I highly recommend Alex for a full body massage that will transform you, although I've never had less than a blissful experience with anyone there.

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